Monday, July 21, 2014

Cowabunga Dude!

I recently got a request from a friend. She asked if I could make her three year old a Mutant Ninja Turtle mask. As I have mentioned before, I love a challenge. I looked around for the four needed colors. Seeing I had at least two of the four colors on hand, I took on the task. The movie will be in theaters on August the 8th and these will be great to wear.

After digging around on the internet for ways to make these cute things, I got creative, and accomplished them. They are so darn cute. One size fits all so the whole family can wear them. I think wearing them to Wal-Mart would be a blast. Don't you?

Some of the original TMNT's cartoons started back in 1987. That's been 28 years ago. Which means most parents of little ones of today are enjoying bringing it back and can share the same enthusiasm. Personally, I never got into the fad. I just remember how they were in stores and dress up everywhere like today.

Here is the trailer for the 2014 movie.

If you can crochet, here is the pattern that inspired me. If you can not crochet and you would love to have some of these, you can get them from my Etsy shop.

What I found the most interesting about making these is "Killing" the acrylic. When I finished a mask, it would curl. I placed a wet towel on top of the finished mask and iron over it. It gave the crochet a soft silky feel that does not roll up. Its like magic to me.

These were really fun to make. I cant wait to see pictures of my friends little guy wearing these soon.
Speaking of little guy, Im sitting here now waiting on the arrival of my nephew. He will be here tonight or tomorrow.  Maybe I can share him with you all on my next post.

Ive shared this at:
inspire-me-monday at create-with-joy
amaze-me-monday at dwellings-theheartofyourhome
tuesdays-pin-spiration at oombawkadesigncrochet
made-by-me-136-linky-party at jaqsstudio  

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Slack Blogger

Yes I've been a slack blogger. I have so much to talk about but do not know how to put it into words. Someone once told me, to gain followers and comments, I need to blog about controversial things. Well, that's one thing I don't like to get wrapped up in. I may at sometime spill out my angers and thoughts of what I think about this world, but I'm sure your just as tire of it as me so I'd rather find fun, happy and inspiring things to blog about.

Another problem I have, is that I cant seem to find time to relax and type. Im at work 9 hours a day and I try to enjoy every moment I can with my husband and daughter and hate to be in the same room with them, typing and ignoring them. I do enough of that with my cell phone.

Most bloggers keep a calendar of things to post. I'm not that person either. I blog about what ever comes to my mind to share that day. I guess you can just call me a spontaneous blogger. I do something and think, "wow I'm gonna share this idea with the world".

Right now, I'm working on a little project I cant wait to share with you soon. Until then, thank you for your patience.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

4th of July and Banana Pudding

Ha! I gotcha at "pudding" didn't I? Keep reading and Ill get to that.

Hope everyone had happy Independence Day. Its always a great reason to celebrate weather you stayed in or went on a trip. A lot of people enjoyed time with family and friends. It was nice to have a long weekend off of work too!

I didn't do anything with my family, heck they didn't even call, but I still had a great time with my Husband. My daughter went out of town with her friends so it was just us two. We spent part of the day being lazy enjoying being together alone. We eventually made it up town where there was an all day celebration with street vendors, rides and bands.

Then had a nice dinner on a restaurant patio, enjoying the breeze. Later that night, was a firework show.

Saturday was a rather nice day too, we spent the day going for walks and riding around looking at cars. Yes, that was pretty exciting since I am in the market for a new one.

I spent Sunday with my daughter. After church we headed to a park nearby where we rode the paddle boats and walked around the two mile lake for exercise.

We also did a little shopping and then..................

To end off the weekend, I went bananas and made this delicious sugar free banana pudding. My brother-in-law makes these and they are delicious! No, its not as good as moms "cooked", fully loaded banana pudding or my Husbands special made banana pudding, but it was perfect for us since we are all on a diet. I didn't have my brother-in-laws recipe but I knew basically what he used in it so I guessed at it and it turned out great! You can't even tell there is not sugar in this stuff.   

