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31  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: "5 Mintue Artisan Bread"- the best thing since sliced bread on: January 15, 2010 10:00:30 AM
KristyDi, what are you using to store your bread? Fabric Bread bags are really useful and help keep mine fresh longer. I just wrap it and leave it out on the counter.

I had been leaving it on the cutting board cut side down as suggested by the book.  With further experimentation I've found that putting it in a zip top bag at the end of the 1st day woks ok.  You lose that crisp crust, but it stays tasty and good for sandwiches.

I didn't like the Soft American White bread recipe all that much.  I like the taste of the original much better.
32  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Christmas Purses on: January 15, 2010 07:50:38 AM
Thanks for the kind words everyone!  My aunt told me that at least 2 small purses were loved.  She said my little cousins carried them all day on Christmas and that the 1 little boy on that side of the family LOVED his cape. In fact my 57 year old uncle wants one for the next foot ball game (I made them in the colors of their favorite team)

I used the middle and smallest sizes of this pattern. http://www.simplicity.com/p-2119-accessories.aspx  Once I figured out how they wanted me to insert the strap ends into the purse it was a really simple pattern.

Stormgirl  The longer strap would be pretty easy, but I'm not sure about the zipper.  Zippers and I tend not to get along so I avoid them.  They sell magnetic snaps that wouldn't be too hard to put in though.
33  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Modified T-shirt for Christmas on: December 28, 2009 01:40:46 PM
I added my little one's initials in felt to this cheap t-shirt w/ wonder under then hand stitched around them with 6 strands on embroidery floss.  I had been planning to make her a Christmas dress, but ran out of time.  I was really pleased with how this quickie project came out.  In fact I may make a few more like this in less Christmas-y colors for everyday wear.

My brother is helping her hang an ornament on my folk's tree.
34  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Christmas Purses on: December 28, 2009 10:16:11 AM
My parents both got laid off this past year so money is tight for them.  I helped them out by sewing gifts for all my cousins kids.  The girls got purses and the boys got super hero capes.

Here are the purses.  The 3 in the top row were for younger girls. 5-8 years old.  The 5 bigger ones were for the teenagers. 

Here's one of the big ones being held up.

35  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: "5 Mintue Artisan Bread"- the best thing since sliced bread on: December 14, 2009 07:05:19 AM
I've been making a lot of this bread for a few months now.  MY DH loves it for sandwiches and eating with dinner.  I've found I love it dipped in olive oil and balsamic vinegar.

I've made the original of course, but also the olive oil dough and the light whole wheat recipes.  Both were good.  I've used all 3 of those recipes for pizza and calzones.  I even did a homemade hot pocket thing with ham, swiss, mushrooms, and spinach.  Serious YUM served with honey mustard for dipping.

Right now I have the Soft American White recipe in the fridge waiting to be baked later today.  I found the regular recipes were getting too hard before we used them all.  Hopefully this will be a bit softer for longer.   We'll see.
36  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Tote for Teacher on: December 12, 2009 04:51:30 AM
The tote is wonderful!  I'm sure the teacher will love it!

I suggest embroidering the year and you child's name somewhere (maybe on the top of the lining) along with a simple thanks (or you could use permanent marker).  I was a teacher for 7 years before I became a SAHM and still use and cherish some of the gifts my kids got me.  I like having the student's name on the gift itself so I'm sure to always remember where it came from.
37  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Crazy 'bout wallets TUTE...FINALLY! on: December 11, 2009 05:29:02 AM
Several people are getting various purses this year.  I can make this wallet with the scraps and include them in the gift without spending much extra and the gift is that much more awesome!  Thanks.

The tute looks great and, once I was able to sit down and read it without a toddler tugging on me, it was very clear.
38  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: Pintuckery! on: November 27, 2009 09:52:45 AM
Bravo!  Pintucks kinda scare me, but I love the way they look!
39  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: Little Deer Capelet on: November 18, 2009 11:02:20 AM
I'm dying from the cute!

I love your little deer and the ball fringe is a great detail!  So simple and so sweet.

I've been contemplating making a few capelets for dd for the cooler weather.  I think I need to  do it.
40  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: Cordoroy Pinafore on: November 18, 2009 10:52:33 AM
I have that very same cord that I plan to make into a very similar jumper thing!  I love yours.  Good job!
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