Saturday, April 30, 2011

Wedding Gift... Personalized Decorations!

 My friend Missy, pictured here, is painting the R that she traced from the Wooden Name she is making.  Our Friends Mandy and Matt just got married last Saturday. congrats!

 Here's the bag.  Turned out so cute~!

 Next we painted the edges of the letters with acrylic black paint.
 Then we Mod Podged the Scrapbook paper, that we cut out, to the letters. ....

I had a little time, so I did these two letters as well.  I liked them both!

 Close up of the red texture.
 I love how this turned out. It matches their living room. The black is a velour and the red has a nice design to it. Not overbearing. Awesome! Missy packed it in her bag with the personalized R on it.

Congrats Matt and Mandy Reynolds on your Marriage!  As soon as the pictures are up of their wedding on Amy and Jeremiah Photography, I'll let you know!

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Friday, April 29, 2011

Embellished Shower Curtain

I've had this plain Target Green shower curtain since 2008...I always felt like it needed something. 
I added a white ruffle and pinned. 
 And another layer of cream ruffle.

 Claire...bored with walking on the curtain.
 Finally adding a flowery ruffle ...

 and sewed it up, which took forever! Or at least it felt like it.

 I winged this, so I think it turned out pretty well.

Measuring and drawing straight lines to pin too, would be ideal...I just didn't have the time! 

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Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Yoder Peanut Butter Pie

I recently saw a show from Sarasota, Fl with a restaurant called Yoder Kitchen, I believe. They showed homemade Peanut Butter Pie. Yum. My husband loves Peanut butter pie, but it needs to be smooth. I came up with this recipe from looking at some others. 

Anyone who knows our family, knows that my husband was Amish until he was around 5 years old.  What a cool history he has.

1 (8 inch) baked pie crust
1 c. powdered sugar
1/2 c. peanut butter
1 box instant vanilla pudding
1 (8 oz.) Cool Whip or...
                   make your own like I did. Dream Whip!
Mix powdered sugar and 1/2 cup peanut butter until crumbly. Pour 3/4 of crumbs on pie crust, bottom and sides. Mix pudding as directed and pour on pie crust. Let set up. Spread 8 ounce Cool Whip on top and sprinkle with the rest of the crumbs. Cool well and serve. 

Taste awesome with a cup of coffee!

Baby Dress

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Saturday, April 23, 2011

Puppy Baby Pillow

I made a pillow insert first off, then went on to make a pillow cover.  I included a ribbon on the inside, and then a hook.  

The puppy print was a nice touch.  She really likes it. I also made one for my other sweet niece!
Well, she's already got a hold of it here so no more pictures of this one. She's left me for another room to investigate/ terrorize.  It's amazing what a mess she leaves in her wake. 

I just put in my Girl's new car seat and thought she might need this as her seat sits upright now.

Any plans for the weekend?

A-1 Good n hot burgers

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Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Applique for My Baby Girl's Shirt

 My baby just celebrated her First Birthday! It's a celebration of her 1 year, and of 1 year of parenthood for me and my husband.  So many changes just one year.

From feeding every two hours in the early morning hours to her now crawling around trying to find something else to get into and investigate. Standing, and attempting to walk without holding on.  I'll be the first to say...I was soo tired at the beginning.... so tired. And now I'm just tired all the time. Just kidding! 

Things are way better and I really enjoy seeing her change so much.  It's amazing the love you feel for your own child. I love her more than Iced Coffee in the morning. That's saying ALOT! She's absolutely a Daddy's girl already.  She just gets soo excited when she sees him. I love that.  I'd move mountins for my baby if I had to. She's the best. I love her.

Ok, on with this project. I just unburied my sewing machine after it had a week off. 

You need a plain shirt, some scrap fabric with a print on it, and pins. I cut this bunting upside down and couldn't use it, so I'm going to cut out the cat.
 I already loved this shirt because it goes with almost anything...but I need something for my cat.
 After cutting it out, I pinned and sewed around it. Then went back with a zigzag stitch a couple times because my edges were fraying more than I wanted.

 Done! Could this have been easier for such enjoyment? I love it. And as you can see the drool, she really loves it too!

 Fabric Pennant Banner

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Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Change it up

I just loved this fabric when I saw it.  It's soft, almost fleece like.  I covered this pillow below. 

 I have two of these that I had made over a year ago.  I was bored with them, so I just added the blue cover. 

What color would you have picked?

