Wednesday, February 29, 2012

His Lamb I Am - Winners!!

Oh, my!  It is so exciting to announce the winners of my first giveaway! 

Thank you, His Lamb I Am!  What amazing bows!   



In no particular order, the two winners are: 

Winner #1.  Danni with Lamb Around

Winner #2.  Susan D with Crochet Addicts

Congratulations!

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Sky Vue Lodge, Back Porch of the Ozarks

'Just before sunrise... 



For our 26th anniversary, we stayed at Sky Vue Lodge.  This was the view from the deck of our cabin.



Located between Winslow and Mountainburg on Business 71, Sky Vue Lodge certainly deserves the name "Back Porch of the Ozarks".  Our charming cabin came with a picket fence and porch swing. 



Did I mention the view?  I took these photos while sitting in the swing.



Besides the view, we also loved the breakfasts!  Each morning, a hearty, delicious breakfast was served family style to all the guests.  The big table was filled with tasty treats and interesting conversation. 

It was a wonderful way to begin the day!

Thank you, Sky Vue Lodge !  We truly enjoyed our visit!








Sunday, February 26, 2012

Chubby Fashion Feature!

'Exciting bloggy news!  Chubby Fashionista has been featured at Pinkopotamus

Amie has such a wonderful blog.  Just the name makes me smile, but the joy doesn't end there.  Hop over and see all the delightful projects! 

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Watch Where You are Going #3

'Back from another adventure in Kansas City.  Yes, the camera travelled with me, but only one photo will make the blog. 


If you enjoy hearing about travels with my camera, click  HERE  or  THERE  or OVER HERE .

I love sharing my silly adventures with you!  Thank you for stopping by!  ;-)  -Marci  

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Chubby Fashionista Zebra Hat



I'm sorry for not posting this sooner.  'Not sure what happened.  Sending a special wink to Kim!  ;-)  *wink*  Thank you for the reminder! 

This is the hat tutorial that goes with the darling Chubby Fashionista Zebra Cape .  Isn't she cute!


The big, honkin' bow is my favorite part of the hat! 

 
Do you remember this book from the Chubby Fashionista Sweater Hat  tutorial?  I love this book!


Making Vintage Accessories by Emma Brennan is a wonderful book!!  There are patterns in the back for each project.  For adults, the patterns need to be copied at 200%, but for babies, the patterns are perfect the way they are!  Just trace and create!! 

Here is a picture of the Chubby Fashionista Sweater Hat ! 


So, using the fabulous book, I traced the pattern for "Iris" hat and followed the directions.  Here are pix on the model that holds still.



Yup!  I love it!  Here's one more photo of the super model! 



Thank you for stopping by and sharing our adventures in Chubby Fashion!

;-)  -Marci

Friday, February 17, 2012

'Need bows?

Don't forget to sign up for His Lamb I Am Bow Giveaway!  Click here for all the details!


Chubby Fashionista is always chic in His Lamb I Am bows!

Knit T-Shirts into Rugs

I subscribe to "Mary Jane's Farm" magazine and just love it.  If you are a farm girl (or a wannabe) check out Mary Jane's website here .


Mary Jane sends a "Project of the Week" email.  I copied and pasted this one for you.  (You know how I love re-inventing T-shirts.)  'Love the idea of cutting them into strips and knitting with them.  I bet a large crochet hook would work, too.  My favorite crochet pattern is Granny Squares.  How fun would it be to custom dye the T-shirts and then crochet or knit or macrame' them?  What do you think?   


Knit t-shirts into rugs, Pattern by Gail Neumann of Genesee, Idaho

Approximately 26″ x 19″
knit t-shirts into rugs

You’ll Need

  • Size 15 (10.0mm) 29″ circular knitting needles
  • 7 large t-shirts
  • OR
  • 90 1″ strips cut from 56″-58″ wide 100 percent cotton knit fabric

Directions

  1. If using t-shirts, cut shirts into 1″ bands widthwise through both layers with a rotary cutter. (Use hem, arms, and collar for stuffing your next pillow.) Cut circular bands apart at one end, making long, flat strips.
  2. Connect the 1″ strips together to create “yarn” by cutting a ½″ lengthwise opening in the end of each strip (like a buttonhole) and pulling the next strip through that opening-like putting two rubber bands together.
  3. Cast on 50 stitches. Knit as many rows as you like-the more you knit, the longer your rug. Cast off.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

My First Giveaway! His Lamb I Am

Make sure you get your name entered for His Lamb I Am bows!  They are darling!

Lemon Berry Friendship Bread

Another crazy experiment in Friendship Bread...  This one is tasty, too! 

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You might remember the Original Friendship Bread or the Chocolate, White Chocolate Chip .  Here are all the steps! 

Please note:
DO NOT use any type of metal spoon or bowl for mixing.
DO NOT refrigerate.
If air gets in the bag, let it out
It is normal for the batter to rise and ferment
________Day 1- Do Nothing
________Day 2– Mash the Bag
________Day 3– Mash the Bag
________Day 4– Mash the Bag
________Day 5– Mash the Bag
________Day 6– Add to the Bag: 1 cup flour, 1 cup sugar and 1 cup milk, Mash the Bag
________Day 7– Mash the Bag
________Day 8– Mash the Bag
________Day 9– Mash the Bag
________Day 10– FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS BELOW:

