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button fairy
Nenufar Blanco creates the most lovely button fairies and got the whole button fairy party started.  I found that she had an Etsy shop and was selling little button fairy brooches and HAD to have one.  She arrived in all her loveliness and I am thrilled.  She is a cutie, no?
I had previously given a sneak peek of the back of this postcard for Barbara.  She has received it so I can now show you the front. 
barbara’s postcard
See what I meant about the fabric dictating the design?  I loved the mix of the candy cane fabrics and thought it made a very cute postcard.  I found all 3 of the fabrics along with another one with a Christmas tree print the same day at Goodwill for 99 cents. 

Photo courtesy of Not Quite Vintage

Today, I will be working on this for the family I spend Christmas with each year and the lady that hosts the Christmas Day brunch I attend.  I try to have a little something for all of them.  I have the felt cut, the jumbo paperclips bought and now the sewing will commence.   You can get the tutorial here
Before I sign off, here is the recipe I created last night.  It is sooooooo good.
Pumpkin Cranberry Bread
Submitted by: Linda White Prep Time: 20 Minutes
Cook Time: 1 Hour
Ready In: 1 Hour 20 Minutes
Yields: 14 servings

“Delicious, moist and tangy bread. Good for lunch boxes and anytime snacks!”
INGREDIENTS:
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
2 cups white sugar
1 (15 ounce) can pumpkin
puree
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 cup dried cranberries
1 cup chopped walnuts
DIRECTIONS:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour 2 9×5 inch loaf pans (or 4 mini loaf pans).
2. In a mixing bowl, combine flour, pumpkin pie spice, baking powder and salt.
3. Combine eggs, sugar, pumpkin and oil in small mixing bowl, beat until just blended. Stir the wet mixture into the dry with a wooden spoon until batter is just moistened. Fold the cranberries and walnuts into the batter. Spoon the batter into the prepared loaf pans.
4. Bake in preheated oven for 50 to 60 minutes. (If using mini loaf pans, begin checking bread after 25 minutes.)
ALL RIGHTS RESERVED © 2007 Allrecipes.com Printed from Allrecipes.com 12/20/2007
As it my style, I dive in before assessing the status of all the ingredients.  I found that I only had about 1/8th of a cup of oil (I mean you NEVER run out of oil!).  I had some EVOO and thought, “oh well”!  It was great and you cannot taste the EVOO flavor.  I was torn between adding that and adding applesauce  as a substitution.  Glad I went for the oil as it is moist and lovely as pumpkin bread should be.
The weekend before Christmas is about here.  Enjoy!  Hope your list is either done or thisclose to done!

Sorry for the wrapping of the post, wordpress codes are not working today.

{Picture it and hear it in that fight ring announcers voice}….

In this corner weighing in with sewing skills, crafting muscle and lots and lots of hefty fabrics…the Sister of Sweetness, the Mama of Mama Said Sew…CHRISTY!

And in this corner weighing in at 80 pounds soaking wet of felt, booties, funny hat and merriment…that helper of Santa,  that crafter of toys and all around merrimaker…ELF!

It is a cage match, the first one to make a present wins.

My money is on my sweet sister!   She can kick elf butt in cuteness, creativity,
and holiday spirit!

I posted this picture from the Anthro catalog.  Imagine my surprise today when I opened my swap package to find this inside.  How lovely and how great is that!  Oh, I squealed with glee!  I did a little dance around the room as I clutched it near.  It is FABULOUS!

stocking

Inside it was stuffed much goodness.

goodies

A measuring conversion table, a handmade card, 4 recipes on handmade cards, a lovely scarf with a pin for the spring, a Santa candle, Mrs. Smith’s candies, notecards with my initial, postcard templates, some bath bombs, Reese’s lip balm (I love Reese’s), there was also peppermint bark that she made and some Reese’s cups, too.  She also made me a really cool scarf that she didn’t sew.  I am still trying to figure out how she wove it without knitting, crocheting or sewing.  Hmmm….  She also had a packet of Forget Me Not seeds, oh but how could I forget my sweet, sweet sister?

It has been great getting to know Christy, admiring her craft, and seeing the joy on her little man’s face over the gifts I sent to him.  He has loved all of the gifts and that makes me smile.  Isn’t it great to make a kid smile!  Greater still, to make his Mom smile, too.

I am sad that our monthly packages will stop now, but I have a crafty buddy that I may never ever meet, but we shall always stay close.  We have committed to some other future crafty goodness, but no firm ones yet as we are trying to get through the holiday. 

Christy, I hereby dub thee:

Beaker Floppity Feet

Courtesy of Christmas Elf Name Generator

Shuffling off to the North Pole,
Lucky Tum-Tums

 

I received this e-mail from Josue who I had blogged about previously.  He draws a strip for a Canadian paper and then compiles the year of strips into a book and I purchased the last one, Everyday Things

A couple of months ago, you purchased my book, Everyday Things.   As always, I’m very grateful for your support.  I went to your webblog and enjoyed reading about your interests.  This in turn inspired me to write a story for my comic strip. It’s not exactly your story, but I thought you might like it.  I wanted to share it with you since you inspired it.  Thank you very much.
Josue Menjivar

He attached this panel.

josue cartoon

 The most ironic part of it all (and Josue didn’t know this) is that my Mother sewed on an old Trettle (Treddle?) sewing machine.  It looked very much like what he drew in the panel.  Ironic or that creative 6th sense, you decide!

