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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Cheeseburger Soup Recipe

Yesterday was the first really cold day here in Ohio.  It was the perfect day for soup.  I wanted something creamy and hearty.  This has been a favorite recipe of mine for years.  I actually had some sourdough bread bowls and served it in those.  It turned out simply delicious. It looks so yummy that I forgot to take a picture before we devoured it.  Here it is afterward!  I hope you enjoy it!

Cheeseburger Soup

1/2 pound ground beef
3/4 cup chopped onion
3/4 cup shredded carrots
3/4 cup diced celery
1 tsp dried basil
1 tsp dried parsley flakes
4 T butter or margarine, divided
4 cups chicken broth
4 cups peeled, diced potatoes
(1 3/4 pounds)
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
8 oz. velveeta cheese, cubed
1 1/2 cups milk
3/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1/4 cup sour cream

In a 3 qt saucepan, brown ground beef; drain and set aside.  In the same saucepan, saute onions, carrots, celery, basil and parsley in 1 T. butter until vegetable are tender, about 10 minutes.  Add broth, potatoes and beef; bring to a boil.  Reduce heat; cover and simmer until potatoes are tender, about 10 minutes.  Meanwhile in a small skillet, melt remaining butter.  Add flour; cook and stir until bubbly.  Add to soup.  Cook and stir for 2 minutes.  Reduce heat to low.  Add cheese, milk, salt and cream.  Yield: 8 servings

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Thursday, October 11, 2012

Rockstar hat

My friend's son is a little rockstar.  His bedroom has been rockstar and guitar themed since he was born.  It is really cute.

Back in the winter she asked me to make him a rockstar hat to keep his head warm.  I think it turned out really cute.

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Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Angela's Gifts

My friend Angela ordered a hat and booties for each of her nieces as a Christmas gift last year.  I wanted to share these cute sets with you.

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Thursday, October 4, 2012

Baby Gift Set

A friend of mine recently had her second baby boy.  I wanted to make her a special blanket for the little man.  Thankfully, I had it made just in time for her little man to be born.

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Monday, October 1, 2012

Plum Jam

This time last year I was busy working on some future Christmas gifts.  One of them was plum jam.  I had made jam before, but never plum jam.  I had a ton of plums that were about to spoil and I needed to use them.  I had remembered from the movie Calendar Girls that they loved (in your best British accent) Plum Jam.  I figured why not give it a try.

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Tuesday, September 25, 2012

My First Professional Cake

I'm sorry that it has been awhile since I last posted, but I have been incredibly busy.  It just seems that the busyness of life all hits at once.  Thankfully, I have been one busy woman making all kinds of gifts and taking orders from Jilly's Boutique.  I really wouldn't know what to do if I wasn't going 100 miles per hour most days.  On to something fun...

Over Labor Day weekend, I put in over 6 hours in cake baking and decorating.  The Wednesday before, I got a call to make a special first birthday cake for a little girl in our church.  I was very apprehensive as this is the first time I had made a cake for purchase and one of this size!

The theme for the birthday party was a sock monkey.  I sent some picture options for the cake to the Mom.  She choose a tiered cake with polkadots and a fondant monkey.  I had never worked with fondant.  I knew this would test my limits and see what I was truly capable.  If you know me at all, I am always up for a challenge!  Just tell me I can't do something and you have sparked a burning fire within me.

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Monday, September 10, 2012

Pumpkin Hats

Fall is just around the corner and I couldn't be happier.  I love when the weather cools down, but is still warm enough to really enjoy being outside.  I'm ready for all the fall festivals, pumpkin patches, colorful change of trees and bonfires.

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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

My Second Course Cake

It has been a crazy busy week.  I'm beginning to wonder if life will slow down from here on out!  I do have a two week break before I start my third Wilton Cake Decorating Course.

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Friday, August 24, 2012

Cake Decorating Class and my new toy

For the month of August, I have been taking my second cake decorating class.  I love learning all these new flowers and how to make them.

Last Monday, I made my last batch of royal icing for class.  It must be beat using a mixer for 7-10 minutes.  This was my second batch of the day and boom, sparks flew and a weird smell came out of my mixer.  Oh no, not again!  Yes, I have burned up yet another hand mixer.  Confession time:  This is my fifth mixer that I have burned up.  I must bake too much or make heavy duty items that don't go well with a hand mixer.  After the demise of #5, I knew it was time to shell out the big bucks and get a Kitchenaid stand mixer.

