Sneak Peek of my first set of Christmas Ornaments for 2013! They will be available in three different finishes, silver, pewter and copper and packaged in a lovely wooden box for easy storage...What do you all think? I'm so pleased on how they turned out!

Here are two other logos, I will be using:



Hooray! My WIP is finally finished just in time for baby to arrive. I'm going to be a great-aunt, and I hear it's going to be a girl to boot! The first one in the family! This new little angel is going to be so spoiled, commencing with me! I wanted to make something from the heart. I have already made two afghans for two baby showers, so I wanted to try my hand at making baby clothes.

This is my little set I came up with...Hope it fits!
 Baby Puff Stitch Set

Below is my inspiration by kawaiiblythe.wordpress.com - Isn't it beautiful??20120814 193849

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 MATERIALS

IMG 0129 - Hook Size G/6 (4.00 mm)
- Written Free Pattern by kawaiiblythe.wordpress.com - Here

I added three butterfly buttons on the cardigan, added a matching pink ribbon weaved through the second row of double crochet and shell edging. For the sleeves, I added one row of double crochets and shell edging. Buttons - Shell Tutorial - Here

HAT - I adapted this pattern for sizing and shape by Crochet Geek
 Photo credit: Crochet Geek
- Video Tutorial - Here
- Written Free Pattern - Here

I added a row of double crochet (for the ribbon) and shell stitch to match the cardigan, and omitted the pom-pom.

BOOTIES - I adapted this pattern for sizing and shape by damnitjanetletscrochet.blogspot.ca - They are so adorable! Photo credit: Damnitjanetletscrochet.blogspot.mx
- Written Free Pattern - Here


I added butterfly buttons to match the cardigan, and shell stitch edging. Booties SKIRT WITH REMOVABLE DIAPER COVER - Skirt - I adapted this pattern for the waist and band by Yolanda Soto Lopez Photo credit: Yolanda Soto Lopez

- Video Tutorial - Here

I didn't want the skirt to be too lacy like the cardigan, so I added 30 puff stitches evenly around - every two puff stitch spaces, then added a row of double crochet for the ribbon and shell stitch edging to finish the skirt. It's measures about 10" high x 11" wide.

Diaper cover - I adapted the pattern by The Bradens - Pattern Here


I followed the waist band from the pant pattern, used the above pattern for the shape and size and finished the diaper cover with the shell stitch edging to match the rest of the set. In addition, I added three small matching buttons at the the back of the skirt band where it's visible and snaps all around the band to secure. So the front flap snaps inside the band of the skirt from the inside, and the band of the diaper cover snaps to the band of the skirt. It makes a double waist, but I like the look it creates.

 - Written Free pattern - Here

More tutorials worth the look:

- Puff Stitch - Here
- Double Crochet - Here
- Small Button Hole - Here
Baby blanket I just finished for a friend. I used a larger hook, super bulky yarn with a crossed double crochet stitch border.


Photo by Nifty Mumzy Studios


Deer Love


Stained glass wedding gift I made for a special couple for their wedding on August 24, 2013. They are hunters.
Re-usuable Crochet Swiffer Pads © by Multifaceted Matron
Re-usuable Crochet Swiffer Pads ©, a photo by Multifaceted Matron on Flickr.

Handmade Crochet Re-usuable Swiffer Pads - top left ~ Dropped Treble Pattern, Criss Cross Puff Stitch, (another) Star Stitch and Tunisian Stitch (Afghan Stitch).

Handmade Crochet Re-usuable Swiffer Pads - One in the star stitch, one in crossed half double crochet stich and one in crossed row stitch.

CrochetCoffeeCozy by Multifaceted Matron
CrochetCoffeeCozy, a photo by Multifaceted Matron on Flickr.
Teachers' Gifts: Handmade Crochet Cozies - two using the star stitch pattern and the other crossed half double crochet stich

Tim Horton's Gift Certificates inside each medium cup.


Photo by Nifty Mumzy Studios

Gone Fishing - Stained Glass Panel {Commissioned}


Just finished two commissioned pieces of Gone Fishing, just is time for Father's Day! Hope she likes them. They are identical.
My WIP I just finished...my version of the Crossed Double Crochet Stitch. I used a larger hook and super bulky yarn.

Don't know how to crochet the Crossed Double Crochet Stitch....here is a nice tutorial with pictures from about.com - http://crochet.about.com/library/ncrosseddc.htm

Now you give it a try....It's so easy...

Free similar patterns



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Rice Krispies treats or rice cereal treats have been a family favourite for many generations. It's been one of our family's best, as well. 


Its simplicity and versatility invites children and their families to be creative in the kitchen letting them formulate different variations of this dessert by adding caramel, condensed milk, corn syrup, peanut butter, chocolate chips or any baking chips variety, nuts, flavoring agents, decorative icing, cookie crumbs, M & M's or other candy etc... This mixture can be molded into various forms from a simple ball for a jack o'lantern to a multi-layered wedding cake, just by adding a little cold water or non-sticking spray to a rolling pin, spatula, spoon or hands. Even your best-loved cookie cutters can transform this simple cereal mixture into a masterpiece for your next upcoming event. 

The list is endless...All you need are the basic ingredients, a creative mind and voila!


