Wednesday, June 16, 2010

How to make no-sew fortune cookies

Don't these look good enough to eat???


...I have to show you these incredible flowers that my sweet friend Glennette gave me. She came into my shop and told me she had all these "puff balls" in her yard, did I know what kind of flower they were. Then she used the word "snow ball" and I knew what she had! Next day I went over to her house to GET SOME! Aren't they beautiful? I took them to work today and everyone had to touch them and ask "Are these REAL?"

On to the How-To:

I found some skirts at the thrift store that had some nice colors and patterns. I cut them into manageable pieces.

Paired them up into contrasting colors and sandwiched a piece of fusible webbing between them (right-sides out). Ironed it.

I cut 3 1/4" circles from freezer paper and ironed them to the fabric.

The circle pattern facilitates cutting out the fabric.

I peeled off the paper, cut a smidge of fusible webbing to tack the edges together at one side.

I ironed it closed.

Here are my various fabric circles. (Please note these cookies have patterned fabric on both sides. The photo at the top of this post shows cookies with only the inside of the cookie having patterned fabric.)

I folded them into the fortune cookie shape and painted it with glue. I used toothpicks wrapped with a rubberband to hold them together while they dried.

I let them dry over night.

Hubs and kids brainstormed for these original fortunes. I printed them out on the computer and cut them into strips. (click photo for bigger view...)

When the cookies were dry, I stuffed the folded fortunes inside. I can't wait to hand them out to my sisters!

One last thing...Here are the invites I made for my upcoming "Sister's Party" that I am planning during my vacation next week. I am heading out to the beach to visit my family in San Diego. But I will have plenty to blog about when I return in 2 weeks! See you later!

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Garage Sale finds & a SURPRISE in the Mail!

It feels like I haven't been out G-saleing for sooo long! But, on my walk last night, I saw a few sales setting up for this morning, so I got up bright and early today.
The lady down the street always has a killer sale with all her grand-daughter's designer clothes. That is one sale even my daughter will get up for!
We got quite a few tops but these were the cutest (click to enlarge):

A never worn white hoodie with rhinestone cross and a cute little tank with a rhinestone tiara emblasoned across the front. You know me...anything that sparkles has to come to Mama.

I got this lovely flower arrangement for $1.50! It was in a yucky plant-pot so I just grabbed one of my ironstone vases and stuffed it in. I love it!

This is something I would not have shown you yesterday. My linen closet was a disaster. But today I got these great storage baskets for $1 each and they have put order to the chaos.

I even made little tags so the kids know whats-where.

Now for the CUTEST stuff....

I bought these GREAT doggie dish towels from my friend Deb over at Garage Sale Gal. They arrived yesterday and they are soooo adorable! But that's not it. She sneaked-in some other treasures!

Everything was vintage, pink and rosey, just the way I like it! Thanks so much, Deb. You are a sweetheart!

Let me leave you with this little magnet...I found it on a recent trip to Branson (at the thrift store, of course...) I'm sure my husband thinks it "says it all!"
Have a great weekend!

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Dressing up for Cocktails

Thank you everyone for your kind words regarding my doggie's death. We are doing fine but really miss her. One of our other dogs ("Pudd", as in Pudding) looks just like her and I have to keep catching myself from thinking it's Kelsey when I look out the window and see her.

I just wanted to add another Apron item...I know, you're probably sick of aprons but I'll make it short:

I found these tiny little aprons at a garage sale! They would fit a chihuahua if it would fit over his noggin! Anyway, I brought them home and dressed up my evening libations. I showed the cuteness to my friend and she wrinkled-up her nose and said, "THAT'S not what they're for!"

Appearently they are to dress up your dish-soap bottle. Hmph. My idea is so much more fun and it isn't tainted by the thought of housework!

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Saying Goodbye to Kelsey

See the dog in this picture? She is one happy camper! Look at the smile on her face. She is sitting next to her "best friend." (see the little round guy??)

She is our Kelsey. We've had her for 14 years and today we had to put her into a restful peace.

She was a faithful, obedient, loyal dog who gave us everything she had.

She loved to lie on the cool kitchen floor.

And when it got too difficult to climb the step to the kitchen, she was satisfied to lay and watch us from the back room.

She gave the world 8 loving pups, one of which we still have.

Thank you Lord for the gift of such a sweet life. We will miss her.