Friday, April 19, 2013

Finished Bunny

Well, I didn't get the cross stitched bunny done in time for this Easter, but he'll look cute hanging up next year! I'll keep him in the pink embroidery hoop and add a big, pink bow on top. It's been a long time since I did counted cross stitch, and I look forward to my next project!

Monday, April 15, 2013

Yet another use for creamer bottles

I'm trying to start some seeds in my kitchen and needed a way to water them without drowning them. So I put some water into a clean large-size liquid Coffee Mate container. I have these bowl covers that come in a zillion sizes and put that over the top, securing with a small rubber band to make it even tighter. Then I poked a few holes in the top. Voila--a super easy watering bottle! (And by keeping the red lid on when I'm done, there's no chance of a spill.)

Monday, April 8, 2013


Sometimes I actually make the things I pin in my "Stuff to Make" board on Pinterest. Here's proof (besides the pig bank from yesterday):

You make it this way:
Start with 6 circles.
Fold them in half.
Baste along the curved edge.
Pull up the basting to make a petal.
Make 6 of these.
Sew them in a flower shape.
Embellish. (I happened to have the yo-yo made already).

So what am I doing with this? Don't know yet. I put it in a bin with all the other flowers I've sewn or crocheted. I'm sure they'll come in handy someday.

Sunday, April 7, 2013

"Piggy Bank" from felt

I've seen this done and I think I even pinned about it. It's just two pig-shapes cut from felt. I sewed a buttonhole using the largest setting (the thing you put the button in, which I just opened up all the way without a button) to make the slot for coins. 
I looked up 'pig' and found a simple drawing that I copied for the pattern. I think this would be a cute way to give some birthday cash to a kid--maybe with some change inside and a bill sticking out through the slot. You could even put it in a birthday card since it's nice and flat!

Oh! I stuck a piece of pipe cleaner between the layers. You should sew over it very slowly if you do this. Even though pipe cleaner wire is fine, you wouldn't want your needle to hit it directly.
I wrapped the p/c around a narrow knitting needle to make the tail. 

Thursday, April 4, 2013


Tonight I'm making a recipe that I found on Here's the link:

It looks easy and good, too. I cooked the chicken earlier and now I'm finishing it off to put the casserole together. I actually cooked up chicken tenders in some turkey broth that I'd made from Thanksgiving turkey leftovers.

Okay, left for a moment and now I'm back. The casserole is in the oven. Can't wait to try it out. It looks good, especially with the cheese and Ritz on top!

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Spring Wreath

I have made a bunch of these little crocheted flowers, and had enough to encircle the white wreath. I think it looks very cheerful!

These flowers are very simple. You just make a starting ring, then work 10 single crochets into the ring. Then you do 5 double crochets in one single crochet, slip in the next, and repeat around until you have 5 petals. The original pattern comes from Mollie Makes magazine, but the wreath is my own. Not that it's original, as I'm sure there are a bazillion wreaths just like this out there! But then, the last original novel was probably written 500 years ago, so maybe the last original wreath was created 50 years ago.