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Monthly Archives: April 2011

Budget Savers, Christmas on a Budget, Gift Ideas, Thrifting

Christmas on a Budget Series – Gifts for Less than $2 Each

That is not a typo in the title. You really can make Christmas gifts for less than $2 per gift.  In some cases, for free except for the time and love you put into making them. As I mentioned in my first post in this series while our children are attending university/college, their big Christmas gift each year is their…

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Quilting

Green Teddy Quilt Finished

I completed the green teddy baby quilt last Wednesday and was able to mail it off on our way out of town before our marathon trip to Canada.  It’s making its way to a little one in Japan via the Quilters Newsletter “Quilts for Japan” Appeal.  I received delivery confirmation that it had arrived Monday at Quilters Newsletter, well ahead…

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Recipes

Hawaiian Chicken

Since moving back to the mainland from Maui, we always laugh whenever we see an item on a restaurant menu or a recipe with the name Hawaiian Something or Other.  Invariable, it has been labelled Hawaiian because it has pineapple in it.  And so when I created this recipe, I just couldn’t resist naming it Hawaiian Chicken. Sauce for Hawaiian…

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Quilting

Another Simple Little Sewing Tip

Well actually this is an unsewing tip. Sooner or later, everyone who sews has to unpick or seam rip.  When I first started sewing back in the seventies, I used the method my Grandmother taught me; which was to very, very carefully cut the seams apart using a razor blade that had a piece of medical tape taped over one…

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Gift Ideas, Quilting

How to Make Bedding for a Doll Cradle

I thought I’d share how I went about making the bedding set for the doll cradle that I posted about last time . First, to make the mattress, I measured the inside bottom of the cradle.   It was 8 ½ X 25 inches. So I cut three pieces of a thick batting 8 1/2” X 25”.    Well, actually one of…

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Recipes

Cranberry Coffee Cake

Since I haven’t shared a recipe in quite a while, I thought I’d share one for the cake I made yesterday afternoon.  I usually only make it after Thanksgiving or Christmas to use up any leftover cranberry sauce.  But this year, I canned our own cranberry sauce.  I have lots of little half-pints jars and so I can make it…

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Gift Ideas, Quilting

WIP Wednesday – Baby Quilt

Now that one of the larger secret Christmas projects is finished, I’ve decided to pull out an old WIP.  I made this baby quilt top a little over three years ago. I actually made two of these; one with teddies on a yellow background and this one on the green because I wasn’t sure which I wanted to send to…

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Budget Savers, Quilting

How Not to DeStash – Part Two

The past couple of weeks, I’ve been working to complete a major Christmas project.  I had purchased the flannel for the project from Hancock Fabrics a week or so ago but when I went to iron it to get it ready to use, I discovered several flaws in the fabric itself.  So I had to make a trip to Hancock’s…

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