Recipe for Summer Salad with Turkey, Noodles and Pineapple

This recipe is an old one, but a favourite still. I found it in one of those little books you pick up at the grocery check outyears and years ago. I’ve since lost the book, so this is from memory and quantities are approximate…. but you really can’t make a mistake anywhere 😀

  
Salad ingredients 

  •  2 cups cold cubed turkey
  • 3 cups cooked pasta… any shape you like….. I used bow ties today
  • 4 chopped green onions
  • 2 chopped celery stalks
  • 1 cup pineapple chunks (reserve 2 tablespoons of juice)
  • 1 can mandarin oranges (drained)
  • A couple handfuls of walnut halves

Dressing

  • 1 cup  or so Mayonnaise 
  • 1/2 cup or so sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons of pineapple juice
  • Salt and pepper

Toss it all together. Serve very cold on a very hot day and everyone will love you!

I think you could even leave out the turkey and your vegetarian friends would be happy too🍴

A little book cover

I’ve come to realize that paper and pencils still have great value in my life, and no more so than for my sewing plans and orders.

For the past year or so I’ve  been using a notebook I found somewhere… Plastic lime green cover… and every time so looked at it  I cringed.

So finally, I put together this little cover made from selvedges I’ve been collecting for ages.

It’s my first project made from these little bits and I love it! It’s lined with fusible fleece to give it body.  Cringing is over! 😀 Let the note-taking begin in style! 

   
    
 

Late. Late. I am so late

I have been so completely remiss in posting here; not certain why but I will blame my old and so slow Mac. And yes, I have other devices, like my beautiful iPhone 6+ that I am using in this moment but it’s not the same as the giant screen and my installed Photoshop

But this will have to do.

The other reason for my neglect here is quite simply that my most favourite toy is my fancy sewing machine and with it the creation of fun objects. Sometimes I head over to one of my computer-type devices but find my body veering in the direction of my sewing area instead. I am hopeless. My hands are a terrible mess and I would prove this with s photo but this would have you running screaming into the woods, so I won’t.

There is some travel I am doing this spring so will be away from all my toys for many days…. Perhaps I will feel like posting then? This remains to be seen.😄

Hooray! I’ve discovered the ever so easy to use WordPress app for my iPhone so  no excuses now



I’ve even added a new page for totes since the old ones were getting buried on the Bags page

Check it out the Personalized Totes page in the Bags section

But meanwhile, gaze upon this sweet guy made from a pattern from While She Naps, Ferdinand the frog. In this pic he is celebrating his birth. And why not? He is adorable, I think.

The guy up above? We are not sure who he is. If you recognize him, do let me know.



A special pillow

Those who know me are aware I had surgery this year to fix a tendon tear in my shoulder.

I had a wonderful doc and an awesome PT….. Lisa McClusky.  This in no way diminishes my wonderful massage therapist, Stephanie Kruuk who got me through the past several years!

As a thank you to Lisa, I made her this rather giant pillow …a take-off from her business card. It’s pouffy, puffy and blue and I so enjoyed making it for her. It’s all cotton, but for the appliqué which is cut from felt to give somewhat of a 3-D effect.

Here is it for  you to see.

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Lisa McClusky S.P.O.R.T..S.   PT

Lisa McClusky
S.P.O.R.T..S. PT

Market Bag Tutorial

This looks like a great idea for boxed corners! I’ll try it!

Mom's Sewing Room

Here is a tutorial for the market bags that I made.  It is not an original pattern; I copied it from a bag that I saw in a store.  The only thing special about it is the way the square bottom is made.  The measurements given are for a nice-sized grocery bag, but it could easily be adjusted to other sizes.  I think it would make a great lunch sack in a smaller size.  Maybe I’ll make some for back-to-school in the fall.

Fabric requirements:  1/2 yd of a medium to heavy weight fabric like twill or denim


Fold in half with wrong sides together.  Cut three inches off of the selvage edge (not the fold).

Measure 2 inches from the folded edge.

Fold the upper half of the fabric along the 2 inch line.  I do this at the ironing board.  Place ruler along the fold, fold the fabric…

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This is fun; to see my things on another site

I had a notice earlier this month that something I had made would be featured on Embroidery Library’s showcase and low and behold, I checked and there it was! I did have fun making these pillows. See the post here. Embroidery library is a great site for machine embroidery designs; I have purchased many over the years and can attest to their extensive collection, reasonable prices and  quality stitch-outs. Thanks for the showcase, EL!

special pillow for my dear friend Jell

special pillow for my dear friend Jell

Taylor pillow with design from EL

Taylor pillow with design from EL

Shark Attack

Well it’s been awhile and with lots of good reasons,  but suffice it to say life has been full lately. Finally some down time today and a chance to dig out the fleece and create something fun for a special little guy who is turning 5. He already has a grey one but this fellow (pattern from Abby Glassenberg) is bigger and better and bluer and comes with its own lunch!

Happy birthday dear Tom!

A beautiful  blue shark with his lunch swimming nearby

A beautiful blue shark with his lunch swimming nearby

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A big shark and dome little fishied

A big shark and some little fishies

Down by the sea again: I can’t help myself… I love the mermaids! And they have some new friends.

I can’t wait to give these to some special friends… so please keep things quiet!! Check out the shiny seahores and fishes… more on that later. The Fish, you see, may become shark food down the road. Ouch for the fish.

 

 

 

Mermaids in the making

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And all in a row, ready for the pool

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Shiny, happy Sea horses

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imageJust hanging out in their basket, waiting for the right conditions.

 

 

What does the fox say?

For a few days now, this song has been reverberating in my head. My daughter first showed this to me last year and I didn’t quite “get it” then, but I do now. It’s catchy. Have a listen and a look at the youtube video and you will see why. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jofNR_WkoCE  But be careful! You won’t get this out of your head for a lonnnnng time.

I wanted to make a few foxes for gifts at Christmas and found Stitched by Crystal’s  pattern to be fun and easy.

3 created and another on the operating table, so far.

foxes Stay tuned for the addition of their relatives. And scarves.

Today, the small red fox, named Barrie, (after his home town) went to live with my mom in Haliburton. There are other foxes there nearby, so he won’t be lonely.

And my friend Jenn, who has brilliant ideas, asked me to make a sleeping bag for her son’s toy and  voila, this was created! It looks pretty cozy. This is a keeper idea. Thanks Jenn. I call this bear Better, because when you have one, everything is just suddenly made better. His pattern is from While She Naps, the Charity Bear.

sleeping bag

 

Down by the sea

I must have a “thing” for the sea lately, as I have been leaning towards creatures of the sea and have had so much fun with patterns from Abby Glassenburg and others.

First the mermaids and the little fishes with patterns from at whileshenaps.com

Here are some pics, but shhhh, don’t tell anyone, as they are mostly Christmas gifts for young and not so young friends!

Banana and friends

Down by my own “sea” in my backyard, with my new friends

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And today I discovered the perfect friend to accompany these, a little seahorse from Lia’s Crafty Journey’s blog.

I used some minky I had left over from a baby blanket and created this little guy. I used safety eyes instead of felt. There will be many more of these to come.

Thanks Lia!

seahorse

Then along came a sweet friend: I made him out of a listening grey stretchy bit I had in my stash left over from who-knows-what and guess what?  I love him!  He looks like he has just jumped right out of the surf.

Shiny Seahorse

Shiny Seahorse

Then I wondered what would happened if I introduced them to one another. So far so good. They are observant, anyway.

Talking sea horses

Sea horses meeting for the first time