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Showing posts from May, 2011

Flower bouquet tank

Last year I came across this tutorial for a flower embellished tank from Ruffles and Stuff.  This immediately went into my "to do" file. I found a white tank at Target in the clearance section last year and I started making flowers. I  made a couple by the links in the tutorial and made some different. Given that I started this last year, I don't remember which ones I used. The rolled rosette is fairly common. I made a flower similar to this one for my shirt but used a button for  the center. I finally finished it today.

Instead of using strips of jersey knit for my flower stems,  I  used white ribbon. Here's a tip for you, learned the hard way by me- ribbon will not stretch with the knit and will ruffle. Oh well, I like the results anyway and I'm going to keep it since I don't have any jersey knit in white that matches.

Here's a close up of the flowers:

And another of the shirt:

Here's another altered tank you might like.

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Happy Memorial Day

Photo credit, buggolo
Happy Memorial Day! I hope you are spending time with those you love or doing the things you love, and remembering those you gave you the freedom to do it!

Patriotic 3D star wreath

I made a cute little wreath in red, white, and blue for Memorial Day (and Fourth of July). I was inspired by and followed the tutorial here from Little Birdie Secrets.  I used papers from my scrapbook paper stash and a wreath form that I cut from a cardboard box.

I have a Slice but used an "old school" plastic scrabooking star template to cut my stars so that I could stack multiple sheets of paper and cut more than one star at a time. I cut 12 large stars from patterned paper and about 16 from red. I adhered the red ones first as a background so the cardboard would not show. I glued everything with good ol' Elmer's multipurpose glue. (I may be one of the few crafters that doesn't really like glue guns.) The Elmer's worked great. Did I mention that I won a prize pack from them (here)? It came in this week and I got a lot of loot! Thanks!

I used buttons, rhinestones, and pearls from my stash to embellish the stars. On half of them, I also added Prima flowers. I…

Get them to eat broccoli ...AND fish

Today I'm sharing a dish that combines two things a lot of kids and grown ups don't like to eat- broccoli and fish.

My hubby doesn't care much for baked fish or broccoli, but he will eat this dish. I think it's the cheese and French's onions that attracts him.

Broccoli, Rice and Fish Bake


1-1/2 cups chicken broth

1/2 cup uncooked long grain rice

1/4 teaspoon Italian seasoning

1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

3 cups frozen chopped broccoli, thawed and drained

1 tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese

1 can (2.8 ounces) french-fried onions, divided

1 pound tilapia fillets
Dash paprika

1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese


•In a large saucepan, combine the broth, rice, Italian seasoning and

garlic powder, bring to a boil. Transfer to a greased 11-in. x 7-in.

baking dish. Cover and bake at 375° for 10 minutes. Add the

broccoli, Parmesan cheese and half of the onions. Top with fish

fillets; sprinkle with paprika.

•Cover and bake 20-25 minutes longer or until the …

Hey followers!

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Shouting out to my followers again! Hello and thanks. I love meeting new friends online and discovering new ideas. I try and make an effort to visit each of you from time to time but often discover that there is no blog link in your Google Friend connect profile. That's okay. Maybe you don't have a blog.  Or may you do and just didn't realize you could post a link. I don't think I've had a link in my own, until now. I was curious about this issue so I did a little "googling". I found this site witha tutorial on how to add your web links to your profile. No need for me to rewrite - just go to the link and check it out.

And add your link to your profile. It will give you more blog exposure and I can visit you!

Butterflies and daisies

Butterflies and daisies are two of my favorite things. My grandmother used to grow gerbera daisies. After she passed away, my mom transplanted them at her house. I love all of their vivid bright summer colors. Maybe I should grow some of my own.... Okay, that's another story for another day. Let's just say I didn't inherit that green thumb.

Since I don't have any of my own growing, I made myself an arrangement with some artificial ones from Michaels. (Purchased during a 60% off sale.) My inspiration came from a project at Joann's but my arrangement is so far from the original, it's not worth showing for comparison. I've totally made this my own project.

I started with this container that's been in my stash for a few years (an after Christmas clearance purchase).

