Monday, March 28, 2016

Bermuda Shorts Using Ankara Fabric... McCall's 6756

Hey Everyone!
It's finally Spring and almost time to breakout the shorts. I actually started these last summer but put them away when the weather changed. I wanted to change it up a little and not use my favorite shorts pattern Simplicity 1887, so I used a longer length short, sort of a Bermuda type.

I choose McCall's 6756
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All cut out as usual.

This is where I picked up from last summer.
Everything was pretty much done but waistband, zipper and hem.

I didn't add the zipper flap because I wanted my zipper to show. 
Picture below is the waistband pinned to the Bermuda's.

I looked at a couple of colors but the blue zipper just looked the best to me.

I'm 5'4 so the Bermuda's hits me right at the knee and they're a little wider than expected, that was a pleasant surprise. 

I hoped you've enjoyed my quick pictorial on the McCall's 6756 "Bermuda's".
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Sunday, March 27, 2016

Happy Easter Everyone!!!

Hey Everyone!
Just want to wish everyone a Happy Easter.
I wanted to show you all these cute and very inexpensive Easter Baskets I made for the girls.
I feel that Easter is but only one day and we still have to live the day after that. 
My family appreciates everything I do for them, for the biggest to the smallest.
It's really the thought that count. 
We all know that Easter was the day that Jesus rose again, it's not about how much candy you get. 

I went to the Dollar Tree an had only $20, that's $10 each and that's including baskets and grass.
  I spent $17.45, OK!
I'm going to let them eat all they want because next week we already have a dentist appointments for cleaning. LOL!
In the immortal words of the cutest M&M's Commercial. 


Until Next Time...

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Bow Clutch DIY

Hey Everyone!
I'm back with another easy DIY for you all. I was sitting in my living room and wanted to do something but not too extreme. I know I had some leftover fabric from my previous projects and needed a clutch or a handbag, like I need a hole in my head.

I was looking in my accessory closet and noticed I didn't have a Bow Clutch.
Well, my mind started races and wheels were turning.
I walked back to my sewing room and there she was, FABRIC!!
She spoke to me and said, "PICK ME"', and that's just what I did.

Here she is!
Soo Sassy..

My little lady just had to model it for you all.
She loves it and wants one for herself.

If you'd like to see how I organized my accessory closet, click the link below.

The fabric was leftover from these pants .
Click link below the picture to see.

What you'll need...

1- 15 x 15 Fabric for Bow
1-15 x 7 1/2 Interfacing for Bow
2- 17 x 14 Fabric for Purse
1- 17 x 14 Interfacing for Purse
1- 4 1/2 x 6 Fabric for Pocket
1- 1 1/2 x 3 for Around the Bow
Glue Gun

Make sure that the fabric is all ironed and neat.
This is the body of the purse.

This is the bow fabric.
As you can see the bow is facing a different direction as the body of the purse.
I was trying to give it a little more movement.

Take the 4 1/2 x 6 fabric and iron a small hem all around the edge.

Sew all around the edge.

Sew pocket inside one of the 17 x 14 fabrics.
Remember to leave that top open.

It should look like this.

Take the 15 x 7 1/2 interfacing and iron in the middle of the 15 x 15 fabric.

Iron and pull each side of fabric, so that it overlaps a little.
Then hot glue piece together. 

Now that the ends are glued.

 Make a bow accordion style.

Take the 1 1/2 x 3 fabric and fold the back together like you did the bow and hot glue.
I just used my iron on adhesive.

Hot glue it around bow making sure back is facing back and front is facing front..

Now take 1, 17 x 14 and it's interfacing and iron together to give fabric a little more structure. Then put the other 17 x 14 fabric together facing away from each other and sew all the way around.  

 Sew the bow to the front of the clutch.

 I used the edge of the purse as a guide. 

As seen here.

Sew zipper to clutch

As you can see my zipper didn't match too much, so I kept it really close to the fabric.

Then sew the side together like below.

