Monday, August 10, 2015

Workbench Sewing Table...

Hi everyone. Long time, no see. I have been on a little summer hiatus. Nothing in particular prompted this time off, just lots of little things happening all at once. My idea well had run dry, cleaning and purging our home of "things", working on Courtney and Courtland's new home, my 91 year old dad (who lives with us) has signs of dementia, poor health and needs more attention...just all the things we all have in our lives.

I have been sewing a lot though, using up my stash and making things to hopefully sell in my Etsy shop. It's nice to be back at my machine...blogging just took a back seat.

During one of my cleaning out sessions in the basement, I noticed my dad's old workbench system that I was using for Christmas storage. He hasn't used it in years due to his health. I thought to myself..."Why is this great set down here in the basement. I need to bring this up to my sewing room!!"

Tah Dah!!!

A double sewing machine, ironing station with storage.

I keep light colored thread in one machine and dark in the other, so it's always set up for those last minute clothing fixes, sewing projects or a day quilting with a friend...right Tina?

workbench sewing table

I know this system isn't for everyone, but pop in for some ideas to incorporate in your sewing room.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Easy Blueberry Cobbler Recipe...

July and August is blueberry season here in the northeast. They are plentiful and usually on sale in the stores or it's fun to spend some time on a farm picking your own. For me, on sale in the store was easier this weekend! It was hard choosing a recipe though...pie, muffins, cake or cobbler? We had lots of people in and out this weekend, so a very large pan of cobbler was the way to go!! I searched for a recipe on line and found a winner.

Blueberry Cobbler...

blueberry cobbler

Don't forget the ice cream!!

blueberry cobbler

This is the easiest recipe and so delicious...

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Sew Darn Crafty Link-Up Party...

Welcome to another Sew Darn Crafty Link-Up Party. The weeks just keep flying by and my "to do" list of projects keeps getting longer. So many fun projects...so little time. I hope you've had time to do some of the things on your "to do" list and I really hope you can share your projects here on SDC. Sew Darn Crafty is a place where you can share anything that you've posted on your own blog. Your post is linked here, then readers are brought back to your blog for all to see. Lots of traffic for your blog!!  I am so thankful for all of you who for always joining in each week and for always visiting all the other blogs too. I can't thank you enough!!

If you're new here, either to linking up or to visiting the links, all the instructions are explained below. Have fun!!

Linking your blog to the party…


Sew Darn Crafty is a "sharing"party. I subscribe to a linking service, which provides the ability to link thumbnail pictures of posts from your blog to my blog. The pictures below are links to other blogs and the projects the blog owner wants to share with us. Each week, I start a new party where bloggers can add their own posts below for ALL to see!! Not only are you sharing your ideas and project, but the links will bring lots of traffic to your blog. You can add any project you'd like, old or new to your blog…cooking, crafting, scrapbooking, quilting, sewing, gardening, remodeling projects, vacation ideas etc. It so much fun to see what everyone is up to each week. This party would be nothing without all of you, so a great big THANKS to all of you who contribute. Follow directions below.

Visiting blogs at the party…


If you are new to visiting linky parties…just come on in and click on any picture box below and it will bring you to that post that someone has shared!! There are always so many wonderful ideas…don't miss out.

So let's get started this week!!




Come on in and join the fun!!!

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Easy Breakfast Brunch Party Ideas...

We have lots of family functions and parties throughout the year, but I think the easiest party to put together would be a breakfast or a brunch. My husband's brother and his family were visiting from New York for 2 weeks. They rent a beach house to enjoy the sunshine and weather of the summer. We see them several times while they are here, but we did have them over one morning for breakfast before they went to the beach for the day.

I snapped a few photos of the breakfast I set up, so you could steal a few ideas for your next get together. The ideas are quick and easy and most can be set up the night before.

Self serve buffet style is the best. Here's what I served...

  • fresh fruit
  • coffee cake
  • muffins
  • breads, bagels and English muffins
  • jams and jellies
  • pancake bar
  • scrambled eggs
  • bacon and sausage
  • yogurts
  • coffee and tea
  • milks and juices



breakfast brunch ideas

Come in to see how I set everything up and served things so you can enjoy your guest too!!

Monday, July 13, 2015

Accuquilt Orange Peel Die...Love it!!

Hi everyone! I'm back to share another Accuquilt Die and it's a great one! It's called the Orange Peel. It is now my favorite die from Accuquilt. Actually the hexagon dies are my favorite, but this new one is tied for first place!!

The Orange Peel die is an appliqué die, so the quilts or projects go together very quickly. Today, I am showing a couple ideas and placements, but I also have a few "unconventional" ideas using the die up my sleeve. I was trying to complete the unconventional project for this post, but you know how life gets in the way! I'll definitely share that one soon.

Here's what I made for today's post...a table runner. I also need your help at the end with how to finish the edges.

accuquilt orange peel die

accuquilt orange peel die

Come on in to see a few tips using the die and making projects of your own...

Monday, June 29, 2015

Super Size Pound Cake Recipe...

Hi everyone! I've been wanting to share this recipe for pound cake with you for a long time. My mom made it for as long as I can remember for big family functions. This pound cake is one of my husband's favorites...second only to the ultimate chocolate cake!!  I love making it for larger parties or dinners, because of it's size. It's a Super Pound Cake, not just because it tastes great, but because it's extra large!! It's definitely a fan favorite.

Super Pound Cake

super size pound cake recipe

Super Size Pound Cake

super size pound cake recipe

Come on in for the recipe...

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