Saturday, April 17, 2010

Because of some technical difficulties my blog address has been changed to:

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Friday, April 16, 2010

Washcloth Travel Bags

This week at Kelly's Korner, Show Us Your Life Friday's, is focusing on teacher gifts. I sew up this cute little washcloth that is turned into a travel bag for travel size products. They would be a great little thank you gift for a teacher, or filled with baby products for a cute baby shower gift. The most difficult part of this project is choosing the perfect washcloth. I chose a striped one for a baby gift that has pastel stripes. The great thing about that one is you can follow the stripes with the sewing machine for straight lines. White washcloths are great because they look so clean. Any color ribbon looks great with a white washcloth. You can choose ribbon, or rope, or cording or binding as your tie. The first seam is done inside out and that is when you sew your ribbon to one side. After that you turn the washcloth to the right side and decide how far you want to make the seams. You can custom your washcloth for the width of the products you choose. Here are several pictures showing the making of the project. Daughter Melissa took the picture of my hands sewing the project on my sewing machine. She thought she would be funny and take a picture of herself in the mirror. The joke is on her because it is such a funny picture, I decided to add that to my post. Now it is on the "web" for all the world to see. I hope you enjoy the picture as much as I enjoyed seeing it when I downloaded my pictures.














Thursday, April 15, 2010

Clean Closets

I have been spring cleaning. I had one closet left to clean. It was my closet. It was a mess. It was overwhelming. I was embarrassed, I was overwhelmed. I was trying to ignore it. It was not working. My oldest daughter Alisha lives in Arizona. She is an organizer. She has organized my closet for me numerous times. I did not want her to know the condition my closet was now in. I did not want her to be disappointed in me. I was disappointed enough for both of us. So, I tackled it. This was before (don't look Alisha):







Yes, I know it is bad, yes I am surprised I am showing this, but wait it gets better.



Are you ready?



Are you sure?



I am excited!



I am proud!



Okay enough, here is the after, in all its glory !!








Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Babies and Cherry Cobbler

A few years ago, a friend at church had her first baby. I had just bought Sandra Lee's new cookbook and there was a berry cobbler that I wanted to try out. I made it and took it to her with a gallon of vanilla ice cream. Well, she just raved about it. I was so happy she liked it and I told her I would bring her a berry cobbler anytime she had a baby. A couple of years later she had baby number two. I showed up with cobbler in tow. A few months ago she was 7 months pregnant with baby number three. We were talking about different things when I almost screamed "cobbler". I had totally forgotten about gifting her with a cobbler after she has her baby. She let me know she had not forgotten and she was plenty happy I had remembered. I decided I would make one for her and I would make one with Splenda, as the hubby is diabetic and anyway we can cut some sugar out, we do.

Here is the recipe:

2 (12 oz.) bags frozen mixed berries, thawed

1 (21 oz.) can apple pie filling

1/2 cup sugar or Splenda

1 1/2 t ground cinnamon

1 roll (18 oz.) refrigerated sugar cookie dough

In a large bowl, mix berries, apple pie filling, sugar and cinnamon. Transfer to 8x8 baking dish. Slice or crumble cookie dough over fruit, covering thickly and completely. Bake uncovered until cookie crust is golden and crisp and juice bubbles thickly, about 45 minutes. Serve warm with vanilla ice cream. Enjoy!!!!!!

Monday, April 12, 2010

Weekend Knitting

Well, we had a busy weekend as usual.  I have a bunch of stuff to blog about, but I just don't know where to start.  First I want to say, before I had my own blog I would go to different blog sites and download recipes, or read funny stories or sad stories.  I would read different ideas people had, decorating ideas, party ideas.  I would enjoy myself, but I never commented.  Now I comment on blogs and I enter contests on peoples blogs.  It is a lot of fun.  When I started my own blog I added a sitemeter that tells me how many people have viewed my blog.  I have been excited to see it jump in numbers, so that tells me there are people besides my family that are reading my blog.  I just wish someone would comment.  That would mean a lot to me.  So, if you are checking me out, so to speak, and I am happy you are, please leave me a comment.  That would make my day.

Today I went to my first knitting class.  It is held at this little knit shop that has tons of yarn and books crammed into this little space.  Well, from 10-12 on Monday mornings they have what they call a class.  Everyone brings what they are working on and the owner and an instructor answers any questions and helps with problems that might arise.  I decided I wanted to make a baby blanket for someone at church that is going to have a baby girl in July.  It is an easy pattern of knit a row, increase a row, purl a row, increase a row.  That sounds all fine and dandy, except I did not remember how to increase.  So, off to class I went this morning.  The teacher taught me how to increase and now I am going to town on my blanket.  After you get the blanket half as large as you want it, you reverse the pattern and every row you were suppose to increase, you now decrease.
This is what I have so far.  At least it is a start and it is super easy.  Here is the actual pattern:

With size 11 knitting needles cast on 3
Next row, knit
Next row increase in the first and last stitch
Next row purl
Next row increase in the first and last stitch
Next row knit

