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Buttercup Bag

I am trying to use up fabric quickly. I have to move all of my sewing stuff and fabrics to another room before Baby #5 comes! Then my husband will see just how much stash I have crammed into that sewing table, there! EEK!I saw the Buttercup Bag sewing pattern (Free! YAY!) and wanted to make one for myself. However, I need it a little bigger than that, so I enlarged the pattern. But, before…

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Sneak Peek in the Studio Friday #1

I have been awfully busy this week! I got a lot of craft projects completed that I had started, although I now have some more started that are not completed. Hmm… First, the finishes… Decoupage Easter eggs (I wanted to make these last year, but never got around to it) “Blessings” embroidery- I tried a different technique painting the frame. A BIG finish for me – well, almost… It took me two years to do…

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Quilt Backgrounds?

Many people claim that the key to etsy success is fabulous pictures. “They” also say that you need to have fluidity between the pictures in your shop. So, I am really conscious of my shop pictures- I am not that concerned about sales, but it makes me smile to open up my shop page and think “Oh, that looks nice!” I am blessed to have a large sunroom which provides beautiful natural lighting for my…

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Orange Julius

Well, so much for making up school days! President’s Day was a snow make-up day, but we got MORE snow so it was cancelled. So, I used up all my daily ambition first thing in the morning and made a nice breakfast for the kiddos. One of their FAVORITES is Orange Julius. I have also made this for brunch showers and the like and I get many requests for the recipe. So, here you go!…

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Decoupage Recipe Box

My brother is in the United States Army. He is a do-it-yourself kind of guy. He can build things, fix things, and now, probably because he is sick of fast food and microwave pizzas, he is learning to cook things. A looooooooooooooooong time ago he asked me for some recipes. Well, I just can’t do anything simply. I wanted to make him a recipe box, too. I finally got around to it and here it…

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Soup Recipe and Money Saving Tips

This post will be part recipe, part frugal food tips. I think a lot of people are trying to cut corners wherever they can, so I hope this is helpful information. Here is how I made Ham Bean Vegetable Soup yesterday: 2 cups sliced carrots I used baby carrots because they were buy one get one free and what I had on hand. Although more of a pain to chop, they will be eaten more…

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Baked Ziti Freezer Meals

I thought I would take a break from Christmas preparations for a minute and share one of the Christmas gifts that I am making. I am putting together homemade frozen dinners for my grandparents. I know that Grandma LOVES my baked ziti (she is half Italian after all!) so I made a batch for them. (Note: it is not cooked in this picture- just ready to freeze!)One of my batches makes 3 8” square pans…

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Peanut Butter Reindeer Cookies

YAY! I am almost done with my ornament orders! I just wanted to get off of my feet for a minute and share with you the cookies I baked with the kids this morning. They are just regular peanut butter cookies, some of which we decorated up a bit. Peanut Butter Cookies½ cup shortening1 cup peanut butter½ cup brown sugar¾ cup sugar1 egg1 tsp vanilla1 Tbsp. milk¾ tsp. baking soda½ tsp. baking powder1 ¼ cups…

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