September 29, 2011

Dear skies, you never cease to amaze me with you brilliant, liquid blue.
Bare or covered in clouds, you are always gorgeous.

Silhouettes!  This was my first time to do these, and I really like the outcome.  Staring at the rapidly arriving stars is always a wonderful way to spend the evening.  {especially with friends}!  That night, we climbed up on top of their shed (yes- in skirts!) and watched the stars and pointed out constellations.
Yesterday, I found some fabric doilies in the good ol' craft box.  Oh, and a piece of canvas.  And some hot glue.  Hmm...  I wonder...
A doily collage!  Now to figure out where to put it?  I hot glued some elastic twine to the back of the canvas so it may be hung.

Do have a lovely week!

Beginner knitting project {easy} diy

September 27, 2011

My week has consisted of The Hobbit, biology, algebra and other lovely subjects.  And well, I was getting a knitting itch and wanted a small project that wouldn't take too long as to interfere with my crocheted rug (oh, and you win Grace- you button is now on my sidebar!  Good guess!).  This is what I wanted to make...
Is that not the sweetest thing ever!?  But I don't think I would wear it as a necklace.  If you would, you can go here and get yourself one! : 
The {original} photograph and bow belongs to Jessica.

This was so easy- I know because I made up the pattern and did not have to start over a million times!

Cast on about 14 {for this size bow at least}
Knit 12 rows and cast off on the thirteenth row.  Snip off those dangling strings.
Take some yarn, and wrap it around the middle of the little knitted rectangle you made about oh, 7-8 times, but not too tight and not to loose!  Tie the strings to the back, like the picture below.

And, if you like, you can put a bobby pin in.  Just slip the wrapped yarn into the bobby pin and you've got yourself a knitted bow!

Good luck and if you need help, please ask!
Happy crafting,

Project of my week... guess?

September 26, 2011

I've always wanted to make one of these!  And guess what- you have to guess what it is :-)


I'll give you a hint: it belongs on the floor! 
I should have the dear thing done by... oh well, maybe in the couple days.

p.s. if you guess {first} what it is... I'll put you blog button on my sidebar for a month!

Knitted fingerless mittens

September 25, 2011

At out grandparents, I began working on some fingerless mittens- the color was so adorable!  My little cousin was really surprised one could actually make something like that.  When I finished my armwarmers, she snuck up behind my shoulder and asked "May I try them on?"


She loved them. "Would you like a pair too?"

*violent nod*

Look at that green grass...  And those healthy green trees...

"Now we match, Gabby!"  She is the sweetest little thing ever.  Morgan and my little cousin are really close and it's so sweet to see them constantly walking hand in hand with each other.

Have a wonderful Lord's Day.

Happy birthday!

September 24, 2011

This little dear is 8 years old!  Happy Birthday m&m!  I love you soo much and I am forever thankful we have such a close relationship- even if we are 7 years apart.  Thanks for being a quick forgiver, thanks for always having a huge smile on your face and a laugh filling up the silence {silence... something one doesn't hear much around here}.  Ooh- and thanks for letting me take birthday pictures of you!  It's something of a trial isn't it, for you to have your adoring sister constantly snapping pics of you all the time *smile*


I don't know what it is about the above picture but I really like it even though it came out blurry and shaky.  I still like it though.  Well anyways- Happy 8th Morgan.  8 spanks for you- you are growing up entirely too fast.

Love you,

Cute markerboard

September 23, 2011

Guess what I've been up to making?!..
A marker board.  Remember the one I wanted to make from this post?  Well, it's here!

It truly was simple.  Simply cut out some cute paper (mind you, the paper must be cute, it won't have the same affect otherwise!) the size of the glass that goes into the frame.  Slip your paper in- front side facing outwardly- and close your frame up! 

Marker boards are extremely handy and rather practical... but usually are the most dull and boring colors.  Metal against and annoying white shiny board isn't exactly the pertiest thing ever. Making your own is relatively cheap and is worth a look at.

If you want a more detailed version of how-to: go here!

