Thursday, July 28, 2011

Ribbon Belts

I am trying a new format for my blog. I am going to start incorporating videos and pictures together to give you a better demo. Hopefully this will increase your success rate when you try to duplicate my project ideas. I came up with this idea because I find that I am drawn to this format when I am trying to find new projects. I decided to start with a simple ribbon belt project to test this format.

Supplies Needed:
Craft Glue
Belt Tips (buy these the same width of the webbing)
D-Rings (make sure these are at least as big as the belt tips)

Some basic supplies are also needed such as a measuring tape, scissors, and a sewing machine. 

I ordered all my supplies and got the idea for this tutorial from Ribbons and Bows Oh My!

First measure how long you want your belt.  When you cut the webbing and ribbon add two inches to the length to accommodate for the space required for the D-rings.

Add a bead of glue along the center of the ribbon. Personally I like to sew the ribbon onto the webbing to make sure it is more stable and will last longer, but I'm sure a lot of you are more comfortable with adding more glue to the ribbon and avoiding the extra sewing. If you choice to add more glue, be mindful of the edge where you will attach the D-rings. Sewing machines do not go through craft glue very well and you will probably break a needle if you are not careful.

While the glue is still wet you can readjust the placement of the ribbon to make it more center.

 Let the glue dry for about an hour before you try to sew the ribbon and webbing together.

Now you can attach the D-Rings. I just did a zigzag stitch back and forth. If you do it two or three times, then the rings should be secure enough to hold in place.
Finally you need to add the metal belt tip to the opposite end of the D-Ring.

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Monday, July 25, 2011

Ball Pit Room

My youngest daughter had her second birthday last month. We decided to get her a ball pit, but after shopping around I found out a "ball pit" was really just a blow up pool. So I decided to get a much larger pool so that everyone can enjoy it. I think the two older kids enjoy the ball pit just as much as the youngest lol. Anyways, we awkwardly fit the huge ball pit in the living room for awhile, but balls were everywhere and we couldn't get to somethings. We thought about rearranging the living room, but everything fits so nicely where they are right now. So we decided to give the ball pit its own room. Fortunately we had a spare room that was being used as a storage room, so we had the extra space. Now the kids can all enjoy the ball pit and if any balls spill out, then it is contained in its own room! 
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Saturday, July 23, 2011

Knit Hat for Summer Camp

My daughter is on her way to summer camp this week. As we were going through the check list of things to bring I saw she needed gloves, hat and a scarf. Yes this is summer camp! But in all fairness her summer camp is in Northern Wales. Here in London the temperature is averaging 65ºF (18ºC). I decided it would be fun to knit her a cute hat since it would be next to impossible to find one in stores during summer. 

To create this hat I used a free pattern provided by Lion Brand Yarn's website. I think you need an account with them to access the pattern, but here is the link.
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Monday, July 18, 2011

Self Catering Holiday/Vacation Meal Plan

Menu Plan

Lunch – Crescent roll ups with meat and cheese (pack for car ride)
Dinner – Throw in the oven pizza

Lunch – Chicken Kabobs, crisps, mac & cheese, rolls, and dessert
Dinner – Dinner out

Lunch – Sabatta bread (like a french bread pizza with ranch dressing sauce, chicken chunks, topped with mozzarella and parmesan cheese), pasta salad, melon, dessert
Dinner – Season chicken, biscuits, bagged veggies

Lunch – Quiche, biscuits with clotted cream (butter) and jam, strawberries, and dessert
Dinner – Baked spaghetti, breadsticks

Lunch – Cheese and crackers, Prosciutto wrapped around breadsticks, chicken strips, grapes, pastry dessert
Dinner – Shrimp, fries, corn on the cob, and rice

Lunch – Make your own tacos, rice, dessert
Dinner – Dinner out

Lunch – Large pasta w/tomato sauce, olives, dessert
Dinner – Cheeseburger or hotdogs, crisps, and leftovers

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