Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Starry Night

Tonight, I folded stars. Lots and lots of stars...
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.

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Girl Scout Patches, Oh My!

My mother-in-law is right....

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

Advent Calendars

In my search for new and interesting Advent calendars, I stumbled across Magpie & Cake and their Joke - a - Day Tree. I just loved it and had to make one right away. Here is my version of their tree. I didn't have any buttons, so I folded the paper at the end and wrote the number on it. I can't wait to give it to my kids...

Sunday, November 25, 2007

I finally finished this week's installment of Crazy Mom’s Quilts Quilt-A-Long Week 2 (Thanksgiving and family took a lot of my time this week - not that I am complaining).

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

Cute Kitty

Hi everyone! I hope that you all had a wonderful holiday.

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

Grandma's Cookies - Part 2

I finished baking the cookies tonight. The whole house smells wonderful. Tomorrow morning I will arrange them on a platter and sprinkle powdered sugar on them.

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

Grandma's Cookies

Tonight, I made the dough for my Grandmother's cookies. My mother and I keep the family tradition alive by making these cookies every Christmas. I thought it would be nice to surprise her with them on Thanksgiving. Plus, I think it is therapeutic to work the dough with my hands.

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

Busy Monday...

So, I have no new craft to post tonight. I went to Boston today to conduct a photoshoot and by the time I drove the 2 1/2 hours there and home - and worked eight hours - I was too tired to craft.

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

Party Gift

My daughter has a birthday party this weekend and is in need of a gift. There has been a big push at her school to Renew, Reuse, Recycle. So she asked if I would make a juice pouch purse. I have been making these for her little friends for a few months now.

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 joined Crazy Mom's quilt-a-long

I am excited about this quilt-a-long. You can check it out at her blog - Crazy Mom's Quilts.

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....

Week 1

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

Blast from the past

Remember those ribbon barrettes we all wore in the 80's?

I do and I also thought my daughter would love them... Thank goodness for the Internet, I was able to find the directions at

Now to choose the colors... of course, red and white (High School Musical colors) and blue and gold to match her school uniform.
The barrettes come in packs of 3, so we have one more to make - maybe red and green for Christmas?

Sunday, November 11, 2007

No, really I wanna blog!

Okay, so I decide to have a blog and then don't ever post anything to it - typical.

There are some phenomenal blogs out there that have got me crafting. Just to name a few... - Handmade Holidays - 30 days of gifts to sew - great compilation of ideas - 'cause I'm not - 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

The First Post

So, I have finally decided to jump into the world of blogging!

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.