Another Saturday of Show and Tell…

This is beginning to get ridiculous me not being able to get any sewing done… I sure hope I don’t forget how to make doll clothes. I had every intention to get in there today…but my hubby asked for a haircut… (can’t put doll sewing before that). Then he asked if I could mend his socks…he’s only been asking me for about the last 3 weeks… so I had to do it… (can’t put doll sewing before that).
I had to take care of a phone problem at my mom’s and had to do it at HER house… (can’t put doll sewing before that). I had to figure out what I was going to give as a gift for a bridal shower tomorrow… I’ll show you below what I decided on…
The man called about us getting flooring (HALLELUJAH) and he’s coming in the morning at 8:00, so we had to clear out some stuff in our living room sweep the floors, get down any cobwebs, wash the windows, etc. It’s just the first step but I’m so excited!! I’ve been waiting and walking on plywood floors for 13 years!

I have the floor man coming out at 8:00 Saturday morning, then I have the bridal shower at 12:00 and I’ll have to leave it a little before 2:00 as we’re meeting Sara’s mom (my Columbian friend) for her birthday lunch at 2:00. I have a full day so there probably won’t be any sewing tomorrow either. I think this just might be the busiest week I’ve had in a long time… then my sisters and brother are coming in next Tuesday. In the middle of all this I do have some wonderful news… I have something very special to share next week… at least I hope I do! Stay tuned…

Okay, so now on to today’s show and tell… Today, in the mail, I received the most beautiful and delicate lace I may have ever seen… It is a black lace and so sheer and lightweight it’s unreal. Look at these pictures…

I placed it on top of a few different fabrics… just to see the effect. Thank you SO much ___________! I just love it!!!!!

Here we go again… remember a while back Rebecca said, “Mom, why can’t we just buy a gift instead of making something…?” Well, it happened again… I found myself looking at gift cards in Kroger and then my mind flashed to something that I thought would be more creative… Brownies in a Jar for my gift to the bride… They could be saved for some night when they both were craving chocolate and think how fun it would be to make them together! So I stopped looking at gift cards and went to the baking aisle… picked up some pecans and chocolate chips and that was all I needed…oops, I did buy her a new 8×8 pan to bake them in… I thought that might be nice… Two jars will be for the bridal shower and one will be for the birthday girl…

I’ve made them so often it’s pretty quick for me! Decorate the hang tags and then decorate them with some coordinating flowers…that’s the fun part… Here’s a peek at them…

…a side view so you can see the layers…

I did a post one time on making them, so if you’d like to see it, you can click “Brownies in a Jar.”

Marilyn wanted to know if I had any more vacation pictures from down at Deb’s… just 2 from an antique shop we went to…It was HUGE!

Well, I still have to get a few things done, so I’m sorry about nothing to show you on Nora… I’ll keep trying… :o/

See you Monday,
Blessings, Jeanne

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“Southern Charm” is looking charming and a sleeve tutorial…

I was able to spend a fair amount of time on Addy’s dress today and it’s starting to look like something seen in the 1860’s! Addy is liking it very much and loves it each time there is a fitting! We had PLENTY of them today…

The sleeve underarm seam was stitched up… the skirt was attached to the bodice and there’s a nice softly rounded point in front, the snaps are sewn on the back and the handwork on the inside is finished!

As I said before, the short lacy sleeves can be worn pulled down or pushed up, almost under the ruffle.

It’s not stitched on yet, but I’m considering the tiny tatted lace trim going around the neckline area…

Here’s one more look with the sleeves pushed up…

Susette asked a few days ago about the construction of the sleeves. I’ve taken a few pictures and hope I can explain it to you so you’ll understand. It’s really quite simple and I probably should have done a sleeve from scratch, so you could see every single step.

When the sleeve has been cut out, finish the bottom edge with a rolled hem on a serger or a tiny zig zag. I pulled up the lace so you could see the edge.

Lay a piece of lace across the bottom of the sleeve about 1/8th of an inch from the serged edge and stitch with a very tiny zig zag or a straight stitch… make sure you stay on the lace or you’ll have gaps in it when it’s pulled up.

Now you are going to flip the sleeve over to the wrong side and using a piece of 1/8″ elastic, (longer than your sleeve’s bottom edge) you want to lay it down so it’s about 3/8″ away from the edge of the lace you just stitched on. Stitch the end of the elastic in place to hold it. Using your largest zig zag stitch, shorten your stitch length and hold the elastic between the zig zagging making sure not to catch it on the sides. It won’t pull up right if you catch it. The zig zag stitches just make a sort of thread casing instead of adding bulk with an enclosed casing. When you get to the end, just run your stitches off the fabric. Don’t pull up your elastic yet! (If you forget and pull up your elastic, try to work out the gathers before you add the second piece of lace. You can still add that second row of lace but it’s much easier if the elastic isn’t gathered up.)

Here’s what it looks like on the top side.

Now it’s time to take the second piece of lace and let it overlap the first piece by just a little bit. It needs to be stitched on so your stitching doesn’t get in the way of the elastic.

I hope you’ll stay tuned to the end of this dress…it’s been a very time consuming one… and there’s still lots to do! :o)

See you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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Chocolate No Bakes… my most often made cookie recipe

You’ll have to be satisfied with a recipe today. I never made it into my sewing room, but think this post will be just as sweet as some of my doll dresses… for as long as I’ve been married; almost 36 years, I’ve been making these cookies. Wonder how many dozens of them I have made over the years? I can’t even begin to imagine. My hubby’s student workers, got at least one batch of them a week, for 18 years! That’s a lot of cookies!

