Thursday, November 29, 2012

Klebfest Craft Show in the Spring/Klein area

Kleb Intermediate School, Klein ISD

7425 Louetta Rd., Spring, TX, 77379

Saturday, December 1, 2012
10:00-4:00 pm

There will be inflatables, food (Chick-fil-a, frito pies, cotton candy, and more), photos with Santa, cake walk, and lots more fun!

I'm doing my second craft show ever this Saturday.  If you live in the area (Spring/Klein) northwest of Houston, Texas, and you like the stuff that I make, I recommend you come because I am selling them for a lot lower than I would on!  People haven't been going to the area craft fairs as much, and I think it's because of the economy.  So, I've reduced my prices a lot (just for the fair.)  Plus, not everyone is in the market for head jewelry.

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Simple Half Circle Skirt for Children

New Skirts
Simple Brown Skirt

A few months ago I did a tutorial on how to make a simple brown skirt.  I used the same method to make a couple more skirts for one of my daughters.  I did try something new- putting a 'bustle' type piece in the back.  I don't think I'll do it again with the same type of fabric, but it was a good learning experience.  Here are a few pictures of the process, but if you want more details on how to make it, please see my original tutorial on this blog here.

Brown skirt's method of measuring

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

The Best Homemade Pie Crust for Thanksgiving Easy

Here is the recipe for a pie crust that is the best I've ever had. Whenever I've made this and have seen people leave the crust as habit I feel that I have just experienced cooking blasphemy. This crust is light and flaky- not hard or crumbly!

The crust of the pie is half of the reason I even EAT the pie! Here is the link and website to the recipe shown below. (**By the way, you have to use Crisco brand shortening for it to work the best.) I would also recommend the Apple Pie recipe that I have- but first I need to find it. It is also the best apple pie I have ever tasted. It has lemon juice and fresh apples in it! Mmmm....

From PANTRY COOKING by Cheryl Driggs

1 cup flour
Heaping 1/4 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup shortening
2 tablespoons water

Stir together flour and salt. Cut in shortening until it is the size of small peas or smaller. With a fork, stir in the water 1 tablespoon at a time until well mixed. Using hands, gently squeeze the pastry together until it adheres in a ball. Flatten the ball on a sheet of waxed paper. Cover it with a second sheet of waxed paper and roll it out to the desired size. Peel off the top paper and turn the pastry and the bottom sheet of waxed paper over into a pie plate. Carefully peel off the paper. Push the pastry gently to fit in the pie plate. Trim edges to 1/2-inch from the pie plate edge and fold the pastry under so that the fold is flush with the pie plate edge. Crimp or flute edges. Fill and bake according to the pie recipe, or prick the bottom and sides with a fork and bake at 425o for 8 to 10 minutes. For a two-crust pie, double the recipe. Trim the bottom pastry to the plate edge. Trim the top pastry to 1/2-inch from the edge and fold it under the edge of the bottom pastry. Crimp or flute edges.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Handkerchief Shirt to a Princess Dress

I made another shirt from a pattern that my daughter really liked.  I posted it and a photo of the pattern before here.  I altered the pattern by simply adding length to turn it into a bright pink princess dress for my younger daughter.  It's a very easy pattern if you have experience sewing.  The skirt is a full circle, perfect for twirling!  I originally bought the purple and yellow patterned fabric for nursing shawls, but it was also perfect for a shirt in hot summer weather.