' August 2012 - Sisters, What!

Alphabet Rocks

Alphabet Rocks
While Marme was here, we also did a few creative things together while the little one slept. We have all these flat rocks from Lake Erie and marme found all these cute ideas on pinterest here and here. She wanted to do animals as well, but she only was able to do the alphabet.
I just LOVE how they turned out. Can  you see where we all get our attempted creativity from? she is just brilliant and so colorful in everything she does. 

Here's what she did:
- she painted a base coat of white acrylic paint and let dry. 
- Then she painted on the letters with different colors 
- next she outlined with a sharpie marker
- Lastly she coated it with clear nail polish (you could use a different sealer, but we only had nail polish on hand).
- then your done!
I thought that they would be perfect to play without side or take on a picnic. 
I took them outside for mr. little one to play with and he had no problem scrabbling them up. 
He kept picking up different ones and would just hold them and look at them. And then he'd start putting them in his mouth (don't worry I stopped him before it reached his mouth ; )
Happy Alphabetizing!


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The Perfect Play Kitchen

Is this not the cutest play kitchen ever! our cousin made this for her little ones and I just had to share it on here.
Sisters, Sisters: play kitchen
I love the little sink and knobs for the stove. And those curtains are just so perfect!
little girls play kitchen
Seriously, so cute! If we ever have a girl, this is a must!
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[pin tuck pleats] Wallet - Clutch Tutorial

Such a fun wallet clutch tutorial, make with any fabric

Last week, I shared with the Ribbon Retreat blog this pin tucks pleats clutch tutorial, and now I get to share it with everyone here. 

It is super easy and makes for a great wallet, but it can also be used  to carry your wallet, cell phone, keys, and whatever else you fancy. I have made smaller and bigger sizes to use as an organizer in my purse for misc items that always fall in the cracks. 
let's get started!

Step 1: Gather supplies and fabric
 1/4 - 1/2 yard each of two coordinating fabrics (I use up to 1/2 because I like to play it safe just in case i mess up : ) I used Micheal Miller's Gray Parade Day and Turquoise Falling Flowers
a coordinating zipper
1/4 yard fusible fleece or cotton batting

An Ottoman made by He and She

When I say "he" and "she" I mean my husband and I. There are not many projects that the hubs is willing to do with me, but occasionally he'll join in, especially if wood or power tools are involved. In the most recent case, the project was making an ottoman from scratch. 
diy ottoman from scratch
We've been wanting one for a long time, but they can be pricey and we're not rich. After a while, I started getting the idea in my head that we could make it ourselves (pinterest has a way of making one feel mighty). After all, the hubberoo made our bed frame so I figured this would be right up his alley. 
ottoman diy
And so our journey together to make this ottoman began in March (yes, it took us a long time and my mighty self became humbled) We finally finished it last week, but not without much crying and gnashing of teeth. It was all from me while sewing and seam ripping and then sewing; I had no idea what I had got myself into.
ottoman diy
I had this brilliant idea to do piping but started getting cold feet about it (for good reasons too). However, the lady at the upholstery store told me that piping would be a cinch, hmm ya not for me. There were many heavy tears as I seam ripped out the failed piping. The hub was very nice to me about the whole matter even though he must have seen how bad it looked. I learned my lesson and decided to save piping for a later and easier project. Without the piping, I was shocked that all the corners and edges matched up. A miracle for sure. 
Well there you have it. All though Brigg strictly did the wood part and I the fabric cushion, there is no way we could have done each part without the other; seriously, talk about a relationship builder. I have learned for the millionth time how different we think, seriously. I really can't wait for the next project we do together, maybe a chair to match the ottoman...just joking : ). 

After we finished it, we didn't know what we ever did without it. But during the day hours, we don't get much use out of it because the wee one has commandeered  for his own purposes and we don't mind a bit. 

*I wanted to show you a little tutorial on the making, but because it took so long to finish it, I am now having trouble find the work in progress pictures. I'll see what I can scrounge up. 

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Marme's Spinach Lasagna

sisters sisters
My sweet mother came to visit a week ago, and while here she finally taught me how to make lasagna. Yes, I admit, I have never made lasagna before; It just didn't seem worth the effort to me (call me lazy). My mom's secret to a quicker lasagna?  she never cooks the noodles before hand. Who knew?

The other secret to its amazing tastiness? spinach. When I was little, it was the only way that I enjoyed spinach and I used to hate it! My mom sure was tricky. The best part about it is that you don't even realize that there is no meat in it. It's that good.

 So here's to the best vegetarian and spinach lasagna you'll ever eat!

And here is my beautiful mother hard at work. I love it when she cooks. 
Spinach Lasagna

Main Ingredients:
2 cups of spinach
1 can of olives sliced or crushed
lasagna noodles (uncooked - well you can cook them if you want, but you really don't need to)
16 oz can of spaghetti sauce (you might need a second can)
1 1/2 cups of shredded mozzarella (for the top)

Cottage Cheese mixture:
cottage cheese
4 uncooked scrabbled eggs
shredded Parmesan
1 cup shredded mozzarella
2 tbs Italian seasonings
1 tbs parsley
dash of pepper and salt

1st layer: noodles first
2nd layer: Tomato sauce - cover the noodles liberally
3rd layer: Spinach - at least two layers of spinach
4th layer: cottage cheese mixture
5th layer: sliced olives
- Repeat layers once
- Lastly add one more layer of noodles and sauce. Then finish with a thin or thick (what ever you prefer) of delicious mozzarella.

Cover with foil and back at 325 degrees for 1 hr.

Bon Appetit!!


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Avenger Shirts

My nephews really love the Avengers, so as a summer surprise, I decided it would be fun to make them some shirts of their favorite Avenger. I wasn't sure how I was going to go about it, but it turned out to be easier than I thought and really fun to make all of them.

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