Tuesday, April 28, 2009
I was looking through a gardening book and came across this awesome apron design--I just knew I needed to make one! I love to deadhead my flowers, but hate hauling around a bucket to put the clippings in. With this apron, I have a "bucket" right here on my waist! Boning holds the chute open at the top and Velcro keeps the chute in place. Just un-velcro, dump into a trash can and voila a happy gardener!
Here are photos of my "affordable" apron.I started out with a jean apron from GoodWill. I then took it apart. I kept the top part, but embellished it with pretty fabric. The chute is made from the skirt part of the apron and some of that cute fabric used earlier. I lined the chute with fabric from a laundry bag from the dollar spot at Target.
Total cost: about $ 2.00.
Monday, April 27, 2009
Friday, April 17, 2009
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Thursday, April 16, 2009
In a mixing bowl, combine 2 cups all -purpose flour and 1 pkg. active dry yeast. Heat 1 cup milk,1/3 cup butter, and 1 teaspoon salt just till warm(115-120); stir continuously.
Add to flour mixture; add 2 eggs. Beat at low speed on your mixer for 1/2 min.
Beat 3 min at high speed. Stir in as much of 2 -2 1/2 cups flour as you can mix with a spoon. On a floured surface knead in enough of the remaining all-purpose flour to make a moderately stiff dough that is smooth and elastic (6-8min total). Shape the dough into a ball in a greased bowl; turn once. Cover; let rise in warm place till double (about 1 hr). Punch down; divide in half. Cover; let rest 10 min. Shape and bake as instructed below.
Roll one half into a 12 x8 rectangle. Melt 3 tablespoons butter and brush half on dough. Combine 1/2 cup granulated sugar and 1 tablespoon cinnamon; sprinkle half of sugar mixture over dough. Roll up jelly style, beginning from the longest side. Seal seams.
Cut into 12 pieces, using dental floss; wrap around the roll, cross over keeping the strings close together, and pull in opposite directions.
Repeat with remaining dough. in a small pan combine 2/3 cup packed brown sugar, 1/4 cup butter and 2 tablespoons of light corn syrup; cook and stir till blended. Divide between two 9 x 2 1/2 round baking pans. Sprinkle each pan with 1/4 cup chopped pecans. place rolls in the prepared pans. Cover; let rise till nearly double (about 30 min.). Bake at 375* for 20 -25 min. Invert onto a serving plate. (Makes 24 rolls)
This recipe comes from the Better Homes and Garden cook book.
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Monday, April 13, 2009
I had been looking for a fun spring project when I came across this tote tutorial on Homemade by Jill (a MUST VISIT blog). This simple design is very functional. As you can see, I've borrowed Jill's pattern and modified it a bit. Here are my first two attempts.
For the first bag, I used Orla Keily hand towels from Target (orange, brown, flower pattern) as was suggested by Jill. Perfect size--perfect texture. For the second, I made a trip to the fabric store for a vibrant floral. I lucked out and found a nice complementary polka dot fabric for the inside.
The only thing I felt this design was missing was pockets, so I added a couple to the inside of the second bag. I also tacked in a fob to hold keys (I hate when mine get lost in the bottom of my bag). And since I always enjoy embellishments, I decided to polish off the pieces with decorative tags. I took a cute flower tag from one of the Orla Keily towels and used it to give the chocolate brown bag a designer feel. For the other bag, I folded over a piece of pretty ribbon and fashioned my own tag.
I can't wait to make more totes!