Jeans+Creativity=A New Purse!

April 30, 2011

A new purse (to go with the million other homemade ones I have)! 
The nice thing about this one is it has pockets!  I'm rather intimidated at the thought of sewing pockets (for that matter zippers too)...

{Sorry for the grainy picture}.
So I am a wee proud of it- it's the first purse I made that actually looks... presentable!

{I thought I'd show you how I made it (really simple)}.

Jean Purse Tutorial:

Simply chop of the legs (right below the zipper) and toss the pants away
(but it's still pretty good material... I wonder what one could make out of it)?

Umm... Make sure yours is cut in a nice and neat straight line... unlike mine :-)

Turn the whole thing inside out and draw a nice straight line (preferably 1/4 of an inch) away from the... the... the end of the material... What's it called?  Oh well, sew on the line like shown from beginning to the end of the end of the material.

Now, you're pretty much done.  (Turn the jeans inside out).  All you need do is find some ribbon for the handle...and make a cute little belt out of some hemmed fabric and run it through the belt loops. 
I don't know about yours, but the zipper on mine never got in the way or anything (like coming open).

Oh, and make sure you have fun while doing it!

Have a lovely week.

Crocheted flower

April 28, 2011

Yes!  I have created these beauties
I am super excited about them.

{Just ignore the white thread}

Would you like a pattern?
Goodie!  Cause' your gonna get one.

And the best part is that they are super simple :-)  I should know... 
I've made half a dozen already!  *Grins*

-----------------------{Crocheted} Flower----------------------


~A small crochet hook
~Yarn {it must be small- not a thick type like Red Heart Yarn- you may have to adjust the pattern if you want to use that kind... And that should be easy because this is a happy go lucky sort of pattern.}
~Needle and thread
~Bobby pin (optional)

Chain 6.  And *1 dc, 1 treble crochet, 1 double treble crochet, 1 treble crochet, 1 dc, 1 slip st.* Repeat from *-* 3-4 more times... it depends on how many petals you want.  That's all you need do for the flower part... 

Now you must go and find an adorable button and sew her on!

If you'd like to convert it into a hair pin, stick a bobby pin through the middle.

I have news for you.

You.  Are.  Done.  {But don't forget to clip off then ends}!

And OoOo!  Please tell me how they come out- pretty please?

Flat Bread ::Recipe::

April 26, 2011

This is a wonderful flat bread recipe.  I like it because it's a lot like crackers but really soft and a little sweeter.  I made some yesterday and it made two loaves- it was all eaten by last night.  I'm glad everyone enjoyed em'. 

Flat Bread Recipe                                        

3 c. milk
4 - 4 1/2 c. flour
2 1/2 c. butter
1 T. salt
1/2 c. sugar

Preheat your oven to about 350.  And grease your pans!  The size really doesn't matter much... but if you want 2 really big loaves, use a 9 by 13.  I would suggest using a mixer for this dough, it's really stiff and hard to mix everything evenly. 

Cut the butter into pieces

And cream it with the flour, sugar, and salt.

Gradually add the milk.

Take it out and begin kneading it for a moment or two on a lightly floured surface. 
{Have plenty of room to work.}

Divide the dough into two pieces

Roll you dough out out on the {still lightly floured} surface and flatten it.  Plop it onto your pan and keep on rolling until it reaches this thickness:

I find that using my hands is a lot less stressful than trying to navigate the rolling pin on the pan :)

Bake them for 45 minutes and voila!  All done.  Wait til' they cool off before you use em'.

My Attempt on Skirts

April 24, 2011

I found about 4 yards of this pretty material at a garage sale... For only 75 cents! 
So therefore this came out of it...

Isn't she cute?


We are awfully silly :-)

Okay... maybe I'm silly- Morgan is the little lady.

And a ham.

At least when it's just me around!

Guess What!!!

April 22, 2011

I am so excited-my blog got on the blog-roll for Feelin' Feminine!  I am ecstatic!
Does one write a million posts?
...Or just be happy...

I don't know, but I think I am rather a drama queen over such things... 
Here lately I get excited if anyone even comments on a post.  :)
A silly gal am I.

Funny though, just the day before yesterday I was told I am not the exaggerating type.  I took as a compliment...  But define this one:  Is being a passionate person or being drama-queenish the same thing?  I don't think so.  A drama queen is well... rather... tell you what, instead of me confusing you, why don't you head over here and see the definition of a drama queen.  It is a really good post- although I haven't read it all :-)

Have a positively lovely day!

Bread ::Recipe::

April 16, 2011

No, this really isn't my ideal but I think it'll work for now whilst I search for "the perfect" recipe. :)  This has actually been our traditional bread recipe for the last couple years- and believe me, it is really good. 

Aunt Teresa's Bread Recipe

1 1/4 tsp. yeast
1/2 c. water (lukewarm)
1 tsp. sugar

1 stick butter
2 c. milk

1/2 c. sugar
1 1/2 tsp. salt
3 c. flour

In a small bowl, combine the top 3 ingredients- DON'T STIR MORE THAN 5 TIMES!  Let it sit whilst you work on the other parts of the recipe for around 5 minutes.

In a small saucepan heat the butter and milk to a lukewarm.  It's difficult to get the butter completely melted and have the milk heated up without burning it all or getting it overheated.  So I simply melt the butter and add the cold milk in the saucepan- the butter likes to lumping up so whisk it so the butter doesn't clump and until it is lukewarm.

