Friday, October 30, 2009

Canton Bound

Mom and I are Canton bound very early in the morning! The weather is supposed to be clear and sunny, I sure hope they are right. I also hope I find lots of goodies! I hope everyone has a great weekend. I will let you know what I find.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Taco Soup Day

Today is a Taco Soup day! So if you like taco soup you may just enjoy this recipe. My sister gave me this recipe and I love it especially on a cool day like today. I hope you enjoy!
Taco Soup Recipe
2 lbs. ground beef
1 pkg. taco seasoning mix
1 pkg. Ranch style party dip mix
1 can of whole kernel corn
1 can of kidney beans or pinto beans
1 can of rotel tomatoes
2 cans of stewed tomatoes
1 can of hominy
1 can of beef broth
2 bouillon cubes melted in 1 cup of boiling water
1 can of chopped green chilies
1 onion chopped
2 cloves of garlic chopped and minced
4 cups of water
Brown the ground meat and then add all of the ingredients. All canned ingredients you add the liquid in the can too.Simmer for 2 hours and serve with tortilla chips and top with grated cheese. This makes a large pot so you can save it in the freezer for a later date if you like.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Diva Towel

Today was a very rainy day here in East Texas. I have been working on all three of my antique booths this week. I took the vintage mittens to Buna and displayed them on a small Christmas tree. They looked precious. I made 8 more this afternoon and I am waiting for them to dry and I will put the glitter on them tomorrow. It's supposed to be cold in the morning and the rain is supposed to stop. I plan to go on a little shopping trip Saturday so I hope the weather is nice. Have a Fantastic Friday.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Lavender Sachets

I don't know about you but I love the smell of Lavender. I have Lavender soaps, Lavender candles, Lavender sachets, and the list goes on! I ordered the Lavender Machine Embroidery software from . This is a wonderful site for machine embroidery patterns. It's so nice to order the designs that you like and receive them in 5 minutes via email and then download them onto your machine. No waiting for them to arrive 5-10 days in the mail. At the quilt show last week I bought linen coasters to embroidery and I decided to make some of them sachets. I had a large bag of Lavender to fill the sachets when I finished with the stitching. I think these would be nice to put in a drawer or hang in your closet to freshen the closet. These were very simple to put together and I love how they turned out.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Mittens,Aprons, and Fresh Fruit

As promised pictures of what Mom and I worked on yesterday while watching the game. The mittens were made from batting, vintage trims, and glitter. If you visit "The Feathered Nest", Dawn gives a great free tutorial for these mittens. I have her site on my side bar so take a look. Her tutorials are very thorough and easy to understand. She also has tutorials that you can buy and she sends them to your email. The half apron was a pattern that I picked up in Austin this summer and it was really easy and fun to make. The neat thing is it's reversible and it has these great pockets across the bottom. This would be a great apron to use while working. The snowman apron was a pre-made apron that I picked up at Sam's Wholesale. I added some trim and a snowman. I plan to put a couple of wooden spoons in the pocket and a matching snowman dishtowel. This would make a really cute gift for someone who likes to cook. The fruit pincushion is a very cute pattern by Heather Bailey that my mom ordered. We made pears and tomatoes yesterday and then I put them in a jar! These are so cute. You can use them as pin cushions or just little accent pieces to sit around. I plan to fill a really large jar with them. There is also a strawberry and apple pattern included in her packet. She has kits that you can order or you can do like me and use your own fabric and trims. Her website is also on my side bar and if you are interested in her fabric and patterns you can find her online store on her site. The day could not have been better....we sewed, ate shrimp gumbo, drank coffee, and UT won the game against OU. Today I am cleaning my sewing room(so you know what that means)....I won't be able to find a thing! I am rearranging my machines and changing things up a little. I wish my room was a little larger but it's going to have to do. The weather is beautiful outside and plan to enjoy another day of sewing and crafting. Have a Blessed Day my friends!

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Mimi's Cottage

This week is flying by and I am busy, busy! I am really in the mood to do Christmas projects. I would like to get started early so that I hopefully will get them finished. I plan to make "mitten ornaments", holiday aprons, dish towels and more! I have decided to attend the quilt show in Houston this year along with my mom and sister. The Quilt Show was really good and we bought several neat projects and fun embellishments. I found vintage velvet ribbon and vintage ric rack. I plan to use this on my Christmas projects. Today I am watching the UT/OU game and working in my sewing room on Christmas crafts with my Mom. I cut out a really cute apron last night and I am almost finished with it. I will take pictures and post next week. Sunday I took a few pictures of my Grandmother's house that is now an Antique/Consignment store. The name of the store is "Mimi's Cottage" and she has done a great job decorating it inside and out. If you are in the Buna area you should stop by and shop the store. It's on Hwy. 62 right down from the famous Polka Dotted House. I have rented a room in the middle of the house and I included a few pictures of that also. Have a Super Saturday and enjoy the cool dry weather!

Friday, October 9, 2009

Rainy Weather!

This is Homecoming for our Football team and it is raining or should I say pouring! This is the kind of weather that makes you want to curl up and take a good nap. I have been too busy to work on any projects for the past couple of weeks but I plan to get back in gear this weekend. I will be working at the antique shop on Saturday but Sunday after church I hope to work on some of my embroidery projects. I am still trying to decide if I am going to the Quilt Show in Houston this year. I went last year but I can't decide about this year. I noticed on Heather Bailey's blog that she is going to be there with new patterns and fabric. I love her designs so I would love to go and look at her things. I guess I have a few more days to decide. Have a great weekend and take care!

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

It's Hump Day

It's been a rainy humid week here in Southeast Texas. This is also Homecoming for the Jasper Bulldogs and the kids are working on the Bon Fire and the Hallways are filled with decorations. We are hoping for cooler weather for the weekend and a big win for the football team! I thought I would post a few pictures of the B&B that I stay at in Round Top. I love the decor of this place and I think you will too. Enjoy!

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Fall is in the Air

I have been on the road and very busy! Fall is in the air and I love it. I made another trip to Round Top for my third year. I really enjoy browsing through all the "stuff" and visiting my favorite Bed and Breakfast in Round Top. I really didn't buy that much this year, prices seemed rather high to me. I went to Left Overs on Saturday night for their party. The food was wonderful and they had the store decorated so nice. I bought a wreath for Christmas and a small Christmas tree for my Kitchen. Afterwards I headed to a midnight madness sale in Fayettville which is just down the road from Round Top. I found a few items here and then headed back to my comfy B & B. Sunday morning I had a delicious breakfast at the B&B and then headed back to Newton. After a short rest I headed to Austin to visit with Haley my youngest daughter. It rained in Austin most of the weekend but we did shop and enjoy eating at some of our favorite restaurants. ACL was in full force in Austin this weekend so it was very crowded with people everywhere. I'm amazed that people can actually attend three days of a music festival through rain and mud! We saw where some folks were charging 25.00 to park and then they still had to walk in the rain several miles just to get to the park where the festival was being held. It just makes me tired to even think about it: ) Have a great week!