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41  Super quick and easy Mexican Spiral Appetizers in Recipes and Cooking Tips by KMOM13 on: August 06, 2008 07:45:58 PM

These were a big hit a potluck brunch yesterday so I thought that I would share them with everyone here.

It was inspired by this recipe:

I didn't have all of the ingredients for that recipe so I made substitutions:

1 pkg 8 oz Cream Cheese

1/2 cup Sour Cream

1/2 cup Shredded Mexican Cheese Blend

1 tsp ground Coriander

1 tsp Red Pepper Flakes

1/2 tsp. Mexican Seasoning (equal parts garlic powder, onion powder, cayenne pepper, chili pepper and salt - can be used in all sorts of Mexican dishes or vegetables to add a little zing)

1/2 pkg. 12 oz frozen pre-packaged popcorn chicken

1 pkg 8 oz pkg 10 flour tortillas.

Prep time about 10 mins, freezing time 10 mins baking 10-12 mins.

Put the Cream Cheese in a microwave safe bowl and put on defrost for 1 min to soften it, then add sour cream and all of the spices then blend, then spread the mixture equally on the tortillas.

Thaw 1/2 pkg popcorn chicken on a microwave safe plate then cut in 1/2 and 1/4 pieces.   Sprinkle the chicken on the tortillas (I divided it among 8 tortillas and left two tortillas w/o chicken for those that don't like chicken) then roll up and put in the freezer for 10 mins to make them hard enough to easily cut into spirals.   Put the spirals in a baking dish.   

Bake at 375 degrees for 10 to 12 mins and serve.   

They are good with salsa and sour cream, but several people liked them just plain.

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42  Shaun Of The Dead Sweatpants in Stenciling: Completed Projects by KMOM13 on: July 19, 2008 06:32:52 AM
My fav pair of sweatpants were very worn and faded, so I tried to revamp them into something that looked like it is suppossed to be distressed, so I decided to decorate them with a "Shaun Of The Dead" theme.

I got the images from the following on Stencil Punks:



This is my first attempt at using the freezer paper stencil method (place the freezer paper over the image, trace it, then cut out the inner image, then iron on the fabric to hold it in place) and I used a bleach pen.  I had expected it to bleach it somewhat white, but it turned out a reddish brown sort of dried blood color, so I decided to go with that and added "blood" spatter and freehanded "You've Got Red On You" above the image.

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43  Re: 50s apron w/ruffles in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by KMOM13 on: July 17, 2008 03:34:58 AM
It is adorable.   It does look very domestic and a full apron really does protect you when you are cooking (especially with grease), so it is functional as well.

Think you will get more comments if people can see the image without having to click on an outside link.  Here it is>

I had a check of time figuring out how to put an image up at first and had to have my teen son help me as he has created his own webpages.  You can copy the image off of craftser image hosting, but be sure [/img] is at the front of the address and the back of address...he said it is HTML coding (whatever that is).

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44  Dinosaur Toddler Costume made from Mother-In-Law's Scrap Fabric in Halloween Costumes by KMOM13 on: July 16, 2008 05:45:19 AM
My mother-in-law was an avid seamstress and saved scraps from her projects.  She passed away before my son was born and I inherited her scrap collection.   I knew if she has been around, she would have sewed loved to sew a Halloween costume for him. 

As most of the fabric was a print or a floral, I had to resort to the few solid scraps of fabric in the stash to make him a dinosaur costume.  I did use a pattern and had to piece it together here an there and many people commented on how "different" it was to see a white dinosaur (it was a waffle look polyester 70's looking piece to boot) and that it was "unique", but I know if my mother-in-law was looking down from heaven, it would have made her proud.

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45  Too Small L/S T-Shirt to Sleeveless Shirt in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by KMOM13 on: July 02, 2008 11:19:13 PM
My son found this today at the Salvation Army for $1.  It was too small so I had to perform minor surgery so it would fit him.

I cut the sleeves off and used them as insets on either side of the T-shirt (after splitting it down the sides and put a small dart under the arm so the sleeve holes would not be to large).

Here is the finished shirt.

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46  Sort of Retro Floaty Cami from t's and 1 yd fabric w/Coca Cola "Buttons" in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by KMOM13 on: June 03, 2008 02:33:06 AM
Last month I particpated in the "Light Me Up" challenged and used by son's too small T shirt as part of the project, 

I had the front part of the T shirt left over:

It inspired me to create a top for myself.  I scavenged 2 too-small T's of my son's and 1 yd of fabric that I purchased at Walmart for $2 as it looked like weathered picnic fabric and used Coca Cola bottle caps, made two holes in them and sewed on to come up with the following:



Bow w/actual bottle cap buttons:

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47  BREAKDANCING GHETTO 70'S JEANS FOR GI JOE in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by KMOM13 on: May 22, 2008 11:02:10 PM
My son wanted me to make some jeans for his GI Joe's so they won't be naked anymore, I tried making a pair using an existing pair of pants for the pattern.

