Friday, February 24, 2012

What I'm making... Yarn Scarf

I love pinterest but you can keep pinning and pinning forever, the whole point is to actually try some of the projects, crafts or recipes that you pin. Which is hard to do when you are busy pinning. Yeah, it's a vicious cycle!

Well here is one I tried and it turned out really cute and was super easy. Here is a link to my sewing pinterest board and here is a link to Kaite did's blog, who posted this idea.

Just cut the yarn to the scarf lengh you want and stitch them together leaving gaps here and there. This might also look cute with multicolor yarn using up those odd balls of yarn you have in the basement. I know I'm not the only one with a box of yarn stashed away! Or am I?

Thursday, February 23, 2012

To puke or not to puke... that is the question.

Geo Caching with the family last weekend.
So Monday night I was up all night puking, so much for my flu shot, so sick with horrible stomach cramps. It felt like someone was stabbing me in the gut... I've never been stabbed in the gut but I think this is what it would feel like. It seemed like every 5 minutes I would get the stabbing pain that would bring me to my knees hunched over moaning and panting. 

Then it crossed my mind this was so much like labor. In my dehydrated, tired and delirious state I really started to wondered if I was going to drop a surprise baby that night on the bathroom floor. No... there was no way, I haven't missed a period and haven't gained a pound. But that's what all those ladies who didn't know they were pregnant say... right?

Well, no worries, we did not have a new addition to the family, whew!

Today I'm feeling much better and was thinking about how when I get sick I have no problem puking. I always feel better after getting that stuff out of my stomach. But Brian is the opposite he hates to puke and even has a non puking record of 25 years. He does what he can to stop from puking and I just give into it. We also have friend with a 30 year non puking record... it's interesting how people handle sickness.

What's your word... puke or not puke?

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

What we're eating - Pumpkin Muffins With Cream Cheese Filling

Don't you love these pans, they were my Grandma's. I love the design on them. 
I created this recipe from two different recipes, I took bits and pieces to create these easy and yummy pumpkin muffins.

For the filling:
8 oz. cream cheese, softened
1 cup powdered sugar

To prepare the filling, combine the cream cheese and powdered sugar in a medium bowl and mix well until blended and smooth. Transfer the mixture to a piece of plastic wrap and shape into a log about 1½-inches in diameter. Smooth the plastic wrap tightly around the log. Place in the freezer and chill until at least slightly firm, at least 2 hours or overnight.

  • For the muffin:
  • 1 (18.25 ounce) package yellow cake mix
  • 1 (15 ounce) can pumpkin puree
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves

  • In a large bowl, mix together the cake mix, pumpkin puree, cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves until smooth.
  • To assemble the muffins, fill each muffin well with a small amount of batter, just enough to cover the bottom of the liner (1-2 tablespoons). Slice the log of cream cheese filling into 24 equal pieces. Place a slice of the cream cheese mixture into each muffin well. You want to put the cream cheese lower than you think because it will rise a lot during the baking process. Divide the remaining batter among the muffin cups, placing on top of the cream cheese to cover completely.

Bake for 20 to 25 minutes in the preheated oven, until a toothpick inserted in the center of one comes out clean.
Sprinkle with powered sugar... delicious!

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

The Fantastic Mr. Pops

This past Christmas Brian (aka Pops) and I agreed not to spend a lot on each other. Our big gift for the house was a gas buring fireplace and new windows for the front of the house, that was plenty!

I did ask Brian to make me a jewelry holder. I had seen something like it online and knew it was something he could make with very little money ( just the cost of the hooks). The weeks before Christmas went by and he never mentioned it and I never saw him in the garage painting so I thought for sure he had forgotten about it. He's the type of guy that you need to remind him several times to do things.

Christmas morning arrived and I was so surprised to open my awesome new jewelry holder, I really can't believe that he remembered, and it was perfect! No more tangled necklaces, I can see them all and it makes me so happy.

Mr. Pops... you are fantastic!

Monday, February 6, 2012

Fancy "A"

A new item for my esty shop. I had seen something like this online and wanted to see if I could do it. 

Yes, I can do it, but it took me about 3 hours... all those little stitches take a long time to make! Here is one of those ideas, that worked well but not well enough to list in my shop over and over again. It just takes too long to make which means I would have to charge a crazy amount. So this will be the one and only of this one.

It's fun to try new things... I'll never stop.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Free LOVE print

I made this cute print for my mantle, see it framed on my mantle here. It's pretty easy, I set up the text and printed it out then laid another paper on top. With the light box it's easy to see my guides, then I just fill in the negative space with whatever doodle comes to mind. It does take a little time to do but it is also very relaxing all, your mind just thinks about little circles or hash marks everything else melts away.

If you don't have the hour or so it takes to do this on your own, no worries, you can print this one for free. Just double click on the image below and print. Slap it in a frame and you have some instant Valentines Day art for your wall or mantle. Cheers!