Craft Room Overhaul Part 2

I managed to turn this mess….

Into this super organized craft supply closet. Can you believe that there are 87 different storage containers in that closet??? Insane…!!! That’s not even counting the containers that are inside of those 87 containers. (i.e. buttons in jelly jars) I love how I can walk into the room bored and see my entertainment options right in front of me. YAY!!!

craft closet

I also added an over the door shoe organizer to keep items like paint, glue, and glitter from spilling.

Over the door organized

I’m still not done redecorating my craft room. I have done it all in stages. I did the top half of my closet last year and the bottom yesterday. My space still needs a fresh coat of paint and a cozy chair. I want to find an old square topped foot stool to recover with yarn. I also saw some shelves yesterday that I decided that I needed, and I want to find some kind of spice rack to store buttons in. Plus I have all of those mini cross stitch kits to hang on the wall and I want to make more mini dishcloths for decorations too. My guess is that like everything that goes along with home ownership I will always have another craft room project going on. It is my personal space after all.

I hope you all have a great weekend…!!!

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THROW BACK THURSDAY: Butter Brickle Dessert

Today’s Throw Back Thursday post was originally posted on January 9th of 2013. I’m changing the date to bump it up because this is one of my all time favorite recipes, but then who am I kidding? I have a super sweet tooth. ;) Enjoy and have a great day.

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2 packages of instant vanilla pudding Mix with ONLY 2 cups of milk
1 qt butter brickle ice cream
1 large cool whip
4 heath or butter brickle candy bars,

In a large 9 x 13 pan put 18 crushed graham crackers and 1/3 c. soften oleo & pat on bottom of pan. Soften the butter brickle ice cream and mix with pudding. Put on top of graham cracker crust. Put whipped topping on top. Sprinkle with chopped candy bars.

*Recipe from unknown source.

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Color Block Shawl

color block shawl in progress

This isn’t the greatest picture but I thought that I would share my newest project in progress. This is supposed to be a color blocked shawl however I decided to go with stripes because blocks of color make me think of the 80’s. The 80’s was such an unflattering decade as far as clothing went.

The black perfectly matches the dress. It matches so much that I think that it needs that pop of color from the white. I am knitting this non color blocked shawl with Knit Picks Diadem Fingering yarn. It’s 50% Baby Alpaca, 50% Mulberry Silk. It’s super soft but it sheds and collects cat hair like crazy.

My knitting progress has been super slow as my allergies are peeking for the Spring season. I think the crabapple tree in my yard is trying to kill me!!! I have found that Benadryl really helps but it knocks me out cold within 30 minutes so I only take it at night.

I have also been cleaning out the bottom half of my craft closet. I can’t wait to have everything organized in matching totes. Then my newly redecorated craft room will be almost done. I just need paint, a chair, and a foot stool to yarn bomb.

Hope you all have a happy safe week. ;)

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Gramp’s Kitchen – Banana Cranberry Muffins

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Banana Cranberry Muffins

2 cups cranberries
1 2/3 cup sugar
1 cup water
1/3 cup shortening
2 eggs
1 ¾ cup flour
2 teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon baking soda
1 cup mashed bananas
½ cup chopped nuts

In a small sauce pan bring cranberries, 1 cup water, and 1 cup sugar to a boil. Reduce heat – simmer uncovered 5-7 minutes – drain. In a large bowl cream shortening & remaining sugar – add eggs one at a time beating well after each addition. Combine flour, baking powder, salt, and baking soda, add to cream mixture alternately with bananas. Fold in berries and nuts.

Fill greased or paper lined muffin cups ¾ full – bake at 400 degrees for 15-20 minutes – cool for 5 minutes before removing from pan to wire rack – makes about 14 muffins

Banana Cranberry Muffins

*Recipe from unknown source. Found in my Grandparents kitchen.

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THROW BACK THURSDAY: Happy Hour Cafe’ – Apple crisp

This weeks Throw Back Thursday post was originally posted on January 2 of 2013. However, since I only had a couple of readers at that time I thought that I would repost it for today’s THROW BACK THURSDAY ;) I am also adding recipe cards that can be printed off to all of my new recipe posts. I hope that you all enjoy!!!!

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4 cups sliced apples
2/3 cup brown sugar
½ cup flour
½ cup rolled oats
¾ tsp cinnamon
¾ tsp nutmeg
1/3 cup butter

Mix together and bake for 30 mins at 375

Happy Hour Cafe' Apple Crisp

*Recipe from unknown source.

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Dance Sockettes and A Slouch Hat

cartoon - sockettes

I made these Dance Sockettes with leftover yarn from my Socks on a Plane socks. They will be a gift for my Mother a long with a Lemongrass sented  Milk & Honey Lotion Bar from milkandhoneysoap.com

I did make a modification to this pattern. I added the cable pattern from the Sock’s on a Plane pattern. I am really happy with they way they turned out. Notice that I managed to make a right and a left sock this time. For these Sockettes I used Knit Picks Stroll Hand-Painted yarn in the shade Cartoon.

sagegreen slouch

I whipped up this hat for myself on Monday afternoon. I love the pattern and how it uses both crochet and knitting. I don’t believe that I have ever ran across that before. I used some leftover sage green worsted weight Red Heart yarn. The only modification I made to the pattern was to knit the ribbing with a size 6 needle to make the hat cuff snug. The inspiration for this hat came from Bonnie Knits

The other day I went shopping at Wal-Mart and found a whole pile of mini cross stitch kits for $.97 a piece. I have already completed the stitching on one of them but I am going to wait to post pictures until I have it framed. I plan to hang them all on the wall in my craft room.

I have also been busy crocheting some pot holders. I plan to make a bunch of kitchen items this year. In December I will divide them up and give a bunch as gifts.

Hope you all have a happy crafty week. ;)

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Homemade Laundry Soap

Homemade laundry soap mixture

I have found over the last few years that my allergies have been getting increasingly worse. So I have decided to try to cut out as many sented products as possible.

I have been reading about different ways of making homemade laundry soap and I decided to give this option a try. It seems to work great and washes out with no sented residue in my laundry. It even cleaned up the dirty white socks my kids wear.

homemade laundry soap

Homemade Laundry Soap

1 Cup Borax
1 Cup Arm & Hammer Washing Soda (not baking soda)
1 Bar of Fels-Naptha grated

Fels-Naptha

I used a cheese grater to finely grate my Fels-Naptha but you can use a food processer too. The soap is really soft and easy to grate by hand.

grated Fels-Naptha

It looks like sharp cheddar cheese but doesn’t smell like it. I have to admit that the smell of the soap was really over powering when I was grating it. I was wondering if it was going to leave a strong soap odor in my laundry but it doesn’t. I would recommend trying a different soap to grate if you are worried about the odor when grating. I have read on line that some people use Ivory soap in place of Fels-Naptha. Zote and Casitle Soap can be used too but I haven’t been able to find it in any local stores.

1 teaspoon of the mixture for each load

I spent about $10.50 for my ingredients and I have enough Borax and Washing Soda left over to make at least 3 more batches. So I am estimating the cost of my new laundry soap at around $3.00.

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