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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Wake Up Wednesday Linky Party #12 and Giveaway



               Welcome to the 12th week of 

 Wake Up Wednesday "Linky" 

27 Blogs  -  1 Party
and  
 Giveaway

We are so excited to have you all party with us.
Thank you so much to all those who participate in our party.
Last week we had  308 awesome linkups!   

 Wake Up and be happy, get excited and have fun with us! 
We want to be inspired, entertained, laugh and have a good time!

 The hop is hosted and posted on 27 different blogs

Your link will appear on the blogs of






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This weeks 
Featured Bloggers
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Featured Bloggers pinned each week. 



Easter Pavlova with Lemon Curd and Yoghurt | www.pinkrecipebox.com

Usually I’m not a fan of meringue (the base of the pavlova, in case you’re unfamiliar with this dessert) but meringue is the perfect thing to make a nest-shaped Easter dessert.

If you whip the egg whites up into the right consistency, you can pipe the meringue into a curly-swirly nest shape like I did. If you’re out of piping bags, you can always dollop the mixture onto the tray and then use a spoon to create the delicate swirls and nest shape.

Sally Hansen Limited Edition Palm Beach Jellies from "In the Makeup Aisle"
This collection consists of 6 sheer jelly polishes that really reminded of the OPI Sheer Tints. I swear every time OPI releases a different type of polish all the brands release there version of it. I don't think this is the last sheer jelly collection we will see this season.

DIY Easter Egg Garland | The Jenny Evolution
Don’t you just adore Easter and all of the sunny decorations that come with it? This DIY Easter Egg Garland is the perfect chance to introduce bright, cheerful colors back into your homes even while the weather outside is rainy and dreary. (Well, at least it is in Chicagoland!)


I have a craving for doughnuts that just won't go away.  And since I am truly incompetent at making fried doughnuts, the three or so
times I have made doughnuts have been in the oven. Although, I confess, I have
never actually ATTEMPTED to make fried doughnuts, I doubt that me and a pot of
hot oil are a good combination under any circumstance.


Optimize Your Blog Post for Pinterest in Eight Simple Steps!

Optimizing your blog for Pinterest has become almost a necessity for anybody that's serious about blogging.  I've picked up a few tips and tricks along the way that have really helped me get the best results from Pinterest.  I hope these help y'all too!

Sugar Shack from "The French Hutch"


This was a fun vignette to create, using the pink gingerbread travel trailer and  spring flowers I purchased to use in the gardens. Since it is much to wet to work in the flower beds, I arranged the flowers around the little trailer and snapped away. A fun way to spend a rainy Sunday afternoon.

Google-Plus-SEO 
I love Google+! I like it sooo much better than Facebook, mostly because it doesn’t have all the drama and personal issues that are posted all over FB, at least I haven’t seen it on G+. I also find it easier to use and more visually appealing than FB with more features, no games or requests for help building or upgrading their Post Office.

Anise Hyssop (an herb) is an excellent addition to your garden both for the herbal benefits and for attracting butterflies.  Pollinator such as the butterfly are very important for your garden and for balancing a sometimes delicate eco-system.

Transform a Dollar Store glass plate and candlestick into a beautiful gold glitter cake stand!



Now, let me tell you something about my house. If you read this blog regularly, you know I have 3 boys. Which means I don’t get to bust out my girly side all that often. My life is way more sports and dirt than princesses and glitter.

But today, my friends, I’m embracing the glitter. And gold. And all things sparkly.


How to Make Vanilla Extract from "LittleOwlCrunchyMomma"

Vanilla extract is one of those things that you should always have on hand in your kitchen. It just adds that little bit of flavor to so many homemade goods that just make them shine. I first learned how to make my own vanilla extract from Marillyn over at just-making-noise. I pinned her recipe a long time ago, and finally got around to trying it months later.

Small Armoire Makeover from "The Interior Frugalista"

Small Armoire Makeover from bedroom to dining room

My most recent project is a Small Armoire Makeover that I've had since the late 70's.  When we completed the Master Bedroom Closet Expansion we no longer needed it so I decided to give it a makeover. Now that it's finished, I think it's Too Pretty For A Bedroom Armoire!

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Travel Neck Pillows

Hello Everyone,

I made two travel neck pillows for E and me to travel to Germany. I fell in love with the red fleece and white polka dot fabric for Holly's coat. I decided it would be perfect for a travel neck pillow.
Red Fleece and White Polka Dot Travel Neck Pillow
E loves the NY Yankees (so do I) and he loves how comfortable the pillow is that he is using it while watching tv on the couch. 
NY Yankees Travel Neck Pillow
I will post a tutorial and simple pattern to make your own neck pillows in the next few days.

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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Wake Up Wednesday Linky Party #11 and Giveaway



               Welcome to the 11th week of 

 Wake Up Wednesday "Linky" 

25 Blogs  -  1 Party
 Giveaway


We are so excited to have you all party with us.
Thank you so much to all those who participate in our party.
Last week we had  317 awesome linkups!   

 Wake Up and be happy, get excited and have fun with us! 
We want to be inspired, entertained, laugh and have a good time!

 The hop is hosted and posted on 25 different blogs

Your link will appear on the blogs of







Interested in Co-Hosting Wake Up Wednesday?
Fill out this form and Angel will be in touch with you?

This weeks 
Featured Bloggers
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Featured Bloggers pinned each week. 


I have made cornbread and cornbread muffins in the oven before, but hadn't yet tried a yeasted one in the breadmaker.  I tweaked the recipe and came up with a delicious version.




