Thursday, August 30, 2007

Project Day

This morning was one of those Norah Jones types of mornings. The air was a little chilly and gray and I was home alone doing dishes and laundry. I lit a few candles, turned on some music and by 9:30 I couldn't believe how much I had gotten done - of course you would never know by looking at the kitchen now! When the kids got home, they went threw there like a tornado.

I've been taking full advantage of the kids being back in school catching up on a few projects. I finished this apron while catching up with Wendy. She's in VA and is the only person up that I can call at that time of day. Inspired by some cute aprons in a magazine, I picked up this material in the home decorating section at Joann's and made an apron for myself. Having a little fabric left over, I made a matching one for Sara.

That being done, I worked a little on my Wizard of Oz quilt (not ready to share pictures just yet). Then a little ADHD kicked in and I had to move on to another project, so I made this adorable kitty that I found online. You can get the pattern free here: http://weewonderfuls.typepad.com/wee_wonderfuls/ Just click on freebies to download and you will see the Pointy Kitty pattern.

Good times...good times.

Saturday, August 25, 2007

Square in a Square


I finally have something up on my wall! I finished this square in a square quilt a little while ago, but I finally managed to get a curtain rod up on the wall to hang it on. I'm finally at the point that I've forgotten about it and each time I go into the living room it surprises me - don't you just love that feeling. Now if I could just get new couches...

Thursday, August 23, 2007

Canned me some peaches!

This was my first attempt at canning peaches, or anything other than jam, and it was very...sucessful. Fun wouldn't really be the right word. Maybe if I had canned them with a friend it would have been fun, but then again a friend would have seen my OCD need to rinse my hands after skinning and cutting each peach. I just can't stand the sticky for that long!

Anyway, I did find a website that had some great tips and how to's http://www.pickyourown.org/peachescanning.htm. It has info on canning (and picking) all types of fruits. Happy canning!


Thursday, August 16, 2007

Some one's in the Kitchen.....it's me!



This may sound like a comercial, but this book is awesome! I picked it up for a dollar at the thrift store (love those thrift store finds!). After trying it out, I've fallen in love. The basic idea is that you make these mixes that you can keep in your pantry for about 10-12 weeks. From the mixes you can make all kinds of good stuff.

I made the Quick Mix, Cookie Mix and Granola Mix. From these mixes I've made Fry Bread, Snickerdoodles, Peanut Butter Cookies and have chowed down on the Granola. I've never even thought about making granola before, but in that never ending quest to eat healthier I thought I'd give it a whirl - Yum!

The only problem that I had with the mixes is that they call for Vegetable Shortening, which is just not that great for you. I checked at my local health food store - dropped by to pick up all of the granola ingredients from those cool bins - and found a nonhydroginated Vegetable Shortening by Spectrum. I also used all of the "good for you" sugars and added soy protein mix to the Quick Mix and Cookie Mix. Why not sneak in a little extra protein into my kids diets?

I love doing it myself and saving time and money to boot! No preservatives to worry about either.

After checking on line, I found that Amazon had a newer version of the same book that came out Jan 2007. I was hip and I didn't even know it! Check out the new or old version:
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw/105-8006454-7383603?initialSearch=1&url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=make+a+mix+cookery

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Quiet Books






OK, I just finished another Quiet Book and had to share...It came out sooo cute! I made it from a pattern booklet by Norma Barnes that I bought a little while ago. If you don't know what Quiet Books are, they are soft books made out of fabric that have activities for kids to do. Not only are they fun for kids, but they teach motor skills like buttoning, snapping, zipping, tying and braiding.
I found the fabric for the cover at Joanne's and fell in love with it. The text says "mother hen and her chicks." Too cute!

Edited to add - I now have my own Quiet Book Pattern available here

Monday, August 6, 2007

Scrapbooking





Here are a couple of scrapbook pages that I'd done...oh, say within the past two years - has it been that long? If you click on the pictures you can get a better look. Not sure why I took a top and bottom picture of that last page but check out the little packet with the star, it has his teeth in it!

Sunday, August 5, 2007

Pumpkin Head



What a cute pumpkin head! This pumpkin muffin recipe was given to me a couple of years ago and they are scrumptious.

Combine one box of spiced cake mix, one can of pumpkin (the smaller can) and one cup of chocolate chips. That's it - Don't add any of the egg, oil or water that the spice cake mix calls for. Bake the muffins according to the instruction on the box and you have a yummy treat!

Saturday, August 4, 2007

"Bee-cho"



Becho means bug in spanish and this quilt is full of bechos with attitude. This quilt is the largest that I've ever made (twin size) and one of my first attempts at paper piecing. The first time I paper pieced, I couldn't stand it...and I became addicted.

Quilter's Cache is a great place to learn how to paper piece. They also have a ton of free block patterns. Check it out! http://www.quilterscache.com/StartQuiltingPages/startquiltingthree.html

Just for kicks I entered Bee-cho into a local quilt show and received honorable mention in the baby category!

Thrift Store Find


Who doesn't love a great thrift store find? I picked up this vintage baby blanket for $2 - love it! I tried selling it on Ebay, but there were no takers so I've decided to keep it in the car for those quick stops at the park.

The Room-of-Requirement






We have an extra bedroom in our house that I wanted to make into the craft/project room. In order for the room to be for everyone in the family and not just "mom's sewing room", we decided to call it the Room of Requirement (shamless Harry Potter Fan).

Here are a few of the blankets that have been turned out in the Room of Requirement and have sold on ebay recently.