Archive for July, 2007

Well, we are off on the trip of a lifetime to adopt our second child. There won’t be any crafting time while traveling (I prefer reading over knitting when stuck on a fifteen hour flight). If you would like, you can follow along on our journey as I blog from China at To China for Maya. See you in a couple weeks!


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Each summer our neighborhood hosts a block party. The street is closed off to traffic and everyone participates in games like the good old fashioned egg toss and water balloon slingshot (last year we were able to clear four houses with that slingshot)! The party goes late into the evening with food, cold beer and one or two poker games on the side. Today is our block party and the weather is beautiful!

Each family is asked to bring one food dish with them. My contribution this year is this Strawberry Preztel Salad (recipe curtousy of Paula Dean). It is a sure-fire winner with adults and kids alike.

Strawberry Pretzel Squares

  • 2 cups crushed pretzels 
  • 3/4 cup melted butter
  • 3 tablespoons sugar, plus 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 (8 oz.) package of cream cheese, softened
  • 1 (8 oz.) container whipped topping (Cool Whip), defrosted
  • 2 (3 oz.) packages strawberry geletin dessert mix
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 2 (10 oz.) packages frozen halved strawberries
  • 1 (8 oz.) can crushed pineapple

Make sure to read through the directions. This recipe has to be made in steps.

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. For the crust, mix the pretzels, melted butter and 3 tablespoons of sugar. Press this mixture into a 9 by 13 inch pan and bake for 7 minutes. Set aside and allow to cool completely. Can be made 1 day ahead. Cover with plastic wrap and leave at room temperature overnight.
  2. In a mixing bowl, beat together the cream cheese and 3/4 cup sugar. Fold in the whipped topping and spread over the crust. Refrigerate until well chilled.
  3. In a small bowl, dissolve the gelatin in the boiling water and allow to cool slightly. Add the frozen strawberries and crushed pineapple and pour over the cream cheese mixture. Refrigerate until serving time.

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Beer Cap Earrings

First, check out this cool website Cut Out & Keep to find out how to make your very own Beer Cap Earrings as well as various other funky projects.

From this same site I followed a link to Tampon Crafts (I kid you not) where you can make, along with various other things, a Tampon Angel.  

Amigurumi!: Super Happy Crochet Cute

And if making crafts from feminine products isn’t your thing, then check out these beautiful amigurumi from Gourmet Amigurumi. I’ve crocheted a bit (I’m more of a knitter) but would just love to be able to make some of the cute dolls from this book.

So, have you guys found any fun or kooky craft stuff on the internet?

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I took advantage at our Freedom Festival parade this past Saturday to work on a little knitting project. I can’t actually tell you what the project is, since I will be mailing it out very soon to someone who reads this blog. Anyway, the weather was perfect (see all that blue sky) and the township parade turned out to be really fun. The 4th of July also holds another special meaning for me. On Wednesday it will be my 9th wedding anniversary! Hope you all have a happy and safe holiday!


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