Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Tackle It Tuesday & Stuff

Today's tackle is something I can not really share completely. It has to do with my 100th post g!veaway. I am using this Tackle It Tuesday to complete the 2 prizes. I am giving myself today and tomorrow....this is post #97 so I better hurry or take a blogging break. Here is a "peek" at a portion of one of the prizes....
To see other tackles just visit 5 Minutes For Mom.

Speaking of tackles...there is another quilter who does Tackle It Tuesday, A commitment To Loveliness, AND she is putting a Home Management Binder together!!! Yes....I am not a lone freak! (Sorry Tamara). Her blog is Quilting n Stuff and her name is Tamara. I won a fat quarter on her blog last night!! I am very happy that her cutie pie, Samantha pulled my name. If you have never been over there, stop by and see her.

A GREAT BIG thank you from my Mom (and me) for all the birthday wishes! She was very touched. Her party was fun and my sister made a wonderful Lasagna dinner. She also made sugar free chocolate cream pies. My sister and Casey, her granddaughter, thought it would be fun to put 65 candles on one of the pies....it became an inferno and melted the top of the pie that Casey had decorated with sprinkles....I can see where cool whip and 65 burning candles would not mix! It still tasted good! Everyone had fun and my mother enjoyed her gift of a shoe box filled with embroidery floss, cards to wind them on, and handmade snowflakes and letters from her grandkids and great grandkids. My sister, aunt, and I gave her funds to purchase a "Blue Tooth". Too funny...she is a modern granny!!
I supplied a couple of loaves of homemade bread to go with my sisters wonderful dinner. I found that if I use olive oil instead of butter in the recipe it turns out nicer. I also added some garlic powder and Italian seasonings to one of the dough recipes...it makes a nice garlic loaf.
Update on the skirt....my friend Coleen, who is a gifted seamstress (she made an heirloom dress for her granddaughter!) came yesterday to help Rachel finish her skirt. They are not quite done, but I will show you the finished product after Coleen's next visit. I guess I messed up on my own skirt and pattern...not a biggie, but a lesson well learned. Evidently it tells you on the back of a pattern exactly what type of fabrics will work well with the pattern. Hmmmm, great concept. I should have gotten that denim was not the best choice for a skirt requiring 6 yards of fabric!!! Can you imagine wearing 6 yards of denim around your waist?? Easy remedy. New fabric for the pattern and a new pattern for the denim. Live and learn...in the meantime, I bought a denim skirt!!!!! It was cheaper than the materials to make one. How come???

Well, I am off to teach school and then to finish the stitching on the last of the 2 prizes. Tomorrow I will make the finished products. I hope you will be pleased.


Karolee said...

First - a Happy Birthday to your mom! Sorry I missed posting yesterday about it - but yesterday was busy!

Second - I won't miss tomorrow's post! I'm dying to see what goodies you have in store!

Loved the story about the denim. I used to sew, so I can just picture it. I pretty much quit sewing clothes when I realized I could buy them cheaper at Wal-mart and since sewing clothes wasn't my favorite thing to do.... you get the idea.

Su Bee said...

Happy belated birthday to Mom! Now, I've never heard the olive oil idea but it sounds good, I'll have to try that.
The pre-made denim skirt is cheaper because the manufacturer can get fabric for 50 cents a yard and labor for a buck - it's the same as store-bought quilts being so much cheaper than what we make. But homemade is always better!

meggie said...

Used to sew so many clothes, when I was young. But now, would sooner quilt! Plus, I think it is cheaper to buy ready made. The fabric shops dont exist now.
Have a nice day!

Lily said...

That must have been an inferno on your mum's cake!!! Glad she enjoyed herself.

And yes, you can buy clothes cheaper yourself but there's nothing like the achievement of making it yourself! Persevere - now you'll end up with two projects :)

Mississippi Songbird said...

Homemade bread.. Oh it looks delicious!
great blog..

Red Geranium Cottage said...

That bread looks yummy!!! I think I can smell it from here

Darlene said...

I hope your Mom had a wonderful birthday!

I love what you're working on - very cute!

The bread looks very, very yummy!

Kim said...

Oh, my, your skirt story is EXACTLY the reason I don't sew clothes! Yep, it's cheaper to just buy clothes these days and a heck of a lot easier--plus it leaves the sewing machine and my own schedule free for quilting instead of making clothes that never fit right! LOL! I DO hope you find something you want to make with the denim though!

Tamara said...

Happy Belated Birthday wishes to your mom. I know now that cakes with too many candles truthful need to have the fire department on standby. I've always joked about it but never dreamed it would be truthful. Sewing clothes takes more patience then quilting is my theory.

atet said...

Happy belated b-day to your Mom! Sounds like she had a fantastic day. That bread looks yummy!

The reason it is cheaper to buy the skirt? Um, look at where your skirt was made -- unfortunate, but true!

Good luck on the new fabric for the pattern and on the new pattern for the denim!!!

Guðrún said...

6 yards of denim around your waist hummmm, I think I would not look very nice.

Solstitches said...

That was some birthday cake/pie.
The bread looks so good - I just wish there was such a thing as a scratch and sniff monitor as I can imagine it smells good.
Your stitchery is cute - looking forward to seeing what it is going to be.

kcamou said...

Happy Belated Birthday to your mom. Sorry I missed it.

Your bread sounds wonderful!!! I've only tried one or two bread recipes, maybe I should give it another go.

Patti said...

How interesting - substituting olive oil for butter. I never would have thought of that. And it would be much healthier.