// Baby Wash cloths//

Simple tutorial for these 8x8 baby wash cloths made from flannel.

The original Link to find the tutorial

I made 38 of them with flannel I had on hand. I posted all of them on my Facebook site, I’d like to sell them at an upcoming craft fair.

Here’s a few that I made…some are sets and some coordinate, others are 1 of  kind

I enjoyed making these. 

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// Sewing to Clean//

I’ve been out of Swiffer refills for about a week, I’ve been to the store at least a half dozen times and even though they were on the list…still forgotten. Tonight I remembered, I saw this Pinterest idea about making your own and hey, I had fleece and thread.

The original picture is lovely and colorful!  The link to the instructions was awful.

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I tried to follow the instructions and it was a fail..not epic, but not acceptable.

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I then took another look at the original picture and decided to just wing it.

Here are my pictures and yes, it works!

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(notice the dust) I was excited!

my easy instructions were quickly written on the back of a business card. I’ll be making more.

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so it’s been awhile…I’d love to have the time to try something new every week, but I don’t. Tonight, though I was frustrated so to my sewing room I went. Frustrated and taking on a Pinterest project seems frustrating on its own, but I was game.

// Sticky Bun Breakfast Ring or in my case, Sticky Bun Breakfast Loaf//

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2 small tubes refrigerator buttermilk biscuits OR 1 tube Pillsbury Grands buttermilk biscuits 
3 Tbsp. butter, melted
1/2 C. pancake syrup (any brand you like, I used Mrs. Buttersworth)
1/3 C. packed light brown sugar
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 C. chopped pecans, optional
1/4 C. chopped almonds, optional

Instructions:
Spray a fluted pan with non-stick spray. Combine the melted butter and syrup in a small bowl and set aside. In another bowl, combine the brown sugar, cinnamon, and nuts (if desired). Place about half of the syrup mixture in the bottom of the pan. Then sprinkle half of the brown sugar mixture on top. Lay the biscuits on the bottom of the pan, overlapping edges (closely together) to form a ring. Top with remaining syrup and sugar mixtures. Bake at 375 degrees for approximately 20-25 minutes or until golden brown. Cool for 1 minute in the pan, then invert onto a serving platter and enjoy!

I didn’t have a bundt pan so I used a loaf pan, same amount of rolls and it worked just perfect, they were easy and delicious and WILL be made again.


Here’s what mine looked like:
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(Source: stamps4fun.blogspot.com)

// Warning: 1 is delicious, 2 will give you a belly ache LOL//

I have a Pumpkin Board. I love pumpkin anything and when I found this recipe, I got all excited. I’ve been sitting on the recipe for 5 weeks. I have all the ingredients and almost always do. I keep pumpkin in my cupboard in May!!

This is the Pin. Dreamy Desserts goes into great detail and the recipe is easy, just very time consuming.

Look at her blog to see.

My pictures are as follows along with the recipe for: (I didn’t have ground cloves)

Pumpkin Whoopie Pies with Cream Cheese Filling

Makes 12-14
  • 3 cups AP Flour
  • 1 Tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup Splenda (use could white sugar if you like)
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 - 15 oz. can of pumpkin
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Beat together brown sugar, Splenda, oil and pumpkin. Add eggs one at time, mixing well after each addition, followed by the vanilla. In a separate bowl, shift together the dry ingredients. Slowly incorporate the dry ingredients into the wet until just combined. 
Using a pastry bag with a round tip, or a big zip top plastic bag with one corner snipped, squeeze out concentric circles of batter, starting from the middle and working outward until the circles are about 2 inches in diameter. Bake for 11 minutes and cool on a rack.
Cream Cheese Filling
  • 1 - 8 oz. package of cream cheese, softened
  • 1 stick of unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 - 16 oz. package of powdered sugar
  • about a capful of vanilla extract
  • a pinch of cinnamon (to taste)
Beat together cream cheese and butter. Add powdered sugar, vanilla and cinnamon. Frost flat side of half the pies and top with another piece. 

1. There are a ton of ingredients but things that most cooks/bakers have in the house 

2. There are wet ingredients and dry ingredients, then you mix them together

3. Then a pastry bag or a large ziplock with a cut tip 

4. Then swirl them in a circular pattern…mine didn’t work that way, maybe because I used the ziplock

But they looked nice after they came out of the oven

5. The ooy gooy cream cheese inside

6. The finished product

My yield 17. 

If I make nothing else off my Pumpkin pin board this fall, I will have not been disappointed!!

// Cleaning Test //

1. Vinegar and Baking Soda to refresh those musty towels…is a keeper.

See Pin

2. Making Fabric Softener…I’ve been doing it for months, can’t tell the difference. Very cheap to make and a batch whips up in no time, even my 15 year old makes it when we run out…it’s a keeper too. As you can see, I wrote the directions right on the jug.  No need to measure the conditioner, it is the exact amount.

See Pin

3.  Cleaning the gross shower floor (don’t judge me, it must be a problem if you don’t have a maid or this person wouldn’t have tried it in the first place). I don’t really want to show my results (look away now if you are squeamish). Also, I used Ajax and not Dawn.  I am going to try again with Dawn to see if it finishes the task.

BEFORE

AFTER (note: this was after 2 separate 1 hour set and scrub sessions…)

See Pin 

4. No grate laundry detergent…my husband picked out the Dawn “scent” I told him he better like it, because I’m making A LOT of laundry detergent.

