Friday, July 30, 2010

Katey's cupcake

I love this little cupcake design and have used it many times.
Below I have stitched it on a hand towel for my niece, Katey.
I found the strawberry scented cupcake lotion and soap set at Wal-Mart around Christmas time; I even bought a few extra with this design in mind.

I wanted to wrap it in cellophane and did not have a cellophane bag large enough; I used my FoodSaver and a sheet of cellophane wrap. I cut it to size, sealed a seam in the back and bottom to make a sleeve or bag. Worked perfectly!

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Wednesday, July 28, 2010

100th post giveaway...

I can't believe it!
My 100th post - I even picked up a few followers along the way. Yay!
 When I started this blog I had no idea how many wonderful, kind and
generous bloggers there were out there.
I appreciate each and every one of you who take the time to visit my blog.

 To show my appreciation (and just for fun) I have decided to have a small giveaway.
Anyone interested?

I am giving away the following:
one magnetic memo pad, 8 blank note cards, picture frame and a personalized kitchen towel.
 I will embroider any name you like on the towel.
You may want it for yourself or maybe a gift for someone else.

Just send me a comment and I will add your name to the drawing.
I will be drawing the winner on Monday, August 1st.
Thanks again for visiting and have a great day!

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Love at first sight

The second I laid my eyes on these doors, I was in love....
 Aren't they BEAUTIFUL?
My best friends Aunt and Uncle live here.

And, the second I laid eyes on this baby.....
~ I was in love ~
 Miss Oakleigh Elizabeth and my front door....

Isn't she precious....?

Friday, July 23, 2010

Breakfast, lunch or dinner...

You can eat quiche anytime!

Don't these look delicious?

And it's so easy to make.

I cheat and use readymade pie crusts; you can make your own if you like.
I take them out and let them thaw a bit while I am cooking the bacon.

Cooking bacon on the stove is such a mess, I just pop it in the microwave until it's crispy.

Drain on a paper towel.

After it's cooled, crunch it into bits.

Add the bacon and cheese to the bottom of the pie crust.

Pour the remaining ingredients into the pie shell.

Bake, cool and eat!


All you need is the following:

3 eggs and 1 yoke
1/2 pt whipping cream
1/2 pound crispy cooked bacon*
1 cup cheese*
1 tsp flour
Salt and pepper to taste  
1 readymade pie crust
1 tsp butter or margarine

Sprinkle cheese and bacon on bottom of the pie crust.
 Beat eggs, 1 at a time, adding whipping cream and beating together with whisk.
Add salt, pepper and flour.
The more you beat the fluffier the quiche will be.
Pour mixture on top of the bacon and cheese.
Drop 1 tsp of butter on top of quiche mixture.
Bake at 350 degrees for 50 minutes or until golden brown.

* You can substitute for ham, crabmeat, shrimp, chicken, spinach, mushrooms, variety of cheeses or other meats and veggies if you like. Use your imagination!

**** The above recipe is only for ONE pie ****

We eat this for breakfast with fruit - lunch or dinner with a salad.

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Thursday, July 22, 2010


I finally finished my little project I have been blogging about for weeks.
Really, it was, just a small project.
Somehow, I ended up with way too many "redo's".
My daughter needed a new desk for school.
Not wanting to pay the hefty $248 for a new one, I chose to scour the thrift stores.
I found this one for $40. 


I have never had an issue with spray paint - until now -  and, we won't go there.
I ended up sanding it down and repainting with a brush.

Below is the result after 3 coats of glossy black.

I purchased the chair below from Rooms to Go Kids for $39.



Look a tiny bit different?

My husband built and added arms.
What you see is the second set of arms.... I changed my mind on the style of the first ones.
(Luckily, I have a very understanding husband)

My third "redo" was the cushions........
Using leftover fabric from my sewing room remodel (post for another time),
I made the back cushion and was not happy with the fit, soooo....
yep, made another.

 Just for fun, I added buttons to the back.

And I am DONE!

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Monday, July 19, 2010


Know someone who likes to journal "the old fashion way"?

Why not make them one of these....

I made this one using a composition notebook.

