Where did May go???...............

Hello! Are you busy winding up the school year or maybe your kids are already out? Summer weather seems to be in full swing which means LOTS of time in the yard and garden and everything including the weeds need tended too......I think we are caught up ......for today! ha!

Hopefully you are joining us in our Crafty Summer Series! The "fruits" of your labors are to be posted on June 3rd! There is still plenty of time to join us too! Click here for all the details. And it's open to all age ranges and abilities. Craft up something for adults, kids, easy or more complicated. Be sure to stop by and check out all the great ideas!

Do you twitter? I must say I really LOVE it! It's so fun to "meet" so many of you and share tidbits throughout the day. PLUS it's a wonderful source to find out about great giveaways, tutorials and other great opportunities out there for all. Speaking of twitter and giveaways, I just came across THIS. It's an amazing giveaway from Lewa's Designs and everyone can WIN! what??? YES everyone can win something!!! 

and just because I don't like to blog without a photo or two here is a latest snapshot of my little dude. He is almost 7 months now and takes up the majority of my day.........and night! ;) Make it a good weekend! 

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Teacher gifts.......

There are a smattering of great ideas out there in blogging land! Don't you love how the internet and the "world wide web" has completely changed the crafting scene? It's wonderful to be able to share so many creative ideas with people all over the world!

I came across this idea and knew that is was the one I wanted to craft up this year for our end of the year teacher gifts. No need to re-invent the wheel when a great idea is staring you in the face! :) 

We made Chalkboard plates this year! They show you all the "steps" in their tutorial! It couldn't be easier! My little guy them wrote on them for each of this preschool teachers. This one says "Thank you Miss Des - AJ" in case you couldn't figure it out. ;) I thought it would mean more to them to have him write on it then me. 

Then of course they got packaged up in these oh so stylish fabric gift boxes from Hullaballo done up in Sandi Hendersons fabric! 

This is was very easy and quick to whip up yet packs a big punch! and it stylish and useful for the teacher! gotta love that and I am sure they do too!! If you craft some up, let me know! Make it great day! xo- Meg

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Crafty Summer Series - challenge #1 Tshirts...............

Calling all Crafty peeps, bloggers and Tweeps! Issuing our first "challenge" today 


What can do you with a T-shirt? Embellish it, cut it, paint it, bleach it, re-purpose it, etc. 
It's all up to you! Your "projects" can be simple and quick or advanced. We have crafters of all skill levels, age and interest! Create a project for Adults, kids or everyone! 

Now that I've got your head buzzing with ideas or staring blankly at the computer screen, here are a few guidelines:

1. You have until June 3rd (about 2 weeks) to complete your project.

2. Be sure to take pictures along the way and think about how to present your idea as a "tutorial" so everyone who stops by will be able to create the project themselves!

3. On June 3th, (wednesday) Post your idea/project/tutorial. Then come back HERE - theBrassyApple blog - and use Mr. Linky to show off what you've done! 
(psst! working on a giveaway too for everyone.....) and if Wednesday isn't the perfect day to post, you will be able to post your ideas for a couple of days, so don't worry!

4. Already have a project/pictures ready to share? Don't reinvent the wheel! Just re-post or re-share those ideas with us on the posting date.

4. Want to spread the word? Snag a small banner for your blog!

The more that "play" the more ideas and fun we will have! No idea is too little! questions? Post them in the comments please. Someone else may have the same one as you! 

Happy Crafting!!!! Let's get started!!.............

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A summer series? Do you want to play??.......

I love tutorials and getting great new ideas - simple even - from all the wonderful bloggers out there - YES! I am talking to you! :) 

So I was thinking about doing a Series of "tutorials" or "how-tos" this summer to engage my own kids and spark some creativity and get some new ideas in return. But it would be a group effort from all of you!

I wondered if I picked a subject, posted the idea and then gave everyone 10-15 days to create their their own take on the project. Then, on a specific day everyone could post their results and a few how to steps and we could all link up here with Mr. Linky. 

What do you think? Any interest in playing?  

Make it simple on yourself - share pictures, a few steps if necessary or dud up your post if you'd like! 

Sound like fun? Post a comment and let me know if you are IN or even interested! AND if you have an idea you'd like to see done! I have a list of ideas but like I said, this will be a group effort! :)

Ok crafters! Let's play this summer! 

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First quilt......

Here is the finished very small and tiny quilt. It started out as just some left over pieces in a bag from Sandi and screamed out "baby quilt" to me. Having never pieced something that before in my life I was a bit hesitant but that only lasted about 2 seconds before I jumped in!  I'm sure it's wasn't created or finished off the way a seasoned quilter would do it but I was winging it here and having alot of fun! 

Of course a quilt from me wouldn't be complete without a little Shaggy mosaic detailing! The baby wouldn't expect anything less! *snicker*

Some fun patchwork of patterns and colors and stitching details....

