Archive for December, 2008

So I’m Not A Lunatic

December 31, 2008

So, I’m really not a lunatic!  There are lots of nasty chemicals in our everyday products that have been PROVEN (!!!!!!!!!!) to cause cancer and/or developmental problems.  Check out this comprehensive list of Prop 65 chemicals.  I was referred to it by the Friskars Company when I called about a warning on the product packaging of a sewing ruler I recently purchased.  They assured me that their product has since been cleared of all the chemicals on the Prop 65 list and that the package I bought was outdated packaging that had not yet cycled through the warehouse.  I’m still a little skeptic.  I’ve become that way more and more over the past year.  It is good and bad, but I do feel momentarily better knowing I called and am not knowingly harming myself by using this plastic ruler thing that makes cutting fabric so much faster.  Well, that is until you get your fingers too close to the rotary cutter and slice a big chunk out of your left index finger.  Good thing husband was home to play doctor.  Even though he got super annoyed when he was trying to help me stop the bleeding and all I could do was laugh hysterically.  Laugh or cry baby…it hurt and is still bleeding a little almost 24 hours later.  I plan to have my sister (an EMT) look at it tonight.  I don’t see how they could stitch it, so for now, just a little blood and a big old band-aid to try to maneuver around.

Hope your new year is filled with health, love, happiness and lots of fun along the way!!!

Mercury in CFLs and Go Wal-Mart!!!

December 29, 2008

You’ll have to read the article here to find out more, because I’m trying to limit my computer time today.  Priorities…sewing machine manual to read!

Welcome Home

December 29, 2008

Welcome home my new toys!  I finally took the plunge and purchased the sewing machine I’ve been wanting.  I also purchased a self-healing mat, rotary cutter and easy to read ruler.  Sewing should become a little easier with these tools.  My machine also comes with three sewing classes to help me become familiar with the machine and all its gadgets.  The instructor has kindly offered to do a one-on-one class with me on January 11th, because I couldn’t go to the other classes at the times they were offered.  This will be good, because I ask a lot of questions.  I’m so excited!

I will spend my time until then cutting material to be all ready to sew.  I’m going to take time to read the manual and fiddle with it a little before just diving into a project.  I think I’ll whip out a few more crayon rolls.  I plan to monogram them with  some popular initials.  I have never seen this done before, so it will be my little touch.  I also plan to whip out a few more fabric buildings.  We are in desperate need of a barn since Santa and Papa/Ma brought some farm equipment.  I’m thinking of enhancing the dimensions to make a big fabric barn.  I’ll keep you posted if and when that happens.  Other than that, I’m thinking of monogramming some of my daughters shirts with her initial and I’d love to do some first initial shirts like Melissa at Chasing Cheerios did for her little cutie.   

Speaking of little cuties, mine is needing some attention.  I keep getting a Maple Town bear shoved my way to talk to ‘Papa’ on the phone (bear).

Spell check is not working, so hope all is spelled okay…no time to reread.

Carmel Cashew Cookies

December 27, 2008

I made these for Christmas this year.  I really liked them and so did my sister.  So, this is for you! 

I used the same recipe, but I used a metal flipper to squish my cookies.  I also did not have to wipe mine off like this version says…probably depends on what you use I guess.  Mine only needed an additional 3-4 minutes after squishing, so watch the first batch closely or you’ll end up with 12 burnt cookies like me.

Hope everyone had a great holiday and a happy new year to you all.

Room By Room

December 23, 2008

So, I wasn’t even meaning to post this morning, but I am just finding all of this stuff I want to share.  Here is a great illustration that the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel did on the chemicals in your home.  They did a room by room audit of a home and it shows what they found.  On the bottom of the article there are resources you can click on to learn more.

Triclosan Is Nasty Stuff And My New Year Resolution

December 23, 2008

You can view the full article here, but here is a snipit for you:

‘One certainly hopes that this glaring problem would be addressed under the new administration and the new leadership at EPA. Meanwhile, what can consumers do? First and foremost – skip antibacterial hand soaps and detergents. They are absolutely unnecessary, they do not provide any additional health protection, and they pose grave risks to aquatic life. Sounds like a good New Year resolution – starting 2009 in an environmentally-friendly fashion!’

We can all do something.  Skip the antibacterial and you’ll notice there is a whole world of other choices. 

Oh, and my new years resolution:  Live life simpler.

Oh Christmas Tree, Oh Christmas Tree…

December 21, 2008

I’ve been wanting to sew a Christmas shirt for our daughter, but I’ve been without a sewing machine.  My dear friend let me borrow hers again.  She even delivered it!  Thanks Carlie!  I owe you.

I tried to sew it last night with the sewing machine, but it just kept getting all tangled.  Being a beginning sewer, I just got frustrated and said, “Screw it, I’ll hand stitch it!”  So, a while later, I was left with this finished shirt….

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It is a little out of proportion, but that is the way ‘real’ trees are, so I kind of like it.  Next project is to finish a fabric garage for her.  Just need to make a run to JoAnn’s for some elastic loop things.  So technical.  I’m in a hurry to get it done (like everything in my life…always think of that song….’I’m in a hurry to get things done.  I rush and rush until life’s no fun….’), but I’m not sure why because it will be for a Valentine or Easter gift.

Happy Holidays to you all!!!!

It’s Finished!!!

December 19, 2008

I finally finished the blanket I have been feverishly crocheting for my mom.  She will love it even though it is imperfect.  The edges are not my strong point.  I got into a groove and then had to wait a week for yarn, so I got out of my groove and it shows on the edges of the blanket.  Let’s just say that one side goes up where it shouldn’t, but I was not about to rip it out after all the work that went into it.  Perfectly imperfect.

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It ended up to be about 7 feet by 5 feet or so.  I didn’t measure, just eyeballing it.  Finally some free hands and on to other projects.  Happy Holidays everyone!

Muffin Tin Tuesday

December 19, 2008

Well, it is a little late in the week to post this, but I have been crazy busy finishing up some Christmas gifts.  Here was our MTT.  Another big success!

dec-2008-santa-emma-blanket-031Top row:  Cruchin’ Crackers, Carrot Sticks, Vanilla Yogurt

Bottom row:  Cottage Cheese, Applesauce, Indian Spiced Sweet Potato Soup

Cottage cheese is a new favorite around here.  I introduced it to her as ‘cheese,’ because she loves cheese and I was almost certain she would not eat it if I said, ‘cottage cheese.’  The first bite was unsure, but now she loves it.  

Happy eating!  I love MTT!  I look forward to it every week!

I Need Ideas

December 16, 2008

I need ideas for homemade gifts for pre-teen and teen boys.  Any ideas?  I’m totally lost on this one.  I know two of them are really into sports.  One is into hunting and the other one I’m really not sure.  Any ideas or websites you could point me to would be greatly appreciated.