Monday, March 29, 2010

How to Make Cascarones: Colored Eggs for Easter Filled with Colored Confetti

How to Make Cascarones: Colored Eggs for Easter Filled with Colored Confetti

I checked out a couple of sites, and like this explanation the best.You can use the "Koolaid" method of coloring eggs. (that I previously posted)To glue on the tissue paper, I use a paintbrush that I've dipped in white glue. This can be diluted with a bit of water. Just brush on the glue around the opening of the egg, place the tissue paper over the hole, and use the paintbrush to tap it down.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

White washcloth

I love this cotton yarn. I've made dishcloths, and now a washcloth. It is so soft on the skin.

Heart shaped dishcloth

Heart-shaped dishcloth.

Plastic Scrubber dishcloths

This dishcloth starts off with a plastic scrubber. I made one in white, and now one in yellow. The recipients say they are too pretty to use on dirty dishes.


I love this pattern. Very easy and you crochet the ring first.

Polka Dot Apron

Made the most amazing apron for my daughter.....She sent me a photo and I copied it.
Took me months to find the exact fabric. Found it at Hancock Fabrics.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Sewing Caddy/Canister

I saw this handy sewing canister at my quiting class, and at a quilt show. I liked the concept, but decided to tailor it to my own needs. I made attached pockets on the outside, instead of flapping pockets, and kept the inside pockets the same. I also added a pincushion for pins and another to attach my sewing needles. I also made slim pockets for quilting pencils, small ruler, seam-ripper, and other items I need while sewing. I don't really have a pattern, other than eyeballing the measurements. I had one redo, but all in all I had a blast making this.

Daisy Janie: how to make a staple-free matchbook notepad.

Daisy Janie: how to make a staple-free matchbook notepad.

I'm going to make some of these for Dia de los Muertos! with calaveras and Frida, of course. Crop-A-Dile II Big Bite Punch: Crafts Crop-A-Dile II Big Bite Punch: Crafts

Holy Cow, I mean Tofu....I need one of these to make the cookie cutters.......
Better wait until Michael's has one and I have a 50% off coupon and a gift card from Mother's

RootsAndWingsCo: Cookie Cutter 101

RootsAndWingsCo: Cookie Cutter 101

I want to make Dia de los Muertos Cookie cutters.....copper cost $30 plus shipping...yikes!

Thursday, March 18, 2010 blog : Cardiganize an Old Pullover blog : Cardiganize an Old Pullover
Dig out those old sweaters, that you still love, and remake them. So simple. If you don't crochet, just use fabric or another old sweater. Or buy some extra-wide double-sided binding, or some really pretty ribbon. And if you can't sew, oh no!!, ask a friend or your mama. (not my mom) Or your surgeon boyfriend/husband/neighbor. Or just LEARN!!! Thread a needle and go in and out, in and out.....ta dah!



Tuesday, March 16, 2010

How to Boil the Perfect Hard Boiled Egg |

How to Boil the Perfect Hard Boiled Egg
I don't eat egg, so when I try making them they come out terrible. This is a great article.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Born on the 4th of July

I made this cross-stitch for my sis a few years back. I totally love it. She was born on the 4th of July.
I had another one planned for Christmas, but my little sister B was very sick and I couldn't finish it in time.
I adapted three different patterns to make this.

Pattern Guide

My sis-in-law gave me a strip of magnet and a piece of metal. She said she uses one just like it to read crochet patterns. (also great on cross-stitch and knitting) You place the metal sheet behind the pattern page and the magnetic strip goes in the front. Just slide the guide down as you complete a row of directions.
Super easy to use. I decided to decorate my magnetic stip with ribbon and found, in my stash, some ribbon with ruler/inch measurements. Added a loop of ribbon to the hole that was already on the strip for easy removal. Also added a loop to the hole in the metal sheet to hang both items on my corkboard.

Easy Coleslaw!!!!!

I've always made homemade coleslaw, but recently (when I could barely walk) I decided to try this.
It was okay, but not as good as my homemade. We really don't like bagged-salad, except for baby spinach. This was good in a pinch especially now, during the Lenten Season, when we are eating fish on Fridays.        I am giving up MEAT for know. I'm Vegetarian. lol

Teapot Tissue Dispenser

My aunt Dolores made this beautiful teapot tissue dispenser. It uses a small square box of tissues (on it's side) and the tissues pop out of the spout. It goes great with my teapot collection. I love this.

Dish Towel Apron

I forgot to take a before photo, but this is easy to make. My mother bought me a large dish towel that had a pretty border. I cut off the top and make a pocket with the fabric. I cut the side angles to make the bodice and hemmed it. I found some muslin fabric scraps and made ties for the neck and waist. Super easy.

Pineapple Upside Down Cake

Cake batter:
1-   Pineapple box cake mix
3    eggs
1/2  cup applesauce (replaces oil)
1    cup water (part of it is the drained pineapple juice)
1    4oz pina colada yogurt
Mix for 2 minutes on medium.
1    stick butter (or margarine if you must)
1    c. brown sugar (packed)
1    8oz can of crushed pineapple (drained into a measuring cup)
12   maraschino cherries (optional, but I love them)
Melt butter in the bottom of a 9X13 pan.
Sprinkle brown sugar over melted butter. Top with crushed pineapple and dot with cherries. Carefully pour cake mix batter over this.
Bake at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes. Test. Cool 5 minutes. Turn over onto a plate, or into another 9X13 like I did.
Yum. Enjoy!!

Project of the Day / Crafting | Fiskars

Project of the Day / Crafting Fiskars

We are halfway through Craft Month?
I'm doing my I gotta get
the photos posted....

Friday, March 12, 2010

Color Easter Eggs with Kool-Aid! | Gingerbread Snowflakes

Color Easter Eggs with Kool-Aid! Gingerbread Snowflakes

Gonna color my CASCARONES with KOOLAID
That's confetti filled eggs for those who need a translation.
Crack them on unsuspecting friend's head on Easter!!!!

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Vegetarian Chili

Vegetarian Chili
This takes more work, but uses Tofu!!! Yum.
Gonna give this a try soon. I do have all the ingredients on hand. That is always a plus.

Ridiculously Easy Vegetarian Chili Recipe - Every Day with Rachael Ray

Ridiculously Easy Vegetarian Chili Recipe - Every Day with Rachael Ray

I make this chili all the time. In fact, I'm eating a bowl right now. I served it over a bed of steamed Jasmine rice, and sprinkled with shredded cheese. Yum!!!

best birthday cake | smitten kitchen

best birthday cake smitten kitchen

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Repeat of Tube Socks.....

This desire has been going on for years. Bought yarn. Found out I needed 2 balls. Only had one. Couldn't find more. Went to the only 3 stores that sell yarn down here. NONE.

Went to Houston. Found yarn. Came home. Cast on, frogged (undid) cast on again. Googled how to cast on to dp's. (double pointed needles) Tried again. Went on Youtube. Searched for casting on dp's for socks. Watched several times. Sucessfully cast on and started pattern. OMG. This is too time consuming.ZZZZZZZ
Put that to sleep.
Went to Vintage clothing shop. Bought a beautiful wool cable knit sweater that had a hole in the front.
Took home and made tube socks. They are beautiful. The sleeves made one sock each. The cuffs look great.Then the front of the sweater made a pair and the back of the sweater made another.
So, three pair of beautiful cable knit socks for $1.00
This morning was cold enough to wear my socks for the first time this year.
Well actually it was cold last week, but I forgot about my favorite socks. Found them this morning in my sock drawer while churning them around looking for warm socks.
All is well..........