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I love all things banners! This one is the first I’ve ever actually made, despite all my plans for all sorts of holiday/birthday buntings.

I stumbled across this tutorial at Ginger & George for a cute Halloween Ghostie Garland and gave it my own artistic spin.

Aren’t they cutie-pies?

All you need is some white cardstock and any colored pencils, crayons, or markers you have hanging around. I used two sheets of cardstock with six ghosts on each sheet, and colored pencils.

There is a three-way tie for my heart between Shakespeare Ghost, Drunk Ghost, and Sheriff Ghost.

Check out the template at the Ginger & George site or just wing it! I liked freehanding the ghosts so they are all slightly different shaped (aka I can’t draw non-crooked shapes).

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I’ve actually had this one done for a while, but have been so swamped with work I haven’t had time to post it.  I am a flower-holic. Even now I am plotting how to add flower embellishments to a t-shirt I got at the thrift store to re-fashion.

Anywho.

Here’s the cute felt poppy I made using this tutorial from The Wishing Elephant. They are super easy to put together and look really cute on a headband. I just used a length of grosgrain ribbon I had around and a little piece of 1/4″ elastic at the bottom to make it a stretchy band. I’ll definitely be wearing this as the season changes into Fall and Halloween approaches.

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Can’t get enough of milk jars but unsure of what to use them for?

Break out the tissue paper and go for a stroll to gather some fun shaped sticks and whip this project up.

I had some leftover tissue paper from past birthdays (Avast no hot pinks, yellow or salmon. I was feeling hot pinks, yellow and salmon.), so I went with the aqua tones. All you need to do is make up some flowers in varying sizes and tie or glue them onto fun or fancy shaped sticks. Add some decorative stones or sand to the jar for extra color if desired, and voila! A simple centerpiece.

While I like the idea, I’m not too fond of how mine turned out. Maybe it’s just the colors I’m not digging, or maybe straighter sticks? I’ll have to experiment.

In case you wanted to know how to make full-petaled flowers:

Cut out four rectangles of tissue paper and layer one on top of each. Then fold the shorter side like an accordion the length of the papers. Next tie a string around the center pulling it tight so it puckers a bit. You’ll want to not snip the tails of the string so you can tie them onto the twigs.

Then cut the ends of the accordion into either spikes like I did, or a scallop shape. Start unfolding the petals starting in the middle to form a fluffy, full-bodied flower.

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Maui and Me

Another year older and still addicted to pets. (Shhhh… Don’t tell my brother I posted a baby pic with him in it. :  )

I was greeted this morning by a sweet tabby cat out by my car. I gave him some pets and then headed off to an uneventful day of work (the best kind of work days in my book).

Peanut Butter Pound Cake

I then followed up the day with a homemade Peanut Butter Pound Cake because no birthday is complete without a delicious cake.

Click here to print your own recipe!

I stumbled across this free recipe card at Domestifluff and couldn’t resist putting it to good use. There are tons of free super cute recipe cards floating around the interwebs, and my plan is to track down my favorites and put my recipes on them to share with my friends and family.  Enjoy!

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The other day the weather turned from spring back to winter, which put me in the perfect mood for whipping up some comfort food.

Meet, make, and fall in love with Smitten Kitchen’s recipe for Classic Grilled Cheese & Cream of Tomato Soup. I can’t get enough of this awesome cook’s recipes (expect many to be blogged about in the near future).

Cream of Tomato Soup
Adapted from The America’s Test Kitchen Cookbook

2 (28-ounce) cans whole tomatoes packed in juice, drained, 3 cups juice reserved
1 1/2 tablespoons dark brown sugar
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
4 large shallots, minced (about 1/2 cup)
1 tablespoon tomato paste
Pinch ground allspice
2 tablespoon all-purpose flour
1 3/4 cups chicken stock, homemade or canned low-sodium
1/2 cup heavy cream
2 tablespoons brandy or dry sherry
Salt and cayenne pepper

1. Adjust oven rack to upper-middle position and heat oven to 450°F. Lined rimmed baking sheet with foil. With fingers, carefully open whole tomatoes over strainer set in bowl and push out seeds, allowing juices to fall through strainer into bowl. Spread seeded tomatoes in single layer on foil. Sprinkle evenly with brown sugar. Bake until all liquid has evaporated and tomatoes begin to color, about 30 minutes. Let tomatoes cool slightly, then peel them off foil; transfer to small bowl and set aside.

