for an Art Guild project at our church. It should be really beautiful when finished (hopefully, Friday night). I will post pictures of the process.
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
The first badge that all girl/boy scouts should earn is a sewing badge - so they can sew on all their own patches!
My daughter has amassed five new patches and I finally sat down to put them all on her Brownie vest. Pretty soon, I will have to put badges on top of badges to make them all fit. So that was the only sewing/crafting (such as it was) that I got done last night.
Since there is no new craft picture to show.... here's a picture of how well my attempt at getting the kids to pose for a Christmas card photo went...
Yes that is my son trying to hug my daughter to death! LOL!
Monday, November 26, 2007
Sunday, November 25, 2007
I have to say I am very pleased with my square this week. Hooray! I am looking forward to seeing what next week's square looks like.
Saturday, November 24, 2007
Our holiday was nice - lots of family and fun. Our house is decorated for Christmas and I am so excited that the holiday season is in full swing (even if I have too much to do and not enough time to do it).
The only crafting I have been able to complete over the past three days is this kitty I found at Wee Wonderfuls. She is simply adorable and pretty easy to put together. My daughter fell in love with her immediately. I have a feeling I will be making many more of these for nieces, etc.
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
I also managed to get the "Kid's Table Basket" done for tomorrow. Nothing like a few arts and crafts to keep the kiddies busy while the grown-ups talk and talk and talk.
I hope all of you have a safe, happy, and healthy holiday - and that you get some great bargains on Friday!
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Here are the ingredients for the dough...
1 lb. butter
1 lb. flour (1/4 cups)
3 egg yolks
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 pint sour cream
Rub butter, flour, and salt between hands on a large floured board until well mixed and crumbly. Make a well in the center of the flour and butter mixture and add egg yolks and sour cream. Work with your hands into a nice smooth mass (a round ball of dough). Chill overnight.
Roll out onto a floured board; cut into small squares; fill with canned pie filings (I use Solo brand). Roll into crescents; brush tops with beaten egg; and bake in a 400 degree oven for about 8 to 10 minutes (or until slightly browned). Sprinkle powdered sugar on top.
I will post pictures tomorrow night after baking...yummy.
Monday, November 19, 2007
Instead, I laid in bed with my 2 year old and listened to the exciting stories of his day, then put the 7 year old to bed after an impromptu concert featuring songs for tomorrow's school assembly. What a great use of my time!
I spent the rest of evening folding origami stars for an Advent display at church and looking for apron patterns on the Internet.
All-in-all a good day, busy - but good.
Tomorrow night - I'll make the dough for my Grandma's cookies - yummy!
Sunday, November 18, 2007
They make a great gift, cost less than $5 to make and serve as a gift bag as well. After I sew them up, I throw in a little shredded paper and a small gift (card game, etc.). These have been a hit!
I found a tutorial at Mormon Chic. Great pictures and easy to follow. As you can see I altered mine a bit. Instead of the handles used in the tutorial, I take 2 juice pouches, cut them lengthwise in thirds, sew them end to end, and then sew both edges. I take another juice pouch, trim it to shape, sew around the edges, and attach it to the back of the purse as a closure (just use a little self-stick velcro). Lastly, I must say it is VERY important to sew on the embellishments - they will never stay on otherwise.
(by the way, my daughter now refers to herself as "mom's model")
Oh, one more thing - have a few more juice pouches on hand than you will need. Juice pouches are an unforgiving medium and if you need to redo a seam, it might be easier to start over. Have fun with this one!!!!
Saturday, November 17, 2007
I rummaged through my fabric bin last night and realized I have a lot of pink fabric - I mean A LOT of random pink fabric. Since this is my first attempt at a quilt like this, I have decided to use up as much scrap material as possible. The quilt will either turn out beautifully, or will make great sample quares for future projects - only time will tell....
Here are pictures of my week one square.
Notice that I am not a professional and my edges don't quite match ;)
Friday, November 16, 2007
I do and I also thought my daughter would love them... Thank goodness for the Internet, I was able to find the directions at
Sunday, November 11, 2007
There are some phenomenal blogs out there that have got me crafting. Just to name a few...
http://www.sewmamasew.com/blog2/ - Handmade Holidays - 30 days of gifts to sew
http://www.craftzine.com/blog/ - great compilation of ideas
http://www.notmartha.org/ - 'cause I'm not
http://artsycraftybabe.typepad.com/artsycrafty_babe/ - just a fun crafting read
I am vowing that all of my Christmas gifts will not be store bought this year and I will make gifts for some family and friends (wish me luck - or should I say, wish them luck).
Saturday, November 3, 2007
I have become completely obsessed with some of the crafter blogs out there and thought that I would try my hand at writing one that included kid crafts, as well as other crafts. So bear with me during this trial and error period as I figure this all out.