Monday, February 27, 2017

Sewing Bee for Raffa Clinic

Deborah, Hannah & Jonathan came over and helped Mom & I sew baby blankets for Raffa Clinic.

The baby blankets: most of them are cute flannels that reverse to some kind small grey print.

Meatballs, Dutch Baby Pancake, Deviled Eggs, and Peach Shortcake!

Thanks for coming, we had a lot of fun! =)

Jonathan ironed most of baby fabric.
(Thank you, so much!)

The following is the invitation- feel free to copy it for your event! =)
Guys and girls, Men & Women are invited to:
a Sewing Bee for Raffa Clinic!

(age 10 and up, ONLY interested people… don't have to sew - you can help iron, cut & pin)

Space is limited, you must RSVP.

Date: February 27, 2017
Time: 6:30-9 pm
Location: McKee Home
Pot-luck refreshments (neat, not messy!)

We were thinking:
~make basic blankets (we have some fabric -enough for 5- you can bring more)
~maybe some of those little cuddly, tag blankies (we don't have any supplies for those)

What to bring:
Sewing machine, thread, pins, scissors.
Can someone bring an Ironing Board & Iron?

Fabric for blankets: pre-washed COTTON such as calico, flannel, etc. (1y each of 2 kinds)
Ribbon: (1” or wider) for “tags”
Fabric for little tag blankies: 1/3y-1/2y each of 2 kinds (front & back)
If interested, look at:

Space is limited, you must RSVP.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Whatever Wednesday: Fun half yard skirt

"Is it going to be a spring weather day so I can wear this outfit and feel pretty?"  ~Olivia

This was a fun skirt to sew, and I so glad that my nice niece likes it!  

I used 1/2 yard of cotton calico (from JoAnn), elastic waist, deep hem, and tacked the lace & rick-rack down so they would not know, stay perky!  =)

Saturday, February 18, 2017

My First Baby Cake

        I just baked my first "baby" cake! This baby is only 6" across.  

(I borrowed the pans- thank you, Mrs. Hale)

 Pineapple/Carrot/Pecan Cake with Pecan Cream Cheese frosting. 
(The Pecans are from Marah Hubbard!)

 The Cake Recipe is my go-to Cupcake recipe, and can be found HERE.  
(Frosting recipe below.)
Note:  Divided between 2 - 6" Wilton pans, they baked about 22 minutes.

Frosting:  8oz Cream Cheese
                1/4 t. Vanilla
                3 or so Cups Powdered Sugar
                1/3-ish Cup chopped up Pecans

~Happy eating!

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

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Clue & Dinner on Valentine's Day

Fun times...thank you all so much for coming!  I had a blast!  =)

 White Chocolate Cheesecake (recipe HERE)
Notes: 1) I put all 3 oz of melted chocolate into the cheesecake. 
AND 2) Sprinkled a fine layer of white chips between the crust & the cheesecake!  
3) I baked it in a 9" spring-form pan. =)

The Table

~the whole gang~

Professor Plum did it!
Mrs. White

Miss Scarlet
Mr. Green
Mrs. Peacock

Some of the many faces of Colonel Mustard...  =)

Some interesting info about Clue (according to Wikipedia): 

1940/1950's game
"...In 1944, Anthony E. Pratt, an English musician, applied for a patent of his invention of a murder/mystery-themed game, originally named "Murder!".  Shortly thereafter, Pratt and his wife, Elva Pratt (1913-1990), who had helped in designing the game, presented it to Waddingtons' executive, Norman Watson, who immediately purchased it and provided its trademark name of "Cluedo" (a play on "clue" and "Ludo"; ludo is Latin for I play).  
Though the patent was granted in 1947, due to post-war shortages in the UK the game was not officially launched by Waddingtons until 1949.  
 It was simultaneously licensed to Parker Brothers in the US for publication, where it was renamed "Clue" along with other minor changes.   There were several differences between the original game concept and that initially published in 1949, In particular, Pratt's original design calls for ten characters, one of whom was to be designated the victim by random drawing prior to the start of the game. 

1960's game
These ten included the eliminated Mr. Brown, Mr. Gold, Miss Grey, and Mrs. Silver.  The characters of Nurse White and Colonel Yellow were renamed Mrs. White and Colonel Mustard for the actual release.  The game allowed for play of up to eight remaining characters, providing for nine suspects in total.  Originally there were eleven rooms, including the eliminated "gun room" and cellar.   

  In addition there were nine weapons including the unused bomb, syringe, shillelagh (walking stick/cudgel), fireplace poker, axe, and poison...."

 Anthony Pratt and his wife Elva, in the early 1940s.
Image by Marcia Davies.
 Our party was nothing like this ONE, but it was fun to look at the photos HERE!

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Wednesday, February 08, 2017

Whatever Wednesday: Necklace Too long???

Do you have a single strand necklace that is just awkwardly too long to look "right"?  I have 2 like that, and this is what I did about it:

1) "Fold" your necklace so it looks good to you (see above photo).

  2) Then take a length of ribbon- 2x the length you need,  fold it in half, loop it through one side.

 3) Try on, and tie to the other side. (you may need help)

4) Tie the ribbon tails in a bow (because it looks nice)!   =) 

ENJOY your "New" necklace

Wednesday, February 01, 2017

2 weeks until Valentine's Day!

I could not sleep a wink last night~ I had the "night before xmas" jitters...only 2 weeks until Valentine's Day!!!   I've been waiting ever so long for Valentine's Day to come back again!!!
Remember~ Valentine's Day is for friends, family, children & the young at heart...not just the love birds!  

What will you do this year???   Maybe:
~Buy some candy, package it up...maybe tie comic children's Valentines to them...hand them out to old folks in the grocery store???
~Have a non-Valentine's Day game night?
~Bake some quick breads or cookies, and give them to your neighbors, or friends?
~Give comic children's Valentines to all (or most) of your friends?

A past post you may like to read: 

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Sunday, January 22, 2017

Sunday Blessing #14

"Christ be with me,
be after me,
be before me,
and be at my right and left hand.
May everything I do be for Christ."
~ Irish Blessing

(Photo taken by Pleas McKee) 

Friday, January 20, 2017

a Peplum Blouse

 This top is comfy & cozy--my only complaint is that I did not have quite enough fabric to make it 4-6" longer!

~I used my go-to dress pattern, the retired Simplicity #8071
~The fabric is a printed flannel, purchased from the Wal*mart dollar bin YEARS ago.  (Do they still have a dollar-a-yard-bin?) Mom bought 1 bolt, and I used the rest for night shirts for my folks.
~I lengthened the bodice 2 1/2 inches, so I could wear a belt with it. (but I don't have to)
~I also added an extra inch of fabric to each shoulder back, and gathered it to make it match the front bodice.  (Then pinched it out in 2 pleats, at the waist.) ...I need the extra room across the shoulders.
~And I pinched out 2 pleats in the front, so...4 pleats total.  (2 in the front, and 2 in the back.) =)
~Short sleeves were all I had the fabric for.
~The zipper is a regular (vintage metal) zipper, set in the side, and upside-down- easier to get in and out turned out very well!  And I did not have to try to match the plaid. =)

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)