although being from Pittsburgh, I should say Happy Fall Yinz Guys. Another season is upon us. Gone are the dog days of Summer and we say hello to crisp, cool weather, pumpkins and beautifully colored leaves. Fall is my most favorite time of year. I love all that this season brings........
Another favorite thing about Fall are all the wonderful comfort foods that go along with the season---hot apple cider, soups and stews--- not to mention all the amazing recipes made with pumpkin. I love it when my house smells of cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, and pumpkin. A friend came for coffee this morning so I quickly whipped up some pumpkin muffins. I thought I would share the recipe so you too can have a taste of the season......
2 cups sugar
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 1/2 cups canned pumpkin
1/2 cup water
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cloves
3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1 1/2 cups raisins
1 cup walnuts or peacans
Place the sugar, vegetable oil, eggs, pumpkin and water in a bowl and mix. Sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and spices. Add to the first mixture and mix. Add the raisins and nuts. Let stand one hour at room temperature. Place in greased muffin tins. Bake in a preheated 400 degree oven for approximately 15 minutes. Makes 2 doz.
***** Raisins can be ommited. My muffins were raisinless as they give me the willies :)
It's football season once again. Living in Pittsburgh for my whole life I guess you could say that I grew up on football. Sunday's were never quiet at my childhood home. My parents were true fans. With this cool, Autumn weather we have been having I must say I was in the mood to watch some Steeler football last night. As I watched the game I worked at my sewing table on this little doll for the children's boutique where my dolls are sold. I thought it would be fun to share her with you.
Her little outfit is removable including her Mary-Jane socks. I was just a bit nervous sewing her bloomers. It was my first attempt at ruffles. After a quick consult with my mom I gave it a try. All in all I am happy with the way she turned out. Too bad the game didn't have such a happy result :) That's ok boys you'll get'em next week.......
Last year on August 28 our family was all together in the waiting room of our local hospital awaiting the arrival of our newest family member. It wasn't until late into the evening until we were able to welcome Emily Elizabeth Panormios into our family. Ever since that evening she has brought countless blessings and joys to the whole family. Watching her grow and discover new things has truly been a delight. It was our pleasure last weekend to host her first birthday party celebrating her first year of life.
This little girl loves Elmo. Whenever she hears his song, "Elmo's World" she stops whatever she is doing to watch. Her parents could not think of a better theme for her first party---ELMO. Kim (Emily's mommy) and I stayed awake many nights working on Elmo decorations for the big day. I was really happy with the end result.
Now that my craft room is all cleaned and reorganized I have been inspired to create. I thought I would share a few finished projects with you today.
A few sweet lambs all ready for delivery to Grow with Children's Boutique.
Everyone loves a Superhero. I think this is one of the cutest Superheros around. He comes with his own cape, belt, and mask. An additional mask is included to make Superhero playtime extra fun.
The above Superhero was created for the children's boutique. The one below was a custom order for a customer of the boutique. A special little boy named RJ will be receiving him for his Birthday.
Two sweet Wee Ones for the Boutique.......
Some fun finger puppets.......
That is what I have been up to. This coming week will be another busy one as we are hosting our little niece, Emily's first birthday party. The theme is Elmo and I can't wait to share with you what Emily's mommy and I have been working on. Check back next week for what I am sure will be lots of pictures :) Have a great week.
Yes I am still here. Once again days turn into weeks and weeks into months and I sit here wondering just where did the Summer go? I have been busy over these past two months and I do have lots to share---there have been vacations, finished projects, family gatherings and lots of fun times. I guess I should just jump right in and start with my most recent undertaking----a craft room redo. When I first had the opportunity to have my own craft room I worked mainly with paper. Now that my love for fabric has grown(and grown!) I found that my little room was bursting at the seams with supplies. I needed to clean out and make better use of the space I had. So I began one morning thinking I would be done by noon. Here we are a week later and I have just completed the project. Because I am not using my paper crafting supplies as much, I decided to tuck them away and make my fabric supplies easier to retrieve.
My husband and brother-in-law hung a nice long shelf for me to display my vintage Fisher Price toys giving me more space for storage...
My friend Joyce gave me this wonderful shelf which is perfect for all of my jars of buttons and other little goodies....
I rearranged my desk a bit adding some of my favorite books and pictures......
Now that my room is all clean and reorganized it is time for sewing.
And now that I have tended to my neglected blog I hope you will stop by soon to see what else I have been up to this Summer.......
About Dandelion Wishes--Why a Dandelion you ask???
As I was contemplating starting my blog and opening my etsy shop, many thoughts swam in my head. What would I write about, what would I sell and what in the world would I call my blog and shop? Oh I had a list of names--which one should I choose? I finally decided on Dandelion Wishes. Why that name you ask? Why a dandelion--they are such a nuisance poking their little yellow heads right out into the beautiful green grass. Then there are those little white seed parachutes floating over my lawn just looking for a place to land and grow more little yellow heads in my beautiful grass. If I would have stopped at that thought I never would have choosen the dandelion to represent my blog. Who want's to be known as a nuisance?? Not me. As I stopped and really looked at the little yellow flower, I discovered that it is really quite beautiful. With it's many petals and it's happy yellow color I found it to be really very cheery. And then the thought struck me. There are many things that come into our lives that at first we consider a nuisance. But if we really stop to think about them, often they can become a thing of beauty--teaching lessons and helping us to grow and mature in our lives. I couldn't think of a better name for my blog and shop. It helps to remind me to stop and see the beauty in all situations, to ask myself what lesson I am to be learning, and how does this situation help me to grow into a better person. I wish that for all of you my friends as well. Thank you for visiting Dandelion Wishes. I hope you enjoy your stay.