I made them this year for Easter, except I added Jelly Beans to the middle of them, making them look like little birds nests.

Kathie, one of my readers, asked if I’d share the recipe. Yes, Kathie, so here we go!

It might be the most common cookie recipe out there and I’ve seen it called Mini Cow Pies, Fudgy No Bakes, Fudge cookies, and probably other names. I’ll give you the recipe and then give you a few tips for when you make them.

1 stick butter
2 cups sugar (You could probably use less if they are too sweet for you)
3 TBSP cocoa
1/2 cup evaporated milk (if you don’t have evaporated milk, you can just use regular milk)
3 cups quick oats
1/2 cup peanut butter (they don’t set up right if you use an all natural peanut butter, it has to be a regular peanut butter, like Jif, or Skippy, or even Great Value)
1 tsp vanilla

They are made completely in a sauce pan and only take about 10 minutes to put together.

In a medium saucepan, melt butter, add sugar, cocoa and the milk. (just use a medium heat) Stir it every few minutes.

It will melt and when it does bring it to a boil for 1 minute, stirring it every 15 seconds or so.

Remove from the heat and add the peanut butter. Stir until it’s all melted.

Pour the oatmeal into the pan along with the vanilla. Stir until it’s well mixed.

Spread a piece of wax paper on your counter and drop spoonfuls of the cookie mix in rows. I like to use a medium size cookie scoop so my cookies are somewhat the same size… not that it really matters…

They start to harden fairly quickly and will get flat on the bottom side like this…You can put them in the frig if you need them to hurry up!!!

Let the cookies set until cool… YEAH…right…not at my house!

Kristoffer was the cookie thief and he got CAUGHT!

I told you there were popular at my house! :o) (Actually, some of them were put in a baggie for Kristoffer to take home!)

I hope you’ll give them a try.

See you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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Silk Tie Easter Egg Tutorial…

I thought it might be fun to share a craft “project” for Easter today. Last year, a friend of mine, Beth, brought over some of these “silk tie” eggs that she had done, but I never took the time to do them. I decided I was going to “make” time this year because they are pretty easy to do and you never know how they will turn out…. I took pictures along the way as I did mine, so you can follow me as you do yours!

The basic idea is to wrap silk ties around eggs, and then the dye transfers to the eggs in boiling water. When you unwrap them, you’ll find a sweet surprise…

Okay, who’s game?

You’ll need a variety of 100% silk ties.., make sure the ties have that little tag on them because some polyester’s are pretty close to the feel of real silk. The large black print on the right side is a piece of silk that Beth gave me last year. It was from a jacket lining.

If you click on any picture it will enlarge.

Ties are constructed very simply, so they are easy to dissect. You’ll need a seam ripper and undo the bar tack on the underside. There is a long thread running up the tie on the inside. Usually you can pull it and the whole tie will gather up. Clip that thread and pull it out, and your tie will open up. Then you just have to snip at getting the satin pointed lining out. Many times it’s done with a chain stitch so if you know which way to pull it, it will come out in one pull…

You can deconstruct a half dozen ties in about 15 minutes… (You don’t have to worry about the very narrow end. It’s too small to do anything with so you can just clip it off at about 2-3″ if you like.

You’ll need fresh eggs, preferably white, twist ties, and white vinegar…

You can do your eggs 2 different ways… wrapped on their sides, as I did mine, or you can gather up your silk to the narrow end of your egg… If you have your eggs sitting up on end, it’s pretty to do them this way. I figured mine would be laying down on their sides…

Take an egg and place it NEAR the end of the tie, (RIGHT SIDE OF THE TIE TOUCHING THE EGG) and figure out how much of the tie you need to wrap around the egg… (NOW DON’T DO WHAT I DID… AND WRAP THE EGG WITH THE PRETTY SIDE SHOWING ON THE OUTSIDE… THE PRETTY SIDE HAS TO GO ON THE INSIDE.)

Actually I wrapped all these next eggs wrong and had to redo them. Again, the right side of the silk should be next to the egg. Some silks are hard to tell the right side from the wrong side, so maybe take a safety pin and pin it on the right side to keep it straight. (this is what they should look like, ONLY with the right side on the inside.)

So here are all my eggs, redone, the right way, with the right side of the fabric touching the eggs… Use the twist ties to snug up the fabric on the eggs.. the tighter the fit the better your design will come out…

Next you will need to take some white fabric: a pillow case, a sheet, or just cotton fabric, as I did… Wrap this around the eggs and use a twist tie to hold it in place.

When you get them all wrapped up like little presents, they are ready to go in a pan of water that has had 1/4 cup of white vinegar added to it. Make sure the water covers all your eggs… the white tails can stick out… but the eggs need to be totally in the water.

Bring them to a boil for 20-25 minutes…

When they are done, transfer them to a colander and let them cool.

When they are cool enough to handle, you can begin undoing the twist ties and unwrapping them… It’s pretty exciting to see what you have created…This is what mine turned out like…. not perfect, but I like them.

Here they are in a basket… My favorite ones happened to be the black ones using the silk jacket lining … who knew the eggs would turn out so pretty using it?

You can take a little vegetable oil and rub on them to make them shine…

Now, wasn’t that fun? There are lots of tutorials on Pinterest if you’d like to see more… I’m going to try them again sometime… and I think I’ll keep an eye out for silk ties or silk anything now, just in case… :o)

See you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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