Thursday, September 13, 2012

Army Soap

I made some melt and pour soap that I thought the man at my house might like. Is there any man out there that doesn't appreciate camoflauge?  If there are, they don't live at my house.
 I used Cedarwood essential oil to scent it to make it smell like he might actually be in the woods.  Plus, I really love it!  After melting and adding the essential oil to the soap, I split it into containers and put a different color in each one.  I squirted a bit of each color in the bottom of round molds, spritzing with isopropyl alcohol between each color, until the bottom was fully covered.  Then I took turns pouring the remaining soap to fill the molds, again spritzing between colors.  I let them harden for a few hours and popped them out.  For measurements and step by step photos, go to this tutorial.
What are your suggestions for masculine scented soap?

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Crochet Spiral Coaster

I needed a coaster so I made one.
The pattern came from here
Changes I made to the original pattern:
I used a size G crochet hook and sport weight yarn for the main color and something (?) thicker from my yarn on hand for the spiral.  I only did rounds 1,2, 3 and 5.   I did 3 chains for the loop and 2 for each of the scallops on the edge.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Herb Garden

 I am trying an herb garden this year.

I ended up with not enough soil so I had to get more and replant.  They are looking good so far.  I need to do some reading up on the herbs.


Saturday, June 9, 2012

Monday, June 4, 2012


How did you spend your day?

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Americana Pinafore Sundress

Introducing:  The Americana Pinafore Sundress
It comes in two colors:  Red with Blue
                                    Blue with Red

Choose from sizes 2T, 3T or 4T
It's 100% cotton and machine washable.

Click over to the Simple Blue to purchase this wonderfully patriotic summer dress!

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Make it Last a Little Longer #3

This shirt was too short on the tummy and the arms.  I ruched the sleeves and added a skirt to make it a three tiered maxi dress.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Easter Bunnies

James, Oreo, Shadow, Cookies and Cream, and Lily

These little guys were born Easter Morning.  The picture below was taken a week or so ago.  The others were taken yesterday. They sure are cute and soft little things.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012


 So we got a few chicks.  When I say a few I mean 31.  In a small way they inspired the following deviled eggs, but the main inspiration came from something I saw on Pinterest. 

 I got tired and the kids were hungry before I got done so the eyes have a small problem.

And this one ended up with no eyes at all.

When I was cutting open the eggs I came across a white yolk! This is caused by a really rare mutation in the digestive system of the chicken.  Now that I know that this is a possibility, I am hoping we end up with a mutant chicken that provides us with all white eggs.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

St. Patrick's Day

 We started our day off with a stack of rainbow pancakes.  Bananas were added for clouds and we counted the pure maple syrup as our pot of liquid gold.  To make the rainbow I added food coloring into my favorite pancake batter and cooked as usual.  For next time I might find a way to flavor the pancakes different flavors.  That way we can have a rainbow of flavors too! We had our traditional dinner of corned beef and cabbage. This year I tried roasting the cabbage instead of steaming it.  I used this recipe of Martha Stewart's, except I used fresh rosemary instead of the caraway or fennel seeds. I will definitely cook cabbage this way again. We ended the day with a drink of lemon lime soda with a scoop of lime sherbet floating in it.