Tuesday, December 10, 2013
An awesome cookie any time of the year, but particularly for your Christmas parties due to it's festive colors...it's one of my favorites.
Cherry Kiss Cookies
1 cup Unsalted Butter, softened
1 cup Powdered Sugar
2 teaspoons Maraschino Cherry Juice
1/2 teaspoon Almond Extract
Few drops of Red Food Coloring
2-1/4 cup All Purpose Flour
1/2 teaspoon Salt
1/2 cup Drained Maraschino Cherries, chopped
48 Hershey Kisses, unwrapped
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
Cream together first five (5) ingredients until you get a smooth consistency.
Add in Flour, Salt and Cherries...mix well.
Let dough rest in refrigerator for 30 minutes.
Form balls and place on your parchment-lined cookie sheet.
Smush cookie balls with a glass dipped in sugar.
Bake 8-10 minutes until bottoms are light brown.
Remove from oven and immediately press a Hershey Kiss into each cookie.
Let cool...if you can.
Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Now that our daughter is stationed at Fort Hood, we paid your lovely State a visit over the Thanksgiving weekend to help her set up her first "adult" apartment. Although I feel for the most part that you are amazing, there are a few things we need to get straight right off:
Those Boys and Their Big Trucks
It's true that everything is bigger in Texas. Your natural beauty is so vastly breathtaking, and your churches are absolutely amazing pieces of art! However, you sincerely need to do something about those boys and their big trucks!!!! Like teach them how to drive without speeding, cutting people off, or parking without backing up into the parking space and blocking it off. PLEASE!
I expected better...a lot better! But I can do barbecue better, and I'm a light weight...you should really get your restaurants to have a little respect for the art...maybe talk to my husband about it? He's a master at the grill and smoker, and could definitely take down quite a few of your local joints easily.
Why in the world did you put an IKEA so close to my daughter's apartment? Let's just say the credit card got an extreme workout...but my daughter is happy.
Most of all, please take care of her....she's the most amazing kid, working hard to help our soldiers and their families at the hospital. You need to keep her safe while she's there.
Tuesday, September 24, 2013
|Pattern: Leather Accent Tote by LRStitched|
Fabric: Glimma by Lotta Jansdotter for Windham Fabrics
A place to put a face to a name to all your friends you talk with on IG...
A place to expand your skills...
A place to eat a lot of food and enjoy friends.
Mostly for me, Sewing Summit was a place to try something you never thought you'd do before. Leather...not pleather...the real stuff that smells fabulous...the thing that you'd never thought in a million years you'd work with.
It was the unknown, but Lindsay Rhodes soon cured that...giving us all the facts we needed to proceed in sewing with it in her lecture before we tackled the tote. Her lecture was two hours, but I think I could have easily sat in that classroom for another two hours soaking up her knowledge of leather...she is just that amazing and knowledgeable.
Her pattern was really easy to follow and user friendly...and she was there to hold your hand when things got scary. It was an amazing experience...
And I made myself a Fall LEATHER tote...
And I'm not sharing...it's mine!
Things I will share about working with leather:
- You need a leather needle.
- You need a heavy-duty polyester thread.
- You need fabric glue.
- You need to work with scissors other than your fabric scissors.
If you have all of those things, just have a bit of faith in yourself and do it...I promise it will be okay, and you'll have a fabulous leather bag like I do.
And if you ever get the chance to take a class from Lindsay, run to her classroom...she willingly shares her knowledge and is the best teacher. I hope I get an opportunity to learn from her again next year!
Wednesday, September 18, 2013
|The Aragon Bag by Sew Sweetness|
However, I didn't have a baby bag...especially one in Hello Kitty that they were wanting.
Enters Sara Lawson of Sew Sweetness stage right...
Would I please test her new bag pattern?
