Sunday, January 23, 2011
Speaking of sweet things, here's my sweet little Nature Girl. She was bored the other day and asked to pull out the playdoh. She played for a couple of hours setting up a playdoh town. She got to wear the playdough apron her Mimi got her for Christmas.
These are her playdoh people sitting under a tree she devised. I love to watch her play and create!
Saturday, January 22, 2011
Here's hoping 2011 is filled with good things for you and lots of time to create and enjoy life!
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
1 ½ cup sugar
½ cup vegetable oil
1 cup pumpkin pie filling
1 ¼ cup flour
1 tsp. baking soda
½ tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
¼ tsp. cloves
¼ tsp. cinnamon
½ tsp. nutmeg
½ tsp. allspice
1/3 cup water
½ tsp. vanilla
Mix together sugar, oil and eggs. Then add pumpkin.
Sift together flour, baking powder and soda, salt, cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice. Add to mixture.
Add water and vanilla. Mix well.
Bake at 350 in greased loaf pan for approximately 50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
Yield: This recipe makes one large loaf.
Monday, January 17, 2011
Nature Girl drew this picture of Jingle the huskie to ring in the new year. She received Jingle the huskie pup and his interactive story from Ann. Thanks Ann! Nature Girl loves him as huskies have a new place in her heart, a place right next to orange kitties. In her book orange kitties are right at the top.
This is my new year's doodle. So Happy New Year to all of you from Nature Girl and I!
Tuesday, January 4, 2011
I've made a couple of pairs so far. I used this tutorial and pattern here and my husband sent me a link for another video and pattern here. This video is kind of long but she shows you how to ensure that you end up with a right and a left mitten. Seems obvious but it's easy to end up with two left handed mittens so the videos are helpful. Before I watched the second video I ended up with two left handed mittens. Not to worry I used the same sweater to make the right handed mittens for my two lefties but I'm sad to say I now have four left handed mittens instead of two. Ha, ha! Thankfully it was an ugly sweater that my brother in law gave me. He's living in Hawaii and doesn't need the sweater or the mittens so nothing lost.
I made this pair of mittens for myself. I'd like to try making a matching hat for my mittens. Or maybe I could create some slippers or something else with my left over felted sweaters. I've spent some time looking around Etsy for some inspiration. Looking for some cute felt slippers? Check out these rabbit slippers on Etsy, aren't they amazing?!!
Lastly I wrapped a pair of my homemade warm woolen mittens for my mom. I thought the packaging was ingenious but when I asked my husband if he got it he said "What, is it packaging for poor people?" I explained that it was warm woolen mittens in brown paper packages tied up with string . . . these are a few of my favorite things. I told him my mom would get it as we watched the Sound of Music together lots of times when I was a child. He laughed when she opened it and I asked if she got the packaging. It turns out it wasn't as ingenious as I thought, I had to explain it to her too. She did love the mittens though!