Monday, February 28, 2011

Baby Blanket-Quilt (finale)

*drum roll*   The sweet little baby blanket-quilt is now *ta-da*  Done!!!!!   Yay!   I'm so excited about how it turned for some pictures, because we all love pictures!

Here's one I took while I was tying it on my small quilt frame.

Here's the Irish bear. (St. Patty's day is a comin')

I had so much fun making this sweet little dream.  I'll let you in on a secret--it's actually the first quilt I've ever finished!  Yes, I do love quilting, it's just that I seem to have more projects than time. 
That about wraps this post up!  Have a beary wonderful day!  :)

Monday, February 21, 2011

Baby Blocks & Booties Cake

This past weekend, I made a cake for a baby shower which was unfortunately postponed at the last minute.  I needed some practice anyhow, and that just means more cake for me!  
I went out on a limb and incorporated some gum paste work in this cake.  I was able to find a recipe online that was quite easy to make.  Oh, yes, it still took some time and patience, but I think it turned out kind of cute! 

It's definitely not professional or anything....just a fun little creation dreamed up by yours truly!

Thanks for stopping by!  Hope you liked the pictures!

Friday, February 18, 2011

Stamping Escapades

Last night I was able to go to a Stampin' Up party.  It was so much fun.  Got a lot of ideas. I'd like to share some pictures of the cards we created.
This first one has a sayin on it that is especially for chocolate lovers!

The little spots are not glitter.  It's actually a shimmer spray.  It's made with rubbing alcohol, so you can spray it on your card and it will dry and leave the sparkly look on your card without harming your beautiful creation!

This blue-ish one is rather an elegant card.  The bow is pretty simple to make and looks so wonderful when completed.  The pearls are sold by Stampin' Up they are make with adhesive on the back.   Such an elegant card. 
Hope you've gained some lovely inspiration for your next card making venture!

Monday, February 14, 2011

Valentines Song Question !?!

So sad to say--I don't have any pictures to post today!   I finished tying the Care Bear Baby quilt today.  I was rather surprised at how easy it is to tie a quilt. Although I did manage to stick myself with the needle a few times!  Oops!!! 
Here's the Valentines question of the day:   What is your favorite love (or valentines) song?  
I'm in a bit of a pickle to answer that one....either "Love your Love the most" by Eric Church, or "Make the World go away" by Jim Reeves.  I'd love to hear yours!!!  Happy Valentines Day! 

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Sweet Heart

Valentines Day....just around the corner.  I found an adorable pattern for sweet little crochet hearts.  They are quite easy to make, and they look so nice when they are done.  A perfect addition to Valentines decor!

If you need a bit of a Valentines crochet project, check it out right here!!! 

Friday, February 11, 2011

Healthly Rustic Pancakes

Mix together:
1 cup flour
1 t. baking powder
1/4 t. baking soda
1/4 t. salt
3T. milled flax seed

Mix in a separate bowl:
1 T. lemon juice
1 t. honey
1/4 t. green stevia powder
1/8 t. vanilla
1 T. applesauce

Let above mixture stand for a few minutes then add:
1 egg, slightly beaten
1 c. milk

Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and mix until moistened.  Batter should be somewhat lumpy.
Fry in a nonstick skillet on medium to medium-low heat. Fry on each side until light brown on the bottom and pancake starts to set.

*About this recipe:  This is one of my successful experiments in the world of healthy cooking.  The original recipe called for 1 Tablespoon of sugar, which I replaced with the stevia and honey.  Another alteration is the oil in the original recipe was substituted for milled flax seed and applesauce.
Please let me know if you try this.  Enjoy!!! 

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Care Bear baby blanket-quilt

1st stage finished!!!!  I've been hand quilting around all the care bears in this piece of  fabric that will serve as the top of the baby blanket-quilt.

I've not done much hand quilting in the's a LOT of work.  Not to discourage you though, it is well worth the effort.   
This quilt was actually started by my grandmother.  She went to be with the Lord this past summer.  It was very unexpected.  She left a few unfinished projects behind.  I have may wonderful memories of her sitting at her sewing machine table piecing together quilt blocks.  She's give me the scraps and I would work on hand sewing my own little project.  Of course, right about the time I would get started on my project my mother would call me home.  As I got older, she and I became very close, and shared many of the same interests.  After her passing, it seemed only right, that I should carry on her legacy by finishing her remaining projects. 

For the top of this quilt, I took some thin, low-loft batting, and cut the size I needed for one bear.  I then but my hoop on the fabric, then pinned the batting on the back of the fabric and proceeded to sew around the bear. 
When each bear is finished, they stick out of the the rest of the backround and are more puffy and life like. 

I recently purchased the fabric for the backing and the binding.  I went with a fleece for the back.  I thought with the little batting that was sewed on the top, adding a back of fleece would make a nice lighter blanket-quilt. The name of this particular fleece is "Taylor's flowers."

For the binding, I picked out a fun little flannel print known as:   Dog-gone Cute Pink Paw Print.

Ain't it so sweet?   Hopefully it will add to the fun and charm of the Care Bear baby blanket-quilt.   :)