My New Mug

Hello Friends,

Just wanted to send off a quick update for everyone.  I have been under the weather for most of the past month with one cold after another.  I have gone through winters with little or no colds in the past but this winter has been very different.  So, of course, I haven’t been blogging.  Sorry about that.

I have been busy checking out a lot of wonderful items on Instagram.  Have any of you heard of or do you own any Rae Dunn pottery? This excerpt it straight from her website: (Built entirely by hand, Rae’s work often elicits a physical response, asks to be touched and provides a sense of reassurance that we have our feet on the ground. “In my own way, I am driven to find that balance between expressing something that is deeply meaningful to me, and creating a sense of joy that might quietly touch the lives of others.”)

I had never heard of it before I joined Instagram but it is really big there which got me interested in checking it out for myself.  I found out it was sold at a few different stores like TJ Maxx and HomeGoods, and lucky for me there is a HomeGoods close to where I live so off I went to see if they had some.

I was happy to find they did but it was only one piece and that was a mug.   Luckily for me, I needed a new mug. And this mug had the word MINE on it so everyone in my house would know who it belonged to.

I love how the mug is not perfectly round and how you can feel the seam where the two ends of the clay were joined together.

Well, that’s all I have time for today.  Hope you enjoyed it and until next time be blessed.

SallyAnn

 

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Ruby Magazine

I have enjoyed reading this Christian women’s magazine for about a year now and I am sure that you will enjoy it as well.  It is full of inspiring stories from women in all walks of life and all ages. It’s a magazine written for women by women and there are even opportunities for you to submit your own articles about crafts, baking, DIY, etc..

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Happy Reading, and until next time have a blessed day!

SallyAnn

GMO’S

This is not my normal topic but I feel so strongly about the bad effects of GMO’S in our bodies that I had to share this informative video.

Click here to watch and learn from experts what negative effects they have on your body, your kid’s body, and everyone.

It broke my heart the other day.  I was in the grocery store looking at yogurt to find the flavor my son wanted when I asked my son out loud, “what are the ingredients?” Before he had an opportunity to answer this woman who was buying yogurt said, “if we worry about what is in our food we won’t eat anything.”

I can see how she would feel that way but there are things we can do to limit some of the worst ingredients we consume.  This video will give you steps that are doable in getting rid of them.

I hope this video helps you make informed decisions and until next time have a blessed day.

SallyAnn

Gluten Free Bread Recipe

I know there are a lot of people out there that are gluten-free whether by their own choosing or because they have to be so I wanted to share this gluten-free bread recipe that I found with you.

This recipe is from Noreen over at Noreen’s Kitchen and I first found it while searching Youtube for a gluten free bread recipe.  In her video, she shows step by step how to put the recipe together and it makes it very easy to follow.  She gives you pointers on how to make it a successful endeavor which gives you the confidence to try it yourself.

I did make a few changes to the recipe to make it more to my tastes, which made me a little worried that those changes would make the results not so good, but I’m happy to say they didn’t.

The changes I made were  Bob’s Red Mill 1 to 1 gluten-free flour instead of making my own which meant I didn’t have to add the xantham gum, original unsweetened almond milk instead of whole milk, honey instead of sugar, and I added whole flax seed instead of ground.  I also added sunflower seeds to the batter.

Noreen used a stand mixer to mix it all up in but I don’t own one so I used my hand-held mixer and it worked just fine.  My batter was thinner than Noreen’s was which was probably due to my using the honey instead of the sugar but it might also have been due to the difference in the flours too.  My point is that because my batter was thinner than Noreen’s I didn’t have any problem using my hand-held mixer, but I am not certain that would be the case using the flour mix she used.

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Pardon my dirty stove top in the first picture, but you can see how nicely it rose. And the second picture shows how nice it turned out on the inside too.  I couldn’t wait to cut a piece and taste it so it wasn’t totally cooled off when I did like Noreen recommends.  It was soooooo yummy!!!

I hope you go visit Noreen’s  youtube channel and try this recipe for yourself.  If you do I would love it if you shared that with us here.

Until next time, God bless.

SallyAnn

Make Your Own Flannel Sweater

I have been making these for a couple of years.  I call them flannel sweaters but I’m sure someone else has named them differently and have been making them a lot longer than I have.  So I thought it would be fun to show you how I did it in hopes that you would try to make one for your own.

I begin by shopping at local thrift stores looking for a knit sweater that isn’t wool.  I look for a color that I like and right now I am looking for turtleneck styles.  I usually don’t buy a sweater that is too form fitting but in this case that isn’t an issue so don’t pass one up if you think it might be too form fitting around your middle.

