Monthly Archives: October 2012

Buckeye Girl Clutch

Ohio State Buckeyes Clutch

Ohio State Buckeyes Clutch

Happy days at our house.  My Buckeye Girl (aka: my daughter) is returning home to OH this weekend for a OSU Buckeye Game. She is also a Pinterest addict and she has been busy “pinning” ideas on a board for “My Mom’s New Career”.  She is one up on me since she also loves to check out Etsy and is always finding cute items.

She has always been up on the latest fashion and is crazy about “chevrons”.  Well to give you an idea of how “out of touch” I am with fashion, I had to ask, “What’s a chevron?”  Her answer, “Mom, you know…the front of Charlie Brown’s shirt.”  Oh, I thought that was zig-zag!!

She has been busy sending me things I could make her to wear to the game and then she found a clutch on Etsy she liked.  I like to sew, but I need a pattern.  So this clutch was the result of  two addicts bouncing ideas around.   I think the result is really cute, but I think I would have liked it better with a red zipper.  My mama always said, “you know what red says….look at me!”

The original pin for the instructions for the clutch can be found here.

I have just included instrutions for  the “buckeye leaves” that I added.

leaf image

Buckeye leaf image

You will need to find a Buckeye Leaf image.  This is one I picked up at a quilt show and it was dated 2003.  I can not believe I found it.  Sorry for the shadow, I think need to take some photography lessons or get better lighting.  Maybe I just need to sew in the daylight and not put everything off until the last-minute and working late into the night..LOL.

Buckeye clutch

Buckeye clutch

I  traced the image on Wonder Under and cut it out of scraps of fabric.  Be careful with the placement.  You will have to pre-fold the fabric for the clutch so that the image appears where you want it on the clutch.  After I ironed it on, I stitched around the image with a blanket stitch.  Ashley opted for a grey ( or is that gray) zipper.  If you check out the original “pin”, you will see she used contrasting zippers and they were very striking.  I guess Ashley (aka: my daughter) was thinking that grey would be neutral and would be more versatile .  Hope the girls like it at the game this weekend.

Ohio State Buckeye clutch

Ohio State Buckeye clutch

As you can see it is just the right size for your cell phone, keys, lip gloss and debt card.  I did put red in the inside..

ps.  I bought 2 yards of the “zig-zag” fabric and only used a 9″ x 10″ square, so let me know if you would like a clutch of your own!

It’s beginning to look alot like Christmas

Stampin Up Christmas Card
Stampin Up Christmas Card

Ok, it really is looks like Fall, but I am getting an early start on Christmas Cards.  I am having a “Stamp a Stack’ on Sunday Oct. 28, 2012.  We will be making  20 cards, 4 each of 5 cards.  Please let me know if you would like to join us, since space it limited.  This is the second pre-view of the cards we will be making.  If you would like to make these cards, but are unable to attend the “Stamp a Stack” you can order the Stampin Up supplies by clicking here.

You will need:

Paper:  Whisper White, Wild Wasabi

Punches: Bird Builder, circle punch

Stamp Sets: Delightful Decorations, Blissful Bird

Ink: Cherry Cobbler

Embossing folders: Square lattice , Perfect Polka Dots

Crock pot chicken and noodles

chicken and noodles

Crock Pot Chicken and noodles

I feel like I have slacked off on my posts the last couple of weeks, but that is because I am “working”.  Yes, I hate to admit it but I have somewhat joined the workforce.  I am working in the local school systems as a substitute aide.  They have kept me pretty busy the last two weeks.  I am also slowing returning to the “long arm quilting” world.  I have just finished 3 quilts.  I will be posting pictures next week of some of the quilts.

On to the real reason for this post….Crock Pot Chicken and Noodles.  I got this recipe from Pinterest.  The pin can be found at this link.  I will be posting an updated recipe the next time I make this dish.  While the chicken and noodles were really tasty, both my husband and I thought it called for WAY too much butter.  I also only put in two boneless chicken breasts and it was plenty of chicken (@ 1 and 1/3 lbs)  I think I will cut the butter in half or maybe even leave it out the next time around.  That being said, the chicken was really tender and is was very good, but a tad rich!

crock pot chicken and noodles

crock pot chicken and noodles

Girly Tooth Fairy Pillow

tooth fairy pillow

Tooth fairy pillow

If you remember, a few weeks ago I posted another tooth fairy pillow I had made for Francie’s grandson.  We tried to get a pair of his old jeans to make the pillow, but time started to run out as the tooth was getting very loose.  I upcycled other jeans for that pillow.  Well she was able to get a pair of “Sara’s” ( her granddaughter) jeans and she brought them to me to make two tooth fairy pillows for her granddaughters.


