Thursday, June 7, 2012

Good Taste: spinach, apple & glazed pecan salad

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I mentioned my elderly neighbor in my tomato post here. I honestly didn’t think he would be gardening this year but happily, he’s been bringing me bags and bags of fresh spinach. I froze a good portion of the spinach and will use it down the road for spinach dip, spinach quiche, or maybe even creamed spinach.

In the meantime, the spinach is so fresh and the weather is so nice, I had to make a spinach salad. The recipe I use is from and the glazed pecans really make the salad.

Blog Spinach Salad collageTo glaze pecans, you simply cook them with sugar in a non-stick frying pan. Easy and yummy!

I used granny smith apples cut into very thin slices but any type of apple will do.

The original recipe calls for red onions but I used what I had – regular brown onions sliced very thin.

Recipe Card Spinach SaladAnd here’s a printable recipe card.

Thanks for visiting.


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Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Sew and Tell: mending bag

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I was cleaning up my craft/office/homework/storage/everything room the other day and I kept moving around a pile of clothes that needed mending. Sadly, the clothes actually had dust on them they’ve been sitting around for so long.

Mending is just one of those things that seems endless – buttons, little frayed seams but most of all hemming. I’m short and even though I try to buy things to fit my height, not all items come in a “short” version. So there always seems to be a pile of something that needs mending.

I decided my mending pile needed a home. A have a surplus of cute tote bags but I knew if I just threw the clothes into a tote bag, they’d get lost in a sea of other important yet neglected tote bags [the tote bag to take to my son’s sporting events, the bag of magazines, the bag of crocheting that I started last year… and so on].

No, I needed something that would look nice but that reminded me that I had to mend these clothes. I embroidered “Mending” onto a piece of burlap and stitched on several buttons for decoration.

The bag is nice and bright and already had pretty lining. 

I’ll throw in some basic colored threads, extra scissors and a small sewing kit of needles. 

I realize that the irony is that I could have mended those clothes in the time it took me to make the tote bag but that’s the way it will always be – mending is last on the list.

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Tuesday, June 5, 2012

The Inspiration Board: link party 53

Welcome to the Inspiration Board link party. Thank you for stopping by and joining the fun. It looks like we’re in full swing for summer. I’m loving seeing all the end-of-year, graduation and Father’s Day gift ideas, as well as the general seasonal projects. So many great ideas are always shared here. Enjoy the party!  I’ll be going through the projects and featuring some in the spotlight on Friday.

A few rules:
  • Link up your own project - something you created, made, did, etc.
  • Link to a specific post, not your blog home page
  • No shops or giveaways – [I have a new Link Party just for giveaways – see the Giveaway Link Party tab at the top of the page. ]
  • Grab a “homework” button and include it somewhere on the post you’re linking, on your home page or a page of link parties. Or, if you prefer, add a text link.
  • Follow homework.  You’ll find the “Follow via Google Friend Connect” gadget on the right sidebar.
  • Please visit the other links that intrigue you and make someone smile with a comment or two.

I’m ready to be inspired - don’t forget to add my button somewhere on your blog. Spreading the word helps bring more visitors to your linked project.
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Monday, June 4, 2012

Little Crafts: paper dolls

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If you have a little girl crafter in your life, then this is a fun project you can do together.

Next time you see one of those fashion round ups in a magazine, tear it out to use for paper dolls.

Glue the fashion round up onto a piece of light weight card stock and cut out each top. I used a manila file folder and glue stick.

Search online for paper dolls – I used vintage paper dolls from the 1940’s. Print them out on cardstock and cut them out. You’ll need to do a few trial print runs to get the size right so the clothes fit properly.

My vintage girls needed a more modern look, so I made them each a pair of leggings. Use tracing paper over your paper doll to make a template and then use the pattern on black cardstock to make each pair of leggings.

Removable double-sided tape works well to stick on the clothes.
The girls are looking good in neutral t-shirts.

Bright red patterns, stripes and solids. The girl in the middle is showing some of her blue lingerie. Hmmmm….

Flowing, soft knit t-shirts look great with the black leggings!

School will be out soon and this project would make a great indoor activity for your little girl crafter! 

Have fun and thanks for visiting.


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Friday, June 1, 2012

The Inspiration Board: link party spotlight ~52~

One year of shared inspiration – I can’t believe this week's link party was the 52nd Inspiration Board. Thank you so much for stopping by, commenting, linking and partying with me. I truly appreciate it. As always, the projects were amazing.

Here are a few projects in the spotlight this week.
IMG_8213.jpg.scaled1000Summer is just about here but it can still get chilly. Elisabeth Andree solves the problem with this pretty lacy sleeve shawl. Just enough to cover your arms and still look summery.

Ribs12Nothing says barbeque more to me than ribs and corn on the cob. Now Things are Cooking shares her secrets to moist not overly cooked ribs. A bonus homemade barbeque sauce recipe is included on her post.

type_case5-399x600What would you do if you were lucky enough to find a vintage type case at a flea market? Nifty Thrifty Things showcases her treasured find by using it to store spools of thread. I think every design / craft room needs a vintage type case!

P5271283An adorable birthday countdown for a sweet three-year old by Sew Fantastic. The holder is a muffin tin and the paper covers are held on by little magnets. Little daily treats are inside each spot. Sweet!

now servingCoffee nesting tables by The Humble Nest. I love the hand painted vintage coffee graphics and distressed paint finish. Perfect for that morning cup of coffee.

DSC_0244These ice cream sandwiches would make any kid [and me] scream for ice cream. Chocolate Chip Cookies, strawberry ice cream and confetti sprinkles = fun yum. From a Pumpkin and a Princess.

painted pillow - final 1Bliss Bloom Blog used press n seal freezer paper [different than regular freezer paper] to create a reusable stencil to make this pretty pillow. Check out how to use this grocery store item to make your own stencils.

FireStation1As a mom of a boy, I absolutely love this boy '”dollhouse”. Repeat Crafter Me uses a bookshelf to make a fun firehouse play station for her boys.

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Two great summer veggie dishes.
Left: Cold Bean Salad in a jar from Homespun with Love. Bean salad is a popular barbeque and summer picnic item. And everything tastes better served in a mason jar!
Right: Ratatouille by The Letter 4. What a great dish to use the bounty of veggies available this time of year.

IMG_0934aPeaches and Bees floors me with her adorable sewing creations and even more adorable little model. This little pink gingham gauze dress is too cute for words.


This week on the Inspiration Pinboard
Dreaming about...

Features 52 collage
Clockwise from top left:
1. Henna stickers - Creative Mind
2. Painted feathers – The Letter 4
3. Painted Tissue Paper Flowers – Clever Nest
4. Sea Urchins – Art Drops
5. Golden Champagne Organza Flower – One Perfect Day

If you were in the spotlight, please feel free to grab a button.

Thank you again to everyone who linked a project and to everyone who came to visit. I loved looking at all the projects and visiting your sites.