Friday, September 21, 2012

Once you accept the fact that you're not perfect, then you develop some confidence. -Rosalynn Carter

Hey y'all! I have been having quite a bit of fun the last two weeks or so making all kinds of fun stuff and I've got some more to share today!

I made this fun casserole carrier last Saturday on a whim. We were heading to our friends' for dinner and were bring Caprese Bites as an appetizer (which are baked in a pie plate) and I realized that we didn't really have anything to carry them in.

I used the Potluck Take-Along pattern that appeared in the Fall 2009 issue of Stitch magazine. For the top and handles I used some fabric from Anna Maria Horner's Drawing Room collection (which I had left over from this bag that I made just about three years ago); the bottom is a home dec weight fabric from Ikea and there's also a layer of Insulbrite in both the top and bottom. I love the way that it turned out, but I must say that the binding was a terrible pain - if I make this again, I'll definitely come up with a better way if doing it!

I used this tutorial to make these super-fun washi tape magnets! Rather than recycling magnets (since I didn't have any to use) I bought a magnet sheet from my local dollar store. I put them on our back door (which is one of those metal security ones) along with the Yiddish word magnets I got Alex. The tape came from two Toronto-area sources - Omiyage and a brick and mortar store called Hanji.

I also tried canning for the first time and it was awesome! Last Sunday, before celebrating Rosh Hashanah with Alex's family, we stopped at the apple orchard and picked up some produce from the farm stand; I canned some whole tomatoes (after coring and blanching) and have some big plans to can my own marinara after we go to St. Jacob's (the semi-local Mennonite market) next weekend.

Tomorrow I am finally going to cut out the muslin for my Tova, can some dill spears, and bake some pumpkin mini muffins - woot!