Gifty Tags: Quick & Cute Gift Card Holders and Ornaments for Your Holiday Tree

August 6th, 2017

Last year I had SO much fun whipping up these adorable Gifty Tags that I need to get busy and have a new slew of finished tags and card holders on hand:


Using mere scraps of leftover fabric, some thread, some Stiff Stuff and some buttons, I created colorful ornaments and gift card holders using the Lazy Girl Designs Gifty Card Holder sewing pattern, ON SALE NOW at SewThankful, click here to order yours.  You could use this style as a package gift tag as well. And the recipient of the gift can recycle it for future giving…it’s like a 2fer.

NOTE:  Stiff Stuff is currently sold out and unavailable from the manufacturer.  They expect to have it available again in mid-late October this year (2017).  I suggest substituting Soft & Stable until Stiff Stuff becomes available again.

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POPCORN AWESOMENESS–make your own microwave popcorn!

August 5th, 2017

Mind blowing…that’s what this was for me.

Made in the microwave…no fuss…no muss…no nasty preservatives.  You control the salt and all your favorite toppings!

I have a weakness. Yes, quilts, fabric, threads, sewing and bicycles.  But no, that’s not what I’m talking about now. I have a major weakness for popcorn.  I always have. Salty, crunchy, (sometimes spicy) and always delicious. POPCORN.  Make it sweet.  Make it spicy. Make it buttery.  Make it any way you want.

I. LOVE. POPCORN.

Air popped popcorn just doesn’t cut it for me and who wants to clean up that funky machine?

I love microwave popcorn…ummmmm. Have you ever checked out the ingredients for that stuff?  Uggggh.

Stove-top popcorn is awesome, but the cleanup is a hassle.

I need something fast, easy, inexpensive, relatively healthy (and OK…sometimes not so healthy if that’s what I choose) and inexpensive.

So, when I discovered I can make my own microwave popcorn I was…BLOWN AWAY!

Here’s what you need:

  • Microwave
  • 1 brown paper bag (lunch sack size)
  • 1/4 cup popcorn kernels
  • OPTIONAL toppings:  salt, butter, coconut oil, pepper, spices, caramel or any topping of your choice

THAT’S IT! Can you believe it?

Here’s HOW you do it…OMG it’s too easy:

  • Place 1/4 cup popcorn kernels (I prefer organic of any brand, but use your favorite type and brand) in a brown paper lunch bag.
  • Fold the bag down about 3 times with approx. 1 inch each fold; creasing firmly with each fold.
  • Place in the center of the microwave and close the door.
  • Press the “popcorn” button if your microwave has one.  If your microwave doesn’t have a “popcorn” button, set it for 4 minutes and LISTEN CLOSELY.  After your popcorn has started popping, it will be done when it goes approximately 3 – 5 seconds without making a pop. If you get to the end of 4 minutes and your popcorn hasn’t even started popping you either need fresh popcorn or a new microwave.
  • Once popped, pour the popcorn into your favorite bowl and add your favorite toppings.

Enjoy…amazing popcorn. Healthier. Tastier. And at a fraction of the cost.

 

 

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A few words about Stiff Stuff Interfacing by Sew Lazy

August 2nd, 2017

In short:  I LOVE IT!  It’s a firm, yet flexible sew-in dense interfacing.  It is NOT a fusible interfacing. It’s similar to Peltex or Timtex, Stiff Stuff but is softer and I feel it’s easier to work with.

Stiff Stuff performs beautifully in all my bag, wallet, wall hanging and place mat projects and I’ve never been disappointed when I use Stiff Stuff.

That said… The dreaded thing has happened that almost always seems to happen at some point or other whenever I find a product I absolutely love.  It’s out-of-stock — even with the manufacturer and our suppliers. We’ve been told by the manufacturer that it’s expected to begin shipping again in mid to late October this year (2017).

Until Stiff Stuff is back in stock, I highly recommend substituting Soft & Stable for patterns that call for Stiff Stuff. Soft & Stable is also very easy to work with and holds a beautiful shape. Give it a try, I bet you’ll love it too.

Hang On…with me!

August 2nd, 2017

Hang On…I’m trying to catch up with my blog posts on projects I’ve attempted, sewn or completed.

In May this year (2017), I stitched up a few “Hang Ons”.

