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Sunday, April 28, 2013

Parson Chair Slipcovers Are Finished!

Hello my friends,
I have not been around much lately, I've been in the sewing room.
And I'm very glad to say that the slipcovers for my parson chairs are done!

This is the before with the dark brown leather showing.



Take a look at what it looks like now!


Light and bright is how I would describe them now.




I put a linen seat on them.
 I didn't have quite enough of the floral fabric, 
so... I used a linen fabric that I have had for several years.
I got it for free, it was a real pinky beige.
After being bleached several times, they looked like this.

I love looking at them.
They are really nice in that bright and sunny room.

I also made a skirt for little Miss B.


And I spent several days searching for fabric for my sister's "Mother of the Bride" dress.
I did find it, thank the Lord!
I'll start on that next week.
Ladies Conference is this week and I'm on the committee.
Therefore I will be gone for several days.

Enjoy your week and thank you so much for coming by and leaving a sweet comment.

Hugs, Cindy



Ah yes, I like them!

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Sew, Sew and Sew Again

Hello my friends.
We survived another snowy weekend and are promised sunshine for the rest of the week and the weekend.
Here's to SPRING!

I purchased a pretty red sleeveless dress for Miss B at Winners, and I needed to make a bolero, a sweater or something with sleeves to go over it.
I found a t-shirt, one size too big for her at the thrift store and I made her a little top that she can tie in the front.


I was very happy to see that the colour is perfect, I didn't have the dress with me when I was searching for a top.

I simply cut the t-shirt right up the middle and sewed the edges under. It has raglan sleeves that are not meant to be fitted.
I really hope she likes it.



This little dress that I made for her a couple of weeks ago was too SHORT by several inches.
My daughter is going to take off the second ruffle and make a peplum top out of it.
So, I have a skirt to make for her now in yellow or turquoise, to match the little top.

I found a little khaki skirt for her at a garage sale last summer. 
I put a ruffle on it, with a little cloth belt.



And I recently found a little purple sweater at the thrift store to go with it.


I made a little ruffled flower and va-la! 
Another little out-fit.

I am trying to sew as much as I can in order to finish up the little projects that have accumulated. 
I am hoping and praying that the larger projects will begin to come in.
I have yet to find the fabric for my sister's dress.


This is the style of dress that I'm going to try to make.
I feel confident that I can, but I'm not too confident that I will find fabric that my sister loves.
There will be no sheer lace, that will all be lined.
And the neckline will be much more modest, more like a jewel neckline.
And, it won't be red.

We have ONE store in our city of over 700,000 people that offers wedding lace.
Did you know that the price of wedding lace is between $35.00 all the way up to $130.00 a metre?!?!
It's no wonder that wedding dresses and lace dresses of any kind are horrendously expensive.
That red one is worth $695.00 at SHOP for FUN.
Cough, cough, "for FUN"?

Now I'm off to work on slip covers for my dining room chairs.

Thank you so much for coming by and taking the time to read and comment.
I appreciate you, my blog friends.

Hugs, Cindy




I'm loving the red and pink together!
Miss B is like me, she loves BRIGHT colours.

Friday, April 19, 2013

Sewing


Last Friday I posted about my granny and the dress that my aunt made for my mother. Some of you wanted to know what it looked like in colour.
Here it is, it's made from a shiny satin.
It was my mother's grad dress.


Speaking of grad dresses,here is my high school graduation dress.
It was 1976 and the empire waist was all the rage.
I loved that dress then and I still do.
It was the first thing I had ever lined.
I made it myself, there was little to no money to spend on such trivialities.
Unfortunately, education was not valued back then like it is now.



I see the lace on the bottom of it is hanging off. 
I need to fix it.
And speaking of sewing, I am seriously considering going into business in a small way.
I am going to sew clothes and do mending as well as modifications on clothes for friends and family.
I'm not a seamstress, but I can sew well enough to get by.
I think. It will be a big step for me.
You have seen some of the clothes that I have sewn, do you have any advise for me?
I am going to start by making a dress for my younger sister.
It's for her daughter's wedding and it will have a lace bodice and peplum, with a satin skirt attached. Or the whole dress may possibly be made from lace.
It depends on the price of the lace.

Have a wonderful weekend, my friends.

Hugs, Cindy


Tuesday, April 16, 2013

A Dining Room for Us

Hello my friends,
I want to thank you SO much for the overwhelming affirmation on my last post.
It was tremendously enjoyable to create and it came very easily.
I will try to do it again real soon.

The stories that I will tell are stories that my granny told me herself.