September 21, 2011

The water kettle is bubbling on the stove reminding me that hot chocolate still must be for the dear children who are still asleep in their beds.  Hot chocolate is a precious commodity you see, and it's always a treat for the children.  This morning I woke up with the clouds white and gray completely covering up any blue in the sky.  Yes, it will most certainly be a chilly day and that, my dears, calls for hot chocolate.


We had a splendid time on our trip.  And our grandparents had their 50th anniversary so there was a big party for them, and lots of stories brought up and memories passed around.  Happy 50th anniversary Mammaw and Pappaw!

There were so many beautiful scenes down in Louisiana...  But silly me, I left my camera charger so what do you do?  Snap only the prettiest scenes I guess?

After getting home, I decided it was time to catch up on some crafting.  Soon, I'll post pictures of the marker board-made-out-of-a-frame I made, and a t-shirt bracelet.  While being on our trip, we (mother dear, auntie, and I) made a hasty trip to Hobby Lobby.  The fluffy pumpkin dyed ball of yarn called my name.  I inspected this lovely ball of pumpkiness- and stroked the thick soft strand of yarn- it was perfectly edible!  And on SALE?!  As soon as we got home I made a pair of fingerless mittens for myself and little cousin- Emily.

There is absolutely nothing like knitting.  The yarn slips through your fingers easily like water, and your needles seem to work magic as they go through the loop, grab the string, and then out again.  On and on the rhythmic pattern works until your project is finished.  Every stitch is worth the effort.
It's always fun when people ask "What!  You made that?!"

The clouds were so close the the ground, and the sunset was beautiful.  God is a wonderful painter- he comes up with millions of different scenes for every spot on the earth every single day.

“I am not what I ought to be,
I am not what I want to be,
I am not what I hope to be in another world;
but still I am not what I once used to be,
and by the grace of God I am what I am”
~ John Newton

Have a good week y'all.

Almond cream cake {recipe}

September 17, 2011

My Mammaw is an old fashioned, tea party, dainty little desserts, and over all tea pot lover.  She has a million and one recipes but this one has remained a permanent favorite with her children and grandchildren:

Almond cream cake {recipe}

8 oz. cream cheese, softened
4 large eggs
1/2 c. water
1/2 c. oil
1/2 c. sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp. almond extract
1 box of Duncan Hines Butter Cake Mix

{Preheat oven to 350 degrees}
Mix together all ingredients (except cake mix) in a large bowl.  It should be slightly frothy...  When that is thoroughly blended (make sure there aren't any lumps), mix in cake mix.  Lightly grease and flour a bundt cake pan and pour in your cake batter!  Slip it into the oven and let it bake for around 30-40 minutes or until it's like a carmel brown color on top.  Take it out and let the cake cool for a few minutes {read 10 minutes}.  Take the cake out and as soon as it's out, drizzle icing all over the top.

Icing {recipe}

Powdered sugar
1 tsp. vanilla

Okay.. so I was in the kitchen and I asked Mammaw "So...  How do you make this again?"  Her answer was "Just mix everything until it's kinda like a thick syrup."  *smile*  And guess what?  I have no idea how much I put in...  I just kept adding either milk or powdered sugar to get it to the right consistency.  Have fun!

Happy baking!

Peach cobbler {recipe}

September 15, 2011

A dear friend has a good plan cooking up- and I encourage any homemaker- or baker- to participate in this.  It's a wonderful way to share good/yummy/tested/or practical recipes.

{{Go here to see more}}

My little contribute:

Peach Cobbler!

This recipe gets 5 stars for being wonderfully scrumptious.  Also 5 stars for being super easy.  And 5 stars just cause'.  What it really is, is layers.  All you must do is layer everything in a casserole dish and turn your oven on.  (such exhaustion)!

