Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Crazy Ribbon Flip Flops

As some of you know two of my granddaughters are really into gymnastics.  They practice for three hours almost everyday.  They are starting their competitions this weekend and my daughter, Tara,  asked me to make these flip flops to wear with their gymnastic outfits.
Photo: Sisters! http://instagr.am/p/RkZaqrohwc/

Here is a picture, it would probably be a little easier to see if I had a tiny foot to put into them, but this will have to do.  They are made with all kinds of different ribbons cut to around 8-10 inches.  Then you just tie them on around the flip flop.  The more different types of ribbons you have the cuter they are.  I have never made them before.  My other daughter, April, stopped over and fell in love with them.  She wants them for her girls in every color.  That probably won't be happening, unless I can find cute ribbon at a better price.  Now it was worth it for my two daughter's competition, but I don't know if it is for everyday.  The shoes were $5.00 a pair at Old Navy and the ribbons probably added up to about, at least, $15.00. 

Monday, November 12, 2012

My Spice Cabinet Just Had To Go!!!

I don't know about you, but every time I opened my spice cabinet, which usually is everyday,  I would have to dig around for what I needed and at least three things would fall to the floor. 

I have been watching on the Internet and it seems like all the ladies are getting this area straightened up.  Now it was my turn.  Here is what I am dealing with, probably shouldn't even show you this.
I have large containers from Sam's Club and plastic containers from the Pumpkin Seed and then the usual.  It is those little Tone containers that usually land on the floor. 

I have had this old shelf down in the basement that was in my father-in-laws barn which I have kept for years waiting for the right opportunity to use it.  I knew it would be perfect for my new spice rack.  I talked my husband into staining it to match my kitchen and hanging it on the wall for me. I told him to make it extra strong because it was going to hold a lot of jars!   Now I love to decorate country, so don't be shocked when it see its ruff condition.

I bought two different sizes of canning jars.  Try to find those now that they are out of season!!  After traveling to several stores, I managed to get the number of jars that I needed.  Next, I worked on how I was going to label the jars.  I thought of getting chalkboard labels and writing on them, but I was afraid they would not stick since there is not a smooth side on these jars.  Next, I thought about embroidering something with my sewing machine and even creating tags to hang on the jars. 

I was talking with my niece, Becca, because she is an avid scrapbooker and we finally hit on something much more simple.  I used a paint pen.  This would be so much simpler and much cheaper and I already had the pen on hand, so I could get started right away.

I finished it up this morning and first, here are all my empty containers.

 And here is what my new spice rack looks like!  I just love it! 

What do you think?  I might add some lace doilies in here, I will have to play around with the decorations.  Well, I better go! Now I feel like cooking!!!!!!!!!  Cindy

Written By Cynthia Dickerson

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Bella The Kitty Made By My 6 Year Old Granddaughter!

My granddaughter, Gisele, started on this kitty over a year ago.  She is six years old.  She would do about 3 rows of knitting and stop and put it away.  She never gave up and I didn't push her.  If she saw I was knitting she would pull up her chair and grab her knifty knitter and start to knit.  This was a great project for a beginner and small child.  I would wrap the thread for her and she would do the knitting.  I did do the final sewing to put the kitty together, but she made all the parts.  I will introduce you to Bella!  She picked the name.  I am very proud of her and even more she is so proud of herself!  If anyone wants the pattern, just let me know!

This post is by Cynthia Dickerson

Thursday, October 18, 2012

My daughter posted this on her website!  She made these cute Bat Pumpkins out of pumpkins and black duct tape.  I thought they were so cute!  I am planning on making one this weekend.  If you would like instructions, you can visit her website.  It is called Unsophisticook and here is the link:   http://unsophisticook.com/

She is like me and loves to cook and bake.  You can get some fabulous recipes on her site and some are passed down from our family also.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Sickness, Cameras, and Hedge Apples Oh My!!!

I hopefully will be able to now get back to some sewing! My mother has been sick and was in the hospital for a couple of weeks and then she came to my house for a week to recuperate. She is home now and doing much better. I am hoping to get a little free time for myself.

