Thursday, June 17, 2010

Hooded Bath Towels

One of our granddaughter's birthday party was this past weekend.

Some hooded bath towels were requested as a gift for Josie's 2nd birthday. I had seen some in a kids boutique for a pricey sum and decided to recreate them. I think they turned out super cute!

The two hardest parts of this job was

1. finding the START button on my embroidery machine! It had been about a year since I last used my embroidery machine and I had no problem remembering how to program what I wanted, how to position the fabric, but for the life of me, I couldn't remember (or see) where the start button was! So I spent about an hour looking for my manual, which was futile! I finally saw the big START button located on the opposite side of the programming screen! I felt so foolish!!

2. Trying to figure out how to fold these once I had finished them! Notice the two towels are folded two different ways. I went with option 1 (a little neater though) and tied ribbon around it.

Here is Josie

Notice her dress has frogs on it. Her mom bought this dress off Etsy and it is really cute! Josie loves Frogs!

Josie and another granddaughter Carley playing with balloons!

Josie wanted a frog cake for her birthday. So my stepdaughter Rebecca made the cutest cake!

Not only was this cake adorable, but it was delicious as well! Rebecca and Elizabeth have a business called The Bakery Next Door. You need to check out all the fantastic cakes they have done! Just look at the lily pad cupcakes surrounding the Frog!

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Thursday, June 10, 2010

My Hydranges

I am so proud of these! I think this is the 3rd hydrangea bush I have planted. The other two died! I finally found the perfect place to plant it! Each year I get more and more blooms!

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Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Brownie Attack!

Look what happens when you leave the kitchen with a fresh pan of brownies to cool!

Apparently, the "I don't like the edges of the brownies" person in this house attacked and was so kind to leave the edges for the "I love the edges of brownies" person in this house!

Are you a "no edge brownie person" or "love the edges brownie person"??

Hopefully I will be back soon with something crafty or a sewing project! I know I have my fingers crossed!

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Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Ribbon, Ribbon, Everywhere........Not!

This has been on my to-do-list for awhile. I had ribbon rolls everywhere! My closet, my sewing room, my closet, the doll room, kitchen, you get it - everywhere!!! When I saw this idea in blog land, I knew I needed to do it! I really had my doubts about this method significantly reducing the amount of space it took up, but I was willing to give it a try! I thought this would be perfect for nights when I was watching t.v.

So I started by assigning a new empty "office size" waste basket as my collector. (I purchased this from the office moving sale next our office for .50) Every time I found a roll of ribbon I tossed it in there. I also went ahead and bought some of the clothespins from the dollar store and tossed them in there too. The basket was full in no time!

So when I was sick and laying around a lot, I started working on this project. Soon I was out of clothespins! My trip on Saturday to 2 dollar stores resulted in ZERO clothespins! Walmart or Target didn't have this type either. Finally I found them at Hobby Lobby at 40% off, which isn't exactly a dollar, but I splurged to get the job done!

I put them in some glass jars I had in the garage that I bought really cheap at the thrift store!

Don't they look pretty? I love just looking at the jars!
They were moved upstairs to my sewing room. I was really tempted to keep them on the kitchen counter for a few days just because I love looking at them.

I am totally amazed at how much more compact it is! I did discover about 5 yard rolls were probably the most you would want to put on each clothespin, unless it is a skinnier ribbon. The ten yard rolls, I curled up and secured with a binder clip. I don't have the energy to even attempt some of the 50 yard rolls, Not going to do it!

You really can't tell from the pictures, but there is a lot of ribbon in those jars!

And yes, I DO know I have too much ribbon! I may have to try this with my lace!

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Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Amazing How Drugs Can Help You.......

I finally caved and got some medicine for my sinus infection.

These extra strong antibiotics at least let me enjoy Jessie's Graduation on Saturday from middle school and let me feel human again!

I took a four day holiday weekend and tried to rest and do as little as possible. Son #2's girlfriend Julie did a lot of work for me this past weekend. She de-cluttered and cleaned my dining room!!! And if that wasn't enough, She cleaned and organized my spice rack, my bake center and my open pantry! I feel so much better just looking at the clean organized work she did! Thank you Julie! I love you!! She is coming back in July to help me organize and clean my sewing room! I am soooo lucky!

While I was feeling bad and laying around, I started this book...........really good!

While cleaning the open pantry, Julie found this book, it was published in 1987.

It had several recipes flagged to try. So today after dinner, I decided to try the Monterey Jack Crisps. You just take Monterey Jack cheese, like this, slice and

cut into squares, sprinkle with chili powder or cheyenne pepper (I used chili powder)
and bake at 400 degrees for about 6 minutes. (You almost think they look like they are burning) Drain on paper towels.

They are nice and crispy! I think these would be great with a salad. Jessie said the first taste was okay, but by the third bite she liked them even better! My taste buds still are not back to normal, but I think they are pretty good, but greasy.

Hopefully I will be back to my normal self by Thursday!

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