Friday, December 19, 2014

Pillow Exchange

Back in 2009 I stitched this little stitchery while my boys hit the slopes.  When I cleaned out my sewing room recently I found it.  I knew my quilt guild was having a pillow exchange at their Christmas party.  Well, because the stitchery needed a good home and I needed a pillow I thought I would kill two birds with one stone.  I added borders from strips in my scrap bin. (They also needed a home.)  This cute little pillow is the result.
 Ho! Ho! Ho!  I received this jolly little fellow pillow.  His face is the coolest button.  Click on the picture to get a better view.  He and my mom's carving are becoming fast friends.
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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

WAGI~ Creative $ Gifting

 With Christmas just over a week away you may be doing a little holiday baking.  After all Santa is going to need some cookies when he pops down the chimney in eight days.  Sugar cookies are always a favorite at our house.  Decorating them as a family is a fun activity.  Now that my kids are older we are less likely to create the sugar high cookie.  You know the one with more frosting, candy and sprinkles than cookie.  To make a few of your own, sugar high or other wise, here is our recipe:
SUGAR COOKIES
1 cup sugar             
1/2 c. butter
1 egg       
1/2 c. milk plus 1 T. vinegar
1 Tbs. vanilla
3 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp. soda
1/2 tsp. salt

Cream sugar, butter and eggs.  Add liquid ingredients.  Slowlly add dry ingredients.  Roll 1/4" thick and cut into desired shapes.  Cook 8-10 minutes at 350* on greased cookie sheet.

If you are like me you have a few people on your list that have requested money.  I know for my college age children that it is probably what they need most, but it seems so boring to give.  So I thought this creative  idea from I Heart Nap Time fixed that problem.  Besides it seems it would be a lot more fun to receive than just and envelope.

I also heard of a fun idea from a friend for those hard to buy people.  She said that a friend of hers give each member in her family x amount of money at Thanksgiving.  They are to spend as close to it as possible without going over.  They meet at her house on Christmas and with the gift they bought wrapped.  Then she gets to watch everyone unwrap their gift and is able to see what she bought them.  Thought that was kind of a fun idea.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

A Little Gelli Play

I'm really enjoying my Gelli Plate.  I love mixing the paint colors and applying different textures.  I decided to try making a stencil using my contact paper quilting method.  I'm pretty pleased with the results.  
 I also decided to try some different layers and a silhouette to make a card for a friend.  
Oh this is so fun!  

Monday, December 15, 2014

Hip to be Half Square

A clean sewing room makes from a productive week in sewing.  I started and finished the top to my last Scrap Squad quilt.  Can't show  you the top yet but here are the half square triangles I created from the trimmings.
 While decorating this past fall I realized I need another fall quilt to hang above my stairs.  I have a rough idea forming in my head.  I've been throwing scraps into a bin for a while now to use in it.  Well, this week I sat down and cut them into half square triangles in three sizes ( 1", 2" and 3") using my Nifty Notions Ruler.  Tutorial here on how to use it.
Hoping to find time this week to put a bunch together.  But with Christmas only 10 days away that may be wishful thinking.  Hope your enjoying this special season.  Good luck with all you are trying to accomplish.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Honoring an Icon

My dear friend, Kaylyn's grandpa is an important part of our community.  He can be seen each morning and afternoon riding his horse on Main Street.  It is one of the many things I love about where I live.  When his sweet wife passed away a few years ago I made this mini to honor her.  She loved to dance.  It was the one thing she never forgot as suffered from Alzheimer.   
Imagine my delight when I came across this documentary on Video West honoring this icon.  I'm sharing it so you can see just how blessed I am to live in such a great community.  And to let you meet the man who makes my day, everyday, with his friendly wave as he rides his horse down Main Street.  
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The video is courtesy of vimo by way of Video West.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

WAGI~ Garland

It's Wednesday and time for another Great Idea.  Today's feature comes from Make and Take. A cute ribbon and clothes pin garland to help you display the Christmas cards that are arriving at your house.  Isn't it just festive.  The cute buttons on the clothes pins just make me smile.  You can find the tutorial to make your own here.
 If you are looking for a scrappy garland for your tree I have a tutorial here.

Today's recipe is thanks to my mom and Aunt Darlene.  I got the recipe out of our family cookbook.  They both had a entry the only differences were my mom's said it was doughnuts but could be used for cinnamon rolls or dinner rolls.  And my Aunt's was for basic potato dough good for dinner rolls, cinnamon rolls and doughnuts.  Anyway I didn't know who to give credit to so I'm giving it to both.  But because I'm not so good at following directions I make mine into cinnamon raisin bread.  That and a loaf of bread is a lot easier than rolls or doughnuts.  
CINNAMON RAISIN BREAD
1/2 cup mashed potatoes
2 cups milk
1/2 cup oil
1/3 cup sugar
1/2 cup cold water
2 eggs (beaten)
2 1/2 T yeast
6-7 cups flour

Scald potatoes, milk, oil and sugar.  Add water; let coll to lukewarm.  Add eggs and yeast, soften until it bubbles.  Blend in salt and flour.  Dough will be sticky.  Let it rise until it doubles.  Punch down; roll out into desired shapes.    Let rise.  For doughnuts or scones, fry at 375*, for rolls bake at 350* for 15 minutes
For the bread this recipe makes 2 large loaves.  I divide the dough roll out into a rectangle brush with melted butter, sprinkle generously with cinnamon sugar and raisins.  Roll up, pinch to seal and place in greased loaf pan.  Bake at 350* for 40 minutes.


Monday, December 8, 2014

Creativity and Clutter

I live by the motto 'Creative clutter is better than tidy idleness.'  
 But there comes a point when all the clutter puts a damper on the creativity.
 And you have to take a moment to clean up a bit.  So the fun can start again.
 After a week of Christmasing in my sewing room I had reached that point.  Saturday I tackled the problem.  Cleaning off my cutting table and sewing area.  I even went through all the bins of donated fabric for Happy Chemo and unused craft items.  Organizing and eliminating unneeded and unusable items.

 Putting away all the fabric that was strewn about.
 I now have a empty design wall and I'm ready to play again.
Let the fun begin!