Archive for January 19, 2010

Journal Books

Today is a rainy day so I have bummed around all day in my pajamas and looking for a project I could do without leaving the house for supplies.

Here are three journal books I created today using standard composition books I purchased during back to school when they were .25. I used scrapbook paper I had in my collection. To give the books an aged look I sanded and inked the edges and on some of the books I have torn paper that is inked. The books are finished with trim and stickers.

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Easy Corn Chowder

It is raining cats and dogs today and the rain is expected all day so I am adding this soup to my menu. I think I have everything I need  here so I will not need to make a trip to the store. With any luck it will become a household favorite like the potato soup.6 pieces of bacon or 1 cup cooked bacon crumbles 

½ onion diced 

1 carrot shredded 

2 medium potatoes cubed 

1 can corn (17oz) 

½ Cup Water 

3 TBS Flour 

1 ½ cup Milk 

Salt and Pepper 

Cut bacon into 1″ pieces, cook until crisp. Reserve 2 tablespoons drippings in pan. Add onion and carrots and sauté until tender. Add to crockpot with  potatoes, add canned corn undrained, water. Cook on low for 6-8 hours. Combine flour and 1/4 cup milk in a small bowl until smooth. Stir in remaining milk. Pour into corn mixture. Turn Crockpot to high and cook for an extra 30 minutes. Stir in bacon and salt and pepper to taste. 

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Upcycling a Shirt to a Purse

Here is a small purse that I made from a shirt and pair of jeans Mary had outgrown, I kept the front buttons and shirt pockets intact for the cute appearance, the pockets are even large enough to hold most cell phones for easy access.I lined the inside with denim from the outgrown pair of jeans and used additional shirt fabric for inside pockets. I am a believer that a purse cannot have to many pockets.

The bamboo handle was purchsed at Joann’s

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