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Graduation Gifts–Finally!

I have been training seven of my lovely volleyball players this summer and now it’s time to say goodbye and send them off to college.  Only one will be returning for her senior year of high school and the others will be spread all over the country at various schools playing volleyball.  I am very excited for each of them and wanted to give them a handmade gift by RAD Mama to remember our year.

Yes there are only six girls in this picture.  One had to miss practice on July 4th for vacation.

Ok back to the gifts.  Three of my girls are going to cold weather locations and I knitted them very cute cowl scarfs.  One was in brown tones with two buttons, one in a blue with yellow color block and a red with sparkles in it.  Unfortunately in my furry of getting all these done I didn’t get any photos of the scarfs.  Maybe they will model for me before they leave!

The other four received cosmetic bags.

I love the way they turned out.  Personalized and vinyl on the inside so when things spill it makes for easier clean up!

Congratulations to my girls and a Happy Graduation to all accomplishing a milestone in life!

RAD Mama

 

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Walking in the Hood

On hub’s first Father’s Day we took a long walk through the neighborhood.  Now it’s about 90 by mid-day and somewhat hilly in our neighborhood so we were all sweating by the end of the hour.  The baby is teething and the walk seemed to calm her down or it might have been the unexpected friends we met along the way.

This was the first time she sat in the jogger like a big girl!

This one seemed a bit startled and was was eying us as we strolled by.

Trying to find anything to eat!

She decided she had seen enough and finally nodded off to dream land.  Don’t worry she has on oodles of sunscreen!

Have a great weekend and get out and enjoy the fresh outdoors.  You never know what you might see in your hood!

RAD Mama

Pinned It Did It–Fruit Wash

I have seen this fruit wash several times on Pinterest and my father-in-law actually mentioned it as a helpful hint.  Since he was hip on it I thought I better try it out to see if it actually worked.  So I bought my regular batch of fruit from Costco and brought it home, washed it in a mixture of white vinegar and water.

I believe the suggestion I used was from Food Lush Blog.  I have put it on my Pinned It Did It Pinterest Board which you can follow here.

This wash called for 1 part vinegar (white or apple cider) and 10 parts water.  Well I eyeballed it and here are the results.

After soak in vinegar wash.  I washed the strawberries, blackberries and raspberries in the wash.

5 days later.  Most all of the fruit was in good shape.  The raspberries were better off than without the wash but I think due to their fragile nature they were more mashed than the other fruit.  All in all I would recommend using this technique on your fruit to help extend the life of the summer gems.

RAD Mama

 

Sewing Circle–Dolls, Pillows and Quilts

My friend Cara and her co-worker Kate recently took a sewing class at a local shop.  They immediately fell in love, as I am sure most of us have, and came up with the idea of a sewing circle.  I said sounds like fun and a chance to get away with girlfriends.  Cara is very philanthropical and found a project online, sewing dolls for disadvantaged children around the world.  This sounded easy enough to me so we met at my house and began the circle.  Now I am not really sure if a sewing circle needs a mission but ours was filled with gab and girl time.  Worked for me.

Not too much was accomplished the first evening but I believe Kate made some pillows, Cara began a few dolls and I started a couple of pattern weights.  Which I have yet to fully complete!  Here are the arms and legs of the dolls.  If you are interested in reading about this doll project check out this blog.

The second sewing circle had a quilt theme!  Now none of us had ever quilted but this sounded pretty easy.  Just sew a bunch of squares together, right?  So we ordered pizza and the machines were humming.  Now Cara’s machine made more of clunk clunk sound so we decided she would cut and I would sew.  Here is the vintage beauty!

Now the quilt idea came from Cara who found another great cause, Quilts for Kids.  Check it out if you want to make a little one in the hospital smile with a quilt.  They really are simple and will brighten a sick child’s day.

Our finished (almost finished) product.

For not really having a clue what we were doing I think it turned out well.  Just need to finish it off with a binding and some quilting.  I hope it makes a little one smile.

The third meeting of sewing circle Cara made more dolls, I made some cushions for our fireplace since the little one is on the move and Kate made more pillows.  Now her pillows are AMAZING.  She is meticulous with cutting and sewing.  These will make great gifts for her family and friends.

After the sewing circle my hubs comments, “It doesn’t really sound like much sewing is getting done!”  I said happy wife equals happy life!  I am very proud of our sewing circle (almost) accomplishments.  It seems I have several projects to finish, Cara has oodles of dolls to make and Kate will have back support for every chair in her house!

