Completed Spring Outfit

JJ green halter yard 1 (2)As often happens, KCW comes but circumstances conspire to keep me from fully participating. I did get to sew at least an hour a day but couldn’t get pictures taken or write about it. I will be posting about what I did as I can.

As I mentioned in the last post I took Julianne’s FDOS dress apart and made this outfit. I also used some of the leftover fabric from the dress. Oh, and the plain green is new Tutti Frutti fabric.

The original dress was made using the Annette Reversible Sundress by Nanoo Children’s Designs . I purchased it on the “YouCanMakeThis” site. You can read more about it here.

The Sassy Shorts are blogged about here. They fit her very well. I was worried about using elastic that wide (1 inch) on a little girl’s shorts but she says they are very comfortable.

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The top is the Ruffled Halter by Oliver and S. It is a very easy pattern. It took me two days to make because I wanted to do things my way. My OCD kicked in and I didn’t want to leave the ruffle edges unfinished. I tried to put a narrow hem on the ruffles but that made them too short. My trusty seam ripper and I got to work and took out the three hems. I knew the edges wouldn’t fry much because they were cut on the bias. But I had never left edges undone before. Well, I came up with a compromise and used one of the mostly unused decorative stitches that are on my sewing machine and sewed close to the edge. It looks pretty good. I guess you can teach an old less than young dog some new tricks. You can find a great tutorial for this top here.

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I really wanted to preserve this dress. I remember my First Day of School Dress my grandmother made me. It was light blue check with a removable reversible collar. The collar was white on one side and blue check on the other. It had a full gathered skirt and I loved it. My grandmother sewed it for me with love. She made me other pretty dresses when I was little but that dress was special. I hope my granddaughter will remember her dress with the same fondness fifty years from now.

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When we finally got a warm enough day for pictures Julianne danced all around the yard.




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Oh, to feel such freedom!

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Honey Pot and Other Goodies

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My daughter Kim sent me a honey pot. It is so cute. She thought it would go with my blog name. It was put out by Le Creuset. I love the golden-yellow color. I was so tickled when she gave it to me. Thank You, Kim.

Then the mail came and I received my new Oliver and S patterns. Oh happy day.

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Oliver and S is one of my favorite pattern companies. You really get your money’s worth with an Oliver and S. Not only do they come with multiple sizes but you also get a sewing lesson or two or three included.

Oliver and S rates their patterns by difficulty. The more scissors a pattern has the more difficult. All three of these are one scissor which makes them easy for a novice. The finished garment will make you look like a pro. They are so versatile you will use them over and over.

The last goody was a package of peanut butter Oreo cookies my sweat hubs brought me. They were sooo good dunked in my coffee. Ok, not good for you but such a guilty pleasure. (I didn’t get a picture before we devoured them, sorry.)

Tote Bag from Tutorial and Stashed Material

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First let me preface this post with this statement:

Sewing, crochet, and knitting can be expensive hobbies but they don’t have to be. With a little imagination and re-purposing you can make beautiful gifts and garments. You don’t have to spend your savings to enjoy your hobby. Bog land is jam-packed full of free patterns and tutorials for making whatever you can imagine. You can “harvest” many materials from your own closet or your local thrift store. I use re-purposed materials in a lot of what I make. Don’t let the lack of money keep you from being creative.

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This past Christmas was rough financially. If it weren’t for free tutorials and using what was already in my stash, Christmas would have been very lean. I will be posting some of what I made in the next few weeks. I will tell you where I got the information and what I used. I hope you enjoy this thread. If so leave a comment, please.

I wanted to make a bag for my youngest daughter. She loves bags of all kinds. She has a bazillion of them but is always looking for more. She never gets rid of any unless she thinks you might like it then she will give you the bag right off her shoulder .  That’s just the way she is. She still has one I gave her back when she was in high school nearly ten years ago. I would be willing to bet she doesn’t even know how many she has.

I chose to make the “Summer Madras Tote” by noodlehead. Anna is such a creative person and her blog post are an easy read. I went back into the archives and read every one. (I read blogs like they are good books. I can’t put them down until I have read every word.)

One of the reasons I chose to follow this tutorial was all the pictures of what others did with it. It’s a blank canvas or an empty wall and you get to decide what it will become. Your fabric stash is your paint box and you are the artist.

Anne makes the instructions very easy to follow. She gives plenty of clear pictures of all the steps. I was never left hanging wondering what to do next.

I’ve only made one other bag and I didn’t really like how it turned out. The instructions were not clear and I had a hard time figuring out how to put it together.

I will be buying patterns from “noodlehead” every chance I get because I know what she produces will be good. The “Road Trip Case” will be purchased this weekend to make one for my step-granddaughter’s birthday.

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The tutorial call for ½ yd cuts of outer fabric, lining, and canvas (as an interfacing).

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I used the lovely tulip print for the outer (doesn’t that just say spring?), an apple green check for the lining, and heavy interfacing for the interfacing. I also used apple green bias tape, a red and apple green plaid (Tutti Fruitti), and a red fabric left over from my kitchen curtains. I have had the tulip print in my stash for over ten years and the green check was picked up from a thrift store. I had everything on hand so I didn’t have to buy anything.

Everything was great except for the lining fabric. It was the worst fabric ever. It looked great until I washed it. I think 90% of it was sizing. I should have gone with something else but the color was too perfect. Pulling everything right side out through the lining seam wasn’t going to work and I was afraid the unfinished seams would fry over time. To prevent this I sealed the seams with “Stitch Witchery” and joined the outside and the lining wrong sides together at the top and finished it with bias tape. Worked great. I added the same bias tape to the straps so everything tied together.