We have decided to make our little sunroom into a dining room.
Formerly it was a music room that never got used.

My hubby installed the chandelier that had formerly been in our kitchen eating area.


I am going to make slipcovers for my leather chairs out of my thrift store fabric.
I threw it over the chair so you could see it in here. 
There is just enough and the whole lot of it cost only $7.99.
(Can you see how perfectly it goes with the yellow walls?)
I will be able to use red and turquoise in here as I have in the rest of the living area.
The bookshelf in the corner is going to my sewing room and my china cabinet is coming home and going on that wall, and it will be painted.
I'm not sure yet what colour it will be painted, probably white, though.
Or who knows, maybe I'll leave it as is.





I installed a circular frame on the ceiling to take the place of a too-ornate-for-our-home medallion.
The ceiling was a mess up there so it took some creative thinking to make it look this good.




And, I was in Ikea today where I found the dishes that I have been wanting in the AS-IS room!
These were $1.00 each.



There are 6 luncheon plates, five soup plates, and four large plates.


I'm going to use these as bread plates. 
There are four of them and they each have a different scripture on them.
I received them as a gift on my birthday.

I hope your weather is beautiful and spring like.
 Here, the sun is shining after a very big snowfall yesterday. And the snow is mostly melted away already too, 
thank the Lord!!!

Blogger is not cooperating, so please ignore the crazy spacing of everything.
Thank you for coming by and leaving a sweet comment.

Hugs,
Cindy




Friday, April 12, 2013

"Pearls of Wisdom"

I am doing something completely different today. 
Pearl was my grandmother, she was a spunky, opinionated woman whom I loved very much.
If she could have had a blog, this might be what she would have said.
Please read on and tell me what you think.

April, 12, 1952.
It's been a fairly uneventful week, other than making meals, washing dishes and putting them away, only to take them out of the cupboard and put them on the table again, nothing of a great deal of interest has happened.




Ruby, my next to oldest girl, has been working on Ann's graduation dress. 
It's hard to believe that my baby girl will graduate from High School in only a few months.
It's a beautiful rose colored heavy satin cloth that Ruby is using. 
Ann is going to look beautiful in it!




And there it is!
Gracious me, it sure does need a good ironing, I shall pull out my old ironing board, heat up the iron, and see if Ruby will let me press it for her.
Ann will look so pretty in it.
I have six children, one daughter with my first husband and five with Sam.
Ethel Ann is our baby girl, we call her Ann, Sam refuses to call her Ethel, due to the fact that it's my sister's name and he and Ethel get along about like oil and water.
Need I say more?!
That's why she goes by Ann.

Sam came down with a cold and didn't go to work today. It's hard to tell when he's sick, he just gets quieter than usual. 
That's about my only clue that something is wrong. 
Land sakes, I hate to think that it will mean $11.00 less on his pay check next week.
I can hear him chuckling occasionally in the living room, as I write, he's listening to Lum 'n Abner on the radio.
I'd rather he listen to the Blackwood Brothers.
I love to hear them singing about Heaven!

I received a letter from my sister, Ethel yesterday.
She was going on and on about her one and only child's graduation.
As if she is the only one whose girl ever graduated! 
Sometimes her attitude burns me up.
She lives in California, that's where all the movie stars are, I wouldn't live there for a thousand dollars!
I would never be a movie star, I was almost a phone operator once, though. 
I was offered the job, but I turned it down to marry Sam.
Sometimes I dream of what my life would have been like had I become a telephone operator...



Well, that's about it, this is Pearl in Tulsa, signing off... I hope you've gleaned a few "pearls of wisdom" today.
Have a good weekend!
Pearl Elizabeth


The photos are mine, taken in my house, of my mother's graduation dress. The people mentioned are real.

Have you ever tried something out of the ordinary like this on your blog?
Should I do this again?
Tell me what you think.

Thank you for coming by and leaving a comment!

Hugs, Cindy





Monday, April 8, 2013

I've Been In The Sewing Room

Hello all...
I have been away from my blog and all of you lately, because...
I have the sewing bug again... you know, the kind that keeps your mind whirring day and night, planning what you can make next and then what you can make after that!

Last week I made a peasant style dress for my 9-year old grand daughter Miss B...




I pretty much made my own pattern for this little dress.
I would have used a pattern, but I could not find one that I liked and the one that I did buy was MUCH too large.

I mailed the dress to her today, I hope it fits her and she likes it.
She has her own ideas regarding style, she has very unique taste.
Some people are naturally conservative, some aren't.
Little Miss B. is not.

I made this skirt for myself...




