Tuesday, May 19, 2009

stash contest sewing

I thought I would share a few things that I made last week for the stash contest I am participating in. I sew mostly for my grandchildren-- or at least the 4 yournger ones. Tripp is the oldest-- he is 6 years old and by that age it is hard to sew for a boy. The 4 younger kids are Emma Kate who is 4, Madison who is 3, Dylan who is 17 months and Wyatt who is 11 months.

I don't sew for myself very often but I do really enjoy sewing for the kids. It is a creative outlet I suppose. I smock, do a little hand embroidery and I have a sewing/embroidery machine combo.I like the creative part of changing patterns around to make something different.

So here goes:

These 2 outfits are matching brother/sister outfits for Dylan and Emma Kate

Sleep shorts for the boys

Aline dress for Madison

Jon jon for Wyatt

Monday, May 18, 2009

Oatmeal Cookies

I have been pretty busy of late but really not much to write about here. I have been doing some spring cleaning and getting flowers planted and mulch spread.

I have been participating in a stash challenge wiht some cyber friends and later this week I will share some pictures fo things I have made thus far.

I thought I would share the cookies I made this weekend and the recipe. These cookies are a long time favorite of my husband's but I haven't made them in a while. They smell really yummy when cooking to-- I guess it is the cinnamon. Yum-- I love just about anything with cinnamom.

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

1 cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup shortening
2 well beaten eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon cinnamon
3 cups oats
1 cup pecans (chopped)
1 cup white raisins

Cream sugars and shortening. Add beaten eggs and beat well. Add flour and vanilla. Stir in pecans, raisins and oats. Mix well. Drop by teaspoons on greased cookie sheet.( I cover my cookie sheet with foil-- Serves 2 purposes-- no greasing and the pan stays clean so no washing). Bake for 12 minutes or until lightly browned in 350 degree oven. Makes 7-8 doz cookies. I usually half this recipe and it still makes plenty.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

My Adventure in the Shop

I have really wanted one of the cute display stands that I see friends using to display their outfits. My husband is really a handy person and could make one really easy-- but gosh it is so hard to get him started. So I decided I would just do it myself so while I was off work for a few days that would be my project.

I first gathered my supplies. I found the already cut boards for the base at Hobby Lobby and glued them together. I used the assortment of hangers to get a general idea for the top of the stand. The ball for the top came from Hobby Lobby as well.

When I couldn't find the square to use for a straight edge to cut the 2x4--I had to make do. I guess my husband knows exactly where everything is in that jumble but I couldn't find anything. Thank goodness the kids had toys out there.

I cut the board for the top and cut the 2-4 for the "upright". My husband assembled it for me and then I painted it.
I was quite pleased with the end results-- actually so happy I just may make another one.

Let me know what you think,

Saturday, May 2, 2009


I woke up early this morning and decided to just lie in bed for a while-- then it started to rain again and it just put me right back to sleep.

I can't believe I finally made myself something. I saw this fabric at Walmart and I thought it was cute. I also thought a casual skirt would be nice for everyday wear--nice and cool-- on hot summer days.

So then the search through the pattern boxes began for a pattern to use. So here is what I came up with.

Simplicity 7229

And here is the end result. I did shorten it about an inch bcause I am a short person-- only 5'3". I made it this morning and I am already wearing it. It is really comfy too.