That's it.  You keep that pattern until your triangle measures 37 inches and then you continue the same pattern except decreasing instead of increasing. 
I made a dish towel with this same pattern only I am quite sure I didn't increase correctly.  Only thing is it worked out, for a dish towel that is.  I would not want to give it as a gift, but now that I know how to work the pattern correctly, I think I will make some dish towels for gifts. 
I think it looks real nice in it's new home on my kitchen sink.  They actually work great as dish clothes.  Much better than anything that you buy.  They seem to scrub and absorb water better. Now, I need to get myself in gear and work on the last of my spring cleaning.  My closet!!!!!!  What a job.  I started it this weekend and now I need to finish it.  We were watching clips from a new show about hoarders and Don commented that I was a closet hoarder.  How dare he.  Later this week I will show before and after pictures and then you will see for yourself that Don is wrong :)

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Putting Away the Decorations




I need to put away the Easter decorations, luckily it is not like Christmas when I have boxes and boxes of things to pack up. It is always so much fun to pack for a trip or put out decorations. The drag is when you get home from a trip and have to put everything away and you have all dirty clothes. Not so much fun. It is the same when you are putting out decorations and looking for the perfect spot for your treasures to be displayed. Putting away is always a chore. But like I said, for Easter I just have one table in the entrance way that I decorate. It is next to a hutch that we put all of our collectibles that Don has brought home from his trips. He has things from Russia, Africa and El Salvador. The hutch and table were bought years ago from a yard sale. Above the table is a little glass cabinet that houses a child's cereal set. It is from Germany and it was made in 1918. My friend Ed gave it to me. It was one of his mom's many collections and when she passed away he gifted me with the child's cereal set. I also have an article that was in a magazine, telling about the value of the set. I was so happy to find a perfect glass cabinet to show my little treasure, it is very special to me.


Looking for eggs

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Bodybuilders and Trophy girl

I shared about our Easter, but let me backup a day and talk about our Saturday. We went to our first bodybuilder competition. No we aren't bodybuilders, far from it. But our daughter was asked to be the trophy girl. Well let me tell you Vanna White might need to be worried about her job. Melissa did a great job at handing out trophy's. I am sure she could turn letters on stage if Wheel of Fortune needed a new Vanna. Melissa's boyfriend's family have a business of putting on bodybuilding competitions. They are known for natural competitions, they do drug testing for steroids and if someone tests positive they ban them for life from their competitions. Anyway, they asked Melissa if she would hand out the trophy's. They also invited us to view the show and to be their VIP guests. So we had front row seats and had a fun time. I had never been to anything like that before. Here are some pictures that I took.


Monday, April 5, 2010

Good Friday and Easter



Well, it has been a very busy time around here. We had a Good Friday service at our church, then Easter service and Easter dinner at our house with our son, his wife and the young grandchildren. I hid plastic eggs in our backyard and made sure I counted how many I hid so we would know when they had found them all. I wanted to make sure it was a fair hunt, so I put the kids initals on the eggs. That way the 7 year old wouldn't find them all and leave the 3 year old frustrated. I marked 9 plastic eggs for each of them. They found almost all of them. There was one that the 3 year old couldn't find. All of the adults started looking to help her find her last one. We all came up empty handed. I could not remember where I had hid each one and after about 10 minutes of 5 adults and three kids looking, I had a thought................Lolli. She is our 2 year old pup. She takes anything she can find and carry in her mouth under our couch. I told Melissa to go in the house and look under the couch. Bingo, there it was a pink plastic egg with an N marked on it for Natalie. The mini tootsie roll that had been inside was missing. I would have loved to see her find that plastic egg in the backyard, carry it in her mouth through the doggie door and take it under our couch to eat the tootsie roll inside! She is part dashshund and part chihuahua and very overweight! It is difficult for her to squeeze just herself under the couch, let alone her with a pink plastic egg in her mouth! We all had a good laugh about that. For dinner we had ham, mashed potatoes with country gravy, mac and cheese, rolls, fresh fruit with dip and for dessert chocolate cupcakes. It was yummy, if I do say so myself.

Friday, April 2, 2010

Good News

Good news, son is out of the hospital and has a staph infection on his arm, probably from ju jitsu. It is not a MSRA staph. That is great news. 10 days of penicillin and he should be fine.

When Life Interupts Plans

Well, it never fails, you make plans and something comes up to interrupt your best laid plans. Whenever I plan to do something, I usually add, God willing, because you never know what is going to happen to take priority over what you think you are going to be doing. As we were making Easter plans, I received a phone call that my son was admitted to the hospital with what they thought was a staph infection. Well, after visiting with my very sick son, I headed over to his house to help my daughter-in-law clean the house. MRSA staph infections are contagious and I made a quick trip to the store to buy cleaning supplies. I bought everything that had bleach in it. Tide with bleach, kitchen spray with bleach. You get the idea, we were going to disinfect every inch of that house. Thank heaven my daughter Melissa met me there. She was on kid patrol. She took care of the baby and intertained the 3 and 7 year old. It helped that I also picked up the latest Alvin and the Chipmunks video. My daughter in the law tackled the washing and the baths. I tackled the kitchen. Some 5 hours later we were happy with the outcome. A clean from germs house. I got home late and tired, but I was happy I could change any plans I had and help out any way I could.