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Friday, October 7, 2011

Halloween Lanterns


I saw this project on the internet and thought they were about the cutest homemade craft I have seen for Halloween.  I just had to make them.  You use canning jars and mod podge with tissue paper.  I didn't read the directions very well.  You were suppose to cut 1 1/2 inch strips of tissue paper and put some mod podge on the outside of the mason jar, then add your strip of tissue paper. then mod podge over the jar again when finished.

What I did was put the tissue paper on the inside of the jar and did the mod podge on the inside of the jar.  Even if it was wrong they are just to cute and actually I think I like it better.  The ridges don't show up like the  jars on the website.  I added a set of Christmas lights and  tucked a few into each jar.  I won't go away and leave them on, but they are sure cute and I have gotten so many compliments on them.  Everyone wants a set.  You can click on the picture for a bigger view!

If anyone wants the site for the directions, here is the site where I saw them at!! 

http://www.ourbestbites.com/2009/10/crafty-in-the-kitchen-mason-jar-lanterns/

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Yummy Diet 60 Calorie Fudge Pops


This doesn't have anything to do with sewing, but most of us women are at some time dieting.  I also love to cook and I made up this recipe for these Fudge Pops.   My husband said, You Made These???  These Are Diet???  WOW, Keep Them Coming!!!

Anyway I was making a batch this morning and thought I should give away my recipe.  If you are like me, you can use something that tastes good once in a while while dieting.  I usually have one in the evening while watching TV.  This is my worst time, when I am idle.  This really hits the spot.  I have made vanilla( my granddaughters favorite), chocolate(my favorite), and Butterscotch(my husband's favorite).  Give these a try, they only have around 60 calories in them.

        POPSICLES
1 container low calorie coolwhip
1 small box of fatfree, sugarfree, pudding
1 cup of milk

Mix all ingredients together and fill your popsicle containers.  It makes about 16 of them.  I have also used small bathroom plastic cups and popsicle sticks before I found my containers.  Let them freeze for at least 12 hours and enjoy!!

Let me know if you try them and how you like them!!  Cindy

Monday, October 3, 2011

Serger Blanket Finally Finished!

I have been working on this blanket for two weeks.  This was the project I started when I dropped the needle screw into my serger.  I just cannot get my regular blanket stitch to work on this blanket.  I have finally come to the conclusion that it just does not like this material. This was different from what I usually purchase.  I always try and buy the Blizzard fleece, it is my favorite.   I had to decide to finish it in another way.

The material was very busy, so I added in a solid piece of fleece with my youngest grandson's name embroidered on it so it would show up.  I had first embroidered right onto the blanket and the letters just got lost in the print.  Sooo, then I embroidered it on the black fleece and sewed it on the blanket over top of the other embroidery.  Then I cut that section out of the back after I was finished.  Remember I sew two layers of fleece together for my blankets.  This way I had no added bulk.  To finish the hem, I sewed it around the edge about 1 inch in from the edge with a "Briar" stitch on the Janome machine.  I like the way it turned out.  It looks like a feather stitch and I took a picture for you to see.  What do you think?  I am just glad it is finished.