fantastic friday {november 16.12}

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Hello friends! Time for another weekly wrap up of some great finds from around the web this week.
It has been a crazy week around here and I’m in great denial that Thanksgiving is next week! And December…come on!

great FABRIC: the fabricshoppe on etsy has long been one of my favorite little shops and I recently ordered some Christmasy fat quarters. I haven’t really paid much attention to the holiday fabric out this year and was pleasantly surprised to find some really cute stuff.

to whet your APPETITE: It’s time to start thinking Thanksgiving meals if you haven’t already. One of my go-to recipes is this one for sweet potatoes by the Pioneer Woman. I love it because it’s really not overly sweet like most of the other recipes are.

be NEAT (as in organized): A technology cabinet!?! When we redo our kitchen this is totally going to happen!

a TUTORIAL to do: This is a fantastic tutorial for a chapstick holder. Perfect for stockings and perfect for my little chick that has a bad habit of sucking on her bottom lip!

becoming more AWARE: These kinds of things are why I love Pinterest…a box of sunshine. Never would I think to create something like this! My husband has been working like a madman this week at work and it was fun to grab a few yellow colored things in the checkout line and pack up a little bag of sunshine for him.

something to SEW: have you ever been on spoonflower? It’s this great site where people submit their own fabric designs and then have them printed. Those of us uncreative fabric designers can then purchase their designs if so desired. I love this retrotastic camera camera bag print.

to TRIM my house with: I have a plant window above my kitchen sink and would love to make something like this to hang from it!

ILLUSTRATION to stitch: I would love to take this illustration and turn it into a real pillow. It would be lovely to have out around February…a lovely red print with a white chain stitch…ahh!

CUTE: I love these simple little hair flowers made from ric rac. Too cute.

Have a happy weekend!!!


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baked pumpkin oatmeal

I will spare you a photo (I’m totally at a loss to make oatmeal look appealing) but this is the best baked oatmeal I’ve made…ever. Even my oatmeal hating daughter ate 2 servings of it!

I combined two recipes that I have in my collection. One from Lynn’s Kitchen Adventures and another one that I didn’t save the author (sorry). So if you are hankering for a good, warm breakfast with some yummy pumpkin flavor look no further!

Baked Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal

3 cups old fashioned oats
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 Tbs ground flax meal
1 cup buttermilk
2 Tbs canola oil (or you could use butter)
2 eggs
2 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp salt
2 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp cinnamon (I make this heaping)
1/4 tsp allspice
1/4 tsp nutmeg
3/4 cup pumpkin puree

1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup finely chopped walnuts (or pecans)

In a large bowl, mix together all ingredients except for the topping.
Spread into a greased 9×13 pan.
Sprinkle topping on top.
Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes (or until set)

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fantastic friday {nov 2}

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Hello friends! Whew, after 31 days of embroidery we are finally back to regular programming. If you followed along with my stitches I hope you learned something. I sure did! Now I need to come up with the perfect embroidery that might encompass all the cool stitches I learned!

If you are new to following this little space, on Fridays I recap some great finds from around the web that fit into these random little categories that I created that spell out the word “fantastic” because I love that word. It just rolls off your tongue. So here we go!!

great FABRIC: Fall quilt market is over and True Up has started posting all their awesome findings. If you want to see what’s up and coming in the world of textiles in the next few months head on over there and follow along!

to whet your APPETITE: pumpkins & apples? can’t go wrong there!

be NEAT (as in organized): I’m on a mission to greatly reduce our grocery budget without being one of coupon fanatics that stocks up their house with 12 boxes of hamburger helper! Here is a great site with some good ideas (albeit many of her recipies I would alter) and I love this grocery list printable on a fun little clipboard!

a TUTORIAL to do: It’s going to be another American Girl birthday and Christmas in this house for my chick and I’m desperately searching the web for ideas of things to make vs. buy. This is a great cloak made from a santa hat, we are using this tutorial to make her a bunk bed and I also plan on trying to make one of these fitted sheets for the bed too.

becoming more AWARE: I just finished reading this book. I’ve mentioned it here before, but you need to read it. It will change your life.

something to SEW: I totally am in love with this raincoat by Oliver + S. Well actually I’m always in love with Oliver + S, but this raincoat is totally cute.

to TRIM my house with: Love this Fall front door and stoop.

