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1  Boxy Bags from Patchyapple's Tute in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by MandaRenee on: August 24, 2009 08:14:09 PM



I was so impressed with Marethann's bag that I had to try it for myself.  I used Patchyapple's tutorial which you can find here. 

http://patchyapple.wordpress.com/2009/01/15/patchyapple-boxy-bag-tutorial/


The Transformer's bag is lined with a camo canvas and is for my Hubby's birthday on Sunday. 



I made this Deer one for my FIL for Christmas.  I've never attempted a zipper before today so it was a bit of a learning experience and next time I think it will go a lot better but for a first attempt I'm still really pleased.  Hopefully they like them. 

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2  Don't Fret Toothfairy in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by MandaRenee on: August 17, 2009 09:40:05 AM


Now you have an easy way to find that tooth under the pillow, in the middle of the night.  I made this little tooth fairy pillow from a design at Urban Threads.  I love it.  I can't wait for the little girl I made it for to get to use it.  She's excited about her first loose tooth.  I used fleece but next time I'll definitely make it out of felt.  Here's a view of the pocket on the back (where you put the tooth).


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3  Cupcake Birthday Party Aprons in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by MandaRenee on: August 14, 2009 09:19:10 PM


We recently held a party for my neice's 6th birthday and I did a cupcake theme.  I decided all the kids needed aprons to wear while they decorated their cupcakes so I whipped these up.  Not bad for my first apron attempts.  The only fabrics I purchased were the yellow and cupcake.  Everything else was from my stash. I used McCalls 5720 for all but the green one.

The party was a huge success and a lot of fun.  There are more pics (action shots too) and lots of cupcake party goodness on my blog. 








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4  Shortbread Thumbprint Cookies W/ Recipe in Dessert by MandaRenee on: August 04, 2009 10:28:02 AM
Hey everyone.  We just had a family gathering this weekend and I made some yummy cookies and just had to share.  


Here is the recipe!  

Ingredients for Cookie:


1 Cup butter or margarine
2/3 Cup sugar
1/2 tsp almond extract
2 Cups all purpose flour
1/2 Cup raspberry jam


On this last ingredient I cheated and used strawberry butter I made a few weeks back because I already had it on hand. You could use any flavor you prefer. I've made it with raspberry before and it was good. I think it would be wonderful with blueberry too. I'll have to try that next.


Combine butter, sugar and almond extract in large bowl. I used my mixing bowl. Beat at medium speed, scraping the bowl often, until creamy. Reduce speed to low and add flour. Beat until well mixed. Cover and refrigerate until firm. Here it says at least one hour. You can easily make the dough the night before and just refrigerate it until you need it. That's what I usually do.


Heat oven to 350 degrees. Shape dough into 1" balls and place 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheet. Make indentation in center of each cookie with your thumb (hence the title) and fill each indentation with approximately 1/4 tsp of your chosen jam. Don't overfill with jam or it will melt out all over your pan. Yes this is experience talking here.


Bake for 14 to 18 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Let stand 1 minute then remove from cookie sheets and place on cooling racks. Mine barely took 14 minutes to cook so watch them carefully until you figure out how long your oven takes to cook them. You don't want to overcook them.


Meanwhile make your Glaze.


Ingredients:


1 Cup powdered sugar
1 1/2 tsp almond extract
2 to 3 tsp water


Combine powdered sugar and almond extract in a small bowl. Add enough water to reach desired glazing consistency. Drizzle over cooled cookies. I didn't need to add the full amount of water to mine so just add a little at a time.


The recipe says it makes 3 1/2 dozen cookies. Of course this depends on how closely you can get all your balls to 1". Mine are rarely even. My grandmother uses a small ice cream type scoop to make hers uniform. It works really well.
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5  Homemade Blackberry Cobbler W/ Recipe in Dessert by MandaRenee on: July 22, 2009 11:29:25 AM
I went and picked some more blackberries yesterday morning but didn't have room in the freezer for them so I decided to make this super easy and yummy cobbler instead. 
It was sooo delicious!





It's Really easy to make too. 

In a large bowl mix 2-3 tsp of cornstarch with 1 cup of sugar

Stir in 4 cups of berries

Let sit until berries start to absorb sugar

Pour into casserole dish and dot with butter or margarine

Then cover with pie crust and sprinkle sugar over the top

Bake at 350 degrees until crust is light golden brown

Top with vanilla ice cream and enjoy!

I made a homemade crust but you could easily use a store bought one.  I just love homemade crust though. 
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6  Late 4th of July Dress Post in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by MandaRenee on: July 15, 2009 09:22:28 PM


I think this is my first official completed project post!  Im not much of a seamstress but for some reason I decided I had to make my daughter an outfit for the Fourth of July.  Probably because I spend so much time lurking around here! lol 

I didn't use a pattern (smart for my first ever outfit huh?) but of course have seen lots of the adorable patchwork and twirly skirts on here.  I used the same concept to make my square as you would when making an around the world quilt. 

The top is a reconstructed long sleeve onesie that I cut the sleeves off of, tea stained, and put the star on top. 

I'm pretty please with how it turned out but my next outfit will definitely use a pattern! 

Just a side note but the other pictures showing up in my photo gallery are not mine.  I'll have to figure that one out!
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