Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Sewing Tip of the Week

Here's another sewing tip that I wanted to share as I progress with my dress project. The one good thing about making your own clothes is that you can alterate what you need to give the pattern a more personal feel. With my dress I decided that I wanted to add a little length to it so here's what I did.


First what I did is pin my pattern to my fabric. I wanted to add an extra 2 inches to the bottom of the dress. So I measured 2 inches from the bottom of the pattern and making sure that I was always even with the pattern I pinned to create a line.

Once I was done pinning my extra 2 inches I got a line that looks like the bottom of the pattern.

Happy Sewing!


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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Pinspiration Recipes

I just want to say that I L.O.V.E Pinterest! It is a fun waste of time, hehe. It totally helps me kill time when I have nothing else to do. I don't have a recipe that I made last night, it was cirriculum night at the school so I only whipped up a salad for dinner, it was way to HOT to cook anything yesterday. So today I thought that I would share some yummy recipes from my Food Pinterest board. Enjoy the yummy goodness I am about to show you!

 






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Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Tip and Deals of the Day

I thought that since I'm sewing a dress that I would show you some tricks to making the process easier. Today's tip is smoothing out your pattern pieces. This is a very useful tip that will help anyone create a really nice outfit. I will be honest through I always skipped this step of the process becuase I would just be too excited to get started on the project. But since I will be using some really nice fabric for this dress I thought that I would take my time and do it carefully.
First you want to set your iron on a low setting, I set mine on the 2. Then while it was heating up I cut out my pieces. Once all my pieces were cut I carefully and slowly ironed out the creases because you don't want to burn the paper. By doing this it will allow the pattern to lay flat as you pin and cut out your fabric pieces.


Here is the sleeve piece all ironed out. You can't see in this picture but it is laying flat against the ironing board. You can still see where it originally folded but it is flat. Now you are ready to start pinning to your fabric.


Deals of the Day

Benjamin Moore Paint - Is offering a free pint of chalkboard paint w/ a purchase of 1 or more gallons of Natura from their online store (Click Here)

Jo-Ann - is having a web exclusive sale: 30% off their entire stock of yarn! Go here

DownEast Basics - FB Deal {in stores only} TODAY ONLY the Flower Trio Cardigan is only $18.50, that's 50% off the regular retail price! Find a store here


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Monday, August 22, 2011

Sneak Peak Project


Friday evening I made a trip to Joanns because I had an itch to make something for me. It's been a long time since I sewed an outfit just for me and that wasn't for my shop. I found a couple of patterns and to my surprise the Simplicity patterns were on sale! 5 for $5!! Score!!! So I bought myself 5 different patterns but I was really looking for a nicer dress pattern so that I can make a new dress for an upcoming wedding in mid-September. Here is the pattern that I found.

Can you guess which combo I will be making?

I found some really prettry fabric and can't wait to see my finished dress!! Stay tuned as I will post my progress.

Happy Monday!


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Friday, August 19, 2011

Guest Post: Femme Liberte and Giveaway

I'm really excited about today's guest! I've known her since high school and she is very talented. I will now turn the time over to Krystal!


Hi! My name is Krystal Figueroa and I am a freelance artist and fine art instructor. I am also a singer, writer, and poet, and I enjoy creating things that bring happiness and inspiration to others. I'd like to take a little time to tell you about myself, my love of art, what and why I create, and FemmeLiberte. I have been creating art for as long as I can remember and perhaps even before I could remember (ask my mom). I cannot emphasize enough how vital art is to my sense of being; it allows me to express myself and affect others in ways that words never could, and it creates a sense of joy and freedom that brings about connection, healing, and deeper understanding of self, others, and the world around us.



I began mainly as a self-taught artist, although I can still recall my uncle, a talented and seasoned artist in his
own respect, teaching me in his free time how to draw a rose, a swan, and the human face. From that point
on, I learned by observing, researching, and doing, and just like most things I learned on my own, I experimented with various media using a trial-and-error process until I got the results that I desired. Art has always been a great love of mine, but up until recently, it was always something that I did for fun, on the side, not to be taken seriously or pursued as anything more than a past-time. I had always thought that there wasn't any stability or professional success to be made with a career in the arts, at least not without an extraordinary talent and formal training, neither of which I felt I had any claim to. I was always doodling, drawing, and when I could afford to, I would buy paints and brushes and try my hand at painting. During college, I studied psychology as my major, but in my free time, I was watching my roommate and best friend, a studio art major, create all kinds of projects for her class assignments. It wasn't long before I asked her to teach me a few things, let me work on my own projects alongside her, and even let me tag along to work in one of the campus studios. The more I created and shared my work with others, the more positive feedback I received, and the more I started to believe and gain confidence in my abilities as an artist.

