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I am a work from home, home schooling Mom who loves her Kids...yep, I think my kids are great. You will find me: Knitting, cross stitch, embroidery and working with felt are things I enjoy for fun. I also love to decorate and find deep satisfaction in decorating my home with great finds and my handmade items.  Gardening is one of my great loves, it like decorating outside!

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Wednesday, May 30, 2012

WIP Wednesday

I am moving forward working on each of these for the time being.  OK well it is kinda slow, very slow...but it is still movement, And I do love creating.
I am going to have to find some more fabric I like for my yo-yo quilt.  Looks like a trip to the fabric store...one of our favorite things to do...girl day and a Super Sized craft store...we must get a late' on the way.
I had to unravel 80% of my shawl...UGH! it had started going crooked.  I so hate it when that happens...This is my "Take With Me" project and right now Trinity is out of Gymnastics so not too much is getting done on this one right now.  But next week she will be flippin' and I will be knittin'.

I have gotten much-much further on this one...It now has the red wool felt backing ( I had to re-stitch around every circle to attach it properly) Lesson Learned.  And I have started another and final row of Penny Rug Circles. I will show you it finished and in the lovely room I have been working on. No peeking.     

I so love this saying...and look at all the lovely abundance I am creating out of joy.  

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Saturday And Sunday Sharing

SATURDAY AND SUNDAY SHARING
Have you created something awesome and want to share it? A new Recipe, Something in the Garden, Sewn something with your creative hands? Or maybe took a beautiful photo. Whatever the creation (G rated of course) please share it for us all to see.
Remember to share your blog post not just your blog address.

Friday, May 25, 2012

Fiber Arts Friday - Buttercup The Beautiful Bovine

BUTTERCUP THE BEAUTIFUL BOVINE
Knitting Pattern
This udderly beautiful bovine will add fun to your farm yard. The body is made separately from the legs, horns, udders and spots.

Materials
Size1 and size 2 knitting needles
Crochet hook
Darning Needle
Embroidery Needle
Sport Weight Wool yarn in:
     Cream
     Pink
     Tan
     Brown
     Black
Brown thread
Wool for stuffing

 

 

 
 
Due to unforseen events I am no longer able to offer my patterns for Free.  But you can purchase them at my Ravelry Store The Handmade Homemaker
 

 Buttercup The Beautiful Bovine Pattern $4.99

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Tasty Tuesday - Forrest Black Forest Smoothie

FORREST BLACK FOREST SMOOTHIE

INGREDIANCE
1 Cup Dark Cherry Sorbet (kroger has this)
1 Cup frozen dark cherries
1/2 Cup Vanilla Soy Milk
2 T Agave Nector (or Sugar)
2 T Unsweetened cocoa powder

Combine everything in a blender or food processor and serve immediately to the kids jumping up and down for a chocolaty treat.

LITTLE EXTRA SUMTHIN' SUMTHIN'
I add powdered vitamin C and Nature Sunshine Fiber to my smoothies.  The C gives it a bit of zip in the taste and fights all those germies out there.  While the fiber keeps everything rolling along...to put it in a nice way.
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Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Tasty Tuesday-Strawberry Jam Recipe

Strawberry Jam is very easy to make and only requires two ingredients fruit and sugar
Strawberry Jam
2 quarts Strawberries
6 cups of sugar

Wash, trim and crush strawberries.  Put them in a pot with sugar. Bring to a boil and stir until sugar dissolves and is no longer grainy. Cooked rapidly to gelling point, abut 30-40 minutes. (see note below for checking Gelling) Stir frequently.  Remove from heat and skim off foam if necessary (foam taste good in yogurt or on ice cream) Ladle hot jam into hot jars, leaving 1/4 inch head space.  Adjust two piece lids.  Process 15 minutes in a boiling water bath.  Makes about 4 pints.
Note
To check for jelling, wet a plate and put it in the freezer.  Take a dab of the jelly and put it on the frozen plate push it with a spoon.  If it wrinkles it is set and ready to can.

Saturday, May 12, 2012

SATURDAY AND SUNDAY SHARING
Have you created something awesome and want to share it? A new Recipe, Something in the Garden, Sewn something with your creative hands? Or maybe took a beautiful photo. Whatever the creation (G rated of course) please share it for us all to see.
Remember to share your blog post not just your blog address.




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Friday, May 11, 2012

Girls Fluffy Fur Kerchief

Girls Fluffy Fur Kerchief
Trinity Saw a Fluffy Fur Kerchief and just had to have one.  So I dug through my stash...and...wala...she has her very own Fluff Fur Kerchief.