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Monday, April 11, 2011

Fabric Birthday Pennant Banner

 My Baby's 1st Birthday is about a week away, so I made a pennant banner for decoration. 
 I made a pattern out of a paper grocery bag, and cut out my triangles with pinking shears.
I sewed these up and then put them into a double sided bias tape.  Pin, pin, pin, and sew. Done!

I love the prints on these! So very cute.  Joann's had a sale of 60% off, so I grabbed an 1/4 yard of each.  Now I can enjoy them all!  

These make great gifts for anyone! Just change up the print!

I'm participating in:

Get Your Craft On Tuesday

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Saturday, April 9, 2011

Polenta with Sausage Marinara Rotini

 For those of you who haven't tried Polenta, go for it! It is a cheap filler and tastes great. My family knew it as Mush.  Cornmeal cooked.

This is EASY to make.  I used to cook it on the stove, but it takes more attention than I'm able to give with a One year old crawling around.  Even in this picture above,you can see, I practically burnt the Garlic bread under the broiler because I had too much going on.  Here we go:
Microwave Polenta

3 Cups Water
1 Cup Cornmeal
1 Tsp Salt
 For Frying:
2 Tbsp Olive Oil
Stir together and pour into a Pyrex bowl sprayed with cooking spray. Cook 7 minutes in the microwave on high, stirring every two minutes.  Take out of microwave and pour onto a baking sheet keeping it about 1 inch high.  Mine was just to one side of my baking pan. Flatten with a spatula. Cool for 20 min.  Using a cookie cutter, cut your desired shape.  I wish I had a circle one, but I had a scalloped edged square which of course works just fine.

Heat a frying pan with 2 tbsp of olive oil.  Fry them for 4-5 minutes on each side.  Your just looking for a little browning.

I cooked up some ground Italian sausage and added some canned marinara sauce.  Hunts is pretty good!  Cook up some noodles, add your sauce and serve with the polenta.  Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and sliced green onion!

I hope everyone is enjoying the weekend.  70's!!  What are you doing?

Flower Hair Clip Tutorial
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Friday, April 8, 2011

Things I love...The Rust Peddler

 I just came across this new shop on Etsy.  The Rust Peddler.  Are these the coolest earrings or what?
 I couldn't be sure which were my favorite.
 I have my Ariat Boots, now I just need to get a pair of these! 

 I wish everyone a happy Friday! What are you doing?

Grilled Chicken Pineapple Quesadilla

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Thursday, April 7, 2011

Roasted Carrots

 I have crossed over into the land of no return.  I love roasting. I love how the food tastes.  These carrots sweeten up as they roast.  They almost taste like sweet potato.  You can even squeeze some lemon over these after they're done.

Carrots, peeled and sliced in half
Olive Oil
Adobe Seasoning
Lemon Juice, optional 

 Start oven at 425F degrees. Lay sliced carrots on baking sheet.  Drizzle with Olive Oil and season with Adobe Seasoning.  Roast, flipping carrots once, for 30 minutes.  Dash with Lemon juice if you desire.

We recently had some really great weather.  My baby is even barefoot.  Boy did she like the grass! And yes, she is trying to use a stick as a teething device.  
 Hanes Tank Embellished

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Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Pear Apron and Coupons

My newest apron.  I really liked this fabric.  I'm going to a make lot of things out of this!
I trimmed it out with bias tape and added a pocket. Turned out really great!

 I came across Woman just last week and I'm pleasantly surprised. They have coupons, contests and free stuff.  I just requested a coupon for a free bottle of Country Bob's All purpose sauce. 

Just thought you might want to check it out!  
 Have a great day!

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Monday, April 4, 2011

Trim Carpentry...understated

 My husband Andrew is a Trim Carpenter, Furniture Maker.  He and his Father and Brothers work together to do this beautiful work for their company Yoder Custom Design.  
 I sometimes get to catch a peek of what work they have done. This is Beautiful.  Before I was married, I thought

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Roasted Broccoli

I think about roasted broccoli in the the afternoon, and at night. I LOVE it.  I'm not the broccoli lover I used to be, but after tasting it roasted on a pan, it's amazing.

2 heads broccoli, separated into florets
2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
 In a large bowl, toss broccoli florets with the extra virgin olive oil, sea salt.
Spread the broccoli out in an even layer on a baking sheet.
Bake in the preheated oven until florets, turning after 10 minutes. 
They are tender enough to pierce the stems with a fork at about 15 to 20 minutes.
Remove and transfer to a serving platter.

Roasted Potato Salad...BEST EVER!

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