Be sure to check out Cara’s blog.  Lots of pretties and other musings.

Until we circle up again…

RAD Mama

Cleaning An Heirloom Gown

We recently had a christening for our daughter.  My MIL is letting me borrow the beautiful family christening gown.  Needless to say I am super nervous to have it in my hands and I want to clean and preserve it for future kids and cousins.  My mom is into heirloom sewing and smocking so I consulted her.  Below are two of her dresses she has made for the little one.

Easter Smocked Dress

So the heirloom outfit had a slip, gown, bonnet and a bib.  Each had a little yellowing and some stains.  The first suggestion was to soak the garments in distilled water.  I started with the slip because I figured if that didn’t work out at least it was under the gown.

Just soaking in distilled water didn’t really do much so I then added some Bizz.  It was about a tablespoon.  I dissolved the Bizz by swishing around the water with my hands.  Always wash your hands and de-bling before handling any heirloom piece.

I did all this washing in my daughter’s bath tub and let it soak over night checking on it here and there.

The next morning I took it out and laid it flat on white towels.  Not sure if the color of the towel is crucial but I didn’t want to take a chance that any color would bleed from the towels.

Then gently fold up the gown in the towels to absorb the moisture.  Let it sit until the gown is slightly damp.

At this point you can iron on a very low setting.  I wasn’t completely satisfied that all the stains were out around the neck so I decided to do some spot treatment.  I took a squirt bottle with a mixture of bizz (1 tablespoon) and distilled water (filled 2/3 full).  Dampen the spots and gently rub out with the fabric and your hands.

After I was satisfied with the removal of the yellowing on certain areas of the dress I then iron using a very LOW setting on my iron.  I also sprayed the dress with distilled water as I ironed to keep it damp.

Before                                                                                           After

This method got out most of the yellowing and I was pleased how the dressed looked during the ceremony.

It’s a Wonderful Day

My first Mother’s Day was wonderful.  I sure hope all the moms out there feel this way.  Hubs cooked a wonderful breakfast of banana waffles.  I was very impressed that he added his own twist to a recipe that he said was ridiculous because it actually called for “dirtying 3 bowls!”  He just couldn’t believe it and said he wouldn’t be making that one again since intentionally dirtying that many dishes was just plain ridiculous!  I chuckled.

My Mother’s Day flowers arrived a few day earlier which according to my hubs, the baby pushed the button to make the purchase.  Don’t think we should encourage the Internet shopping habits but she did a great job of picking out her first bundle.  Tulips and irises.

After a mid-morning family nap we headed out to the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center.  We have been talking about visiting this place for months and finally the opportunity arose.  It was an absolutely beautiful day with a cool breeze in the shade.

Next was Cura’s for amazing Enchiladas with carne guisada on top.  Wish I had taken a picture because it really was amazing.  Baby was ready for a nap so we skipped Amy’s and headed home to prepare the house for family coming in later this week.

This one was just funny.  I think she is pondering life or some great mathematical equation she will one day share with the world!   Thanks to my wonderful hubs and baby for making my first Mother’s Day a wonderful day!

RAD Mama

Recipe- Strawberry Lemonade Frozen Yogurt

I sometimes feel like a mad scientist when I am in the kitchen concocting and poof something turns out really yummy!  Well this one worked and it is my new favorite late night snack!  Here we go.

Strawberry Lemonade Frozen Yogurt

3 tablespoons greek yogurt

1/4 cup fresh lemon juice

3 tablespoons strawberry puree (recipe below)

3 tablespoons agave nectar

9 frozen strawberries

juiced lemons to use as cup for frozen yogurt

Trim the bottom of the lemons so they will stand up properly.  Put all ingredients in a blender and process until all are incorporated.  Evenly pour the yogurt mixture in the juiced lemon cups.  Place in freezer.

I originally set out to make strawberry lemonade but had a mad scientist moment and thought this would be a good mixture.  It turned out amazing and really is a great snack.  For the strawberry puree I simply cooked 1 cup fresh strawberries and 1/3 cup sugar over medium heat until it cooked down.  I did add a tablespoon of water and one of lemon juice to thin out the mixture.

This is seriously a great snack or a treat for a summer time party.  Enjoy!

RAD Mama