Weighted Blanket

I was asked to make a weighted blanket for a child with autism. I had not even heard of this and had no way of knowing what to do. Back to YouTube! One of my best resources of late. After watching about 10 videos and looking at several tutorial on Pinterest I started my adventure.

The lovely Princess and the soft-n-cozy materials along with the beads for filling all came from Joann’s. Not only am I able to purchase everything I need for the project, but the staff there is always helpful.

I delivered the blanket today and hopefully the child will benefit from this project.

Blessings until next time, Ann

My New Toy

i love sewing!!!  Not an expert at any particular area of sewing, but do a little of it all.    I have made some quilt tops and done the final quilting on my sewing machines.  Handling all that bulk is difficult but possible.  Sometimes the results are “ok” and sometimes I just quiver in disbelief at all the errors.

Well, I have the solution – a mid arm free motion quilter: a Platinum 16 by Viking.   I am so excited & anxious. It is set up & I have been practicing.  I even had a quilt ready & waiting.  Just a few more days of practice & I may see what I can do.  All I know is that the only direction is up.

I’ll  let. You know when I have the courage to take that first step.



Chicken Enchilla Bowl

I’m still exploring recipes that pair well with my slow cooker and found another keeper.

Chicken Enchilla Bowl

Loved the easy in putting this together.  My chicken breast were still partially frozen, but that didn’t seem to make any difference on the cooking time – 6-7 hours on low.  I didn’t have frozen corn on hand, so just added a whole can of drained corn.  I was fearful that they might turn to mush, but no those little kernels stayed in tact.

I served them in a plain bowl with a layer of tortilla chips on bottom, then the enchilla mixture topped with lots of grated cheese.

This is definitely a year round recipe that has made it’s way into my kitchen.

Happy Cooking, Ann

Poncho for Bella

Precious  and I have made some wonderful friends through the local library system. For me has been meeting Anna.  She is a wonderful lady from San Antonio.  Her daughter and son-in-law both work for Boeing and when Eli came along, she moved to St. Louis to keep her granddaughter and just about 9 months later her son and Daughter-in-law had their first child, Bella & they transferred to the Boeing facility here.  Now Anna has 2 lovely granddaughters to care for during the day.

We both attended “Lap Time” at the Indian Trails Branch of the St. Louis Library System and soon started chatting and the rest is history.  We meet up about once a week for a play day for the girls which are 2 yo, 20 months & 1 yo.  They love having tea parties at the History Museum, splash pads are always a hit & the zoo has string rays, trains rides & merry go rounds.

Now for the Cape for Bella: she has just turned 1yo and her party is Saturday so of course I had to make something special and the cape/ponchos I made Precious were a hit, so I made one for her.  I used Simplicity Patter #1564 Capelet.  Since she will not need it until fall and later, I use the 18 month size and added 3” to the length.  I sewed the front seam together leaving an opening of 5”.  I preferred a poncho rather than a cape. I paid attention to the total head opening; normally 21” for a 2yo & I am hoping that this will last 2 seasons.

The embroidery design came as a preloaded design on m Ruby Royal sewing/embroidery machine & with the font, just added her name.

The outter red is sweatshirt material while the lining is Minnie Mouse flannel.  Her birthday theme is Minnie Mouse.

Her party is Saturday and I am looking forward to all the fun Precious and all will have.

Blessings, Ann