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Fondant 101 for Anyone -or- Our Fun Girls Day!

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This past weekend the girls and I invited over a friend and decorated a cake with some Satin Ice fondant. We had so much fun and have some basic fondant tips to share with you.

Fondant 101 for Anyone by Jessie At Home

The fondant used in this post was provided by Satin Ice. All opinions are my own.

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Cupcake Creations Baking Cups review

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Cupcake Creations product review from Jessie At Home

I discovered so many new-to-me products and Creativations in Phoenix this January. Included in those nifty products were these no-muffin-pans-needed cupcake cups. They are paper, so they are biodegradable, but they are super sturdy. I was given a set to try out, so that meant the girls and I needed to make some cupcakes! (more…)

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Craftsy Sale ~ this weekend only!!

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Craftsy

Oh, my!!!! Craftsy sale: ALL Craftsy classes are on sale this weekend ONLY!!! I LOVE Craftsy classes!!! I have taken several in a few different subjects, and I have learned from each one of them. The fact that you can go back and watch them any time makes them so user friendly. They are a great way to grow your skill level in your craft(s) of choice, or even to learn a new one!! (OK, I may get a bit excited about Craftsy sales)

Here are some helpful links to classes by subject:

Fiber Arts
Quilting/Sewing
Jewelry/Paper
Home/Garden
Cake/Cooking
Photography/Art
All Classes

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2014 Wrap up

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I know I have been lax in sharing snaps and stories of the family lately. I haven’t even been sharing WiPs lately. I will get back to all that.

I have been working on find some organization in my life. I finally have found a way that works for me to keep on top of this crazy little blog. Slowly but surely I have been working towards that end. Somehow, the personal posts seemed to have gotten lost in the shuffle. Just as I was realizing how long it had been, this happened.

If I am recieving an award for best personal life posts on a crochet blog, maybe I should be sure to keep posting them, right? Not to mention my family may be a bit upset with me if I don’t share some stories of the twins, like, now.

So let me just tell you that a schedule is happening, and updates to the blog are happening as well. I would love for it all to be complete by the end of February. For now, the schedule is:

Monday: Crochet or Knit ALong (CAL, KAL)
Tuesday: alternating between a free knit pattern and a Stitchopedia post
Wednesday: evening round up
Thursday: free crochet pattern
Friday or Saturday (or Sunday…): one or two posts about the family and/or WiPs and such
Sunday: evening link blast

I reserve the right to lose my mind and change it all.

For now, here are nearly 40 photos of the last 6 or so weeks of 2014, and a little bit of text to tell you what they are all about.

Sometime Kyla needs to dress up.

Wonder Kyla

I know I told you a little about our Thanksgiving trip in my last family post, but here are a few pictures I missed sharing. I taught the girls to crochet while we were there. They just learned the chain st, but they had fun with it. (more…)

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Book Fair Day and some fun snaps

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Hello, did you think I had stopped writing anything but Stitchopedia entries? I know, I have been on a Stitchopedia kick, but there is so much yarn~ie goodness I want to share with you!!

Ready-for-the-book-fair

I will post the Wednesday Round Up later this evening, I just wanted to pop in and share some snaps with you. I am actually pre~writing this during my lunch break at the Elementary School where I am helping out with the book fair. I love the second book fair of the year!! The kids get a discount because it is our second book fair of the year, plus the PTO gives the percent they usually get (the PTO profit) back to the kids, giving them a total of 30% off. In addition to that, the PTO gives up to $5.00 for a summer reading book to each kid! It is so much fun to see a kid walk up with a stack of books and only have to pay a few dollars. Or even better, the kids who come with no money still get to “buy” a book. They get so happy. It is beyond adorable! I will be here today and tomorrow and they are 2 of my favorite days of the year.

I want to share a few catch up photos with you.

Vada-and-Daddy-Planting

A few weeks ago we finally got around to planting the various seedlings that the girls had brought from school and Girl Scouts.

Vada-Planting

I should say Doug and the girls got around to it. I have a brown thumb, so Doug is really the plant person around here.

Kyla-Planting

The girls are wearing the helmets because it started to sprinkle a bit, so they decided that bike helmets would make great rain hats. They are awfully silly!

Kyla-and-her-Doll

Kyla has been saving her Tooth Fairy/Easter/Valentine/whatever money, and finally decided what to spend it on. She and Doug looked online and found the Lalaloopsy Doll that she wanted. She paid for it, shipping and all, with her own money. She is so happy with it!

Vada-and-her-Train-Town

I don’t remember when this was, but Vada was very proud of her little train creation.

Yummy-chocolate-spatula

The girls love to help me bake. Of course, their favorite part is licking the spatula/beaters/bowl!

That’s it for cute kiddo snaps for now. I do, however, have one more kidless snap for you.

This-needs-to-be-garb

This is all the fabric I have lined up to make new garb for the girls for Pennsic. This pile of fabric will (soon, I hope) become a pile of little Medieval dresses.

(“what is Pennsic?” you ask. Well…”Pennsic War, a two week mock “war” in which 10,000 – 15,000 knights, maidens, and other creatively anachronistic people descend on Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania, briefly turning a local campsite into the third largest city in Butler County.” click here for more)

That’s all for now! Talk to you later, my friends.