ILLUSTRATION to stitch: This is my new favorite quote and I know just the person I should stitch it up for.

CUTE: This blog, ollibird, is pretty awesome and if I had a color printer I would print these asap. Totally cute.


Have a happy weekend!!!

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fantastic fridays {are baaaaack}

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I have to be honest, I’m not really back. It’s been a hard week and I’ve pushed too hard and have paid for it dearly the last 48 hours. One of those…and why didn’t I listen to my body sort of things? That said, I’m on a mission to enter back into my life as much as I possibly can and blogging is still sitting isn’t it? So here is my first take at Fantastic Fridays in a month or so…it does feel good to be back!

great FABRIC: True Up has been posting some pretty awesome stuff lately in the fabric world and this line from Celina Mancurti caught my eye the other day. I love the naturalness of the fabric colors and just the softness of it all.

to whet your APPETITE: Thanks to gobs of friends, I’ve not done a lot of cooking in the last few weeks, but I have been pinning a bunch of new stuff. I’ve been trying to build of a stash of good recipies for my husband to have for his lunches (and subsequently mine too). This Oriental Chicken Salad looks so good and I love the idea of all these jar salads that keep popping up online.

be NEAT (as in organized): I’m dreaming and doing some light research on reorganizing my pantry cabinets so I can trash the doors (which are basically trash in and of themselves) and have pinned a couple of great pantry storage ideas…such as taking all your cereal out of the boxes and I’m saving my pennies to buy a bunch of these wooden crates from some art stores to stain and stencil just like these.

a TUTORIAL to do: love this tutorial for a 10 minute pillowcase...think of all the great fabrics that you could use that would make such an awesome birthday gift for someone (stuffed with some good books perhaps?)

becoming more AWARE: My bestest offered this book on prayer to me as a good read while I’ve been recovering and while I’m only 1/4 of the way through it I can say it’s a life changing book.

something to SEW: I came across this pattern company in the last month and I love all their packaging and love the simplicity, yet uniqueness, of all their patterns.

to TRIM my house with: October is going to be upon us before we know it and Fall is my most favorite time to decorate (despite the fact that I have like zero decorations). I’m not one for going out at all for Halloween decorations, but I have these huge windows in our family room that are begging for something fun like this.

ILLUSTRATION to stitch:  FYI: This is a bad pin so just look at the picture (don’t follow it) but I love the idea of designing a typography for an old family recipe and then embroidering it...might just be what my momma is getting for Christmas this year 🙂

CUTE: if you have girls and your girls love dolls, this is a super cute (and easy) way to make a little play desk set for them at a fraction of the cost if you bought from that store with the big red bags.

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fantastic fridays {july 6 2012}

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It’s Friday again. I was chilling at the beach last week, but am happy to finally be recovered from our trip, I’ve caught up on the laundry, vacuumed up more sand than I would like to admit and getting back into the swing of blogging again.
It’s time to share some of my favorite links from this past week.
Happy Weekend!

great FABRIC: If you’ve never taken a look at Cloud 9 fabrics, you need to. They are all organic cotton and are amazing. I’ve never seen a design from them I didn’t love and honestly if you are planning a nursery for a new babe in your life…seriously check them out.

to whet your APPETITE: I spent more time than I would love to admit doing a better job organizing my pinterest boards for food. Instead of one big board, I’ve got them all separated out into categories now. Here’s a link to my dinner board.

be NEAT (as in organized): This is a great photo of what I would love to do when (if) we ever redo our kitchen! A little nook just for brooms, dustpans etc.

a TUTORIAL to do: This is a lovely dress tutorial for the little chicks in your life.

becoming more AWARE: 10 ways to teach your child to pray.

something to SEW: A new pattern company is always a treat and Green Bee patterns is seeking to hit up all of us who have a love affair with Japanese patterns, but feel intimidated because of the language barrier. I can’t wait to see what all she creates in the coming months.

to TRIM my house with: I would so love to find an old cheap (free?) dresser to turn into a kitchen island. This green one is my favorite!

ILLUSTRATION to stitch: I’m constantly pinning illustrations and quotes I would love to design and stitch. Here is one of my favorites from this past week.

CUTE: fairy, elf and gnome craft ideas. too cute.

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