Recycled jeans


Front of recycled jeans

I decided what parts of the jeans I would use and started doing some measurements.  I needed a back pocket for the money and a place to put the “tooth” pocket.  The jeans were so cute on the front, so I worked my design around the “LOVE”.  Of course this would be Sara’s pillow, since they were her jeans.

tooth fairy pillow

layout for tooth fairy pillow

This was my lay out for the first tooth fairy pillow.  I had to make the from the same size as the back.

jeans pillow

measurements for the tooth fairy pillow

I then thought it would be great to have their names on the pillows, so I got out my Cricut and cut their names out of freezer paper.

tooth fairy pillow

Names for tooth fairy pillows

I then ironed the fabric to Wonder Under and ironed the freezer paper to the material to cut out the names

tooth fairy pillow

Names for tooth fairy pillow

I then cut out the names and ironed them onto the pillow and stitched around them.

jeans pillow

Second pillow

This is the layout for the second pillow.  I had to add some recycled jean material to “Ava’s” pillow.

tooth fairy pillow

other sides of the tooth fairy pillows

Francie said the girls loved their pillows.  The even sent me the cutest “thank you” card with a couple of great gift cards.  Thanks girls (and Grandma Francie).

Happy sewing…or…

If you have an old pair of your child’s jeans and would like me to make them a tooth fairy pillow, contact me at

Christmas Punch Card

punch card

Punch Christmas Card

I am going to offer a “Stamp a Stack” soon and this is one of the cards we will be making.  I loved the clever use of the bird builder and the modern label punches.  This is a simple card to construct.  The stamp a stack will be a great way to get a head start on your Holiday Cards.  We will be making 20 cards , 4 each of 5 designs.  I will post the date soon.  I hope you can join us!  The cost will be $25.00.

To make this card yourself:

Stampin  Up  Items : order here

Paper:  Garden Green, More Mustard, So Saffron, Night of Navy, Wild Wasabi

Punches:  Bird Builder, Modern Label

Have fun and email me if you would like to attend the Stamp a Stamp

Peggy Jean’s No Bake Cookies

no bake cookies

Peggy Jean’s no bake cookies

When you are looking for a chocolate treat, nothing can beat a no bake cookie.  Peggy Jean, aka my mom, is where I got my recipe.  They are my brother’s favorite, although I am not sure if his wife, Kelley, uses this recipe.  I am saving Kelley for another post.  I am going to try to talk her out of her chocolate chip cookie recipe with a “guest post.”  She is a great cook and if this blog makes it to the New Year, I am sure you will hear about her “Cabbage Roll” open house. I haven’t made these cookies since my children were home and they are 28 and 31, so it had been awhile.  I did remember that you really need to constantly stir the sugar mixture.  I put the butter and sugar on the stove, while I was searching for my 1/4 cup.  I thought I might have scorched the butter, but I continued to add the other ingredients.  I started to stir and notice some little brown bubbles in the mixture.  I fished one out and tasted it and it was bitter.  I then proceeded to throw out that batch. I thought, “why waste the oats?”

I quickly got the next batch ready and on the stove and the same brown bubbles were present.  I knew I hadn’t scorched this batch and I then realized that the brown bubbles were the unsweetened cocoa and there been nothing wrong with the first batch.  OK, Kelley, you can stop laughing now!

no bake cookies

ingredients for no bake cookies

2 cups sugar

1 tsp of vanilla

1/4 cup of cocoa

pinch of salt

1/4 pound or one stick of margarine ( I used butter)

1/2 cup milk

1/2 cup peanut butter

3 cups of quick oats

In pan mix sugar, cocoa, milk and butter.  Put on medium heat and cook until it starts to boil, stirring constantly.  Boil for an additional 2 minutes. Remove from heat and cool for 1 minute.

Add vanilla, salt, peanut butter and oats and stir well.

no bake cookies

No bake cookies

Drop by teaspoon onto waxed paper.  Let cool.

no bake cookies

No bake cookies on waxed paper

This make about 2 1/2 dozen cookies…one missing where I had to do a “taste test”.

Jeans bracelet

jeans bracelet

Jeans bracelet

I made another project with the bottom of Cassidy’s jeans and threw away the hems.  Lucky for me I hadn’t emptied the trash.  I was browsing Pinterest (image that) when I saw a pin for a jeans bracelet.  It was in Chinese, but luckily they had great pictures.  This project was so easy.  They used the seam, but I used the hem for this one.  It was just a trial, but I thought it was worth a post.  I already had some heavy coral wire, so I just used it.

jeans bracelet

thread wire

First thread the wire through the hem or seam.

add beads

add beads at each end

trim close to the seam

Trim close to the seam

Now your done!  I will post some additional pictures after I make a trip to get some additional beads.