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1  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Dresser Runners for me!! on: July 25, 2011 05:28:32 AM
I have been wanting to make runners to go on the top of my dressers for a long  loooong time... I have started a few times and then changed gears because of one reason or another. Well, almost a year and a half later I finally came up with something that I liked - and it was almost instant satisfaction since it was a quilt as you go project.  Once you are done piecing it, all you have to do is bind it.  Sweet.  Granted, it doesn't have tons of beautiful quilting but these are runners.  I'm okay with that.  Cheesy

I followed  the Idaho Quilter tutorial
I will say that the long ones I changed the starting square to 8 1/2" to make it deep enough for my big dressers.  I also added a strip of the butterfly fabric to tie it together halfway through the repeated strips pattern. 

If you make it - use your walking foot... it will help to keep your tips on track - and I also drew a line down the length of the material to make sure I was staying on point and with the walking foot I was - without the walking foot.... yeah, I ripped  A LOT.

The colors are not right.  The materials are richer in color.  The inside shots are closer to what they really are but they are much deeper and richer shades to the colors.

This size is 51 x 16", for the side tables... and the larger ones for the two big dressers is 94x20".  I love the way they came out.  I think they're just perfect.  My bedroom walls are a dusty purple. I'm going to make valances and wall hangings in the upcoming year... But not right now, I have other projects that need to be checked off my to do list.

I also of course blogged about this but it's one of my pet peeves when people post a pic and then say for more info go to my blog... I *think* I covered everything here that I did on my blog.  I'm really happy with these.  I just love instant gratification.  Cheesy  Although now I have to finish cleaning up the room.  The pictures here are of hubby's dressers... I still have to put mine on.  I'll do that this week....
2  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Shredded Beef Baked Chimichangas Recipe on: July 20, 2011 04:36:37 AM
Last night I had a dilemma... I had leftover slow cooked roast so it was nice and super tender.  I needed to cook something for dinner and the family was wanting Mexican.  As much as I love shredded beef tacos I just didn't feel like having the same old same old. 
I went online and searched for chimichanga recipes but none sounded like what I wanted to do so I went out on a limb - and am glad I did!  These were a huge hit!  I will be serving this again!

I have added the recipe to my personal website - not my business one... but I thought I'd share the recipe here as well Smiley

Shredded Beef Baked Chimichangas Recipe

1 medium onion, chopped
3 cloves minced garlic
Small amount of oil or nonstick spray
1 1/2 lbs cooked then shredded beef
1 can of black beans drained and rinsed *optional
1 can Rotel tomatoes with green chiles
1 tsp oregano
2 tsp cumin
1 tsp chili powder
shredded Mexican cheese blend
8" flour tortillas

Serves 6-8
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Saute the onions and garlic in oil or with nonstick spray until the onions are soft. Add the shredded beef, Rotel tomatoes, oregano, cumin and chili powder.  Cook until the liquid is gone.
Microwave 6 tortillas until they are soft, about 40 seconds on high.

Lightly oil or spray a cookie sheet with non stick spray.  Lay a tortilla on the cookie sheet.  Add cheese as desired.  Put about 1/2 cup of the meat on top of the tortilla down the center of the tortilla, leaving about 3" on the top and bottom of the tortilla.  Remember that you must be able to fold the sides over each other to completely enclose the meat so do not add too much meat mixture.  Fold the bottom and top of the tortilla down over the meat.  Fold the sides over the meat.  The sides of the tortilla will overlap.  Place on the cookie sheet with the folded sides down.  Repeat for remaining tortillas.  Lightly oil or spray the tops and sides of the chimichangas. 
Bake for 15-20 minutes until they are golden brown.  Serve with rice and veggies.  I do not make a sauce for these however you can add salsa, queso, etc as you like.

A few side notes....
***These are a little bit spicy - I think they are pretty mild but others might think they have a good kick.  It all depends on your tolerance.  There will be those that don't think they are even remotely hot enough.  For my family, these were hot enough to not need salsa added.
If you prefer milder foods, replace the Rotel with diced tomatoes instead or replace the spices and rotel with a taco seasoning packet. 
We also use a lot of black beans.  You can use any kind you like or no beans at all. 

I used butter flavored cooking spray when I made these.  I don't own regular cooking spray Wink  Usually I use Crisco to grease pans but of course that's also butter flavored.  I don't own regular Crisco either lol.
3  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / How to remove safety eyes backings on: July 03, 2011 04:50:17 AM
I just posted a video on youtube on how to remove the backings to safety eyes.  I thought it would help a few people.  Smiley

I hope I'm allowed to post it here  Smiley
If not, I'm sorry! I don't know if I can inbed a video here or not.

Edited to add...
I do not know if I can explain how to do it which is why I made a video for it - the video is not on my blog nor is it on my website - it's on youtube where I post video tutorials.
I felt that this information would help some people.