Two months ago, I was working for an after-school program at a public middle school, and we were looking for project ideas to share with the students to keep them engaged and entertained in the program. My supervisor found instructions online on how to make bi-fold wallets out of duct tape. It was a major challenge at first, as I had to not only teach these kids how to make these wallets, I had to teach myself as well, and distributing pieces of duct tape among several impatient middle schoolers was a challenge in and of itself! I also discovered during this process that duct tape now comes is all kinds of colors and prints! (I currently have 17 colors and prints in stock, and I'm still collecting more!) It was only a matter of time before I had the process down pat, and I began to realize that the possibilities with this new medium were endless. Through my trusted trial-and-error method, I began fashioning my own duct tape clutch purses using duct tape I found at Walmart, Target, and Michaels, and purse findings from Jo-Ann. I love purses and accessories, but I've never been one to break the bank when it comes to buying such luxuries, so when I learned that I could make these things on my own and make them uniquely my own, I was all about it!

What I didn't expect was the overwhelming positive response from others for my duct tape creations. Most people I know have never seen anything made out of duct tape, let alone something that doesn't look like it's made out of duct tape, so it has definitely been fun seeing people's responses to my work. I started off making clutch purses and giving them away as gifts for family and friends, and eventually I began selling them through word-of-mouth and online. I now make duct tape wallets, purses, cell phone cases, jewelry, and hair accessories! When I realized just how popular my duct tape creations were and that I could actually turn my hobby into a professional venture, I decided it was time to take it to that next level. I decided to create an online/at-home shop and custom-order service for my unique handmade accessories and original artwork, and I named it FemmeLiberte.

FemmeLiberte was a username that I had come up with a few years ago when I was in a process of self-discovery. FemmeLiberte is a combination of two French words, "femme" and "liberte," which mean "woman" and "free," respectively, so FemmeLiberte essentially means "free woman." It's who I am and who I want to be. Freedom can mean so many different things to many different people, but ultimately, it is something that we all desire and seek throughout our lives. Through my work, I want to embody, express, create, and inspire freedom in myself and others, even if it's something as simple as helping someone feel just a little more attractive after putting on one of my accessories or something as great as inspiring a child to create art and help other people. My mission is to create quality, one-of-a-kind products that inspire fun, creativity, confidence, passion, strength, joy, love, and a sense of freedom that comes from being uniquely YOU! If by reading all this, you've been inspired to buy some of my creations or to simply CREATE and SHARE, then my mission has been accomplished! Thanks for your time and have an amazing and creative day!

- Krystal

Wow! Thank you Krystal for sharing! Be sure to visit her Etsy shop Femme Liberte
Now what's a guest post without a giveaway!? That's right folks Krystal will be hosting a raffle for a giveaway of 4 duct tape bows of the colors of your choice! You must be one of the first 20 people to do the following (it's a little different from my usual giveaway rules) to be entered into the raffle:
1. Like Femme Liberte on Facebook and leave a post on the wall saying that you were referred by this blog and that you
also 'like' The Pink Senorita on FB.
2. Like The Pink Senorita on Facebook



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Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Easy Chicken Enchiladas

Last night for dinner I made chicken enchiladas that were a hit! Here is my super easy recipe, I even used the crockpot for part of it.

Ingredients:
4-5 Large chicken breasts
small bag of shredded cheese
1 large can of red enchilada sauce
small flour tortillas

Directions: Pre heat oven to 350
1. put frozen chicken breasts in crockpot with a little but of sauce and water and cook on low for 6-8 hours.
2. shred chicken in crockpot.
3. spoon chicken into a tortilla add some cheese and roll into 9x13 pan, repeat until pan is full.
4. pour remaining sauce over the tortillas and then add more cheese on top
5. put in oven for about 12-15 mins or until the cheese has melted, serve and enjoy.


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Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Tip of the Week and Deals of the Day

Have you ever had something spill onto your carpet and not known how to get it out? I know I have so I leave it. Well I found a hand a little guide that I think will help with that dilemma. It has any possible type of stain you could ever imagine spilling on to the carpet! Go ahead check it out! Stain Removal Guide.