My husband, mother and I went for a ride out into the country while she was staying with us and I got out my camera to take a couple of pictures and I didn't have the SD card in the camera. I stuck my camera in the cup holder in the car. The next morning I was looking for it and realized I must of left it in the car. When I went to get it, the cup holder had about 2 inches of coffee spilled in it and there was my camera setting in it. It was in its case, so I was praying and hoping that it would be protected. Well, it wasn't! My camera would not turn on and I loved that little camera! It took really good videos and pictures! I don't know how the coffee got spilled, but it was no place but the cup holder!
I have been doing some research on cameras and purchased another one last week. I have been taking pictures around the house to make sure I like it. I thought I would post a couple of my decorations for the Fall/Halloween season! You can click on the picture to enlarge it if you would like a closer look!

If you look, you can see those green balls that we found out in the woods. They look like tiny green brains. I had never seen them before and had no idea what they were. I got on the internet and typed in green balls that look like brains and sure enough a picture of them popped up! They are called hedge apples. They make great additions to center pieces. Here is a closer picture of what they look like.  They are kind of sticky and they say to wash your hands after handling them or you could get a rash. I raised them up on a bottle cap so they are not sitting directly on my table runners.

I read up on what everyone does with them and it says that they are great for repelling spiders and crawly insects. My husband cut one open just so we could see what the inside looked like and said he was going to put it down in the basement to repel the spiders. The next morning I went down to the basement to wash a load of clothes and I turned around and saw this blob sitting in the middle of the floor back at the far end of the basement and I got scared to death. I thought it was a mouse! It didn't move, so I tip toed a little closer and there sat half of one of these hedge apples. I don't know why he would sit it in the middle of the floor, I would think it would work just as well in the corner of the basement!!!
Men just don't think like women!! LOL

Thursday, August 30, 2012

New Video On Hair Bows for Pony Tails Out of Jeans Material

Jeans Pony Tail Elastics

CynSew Sewing  www.cynsew.com

Please watch video at:

Cut your material 6" wide by 17" in length.  Cut 2 if you are making two pony tail holders.
Draw two lines down the center of your material 2 1/2 inches from each side the full length.  Next, draw lines every 3/4 inch up to the center lines.  Do this on both sides of the fabric. 
Place both panels of material together and using a basting stitch, stitch down both center lines.  Now cut around the perimeter of your material with pinking shears.
Cut up each 3/4" marking to the center line.  Now you can remove your basting stitches and both panels are ready to sew.
Wrap this material around a elastic band, ( I use "Goody") and put a zipper foot (center position) on your sewing machine.  If you have a needle down option on your sewing machine, please engage.
Now sew the material around the elastic band.  Take your time and straighten out each section as you go.  I usually pull the elastic at the top and bottom as I sew.  This creates a straight line for your material to wrap around the elastic and it is easier to line up and sew. Over lap the ends a tiny bit and back stitch to finish.  For the jeans, you can leave as is, or wash and dry for the fuzzy look.  For regular material, I do not recommend you wash.  Just leave with the pinking shear edge.
Do not sew through the elastic or to close.  Just close enough so the elastic has room to move freely through the material. 
Author - Cynthia Dickerson 





Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Grandkids All Back In School!

Well it is time for another school year!  Gosh that was a fast summer!!  Here is a picture of 4 of Tara and Luke's children.  They started last week!  They are just sooo precious!!

Here is my youngest baby, he is four and just the apple of Grandma's eye!!  You can see why!  He goes to preschool a couple of days a week. He is Tara and Luke's, youngest.  Tara started me blogging.  She has a very helpful blog some of you may belong to.  It is www.dealseekingmom.com  She started this about five years ago to help young familys living on a limited income with lots of children.  She teaches how to save money with coupons and how to shop for every item you buy!
My last two grandchildren started back this morning.  They are April's,  my youngest daughter's children.  Here is their picture!  These two, my husband and I have watched every evening since they were born.  We are more like parents instead of grandparents.  They go to catholic school, so they are in their uniforms.  I just love them "ALL" sooo much!  I thank God everyday for my seven little angels!!
The oldest doesn't really wear glasses.  These are called nerd glasses and she has just about every color of the rainbow.  I tried to get her to take them off for the picture, but no way!!  In my day, you didn't want to be a nerd!  How things change!