This stage was a first for him, using the machine.
Even my close-up, over-the-shoulder-picture-taking didn't frazzle him. That boy has nerves of steel. After whipping off his project on the machine I helped him with clipping curved edges and turning his creation to the right side for stuffing. We laughed and giggled the time away while we stuffed this little guy to capacity.
Now the pieces were ready for the final step: closure and assembly. He caught onto slip stitching pretty easily and only managed to prick his finger a couple of times. What a trouper!
You'll have to wait for the final product as the J-man still needs to attach the legs. I'll be sure to take photos of it when it is done for more "show and tell".
Do you think my bananas need some help? I found them like this in the morning, they just fell off their stems while their stems kept hanging on. Me thinks its time for banana bread.
I found some time to write up the recipe I mentioned yesterday for my chicken pot pie. I'm not sure what the origin is, though I'm sure it could easily be googled. All I know is my sister gave me the recipe when I first got married and I've been making it ever since I embraced domesticity.
CHICKEN POT PIE
1/3 cup margarine, butter or chicken fat
1/3 cup all-purpose flour*
1/3 cup chopped onion
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 3/4 cups chicken or turkey broth
2/3 cup milk
2 cups cut-up cooked chicken or turkey
1 package frozen peas and carrots
Preheat oven to 425 degrees F
margarine over low heat until melted. Blend in flour, onion, salt and
pepper. Cook over low heat, stirring constantly, until mixture is
smooth and bubbly; remove from heat.
Stir in broth and milk. Heat to boiling, stirring constantly. Boil and stir 1 minute.
Stir in chicken and frozen vegetables; reserve.
Celery Seed pastry (see recipe below). Roll 2/3 of pastry into 13-inch square on lightly
floured cloth-covered board. Ease pastry into square pan, 9x9x2 inches;
pour chicken filling into pastry-lined pan. Roll remaining dough into
11-inch square; place over filling. Roll edges under; flute. Cut slits
in center to allow steam to escape.
Bake, uncovered, in 425 degrees F oven until crust is brown, 30 to 35 minutes.
CELERY SEED PASTRY
2/3 cup plus 2 Tablespoons shortening
2 cups all-purpose flour*
2 teaspoons celery seed
1 teaspoon salt
4 to 5 Tablespoons water
shortening into flour, celery seed and salt until particles are size of
small peas. Sprinkle in water, 1 Tablespoon at a time, tossing with
fork until all flour is moistened and pastry almost cleans side of bowl
(1 to 2 teaspoons water can be added if necessary). Gather pastry into
Yesterday I had an appointment with my massage therapist for some deep muscle work. I'm a knotty girl so the rub down is both enjoyable and painful, but mostly enjoyable. I arrived home to this sight:
Seems the wee girlies were all played out from our family partying over the weekend. The crash on the living room couch was unavoidable. I was going to wake them so they didn't nap too long making bedtime a difficult event later on, but I didn't have the heart to. They looked so peaceful thumb sucking and all.
While the girlies slept I got busy making chicken pot pies. My kids love this meal and I have a celery seed dough recipe that just makes my mouth water.
I'll see if I can post the recipe sometime this week when I have a wee bit more time. That's it for today now I need to get back to gift making. How is Christmas prep going on your end?
I am currently washing my clothing with nuts!
I'm also desperate. I have eczema and it is currently driving me crazy. The cold weather change and constant heating of the home is drying me out. As soon as I put on lotion, my skin sucks it up and is begging for more. I'm itchy all the time, flaky (no jokes people) and now my little eczema patches are beginning to spread. Using conventional laundry products is no longer an option. Last night I did some research on natural products and there are a good number of health & environmental alternatives. The one I chose which was the most "natural" to me was the soap nut which grows on trees and has a miracle cleaning agent that is all in the shells.
The shell of the berry contains saponin, a natural detergent. You throw a few of these nuts in a wee little cotton bag and then into the washing machine they go. Depending on the temperature of your water you can get one, to a few wash loads out of the same nuts. When you are all done with the nuts they can be thrown in the compost pile. Very earth friendly. You can find out more about the soap nut here
So if being nuts isn't enough, I picked up some dryer balls as well. They'll be used in place of fabric softener minus the fragrance and itchy additives.
Hopefully this will provide some quick relief for me so that I can get back to more important things like gift crafting...how many days left until Christmas??
I made the lining out of pillowcase I found on one of my thrifting adventures and added a pocket :)
A little embroidery goes along way in personalizing this gift. I found a great little puppy design in my much beloved book "Sublime Stitching" by Jenny Hart.