Deals of the Day
Laura Winslow Photography has a great deal of a free Printable for this years teachers!

Jo-Ann is having an online clearance sale! - We have up to 70% off clearance fabric, summer decor & more, PLUS $5 flat rate shipping with our promo code (THM232) on joann.com

Healthy Trim, weight loss supplements, is having a "Back to School" sale!



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Monday, August 15, 2011

Jewelry Party

I'm really excited to invite you to my first Chunky Bling jewelry party!!!

Their jewelry is super cute and totally lives up to it's name. I just recently purchased the Breakfast at Tiffany's watch and love it!


Breakfast at Tiffanys - Beaded Watch Band 

I can't wait for you to discover this fantastic stylish jewelry!

Just click on Party and have fun shopping!!


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Saturday, August 13, 2011

Product Review

Ok so I have been wanting to do this review for awhile now and have sat down to do it.

A few weeks ago just after our HUGE dust storm, more commonly known as a Haboob, my wonderful husband set off to Best Buy and got the best vacuum a wife could ever ask for. What kind do you ask? I'll tell you.

The Dyson DC25!!

I was super excited and surprised when he walked in with the vacuum. This vacuum is A.M.A.Z.I.N.G! I've never had a vacuum that had so much power! This is not a very big vacuum either and it is not very heavy. This vacuum can go from tile/ hardwood floor to carpet with just a click of a button. I love the attachments. This is a very easy vacuum to use. When you attach a part you hear a click so you know that it's connected. I see a difference in how my floor looks and feels. I especially love it on the tile! I don't have to sweep anymore, it does a much better job than the broom. My husband came behind me with the mop and said that he noticed a difference too. :)

If you haven't tried this vacuum out you need to. Find someone who has a Dyson to see if you can borrow it and compare it. I'm telling you that you will never go back to your old vacuum again, I know I won't.


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Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Recipe of the Week: Banana Cream Pie

For dessert this Sunday I made yummy individual banana cream pies.

Ingredients 
1 pkg instant banana pudding
1 1/2 cups crushed graham crackers
1/3 cup sugar
1/4 cup of butter (1 stick) melted

Directions




 Preheat oven to 350.

 First I crushed the graham crackers in a plastic bag and then placed them in a bowl with the sugar. Then I meleted the butter and added it to the graham crackers and mixed. Then I pressed the graham crackers into a muffin tin, I used my large 6 muffin tin and baked in the oven for 9 mins.



Next I prepared the pudding according to the box. Then poured it into the cooled crusts. Then put into the fridge to set, about 1 hour.


After they had set I carefully scooped them out of the muffin tin and then added a scoop of whipped cream on top. It was very tasty!


Enjoy!!


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Monday, August 8, 2011

New Item Reveal

Hey there I'm really excited about some new items that I have been making and would love to have a reveal before they are posted in my shop! I would love to reach 45 followers before I do a product reveal. Please spread the word so that you can see what's new in my shop.


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Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Recipe of the Week: Meatloaf and Creamy Ranch Mashed Potatoes

Last night for dinner I made a yummy meatloaf and some creamy mashed potatoes for dinner. I thought that I would share my recipes with you. (sorry no pictures)

Meatloaf

1 lb ground beef
1 lb ground turkey
1 egg
2 tbsp worstershire sauce
1/4 c bread crumbs
1 pkg Lipton onion soup
1 tsp garlic salt

- mix together then form into loaf on bottom of crock pot and cook on low for 8 hours.


Creamy Ranch Mashed Potatoes

4-6 large potatoes
1/4 c sour cream
1/2 block of cream cheese
milk
1/2 stick of butter
1/2 pkg of dry ranch
salt and pepper to taste

- cook potatoes until soft, drain water, then add ingredients and mash until at the texture you like


Enjoy!


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Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Tip of the Week: Staying Cool

Even though school is in session for some of you, some still have about a week of summer left. It's still very HOT, so I thought that I would post some ideas to stay cool for the rest of the summer.

1. Swimming, or anything to do with the water (that's the #1 tip for those of us who live in AZ)
2. Have fun indoors at home
          - create a treasure hunt
          - do a craft
          - make a yummy treat
3. Visit a museum, the library

These are just some ideas. What have you been doing to stay cool this summer?


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