Supply Hoopla

It seems like these hanging supply hoops are EVERYWHERE on Pinterest.  This is actually the second one I have made for a swap.  They come together really easily and look really nice when finished.  I have had both of these fabrics forever and thought they paired well.  Go figure after the it was done I found my dark brown bias tape!  Wish I had it instead of the white.  This one was made for the Secret Santa Swap so I added some Christmas pencils and sewing supplies for my partner. 


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Teeny Tiny squid I received in the Secret Santa Swap


Foodie Friday-Oven Baked Tacos

I tell ya, I think the only place I find new recipes anymore is on Pinterest.  What did we ever do without this site???  
I love tacos and prefer to make my own crunchy shells but frying them is rather unhealthy.  In comes this fabulous pin I saw for Oven Baked shells!  They are super easy and taste almost as good as their fried counterparts. 
All you need to do is wrap a few corn tortillas in a damp papertowel and microwave them for about 30 seconds.  Then spray both sides with some cooking spray drape over two bars of the oven rack, and bake at 375 for 7-10 minutes.

Not only did the blog share this recipe but she also shows how she actually assembles the tacos and bakes them in the oven so the meat is nice and hot and the cheese is all melty. Not so pretty to look at but very tasty to eat!

Shell recipe and baked taco recipe can be found at One Good Thing by Jillee


Wire and Bead Pendant

This is my attempt at a wire wrapped and beaded pendant.  When I started it out, I didn't have an exact idea in mind of how I wanted it to look so I just starting wrapping the wire and adding beads as I went.  After doing just this little guy I have a new respect for those who work with wire and make such fabulous creations. 


Foodie Friday-Cheater Banana Bread

I made some cheater banana bread from a recipe I found via Pinterest.  It calls for cake mix rather than the usual flour etc.  It was a quick way to make the bread and it turned out pretty good.  It is a bit sweeter than usual and I'm sure it's not very healthy but still tasty.  The recipe made this one large loaf and 4 mini loaves which went out to the neighbors.  Well one got gobbled up by the kids and I pretty much straight out of the oven....

The recipe was adapted from one found on Betty Crocker


Scissor Keeper

This is a folded fabric scissor holder I made for someone in the Ongoing Pinterest Swap.  It is made to hold three different pairs and sizes of scissors.  It sews up really quickly and turned out cute.  Had I not been shipping internationally I would have added some new scissors to the package.

I got the pattern and instructions from Vicki's Fabric Creations


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I received these two Harry Potter themed items in the Secret Santa Swap
Beaded House Crests

Beaded Owl Post Earrings


Foodie Friday- Homemade Bread

 I have been seeing this bread on Pinterest for quite a while now and have REALLY been wanting to try making it.  Unfortunately I didn't have any type of covered pot that was oven safe.  So for Christmas I asked for one and as you can see I received it!  Here is my new 5 quart enamel covered cast iron pot. 

The bread recipe only calls for four ingredients so it comes together super easy BUT you have to let it sit for 12-14 hours before baking it.  I actually let mine sit for about 24 hours and it turned out just fine.  Here is the gorgeous loaf that came after all that waiting.  It was so worth it.  This bread has a wonderful crust and is so chewy on the inside.  Also per the blog where I got the recipe you can add just about anything you want for some different flavors.  
If you have any type of oven safe pot I recommend you try this recipe out.  This loaf didn't even last one day in my house!

Original Recipe can be found at Simply So Good


Dia De Los Muertos Shrine

While I have always love the artwork, I have recently really started to appreciate Dia De Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) as a holidaytoo.  It is a day to honor and remember those who we have lost.  It doesn't seem to be a somber day though but rather a celebration of their lives.  

I decided to participate in the Dia De Los Muertos swap on Craftster.  For my partner I made this mini shrine.  It's about 5-6 inches tall and depicts a skeletal couple.  I really loved the way this shrine turned out and had a very hard time sending it away!

I would love to dedicate a shelf on my bookcase to display shrines and other artwork to celebrate next year.



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