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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

On Vacation

I will be out of town until the week of July 7. Enjoy your Fourth of July.

Friday, June 20, 2014

Sewing and Crafting for My Grandkids

I have 4 grandchildren that I love so much and about to have a 5th grandchild. The Etsy shop I started is because of them. Our oldest grandchild is Hailey. She is about to turn 11. She is growing into a beautiful young lady.
I have a habit of getting photos made on their birthday. I sneak in on a few of the poses.

 I make a lot of fleece nursing pillow covers for my little shop. I have a lot of left over fleece. So one of the things that I made was a fleece hat and a boa.



The second hat is for our budding St. Louis fan, Luke. What I did was take what I call a toboggan hat and you might call a watch cap. I folded it into 1/4 and created a template from that. I keep a lot of poster paper for templates. I sewed the four pieces together and measured around the edge. I cut a trim 6 inches wide and a little more than the measured edge. After cutting the trim to fit the hat, I sewed the trim to the hat. Then I hemmed the hat to be the approximately 3 inch trim. I took 4 strips of each of the colors I used here and cut 6 inch strips about as wide as my little finger. I stitched them together and took two and tied them together to hide the stitching. I had hand stitched them to the hats. The boa measures about 57 inches. There are 3 strips about 4 inches wide and 57 inches long. I sewed them together straight down the center and then cut the strips about as far apart as my finger. Then you just shake it and it comes out as your see.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

30 Summer Frozen Meals.



Quote of the Day:

All Grandmothers like letters. Even if they just consist of a squiggle and a dirty finger mark.

 Author: unknown




Thirty Frozen Dinners

Not so much any more, but there was a time when I hated fixing dinner in the summer. When the kids were home, we were outdoor people. We've always had a pool and my kids were never indoors. Sometimes I'd make some kind of meal on Sunday and it would last the whole week. If your family is like mine was, you may like this idea. You can make 30 different meals in 3 hours and be covered for quite a while. A crock pot and then you're back to your summer fun. The different meals can be found at the following website. It all looks great to me. You really need to visit this site. Not only are there meals, but the grocery list for each one and suggestions of storing, there's suggestions about the recipes.

30 Summer Freezer Meals.  Enjoy

Friday, June 13, 2014

No Bake Cheesecake with the Grandkids

Quote of the Day:
Grandmothers hold our hands for just a little while, but our hearts forever.
Anonymous
 Every April we keep our 3 Grandchildren that live here in the states, Hailey, Evan Michael and Jacob, while their parents go away for the weekend to celebrate their anniversary.  We always try to do something special when they are there. This weekend we made Pineapple No Bake Cheesecake. We used strawberries instead, since not all of us will eat pineapple. It worked just as well.  I collect depression glass or just glass that I like. I got these little glasses in Belgium when I went to Germany to visit my daughter. We put our cheesecake in these pretty glasses and the kids were so excited to show them of to Mom and Dad when they got home to pick them up.  They were very careful with my little glasses and encourages me to do it again. We had so much fun. The recipe is below and I got it off of facebook. It was very good. The M&M that is on top of the desert was just our little addition to decorate it up a little. It was definitely a hit.
Pineapple No Bake Cheesecake
 Prep Time: 15 minutes

3/4 cup graham cracker crumbs
 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
 3 tablespoons granulated sugar (see note below)
 12 ounces fresh pineapple, pureed
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
 1 (8 ounce) tub frozen whipped topping, thawed
 In a medium bowl, stir together the graham cracker crumbs, sugar and melted butter. Evenly divide the crumbs between your individual serving dishes and press into the bottoms of the dishes to form a crust layer. In a large bowl, with an electric mixer, beat the cream cheese and sugar on medium-high speed until smooth and creamy, about 3 minutes. Add in pineapple and vanilla and mix to combine, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed. Using a rubber spatula, fold in the whipped topping until well combined. Evenly pipe or spoon the filling into prepared individual serving dishes. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 3 hours before serving. If desired, garnish with additional whipped topping and fresh pineapple.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Device Charging Station

Quote of the Day:

A mother becomes a true grandmother the day she stops noticing the terrible things her children do because she is so enchanted with the wonderful things her grandchildren do.

 Author: Lois Wyse








Device Charging Station

I do it all the time but I really don't like having to take up space charging my cell phone, or recharge the batteries to my camera. The only really available space in my house with few outlets is in my kitchen. If I lay them on the floor, I'm afraid my dogs will decide to chew on them. 

This is a clever idea that I found. It is way to easy to do. These are just the pockets of pairs of jeans. I have used the pockets before to make a change purse from my granddaughter. This idea gets the devices up off the floor and keeps the wires contain so that my dogs aren't tempted. I love it. If you don't have any jeans you want to destroy, they run from a $1.00 to $5.00 at any thrift store. 

Thank you for letting me share. 

Friday, June 6, 2014

Fall Back Friday

Daily Saying:
A house needs a grandma in it.
(anonymous)
You will find, at least for a little while that most of my crafts are my youngest grandson, Luke.  He is the reason that I got back into crafting, so I hope you understand. But I have some great ideas for the other grandkids too.

This is matching t-shirts for daddy and baby. I used poster paper to make my templates. I made 2 sides of the vest and the tie and then just stitched them to a t-shirt. This one was done with cotton. I did another with felt. I believe it looked better, but the problem with felt is that you have to be careful how you wash that. I'm all for quick and easy.

This is the one made with felt.


Wednesday, June 4, 2014

PVC Ideas

Quote of the Day:

God couldn't be everywhere, so he created grandmother's.

 Author: Unknown




PVC Towel Rack and Weights

I have started to go the recreation center every day. I swim laps and walk in their aqua track. There are women there that have these PVC weights that they use as they walk. I so want a set. 

The rack appeared on Facebook. I so want my husband to build one of these. Our towels are thrown over the railing or our deck and the rafts are in a pile in a corner. This rack would so organize our pool area.