Saturday, June 11, 2016

SPRINKLES ... SPRINKLES .... SPRINKLES ....

Who could possibly ever have enough sprinkles !!!!
Footballs, flowers, hearts,  googly eyes in every size, gold balls, silver balls .... the varieties are endless, and I'm always on the hunt for new ones !!!
Decorated cookies and Sprinkles go together like tea and cake ....... you can't have one without the other.

After hubby made me my cookie cutter board a couple of months back, I dreamed of a special place to keep all of those colourful little jars ...... that was until a week ago, when, while browsing the aisles of Hobby Lobby, I found my dream solution ...... Thank You, I'll take them as an early birthday present !!!!



Can we all just say ...... Sprinkle Storage Perfection !!!!! Right down to their chicken wire doors !!!!

I have been SO blessed, by the response to my little cookie endevour ...... I am beyond thrilled. I've been kept constantly busy over the past few months :-)
Time to share my creations with you ....


Tennis themed cookies, to celebrate a senior who was signing with St Mary's University on a tennis scholarship.


Celebrating a special birthday.


Cakes for our Senior Class of 2016 celebration, at Church.


Congratulations Marcus High School Class of 2016 !!!


A special order for a sweet graduate.


Summer themed cookies, to show appreciation to an extra special teacher - we really couldn't have done it without her.


Baby shower cookies ....


A cookie prize for the winners of the game "Face The Cookie".


Love these little hula girls !!!


School's out for Summer ..... Cookies for an Hawaiian themed end of year party.


Graduation cookies for a Texas A&M bound graduate.


Cookies to enjoy at the final rehearsal, before this local Youth Choir goes on tour :-)

I hope your Summer is off to the most perfect start ...... a couple of months of long, lazy, scheduless days .... Ahh !!!!!

Monday, May 9, 2016

SPRING CLEANING ZOMBIE STYLE ....

Well hello, hello ....
I'm so happy to be popping back for a visit, with something fabric to share with you.
It was once again time for myself and my two zombie loving friends to share another zombie exchange ..... it makes sure we keep our creative juices flowing !!!
Val, our Zombie Chief, chooses the theme, and we get to it !!!

The theme this time ...
Spring Cleaning Zombie Style

We were to make a Zombie themed apron .... how we interpreted that, was up to us.
I searched for Zombie fabric, but there is a definite gap in the market when it comes to this .... hint, hint all you fabric design guru's out there !!!
So .... what is a girl to do ? Why, make my own zombie fabric of course !!!





Val's preference was a café style, half apron.
This one has a pocket that runs the whole width of the apron, which I then sewed into smaller pockets.
Now just look who is popping out of her hiding place ..... Little Miss Springalot Zombie !!!!
The apron is lined with the same mustard fabric, as the cuff on the pocket.
I sewed the nice long, wraparound ties separate to the waistband, and attached them with 3 black button, just to add a little extra detail. 





Next up, was Jill's apron. She prefers a full apron, just like me ....... we're the messy ones obviously :-)
I used a butchers apron pattern .... this apron was one of the first things I ever learned to sew !!!!
Again, there are lots of pockets to tuck all those cleaning rags and dusters into.
On Jill's apron, I included a clip at the waist, that has a little hand towel attached. I don't know about you, but to have a hand towel attached to me at all times when I'm cooking or cleaning is a gem.
Her apron is lined with red fabric, with teeny tiny white polka dots on it.
This little Miss ...... Dusty Zombie, is a little cheeky, I think ........ sticking her tongue out like that !!!!! Truth be told, she probably feels the same way as I do about spring cleaning !!!

I always like to tuck a few little, themed extras into each package ....


I found these plain, muslin dish towels at Hobby Lobby. I decided to zombie them up with some fabric paint. I sprayed the red paint over the entire towel, and let it dry. I then did my freezer paper stencil trick, with some zombie silhouette images I found on the internet. I sponged the black paint over the stencil, and then left the towels to dry ...... I'm so happy with how they turned out.
I also included some zombie brain scrubbers ...... red ones to match Jill's color theme, and yellow to match Val's.

