Handmade Monday: grandma's pillowcase

I have been a terrible blogger lately because life has been horribly hectic. My goal is to get a post or two up this week to bring my small, but oh so special, handful of readers up to speed. Until then, here's some of my embroidery since it's still Monday here in Oregon.

Pillowcase for Grandma:

Thanks for sticking with me! <3


Handmade Monday: seat belt covers

When we ventured over to the coast a few weekends ago ELA got horribly I-had-nightmares-about-it carsick. During the cleanup one of the seat belt covers that help ensure she's comfy while confined disappeared. After one failed attempt, and a handful of curse words, I made her some new ones.

seat belt covers: 

I forgot to take pictures of the inside, and I'm too lazy to go grab them, but they're white. Just in case you were curious. :)


I Heart This! my cat Alex

I don't really have a lot to post today, and not because I've been super lazy with this feature (which I totally have), but because I'm simply too sad. Yesterday I had to send my cat of almost 20 years off to a better place. Basically he was just old and deserved better than to be tortured with procedures in order for me to avoid the inevitable, but that certainly doesn't make it any easier. 

My cat Alex: 

Alexander Nicholas Bluepoint was a Himalayan that Santa Claus brought me when I was twelve. We lived in two states and 13 different houses together. I have cuddled him through every heartbreak I've ever had, and he was often where I'd turn when missing my father. He was the perfect heating pad and could say a handful of words including my name. Except for decorating every environment with a hairball, and shedding so much it looked as though he'd exploded, he was perfect. I heart this cat and will miss him so.

Perkier posts to come! <3


Handmade Monday: scotty dog

Last night I was working on a project that I had intended to use for today's post, but it took a very ugly turn and found itself relocated to my trashcan. I had planned to give it another go today (actually I still do), but it's just not going to be presentable in time. Fortunately I've taken pictures of past projects like this scotty dog. This little bag is pretty much the only thing I can sew right now.

Scotty dog/Zippered bag:

I currently have about a million little scraps of fabric cut for these bags and not very many people left to make them for. Oops. :)

Hope everyone has a good week!


I Heart This! Oregon Coast

Jeezy creezy. The universe does not want me to post this. First the power was out at La Casa de Anderson, then blogger was being all sorts of snarky, and now my internet is throwing a fit because of the lack of electricity. It's been a weird week. 

The hubs treated our little family (including my mom) to a weekend trip to the coast for Mother's Day. If you've never been you should put it on your bucket list. It's quite lovely. 

Oregon Coast:

Some fun stuff:

Our cute rental:

That's all I have for today. In the last 48 hours we've received some really exciting news and some not so fun news. Once I get all my thoughts organized I'll be back with bells on. ;) I hope everyone has a great weekend! Happy Friday! <3


Handmade Monday: Momma's Day Edition

A little over a decade ago I started making my momma gifts for Mother's Day, and the tradition has carried over into my own little family unit. Since the tot is only two the hubs has been doing the majority of the work thus far and she "helps". Here's what a received this year ...


Charms (& the back of the card):

It says, "I've got some mad photoshop skills."

Sorry this post is almost late. We just returned from our blissful little beach getaway (which I'll probably be blogging about later).<3


A Lovely Little Video

Even though my heart breaks a bit toward the end, I still think this video is quite pretty.

Tomorrow we're off on a little mini-break to the Oregon coast. This will be the first time ELA sees the ocean, and I'm super excited! I hope everyone has a great weekend, and Happy Mother's Day! See ya Monday! <3


I Heart This!

This week I'm going to be a little repetitive, a little informative, and a bit inappropriate. ;)


Tea accessories, infusers, and appliances! Oh my! If you like tea, you'll love this website. It has all sorts of delicious looking/sounding teas, swanky sweeteners, and oodles of other fun stuff. It's also overflowing with useful information. Suffering from allergies? Did you know there are teas that can help? You can learn all about them on the website (or perhaps in a store if you're lucky enough to live near one). I am loving this site. A BIG thanks to Megan from File Me Away for telling me about it. <3

P.S. Here's the link for the yellow submarine infuser for anyone who's interested.

Apple Crisp:

Over Easter weekend the hubs and I bought 10 pounds of apples for $5.00 at a local market. Then, because she's a toddler, ELA lost all interest in anything containing our abundant little fruit (even though she'd been inhaling them the week before). With apples up to our eyeballs I went searching for a way to make a decent sized dent in the pile. I don't bake pies, so I adjusted a crisp recipe instead.

  • 10 cups all-purpose apples, peeled, cored and sliced
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 cup quick-cooking oats
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degree C).
  2. Place the sliced apples in a 9x13 inch pan. Mix the white sugar, 1 tablespoon flour and ground cinnamon together, and sprinkle over apples. Pour water evenly over all.
  3. Combine the oats, 1 cup flour, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda and melted butter together. Crumble evenly over the apple mixture.
  4. Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for about 45 minutes. 
Tweaks I made/recommend:
  • Mixing apples with sugar mixture in a bowl before placing in pan.
  • Only using about 1/2 - 3/4 recommended sugar mixture and water.
  • Doubling topping so that you have plenty of crunchy goodness. You could even spread some along the bottom of the pan first. 
We ate ours with vanilla ice cream and it was super yummy. :P

Baby Trashes Bar in Las Palmas:

I know this is totally wrong, but sometimes things that are inappropriate are also hilarious. Just ask my husband who taught our darling daughter to "walk like a pimp" with the baton I snagged at a garage sale. ;) 

Hope this livens up your Thursday! 


Handmade Monday: owl apron

Happy Monday! I hope everyone had a decent weekend. Here in Oregon we had our first real dose of warm spring sunshine, so I spent it hitting garage sales, weeding, barbecuing, and getting a sunburn. :P

Today's project is actually one from quite a few months ago because my current one is taking for-ev-er and my workspace is too messy to start anything new. 

An owl apron:

This was a gift for my aunt's birthday last September, and is actually one of my first (if not the first) embroidery pieces. It was done on one of those horrible stiff aprons from the craft store because I was a naive little crafter in the beginning. I hadn't even considering learning to sew yet, and I didn't realize you can stitch on almost anything you can poke a needle through. Live and learn. :)

Sunshine is predicted for the at least the next five days, but I'll probably be hiding indoors nursing my tomato red neck. Perhaps I'll get organized and get some stuff made. What fun things do you have planned this week?