Saturday, January 22, 2011


Craftiness Is Not an Option posted a tutorial on how to make the above Barbie skirt out of a piece of 12" x 3.5 inch fabric for the skirt and another piece that is 1.25" x 5 for the waistband and a piece of sew on velcro.  I plan on making a few of these some time to go in the box for future grandchildren.
For the complete tutorial click here.


This is from one of the blogs I follow, One Perfect Bite  that was originally based on a recipe that appeared in Gourmet magazine. Giada De Laurentiis  

It is a spaghetti type noodle with an olive oil/lemon/garlic/hot red pepper flakes/pepper and parsley mixture that sounds interesting.  The recipe is here.

Photo: One Perfect Bite

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Christmas Tree Ornament Mobile

I had planned on buying a new Christmas Tree after this Christmas when they went on clearance, but didn't get around to it, but after seeing this idea at Not Martha with hanging bulbs I am glad I didn't. 

I know my son will want a traditional tree, but this Christmas will be last year he will be at home, so this is going to be a project for Christmas 2012.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Tutorial: Swarovski Pins

A Tutorial for Swarovski Pins Bobby Pins  was spotted over at a blog that I follow, annekata.

They are pretty, yet understated, and all you need is bobby pin, beads and a needle and thread.

As the author indicated in her blog, these would make great gift for any gal over the age of 3 and it would not be very expensive to make.


Photo from annekata

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Stuff by Ash: Ribbon Christmas Tree Shirt

Although this was designed for a toddler, I plan on making a more grown up version next Christmas to wear as it so adorable and doesn't look like it would be too difficult to make.

For the tutorial visit Stuff by Ash: Ribbon Christmas Tree Shirt.

 Photo from Stuff by Ash

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Cookbook of the Month Recipe - Baked Eggs with Creamed Spinach

 I spotted this recipe over at Taste and Tell and it is an adaption from James Peterson's Glorious French Food.

As she quotes "This was one of the best things that I have ever put into my mouth." it is enough to make me want to try this out some time.  She does indicate that it is best to use fresh spinach instead of frozen.  

Another tip, as I only own 3 ramekins, that you can use cupcake pans sprayed with non-stick coating instead.

 Image: Suat Eman /

Monday, January 3, 2011

Spinach & Artichoke Macaroni

This a Rachel Ray  recipe for Spinach and Artichoke Macaroni. that I would like to try some day as I think I will like it and hope that my son will too.

The only downside is it contains frozen chopped artichokes, which is not something I have ever seen in our local grocery stores and 1 1/2 of Forntina cheese and the same amount of Parmigiano Reggiano cheese which is starting to put it into a more pricey category than an everyday budget meal.

Sunday, January 2, 2011


My son wanted a brimmed beanie for Christmas but I didn't find one that was affordable, so I was excited when  to find this 5 MINUTE BRIMMED BEANIE over at Delia Creates  makes one out of a $1 beanie and the lid off of plastic container - how genius is that!   For the complete tutorial, click here.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

How to make a lined Garbo Hat

Hat - Tutorial coming soon
I love vintage inspired clothing, so of course this Garbo hat by Anne Kata  is going on my projects list.  As an added plus, it is even reversible!  For the tutorial click here.