Saturday, March 31, 2012

Quick Easter Treats For Kids!!

My oldest granddaughter was going to girl scouts and it was her turn to bring the treat. Sooo, she tells grandma that she wants brownies with powdered sugar on top. My youngest daughter isn't big on baking, so it is always grandma who gets the job. I tried to talk her into some cupcakes, but no, she had her mind made up on brownies. I just thought it would be so much easier and less hassle to do the cupcakes. Then I got a bright idea that maybe I could make cupcake brownies. I have never seen them before but thought, I bet it would work. I ran to Kroger's and bought a brownie mix and got a package of Easter cupcake paper holders and they came with little toothpick Easter bunnies and Easter eggs for decoration. I whipped up my brownie mix and there was actually a recipe on the side of the box for cupcake holders. Where has this been all of my life!! I baked the brownies and added three jelly beans to the hot cupcakes and stuck in the tooth pick decorations and sprinkled them with powdered sugar. They were so easy and just came out really cute. If you need a quick treat for Easter try this, it was a big hit!

Friday, March 30, 2012

Pillow Project Finished!!

 I finally had time to get my pillows finished yesterday.  I have attached pictures for the last steps of the sewing that I did.  Here is a picture of what the Hello Kitty pillow sham looked like from the store.

You can see the pillow sham has this flap of material hanging off of the edge for decoration.  What I did first was I sewed my ruffle to the edge of that flap with right side on top of right side. 

Now you can see the stitching line where the flap starts.  I folded the material on that stitching line and brought it down over the sewed on ruffle.

I pinned this in place right over the stitching on the ruffle.  I did the two side seams first and then the bottom and then the top. I just top stitched it into place.   I was concerned about how the corners would look, but they turned out great.

Finally, here is the finished project.  It was a big job, but it looks so cute and I am sure it will be even cuter on the girls comforters in their new "Hello Kitty" bedroom! 

My plan was to use the "H K"  initial side of the material, but after making the ruffle I realized the "H K" initials would be upside down on the top of the pillow.  It ended up that I liked this darker side better, so it
worked out well!

Thursday, March 29, 2012

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Tuesday, March 27, 2012

New Video On Hemming Jeans The Easy Way!!

I forgot to tell you that I created a new video last week.  So sorry!!  Last week was quite hectic for me.  The video is a very easy way to hem jeans.  I have always hated to rehem jeans and usually cringed when someone would ask me to do this for them.  Then I found a new way of doing it and they are just a breeze to sew now!!  Take a look and see if you like this technique!  Cindy

Friday, March 23, 2012

Still Working on my Pilllow Project

I worked a little while yesterday on the pillows.  I used my ruffler foot to gather up the ruffles.  Now I am contemplating on how I am going to add the ruffles to the pillow sham.  Here are some pictures of the step I did yesterday.  I don't know if I will have time to work on this today or not.  I need to go to the grocery and do some running.  I would much rather be sewing!!!!!!

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Started my Pillow Project!

Well I removed all of the fabric from the bedskirt and removed all of the sewn in hems.  What a job, but it is finished.  I had thread all over me and all over house from this little project.  Then I ironed all of the pieces and sewed them together.

The next step, I decided that I wanted this ruffle to be able to stand up and have a little body to it.  I didn't want it to flop around after I have it sewn to the pillow sham.  My first idea was to add a layer of nylon netting, but after looking at the actual bed skirt that I removed the material from, I thought I could cut this to size and use this inside of the ruffle to stiffen it up.  I then cut the actual left over bed skirt to the size of my material.

If you look closely at the picture you can see that I pressed the bed skirt layer in half to mark the center point.  Next, I folded the material in half and pinned it together and pressed it.  I took it to the sewing machine and sewed a straight stitch along the folded edge about a presser foot width.  The reason I did this was for washing purposes.  I knew with that extra layer of stiffener inside the ruffle when it would be washed it would slide down and be a mess.  This will hold it in position and solve that problem.  This is an unusual material.  It is more like a nylon and kind of slippery to work with.

I then took it to my serger and as you can see in the picture, I taped a piece of 1/4 inch hard poster board to my serger as a guide.  This way as I serge my ruffle on the edge everything will come out evenly and I won't have to try and trim it before I serge.  I throw the long ruffle over my shoulder as I sew and this helps me to keep the weight and pulling off of my material and also helps me keep it lined up with my edge for serging.  This ruffle ended up being about 7 yards long.

Now this is finished and ready to be ruffled and added to the pillow.  I have another one of these to make because my daughter has two girls and they have bunk beds.  I will make my second ruffle to this point and then get back with more pictures to finish this project.  If anyone has any questions, just leave me a comment!  

Monday, March 19, 2012

Crocheted Chickens Puzzle Solved!!

Well the puzzle on the little crocheted chickens has been solved.  They are egg cozys!!  Thank you everyone!!

Sheila Tindall wrote and said: Your husband is on the right track. They are egg cozys. a soft boiled egg was put into a egg cup and the chicken over it to keep the egg warm while it was taken to the table. My grandmother used them.
Also received a comment from wolferiver (

Heh. The word "cosy" came immediately to mind, so I did a search on "egg cosy", and looky at what I found: What Is An Egg Cosy
I guess you use them when you make a softboiled egg, to keep them warm for someone's meal.

Hmmm...we used to eat softboiled eggs all the time when I was a kid, but I haven't had one in ages.

I remember my mother having egg cups!  I will have to check and see if she still has those!!  Do you mom??

Sunday, March 18, 2012

What is this?? My grandmother made it and it was in my hope chest!!

