Pom Pom Hearts: Fun, Fuzzy, & Unforgettable

Pom Pom Hearts: Fun, Fuzzy, & Unforgettable

Do you have yarn in baskets, bags, boxes or tucked away in the closet of your craft space? Pom pom makers (Click here for a four pack.) are the perfect way to transform that random yarn into something beautiful. I recently hosted a craft day with some of my favorite people; where we created some gorgeous pom pom hearts to celebrate Valentine’s Day. Check out my YouTube videos on how to create a stunning heart for your home. Supplies Needed: Variety of yarn Pom pom makers in two sizes Plastic canvas 5 mesh Ribbon Misc. Tools: Scissors, sharpie, thin crochet hook (optional) Basic Steps: Create the pom poms for your heart. View video 1. Cut the plastic canvas to the designed shaped. The numbers below are described in the video. View video 2. 29 up 2 over 10 up 1 over 5 up 9 on the diagonal 11 over 9 on the diagonal 14 down Repeat for the other half Tie the pom poms to the plastic canvas. View video 3. Hang with a ribbon. End of video 3. Check out some of the hearts that were made during the craft day. Thanks ladies for letting me share your amazing creations.   Talk to you...
Buttery Roll: Best Compliment to Any Winter Soup

Buttery Roll: Best Compliment to Any Winter Soup

I love winter soups! The ones filled with savory meats, tons of veggies, and hardy grains like barley and quinoa. The only thing better than a warm filling soup is the soft, buttery roll that is used to sop up the last of the broth at the bottom of the bowl. Soup is a great winter food and even though TN is experiencing a heat wave of 70 degrees in January, I can image it’s cold and that I need a bowl of soup and buttery roll. I have been making bread since I was young. You can imagine with 12 people in the house that bread was a staple and much more economical to have made than try to purchase. Bread making was an all day process and usually involved a bowl large enough to sled in. My old bread recipe produced a hardy bread worthy of dipping but I was looking for something a bit softer. There is a fine line between a bread that chips a tooth, and bread that doesn’t wilt away in soup with one small dunk and I think my sister Deidre may have found it. Courtesy of her friend JoAnn!   Now Deidre lives in a place where winter soup is not only good but necessary for survival; North Dakota. Not sure if you have seen the weather for ND but snow is quite abundant there this winter. SO much so that her and her four kids are often snowed in for 3 or 4 days at a time. Her lovely roll recipe is a perfect accompaniment to a meaty beef stew or cheesy potato soup....
Cricut Iron-On Vinyl Tote Bag

Cricut Iron-On Vinyl Tote Bag

Have you ever been going along, enjoying life, crafting, sewing and baking, thinking to yourself, you are up on all the latest things… and then WHAM you get smacked in the imagination with something AMAZING! I was searching for craft ideas when I ran across cutting vinyl with my Cricut©.  There was a short 2 minute video on YouTube about how it is done so I watched it.  Next thing I know I have opened my Amazon account and starting ordering rolls of vinyl to get started. Well that was the beginning of my Vinyl Obsession.   Sometimes I think I can eat just one Oreo and then a row is gone. Well that is kind of how it feels when ordering vinyl. I started with just one role and soon I found myself wanting more. As you can see from my pile of empty cardboard rolls a couple really wasn’t enough. I wish I could say that was all I bought but it is not. I found a company online, vinylsupply.com, that sells a ton of great colors in permanent, removable and iron-on vinyl. They also sell chalkboard and dry erase vinyl for a reasonable price compared to the prices on Amazon. I have tried several different products from this site and they have all been great.   Tips for using Iron-On Vinyl: If you are like me and just starting out using iron-on vinyl, here are a few things you should know.   Wash Your Article First: I did not wash my first bag before ironing my design on it and when I did wash it the bag shrank almost 2 inches. This made part of my letters fall...
British Sewing Bee Inspires Me

British Sewing Bee Inspires Me

I have recently started watching the British Sewing Bee with a friend of mine. It’s so charming and creative! I am loving the use of words such as unpicking (using a seam ripper) and haberdashery (a place that holds sewing notions, fabric and trims). The show consists of three sewing challenges, pattern, alteration and one they had time to practice. It is kind of like the Great British Bake Off. During the pattern challenge the participants get handed a pattern they have never seen before. They then have 2-4 hours to create things like shirts, skirts, dungarees (overalls) or jackets. The second challenge is taking something off the rack and altering it. Could be a plain wool skirt, an oversized t-shirt, a suit or even a wedding dress. The participants usually only have 90 minutes for this one. It is always amazing to see what they do in such a short amount of time. The third challenge is something they had time to practice. It’s usually a full garment and complicated use of fabrics and patterns. The ones I have seen so far have made all kinds of amazing garments. Needless to say watching the show has put me in the mood to sew and luckily for me, I know how to! For our August craft day, we spent time making a small wall hanging. Here is our basic layout:   A few years back I picked up a book with 6″X6″ quilt block patterns. Each lady, who came to craft day, choose a block or two to make for the center of their quilt and then we started...
Whole 30: Great Detox – Takes Some Time

Whole 30: Great Detox – Takes Some Time

Sarah and I recently finished the Whole 30 detox which Spoiler Alert is really about a Whole 45 detox. If you are considering taking on this detox here are a few things I would recommend: Plan to take some time cooking. The eating out options are limited. To be honest it made me nervous to eat out because what if I ate something I shouldn’t and had to start over. Make a Menu. Making a weekly menu is a great way to save time, ensure you have food you like and avoid those tempting moments when you would normally just eat a bowl of cereal. Fruits and Veggies are your friend. I had to snack between meals but nuts and fruits and veggies made that really easy. Guacamole is multi-use food. Guacamole served as a spread for meat and veggie roll ups, a salad dressing and a dip. Make your own or grab some from the store. There are several brands that are compliant. Also, before this I didn’t eat Guacamole but I found it really helpful during this process. I will continue to eat it. Coffee Creamer. Sarah and I went through quite a few almond milks, almond creamers, coconut milk, coconut milk and almond milk combos before finding a creamer that was creamy, not gritty and flavorful. Nutpods Dairy Free Creamer Hazelnut. Delicious with a capital D. Since finishing whole 30 we have not gone back to the old creamer. The only draw back is you have to order it online. Support. This is not a detox you want to take on without support. It’s hard, it’s...