Thursday, September 30, 2010

PDF Patterns on Etsy -Precious Patterns

I came across this Shop on Etsy.
They are a creative mother/daughter team from the beautiful Shendoah Valley in Virginia.

Mary Ayres has designed all of their patterns. She is a nationally known craft designer and has sold thousands of her original designs to numerous national craft, sewing, and quilting magazines.

I will definitely be trying these out.

You can check out their shop with the link below.
Pattern from Precious Patterns
Pattern from Precious Patterns

Monday, September 27, 2010

Things I love...Belleza Mia on Etsy

I just recently came in contact with an Etsy shop, Belleza Mia.  I got a necklace from her which I just adore!
Just had to get this one~!
and with this stone!
You simply must check out her jewelry.  I got the green stone you see above instead of the ruby, and it just glows! I also got an A on the leaf.  She was so great to work with and  I will be back soon.   Here's the link to her shop:

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Things I love...
I love everything about this.  I love the outfit, the horse and the grassy open field.  Is this Montana?  I can almost feel the breeze.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Diamonds are Forever

For Christmas last year, Andrew gave me diamonds for the kitchen... that is... a Swiss Diamond Frying pan.  It is the best pan I own.  I also have Kitchenaid, a well known brand, but after 5 years, it shows it's age even with strictly hand washing them.

These Swiss non-stick pans have actual diamonds in them.  You can use your metal utensils on it, and not ruin the surface.  They really do last forever.  I love it!  You can check them out at
Happy cooking!

Monday, September 13, 2010

Kitchen Handsoap Dispenser ala Ball

Andrew made me a new soap dispenser this weekend.  We got an Antique Ball Mason Jar and he topped it off with a dispenser. 
I love it! And I probably will only have to fill it with soap every 6 months!

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Baby's Time Waster

Ok, somewhere in this nest are the materials for a new fun baby's toy! 

You'll need: 6 - 4" pieces of ribbon
                 2 - 6"x 6" pieces of fabric
                 1 - 6"x 6" piece cut from a baby wipe package. You're just look'in for the crinkle factor here.

I'm going for interesting to a baby this is what I came up with.
Take 1 piece of your fabric and pin the ribbons with the unfinished edges facing the salvages.

I just ran a baste stitch over each ribbon a 1/4" from the edge.

I placed the other piece of fabric down, right sides together.
Place the two fabrics right sides facing each other, and layer your piece of crinkle on top. Pin all around.
This is my crinkle piece. 
Sew all around at a 1/2" seam allowance leaving a 3 inch gap unsewn. Then pull inside out...or in this case, right side out.
A little wrinkled, but my daughter will not mind.
Ok, here we are!  It's a little rough, but with my 4 month old on my lap while I sewed, I think this turned out pretty good.
Top stitch around with a decorative stitch, if you got it, and Viola!! 

Now just hand it over to your little one.
It is such a hit. This also can be thrown in the washer as need be. What could be better?

Faith, if you want one, just let me know! 

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Joiner's Tool Box

Andrew made this Joiner's tool box out of 200-300 year old Chestnut wood.  It has a Walnut Danish oil finish.
Each end holds a clamp.
All sectioned off and organized, this Joiner's tool box will carry the Handplanes, Saws, Chisels etc.. safely to and from the job.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Roasted Potato Salad...BEST EVER!

I took a bite of this Potato Salad...and I was was soo good.

1 1/2 lbs Potatoes
1/4 cup plus 2 Tbsps. Olive oil
1/2 Tsp Basil
4 Cloves garlic minced
3 Tbsp. Lemon juice
1 Tbsp. Dijon mustard
1 Tsp Salt
1/2 tsp Pepper
1/2 Cup Onions diced
1/2 Cup Roasted Red Pepper cut into thin Strips

Spray  a shallow roasting pan with non stick spray.  Peel Potatoes and cut into one inch cubes.  Toss with 2 tablespoons of olive oil.  Place in pan and roast at 425 for 35-40 min. stirring after about 20 min. 

Meanwhile, in a blender, or like me, a little "Oscar" compliments of my Mom, blend:  oil, basil, juice, garlic, mustard, salt and pepper. 

Add this to roasted hot potatoes in a bowl and stir in pepper strips and onion. Let stand at room temperature for 1/2 hour.

Friday, September 3, 2010

30 Minute Elastic Waist Skirt

Enough fabric to go around you one and 1/2 times, and some 2 inch elastic.
Sew fabric rights sides together. Sew Elastic to your waist size. Then pin in equal sections.  As you sew, stretch the material and elastic till it is straight and sew around.
Viola! Add a hem, and your done!

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Shaker Silverware Tray


My husband, Andrew, made this Shaker Silverware Tray for me...and I love it!! 
 Hand cut dovetails and a hand planed surface.  This is perfect for transporting food and drinks.  This he made out of Cherry.
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