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1  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Boxy Bags from Patchyapple's Tute 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. 


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. 

2  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Don't Fret Toothfairy 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).

3  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Cupcake Birthday Party Aprons 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. 

4  COOKING / Dessert / Shortbread Thumbprint Cookies W/ Recipe 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.


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.
5  COOKING / Dessert / Homemade Blackberry Cobbler W/ Recipe 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. 
6  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Late 4th of July Dress Post 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!
7  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Mother's Day / Need Small Gift for all the Moms in Dh's family! on: February 02, 2009 10:30:43 AM
My mom and my mil are getting handprint poems with my dd's handprint and a picture of her in a double frame.  Grandkids are great that way, makes their gift easier. 

The problem I'm having is that dh's entire family Grandma, sisters, aunts, cousins, all get together for Mother's day and I've decided I want to do something small for all of them.  Last year I did just a small lotion or something from Bath and Body works but this year I'm getting a head start and want to do something more creative. 

Obviously I could bake something but I was looking for something more crafty.  Any help would be great!
8  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / How do you tag if you sell a variety of items? on: October 07, 2008 01:09:56 PM
I have a question for you all.  I am starting to build up a stock of my handmade items to sell.  I was looking to get some tags printed with my business name on them to attach to my items. 

My question is do I need a care/materials tag on each item as well?  For example I do a lot of crocheting so if I was to do a tag with what the blanket is made with it could very well be different on each individual blanket due to yarn choices.  Could I just print this information on my hang tag I'm going to use when I package the item or does it need to be affixed to the item itself?

If I had to get labels printed for each individual item type, different yarns, fabric items, wood, etc.  It would get expensive in a hurry.

Could I just get fabric tags with "handmade by..." and attach them to the item and put the care/materials/etc. on a hang tag that the customer would take off?  I plan on attaching (with a ribbon) a hang tag with my name on the front and any additional info on the reverse if possible.

Thanks for any advice.  I don't want to run into any legal problems if my products don't list materials or anything.
9  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Discussion and Questions / Online Pattern for a Toddle Poodle Skirt? on: September 29, 2008 01:16:12 PM
If anyone could help me I would really appreciate it.  I am wanting to do a 50s costume for my dd for Halloween and am trying to avoid having to buy a pattern to make the poodle skirt.  Does anyone know of an online site with a free pattern for one?  I'm currently working on the sweater to match it (crochet) but since I don't really sew I didn't even know where to look.  I've done a couple online searches but just come up with links to buy one. 

I know it seems like a simple thing to make but to a non-sew person I would really appreciate a pattern.  Thank you so much for your help.
10  UNITED STATES / Oklahoma / Anyone willing to give lessons in NE OK on: February 05, 2008 11:23:09 AM
Please.  I'm a beginner, although I've been a beginner for years.  For the life of me I can not read a pattern and make something happen.  I can learn well if someone will sit down and show me how to do something.  I hope this is okay to post here.  If not feel free to delete with my apologies.  I've just been looking at everything on here and want so badly to learn more.  Please oh please.  Thanks.

ETA:  This was originally posted on the crochet board by mistake.  Sorry. 
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