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Voting time! Umbrella Prints Trimming Competition

Voting time! Umbrella Prints Trimming Competition

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It’s voting time for the Umbrella Prints Trimming Competition! If you don’t mind, could you please leave a comment on this pin of my entry? The one with the most comments wins the people’s choice award.

Here’s the full details about my entry, too.

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Thank you in advance! (Warning: I may harass you with a reminder before voting/comments end on Friday, too!)

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Dutch Baby Pancakes

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Mmm, I love Dutch Baby Pancakes! Have you had these? It is like a big giant pancake you bake in the oven and then add whatever toppings you want.dutch baby pancake

A little confectioner’s sugar on top is yummy.dutch baby pancake2

Or guild the lily and add syrup and fresh sliced bananas, too.dutch baby pancake3

Yum!

Dutch Baby Pancake
  • 3 eggs
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 stick butter

Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Put the…

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Handmade Gifts for My Mum

Handmade Gifts for My Mum

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My mom celebrated a milestone birthday recently (click here for party details found on my elder sister’s blog), and my sisters decided to give her an iPad mini. (Let’s just say she was delighted by this. Who wouldn’t be?) I stitched her up a case for her new techno gadget using an Anna Maria Horner fabric (same one I accented my ballet bag with) and a super soft blue flannel for the lining. I…

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I do love this fabric line! Although I love all of Heather Ross’s fabric. ;)
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A close up of the amazing fabric which is Briar Rose by Heather Ross. I particularly love the little crickets and bees! 🐝🌿

I do love this fabric line! Although I love all of Heather Ross’s fabric. ;)

reblogged from scissorsandthread:

A close up of the amazing fabric which is Briar Rose by Heather Ross. I particularly love the little crickets and bees! 🐝🌿

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Creating with the Kiddo: Paper Flowers

Creating with the Kiddo: Paper Flowers

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The kiddo is one creative kid. making art He loves coming up with ideas for art projects, like this creature he made out of paper, marker, and pipe cleaners.pipe cleaner creature

The paper part was a collaboration between the two of us. He decided the paper should have lines of various sizes interacting with each other and filling the surface. When this was done, he punched holes in the paper and used pipe cleaners for legs,…

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Family Recipes

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bread My mom gave me a copy of my great grandmother’s Sour Cream Nut Bread recipe. I was in a baking mood the other day but didn’t have nuts, so I made Sour Cream Blueberry Bread instead. It was so yummy! It is not a sweet bread, so it is great for any time of day and goes great with a cup of tea. Plus, I am hugely sentimental, so baking one of my great grandmother’s recipes is inherently wonderful.

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A Flying Gnome

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gnomeI just finished up a Stuffy swap where the assignment was to create a winged creature stuffy. I found a cute gnome ornament pattern from Skip and Scatter’s blog that I edited to turn into a stuffy, plus I added a pair of wings (what’s more magical than a gnome, you say? a gnome with wings!). Made out of felt and entirely hand sewn, here is Mr. Winged Gnome, complete with a cloud to rest on (those…

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Chocolate Chip Scones

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scones What is yummier than something to eat with a nice cup of tea? Something with chocolate chips in it, of course! This recipe for chocolate chip scones is my new go-to recipe for when I need something sweet (but not too sweet). Easy to make, yummy to eat, and they seem to be a hit every time I make them.

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Chocolate Chip Scones

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups Original Bisquick mix
  • ½ cup semisweet chocolate chips

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Umbrella Prints Trimmings Competition 2014

Umbrella Prints Trimmings Competition 2014

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You may recall my inability to actually get my entry done in time for the previous two years for the Umbrella Prints Trimmings Competition. Well, sir, that isn’t happening again this year! I absolutely love Umbrella Prints fabric and can only imagine how wonderful it would be to work with yardage of it. The trimmings packs have a lovely assortment of little pieces of their different fabrics (each…

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Ballet

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A little over a month ago, I started doing ballet again. I had forgotten just how much I love it– and need it. It is like therapy, a chance to clear my head, focus on nothing more than the line of my body, position of my feet, and placement of my hands. It lets my body and head unite for an act of beauty. My class each week refreshes me like nothing else does.

Anything that brings so much joy…

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Good Friday

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Today is Good Friday, and I am going to be completely honest: I dislike Good Friday. It depresses me endlessly. We read Isaiah 52:13-53:12 during the Good Friday liturgy and it makes me want to cry.

He was despised and rejected by others;

a man of suffering and acquainted with infirmity;

and as one from whom others hide their faces

he was despised, and we held him of no account.

…But he was…

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