Banner, Tutorials, Uncategorized, Valentines

Heart Banner 

I LOVE felt……fitting for Valentine’s Day. For this banner I bought several different colors of felt.  I took a marker and drew hearts on the fabric of different sizes but similar.  I then doubled the fabric over (so I could cut two hearts out at once) and cut them out by hand.   After I had them all cut,  I took them to my sewing machine.  Placing one heart after another,  I sewed them together down the middle.   Creating a long line of hearts. 

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Spread the Love…

Valentines day is approaching. One quick decoration is my Holiday Kisses cup. 

Grab a white cup, bowl, or mug. You can get cups like this at Ikea.  Use a silhouette machine or some other vinyl cutting machine and cut your words out in red (or pink).  I like red because I also use this for Christmas!

Fill with the candy of your choice. Maybe….. chocolate kisses!

Happy Valentines Day!

Canning

Homemade Salsa

This was two batches!

This was the first time I have bottled salsa.  I gave a few of the bottles of my homemade salsa away and got great reviews!!!  Overall it was very easy. Thanks to my friend Brinda for the recipe.   A few tips when cutting up:

  1. If you have a food processor use it to chop up everything.
  2. To skin the tomatoes, boil in water for 1 minute, put in cool water and slip off skins.
  3. Once you chop up tomatoes, let them drain in a colander and save the the juice to make minestrone soup later. (I just froze it in a zip lock bag).
  4. I used a variety of tomatoes..you can use whatever ones are available.  I have been told that Romas have less juice.
  5. Always use a Stainless Steel Pot as aluminum will react with the tomatoes.
  6. When cutting jalapenos wear rubber or latex gloves (I double gloved with latex).  Don’t touch anything after cleaning and seeding the jalapenos as it will burn, especially face and eyes.
Okay now that we have the tips, here is the recipe:
20 lbs of tomatoes
28 anaheim peppers (no seeds)
7 jalapenos (1 or 2 with seeds, the rest no seeds)
4 red peppers
4 green peppers
2 huge yellow onions or 4 medium
Seasonings:
2 cups sugar
1 1/2 cups vinegar
1/2 cup lemon juice
1/2 cup salt
Put all your veggies into the pot, add seasonings.  Cook until boiling, but you can cook it as long as you want.  Put into pint jars and process 30 minutes.   I also used quart jars and processed for 45 minutes.  This is a pretty mild salsa.  If you like it hotter add more jalapenos and seeds.
This should make 24 pint jars or 12 quarts (I only got 8 quarts and 4 pints)
ENJOY!!
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Work at Home

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You teach English online to students in China.  You do need to have some schooling but a teaching degree is not required. It took me about two weeks to interview and train and I was off and teaching.  It was about 3 weeks to get a full week of classes booked.  Let me know if you need any more advice or tips with your interview or when you start teaching!! VIPKID

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Being Frugal, Painting, Tutorials

Painted Chandelier

 
I am following the trend and painting my chandelier.  Originally I was going to go with a basic color…silver or black.  I found this paint color (Jamaican Sea) and loved it.
 
Before 
 
After

 
 
Up close
 
 
I took all the crystal off and painted it using a craft sponge brush.
Let the paint dry and put back the crystal.
That simple!!
 
Check out some more fun Blue things, including this…just click here.

Being Frugal, Kids, Tutorials

Back To School Backpacks

 
 
 
 
Kids are already in school.  I remember as a child summers going so fast, it hasn’t changed as an adult.  I love that they are in school, but I miss them.
 
For Backpacks this year we went to DownEastHome
 
They have these great canvas backpacks and lunch boxes that are seconds only because a company has made a mistake on monogramming. 
 
 
 EASY FIX:
 
I took some scrap fabric and used my silhouette machine to cut out my kids names and initials.  You have to buy the fabric blade for this, but I love to use fabric so it was a no brainer when I bought it.
 
  1. Iron on interfacing.
  2. Cut out pattern with machine.
  3. Iron on fabric
  4. I hand stitched it to give a little extra strength.
  5. You’re done!