What the basic gist is you take needle nose pliers and work it off the eye.
I was just trying to be helpful.
4  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Snap the Dragon! on: June 01, 2011 07:17:48 AM
Both of my boys have been harassing me, asking me to design a dragon... and I finally did!  I've actually got a second, larger one in the works however that one is going in the box to join a few other projects waiting for me to get enough together to submit for a book proposal Wink 

One of my testers named him Snap the Dragon and I loved the name. I'm so glad that she let me run with it Cheesy

He's 14" long, from nose to the tip of his tail.  I chose to not make his wings posable with the help of wire as I wanted him to be totally play friendly.  His wings are stiff enough to hold a pose for a bit though Wink

I had so much fun designing him - and am planning on a few more.  My oldest was upset that my dragon wasn't fierce so a not so gentle dragon is in my future lol.  It's all good.  I am planning on making a few eventually.

I chose to use pink eyes as I didn't want him to look too angry - with just enough color to show he's got a little fire in there lol.  The next one will have those bright yellow mean eyes per Logan's request Cheesy

I spent a long time on his wings as I had a picture in my head of what I wanted them to look like and I didn't stop until I got them the way I wanted them.  I love the way they came out!

He's also got a great arch to his back.  Yeah, I know.  I'm pretty retentive lol.  I can't tell you how many times I reworked his body until it was exactly the way I wanted him to look.  I love the shaping.  Okay.  I just love this dragon lol.  I admit it!!
5  CRAFTING FOR GOOD AND NOT EVIL / Crafty Charitable/Social Causes / Quilts for Alabama on: May 04, 2011 06:18:28 AM
The NEA Modern Quilt Guild - the NEA is NorthEast Alabama - is hosting a Quilts for Alabama quilt drive.
Quilts of all sizes will be donated to families that lost their homes in the tornadoes that destroyed so many homes in our area.

Here is a link to the guild's page concerning the drive...
6  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Carrots in time for Easter! on: April 16, 2011 03:23:01 PM
I designed this a bit ago and added it to the free patterns on my website - I thought I'd share especially since it's free Smiley

The carrot bags are about 7" long.
You can buy the disposable cake decorating bags to put the carrots inside - they are nice triangle shaped bags and are pretty cheap - and they'll keep your jelly beans from getting any yarn fuzz on them  Cheesy

I forgot to add the link to where the pattern can  be downloaded - that would help!
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Machine knit baby swirl afghan - and then some ;) on: March 14, 2011 06:50:27 PM
I made and sent this machine knit baby swirl afghan as part of the Swirlie Swap I was in.  It was a lot of work but well worth it in the end.  I also crocheted some flowers and appliqued them on here or there - not many, just a few to break up the solidness of it all.

The pattern is free online.  http://diananatters.blogspot.com/2009/11/circular-swirl-baby-blanket-written.html
I used 90 needles instead of 60.  It took a few days to do - I know, a fraction of what it would have been had I hand knit it.  I have a lot of admiration for those that hand knit.  I prefer the machine - same with sewing.  I don't hand sew either Wink  I avoid even sewing on buttons if I can help it!  Cheesy

I really regret not getting a good picture of the blanket.  I was in a rush to catch the mailman so I didn't smooth it out completely.
I used Simply Soft so it would be nice and snuggly - and yes, it's really big.  It's about 5' across, possibly a bit more.  I wanted it to be able to be used without feet or other body parts hanging out one end or the other.

I did not use a pattern for the flowers.  It was just an easy repeat with rounds and scallops.
8  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Washi Washi I made tawashi on: March 14, 2011 06:42:54 PM
Tawashi or not to washi lol.

I sent these as part of my Swirlie Swap package. The package was delivered today so I'll go ahead and post pics..

All together shot - I made 3 of each style I chose.  They all have a swirl theme since it was the swirl swap - oh , and the cook book chook is shown as well.  That is sewn, filled with rice and holds a book open Smiley

Anyhoo... These were made with cotton..

The pattern can be found here...

And the spiral apple scrubbies - I used acrylic since I read that it's great for dishes Smiley

And last of the crocheted cloths I made are the spiral which is also a free online pattern but I'm having difficulty locating right this moment. I'll edit to add it later Wink

I myself have not used crocheted washcloths.  Some people really love them though.  Dish/washcloths were on my partner's wish list so I whipped them up and added them to the box Smiley
9  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Discussion and Questions / Looking for a tester - found on: March 10, 2011 05:15:16 PM
I am looking for a tester - and it's a rush job... sorry!  I will need it done no later than Sunday evening.
If you have spare time this weekend and would like to test a retro tv ami, please let me know.  It stands 8" tall, including antenna and is 6" wide.
I know this is a horrible picture but I have not taken the official pictures yet.  It seems like it has been raining for a week now!

This pattern does require color changes as well.

update - thanks everyone. I  did get testers through another board
10  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Happy Hoppy Frog ribbit! on: February 15, 2011 03:55:06 AM
I love love love to design things.  Sometimes I start with just yarn and let the yarn tell me what to make and other times I actually draw something and then take it from there.  This guy was a drawing I made and then brought it to life.  I adore this guy! 

He sits completely on his own - and his butt kind of sticks up off the ground a little like he's going to jump.  I wanted to make a second one in red but got side tracked over the weekend - uh, on more frogs.  I have a few more ideas drawn out that I want to get to... I'm about to finish up the 2nd design today and then I'm going to move on to the Craftster challenge.

Happy Hoppy Frog is 7 1/2" tall and I made him with good ol' Red Heart Super Saver.  If they ever discontinue the color Spring I will be so sad - it is one of my favorites!

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