Thursday, December 25, 2008
Unlike Thanksgiving I'm not making everything from scratch... Since we're leaving for vacation the day after Christmas I really wanted to keep the mess and work to a minimum. Plus, I just really didn't want to be in the kitchen all day long... So I went to my local British Market and got Yorkshire Pudding mix and Christmas Pudding
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Well something like an elliptical would be a hard thing to hide for 3 weeks, so I decided to wait till today to go and pick it up. Well unfortunately for me, Walmart is soooo unorganized that they somehow managed to LOOSE my damn item. Now mind you this was my husband's big gift... AND I've already paid for it... And just BAM, they misplaced my elliptical! Since they don't even sell this thing in their stores, they pretty much gave me 2 options:
( 1 ) Cancel the order
( 2 ) Wait till it just "shows up"
WHAT!?! This is my husbands BIG gift! Ugh, and this is actually the 2nd year this has happened. Last year the weight machine I bought him got placed on back order and I ended up not receiving it till Mid-January! Ugh, I have the worst luck!
SUPPLIES & TOOLS:
• 1/2 yd Cotton quilting fabric
• 1/2 yd Warm & Natural® batting
• 1/2 yd Decor Bond iron-on interfacing
• 1/4 yd 12-gauge clear vinyl
• 1 pkg Velcro®
• Basic sewing supplies
• Sewing machine
1. Cut two pieces of quilting fabric 15"Hx14"W. Measure and mark 8" up each side; also mark the center of the
top. Draw a line from the sides to the center top and cut.
2. Use the cut fabric pieces as a pattern to cut two pieces each of batting and interfacing.
3. Fuse iron-on interfacing to back of fabric and pin batting to front and back panels.
4. Cut a 6"x18" piece of vinyl for pocket.
5. Cut a 3"x18" fabric piece for vinyl pocket top. Fold in half lengthwise wrong sides together and press. Fold
edges into center and press to make four layers. Stitch to top of vinyl.
6. Pin pocket onto bottom of front, dividing evenly into three pockets and stitch allowing it to pleat at bottom.
7. For small pocket, cut two pieces of fabric 31⁄2"x51⁄2". Stitch all four sides, leaving an opening; turn & press.
Place pocket above vinyl pockets, fold in small tucks on sides forming a 3" square and stitch in place along
sides and bottom.
8. To create power strip holders, cut four pieces of fabric 3"x5". Fold long edges and stitch as in #5. Cut two 3"
strips of Velcro® and sew loop portions to two fabric strips and hook portions to two fabric strips. Pin one
hook and one loop strip to bottom of charging station front 4" in from one side, and another pair 4" in from
other side. Position Velcro® so the fabric strips wrap around a power strip and hook together to hold the
power strip in place.
9. For handle, cut two fabric pieces 3"x8", fold and stitch as in #7. Cut one 8" strip of Velcro®. Stitch hook portion
to one handle strip and loop portion to other strip. Pin handle, right sides down to top of front at point.
10. Pin back to front, right sides together and stitch, leaving a 4" opening for turning. Turn, press and stitch closed.
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
A Candle in the Window
There’s a candle in the window
For our soldier off at war,
Standing constant vigil ’til
His foreign tour is o’er.
The sentinel stands faithfully
Through day and dark of night,
Reminding all who look its way,
To pray for Freedom’s fight.
For safety and for courage,
And for wisdom do we pray;
That God may grant him all these things
As his Comrade day by day.
Now stand, O Candle, bright and tall,
Alert us all, each one,
That the price of freedom is not cheap,
And its battle not yet done.
So light his way and burn for him,
And for his safe returning;
Our love will be the fuel that keeps
Our soldier’s candle burning.
So this holiday I ask you to consider placing a candle in your window for all our Soldiers, Airmen, Sailors and Marine's that are away from home this holiday season. While my husband is safe here at home, many husbands aren't.
Happy Holidays Everyone!
Monday, December 22, 2008
3/4 cup (1-1/2 sticks) butter, softened
1 cup packed brown sugar 1 pkg. (3.4 oz.)
