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braided pizza bread

Have you ever made food SO good you HAD to share? Well, tonight’s supper is just that.
I’ve seen the braided spag bread a few times on Pinterest, and was craving carbs tonight, so I made braided pizza bread.

Ingredients:
Pilsbury crescent rolls grands
1 can garlic and basil pizza sauce
Canned pineapple
Spinach
Mushrooms
Mozzarella
Chicken breast

Directions:
Cook 1 chicken breast and shred/chop/slice into small pieces. I cooked mine in my Epicure Steaming thing. Delish!
Chop spinach, mushrooms and Mozzarella.
Open pilsbury package and spread on a cookie tray. Cover middle with pizza sauce. Load on toppings.
Cut sides into strips and alternate folding them over.
Place in oven (which was preheated to 375F) and bake for 17 minutes. Cut and enjoy!

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Pin Up Bandana

Pin up styles are so awesome, and the bandana is such an easy way to put your hair up. It is so versatile, and can be worn casual, classy, or even dressed up depending on the material and outfit. I was looking for instructions on how to make your own bandana, so I could make some out of fun fabrics. After not being able to find instructions on how to make one, I found some tutorials on how to fold a bandana and style your hair. Reference 1 here and reference 2. Here is how I made mine. I wanted something I could just tie and go.

Materials needed: pins, pin cushion, sewing needle, scissors, two fabric swatches (27" diagonal, measuring tape

Materials needed: pins, pin cushion, sewing needle, scissors, two fabric swatches (27″ diagonal, measuring tape

Fold fabric in half (on the diagonal) and cut into triangles (will end up with 2 of each colour)

Fold fabric in half (on the diagonal) and cut into triangles (will end up with 2 of each colour)

Pin 1 piece of each fabric together and sew inside out. Flip right side out through a hole on the long edge. Sew up hole

Pin 1 piece of each fabric together and sew inside out. Flip right side out through a hole on the long edge. Sew up hole

Measure 3" from long edge. Start folding material.

Measure 3″ from long edge. Start folding material.

Pin along edges and sew the folded edges.

Pin along edges and sew the folded edges.

The finished product

The finished product

Final product on

Final product on



Because of the way it is folded, when you make the second one with these colours your can fold the opposite direction and you have a different one.

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Crochet Hook Case

A look at the case when open

A look at the case when open

I seem to be a sucker for punishment when it comes to crafts. It is a very good thing I’m not a perfectionist, otherwise I would have issues. While googling craft ideas, I thought about cases for my knitting needles and crochet hooks. Then I came across this case. It looked to be within my sewing skill level. Since, I don’t like to follow patterns to the tee, because that seems a little boring, I added my own twists and sewed it by hand – BAD idea. My shoulders were so stiff from being bent over the project. I also added crochet edging that I found here, as part of a pillowcase pattern, which I am definitely planning on doing soon. Fabric Used

Anyways, I found really cute fabric to do this project, and got enough to do a knitting needle case, a sewing kit and a pin cushion. I LOVE this fabric. It was from Walmart in one of those pre-cut packages that came with 4 different patterns. I picked up 2.

A look at the crochet edge

A look at the crochet edge

For this project, I needed 3 patterns, a zipper, thread that worked with the patterns, a button, and yarn. You can follow the directions of the original pattern I based mine off of (link is above). I pinned and attached both pockets and zipper, then started attaching the back. Once the case was assembled, I followed weeks 3 & 4 (and ate the chocolate) of the You Go Girl instructions to do the crochet edging. Because I planned to secure it with a button, I needed to make a button hole. By Slip Stitching into each stitch of the edging. when I was on the bottom edge, and at the middle shell, I chained four instead of slip stitching into this shell. I then slip stitched into the sc stitch and continued SlSt around the case.
The pocket for the hooks

The pocket for the hooks

The Case, all closed up

The Case, all closed up


I should have sewed the button on before attaching the backing, but didn’t think about it until I was starting the edging. Ooops. That has led to a creative thinking on how to add the button. To place the button, I folded placed crochet needles in the middle pocket and folded the case together. I placed the button where the button hole would be pulled a little when secured.
A look inside the zippered pocket

A look inside the zippered pocket

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Butterfly Ponytail Holders

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I originally saw this project a while ago on pinterest, but there wasn’t a pattern or anything to go by, just a picture (seen here). At that point, I didn’t have the skill level or confidence to attempt to make a pattern up on my own. A couple weeks before Christmas, I had the desire to make some for my niece (she got a lot of cool things from me this year!). I searched and searched for patterns, but they didn’t make sense. So I tried a couple times to make them different ways and ripped them out a few times. and then it clicked. I needed to make it like the flowers I had been making for head bands, but with 4 sections instead of 5 and two sections needed to be bigger then the others.

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Pattern:
With a small needle, chain 4 and join in a loop
Row 1: Ch1. SC 9 times into loop.
Row 2: Ch4 SlSt into 3rd st Ch4 SlSt into 3rd st Ch3 SlSt into 2nd st Ch3 SlSt into 2nd st
Row 3: Into first loop: SlSt SC HDC DC DC HDC SC SlSt
Second Loop: Repeat first loop
Third loop: SlSt SC SC SlSt
Fourth loop: Repeat third loop
Antennae: Chain 10 SC into each ST

Attach antennae to body of butterfly and secure to a hair elastic.

I think this could look really cute on a barrette, hair clip or head band, and I will share a head band pattern soon.

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Cozy Cups

I met a lovely older lady at Walmart today, in the yarn aisle. She was looking at the giant skeins of Handicraft cotton wool because she uses it to make dish cloths when she watches TV. She has to keep her hands busy, so she makes them to give away. She picked a lovely cranberry/green skein for this batch of dish cloths. It will definitely make for lovely gifts for her friends and family.

A project I like to do while watching TV, because I also can’t keep my hands still, is cup cozies.

Tea Cup Cozies

I absolutely love cup cozies. I’ve been making them for a couple years now and always seem to misplace them. They end up almost permanently attached to my travel mugs or live in my car or left at work or gone to where missing items live. They also are great gifts.

One of my favorite things about cup cozies is that they can look like anything. You can see a few of the different designs I’ve done – some from patterns, some adapted from patterns, some made up. Because I’ve used so many different locations for inspiration, it would be boring for you to just read links. You can find my inspirations on my cup cozies pinterest board here.

Fun Cabling - Brown

Fun Cabling - Green

Cup cozies are an easy project that depending on the pattern can be done in an afternoon or during a movie for those who like to keep their hands busy.

Penguin
This penguin was inspired by the sock monkey cup cozy, but I KNEW a penguin would be the perfect creature for my friend – it was a birthday present and fits beer bottles and red solo cups as well as coffee cups

Mug Cozy

I will try and keep my pinterest board up to date with pins I find.

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