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So Busy!!

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My, I have been busy. I took a few days off of Kyla’s room reno to work on some secret designs (designs I have sold and can’t share with you until they are published.)

There is still quite a bit to do in Kyla’s room, and I hope to be done soon. I really need to buckle down and finish it, because we are having over night guests on Wednesday night, and we will need all the sleeping space we can get!

Speaking of guests, we had several friends over today. One couple brought this awesome pan of brownies:

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Recipe ~ Hard Boiled / Cooked Eggs in the Oven!

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So this is a bit late for Easter 2013, but bookmark it or pin it and come back as you need! You can find the master list of all my recipes here, and you can find them all pinned here.

This isn’t so much a recipe as a technique, and I certainly didn’t come up with it myself, I just want to share the joy with all of you!

I used to hard boil eggs (put them in boiling water), then I learned to hard cook them (cover them with cold water, then bring to boil), then I learned you can bake them in the oven. Even easier. Because the other two ways were so hard. (I’m kidding) Really though, the reason I love this way is they always cook perfectly, and they peel much easier as well.

3-dozen-hard-cooked-eggs

First, place your eggs in muffin tins. I used mini muffin tins, but the regular size will work just fine. If you remember early enough, let the eggs sit for about half an hour to come to room temp. Preheat the oven to 325 F. Slide the muffin tins into the oven and bake for half an hour (30 min.)

cooling-off

Remove the eggs and carefully (they sure are hot!) place them in ice water for 10 minutes to cool. There will be some brown spots, don’t worry. Most of them will wash off. None showed through our Easter egg dying.

drying-3-dozen-eggs

I let mine dry off a bit before I put them back into the carton and back into the fridge.

There you have it, quick and easy! I can’t believe how much better they peel, too! *There may be a brown spot on a few of the eggs even after they are peeled, it is fine. This only happened with one of my batches, the rest were all white.

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WiP Wednesday ~ 3/27/13

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Another week has gone by, and I haven’t touched the Kat coat. I want to, but I need to get ready for the craft fairs. The first is 2 weeks from Friday. Hopefully I will be able to slow down a bit soon.

Soap-Bags-for-Sale

Here we have lots ‘o labeled and priced soap bags…

Face-cloths-for-sale!

and face cloths…

Bath-Mitts-For-Sale by Jessie-At-Home

and bath mitts. I will most likely combine a few into gift baskets as well.

I-love-her-style!

I think my children count as works in progress. I just love Vada’s style! Isn’t she adorable?

What-an-awesome-wrap

This is one of the regulars at InsaniTea. I had to take a snap of her, as both she and her wrap were just stunning. I think I may be inspired to come up with a design based off this one day.

Cooling-3-dozen-eggs

So I hard cooked 36 eggs the other day. I will share with you how I do that in the oven in the next few days.

drying-3-dozen-eggs

3 dozen eggs, drying off. They were for Doug’s step Dad’s pickled eggs that I make for him every Easter. I will share that with you in the next few days as well. Maybe you can add it into your Easter next year!

Dear-Kyla

Kyla brought this card home the other day.

Kyla's-firs-love-note

Isn’t it adorable? Jake is just the sweetest little boy you have ever met. I really adore him, and so does Kyla.

need-to-price-and-lable

The past few days have been all about labeling and pricing everything. Once I am done with all the items I already have made, I will start labeling and pricing items as I make them. So much easier.

labeling!

Labels, price tags, and everything I need to get things ready!

Scarves-and-necklaces

I have started planing out my display downstairs. The first craft show is inside, but the rest will be outside under my easy up. I will plan those out in the garage when it is a bit warmer out there.

Headbands

I love this old laundry drying rack I found at the curb a while back. It’s great for displaying my head bands!

Pins-and-hair-pins

I don’t have a lot of items that hang on hangers, so my racks get used in other, creative ways. Pins and hair clips work nicely on some wide ribbon!

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Just another Wednesday

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Wednesday always seem so busy around here. Doug doesn’t get home until 11pm or later, so I line up plenty to get done. Sometime what I get done is relaxing and painting my nails, but more often then not, it is paperwork, computer work, or yarn work. Today it was a lot of the last three. (more…)

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Catching up

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With all the blog moving and pattern posting, I have a bit of a backlog of cute little girl photos for you!

So without further ado, here is a bit of  the past couple weeks in our home.

Kyla wanted a “Mommy necklace” so I tossed one together from a chain I had that wasn’t long enough for an adult version. It made her very happy.

Kyla's-Mommy-Necklace

Sometimes Kyla has issues with smaller buttons. So Vada helps out. (more…)

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Just Hanging Around, Part 1

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I started a new project on Sunday. Because what I need is a new project. I should be able to finish it tomorrow. In my defense, it is a project that will make an existing project easier.

collecting-parts

I started by collecting all the supplies I thought I would need. All stuff found in my garage. OK, the deck posts were laying in the pile of deck wood outside my garage, but the rest was in there. (more…)

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So much to do, so little time

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Honestly, since I left the theater, I don’t think I’ve understood this phrase as much as I do right now. Somehow I have forgotten how many hours there are in a day and have just taken on a bit too much. I guess that is the downfall of finally having a handle on my MDD for the first time in quite a few years. Guess I will have to learn about restraint again. ;^) So much to do!

