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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Really Easy Bag

Quote of the Day:

A grandparent is a gift from above one to cherish, one to love

 Author: unknown

My niece works at an high end furniture store. They throw away the sample fabrics that you can choose for your furniture. She brought me over a stack about 2 feet high. I've made several bags with it for kindles and IPads. This one I made for my cousin. On facebook I did a "Pass it Forward" thing. The first 5 people that said "I'm in" and then reposted on their wall got a little surprise. I've made 3 Christmas ornaments, one jeans wreath and now this. I bought the handles at Hancock Fabrics. They were $2.99 for a set of two. I had some leather from the same stack and I used those to attach the handles to the bag. I can't wait for her to get it. 

You should check with local furniture stores and find out if they just throw these samples away. There is so many things they can be used for. I'm also thinking about a quilt. The samples are very heavy-duty. 

Thank you for letting me share.

Friday, February 21, 2014

Easter Bunny Race Cars

Quote of the Day:

A grandparent has the wisdom of long experience and the love of an understanding heart.

 Author: unknown

Remember the Teddy Bear Race Cars. These were a big hit at one of the events I went to at Christmas. The "how to" for this can be found in a previous post. But I found another idea. This one is for Easter Bunny Race Cars:

Large Marshmallows, cut horizontally
Bunny Peeps®
Mini pretzels
Cream-Filled Cakes (e.g. Little Debbie® Cloud Cakes™)
Decorator Icing

Cut a small rectangle out of the top of the cream-filled cake about a third of the way back from the “front” of the car. Use the white decorator icing to adhere the bunny Peep®, mini pretzel “steering wheel” and large marshmallows in place. Use frosting and sprinkles to decorate your car. Allow to set.

This would be great with any Easter Egg Hunts you will be attending with your children or grandchildren. They will love them.
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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Adorable Headband

Quote of the Day:

A grandmother pretends she doesn't know who you are on Halloween.

 Author: Erma Bombeck

Headband Pattern

I just cannot keep up with my crafts to blog as often as I would like. So I thought I would throw ideas out there that I do intend to try. This headband would look so cute on my granddaughter. I have every intention of making her one. The information they left with this picture said the pattern was available But they didn't lead me to the correct website for the pattern. So I websearched it and found the correct site if you are interested in getting the pattern for yourself. This was designed by Angel Lea and the pattern is available on her website. Just follow the link below.

Thank you for lettimg me share my crafts and the ideas that I find.

Friday, February 14, 2014

Fall Back Friday.

Quote of the Day:

A grandmother is a little bit parent, a little bit teacher, and a little bit best friend.

 Author: Author Unknown

I was born and raised in the Buckeye State of Ohio. If you are from Ohio, you've probably had some of these:

These are candies and the some of the best treats every created. 

 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) margarine (softened) 1 1/3 cups peanut butter (crunchy or smooth) 3 cups powdered sugar 1 package chocolate bark (melted) Method: Beat butter and peanut butter in large bowl until blended. Gradually add powdered sugar, beating until well-blended. Cover. Refrigerate until firm enough to shape. About 30 minutes. Shape into 1 1/2 inch balls. Melt chocolate bark according to package directions. Best results are when peanut butter balls have had time to come to room temperature and dry a little on the outside. If they are straight out of the refrigerator, the peanut butter gets condensation on it, and the chocolate doesn't stick. Using a tooth pick or wooden skewer, dip each ball into chocolate--coating 3/4 of the ball. Place on wax paper, uncoated side up. Let stand until chocolate sets up. Store in airtight container at room temperature. Makes about five dozen candies. 

These treats are very rich and I can only eat one or two at a time. Enjoy and thank you for letting me share.

I also maintain a second blog. I am a breast cancer survivor and this is my journey to recovery. Breast Cancer - Open in Front

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

My Grandchildren

Quote of the Day:
The best Mom's get promoted to Grandma.

Evan Michael just turned 8 in December. We call him Evan Michael so he is not confused with dad, Evan. He is the most sensitive and intelligent child you could ever want to meet. When he was over for my birthday dinner, we were measuring things on my kitchen scales.

Evan Michael said, " I wonder how much this weighs?" and promptly turned it upside down. I would have never thought to do that. Then Evan, his dad, asked him what part of the scales didn't get measured by doing that. He thought a minute and said," the black part". I hope he keeps the curiosity and wonder for learning going as he grows into a teenager. 

Jacob will be 6 soon. I will be taking him for another picture. He really hasn't changed much for pictures. But he has grown and matured as he started kindergarten. He is getting good grades but he is such a story teller. I told him he was " a hoot". He became offended until his mom said that meant he was really funny. I have taken 2 out of 4 of my grandkids on trips with me. I have consider taking Jacob. It's about his turn. Luke is just too young for that yet.

Hailey is 10 and turning into  a very beautiful child. For the first time in my life, I received a birthday card and a balloon that one of my grandchildren bought and paid for. It was the most beautiful card. and at this time (7/10/14) the balloon is still floating since January 27, 2014. 

Luke is our youngest. He is 17 months old right now. We don't get to see him as often as we'd like so the one professional picture I have he is very young. His dad is in the Air Force (thank you for your service, Brian) and stationed in Germany. I'm looking forward to my trip to visit in April. 

They call us Gammie and Dach. My husband is Welch and he called his grandfather Dach. If you are Welch, then you will say, "this is not the Welsh word for Grandfather." My guess is a grandchild somewhere along the way converted to something they could say and it stuck. Luke is already saying Dach. Gammie is a little harder. Enjoy your children and grandchildren. Make time for them. You may wake up and look back and wish you had a "do-over".

Friday, February 7, 2014

Valentine for Grandparents

Quote of the Day:

Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised. - Proverbs 31:30

 Author: Bible

Valentine for Grandparents

I will not be doing this project, but I thought it was such a great idea. I thought I'd share. It looks very simple to do and if you're artistic at all, you could write it in calligraphy instead of the printed words. If it were being made for me, I'd want the name of the child on there somewhere, too. I'd love to hear if you get or do one of these for someone special. Thank you for letting me share.

I also maintain a second blog. It is my journal for the first year of my breast cancer recovery and survival:

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

A Different use for Drawers

Quote of the Day:

By the time you're eighty years old you've learned everything. You only have to remember it

 Author: Unknown

Alternate use of Cabinet Drawers

This was a great idea that I found on Pinterest. I'm beginning to think that I am not very original. But then again, why re-invent the wheel. I know I do come up with ideas that are based in others ideas. These drawers came from an old sewing table. Sewing machines no longer fit in it like they did years ago. So I took what I wanted from it and the rest is waiting for inspiration. On Pinterest, these were hung on the wall. I don't really have room for them in my scheme of things:

You can see them on the table and my husband placed a board so that they wouldn't sit tilted. They make great shelves. Thank you for letting me share.

I also maintain a second blog that is my journal for the first year of my breast cancer.