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Scrap project update

We will be having some special visitors coming later this summer so we have been working little by little to get the children's room organized before they arrive. I finally have finished organizing all my fabric scraps and have the larger pieces wrapped on the cardboards and stored by color on this little storage unit:

The smaller pieces of fabric were cut into scraps and I have them sorted by size in bags in the little bins. Some of the bins also contain yarn and other craft supplies.

Since I could finally see what was available in my stash I gathered up some purples and greens and made this little lap quilt for a birthday present:

As usual Adelaide was very helpful in the process:

This dress was given to me a while back.

I really liked the fabric but not the way the dress fit. Recently I cut it apart and recycled it into a new summer top:

Have you been doing any recycling or stash reducing projects lately?


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Sewing and organizing

I'm still working on the projects of sorting and organizing my fabric and craft stash. I have lots of fabric scraps from several decades of making clothes for myself and my two daughters. It's been fun sorting through and remembering all the original creations that were fashioned from the fabrics. All the fabrics are being pressed and the larger pieces of fabric are being wrapped around comic book boards. There are a number of blogs out in cyber space chatting about this method of organization, but I was greatly inspired by this one. I was a little amused when I entered the comic book store and asked for the boards the man at the counter asked if I was going to use them for wrapping fabric. He said he has had quite a few women come in asking for them in recent months.

This is what the wrapped fabric boards look like:

The smaller scraps are being cut into strips and blocks following Bonnie Hunter's tips for organizing found here on her website. She has lots of good tips for organizing and utilizing scraps. I try to press a few scraps each day and then cut them into strips throughout the day as I have free time. Slowly but surely I'm working through the stash.

Several years ago I purchased a knit top that was from a Coldwater Creek store at a thrift store. I really like the style and the way it fits so I decided to trace it and make a pattern from it. I was inspired by this blog post to give it a try. My shirt was pretty easy since it had few details to copy.

As always I am grateful for my faithful assistant, Adelaide who is such a help with all my sewing and crafting projects:


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A Christmas project

We've been keeping busy at our house for the last few days doing ordinary things. The public schools were off for vacation for two days since they hadn't needed snow days this year and I took advantage of my days off to do some shopping and a bit of organizing. I cooked up most of the last of the fall apples stored out in the garage refrigerator and made about ten pints of applesauce for in the freezer. I've also had some ear and eye problems since my trip which have necessitated a few doctor visits.

While I was up in Michigan last month Rob was busy here at home painting Mark's old bedroom. We had picked out the color earlier but he surprised me by painting it while I was gone. He and Mark put up the bunk beds too. Over the weekend we hung the curtains and a little bunting I made for over the window. There are still several other projects we plan for in that room, but little by little they will be accomplished. Our goal is to implement some storage for craft materials, books and toys into the room as well as a place for the littles to sleep when they are here visiting. Here's a picture showing the new wall color and the black-out curtains (for promoting good napping conditions!) and the plaid bunting I made:

Shortly before Christmas I went to a nearby store where I often purchase thread and fabrics. Judy has a beautiful selection of fabrics and also offers some classes and does long-arm quilting. I was intrigued by a Christmas table topper on display. I purchased the pattern and the kit of fabrics to make it and promised myself that I would begin working on it after I finished the quilt for Maddie. The table topper was fun to make and I'm really happy with the way it turned out. I tried to be extremely careful in cutting it out since the yardage was from the kit and I knew it would be very hard to find more of the fabrics if I made a mess of it. They had some samples of the various steps of making the quilt and I took pictures of those to help me remember how to place the fabrics. It's all pieced and basted and just needs a few simple rows of machine stitching through all the layers and it will be ready for the dining room table next Christmas.

Here is the nearly completed table topper:

What kind of projects have you been working on lately?


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Christmas Projects

Rob and I were busy this fall making a few items for Christmas gifts.

I made several people these sets of kitchen towels and dishcloths:

picture of Towel Sets

I also made some Christmas themed insulated mats that can be used under casserole dishes:

picture of Christmas Mats

Rob knitted flower headbands for Nora and Megan:

He also knitted a couple of shawls that are going to be worn in a campus production of Fiddler on the Roof this spring. Here's one of them:

I made a jungle themed quilt for Ryan but unfortunately forgot to take a picture of the finished quilt. Here's a picture of the layout:

I made these little fleece sleep sacks for Ryan and the new baby girl:

I made another one of these wreaths from an old hymnal:

Jan, one of my faithful readers from Iowa sent me this delicious cookie recipe in a lovely Christmas card. I had some of the little Christmas cupcake liners which fit into the mini muffin tins and decided to use them even though I did make them after Christmas. These cookies are quite tasty and would also work for Valentine's Day or for a shower or tea.

Cherry Miniatures

1 3 oz. package cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup margarine or butter, softened
3/4 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla (I used almond extract)
1 1/2 cup flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1/3 cup maraschino cherries, drained and chopped
(plus more for decoration)
1/4 cup chopped pecans or walnuts (I used pecans) (almonds might be good too)

Glaze Ingredients:
3/4 cup powdered sugar, sifted
approximately 1 Tbsp. cherry juice

Cream softened cream cheese and butter with sugar until light and fluffy. Blend in eggs and vanilla. Add combined dry ingredients to creamed mixture. Stir in cherries and nuts. Place rounded teaspoons of dough in miniature muffin pans that have been greased or lined with miniature cupcake papers. Bake at 350 degrees for 12-15 mins. or until lightly browned. Remove from pans and allow to cool. Make glaze and spread cupcake tops with it. Decorate with cherries. Makes 3 to 4 dozen.

To make glaze:
Combine sifted powdered sugar with enough of the cherry juice to make a glaze.

Keep this in mind for your next event when you need a pretty, dainty little cookie.


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Finished table runner and a recipe

I did finally finish up the fall table runner at the end of last week. Here's a picture of the completed project:

picture of Finished Turkey Runner

DH had one of those monumental birthdays last week and we had a little party to celebrate. One of the things I made for the party were these Spinach Balls. They go together quickly and are delicious.

picture of Baked Spinach Balls

Spinach Balls

6 eggs
1 1/2 sticks of butter, melted
1 6 oz. box of chicken stuffing mix
20 oz. of frozen chopped spinach, thawed and well drained (I wring it out in a dish towel)
1 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
1/4 tsp. black pepper

Beat eggs until thick and lemon colored. Add butter, stuffing mix, drained spinach, Parmesan, and pepper. Roll into balls (makes about 4 dozen). Bake at 350 degrees for 11-13 mins. Serve warm. Can reheat wrapped in foil at 350 degrees for about 10 mins.

picture of Raw Spinach Balls

These are quite tasty and something different for an appetizer.


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