Monthly Archives: September 2012

Tooth Fairy Pillow

tooth fairy pillow

Tooth Fairy Pillow

What is that saying?  Waste not want not…make do, do without, use it up…Oh, something like that!  My friends all know I am a great scrap saver and saver (hoarder) of all things that might be used later.  It is a good thing I have a hubby who keeps me in check.  I have been known to save the littlest scraps of paper and fabric.  Well my “hoarding” saved the day when it came to making a tooth fairy pillow for my BBF friend, Francie.  It was not for her exactly, it was for her grandson Dereck.  She had been telling me for about a month that he had a loose tooth and was going to need a tooth fairy pillow.  I got on Pinterest and couldn’t find one that looked “manly”. So I got to thinking and came up with the idea to make one out of a pair of jeans.  The original idea was to make one with an old pair of HIS jeans, but his tooth kept getting looser and the jeans never appeared.  I started looking in my “hoard” and found the legs of a pair of Cassidy’s jeans that we had cut off to make her shorts earlier in the summer.  (didn’t work though, got them way too short) Have I mentioned that she is a lot taller than me?  I had a long length of jeans to work with.  I decided to make it easy on myself and use the existing seams, so I just cut off the ragged bottom of the jeans and cut about a 8 1/2 inch length of jean.

tooth fairy pillow

Jeans for tooth fairy pillow

Next I was going to need a tooth.  I am not that talented when it comes to drawing, so I went to my trusty Cricut and found a tooth on “A Child’s Year” cartridge.  It was a little “pointy” for my taste, so I cut it out of freezer paper and rounded the “roots”.  I then ironed it onto felted wool to use for my tooth pocket.

tooth image

paper tooth on left/ wool tooth on right

Now I needed a pocket for the all important money.  I drafted a jeans pocket on freezer paper and cut it out and ironed it onto a scrap of jean fabric from the upper part of the leg of the same pair of jeans.  Make sure your “tooth” will fit on the pocket.

jean pocket

Jean Pocket

I then cut out the pocket leaving @ a 1/2″ around each side.

jean pocket

Cut out jean pocket

If you look closely at the picture, you can see I ironed the freezer paper pocket to the right side of the jean material.  I then took the pocket to the ironing board and pressed the sides to the back using the freezer paper for my guidelines.

jeans pocket

Pressed jeans pocket

I  guess my shadow got in the way on this picture, but I hope you can get the idea.   Two sides are pressed to the back in this picture.

jeans pocket

Pressed Jeans pocket

Once all sides are pressed, sew around the  pocket to keep the sides in place.

jeans pocket

Jeans pocket stitched

Now blanket stitch the wool tooth to the pocket, leaving the top open.

tooth pillow

Tooth sewn own pocket

Now the tricky part, I pinned the pocket on the jean and carefully sewed the pocket to the pillow part of the jean leg.  I admit this was pure laziness on my part.   Then turn the leg inside out and sew one open end completely across.  Sew the other end and leave an opening for the stuffing.

tooth pillow

Seams sewn on Tooth Fairy Pillow

Turn the pillow right side out and press.

tooth pillow

Tooth Fairy Pillow

Forgot to save the rotated image, but you get the idea!  Now stuff your pillow and slip stitch it closed.

tooth pillow

Tooth Fairy Pillow made from recycled jeans

Crock Pot Chicken Tortilla Soup

chicken tortilla soup

Crock Pot Chicken Tortilla Soup

Good Morning Glories!  Who used to say that?  I can not remember where I first heard it, but it is 7:30 am and I have been up since 5:30 and I have already fixed lunch w/desert and am dressed and showered and ready to go.  I have to say I am a happy camper today. I have been invited back to Fall Sewing days at Irvalee’s, which I mentioned in the Fall Pumpkin Decoration Post.   I was holding my breath this morning since I have decided I might need to get a job, so I signed up to be a sub aid in the local school system.  I got my first call last Thursday and had to decline since I was taking my brother-in-law to his Dr.’s appointment.  I knew if they called this morning, I would have to accept.  Well, it’s 7:30 and the phone hasn’t rang, so I am home free and will be sewing ALL day with some very fun ladies.  Watch for some posts with my project in the near future.  This soup, however, was made for my scrapbook group and it was a big hit as was the desert which I will post later in the week.

morning glory

Morning Glory

I could not resist posting this picture I snapped last weekend on our trip to Notre Dame for a football game.

