Friday, January 27, 2012

Duncan's not the only one that makes Yo-Yo's

When Mr. Mac and I first started dating, he learned how to do several basic tricks with a good old Duncan Yo-Yo.  I remember watching him and my roommates boyfriend (husband now) do tricks like Walk the Dog, The Sleeper and Rock the Baby.  He even had a cool light-up one!  We still have several of those old Yo-Yo's laying around. And I even have a Duncan Glow-in-the-Dark Yo-Yo from my childhood!

I recently learned how to make a different kind of Yo-Yo out of fabric.  This is a GREAT way to use up some old fabric scraps.  It's also an easy 'take-a-long' project to do while you are waiting on your child during dance class or a sport practice.  There are many things you can do with these once made.  Recently, I made several hair clips out of them for our church's 'Martha's Market' sale. 

First, cut a circle from fabric.  The circle size depends on how large or small you want your Yo-Yo, I prefer a 6 inch circle and I just use an regular kitchen bowl to trace around on the fabric.

Next, fold over the edge about 1/4 inch and sew a running stitch along the edge.  Make sure you have enough thread to go around the whole circle and make sure the knot at the beginning is secure.

Once you sew all around the edge, start to pull the thread and gather the fabric.

Keep gathering until it makes a small circle and sew a few stitches to tack it in place and hold the gathers.  And there you have a Yo-Yo!

You can leave it like this, but I like to sew a large button or two in the middle and cover the hole.  I then take this and glue to a covered alligator clip to make a hair bow.

Here are several clips I made for the church sale.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Potato Soup

Every Monday at our house is soup night.  I typically make the soup Sunday morning and then just heat it up on Monday.  This is my recipe for potato soup.

1 bag Oreida Steam and Mash potatoes
2 cans of Vegetable broth
1 Vidala onion, chopped
2 cups of shredded cheddar
2 tbs Dijon Mustard

Dice the onions and saute in a pan with olive oil until they are slightly brown.  While you are doing this, cook the mash potatoes in the microwave and prepare according to directions on bag.

Put potatoes and onions in medium size pot.

Pour in vegetable broth and add 2 tbs Dijon mustard.  Stir everything together and  bring to a simmer.  Simmer for 15 minutes.

Add 2 cups of shredded cheddar and stir in.  (I usually save a little of the two cups for garnish.)

Let simmer for about 15 minutes more and that's it!  The longer it simmers, the thinner the soup gets. If you want a thicker soup add less broth and don't simmer as long.

You can substitute chicken broth for the vegetable broth and you can also peel potatoes and make mashed potatoes from scratch if you like.  This soup also freezes well.  I sometimes double the recipe and freeze half for later.

Friday, January 20, 2012

Wine Cork Wreath

Here's a really neat wreath and a GREAT way to recycle all those old wine corks.  Don't worry, if you don't drink enough wine to save enough corks, a quick search on Ebay and you can buy boxes of corks for relatively cheap.  That's what I did!

Here is what you need....
Wine corks
Styrofoam wreath
Hot glue gun

I started on the outside edge by hot gluing corks all the way around. I use wax paper under anything I glue, so there is no chance of gluing it to the table.

Next, I added a second and third row to the outside and then did the same on the inside.

Then I just filled in the middle arranging the corks as I went.  If you need to, you can cut a cork in half to make the circle around complete.

That's it, pretty simple and quick to  make!  I chose not to add a bow or any ribbon, I liked the simplicity of just the corks.

Friday, January 13, 2012

Hippie Flower Headband

Here is a pretty simple flower headband that you can make in less than an hour!  I made mine with felt, but any fabric will work.

Here is what you need for the one I made:
Two sheets of felt
Elastic Headband
Glue gun
Something round to trace around
Dowel or pencil

Start by tracing around your circular object, I used the top one of my spray cans of paint.  Then just cut out a stack of circles.  I cut out 15, but ended up only using 12.  I used two colors of yellow felt.

Lay one circle on your table, this will be the bottom of the flower.  Using a pencil or dowel, wrap another circle around it.  Put a dot of hot glue on the tip and press it into the middle of the circle on your table.

Continue in this manner filling in around the bottom circle.  You may need to glue some of the circles together to get the shape/design you want.

Next turn your flower over and hot glue another circle to the bottom, this is to cover up anything and to add extra support. 

Next hot glue the headband across the back and cover with a rectangular piece of felt to secure.

And there you have a totally cool hippie headband!!

If you didn't want to make a headband, you could also glue this to a pin back and make it into a pin or glue it to an alligator clip for a cool hair clip.

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Friday, January 6, 2012

Dirty Dancing makes me want to sew pillows!

Let me explain...

A few months ago a group of 10 of my friends (some I have known since kindergarten) went on girls weekend to Mountain Lake for their 'Dirty Dancing' weekend!  How great does that sound?!?  Here's me on the tour, re-enacting the scene where Penny is found crying in the kitchen.

We rented a house on the lake, but unfortunately the lake was VERY low when we were there.  (Evidently, it shrinks periodically.)  Anyways, our weekend was in the midst of the Virginia Summer with temperatures hovering around 100 degrees for weeks leading up to the trip.  Well, guess what?  We got there and it was freezing!!  No one was really prepared for these cooler temperatures, so naturally we stopped in the gift shop first thing to snatch up some souvenirs and maybe a sweatshirt.

Next to the gift shop was a quaint antique store that we also explored.  There were many cute items, but I found two old cloth sacks that I decide to purchase for a mere $4 for both.  Here is one of them....

I remembered once seeing pillows made out of old sacks in some fancy store, selling for over $60 each.  I knew I could make those pillows out of my newly purchased sacks.  So, I went to the fabric store and purchased a yard of some 'fun' fabric, washed all my fabric and the sacks, ironed everything and I was ready to start.

Originally, I was just going to make the front of the pillow the whole sack and put the material I purchased on the back.  Unfortunately, the milk sack had some stains I could not get out and after some thought, I decided on this design for the front.

Basically, I cut just the 'label' part out of both sacks and then cut strips of the material to make the pillows the size I wanted.  The pillows are about 21 inches square.  So, I pinned the strips to the sack piece, sewed and then ironed the seams flat.

Once the front was done, I just sewed on the back, stuffed and I was done.  Here is the finished product on my living room sofa.

I hope this inspires you to think of ways to take something old and make it new.  I save a lot of old pants and shirts to make new things.  If the material is cool, why throw something out just because it may be out of style.  

P.S. See that old coffee table in front of my sofa, that was my grandma's and I have plans to totally jazz it up!  Look for that post in the future.

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