Frank the Wine Bag

>> Nov 2, 2012

I wish I would have taken more pictures of him before I gifted him away. This is still a good shot of his awkward face.

Meet Frank. The lovely wine bag I made last weekend. It was super easy to make. Of course adding his hair added an extra step, but still super simple. The face is appliqued. Super easy iron on adhesive. I used the paper bag from BevMo to get the size right. I even added a "Made by Teresa" tag to the inside.

I may make more of these for future holidays.


Simple Cardigan from a Hoodie

>> Apr 28, 2012

While looking to upcycle some old clothes, I came across Cola Cola Island's post with a tutorial to use a hoodie to create a simple cardigan. And she looked so cute in her photo, I thought I would try it with a hoodie i acquired that didn't quite fit me right.

I started with a red American Apparel hoodie like this one.

Then I cut off the hood and the zipper. Hemmed in the edges. And voila!


Long Awaited Knit Blanket

>> Feb 21, 2012

Hello friends!

I've got a project that I actually finished recently that I have been wanting to share with you all. I started it way back in January 2011, then on again/off again, I finally finished it last week. Whew!

It started as a way to try out a new stitch I found that I really loved, the basket weave stitch.

Then, after some internal debate as to what I wanted it to look like (or what ended up as how much work I wanted to do), I came up with a pattern of strips of different sizes and colors, all the same length.

And now I have my very own knitted blanket. And it's super warm too.


Easy Chicken Cacciatore

>> Jun 28, 2011

Okay so I'm not the best cook in the world. I don't have a big array of dishes that I make. Most of them contain chicken or pasta. At the beginning of the year, I resolved to cook more new dishes. I've learned a few new recipes since January.
Here I will walk you through my Chicken Cacciatore dish that started it all. I actually made this on New Year's Eve. I did get the original recipe from but I've made a few changes.

Begin with a couple of chicken breasts and a large skillet. I've seasoned it with a little olive oil, garlic salt, black pepper, and some oregano. These are cutlets because I'm only cooking for myself, and I like that they cook up a little quicker.

When the chicken is nicely browned and cooked through. Take them out of the skillet and onto a cutting board.
 While you are dicing the chicken, throw some chopped onions and green beans into the hot skillet. I use frozen. Once you throw it into the skillet it doesn't really matter.
 Chop the chicken into chunks. Whatever size you want.
 When the onions are a little browned and the green beans are mostly thawed, dump in a can of diced tomatoes. I like to add the ones that are already seasoned with basil, garlic, and oregano. I've tried using the unseasoned and it seems a little bland.
 Let it sit for just a minute or so.
 Then you can add the chicken. I like to add a little extra garlic, oregano, and black pepper.  Let the whole thing simmer for  a few minutes to get all those spices blended. Stirring it occasionally.
 For a little kick, I add a tiny bit of ground cayenne pepper. A little bit goes a long way.
You can add just about any veggie to this. I've added mushrooms and bell peppers to this in the past. I just didn't have any on hand this time. I've also used fresh garlic cloves too. It makes for a more potent garlic taste.
I'm only cooking for one, but I get 2 servings out of this. I make it just about every week.



What's My Motivation?

>> Jun 23, 2011

Okay, so I haven't been making too many things lately. I'm working full time, and with another job on the weekends. But mostly, I'm running out of projects. I have ideas of things I want to make, but something holds me back. Either I don't know how to do something so I plan on teaching myself a new skill, or I just don't have the time to really sit down at my sewing machine. So lately, I've been knitting in front of the TV, but even that gets tiresome, as I've been working on the same project for a while now.

Recently, I taught myself how to crochet, but I only know the basics and don't really know how to incorporate it into my other projects. There is still so much to learn.

Also, I've gotten by with making things for myself but how much can you really keep making for yourself. I tried to make a few purses and sell them on Etsy, but I didn't get any bites. No sales. :( Very discouraging.

So I feel stuck. Where do I go from here? Plus, I don't have too much extra money to buy fabric. I have a ton of scraps, and I'm addicted to fat quarters, so I have those coming out of my ears. I do have some projects that can be made with fat quarters, but again, the lack of motivation to sit at my machine is annoying. I also have set aside some old clothes to be used as fabric. I guess buying fabric isn't my problem. It is just my laziness and discouragement holding me back.

So what do you do with the things you have made that you can't sell? And do I continue to make more of them hoping that somebody will catch on and tell their friends about them? I wish I had more business sense so I could actually make money off this stuff.

Anyway, any suggestions are welcome.


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