1 pkg. JELL-O Butterscotch Instant Pudding
2 cups flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 Tbsp. ground ginger
1 Tbsp. ground cinnamon
Beat butter, egg, sugar, and dry pudding mix in large bowl with mixer until well blended. Mix remaining ingredients and gradually add to mixture. Refrigerate 1 hour or until firm. HEAT oven to 350°F. Roll out dough on lightly floured surface to 1/4-inch-thickness. Cut into gingerbread shapes and place, 2 inches apart, on greased baking sheets. BAKE 10-12 min. or until edges are lightly browned. Let stand on baking sheets 3 min. Remove to wire racks; cool completely. Decorate as desired.
* Men’s 100% wool long-sleeved sweater (the thicker the better!)
* The actual club you are crafting the cover for
* Straight pins
* Sharp scissors
* Sewing machine
Step by Step
2. Pin the cuff of the sleeve so the club head just fits through the opening. Make sure there is a tight fit so you don't have a lot of extra bulk around the shaft of the club.
Sunday, December 21, 2008
Saturday, December 20, 2008
Ok, so this is not the Walmart we usually go to. But it happened to be out where we went to dinner yesterday, so I decided to just run in and grab the items that we were planning to buy from the Walmart closer to our house. This is so frustrating, I only caught one thing at the time, and didn't really look at everything else till we got in the car... And at that point it was too late and not going back into the store to stand in the 45 minute costumer service line to return it.
Jumperoo marked $39.99, charged $59.96; Cookie Cutters marked $4.99, charged $6.00; Ballet Flat Shoes marked $8.99, charged $10.00; But this is the one that irritates me the most... Toddler Shoes marked $9.99, charged $10.00, at home I pealed off the sale sticker to see that she original price of the shoes were $6.99!
I caught the Jumperoo at the time and didn't end up buying it... But the rest I ended up paying for... Now yeah, that's only the difference of $5.03, which to me wasn't worth standing in the 45 minute customer service line... But the crappy thing for the consumers is I know I was NOT the only person that this happened to! You've got to figure there had to of been a good 200 people who went through those registers just in the hour I was in there... Now if each of those 200 people were wrongfully over charged $5, that's an extra $1000 for that Walmart... JUST IN A HOUR... Coming out to $24,000 a day, $168,000 a week and $672,000 just for the month of December!
Empty half-gallon cardboard milk or juice carton (rinsed and dried)
10" white candle
candle scent- optional
2 lb. wax
Prior to melting the wax you can prepare the mold. Place candle in the middle of the carton and fill with ice cubes. Make sure candle is centered while filling carton. Place carton in freezer until ready to use. Melt wax in coffee can placed in a pan with several inches of water over low to medium heat. Add bits of crayon/candle coloring and candle scent as desired. Stir wax while melting usingan old wooden spoon or wooden dowel. Do not leave melting wax unattended on stove. When the wax has melted, remove the mold from the freezer and slowly pour the melted wax into the mold. Make sure the coffee can is not too hot to handle prior to pouring the wax. Fill to the top of the mold and let sit for at least 15 minutes. The ice cubes will start to melt and you can drain water out of the candle by holding over the sink. Let candle sit for another 15 minutes and drain again. Repeat several more times, then carefully peel away the carton from the candle. Let the candle sit for several more hours in order to ensure all of the water has drained out. You can dust the outside with glitter for decoration. Place on a ironstone plate, decorate bottom of candle with greenery, light & enjoy.
Friday, December 19, 2008
So I baked a bunch of cookies yesterday and drop them off at FedEx at 4pm to be sent priority overnight from here (Hampton Roads, VA) to my parents in Orange County, CA... 2800 miles, and 9 states away! At 9am... Only 17 hours later... What did my mom receive? The box! In tact!
I seriously love FedEx! This is the 2nd box I've sent priority overnight which is totally worth every penny it costs!
Thursday, December 18, 2008
Here's the deal... You print this template out, carefully cut along the black line and discard the grey striped area. You basically just use this as a stencil, staggering the prints on the ground, sprinkling with baking powder or carpet fresh maybe mixed with a little glitter (FYI, don't use baby powder, it's too fine and impossible to clean up)... And voilà! Santa tracks!
