I love in-the-hoop embroidery projects! I made this pot holder from a design from here. I will say that the tea pot is pretty small so I think it is more of a trivet than pot holder, unless you have very tiny hands. Diana
Monday, October 31, 2011
Sunday, October 30, 2011
I got a new embroidery machine!!!!!! Now I can do larger designs!!!!! Here is a practice run I did. I took an inexpensive kitchen towel and embroidered a country style bee hive on it.Then I used my bias maker to iron some coordinating fabric to cover the less than attractive bottom and top edges.
Saturday, October 29, 2011
I wish I was more original but I copied this cupcake too! The frosting is a cool marshmallow recipe that takes some time but is totally delicious.
2 egg whites
1/2 cup sugar
6 tbs water
1 tbs light corn syrup
1/2 tsp cream of tartar
1 cup mini marshmallows
1 tsp vanilla
In a large bowl placed over a sauce pan of simmering water combine egg whites, sugar, water, corn syrup. cream of tartar and salt. Mix with a whisk constantly until sugar dissolves and mixture reaches 160 degrees. Transfer to electric mixture and beat until soft peaks form. Add marsh mallows and vanilla and beat until frosting is smooth. Use immediately.
To make the the ghosts put frosting in decorator bag and snip off about one inch off tip. Pipe ghosts on top of cupcakes. The eyes and mouths are made from melted chocolate piped onto foil and let set up. Yum Yum. Spooky never tasted so good. Diana
Friday, October 28, 2011
Are you a sewer or even just someone who likes gadgets? Well I fall into both categories so when I saw this machine a while ago I knew I had to have it. So much fun and it can do more than make bias tape.It makes great quilt binding too! Walmart carries it as does Amazon. I also found a great video that teaches how to make continuous bias tape here. And why would you want to make your own bias tape? Because you won't be limited to the solid colors sold at the notions dept. Instead you can have calico or polka dots or any fabric from your stash! And I even saw some cute bias tape on etsy that someone made and would be cute as a gift for your sewing friends. Love this machine. Diana
Here is my take on the melted witch idea out in the blogosphere. I actually made a mold for the witch hat instead of using Hersey kisses because I needed the hats to be smaller. And I added chocolate eyes too!These were a big hit at our church's trunk or treat on Wednesday. They make me laugh! Diana
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
In my part of the country the cold weather has already rolled in so it is time to get out the knitting needles, I made a pretty pink scarf for myself!I used #9 needles and cast on 14 stitches. Then I did a simple box stitch for the whole scarf.
row 1: *knit 2 purl 2* repeat to the last two stitches and then knit 2
row 2: *purl 2 knit 2* repeat to the last two stitches and then purl 2
row 3: repeat row 2
row 4: repeat row 1
Continue in the above pattern til scarf is desired length.
Monday, October 24, 2011
Saturday, October 15, 2011
This looks so good! And it was made for about $1.00! I glued (6000 brand) a glass candle stick I got at a garage sale last week to a carnival glass candy dish (another garage sale find) together.This picture doesn't show the sparkle of this piece but it really is pretty. If you want to see another pedestal project check out what Mary did over at Windy Meadows Farm. Diana
Friday, October 14, 2011
You know we love eggs around here! With our own flock of chickens we are always looking for something to do with all the eggs the girls lay EVERY day. Jenn had shown you how she used ice cream molds to make cute hard boiled eggs here. Now look what I found.at Amazon today! Love these egg molds!
Thursday, October 13, 2011
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
Three dollar foam skull from walmart? I don't think so! It is too pretty. But that is how this cutey started out.
Saturday, October 8, 2011
Don't you hate it when you have to do some last minute mending on your outfit.Then you can imagine how these little guys feel! They had to put in a few stitches to hold themselves together! Life is hard when you are a sugar cookie.....people expect so much from you! They are hoping you won't judge them too harshly (check out their half smiles of embarrassment) and still love them! Don't worry guys, you still look delicious! Diana
Friday, October 7, 2011
Have you heard of Hogwash soap? Well you are about to. This stuff is the best. I found it at my local boutique downtown and since I love anything handmade, especially soap, I bought it. The saleslady had made some pretty amazing claims, like it could take out old spots on clothes and clean grease off your hand as well as garden soil. I just thought it would look cute in my kitchen....... PLUS it come in a cute paper bag. And the name, who wouldn't want to wash with hogwash soap. I now am convinced this stuff CAN DO ANYTHING! I got ring around the collar out of old white dress shirts! It cleans hands like nothing else regardless of what mess you have gotten into. And my husband swears if he washes with this stuff after tromping in the woods he doesn't break out with poison ivy! I know, I sound like a paid advertisement (I'm not) but I love this soap. And chocolate. Lots of chocolate....ummmm. A-n-y-way, since you can't all come to my hometown to get it (I wish you could, it is so cute with a town square and fountain and old buildings and brick streets and we have parades and car shows and festivals with lots of fried foods) I found their website. Seriously, this stuff is good. Diana
Another little craft for Halloween! This one is done on my embroidery machine but you could do them without one. The design download is available from Embroidery Garden. The set includes 7 designs for fall and costs $10.00. Made with felt, these little cuties have a little secret.....
Thursday, October 6, 2011
~After seeing mom's creation, I knew I had to make one, too! I did mine in sparkly silver and black. Love it as a brooch, but I also added a hair clip to the back so I could send Abby to school with it. ~Jennifer