Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Spoonable Smoothies: a recipe

I live about 5 seconds from one of those little frozen yogurt stores. At Red Mango they serve these awesome spoonable smoothies with fresh banana and granola. Every now and then on the way to the bus stop I'd spring for the treat, but at $5 a pop I can't really afford to make it a habit. So I figured it would be easy enough to recreate on my own. I actually like making it at home a little better because I can control my own portion size.  Extra granola, yum!

How great would these be to give to the kids to eat on the way to school? Or to take on your way to work? Delicious and nutritious. So here's the recipe in case you're interested. It makes about 20 oz., enough for one large smoothie or 2 smalls. 

1 cup Almond Milk
1 heaping cup Frozen Fruit
2 tbsp Peanut Butter
Dash of Honey
1/4 cup Granola
1 Fresh Banana 

Blend Almond milk, fruit (I used strawberries and bananas), peanut butter, and a dash of honey. Add more milk if needed.

Pour into your glass, leaving at least an inch of room at the top. 

Slice up your banana

and top your smoothie off with as much crunchy granola and fresh banana as you want. I finished mine with a little drizzle of honey on top. Sometimes I like to add cheerios too for the added crunch. 

It's such a yummy on-the-go treat. 

Just stir it up..

and take a bite! Okay it's not as pretty here but trust me, it's delicious. 



Sunday, February 26, 2012

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Sunday, February 19, 2012

Yoga Pants: a tutorial

*This tutorial was featured for National Sewing Month 2012 at FaveCraftsBlog!* 

My love of yoga pants began way before I actually tried yoga. But now that I'm actually attempting some classes at the Rec, my obsession is only perpetuating. I know this might seem like an intimidating project but, it's honestly so much easier than most clothing projects. And did I mention they are the most comfortable thing I own?  Seriously, I've been wearing these for at least some portion of the day since I made them. Luckily I got enough material to make another pair! 

Wanna make some too? 


A serger is recommended but certainly not required for this project. The beauty of knit is that it won't fray like most other textiles. 

Assume 1/4" seam allowances.


A pair of well-fitting yoga pants (to copy a pattern from)
3/4 yd.  Black Jersey Knit Fabric (it's the super stretchy kind)
1/2 yd. White Interlock Knit (It's the less stretchy, slightly thicker knit)
RIT Liquid Dye (Optional)


Pre-wash your fabric! Don't skip this step unless you plan on always air-drying your pants.

Pick out your favorite yoga pants to use as a guide in this tutorial. Try to choose a pair that has a comparable stretch to the material you are using. 

Turn them inside out and find where all four seams of the pants come together. 

Pinch here and down the inseam of the pants so that you isolate one pattern piece of the pants. I started with the front piece.

Fold your fabric black jersey fabric in half so that you are tracing the pattern over two layers. Now,  you want to copy the pattern onto your fabric, extending out about 1/4" for seam allowances.

For whatever reason, the front pattern piece is always easier to trace. The back is a little bit trickier. Position the pants so that you see the curve of the back pattern. 

Again trace the pattern onto your jersey fabric. In the picture below I extended my tracing a couple of inches out because the outer seam of the pants was wrapped underneath the fold. There's no way to get the back pattern piece to lay completely flat without deconstructing your pants, so you just have to do your best to compensate. 

Now isolate the curve of the back pattern piece and continue tracing. 

Cut out your pattern pieces. You should have 2 fronts and 2 backs. 

Sew as shown below with right sides together:

Open your pattern pieces and now with right sides together, match up the seams you just sewed. 

Pin all around the inseam of your pants.

Sew with a 1/4" seam allowance.

Pin and sew the outseam of your pants. Don't fret if one side is a little longer or shorter than the other, that comes with the territory of making your own pattern. 


To determine the length of your waistband, you'll need to do a quick measurement of the opening of your newly constructed pants. Divide that number in half and add 2 inches.

i.e.: The opening of my pants measured 35" so the length of the rectangles for my waistband were 19.5". 

I used a height of 15 inches, but I think next time I would go with 17-18" for a little longer waistband. 

Cut two rectangle from white fabric to these dimensions i.e., Mine were 19.5" x 15".

With right sides together, sew one of the 15" sides together so that you have one long rectangle. 

I decided to add a little fun to my yoga pants and tie dyed my waistband. If that's not your thing, then skip the next few steps.

Fold your rectangle in half (hamburger style). Pick an area that you'd like the "bulls-eye" of your design to be.  Pinch both layers of fabric and pick up the waistband like a handkerchief. 

Twist and rubber-band in place.

Prepare your dye solution. I used a 1/3 of a bottle of RIT's liquid Teal dye with about two quarts of hot water. 

Submerge the waistband for about 5 minutes, or longer for a deeper hue.

Rinse in the sink until the water runs clear. Allow to dry for at least half an hour and then unband your fabric. 

Lay flat to dry.

Once the fabric is dry, you can sew the other end together. You want the finished waistband to be exactlty the same circumference as your pants opening, so measure and sew accordingly.

Fold over the waistband like so:

Now you're going to insert the waistband into the pants to be sew together. Turn the pants inside out and insert the waistband so that the raw edges meet the opening of the pants.

Pin in place all around. 


Finish by hemming or serging the legs of the pants. 

And done! Ahh new, comfy yoga pants. 

 Rainy days make for some awkward finished product pictures. These were taken in the safety of a covered staircase. But yoga pants are perfect for lazy, rainy days. 

Enjoy! Let me know if you have any questions!



Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Be Mine

Happy Valentine's Day!

I love Valentine's day. Valentine or no valentine, I think any holiday that celebrates love in any capacity is beautiful. I hope your day is full of fun with friends and loved ones. Brandon and I are cooking a salmon dinner tonight at home. I'm hoping he'll surprise me with some flowers (;

P.S. I referenced this in embroidering this cute little heart. 


Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Paisley Embroidery

It's finally done. 

Yep only took me a few months..

But, now I have  a super cool addition to my wall collage. 

And I'm happy (:

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