Saturday, April 25, 2015

Learning to Read: Use Closed Captioning

Do you have a little one who is learning to read?  One easy thing you can do is use closed captioning on the television.  Here is a link to a great article my brother wrote on this topic.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Before and After: Coastal Chic Dresser

I bought this hot mess at the thrift store with the plan of painting it and selling it to make a few bucks.  Note the plastic barn knobs.
When I was done, I couldn't part with it.
Now it has brass starfish knobs. Much better.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Before and After Drum Table

Here is a before and after of a drum table I found at the thrift store.

I painted it with Amy Howard chalk pain in Kembel, sanded the edges, rubbed it with stain and rubbed it with Annie Sloan furniture wax.  I painted a little gold in the grooves, too, but it's hard to see in the morning light.

Love it!

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Baby Rag Strip Quilt

 I recently made this rag strip quilt for my niece.  It is flannel and soft and I love how it turned out.
 The embroidered label was an afterthought, so I stitched it on top, but in hindsight I would have pieced it into the quilt.  The handwriting on the label is my daughter's.  How much more special does that make the label?!
 This is the flat side of the quilt:
I had never done a quilt-as-you-go quilt or a rag quilt, and it was very easy.  I used the tutorial for this quilt at Do It Yourself Divas:
I used the Missouri Star Quilt Company tutorial for machine binding a quilt.  They have great tutorials and quilting fabric.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Crafting Baby Shower

I recently went to a baby shower for a baby boy.  Instead of playing games, we crafted.  I couldn't finish in time, so I took mine home to finish up.  

We each made a scrapbook page and painted a onesie.  Here is the scrapbook page I did.  It has the Bible verse "Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Creator of the sun, moon and stars, who does not change like their shifting shadows." James 1:17

I used Paper Studio's Woodland Retreat paper, and I stuck the page in my sewing machine and sewed a border around the page and the frame.

 Then I drew this little hedgehog from the paper, and embroidered the design on the onesie (Because I don't paint!!).
I had to add a bow tie on the little guy.  I'm pretty happy with how it turned out.

Friday, July 18, 2014

I Sewed an Apron

 I made this apron as a thank you gift for a friend.  She made a delicious meal for me after I had surgery.  I used this tutorial from the blog Stitches in Play (thank you!).

 I used some Heather Bailey floral fabric.  It was pretty easy, and I think it turned out great.
Also, the farm chair is a trash item that I painted with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint.

Monday, June 2, 2014

Tiny Cherry Pies

Tonight I made these tiny cherry pies.

I used 1 pie crust recipe (see below). I rolled out the crust and cut 12 - 4.5" circles using a Tupperware lid. I pressed the circles into a muffin tin and filled them with cherry pie filling (I used one can for all 12 pies).  For the top crust I cut 2.75" circles with a cookie cutter, and cut little hearts out of the center with a miniature cookie cutter.  I didn't press the edges together and learned the hard way why the edges should be pressed together: so all the filling doesn't bubble out the sides.  Oh well.

Top with a scoop of ice cream if you like.

Pie Crust 

1.  Mix 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flower and 1 teaspoon each salt and sugar.  Cut 2 sticks chilled unsalted butter into pieces.  With a pastry blender, cut in butter, working until mixture is similar to course meal.

2.  Add 4 tablespoons ice water; work with hands until dough comes together.  If dough is still crumbly, add more ice water a tablespoon at a time (up to 4 more).  Do not overwork.

3.  Divide dough in half, and flatten halves into disks.  Wrap disks separately in plastic; refrigerate at least 1 hour.

4.  Roll dough out onto a floured surface.