so i mentioned that i’m taking a sewing class at the local community college and our recent project was a skirt! i chose this simplicity project runway skirt pattern 2698
. it was probably a little more complicated for a beginner
, and i was super lost. but it had pockets, and i love pockets! well, needless to say i fell super behind so luckily, my very talented aunt linda
was able to help me out. she spent the day with me (and i mean, the entire day!) showing me how the pockets worked, learning how to sew the waistband, and pleats!
but when i tried the waistband, it was super small! so then i was super bummed the skirt wouldn’t even fit! (and after all that work, it better fit! hehe) so she asked if i wanted to make a new waistband. i thought, why not, how hard could it be? little did i know how much more complicated it would make the skirt! so we took new measurements, made cut a new waistband, and we had to take the pleats out of the skirt and shorten them so the skirt would match the new waistband. after lots of measurements, many hours, and complete brilliance, (all on my aunts end, i was totally clueless!) it was done!
A+ for the class! jk. to finish it off, my teacher thought a hand sewn hem would be nice. so that was lots of fun 😉 and that is my sewing adventure on this skirt! our next project after this is making a button up blouse with collar and sleeves. yikes!
if you need to make a friend or a loved one something fast, here’s some inspiration.
i first saw this mix at fred flare: “you warm my heart hot cocoa mix” for $8, and figured it could probably be easily made … so i googled heart shaped marshmallows and came across a few articles and blogs, like the martha stewart living article which had a cute idea for cutting out marshmallows with a tiny little cookie cutter. i came across another blog which sadly i can’t fin the link anymore for it. but anyway, there’s lots of articles out there about it.
anyway, all these things can be purchased locally so that’s why this is so great – you can put it together real quick. here’s what you need:
wilton heart cut outs
: can be purchased at joanns or michaels.
: purchased at michaels yesterday .. although, now that i think of it, i think i would have liked to get this jar
instead… which you can probably get at ikea or the container store, if you have one near you.
marshmallows! store bought.. if you want to be ambitious – you can make your own marshmallows with this recipe
that i hear is pretty good – then just cut them into heart shapes.
ribbon / tag / packaging for marshmallows and hot chocolate mix.
and of course, hot chocolate mix : i bought the Ghirardelli Hot Chocolate Mix – Double Chocolate. but there’s lots of simple and easy recipes to make your own hot chocolate mix with things you may already have in your household like sugar, cocoa powder, creamer. i don’t have any of these things so the quick stuff worked for me.. it’s up to you 😉 this blog also has some extra tips on things you can add into the mix.
so just cut the marshmallows in half, then use the mini heart cutter to slice through the center of the marshmallow. oh, they were SUPER sticky and gooey. so i got some powdered sugar and dipped the sticky parts which quickly solved the problem. now they be packaged without sticking to the bag:
marshmallows- all cut out:
marshmallows- all packaged:
a lovely gift, i think! who doesn’t like hot chocolate!
sorry the images are so dark and kind of blue – the sun keeps coming out and going away. well have a lovely weekend! ♥