Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Think Ruffles Hop Schedule





Look who is all Ruffled with EXCITEMENT!!
We are a week away from seeing what these talent artists decided to
put a ruffle on. 


March 5th

March 6th

March 7th

March 10th
 
March 11th

March 12th 

March 13th

March 14th
 

 




 Are You Ready to Ruffle?





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Sunday, February 16, 2014

A Little Stitching and a Winner

Have you seen the cute little cross-stitch along over at
I fell in love with the little
quilty blocks.
So, why not join in right?
 
Here is January's Block
 


And February's Block
 


You get to pick your own colors,
just like making your own mini quilt.
 
With this project,
I tested out my Q-Snap frame that
I picked up a month ago.
 
Let's just say,
I will not be using the round frames
anymore. 
These Q-Snap frames are definitely worth the money.
They hold your work so perfectly.
 
 


 
This one is the 6x6. 
Just perfect for this project.
 
So, I am a bit late to announce the
winner of the Grow Your Blog Party Surprise.
Thanks again to all my new and oldie (but goodie) followers.
The winner is
 
 
I will be sending you an email.  What will
she be getting?  Well, it just wouldn't be a surprise then
would it.
 
Don't forget the Ruffle hop is coming very soon,
(ohhh, what to sew)
and sign-up for the Wave You Flag Hop
Lots of fun things are going on!!
 
 
 

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Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Lace Floor

Every great project needs a supervisor, right?
Well, here was mine while I worked away.


Let's just say this little cutie had a hard
time staying out
while I was working in the room.
I am surprised that we didn't have
painted little kitten tracks
throughout the room.

This is what I started with. 



I had some great helpers
that assisted in the carpet rolling and removal. 
After, I cleaned up all the tools
my hubby rented a box sander and sanded the whole
floor.  It was quite messy and I stuck a towel under the door to prevent
any dust from entering the rest of the house.




After the sanding, I did a lot of dust clean up.
Then,  I used TSP and followed the directions
and cleaned all of the floor.
Which, then brings us to painting. 
We had a pine floor.
 I know a lot of you would scream
to here that we are going to
paint the floor. 

Yes, I said paint.


I used Valspar bare wood primer.
During all this, I also painted the walls a lovely
 grey and fluorescent lime.


I did two coats of the primer on the floor. 
Next, bring on the color.
Once again, Valspar. 
This time it was the floor and porch paint.
Don't you just love a fresh can of paint.


I put on two coats of the floor paint.
After that was completely dry,
I picked up these pretty
little stencils at my
local craft store.

http://www.michaels.com/Cathedral-Lace-Laser-Cut-Stencils/cp0551,default,pd.html

I saw that you can pick them
up at several retailers.

And then got busy stenciling
I decided to use grey floor paint
for the stenciling color.
I measured around the room
and found the exact center. 
I used chalk to mark the floor.
(Works great and you don't have to worry about marks)
I started in the middle of one side.
And then I worked to corner


Laying blue painters tape made it
perfect.  I could set my stencil against it
and I didn't have to worry about making the
pretty lace edge crooked.
You can also use the floor boards as
a guide, if they are relatively straight.


I then added the pretty lace doilies
scattered throughout
the floor.
No, measuring here. 
Just fun laying them down.



I could not have been happier with how it turned out.
It is now my favorite room in the
house.
So, bright and cheery.
No, polyurethane to add to it either.
Just sit back and
enjoy!!
It was quite cost effect too, we
spent a little under $100 for a
brand new floor.  Way cheaper than carpet
and so much prettier!!


And I had to add a little
quiltiness.   The room actually
matches my Hexie quilt I did a few months back.





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Sunday, February 2, 2014

Chicken Enchilada Soup

 
On a cold winter day
 
 
 
      nothing is better than
a little soup.  (At least, that is what I think.)
 I generally don't share many recipes,
but I tried this super yummy soup
 that was easy, delicious
and the kids loved it
 
 
 
 
5  (5 oz) chicken breasts– cooked, shredded
1 (15 ounce) can  diced tomatoes, mashed
1 (10 ounce) can enchilada sauce
1 medium onion, chopped
1 (4 ounce) can chopped green chili peppers
2 cloves garlic, minced
4 cups water
1 (14.5 ounce) can chicken broth
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 bay leaf
1 (10 ounce) package frozen corn
 
 
  1. Place all the ingredients into a crock pot.  
(I put mine in a oven safe pot and cooked it for about 5 hours at  350 degrees.)
 
2.  Cover, and cook on low setting for 6-8 hours or on high setting for 3 to 4 hours.
 
3.  Remove and discard the bay leaf from the pot.

4. Serve and add a little shredded cheese, sour cream
and maybe a couple tortilla chips
 
It was delicious.

The recipe is adapted from the Tervis blog,
which I changed up a bit to our own tastes. 
You can check out their version. 
Plus, I LOVE
their products that are made in the USA
and have a lifetime guarantee.
Let's just say I have several.
 
 
 
 
P.S. Don't forget to check out the Don't Let the Door Hit You and
the Sew She Sews hop that continues through this week.
You can find the schedule Here!
 
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