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Saturday, March 24, 2012

Hooked on a Book, A Must Read!

Update below, keep reading!  :-)
Ok, I know I haven't posted recently and I am sortof in a holding pattern since my next project should be a secret one for a relative who wants me to make something for their daughter.  Which I need to start REALLY soon if I hope to have it done in time, hint hint to relative who knows who she is.  HaHa!

So I found out through a Twitter friend, that they had written a book and it was on Amazon.  THEN, I hear that the first four chapters are there for us to read.  All I can say is if you read the 1st page of the book you will likely already be hooked into needing more.  The name of the book is: The Distant Shore by: Mariam Kobras.  You can click the link on the left to order it now off of Amazon like I am also doing or the one on the right to buy it for your kindle
Mariam, is a fun, sweet woman to follow on Twitter and best of all a bit ornery and feisty :p

***UPDATE***  Mariam's 2nd book is due to come out October 1, 2012!  You can pre-order it now though!   It is titled "Under the Same Sun" and I will be ordering mine, are you going to also?

So until my new book shows up, I think I should get started on this check book cover I have been wanting to do for a while, the pattern is made by Sara Gray of Sew Together.  I see purple in my near future, just saying :p

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Pic of her book so I can Pin it too!  :-)
Cover of 2nd book in the Trilogy :-)

Sunday, March 11, 2012

2012 March ~ Stack & Whack Pillow #2 is Complete too :-)

Front of pillow #2 this coordinates with Stack-n-Whack Quilt #9 :-)
Back of pillow #2 this coordinates with Stack-n-Whack Quilt #9 with a label in the top corner :-)
These pillows along with the quilt will be sold once I have it quilted :-)  Let me know your thoughts please.  Next project will be started soon....yipppeeee!  :-) Follow Me on Pinterest

2012 March ~ Stack & Whack Pillow #1 is complete :-)

Front of coordinating pillow #1 for Stack-n-Whack Quilt #9 :-)
Back of coordinating pillow #1 for Stack-n-Whack Quilt #9 :-)

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Sunday, March 4, 2012

2012 March ~ Stack-n-Whack Quilt Top complete

Full view of the Stack-n-Whack quilt top 03/03/2012
Close up view of the Stack-n-Whack Quilt #9 ~ 03/03/2012

The book I used to get the pattern for this Stack-n-Whack can be easily bought and found by using this link here:  

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Saturday, March 3, 2012

How to test if eggs are good or bad (for freshness)

     There is a simple way to find out if your eggs are still good to eat and I have pictures to show you too :-)  Yes, I know my blog is about my quilting and crafting experiences but I thought I should do a tiny picture tutorial on how to know if your eggs are safe to still use and eat.  I grew up with my Mom showing me this easy way my whole life.  She was a professional cake decorator, so there were plenty of eggs being used in our home. 
     This morning I was making french toast with my two young boys and I had a carton of eggs in my refrigerator that were stamp dated with February 7th on top for the day to toss them and yes, today is March 3rd.  :-p  But I knew from experience that eggs last much longer then what the egg companies want you to think.  We always test them when it is getting close to the date and this is how even my boys know how to do it :-)  You need three things, I prefer a clear container to see through easily.  Water that is a higher level then the size of the egg and the egg of course :-)
This is a really fresh egg, laying on the bottom of the cup of water.  It falls quickly to the bottom and feels even a bit heavier.
This is a bad egg.  Notice it is floating above the surface of the water?  Toss this one in your compost pile if you have one :-)
So the point to my story is we had yummy french toast this morning, and if I didn't know about the egg test I would have thrown out 10 eggs this morning instead of just 1 since the expiration date was telling me to do it.  You can even consume eggs that float off of the bottom of the glass and sit in the middle of the water, you may notice it points up too.  I hope you find this helpful and don't mind that it seems random for my blog.  Let me know what you think, drop me a comment :-) Follow Me on Pinterest

Hugs & Smiles, Tiffiny ~ Smilie Mommy  

Friday, March 2, 2012

2012 March ~ Penguin Patch on the Inside of the Jeans

Today I was excited to fix a new hole in my 10 year old son's jeans after being inspired by Amy Butler's pattern for Patchy Jeans :-) I believe it is the 9th FREE pattern down.  That link will give you a boat load of great FREE patterns that Amy has provided for us.  I saved a bunch of the patterns to my computer today.  My son said he wanted a baby penguin's head popping out, so bingo bango and wha lah here it is after some funky stitching, it was super easy and he loves it!  Thanks Amy for the cool patterns and sparking me enough to fix the hole in his jeans in a personal and unique way that is perfect for him :-)

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