Matt bought me a great birthday, anniversary and Christmas gift this year with my help. All those events fall in December so it works out well. I took it out of the box yesterday and charged the battery. Now I need to start figuring everything out.
Friday, December 31, 2010
Thursday, December 30, 2010
Sadly this is a project I have been meaning to complete for over 2 years! Yikes, I know. I bought a wicker hamper and it was great other than the original liner fabric. For some reason someone thought it would be good to use pumpkins and squash for laundry??? Strange.
The new and improved hamper which fits perfectly between my washer and dryer.
Monday, December 20, 2010
This year I am attempting to give mostly hand made gifts for Christmas. Our dogs are no exception. With leftover fleece scraps from the dog coats I made for Lilly I created some toys.
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
While visiting in Wisconsin we decided to go roller skating as a family. About 21 of us ended up going. Most of us had not been skating for 15 years or more. Pictures turned out horrible in the dim light but were too fun not to share. No falls for me but Matt had 3 by the time we left as a result of trying to out maneuver the rest of us.
Friday, December 10, 2010
While we were with family over Thanksgiving we had an early Christmas since we won't make it back in December. This year I made all of my nieces and nephews pajamas. The girls received night gowns and the boys flannel pants and a knit shirt.
Monday, December 6, 2010
Our little terrier mix, Lilly, does not appreciate the cold weather very much. We knew we would be in cold snowy weather over Thanksgiving so I made her a couple of coats to help her handle the change from 72 degrees to 14 degrees.
Saturday, December 4, 2010
My mom and sister decided it would be a good idea to attempt to make stuffed turkey cupcakes from a recipe in a magazine. (sorry I don't even know which one it came out of). While I was staying there over Thanksgiving I became part of the plan.
Monday, November 15, 2010
Growing up my mom always made rolled out molasses gingerbread cookies in the Fall. This recipe has been passed down through my mom's family for generations. This recipe also makes excellent gingerbread men at Christmas time.
1 cup of granulated sugar
1 cup of vegetable shortening
1 cup of molasses
1 tsp cloves
1 tsp ginger
2 tsp baking soda
1/2 cup of hot water
4 3/4 cups all purpose flour
Cream the shortening and sugar in mixer on low speed until fluffy. Add the eggs and mix well. Mix in the molasses, cloves and ginger. Dissolve the baking soda in the hot water and add to the mixture mixing well. Gradually add the flour until a stiff dough is formed. Place the dough in the refrigerator for several hours until well chilled. On a well floured surface roll the dough out to 3/8" or 1/4" thickness. Use cookie cutters. Transfer cookies to pan and sprinkle with sugar. Bake at 350 degrees for 12 to 15 min. or until barely browned. The cookies will get hard if over baked. Cool on wire rack. Enjoy!
Thursday, November 4, 2010
My eldest niece is turning 5 this month! What do you make for a girl that loves the color pink, cats, and skirts? A cute outfit with kitty fabric of course.
I used a vintage pattern to make a tunic style top out of this great retro looking fabric.
I combined views 1 & 3 to make the top.
Sorry for the poor picture of the whole outfit. The light was not cooperating with my no frills camera.
Cute rounded collar with pleat detailing on the bodice.
The skirt is a self made pattern inspired by the Oliver + S pattern that is so cute. I just tried to see if I could make one and I think it turned out great.
You can see the fabric developed heat marks at the seams when I pressed it. This is a light denim fabric so I am not surprised.
Thursday, October 28, 2010
This year I have committed to trying to make as many home made Christmas gifts as possible. Mostly excluding the men for obvious reasons. This week I started cutting into this beautiful stack of kona solids.
Oh the suspense for the family members reading my blog!
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Since moving to NM we have discovered the world of sand spurs or grass spurs as some call them. This has to be one of the most evil weeds in existence.