Sunday, April 29, 2012

Sunday Praise

Good morning friends!  Grandchildren visiting, Sunday Praise should be back next week.  Have a wonderful, blessed Sunday!

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Project Finished, Project Started

Lately I have been sitting with hardly anything to blog about and all of a sudden I could put up 3 or 4 posts today.  So I am going to share a project that I finished up the past couple of days and one that I began today.  A few weeks ago I was hopping around the Pinterest boards and found this wonderful project here at Shabby Chic Inspired blog.  Please go over and see what Viola created for storage because it is beautiful.  I asked her if it would be alright to share my project that she inspired me to do and she wrote back and gave me the OK.  So keeping with recycling and reusing things for storage in my workroom I saved up some cans and jars that I would normally send off to the recycling bin.

I had spray primer and paint on hand so that was the next step.  I also had decoupage glue and went through all my paper, lace and fabrics to find what I wanted to put together.
Work in progress.
 I did not have a Lazy Susan and could not find one at any of the Goodwill or Re-sale shops that I stop in so I ended up ordering one from EBay for $9.00.  I did not mind the $9.00 but the shipping was just as much so that made my project a little more costly.
Spray painted the same color but added some antique medium to offset the color of the containers.

I think I need a vintage label for this jar.
This is the first time I have done a project quite like this and it does not really compare to Viola's but I am happy with it.

Now here is where the post gets longer.  My project started.   I showed you earlier in the week some fabric I bought to make some new ironing board covers here.  I have a small board that is attached to the wall by my sewing machine and I also have a very old ironing board that my mom-in-love gave me to replace one that either broke or I gave to a daughter, do not remember which because it has been quite a few years ago.  I started taking the old cover off this evening getting ready to cut out a new one and here is what I found.

First off there were a few springs that held the cover tight from one side to the other.  When I pulled them loose they would fly and if I was not careful they were very sharp and caught onto my hands a couple of times.
If you ever find these please be very careful they are very sharp ends.
 Next came the cover, oh did I say cover I meant covers.
Cover one after removing hooks.
Cover two.
Cover three, starting to wonder when this would end.
Padding number one!

Padding number two!
 Now when I got to padding number two I had all this orange residue falling all over my workroom floor and was thinking that I should have done this job out in hubs garage area.

 This was the tag found on the second padding and last layer I found it interesting that it was made by Goodyear and the orange stuff was some sort of disintegrating foam that was layered between the fabric.

 This ironing board is still very sturdy and I love to use it when I iron curtains or large pieces of fabric.

 What a job!  Now I will need to make a new pad and cannot wait to show you how it turns out.  I am following instructions from here at Randi's blog "i have to say".

I have been long winded enough tonight.  Thanks for stopping by and blessings from our home in the woods!

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Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Shop Hop Results

This past weekend I went on a Quilt shop hop with a couple of my friends.  We have so much fun hopping around the different quilt shops and this past Saturday we went to a few we had never been to before.  It was great fun spending time with my friends and finding new fabrics that we had not seen before.  I have been wanting to make some new ironing board covers and finally found the fabric I wanted for that project.
If you are interested in the instructions Randi at i have to say had a sew along a while back and you can follow her instructions for a really cute cover.

I also found the fabric I wanted for a class I am taking with my friends to make a new bag.  I have loaned my pattern to my best friend so I will have to share that with you later, but here are the fabrics I chose.
I bought some of these same fabrics last year in the pink color scheme for a quilt that I am going to make for my youngest daughter.  Soon I should start cutting it, just need to get past a new grand baby birth and some birthday presents that I need to finish up over the next couple of weeks.

I also bought some thirties fabric, just cannot pass it up totally.
There was also a couple of small kits and a couple more fat quarters but the pictures did not turn out.  What I am showing you were my favorite buys.  I hope to be back in a couple of days with some finished projects.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Checking In

Thought I should check in since I have been missing for at least a week.  Our family has been busy with a few things.
A baby shower for the our youngest daughter who is due to give us a grandson very soon!
She has two daughters and they are tired of waiting.
I made this ring toy for the new baby.  If you would like to make one yourself you can get the pattern free at
Two of our grandchildren turned 7 over the last couple of weeks.
I forgot my camera when we went to see this guy for his birthday.  Here he is coming back from our pond where he had been frog netting.  We have a catch and release rule here.
There are four boys in my middle daughters family and they spent this past weekend with us.  We had been for a walk with Bug and gramps was on his way back through the woods to meet us.  I guess we had been gone too long and he was starting to get concerned.  But where there is water, frogs and turtles boys can stay busy for quite a while.

