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I know I know..kinda risque blog title..that’s what you are thinking :).  Actually probably not since sexy isn’t really as risque as it used to be…back in the day (look at me acting all old).  Anyway I was reading last week on how to make one’s blog more popular.  Not that we don’t totally appreciate our fan base but we would love for more people to read our blog…so I was looking up tips to increase readership.  The article went on to talk about how usually bloggers pick mundane titles “Google searches in today’s life” but instead should use the title “The Google Whore”…wow…That’s one way to increase readership.  However, no matter how much I thought about it…I could not figure out how to incorporate the word Whore into my Quilting post.  Something for y’all to look forward to.

Speaking of which I was also watching this show on the History Channel this weekend called “how the states got their shapes” and they were talking about accents.  Pretty much just saying that people from the south say “y’all”…duh.  The people they interviewed said that “y’all” didn’t have an apostrophe in it…and all southerners just said “yall”…Does it make me un-southern to spell the word correctly??  I think not.  This show also said that since Jaclyn was from Massachusetts she should say the word coffee funny…and i swear she says it like a normal person so clearly this show was not 100% accurate.

Obviously I’m digressing.  I’ve been working on a quilt for myself for about 6 months or more.  I’ve made multiple people quilts but never one for myself.  I knew I needed to find one that had big enough blocks to be easily finished…otherwise it would be a decade before I got it done…yet funky enough for me to like.   I’m not the best person with huge projects like quilts….I love to sew them but they are a big time and space commitment and when you are like myself and have several hobbies…its hard to find room for them all.  However when I stumbled upon this pattern…it was love at first sight.  It’s actually called “Sexy Hexy” therefore I cannot completely take claim for my awesome blog title.  If you see my pics and want the pattern I’ll be more than happy to give you the link.  As the name implies, the Quilt is made up of a series of huge hexagons.  I like it because it’s a modern twist on an old quilt pattern made up of hexagons.  I tweaked the pattern somewhat to make it a bit larger.  I’ve made all of my big hexagons at this point and now need to make the half hexagons for the sides and sew everything together to make a rectangle….then eventually i’ll actually need to put the topper together with batting and a bottom so that I have a whole quilt.  Maybe I can convince Jaclyn that she has a secret crafty bone hiding in her body…b/c my least favorite part of quilting is putting all three pieces together and it is so much easier with two people.  At least to get it laid out and make sure that everything lines up correctly.

Here are five of my ten big hexagon blocks!!

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Ok before anyone reads any further into this post please realize that this butternut squash recipe is anything but healthy! Yes it is a vegetable, but with the amount of brown sugar and butter in this recipe…be wary! On the other hand, this is a recipe that even the pickiest vegetable eater will love. My aunt makes this recipe every Thanksgiving and it is everyone’s favorite dish! We love trying new recipes for side dishes, appetizers, and desserts for most holiday functions but this side dish will always remains on the menu. It is a good alternative for sweet potatoes and has a fun twist – a cornflake, brown sugar crumb topping. Being allergic to nuts, we aren’t able to put candied pecans or other nuts on top of any sweet potato or butternut squash casseroles,  so instead my aunt came up with the clever idea of a candied cornflake topping. This is a very easy recipe and even beginner cooks can make a big impression. I promise you it will be a crowd pleaser!

Ingredients:
Butternut Squash:

– 2 c. butternut squash, peeled and cubed
– 1/2 c. brown sugar
– 4 T. butter

Cornflake Topping:

– 1 1/2 c. crushed cornflakes
– 1/2 c. brown sugar
– 1/2 c. butter, softened

Directions:
1. Place butternut squash in pot filled with water and bring to a boil. Boil butternut squash until soft and can easily break with a fork. Once the butternut squash is cooked through and softened, drain the butternut squash.

2. Place the butternut squash back in the pot and mash until all chunks are removed (similar to mashed potatoes). Add in butter and brown sugar. Blend well. Place butternut squash into a 9×9 casserole dish.