It seems very thin (but looks thin in the Pin too)…I’ll report back on this one.

Just started the first load with this detergent.

What I can tell so far is that it doesn’t suds up in the washing machine, not skeptical yet…

See Pin

Update: so thin, it doesn’t suds up and it really doesn’t have a smell, BUT the clothes seem clean. Maybe I am just so used to thick detergent that suds and smells.  I think I will also try the grate kind.

// I was not going to post recipes that “I finally made”…but this, I had to give my opinion//

I was all excited, I had all the ingredients. I NEVER have all the ingredients.  I wanted to make this even easier so I mixed the marinade last night so all I’d have to do is put chicken in Crockpot, pour marinade over the chicken and turn it on.

Here’s the recipe from the original website:

Crockpot Sesame Chicken



Crockpot Sesame Chicken

2 1bs. skinless, boneless chicken thighs.
1/2 c. low sodium soy sauce
1/3 c. packed brown sugar
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
1/4 tsp. ground ginger
1 Tbsp. ketchup
1 Tbsp. toasted sesame seeds

Place chicken thighs in the slow cooker. Whisk together remaining ingredients in a bowl and pour over chicken.Cover and cook on low 6 to 8 hours or on high 3 or 4. Serves 4 - 6.
I followed the directions and cooked for the time indicated.  I walked into my house after work and it smells like somethings burning.  The brown sugar? The chicken?  I have no idea.  I take the lid off the Crockpot and the chicken looks black.  I decide to break it up, like you would for a pulled pork sandwich.  My son looks over my shoulder and says “is that beef, I thought we were having chicken” LOL.
It’s not the worst thing I’ve ever eaten, it was dry and salty.  I sprinkled more sesame seeds on top and served with sticky rice.  I will not make again, but if I did…double the marinade.




// Project #8 T-Shirt Recycle / Scarf//

One of my most favorite Old Navy T-shirts got some random holes in it. I was very disappointed until I saw this super easy tutorial on Pinterest.  I came home from work today and made it in about 20 minutes.  I love how it turned out!

My Pinterest Link

As you can see the instruction are almost too easy.  In case you want to make it, I recommend cutting each section approx 1/2” apart.

// Project #7 Cell Phone Case//

My daughter received a Firefly cell phone for Christmas.  She has been very responsible, but a boy took her phone and threw it and the face plate cracked and fell off, we found 2 of the pieces and it is now taped together.  My husband had wanted me to make a case, so I did (a little too late). 

My Pinterest Link

Cell Case

I changed a few things when I made mine today.  As the phone was smaller, I used a larger seam allowance.  I did not use a coordinating color, but I trimmed the front with a piece of bias tape.  I also used fleece instead of batting and it will have a carabiner on it to attach to her jeans.

So here is my case.  

// Project #6 Knit Scarf//

I have been wanting to try this scarf for awhile.  I had a piece of white textured knit in my fabric stash so I figured I’d use it before investing any money in a new piece of fabric. I made the scarf as directed but wasn’t real trilled with how big/thick it turned out, so I trimmed mine down and I like it much better.

My Pinterest Link

Picture one is my finished project as instructed and picture 2 is my version.  I’m not too sure I’m crazy about it being white, so I may dye it.  If so, I’ll post a revised version.

// Project #5 Bleach Pen T-Shirts//

This morning I took out one of my favorite long sleeve v-necks from Old Navy and discovered it had a bleach mark on it.  I remembered pinning this DIY project just a day or so ago.  Normally, I would have been devastated, because that’s how I roll.

BUT, I knew I could fix this problem and still be able to wear the shirt!!

My Pinterest Link

My finished project and my new old or old new shirt!!

It’s funny how bleach on black turns red, not what I expected…but I like it.

// Project #4 Hemmed Jeans//

I will NEVER hem jeans any other way.  This is genius.

My Pinterest Link

Pinned and ready to sew

Here is my finished product, I was so pleased, I was smiling while ironing!!

From a distance you can not even tell I hemmed these and without cutting the jeans.

Close-up you can kinda see where the alteration was made.  

The best part, these are for my friend’s daughter, and if she gets taller, I can just take out the stitching and iron and they will be as good as new!  

// Project #3 Roller Shades//

My husband wanted me to make curtains for the new theatre room.  I have seen fabric covered roller shade tutorials before but never had a place to hang that type of curtain.  I wanted something no frills and so I decided this was the place to use the fabric covered roller shade.

Along with this tutorial I also used this website.

My Pinterest Link

My finished project!

My husband picked out the fabric, it’s his theatre room after all.

It’s hard to get a feel for what the fabric looks like because it it black on black.  I trimmed it with velvet ribbon.  

// Project #2 Christmas Shirt//

Pinned 8 days ago and immediately fell in love.  I have cut the ribbon and chose my button.  I need to buy the shirt.  Let’s see how long this one takes me.

My Pinterest Link

11/20 Sent my hubby to Walmart to pick up a tshirt, he got distracted and came home with nothing :( Oh well, maybe I’ll stop and pick one up at Joann’s or Walmart on my way home tomorrow.  I really want to have this done by Dec 1…that’s my goal.

12/3 purchased and washed the shirt…my daughter chose black.  I will most like finish this long awaited project tomorrow!  Pretty excited actually :)

12/4 Well here it is…finished product.  I think it turned out really great!

I am always pinning sewing and craft projects...these are the ones I actually do!