Mumzy's Caramel Maple Rice Krispies® Squares (adapted)

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Ingredients:

• 5 or 6 cups of  Rice Krispies® 
• 250 g bag of regular marshmallows
• 1/4 cup of butter or margarine
• 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
• 1/2 tsp. maple extract
• Caramel Syrup Ice Cream and Dessert Topping
  
Variation: Substitute Rice Krispies® for any rice cereal

Directions:
In a large pot, melt butter/margarine and marshmallows over low heat, stirring
often, until well blended. Remove from heat. Add extracts and cereal., stirring until
coated. Butter a 13” x 9” pan and transfer cereal using a cold spatula and
press evenly. TIP: Run spatula under cold water often for managability. Drizzle
caramel syrup. Cool, Cut into squares and enjoy!


Bake in Good Health!

  

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Zucchini  or courgette is a summer squash which can reach nearly a meter in length, but which is usually harvested at half that size or less. Along with certain other squashes, it belongs to the species Cucurbita pepo. - Wikipedia
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I first discovered zucchini last summer.  My lovely neighbour had an abundants in her garden and wanted to share some with my family. As green as I was (pun intended), when it came to zucchini, I decided to try some. I had an old recipe for carrot cake lying around, so I decided to experiment. Those who know me well, call me the "Queen of substitution" because I always substitute recipes due to lack of ingredients. With my lady luck on my side, (touch wood), I seem to make all my substituted recipes a hit!


Mumzy's Zucchini Banana Bread 

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Ingredients:   

  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 1/2 cup grated zucchini
  • 2 mashed bananas 
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 tsps cinnamon
  • 1 dash of nutmeg
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/8 tsp salt 
  • 1/2 cup milk
Variation: Substitute zucchini with 1 cup carrots and omit banana
  
Directions:
Mix sugar, eggs and oil. Beat well. In another bowl, mix flour, baking soda, baking
powder, salt and cinnamon. Add dry ingredients, alternately with milk to the egg
mixture. Stir in grated zucchini and mashed bananas. Pour into a greased loaf
baking pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes or until top center of loaf springs
back, when touched. Frost with Betty Crocker≠TM French Vanilla or Cream Cheese Icing. 



Bake in Good Health!


 
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 "What is a friend? A single soul, dwelling in two bodies" - Aristotle


According to Bob Shrier's idea about the Gift of Friendship, when we think about friendship, we think of "romantic passion." However, "we tend to overlook" the love that is shared between two human beings without any sexual contact or intention, and the fact that if we didn't love each other outside our blood families, "our social structure would crumble." The reasoning could be that we tend to normalize it, and view friendships based on their class such as coworkers, classmates, acquaintances etc... rather than their true meaning. Friendship should be based on the intensity of the bond. Like the relationship you once shared with a classmate many years ago, may have just been a social bond, but in fact may have had a deeper meaning for one or both parties involved. Relationships aren't perfect, but we must remember it's the "love" bond we share, and the impressions we leave behind.


In reflection, I met a dear high school friend this week at the Rehabilitation Center. We both were there with a loved one. It's funny how you can live in a such a small city and never see one another for years, then unforeseen circumstances bring you together once again.  Life kept us apart for 22 years, yet we reconnected just as if we had never parted. Our relationship was casual. We did share some good times. I know in my heart our relationship had meaning and when we did see each other, we rekindled the friendship we once had. She did later write me a special message to thank me for our brief encounter, and she did reminisce about how I was a good listener and gave good advice back then. I was so moved by her message and very surprised that I could leave such an impression. In conclusion, this proves that true friendship as brief as it may be is based on love.

So today, I would like you to please take the time to reflect on your own relationships and make that impression last a lifetime!









Reference
Shrier, Bob (1997), Let's Think For a Minute Ideas, The Gift of Friendship, p.112

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As the apple trees blossom in the Spring comes Fall fresh apples. We have seven trees and two crab apples trees that we use to make apple crisp, pies and apple jelly. I first discovered how to make apple jelly from a dear friend last year. I will be posting her personal recipe soon.

I made my hubby his personal favourite for his 40th birthday last year. Everyone at the party had a scrumptious piece a la mode and were amazed.




Mumzy's Apple Crisp

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  • 3/4 cup flour (white or whole wheat)
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup butter, softened
  • 4 cups of apples, peeled and sliced
  • 1 cup oatmeal
  • 1 dash of nutmeg
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
Mix butter, sugar, flour and spices. Place apple slices in 8x8 inch pan and sprinkle with 1/2 tsp of cinnamon and 1 cup of oatmeal. Sprinkle butter topping over apples. Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour or when top is browned and apples are soft.

Bake in good health!






 
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Hello my beauties...Just a quick note to let you all know that I'm extremely busy with the sheep at the moment...Please be patient, and check often as I build my blog. I am quite new...Always appreciate tips and tricks along the way, so please don't be shy and comment.

I wish everyone a fabulous day and hope that this day brings you good health, love and success in all that you do, because you all deserve nothing but the best. Enjoy your day!
It was about this time last year when I visited a psychic. She told me she saw me writing. Not sure if it was a book or a magazine article, but she did indeed see me writing. I laughed in dismay and here I am today, writing. How ironic is that? Well, not really, I was contemplating it for quite some time now, so today I decided to give it a whirl.

This is my story. A tale of a spolied city girl gone country and living the so call "hubby" dream. I say "hubby" dream, because it wasn't my forte. I like the idea of being self-sufficient, but not sure if "country life" or should I say "farm life" has completely grown on me. You'll have to come back and visit often to see if the "farm life" has won over this city girl....so please stay tuned!