Turn purse inside-out and you're done...

Inside purse all done..

My model wanted to take another picture.

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Wednesday, March 16, 2016

2 Week Meal Planning and Saving Process..#2

Hey Everyone!!
I'm back with another 2 week meal plan.
This 2 weeks, I really didn't have to buy much because I'll be making alot of things and snacks from scratch. The girls are on spring break and I know if I don't monitor or make snacks, they'll be gone in 2 days. So along with this meal plan, I'll be giving you some tips to stretch your dollar even more..

Let's get started, shall we.
First, I make sure I look in my cabinets and fridge to see what I have and don't have, just like my meat blog. Then after that, I plan my 2 week menu for my family.
I'll insert pictures on those days. Again let me know if you want the recipe.

Some of my meals carried over for last 2 weeks menu.

Broiled Fish Steaks w/lemon and butter

BBQ Chicken Thighs/Veggie Baked Beans and Rice

My week actually started out on Thursday.

Homemade Pizza
(I went Meat Shopping and got in late)

Now let's get down to this weeks meals

This 2 Week Menu

Hot Dogs and Chips
(The girls wanted this and I obliged)

Bubble Up Pizza

Homemade Minestrone Soup
Homemade Bread Sticks

(Maybe Side Salad)

Easy and Inexpensive "Philly" Cheese Steak Sandwiches
Baked Potatoes

(Whatever they want)

 Chicken Milanese w/Creamy Lemon Butter Sauce
Parsley Rice

Chicken and Buttermilk Waffles

Friday and Saturday
Cheese Burger w/ Homemade Burger buns

As I said in the previous blog, some of my meals can carry over,
due to unforeseen circumstances or shit, I'm just not in the mood to cook. lol

I decided to test myself even more this time.
I wanted to see if I could stay with in $150 for Meat, Grocery and Dollar Tree.
You already knew from my meat run blog, I spent $68.02.
Now it.s off to Dollar Tree.

I spent only $10.33 

You see those green bowls.
I mix flavored gelatin, fruit cocktail together and put it in the bowls, that's a cheap and easy snacks for the girls.

Each pack of Gelatin is .36 cent
Fruit Cocktail is $1.08
Saving.. for less than $1.50

Let them set in the fridge overnight .

Below are Thins Bagels, I get for breakfast the family.
Pop 1 in the toaster, spread cream cheese, jelly and we're good to go.
8 for $1, you can't beat that.

English Muffins are "must"in our home. I make turkey "McMuffin's" all the time. 
I sometimes make 2 for Laila (my middle daughter) she eats one at home and takes one to school for lunch. She eats it in the library, her favorite place in the world.
6 for $1 

Now for Supermarket.
I spent $76.39
Not Bad!!

Zucchini was $.98 lb, Sale Price 2 lb/$1= $.49
3 lb Bag of Onions was $2.23, Sale Price= $1.69
Roma Tomatoes was $1.14 lb, Sale Price $.69= $1.20
Cucumber was $.78 ea, Sale price $.59= $1.18
Navel Oranges was $.58 ea, Sale Price 2 lb for $1.00= $1.00
5 lb Bag of Potatoes was $2.69, Sale Price= $1.29

If I were to purchase at full price. 
Total would've been

Price Matching 

That's a $7.53 Saving.
Not Bad..

Another Tip
My baby girl loves overnight fruit, oatmeal and yogurt jars.

I get the frozen fruit for the Dollar Tree, put them in the bottom of the jar.
Cover the fruit with Flavored Oatmeal.

Seen Here

Cover with Plain Yogurt, I also add a little honey at the top.

Close, put in fridge overnight and it's ready to be eaten in the morning.

Meat Total= $68.02
Dollar Tree Total= $10.33
Walmart Total= $76.39

Grand Total= $154.74
I actually went over $4.74
Not Bad!!!!!

I hope you've enjoyed my 2 Week Meal Planning Menu.
If you would like me to continue to blog my Meal Planning just leave me a comment.

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