Friday, June 25, 2010

Eastern Box Turtle... Nature on the Driveway...

These turtles are pretty common in Ohio, and are so beautiful in their colors & patterns.

We moved him to the creek. He seemed pretty happy & quite relieved to be put there after hissing at me for picking him up in the first place.


Good Mail Day!!!!

Looky what came in the mail today! Super fun summer clothes for the kiddos from Elvisatx! She also sent me tons of kid clothing patterns & yarn she'd spun herself & the most awesome Elvis Christmas ornament!

I should have taken photos of everything, but my camera batteries are dead after a huge photoshoot I've done for a client over the past couple of weeks. I have to remember to put one dang battery in the charger when the other one is in use! Ah well.. I will update with photos of all later...because it's all awesome!

Thank you so much Elvissa for the super fun mail day!

BTW... babygirl slept in that outfit last night. I couldn't get it off of her! Now that's love!


Monday, June 21, 2010

My next embroidery project... Chipette!

Isn't this a happy scrappy pup? I saw the original cuteness in someone's flickr stream & contacted the photographer/owner to see if she'd mind if I made a pattern & stitched it up. I'm happy to say she was thrilled at the idea & so I've drafted this pattern.

I can't wait to get stitching!


Friday, June 18, 2010

Mmmmmmacaroni Salad!

With hot days becoming more the norm around here, I like making things to eat that don't require me to turn on the oven. This macaroni salad will feed an army & the best thing about it is the longer it lasts...the better it tastes due to the flavors melding, although I wouldn't eat it if it's more than 6-7 days old.


1 box elbow macaroni, macaroni spirals, or multicolored macaroni twists (which is very eye catching) ...whatever macaroni shape you like...go for it!
1.5 - 2 cups of miracle whip
1 medium onion chopped fine
1 small package frozen peas
1 package cubed ham chunks
1 package cheese cubes ...we like colby or sharp cheddar

Cook up macaroni until al dente. Rinse with cool water & drain well. Put in big bowl. Cook frozen peas in salted water until desired firmness, rinse in cool water & drain. Add to macaroni. Dump in ham, cheese cubes, & chopped onion. Mix in miracle whip. Add a dash of black pepper to taste. Mix well & chill before serving.


Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Working on custom name jewelry...

This weekend was pretty busy, but I made time to work on some custom order requests.

First I'd like to give a shout out to Old Tappan, New Jersey!
The girls there are really loving my unique custom name sprinkles necklaces & I appreciate their love & keeping me busy!
Aren't these sweet? I love the variety of names I get to surround with sweet rainbow cupcake sprinkles! These are a perfect gift for someone who doesn't have a plain Jane name.

I love the sprinkles mix in this's similar to my 'sweet girl' necklace available in my etsy shop now. Only difference is the word isn't so sweet in this custom made piece...which makes it kind of funny!

(I edited photo to be more family friendly for the blog)


Saturday, June 12, 2010

Mary Had a Little Lamb Embroidery... for the hoop up swap.

This piece is going out to Missy for her Mother Goose theme for the Hoop Up swap on flickr.
I love it so that I may redo one for my DD's quilt! The little french knots on the lamb were a blast to stitch.

Pattern will be available in my Etsy shop 'I Sew Cute' very soon!

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Not Done Yet... A painting for my Dad...

It has been forever since I painted anything! I'm more of an illustrator than a fine artist in that it was a little intimidating to get started, but my Dad's birthday is coming up quick & I couldn't think of a dang thing to get him.
He's the typical guy who has everything he needs & is near impossible to buy for. At Christmas I had the same problem, so I wanted to make up for it by gifting him something super extra special for his birthday.
I had the idea to do a painting of all his grandkids, as this is something I know he could appreciate & I know he doesn't have one of these already.

At this point I guess I'm near done... might be able to finish it this morning & then go get it framed.

It's been fun switching creative gears & doing something completely different for a change!

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Taste the Rainbow...Rainbow Cupcakes!

So many folks have asked how these were let me share with y'all how I did it!

In one big bowl make the batter for your fav. chocolate cake. I made devil's food...for my father in law. (if you don't love chocolate...then you can go ahead & make 2 batches of white's worth doing 2 because there will be plenty to share!)
In another big bowl, make the batter for your fav. white cake. I'm not persnickety on whether or not you use grandma's secret recipe...or make it straight from the box. Either way will give you beautiful results...because these are all about the color!

Separate your white cake into 5 or 6 equal parts & color with food coloring as desired. I love my colors to be super bright when doing this in combination with the chocolate cake. (if you're doing just the white cake...pastel colors look so lovely!)

First spoon some choc. cake batter into the paper lined cupcake tin...filling just less than halfway.

Then start layering your colors in the middle of that one spoon full of color at a time & try to keep it centered to get a good rainbow effect at the end. Just an FYI...this is the color order I did with 5 colors: green, blue, purple, pink/red, yellow.

Bake them according to the directions on your recipe until a toothpick stuck inside comes out clean.

Voila! You've made edible art! Frost & decorate as desired!