June 23, 2013

Cloth Napkins, Be Our Guest

Have you ever wondered what The Project Chick does on a Saturday night at 10:30?
She gets a wild hair to make cloth napkins.
That was she does.

I'd pinned the idea a while back and like most of the other things I 
lust-over-for-a-second-and-then-forget on Pinterest it got pushed aside for other projects. 
I also had the idea when Mr. K and I were at Crate and Barrel on Black Friday
and I saw what they were charging for something I knew I could do...
So I finally did it and I'm going to make more. Super easy.
I'm hoping we'll use them instead of so many paper towels.
Plus, using a cloth napkin is just plain fancy.

If you're a faithful follower, you may recognize this Civil War fabric from the quilt I made in my 
Beginner's Quilting Class at Janet's Quilting Bee. I had enough left over to make 4 napkins.
I started with 12.5" squares.
Next time I'll make them bigger, though. 
My clever napkin folds look a little silly on such a small napkin.
I cut the corners so I could miter them later.
Folded the edges down 1/4"(ish) and then folded the corners in. 
The iron is your friend for this part.
I forgot to take a picture, but after that, I folded it down again and then sewed a continuous seam 
around the edges. Next time I'll make them bigger and might try a double sided design.

In my line of work, I see a lot of unique napkin folds, but I kind of made this one up. 
I also tried a fan design.
I had fun setting the table with our casual china. I don't believe I've ever shown it to y'all, but we still love it. 
It's Mikasa Antique White. Our fine china (not shown here) is Mikasa Cameo Platinum.
Maybe I'll bring that out once we have a bigger house. :)
I love our table settings. The flatware is Easton by Oneida.

And lastly, I just have to brag about our vegetables from our garden. The orange and pepper are store-bought, but everything else, we grew! Don't you just love that bowl? 
It was a wedding gift from Elise, a good friend of mine from college who's got a 
beautiful family of both 2 and 4-legged babies.
Thanks for humoring me by checking out my 10 pics of our old, hand-me-down dining room table. 
One day we'll have a fancy one, but for now, I love the history of this one. 

June 17, 2013

Bedtime for Louie! Doggie pillow case

I can't believe how long I've been without posting. It's kind of embarrassing. I would've updated you all on the cancer situation but I'm really just tired of talking about it.
Long-story-short: We went to MD Anderson in Houston, I'm cancer free, am not going to be having radioactive iodine, and I have this BRAF genetic mutation that I'll find out more about when I go for follow-up in November. Oh. And right now I have shingles and a new blood clot. So that's all we're going to say about that.
I've actually been getting around to doing some projects again and that's made me really happy.

Today's post is about something I made for my little guy, Louie. He's almost 8 months old now so we thought it was time to give him his own bed. Not sure if he'd destroy it right away, we didn't want to spend a fortune. So I found this super comfy bed at Marshall's for only $10.

 Only problem - it's pink and fluffy. And Louie was clearly not impressed.

Have no fear! I was able to quickly whip up a Louie-themed pillow case to match his placemat and voila! My boy now has a manly looking bed and as an added bonus I'll be able to wash the whole thing!
 So far, so good, he hasn't destroyed it!
Yes, he drooled on it as soon as I gave it to him. He loves it!
Fun doggie print. Dogs at the park.
More projects to come! And look for an exciting development to be announced soon (and NO, it's not a baby).

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