All you need is a sewing machine that sews satin stitches, thread,
 stabilizer, a little fabric and
this book...

There are a variety of sizes and ideas for journals, scrapbooks, photo albums and more included in this book. They really are "fast, fun and easy".

Here's another I made for my "best bud" Debbie a few years ago and included a matching eye mask.

(Please excuse the white elastic; I didn't have any black at the time)

Hope you will check the book out and try one.
They make "fast, fun, and easy" gifts. 

Saturday, July 17, 2010

~ Blooming Begonias ~

from my front porch...

Relax and enjoy your weekend.

Friday, July 16, 2010

Downloadable Christmas gift list

A few have asked about the Christmas gift list from the previous post.
Since I don't recall where the list originally came from...
I created a new downloadable one for you.

Click the hyperlink below and it will take you to Scribd to download.

Christmas Gift List - Flyawayhome-4am2-PDF

Please let me know if you have any problems downloading it.

New Friend Fridays

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Holiday Gift list

Have you started yours yet?
Now's the time.....
 I find the Master list below works well for me.

Come on.... get started'll be glad you did.
How many of you have already started or completed a gift from your list?
I know, I have.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Busy, busy, busy



and embroidery.....

See ya soon....

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Fancy foot work

I love my ruffler, it's one of my favorite feet.

My living room furniture is slip covered in white, which gives me the opportunity to change the look often.
I found the easiest way to change the look was making new pillows.
Below are a few from the past I made using my ruffler.

Very Mary Engelbreit-ish, don't you think?
Minus her "Chair of Bowlies", of course.

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Friday, July 9, 2010

Gettin' geared up...

for a weekend fish fry!

Yep, these are artificial worms...
You didn't think I was touching the live ones, did you?

All I have left to do is grab my life vest...

and I'm ready to go!
Wish me luck....

Thursday, July 8, 2010

I am so thrilled !

Check it out...
My kitchen remodel is featured today on Life as Lori !

I was featured on Life as Lori
Thanks Lori
Here's a sneak peek at a little project I am working on this week.

I am hoping to be able to show you the completed project by next week.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Sunny Florida ???

 Hummmm... it's rained every day for the past 4 days...

But hey,

Looks like we are getting back to normal today...

No rain and a high of 93 degrees.
Yippee !

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Teacups and Roses...

Aren't these pretty?
My husband cut them from his rose garden today.

They are light lavender roses called "Sweetness".
~ How appropriate ~

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Sunday, July 4, 2010

July 4th....

A celebration of the independence of the United States of America.

 Let's celebrate!

Have a wonderful weekend.

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Butcher block counters

First, let me thank all of you for your wonderful comments on our
 kitchen remodel. I never expected so many people to "walk through" my kitchen over the last few days. I had 91 guests on Thursday, had just enough time to mop the floor from the first group before the next 285 guests showed up Friday! How fun is that?  If I would have known I was going to have so many visitors, I would have prepared a little coffee and dessert.

A few of you had asked for more detail on the counter tops.

We actually did this remodel in 2006 and the above picture was taken today.
They still look pretty much the same as they did back in 2006.
They have been extremely durable.
The only thing I don't do is sit a hot pot off the stove directly on them or chop directly on it. My husband made cutting boards from the section he cut out for the sink.

As you can see, there is a difference between the look of the counter top and the cutting board. The cutting board is rubbed with mineral oil as needed; the counter top has about 8 to 10 thin coats of polyurethane on them. The counters are not stained; it is the polyurethane which brought out the rich color of the wood. He first laminated (glued) strips of red oak and white oak together, sanded until smooth and then started brushing on the polyurethane - sanding in between each coat. The counter tops themselves actually took a few months to complete.
I think it was worth the wait, I love them!

Thanks again, and...
 "Y'all come back now, Ya hear!"

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Red White and Blue

Just a few things I made for the Fourth of July holiday.

Polly's new shirt.

Oakleigh's new bathing suit, headband and beach towel.

I thought the towel roll would be easier for a two year old to carry
 her own beach towel.
The towel idea came from projects page.
The bathing suit and headband were purchase from Target.

Red, white and blue placemats for everyday.

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