Thanks ladies for another fun zombie exchange .... can't wait for the next one !!!!




Monday, April 18, 2016

PRETTY SPRING PIES ......

Another post from my kitchen - it seems the place I spend most of my time at the moment !!!!
I'm sharing this with you, because I got REALLY excited when I saw this on Pinterest ....... it's so pretty, and Springy, and, and, and .......
It's perfect for all of those summer cookouts that will happen this year. The Family Reunions .... it'll be a winner for sure, and no doubt make you the talk of the town (well, maybe not the town :-p)

I made it for a banquet we had at church last night .... it was devoured in the blink of an eye. The fresh raspberry filling is SO delicious, mind you :-)



An arrangement of little spring flowers adorn the edge of the pie.
I followed THIS AMAZING TUTORIAL (and her pie crust recipe) . I didn't have enough pastry to make an entire ring of daisies like she did, but I think it looks just as pretty with a little floral spray on the side :-)

So what have you been rustling up in your kitchen, now that warmer weather is here .....

Sunday, April 10, 2016

A COLLECTION OF COOKIES ....

I sat reading through some of my favorite blogs today - it's something I just love to do. There's SO much creativity and SO many ideas out there - inspiration abounds !!!
I felt a little sad though, because my little happy place has been very neglected over the last little while - the degree of neglect seems to have gotten a little worse each year :-(
In my own defense, I have spent a lot of time over the past 12 months,  trying to grow my little cookie endeavor, and I've been over the moon excited by the response I have got. I couldn't be more thankful.  When I thought a little more about my blog however, I realized that I am burnt out - not by my blog, but by what life has dished up to us over the past 6 or so years, and this has played havoc with my creativity - it's just not what it used to be. At the same time, this creativity brings me so much joy, as does sharing it. I want to ..... need to ..... find my way back to that creative place, I'm just not sure how to right now.

So, that being said, all I have to share with you today, is a plethora of cookies ..... orders I've done over the past couple of weeks :-)


I got the chance to play around with some Initial Cookie ideas for a wedding rehersal dinner ...
Everyone in the family had a different favorite - only Andy and I chose the same cookie.
There were some new-to-me techniques with these ....... love learning new things :-)



Texas themed cookies ..... these cookies were placed in the hotel rooms of out of town wedding guests. I LOVED that idea, and it reminded me of my sisters wedding. We put goody bags in each guests room for her wedding.
This was the sample picture I sent to the customer ....... only to find that she was an Aggie !!! This foreigner didn't even think of that .... needless to say the longhorn cookie was axed from the group !!!!

Easter Cookies 2016 ...... so cute !!!!


We (hubby and I), are on a "healthy eating plan " right now ..... we don't use the DIET word !!!
So that nobody felt deprived over Easter, I made these little mini cookies ...... they were a hit, and oh so cute !!!! Everything just seems cuter in its miniature form <3 p="">

Tri Delta Sorority cookies ....... a sweet Spring Break treat for a college student :-)



These beauties had me a little worried to start, I'd never seen or heard of them before I was asked about making some for a bridal shower. Pinterest is a lifesaver !!!!!
Love them .... so elegant !!!! 3 delicious shortbread cookies, sandwiched together with vanilla buttercream, and decorated however you wish. These were decorated in icing, colored to match the brides colors.


These floral cookies were for the same bridal shower ..... the photo is awful (but it's the only one I have). The colors match those of the stacked cookies. It was raining cats and dogs when I took this picture, so the light was horrible.

So there you have it ....
Hope you've found some time to be creative, it's so good for mind, body, and soul.

Monday, March 21, 2016

EASTER TREAT BOXES .....

Only a week to go, before The Easter Bunny pays us a visit .......
Who doesn't love all the chocolatey goodness that surrounds this time of  year - all those cute little ducks, lambs and bunnies, wrapped in shiny foil paper. It's a visual feast !!!!

I wanted to make a little Easter treat for each of the ladies in my Bible Study - seven  special ladies, who deserve a special treat.

I used THE MEASUREMENTS IN THIS TUTORIAL, and followed the directions on how to construct the box in THIS VIDEO TUTORIAL. I'm not kidding you when I tell you that these are possibly the easiest boxes I have ever made. The ones I made are just big enough to hold four little Easter eggs ...