I need your help!  I had these two chickens in my hope chest since I was probably 11 years old.  For those of you younger followers, a hope chest was something that was started when we were young by our mothers and grandmothers.  You kept a cedar chest or even a box of precious items given to you and then you  saved them until the day came that you got married.  I guess it was called a hope chest because they were hoping you would fall in love and get married.

I have these two chickens that was in my hope chest that are so cute, but I never really knew what they were for.  This is so weird, I was just typing this and my husband was reading what I was typing over my shoulder and he went to the refrigerator and took out an egg and put it in the chicken.  It fits!!  Is this what they are for??  I would of never thought of that.  Do you maybe put a hard boiled egg in them?? 

Here is the picture of what the chicken, or it could be a rooster, looks like!  Can you help me?

Friday, March 16, 2012

A New Crazy Project For One Of My Daughters!!

My youngest daughter brought over a new project for me to sew for her.  She is redoing her daughters bedroom into a "Hello Kitty" theme.  She bought the comforter set and curtains and she is unhappy with the pillow covers.  She likes everything to be very girlly, frilly, or ruffly!! I think you can understand this. 

She brought me the pillow covers and the bed skirts that came with the comforter set.  She asked if I could put ruffles around the pillow covers so they stand out when she fluffs up the pillow.  She is not going to use the bed skirts, so I can use the material from those to create this project. 

Here are my plans.  I am going to remove all of the material from the bed skirts and my plan is to lay a piece of nylon netting on top of this material.  Now I will fold this in half and serge all four edges together.  Then I will do a running stitch along the top of the ruffle to keep the nylon netting in place when she washes this pillow cover. Then I will use my ruffler foot and ruffle this material and hopefully have enough material to go around the outside of the pillow.  Well this is what I have in my head and I will show pictures of my work in progress. I measured around the pillow cover and it is 3 yds and 2 inches.  Then I measured around the bed skirt and I will have 5 yds and 17 inches of ruffle.  I usually like to make my ruffles double of the material I am going around, but I will just be a little bit short, so I think this will still work fine.  

I am doing some spring cleaning to my upstairs and as soon as I can get this finished, hopefully today, I am going to start this project.  I will post pictures of my progress for you along the way. 

Friday, March 9, 2012

Polymer Clay Buttons!!

I have always wanted to try making these polymer clay buttons.  I used to work with a girl that made these all the time and they were just so cute.  She made heart buttons and shamrocks and squares and just the cutest things you ever saw.  As usual, I am just doing some surfing and came across this page.  These are great instructions and it sounds very easy to do.

Here is the website if you would like the directions!

Thank you CraftStylish!

Monday, March 5, 2012

The Last Of The Projects!!

I got a couple more pillow cases finished this weekend.  Now I think all of my grandchildren are taken care of for a while.  Everyone has a new pillowcase and a new blanket.  I also embroidered a couple of towels for my youngest daughter's bathroom.  She has her bathroom decorated in black and pink with a powder puff theme.  So I embroidered a stiletto heel in pink on a black towel.  I should of taken a picture of it,  it turned out really cute and she loved it.  Now it is time to start thinking about spring and I need some new tops.  I never seem to have much time to sew for myself.  As soon as my new material arrives, I will be starting and sewing for "ME"!!!

  I got my new knives put on my serger yesterday and we could not get the screws out. You just could not get to the screws properly with the fat screwdriver handle.  So we had to go to the store and purchase a really long screwdriver, about 15 inches, so we could get in there without the handle getting in the way.  Once we had a long enough screwdriver it took only minutes to change the upper and lower blade.

Here are the last of my pictures for blankets and pillowcases!  Cindy

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Darn, Not Enough Material!

Well, I printed out the pattern for the free blouse pattern from Sew News and I don't have enough of the material that I wanted to use.  I went first to my sewing room and found the card with the website on it of the store I bought it at in Tennessee.  I was lucky to find that.  Then I looked on line and found they still had the material, but it was a batik fabric and I figured even if I ordered another yard, it probably would not match being it was a batik.  I called the shop and talked with a lady and she found the material and said she was 99.9% sure that it was still the same bolt that I bought it from in November.  She said they only ordered one bolt of that.  Sooo, I really lucked out, she is sending me another yard of it.  I remember now why I only bought one yard, it was $18.00 a yard.  That is a little pricey for me, but I figured what am I going to make with it, so I did get another yard.  This was a really nice fabric shop with real quality fabric.  I wish it was closer to me.  It is called Waechter's Fine Fabrics and their website is  They had many patterns for sale and they had row after row of clothes made up with their material and each pattern.  You could see how the pattern looked after it was made up and even try on to get the correct size. 
I would not hesitate to order anything from them.  Everything they had was quality.  That is hard to find in my area of Ohio.  Anyway, I am excited now to get started.  I took a picture of the fabric and I will show pictures along the way.  Here is the fabric that I bought.  It is a very, very dark red and it is gorgeous!  The picture does not do it justice!

Friday, March 2, 2012

New Serger Video

I created a new video if you would like to watch it.  It is on How to Remove Serger Stitches after you make a mistake.  Maybe you don't make mistakes, but I sure do, and I always had a mess when I tried to remove serger stitches.  One day I was so mad and thought there just has to be an easier way.  This is what I came up with!!

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Free Pattern At Sew News!!

I saw that Sew News was giving out a free pattern for a summer top. I copied it and I will probably be sewing it out. I bought some pretty red fabric when we were in Tennessee and I thought this would be really cute! For some dumb reason, I only bought a yard of it (what was I thinking), I don't think that would be enough to make anything. We will see. If you want to copy the pattern, you can get it here.