Mix the 1/2 c. sugar and salt and flour, whisk the butter mixture into it.  Stir the yeast mixture in and begin adding enough flour to make the dough form a ball- but it needs to be pretty sticky and wet.  Turn the dough onto a heavily floured counter and knead it for a couple minutes.  Ian calls it "flopping" the dough- it's become the kneading term when the children want to help :-)

Now cover it and keep it in a slightly warm place for an hour- or until it's doubled in bulk.  A few minutes before I put it into the oven I warm it up to about 150 degrees (Fahrenheit) so it's a nice heat for the yeast.  After rising time, shape it into loaves and again, let it rise for an hour.  Bake at 350 degrees for about 15 minutes, or until it's nicely browned at the top.  Take it out and let it cool on a (oops- what's it called) those little cooling thingy-ma-bobs.  Okay, I am going to remember... gosh, is it called a cooling rack?  I think it is- how silly of me.  Well anyhow, let it cool on a cooling rack and do a little good to yourself and smear a big pat of butter onto it-or jelly-while it's still hot.

God bless y'all!

I hope you enjoy it.


April 15, 2011

My friends and I opened up an Etsy shop...  It's more theirs than mine but they are letting me put in a couple things- thank y'all!  It was pretty easy after all, setting the whole thing up.  Please go by and take a look.
Here's the link: Etsy

Sew it Seams

April 14, 2011

ewI love knitting.  And crocheting.  And everything about doing it... I love the yarn slipping off the needle after working a stitch and the yarn gliding through my fingers as I feed it through the loops.  But guess what?  It's a tad to hot be knitting when summer hits, so my friend and I decided for now, we'll switch over to sewing. 

And I've got a confession to make:

I can't sew.  Okay, a skirt and one awful looking dress for Morgan, but other that- nothing.  But whatever I do make, I enjoy doing it.  It's wonderful to press down the pedal and hear a slightly loud churning noise and watch the material get pulled backwards and all the while the needle goes up and down up and down.  But I still can't sew.

Well what's so bad with not knowing how to sew anyways?  Because I am afraid that I get curious about things and then I try it out.  Than I fall in love with it.  Than I forever hooked so to speak.  So as soon I try sewing, I hope I'll like it enough so that I want to improve until I can safely say I can sew decently.  Wish me luck.

God bless y'all.

Font Changing

April 10, 2011

Can you see the font I'm typing in?  It's called Century Gothic and it's so clean and tidy looking!  Well, ever since I got my blog I've been trying over and over again to change the font to this.  Well, I want to show you how to because there are a lot of other ways to do it which are such a hassle and are very tedious to do.  And this way is the simplest thing ever.  Here's how to:

Sign into your blog account and go to "Design."  Click "Template Designer."  Ya with me?  Okay, now go down to "advanced" and scroll down to where it says "Add CSS."  Click it and paste the following onto the page:

font-family:"Your choice of font";

Okay, all you have to do from here on out is erase "Your choice of font" and put in it instead (in between the quotation marks) the name of whatever font you want.  Up at the top right click "Apply to Blog" and see the results.  And if you want to change the size, just play with the percentage which you can see comes after "font size" up there.

It seems as if it changes all the post fonts from all the way back to the beginning. 

Blackberry Stitch

This is a super pretty and not too hard stitch for the knitter.  To give you an idea what it looks like (besides a picture) I'll give you a description:  The blackberry stitch is a lot like a bobble, except- unlike a bobble- the Blackberry Stitch never flattens (maybe if you smashed it with a hammer or somthing but who does that?) So anyways, the Blackberry Stitch does have small holes- nothing large to worry over, and also it pokes out a good deal without going flat.  Here's the pattern

Blackberry Stitch

First Row:  Purl all stitches {Heads up: All odd number rows will be purled}.

Second Row: *Knit 1, Purl 1, Knit 1 in the first stitch.  Purl 3 together in the next stitch.*  Do this *-* until you've reached the end of your row. 

Third Row:  Purl all stitches.

Fourth Row:  *Purl 3 together.  Knit 1, Purl 1, Knit 1*  Do this *-* until you've reached the end.  Now repeat row 1-4.

Pretty simple, and so pretty!

Cute Armwarmers

April 1, 2011

Okay, these arm warmers are *super* easy.  I am not going to supply you with specific instructions or anything because... because well you need to exercise your brain :)  And really, it's better to do it this way so these fit your unique self perfectly

Okay.  Measure the circumference of your wrist- yes your wrist.  Write it down to have on hand and then decide about how long you want your arm warmers.  Cast on as many stitches as it takes (for the length).  The rest is pretty simple.  Knit in your favorite or most comfortable stitch until you've reached the circumference of your wrist (yes, those numbers and inches that I told you to scribble on that piece of paper)!  But remember this:  4 rows down, and 3 stitches across from the top- make 2 yarn-overs for your thumb.  Still with me?  Great.  Now when you get to the yarn overs, knit them both together with the stitch behind it.  Got that?  Now finish your last 4 rows up and BO (bind off).  Sew the sides up and weave in ends!

One restriction on this pattern:  You have *got* to tell me how they worked out for ya!  Just leave a comment.

P.S.  These are how mine turned out :