I made a few more wraps today. I found out a older friend loved the one I gifted to Chris and was trying to figure out if she could make one. So I made one for her. (The plaid one) The solid red one with poppies is for my Mom in law. She is 90 and
frail so there is no filling in this one, as you can see I top stitched
it. She is always cold at her neck and top of her shoulders. (so is her
son) we figured this would be light weight and comfy for her. This is very warm and comfortable even with out the rice and herbs, and 2 pounds lighter.
Close up of Poppies, I got the template from here: http://www.krewellakreations.co.uk/blog/?p=2116
For Someone Special!
Happy Anniversary Mom!!XOXO
Couldn't post who before as you would have known for sure ;-))
Well I need to head to bed, have a Apron to make tomorrow for a special little boy who loves footballs.
I made this for a friend who came and visited me. She loves birds, so I wanted to send her a special thank you for the visit.
I got the bird template here: http://www.krewellakreations.co.uk/blog/?p=2911
The roses and leaves are from here: http://www.birdscards.com/free-digital-cut-files/flowers-leaves/
(Scroll down to number 6)
Gather all items together:
1 fleece blanket 50X60
2 pounds rice
5 bags peppermint tea
(depending on how strong you want it to smell you can use more or less)
1/2 Cup Lavender flowers dried
(again depending on how strong you want it to smell you can use more or less)
Thread to sew with
Mix rice with herbs a week before you want to assemble to let the smells
permeate the rice. Place rice and herbs in a resealable plastic baggie,
mix daily by rolling bag around.
Fold the blanket into quarters, cut out all 4 pieces at one time (make sure the middle is right sides facing)
Sew all 4 pieces together, turn right side out. Two layers on each side.
On neck piece mark center, then mark 2 inches and 4 inches on each side. Sew strait down from neck edge to top edge. making pockets for the rice.
Sew all around outside edge of the body and turn same way.
Roll seam edge between fingers and thumbs to round out. Do NOT clip edges, this fabric really stretches and will come apart at the seams if you do clip them too short.
Top stitch between each scallop to within 3 inches of neck edge, this creates pockets for the rice around the body. All ready for stuffing.
I used a spoon to add 3 spoonful to each neck section, then pin shut as you don't want it to spill out. And you don't want to overfill, set aside until the body is stuffed.
Now for the body I made a funnel out of scrap paper and put it in the
body between stitching lines and add 1/3 Cup of rice to each of the 11
pockets. Careful not to fill the same one twice. LOL I know...
Pin neck edge to body neck edge, leaving one side free. Sew, then lay flat and turn raw edge under and hand sew shut.
I found draping across my knee made for fast and easy sewing.
Before you know it you are done and have a wonderful smelling warm or cold wrap to make you comfortable.
***NOTE*** When heating in the microwave, do NOT heat more than 1 minute at a time. Shake in between heating so you don't get hotspots and burn your wrap. My DH burned a whole in mine that way.
Or if you need a cold wrap put it in the freezer for a while and it will cool you.
If you find anything wrong with this please feel free to let me know. This is my first tutorial. Sorry the pictures aren't real good, but it is hard to sew and do and take the pictures at the same time. lol
My sister in law gave me a very nice wrap. You heat it in the microwave or place it in the freezer if you want a cold one... I love it so much I decided to try and make some for a few friends. It is a little different than mine as mine is quilted on one side. I didn't bother doing that part. So far I've made 3 and have 3 more in the making. They are filled with 2 pounds of rice with lavender (organic grown) and peppermint. Although I did make one without lavender as my friend is allergic to it. Hers has hops and peppermint. They all smell so good!!!
Green one is for an elderly friend with a bad shoulder that has been having a hard time keeping warm. She was so pleased. Stripped was for my newest daughter. I have more to make and will post pictures as soon as I can get them done. I didn't do too bad all 3 were made today in less than 3 hours. Pretty good. And make lovely gifts. For ANY occasion ;-))
Bring sunshine in with paper flowers. I turned all the lights on in my craft room and sat and made these beautiful blossoms. Made my day a bit brighter. Hope it makes you smile too. All ready to be placed on a card or?? To brighten someone else day.
I got this recipe from a Dear Friend, we both had Mini Schnauzers that would tend to get a bit car sick. She shared this recipe and told me to make them in small bite size and feed to the dog when we traveled. It helped too.
Now I make them for hubby and kids as we no longer have any pets. I have found it best not to double this recipe. Better to make them separately as it does make a good sized batch.
Ginger Cookies Cream 3/4 C butter 2 C sugar.
Stir in 2 well beaten eggs 1/2 C molasses 2 t vinegar
Sift dry ingredients, then add to above: 3 3/4 C flour 1 1/2 ts soda 4-6 T ginger 2 round t cinnamon 1 1/2 t cloves 1/2 t nutmeg
Mix all ingredients. drop on cookie sheets. Bake 325º 12 minutes
Isn't Percy the Polar Bear adorable.. He was designed by Sara at cardmakingparadise.com
The template for the pocket card is from there too.
The Hibiscus flower is made out of paper. It is for my dad as he was so
proud of the one he planted and showed us the blooms while we were
visiting. So thought he would like this one. I'm putting pictures of each of the boys with their family's and hubby and I in the pockets for him.
I got this recipe some time ago and I must admit it is so addictive...
If you make some remember one thing-- Enjoy!
"A Greek favorite that makes everyone think you are a master chef and is sooo easy to make!! The phyllo dough for this recipe is found in the freezer section of most grocery stores. Add a little lemon zest to the sugar sauce, if desired."
* 1 (16 ounce) package phyllo dough * 1 pound chopped nuts * 1 cup butter * 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon * 1 cup water * 1 cup white sugar * 1 teaspoon vanilla extract * 1/2 cup honey
1. Preheat oven to 350F. Butter the bottoms and sides of a 9x13 in pan. 2. Chop nuts and toss with cinnamon. Set aside. Unroll phyllo dough. Cut whole stack in half to fit pan. Cover phyllo with a dampened cloth to keep from drying out as you work. Place two sheets of dough in pan, butter thoroughly. Repeat until you have 8 sheets layered. Sprinkle 2 - 3 tablespoons of nut mixture on top. Top with two sheets of dough, butter, nuts, layering as you go. The top layer should be about 6 - 8 sheets deep. 3. Using a sharp knife cut into diamond or square shapes all the way to the bottom of the pan. You may cut into 4 long rows then make diagonal cuts. Bake for about 50 minutes until baklava is golden and crisp. 4. Make sauce while baklava is baking. Boil sugar and water until sugar is melted. Add vanilla and honey. Simmer for about 20 minutes. 5. Remove baklava from oven and immediately spoon sauce over it. Let cool. Serve in cupcake papers. This freezes well. Leave it uncovered as it gets soggy if it is wrapped up.
Nutritional Information open nutritional information Amount Per Serving Cal: 393 | Total Fat: 25.9g | Chol: 27mg