Sunday, February 28, 2010

Week #4

Week #4 brings 4 little pairs of earrings. It was a busy week but I knew
I needed to come up with something. Better than just beads in a box, right?

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Thursday, February 25, 2010

Days of the Week Dishtowels


The last time I did an iron-on transfer I believe my age was still in the single digits. I redeemed enough cereal box tops to receive a fancy silver and black Schwinn iron on. I strategically wore it, of course, when riding my bike!

Needless to say, it has been a while since I have done simple iron-on transfers. When I saw this tutorial of numbered towels, I thought it would be a classy one to try. Using some flour sack towels I bought at Wal-Mart, it turned out without any glitches. The problem was they only came in packs of five. So, I have two more to do when I make it back.

With there being three images per sheet, I had a lot of white space on the last page. I didn't want to waste that transfer sheet, so I googled a baseball image and put it on a wrinkled undershirt of Cody's. Cael was more thrilled with it -- I should have used one of his.

I think I could have a lot of fun doing these. Check out this blog for more number ideas -- she claims is currently quite the rage in home decorating.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Project 2010 - Week #3

Pulled a dress that was in our mending/refurbish basket out and transformed it into a skirt!
It was pretty easy. I just cut the top of it off and made a little casing.
I used the drawstring from the neck and voila! A skirt!
It even had pockets! Bonus.
(Good girl, Em for practicing the piano!!)

This next one was a BLAST!
I had a bag filled with scraps from old prom dresses. The organza makes the most adorable flowers. These little pins are everywhere these days. Cute on a jacket or on a bag or in your hair.
They work up very fast and if you don't have scraps - ask a friend or buy 6 or 8 inches of a few colors! They are only pennies to make.


You simply cut out about 5-9 circles of gradating sizes -
don't be too fussy here.
Next you hold a lighter quite close to the edge of the
fabric and slowly turn the pedal.
This melts the edges and causes it to curl. It's so fun!
You will want to make dozens of them!
To embellish look for buttons or beads or old costume jewelry.
This would be a great girls night party!
I have stitched pins to the back or clips if they are
for the hair or a headband.

I am certainly not taking credit for inventing this -
(I really wish I knew who to credit!)
I came across the directions
a few months ago on line somewhere.
I have seen where you can stitch several
to a wide ribbon for a pretty necklace.
Let me know how you like this if you try it!
(I made a few tacking stitches to hold all the layers
together then added the embellishments)
And last of all - I finished a little penny rug with scraps of wool.
I started this well over a year ago! Wahoo!!
Hope you all had a creative moment this past week!
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Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Week #2

Project 2010 continues . . .
We enjoyed a wonderful get-away to visit Mark's
brother in Vegas this past long weekend.
Wow was that warm sunshine heavenly!
I took along a pleated dress that has been sitting in a box
waiting to be smocked for several years now.
I was able to complete all the hand stitching as we
drove down. Have you tried smocking?
It really is quite simple and kind of similar to
cross stitch. It works up very quickly.
I have a pleater that puts in all the "gathers" in for me.
If you like hand work, you would love smocking.
I am very blessed to have a little grand daughter
to smock for and one more on the way!

Watch for the finished dress to be posted in the not too far future!
Another thing I did last week was pretty difficult.
I walked into the garage and took
a big bag of bird seed off the shelf that had been
sitting there since last spring ~
And I filled my bird feeders!
Wow - were those cute little birdies thrilled!
We have one hanging right outside the kitchen window.
We LOVE watching our feathered friends.
I still need to learn about them and what kind of birds they are . . .
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Wanting to involve all family members with this challenge -
Mark was game to use up some of our wheat and 9 grain cereal.
The result was some of his wonderful bread!

Oh, and a yummy little tip with french toast.
(Don't throw out your old bread! Make croutons or french toast!)
I learned this at girls camp a few years ago. Melt a little butter on the hot skillet and then sprinkle lightly with sugar. Grill one side of the toast, lift up the bread & butter and sugar quickly before flipping it. The result is a very crunchy, caramelized piece of french toast!
It is especially delicious with fresh strawberries and whipped cream!

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Hem Haw!

I am just tickled to death that I learned something new.

