Friday, October 31, 2008

Happy Halloween and Giveaway Delay until Nov. 4th

Happy Halloween!!!

You have until the 4Th to sign up for the Giveaway Below!!!

I goofed and forgot that I leave for Dallas today. I will draw for the giveaway as soon as I get back.

Please enter until then and the winners will get it mailed to them this coming week.
See a few Post Below for Giveaway!!!

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

A Little Treasure I Found and Dawn's Little Mittens

A Little Treasure I Found
Dawn's Little Mittens

Look at this canvas bag I found to put on my cutting table and be all organized. Now the other picture I'm going to show is a little blurry, sorry. What is so neat about this holder, which is an electricians bag, it was only $7.99 at Harbor Freight. Just wanted to share with you.

I just loaded it with a few things, I'll get it more organized.

Dawn's Little Mittens

Dawn Edmonson has been published several times in the Somerset Magazines, which I love to get. She had the cutest mittens and rag balls in this issue and thought I would show a few I had made. Her blog is , always sharing ideas with you and is on my list to visit daily.

I'll be making some of the rag balls, so I'll take pictures of them later.

Giveaway Below!!!

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Fall pictures and Angel Swap

Fall Pictures and Angel Swap

I wanted to post a couple of pictures of the grandbabies and a peek at my Angel Swap gifts. I am going to mail them Monday, I hate they are getting to her a little after October 31st. I can't show the other side because of initials on the bag. I'll show more pictures after they arrive.

Of course the grandbabies are first. This was while we took our little vacation, they had the cutest fall decor, but the sun was in their eyes and we didn't get real good pictures.

This next one they had some geese you could feed at a certain time and we had a hard time keeping Chloe from trying to go under the fence.

And this is just a peek at some of the things I sent my Angel Swap partner. She's an excellent sewer, so I hope she likes them.

Giveaway Below!

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Fabrics $6.50 a yard, $3.25 half a yard and $1.75 FQ Giveaway See Last Post

Fabric Prices Reduced
$6.50 a yard, $3.25 half yard and $1.75 FQ
Giveaway See Last Post

I'm finally listing some of the fabric in the online shop. I have a lot of fabric to list so please check back. I thought I would just picture some of them and I have some already online. Hope to post each day. I will only charge shipping at the lowest rate possible. Priority Mail envelopes and boxes will be loaded as full as I can. Here are some of the fabrics I'm loading today.
Don't forget about the giveaway in the last post!!!

Friday, October 17, 2008



I have made so many aprons for my shop, I'm going to give another one away. It will be your choice on aprons, either the I love Lucy, red and cream polka dots, a civil war print or another toile fall print.

All aprons are on sale at this time @ the online shop for $24.00. Shipping $5.00-Priority

You will have to post for the #1 which is an apron (choice from above selections, I will ask the one that you choose when I email you) or the #2 prize which will be for the quilters. This package will include the book Simple Pleasures, it has appliqued quilts, pillows and artwork in it. 3 Caboodles in a Box, perfect to make for the teachers you know. Jelly Bellies quilt pattern, an apron pattern and a SURPRISE.

Now, you just have to leave a post and say #1 or #2.

Just love having the giveaways but this might be my last one till after Christmas. To many irons in the fire, big show coming up and I've got lots of gifts to make.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Pincushion Tutorial

Pincushion Tutorial

Instructions for Pincushion

I worked with fat quarters and had six lights, six darks and a different fat quarter for the center. Now you can make a lot out of this, just the one strip out of each fat quarter (1-1/4" X 18") made me two pincushions. I made two Log Cabins one way and then reversed the fabric layout. Now make two more Log Cabin blocks. You know at this time with the economy, you need to get as much as you can out of what you got. So very little fabric has to be used.

Cutting information

Cut 6 light strips 1-1/4" X 18"

Cut 6 dark strips 1-1/4 X 18"

Cut 4 center squares 2"

For heirloom puffing you need a strip for the outside 2-1/2" X WOF, I had some 54" wide fabric that I used but you can use 45" wide fabric.

For lining you need about 9" of muslin or whatever you have extra. From this cut two pieces the same size as the log cabin and a piece that measures 2-1/4" X 19" for heirloom puffing

Making Log Cabin

With right sides together, stitch a 1-1/4" X 18" light strip to a 2" square. Press the seam allowance toward the outside strip, I press the same direction all through the making of the log cabin. Trim the strip even with the edge of the center square.

Turn the two piece unit to the right a quarter turn. Stitch a light strip to the two piece unit. Press and trim the edges of this strip even with the edges of the two piece unit.

Working counter clockwise around the center square, continue adding alternating light and dark, strips to complete the Log Cabin block. Log Cabin blocks should measure 6-1/2" square. This site will explain a log cabin step by step.

After making log cabin block, cut a template circle measuring 6-1/2" in diameter and cut the 2 Log Cabins and 2 linings. I had a bowl that measured this. Stitch around edge of log cabin and lining to hold in place.

Gather on both sides of the 2-1/2" X WOF for heirloom puffing. Pin to 2-1/4" X 19" piece and gather to fit. I find it better to have the lining a 1/4" smaller than the heirloom puffing piece. After sewing both long sides close to edge, just to secure all the gathered edge, sew seams to form circle. Pin edges right sides together, Log Cabin block, oh it's not a block anymore, (circle) to heirloom puffing piece and sew a 3/8" seam. Be sure and leave an opening for turning on one side. Stuff it tight and add a button in the center. I sewed two antique glass button and pulled it tight in the middle.

If you have any questions, just let me know.