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Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Newsboy Hat

My sister wanted a cute newsboy hat for my nephew this past winter.  I love trying out new patterns.  I jumped on board to try the newsboy hat.  I had plans to make Evan one as well, but we had a warm winter and time didn't allow for me to make another.  He might get one for this winter though.

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Saturday, August 18, 2012

Initial Earflap Hat

Awhile back, a friend of mine asked me to make an initial flower on an earflap hat for a baby gift.  She sent me some examples of what she liked from different hats but she wanted to use a variegated yarn.  She also wanted me to make a flower for the side with the baby's first initial sewn inside. I thought this was a really cute idea.

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Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Jill's Shop has reopened!

It has been a long summer getting settled here in Ohio.  I have felt very out of sorts as we try to figure out family life in a new environment.  I picked up my crochet hook again about two weeks ago and I didn't realize how much I missed it.

I figured with the boys starting school next week that I could reopen my shop for all the fun fall hats and such.

I am always open to suggestions of products you would like to see in my shop.  Remember every item is custom made to your specifications.  If you would like changes in color or type of yarn, just message me and I will happy to make you a personalized item.

I will be adding new items and featuring them here first over the next couple of weeks.  Be on the lookout for many new products!

All my products (even those not listed in my Etsy shop) can be found on my shop's Facebook site.  Visit it at https://www.facebook.com/jillysboutique11  Please browse my shop and leave me any suggestions Jillysboutique.etsy.com.

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Monday, August 13, 2012

Rosette Cake

My sweet Anna turned 2 on Friday.  For two weeks she talked about having a princess cake and being a princess.  I guess it starts early.

I figured that since we would be having a small party I would forego our normal Sam's Club cake and I would put my new cake decorating skills to work.

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Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Stromboli Recipe

One of our family's favorite meals is Stromboli.  It is easy and quick and you can add any pizza toppings to make it your own.  I hope you enjoy this simple recipe as much as we do!

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Friday, August 3, 2012

Cowboy Hat & Cowboy Boots

Back in the spring my friend Lauren was pregnant with her first child.  I asked her to look through my patterns and pick out some things for me to make for her soon to be little man, Walker.  She knew she was going to have professional pictures taken so she picked out a Cowboy hat.  Well, I couldn't let any cowboy have just a hat.  He needed some cute boots to match.

Lauren had her little boy in late June and has already had the professional pictures taken.  I was so happy when she shared the link and download with me.  Now I get to share them with you!

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Wednesday, August 1, 2012

My Roadside Find #2

Two weeks ago, I found two wingback chairs on the curb in my neighborhood.  In case you missed those, you can see them here.

Well, last Sunday, I got blessed with another great roadside find.  My husband laughingly said, "We aren't picking that up too, are we?"

After closer inspection, I said, "Why not?"

My husband immediately turned around and headed back the church where we had left his SUV.  It was nice to have my husband's help this time.

Are you ready to see my big score?

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Tuesday, July 17, 2012

My Roadside Find

I'm sorry I haven't posted lately.  The summer has been overwhelming to me with still settling into the house, organizing, t-ball, church activities, meetings and on and on.  I am still trying to figure out that delicate balance and unfortunately, crafting and blogging have hit the back burner.  That might all change when you see what I found the other day. . .

I am not a garbage picker.  I just find that yucky.  I wish I was a garage sale person, but inevitably I always have all three kids with me when I see a good garage sale.  I find that it just isn't worth getting three young kids out of the car to potentially find a good bargain.

The other day while on our way to church for a splash day with the kids, I saw what I knew would be my first garage pick.  On the road out of our neighborhood, someone had put two wingback chairs on the curbside.  Oh, my heart started to beat faster.  I love wingback chairs and our budget doesn't have new furniture in it at all.  I knew I could work my crafting magic on this duo.

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Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Easy Pillow Covers Tutorial

I'm very busy this summer making our rental house a home.  In addition to that I have been sick with sinus infections and such for over a month.  That has left me with little energy to blog.  I apologize!

The other day I had enough energy to do some sewing while the kids played.  Can I say how nice it is to have the sewing machine back out!  I love how quickly you can accomplish a project when working at the sewing machine.  A friend of my commented on Facebook about all that I was able to sew.  She said, "Most people can live on bread and water, but not Jill, she needs her sewing machine as well!"  I'm sure I am not the only one like that!

