Saturday, December 25, 2010

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Tutorial Tuesday

I know it's too late this year - but you will want to file this away for next year! Jessica, at Craftily Ever After, shared this quick and easy cookie treat, make sure to thank her! I've made a similar cookie for my youngest daughter and my granddaughter's parties - use the same cookie but use Hershey kisses and they are witches hats!

Craftily Ever After: Pilgrim Hat Cookies: "My go-to treat in October is Witch Hat cookies. In November, it's Pilgrim-Hat cookies! I first saw this idea a few years ago at Woman's ..."

Friday, November 26, 2010

Once a Month Cooking - Recipe for Meatballs

This is one of my favorite OAMC recipes. Lower calorie and so MANY uses. Can be added to Spaghetti, sandwiches, soups, etc. or just eaten on their own!

2 lb. 90% lean ground beef, 2lb ground white meat turkey
1 cup fine dry bread crumbs
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 medium onion, diced
4 eggs
4 tablespoons water

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
In large bowl, mix all ingredients. Shape meat mixture into 1 ½ to 2 inch balls.
Place meatballs on un-greased baking pans. Brown meatballs for approx. 15 minutes or until done. Let meatballs cool. Place meatballs on a baking sheet and flash freeze. Then place a meatball serving size for your family in ziptop bag, label, and freeze.

To Serve: Remove from packaging and added to sauce or recipe and heat.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

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Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Tutorial Tuesday

Yes, I've been gone...forever. LOL Sometimes life just gets SO busy doesn't it? Between kids, grand kids, work, and the holidays coming it's been crazy. But I wanted to make sure I shared this really awesome tutorial I found, I'm using it to make the granddaughters some dresses. I know everyone is always looking for ideas for little girls, so here you go. Make sure to thank Kari at UCreate for hosting this great guest tutorial and Lindsay at the Cottage Home for creating it!

Party Dress Tutorial

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Beautiful felted pins

Make sure to check out the beautiful felted pins available in the store. This stunning felted wool flower brooch/pin was hand knit with 100% Peruvian Highland wool. After knitting, the piece is machine felted and then cut and hand sewn into the flower. This flower is in ivory and buttercup with sage green leaves
with a sturdy locking brooch pin sewn on the back. Pin can be pinned on a hat, jacket, coat, purse, scarf or sweater. Make sure to click on over!

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Tutorial Tuesday

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month so here's a tutorial that is perfect for a community service project or to make for a friend who's receiving treatment. The “Anti-Ouch Pouch” was designed by Deon Maas and is dedicated to her mother, Doris Lock, who taught her to sew. Both women are breast cancer survivors and members of the American Sewing Guild.

Anti-Ouch Pouch

Monday, October 4, 2010

Letter from a fellow blogger Mom Vicky

I feel compelled to share this letter from Vicky that was posted on her blog. After you read it, share it. This is definitely a post to ALL our children, and it should go viral. Print it out. Give it to your children to read then have a dicussion with your children. Yes, it can be difficult - but with our busy lives..well, we need to make sure they are reminded. Give them a hug, make sure they know you love them no matter what. Thank you Vicky, for sharing such a personal letter with all of us.

Vicky Bell's Blog: Letter to my daughter ( in the wake of senseless t...: "Hello my girl, I wanted to say hi and tell you how much I miss you and that I hope your classes are going well and that you are having fun ..."

Wednesday, September 29, 2010's getting colder

Wow, what a change in weather patterns here in the Midwest. It's definitely fall here. Make sure to click on over to the store and check out the new fall/winter items available! Here's a hint....

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Tutorial Tuesday

My friend Twyla at Sweet as Steel has a really cute tutorial to share this week!

Monster Eye Hair Clip It's a fun thing to make for all the little girls in your world - thank you so much for sharing Twyla!

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Sunday Sewing Tip

I've been brushing up on my sewing skills because September is National Sewing Month! Here's the site I've found to be the absolute best when you're unsure of a techniques or need "how to do" help, hopefully it can help you too.