I have a jean fetish. Come fall, with the slight drop in the thermometer, I am itching to jump into a pair of comfy jeans and an oversized sweater. It was no surprise that as Laken and I were shopping last week, I found yet another pair calling my name. As usual, they were way too long. However, I am so cheap I didn't want to pay for alterations. Having altered the last 3 or 4 I bought, I knew I could do it myself. Although, I knew there was a certain alteration method that preserves the original hem. So, I googled it.

It is called a European hem. Nordstrom charges $22 for it. This link shows you how to do it. I did it in just minutes and was tickled pink! I hope you appreciate it more than my hubby did when following my experiment I anxiously called him at work. He didn't share the same enthusiasm.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Here's an Attempt...

Okay, so as I mentioned before...our family's goal is to focus on bringing the words "ORGANIZE" and "ORDER" to life in our home! Maybe after we see progress in this area we will be able to listen to our creative yearnings!!
ANYWAY...here is an attempt at taming one eyesore on my desk.

BEFORE...


and...AFTER!


I actually saw this idea on another blog...but can't remember which one. So if this is your idea THANKS for sharing it! We were having a hard time keeping up on all the papers that come home...usually keeping those that don't matter and losing those that do! I thought this looked like a great way to keep things in place...and easy for everyone to know where to put the "stuff" that they wanted to keep track of! Now...just to keep track of the binder!!

Monday, February 8, 2010

Ruffle Scarf


I guess I can count this as my project for the week. I assure you I won't be able to keep this up at a weekly rate. However, Laken and I were able to sneak into Joann's Friday night while the boys went to a Flash game. I had seen this tutorial that I wanted to try. They didn't have red -- my fabric of choice. Laken loved this yellow, so we went for it. It is a quick project, so I made it early Saturday morning. Anxious to get her approval, she looked at it and said, "It's too long for me." I then told her I couldn't wear it because I look horrible in yellow. So, now it is a scarf that is unloved in this house. I will probably have to wear it with my black coat matching nothing since the only thing I own that is yellow is a pair of summer pumps! Anyone looking for a yellow scarf?

Week 1

I did post ... I was just on my other blog.
Just a little tired I suppose.
You can link from here.
Happy creating everyone!

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Month of Meals -- take one


The idea isn't foreign. You take your family's favorite 30 meals and put them in a handy book and use it in your rotation system. Right. Sounds easy, but I haven't been able to get around to it yet. So, I decided to go slowly at it. Every time we have a meal that is a home run with all the family, I am going to type it up and save it on the computer. Hopefully over a few month's time, we will have found 30 winners. Lately, I have leaned toward quick and easy being first priority, yet great-tasting recipes. So, I thought I would share my latest love.

It. Is. Easy.

Smoked Pulled Pork BBQ Sandwiches -- courtesy of Rib City Grill
1 small 2-4 lb. pork butt "bone in" or pork collar, or roast bone in or no bone
1 bottle Liquid Smoke
1 blend of Vegetable blend spices (Season Salt, Celery, Salt, Pepper, Montreal BBQ Spices, Garlic powder mixed together
1 bottle Sweet BBQ sauce

Spread all spices on Pork Roast or Butt forming almost a crust, or thick layer.
Tear off 2 big pieces of foil to cover roast.
Pour 1/2 bottle liquid smoke into foil with roast. Wrap the first sheet, then wrap it again with the second sheet so the juices cannot escape when cooking.
Place in a shallow pan or cooking tray. Slow cook at 375 for 4 hours, and then 275 for 4 more hours. (I just place it in my crock pot in the morning and forget about it).
Unwrap and bull bone (if any). Take a fork and make sure that the meat separates easily. Leave cooking juice and put in bowl and pull with forks or gloved hands.
Add BBQ sauce.
Serve on fresh rolls.

Now, to add as a side, I recently discovered these sweet potato fries. I just picked them up at Wal-Mart. They taste just like the ones at one of my favorite restaurants. However, I wish I had the dipping sauce to go with it. So, I made this one -- it is good, too!

Apricot Dipping Sauce
1 cup apricot jam
1/4 cup orange juice
1 T prepared mustard

Melt jam in small saucepan over medium-high heat. Whisk in orange juice and mustard. Purée sauce in food processor or with immersible mixer.

There it is! A tantalizing meal everyone enjoys (well, only some of us like the sweet potato fries - that's when Pringles come in as a substitute).

One down. Twenty-nine to go. I would love to have some suggestions on your favorite meals to add to my rotation system.