Fishing cloth

Fishing cloth

So Fathers Day kind of surprised me this year. I thought I had another week. Now – my Step Dad is not an easy man to shop for. He is however an avid fisherman (wait….maybe I should say it another way.) He goes out on a fishing trip but NEVER actually catches anything… would think he was maybe up to something else….no…..he just never seems to catch anything.

Anyway…I digress. I decided to make him a towel or cloth for his fishing bag. Just went and found some clearance fish fabric – put a stay stitch around the back and front and then added some fun bias tape with a little key chain attachment for him. Took no time at all and now he can go out on his fishing adventures in style!

Dad’s Memories of his Dad

Dad's Memories of his Dad

No new crafts currently. I have been fighting that darned cold that everyone has had so really I have just been sterilizing things and trying to get better!

I thought a quick post on some family fun would be warranted instead. Summer of 2011 Dad, Debbie, and I went on a road trip to Show Low, AZ to say goodbye to Grandpa who had left us earlier in May. On the way home Dad stopped at this tiny cafe in Globe, AZ and told us of his trips here with his brothers and Dad each time they went on a hunting trip.

Now my Dad is a Man, you know the kind….hunting, camping, NRA member, never to be seen in any shade closely related to pink kind of guy and here is sits making nice with the entire staff and telling us of his times here with his Dad.

What a great time we had reminiscing over his best memories of his Dad. “Best” is a word he used while we were there.

Hopefully more crafts and recipes to come shortly. Just did not want anyone to think I had vanished.

Just another Sunday sewing project

Just another Sunday sewing project

I was in need of a new laptop cover for my Mac. And my Mac’s get the royal treatment so I whipped up this little padded case to protect it from my abuse!

I used 2 fat quarters for the main body with the batting in between while using some scrap fabric from an old pillow case for the jazzed up pocket for pens and such! Entire project took under an hour and I love the mismatch colors!

Homemade heat packs

Homemade heat packs

My sewing machine recently went out on the fritz so I took on the chance to try and fix it myself. Luckily I did it! I have no idea how but it worked! Unfortunately my timeline for the originally planned gifts for my friends was shortened by a ton!

So I remember that way back when my Mom used to heat up this rice sack when we hurt ourselves or were cold it was a special time with hot cider and a warmed rice sack.

Just stitch up some scraps of fabric and place a small ribbon in the corner and fill with rice about 1/2 to 3/4 full and stitch up the edge and you have a wonderful little heat pack! Each one took me less than ten minutes to make!

I also threw into this picture the homemade wrapping paper I whipped up when I realized the last package I had to wrap did not fit into any of the bags I had left.

Rope Bracelet

Rope Bracelet

Found a fun tutorial on a rope bracelet that lets you use up some of those scraps of fabric you have laying around. I thought a fun bracelet to match my fun New Years pants would liven my life up a bit.

Below is the tutorial from a fellow blogger – the only change I made was I made mine a no sew by making the four strips of fabric twice as long and tying off the ends of the bracelet instead of adding a loop and button.

Homemade GF Soft Pretzels

Homemade GF Soft Pretzels

I think this just may be my best Gluten Free recipe yet! Homemade soft pretzels! Here is the recipe:

1 cup Redbridge Gluten Free Beer (flat)
2 1/2 cups All Purpose GF flour (I used Arrowmill)
2 Tbsp. Sugar
1 tsp. Salt
1 tbsp. butter
1 tbsp active dry yeast

Once well mixed I separated the dough into 4 equal parts and then divided each of those into 4 pieces so you get about 16 pretzels. Once ready I brushed with beat a well beat egg and sprinkled salt and poppy seeds and Place on a well greased baking sheet in the oven at 400 for about 15 min.

I cannot believe how yummy they are!