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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

A Tasty Treat

Forget tricks, I'm all about treats! What could be better then a tasty treat for Halloween? An old co-worker of mine introduced to me to these scrumptious goodies awhile ago. Since I'm a fan of pumpkin and cookies, the combination is just about perfect. Give them a try them and I am sure you will agree!

Pumpkin Cookies
by: Noelle H.

1 cup butter
1 cup sugar
1 cup solid packed pumpkin (I just used the whole can)
1 egg
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp salt
2 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda

Cream butter, sugar and pumpkin and then add the egg. Add dry ingredients and mix well. Place rounded teaspoon size cookies on ungreased cookie sheet or your silpat if you have one.

Bake at 375 for 10-12 minutes. Makes about 3 dozen depending on how big you make them.

Brown Sugar Icing

3 tbls butter
4 tsp milk
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 cup confectioner sugar
3/4 tsp vanilla

Cook butter, milk and brown sugar until dissolved. Cool a few minutes and add vanilla and confectioner sugar. Keep over low heat while stirring to be able to drizzle icing. Icing will thicken quickly once it starts to cool. It may take more than one batch of icing to frost one batch of cookies. I tend to be more "eat the frosting, who needs the cookie?" kind of girl, so doubling is a must :)

Happy eating!

Saturday, October 27, 2012

SIPIDI Saturday: Earring Organizer

Siippeeedeee...siippiiidddiii...sseeppee....huh? What in the world is SIPIDI Saturday? If you're wondering, you would not be the first (just ask my very confused tech guy, aka: the husband). SIPIDI Saturday or Saw It Pinned It Did It Saturday, is all about creating something off of Pinterest. You know, that place that everyone is addicted to and loves despite trying their best not to. Like the general masses, I am no exception. It might be a little unhealthy, but so is ice-cream and you don't see anyone giving that up anytime soon ;). I thought this would be the perfect motivation to complete all those awesome projects I am always pinning but never manage to get to. Perhaps it'll motivate you too!

Today’s project is super easy and adorable. I love earrings, but I have never had a good place to display them. Anything I have seen in the stores has run anywhere from $20-$30, but I wanted a less expensive version. When I saw this pin on Pinterest, I knew I had found the solution! Here's how you can make your own!

- Embroidery hoops (Hobby Lobby had various sizes ranging $1-$3 depending on the size)
- Doilies (I had a few from various garage sales or that had been given to me. You can find them at your local antique store or the Dollar store)

 1. Grab your loop and separate the pieces.

2. Drape your doily over the inside hoop and place the outside loop over it. Fit the pieces together. 

3. Pull the edges of the doily around the outside to get it perfectly taunt. If you have some hangover that is totally fine. It actually works great if you have a lot of hoop earrings!

The end result is a great holder that can hold a lot of earrings and looks adorable on your wall!

As you can see, mine is a little loaded down :). Guess it is time to make another one!

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

The T-Shirt Blanket

The beauty of living in upstate New York is that you experience all four seasons, each unique and special in their own way. I can always tell just when it is about to change too, it just smells different. Often just a slight whiff of tantalizing scent letting you know change is in the air.

Fall is our season now and with it are the hordes of people who love sweaters and leather boots, apples and crunchy leaves. I'll admit to being a fan, but I find that there is nothing worse then a rainy fall day. Cold and dreary, it makes a day feel drab and depressing. To combat these fall blues I find I must create diversions to avert the impending gloom. My usual cure is curling up under a warm blanket and reading a new book. Now, I have the perfect blanket to curl up under and I am going to show you how to make your own!

If you are anything like me you probably have a stash of old t-shirts hidden away in an attic box, pushed to the back of your closet, or perhaps stuffed in the drawers of your dresser. Treasures of years ago that offer glimpses in your past, or a lingering idea that one day you will fit into them again! I had the same idea until I spent the summer moving to a new city (moving does absolute wonders to purging through your stuff fyi!). When I found several t-shirts that I knew I needed to get rid of, I decided to come up with a project to use with them instead. The result, a blanket of t-shirts.

As fair warning, this is time consuming and if I did it again I would use squares and stay away from really stretchy shirts. They present problems in the long run.

-About 15 t-shirts. Really just depends on how big you want to make it. I had to use a few of my husbands big ones to make my blanket as large as I wanted it to be.
- Rotary cutter (saved my life)
- Sewing machine and thread
- Fabric to sew on the back when you are finished.

First you start out by cutting out millions of triangles. I had a plastic triangle that I used with my rotatory cutter to give me the exact same triangle each time. The end result was about 230 pieces which I mapped out on our living room floor in the pattern I wanted.

Then came the painstaking process of sewing together all the triangles into squares and then all the squares into rows. That took a lllllooooonnnggggg time!

After the rows are complete you can sew them all together. Be careful here and make sure they are all in the right order. If not your pattern will be completely messed up. Once that is done sew a back to it and you have finished! I used some flannel I found at a craft store a few dollars a yard and it took about four yards. The amount you need will depend mostly on how big yours is. Hopefully the end result will look something like this...

In no way is my blanket perfect however, I kind of like the imperfections in it. The points do not always meet, squares are crooked and it bunches at the wrong places. So often I try to be perfect at whatever I do, and it is nice to not worry about the imperfections. Instead I enjoy the warmth it provides and the memories it brings up as I look at different pieces. The best part of course is curling up with a favorite hot drink, a few journal articles, new book and get all warm and cozy on this rainy fall day!

Sounds like a good plan to me!

Monday, October 22, 2012

Let's Start At The Very Beginning

.....A very good place to start.

Every blog must start somewhere and here I am kicking mine off with Sound of Music lyrics. How can you blame me though? The song even talks about needles pulling thread!

This little blog of mine was created the for the full intent and purpose of sharing a love and hobby of crafting, DIY, Pinterest, thrifting, food, holidays, books, shoes, pretty things...and an endless assortment of other enjoyable aspects of life. I love to inspire and be inspired. As a result I'm putting the proverbial pen to paper and showing the world ideas and projects, one little post at a time. So sit back, grab a nice big mug of tea, and keep your sewing needles handy. It's going to be a fun ride!

P.S. Here's a few sneak peaks of what you'll be reading about very soon!