I pulled out some old papers from my scrapbook stash. I mean old, like some of the first ones purchased in 2003. (Please tell me I'm not the only one with stuff that old.) I cut the pape…

Punched flower pomander decor balls

I've been trying to get a new post up for four days now. Earlier in the week, I thought I'd schedule ahead, but that didn't happen. And then this morning I sat down to link up to some parties and intended to get the post done, but I got caught up in following link after link to some great blogs and lovely eye candy and my time ran out. Does this ever happen to you? Is blogland full of too much stuff?

Anyway, here is a project I've been working on for a while and recently finished. I've admired all the flower punch pomanders out there like these at WhipperBerry and decided to make my own to fill a glass bowl on my bathroom counter.  I don't have the same punch as the one in the tutorial I linked, but I like mine just the same. I did two layers and folded up the petals on the top layer. I also used a second punch for my flower centers. 

This can be a little time consuming, but worth the effort. I also decided to do some with silk hydrangea blooms from some bunch…

It arrived!

This is what I came home to today!

I won this at Flamingo Toes! Whoo hoo! Of course I don't  have time to play with it right now, but maybe by the weekend I can start figuring this out. Please feel free to leave me tips and links to Silhouette projects. I'm sure I've got a lot to learn.

Happy Monday!

Sharing a cookie

and a recipe.

First, let me say Happy National Chocolate Chip Day! Yep, it sure is. Today.
Crazy4challenges is celebrating by issuing a challenge to have some image related to chocolate on your card. I played along and used this cute image from Mo's Digital Pencil. I designed another gift card holder using the sketch from Sketch Saturday.

The image is colored with Prismacolor pencils and OMS. Papers are from Lime Ricky by Basic Grey and Bazzill cardstock.

So, here's my favorite way to use chocolate chips.

Cowboy Cookies (this includes directions for making the mix in a jar as a gift. Recipe from All Recipes.)


1 1/3 cups rolled oats
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup chopped pecans
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt

1.Layer the ingredients in a 1 quart jar in the order given. Press each layer firmly in place before adding the next layer.

2.Include a card wi…

Shell and glass bead necklace

Here is a necklace that I made for my mother as her mother's day gift. I didn't really have a completed project or directions to go by for this. I browsed some bead magazines and picked up a few ideas, like the beads inside the shell circles, but mostly I came up with my own design and went with it.
Here's a list of materials and a how to. Most of the materials came from Michael's. This is simply stringing and the only skill you need is crimping. Make sure you get the right size crimp bead for your stringing wire. Beadalon tells you on their packaging which to use. HERE is a tutorial on how to close a crimp bead.
Rose shell carved pendant Beadalon Satin Silver stringing wire 2 crimp beads 2 split rings 1 lobster clasp 8 6mm gemstone beads 2 25mm Round lentil beads 8 Jet shell loops 6 round jet cat's eye 6 each 6, 8, and 10 mm faceted beads 16 silver bicone spacers 10 glass sead beads 10 white Nebula glass shiny 8x10mm beads
I didn't write down the finished length of my nec…

Sour cream pound cake -lower fat and sugar

I'm not bragging or anything, but I made that beautiful cake! I made it on Saturday for our Mother's Day meal on Sunday. I used the following recipe from
1 box Duncan Hines butter recipe cake mix 1c. Plain flour 3/4 c. sugar 1 c. milk 3 eggs 8 oz. sour cream 1 stick butter
Here are the ingredients I used to cut the fat and sugar:
1 box Pilsbury lower sugar yellow cake mix 1 c. plain flour 3/4 cup sugar 1 c. skim milk 3 eggs 8 oz. fat free sour cream 1 stick butter
Mix dry ingredients. Beat eggs, sugar, and butter. Add sour cream. Alternating flour mixture and milk, add to first mixture, beating slowly. Bake in well greased, floured tube pan at 325 degrees for 1 hour or until golden brown. ( I had to bake for almost an hour and 1/2. )
Try it. It's yummy! I'll be linking up to some of these parties:
Think Pink Sundays*Keep It Simple Sunday*Under the Table and Dreaming* Sundae Scoop*Craftomaniac Monday*Making the World Cuter*Just Something I Whipped Up at TGC* Motivate Me Monda…