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{ Tips on Tuesday } Some changes and a Behind the Scenes Look at Writing a Children’s Book

26 Apr

Hello everyone!

It is a beautiful day here in Southern California!  The sun is shining and the sky is blue and the pacific ocean is just Gorgeous!!!

I am working on some exciting changes for this site and so will not be posting any tips for a few weeks . . . of course if I think of something I “just have to” share I will! 

Keep in touch because I think you will really like all the new features I’m adding.

I do want to share a really great post I saw today.  Over at The Pioneer Woman Ree posted about writing a childrens book.  I just loved her “behind the scenes” account of getting her new book published

 

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{ Tips on Tuesday } DIY Birthday Banner

19 Apr

Ok . . . having just celebrated our 6 year olds birthday today ‘s tip is a fun idea for an easy birthday banner! I saw this over at ucreate and thought it was a good idea and one you could be creative with and add your special touch!

Check it out over here at u create

Have a great day! {{ smile }}

{ Tips on Tuesday } Eggcellent Trick

12 Apr

Have you ever dropped a piece of eggshell in your eggs when you are cracking eggs?

More importantly, have you ever tried to get a piece of broken eggshell out???

Here’s a trick that can help! . . . .

When you are trying to get a piece of eggshell out of a bowl of cracked eggs, use a half eggshell to get it out!  Dip the half of an eggshell into the eggs and you can easily pick out the broken piece.

That’s it!  Simple.  It works.

 

 

{ To Do List } Waldorf inspired Doll

7 Apr

I have had this Under the Nile Walorf doll and when Little Lady came along I pulled it out and put it in the crib.  Well, she is about 6 months old now and just LOVES this doll!


I plan to add some cute hair using these tutorials

Then I’ll make some clothes

What a relief to leave this project here on this virtual “to do” list!  Now I can cultivate a new project idea with that brain cell! {{ throw head back in hysterical giggle as all busy Mom’s can relate! }}

~Lia

{ Tips on Tuesday } Alternative to backstitching to secure a stitch

5 Apr

The quaint little town, a mile high chalk FULL of American History with snow like glitter and warm and friendly folks was my favorite place we ever lived.  Coming home to our log house was like living in a vacation home!  This is where I learn this trick . . . even though Custer, SD is a  small town of about 4000 people, there is a cute little quilt shop and a friendly owner.  This gal and I were visiting and she shared this trick . . .

When you begin to stitch, were you would go forward and then backstitch before you continue to sew your seam, do this instead:

  1. decrease your stitch length to a very small stitch and begin to sew
  2. sew 1/4 inch – 1/2 inch with a very tight, small stitch length, this will secure your seam where you begin
  3. increase stitch length to normal setting and continue sewing your seam
  4. as you near the end of your seam, decrease your stitch length again to secure the end of your seam

(I have an electronic Elna so this is how I adjust my stitch lengths, whether you are sewing on an electronic machine or manual one the idea is to adjust the stitch length)

This is how my machine looks when I begin with the normal settings for a straight stitch

Now I decrease my stitch length quite a bit to secure before I begin to sew my seam

Once I have sewn a bit, then I return my machine to the normal settings finish my seam and do this process again before I reach the very end of my seam.

Ta Da!  An easy quick way to secure your stiches at the beginning and end without backstitching!

{ Tips on Tuesday } Gathering

29 Mar

I don’t know about you, but I find it very annoying when I have to do a lot of gathering.

Pattern instructions often say to stitch two rows of a loose stitch and then pull the bobbin thread to make a nice bit of gathering.

You know me, I am always looking for a way to cut corners so I never stitch TWO rows of loose stitches and then inevitably as I’m gathering I break the thread . . . AAHH!

Here is a wonderful tip that was passed on to me and it works beautifully every time!!

Set your machine to a loose zig zag stitch and then zig zag over embroidery floss, or light cording, even a heavy thread would work.

Then the zig zag stitch will easily gather as you pull the heavy thread beneath.

Beautifully gathered with no broken stitches and even saved time because you only had to stitch once . . . I love it!

Try it and let me know what you think . . . I’d love to hear from you.

{ Tips on Tuesday } Trick to a Moist Chocolate Cake

22 Mar

My trick to a moist chocolate cake that doesn’t become crumbly . . .

Some of you may know I spent a few years as a cake decorator and have a few tricks up my sleeve!  One thing I have noticed and heard people talk about, is how difficult it is to get a really moist chocolate cake.  For some reason chocolate cake often tends to be a tad dry and develops a crumbly texture.  Well, I’ve heard all kinds of things, but what I have found is just a simple solution that works well for me every time . . .

Ready???

{{Drum roll}}

Slightly under-bake it!  I always try to take my chocolate cake out of the oven a few minutes earlier than the time called for in the recipe.  As it cools it always sets up nicely and is never dry.

Try it.  Let me know what you think . . . I love your comments {{ wink }}