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Sunday, March 4, 2012

Food and Drink Thumbs Up and a Cautionary Tale

Hi everyone and happy Sunday evening.  I am going to begin by telling you about some wonderful food and drink ideas I found on blogs.  First, I tried a hot strawberry drink I found on Joyful Homemaking.


I am not usually a huge fan of artificial strawberry flavor, but the addition of other ingredients and making it hot made this drink a welcome change from tea or hot chocolate.  I served it with a breakfast-for-dinner meal and it went over big.  It also made a relaxing hot drink to sip while I perused my craft books trying to remember which one had my project for today in it!  I also made Heidi's sloppy Joe's.  I don't eat hamburger so I can't say personally but my family was extremely enthusiastic about these.  They sure smelled amazing and they were super easy to prepare.  They are on the "make again soon" roster! 

Now onto the cautionary tale.  I don't know about you guys, but crafting keeps me sane.  I tend to get anxious over things and sewing  or painting or knitting(you get the point) keeps me quite a bit calmer.  It gives me such a fulfilled sense.  I usually spend all day Sunday in my craft room working on whatever project is on my radar that week.  I also like to have a finished project at the end of the session.  It isn't always possible but most of the time, I select a project that can be finished in that amount of time.  I mentioned last week, I feel rather stressed with everything that my youngest son has going on right now.  I have quite a few appointments this coming week as well as work and the usuals that we all do day-to-day.   Today I got up extremely early so I could get my chores done and get an early start in my craft room.  I was feeling particulary stressed and anxious to get in there.  Well, one thing led to another and it was almost 2:00 by the time I got in there.  I tried to rush getting started and almost ruined my project.  It required a walking foot be put on my machine.  I only used this foot once before and put it on wrong.  My quilting bunched all up and I had to remove 2 rows(which made me more frustrated) and I still finished with it installed wrong.  I caught it on the second project.  So, I guess the morals of this story are: make time for what you need to feel good even if you have to lock your door and tune everyone out and when you do get a chance to do what makes you happy, take your time and enjoy it no matter how long you can spend doing it.

    So here is what I made.  They are curling iron cozies.  I made two because I also use a curling brush.  When I was off for the week, hubs and I went away for the night.  I had to wait for my curling iron and brush to cool and I just put them loose in my toiletry bag.  I thought this would be nicer.  It has Insulbrite batting so it is practical.  The black check one is quilted perfectly.  The star one is my bunched and puckered quilt job.  Can I live with the imperfection?  Not happily, but yeah.  Oh and I got the instructions in Sew the Perfect Gift.  Don't they look like cute Barbie sleeping bags?  I would have so used them for that as a kid! 

Well, I hope you have a great week.  The weather here is supposed to be off-the-chart crazy.  It was in the 20's today and snowed a little last night.  Wednesday it is supposed to be in the 50's.  Go figure!  Take care.  Nancy 

23 comments:

  1. I love these curling iron cozies! I will be borrowing your idea to make my own!

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    1. Thank you. They were really easy when I finally got the walking foot installed correctly on my machine!

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  2. nice!! I love fabric cover for everything!!
    (as you can see in my last post)

    http://lacasitadmaria.blogspot.com/
    María from Spain

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    1. I agree Maria, fabric covers spruce just about anything up.

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  3. Those are cute! and such a cute idea too!! :)

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    1. Thank you. I love making cute things that are useful too.

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  4. What a great idea! I've been using an oven mitt for my curling iron when I travel- this looks a little (lot) more classy! :) Saw you over at Meta Monday.

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    1. Thank you. I have to say, you had a good idea before with the oven mitt. I was just tossing mine in a toiletry bag with everything else from my make-up to my face creams. I think hubs will be happy I can finish packing right away instead of waiting for my hair appliances to cool down!

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  5. These are so cute. Thanks for linking up!

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    1. Thank you and thanks for hosting your link party.

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  6. Your curling iron cozies are just great. Hang tough. There will be days like this. I don't find enough time to create, but I do find a little time every single day even if it is just to take a stitch or two. It all adds up. ~Kelly

    unDeniably Domestic

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    1. Thanks Kelly. I think I was just having one of those days. I was overwhelmed with everything going on with my youngest and I had so much planned for my crafting that day and it went kerflooey! The little cloudbursts pass just as fast as they come.

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  7. I like the iron cozies, I would love to make a couple! I am a new sewer so I think I could manage.
    www.newlifeovernight.blogspot.com

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    1. You should definitely try these. They involve straight sewing which is perfect for a new sewist. Good luck and drop me a line with pictures if you make some.

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  8. What a great idea - curling iron cozies! Love them Nancy!!


    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success
    http://www.jembellish.blogspot.com/

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    1. Thanks Jill and thanks for hosting such a fab party! You have a great week too.

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  9. We love this!! We would love if you linked up at our party!

    -Your Newest Followers

    http://natural-nester.blogspot.com/2012/03/naturally-nifty-linky-party-5.html

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    1. Thanks for the invite. I became a follower of yours and will be sure to link up.

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  10. Looks fantastic!
    Thanks so much for sharing at our Pin'inspiration Party this week. Hope that you pop by tomorrow to help get ready for spring.

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    1. Thank you and thanks for hosting.

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  11. I need to make myself some of these!!
    Thanks for sharing @'Sew Cute Tuesday.
    I'll be featuring you tomorrow, so be sure
    to stop by and grab a 'featured' button!

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    1. I love making items that are cute and useful. Thanks Misty for the feature.

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  12. Fun idea! So glad you shared at last week's Shine on Fridays party! Looking forward to seeing what you have to share with us tomorrow.

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