She describes the Aragon Bag as:
Whether you have a new baby or just a ton of stuff to carry around in your bag, this one is for you! On the exterior, this bag features two elastic pockets, a three-dimensional snap pocket, and a back zippered pocket. On the inside, there are four elastic pockets and a zippered pocket. All of your things will have their special place!
And when Sew Modern posted a picture of their new Hello Kitty Elvis fabric, I knew it was a match made in heaven! Who wouldn't like a baby bag with Hello Kitty Elvis fabric?
- For a big bag, I was surprised at how lightweight it actually turned out to be. It finishes at 16" long x 12" tall x 6" wide, and is very easy to carry about.
- Pockets everywhere, and they're elasticized with plenty of room for bottles formula, whatever my friends would need for their little ones.
- Very versatile bag...I would be happy to use one myself on an everyday basis, as it's very roomy and plenty of places to keep your things organized.
- Overall the bag was very easy to make, although I would consider it to be an intermediate-level bag in construction. Sara's instructions were great and very user-friendly, with plenty of pictures to help along in the process.
- I had a bit of trouble with the final step of using a bias tape on the lining side to finish up the bag, but went very slowly and got it done!
Overall, I believe this to be a beautiful bag....and think the next one I make will be with bunny fabric for myself.
Wednesday, September 4, 2013
It wasn't even a yard...
and it was oh so cute!
I couldn't let it stay on the shelf...
it just needed to come home with me.
And it needed a special project...
something to make it shine!
Back to school...everyone around here is getting their little ones ready to go back to school next week.
Just perhaps it would make a lunch box...or a backpack...or perhaps both?
But that was wishful thinking, as I didn't even have a yard.
Maybe, just maybe I could make it work...
And maybe, just maybe I would do it my way.
A lunch bag with a drawstring interior and a top closed by a big button...
Oh so easy for your little one to use, but secure enough to keep everything inside.
The backpack...yup, it also has a drawstring interior and a top closed by a big button...
A zipper pocket on the front for your pencils and erasers...
And a big pocket inside because maybe you want to take a pink pony to share.
So...my first creation from scratch...no pattern...
And I'm pretty proud of myself!
Might just half to do a few more!
Monday, August 19, 2013
|Peas and Corn Lunch Bag by Sew Sweetness|
Summer's coming to an end...
And the kids are going back to school!
But back to school usually brings it's own issues...new school clothes and supplies...with a cost that's not very budget friendly. So when Sara of Sew Sweetness asked for volunteers to test her Peas and Corn Lunch Bag pattern, I immediately raised my hand...quite a few kids I know could use a new lunch bag this year!
The dinosaur lunch bag...isn't it too cute? The pattern includes two different types of lunch bags plus directions for zipper snack pouches...and I chose to do the rounded lunch bag. \
Easy enough to do in an hour or so...it's a winner of a pattern! The directions were clear and concise, making this a project a breeze to complete. And the bag is the perfect size...big enough to hold two bento boxes, a wash cloth holder, a small bottle of water...and I added a pocket to hold an ice pack!
Thanks for another great pattern, Sara!
Friday, August 2, 2013
It's just not the right blue to match the other blocks!
What? I have no orange fabric? I really wanted orange siggy blocks!
Those are words I have said many times with new projects...and are you saying them right now as you look through your stash for swap block fabrics?
If you are, I have some AWESOME news!
Amanda from Westwood Acres has agreed to sponsor our swap!
Haven't shopped at Westwood Acres before? It's the best...low shipping rates, lots of selection, and quick turnaround...plus their customer service can't be beat!
All participants will receive a 10% discount on orders over $25.00...so if you were wanting that Chicopee, Briar Rose, or Belle fat quarter bundle, go get it...your husband/partner won't get mad because you got it with a discount!
I'll put the code in our Flickr group discussion page so it's easily accessible to all...however, please don't share it...it's for participants of this siggy swap only!
So join in the fun (if you haven't already) and share the information on the swap if you're already a participant...the more the merrier, right?