Keeping with the theme of using Sandi's fabrics, I chose two prints for the back of the quilt

and what better way to gift the quilt than in a matching fabric gift box - again from the talented Sandi and the people at Hullabaloo

The verdict? The expecting mommy loves it! I am sure that even though the quilt is far from perfect my new little neice will still love it!

So I did it! I created a pieced quilt! and if I can do - so can you! Try something new and let me know how it goes. xo-Meg

and thanks Sandi for all the inspiration - mwah!

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A chocolatey review of Lucy Apron ebook

If you are blog hopping around this weekend head over to Chocolate Fingerprints and check out her review of my Lucy Apron Ebook!

She crafted up a pretty cute apron herself and gives an honest review of what she thought! PLUS.....you can win the Lucy ebook pattern by following her giveaway guidelines!!! 

Make is great weekend! xo- Meg

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Summer Salsa and Pink Grapefruit....it's not food!

I told you it wasn't food! But definately inspired by food. My newest aprons simply named themselves! Fresh reds, green and some spicey prints and patterns and it just screamed Summer Salsa to me! 

Then on the flip side we have a feminine, soft yet fresh looking apron style/design. Adding a small ruffle of pink tulle and a rounded hemline and I couldn't get Pink Grapefruit out of the head. 

Maybe I was hungry when I was sewing???? or maybe I had recipes on the brain still...... *snicker* ...no matter why my latest apron designs ended up being named after foods, there they are and ready to be shipped out to you! 

I've had several requests for more full style aprons - hence my new design - pink grapefruit. Hopefully more full designs to come! .......Oh and of course both aprons are reverisble so take a peek to see what the other side looks like! 

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Contrast and creativity......personal touches

I think everyone gets the "bug" to spruce up their home with something fresh as the Spring/Summer season rolls around. I certainly do!! I have been wanting to re-do a few rooms in my house so I loved reading this latest post on the 30days blog where she talks about adding personal touches to your home.

I thought I would share a few quick snapshots I took at my moms house the other day. I have always loved the punch of black the storage cabinets at the end her hallway make. When they bought the house they were just natural stained wood. A simple coat of black paint and updated hardware adds personality and interest. (Notice the nice black window frame on the wall too? Like daughter like mother! ) Plus I have always loved the natural round wreath hung about the cabinets. And oh yeah - I have one of those too! *snicker*

Another fun creative personal touch is her "drawer". She took an old drawer and hung it on the wall to help showcase these very old kitchen tools which were my great grandmothers. And because the best part of the funky old drawer is the drawer front - she pulled it and attached it so it can be seen and showcased as well! Good job MOM! Doesn't seem to take much to add a little personal touch of your own to you home! Have any you want to share? let me know.....

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The countdown......

I don't know about you but our family is really looking forward to summer!!! I can't wait for the kids to be out of school and to have an open and free schedule. Plus I hope that the warm weather will finally arrive! We've had a really long winter and a very chilly Spring around here. 

I've got lots of plans, hopes and wishes for this Summer - we'll see how it actually all turns out. *snicker* We recently made a paper chain to help countdown the days to my sons 5th birthday and we thought it might be fun to do the same for the end of school too. It was quick and easy to put together. It's nothing fancy but makes a great craft project to do together!!

Gather some colorful paper

I used stars for our destinations points - one for each - preschool graduation and elementary school's last day.

Layered several papers together and cut thin strips

Count the number of days left and cut enough papers

Start making your chain! We used staples and had about 30 links on our chain. Preschool gets out earlier than elementary so I cut a smaller star and stapled it to the link when my little guy would have his last day of preschool.Then the larger star went at the top. It was pretty long so we hung it next to the fridge and waaaaay up high. Each morning they take turns pulling a link off and watch it get shorter and shorter. Have fun crafting one up yourself! 

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So I have made a little bit more progress on my little quilt but not much. Do you ever have so many ideas/projects - there just isn't enough room in your head let alone time to do them all? That's how I have felt these past few weeks. 

Trying to piece together what is left of my computer and files after the "big crash" and re-evaluating where I wanted to go from there.... not very much fun. *sigh* But I would hate to part with my creative/blogging/tweeting/sewing/designing side of me - so here I sit. :)

Thank you for the great response to my  Lucy Apron ebook! I would love to see morepictures of how you crafted "her" up! Please send pics my way or better yet - upload and share for all to see in the Brassy Apple flickr group!  FlossieBlossoms on flickr has uploaded and shared hers! thank you thank you!!

The Lucy Apron ebook is also available on the Youcanmakethis.com site AND she has been debuted on the NEW YoucanQUILTthis.com site! woohoo!!! Hopefully more to come from me on the YoucanQUILTthis site - only time shall tell................

