Friday, September 30, 2011

Feature Friday: General Conference ~ Something For Everyone



I don't typically share my beliefs here on my blog...that's not because they aren't important to me...but rather they are so meaningful that I tend to not want to share the intimacy of my testimony and beliefs on a whim.  My testimony is sacred to me, so I'm protective of it.

As you may know (from previous posts and my sidebar), I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.  I'm a Mormon.


The Salt Lake Temple


You may or may not know that twice a year the people of my religion gather together to hear the teachings and counsel of our leaders.  We believe that revelation to man (and women, of course!) from God is still here on the earth.  We believe in living prophets.  We call this bi-annual meeting General Conference.  One of the most wonderful things about General Conference is that it is not exclusive to members of our church!  Anyone is free to watch, listen, and attend.  It is something I look forward to eagerly.  It's a way for me to refocus on the important things in life...and to be uplifted by the testimonies of others, that Jesus is the Christ, that He loves me, and that I can live with my family forever with Him.

Here is what one my favorite church leaders, Elder Jeffery R. Holland,  has said of General Conference:


I invite you to join me and my family as we learn more of the teachings of Jesus Christ and how to apply them in our own lives.  To learn more about General Conference, and to see when it will be available to watch, please CLICK HERE.

If you are interested in learning more about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, please visit HERE.

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Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Things to Make: Refashioned Skirt to Dress Tutorial


I have this skirt.  It is made of the prettiest multi-colored cotton batik fabric.  It's loose and flowy.  I got it for $2 at a local clothing consignment shop.  And it's FRUMPY.

No really.

F. R. U. M. P. Y.

See?


Me.  Frumpy.  And just out of the shower...with no make-up on.  The ultimate before picture.


Sad, huh?

If there's anything a new mommy DOESN'T need it's to feel frumpy.  I mean I already feel frumpy enough...but add this skirt to the mix on a day when I'm supposed to be getting dressed up and looking cute?  Ugh.

So.

Someone told they saw a thing on TV where someone took a big flowy skirt and turned it into a cute dress instead.  Of course I wanted to give it a try!

Here's what I did:

Materials Needed:

Big, flowy, long drawstring skirt
Sewing machine and thread
Scissors

First I draped the skirt around my shoulders and tightened the drawstring to a comfortable neckline length.




Then I marked where I thought a good sleeve length would be...and I cut the skirt.




Next I put on the skirt/dress on and slipped my arms in the armholes.




I put it on inside out, and then I used safety pins and pinned the dress where I thought it should be taken in.




I sewed along the pins.




Then cut the excess fabric away.




I pinned the first side to the opposite side as a template; sewed and cut away the excess fabric.




I decided not to hem around the arms...I kinda like the frayed look of the fabric...so I just sewed round the armholes a couple of times, so the fraying wouldn't get out of hand!

I added a belt,  put on my make-up and and did my hair...

And voilá!

AFTER





A cute NON-FRUMPY dress made out of awesome multi-colored fabric...that I can still nurse in, thanks to the drawstring neckline!!  Plus it only took 10 minutes and cost $2!  Can't beat that!





WOOT!
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Monday, September 26, 2011

Make Something Monday: Link Party #29!


Hey Everyone!!  Happy Monday to you!

I can't wait to see what you have been up to!!  Last week there were sooo many awesome links!!!

Our top-viewed link was...
This cute Scrunchie Wreath by My Two Butterflies!  Don't you LOVE it?!
We had two runner's up last week:

First was...

This super cute Fall Banner by These Are A Few of My Craftiest Things...using my FREE Pennant Pattern!  LOVE!!!
And last, but not least...
 
A No Heat Curls tutorial from Ma Nouvelle Mode...don't you wish you looked like Natalia???  Yeah.  Me too.

If you've been featured please grab a "Featured On" button from my buttons page to post on your site!!  :)

The Rules:


1.  Become a follower of my blog!
2.  Grab a MSM button and add it to you blog somewhere! (Sidebar, post, page...etc.)  You can find it on my buttons page!
3.  Please only post to a specific blog post...no shops or main pages, please!
4.  Limit your links to three per week!
5.  Make sure you spread the love by visiting the link above you...and a couple of the other links shared!!

Please know that I retain the right to remove any links which I feel violate the rules!

The party will be open until Wednesday, and I'll be announcing and featuring the most popular links each week...so don't forget to click on your faves and spread the word!!

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Friday, September 23, 2011

A little More About Me!

A couple of weeks ago I was featured on the LDS Etsy Team blog!  

LDSMembers of Etsy

In case you missed it here's a little link to my interview and a little more about me!


Me...Sporting my new 'do'!



Hope you have a great weekend!!

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Thursday, September 22, 2011

Treasury: Caress of Steel



This week's NonTeam Treasury Challenge is inspired by...


Brazilian Pyrite Necklace by byjodi

To join in the challenge, click here!

To view any of these items up close, just click on the pics!


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Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Great Idea: Keep Calm!

Ok...

I'm jumping on the Bandwagon.

