Monday, July 30, 2012

Making crayon rolls

The past couple days I have been busy sewing crayon rolls. 

I have 7 total and more on the way!

I really like this pink glittery fabric. I hope I can get more before they run out.

 I have three with fabric ties, and one with a ribbon tie.

I was limited on the boys fabric. The zoo animals fabric I got as scrap material. I didn't have enough for a whole crayon roll with just that material. So, when I found the flannel dinosaur print and light blue material on clearance I figured I'd make do with what I had. The other dinosaur print is leftover from when I made my nephew's crayon roll. I wish I had bought extra of that material when they had it as they no longer carry it. :-(

This is the front and 

this is the back. Since the flannel dinosaur print (top photo) was on clearance, I didn't get to choose how much I got, but it was about less than half of a yard. Again, I really liked it but it's all gone. :-(

More crayon rolls. I tried more ribbon for the ties and some scrap tan material I had. I have 7 total with one being the same as the first photo.

I've been having so much fun sewing these that I think I'll make some more tomorrow! I have 2 more yards of pink glittery material left but out of boys print again. Will have to keep my eyes peeled for more. A friend suggested I make a crochet hook case with the pink material, but will probably wait as I want to sew up as many crayon rolls as I can. I've got three people interested in them. While the pink material is on clearance on not coming back, I was happy to see that they had some more just like it but with teal instead. But of course, it's not on sale. Oh well!  It's so pretty!

Thursday, July 19, 2012


On my daily bicycle ride to the post office yesterday, I noticed a little hitchhiker along the way. 

Saturday, July 7, 2012

How to make Thai chicken fried rice

You'll need six cups of cooked rice. It's best to make the day before and then chill it. Jasmine rice tastes best but can be made with regular white rice.

Heat up skillet and cook 1 cup of cubed chicken with 2 cloves of minced garlic.

Add one onion, sliced lengthwise and cook until both onion and chicken are done.  (I moved it over to make room for the beaten eggs.)

Add 3 lightly beaten eggs to pan and cook until scrambled.  (Cooking 3 lightly beaten eggs.) Sometimes I like to mix the egg mixture with the onions and chicken and cook altogether. Sometimes I just try to keep it separate. I don't like eggs by themselves so that's why I like to mix them. Personal preference.

Stir in the cooked cold rice, 3 Tablespoons tamari sauce,  2 Tablespoons sugar and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Mix well.

Add 1 roma tomato sliced lengthwise and 2 chopped green onions to mixture. Heat through.

Serve with cucumbers on the side.

Nice to take for a lunch since you don't have to reheat it. Tastes great hot or cold.

From my Lemongrass and Limes cookbook by Naam Pruitt. I made a few changes from the original recipe. For the original recipe, you can buy a copy here.

This meal makes enough for Nick and I to eat with enough leftovers for the next day.

Friday, July 6, 2012


Several weeks ago, I was pleased to see that my carrots were growing nicely in the pot I planted them in. Then a few days ago, I noticed they were smashed and not looking so good.

This morning, Nick motioned for me to come and see something at the window and we had a good laugh at this:

That explains why my carrots looked smashed and are now pitifully gone.  Oh well.. I was actually thinking the other day of pulling the tomato plant since there is no tomatoes on it, and there should be by now. And planting a row of bush cucumbers.

Maybe I'll even have enough to make a batch of fridge pickles. That is, IF I can keep our cat, Pickles out of it!! Any ideas!??

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Grilled Steak and veggies

Tonight I'm grilling some steak and I used this marinade to put on the meat:

The original recipe is from my Lemongrass and Limes Thai Cookbook. I've changed it a little bit.

1 Tablespoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon white pepper
2 teaspoons fish sauce
4 teaspoons Tamari sauce

Mix together and rub over meat and let sit. Ideal time is between 1-8 hours though I have done it in as little as 20 minutes.

Grill until meat is done to your liking!

I like to serve this with rice and a vegetable. I think tonight, I'll serve fresh from the garden new potatoes and green beans.


Cute poems to go with scrubbers

Someone asked me the other day if I knew a cute poem to go with their homemade pot scrubbers or dish cloths. I thought I'd compile a bunch here for you to choose from. I stopped writing poetry years ago and don't plan to start. :-)

However here are some great ones to choose from! And maybe give you some ideas to write your own as well.

1.  MOM

To make your mother's day fantastic
I made you this flower of plastic.
I give it to you with this special wish.
May it help you scrub each pot and dish.
I want to thank you for all you do.
Happy Mother's Day, I LOVE YOU!
(remove brad and enjoy your kitchen scrubber)

Fold the piece of cardstock in half. This will be your card. Cut out the poem with decorative scissors and glue it on the front of the card. Cut out the stem and leaves for the "flower" on a green piece of paper and glue these onto your card. Push the brad through the middle of the pot scrubber and attach it to the card.
All you have to do is finish the inside of the card with a nice message and give it to mom for Mother's Day.
By luv2craft from Normalville, PA

2. Thank God For Dirty Dishes
(Author Unknown)

Thank God for dirty dishes;
They have a tale to tell.
While others may go hungry,
We're eating very well
With home, health, and happiness,
I shouldn't want to fuss;
By the stack of evidence,
God's been very good to us.

If you're the non-religious type, you can change "God" to "goodness" and the final line: "This year's been very good to us."

3. Please accept my Holiday wishes
On this small gift from me to you
To help with those dirty dishes
That your family left for you to do
Don’t for even one minute think
That dirty dishes will never reappear
So please keep it handy by the sink
Cause Christmas comes but once a year
But Dirty dishes are a daily thing.
©2005 Eve Originals

4. God bless my little kitchen, I love its every nook.
And Bless me as I do my work,
Wash pots and pans and cook.
And may the meals that I prepare
Be seasoned from above,
With Thy great blessing
And They grace,
But most of all Thy Love.

-if anyone knows the author let me know so I can give credit.

5. These are for angel pot scrubbers but maybe you can re-write it to work for you:

This little angel is
a scrubber......
She will clean your
pots and pans if you
let her....
Or let her sit there
and just lurk,
While you end up
doing all the work..


This little angel is
here to scrub,
All your pots and
pans of their grub..
She will scour,and
she won't pout..
Afterall, she wants
to help you out....

6. Send me some links if you know of more!

Cell phone zippered pouches

Last week a friend asked me to sew her a cell phone holder that she wanted to give to a friend. So I took out my supplies and started to d...