About giveaway, I'll have to take pictures tomorrow, I need to get film developed so I can take more. Sorry.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

What is it going to be?

What is it going to be?

Come on back tomorrow and I'll show you!
Giveaway will be posted too...

Monday, October 13, 2008

When it rains it pours!

When it rains it pours!
How many times have all of us said that. I sometimes think it comes in 3's. Our little trip was a great getaway and one that was needed.
Number 1-On the way up my car window decided to just fall down. I have a Honda and this is the 3rd time on the drivers side and 1 time on the passenger side. Now I have to tell you the only time I role down the window is to get the mail when I'm in the car or order something to go. It is to hot down here to have the window down most of the time. So what is the cause of this? Now to find something to be thankful for, it wasn't raining when it decided to fall.
Number 2-We just get home and you know all the laundry you have to wash after a trip, I go into the laundry room and our hot water heater is in this little room. Well it was leaking all on the floor. Went to Home Depot and picked one out, DH is on graveyards so this had to be done by me. Measured it got all the watts, volts and good stuff written down and off I went. What happened to all the service to help people. I loaded it on the big push cart and went to check out. I asked if someone could help me get it in the truck. We have a diesel and I need a step ladder just to crawl in the back-didn't want to do this with, you know, my best features sticking up in the air. Well this guy came and you could tell he might had been having a bad day. He put it in the truck and then told me where there was some twine if I wanted to tie it down. He then told me the water heater needed to stay in the upright position, do not let it fall over. So I go to get the twine and I'm just looking at this truck and one of my sons friends walk up and said, "Mrs Landry, you need some help" Another thing to be thankful for....
Number 3-hasn't happened, another thing to be thankful for...
You need to go to Liz's blog, she has a beautiful quilt she is giving away and it's her own pattern.
I'll be posting about my October giveaway soon!
Hugs to all,

Thursday, October 2, 2008

And the Winner Is----Finished Recipe's

The winner is, wait a minute, I think I'll give you the recipes first.

OK, first I had to taste the roast last night.

No, I didn't eat it all, I cut it from the bone and we can make sandwiches or have it for a meal. It is good. Just finished it in the crock pot and it still has that smoky flavor.
Now for the chicken enchilada's. The chicken that marinated all night and soaked up all the seasonings-Cook in sauce pan and add onions,(if desired)

Now layer tortillas on the bottom of your pan, I like to cover the whole bottom and spread the refried beans on tortillas. One large can is enough for both casseroles.

Add a layer of cooked chicken and cheese.

Another layer of tortillas, chicken, rotel tomatoes and cheese. A large can is for both casseroles. If you don't like spicy food add regular tomatoes.

Another layer of tortillas, enchilada sauce, and more cheese. I forgot to tell you I took all the calories out of this one. It is now ready to freeze. Just pop it in the oven at 350 for about 30 minutes. Don't let your cheese burn on top...

Chicken and Spaghetti

This is what I put in mine, I know there are a lot of varieties on this recipe. Remember the chickens I roasted, I deboned them and kept some of the juice. You can take all the grease off after it has been in the icebox overnight. Add celery, onion, bell peppers from DH garden (they were in my freezer), carrots, mushroom soup and seasonings. Mine consist of TexJoy, red pepper, garlic, parsley. Add all this together and simmer for about an hour, then add cheese. Let this cool, put in containers and freeze. When you are ready just cook your spaghetti and add chicken mixture.

Now for the winner-#6-Tricia Anne Won!

I'll be emailing you for your address-Congratulations!

We leave tomorrow morning for our little vacation, so if I don't hear from you Tricia by the time we leave, it will be in the mail next weekend.

I'll be thinking about what to giveaway for October while I'm gone.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Mexican Casserole, Chicken and Spaghetti and a Smoked Pork Roast, Kinda, Sorta the Recipe and it will continue!

Last day to enter for the apron Giveaway, see below!
OK, my day did not go as planned...
I forgot to Marinate the chicken earlier, so the chicken is in the icebox tonight. So, I'm listing all of the ingredients and posting some pictures and then I will be able to finish it up tomorrow. There will be 3 recipes, "Mexican Casserole", "Chicken and Spaghetti" and a "Smoked Pork Roast"

I forgot to take a picture of the tortillas...but here is what you will need. Now, I am making enough for 2 large pans to be frozen.
Some type of Fajita Marinating Sauce or you can even use the dry seasoning-enough to cover and coat chicken.
2 Cans of Enchilada Sauce
1 Large Can of Refried Beans
1 Large Can of Rotel Tomatoes
Flour Tortillas
1 Large Package of Skinless-Boneless Chicken Breast
2 TB Dried Cilantro
1 TB Ground Cumin
Shredded Cheese
Onion if you would like it, we do
You can just 1/2 this if you would like just one pan. I love to make one and put one in the freezer for a day I don't want to cook.
Now, cut your chicken and put in a container to marinate. Add fajita seasoning, Cilantro, Ground Cumin and I add a little bit of black pepper. I then let this marinate all night.

This will continue tomorrow...
This picture is the chickens I roasted for my Chicken and Spaghetti-I will debone them and will continue this tomorrow also.

Don't ya just wish I would finish something.

Next is the roast I put on a pit and smoked it for about 1-1/2 hours. Well the thing was so big it didn't finish cooking so I put it in the crock pot. I'll let you know how it turns out. I seasoned it with Worcestershire Sauce, Honey, Garlic, Red Pepper, dried onion and Salt. Boy it smells good. What does Emeril say, "You should get smell-a-vision." Maybe there should be "Smell-a-blogging"

Ya come back now!

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