On top of the WiPs I had already going on, a few weeks ago my sister~in~law called to say there would be a baby show for our niece on the 9th (last weekend). That’s right, do the math, I’m going to be a great aunt. Our niece’s mother is Doug’s older sister from his father’s first marriage, so I don’t feel quite as old, but it is still a bit of an odd feeling. Then again, I have an uncle who is 5 months younger then me, so I guess I should just chill a bit.

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Easter and other fun!

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The text here will be short, one handed typing is no fun.

I couldn’t resist taking this picture one morning just before Easter. The girls were just too adorable.

just-two-cute

Here we have the girls the day before Easter. First time painting eggs. I think they are awesome. (more…)

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Two Cute!

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I have just way too many adorable pictures of the girls from the past month or two, so I thought I would share them with you. If nothing else, it will make my parents happy.

relaxing-outside-the-park

We love to walk in the park down the street. (more…)

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Thanksgiving – a little late

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I’ve notice my last few posts have been woefully lacking in snaps of cute little girls. I also seem to have missed sharing Thanksgiving with you. So let me remedy both of those now with a (rather late) Thanksgiving post.

It was the smallest Thanksgiving I have been to in many years. Doug, the girls and I went over to Doug’s mothers. It was us, Doug’s mother, stepfather, grandmother, uncle Tom, older brother David and younger brother Tim. His sister Alyson was not there, but she lives a few states away and had just been up the week before and is coming up again for Christmas.

Once we got there, the girls felt right at home. Vada ran in circles around the house, Christmas toys popped around her wrist for a ride.

Vada-wearing-the-decorations

Kyla was up to her latest game, pretending to be a cat. Isn’t she a cute little kitty? She even meows and likes to have her head scratched. It’s very amusing. The best is when she crawls up to her sister and meows, and then Vada pets her head. So cute! (more…)

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Getting ready for the big round guy.

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In an attempt to save some money, and satisfy my creative side, I have lots of homemade happenings for that day a week before the New Year; the day of the Big Round Guy. For now it is mostly jar gifts. This was my table a few weeks ago making 72 cups of banana bread mix.

Making-mixes

Of course I didn’t have all the jars yet, so then I had to stash all that mix, and all the ingredients I had for other mixes, somewhere. Yeah for those new bookshelves! (more…)

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Whole Wheat Waffles Dry Mix

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How my dry mix recipes work: I will give you the recipe for a batch of dry mix, and a recipe for how to use that mix. I will also list any other suggestions that go along with the mix. Feel free to cut and paste the info to make your own labels for your dry mixes. However, if you are going to post this on the internet, please be honest and give me credit, and link back to my blog rather than copying the recipe. I developed these recipes myself, and would appreciate the credit for that. Thank you.

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Banana Bread or Muffins Dry Mix

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I know I have posted this before, but it was in the middle of another post. I thought it would be nice for the mix to have it’s own post.

How my dry mix recipes work: I will give you the recipe for a batch of dry mix, and a recipe for how to use that mix. I will also list any other suggestions that go along with the mix. Feel free to cut and paste the info to make your own labels for your dry mixes. However, if you want to share on the internet, please be honest and link back to my recipe, do not cut and paste the recipe onto your page. I developed these recipes myself, and would appreciate the credit for that. Thank you.

Banana Bread
or Muffins

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Click-here-for-recipe

Banana-Nut-Muffin

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Pieces of my day

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I love Wednesdays. Every other(ish) Wednesday morning is started by going to visit my friend, Jenn. Her girls are 3 1/2 and 4 1/2, wonderful playmates for my 2 year old girls. The four girls play in the playroom, and Jenn and I sit in the living room, chatting and crafting. Most of the time knitting or crocheting. When we don’t go to Jenn’s we tend to have PJs day at home. The middle of our day goes as most. In the girls eat dinner by themselves, we play a bit, read, and off to bed they go. Now on Wednesday evenings Doug does not get home until after midnight. Don’t get me wrong, I love my husband, but I love my me time, also. So once the girls go to bed I make myself a dinner without the restrictions of what Doug will (or won’t) eat. I just love my Wednesdays!

This was a Jenn day! Today Jenn worked on her Christmas-y colored dishcloths, while I worked on my flower/hex blankets. It was a very nice morning chatting and yarning, (more…)

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Yummy Baked Goodness!

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I try to keep a stock of homemade mixes, so when I want to make something, it is quick and easy. Last week I ran out of both my waffle mix, and my banana bread/muffin mix. So into the kitchen I went. I hung my label from the cabinet handle. You may think the format of the label is a bit odd, but it is made to wrap around a jar. I tend to give my mixes as gifts.

ready-to-waffle

I measured everything into my trusty food processor and gave it a quick zip. I found this is the best way to get it well mixed. Before you zip it up, take a moment, look at the pretty layers. (more…)

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