Sunday, March 22, 2009

Yummy recipe

We made this soup tonight for dinner and really liked it. It had so much flavor! We added chicken chunks that were cooked in a frying pan before. Paul put the cooked chicken into the pot and then de-glazed the pan. He poured all of the juices into the soup to cook. YUMMY! CORN AND POTATO CHOWDER 2 c. diced potatoes 1 c. sliced carrots 1 c. chopped celery 1/4 c. chopped green onion (optional) 1 tsp. salt 1/4 tsp. pepper 3/4 c. water 2 c. corn 1 1/2 c. milk 1/2 c. evaporated milk or cream 1 c. shredded cheese Simmer potatoes, carrots, celery, green onion, salt, pepper and water, covered, 15 minutes. Add corn and simmer another 5 minutes. Add milk, cream and cheese; stir until cheese melts and soup is heated. Do not boil. *We doubled the recipe for our family and it made enough for lunches the next day.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Fun little shoulder bag...

I love to make different bags. There are some darling patterns online that are free or you could make up your own. This one I made up my own. It was a piece of fabric that was 44" wide and I cut a strip 9" off. Take that piece and fold it in half and cut it at the fold so you have 2 pieces. Take one of the strips that is now 9"x 22" and fold it in half with the right sides together. Sew up the two sides and leave the top open. Repeat with the other 9"x22" fabric. I like to trim the corners off without cutting into the seam. it makes it easier when you flip it. Then there isn't so much bulk in the corners of the bag. Now take one of the squares and turn it right side out. This will be the outside of your bag. Put the other square that is inside out into the other square and match up corners. To finish the edge, you can turn both pieces to the inside twice and sew it together. For the shoulder strap I used a piece that was 60" x 4". I ironed it in half and then I opened it up and turned the edges in about 1/4 ". Then I sewed a straight stitch down the length of the strap. I ironed it again to make sure it was straight because I am anal that way. To attach the strap I folded the edge once and sewed it to the seams on the sides. One of them I sewed the strap on the back side. It is a little different, but that is what is fun. To figure out how to try new things. Enjoy!

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

New Blog...

I have wanted to start a blog with pictures and ideas of some fun craft ideas, but didn't want to have it with my family blog. Then I can have cute pink backgrounds! I actually made one quite a few months ago but never did anything with it and now it won't let me in to my own blog! duh... I love to make fun new ideas and I love sharing them. I will now try and keep record of where I found the pictures and ideas and even link sometimes, but I haven't kept track so far. This first project I made the other day for my Taters. He loves to watch the big boys play Guitar Hero. Now he can pretend with them. I drew the guitar freehand and it is in no way shape of form perfect, but works. My inspiration was from an email Patrese sent me with some cute little guitars. I loved them but wanted it a little bigger. I cut out the pattern and traced it on fabric. I cut a top and a bottom at the same time. Next I ironed wonder under onto the fabric scraps that I was using for the circles, rectangles and lines on the neck on the guitar. After ironing the WU (wonder under) I traced the shaped onto the paper part of the WU and cut them out and ironed them on. I stitched with a decorative stitch around the shapes to keep it them stuck down. Then I drew with a pencil the lines that will be the strings of the guitar. I used a regular straight stitch to sew the lines. After the sewing is done, I sewed buttons onto the head. I then put the right sides together and pinned it together. I sewed it together leaving an opening to turn it inside out at the bottom of the guitar. I turned it inside out and began the stuffing. It was hard to get the neck stuffed enough that it would stand up straight. I ended up putting a stick in it to keep the neck straight up. Now I know why they made it smaller in the picture. There are a few things that I would do differently but I am happy with it. I would def. make it smaller and the neck shorter to the body of the guitar. Mmmm clear as mud?