I've had this idea swimming around in my head for months, and I finally just got over my trepidations and got it done.

I'm now offering digital downloads of my latest creation in my shop!

Here is my take on what I like to call the "Keep Calm Phenom."





You can order this in my shop and then print it out on iron on transfer paper right from your computer to put on whatever you'd like!  

I think it would be perfect on a project tote bag or shirt....and would make a great gift for the knit or crochet enthusiast!  (I'm having my hubby help my kids make me one for Christmas...Yeah.  It's kinda cheating.  But at least I know I'll like it! lol)





I have it available in several colors, too!





To order this from my shop, CLICK HERE to see the listing in my shop!

And if you'd like, you can download the file below FOR FREE, to add to your blog!





On a PC just right click and save the image to your desktop...or on a Mac hold the Option key as you click to save the image to your desktop.  Then just add it to your blog as a picture...or you can upload it to a photo site, like Photobucket, and save it as a button!

Legal Mumbo Jumbo:
Design copyright 2011 by Sarah Anderson. 
THIS DIGITAL DESIGN MAY NOT BE RESOLD under penalty of law! DO NOT recopy, rewrite, redistribute or resell this digital file in any form as your own or otherwise!!! ***You are free to sell items made using this digital design, as long as credit is given to the designer, Sarah Anderson, for the design you used, by linking back to my shop as your source!***

Have fun!!

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Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Things to Make: Pinterest Inspiration - Refrigerator Dill Pickles



We've been having a lot of fun harvesting our garden this year.  We've had a lovely little crop of cucumbers...but not enough to justify actually canning them.

So I went to Pinterest and found a recipe for refrigerator pickles in my Things to Eat pinboard!

This week's




is...

Refrigerator Dill Pickles!

Here's my inspiration:


Refrigerator Pickles from Food.com

And here's what we made!
Instead of only using quart jars we've saved a couple of actual pickle jars and reused those to keep our homemade pickles in!  Here are the pickles before we added the brine....


And here they are after!






I added a little mustard seed to the recipe...and in one of the jars I also added some red pepper flakes for my hubby.

These are very flavorful and soooooo easy!!  The finished pickles have been crunchy...and super yummy!!!  This recipe is definitely a 'keeper!'  The recipe made almost a full quart of extra brine...so I stuck in the fridge, and we'll use it as we need to to make more yummy pickles!!  We may even try 'pickling' some other veggies, too!
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Monday, September 19, 2011

A Dose of Lovely ~ Giveaway Winner!!


The winner of my GIVEAWAY hosted by Isabel of A Dose of Lovely has been announced!

CLICK HERE

To see who won!!

Congrats!!!

A Dose of Lovely

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Make Something Monday: Link Party #28!




Welcome!!

Hope you all had a wonderful weekend!  I can't wait to see what you made this week!!

Our top-viewed project last week was this...

Granny Goes Shopping bag pattern by Rainbow Bunting


I can't wait to try this pattern out!!!

And we had two runners'-up!


Beautiful Granny SquareAfghan in progress by Pricillas
Lovely Crocheted Shawl by Treasures Made From Yarn


So fun!  Thanks everyone for making this linky party possible!!

If you've been featured please grab a "Featured On" button from my buttons page to post on your site!!  :)

The Rules:



1.  Become a follower of my blog!
2.  Grab a MSM button and add it to you blog somewhere! (Sidebar, post, page...etc.)  You can find it on my buttons page!
3.  Please only post to a specific blog post...no shops or main pages, please!
4.  Limit your links to three per week!
5.  Make sure you spread the love by visiting the link above you...and a couple of the other links shared!!

Please know that I retain the right to remove any links which I feel violate the rules!

The party will be open until Wednesday, and I'll be announcing and featuring the most popular links each week...so don't forget to click on your faves and spread the word!!

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Friday, September 16, 2011

Things to Make: Pinterest Inspiration - 5 Minute Bread!



I've been looking for a really GREAT (ie yummy, simple, and easy) bread recipe for quite some time.

So this week my 


is...


{Five Minute Bread}

from my Things to Eat pinboard.

And here's what I made:



Beautiful, huh?  And guess what?  Not only is it lovely to look at, but it was super yummy, very simple, and soooo easy!

Now... my hubby complained that it actually did take longer than 5 minutes...because, there was the rising, chilling, and baking before you could consume it...BUT the actual mixing really was less than five minutes...and the steps between rising, etc. were also really minute.  PLUS...it makes enough dough to make FOUR 1lb loaves!  (Which, let's be honest, only last for about two days tops in my home...)

In short:  I loved this bread.  It will definitely be a 'go to' recipe for me!

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Thursday, September 15, 2011

Treasury: Leaving Rivendell...



This week's Treasury Non Team Challenge inspiration item is:


The Reading Tree by EmeraldTownRaven

My hubby and I have been watching the Lord of the Rings Trilogy over the past few nights...and every time I see the gorgeous depiction of Rivendell, it just takes my breath away....It's so beautiful and peaceful and golden.  This picture reminded me of that feeling...

To view any of these lovely items up close just click on the pic!


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