Thursday, April 30, 2015

Where To Find Me

I'm currently quilting away at melsquiltingroom.blogspot.com come find me there to find out what I'm sewing up!

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Gluten Free Hasbrown Casserole

Hashbrown casserole is one of my favorite foods.  When we had to go gluten free I was crushed that I wouldn't be able to have it at home anymore.  It's not that it's healthy, it's comfort food.  Creamy, cheesey, and makes you feel warm inside.  It took me a bit to figure out how to recreate it and make it taste right but I've got it now.  It's almost as easy as the real deal since we'll take a few shortcuts along the way.

Remember to always double check your ingredients.  The brands I recommend are gluten free at the time of the writing but they may not be at the time you make the recipe.


Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Craftsy Free eGuides

This post contains affiliate links.  By clicking on one of the links I will be monetarily compensated. 

Craftsy has introduced eGuides and for a limited time they are FREE!!  FREE!!  FREE!!!  Can you tell I'm excited about that?  If you don't have a Craftsy account it's free and easy to use.  They currently offering seven of their eGuides for free that I think you all would be interested in.  So what are they?

Photography - Understand Exposure
Paper Crafting - 6+ Stash Busting Projects
Woodworking - Woodturning Basics
Gardening - Success with container gardening
Painting - Beginners guide to watercolors
Drawing - Drawing a human face
Cake Decorating - Not So Basic Buttercream Decorating

They have kinds of eGuides now.  So be sure to check out the rest of them too.  Like this one.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Easy Gluten Free Bread Machine Bread

As with any recipe on this blog please double check that the ingredients you use are gluten free.  Formulation change and what I suggested at the time of writing may no longer be gluten free.

Bread is tough to make.  Gluten free bread is even tougher to make.  With the help of  bread machine, something I swore I'd never own, it's a little bit easier.  You don't even need one of the expensive machines that have a gluten free setting for this one.  You can do it in a normal 2 lb bread machine. There are lots of gluten free recipes out there for bread but known fit what we were looking for.  This one even looks like wheat bread.



Thursday, February 12, 2015

Jamberry Nail Wrap Cold Applicator

A year ago I bought three sets of Jamberry nail wraps.  This fall I attended a party where the host shared the "cold" method.  This past weekend I finally put my first set of wraps on my nails.  Don't judge, I did finally use them.  To use the cold method though I needed to make the applicator.  It was super easy to do though.  You can knock one of these out in under 30 minutes, probably closer to 15 minutes.



Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Copycat Taco Bell Cantina Bowl - Gluten Free

Some days I just crave fast food.  I know it's not good for me but it's what I want.  The good thing the nearest fast food restaurant is 20 miles away.  So what does one do?  They recreate it at home!  The best  part is I get to control what goes in and I can make sure there's no cross contamination so it's safe for my hubby to eat.



Thursday, October 9, 2014

My Pixelated Quilt - A Labor of Love

About a year ago I took my first class on Craftsy.  It was a free class, I wasn't going to fork over money when I didn't know if I would like the classes.  It wasn't until a few months ago that I finally put that class to use.

My finished quilt at Shimmy 4 the Cure

The class is classed Pictures to Pixels, you'll need a Craftsy account but they are free.  The class was great!  My mind whirled and I finally realized what I wanted to make.  I would take one of my belly dance photos and turn it into a quilt.  I would then donate it to the annual breast cancer fundraiser to be raffled off.  

So let's talk about how to make one of these.  The first thing you really need to is take the class.  It's free and she gives you all of the info on how chart your quilt and how to figure how much fabric you need.  Follow her directions for picking a picture, this one was a little more involved than I would suggest doing.  Also the fact she has formulas for you to figure your yardage is a life saver.

My original photo

Now some things I learned from doing this.  When you start to group all of one color together so you don't have to cut a bunch of little squares be mindful of where your seams will go.  I didn't do this and ended up having to do some creative sewing.  I attempted to make as many big pieces as possible to save time sewing and fabric.  It's not worth it.  Take the time to set it up so you have easy seams to sew.  Next is how to cut your fabric, I had to rebuy three fabrics because I goofed.  You don't cut the fabric by cutting a strip off and then cutting that strip up.  What I ended up doing was graphing my cuts out.  I just took a piece of graph paper drew a rectangle the size of my fabric and drew each piece I would need.  You end up with very little fabric waste.  The big thing I learned, bigger isn't better.  This was an overwhelming project that took far longer than I ever imagined.  I was working on this on the way to the event.  I figured two weeks at most, not two months.

Now why did I do this?  One it was super creative and it also required lots of math.  I got to engage both sides of my brain and that makes me happy.  The main reason though was my mom.  She died from breast cancer.  She also made quilts for a living.  I couldn't think of a better way to pay tribute to two very important people.  My mother who instilled my love of all things creative and the woman in the photo.  This woman works tirelessly to raise money for breast cancer.  She lost her sister and like me is determined no one else ever feels our pain.  

Links are affiliate links.  Clicking on them does toss a few pennies my way.  If you would like to donate to help end breast cancer and support those fighting you can donate here http://fundly.com/shimmy-4-the-cure if you would like to purchase an item of clothing from the event you may do so here http://irietribal.storenvy.com/collections/847450-shimmy-4-the-cure-2014 all proceeds go to The American Cancer Society for breast cancer research and support.

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