Now on to the serious stuff….

Crock Pot Chicken Tortilla Soup

1 can each of …   (drain and rinse each)


kidney beans

black beans

2 cans each of…

chicken broth

Ro-Tel tomatoes (I used mild)

1 package of taco mix

1 onion diced (I used some frozen left from another recipe)

1 1/2 to 2 cups of water

2 boneless skin-less chicken breast

items added later…

tortilla chips

shreeded cheedar cheese

sour cream



Now comes the fun part!  Put a slow cooker crock pot liner in your crock pot.  This is the hardest part…open all the cans!  Yes that is just how easy this recipe is, opening the cans is the hardest thing you will do.  Dump every thing except the chicken breasts into the crock pot.  Give it a big stir.  Place the uncooked chicken breasts on top of the mixture and make sure they are covered with liquid.

chicken tortilla soup

Chicken Tortilla soup

This picture was taken before I added the chicken breasts.   Cook on low 8 to 9 hours or on high 6 to 7 hours.  When ready to serve, you may have to take out the chicken breasts and shred them or they may just fall apart by theirselves.  Put your tortilla chips in the bottom of the bowl and top with soup, cheese and some sour cream if you desire.  You will not believe how something so simple tastes so good.  The chicken is so moist.  My hubby even liked it and he is very picky!

If you would like to see the original Pintrest post…click here.

Wedding Anniversary Sign

wedding anniversary sign

Wedding Anniversary Sign

I went to work in the village of Gratiot in 2004.  While I worked there I met a delightful family, the Russell’s.  Harold Russell would come to the Post Office several times per week to pick-up his mail and we always had an interesting conversation.  Today I had the privilege of being invited to Harold and Helen’s 66th wedding anniversary party.  I saw this sign on Pinterest and decided to give it a try.

painting frame

Painting Frame

My first task was updating the picture frame.  I took it outside to paint and used Krylon black satin spray paint. The trick is to spray several light coats on the front and back of the frame.

cutting the vinyl

Cutting the vinyl

I designed the sign in the Cricut Craft room which is free on the website.  The instructions for planning the sign is on this post.  You will design the black on Layer 1 and then add Layer 2 to cut the white.  Line the layers and make sure the size fits inside the frame you have chosen.  In the picture the layers are shown in different colors.

put the right side down

Put the right side down

You will want the vinyl on the back of the glass, so you will have to put the vinyl right side down on the mat to cut. This will cut the letters in reverse.

reversed image

Reversed image

put white image on first

Put white image on first

I put the glass down on my cutting mat so that I would have a straight line to line up the image and get it centered.

peel off backing

Peel off backing

Peel off the backing a little at a time.  Smooth the letters down as you go.  (if you peel all the backing off at the start, it will stick to itself)  Place the black last name over the white first names.  Then add the wedding date at the bottom.

finished image

Wedding anniversary sign

This is the finished image.  Then I started of thinking how I was going to get the glass to stay in the frame without any backing.  Keep in mind that I am the ultimate procastanator.  It was 5 a.m. and I first tried to nail it, but that wasn’t working.  The back had a groove which the old backing fit into, so I cut the corners off the backing and super glued them into the frame…

Sometimes a girl just works better under pressure.  Yes it was 5 a.m. and the party was that day….

nail didn't work

Nail didn’t work

corners cut off backing

Corners cut off backing

corners glued in

Corners glued in groove of frame

add hanger

Add hanger

Happy 66th Anniversary Harold and Helen!!

Note:  next time I will make the first names smaller so that the last name will show up a little clearer.

Pop tab bracelet

pop tab bracelet

Pop tab bracelet

My niece, Kathleen and I are addicted to the bracelets on Pinterest.  On a recent trip, we went on a tour of Coor’s in Golden CO.  In the gift shop they had a “beer tab” bracelet. I though it looked like something we could make.

beer tab bracelet

This bracelet was put together with elastic.  I looked on Pinterest and found one using ribbon and thought I would try the ribbon version.