Make sure to look over to the top left, click on Guidelines for Sewing, there is an absolute wealth of information there!

Make sure to check out for some great information too!

Happy Sewing!

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

A great time of year for totes!

Don't you find that this time of year is perfect for totes? Busy busy work, play, or school. Make sure to check out the shop for some pretty ones available.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Tutorial Tuesday

I'm always on the hunt for new crafty ideas for my granddaughter. So the day I found this blog post I was looking for ideas on how to help her learn to sew. She's always so delighted when she can watch what I'm making. This is a great idea, I'm so happy that mini-eco shared her talents with all of us!

mini-eco's Printable Sewing Cards

Just too cute! I hope you have fun printing them for your children/grandchildren!

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Sunday Sewing Tip - How to Make Your Own Piping

Of course now that we've learned how to make our own bias tape, you will want to have matching piping. LOL See what I mean, I tell you - it's a sickness. Again there are tons of U-tube videos and tutorials available but this is the one I used to re-familiarize myself with the technique.

How to make your own piping

I will never purchase ready made piping again, it's just to much fun to make whatever you want from home! The picture here is an example of a project in the store where I used custom made piping. If you like, click over to the store and look in the purse category to see even more details!

Happy sewing,

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Saturday Silliness

Have you ever come across a post on an internet forum that just sent you into hysterical giggling fits? I was reading a forum of small business owners and they were talking about dealing with bridezillas. There were some great one liners I'd like to remember - there were many but some were more personal to individual situations so I'm not including all of them.


A friend's mom used to say this to me all the time when someone would act less than polite: "Dear, no matter how hard you try, you simply can't put polish on a sneaker".


If you can't be a shining example, at least be a dire warning.


(While this was was personal I just couldn't pass up sharing it. LOL)
I used to play the pipe organ for weddings, and had bridezilla be a total b---h during the rehearsal. It went on for 2 hours! Then the best man walked over to me and asked if he could pay me $500 to play "Another One Bites the Dust"! I got laughing so hard I nearly fell off the bench. SOooooo tempting!


Kind of scary, isn't it. LOL You have to wonder how they are to their future husband and families. I think we need to remember what weddings are really supposed to be about.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Once a Month cooking

Once a Month Cooking World is a great site for anyone who would like to learn how to make their life easier in the meal department. I've found it not only guarantees we eat healthier but that we aren't tempted by convenience foods. It may seem difficult to get started, but just take it in small steps if you feel overwhelmed. It helped a lot with my monthly food budget too! Let me know if you try it, or find a favorite recipe. I'll be sharing some of mine in the coming months, one thing I've discovered is how easy it is to convert your favorites into this cooking style!

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

New Fall and Winter Items added to the Shop!

If you have a minute make to sure to click on over to the shop and check out the new fall/winter cardigans available for the chilly weather fast approaching! Here's a hint...

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Tutorial Tuesday

I'm always searching for teacher, friend and sister quick and cute gifts. I love to give gifts just because and this is a great idea from Fireflies and Jellybeans!

Welcome Back to School Teacher Gift

Have fun creating and personalizing your favorite one!

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Sunday Sewing Tip - Bias Tape

My friend Twyla and I were discussing our love hate relationship with bias tape. She's found a great project, but you guessed it - LOTS of bias tape necessary. And of course we all know how hard it is to find some that actually matches our project. So a few years ago, I went on a quest on the Internet to learn how to make my own. Yes, there are a ton of tutorials and u-tube videos available - but this is my favorite one.

How to make your own bias tape

And to go along with it, if you want an extra little tip that makes this whole process even easier make sure to check out this tutorial from Creative Little Daisy!

DIY Version of a Bias Tape Maker

I can bet you're just as excited as me to get working on your next project that needs bias tape. And DIY bias tape is much easier to work with!

Happy Sewing!

Friday, September 10, 2010

ReDux: Once a Month Cooking

We're almost to that time of year again! YEAH!

Candejo's Creations: Once a Month Cooking: "Thank heavens for sisters. As you can tell by my absence, I've been super busy with special orders and new project..."