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Monday, May 30, 2011

The Stress Relief of Crafting

I don't know about you, but I really notice the difference in myself if I don't get enough time to make things in my craft room!  Last week, I really made the time and I could feel myself releasing tension.  The week before, I shot in there long enough to sew up a pouch that only took a couple of hours.  I felt myself losing patience with little things throughout that week and I couldn't put my finger on why.  I think I have figured it out now!
Here is another stress reliever for me: Mickey.  We have been having our windows open so, naturally, being nosy, she is always looking out the window.  I guess watching the birds and squirrels is tiring work because I found her sound asleep(and snoring) with her paws on the window sill like she couldn't hold herself up any more!  She is looking forward(I imagine) to the screened in porch being opened up.  She spends alot of time out there.  She  has never been outside in her life and I worry about her trying to sneak out when someone opens the door so we will have to be vigilant about that. 
Speaking about the screened in porch, I made this sunflower pillow cover yesterday.  I used fusible web for the applique and sewed over it for extra security.  I may get a bigger pillow form to fill it out better.  I measured the existing pillow form and allowed myself extra because I tend to take bigger seam allowances.  Apparently, this time I didn't so I have a little more room in the pillow form.  I also want to make one of those sprocket pillows I have seen in blogland.  Those are adorable.  That may be next on my list.
I also wanted to share with you an amazing dessert I made this past week: Cherry Cheese Cookie Bars.  I used some of a huge bag of sugar cookie mix I bought at Sam's Club.  It called for 2 1/2 cups of mix, 1 stick of softened butter and 1 egg.  You could probably use your own recipe or that refrigerated sugar cookie dough.  I mixed it per the instructions and patted it in an ungreased 9 x 13 pan.  Then I mixed a softened 8 oz cream cheese(I used fat free-gotta save where you can!) 1 Tablespoon flour, 1/4 cup sugar, 1 egg and a splash of vanilla.  Beat that with a hand mixer until smooth.  Spread over raw cookie dough and bake at 375 for 20 minutes.  Cool completely.  Top with 2 cans of cherry pie filling.  You can mix a little almond extract in with the cherries if you wish.  Really Really good.  These would be good to bring to a cook out or pot luck. 
I also was anxious to tell you that I went way outside my normal familiar crafting to make some jewelry.  I had purchased a necklace and bracelet that matched but there were no matching earrings.  I love matching sets of jewelry so I debated on what to do.  Then I realized that if I bought a different style of bracelet that matched, I could get it very inexpensively-this is costume jewelry at Kohls, not 14carat stuff! So I bought the second bracelet and some inexpensive findings at JoAnn.  I tentatively cut the cording on the bracelet and got going.  I ended up with a great pair of earrings and a bunch of extra beads if I ever need them.  I am officially patting myself on the back for trying something new.  It was fun and I got something I really wanted out of it that I couldn't have gotten any other way. 
I hope everyone had a great Memorial Day with family and friends and whatever else makes you happy.  Take care.  Nancy                                                                                                                                 


  1. Ok, the cherry cheesecake bars, yum!!!

  2. That sunflower pillow is beautiful, and the earrings are lovely too! You have been busy!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a great week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  3. The pillow sham turned out great. Nice and summery:)

  4. Sandi @ Making It Homey said.... I love the pillow, you did such a good job. Great for spring and summer.

  5. The pillow is darling! And the cheescake bars looks so good! I am your newest follower and would love it if you would check out my blog and follow me too! Thanks!

  6. I love you pillow! I had a sunflower bedroom as a child, and your pillow would have fit right in! I am your newest follower. I would love it if you came over to Greetings From the Asylum and followed me too!

  7. I know what you mean about not getting crafting time in, and then beginning to feel not quite right. I'm not much of a crafter, but I feel this way about gardening.

    Your sunflower design is adorable. Thanks for sharing. I found you at Handy Man Crafty Woman.

  8. I love the pillow! And your picture of your kitty is pretty cute too! I came over from Handy Man Crafty Woman and thanks for sharing.

  9. Yes, I need to do some stress relief crafting here (scrapbooking for me.) Thanks so much for linking this up to our Wicked Awesome Wednesday party!

  10. hi again. On my link party, you put up a project (link #6.) It was labeled cherry cheese cookie bars, but it linked to this project. want to come back & link up the cherry bars? after you do, I can delete the other one. thanks!

  11. Love the pillow, but especially those earrings! :) Thanks for linking up to {Sew} Modern Monday and have a great week!

  12. Thank you so much for linking up the cute pillow with {nifty thrifty sunday} last week!
    I hope to see you again tomorrow!


  14. I would love for you to link it up to my party that is running now. Any linky goes.

    Come strut your stuff.