Wednesday, January 27, 2010
So my partner in craft Denise called me up the other day and told me that she had some raw muslin that was in the stuff that her mom brought down and offered it to me to make my heart.
Um yeah, it was a little too stiff and not bendy enough for my liking. Remember, this is one of my "on a whim" crafts and therefore I wasn't willing to put in sweat or blood. As I was rooting around for a wire cutter it hit me that I hadn't taken down my greenery wreath from the holidays. Score! All those little pine branches were held on by thin wire. So I scavanged that wire. After playing with the fabric some I discovered that it was too flimsy to do the nifty little folds. Sure, I could have starched it or used fabric stiffener, but I was in instant gratification mode so I improvised and I tucked the wire inside one long fabric strip and braided it in with two other strips. Then I got real professional like and held it all together with a twist of the wire and safety pin.
As you can tell, it's a fairly small heart and my walls are cream. So I tried hanging it different places and just wasn't digging it the way it faded into the walls. At this point I called Denise and told her that she was going to be the recipient of said heart because I thought it would look cute hanging in her kitchen with her new valance. In the process of talking to Denise my mind started going, and I starting thinking and I ran to the office and grabbed a frame and got off the phone with Denise because she doesn't need to be privvy to the craziness that is my train of thought (well, not tonight she didn't), grabbed some of the pretty pretty scrapbooking paper I have stashed and now there is no way she is getting my heart!
The glass in this particular frame had cracked and the black is the cardboard that came with the frame with some pretty paper taped on using double sided tape! This is hanging above my fireplace and it looks kind of lonely so I guess I better get to work on his friends!
I had this post ready last night and woke up to find this morning that Linda of Craftaholics Anonymous was having a fun mclinky party! How awesome is that?
everything but the mints mixed together... I could eat this just like this.
layering them in
I realized I totally forgot to take a picture after I put more batter on top of the mints. Oh well.
The pan is half gone, I hated bringing ANY home.
Guess this means I will have to eat the brownies myself.
Monday, January 25, 2010
Sunday, January 24, 2010
Saturday, January 23, 2010
Enough about that though, you don't want to hear me ramble on about Madelyn's sleeping patterns, that's what you go to Frog E. Mama for. :)
While Denise and I were in the back of the house distracted, Madelyn and Paige had fun with the camera and apparently Madelyn wanted to try her hand at sewing. Photographic evidence!
Tulle from 6 half way completed tutus. It's so pretty and so much fun! I think the girls are going to have one in every color!
A ruffle sleeve dress, using the pattern Denise used for her ruffle sleeve shirts. Madelyn is already asleep so you get my stand-in model, Pooh Booh. (Madelyn has named him Pooh Booh and if I say Pooh Bear I am corrected). Isn't he darling?
I had forgotten how much I love to create with fabric and thread! Thank you Denise for inspiring me to sew again!
Our crafting weekend is going wonderful! Except for the gross underestimation of the size of our butts for tutus. In defense of my own butt (Denise will have to defend her's) we also didn't have enough tulle for the little girls tutus either. Our total projects so far are 6 half done tutus and I've made a tote bag that just needs some handles. We are lucky to be that far seeing as how I forgot how to use my sewing machine, Denise ran out of gas, we ordered pizza, and have 4 girls under the age of 5.
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
Thus was born the $0.25 basket! I took a shoe box from some sandals I got for Christmas, covered it with one piece of scrapbook paper that was on sale 4/$1, and a coat of modpodge and voila! I'll be making a few more and one for the freezer to help keep things a little more organized and a little less all over the floor.
Monday, January 18, 2010
the wooden coaster discs cut out by my Grandfather for my Grandmothers coasters
and the size 8 Boye hook
With the new year here, and resolutions & organizational goals in full force, what are some of the projects on your list? Are you working on any specific projects around the house, such as purging, organizing, craft projects, home improvement projects?