Lite Banana Pudding
2 small boxes sugar free/fat free banana pudding
2 cups of milk
1 12oz container of sugar free cool whip
1 Box fat free Vanilla Wafers
6 Bananas
Mix the pudding and milk as directed on the box
fold in the whip cream
In a bowl, layer the cookies, slice banana, pudding mixture (about 2 or 3 layers)
I also added some whip cream on top to be pretty but its optional
Set in fridge overnight

Now its back to work for me.
The only thing I don't like about the fourth of July, is once its over, Summer starts slipping away and the stores will start putting out their Winter items. Im hanging on to Summer as long as I can.

Ive shared this at:
something-fabulous-wednesday at roubinek
made-by-me at jaqsstudio
full-plate-thursday mizhelenscountrycottage
thursday-favorite-things-blog-hop at katherinescorner
dare-to-share at pamspartyandpracticaltips

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

DIY Tortilla Chips

I always have flour tortillas in the house because I we have a tendency to make cheese quesadillas like they were grilled cheese sandwiches.
They came in handy the other day when I needed chips for a dip I purchased and didn't want to head back to the store.

I wasn't sure how to make my own but I had an idea, and it worked.
  • I grabbed a stack of about six or eight four tortillas
  • cut them in triangles
  • placed them in a single layer on a cookie sheet
  • sprayed them with olive oil spray
  • sprinkled a little salt on them
  • heated the oven to 350 degrees
  • and baked them for 15 minutes.
Wahlah! Just like that. I have the perfect chips to use in my spinach artichoke dip.

We had them all eat in no time and I had to make another batch.
They had a taste equivalent to a pita chip or cracker but the way they disappeared, you would think I made chocolate chip cookies.

Personally, I think I will continue doing chips like this. They are a lot cheaper and healthier...Ok, maybe they are not any healthier but I can keep thinking that.

Ive shared this at:
made-by-me at jaqsstudio
inspire-me-monday at create-with-joy
worthwhile-wednesdays at thecraftiestallie
mix-it-up-monday at flourmewithlove

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Crochet Cleaning Pad

Somewhere between resting after a days work, watching tv and looking over at the dirty dishes in the sink, I decided to make a dish sponge to try.

Its not limp like the dish rags I have made even though they are still wonderful too, this cleaning pad is just the right size to fit in my hand and since its double layered,  its sturdy and gets the job done. One side is bumpy for scrubbing and the other is smooth for wiping.

I used 100% cotton yarn. Cotton yarn is what I use for household items because its absorbent and washes up really well in the wash. And frankly, I like the natural, soft and clean feel of cotton.

You can make these any size you want but here is how I made mine.

I used an H hook and cotton yarn.
Special stitch is the popcorn stitch also known as the bobble stitch. Click here to learn how to make this special stitch.

Chain 15
Row 1: Starting in the next chain from hook, sc across (14), ch 1 turn.
Row 2: sc across (14)
Row 3: sc, sc, bobble stitch, sc ,sc, bobble (repeat to end), ch 1 turn
Row 4: sc across (this is the back side of a cloth or inside of the pad), ch1 turn.
Row 5-10: repeat row 3 and 4
Row 11: sc across, ch1 turn
Row 12-24:  repeat row 11
To finish off: fold in half and sc together all the way around,(including the fold side). making 2 sc in the corners.
sl stitch to beginning and tie off ends.

I have not tested the pattern since I typed it out, so let me know if it does not work for you. If it does work for you, id love to see your finished project.

This cleaning pad can be used on many different things around the house. The possibilities are useful anywhere.

Ive shared this at:
dare-to-share at pamspartyandpracticaltips
anything-goes-linky at bacontimewiththehungryhypo
submarine-sunday at usscrafty
monday-handmade-linkup-party at judyscardmakingandpapercrafts
inspire-me-monday at create-with-joy
amaze-me-monday at dwellings-theheartofyourhome
worthwhile-wednesdays at thecraftiestallie

Monday, June 23, 2014

Skinny Eclair

Its been a while since I made something sweet but while scrolling thought facebook and Pinterest, I discovered an easy recipe to an Eclair cake.

Its been so hot outside here in North Carolina that I dread cranking up the oven for anything. This recipe had me at "no bake". That's right. Its a no bake recipe. Its as easy as making instant pudding.