Today, I want to share with you my favorite way to make pillows.  If any of you have kids or pets and your pillows get dirty, it is nice to be able to take off the fabric and wash it without having to wash the entire pillow.  Another nice feature is you can change out your decor easily and not have to stuff another pillow and hand-sew the seam.

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Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Photo Board Tutorial

As we tried to settle into our new house, I noticed that I had many walls that needed to be filled.  I always like to display pictures.  Not every picture can go in a frame though.  That is why I like to make photo boards that match my decor.

Prior to our move, my husband's Uncle gave us a large black entertainment center to go in our family room.  Since our family room and kitchen share space, I had to be selective with my decor items.  I had a photo board that was in cobalt blue to match my kitchen and dining room.  This doesn't match black, so I had to find a pretty fabric that would be a nice fit for our family room.  I went to my go to store, Hobby Lobby, and found the perfect print.  I also picked up some burgundy/red ribbon for holding the pictures.

Enough talking about the photo board, let me show you how to make one for yourself.  Don't be scared by this project.  It is very easy to make and you get to use a power tool (sort of).

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Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Our Big Move & Getting Settled In

It has been 20 days since we made our  major 9-hour move from Atlanta, Georgia to Dayton, Ohio.  It was interesting following three 26-foot trucks (you read that right, we have way too much junk) and me in the minivan with the 3 kids.  I was amazed at how well the kids did.  They didn't fuss at all.  Thank you Lord for the invention of in car DVD players.  It did help that they kids were exhausted from all the packing from the previous day.  They spent a long time looking like this:

We were very blessed that when we arrived our Senior Minister and his family (our good friends) arrived with dinner and drinks.  That was especially nice for the kids so they could get out of the car and run around.

We spent the night on air mattresses and waited for some moving help until the next day.  I am sure the neighbors were wondering how large of a family was moving in with the 3 Penske trucks parked in front of our new rental house.

The next day started earlier with some cleaning and the arrival of some professional moving help.  They were able to unload all our furniture and put all our boxes in the garage.  That left us with one truck to unload by ourselves.   We had that unloaded when the mass reinforcements showed up.  Two small groups from our church (about 15 people) showed up with dinner and willingness to move boxes to where they belonged.  This was a huge help that would have taken us weeks to tackle.  By the end of our second night in our house we had all the boxes where they were supposed to go and our beds setup to sleep in that night.  Not until the next morning did I realize some of the boxes were even unpacked for us and put away.  What a huge blessing!

My mom stayed with us the first week to help tackle the madness.  She took on the windows that were beyond dirty in addition to anything else that was asked of her.  She is one hard worker!  I don't know what I would have done without all her help.  My dad returned over the weekend and made a huge discovery that we were unaware of.  Four houses down there is a back entrance to a wonderful park with a lake, walking path, playground and skate park.  He took the kids down there to get out of our hair and they are love with our new park!  Those two little specks are my kids standing in front of the lake.  It is a huge park, if you can't tell!

I have realized in the last month that I have a future working at IKEA.  I would never have a paycheck because I would spend it there, but man can I take apart and put furniture together.  In the last 18 days, I have put together 2 side tables, 1 large entertainment center, a futon, 2 bedside tables, a bunkbed, a daybed, and 2 chairs and a side table for my husband's office.  If you can't tell, I'm the builder in my family.  I'm very visual and can figure things out like that very easily.  My husband is willing to buy furniture that needs to be put together, but refuses to bring himself to the snapping point of putting it together.  I don't mind building, it makes the hubs appreciate me even more.  I recently saw this cartoon and I knew it was meant for me.

We are slowly getting settled.  I had hoped to be better settled by now, but with three young kids and my husband working long hours at his new job, there just isn't enough time. Thank you so much for your patience with me as my family has made this huge transition.  I appreciate you sticking with me.  I have many emails and comments to return and I promise to get to them asap!

 I haven't gotten back to full fledge crafting yet, but I have quite a long list of things to make for this house.  I can't wait to share them with as I make this house our home.

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Sunday, June 3, 2012

Homemade Dishwasher Detergent

Since I was successful with making my own laundry detergent, I decided to try making dishwasher detergent. I almost always buy the little packets of Cascade. I admit, I am not a couponer. It takes an enormous amount of time and quite frankly, most of what I buy doesn't have coupons. I've also found that when I use coupons I buy things I wouldn't normally and most of that isn't healthy or necessary so it certainly doesn't save me money.  The Cascade I buy isn't cheap. So, I searched through many recipes and this is what I came up with.

