Tuesday, July 28, 2015

The Best (fresh) Homemade Lemonade

We have been having some great summer weather and love to take advantage of it as much as possible,
even if we are just drinking beverages on the back patio.
Homemade lemonade is the best and we love to use fresh lemons for ours.

After squeezing the lemons we use the Best Lemonade Ever recipe from allrecipes.com. 
This is one my husband found and he likes his lemonade pretty sweet.
I prefer mine to be more on the tart side.
Sweet lemonade is not as refreshing and thirst quenching as tart lemonade is to me.

When I make this recipe, I add an extra 1/4 Cup of lemon juice and cut back 1/4-1/2 Cup of sugar.
I also do a taste test and adjust more if needed.

When my husband makes it he uses the recipe as written from Allrecipes:

Best Lemonade Ever

1 3/4 cups white sugar
8 cups water
1 1/2 cups lemon juice

In a small saucepan, combine sugar and 1 cup water. Bring to boil and stir to dissolve sugar. Allow to cool to room temperature, then cover and refrigerate until chilled. 

Remove seeds from lemon juice, but leave pulp. In pitcher, stir together chilled syrup, lemon juice and remaining 7 cups water.

Original recipe makes 20 (4 ounce) servings

You may also enjoy my Watermelon and Strawberry lemonade and
my Summer Lemonade Slush.
Recipe also posted to SistersandSidekicks blog.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Herringbone baby quilt with half square triangles

My husband asked me to make a baby quilt this month for a co-worker of his. I was happy to do it and was really excited to make time to quilt again. I had recently put my online shop on vacation mode because of our family move coming up. I didn't have any shop orders to sew and I was excited to try out this herringbone quilt top I have seen recently.

For a boy, I chose to mix a dark gray with a lighter gray. Then I searched for a backing fabric that was just a perfect gray match with a pop of blue. These mini owls are the cutest, they are from Ann Kelle for Robert Kaufman Fabrics.
As I was arranging the half square triangles on my bed for the quilt top placement, My husband asked if I really like doing this and said it looked tedious. I love doing this and when you get a result with perfectly matched up points, there is even more reason to love it!

I bound the quilt in a gray polka dot and now it's ready for gifting. I think I could sew up a few of these in lots of color options and be just happy! It feel so good to be quilting again!

Friday, June 5, 2015

Mini cake buntings for every occasion

Recently, the thank you cards I send out with my edeenut purchases have had a little sample of my mini buntings on them.
This is a great way for me to share the many patterns and colors that I offer for my bunting spools.
This is a set showing off my soft rainbow mix.


I love when customers have taken the little strips off the cards and used them for something fun!
Here is what Sarah used her sample strip for. Her sweet daughter's Birthday. She attached the bunting to the dowels herself. I love her large cupcakes in place of a cake!

These cake buntings are always fun to use on an any dessert, not just a cake! I've even seen them on a platter of donuts.
Here I used them on mini cupcakes and love the special touch they add.
Where have you used them?
You can find the many patterns and colors I offer here in my shop.
And be sure to keep sending me your photos with your ideas! I love being able to share your photos.



Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Product photo shoot behind the scenes

I thought I would show you behind the scenes of my recent photo shoot.
I had a few custom pouches I wanted to get shots of before I sent them out.

My photos usually take place outside my back door. Usually, I head out, before the sun comes over the trees, in the morning. If the sun has gotten there before me then it casts vertical shadows through the patio slatted covering.
I was able to get all the shots I needed this morning in just a few minutes and the sun came out right after.

This is the most used method for taking my photos. Sometimes, if I miss the morning shade, after the morning sun has gone past the roof, I will go out and to take photos on the patio table in the shade, that is usually after lunch time. Then there are no roof slat shadows (as shown in the image above).
Other times I will use the afternoon light on the other side of the house through a large window.
It all depends on the time of day I am ready to take photos.
With these full light spots, I rarely have to do any editing or brightening of my photos. They are no way professional, but I am happy enough with them!

Monday, April 27, 2015

photography and tote bags

I recently had some of my bags photographed by a lovely photographer, Violet lufkin Photography.
She specializes in babies and families but does other bookings as well. I was very pleased with the outcome and love the settings chosen to show off my bags.
If you are in Northern Utah, near Bountiful, you can book a session with Violet to get your adorable children photographed.

These Mommy totes are perfect for a trip to the beach, the pool, the park, and other summer outings. They fit a few rolled up towels and magazines, water bottles, diapers and other important items!




Do you want to win your own Mommy tote? You can win the red and gray dotted tote bag shown above.
Just head over to Maggie Whitley designs  to enter with the Raffle copter. The Spring/Floral giveaway includes nearly $800 worth in prizes.