Cacao vs. Cocoa: What's The Difference?, cacao Pods, cacao beans, theobroma, superfood,
How delicious is chocolate? Ummmmm it’s so delicious, but there’s also a lot of confusion about chocolate—what type to eat, how much, and what types to avoid.
So I decided it was time to get educated about all the new research on chocolate.



Hey there!!  Have you noticed
signs of Spring?  I sure
have! 
It seems that one
day it is frozen winter and the next Spring is just bursting around us.
  

Saturday evening I attended a really fun baby shower for a friend and fellow navy wife. Our husbands are on the same sub and work in the same division, and she's one of the few wives from the sub that I've actually gotten to know. Anyhoo, she is due to have her baby on March 18th, and she's having a girl. During our conversations I asked and listened for information about things she liked for the baby.  She mentioned ladybugs, chevrons, pink, gray, and she told me she wanted me to make a blanket. So I acted like I didn't feel up to making a blanket, but I really was making one, of course. Originally, I wanted to make a pink, gay, black, and white chevron blanket, but I didn't like the pattern I was using, so I went back to what I know, granny square.  So I made a 30 x 30 gray, pink, and white granny square blanket with a crochet ladybug applique.



Topped with a rich cream cheese frosting, this lovely cake will make you think of Spring. Beautifully simple with no extra add-ins: just carrots and nuts and a hint of cinnamon throughout moist, tender cake. Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting is a classic for any time of year, but is especially good for a special Easter dessert.




But this year we decided just to make our toffee because we wanted to enjoy our 2 toddler princesses running around in kitchen. Toffee is not too messy and it makes up fairly quickly into an amazing treat and we only had one pot going at once so we could switch off duties.  We even finished before my husband came home to take us out to dinner (the traditional ending of our day).  It was great!



Homestead Tips on Tuesday: Get to Know a Farmer, or Two, or Three from The (mis)adventures of a "Born Again" Farm Girl



The one thing homesteaders have in common, no matter how much land you live on, is that we are all trying to do more for ourselves. Our family for instance gardens, taps maple trees, cures meat, bakes and so on. But, because of where we live we can't raise large livestock. And for now, that's okay because we know people who can. We don't have an orchard in our yard, but we know where to go to get apples. You see, we have gotten to know farmers, lots of them! What we can't do here, we can partner with others to get done. If you have never been to a "FARM" you really should look for one, or two, or three to go visit. Visits to farms can be entertaining, educational, and think of the things you can eat!





Happy Spring, everyone!

Sharing these cookies I made to celebrate spring though she never shows up here on our side of the pond. It was still summer the last time I checked!


5 Days of Organization for Bloggers - checklists and ideas to keep every blogger organized

Are blogging tasks keeping you from getting things done?

With a few simple rules and checklists (and a timer!) you can finish more tasks in less time.


Giorgio Armani Blushing Fabric #1 
Translucent Strawberry from Beyond Blush
I've been trying out a lot of different cream blushes over the last month or so, and my latest obsession has been Giorgio Armani's Blushing Fabric in the shade #1 Translucent Strawberry* ($39/20 ml). This was my first time trying anything out from the brand, and I was really excited to do so! Read on to hear my full thoughts on this unique blush...

From I Wish to I Will from Cayla & Ashley

Here's a reminder: you have the ability to do amazing things with your life. Dream it, believe it, do it. Focus on what matters, and don't forget-- always wear your invisible crown.  

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Remember to Follow Your hostesses- the first 25 links and your Guest Hosts.  
  • 25 times the opportunity to make new bloggy friends and to share your wonderful blog and discover others too.

Link up your funny stories, DIY posts, crafts, decorating, fashion, makeup, health & fitness, recipes, mommy moments -- anything at all, as long as it is family-friendly.

Please visit some other bloggers and make some new friends and say hello to old friends..
  • Please leave me a comment , I love to hear from you.
  • Please Link to your post and not to your blog home page
  • I'd love for you to grab my party button for your blog party site but it's totally optional
  • Please No adult content blogs
  • Please do not add links to shops or selling websites (they will be deleted from the party)
  • Giveaways are always welcome.. Add your giveaways to Sew Crafty Angel's Pinterest Community Giveaway Board too.  
Adding your link to this blog hop gives Sew Crafty Angel permission to share your posts and pictures via social media and as features on Sew Crafty Angel And Co-Hosts.  Note- All features on Sew Crafty Angel And Co-Hosts will be linked back to the original source .Social media features are linked back to the linky party.
Angel



Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Edelweiss Backpack

Hello Everyone,



I had the pleasure of testing another pattern from Sara at Sew Sweetness. This beautiful back pack is called the Edelweiss Backpack and I love how it came out. This fabulous bag can be made as either a backpack or a cross-body bag. There are pretty flap pockets on the front, as well as both a zip closure and flap at the top of the bag and an inner zipper pocket. The finished size is: 15-1/2” long x 12” tall x 5” deep. 

When I heard the name of this backpack I couldn't wait to make it. I knew it was fate. We are posting to Germany in a few weeks and I thought this would be perfect for when we go sightseeing. I fell in love with this fabric that I got at Joann Fabric Store and thought it was perfect for this backpack. The pattern was easy to follow and is perfect for someone who is at an intermediate level. This is the first backpack I have ever madeI can't wait to use it!!




The pattern is available for purchase as a pdf file in Sara's pattern shop.

I am linking up with these wonderful partiesRemodelaholicMore the Merrier and TCB.


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