Aprons for Little Ones

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I don’t do a lot of sewing but I’ve been having a great time making these colorful aprons for little ones. There are so many great designs and colors that make shopping for fabric great fun as well. I have gifted several aprons and sold some. Great for budding artists or beginning chefs!  I even found colorful little whisks and spatulas to put in the pockets. The best part has been getting pictures of children wearing them.

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When I get more pictures of smiling faces I will add them to this post.

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Super Laundry Sauce

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Looks good enough to eat but it’s definitely not edible. It’s sauce for doing your laundry. It’s an excellent stain remover. It’s easy to make. And it’s economical. Very economical!  You can do 128 loads of laundry for less than $2.00.  I like a bargain as much as the next person but the real reason I keep making this is because it works so well.

Ingredients:

1 bar Fels Naptha

3 cups boiling water

1 cup 20 Mule Team Borax Powder

1 cup Arm & Hammer Washing Soda

2 wide mouth quart jars

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You’ll find all of these ingredients in the laundry section in the grocery store.

Cut the bar of Fels Naptha in half and then chop each half into little pieces.

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Put half the chopped up Fels Naptha in one jar, half in the other. Pour 1 1/2 cups of boiling water in each jar, cover, and let them sit until the next morning.

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The next morning you can turn the jar upside down and the Fels Naptha and water will have gelled. Use a butter knife to score the gel.

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Add one half cup of the 20 Mule Team Borax to each jar. Add one half cup of the Arm and Hammer Washing Soda to each jar. Put the tea kettle on and add boiling water just up to the shoulder of each jar. Leave about an inch and a half of headspace.

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Using an immersion blender blend the mixture until it looks like mayonnaise.  Or if your mason jar will fit the base of your blender whip until smooth and creamy. If you don’t own an immersion blender or a regular blender scrape the contents into a deep bowl and whip with a hand mixer. Once it’s whipped use a rubber spatula to work it back into the jar.

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One tablespoon is all you need to wash a large load of laundry. Great for front loaders and high efficiency machines because it is low sudsing.

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If you have a stain rinse the area with cold water and use some of the laundry sauce to pretreat. Everyone I know that’s made this sauce loves it!

I originally found this recipe on a site called Budget101.com.

Baby Shoes

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I love making these little felted baby shoes!

1. They are adorable.

2. Everyone who has received a pair says they stay on baby’s feet amazingly well.

3.  They are a wonderful use for odds and ends of 100% wool yarn.

4. They are an extremely portable knitting project.

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5.  They make up quickly providing nearly instant gratification.

 

 

Quilted Pillow

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A few weeks ago I lost a dear family friend, Peggy Johnson. When I went through one of the boxes of sewing and knitting supplies I inherited I came across four quilt squares that she had hand sewn appliqués on. She did a meticulous job. And I wanted to do something with them. So, a pillow it is. One of my Knit Wit friends quilted around the appliqué and sewed the squares together. I don’t think in that order. Quilting isn’t my expertise. I sewed the backing on, put the pillow form inside and hand stitched the opening.

Voila. I have a beautiful pillow that is so awesome it took 3 people to make.

Mitten Beer Koozies

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This Christmas I found a web site that was selling beer koozie mittens and I ordered several for gifts. They were a big hit!!  “Ingenious” the winter beer fest aficionados said!  “Best gift ever!”

So I decided to do some more web searching and I found a pattern and now I can make them myself!  Even more ingenious I say.

Candy Bottles

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These make simple, inexpensive and fun gifts for any occasion. When we empty bottles of adult beverages  I remove the labels and thoroughly wash the bottles.  I use painters tape to define the area I want to paint and paint it with chalkboard paint. The quart of paint I bought goes a LONG way. Share it with a friend.  It usually requires two or three coats. Once the paint is completely dry remove the tape. Fill the bottles with candy (m&ms, skittles, jelly bellies, Reese pieces…you get the idea). Write on the  chalk board!  A love note, the name of the candy, “happy birthday.”

Your friends and family will love this “homemade” gift!!

Baby Shoes

Yesterday I was at a local fabric/crafting store and saw a pattern for these adorable baby shoes. I bought the pattern and came home and looked through my fabric stash. I have a HUGH yarn stash but not so much with the fabric. But I found a few pieces of soft flannel and some old blue jean patch fabric and I got busy. The soles of one pair are from a cashmere sweater I had felted. The demin was challenging because I had to sew through 4 thicknesses of denim and 2 thicknesses of batting at one time in a few places…made even more challenging because the pieces are so small. They are such fun to make and just adorable.

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