Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Singin' and Sewin'

The fabric overfloweth.
After cleaning out my studio,
organizing hundreds of yards of fabric by color,
I came to a conclusion.
Time to destash!
A couple months ago I opened a second shop called
"Do Re Mi Fa SEW".It is full of appliques,
fabric packs, fleece packs,and smaller amounts of beautiful fabrics -
perfect for the DIY seamstress.
I just recently added some of my own original appliques.
You'll find skulls,
cupcakes, and more cupcakes.Of course I HAD to make one for my itty bitty,
my sweet little cupcake,
my little puffalump.
All I needed was my vivacious toddler,
a couple M&M's for bribing purposes,
and my camera.They will soon be available on tees with matching skirts in my clothing shop-
just in time for spring and summer.
Throw on a pair of sandals,
add a boutique hair bow,
and turn your little one loose.
I have added lots of Spring florals to my newly cleaned studio,
so keep an eye out for some yummy new
Averi Swing dresses in bright bold florals. Something NEW FOR SPRING-
matching hair deliciousness!
Happy Creating!

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Playing with the Angels

My heart is hurting.

This precious little one has touched so many people in her short little life.
Including myself.
I am sure that she is dancing with Papa Jesus, giggling and laughing, free of pain. Her wonderful Mama and Daddy have treasured every second with their precious baby girl. They have shown us amazing faith, even when they have crumbled.

My husband and I have been following her
and reading up on the condition that took her life early this morning, neuroblastoma.
We have been reading the family blog,
and checking in with twitter several times a day to see changes in her condition.
We rejoiced at her triumphs and cried with her setbacks.We have felt as though her Mommy and Daddy
have allowed their precious baby girl to teach us,
to remind us of what is important in this life.
She has reminded us how important it is to draw strength and love from our Father God-
even when we are angry and don't understand.
Even when it just is'nt fair.

We want to thank you, Marsh family, for sharing your lives with us.
Dear family, we are praying for your strength, for your peace, and for your beautiful daughters.
May God give you peace and rest in knowing that your baby girl changed our lives, changed hearts, and changed souls forever.

Enjoy playing with the Angels sweet Layla Grace.
11/26/2007 - 3/9/2010

Friday, March 5, 2010

Comfort Food -Potatoes and cheese style

I have always been one of those people that seek comfort and warmth in food.
Good food reminds me of family-
the warmth of being with my family as a little girl and smelling the wonderful scents coming from my grandmother's kitchen.
I am currently fighting with a bout of laryngitis-
sore throat, coughing, runny nose, and all the extras.
The thought of a warm creamy bowl of Loaded Baked Potato soup
is just what the doc ordered.I wish I could say that this soup is low calorie,
it's not.
It's not low fat, low cholesterol, or low carb.
It is rich and yummy and meant to be enjoyed-
savored under a blankie with a good book.
You'll need: 2 small cans of Chicken broth
(I use low sodium)
1 small can of cheddar cheese soup
4 cups water
2 cups milk
1 LARGE can of sliced potatoes
1 pouch of REAL bacon bits-
bacos just aren't the same (I use low-fat)
1 box instant mashed potatoes
(2 packets- experiment with different flavors-
sour cream and chives rock!)
fresh chives (optional)
1/2 bag of frozen chopped broccoli
(fresh if you are so inclined)
sour cream and cheddar cheese to top it offThis makes A LOT of soup, so start with your biggest stew pot.
Combine your chicken broth, cheddar cheese soup,
4 cups of water, and 2 cups of milk.
Bring to a boil.
Reduce to a simmer and slowly add your potato flakes.
It will act as a thickener.
Mix them in a little at a time until dissolved.
If it becomes too thick for your taste, simply add milk until you get the consistency you want.
Mix in the chopped broccoli, sliced potatoes, bacon, and chives.
Let it simmer until the smell fills up the whole house and has you slobbering in anticipation.
The longer it sits, the yummier it tastes.
Top with sour cream, shredded cheddar cheese, and bacon bits.
Let me know what you think,
because I am heading to the kitchen for a great big bowl right now!