It didn't work out too well as I goofed on the seam allowances and they were way to small, so I cut them apart and tried adding a side panel, but inadvertently added both side panel to the same leg and it would have too much of a hassle and likely ruin the to try to rip the extra panel off, so added two panels to each side and ended up with the following:
My son and his Dad laughed their butts off as son said they look like 80's breakdancing pants or Rapper's pants and his Dad said that he had a pair or bell bottom pants just like them in the 70's.   

My son enjoyed putting the action figure in poses and taking pictures with them on in different poses, so it was not a total bust.

Breakdancing GI Joe

Ghetto GI Joe

70's Bell Bottomed Discoing GI Joe
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48  COOL COCA COLA LAMP (Image Heavy) in CHALLENGE 27 ENTRIES by KMOM13 on: May 01, 2008 06:23:08 PM
My son collects Coke items and needed a desk lamp, so that is how we came up with the theme for the lamp.  You could use any brand soft drink t-shirt and any clear drinking glass though.

Here is a pics of the finished lamp:

I started by making a trip to the dollar store, Goodwill and Walmart:

-  Ugly Grandma lamp with fake plastic pleated shade - $3
-  Heavy Coca Cola glass ($1)
-  Bag of black stones ($1)
-  Bag of star shaped clear stones ($1)
-  Red acrylic paint ($1)
-  25 ft. replacement cord for the lamp. ($3)
-  Coke T-Shirt (my son's too small t-shirt - free)

First we took the lamp apart:

Then preped the replacement cord.

Next cut the label off of a plastic Coke bottle and glued, then taped it to the white part of the former lamp.

Then pried off the bottom part of the switch housing and removed the old cord and replaced it with the new cord.   If you see the finished project, notice what was missed and had to re-done - forgot to put the straw, the metal tubing that holds the wire, the wooden piece and the plastic piece on before writing it to the lamp.

It had to be taken apart, have all of the above put on first, then re-wired (this is the cord upside down):

Next, the glass was filled with the black stones and hand painted the raised lettering on the Coke glass red so it would stand out more:

Next decided to paint the wooden part red (sorry, no pic), put the cord in the glass:

Next, filled the top of the glass with clear star stones to simulate ice cubes.

I then started to work on making the lampshade.  I first had to get it away from my son as it was using as a goofy hat:

I cut the T-shirst coke insignia (centering the insignia) out so it was wide enough to cover the lampshade at the widest section:

I then turned the bottom edges under 5/8 of an inch, then stitched red plastic cording from my stash to use as a drawstring on the lampshade, then put it on the shade and drew up the strings and ties them in bows at the bottom and top, but tucked in the strings at the bottom.

I then painted the bottom part of the original lamp red, then used glue to glue the glass down.

As the stones are still loose, will probably find some type of glue to secure them, but my son is happy with it and it looks great on his desk.
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49  Recon of too small jeans and a pair of camo pants into a wearable pair of pants in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by KMOM13 on: April 30, 2008 11:09:31 PM
My son has outgrown many of his jeans and pants but they still have lots of life left in them, so I decided to combine a pair of his too small jeans with a pair of camo pants.

Here is a pic of the jeans before cutting them:

I started by cutting the seams on the pair of jeans on both side.

Here is a pic of the camo pants before - yes, that is SpongeBob on them; he was crazy about the charactor at the time but now that he is a teen, he is not all that crazy about SpongeBob anymore.

I then cut the sides out on the camo pants measuring 3 inches from the seam on both sides - my son wouldn't hold still long enough for me to measure him, so I just guessed.  I also cut out one of the pockets off the the camo pants and sewed it on the upper leg of the jeans - I stitched the pocket down on the sides and the bottom, but not the top so there now is an "extra" pocket between the jeans leg material and the camo material of the pocket.

There were holes in the back of the jeans where the pockets were reinforced, so I put a piece of camo fabric behind them and stitched it down, so the camo fabric peeks out.   

I stitched the sides up then got my son to try them on and they were way too big, so I had to take the seam up on both sides of the jeans again 3 inches on each side.

Here is the finished project.   My son doesn't love the result, but said they will be great to wear when he helps his Dad on projects this summer due to the extra pockets and they are loose and comfortable.

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50  Skirt reconstructed out of sweat shorts, jeans & a button down shirt in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by KMOM13 on: April 17, 2008 09:36:41 AM
This is the first skirt I have ever made without a pattern and first at attempting to reconstruction one.

The waistband/top of the skirt is made out of this holey pair of sweat shorts:


The 2nd tier is from my son's too small jeans:

The 3rd tier is from my son's too small button down shirt (sorry, don't have before pic).

I wanted to make it a little offbeat so I intentionally did not line up the seams and left the buttons from the shirt on the fabric for an added embellishment.


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