::Peach Cobbler Recipe::


2 lrg cans of peaches (oz?)
1 box of Duncan Hines Yellow Cake Mix
around 2 sticks of butter (somewhat soft makes it easier to cut although it is not necessary)
ground cinnamon

*Preheat your oven to 350 degrees*
Strain peaches in a strainer and cut the peaches into small bite sized pieces.  Take a casserole dish of about 9 by 13 and pour in strained and cut peaches- no greasing required for this one!  Take the yellow cake mix and pour all over the peaches and kind of smooth it to cover all visible areas.  Sprinkle cinnamon lightly over the cake mix.  Begin cutting pats of butter and place them here and there all over the cake mix and cinnamon until the cake mix is somewhat covered.  Sprinkle cinnamon over the butter (to taste really) and pop it in the oven for oh, about 15 minutes.

Now, take a deep breath and smell the spicy cinnamon and sweet cake mix with a refreshing clean smell of peaches, and the butter melting and enhancing the cinnamon smell even more.

DING!  It's done!  Enjoy!

Have a lovely days dears!

Craft inspiration!

September 13, 2011

Hello dear people!  Firstly, we are having an amazing time in Louisiana, and are enjoying this lovely weather.  Secondly, I have been a very bad and lazy crafter this week- I haven't made anything.  Well, I am really close to finishing a knitted messenger bag- only the handle to sew on and one side to sew up!  But this time away from my sewing table at home has been good for me I think.  There have been millions of good ideas popping up in my head, computer, blogs and more... they simply seem to stand out more when I don't have any projects going.  So, when I get back home I hope to have a lot of projects to work on, but for now, I'll let you see my latest inspiring craft finds:

You know, I've never cared for wearing bracelets- I've always slipped a hair band on my wrist to carry around for the day, you never know when you'll need one!  Anyhow, these looked really comfortable, so I might like them!

T-shirt bracelets!

A reversible bag!

Brilliant!  You know, you could really cut down on half on the purses you own if they were all reversible.  Hmm..
Reversible bag tutorial

These look sooo comfy!

Fingerless gloves {to knit}

This, quite frankly is genius!  No more ugly white boards with metal frames...  We are going to use markers in style :-)

wipe off marker board

I hope y'all have a good crafting week!

Down home

September 9, 2011

"Down home, where they know you by name and treat ya like family.  Down home, a man's good word and a handshake is all you need.  Folks know, if you're fallin' on hard times- you can fall back home.."  Ever heard that song?  It's a good song called Down Home by Alabama- gotta love those country singers.

It's just like I remember.  We drove up to our grandparents house {dirt road, of course}and Pappaw was standing by the house as always.  He hugged me like he always does- which is a tight bear hug- and said "Hey Gabbyella!  How you doing, dear?" then Nana is next- "Hey!  My darlin', how ya doing baby?"  All hellos are exchanged- my grandparents speaking in that lovely southern/Cajun accent.

It's just like I remember.  Our supper is always and I mean always homemade spaghetti sauce from scratch
and bubbling cheerily on the stove, homemade rolls are sitting in a little basket wrapped in a clean white towel, salad is on the counter with all the "fixins", and corn is a boiling to it's juicy goodness.  After supper is eaten- a long supper drawn out with funny stories, laughs, conversations, and oohing and ahhing over all the wonderful food- we clear the table, wash dishes, sweep, and clean in general.


We play cards.  We play solitaire altogether with a deck each.  I believe Nana's family made up the game where more then 1 player can play solitaire, but in any case, that's what we play.  Mama, Nana, me, Morgan, and Caelin are the regulars.  Ian will play sometimes, Aidan will watch, Pappaw and Daddy never play.  And the cards go flying and there are yells and shouts of laughter or indignation over who should get the 8 on the 9, and so on and so forth.  It's just like I've always remembered.  And I love every second of it.

After that, the Mississippi Mud Pie is pulled out.  It's cold and soft and simply delicious.  That's usully been our dessert because Nana knows that it is our favorite.  Maybe after dessert we'll do some talking and catching up, exchange funny stories and laugh over old ones.

And after that?  We say goodnight, and Nana squeezes me tight and says "Goodnight my baby."  And that's how it's always been and how I always want it to be.

Good day, y'all.