Monthly Archives: April 2013

Reconstructing Thrift Store Finds

It used to be that the thought of tearing apart a ready-made garment and altering it brought chills to my neck.  I would always say if I have to pay good money for something and then alter it, it was … Continue reading

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My First Candy Stripe Beet

A friend of mine ordered the seeds for these beauties and graciously sold me some.  I can’t remember where she ordered them so hoping she will comment after the post. While watering my garden yesterday I noticed that one of … Continue reading

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Paintbush Afghan Pattern

I found this pattern on Ravelry for $5.99.  Susan Carlson is the pattern maker and the instructions are very clear. It is rated intermediate and after a few repeats you will no longer need the pattern.  The only “different” stitch … Continue reading

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Modest Skirt – Simplicity 9825

My inspiration for this skirt is from “Beautiful One Modest Apparel” and is called the Elena Denim Ruffle.  I have been looking at this skirt for months but is a bit out of what I would like to spend for … Continue reading

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Slow Cooker Orange Chicken

This was floating around on Facebook and since I have been on a “lets try this” kick lately I decided to cook it. This recipe is from  Six Sisters Stuff and they have a TON of recipes on their blog.  … Continue reading

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Summer Hat – Crochet Pattern

I purchased this pattern at Etsy from LazyDaisyCrochet for $3.99.  It is another quick and easy hat and comes in 5 sizes. I made the size 21 1/2 but it is a bit large.  The pattern said not to have … Continue reading

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Strawberry Sap Beetle

I have had something eating my strawberries for over 2 weeks now and I couldn’t figure out what it was.  I even went out at dark with a flashlight to see if it was slugs, to no avail.  Yesterday I … Continue reading

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Kiss Me Tiger – Free Crochet Hat Pattern

I found this free pattern on  You will have to create a sign-on to access the patterns.  It is made for raffia but I crocheted it with Red Heart Super Saver yarn in black.  The instructions say to use … Continue reading

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Gluten Free Pasta Fagioli – Copycat Olive Garden

A friend posted a copycat recipe for Olive Garden’s Pasta Fagioli for the crockpot a few weeks ago.  Today I cooked it up with some changes. The major changes I made were cutting the recipe in half, using my own … Continue reading

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Baby Mockingbirds

While pulling vines and Rosary Peas which are fatal if broken and swallowed, I accidentally pulled a nest out of my fence.  I was so upset…… poor little babies didn’t even have their eyes open yet. I wasn’t sure where to put … Continue reading

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