 What a rush to know that you inspired someone to create art!  I was further honored to see that it made it to the paper, too.  It was a happy day here at the Casa De Crafty! 

Thanks, Josue!  I love it!  You made my day!

I thought I should return to blogging of the crafty nature.  After all, I am supposed to be crafty!

On Saturday at Feathernesters it was a lovely lunch with my friends Angela and Amy.  Crafting of ornaments for both of them ensued on the night before and here is what they received.

A dove using a tutorial from Bella Dia for Amy. 

dove

The felted sweater I used was a bit thin so I decided to sew it and turn it instead of sewing as the tutorial indicates.  I didn’t cut it any larger to accommodate for it.

Owls using this Japanese tutorial  for Angela and Amy’s daughter, Brianna. 

owls

I couldn’t get what to do with the bottom, so I used the sewn together owl to cut a circle that I sewed onto the bottom.  It made a nice base so it can stand or hang. 

Angela gave me some scrapbook paper and I used a bit along with some text from a magazine to make this pendant for me.

pendant1pendant2

Inspired by the owl ornaments, I made this owl brooch.

owl brooch

And I had given you a few sneak peeks previously and now that they have been received here are the items.

The sneak peek  for Christy, my Sweet Sister Swap partner, was the button closure of this felted wool patchwork tote. 

tote fronttote inside

tote back

The patches are made from sweaters that I thrifted/felted and cut randomly.  I then added the patchwork squares with pinked edges for a bit more color and some pretty vintage buttons to hold down the centers.  I was hesitant to use fusing as it might burn the wool.  I put lots of pockets on the inside, too (a must).  The inside is a thrifted skirt that I liked the material.  I also lined the inside of the handles with it. 

I was so happy how this turned out that I will soon make myself one.  I came thisclose to not getting this in her box of goodies.  If you want to see what I sent to her for the swap you can see here

And this sneak peek was the button on this necktie scarf for Kiva.  She won the 100th post giveaway.

kiva’s scarf

Whew, that was a lot of craftiness.  What could she possibly have left?  Stay tuned!

Hope your weekend was great and the week off to a good start.

You decide.

Dumb Family Feud Family

10. Up on the Mousetop
9. Have Yourself a Furry Little Christmas
8. Joy to the Curled
7. I Saw Mommy Hiss at Santa Claus
6. The First Meow
5. Oh, Come All Ye Fishful
4. Silent Mice
3. Fluffy, the Snowman
2. Jingle Balls
1. Wreck the Halls!

Hope your weekend is winding down well and you are finished with the shopping!

Check out the rest of the gallery here.  There are about 80+ pics. 

Enjoy (or maybe not if you are the little ones in the pics)!

If you’re hitting the malls, I want you to be prepared!

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Parking Lot Rules For Last Minute Christmas Shoppers   

1.  When waiting for a parking spot, stop in the middle of the road, don’t signal, and orient your car diagonally to prevent others from passing.  

2.  Always park on the lines, taking up as many spots as possible. Diagonal parking is preferred.  

3.  In a crowded parking lot, if you find a spot and have the opportunity to pull through to an adjacent one, drive up half way and stop on the line, taking both.  

4.  As you pull into a spot, if you see that the space ahead of you is empty and you see another driver signaling to take it, pull through and take it from him.  

5.  Always park close enough to the adjacent car so that the other driver must grease up with Vaseline to squeeze into his/her car.  

6.  When getting out of your car, hit the adjacent vehicle with your door really hard.

7.  When driving through the parking lot, ignore the painted lanes and drive diagonally from one end to another at a high rate of speed.  

8.  When stopped in front of a store and waiting for a friend or relative to make a purchase, make sure that you are stopped in the middle of the road. The same rules applies to picking-up and discharging passengers.  

9.  When a vehicle from the opposite direction is signaling and waiting for a parking space, position your car so that you are in his way and let the car behind you take it.  

It is once again Friday for the Arts in Petersburg, so if you are in the area check it out! 

Have a great weekend!  

 Can you picture it?  A 5′ 10″ dwarf with a silly hat and the funny shoes sewing away! 

I am, in the words of my friend Clara, statuesque.  Always taller than the others and “big boned” {insert: never met a sweet that I didn’t like}.  I remember in grade school, since I was a sturdy kid, I always got the privilege (??) of carrying my teacher’s tray back to the cafeteria after lunch.  The untold joy of “you’re tall, can you get that for me?”  And the one that makes my heart sing…”Hey grab that side of this very heavy thing and HEAVE!” 

Never was good at basketball and contrary to assumptions, you are “not good” at b-ball just because you are tall!  However, if they needed a wall on the court to stand there with arms flailing and jumping, I would be the girl! 

Apparently, I have some things to work through (still)! 

