Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Sewing and Cooking

Today makes day 18 our school system has missed for snow. We received five inches of new snow over the past 24 hours. This has been the prettiest snow as it was fluffy, heavy flakes that stuck to everything.
I used this time off to do some crafting. I made this Carolina bag. (By the way, congratulations Tarheels on your win over Miami last night!) Notice it has one of my new labels "Gayleblee Designs".

I am very excited about my new labels. I ordered them from Jennifer's Jewels on Etsy. Thanks Jennifer they are great.

I also made some delicious blueberry muffins. This is the best recipe ever, and so easy. I will be putting the recipe on my pages so look for it. I promise you will love it too.!

I have included a picture of my snowman collection. This is a tribute to all the snow we have been having. The snowman on the far left is a creation that Em made a couple years ago in art class.
I hope you enjoy your visit. I will respond to all email and comments.

Happy Crafting, Sewing, Cooking, Living!!!


Friday, February 26, 2010

New Granny Square Pattern

As the snow continues and we now miss our 16th day of school, I continue crocheting, knitting, cooking and washing dishes. Above is picture of the "Solid Granny Square" that I am hoping to work into a pillow cover. The pattern came from Heather's blog The Little Tin Bird @ Thanks Heather.
A big "yum yum" goes out the Lucinda Scala Quinn for her "Honey Mustard Chicken" recipe from her latest cookbook "Mad Hungry Feeding Men and Boys." It has become my new go to cookbook.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

A Little Ray of Sunshine...

This past weekend was absolutely beautiful. The sun was shinging, the birds were singing, and the temperature was in the 50s. It makes you long for the lazy days of summer. But today we are home again for snow. Because our school district has now missed 15 days for snow we will be going to school on Saturday:( . I am posting some pictures of the sun shine on Saturday and the melting snow. I am so over snow for this year.
You can barely make out the remains of our last snowman.
You can almost see our sidewalk.

I would like to try my hand at selling some of my crafts. I am looking for some local show where I can set up and hopefully make a little proffit. I welcome all advice and tips anyone would want to share on this subject. Thanks in advance!

This is a picture of Em's crafting. She has decided she wants to make some money crafting too. The apple doesn't fall far from the tree does it? I have been busy crafting away and now she has caught the bug.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Scrap Scarf

I finished this scarf today. This is one of my personal favorite scarf designs. I love all the colors. This I knitted.

This blanket I am making I am using the "baby ripple" blanket posted on Attic24. Thanks again Lucy!!!

This ripple blaket was inspired by Lucy's beautiful creations at Attic24, but for some reason I used a different pattern than the one she has posted to create this blanket.

This snowflake pattern I got from the Martha Stewart website. I used a larger needle and yarn and I guess that is why it is so large. It is about an 8" diameter. I placed a tape dispenser beside it so you could see how large it is. I thought it would be pretty on a large tree or haning in your windows. I also glittered my snowflakes when I starched them.

Winter Weather Busy Body

We have missed the entire week of school due to snow. So.... I have been very busy with one of my favorite hobbies, crocheting. I have become obessed with some really beatuiful blogs that show case crocheting. My very favorite is Attic24. Lucy you are great. I am posting pictures of some things I have made from patterns on your blog. Thank you. Your patterns are soooooo easy to follow. Your color choices are always beautiful. Your site always makes me feel happy and warm.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Will It Ever End????

We finally went back to school today on a delay schedule. We missed two full days for snow. The forcast is for more snow and ice coming in on Thursday night with as much as 4 inches of ice and then snow on top of that. With another wintery blast expected for Tuesday. I feel like all I have done is cook and wash dishes. My children get up from one meal asking what we will be having at the next meal and what time it will be served. Thank you Lucinda Scala Quinn for your new Mad Hungry Cookbook. It has saved my family from the rut of eating what from my repitore of recipes. I have tried many of her recipes and have been very pleased with the results. They have been easy to follow with fairly simple ingredients and things that teenagers will eat. Kudos!
I am posting a picture of my oldest K. who enjoyed the last snow we had, he couldn't resist taking a dive in the powdery snow that piled up on our back deck.

Sunday, January 31, 2010

Feeding my man, boys and girl.

I have embarked on a journey. I am working through a new cookbook. "Mad Hungry: Feeding Men and Boys" by Lucinda Scala Quinn. I used a recipe she published in the Everyday Food Magazine that came from this cookbook. Then a week or so later I saw her on the Martha Stewart Show promoting this book. Well the quest was on, I had to have it. I found it last weekend and the week has been filled with planning for the big cook this weekend. So far I have made: Breakfast burritos pg. 23, Spainish frittata pg. 27, Aunt Patty's coffee cake pg. 46, chicken enchiladas salsa verde pg. 133, Basic beef stew pg. 152, and Oatmeal chocolate chip cookies pg. 252. My children have liked the recipes. Their favorite was the cookies of course. It was the one recipe they all liked. My oldest is the pickiest eater in the bunch. He is a processed food junkie. He didn't like the breakfast burritos because he didn't like the chizoro sausage, so next time I will probably use a good American sausage. He also didn't like the frittata this morning because it was cold. The recipe said it was good hot or cold. He slept too late and that is his problem. None of them where especially crazy about the Green enchilladas. My middle child said "I don't like my main course concealed in a green sauce." For those of you who watch the Andy Griffith Show know where that line comes from. Tonight we will have the Basic Beef Stew. I will let you know how that goes over.

Here we go again....

More snow, go figure. Well this wasn't the "big" snow that was predicted. We got about six inches, not the 12+ that the weather man was saying. Em and I got out in the snow for a little while on Saturday. It made me kind of sad because neither of the boys wanted to get out in the snow and play this time. They said it was too cold. I know they are growing up and playing in the snow doesn't appeal to teenagers like it once did. Em and I tried to build a snowman, but the snow was too powdery and didn't stick very well, so we ended up making a snowmoundman. I hope you enjoy the pictures.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010


Wow, what a beginning to 2010. So much snow and I am now the mother of two teenagers. We have missed so much school due to the snow and bad weather. The boys have been busy playing basketball. Gray tried to cut his finger off. Em's basketball team is undefeated. They will begin tournament play soon. Kaleb's team won last week's tounament in Elizabethton. I have been spending many hours crocheting. We will call it hooking. Today we are home from school because of snow. The weather man is giving more snow for this weekend. This is suppose to be "sugnificant" snow.