March, 2014

  1. two more tooth fairy pillows

    March 30, 2014 by Angie

    Our friend liked the nautical theme tooth fairy pillow I made for Little D so much that she asked me to make one for each of her sons. I did everything the same except I swapped the nautical themed fabrics out for solid red and gray and used a gray with polka dot print for the letter appliqués.

    completed tooth fairy pillows

     Coordinating tooth fairy pillows in the window

    M's pillow in progress

     M’s pillow in progress – just before adding the envelope style back enclosure

    M's completed pillow

     M’s completed pillow

    JoJo's pillow

    J’s completed pillow

    She’s giving the pillows to her sons as Easter gifts. We all hope the tooth fairy doesn’t need to pay a visit to their house before then!


  2. nautical theme tooth fairy pillow

    March 18, 2014 by Angie

    Our four year old buddy is turning five next month. He is really into boats and pirates. His parents and grandma have been working on an awesome nautical theme room for him including a ship loft bed! I wanted to contribute with a matching pillow. I added a pocket with an appliquéd “D”  to the front that he can use to exchange teeth for money with the tooth fairy, once that time comes.

    tooth fairy pocket

    I sewed together four strips of fabric to create the front of the pillow. Then, I basted the pillow front, the batting, and the scrap backing fabric together and free motion quilted it.

    quilted pillow front

     Second time free motion quilting

    This was my first time doing appliqué so I carefully followed this great machine appliqué tutorial from Pile O’ Fabric. It was extremely helpful. I printed out an alphabet from there and traced the capital D onto some freezer paper. I ironed some Heat N Bond Lite onto the back of a piece of the sailboat fabric then ironed the freezer paper D to the front. I cut the D out carefully then removed the paper backing from the Heat N Bond and the freezer paper. I stuck the D onto the piece of white fabric that would become the pocket and ironed it on. After some practicing with my machine on scrap fabric, I machine appliquéd all around the letter then tidied it up by pulling the thread ends from the front to the back and tying them off.

    D applique

    D  before appliqué

    I made a lined pocket out of the white fabric. I sewed the two pieces (the one with the D appliqué and another the same size) right sides together leaving just a small space open. I turned the pocket out then top stitched it to the pillow top.

    D applique

     Pretty good for a first try!

    The last step was sewing the two hemmed backing pieces to the pillow by stitching all the way around. Turn it right side out, shove a 16 inch pillow form in there, and you’re ready for the tooth fairy!

    envelope pillow back

    Back of the pillow

    The Quilted Pillow Stats

    Finished size: for a 16″ pillow form
    Quilted pillow top fabrics: Coastal Mini Series Royal Sailboats, Barnegat Bay Blue Loop Rope, Barnegat Bay Red Loop Rope
    Batting: Warm and White
    Quilt back fabric: about 20″ x 20″ piece of scrap fabric (nobody will see it)
    Pocket fabric: Northcott Colorworks White Premium Solid
    “D” appliqué: Coastal Mini Series Royal Sailboats
    Pillow envelope backing: Barnegat Bay Loop Rope in Blue and Red

    Completed pillow!

    Completed pillow with the Florida winter in the background


  3. Orlando, FL

    March 10, 2014 by Angie

    We like to take one night trips to Orlando on a Saturday every once in a while. We went this past weekend and checked out some new bars that we really like. We kinda have it down to a science at this point. We stay at the Courtyard Orlando Downtown. We go to the always delicious Ethos Vegan Kitchen (now in Winter Park) for dinner. Then we drop the car off at the hotel and walk to bars downtown. Once it’s dance o’clock, we walk to the Bar-BQ-Bar/Sky Sixty/Eye Spy compound and hope the DJ plays all the favorites. As the night went on, my photos got darker, blurrier, and generally unusable so here are some highlights from the first few stops.

    After getting Sookie settled in with her DogVacay sitter and checking in to the hotel, we went to an early dinner at Ethos Vegan Kitchen. We got the Boxty appetizer which is two potato pancakes with scallions and sour cream on top. It was good, but not incredible.

    Robbie with boxty appetizer

    Robbie with the Boxty appetizer

    For our entrees, Robbie got the Bay Cakes which are vegan “crab” cakes. He said the dipping sauce was amazing and really made the dish authentic.

    Robbie's Bay Cakes

    Robbie’s Bay Cakes

    I got a new dish, the Blackened Tempeh. It wasn’t blackened in the way that I understand blackened to be, but it was flavorful and good. I liked the collard greens and fresh salsa too.