Hang On is a new Lazy Girl Designs sewing pattern, created by Joan Hawley. Hang Ons are little pouch type hanging pockets that are great for holding all sorts of things: tools to cell phones to sweet treats.  They make great gifts too!  You can hang them on door knobs, drawer pull-knobs, hooks of all types (including Command Hooks™, see pictures below) and even push pins.

Here’s my first try: 

I chose a couple lovely metallic Asian fabrics from my stash. I used Superior Metallic Antique Gold thread to finish the edges.  Click the image to view a larger picture with more detail.

Notice, I didn’t flip the handle (as indicated by the pattern cover samples).  Was it on purpose–a design decision? Or was it my mistake?  I’ll never tell.  I will say that I do love how this baby turned out.  What do you think?

 

Hang On #2:

This is a fraternal twin sister to my first Hang On.  I used the same fabrics, swapped right sides and insides, and on this on I did flip the handle as indicated by the pattern.  Again, I used Superior Metallic Antique Gold thread to finish the edges.

Hang On #3:

For my third Hang On, I wanted to experiment with finishing the edges with couching.  Again, I chose fabrics from my stash and found some fun, funky yarn to use in couching the edges. If you’ve never experimented with couching fibers by machine, this is the perfect project to give it a try.  Click the pic to see larger image and more detail.

To couch yarns or fibers, simply stitch them on using a machine zig zag or other decorative stitch.  Experiment and have fun.  You may choose coordinating or contrasting sewing threads to use in your machine.  Many machines have a “couching” foot to help control placement of the fibers. However, I didn’t use one for this project. I love the soft, slubby edges that the yarn provides.

Hang On #4:

I wanted to continue experimenting with couching, so on my fourth Hang On, I also stitched the accent folds with couched yarn (in addition to finishing all the edges with couching — click image for larger picture/more detail).

This one reminds me of those beautiful mossy hanging baskets of flowers.

She’s a working girl — holding a handful of my favorite sewing tools, keeping my sewing table clean and my tools within reach. Tools shown are:  Point2Point Turner, Roll & Press, Superior Snippers, Awl, and Stiletto.

Hang On is a super easy and fun to sew project. It’s a perfect project for beginners or as a first project. It’s also FUN for experienced sewists — can you say instant gratification?  It’s also a great way to use up small pieces of fabrics from your stash.

If you don’t have the Hang On sewing pattern yet, you can get it ON SALE NOW: click here to order yours today. Save more money — sew more smiles.

NOTE:  Stiff Stuff is currently not available from the manufacturer and all our suppliers have sold out.  It is expected to be back in stock in mid to end of October 2017. Until then, I recommend substituting Soft & Stable.

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5 to 7 Layer Delicious Mexican Dip

July 31st, 2017

This is a Chapman Family Favorite — for parties, sporting event tailgate celebrations, potlucks, and any occasion.  It’s also super easy to make.  You can make it a day ahead of time too.

Ingredients:

  • 1 can re-fried beans
  • 2 – 3 ripe avocados
  • 8 – 12 oz. sour cream
  • 6 – 8 oz. your favorite salsa
  • 6 – 8 oz. your favorite cheese — grated (suggest: cheddar or colby jack)
  • *optional 1-2 green onions thinly sliced
  • *optional 1 small can sliced black olives

Find a pretty container with sides to put your dip into.  Sometimes I use a nice pie plate. Sometimes I use a plastic container that has a lid (especially when taking to potlucks and parties away from the house).  Whatever container you choose, it should have sides at least 2″ high.

First open the can of refried beans. Stir well, then spread evenly across the bottom of your pie plate or container.

Peel, remove pit and mash your avocados then spread evenly over top of the re-fried beans.

Stir sour cream then spread evenly across top of avocado layer.

Pour salsa over top of sour cream layer; use a spatula to spread out evenly.

Sprinkle grated cheese evenly over top of salsa.

*Optional: Lightly sprinkle green onion and/or black olives over top of the cheese layer.

Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.

Serve with your favorite brand of tortilla chips. Refrigerate any leftovers.

ENJOY!!!  It’s fantastic and your guests will love it. In fact, it’s so good Jared (18 y/o son) and I often finish off any leftovers for breakfast the next morning.