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1  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: Elf on a....Tree? on: December 30, 2016 08:42:04 AM
She is very pretty. What name was she given?
2  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: Ralphie's PJs for Alton on: December 30, 2016 08:26:44 AM
oh! this is super cute!
3  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: Christmas Kitchen Towels on: December 30, 2016 08:22:14 AM
Very pretty! I love the eyelet trim, the candy cane print is great.
4  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: Wooden Christmas Trees on: December 30, 2016 08:18:51 AM
How Cute and pretty! Love the color combination.
5  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Nurses & Nursing Assistants gifts on: December 23, 2016 02:08:00 PM
My father resides in a nursing home for almost two years now. I like to give a little token of thanks and good wishes at Christmas to his nurses and nursing assistants that take care of him everyday with kindness and lots of patience.

This Christmas I made 15 little gift sets with an apron, a cookie recipe, a cookie cutter, a matching kitchen towel and potholder in two color, red and green with a little jar of homemade guava marmalade.

6  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: Homemade Guava Marmalade gifts. on: December 22, 2016 01:50:28 PM
Thanks everyone.

Steiconi, I wish I could have a guava tree. I am terrible at gardening or growing anything, I am really bad; I tell everyone that I have a black thumb instead of a green one =)

We buy guavas from our local Mexican market, they are kind of expensive, but is a little luxury we give to ourselves. I usually buy lots of guava paste to make pastries and desserts.

My guava  marmalade recipe is very simple:
ripe red guavas
brown sugar - Quantity of sugar depends of amount of guavas. Sorry, I never measure ingredients when I cook, I just eyeball it.
1 cinnamon stick
1 star anise
1 tspn of lemon juice.

Wash and peel the guavas
Cut them in half.
Put guavas in a pot with the brown sugar, cinnamon stick and star anise.
Add enough water to cove the guavas. Add lemon juice.
Bring to a boil and cook until soft and easy to mash.
Pour cooked guava and juice through a fine-mesh sieve to remove seeds.
Return to pot and  bring to a full-roiling boil stirring constantly.
Lower temperature to medium and continue stirring until it thickens.

I have several guava recipes in my blog, its in Spanish but you can use the Google Translate Widget on the right side of the page. http://mycubantraumas.blogspot.com/search/label/Guava%20-%20Guayaba

7  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Homemade Guava Marmalade gifts. on: December 22, 2016 07:45:41 AM
Guava is "the fruit" for Cubans. We like everything guava flavor, juice, shakes, cakes, pastries, marinade sauce, paste, marmalade.... so, a homemade gift from me must be guava flavor   Wink

Collected and sterilized 2 oz baby food jars (Thanks to a member of my local FreeCycle board)

Making the Marmalade (These pictures are from another time I made guava marmalade, no time for pictures during the cooking Christmas season).

While I designed my own label for the marmalade I just printed a free food gift tag from the internet.

Pretty and yummy 24 little jars of Guava Marmalade.
8  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: Christmas Tree-Along 2016 on: December 21, 2016 08:43:36 AM
Our 2016 Christmas Tree.

Over the Thanksgiving school break, my 6 years old twin granddaughters and I made cinnamon ornaments. They are very proud and happy to see them in the tree.

Merry Christmas!
9  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Rustic Themed Wedding on: October 20, 2016 08:10:41 AM
My son got married on September 23.

It was a beautiful, relax and fun wedding. The bride chose a rustic fall theme for the reception, very appropriate for the venue, a historic park.
The bride was beautiful and the groom very handsome, they are great people and I am a very lucky and happy moher and mother in law.

I had lots of fun crafting all the decorations for the wedding and more important, I make sure to get the bride's approval of all my ideas.
I suggested a dessert table because the bride wanted a cupcake tower instead of a traditional cake, she loved the idea and it came out beautifully!

My son loves robots

First I made the cake net with a lace trim edge and a burlap bow. My beige crochet tablecloth was perfect in size and color for the table. The bride's grandparents bought her the rustic cupcake tower. I made pia colada mini bundt cakes, cookie trays, a meringue basket; my daughter made a pumpkin pie and an apple pie. The cupcakes and mini cake were made by the bride's friend. I bought the lace cupcake wrappers and Love is Sweet sign on eBay. The big Love sign was a thrift store find that I painted from red to white. My new daughter in law chose to display pictures of the bride and groom's parents cutting their wedding cake at the dessert table (my husband and I are the picture on the left 38 years ago).

I made 21 burlap runners  with  lace edging for 18 guest tables, one sweetheart table, one guest book table and one gift table.

Each guest table had  decorated mason jars with baby breath flowers and metal pumpkins that the bride bought, pine cones and fall leaves.

I made the tall vases out of  2 Pirouline cans, wrapped in twine and embellished with lace trim and pearl string.

The vases for the sweetheart table had a wire edge white taffeta ribbon printed with hearts and the Mr & Mrs sign matched the sign form the desert table.

The bride made the seating chart.

My other wedding crafts were:
Rustic wood signs. I freehand wrote the signs because I am really bad at using stencils.

Small Wood Crates, one with the bride and groom's initials and one with a bride and groom chairs, one with a bride and groom figurine and photo props.

Picture Frame with the new Mr. & Mrs. last name initial, a small wood decorate box fill with wood engraved love hearts and a white basket with bubble sticks for the send off.

Handmade Fans

And finally, bathroom baskets.

10  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: Looking for mini mermaid tail pattern (for a mermaid tails banner) on: May 25, 2016 03:33:34 PM
Thank you pottermouth, I found 3 patterns using mermaid applique pattern. I even found a mermaid garland pattern, so excited! Thank you so much for the suggestion.
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