Friday, October 31, 2014

Looking for a Reason to Make Pastrami-Pretzel Bites?

Here is my entry for the 47th Pillsbury Bake-Off® contest: Pastrami-Pretzel Bites. Look good?
Here are a few reasons why you should give it a try:
I left out EASY TO MAKE.

The Grand Prize is a Million bucks. Stay tuned...

UPDATE November 3: Category winners are posted at
Check them out and vote through December 2. 

Monday, October 20, 2014

Marjorie Turns 29. Again!

It had been on my TO-DO list for too long: Send Marjorie a birthday card. Send her some pictures from our Pillsbury Bake-Off® Alumni brunches. 
I did some sketches.
Then I made a dieline with my Silhouette software and the machine cut it out.
OOOPPPS. The lines were very straight and when I popped out the design it was not a solid piece. See below how the eyes are floating and the hair is all wrong on the right side.
Back to the drawing board. I re-did the dielines. Now the lines were curved and all are connected to each other.
And it's all one piece. 
I love the negative space left behind as much as the positive.
I made a couple more. Looks the the drama masks.
Looks just like her, right? 
She has a HUGE smile.
Now I can cross that off my TO-DO list. Happy 29th Marjorie!

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Pillsbury Bake-Off® Potholder Purse, Nashville Edition

Mr. Martha, oops, I mean Mr. GreenThumbWhiteApron sent me a little gift. He knew I had made a bag from potholders before, so he sent me his. I decided I'd make a tiny evening bag. 
First I decided on the message. I didn't have all of the letters I needed so I altered some. A "P" became a "2" and a sideways "N" became a "Z". Then I layed out some options.
Yuk. Nope. This is better. See the sideways "Z"?
I used jewelry glue to hold them in place. These potholders have a pocket, so I squeezed tight and pinched the glue into the fabric fibers.
Then I sewed them on. I passed the thread through the holes a couple of times, like sewing on a button.
Now what to do for a handle? Last time I used a sleeping bag zipper. In my scraps I found some really cool wide patterned shoe laces that I had got at Target.
How to attach? I cut one lace and pinned it on like this.
Boy is my photo color off. I sewed a straight stitch really close to the edge of the shoelace. Notice how I folded over the unfinished  top edge.
I pinned the shoelace to the other potholder. It looks skewed and wonky when pinned.
After I started sewing, I had to switch position of pins to fit under the presser foot and avoid the beads.
The machine didn't like sewing over the thick edge. "%@$#!" Seam ripper!
To finish, I tied the other shoelace to the loops on the potholder.
Hi big brother!
Can't wait to go out on the town in NASHVILLE because:
My recipe is here.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Garden Tour 2014

Mom, here are my garden tour pics for you. This is a mix of all 3 gardens.
What to do with a stump?
Mini fairy garden.
What great doggie steps!
 I liked the shape of these leaves.
I liked this support.
 These were so unusual, I thought they were fake.
This garden won a Star Tribune contest. See more pictures here
Lots of great stonework there.
And sculptures.
Here is my garden tour from 2010.