2. Heat butter over medium heat in large saucepan until foaming. Add shallots, tomato paste and allspice. Reduce heat to low, cover, and cook, stirring occasionally, until shallots are softened, 7 to 10 minutes. Add flour and cook, stirring constantly, until thoroughly combined, about 30 seconds. Gradually add chicken stock, whisking constantly to combine; stir in reserved tomato juice and roasted tomatoes. Cover, increase heat to medium, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer, stirring occasionally, to blend flavors, about 10 minutes.

3. Pour mixture through strainer* and into medium bowl; rinse out saucepan. Transfer tomatoes and solids in strainer to blender; add 1 cup strained liquid and puree until smooth. Place pureed mixture and remaining strained liquid in saucepan. Add cream and warm over low heat until hot, about 3 minutes. Off heat, stir in brandy and season with salt and cayenne. Serve immediately. (Soup can be refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 2 days. Warm over low heat until hot; do not boil.)

Classic Grilled Cheese Sandwiches
Adapted from The America’s Test Kitchen Cookbook

3 ounces cheese (preferably mild cheddar) or combination of cheese, grated on large holes of box grater (about 3/4 cup)
4 slices (1/2 inch-thick) from white sandwich bread, such as Pepperidge Farm Toasting White
2 tablespoons butter (preferably salted), melted

1. Heat heavy 12-inch skillet over low to medium-low heat. Meanwhile, sprinkle a portion of cheese over two bread slices. Top each with a remaining bread slice, pressing down gently to set.

2. Brush sandwich tops completely with half of melted butter; place each sandwich, buttered-size down, in skillet. Brush remaining side of each sandwich completely with remaining butter. Cook until crisp and deep golden brown, 5 to 10 minutes per side, flipping sandwiches back to first side to reheat and crisp, about 15 seconds. Serve immediately.

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I didn’t have any brandy or sherry to add to the soup, but I didn’t notice anything missing, and I didn’t need to add any salt to the recipe. Taste before you do! And don’t forget a nice glass of wine to enjoy with it. ^_^

I think this was the first time I’d had tomato soup since I was five and decided it was yucky. I was very surprised by how my tastes had changed. It’s super yummy when you use the grilled cheese for dipping. mmmm

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Fancy Wallet Outside

It was officially time for me to get a new wallet, and being the cheap girl I am, as well as the do-it-your-selfer I am, I decided to make my own.

Old Wallet Front

After somewhere around 7 years, the old Totoro wallet had definitely seen better days. Although he had seen me through many well-thought out and spur of the moment purchases, it was time for retirement. I wanted to make something a little more grown up, yet still cute, with plenty of space for id’s, credit cards, etc… I had a fabric wallet I bought in Japan, but couldn’t stand the coin pouch, so I knew I wanted it to have a much more user friendly one.

Old Wallet Inside

I started by searching around on the internet to find a style I liked, and then tried to duplicate it. Confessions of a Fabricholic has a really easy to follow and thorough wallet tutorial. My wallet turned out quite a bit like hers, but is a little shorter width wise, and I used a magnetic clasp rather than a snap closure. Another cool looking wallet pattern to try is At Second Street’s Tag Wallet.

It was really fun to come up with my own dimensions and piece it all together. I made sure to use heavy iron on interfacing so it would have some rigidity. I love the magnetic clasp. I double interfaced the portion where I inserted the magnets, and it feels very sturdy.

Fancy Wallet Inside

So what do you think? Is this something I should add to my etsy shop?

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It’s been a rainy season up here which has left me not necessarily craving everything spring (though I will admit I prefer sunshine and fresh flowers), but rather I’ve been enjoying all the raindrop motifs going around.

Stormy Fabric

I love this fabric and have been wanting to do something special with it for almost a year now. I enjoy hoarding my fabric until I find the perfect project for it. I cut around one of the clouds and used the scraps for the raindrops. Next I’m going to applique these onto a case I’m making for my husband’s PSP which I have been using to play the new re-release of Lunar: Silver Star Story. (Side note: my all time favorite video game RPG is Lunar: Silver Star Story Complete for the Playstation. This re-release has updated graphics, battle system, and music, though the voice acting has actually become more annoying. I’m sure there will be a more in depth analysis in a post to come.)

Anyways, another of the raindrop ideas I am enjoying is the pattern on the Etsy Tutorial for Hand-Painted Teacups. They are adorable! What I would love to do is find a group of miscellaneously craft girls around my age who live around here and would want to get together and have craft nights where we do projects like those teacups, the baking of delicious things, or duct tape dress forms like my friend June has been talking about for years. Anybody in the Sonoma County area interested?

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