I owed a couple of items so got busy last night making the promised.  First, I worked on the Christmas postcard for Barbara.  Here is the back of the card, the front will be posted once she has received it. 

postcard back

I have an aversion for solid backs on my cards.  It is always a challenge to see what I can use and still have the writing/address show up.  Since I posted the pic of the other card already, I felt I owed Barbara a new one.  I really like it and it was made from material I thrifted from the Goodwill last week.  The fabric dictated the design which you will see when I post the front as soon as Barbara receives it.  It is going out today, Barbara. 

Next, I made the necktie scarf that Kiva requested.  Kiva won my 100th post giveaway and was able to choose from all of my crafty repertoire for her prize.  Here is the sneak peek of what is going into the mail today for you, Kiva.

necktie button

Is that the coolest button!  I was digging through my bountiful bottles of buttons and came upon it.  Love it and it is the perfect compliment to the tie it’s on.   I will post the entire scarf once Kiva has received it so I don’t spoil her surprise.  She has been feeling a bit puny, so hope this will make her smile. 

And a bit of humor for us all:

Helpful Holiday Diet Tips

 1. If no one sees you eat it, it has no calories

2. If you drink a diet soda with a candy bar, they cancel each other out

3. If you eat standing up, it doesn’t count!

4. STRESSED is just DESSERTS spelled backwards

5. If you eat the food off someone else’s plate, it doesn’t count

6, Cookie pieces contain no calories because the process of breakage causes calorie leakage

7. Food used for medicinal purposes have no calories. This includes: any chocolate used for energy, brandy, cheesecake, and Haagen-Daz Ice Cream

8. When eating with someone else, calories don’t count if you both eat the same amount

9. Movie-related foods are much lower in calories simply because they are a part of the entertainment experience and not part of one’s personal fuel. This includes: Milk Duds, popcorn with butter, Junior Mints, Snickers, and Gummi Bears.

Hope your week is winding down well!

Received this via an e-mail and thought it too funny not to share!

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Dearest John:

I went to the door today and the postman delivered a partridge in a pear tree. What a delightful gift. I couldn’t have been more surprised.

With dearest love and affection, Agnes

***

December 15th

Dearest John:

Today the postman brought your very sweet gift. Just imagine, two turtle doves…. I’m just delighted at your very thoughtful gift. They are just adorable.

All my love, Agnes

***

December 16th

Dear John:

Oh, aren’t you the extravagant one! Now I must protest. I don’t deserve such generosity. Three french hens. They are just darling but I must insist…. you’re just too kind.

Love Agnes

***

December 17th

Today the postman delivered four calling birds. Now really! They are beautiful, but don’t you think enough is enough? You’re being too romantic.

Affectionately, Agnes

***

December 18th

Dearest John:

What a surprise! Today the postman delivered five golden rings. One for each finger. You’re just impossible, but I love it. Frankly, John, all those squawking birds were beginning to get on my nerves.

All my love, Agnes

***

December 19th

Dear John:

When I opened the door there were actually six geese-a-laying on my front steps. So you’re back to the birds again, huh? Those geese are huge. Where will I ever keep them? The neighbors are complaining and I can’t sleep through the racket. PLEASE STOP!

Cordially, Agnes

***

December 20th

John:

What’s with you and those birds???? Seven swans-a-swimming. What kind of joke is this? There’s bird do-do all over the house and they never stop the racket. I’m a nervous wreck and I can’t sleep all night. IT’S NOT FUNNY…….So stop with those birds.

Sincerely, Agnes

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December 21st

OK Buster:

I think I prefer the birds. What am I going to do with eight maids-a-milking? It’s not enough with all those birds and eight maids-a-milking, but they had to bring their own cows. There is poop all over the lawn and I can’t move into my own house. Just lay off me.

Agnes

***

December 22nd

Hey:

What are you? Some kind of sadist? Now there’s nine pipers playing. And do they play! They never stopped chasing those maids since they got here yesterday morning. The cows are upset and are stepping all over those screeching birds. No wonder they screech. What am I going to do? The neighbors have started a petition to evict me. You’ll get yours.

From Agnes

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December 23rd

You Creep!

Now there’s ten ladies dancing – I don’t know why I call them ladies. Now the cows can’t sleep and they’ve got diarrhea. My living room is a river of poop. The commissioner of buildings has subpoenaed me to give cause why the building shouldn’t be condemned. I’m sicking the police on you.

One who means it, Agnes

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December 24th

Listen Idiot:

What’s with the eleven lords a-leaping? All 234 of the birds are dead. I hope you’re satisfied, you rotten swine.

Your sworn enemy, Miss Agnes McCallister

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December 25th (From the law offices Taeker, Spedar, and Baegar)

Dear Sir:

This is to acknowledge your latest gift of twelve fiddlers fiddling, which you have seen fit to inflict on our client, Miss Agnes McCallister. The destruction, of course, was total. All correspondence should come to our attention. If you should attempt to reach Miss McCallister at Happy Dale Sanitarium, the attendants have instructions to shoot you on sight. With this letter, please find attached a warrant for your arrest.

-Merry Christmas

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