Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Up and Running on YouTube

I have been brainstorming for a while on what I could do to add to the awesomeness of what Fabric Nerds has to offer. After talking with a couple of friends and running around some ideas, I came up with what I think is a great addition to the Fabric Nerds website...YouTube Tutorials! 
After getting over my camera shyness :) and figuring out how to take a video and semi edit a video, I came up with my first tutorial. The first tutorial is on how to make quick and easy Fabric Braided Coasters. It is a perfect project for all those scrap fabric pieces you have lying around that you don't have the heart to throw out but they are not big enough to do any of your projects in mind. They would make awesome gifts for a house warming party, Christmas, etc... when given as a set. They are quick, super easy, and one of those projects I just love because the color combination possibilities are endless.
Here is a sneak peak of what mine came out like...

Well I hope you like it. Bare with me through these first couple of videos as I try to learn the art of movie making :)

<3 Kris

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Birthday Celebration!

Tomorrow I turn the BIG 3-0! I am still unsure how I feel about it yet.  I know it is far from old but at the same time I feel like I am officially a GROWN UP, even though I have been married for 6 years and have 2 beautiful redheads and adulthood has been around for awhile now. :)  To celebrate this momentous occasion my hubby and I are headed out of town to BOSTON!!! Back in the day (before kiddos) we would make it a yearly tradition to head up to Boston catch a baseball game and explore the city. It's one city that this country girl actually loves! Since having the kiddos sadly me and the hubs have not gone on an overnight trip by ourselves in the last 5 years! So needless to say we are in desperate need of some ALONE time. A HUGE THANK YOU to my Mom, Sister, Brother-in-law, and Mother-in Law for tag teaming the kiddos to make this trip happen for us!

I was reading this article the other day called "Turning 30: 30 Things Every Woman Should Have and Should Know" and I am glad to say I have done and know majority of the items on that list YaY! After reading it I was thinking about things I have learned in these 30 years and here they are...

  1. Having a couple of AWESOME friends that you can count on any time day or night to be there for you (and vise versa) is so much more important than having tons of "Acquaintance Friends".
  2. Sadly some people even as adults, will just never grow up and leave the high school drama behind. Accept that fact and move on to what is important in YOUR life.
  3. Life is short. Make the relationships you have with people count and be worthwhile.
  4. It's important to stop at times and take a deep look at the life you are living. Are you content and happy where your life has taken you? If not stop and alter that path to help lead you to the contentment and happiness we all deserve.
  5. No matter how much you want to, you can not change someone. The only things you have control to change is yourself and your behaviors/actions in situations.
  6. Living a simple life is not wrong. It may go against the grain of society and people might think you are an odd duck for not caring about the materialistic things in life, but it is NOT wrong. 
  7. Finding happiness and joy is so much easier when you look at the simple things life brings you instead of all the other stuff.
That is all I got so far. All of these 7 things have been huge life lessons for me in the last couple of years and they are still work in progresses but I am getting there. 

What are some life lessons that you have learned along the way?

To celebrate my BIG 3-0 Birthday even more, Fabric Nerds  is having a HUGE one day only sale. Tomorrow, Fri July 20th take 30% off all orders $30 or more!! Use coupon code: BIG30. (Note: All orders placed on Fri-Sun will be shipped out on Monday)
Happy Fabric Shopping! 

Wishing everyone a wonderful weekend full of family, friends, and fun!
<3 Kris

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Easy Peasy PJ Pants

This past Father's Day (or as my daughter calls it Daddy's Day) we decided to go on our first family camping trip. To make it a little extra special I thought I would whip up some camping pj's for the munchkins. My kiddos are 21 months and 4 years old, so anything Momma makes them is always awesome :) I did some searching on Pinterest and found a super easy tutorial at this awesome blog, My Cotton Creations. Her photo tutorial has great detail and is really easy to follow. I whipped up these pj pants in no time! Just a bit of a warning once you realize who easy they are to make you might decide to stop buying pj pants and making everyone you know a pair :)

Here are some photos of the kiddos modeling their pj pants on our camping trip...
All the fabrics you see in the pj pants can be purchased at Fabric Nerds. For my daughter's pants I used Daisy Cottage Main Print and Fly a Kite Yellow Gingham (for ruffles seen in first pic). For my son's pants I used the picnic print from the Crabtastic Line. 

