Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Halloween Door Decor

It's October again! 
That means Halloween is just around the corner.

This is how I transformed my Fall Wreath into a Halloween wreath in 5 seconds!

 Simple Fall Wreath decor update. 

Silver Fondant Airplane Birthday Cake

My First attempt at making a GLUTEN FREE Birthday cake
Someone I love was recently diagnosed with Celiac's Disease. I was in denial at first. Allergic to Gluten and Wheat!?! I could hardly believe it. But now I am facing the facts and enjoying the adventure of making things gluten free around my house. Wish me luck! I will need it.
Silver Airplane cake with marshmallow fondant and butter cream frosting!

Friday, August 17, 2012

Colorful Garden Veggies

 Fresh...delicious...colorful...delightfully home grown garden veggies. 
After having my fourth child 2 months ago, I thought I wouldn't ever see my own veggies grow to maturity. By some miracle they survived and I eat the tasty vegetables each day. My body has been craving the important vitamins in these organic garden veggies. 

Years ago, my Aunt Mary created a stunning centerpiece on her table by using garden carrots. What a creative idea! I have always loved the way the carrot stems flop and are so beautiful, not to mention the eye-catching vibrant orange color. This centerpiece would add such charm to an Easter Party wouldn't it? 

Sometimes a simple centerpiece makes a BIG statement. 

Storing Garden Onions

 I found a cheep way to store and prolong the life of my garden fresh Walla Walla onions. 
You got it!.........Pantyhose! No kidding. I purchased bran new hose at Walmart for $1.00 and cut the legs apart. After inserting each onion I tied a knot so the onions wouldn't touch each other. I don't want them to spoil each other by touching. I tied a loop knot at the top and suspended the onions in my basement food storage room.  It is a moderately dry area to store my onions. I really want them to last! more onions sitting on my counter.

 This variety of onion will only keep stored this way for a few weeks, 
but hey... It beats eating 30 huge onions in one day right?
 Hanging the onions separately and not on a surface allows for air to circulate through the onions. 
Now, whenever I am cooking with onions, I cut the hose right below the end of a knot and I have a delicious home grown onion ready to eat!

Friday, June 1, 2012

Refashioned Long Sleeved Blue Maternity Shirt

Here is my lovely blue striped maternity shirt. 
The drawback?...I was pregnant in the summer with lots of long sleeved shirts to wear! 
Can you say  HOT!!!

So here is the process I went through to refashion this long sleeved shirt into a cool summer time maternity shirt.

I began refashioning this shirt by laying another maternity shirt on top as a template. 

After cutting off the sleeves and trimming the sides a bit the shirt had a nicely fitted maternity look.

After sewing the sides together, I ironed the sleeves under and sewed a straight hem for a finished look. 

FINISHED Product! for the Summer!

Red & Black Refashioned Maternity Blouse

Long Sleeved Maternity Blouse BEFORE & AFTER.

I was in need of summer shirts, so I went to my closet and thought hum...which one of these beauties needs a bit of refashioning? 
You guessed it...this baby! Out came this scissors and the sewing machine.
I placed a shirt on top of the blouse to be refashioned as my guide for the sleeve cut. Then I cut an inch below that line to insure adequate material for the hem on the sleeve. The first cut is always the hardest. ONCE that is over...the fun begins!
I ironed the sleeves under a couple times and then sewed a nice straight hem stitch.

All ready to go!

Now, a usable summer blouse for those not so cold days!

Monday, May 28, 2012

Dazzling Utah May Flowers

Get set....

 Here are some snapshots of flowers and shrubs that are displaying their beauty this month in my yard. Oh, how I love flowers. Each plant and blossom finds a way to my heart and energizes my soul! What would I do without natures beauty. I see the hand of God in all that nature has to offer.
 Georgia Blue Speedwell rockcress
 Variegated Dogwood Bush & White random flower
 Yellow Water Iris
 Variegated Dogwood Bush
 Siberian Iris
Purple Lamium
Variegated Hosta
 I am thankful for plants and the beauty they provide to this Earth. 

Love Shirt Refashioned

 I had this darling shirt for my little girl and I wanted to remove the peace sign.

After unpicking the peace sign I was ready to attach a fabric flower in its place.

 Using a needle and thread, I hand sewed the lacy flower onto the shirt. To make the flower, I layered circles of silk on top of each other and burned the edges with a candle flame. The flame singes the circular edges and makes a beautiful ruffle edged flower.

 My daughter loves this sweet shirt and the frilly flower.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

DYI White and Orange Spring Wreath

I had a spring blossom tree I used each year as a Spring table decoration. The blossoms were falling off and I thought some of the twigs still looked good, so I used wire cutters and cut off each of the twigs to use in a wreath. The white blossoms made a perfect base for a Spring wreath.
The green stem above is what is left over from the tree and it went in the garbage. All the beautiful blossoms were reused in the wreath. I believe in the 3 R' I reduced, reused, and recycled most of the spring tree decoration.

After wrapping each twig around the others I added a small twig of orange berries I had stashed in a box to give it a little spring color. Then I grabbed the only orange ribbon I own and tied a bow. Simple, yet perfect for spring.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Wreath scratching door???

 My wreaths scratch my front door when it is opened or the wind blows. So for the last 3 years I have just dealt with it and took my wreath off every time the wind blew. Then it dawned on me that I could solve the problem! 
 I cut a felt circle and removed the center then glued it on the back of my wreath.
 It took a matter of 15 minutes and I could have done it years ago. What was I thinking?
 Blue wasn't my first choice of felt color but that is what I had on hand so I use it and it is not noticeable from the front of the wreath.
No more Scratches when the wind blows!!!