Speaking of those sites - if you happened to have purchased my Lucy ebook from one of those in the past month - there was a small glitch with the CASING piece. If you have crafted it up and it didn't quite "work" please send me an email and I will get you the correct pattern piece. Sorry! I'm only human... please forgive :) It happened in the transfer and uploading process.......

Ok - more to come! Better get busy! I am soooo trying to not be so few and far between posting!!! mwah! xo- Meg

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In pieces.......

After all the computer chaos and headaches this last 2 weeks I decided to step away and focus on something else. I snatched up the bag of extra fabric pieces I received from Sandi last week and started playing. I can't remember the last time I just created something with fabric for fun and for no reason at all. It was the exact type of "therapy" I needed that day. 

In 30 short minutes I took this bag and created this small pieced "quilt".

Never having done any type of "piecing" or quilting this way I was very impressed with myself. *snicker* I think I have a bit of the quilting bug now. I simply adore how it has turned out so far. The big challenge now will be finishing it - LOL! It's small, so I'm thinking it will be just perfect as a bassinet/cradle blanket for my sister's baby coming later this year. :)  

So what projects have you been doing? 

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SO I haven't really been MIA - I did post a few things about cooking and recipe searching, etc.....but where did all my creative ideas go? Well..................a computer mishap early last week left me stripped to the bare bones of all my files. ACK! It's been a long and very hard week sifting through what is left and trying desperately to recover some really important documents. I have a new tutorial ready to go up and also a free ebook which have now been "laid to rest" and will have to be completely re-invented and started over from stratch. Drafts of patterns, ebooks, etc and other projects - some months in the making have vanished too......I apologize for my absense. I've been a bit sick to my stomach trying to re-group and re-invent certain documents. It's a looooong hard and trying process. But if you follow me on Twitter then you are already well informed of the whole event. *sigh*

So what can I share that is still around????? I was lucky enough to win a giveaway from Sandi and recieved the most wonderful box of yumminess from her! Beautiful, bright new gift products from Hullabaloo done up with Sandi fabrics and designs! She also sent along a scrap bag of fabrics which has been itching to try at my hand at pieceing together a small quilt or wall hanging for an upcoming little baby girl. :) 

I do have more aprons coming and more tutorials - I promise! Until then - back to rummaging through the remains of my computer - sniff, sniff - and alittle emotional therapy with my new pal - ice cream.  *snicker*

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Is this a cooking blog????,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

*snicker* - the answer is no, but I do want to share a few more recipes if you will endulge me. :) 

I have been trying to get back in the habit of planning out a couple of weeks worth of menus and then doing my grocery shopping - been feeling in a bit of a recipe "slump" and would love to infuse some new easy, family friendly meals. Enter the Nanny Goat blog - and just in time! I stumbled across their blog right when they are having a recipe swap! How perfect is that???? They posted some of their favorites and then others link up and post some of the favorite recipes too! 

So to help un-slump my recipe box I am hopping on the band wagon! Here goes!

Mexican Beef and Bean

1 lb ground beef
1/2 c. chopped onion
1 clove garlic minced
1 can corn (drained)
1 can pinto beans or red beans (drained)
1 can condensed cheddar cheese soup
1 8 oz tomato sauce
1/2 c. water
1 4oz. chopped green chili peppers (drained) - I usually leave these out b/c my kids don't like them
1/2 cup olives (sliced)
1 tsp. chili powder
1/2 tsp. ground cumin

Brown the hamb., onion and garlic. Combine the rest, heat through and serve over crushed tortilla chips. (optional - sour cream)
Sloppy Joes

Brown 1 lb. Hamburger with 1/4 c. chopped onion
Add: 1 can Tomato Soup
2-4 T. Sweet Pickle Relish
1 T. Brown Sugar
1 T. Vinegar
1 T. Worchestire Sauce

Serve on Buns
Chili Bake and Cornbread

1 1/2 lbs Ground Beef
1 pkg. Taco Seasoning
1/2 c. water
1 can corn, drained
1 can (8 oz) tomato sauce
1/3 c. shredded cheddar cheese

Brown meat, drain. Stir in Taco Seasoning, water, corn and tomato sauce. Pour into a 2 qt. casserole dish. ( I sometimes like to stir in a can of chili or an extra can of beans)

Bake uncovered at 350 degrees for 20 min. 
Yummy Cornbread (moist and cake like)

2 c. Buttermilk Baking Mix (like Bisquick)
6 TB. Cormeal
1 c. sugar
mix above ingredients

Beat 2 eggs with 1 cup milk. Add 1/2 cup melted butter. Mix wet and dry ingredients. 

Bake in a greased 9x13 at 350 for 20-25 mins.
I bake the chili and cornbread at the same time. Serve the chili over a square of cornbread in a bowl. Top with sour cream (optional)

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