Monday, July 30, 2012

Summertime Projects

I stitched this up and then wasn't certain what to do with it.
I hung it in the window to dry, after hand-washing. I rather like it here too!
It all started with this little wiener dog stitching...
Then I crocheted a wee 100% cotton diaper bag blanket.
A closer look. Just for stroller or car seat.
My summer reading has picked up quite a bit lately!

I'm not certain what I'm going to do with these now.
I may use them in a scrap quilt I'm sorta thinking about making!

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Homemade Strawberry Cupcakes

My favourite summertime indulgence!
Homemade white cupcakes topped with white frosting and strawberries...To make these:
You'll need cutting/slicing tools. VERY important, scissors work best for the least waste.
Next needed: FRESH strawberries, washed and drained.
Grab top of strawberry top and pull off...
It will look like this.
Cut around the area where the strawberry top was attached, like this.

Once cut all around, pluck out gooey middle.
It will look like this...
Firmly hold the strawberry and sliced it in half.
Pull apart.
After all strawberries are sliced up, store in air tight container in frig, till needed.
Having pre-made a batch of white cupcakes ( I used basic recipe) A box mix will work
if that's all you have.
Add white frosting and top with cold strawberries. MAKE sure to store in refrigerator after made!
Especially during the HOT days of summer!
I like to store cupcake, un-frosted in air tight container and frost as needed.
A especially delightful treat at tea time!

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

DIY Iced Mocha Drink

Make your own Homemade Iced Mocha @ a fraction of the cost from fancy coffee houses...
Choose a coffee that is rich in flavour. I like Ikea's coffee. This one is pre-ground.
I also like the decaf Trader Joe's instant coffee, for my night time cravings.
You'll need a french coffee press also. Can be found at Ikea or most kitchen stores.
Once again, choose a chocolate syrup you like. My fav is HERshey's.
Putting it all together is the fun part...Brew the coffee, let it steep to nice and strong flavour.  Make STRONG batch of chocolate milk (milk not shown) using whatever dairy product you like. Add Chocolate milk to glass, half full. Add ice (fill to the rim of glass) fill the remaining space in glass with the STRONG, freshly brewed coffee. Stir slightly, and enjoy!

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Amazing Sewing Tutorials

This sewing-machine-cozy is so cute! Tutorial looks easy too!
Dollar Store Crafts posted this great idea using fleece baby blanket for swiffer cover and duster.

In addition to these great tutorials here are a couple sites I found to be wonderful about sewing:
Lola Nova's Blog

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