1 cup of Borax

1 cup of Washing Soda

1/2 cup Kosher salt

1/2 cup Lemi-Shine (I found this at Wal Mart in the dishwasher soap section)

Mix the ingredients together, put them in a container, with the lid off for 24 hours. Leaving the lid off supposedly helps keep the detergent from clumping. Mine clumps a little but nothing you can't handle.  Store in the container with the lid closed.

Use a heaping tablespoon of detergent with each load.

Fill your rinsing agent section with white vinegar for a cheap alternative to Jet Dry.

We've been using this as our dishwasher detergent for over a month. It's worked very well and it's great to know I'm saving money, (I figure this method costs about 25% of what I was spending on Jet Dri and Cascade)!
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Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Making Your Own Dryer Sheet is Easy!!!

The truth is I love the smell of Downy. I also have a tendency to think dryer sheets make your clothes smell terrific! I've also been told that dryer sheets ruin your dryer so... thanks to adapting an idea I found on Pinterest, I think I found a solution.

So, here goes.  Pick your favorite liquid softener.  Find a washcloth or a hand towel and drench it in your fabric softener. Ring out any excess then let the towel dry completely. I hung mine over a chair and it made the house smell terrific during the two days it took it to completely dry.

When it's completely dry, add it to your dryer full of clothes anytime you would have added a dryer sheet.  You can reuse it until it's not giving you the desired effect anymore and then you just soak it again and keep going.

I've used mine about twenty times now and it still smells great so, I think this is another keeper. I'm guessing it took about five capfuls of Downy to soak mine which would make getting twenty uses out of it a great deal and mine's still going strong.

I hope you are as excited about this money saving, dryer saving idea as I am!
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Sunday, May 27, 2012

I Made My Own Laundry Detergent..... AND.... I like it!!!

I've seen a lot of activity on Pinterest for homemade cleaners. People consistently said their versions were healthier, inexpensive, and worked well. I decided to jump on the bandwagon and try some of them.  I initially started with laundry detergent.

Here's my recipe:
4 bars of Fels Naptha bar soap
1 7 lb. container Oxi Clean
1 3.7 lb. box of washing soda
1 4 lb. box of Borax
1 4lb. box of Baking Soda (they were out of the 4 lb. box so I used 2 2 lb. boxes)
(All of these ingredients can be easily found in the laundry section at WalMart)

Here's what you do:
Grate the bar soap OR throw it in the food processor and finely chop it. Mix all the ingredients together.  Use two tablespoons of detergent per load.

Here are a few questions I've been asked:

Is it hypoallergenic?  Probably not but my daughter, who has super sensitive skin, hasn't had any problems with this detergent and we've been using it a few months.

How much does it cost to make?  This recipe is less than $20.

How much money do you save? Our laundry detergent bill is 25% of what it was.

How much does it make? It's about 20 lbs. of detergent. But, it lasts much longer than you'd expect since you don't use as much of the product as you do with your regular detergents.

Will it work in an HE washer?  It sure does!

How well does it seem to clean? Well, I've got two messy girls and a hard working husband and their clothes seem mighty clean.

How does it smell? It's slightly citrusy. The Fels Naptha is the only ingredient that really has a scent.  It's definitely a clean, light smell.

Are you apprehensive?  Here's a suggestion: go in with a couple of friends, split the batch, and see if you like it.  I have shared it with many.  All who have tried it report back that they like it and will be making their own. 

I wish you detergent making success.

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Friday, May 25, 2012

Crazy Busy Moving in Progress

Life is all out chaos in my house.  We have three more days before we pull away from our Georgia home for the last 8 years.  We are incredibly excited about our new adventure in Ohio and what God will do with our lives there.

The last few days have been stressful for me as I have realized I have a ton more to pack than I originally thought. I wanted to relax these last few days and visit with friends.  Well, it is all those little things that are hanging over my head.  It amazes me that the remaining items can take up so many boxes!

I had every intention of writing up some posts before we returned the internet modem and made our move to Ohio.  Unfortunately, it just didn't happen.  Life just takes over sometimes.

I have some great crafts to show you, but I will need your patience.  Please stick with me and give me a couple of weeks to get moved and then settle in.  Then I will have some crafts to share with you.  Thank you for your patience and for your support!  I appreciate it!