I am going away for a night and a day after work tomorrow.  Spending some time with my best friends.  I'll check back the first of next week and hopefully I will have some projects to share with you!  I hope you have a great weekend and I wish you many blessing from our home in the woods.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Sunday Praise

I will be back next Sunday with Sunday Praise.  Our four grandsons are visiting and there is no time to hunt for that special song to share.  Blessings from our home in the woods!

Monday, April 9, 2012

Family Fun

The whole family was able to come on Easter Sunday for lunch and afternoon fun.  Here is the picture trail.
Some Egg Hunters!
Checking out their prizes.
Pinata made by middle daughter.
The youngest peeking.

Oldest grandson finishing it off.
Another grand waiting to be born soon!
The Girlie's
And this little furry girl is a new pup that belongs to these granddaughters.
Saline Gomez
Not sure how I did not get a picture of Ladybug, she is due for a grooming this week so she will probably come pay everyone a visit sometime soon!  I hope you all had a great day!

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Sunday Praise

I pray you have a joyous Easter Sunday and you enjoy many blessings throughout the day with your family and friends.

Wanted to put up the Sunday Praise early this week because I will be busy celebrating with my family.
He has surely risen!  Oh Glorious Day!!

Blessings from our home in the woods.

Friday, April 6, 2012

Farmgirl Friday and a Recipe

Happy Farmgirl Friday Friends!  I am sure that most of the Farm Girls that come to visit know how wonderful it is to cook with cast iron.  I personally only have one skillet at this time having lost 3 that I had stored in camping gear that was given away by accident with some older things not used anymore.  I have bought a new cookbook and made my first recipe out of it tonight for our dinner.  It is The Lodge Cast Iron Cookbook.  One of the reasons given in the book to use cast iron is that it is a superior conductor of heat and also that it heats slowly and evenly and retains heat longer.

Tonight's recipe is Upside-Down Salsa Cornbread
Serves 6
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 pound lean ground beef
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
1 medium green or red bell pepper, seeded and cut into rings

2 cups Martha White Buttermilk Self Rising Corn Meal Mix
1 cup (4 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese
1 tablespoon sugar (I left out)
1 (16 ounce) jar chunky style salsa
1 1/4 cups milk
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 large egg, lightly beaten (out of our hen house of course)

1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees
2. Make the filling:  Heat the oil in a 10 1/2 inch cast iron skillet over medium heat until hot.  Add the ground beef, onion, chili powder, salt and garlic salt; cook until the beef is not longer pink, stirring frequently and breaking up any clumps of meat.  Remove the beef mixture from the skillet to a bowl.  Place the bell pepper rings in a single layer in the bottom of the skillet.  Spoon the beef mixture over the rings.
3. Make the topping:  Stir together the corn meal mix, cheese, sugar, salsa, milk, oil, and egg in a medium bowl; stir until well blended.  Spread the batter evenly over the beef mixture in the skillet.  Bake until golden brown, 32 to 38 minutes.
4.  Place a serving plate over the skillet; carefully invert and remove the skillet.  Cut into wedges.  Or you can serve from skillet.
Unfortunately some of the green pepper rings did not come out whole.

Some substitutes I made:
My best friend and my youngest daughter sell Wildtree organic foods.  I substituted the Wildtree Texas Corn Bread for the Martha White mix.  I also used Wildtree Grapeseed Oil instead of the Vegetable oil.  Grapeseed oil is a healthier way to go.  I also substituted the jar of salsa with Wildtree Salsa mix that you add to canned tomatoes.  Doing this lowers the salt count on the dish.  On a side note if you are interested in these organic foods you can e-mail me and I can direct you to someone that can help you find them.

When I picked up the mail today I received my Farmgirl Sisterhood Certificate and badge!  I am Farmgirl number 4048.  Now I will need to decide what badge to work for next.  How fun!
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Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Just a Little Something to Share

A couple of months ago I was in a Valentines swap and one of the things I made for my swap partner was a pin cushion.  I had pinned the instructions for the pin cushion from Cornbread and Beans Quilting blog here.
Her instructions are easy to follow and I was able to read them through and then go down to my sewing area and whip up two pin cushions.
I actually cut the base out of some batting larger than Melissa's instructions because I wanted to cut it into two pieces.  I pinned the instructions because I wanted to make one for myself so I decided to sew all the strips at once for two cushions.
This is wonderful way to use up some scraps.  Make sure to go over and thank Melissa for the instructions! Have a great evening! Blessings from our house in the woods.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Sunday Praise

Thinking of this coming Easter Sunday today.  Blessings!