Homemade Granola {and other food musings}

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One of my favorite "meals" is a bowl full of berries, a big scoop of Greek yogurt {honey, please} and if I'm in luck, a healthy sprinkling of granola. I say "in luck" because up until about 6 months ago, I used to buy granola ... and because I'm picky and only liked "good granola" (you know, like Ina would approve of) I didn't buy it that much because good = expensive. Spurred on by the idea to gift granola for Christmas and I tried making my own. Hello. Easy Peasy. Why have I not done this before?! Move over Bear Naked or KIND, there's a new granola in town ... My take on Two Peas & Their Pod's "Maple Almond Granola" recipe. There are many great granola recipes on their site ... Keep Reading

Sewing for a Friend {Road Trip Case}

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I think I've mentioned it before but I love to sew for my family and friends. Nothing makes me happier than them actually wanting my stuff {wait, I think they want my stuff ...} as gifts. The downside for them is that they rarely get it on time. In fact I have a personal goal to get it to them within {3} months of said event, but it doesn't always happen. Sometimes I run out of time, sometimes I run out of ideas ... One of my oldest friendships {we go back more than 25 years!!} is a crazy talented hooker crochet-er. I've sewn her several different gifts for her crochet projects & tools {bags, baskets and zippered pouches} and was at a loss trying to come up with something I hadn't ... Keep Reading

Well Hello April … Hello Tax Day … Hello Easter …

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So we're already more than half-way through April? So I haven't posted ALL MONTH?! That wasn't an April Fool's joke ... it just happens that life was really wonderfully full with SPRING cleaning my house, throwing a most fabulous APRIL shower for my expecting Seester and then catching up on lots of FUN sewing. All things that I can't wait to share with you! I know that Easter is quickly sneaking up on us. I'm really trying to set aside time each day to re-focus my heart on this most holy week and not let it slip by without the importance it demands. I'm thankful for several great online sources to help "keep my heart in tune." I'm especially loving the lock screen scripture images from ... Keep Reading

A New Love: Foundation Paper Piecing

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... and it's official ... when you say that you love foundation paper piecing, I think you've gone off the sewing deep end! But hey, come on in, the water is nice. Seriously though, why have I not tried this sooner?! I've had the "Freezing Rain" table runner pattern by The Sometimes Crafter on my 'want to' list for some time, but kind of drug my feet thinking it would be too hard. Well when Christina released her new "Feathers" pattern(s) ... which I had been not-so-patiently waiting for ... I decided to go ahead and purchase both patterns. I ended up trying the table runner pattern first as I owed some good friends a wedding gift {a long, long, long overdue wedding gift ... please ... Keep Reading

Project Polka Dot: A Polka Dot Pouch

Well HELLO there ... Look at this, I'm on a blogging role! Today I'm sharing over at The Polka Dot Chair. Melissa is hosting a month-long event called Project Polka Dot and invited me to join in. I couldn't say "YES" fast enough!! I LOVE polka dots and I love sewing with polka dots ... so much so, they have their own dedicated space in my fabric stash! It makes me very happy to look at that little pile of dotty deliciousness. {It also makes me a little anxious to sew with it ... weirdness, I know!} So grab a little treat, your favorite drink and carve out 10 or 20 minutes to go get inspired by all the creative Project Polka Dot posts. Also, there's a pretty sweet little giveaway ... Keep Reading