supplies for pop tab bracelet

Supplies for Pop Tab Bracelet

You will need:

ribbon @ 26″


safety pins

@ 13 pop or beer tabs

I don’t drink beer, but I am a Coke Zero addict, so I had plenty on hand. (Note to self: ask Terri to save her’s for me)  I decided to use two colors of ribbon.  The green and white one is for Kathleen, since she goes to Ohio University and the orange and navy one is for my daughter’s friend who lives in FL.  You can choose school colors or colors to match your outfit.

tie knot in one end

Tie a knot on one end

use safety pins

Put safety pins on opposite ends of ribbon

Thread the ribbon through the tab, by putting safety pins on the ends of ribbon.  Pay close attention when you are threading the tab. Keep like ends of the tabs in the same position and have the top side of the tabs facing you as you are weaving .  This keeps the sharp side next to the ribbons, so it doesn’t scratch your arm.

use like tabs

Use tabs in the same direction

Put the first tab on going under the ribbon.  Put the rest of the tabs going through the top of the ribbon as pictured.

weaving ribbon

Weaving ribbon

Now you will begin weaving the ribbon.  Follow the picture.  Weave the ribbon over the second tab and down through the hole in the first tab as pictured.

weaving ribbon

Weaving the ribbon on the rest of the bracelet

Pull the tabs together and this is what it should look like.  Now bring the ribbon up through the bottom of the second tab and then over the third tab and continue until the bracelet fits your wrist.  I think I started with @ 24″ of ribbon and I used 13 tabs.  I just wanted the tabs on the top and I tied the bracelet on the back.

weaving ribbon

Weaving ribbon

This shows the next step. Threading the ribbon up through the second tab using the safety-pin.

adding third tab

adding third tab

Just keep repeating the steps until the bracelet fits your wrist.

finished bracelet

Finished Pop tab bracelet

Beer Tab Bracelet

Texas Sheet Cake Cupcakes

texas sheet cake cupcakes

Texas Sheet Cake Cupcakes

This was a learning experience for me in more ways than one.  I really didn’t know that when you “Pin” something, it shows up to your Facebook friends.  Well of course I LOVE chocolate, so when I saw this recipe, I “Pinned” it.  That weekend I was going to attend a Quilt Retreat and Mary, one of my “Facebook” friends saw this “Pin”.  She commented, “are you bringing these to the Quilt Retreat.”  Well, what’s a girl to do…

So I went to “Six Sister’s Stuff“and got the recipe.  You can click on the link to get the recipe.

The cupcakes were a hit.  They do take a little work, but they also taste just like Good Ole’ Texas Sheet Cake, but just are an easy to grab cupcake.  I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as the “Quilties” did….

Yet another First Day of Kindergarten – Cricut – Stampin Up card

cricut stampin up card

First Day of School – Cricut – Stampin UP card

My great-nephew, Brantley also started Kindergarten this year.  He also got a card.  His has  “School Rocks” on the front with ribbon I purchased at JoAnne’s and inside the card is the ribbon purchased at Hobby Lobby that says, “I love Kindergarten”.  I cut this card out with my Cricut using the Everyday Paper Dolls cartridge.  If you would like to order Stampin Up paper to complete this card, you can just click here.

Easy Fall Pumpkin Decoration

pumpkin decoration

Easy no-sew pumpkin decoration

My friend Barb recently asked me for a quick project for a Girl Scout troop.  Since it is fall, this pumpkin quickly came to mind.  I have a friend, Irvalle, who has “sewing days” at her house in the Spring and Fall.  A group meets in an old church on her family property and we “sew” for a week.  We all take turns bringing lunch and dinner and have a great time, eating, laughing, and of course we squeeze in some sewing.   Irvalle always has a cute project for each of us and this was the project a few years ago.  It is very simple to make and no sewing is required.

Did I mention that there is no running water at the church, so we use an old fashion “out-house”.  So this pumpkin could be put to use in an emergency….

pumpkin supplies

Pumpkin Supplies

You will need:

1 fat quarter of orange material  (18 x 22)

scraps of brown and green felt

green pipe cleaner

toilet paper

fall pumpkin

Fall Pumpkin

Iron the material and place the roll of toilet paper  in the middle of the material.  Bring in the sides of the material and “stuff” the ends into the middle of the tube.


add decoration

Cut a 3 x 6 piece of brown felt and roll for the stem.  Cut two leaves out of green felt and curl the pipe cleaner to look like vines.  Insert into the top of the tube and ENJOY!  How easy was that!!

fall pumpkin

Fall pumpkin