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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Everyone Deserves SOME Sort of Award! - Make your own odd 'First Place' ribbons! on: August 15, 2006 12:57:58 AM
       

I recently held a dumb joke contest for my birthday.  Here is the award I made for the Biggest Birthday Laugh, fully customized to the occasion, and a real treat to make!  Now I have visions of 'First Place' ribbons for 'Lord of the Late Fees,' 'Most Afraid of Dogs,' and a personal favorite, ''My Strangest Friend."

What ribbons would you make?  Post your ideas - or - better yet, make some of your own 'First Place' ribbons, snap a photo, and brag about them right here! 
2  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / DROOL! Delicious Embroidery Thread Organization! on: August 09, 2006 12:38:32 AM
Ok, silly title, but it's late here.  How much more tempting is it to start a project when your supplies look all luscious like this?  All it took was one night winding bobbins in front of the t.v.  It was TOTALLY worth it. 







BTW, I purchased the plastic bobbins and hinged rings as a set in the craft section of Walmart.  I've seen them at Michael's too.
3  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / *Little Breads* - Recipe with PHOTOS! on: August 09, 2006 12:23:48 AM


Yikes - what a silly name. My sister adopted this quick recipe from me and her husband promptly named it "Little Breads." Somehow the name has stuck, so humor me.

This is a yummy and quick dinner, hors d'oeuvre or snack -- just thought I'd share :-)



First, slice some delicious bread. I usually use a long sourdough baguette, which makes tiny little bread rounds (hence the name Little Breads).  In the photographs I've chosen a larger rosemary olive oil bread from the LaBrea Bakery.  Spread a light layer of butter on the top and sprinkle with a yummy garlic salt.  Place these in a 400 oven for 10 minutes or until the bread is lightly toasted. 



Next, place slices of yummy tomato on top of the toasted bread.  You may choose to sprinkle a little more garlic salt or other seasoning on top of the tomatoes. 



Finally,  sprinkle feta cheese on top of the tomatoes -- a lot or a little (we had a lot that night)  :-)

Place your concoction in the oven on 400 for ten minutes to cook those tomatoes and warm that cheese.  I like to toast them on Broil for a couple of minutes at the end -- makes 'em crunchy and pretty.  That's it!  Little Breads are great served with a side of green beans or another favorite vegetable. 

4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / The Perfect Pear Pincushion on: August 08, 2006 11:47:38 PM


Oh, it turned out so perfectly pearish!  I think I may have to do a pattern down the line.  It's stuffed with wood shavings, to keep the pins sharp and so they won't sink in too easily.  The leaf is for holding needles.  In fact, I think I'm going to make a couple more pear pincushions tomorrow for a birthday giveaway at the end of the week -- maybe I'll host a clean joke contest to choose the winner -- Hmmm. 

And I made this tape measure to go with it -- too cute!


5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Behold! The Yo-Yo Flower on: August 08, 2006 11:38:14 PM






A simple project for crafty couch potatoes!  Make some -- you know you want to! These flowers are simple enough that you probably don't need a tutorial.  Materials include, a fabric yo-yo, a button, green wire, floral tape, and a needle & thread. 

If you need help making yo-yos, here's a direct link to a photo tutorial on yo-yo making:  Yo-Yo Step-by-Step

xo--Heather
6  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / A Tutorial for My Favorite Knot on: July 12, 2006 05:56:47 PM
http://heatherbailey.typepad.com/photos/my_favorite_knot/cover-image-Knot12C.jpg

Want a clean and easy way to knot your thread? 
I've put together a step by step photo tutorial for creating my favorite knot.
I believe it's called a Tailor's Knot. 

To make this knot, you first thread your needle.  Point the end of the thread toward the needle and then hold it onto the needle. Wrap the thread around the needle about 3 times and then pull the needle through.  A knot will form at the end of the thread.

This is a similar action to making a french knot.   Step by step photos make it much easier to follow -- and it's TOTALLY worth it.  This really is the best knot ever.  It's easy, and it's not all hairy and funky and off, just clean & tidy. Here's a link to the tutorial:

http://heatherbailey.typepad.com/heather_bailey/2006/07/_my_favorite_kn.html

Enjoy!
Heather
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