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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Lion Hat

A couple months back a friend of mine sent me a picture from Pinterest of a newborn Lion Hat.  She asked if I would be able to make one for a friend of hers that was having a baby.  I found the perfect pattern for the Lion hat here and got busy on it.

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Sunday, May 20, 2012

Packing and Moving

Well, I am one week away from moving.  That explains the lack of posts last week, sorry!  I am trying to finish up the last remaining items that need to be packed.  We officially pack up the trucks on Memorial Day and drive up the following day.

It is very bittersweet to leave Georgia.  This has been our home for the last 8 years.  We've made fabulous friends here.  Our church family has been our adopted family and a huge asset. All will be greatly missed.   This is where all three of our children were born and where we truly became a family. I am trying to take each day, one day at a time or I might have a complete and total breakdown.

We are excited about this new phase in our life.  Moving to Ohio will be a big change but we will also be an hour away from our family.  I know they are incredibly excited.  Thankfully, we are moving in the summer so that we can slowly adjust to having a winter again.  I know our kids want snow this winter, I am just hoping for small amounts.

I feel sorry for anyone who has to move regularly, especially our military.  Packing and moving is by far one of the most stressful things in life!  This too shall pass!  I look forward to the unpacking phase as I will have help!  It will be nice to get settled and enjoy the summer as a family.

I will keep you updated on the progress of our move, until then I will share a few crafts that I have been working on over the last couple of months.

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Saturday, May 12, 2012

Various Teacher Gifts

Yesterday was the last day of Teacher Appreciation Week for my oldest son, Ryan.  I wanted the final gift to be a bit more.

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Friday, May 11, 2012

Monogrammed bag

I think everyone needs a personalized bag.  Teachers can't have enough bags for all the things they are working on.  For those of you who have been around awhile, you might remember the tutorial I did for these monogrammed totes, last year.

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Thursday, May 10, 2012

Personalized Hand Sanitizer

A couple of weeks ago Shannon had a bunch of people over for a craft night.  It was a ton of fun to work on some teacher appreciation crafts with a group of ladies.  I think I might start that in the fall after my  move to Ohio.

One of the items that we made was a personalized hand sanitizer.  I've had this on my list to make for a long time, but just never got around to do it.  Thanks to Shannon, I got it made.

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Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Teacher Cup and Candy

Yesterday's Teacher Appreciation gift is nothing that is overly special in the craft department, but a pleaser I hope.

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Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Yellow Roses - Teacher gift

Last week was beyond CRAZY!  We had the boys birthday/goodbye party on Saturday and I took on WAY too much in the preparations.  Will I ever learn?  (Not likely!)  I can't wait to share the party with you, but it will have to wait till next week.

This week is Teacher Appreciation.  Each day I will showcase what my son is taking to spoil his teacher. You can never spoil a teacher enough!  They do so much that goes unnoticed.  Take the time to give back and show some much needed appreciation!

I have lots of cute items to give Ryan's kindergarten teacher.  The room mother had a daily list of things to give the teacher.  I am trying to follow the list with some additional crafty gifts!

The first day was the teacher's favorite flower; a yellow rose.  Well, I knew she would probably get a few bouquets worth and that they would eventually die off.  I wanted to give her something that would last and that she could use as a decoration.

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Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Crock Pot Beef Brisket

I have a delicious recipe for Crock Pot Beef Brisket for you today.  I love anything in the Crock Pot.  It just makes my life easier.  Cooking beef brisket has always been a fear of mine.  It is one of those meats you don't want to mess up.  Thankfully, this is an easy recipe that makes the brisket moist and delicious.  I first had this over at our church secretary's home.  I was raving about it and I begged for the recipe.  She obliged and now I want to share it with you.
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Friday, April 27, 2012

Doll Carrier

My sister asked me to make one of her clients a doll carrier.  I have never made a doll carrier so I got on Pinterest to research.  There wasn't much to choose from, but the ones I did like led me to the book, Oliver + S Little Things to Sew:  20 Classic Accessories and Toys for Children.

Now for those of you who know me, I will attempt to sew anything.  Attempt is the key word.  I'm self-taught when it comes to sewing.  If something is too complicated, I won't try it.  Many times, if it is too complicated, I try my own way.  What was really nice about this pattern was it was both simple and I could still tweak it to be even easier!  The only change I had to make was using more velcro since I haven't taught myself how to make buttonholes yet.

If you want to try a new pattern to make for your little one or as a gift, this is a great one to try.  Here is the carrier I made for my sister's client.