The only problem is that Im actually on a diet. Im trying to eat lighter and healthier. So far I have been doing pretty good at that so that's why I decided to make this Éclair skinny, meaning light or low fat.

This can still be a diet bomber but I made it less fattening by using fat and sugar free pudding and 2% milk. I mean, that's something, right? Im sure its not as good as the original recipe found here. But its pretty darn good and hit the sweet spot just right.

 Skinny No bake Eclair

  • 2 small packages- Sugar and fat free Vanilla Instant Pudding mix, dry
  • 3½ cups- 2% milk
  • 12 oz.- Sugar Free cool whip
  • 2 (14.4) oz box- graham crackers 
  • 3 Tbsp.- butter
  • 3 Tbsp.- 2% milk
  • 3 Tbsp.- cocoa
  • 1 cup -powdered sugar

    1. Mix milk and vanilla pudding packets until it starts thickening (about 2 min).
    2. mix in Cool Whip.
    3. In a 9x13 pan, Layer graham crackers to cover entire bottom of pan.
    4. Pour some of the pudding/cool whip mixture on top and level.
    5. Put another layer of graham crackers to cover entire surface.
    6. Repeat layers- I did 3 but two makes up great too.
    7. Put the final layer of graham crackers on top with bumpy side down. This will help the top look more smooth when you go to put the frosting on top.
    8. FROSTING: Microwave butter and milk just enough until melted. Do not boil it.
    9. Add cocoa and powdered sugar and blend together. 
    10. Pour over top of graham crackers and smooth out nicely.
    11. Refrigerate overnight
    The hardest part of the whole recipe is #11. I skipped that part.
    I had to dig into it within two hours of making it. It was not set yet and the crackers were still not as soft as they are suppose to be. So make sure you let refrigerate at least 8 hours.

    Wednesday, June 18, 2014

    Crochet Stork Pouch

    Its been over a week since my last post. I have just been busy. Since my last post, I took another trip to the beach. It was so nice. I can just never get enough of that place. Then there were some Fathers Day plans that kept me busy and I also had some special crochet orders to fill.

    I have a customer that keeps my creativity going with her special request. I have made things I never thought about making and frankly, some things she asks me to make, I freak out a little inside because I'm not sure I can do it. Somehow, I usually pull it off. There are a few things I have not been able to do for her because of a special stitch I have never learned. Most patterns or videos I find are right handed and I'm left handed so therefore, I have to work backwards and in opposite directions and there are just some stitches or items I can not do backwards.
    For example: Slippers I make have to be one way, not a left or a right. I know, its crazy but its me.

    Ok, enough about that.

    One thing I was asked to make was a cocoon for a baby photo prop. Also known as a stork pouch. They are so darn cute. You can search "Crochet stork pouch" and so many photo shots of how they are used will pop up. They are darling.

    It looked easy enough so I attempted it.
    The first one I did was really bad. It looked like a rag. It was lopsided, tiny and crocheted too tight. But, that was just my trial one and it gave me an easier idea for the right thing.

    My second attempt was a win.

    Im pleased with the way the it turned out and hope she sends me photo of it with a tiny newborn balled up inside.

    Most photographers do not actually hang these with the baby inside them unless it hammocks the baby really well without tipping it out. They will lay the baby down and photo shop to make it look like its hanging or hang the baby while holding a grip to the baby and then photo shop.

    Im thinking about making a couple more of these to sell in my Etsy shop soon. I need to find more of this soft stretchy yarn before I do so.

    Ive shared this at:
    made-by-me-131-linky-party at jaqsstudio
    something-fabulous-wednesday at roubinek
    worthwhile-wednesdays at thecraftiestallie
    snickerdoodle-sunday-with-barb-from-alifeinbalance at 2crochethooks
    amaze-me-monday at dwellings-theheartofyourhome
    monday-handmade-linkup-party at judyscardmakingandpapercrafts  
    inspire-me-monday at create-with-joy
    what-are-you-doing-wednesday at contentemeant (featured)
    link-party-51 at oombawkadesigncrochet.
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