Saturday, March 24, 2012

Super Simple Glass Magnets

Ok so I really went for simple! These magnets are really easy! All you need is:

Jumbo Melted Glass Marbles-You can find them at any craft store, dollar store or moms garage!
Stickers- (mom's garage)
Glue Gun-loaded with glue (under moms sink)
magnets- (magically in moms hand right when I needed them)

All ya do is put some stickers on the marbles, then glue on the magnets. 10 minutes then you're done!

Lisa- Since you put up a picture of moms unfinished quilt I felt I just had to put up one of it completed...with a sweet little Clover fairy of course!

Little Lost Puppy in a Flower Garden

I tried for simplicity, but have too much stuff to do.  So I went the opposite direction.  My thought process is really backwards.  The girls have a birthday party to go to tomorrow.  My opposite version of simplicity here is not quickly buying a gift but using stuff I already have to make something by hand.  Of course, it takes a whole lot longer, but I just love making stuff.  So here is project one for the week:

Polka Dot Puppy

I fell in love with this fabulous book by Jennifer Paganelli called Girl's World.  I just love it.  The fabrics are so great and the dresses are adorable.  And then there is this sweet little puppy toward the end of the book.  It was love at first sight and it was the first pattern that I traced.

 I rummaged through my fabric bins and found this great fabric with shimmery pink polka dots on a bright pink background.  I also found a coordinating shimmery stripe and a pretty little floral print.
 Here he is, unstuffed.  He's cute in a homely sort of way.  At this point I still had not discovered the horrible deformity that I had created in his legs.  I altered the original pattern a bit so instead of a two-dimensional flat puppy with only two legs, he could have all four legs and might possibly stand on his own.  Unfortunately, my alteration gave him a horribly saggy bum.  The party is only 12 hours away.  I have work to do tonight.

I've started sewing tags into my creations.  I think it gives a nice professional touch.  Do you like the name?

I made these tags with a sheet of ink-jet-printable fabric.  It's so easy and looks so great!

I'll show you the final version when I get him done.  Maybe I'll include a tutorial if I can figure out how to fix his bum.

We are going to a baby shower in two weeks.  It's really not like me to start a project so far in advance. But I was really excited about doing it.  So instead of finishing the puppy today, I made a quilt.  I have problems with prioritizing.

Baby's Flower Garden Quilt
I was inspired by the quilt that mom made for little Clover.  That quilt is amazing.   I went for a simpler version that I could hopefully complete in time.  Here's a photo I have of Clover's quilt-in-progress:

Mine will also have a white border around the flower squares and then I will further plagiarize mom's quilt by binding it in strips of floral fabric.  Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.  I love you, Mom!

Monday, March 19, 2012

Simply Wonderful

Simplicity is Greatness in Goodness
Sri Chinmoy
Let's see what amazingness we can make this week using the least effort/ or ingredients possible. Then, go relax in the tub,  enjoy taking a walk with your family, or read a great book! Love y'all! and look forward to your posts! 

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Raw Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

This is a cookie dough cookie that I enjoy making for my kids and their friends. Today I made them for my wonderful nephews and my darling children. It's usually really easy, but I ran into some problems. I just happen to be visiting mom and her food processor was not working when I made these, so her Vitamix came in handy. I had to add a little water to help it mix, but, it still turned out great!

1 c. pitted dates
1 c. soaked almonds rinsed
1/2 c. soaked cashews 
3/4 c. oatmeal flakes
1 t. vanilla
dash of salt
1T. coconut oil 
1/2 c. vegan chocolate chips
a little agave/ honey/ or maple syrup to taste if desired
water if needed to help in mixing

First mix in a food processor/or high powered blender the nuts and dates until smooth. Add the rest of the ingredients and pulse until completely distributed. Place dough on a sheet of plastic wrap and press it into a large rectangle about 1/2 to 1 inch thick. Then cover with another plastic wrap and set it in the freezer for about 1 hour or until desired firmness. (Sometimes the cookie dough goes right from the bowl into spoons for all the kids)! Cut into blocks and serve, or use a cookie cutter and reshape the remainder of the dough. Enjoy!

St. Patty's Gingerbread Cookies

These cookies are a variation of Rene's Gingerbread Cookies--basically, I just used arrowroot instead of eggs, almond milk instead of cow milk, and sucanat instead of white or brown sugar--and of course, they're GREEN!

2 Cups Sucanat (or a combination of white & brown sugar)
1 1/2 cup oil (margarine, butter, coconut oil, or whatever)
1/4 Cup Arrowroot, mixed in...
1 Cup Almond Milk
1 Cup Honey & Molasses (mostly honey)
1 Tablespoon Ground Ginger
1/2 or 1 teaspoon Cinnamon Oil
2 Tablespoons Baking Powder
2 teaspoons Salt
8 or 9 Cups Flour, as needed

Mix all ingredients in your Kitchen Aid or with a sturdy wooden spoon until blended. Put in a zip lock bag and refrigerate overnight or a couple of hours--whatever works.

If it's St. Patrick's Day, use a shamrock cookie cutter and place on parchment. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and bake for 10 minutes. Frost with a drizzle of green frosting--powdered sugar, water, food coloring, and a dollop of clear Karo syrup. The syrup gives the frosting a glossy seal.
Then, just finish frosting as the grandkids arrive at midnight from their 18 hour road trip!