little dash ground coriander seed
Wednesday, November 2, 2011
little dash ground coriander seed
Friday, October 7, 2011
This year we all agreed we want to go trick-or-treating as Peter Pan, Tinkerbell and Wendy. So, the first thing I did was go to goodwill and had a look around. I found a dark green ladies top with little brown beads on the collar, light green kids stretchy pants(meant for a girl I’m sure) and one big square satiny scarf with pink and green flowers. Now here’s how it all came together.
I cut out the back of the green Shirt between the back of the sleeves and sewed the ends together. With the spare fabric I sewed a little pointy hat and cut zig-zags around the ends with pinking shears. The kid pants flared out on the bottom so I sewed them tight against the leg. Add a braided belt, a little autumn leaf garland and a dollar store gold knife and I’ve got myself the cutest little Peter Pan this side of Neverland.
As for tinkerbell, I simply cut holes in the scarf for her head and arms, put a drawstring around the collar and added dollar store fairy wings. When I loop the elastic straps of the wings around her waist it holds the scarf together like a whimsical fairy dress. I may or may not fluff it up with some tulle. Either way it would be perfect for any fairy baby. Now I just need an adult size nightgown and we’re set. Then again, I might just skip that part.
Saturday, October 1, 2011
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
Saturday, September 17, 2011
Ah, autumn. Orange leaves, cool winds, thunderstorms. Southern Oregon is one of nature’s garden spots. In September you can actually smell the sweet harvest of so many different fields and orchards all at once. You need only to slow down and breath. It’s also the time I get started on handmade Christmas gifts. I know, most people are so annoyed to see red and green on the shelf this early but I prefer it. I want to have all my gifts made and stowed away by the time I’m trimming the tree. That way I have the time to enjoy all the bright eyed child-like wonder of Christmas with my family.
Last year I found myself in a situation where I either had to make toys or Santa got stuck in the chimney. I made a stuffed frog and a striped scarf out of fleece. I painted an ABC block toy box and purchased blank thermal pajamas, ironed on a photo of Thomas the tank engine and drew silver and gold tracks all over them. It was a success. My two-year-old loved it.
Making gifts is a wonderful way to treat your young children and to teach them the value of creativity. But don’t underestimate your older child’s appreciation for your hard work. A handmade gift from Mom or Dad can be cherished for a lifetime. Combining Christmas with handmade skills is a wonderful way to create family heirlooms to last generations. And all the more fun if they get to watch you make it.
This year I plan to make a blue plaid teddy bear, a black and yellow road sign scarf and maybe a stuffed monster. And that’s just for one child. My daughter will get a stuffed toy (like a bunny or a cat) and a new crocheted Christmas dress. I also plan to make scarves and shawls for extended family. Canning is a really fun way to treat your friends. I like to do sweets like jams, syrups, and pie fillings decorated with a piece of festive fabric under the ring.
So have fun, get creative and don’t wait 'till carolers are singing to get started. Make the season last. If you’re looking for patterns or handmade gifts on line, check out my etsy shop. It’s here on the blog. There’s more to come so keep checking. Peace on earth and good will toward men.
Saturday, September 10, 2011
Super Easy Yummy Pork
You will need:
6-8 boneless porkchops
One large can whole or diced tomatoes(I prefer whole)
One can cream of mushroom soup
Salt to taste
Any preferred herb (I like Basil)
Okay so the rice in the picture isn’t cooked yet. You get the idea though.
You may want to use a larger baking dish than I did, one that your food will all fit in perhaps.
Bake in 300 degree oven for about an hour to an hour and a half. About halfway through cooking mix it around so the soup and tomatoes come together to make a sauce. That’s it. It’s super easy and super yummy.
We had peas with ours.
Sunday, July 24, 2011
Thursday, July 21, 2011
This little lovely(okay, it's not so little) is a sampler afghan I've been making for quite some time. I'm almost done except for the fact that on my last blue square I ran out of yarn and I can't find more of it anywhere, urggh. If I ever find the right blue I will finish it and have it for sale at the bazaar. It's made up of 63 squares all done in a different stitch. It was a lot of fun to do and awesome to learn all the stitches. I'll be using them in a whole lot of new projects I've got in my head. Now to find that darned blue. And I just realized that this photo is of the backside of the afghan. Oops, better luck next time.
Oh yeah, and Kate reminded me that it is called "Jacksonville Celebrates the Arts". So this will be a baby quilt and it's taking forever, the only time I have to work on it is when the kiddos are napping. But it's coming along nicely and I think I will have the top and basting finished today. I'm so excited, this is the first quilt I've done completely on my own without help and it's turning out really nice. I'm finding out that my projects work out a lot better when I plan them our before I start cutting a sewing. It also makes for a lot less wasted fabric. More pictures to come when it's a little more together.
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
Monday, July 18, 2011
Loves to you all.