I decorated the outside of the boxes with bunnies and flowers, and tied them shut with some cotton ribbon, and finished them off with a "Happy Easter" tag, tied to the ribbon.


These are so quick and easy (and let's not forget fun) to make, you still have time to get creative - wouldn't they make the most perfect favor to pop on your Easter table ?

Friday, March 11, 2016

TIME FLIES ....

That it sure does !!!
2016 is whizzing by in a blur. We've already had to complete the kids paperwork for the next school year - we will have a Senior, and she is graduating early, so by mid January one of my babies will have left school ........ truth be told, this makes me want to sit down and weep (OK, sob like a baby !!!!)
This year is turning out to be a year that's requiring ALOT of work - we have things going on that are having to take priority, hence my sporadic blogging. I don't want to give it up completely though, and for now, I'll be content with popping in when I can, or more to the point, when I have something to share.
My little cookie business is taking off so nicely ... March has been a busy month !!!!

Our church Women's Retreat was this past weekend, and what a superb weekend it was ..... absolutely loved it !!!! It was held at a retreat center along the banks of a lake, and it was just so peaceful, pretty and relaxing.  The accommodation was outstanding - hotel quality. Our guest speaker for the weekend, was Mindy Caliguire, author of the book STIR, which was in fact the theme of the retreat. She is a lovely lady, so friendly and personable - she spent much of our free time, just hanging with all of us. I was asked if I'd be willing to make cookies for the weekend, cookies that would work with the theme, this is what I came up with.


This is the cover of Mindy's book that the retreat was based on ...... see those 3 perfect little icons :-)


Cookie replicas of the icons :-)


Compass cookies .... we were talking about direction after all !!!



They were such a hit ...... it was so exciting to get such phenomenal feedback. Each cookie was individually wrapped in its' own cellophane bag, and tied with a coordinating ribbon. Each lady was handed a cookie upon her arrival. They were also given as thank you gifts to the four guests who came in on Saturday afternoon, to facilitate one of our sessions.

I'll leave you with some of the cutest little cookies I've ever made ...... these are for a baby shower this weekend ....


I'm hoping to get some time with my sewing machine soon .... I'm really missing it !!!
Whatever you're up to ....... hope you're enjoying your creative time :-)


Monday, February 8, 2016

OWL WAYS SCARF ......

Owls, Owls, Owls ....... I have a HUGE love for these birds !!!!

My (not so) little niece turned 7 in January - it doesn't seem possible, but hey, the calendar doesn't lie. She's the sweetest little girl. To be honest, her nature is SO much like my daughter's was at the same age ..... sweet and gentle, with a little bit of Drama Queen thrown in for good measure :-)
I LOVE being an Aunty ....... and I'm lucky to have the best three nephews and niece in the world !!!!

Yes, her present is late ..... but just think of the surprise it'll be for her !!!
She lives where it gets really rather cold, particularly at his time of the year, so what better gift to make for her than a cute, chunky scarf, that will keep her little neck snuggly warm.
The pattern I chose was THE OWL WAYS SCARF . It's a well written, fun pattern that knits up really fast. It uses Chunky yarn ( I used LionBrand Wool Ease yarn). The scarf itself used only a single ball of yarn, with a little bit used from a second ball, so it's very economical too. The pattern is written for a child's size, but it would work just as well for an adult, if you just knitted an extra few inches in the middle piece.
It has a cute matching owl hat pattern too, that you could try if you wished to.


It needed a good blocking once I had finished it, but that's easy enough to do !!! Let's be honest, everything looks better once it's been blocked :-)


Finished with some stylish tassels .... the scarf and the owl himself :-)


His eyes are some rather perfect little black buttons that I found at Joann's. Look at the perfect little ring in them that looks just like a little pupil. He has a little heart shaped button for his nose, also from Joann's.

I hadn't knitted anything in a while ..... it was fun to pick up those long. pointy sticks again.
Happy Birthday Jess ..... we love you to the moon and back !!!!!!