Saturday, September 27, 2014

Saturday Sewing

These pants are made using McCalls 6571. The fabric is a jersey. The pattern calls for stitching the elastic to the top edge of the pant's waist and the turning to the inside like a casing. Instead of doing it the way the pattern states I shortened the pants from the top at the waist and topstitched 1 1-2 inch wide elastic at the waist edge. When I get the pants made except for the elastic at the waist and hems I try them on and check to see if the waist is going to sit where I want it which is just below my belly button. If it isn't at the right place I take them off and trim some more off the waist and then sew the elastic on.

Thursday, September 25, 2014



I made this for 3 year old Bella.
The pants are Simplicity 2134 with some changes. I shortened the legs to allow for the ruffle. The ruffle is 1 1/2 times the width of the pants leg.
The top is the Temily pattern. The smocking is from the christmas Handbags plate.it is piped between the front panel and side panels with whip stitch piping.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

If you like the Chicken Tortilla Soup at McAlisters this a good knock off.




Chicken Tortilla Soup


1 pound of cooked shredded chicken-- I use boneless skinless chicken breast
1 can enchilada sauce(I use Old ElPaso)
1- 15 oz can whole tomatoes- mashed
Med onion chopped
1 tsp minced garlic
4 oz can of chopped green chiles
1 can chicken broth( I use fat free)
2 cups water( I usually sub fat free chicken broth for more flavor)
1 can cream of chicken soup( I use fat free)
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp chili powder
2-3 chicken bullion cubes
1/2 of a 10 oz bag of frozen whole kernel corn


 Put all in the slow cooker and cook on low for 6-8 hours.


 When the soup is almost done If I want it a little thicker I take out about 1/4 cup of the liquid and mix with about 1 1/2 tablespoons of flour to make a roux and add back to the soup and stir well. If there are little lumps they will dissolve as it cooks. (Add the roux 1/2 at a time until soup is the desired thickness)


 This freezes well. I freeze in 1 cup portions for lunch. When frozen you can pop out of the container and drop all the servings in a gallon freezer bag. When ready to eat take out a serving and place in a bowl. Microwave for 2 minutes on high, It will still be kind of frozen but you can break apart with a spoon. microwave another 2 minutes and it should be ready to eat.



I have calculated this to be about 4 points for a serving on Weight Watchers.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Mommy Necklaces

In an earlier post I posted the Nana necklace I made for myself. After making it I made each of my daughter's a mommy necklace. These would make great Mother's Day ,birthday or Christmas gifts.



I made this outfit for my granddaughter. She loved it. The peasant top is made from broadcloth and the pants are from a cotton blend chevron from Hobby Lobby. This is a size 12. If interested there is a tutorial on my blog for making the ruffle pants using a regular pants pattern.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

More Jewelry Making

A friend's little girl had her tenth birthday this week so I made her a pair if birthstone earrings. I had just ordered Swarosvki crystal beads so that's what I used. 



Of course for a gift I needed packaging. I made a matchbook style card for the earrings. Using white card stock I folded it in half and cut just a small amount larger that the little plastic bag holding the earrings.

 Next using rubber stamps I stamped the cupcake and Happy Birthday. I staples the little plastic bag in with the open end down so
The earrings could be removed without tearing the card. Then I punched two holes using the hole punch and using ribbon tied a bow to close. 

The gift was a hit with my friend's daughter.

I recently made a couple pairs of earrings for myself. 
Pink and Brown drop Earrings



Turquois