I adore the colour and the fabric, I have worn it several times already.
I made the pattern from another skirt that I have that is similar to it.
In making my own pattern, I used a jean fabric as a test model. 
It fit so well and I liked it so much that I made the yellow one the very next day.





I used a wrap around skirt that I enjoy wearing as the pattern for this last skirt.
And I still have the orange buttons to put on it, then it will be done.
I have a thin orange belt that will go with it, and it's the same fabric as the little dress, as you can clearly see.

I haven't worn it yet, the weather is still blustery and cold, we had snow over the weekend even... 

But, we were on the outskirts of the city yesterday and the fields are almost bare!!! 
Every day gets us closer to warm weather. 

Thank you for coming by, I love reading your comments and I will be over to visit you soon!
Now back to the sewing room, I have a grey blouse to cut out for myself and I'm going to put a peplum on it, 'cuz they are all the rage... and then...

Cindy

I'm joining Cindy at Dwellings for Amaze Me Monday.





Monday, April 1, 2013

Two Easy and Simply Delicious Recipes

We had company over the weekend, it was my hubby's sister, her husband and their adorable five year old son.
And on Saturday we had my twelve year old granddaughter with us too. We spent the afternoon playing black light mini-golf.

We had a good time and some good food.

I tried a couple of new recipes that I want to share with you.
I found the first one at Six Sisters' Stuff for Slow Cooker Honey Sesame Chicken.

Slow Cooker Honey Sesame Chicken
Recipe adapted from: Baby Center

Ingredients:
4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (thighs would be fine too)
Salt and pepper
1 cup honey
1/2 cup soy sauce
1/2 cup diced onion
1/4 cup ketchup
2 tablespoons vegetable oil (could also use olive oil or canola oil)
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional - doesn't really add heat, just adds more flavor)
4 teaspoons cornstarch dissolved in 6 Tablespoons water
Sesame seeds

Directions: 
Season both sides of chicken with lightly with salt and pepper, put into crock pot. In a small bowl, combine honey, soy sauce, onion, ketchup, oil, garlic and pepper flakes. Pour over chicken. Cook on low for 3-4 hours or on high 1 1/2 – 2 1/2 hours, or just until chicken is cooked through. Remove chicken from crock pot, leave sauce. Dissolve 4 teaspoons of cornstarch in 6 tablespoons of water and pour into crock pot. Stir to combine with sauce. Replace lid and cook sauce on high for ten more minutes or until slightly thickened. Cut chicken into bite size pieces, then return to pot and toss with sauce before serving. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and serve over rice or noodles.

*You can also sprinkle more red pepper flakes on top if you want more heat.
Taken from Six Sisters' Stuff

I didn't have honey so I used about 3/4 of a cup of sugar in place of a cup of honey, and it was perfectly delicious!
I cut up a whole chicken and put all of the pieces, except for the back, into the slow cooker and poured the sauce over it.
I let it cook for 6 hours on low.




I wanted the brown rice to cook while I was gone and I don't have a rice cooker, yet. 

I cooked it in a slow cooker for four hours and it was WAY overdone and part of it was nothing but mush. 
Lesson learned!

I served the Honey Sesame Chicken with the brown rice, a package of frozen oriental mix, (sautéed in a frying pan with a bit of garlic and olive oil) and we had w.w. rolls with it.
It was quick and easy and very satisfying.

The second one is a new dessert recipe that was a big hit.

Chocolate Waffles



All you do is mix up a package of Chocolate Cake Mix according to directions and cook it in a waffle maker as you would waffles.
If you are like me and only have a white cake mix, add 1/3 cup (or to taste) of premium cocoa to your batter as you mix it up.
The chocolate waffle gets crispy when you let it sit a minute after it's cooked.
I topped it with a scoop of cherry pie filling and a scoop of ice-cream.
If you have left over waffles, put them in a zip-lock bag to keep them fresh. Simply pop them into the toaster to warm them up and re-crisp them when you are ready to use them.
Strawberries and whipped cream would be a delicious topping as well.

I hope you had a nice Easter weekend.
We woke up Easter Sunday to find that we were without power and had been for several hours. 
The house was cold and we had no hot water.
The electricity was out for 12 hours altogether!
It was just long enough for us to go to church, eat out and then come back to a warm house to rest.
I was glad that we got to eat out because I hadn't been able to put lunch in the crock pot like I usually do and I felt like I had been hit by a truck. I've been fighting a cold, but I'm feeling much better today.

All in all it was a beautiful weekend.
I hope you enjoyed yours, too.

Thank you for visiting and I always look forward to your sweet comments. 

Hugs, Cindy