3. In a separate bowl, mix crushed cornflakes and brown sugar together. Cut the softened butter unto this cornflake mixture to make a sort of cornflake crumble. Sprinkle this crumble on top of the butternut squash.

4. Bake at 350 for 45 minutes. Enjoy!

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Another week, another flower bow.

I bought this cute flower pin from Ann Taylor Loft a few months back with the intention of using it as inspiration.  Picture below

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So after a very productive weekend!! Story to come in a bit.  I decided to make my weekend even more productive and finally make a flower bow using some feathers.

To make this post more interesting (and I read somewhere where blogs are more interesting if the writer gives insight into their life) I’ll tell you about my Saturday.  Mostly just because it was super duper exciting…for me (probably not for the average bear).

Back Story: A couple weeks ago Axel Rose, our husky, demolished our bedspread.  Brett had left him in our bedroom to go brush his teeth and forgot about him (surprising since Axel rarely lets himself be ignored).  Twenty minutes later after his man grooming, Brett comes in to find Axel has ripped our comforter from top to bottom and pulled out all the batting.  To be fair the comforter had a small rip in it already (about six inches or so) and ever since Axel discovered that the comforter contained fluffy stuff, he had been obsessed with it.  So we normally made sure the ripped side was on my side of the bed which is off limits to four legged beasts.  However this day…he found his way over

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I realize this is not a flattering picture of him…it looks like it was taken in mid-yawn as he cared not one bit that he had destroyed something.

Secretly I was kind of glad that he had destroyed the ugly ‘ol thing.  This comforter was from Brett’s bachelor days 🙂 and no offense to any readers but no woman should have to live with a bedspread that is denim on one side and khaki on the other.  Also as you can tell our bedroom is a very blue shade of blue (yes i meant to say that…its very blue) So when the denim side was up…sometimes the bed was just camouflaged in the room.

But back to my story within a story.  So yesterday, Brett and I went comforter shopping…I’ll be honest in the beginning it looked as if i would have to continue using the nasty comforter (which is quite cold without its stuffing).  However we got to Target (we had a gift card), and found a comforter which i loved and Brett “didn’t hate” which is good considering he hated about 95% of the adult comforters (when i say adult i mean not denim or dorm room microsuede)

I know…beautimus.  SO after getting our bedspread, I rushed home to go sweater shopping with Jaclyn and got an awesome sweater at the Loft for a whopping 14 dollars and 60 cent…awesome I know.  Then we went grocery shopping together, which wasn’t planned but we both shop at Harris Teeter and we both were going after our sweater outing…and it seemed awkward to abandon each other in the store so there we were…two gals and two carts.  Not gonna lie, it was weird….like playing follow the leader.  But nice b/c Jaclyn knows where everything is in Harris Teeter and we surprisingly get some of the same items…I got less vegetables and more coke 🙂

So today needed to be as productive as yesterday (I know I bet you were worried that I was never going to get back to the darn bow).  I needed to make a bow for Kate at work b/c she made me some awesome Christmas jewelry and I wanted to get her something as well.  I had made a bow previously but the more I thought about it the more it wasn’t “kate” enough so I wanted to make her one with feathers!!  I used a pattern similar to the one I used on Jaclyn’s headband but i added some awesome polka dot feathers from Micheals.  I wasn’t sure if Kate would like a headband or not since i’ve never seen her wear one so I put a clip on the back and clipped it to a headband..so she could decide what she wanted

TA – DA – I think I will make me one next but using ivory felt!!

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So yesterday was Jaclyn’s birthday!! YAY.  I bet she didn’t tell you but then again does she really have to?  I’m fairly certain that a large part of our readership is her family sooooo you probably knew that her birthday was yesterday.  Anyway I wanted to make her a little something for her b-day…nothing too big.  You know how big gifts go…they ultimately leave the gifted feeling guilty b/c they didn’t get you something that big for your birthday and upset because now they have to reciprocate on your next birthday…which starts a huge cycle of ‘too much’ giving.  I’m getting side-tracked…back to the gift.