In my new notebook, I have a list of projects that I want to complete for 2010, plus several pages of fun ideas for holiday and seasonal fun with Madelyn.
So, here's a quick peak at my list:
1. Redo cushions for my Grandaddy's chair. I started this project 9 years ago, my sewing machine crapped out on me and I've just be laying the fabric on the cushions. It's quite sad actually.
2. Create a backboard for the headboard on Chris' childhood bed that is in the guest room. The thin pressboard one it had was damaged 3 moves ago.
3. Make a quilt top with Madelyn's baby clothes. I'm a beginning sewer and never quilter, so I'm just pushing for the quilt top which I may or may not send out to be quilted.
4. Prettify our tv tables that are used for everything in our family room and are showing the wear and tear.
5. Knit, sew, and create at least 4 Christmas gifts for family. I have one planned already but these have to be secret until December 25, 2010.
There is what I would consider my top five, but obviously my true list is much much longer! :)
Sunday, January 17, 2010
meanwhile, cream butter then add lemon/sugar mixture until blended, add eggs one at a time add 1/2 C. of lemon juice and salt
place into 2 qt. saucepansimmer on low until thickened, about 10 mins
remove from heat and cool
Don't believe me? Let me play it out for you. We arrive at JoAnnes and being the awesome mom that I am, I leave Madelyn in the capable care of Paige and Reese while I go to get a buggy from the other side of the buggy catcher thingy (what, your store doesn't have a buggy catcher thingy?) and Madelyn fails to keep up with the train and ends up with a bump on the head. I bribe her with M&Ms to stop crying so that I can get my craft fix. Mom of the year award right here!
Denise drags me through the fabric aisles and I start thinking about all the things I could sew, if I were capable of sewing a straight line. Finally we wind up on the aisle with the tulle, something I can work with to make tutus and I just start putting tulle in my buggy for all the girls and then determine that maybe I need a tutu too...and so does Denise. I'm not sure there was much of a color selection left of the "shiny tulle" when we left the aisle. We find the elastic and I go drool over upolstry fabric for a chair I need to redo for my projects of 2010 list (more details to come).
The girls are playing and being bribed with M&Ms, Madelyn and Paige are filthy from playing on the floor and now it is time for us to venture to the other 2/3 of the store. I've got a lot of crafts running through my head and just kind of wanted to browse. Denise is behind me complaining about the cost of her addiction, like I had anything to do with the purchase of $100 worth of tulle for tutus (OK, not that much, but you should have heard her).
Then we hit the pretty papers where they were on sale 4/$1. Yeah, that is NO good for crafters who love modpodge as much as I do. It's like $1 beer night. I was trying to edit myself and only get papers for specific projects and was very proud that even with that price I only walked out with 10 pieces of paper and only 2 are for a project that is still very conceptual.
By this point Madelyn had gotten in trouble for running off and was sequestered in the buggy across the aisle smelling fake flowers that Paige and Reese were bringing to her. We checked out and ended our journey with chicken from chick fil a. Where Madelyn didn't eat because she fell asleep and slept the whole ride home.
After some visiting and some play time, Madelyn and I headed home and this sunset greeted us. It was a very nice day, productive, and fun. Of course Denise is a brat and didn't bother to show me those super cute shirts until AFTER our trip so now I have to go buy fabric so I can make one in each color.
Thank you Candace over at Sparkle Power for a great Tutorial...
Friday, January 8, 2010
I apologize for the lack of pictures, I kind of forgot about taking them once I started cooking.
The ingredients: (not pictured - egg, parmesan cheese, mozzerella cheese - they were still at the store during the photo shoot)
That's 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts, olive oil, pasta, spaghetti sauce, and Italian bread crumbs.
Cut the chicken into smaller pieces, I find that I can get three pieces per breast half. Dip the pieces in egg and then in bread crumbs.
Serve with pasta and extra sauce.
Get in the kitchen and have fun and enjoy the yumminess!