The gift is for my niece who has a cute little black and white Shih Tzu dog named "Steffie".
While I was busy in my studio over the weekend my wee girlies wanted to try their hand at sewing. With laces, paper and a big comfy chair they kept them selves very busy and now each day they ask to "sew". And so it has begun.
Inspired by the Thuja Occidentalis that we planted last spring I clipped some branches and brought a load of them into the house. After a bit of wiring into the metal wreath frame that I already had, I ended up with a simple yet festive wreath for my front door and one less shopping trip for supplies *yay*
So speaking of using what you have, my niece will be celebrating her birthday pretty soon and I thought it would be nice to make her something from my existing stash. I'll leave you with a sneak peek for the weekend and show the rest next week.
Happy Weekend everyone :o)
On Friday it was just me and the girls at home as the boys were off at a friends house. With decorating our home right around the corner, I thought it would be helpful for the girls if they got to make a few Christmas decorations for themselves. I wanted to up our usual crafting medium beyond the standard painting and coloring, with glue. So with foam sheets, shapes, and pompoms we set out to make some Christmas trees.
I cut the foam sheet in half to make two pieces and then trimmed it to a half circular shape.
Next they monkeyed around with foam shapes gluing them on in various places. This was a really fun step for the girls and considering how messy glue can get, they did great!
With a look on their face of "hey, I made this..." we set off to the counter work station where mumma's low temp. glue gun was heating up for another set of trees. I'm not sure how it is in your home but my kids all love pompoms. They love rummaging through the bin that stores them, they dig them out, squish them, hold them, put them in their pockets and love making things with them. Thus making trees with (pompom) bulbs was an obvious choice for us.
This is the same initial shape as the other tree which is just rolled into a cone shape with a strip of warm glue added to help the tree keep it's shape. Next I put beads of glue on the tree and the girls went to work adding pompoms. I really love my low temp. glue gun for crafts that involve the kids and it is really so much safer then the hot glue guns.
Just looking at their faces made it all worth it!
And what Christmas craft would be complete without a set of big furry caterpillars??
The final result is a glorious display of Christmas trees made by my two 3 year olds girlies.
You might have to excuse all the bits and bobbles of glue on the trees but for this mumma I think they are delightful!
I'm really happy with the way these pint size purses have turned out. Actually they aren't that small, but a perfect size for a girl or even a big girl ;) I have the measurements listed in the shop so go check them out! The pattern is based on this purse that I made back in the summer. I'm having a really hard time not keeping them all for my girls. I keep telling myself I can always make more.
It's been a real process trying to finish up these cuties since I started them last week. The kids have all been sick and I haven't been feeling all that well either but perseverance paid off and they are completed. I really hope that this is the start of some type of semi-regular update, maybe once a month.
Well, I have some serious gift sewing to catch up on this weekend and maybe a bit more Christmas gift planning. Can you believe that Christmas is right around the corner?? I'll leave you with that for the weekend, have a great one!! :)
I really wanted to take the handmade pledge for this coming Christmas but it just isn't going to happen. You see I need a new camera. I've been operating with a point and shoot Sony DSC-P93 for the past 3 years, before that, it was strictly film. I like photography. I like taking pictures, lots of them. I love shooting a variety of interests in particular my children. But lately I am missing more shots than actual successful ones because my little ol' point and shoot can't take the pressure of children on the run. My main needs are speed, lens and clarity.
I've come as far as I can with this camera and so the big ticket item that will remain on my Christmas, birthday or anniversary list is a digital SLR camera. I figure things will probably work out in my favor, if not this Christmas, then at least for my birthday or anniversary next year. After all, I turn 40 next year and we will be celebrating our 15th anniversary, two real biggies (don't fail me now hubby!)
I sure hope Santa (hubby) is reading my request here. I've been a really good girl. Okay, maybe a little naughty at times, but overall I'm a pretty good egg. And just so you know in my heart I totally support handmade gift buying and receiving. In fact most of the gifts I'm giving will be handmade. Which reminds me, I've got quite a few things on the to do list this week. I have to finish up my niece's birthday gift, get started on my nephew's gift and finish this other huge task I started last week that was interrupted by sick wee ones. I'll be a busy girl for a while but first things first, I'm stepping out today for a few hours by myself to have my hair cut and sneak a Starbucks treat (not really on the detox recommended foods list). I can hardly wait. Maybe I should do a before and after shot, of the hair cut that is. We'll see.
Have a great day!
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