THE STUFF
Boucle Yarn (Gives it some fur texture and I had it in my stash)
DK Yarn
Size 9 Knitting Needles
Size 4 Double Pointed Needles (you will need two)
Rug Hook
Pom-Pom Maker (see at the end)

INSTRUCTIONS
Using both the Boucle and DK
Cast on 1
K2 into front and back of stitch
K2 into first stitch, K to end (repeat until kerchief measures 18 inches remember this is for winter and needs to cover the ears) check against the head if you need it longer or shorter.
Bind off and tuck in your ends. 


TO ADD THE FUR
Cut both DK and Boucle into 2.5 inch pieces (this is where your little darling can help)
Using the rug hook and starting at the tip hook in one piece of yarn
Then every third row hook doing each type of yarn every other yarn (one DK piece, one Boucle, one DK piece, one Boucle, etc)
I added extra along the edge to make it fluffy

TO MAKE THE STRINGS
Using double pointed needs and DK yarn only
PU three stitches on end of longest end (the part that will be around the face)
Work in I-Cord for 16 inches and bind off
Repeat this at the other end of kerchief

TO MAKE THE POM-POMS
I used a clover Pom Pom maker along with the DK yarn.  This made the thickest, fluffiest pom-pom and was well worth it. It was so easy and made a much tighter pom-pom.

Attach the Pom Pom and then make brother try it on.

Doesn't he look like he has seen some holy vision?  I just had to put this on here.

You could have allot of fun with this pattern, maybe make the fluff a different color from the base. Make a smaller one for a doll.







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Wednesday, May 9, 2012

WIP-Wednesday


I am working on a shawl for myself for the fall, finnally something for me.  The pattern is really easy and gives you a little open work for interest and fun. This is a great take along, you don't have to look at any charts or patterns, its really that easy.


 The Pattern  Aunt Barb's Simple Shawl is on Ravelry.
Lila's Photo of Finished Shawl

The yarn I used is Starry Night by Red Heart Boutique the Eclipse line.  It's not as soft as I would like it but the colors worked with  my cold weather clothes.  Its hard to tell from the photo but the green isn't so bright and there is a stripe of turqoise and brown that doesn't show up very well. 

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Tasty Tusday - Vegitarian Roll Up's

Weeki Wachee Roll-Up's
This Recipe came from Trinity's "Mermaid Cookbook"  By: Barbara Beery

For fear of plagiarism I will just tell you the roll ups are slathered with cream cheese and hummus, stuffed with veg and feta cheese. 

 I do recommend getting this cook book, It is stuffed full of fun, easy and nutritious meals. We have made just about everything in it.  I originally got it for food ideas for her Mermaid birthday party.  One of our favorite dinner salads uses ramen noodles, a nice way to get picky eaters to eat there vegetable's. 

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Saturday and Sunday Sharing

Welcome to SATURDAY AND SUNDAY SHARING
Have you created something awesome and want to share it?  A new Recipe, Something in the Garden, Sewn something with your creative hands? Or maybe took a beautiful photo.  Whatever the creation (G rated of course) please share it for us all to see.
Remember to share your blog post not just your blog address.
Trinities Fluffy Fur Kerchief, Instructions will be shared on Friday

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Wednesday, May 2, 2012

WIP Wednesday

Everything I am working on seems to be a circle.  Last week I shared the Penny Rug

This has been fun to work on and collect fabric for.  I not very good with fabric, but I use the Yo-Yo maker and that made it so easy.  I just put the fabric in the form cut around it and then sewed through the holes, sliped it off and pulled in taunt and finished with a knot.  My doughter helped me with some of them.  Its a really great way to get the little ones started with a needle and thread.

This will be going in my dream bedroom of Pink Roses.  Along with some smaller yo-yos I am making to cover a pillow sham.  I am just going yo-yo crazy.  OH, the smaller ones can be sewn onto ponytail holders...too cute!

Has anyone ever sewn yo-yo's together to make a quilt? How do you do it? just go in the inside of the yo-yo? Do you start with one and work your way out? or do you go in rows? I sure would appreciate help with this part.

Here are a few ideas of where you can purchase what you need to make them,  what fun to pick out different fabrics.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Tasty Tuesday - Peacy Razzle Smoothie


PEACHY RAZZLE SMOOTHIE
1 Cup Fresh or Frozen Peach Slices
1 Cup Fresh or Frozen Raspberries
1 Cup Apricot Nectar
1 Container Raspberry Yogurt
1 T Honey
1 T Agave Nectar
1/2 T Powder Vitamin C (optional)
3 Ice Cubes

Process everything, except the Ice Cubes,  in a blender or food processors until smooth.  Garnish with additional peaches and/or raspberries.  Serve immediately.