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Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Gage's Blanket

Back in the fall I made a baby blanket for my husband's cousin's child, Gage (did you follow that?).  This family loves all things camouflage that is why I went with a hunter green.  I used my favorite yarn, I Love this Yarn from Hobby Lobby.

I used one of my favorite patterns.  It is from RAKJ Patterns.  It is called the Triple Stitch Blanket.  I love it as you can use just about any yarn and any size hook.  This blanket works up really quickly.  You can see another picture of one that I worked up in a bulky weight yarn here.
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Saturday, April 21, 2012

Name Blocks

Let's face it, most kids today have way more toys than they can play with. So, when invited to birthday parties, I try to ask parents if there's something their child could use, that I can create.

Recently, one of our friends, celebrated her fourth birthday.  I knew her room was being transformed from Winnie the Pooh to Disney Princesses, for her big day.

I asked her mom if there was anything special she'd like for her new room. Her mom suggested name blocks. I got my husband to cut a 4x4 post, in squares. I painted the squares, mod podged the sides, sanded to slightly distress, and applied vinyl letters I cut on my Silhouette. They made a wonderful, personalized gift and look great with her princess themed room.

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Friday, April 20, 2012

Owl Tissue Box Cover

A friend of mine asked me to make an owl tissue box cover as a teacher gift for her.  I have never made a tissue box cover, but thankfully, I found a free pattern.  I wanted to model it off the owl purse that I make.

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Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Yummy Broccoli Recipe

Did I write Yummy Broccoli?  Something must be wrong with me!  I have never liked broccoli, well unless it is covered in cheese.  I am happy to report that I have a recipe for broccoli that is both yummy and healthy.  I know, it is a surprise from me (little Paula Deen).  I actually plan to eat broccoli again after eating it like this!

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Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Crumb Topped Apple Pie

It might not be apple pie time, but I wonder if there is ever a time that apple pie isn't delicious.  Today, I have a simple, yet scrumptious recipe!

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Monday, April 9, 2012

Lamb Hat Pictures

Back in mid-March I shared the Lamb hat that I made for my friend's daughter. Well, it has taken me too long, but I finally got the pictures uploaded to the tonight!

Check out this beautiful little girl!  She is rocking the hat with her adorable jacket.  My friend Loria is also quite the photographer!

If you are interested in this hat or other items that I make, you can find them in my etsy shop.  I post all my products (whether they are currently listed or not) on my facebook page (Jillysboutique11).  Go "like" my page.  Any specials will be posted on Facebook!

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Sunday, April 8, 2012

Happy Easter!

Wishing you a very Happy & Blessed Easter!

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Tuesday, April 3, 2012

GraciAnn's Doll Clothes

Back in the fall, Shannon's daughter, GraciAnn had a birthday.  Shannon had mentioned that GraciAnn was really into doll clothes.  Well, I knew I didn't have time to sew some clothes nor did I want the headache and frustration that would cause me.  I like to sew, but I want the products that I make to be high quality.  Trying something for the first time would not be the quality that I like.  

Instead I went the route that I knew I could accomplish.  I got on the internet and found a crochet doll dress pattern.  
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Saturday, March 31, 2012

Tooth Fairy Pillow Tutorial

My oldest son is almost 6 years old and he has lost three baby teeth so far!  Right before Christmas he was working on his first tooth with all expectations of the tooth fairy delivering big time!

I had seen all kinds of tooth fairy pillows and I thought it was an excellent idea.  I also wanted to make it easier on the poor tooth fairy!  Let me show you what I came up with!

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Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Squash casserole

I belong to a wonderful produce co-op that allows me to get a laundry basket full of produce for $20.  It is the best $20 I spend!  Lately, I've had an abundance of yellow squash.  This isn't all bad as I can make one of my favorite dishes!  I hope you enjoy this recipe, I know my kids and husband sure have!

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Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Little Boy Booties

Recently, I made a pair of adorable little boy booties and a hat for a friend who was pregnant.  She has since had her sweet little man.  Yesterday, I got a picture of her son in the hat I made and the little booties.  Oh he is just precious!  I also love that he is sporting the items I made him.

Isn't he just a doll?
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Monday, March 19, 2012

Easter Recap

We just wanted to highlight some of the great Easter projects that we have completed over the last two years.  In case you might have missed one, you can find them all right here!

Hippity Hoppity Easter is on its way!

The Bunny stops here sign tutorial (Jill's favorite sign from Shannon!)

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