Friday, February 27, 2009

How Not To Make a Poodle Skirt

1.  Make a late hour run to the fabric store with your daughter to pick out material.

2.  Chuckle when the lady at Joann's tells you that your poodle skirt is going to be short.

3.  Wait until 11:30pm to pull out your material and try to draft a pattern.

4.  Realize that the lady at Joann's was right.  You didn't buy enough fabric.

5.  Cut out the skirt and piece together a yoke to give it more length.

6.  Tell your husband it will only take you a few minutes to put it all together.  Roll your eyes when he tells you all your projects take an hour.

7.  Use your serger to whip it all together super quick.  Then spend at least 30 minutes fiddling with the ribbon trim at the top.  Iron on the poodle decal.

8.  Show your hubby the new poodle skirt and try not to point out that he was right; it took you 1 hour.  

9.  Pretend like you meant to leave off the poodle leash when hubby points it out. 

10.  Paint on poodle leash.  Pray that daughter will not hate the skirt saving you from trying to make a new one before school.

11.  Breath a sigh of relief when daughter loves it.

Thursday, February 26, 2009


I hit 100 hearts on Etsy! 

(It basically just means that 100 people stumbled upon my shop and liked it enough to bookmark it.) 

But I feel pretty special anyway.  :)

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

30 Days of Meals

 A well stocked pantry is a wonderful thing.  I am always working on mine and was definitely interested when a friend of mine blogged about an easy way to accumulate enough food for 30 days of meals.  She suggested that the 30 days could be broken down into 10 of your family's favorite meals making sure to have enough ingredients on hand to make each meal 3 times.  Sounds easy enough!

Here's my list of meals.  They are easily made with frozen, canned and dry ingredients.

Pasta with olive oil, tomatoes, olives and mushrooms
Chili with rice and cornbread
Indian curry with chickpeas, sweet potatoes, spiced rice and peas
Chicken noodle soup (with or without meat) and dumplings
Cuban style black beans with rice and flat bread
Chicken pot pie with veggies
Hawaiin Haystacks with pineapple, slivered almonds, crunchy noodles, and coconut
13 bean soup with fresh rolls
Quick bean burritos (pinto)
Sticky chicken with rice, veggies and mandarin oranges

Of course, all of these meals would best be enhanced with the addition of a fresh vegetable and or fruit.  I also keep oatmeal, pancake mix and syrup on hand for breakfasts (we don't eat a lot of boxed cereal) and plenty of ingredients for bread (flour, yeast and oils), peanut butter and homemade jams for lunches.

Monday, February 23, 2009

Back from Vacation

It was absolutely fantastic to have a get away with my hubby, but it feels good to be home.  I've an itch to do some knitting.  I didn't bring any with me because I was too afraid that the airport would think the needles were deadly weapons and confiscate them.  :)

Friday, February 6, 2009


It's fun to look back at the things I've created.

Sunday, February 1, 2009

A Hat for Moo

Moo requested a new hat and I was happy to oblige.  This roll brim hat was a quick knit.  I used a double strand of fuzzy acrylic and warm wool.  I like the way the striping turned out.