33cm x 28cm Printed Cotton
33cm x 28cm Toweling
33cm x 28cm Flannel or Similar
1. Make a pattern or use one from the internet - chickpea sewing studio has a good one. Mine is longer than hers, and you can adjust the pattern to suit what you want. I based mine on a bib I was given when my girls were small. (Thanks Anita!)
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
2 pieces of light green fleece, each 24 by 20 inches
3 pieces of dark green felt, each 24 by 20 inches
Long sewing pins
Large-eye sewing needle
Dark green embroidery floss
Red jingle bells, 4 medium and 1 large
9 inches of red twist cord
Time needed: About 2 to 3 Hours
1. The Basic Stocking: Click here to download the elf boot stocking pattern.
2. Cut 1 boot shape from each piece of the light green fleece
3. Cut a decorative shape from 1 piece of the dark green felt for the front of the stocking and 1 stocking shape from each of the remaining 2 pieces of the felt.
4. Place a light green boot on top of a dark green boot, pin the decorative shape on top, and use the floss to whipstitch (see page 131) around the inner edge of decorative shape through both boots.
7. At the top, sew together the front 2 edges, then the back 2.
8. Fold down the top to make a cuff.
9. The trimmings: Use the floss to sew the medium red bells to the decorative shape and the large red bell to the toe tip.
10. Tape the ends of the cord to keep them from fraying, then sew the cord to the stocking for hanging.
11. Stuff the curly toe of the boot with fiberfill to keep it from flopping over when the stocking is empty.
Tips: A Stitch for All StockingsThread your needle with a length of floss and knot one end. Begin sewing by pushing the needle up through the underside of the fabric and then out the top. Loop the needle back under the fabric and repeat the stitch.
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
A significant number of online schools showed up among the winners, along with educational institutions that offer both accredited online degree programs and traditional on-campus classes.
Those selected are institutions that open their arms to active duty and non-active duty military. Many of these schools are either located in close proximity to military bases, are distance-learning schools, or offer courses directly on military installations. Others provide special scholarships and financial aid to the troops and their wives. But almost all bend over backwards to offer additional support and consideration to members of the military and their families.
The top 30 military-friendly colleges are as follows:
American Military University
Central Texas College
Coastline Community College
Colorado Technical University
Saint Leo College
Thomas Edison State College
University of Maryland
The University of Oklahoma
American InterContinental University Online
Central Michigan University
Colorado State University-Pueblo
Columbia Southern University
Duquesne University School of Leadership
Florida Community College
Hawaii Pacific University
Jones International University
Kansas State University
Southern Illinois University Carbondale
University of Mary
The University of North Carolina at Pembroke
Western Governors University
Here is the cutting layout, although it doesn’t include the second apron piece laid out. These measurements are for an apron that fit my Owen, who wears a 2T. The same concept embiggened would fit an older child, or even yourself. Just measure yourself where an apron would be, and remember to halve the measurements for cutting on the fold, and to add enough for a 1/2” seam allowance.
Once your pieces are cut, assemble the apron strings. I usually assemble strings and straps thiswise: fold them in half lengthwise and press, then unfold. Fold from the edge to the center fold line lengthwise for top and bottom. Press. Then fold in half, enclosing the raw edges, and sew along the open side. Turn one short edge under twice and stitch it down.
With the right side of one of the unfolded apron pieces facing up, lay the apron strings in the appropriate places, raw edges matching and strings toward the center. Pin them in place as shown below. Lay the other apron piece on top, right sides facing. Starting about 3” from the center bottom, stitch all the way around the edge, using a 1/2” seam, and going over the straps. Stop a few inches from where you started to leave room to turn (be sure to backstitch).
Be sure to clip the seam allowance nearly to the stitching line on the curves, to make them lie flat, and trim corners at a 45-degree angle to eliminate bulk.
Turn it inside out. Press.
Suckers will hand-slipstitch the opening closed; lazy people like me will edgestitch the whole thing. Then voila! Apron!