    Angie's Blackened Tempeh

     Angie’s Blackened Tempeh

    After dropping the car off at the hotel and changing into our dancing clothes, we walked down Orange Avenue. Our first stop was The Courtesy. They take their craft cocktails very seriously. Robbie had a Blue Point IPA that he really liked and I loved my Seba Sour, recommended by the bartender. It is amongst the top three fanciest drinks I’ve ever had, was extremely tasty, and full of booze, so five stars on that.

    Seba Sour at The Courtesy

    Angie’s Seba Sour at The Courtesy

    We tried another new-to-us bar just down the street called The Woods. I had a couple of pretty great vodka gimlets and Robbie had a Widmer Upheaval IPA then switched to whiskey with an Old Fashioned. The bar itself is cool and the bartenders were nice. The music was kind of bad in there but they have a very impressively stocked bar with just about anything you could want, including fresh ingredients for craft cocktails.

    We walked to a secret speakeasy called Hanson’s Shoe Repair. I called the speakeasy on the drive to Orlando and left a voicemail. I was later texted back with the secret password. They only allow 30 people in at a time so we had to wait for a little while downstairs in another bar called NV Art Bar. NV is basically a really expensive, pretty lame waiting room for Hanson’s Shoe Repair. It has good reviews online but I honestly don’t see why; I have a better bar inside my house. Hanson’s Shoe Repair was definitely worth the wait for the kitsch factor and the expertly made drinks. I had the Danny Trejo and Robbie had an Old Fashioned. Both were excellent. Their outside upstairs patio is really adorable and would be perfect for a slightly warmer night. They have speakeasy rules posted and one of them is no photos so…I have no photos.

    It was almost 11:00 so we hoped the dancing would be picking up over at Eye Spy. We entered through Bar-BQ-Bar. It took a little bit for things to get going and it wasn’t the best night we’ve had there as far as the music played or the fellow customers but it was still a great night. The DJ played some jamz and we danced and danced.

    The next day we went to Frank & Steins for lunch before going to pick up Sookie-dog. We had been once before for drinks and to play tabletop shuffleboard and saw they have veggie hot dogs on the menu. Sadly, they sold out of veggie dogs the night before. We got a decent spinach dip but our entrees were pretty bad. Our drinks were good though. Robbie got Bell’s Hopslam on draft which is kind of a miracle. We would definitely go back to drink and play games and probably to give the veggie dogs a try.

    Orlando Bars We Visited & Liked on Past Trips

    Redlight Redlight: A craft beer and wine bar. It has been in three locations over the years. The latest incarnation is by far the best.

    BART: A small bar offering a good but small selection of beer in bottles and wines. They have old arcade games you can play for free while having a drink. It’s a very unique place that I hope continues to live on. You should go to it and actually purchase something unlike most of the people in there.

    Independent Bar: More of a dance club really. It has two levels and a big screen where they show music videos. There are almost always goth characters there to dance on the 80s/Industrial/New Wave nights. I do appreciate a good goth in 2014.

    Milk Bar: A small but cute neighborhood bar. Robbie got a beer he was impressed with but they must not have had wine because I’m pretty sure I got a cider.

    Sonoma Draught House: A nice place even if it’s a little corporate feeling. They have 49 draft beers and a full bar. We had good drinks and a cheese plate on our previous visit.

    Orlando Bar We’d Like to Visit Next Time

    Tap & Grind: A craft beer bar downtown. We read good things but didn’t make it there on this trip.


  4. tito’s mean and clean

    March 4, 2014 by Angie

    I wish I could take credit for this recipe or the name but I can’t. Robbie and I have made our best approximation of my favorite drink from Square One Burgers, Tito’s Mean and Clean.

    Tito's Mean & Clean

    Ingredients

    3-4 ice cubes
    1 shot (or 2 if you’ve got to catch up) of Tito’s Handmade Vodka
    club soda
    juice of half of a lime

    Preparation

    1. Put 3-4 ice cubes in a tumbler glass.

    2. Pour in a shot of Tito’s. It really is a great vodka.

    3. Fill almost to the top with club soda. I buy 2 liters of the Publix brand. It’s cheap and tastes good.

    4. Squeeze the juice of half a lime into the drink. Stir.

    I think a straw is necessary. You can garnish with a lime wedge if you want to go all out.