Sunday, January 01, 2017

Happy New Year, 2017!

 When I think of  a "New Year", I don't tend to think of a new calendar year, except in the aspect of the parties and fun that will be had.

I think the "New Year" starts at each person's birthday- what ever time of year that is...each person gets to start a new chapter in their life.  That is when I think about the past year and the new year to come. 

All that said, I still wonder what will this new calendar year hold? 

Have you any plans?

I don't as of yet, except that I want to grow up some more, and truly get all moved into the Sewing room, and my Bedroom--not just "camp" in a crazy disorganized way, that can't possibly be good for my sanity.   Sigh.

I'd also like very much to learn to be a better daughter and friend.  Sigh again...

Sunday Blessing #13

 Bless this house, o Lord, we pray.
Make it safe by night and day.
Bless these walls so firm and stout,
Keeping want and trouble out.
Bless the roof and chimney tall,
Let thy peace lie over all.
Bless the doors that they may prove
Ever open to joy and love.
Bless the windows shining bright,
Letting in God's heavenly light.
Bless the hearth a-blazing there,
With smoke ascending like a prayer.
Bless the people here within...
Keep them pure and free from sin.
Bless us all, that one day, we
May be fit, O lord, to dwell with Thee.
~ Irish Blessing

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Cocoa Party?

 This card is foreign, I know because I "cut" the sentiment off the bottom before I shared it with you...but really, is this not the cutest thing???   Happy sigh!!!  =)

I think that a Cocoa Party is in order...who wants to host? (I can't)  
When should it be?   Please invite me, I'd like to come!  =)

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Sunday Blessing #12

 May the blessing of light be on you—
light without and light within.
May the blessed sunlight shine on you
and warm your heart
till it glows like a great peat fire.
~ Irish Blessing

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Whatever Wednesday: Vintage car advertising

...because we all want a new car in the winter time, right???  (Just kidding!)

1985 (Was a good year, IMHO.):

1970's fun:
Ha, ha, ha!

VW Beetle supposedly from the 1960's:

 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Sting Ray Convertible:


1940's- who is cuter? The girl or the car??  It's close, but I think the car (or 1950's):


What kinds of cute old cars were/are in your life?

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Sunday Blessing #11

Wishing you a rainbow
For sunlight after showers—
Miles and miles of Irish smiles
For golden happy hours—
Shamrocks at your doorway
For luck and laughter too,
And a host of friends that never ends
Each day your whole life through!
~ Irish Blessing

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Fall 2016, Dress 1 of 2

(photo: Dad)

~Pattern: the retired Simplicity #8071
~The fabric is a fine, shirt weight corduroy that came from Jo-Ann...THIS season! (It was also a birthday gift from a dear friend- Thank you Rachel!)

~And I lengthened the bodice 2 1/2 inches, so I could wear a belt with it. (but I don't guess I have to)
~I added an extra inch of fabric to each shoulder front, and gathered it to make it match the back bodice.  (Then pinched it out in 2 pleats at the waist.)
~And I pinched out 2 more pleats, so...4 pleats total. =)
~The zipper is a invisible zipper, set in the back.  I just love my IZ foot that Dad got me- I can't thank him enough!

(photo: Mom)

(photo: Mr. Bee)

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Whatever Wednesday: My SFL t-shirts made new

I liked my SFL shirt, except that the neck opening was just too small & choking...and the waist was too baggy...and the length of the shirt was too long. 
I actually had two of these regular "men's cut" short sleeve SFL shirts (not matching, from 2 years in a row), but I really needed to add one long sleeve shirt to my wardrobe... SO, read on to find out what I did!  =)  (It was easy, you can fix up your t-shirts too!)

(I forgot to take a before photo, but you know what a t-shirt looks like!)

...I carefully cut the arms out of shirt 'b' and lined up the bottom hem....

...borrowed a long-sleeve knit sweater/shirt pattern,
 lined it up at the bottom (so I would not need to hem) & on the print, and cut them out...

...sewed the sleeve seam (with the zig-zag stitch),
 and then carefully tucked the top edge into the original short sleeve, 
zig-zaging between the original lines of stitching on the sleeve hem.

 See how it looks now?  (I really like it, and have gotten lots of complements on it & in it.)
Oh, and I cut the neck band out and nipped in the sides a little.

 Trimmed the original hem off & trashed it, then trimmed another 1 & 1/2" off the hem, which I then sewed back on (zig-zag again)...after washing, it ended up being a double curl!  =)

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Craft Night 1: Magnets/Ornaments

See our inspiration HERE, here, HERE & Here....and I got the little deer HERE.  =)
You can have a lot of fun with these plastic half domes!  They sell them in the container section at Hobby Lobby- all year long...I have great plans for these babies!  =)
 Some are Magnets, some are Ornaments!




I had SO much fun tonight~
thank you so much for coming, Ladies!





Suzi Bee



The following links show you the general ideas of what we were thinking about... HERE, here, here & HERE....and I got the little deer HERE.  =)   (You can also search "half dome ornaments" on Pinterest.)

