Friday, May 20, 2011


I finally have little girls to sew for. I do not know them ... I will never see them ... I don't even know their names! But I am going to make them some dresses! Let me explain, my church has a gropup going down to Guatemala next year around this time and I have volunteered to make some dresses for the kids there. They are going to be very simple cotton dresses. Pillowcase dresses they are called. You can read more about them here ...

I will not be using pillow cases though as I have a lot of fabric I can use instead. So my goal is to make 20 dresses within the year. They will be all different sizes, colors and have different finishings on them, such as buttons, lace, trim etc. Check back to cheer me on as I will post them as I finish them.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

More Linky Party Blogs

Thanks to all of my new followers. I am happy to see others that love following blogs too! I can spend hours and hours going from blog to blog! There is some amazing talent out there that I am in such awe of. Makes my blog look so BLAH! So be gentle with me. I am so new to this.

I have mentioned  before but I would like to say once again that her blog is so much fun! She works her magic and turns junk into gorgeous pieces of furniture! She also has a linky party once a month. The new blogs I am following from her linky party this week are:

Monday, March 7, 2011

~ Linky Party! ~

A few weeks back I mentioned a new blog I was following called Homemaker on a Dime. On the 1st Monday of each month they have what they call a Linky Party where you can find all kinds of wonderful blogs to follow and people will find yours and follow you too! A great way to get your blog known. You should seriously check out her blog though cuz she is amazing! She makes such works of art with junk, basically. She refinishes furniture like a pro and everything she has made is fantastic!

Another blog I just started following is 1 Sew Green Mama. I stumbled upon it this afternoon. Her blog colors actually remind me of a fresh, juicy watermelon. Mmmm! She has some great tutorials on her blog BUT what I love most about her blog is she is a re-fashioner! I love making something new out of something old!

Another blog I came across was Homemaker in Heels. The name had me. I had to go check it out. She does gorgeous home deco items. So classy and so much cheaper!

Homemaker in Heels

Little Boxy Pouch

Good Morning! Here I am with freshly home brewed Starbuck's coffee in my big red Starbuck's mug. All from my kids. They know how to make their Mom happy! Just add coffee, preferrably Starbuck's coffee! :) I spent some time yesterday afternoon sewing and watching the DIY Network. Some time ago I found the cutest little bag tutorial on...

The tutorial is very easy to follow. She has done a wonderful job! They are so easy to make. In fact, I made 3 of them yesterday afternoon; and I am so slow when I sew. They are going to be gifts for my Mom, my SIL and my Secret Sister at church. Now I just have to figure out what to fill them with!

Wouldn't they be cute for birthday party goodie bags, re-useable gift bags, small first aid kit to keep in your car/diaper bag/purse or ...??? The possibilities are endless!

Sorry about the pic. I am not sure why the pouch on the left looks so odd shaped. Let me know if you make one (or many) of these.

Friday, March 4, 2011

Bad Me!

WOW, March 2011 already! Sorry I have not posted for a while. I have all these projects in my head but no energy to do any of them! My herniated disk is acting up again and I have not been sleeping well so it leaves me feeling run down. I am hoping to sew an apron for a gift today. Once it is done I promise I will post a pic here.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Happy Valentine's Day!

Meet Josefina, one of my American Girl dolls. I thought she needed a Valentine's day outfit. Please excuse the purple t-shirt that does not match the skirt but I could not find her pink one.

Saturday, February 12, 2011


I love

Have you ever been to If not, be prepared to spend some serious time there! Just clicking on one of their links can result in many blogs visited and drooled over. There really are some great blogs out there on the internet!

new blog i am following :)

Monday, January 24, 2011

Fabric basket....

I followed the tutorial on  and made the cutest little fabric basket. It was for a very last minute birthday gift. It turned out really cute and was pretty easy to make following the tute. I will be making many more for sure!

The list of gifts and storage you could put in them is endless!

Thursday, January 20, 2011

I'm such a mean Mom!

Yesterday as I was making turkey soup I said to T,

"I feel like such a Mom wearing my apron and making homemade soup."

To which he replies with,

"Ya, and not letting me play video games!"

In my defense I have to mention that the day before he had hit his head quite hard on a locker at school resulting in a headache. Am I so mean for thinking it was not a good idea for him to stare at the TV screen with a headache?

Homemade Turkey Soup

If there is one meal my family all likes it is my homemade turkey soup. OK, T picks the carrots out but that boy is impossible to please! He would live on cheese and cereal if I let him. I think I can only recall 1 time where I did not use the leftover turkey for soup. I take all the meat off the bones and put the bones in a pot along with the skin. I cover it with water, a little bit more water than bones, and I add fresh chopped garlic & spices and let it simmer for a good 3 hours or more. I check on it every once in a while and give it a stir and a sniff :) Then answer "turkey soup" to everyone who comes in the house and asks "Mmmm, what's that smell?" After 3 hours or so I strain all the bones out of the soup, turn off the stove and let it cool down. Then I put the entire pot into the fridge. The next day (yes, my soup is a 2 day process) I scrape the fat off the top of the soup, put it back on the stove and heat it up. Then I add all kinds of yummy healthy stuff like chopped turkey meat, carrots, celery and egg noodles. Although this time I used potatoes instead because I had no egg noodles. Then I add the only non-natural ingredient in my soup; chicken OXO or Bovril. Cook all that good stuff up and pop some biscuits in the oven and dinner is done! I must have been so excited to eat the soup because I foprgot to take a pic of it when it was done. Either that or I was too tired after being in the kitchen all day baking and cooking!

Popcorn Cake!?!?!?

Popcorn Cake ... sounds weird, doesn't it? I must be living under a rock cuz when I found it online I thought that it was something the blogger, herself, had created. Not the case at all! I found out that everyone knows about it and they all claim that their Grandma made the bestest one ever! Ummm Grandma, you never made this for me. Hmm, maybe she forgot? Or, more than likely, she didn't make it because (as she has stated a million and one times) she hates cooking!Anyways, I knew right away that this was something I just HAD TO make! All that sweet, gooey and salty yumminess just called out to me! "Lisa, make me. You know you wanna." OK, twist my rubber arm ;) Basically it is like Rice Krispie squares with M&M's and broken pretzels. And instead of cereal you use microwave popcorn. I only made half a recipe because I didn't know if my guys would even like it. BIG MISTAKE! We all loved it; except for my littlest guy but he doesn't really like anything. Kinda like Mikey on the old Life cereal commercials. Now I am really dating myself! If you have no idea who Mikey is then you are probably too young. But here's a youtube link if anyone is interested. I watched it a couple times. So cute!

The only change I made to the recipe was that I used smarties instead of M&M's. Only because after Christmas I got 2 huge bags of them for 16 cents a pound! Oh, and I used a cookie sheet instead of a bundt pant cuz then it would cool faster ... meaning we could eat it faster! Smart thinking, right? :)