The back story:

Jaclyn and I were shopping on the downtown mall for Christmas gifts back in December and went in this super cute store.  I cannot remember this store’s name so Jaclyn will have to fill that in later…(or we can not tell you and leave you in suspense).  This shop had TONS and TONS (note: the caps lock ‘tons’…it really was that impressive) of hair accessories….bows and flowers, headbands and barrettes,  I seriously considered setting up camp and living there. (Except everyone knows that I secretly long to live in a walmart with one of the large craft sections…with the fabric…it would be like in the movie, Where the Heart is.  Except I wouldn’t be pregnant.) I’m getting side-tracked again…

So while I was there I saw this super adorable headband with a posy/rose flower on it….amazing and it was red!  It screamed my name…not literally because that would have been weird.  But even Jaclyn admitted that it had me written all over it.  So I bought it with the intention of recreating the idea on my own…

Afterward, Jaclyn admitted to liking my flower headband except for the fact that the flower was to ‘poofy’ or in other words the profile was a bit too high…so this weekend I bought all of the supplies to make her a similar headband of a shorter stature.  I bought some cute felt at joanns (34 cent a sheet!! Deal) plus the headband at wal-mart (they are selling this super comfy headband for 97 cent in the craft section…made by Simplicity!).

At home I used my die cutter to cut circles out of the felt (I used a maroon color for Jaclyn’s flower…I have hot pink for me :)).  I love my die cutter…it makes projects like these so easy and if I had to cut out these circles myself I’m pretty sure that the project wouldn’t get finished.  One b/c I don’t like repetitious cutting and two b/c my circles would never be perfect enough.

So two failed attempts later, I finally succeeded in finishing the flower for the headband.  I really like the dimension of the store bought headband but I think a lot of that can be attributed to the fancy felt that it’s made out of…sadly that fancy felt is also what made the bow  ‘too tall’ for the likes of Jaclyn…therefore my cheap felt made a much flatter flower.

Here are the pictures of the headband and my inspiration headband.  The store bought one is the orangey-red one (i’m pretty sure its made with some kind of fancy felt which is a lot thicker than jo-ann quality).  The one I made is the maroon one with the covered button middle.  I think the button middle gave it a “whimsical” touch!  Also, the clothes pins were to keep the flower in the headband’s curved shape while the glue dried…just in case you were wondering.

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PS: Don’t tell Jaclyn about the headband yet!  I’m giving it to her tomorrow morning

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Since Lacie and I continue to be slacking on our blog (tax season is going to be rough), so I decided to mix it up slightly do a Whimsy post. It happens once every couple of months so you’ll have to treasure my creativity for a little bit here!

Scott and I decided we need to begin paying attention to home decor, we both are awful at it but realize we want to add some flair to our boring walls. However, this often costs money so I’ve been doing some research into Do-It-Yourself type crafts and found one where the blogger made a picture out of paint chips and it looked awesome! One weekend, we decided to go to Lowe’s and randomly got a bunch of paint chips of all colors, cut them into squares and tried our best. However, it was an epic fail. We hung it up on the wall for awhile but all we could see were our zillions of errors (not cutting the squares perfectly, not lining up the squares properly, having no general color theme, etc). Scott and I both being slightly OCD found this picture to be more distracting then anything else so we decided to try again with a little more precision and were more successful this time around! Take a look:


If you are interested, here is how you do it!

Materials:

  • Picture Frame (any size)
  • Paint Chips (I recommend getting chips that only have on color per paint chip to reduce cutting)
  • Double Sided Tape
  • Scissors or paper cutter
What to do:
  1. Measure out height and width of picture frame and measure out individual paint chips. Mark chips where you need to cut (if necessary).
  2. Cut each paint chip diagonally into two triangles set aside (Note: if you want to do it like ours you need to cut some on each diagonal, we didn’t realize that Scott did it in error but it ended up working out!)
  3. Lay out paint chips on matte or paper provided in the picture frame. Arrange until you like the color scheme.
  4. Take double sided tape and tape these down one section at a time make sure you line up the ends of each triangle properly to make the rectangle.
  5. Put into frame and admire your hard work! 🙂

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