(I'll share this post on "Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson")

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Thanksgiving 2016 Caption Competition

 Thanksgiving Caption Competition!  Thanks everyone for sharing your funnies, I really enjoyed them!!!  =)

 Benjamin Pleasovich McKee:
 1) 'What is that wonderful smell?' Now introducing new, better smelling Tofu Turkey!
 2) 'I wanted to be Squanto.' 'I have to poo!'

Darleen Waltman Weston:
1. "Ooo, Mom/Dad, is that really an organic turkey from Rehoboth Ranch?" 
2. "Do we really have to wear these?" 
3. "Now I know why it is called stuffing!"

Katy Lynn:
1. Little girl. "I wanted ham."
2. Mom. "Just let me get one good photo of the costumes your Grandma made. She spent two weeks on them."
3. Little girl. "Hey Granny, you know that old saying about watching the sausage get made? It applies to turkey stuffing too."

Jalinda McKee:
1. Wait, there are no candles on it? Why am I trying to blow them out?
2. No smiling Shellie, the first pilgrim caught smiling has to eat all this squash.
3. You're going to put what? In where? Grandmas are weird.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

DIY: Felt Robot pillow/decor

Do you need to help your children make Felt Robots this week?  =)

After looking and looking on the internet, I could not find any cute and easy robot crafts for my sewing class & little friends!  I had to invent my own! =)

 I sewed the basic  robot with the sewing machine, and the child added the extras...  I have the pattern all drawn up in an image below, and it is  in a PDF, but I don't know how to share the PDF with the you on the blog!  = (  (feel free to e-mail/FB message me and request the PDF)

Robot instructions for child:
(after you sew the basic robot above)

1) design/cut/construct and sew on the eyes/smile/face.

2) do you want the bow tie or heart? If so, sew that/those on.
3) should you sew any buttons on the body?
Then stack your front and back together (lay your Robot facing up!), pin, and stitch all the way around (Unless you are going to stuff it: almost all the way around, leaving space for stuffing- after stuffing, pin the opening closed, and stitch shut.)  =)

(should print on 1 sheet of paper)

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Whatever Wednesday: A visitor.

Thankfully the chickens were still locked up, so I snapped a few photos.
And then I ran out screaming like a banshee, clattering a watering can on a broom handle. 
He left.
The chickens said thank you.
Then I let the chickens out. 

(I'm glad that we don't have next door neighbors.)

Friday, October 21, 2016

Food on Friday: Salted Chocolate Caramels (recipe too)

(Light ones are the new recipe,
the dark ones are the "old" recipe.)

 You know that day that is overbooked (you have a mile long to-do list), and you find yourself in the kitchen "playing hooky" making homemade Chocolate candy...
...Yeah, that's the time you realize (after half are in the freezer) that you did NOT just make Chocolate candy, because you forgot to add the Cocoa Powder!!! Sigh! 

On the bright side, I invented a new recipe!   (Original recipe can be found HERE!)

Salted Chocolate Caramels
  • 2 -1/4 oz Cocoa Butter & then add Coconut Oil for 7 oz total
  • 5oz local Honey
  • 3oz Dark Chocolate chips (Equal Exchange brand HERE) 
  •  2-3 HUGE pinches of Sea Salt
  • 1 tsp. natural Vanilla Extract
  • 2 T. Sucanat (or maybe Coconut Sugar) 
  • 1 cup Puffed Rice
  • Chopped Cashews (or other nuts)

~Melt first 4 ingredients in sauce pan over low heat.
~Stir in Vanilla & Sucanat
~Remove from heat.  Stir in puffed rice and nuts.
~Drop spoonfuls into Silicone molds (like this one) (Or Line a shallow baking dish with parchment paper & pour chocolate mix onto paper lined dish.).
~Freeze or Refrigerate until candy solidifies.
~Pop out of Silicone molds or cut into squares.
Store in Freezer or Refrigerator.
(be careful how you store it- remember that Coconut oil melts around 72°F.)

Notes: Next time, I think that I'd replace some of the Coconut oil with Butter, and brown it a little!
(I'll share this post on "Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson")

Monday, October 10, 2016

Happy (snail) Mail Day!

            Remember when you were a Kid? 

When getting the the mail was an exciting thing to do, because you may have gotten a letter from your pen-pal, or an unexpected note or package from your Grandparents?

Are you willing to send some "magic" to one (or more) of your friends or relatives? 
To step out and say:
                              "I'm thinking of you"
                              "I miss you"
                              "I'm sending a smile/hug"
                              "I care"
                              "Be encouraged"
                              "Get well soon"

(I'll share this post on "Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson")

 Go on, and make someone's day!

Monday, September 26, 2016

Musical Monday: "Up, Up and Away" -101 Strings Orchestra

Wikipedia states: "..."Up, Up and Away" is a 1967 song written by Jimmy Webb and recorded by the 5th Dimension, that became a major pop hit, reaching No. 7 on the U.S. Pop Singles chart, and No. 9 on Billboard's Easy Listening chart.  In other countries, it reached No. 18 in Canada, and No. 1 in Australia. The song placed No. 43 on BMI's "Top 100 Songs of the Century"...." 

I have included the instrumental version today~ I just love the sound of this song!  =)

(embedded below or listen to it HERE.)