Monday, May 13, 2013

Tea wallet- extra links **updated links**

I can't remember where I first heard about these things but I spent several hours the other day looking through all the patterns and finally picked one that I liked best. 

I couldn't believe how easy and fast it sewed up especially compared to my crayon rolls which don't take long either. 

I cut out enough material to sew four and got the first one done and about to finish the others. 

Here it is:

and the front:

It holds 4 tea bags and it's just the right size to keep in my purse for when I'm staying at the bus barn all day.

Here are some fun free tutorials to sew your own. They are so much fun to give away!

One pocket
Two pocket
Three pocket
4 pocket the original pattern I used is gone. :-( this one is similar. I used interfacing for the front. I'm going to work on a tutorial for the ones I make soon, so check back!
Four pocket using a serger.
4 pocket
Wool felt tea wallet
Six pocket
Six pocket with sweeteners
Six pocket with ribbon
Six pocket with rounded edges and binding

Don't sew? Here are some knit versions.

Tea wallet- free
Fun tea bag shaped- $3.50
Vines Tea wallet- $3
Tea toters- free

Crochet version:
Tea bag wallet
If I was going to crochet a tea wallet. I would make one using the Magic Square potholder pattern and make an additional flap, myself.

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Butterscotch brownies

I tried a new recipe today called butterscotch brownies. Found it in my Betty Crocker's Cooky Book that I got at the local flea market last year. We had the book when I was a child and I have fond memories of making our annual gingerbread house every Christmas.
Anyways,  I decided to get out this book the other day and try a new recipe. The name didn't sound too appealing since I'm not a fan of butterscotch. However, I'm so glad I made them as they were delicious. So much that we just consumed the whole pan!
Here is the recipe:
1/4 cup of butter, margarine, or oil.
1 cup of packed light brown sugar
1 egg
3/4 cup flour
1 tsp. Baking powder
1/2 tsp. Salt
1/2 tsp. Vanilla
1/2 cup coarsely chopped walnuts
(which I omitted)
Heat oven to 350 degrees. If using butter, or margarine, melt over low heat. Remove from heat and stir in sugar until blended; cool.
If using oil, just blend oil and sugar.
Stir in egg. Add flour and rest of ingredients. Spread in well greased pan, 8X8X2. Bake for 25 minutes. Do not overbake! Cut in bars while warm. Makes 18 bars about 2 1/2 x1".

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Embroidered felted pouches

This past week I have taken a break on knitting and crocheting and working on hand embroidering some felted pouches that I made awhile back. Here is one that I've been working on. I just did it free style so the petals aren't all the same size. At first it bothered me but looking to nature for an example, I see that flower petals aren't all perfect looking either. Perhaps a bug came along and had a snack. :-)

The crochet hook and thread is just to show some size comparison. I used embroidery floss. I recommend DMC floss. I tried some generic floss and it just made a mess of things. 

I haven't done hand embroidery for years and was sort of happy with the way it turned out.  I have this book and have been learning lots! I picked it up at the thrift store for only 10 cents! What a deal!!

I have two other felted pouches that I'm working on and will post up pictures when I get them done. Not sure what I will do with them when they are done. 

The embroidery floss used in this was shared by a friend. Thanks, "K" for sharing with me. I love the colors you helped me pick! 

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...