Hi there! Summer has gone by so fast and there is still so much left to do. I have to finish painting my house, there’s the back splash in the kitchen that needs to get done, and the kitchen cabinet doors that need to be stained. With school starting back and my job, I’m trying not to stress.
To be honest I don’t spend much time sewing. Summer for me means lots of home projects. So coming up with things that I’ve done over the Summer isn’t really that hard. Deciding what to share is. I’ve picked two projects that I completed and I managed to get a sewing project in there as well. Because this hop is about gingham and that’s because gingham does really matter. 🙂
My first project took most of the summer to do. It started with a plant I bought back in May, a Wondering Jew. It was very tiny but over the Summer I kept taking little starters from the plant and it didn’t take long till my little plant really took off.
and here it is after a Summer doing this several times.
My second project was another one that took time over the Summer to get together. A sweet friend and I decided that we wanted to learn to make jelly. We looked over Taste Of Home’s Canning magazine and their website for recipes. Because neither one of us had ever canned before we also had to buy supplies. That’s an investment! So we slowly bought supplies over the summer. We were originally going to make jelly together but we ended up on our own. Instead we decided to exchange with each other.
Can you guess which one is the one I made? 🙂
She made Strawberry jelly and I accidentally made Cherry/Pomegranate jelly. (I thought I was buying Cranberry juice, lol).
Hmmmmm….they were soooo goood!!…..
…….and our families think so too.
Now for the gingham project. Since gingham does matter, I wanted to make something that matters to me too. I love to make prim dolls. So I made a doll. One that I’ve been wanting to make for some time now. She comes from a pattern designed by The Craftaholic Creations.
To go with her I also made to home made laundry soap. Another project that I’ve been wanting to do for a while.
The jar I found at a thrift store. I did a little stenciling on it with chalk paint and glass paint.
Here’s what I used. I got the formula from the blog The Happy Money Saver.
She used a food processor to finely grate the Fel-Naptha. I don’t have one but I did have an old blender. I certainly didn’t want to use my new one. Ewww. You don’t have to use a blender though, the bar of soap is rather hard so it grates up fine texture. Using a blender or a food processor makes it a powder. A word of caution, if you try this keep the lid to the blender on the whole time. When you do take the lid off do it outside cause there will be a powdery puff coming out.