1. Pour entire contents of the bag into a non-metal bowl. ADD 1½ cups sugar and 1½ cups milk.
2. Measure out 4 separate batters of 1 cup each into a 1 gallon Ziplock Bags. Keep a starter for yourself and give away 3 others to friends along with a copy of this recipe (Note: you will be baking every 10 days if you keep a starter. ) The bread is very good and makes a great gift. Only the Amish know how to create a starter, so if you give all of yours away, you will have to wait until someone gives you one back. Should this recipe not be passed to a friend on the first day, be sure to date the bag, and be sure to let them know what day the bag is on.
Baking Instructions:
1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

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2. To Remaining Batter add the following:

 3 eggs
 1 cup butterl (or ½ cup oil and ½ cup applesauce)
 ½ cup milk
 2 cups flour
 1½ tsp baking power
 ½ tsp of each: vanilla, baking soda and salt
 1 large box of instant lemon pudding
 zest from 1 lemon, juice from 1/2 lemon
 1 bag frozen mixed berries
3. Grease 2 loaf pans or one 9 x 13 cake pan
4. Pour the batter evenly into the pan(s).  Bake for 1 hour, cool until bread loosens from the sides.
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Glaze!  (See recipe below for Lemon Glaze) 

Enjoy!

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Lemon Glaze

Juice from 1/2 lemon
1 Tablespoons butter
1 Cup Powdered Sugar
Melt butter in small sauce pan.  Add lemon juice.  Add powdered sugar.  Stir until blended.  Depending on desired consistency, you may want to add a little more or a little less powdered sugar.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

'Got Bows?

His Lamb I am Giveaway!
  

FREE BOWS!

Happy dancing!  Happy dancing!


Chubby Fashionista and all her chic friends know the cutest bows come from His Lamb I Am!




How do you enter to win?

For One Entry

1.  "Like" His Lamb I Am on Facebook
2.  Follow Stone Cottage Adventures
 


I know what you are thinking.  "The bows are so stinkin' cute!  How do I double my chances to win?"

For One More Entry

1.  Leave a comment on His Lamb I Am Facebook page referring to the give away
2.  Leave a comment on Stone Cottage Adventures referring to the give away


OK.  OK.  Here's how you get a third entry into the drawing! 

For Another Entry

1.  Link this His Lamb I Am giveaway post to your facebook page or blog!
2.  Make sure to tell us about the link up!

Oh, and get this!  There will be two winners!  (squeal!)  The two winners will be announced two weeks from today. 

'Don't know which bows His Lamb I Am will be sending, but I do know each bow will be amazing! 

Stop Happy Dancing and Start Entering! 


 


Chubby Fashionista Zebra Cape

Can a fashionista have too many capes?  I think not.  A nice thing about capes is being able to bundle your sweetheart without tugging on their little arms.     


It all began with a simple zebra cape.  I used Simplicity 4434 for the pattern. 

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Being a bigger fan of hats than hoods, I added a snuggly collar to tie.  (Not sure what happened to these two pix.  'Sorry for the wierd, grainy whatever it is.)  

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Measuring around the bottom of the cape, I added an eight inch purple band that was slightly ruffled.  Long capes are nice for snuggling chubby legs!   

Here’s the completed cape on the more cooperative model!    




Super cute, huh?  Yes!  A hat tutorial will follow!
 

Cold weather?  No worries!  We are ready for adventures! 



Thanks for stopping by and sharing our joy!  ;-)  -Marci

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Woo Pig Sooie!!

If you're not from Arkansas, the phrase "Woo Pig Sooie" may seem odd to you.  Well, it's how we call our beloved Razorbacks at any University of Arkansas event! 

Check out this wreath Michelle made for me!!  I know Elaine will want one! 



Don't you love it?!



(Elaine is probably calling Michelle right now!)  I have this wreath hanging right in front of my desk at work.  It just makes me want to call the HOGS! 



WOOOOOOO Pig Sooie!  WOOOOOOO Pig Sooie!  WOOOOOOO Pig Sooie!  RAZORBACKS! 

And the crowd goes wild! 

;-)  -Marci 

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Love is…

My First Boyfriend and My Last Boyfriend. 


Handsome Husband and I will celebrate our 26th Wedding Anniversary this year.  Looking through our wedding photos, I found myself staring at my favorite picture from the day.  It’s a photo of my father with my husband.  My First Boyfriend and My Last Boyfriend. 

You know how it goes.  An idea was born.  The center of the idea is paying tribute to the two men who have loved me the most.

As usual, a trip to Hobby Lobby was in order, where frames were on sale.  I found a black frame with white matte that would hold three 5 by 7 pix.  Here’s where Pretty Girl enters the scene.  She has a Silhouette and is a total genius with it.  Check out what she did for me. 


 

Yep.  Pretty Girl is a genius! 




The plan is to place the photo of Daddy and Handsome Husband together in the center.  Then one photo of of me with Daddy on one side and one photo of me with Handsome Husband on the other side.  I looked back through our wedding album and chose the photos.    

I was torn between the photo where I'm kissing Daddy on the cheek and the photo of him walking me down the aisle.  My Daddy, my first boyfriend.  As for my favorite picture with Handsome Husband, it has always been the one where we are walking out of the church together.  My husband, my last boyfriend.   

The pix were scanned, edited to black and white and of course printed.

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Here’s the side with Daddy…

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…and the side with Handsome Husband.

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It was such an exciting day. 



This project brought back so much joy!  I actually cried a few sentimental tears.   

There are many ways it could be done.  I think it would be sweet to have a wedding display where the "First Boyfriend" side was the bride as a child with her Daddy.  The "Last Boyfriend" side could be one of the engagement photos. 

Here’s the completed project.  I love it!  



Thank you for sharing my sentimental joy! 

;-)  -Marci