Next, you need to be looking for a flannel shirt that will match the color of your sweater and in a size that will fit loosely around your hips. This is so much fun for me.  The hunt to find matching sweater and shirt has been easier than I thought it would be.  Hopefully,  you will have the same results.

Now you bring home your finds and throw them into the washing machine.  I put them in on a hot wash, cold rinse, and dry them on high heat in the dryer.  Now you are ready to begin creating your own flannel sweater.

The first step is to lay the sweater out on a flat surface and measure 1 inch down on both sides under the armpit seam. You need to make sure that you cut this line straight across so use a long straight edge of some sort and if you have a rotary cutter it makes cutting a whole lot easier, if not then scissors work just fine.

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The colors are kind of wonky from picture to picture and I’m sorry but I had to take them with my cell phone and it was early in the morning without a lot of light to help out.

The next step is to do exactly the same thing to the flannel shirt.  Button all the buttons up the front and lay the shirt out on the flat surface and cut straight across directly under the armpit seam from one side to the other.  Again make sure you use some sort of straight edge to get a nice straight cut.

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So you will take the top part of the sweater and the bottom part of the flannel shirt and lay them out flat like I did in the picture.  As you can see the flannel shirt bottom is a lot wider than the sweater top.  But that is not a problem so don’t worry.  And I know that the button placket needs to be ironed but I wait until I am done with the whole repurpose before I do the ironing.

Now comes the tricky part, at least it has been for me.  Putting the two together correctly to sew.  You need to turn the flannel shirt bottom wrong side out, take the raw edge end and open it up so you can feed the sweater top into it so that the raw edge of the sweater top matches up with the raw edge of the flannel bottom.  I hope that makes sense to you. Here is a picture of what it should look like.

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The two raw edges need to be together with right sides of both top and bottom facing each other.  You will need to fold the sweater sleeves across the sweater to get them to fit inside the flannel shirt bottom so they are out of your way.  Now you are ready to pin the two raw edges together.

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The way I do it is this:  pin the two side seams of the sweater and the flannel together first so you know they are matched up.  Then you can put your hands inside the sweater at the side seams you just pinned and stretch it till both sweater and flannel edges are the same.  Eyeball the spot where the button placket meets in the center and pin that spot together.  Next, you can stretch the fabrics between the center front and put as many pins as you want to to keep the edges together.  Now do the same stretch to the back and pin the center and the rest just like you did on the front.

Take the whole thing to your sewing machine and stitch the whole raw edge with whatever size seam allowance you normally use, I used a half inch, and make sure you keep the fabrics flat as you sew.  You can gently pull the fabric toward you as it feeds through the machine to keep it flat.  Just don’t pull too much or it will make the edge not lay well.

When you get to where you started,  do a few back stitches to keep the stitches from unraveling. Remove the top from the machine, remove the pins if you haven’t done it while you were sewing, and turn the top right side out.

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Your top will look something like this.  Now you have your own flannel sweater.  Mine needs to be ironed, which I should have done before taking the picture, but I wanted to get this typed up and chose not to wait.

I hope you make one for yourself or to give as a gift to someone.  I would love to have you share pictures of your finished top. I love comments and if you have questions I will do my best to answer them.

Until next time be blessed,

SallyAnn

***Sale***

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The Repurposing Twin will be having a special going on in my shop for Small Business Saturday.  All day long there will be *free shipping* on every purchase!!!

Stop by and check out all that I have to offer.  Mug rugs, pot holders, oven mitts, mittens, beanie hats, baby booties, and cashmere and wool scarves.

Support small businesses by shopping small businesses.

Have a Happy Thanksgiving!!!

SallyAnn                                                                                                                                                                The Repurposing Twin

Some Drink Coasters

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Two have been sewn and two are pinned and waiting.
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A set of maroon and a set of green.

I am enjoying making these adorable little drink coasters or mug rugs, whichever you prefer to call them.  They are a great way to use up smaller pieces of wool that are left over from making the bigger projects.  Plus they are very useful because they will protect your surfaces from scratches, heat, cold, and moisture.

I cut out squares that are 4″ by 3 3/4″ in two different colors, but you could also make them all one color if you wish, and pin the four corners and four sides together to make sure nothing gets out of place, then stitch all the way around with a small seam allowance. Then I stitch an X in the center to give added strength and to add a decorative touch.

I am selling these in my shop The Repurposing Twin  if you would like to check it out.

Until next time have a blessed day.

SallyAnn