More paper dolls-- wonderful drawings!

>> Thursday, October 29, 2009

I adore this blog!

Take a look... I would love to copy some of these dresses into real patterns for my own clothes!




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A Recipe shared-- Mouthwatering Sticky Buns!

>> Tuesday, October 27, 2009


Faith over at Crochet by the Sea posted these mouthwatering photos, last week. They looks so much like the ones my mother made for Christmas Breakfast when I was a child! She was sweet enough to share the recipe.  Thank you, Faith!

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Fall

>> Sunday, October 25, 2009











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Free downloads from Lulu.com

>> Friday, October 23, 2009





 Crochet Jar Topper Pattern








Santa Ami (I would use the pattern to make something else... a baby maybe?)





  


Dainty Doily









The art of crochet








Hope's Birds








Novelty Purse










Lacy Hoop Earrings




 


 Crochet Dude's method for joining afghan squares







Travel Jewelry Pouch









Glass Flip Flops








Chic on the halfshell








Shaken not stirred shawl







Checkered Past Scarf

Chain Hat (no photo)







Brain Freeze


















Angel Ornament




















Baby Boy Hat














Cables and ruffle scarf












For more go to Lulu and search for "free crochet patterns"!
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Something I would like to try---

... but I probably won't get to it this Christmas. 



 Arent' they beautiful? It is called Temari. It is a 1000 year old craft that originated in China and found it's way to Japan, where it is not famous. Diana at Temari has instructions for beginners!

I love a good challenge! And it does look challenging. That's why it will have to wait until I have a few more projects completed!
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from the mouth of babes

>> Thursday, October 22, 2009



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" Mommy, does chocolate milk come from brown cows?"
    -- my 4 year old, 10-09
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Saving a gradeschool boy's pants-- tutorial





My 7-1/2 year old ("the Eldest") has ripped the knees out of 6 pair of pants in the last 2 months. I JUST bought him these pants at the beginning of the school year. In addition, the pants I bought (2 months ago) are starting to look like capris!



So what's a mother to do? I am too cheap (frugal) to buy him new pants. So I improvised ....and I think it turned out quite well!

The damaged goods:




Using the grid mat as a guide, cut the pants leg above the torn-out knee. Then cut the undamaged leg in the same place (hence the need for the grid).




Next, cut the rip from the bottom part of the leg. Then cut the other detached leg  so that it measured the same length.

Measure the boy from waist to below his ankle (or where ever  you wanted the pants to stop over his shoe). Measure down the side seam of the "shorts" part of the pants, noting the measurement. Then measure what is left of the detached leg after removing the space that had been damaged, also noting that measurement. Add the two measurements together and then subtract the sum from the desired finish length (the boy's waist to ankle measurement). The number you get is the length of the fabric you needed to insert.



I chose a similarly colored fabric, but it was thicker than the original pants and was a bit stretchy. I placed the piece I removed from the pants on top of my fabric (double thickness ) as a guide for the width needed. I cut out a square lightly wider than needed. You may have better way to do this, but this worked for me.

See my expensive fabric marker?



Lay out the pants with the fabric square between the "shorts" part and the detached legs. Then mark a line down the sides of the fabric square indicating where the new side seams would be. The taper in the pant legs makes this a bit tricky. I eye balled it and it worked fine.

Sew along marked lines. Remember that the lines indicate sewing lines, not seam allowance. I used my serger. If you don't have a serger, I would suggest zig-zagging the edges, as the more reinforcement you give the pants, the more likely they are to survive the war the little boy will put them through.




Pin the insert-fabric to the bottom leg portion.  Serge or sew.




The next step is the dreaded part. The ironing. But according to my mother-in-law, whose sewing projects turn out looking store bought, the difference between a good finished project and a not-so-good looking one is.... the IRONING.
 
So DON'T SKIP THIS STEP!



Be sure to iron inside (the seams down) and outside.



Pin the legs to the 'shorts' with right sides together.



Serge or sew.


IRON again


 Try it on the boy and admire your work.

The inserts are not really crooked... I just couldn't get the little munchkin to stand up straight!

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A 1970s party, part 3-- more decorations, smiley faces to hang from the ceiling

>> Wednesday, October 21, 2009


The smiley face is an icon of the 1970s. And it is still easy to find smileys all over: Walmart's logo (free stickers for the kiddies too), smiley ballons(Dollar Tree) , fabrics (Walmart), scrapbook papers, cards, gift wrap (Dollar Tree), and the list goes on.

These smileys were made with fusible stabilizer to make them stiff for hanging), yellow flannel, black puffy paint and rick-rack (I was fortunate to find a basket of vintage rick-rack at a 2nd hand shop!) My smileys ranged from 6-12 inches, depending on the scraps I had availible. The puffy paint is easy to work with, and this project does not require much finess. By the way, smileys DON"T have eyebrowns (my youngest and I had a debate about this! The question I had to ask my self is WHY was I arguing with a 4 year old? LOL!) I used hot glue to attach the rickrack to the back-- Viola! Super-Sweet-Smileys!   I hung mine from the ceiling as you would 45 records for a 1950s party!


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Grandpa lives on....

>> Monday, October 19, 2009


Three generations-- distinct similarities

Photo 1: My grandfather, circa 1930
Photo 2  My brother, 1983
Photo 3: My son, 2003

I gave this to my mother at the 1970's party we threw for her. She loved it.

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A 1970s party, part 2-- homemade butter mints recipe

I wanted to make butter mints like the ones the cook at our church made for weddings when I was a child. I couldn't find exactly what I wanted; so I created my own recipe.

Way better than any store bought mints. These are not hard. They are soft, melt-in-your mouth mints. Easy to make and mouth-watering to eat.


Sarah's Buttermints
makes approx. 200 1" circles


4 T. butter
1 t. vanilla extract
2 t.mint extract
1/2 t. butter flavoring ($2 at Walmart- wedding isle in craft section)
1 lb powdered sugar
a small cup of water
microwave safe bowl
a knife or small circle cookie cutter
cookie sheets (probably 2)


In a microwave safe bowl, melt butter in microwave oven at 30 second intervals. Be careful not to overcook. Add flavorings. Mix well (I used my mixer and a dough hook). Gradually stir in powdered sugar, about 1/2 to 1 cup at a time. Mixture should be smooth and thick. When mix gets f lackey, add water-- a few drops at a time until the mix sticks together-- but is not sticky to the touch. The last little bit may require kneading by hand.  Turn out on a surface covered lightly in powdered sugar. With a rolling pin, roll mix to 1/4 inch thick and cut into small circles with a mini cookie cutter or into small squares (like store bought dinner mints) using knife. Place on cookie sheets. Allow to air dry for at least 2 hours (overnight works well). Keeps well in the freezer.

My sister-in-law tasted them and said, "Oh, WOW!"

They really are that wonderful.
WHEAT FREE! Egg free. Milk free if you substitute margerine for the butter. Gread for those with alergies, which our birthday girl has in EXCESS.



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A 1970's party, part 1-- the decorations

>> Thursday, October 8, 2009


The flower shapes I bought at a thrift store. They are made on a diasy loom. I have yet to figure out how to work it. These ones were already finished. Love the dirty orange yarn. The granny squares were made of old yarn from my stash. I need to block them and am planning to hang them from the ceiling (as you would old records if it were a 1950's party!)

This is the fabric I bought at walmart on the $1.50/yd table.I love the yellow with the red and blue flowers! The 2 middle fabrics will be the table cloths and the two outside fabrics will be the bias edging.

Can't wait to get started!
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