I still have at least 5 yds of that check left. I see a lot of checked muslins in my future. OK, not everything you get at the thrift store is great. I get more good stuff than bad so I think I’ll keep going. Can’t resist the prospect of finding treasure.HONEYMADEIT - 20140126_174655Jamie really loved her gift.

New Computer

I had to get a new computer because the WI-FI on my old one died.

My daughter and her family will be moving to South Korea in March. They will be there for two years. I will need to be able to use Skype or some such communication software.

Choosing a new computer is hard. There are so many options to take into consideration. I knew I didn’t need it to be super fast because I don’t play games (who has time for that?). I don’t need a lot of storage. I can always put files on a thumb drive. I just needed a basic computer with a built in web cam. I got a good deal on this HP from Best Buy.

I can already tell I will be much more productive when I blog. Trying to only use the mobile app is a major pain.

I can’t wrap my head around the fact that my grand babies will be in a foreign country for two years and I will not be able to hold them and kiss their little faces. I am glad that they will all be together this time. It was so hard on my daughter the last time her husband was stationed in South Korea. Little M was under a year old and his father didn’t get to hold him for a whole year. When you are in the Army you go where they send you. Still I am not a happy camper.

Doesn’t that face make you want to kiss him all over?

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Little Mr. A

Remembering Mom and Pumpkin Crumble Muffins

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A few of you have asked for the recipe for these awesome pumpkin muffins. I hope your family enjoys them as much as mine.

This recipe was developed by my mamma, Carolyn Waters Maynard. She was an awesome and dynamic lady who was taken to heaven much too soon. Parkinson’s disease robbed us of this wonderful woman. Mom was a chef and worked in many restaurants and on guest ranches out west. She was known for her cooking, both in the family and around the country.  She had newspaper articles written about her and her campfire cooking. We all miss her very much.

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I didn’t inherit the gene for being creative in the kitchen but my eldest daughter did. She trained at The Culinary Academy of America in Austin, Texas. (We are very proud of her.)  My sisters defiantly excel in this area. I learned to cook only because I like to eat. I am a foodie. I love good food and will not eat poorly prepared food. Can we say a little OCD in this way? When you see a recipe on this blog it will most likely come from someone else. I may have tweaked it a little but probably didn’t create it.

Pumpkin Crumble Muffins

Muffin Ingredients:

1 cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup vegetable oil
3 eggs
1 1/2 cups canned pumpkin
1/2 cup water
3 cups all-purpose unbleached flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon salt
1½ cups raisins (optional)
1 cup chopped pecans (optional)

Crumble Ingredients:
1 cup oatmeal (If using old fashioned oats pulse in food processer once or twice)
1/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup brown sugar
1 stick (½ cup) butter

Step 1.  Make crumble. If using old fashioned oats pulse them in the food processer once or twice. You want them course but not whole. Put all crumble ingredients in food processer and pulse until mixture looks like course sand. You may have to add a little more oatmeal if mixture is too clumped together. You will be sprinkling this on top of the muffin batter in Step 4.

Step 2.  In a large mixing bowl, beat sugars, oil, eggs, pumpkin, and water. Make sure the ingredients are well mixed.

Step 3.  In a medium mixing bowl combine flour, baking powder, soda, cinnamon, and salt. Using a whisk make sure dry ingredients are well combined because you can’t once you add this to the wet ingredients.  Add to the pumpkin mixture; stir only until mixed. Don’t overwork the batter as this will make the muffins tough.

Step 4.  Mix raisins with 1 tablespoon flour so they won’t sink into the batter as badly. Fold in the raisins and nuts. Spoon the batter into muffin tins sprayed with cooking spray, filling them 2/3 full. Sprinkle crumble over top and bake at 400 degrees F for 15 minutes.

Step 5. Let cool and enjoy.

A Non-Crafty Week and Pumpkin Muffins

Pumpkin Muffins Cooling 2This week has truly been insane. Last Friday the hubbs informed me it was time to move my studio out of the livingroom, we are renovating, into the dinning room, we will be renovating. So once again my stuff was boxed, moved, and reset. This wasn’t as bad as times past but time-consuming nonetheless. The last time this happened my shoulder was broken in four places so my family packed it. I am still looking for things I know I have. I digress.

In the middle of all this, daughter #2 came home with her two children to stay for an unspecified amount of time. She will be going back to school and will stay here so we can help with the grands. This is something we want for her so we are happy they’re here. It was unexpected and did cause upheaval and chaos. Think, two kids and three adults in a two bedroom, 950 square foot house. It may be tough for a while but we will make it work.

During all of this I did manage to make my pumpkin muffins. The kids and the grands love them. They can’t wait for the weather to cool down enough for me to bake. (Much too hot here to put the oven on from June to October.)

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I would love to offer you one but they are gone gone gone. Leave a comment and you may convince me to post my recipe.

My Computer ate my Post!

I don’t believe this I posted, it was there, it showed up on my Facebook page, two people read it, and now it’s gone. Did gremlins eat it? Is it somewhere in a black hole? I just don’t know.  I will reconstruct it and try again. Here are some nice pictures I’ll share in the meantime.


Mother and Son (dd and dgs)

This is daughter #1 and grandboy M


JJ wears gramdpa’s cap


Grandboy Little J and his favorite thing (cars)


M and dad


Grandpa and grandboy A

Love them much. I love dd J, my youngest. For some reason I can’t find a picture of her on here.