A HUGE ONE DAY SALE at FABRIC NERDS is coming up next Friday, July 20th. I am celebrating something BIG and wanted to celebrate BIG with all of you. Stay tuned during the week for more details on this BIG event.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Summertime Recipes: Part 2

My husband, bless him, gets up at 5am for work. Call me a late sleeper or a lousy wife but my body will hate me for the rest of the day if I wake up before 6am. So needless to say I am not up at 4:30 cooking up some breakfast for my man. Because of this, his breakfast typical consists of some type of variety of Pop-Tart. Definitely not anywhere near a contender for the most nutritious, filling, or energy packed breakfast. These past couple of weeks I have started to make some giant muffins the night before. They are quick, easy, and absolutely delicious (plus this recipe will save you money and a trip to the bakery). The best part of this recipe is its versatility, you could use it for all different muffins such a blueberry, banana nut, strawberry, the possibilities are endless.

Peach Crumb Muffins


Big Muffin Tin
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup sugar
3/4 tsp salt
3 tsp baking powder
1/2 cup oil
2 eggs
1/2 cup milk
1 - 1 1/2 cups diced up fresh peaches (or your fave add in)

1/2 cup white or brown sugar (your preference)
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup butter, softened and cubed
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  2. Line muffin tin with muffin liners (or just thoroughly grease muffin cups)
  3. Combine flour, sugar, salt and baking powder.
  4. Add oil, egg, and milk into dry ingredients mixture, and mix well.
  5. Fold in peaches
  6. Fill muffin tins up to the top (this will create nice giant bakery style muffins)
  7. Make Crumb Topping: Mix together white/brown sugar, flour, cinnamon, and butter until stars to resemble a nice crumb topping.
  8. Sprinkle crumb topping over muffins
  9. Bake for 22-24 minutes in the oven or until done (mine took 23 mins, check if they are done by inserting a toothpick into the center)
  10. Enjoy this bakery worthy breakfast you just created!
<3 Kris
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Monday, July 9, 2012

Summertime Recipes

I just love the summer time and all the yummy fruits and vegetables it brings. I love to experiment with my cooking and baking this time of year and around by me there are tons of different Pick your Own Farms that help with my experiments. Check out Pick Your Own Farms, it's a great site to find farms near you. I have been getting a little more courageous and creating my own recipes incorporating some of these yummy fruits of summer.
The first recipe I made is a Raspberry Swirl Angel Food Cake with a Lemon Cream Cheese Glaze. It is by far one of the best cakes I have ever made and is a great light dessert for the summer heat.

Raspberry Swirl Angel Food Cake 
w/ a Lemon Cream Cheese Glaze


1 box of angel food cake mix (or you attempt angel food cake from scratch)
1/2 cup of Raspberry Jam (approx)
Pint of Raspberries

1/3 cup of whipped cream cheese (approx)
1 Tbsp of lemon juice (or more to taste)
Splash of vanilla 
1 cup sifted powdered sugar


  1. Make angel food cake according to box directions (Reminder: DO NOT flour or grease bundt cake pan)
  2. Stir approximately a half a cup of raspberry jam in a bowl until jam becomes more liquidy and less jammy (don't you love my complex and technical terminology)
  3. Gently fold in the stirred jam to the cake batter until you see a nice swirl of raspberry throughout
  4. Pour batter into bundt cake pan
  5. Bake according to box
Glaze: (All to taste. Make it as lemony or not so lemony as you wish)
  1. Beat cream cheese in mixer until smooth and creamy
  2. Add in lemon juice and vanilla extract and mix until creamy
  3. Gradually mix in sifted powdered sugar until you get the right fluid consistency (if the glaze is not liquidy enough just mix in either a little bit of water or more lemon juice until your preferred consistency)
Constructing the Cake:
  1. Once the cake has fully cooled, remove it from the bundt cake pan and flip right side up.
  2. Take a spoon and  drizzle glaze all over the top of the cake
  3. Make a ring a glaze around the center hole of the bundt cake (will be used as glue to hold the raspberries)
  4. Once cake is glazed fill the center of the bundt cake with raspberries and make a ring of raspberries around the hole of the cake
Enjoy! It is absolutely delicious! I have received nothing but compliments and wanting the recipe from everyone that had a piece.

Stay tuned tomorrow for a delicious Peach Crumb Muffin recipe! Great for summer breakfasts!

<3 Kris