Monday, July 28, 2008

An Awesome Bread Recipe for the Machine!!

Everyone in my family loves bread, everyone!! Me a little too much I might add.......So when my Mom gave me this bread machine many years ago I was very excited.........Then I realized it was pretty hard to find a good old fashioned white bread recipe for the bread machine that was really really good.........Well I experimented, let me tell you and finally found this delightful recipe on! I love that site, please visit it if you haven't.......They have everything and reviews from folks just like you and me who have tried them.......Anyway, this is a foolproof recipe and it turns out delightful every single time. It's great for friends who need a little pick me up for whatever reason. I always keep the large 2 gallon ziplocs on hand and it stores perfectly in those for sharing with a neighbor........Here it is:
Best Bread Machine Bread
1 cup warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)
2 tablespoons white sugar
1 (.25 ounce) package bread machine yeast
1/4 cup vegetable oil
3 cups bread flour
1 teaspoon salt
Place the water, sugar and yeast in the pan of the bread machine. Let the yeast dissolve and foam for 10 minutes. Add the oil, flour and salt to the yeast. Select Basic or White Bread setting, and press Start.
Sometimes I add more sugar but I really think the secret to this recipe is letting the yeast work before you add the other ingredients. It is completely yummy and all ages enjoy it!! Bon Appetite!

Friday, July 25, 2008

New In My Etsy Shop!

I just added 2 new Pretties in my Etsy shop that I want to share. The first is just another color combination on one of my favorites.........This ribbon has been very popular and I know it's the color combination that makes it sew wonderful..........Pistachio and Green!! And it is such a great quality of ribbon as well, woven with rich colors! But this time I put it on Fuchsia webbing for fun!! Oh it looks wonderful I think and I hope you will too........

The second one is another pretty colorway in Amy Butler's Lotus Wallflower fabrics. I already have cherry and pink......This one features slate gray, soft white, and blue. Sew pretty!!

Sunday, July 20, 2008

This Week's Etsy Featured Seller CottageTreasures

I am very excited to feature this week's Seller, CottageTreasures........What a gorgeous shop and the owner is such a special, sweet friend..........I hope you will visit her shop and view all of her gorgeous handmade pretties for yourself...........
Here is Jane's profile:
Hello! My name is Jane and I live in beautiful Southern Oregon. I love vintage fabrics, and use them in many of my creations. I hope you will find that special something at Cottage Treasures that fits your style and makes you smile!
Beautiful Pillows, totes, sachets, are all perfect for gift giving or to treat yourself........
Sew Many Cottage Pretties, Jane!

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Here's What's new This week!

I just added a few new Key Fobs to my Etsy Shop.......I love the fabric on both of these and hope everyone else does too.........Pretty Anna Maria Horner's Drawing Room Fabric called Sketchbook. Gorgeous, vibrant rose is very chic and would make a wonderful addition to a bridal basket I think..........Next is Michael Miller's Ironworks In Black and White.........I have had this fabric for a few months and cherish it sew much...........It has been a favorite of mine for a while now and I was thrilled when I found some at my fabric store. The black and white can be hard to come by:)

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Friday's Featured Seller RicRacSally

Welcome to this Friday's Featured seller from! This week is my Friend Tiffani's and her sister, and her mom's shop, RicRacSally..........I love that name, don't you? I love RicRac trim and sew do these gals. You will find it in many of their lovely creations! This shop is full of Girl power and family creativity!
Here is RicRacSally's Etsy Profile:
We’re a triple threat: a mom and her two grown daughters, descendants of women who couldn’t help but make things with their hands. Judy loves to make little girls look like little girls and is inspired by vintage fabrics, vintage patterns, and the smell of original dotted Swiss. Dena uses her punk rock/rockabilly sensibility to update old classics. And Tiffani’s a magpie who can’t stay out of the rummage stores, always looking for that next project.At RicRacSally, you’ll find vintage-inspired children’s clothes, housewares with a cute twist, and art to make you reminisce on days gone by.

Our blog:

Please give some love today!

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

I Was on the Front Page of Etsy!!

Well I still can't believe it and it's been 48 hours since it happened. My moment of fame, my moment of stardom!! Oh Sunday morning I opened up Etsy like I always do and was shocked to see one of my fobs on the front page........ Made a gorgeous treasury featuring such whimsy and colorful choices. I am still beside myself thinking about it! I saw the little silver star on Saturday I think and of course posted a comment and was thrilled to be an alternate. Well she must have changed them and voila, there was my fob!! It is amazing how many views it got in such a short period of time too! Thank you sew much Sunshine!

Saturday, July 5, 2008

What a Fun July 4th!

Is it me or do the pretty July 4th Fireworks just get more beautiful every year? This year we visited Carowinds Amusement park for our Fireworks Fix.........And we weren't disappointed as they were awesome! Hope yours was fun too!

Bradley in his Festive Wear!

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Jayson Waiting on the Fireworks!

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Red, White, and Blue!

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Beautiful Carowinds Fireworks!

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Thursday, July 3, 2008

Happy Birthday America with some Pretty Etsy finds!

From Beadsbyevelyn Sew pretty!
Gorgeous from mycraftycorner!

This Handbag is from216Stitches on Etsy!

From Rhody on Etsy, don't you love this pretty wreath?

Enjoy all these pretty Etsy Patriotic finds and have a blessed and Happy 4th of July!!

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

New in My Shop!

Here are 2 new pretty fobs I added over this past weekend...I love both of them and hope you will too. The first is a gorgeous new fabric I found last week on a whim and loved the colors and print sew much. Fun and funky and bright! Lots of Limes, hot pinks, orange and of course black and white too..........I used black webbing and the colors really pop on this one........
The second is Michael Miller's gorgeous Dandy Damask fabric that I truly adore. I also have a fob featuring his Avocado but this is the highly sought after Black and White colorway. The hardest part was choosing a webbing color because this one looked beautiful with any color. I finally decided to use black sew this one is a truly classic style that would be the perfect gift for anyone!

To order either one simply visit my Etsy shop or email me for a paypal invoice....shipping is $2.00 to US or Canada and $3.00 to my other international friends!

Funky Bright Retro!

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Michael Miller Dandy Damask

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