Sunday, September 30, 2012

Yoga Mat Strap

This is a quick and easy tutorial. It can be made for yourself or it also makes a great gift.

I needed something to keep my mat from unrolling all over the car in transit to and from my class and to keep it contained when I was not using it. I had been using a piece of tape but that really was not working for me. I already have a gym bag so I did not really want to buy another bag to carry my mat. 

All the materials I used to make this yoga mat strap came from my stash, which made it a very inexpensive project. 

I think that it looks great and it works perfectly to keep my mat together and ready to go when I need it.

Follow the link here to make one of your own Yoga Mat Strap or if you would like me to make one for you visit my shop Nana Brown's and send me a message.

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Banana Oatmeal Muffins

Muffins, muffins, muffins. We really do make other things but I think that muffins really are our favourite.

This is another recipe from Company’s Coming Muffins & More cookbook. 

Click the link to follow along Banana Oatmeal Muffins.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Lost in the Garden

This time of year is lovely. The sun is still warm during the day and the birds are still singing in the trees.

There is still lots of time for trips to the lake on the weekend or the park after supper before the sun goes down.

My daughter started kindergarten today. She was SO excited and she had a great first day. She had her school supplies ready to go and we went shopping for a "first day of school" dress. That is something that we always did growing up too. We always had a new outfit for the first day of school. Her outfit is a dress with a pink top and a pleated plaid skirt. It even has a little sequined pocket for a little sparkle.

This time of year the garden is a wild tangle of greenery, flowers and vegetables. Our garden is about 20 by 20 feet and it produces really well. We planted some of our usual staples; peas, carrots, onions, sunflowers, sweet peas and tried out cucumbers, pumpkins and green peppers this year. We lost the pumpkins but everything else is doing quite well and we should have quite a bit to freeze or can for the winter. We even got a few tomatoes from our plants for the first time ever this year!

In addition to the produce from the garden, we will stock up on corn on the cob, potatoes and sweet peppers from the farmers market. We are also hoping to make a trip to the farm to pick apples in the fall.

The extra corn on the cob, carrots,  sweet peppers, peas and onions will be frozen. We use the food processor on the onions and then freeze them in ice cube trays so they are easy to store and easy to use later on. The apples will be dried into apple chips and we also usually make up bags of apple pie filling for the freezer. It makes it really easy to make a pie when you want one. We just use our regular apple pie filling recipe and seal it in freezer bags. It does work best if you freeze it flat instead of in one big blob.

Our garden has been a lot of fun for our whole family. This year my daughter and her friend helped me plant a few things and we all love eating the vegetables fresh from the ground. It has also helped to teach my daughter how things grow and she likes to help us take care of our little slice of paradise.

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Project of the Month - September 2012

This month is a project for some friends that recently moved into a new house.

They are looking for something more unique and interesting than they can find in the store and asked me to make it for them.

My friend picked this fabric for a custom BBQ cover.

We took some measurements and came up with a design, then I got to work. The fabric is treated for use outdoors and will offer some protection from the wind, rain and snow that we get.

The fabric was on sale and the total cost for fabric and thread was approximately $42. An excellent price for a fabulous looking, full sized BBQ cover.

I even had just enough left to make some matching pillows!!