stitch: Quilt Con or Bust

QuiltConLogoHiResSQUAREI’m heading to Austin after work for Quilt Con 2013. Looking forward to learning new skills, catch-up with family and friends and visit some of my favorite restaurants. I’ll be tweeting and instagraming as much as possible, so please feel free to follow. If you’re down there, come join CityCraft for Happy Hour at the Lustre Pearl on Thursday from 6 to 8pm. Cheers! xo Kristi

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stitch: Last minute Valentine’s Day Gift

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I decided to make mini aprons for all my single girlfriends this Valentine’s with Alexander Henry’s “Game of Love” fabric paired with Moda’s Pink Ombre fabric. I mean, who wouldn’t want to receive this on Valentine’s right? Right.

Supplies:
– 1/2 yard for the front, cut 22in x 18in
– 1/2 yard for the back, cut 22in x 18in
– 4 ft of coordinating ribbon

Directions:
Place front fabric and back fabric right sides together. Cut the 4 ft of ribbon in half. Place and pin one ribbon in the upper left corner 1/2 in from the top (between the front and back fabric), with about an 1in of the ribbon sticking out. Repeat the same process on the right hand side.

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Pin the rest of the sides together, sew the fabric with a 1/2in seam, but remember to leave an opening at the bottom of the apron. Turn apron right side out. Iron bottom seam close and top stitch with 1/4in seam.

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Viola! Valentine’s Day apron is finished.

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Enjoy! xo Kristi

the goods: new music for february

photo via Tektonikk on Flickr
photo via Tektonikk on Flickr

Music has the amazing ability to transport me to a time and a place.  I still remember what I was wearing when Milli Vanilli first told me toBlame It On The Rain,  the moment that Purple Rain narrated a hard breakup and when Justin taught me that I could bring Sexy Back.  Songs have always provided a soundtrack to my life through love, loss, sadness, happiness, laughter, tears and more.  A few years ago, I started making monthly music mixes so that I could track what I was listening to and if I felt like it, travel back in time for a few hours by playing one of them.

I noticed a pattern this year, January is pretty much the same mix as everything I was listening to in November and December (minus the holiday music).  And come February, I more or less have no interest in listening to any of those songs ever again.   Which results in spectacular mixes in February with brand spanking new music.   Since it’s so hard to find new music, I thought I would share this mix with you.

Here it is: Modern Dry Goods February 2013 Mix

What about you, do you have any other suggestions?

Happy Monday,

Katie

cook: Super Bowl Party Favorites

As we head into Super Bowl weekend, I wanted to share some of our best tailgate worthy recipes.  These dips and appetizers are perfect for a group gathering and most can be made in advance/travel well.

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Bacon Popsicles
Bacon coated in brown sugar + chili powder and cooked around an italian breadstick.  These crowd pleasers will vanish as soon as they come out of the oven!

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Spinach Dip
This mayo-free spinach dip can be made the night before and cooked right before your guests arrive.  Serve with tortilla chips.

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Wing Dip
All the flavor of Buffalo Wings without the messy fingers.  This dip is best served with Fritos and of course, carrots and celery sticks.

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Kristi’s Aunt Jean’s Tortilla Soup
This spicy alternative to Chili is easy to prepared and packed a ton of flavor.  Serve with avocado, sour cream, cheese and tortilla chips.

Enjoy the weekend!  We can’t wait to watch the Harbowl!

xo,

Katie