update: some people have asked...some rudely (lena) and some nicely, where exactly the peach cobbler recipe is. here is the direct link if you couldn't find it under the tutorials tab on MADE.
a blogfriend left a comment recently asking about my favorite sewing blogs that i visit for inspiration and instruction.
well, most of these can be found in the right sidebar under "get your lurk on." but since this is a list of ALL the blogs i follow: friends, funnies, jesus, parenting, crafts, etc. i thought i would pinpoint a few of the blogs that have been blowing my mind of late. this question also impelled me to go find some more awesome crafty and sewing sites.
holy moly, i just found noodleheads this week and i have since added about 4 of her tutorials to my "to be attempted" list. this is my attempt at her diaper pouch. i love it because it's so much more unique and less femmie in construction than those diaper clutches you see everywhere.
hers are way cooler looking, but this was seriously no problem to make following her instructions. a total beginner could do this pretty easily. i want to make these daily! (i had to sharpie our name on it after i was playing around with what it might look like on the strap and used pencil to sketch...but pencil isn't erasable on fabric, dumbhead.)
i didn't get the lining just right so it was a little shallower than intended, but mine can hold about 4 diapers (sz 3), some diaper cream, hand sanitizer and a travel wipes case (well, a shorter square one than my huggies container, because i messed up) it has a velcro closure and is totally useful when you have to just grab and go and only need the essentials. plus it's useful to be able to see home many diapers you are packing at a glance
i also plan to tackle these drool-worthy projects of hers ASAP (why is my fabric so blah and hers are so coooooooooooool?):
i think you can't have possibly missed my obsession with dana at MADE. she is the sewing maven behind the warhol dress, ringer t-shirt, market skirt, hobo bag and summer dress that i have recently been so proud to make myself. she has tons of free tutorials that are so simply explained and well-photographed, so go over and check her out.
well, i had noticed that she also throws a recipe in every now and then, and this week she was featuring peach cobbler. now i am NOT a fan of your typical cafeteria cobbler with the canned fruit gurgling around in gel under a 1/2 centimeter of soggy pastry tectonic plates. but this was a 100% from scratch (scary, i know) cobbler made using only fresh peaches and stuff that everyone already has in their pantries. plus i figured she had never steered me wrong before (and her pictures made me start salivating on my keyboard), so i sprung $1.41 for some extra ripe georgia peaches and $2 for some vanilla ice cream (a must have on top) and headed home to bust this mother out, feeling a little intimidated but cautiously hopeful.
the crown jewel of this dish is the shortcake crust that comes on this. it's not a super sweet pie-crust type deal at all. its just like the biscuit you get in a traditional strawberry shortcake that is savory and crumbly and delicious and goes perfectly with sweet fruit and melting ice cream. i am not even kidding about how easy and amazing this recipe is.
we had this for an appetizer and dessert that night. holy cow you guys, it's straight ridic and so perfect for summer. our platter full didn't survive in our house longer than 24 hours and you better believe i am making another one tonight! we NEED this in our house, and as long as GA peaches are $.88 per lb. there's no stopping me.
i am so serious that this was not staged. i sat there with the camera and waited for the first bite to blast his mouth. this is what he came up looking like. that's severe approval, y'all.
a really cool thing that i came across in my crafty web wanderings was this contest called So You Think You're Crafty (a play off of So You Think You Can Dance, my formerly favorite show...ugh i HATE the new format). this blog hosts "seasons" where 10 crafters participate in a weekly craft-off in which readers vote blindly (we don't know which blogger/crafter made which project until after) and the lowest vote getter gets kicked off every week until it's down to one winner. the cool part is that the bloggers put tutorials up of their submissions on their own blogs after each week, so you have several of projects to choose from every week if you wanted to make something yourself. there is always a theme each week (baby gifts, dollar store crafts, etc.) and this week was water. stop by and vote and grab some inspiration. maybe one day i will try out for a round of sytyc!
some more sites that are basically web design and crafting eye candy for the likes of me and that also feature a bitching amount of free tutorials are:
sort of like a union station for all the best in crafting from around the internet. she points you in the direction of awesome ideas and tutorials featured on other sites as well as compiling some awesome tutorials herself
if this doesn't fire you up to start creating something, then nothing will. at least make the cobbler. for your own good.