Archive for March, 2012

Ruffled Yellow Felt Pillow

Posted: March 29, 2012 in DIY, felt, pillows, sew, sewing

I saw these just beautiful pillows on the Better Homes and Gardens site and just fell in love with them. I will have to make some of these! The colors in the picture seem so Springy but I am not sure that it will work with my furniture. Maybe I will try some different colors. The following sewing instructions are for one pillow. If you go to the Better Homes and Gardens link, the other pillow instructions are there.

Crafts Supplies:
Felt (yellow)
3/8-inch-wide velvet ribbon (green)
Fiberfill
Sewing Instructions:
Cut a strip of felt 9 inches wide and 18 inches long and hand-stitch two parallel lines close together through the center of the strip. Pull on the ends of each thread so felt strip gathers into a ruffle.
Make a 6-inch-wide ruffle in the same manner. Machine-stitch the 6-inch ruffle in the middle of the larger ruffle.
Cut two 12-inch squares from felt.
Machine-stitch the double ruffle in the center of one square.
Pin a piece of velvet ribbon in the center of the double ruffle.
Place the squares right sides together and machine-stitch around edges, leaving a small opening along one edge for turning. Make sure you catch the ends of the velvet ribbon in the seams.
Turn right side out and stuff with fiberfill. Hand-stitch the opening closed.

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Bite Size Banana Cream Pie

Posted: March 27, 2012 in recipe
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I saw this recipe on the  Food Pusher Blog and thought – Wouldn’t this be great for a party or even Easter – Yes!. So I copied it here. This recipe would give everyone an opportunity to have a “little taste” of a sweet without ruining their diet. I plan to use Pillsbury ready-made crust – I know, but it is so easy. Let me know if you try it and what you think.
 

Bite Size Banana Cream Pie


Ingredients:

  •         1 small box instant vanilla pudding
  •          1 3/4 cups cold milk
  •          2-3 bananas, cut into 1/4-inch slices
  •          1 cup heavy whipping cream 
  •          1/4 cup powdered sugar
  •          1 batch of pie crust (see recipe below)
 
Directions:
  • In a medium bowl, whisk vanilla pudding mix and cold milk for 2 minutes.  
  • Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate.  (I’m not sure how long. Mine refrigerated overnight.)
  • Whip heavy cream and powdered sugar into stiff peaks.
  • Using either a pastry bag with an open star tip, or using a zip-top bag with  about 1/4 inch of a corner cut off, pipe about half a teaspoon of chilled pudding onto each pie crust piece.  
  • Place a slice of banana on top of the dab of pudding.  
  • Then squeeze about 1 1/2 teaspoons of pudding onto each banana slice.
  • Refrigerate the pies while you prep the whipped cream into another pastry bag (or the same one with the tip washed), and then pipe about 1 1/2 teaspoons of whipped cream onto each pie.  
  • Refrigerate until  ready to serve.  
  • Makes…um…I’m not sure, but I’d guess about 3 dozen bite-size pies.
This cake just looks so pretty and the recipe is easy! I think I might just try it for Easter!
 
Flower Power Cake 
 

Flower Power Cake Recipe

Makes: 12 to 16 servings
Prep: 30 mins

Cool: 10 mins
Bake: 350°F 30 mins


ingredients 
1 2-layer-size package lemon cake mix 
1 16 ounce can white frosting 
Small gumdrops 
Candy-coated fruit-flavored pieces 
Sour fruit-flavored straw candy 

directions

1.Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Prepare and bake cake mix according to package directions using two 8- or 9-inch round baking pans. Cool on wire racks for 10 minutes. Remove from pans. Cool completely.

2.Place 1 cake layer on a serving plate; spread with frosting. Top with remaining cake layer. Frost top and side of layers with frosting.

3.To decorate cake with flowers, slice small gumdrops in half horizontally to form flower petals. Use candy-coated fruit-flavored pieces for flower centers. Flatten gumdrops and cut into leaf shapes for leaves. Snip sour straws to desired lengths and use for flower stems.

Here is the link: http://www.bhg.com/recipe/layer-cakes/flower-power-cake/

 

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This is an interesting addition to your embroidery projects! An LED light kit is used to enhance it. You can light it up! This is so cute!

Here is what you need:

Supplies:

* Firefly Jar embroidery pattern (download the PDF here)

* Embroidery floss in white, dark gray, dark green, medium green, light green, light blue, brown, and black

* Navy blue fabric

* Heavy-weight interfacing or t-shirt stabilizer

LED Embroidery Kit from Sternlab.org (optional)

Tools:

* 5″ embroidery hoop

* Embroidery needle

* Scissors

* Iron

* Ironing board

* Carbon/pattern transfer paper

* Tracing tool or pen

You can get the instructions at The Zen of Making with this link: http://www.thezenofmaking.com/2012/03/pattern-firefly-jar-led-embroidery.html

Peep Topiary

Posted: March 20, 2012 in Easter, Uncategorized
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I saw this Peep Topiary on the Hungry Mouse Blog and just thought it was cute and easy! Here is what you need:

Peep Topiary

Peep topiary
1 6-inch pot
1 7-inch styrofoam ball (for topiary top)
1 4-5 inch styrofoam chunk (for inside the pot)
1 12-inch wooden stake or thick wooden dowel
1 box of wooden toothpicks
6-7 boxes of marshmallow Peeps
1 bag of jelly beans
Other table decorations
Assorted foil covered chocolate eggs
Plastic easter eggs
Easter grass
Assorted silk flower garlands
Makes 1 Peep topiary that will knock your socks off
 
 
 

Easter Egg Garland

Posted: March 20, 2012 in Uncategorized
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Years ago, my step daughter made me a big egg and left part of it open so she could put in grass and Easter candies. It was so pretty and colorful! I just loved it! Here are some pictures that were on another blog and instructions how to make them. Hope you like them!

Make a stiffener mixture. I used 1 cup of liquid starch mixed with a half cup of flour. You could double or triple this recipe if you’d like.  I did.
 Next I got some string, I used embroidery floss. You could also use pearl cotton thread or crochet thread.
Then you stick your string in a bowl of starch goo, but don’t just plop it in there like I first did. Your string WILL get into a knot… and it’s not fun to try and un-snarl gooey string.  So don’t do it. Instead coil your string into the mixture and gently press it into the goo, I didn’t get one knot doing it this way. 
 
 
For a little egg, blow up a water balloon and wrap the gooey string around the balloon. Make sure you wipe off the excess goo and let it fall back into the bowl, it doesn’t need to be drippy.
One skein of embroidery floss was just enough for one water balloon sized egg.
It’ll take several hours for it to dry. Once it dries, pop the balloon. You might have crusty stuff in-between the string, I scraped that out with a straight pin. 
 
But then I decided to thread the eggs onto some more embroidery floss and made a garland out of them. You’ll need a fairly big needle to do this.
I threaded it  at about 1/4th of the way down from the top of the egg. To keep them in place, I hot glued the eggs to the string. Here is the link of the blog: http://www.craftyendeavor.com/2012/03/08/easter-egg-garland/

She also made some different size eggs.
 
Here are some pictures of Easter egg decorating ideas. They did not give a tutorial but look easy to figure out. Anyway, you can look at these pictures and create your own.

decorative easter eggs
Photo credit: Wish on a Whisker
decorative easter eggs
Photo credit: Rafał Wójcik
decorative easter egg
Photo credit: DyeDye
 
Photo credit: dotcomwomen
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