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The Making of the Man’s Shirt Apron

Posted by on 8:14 am in Aprons, Blog, Fabric, Jen_F, Our Art | 0 comments

The Making of the Man’s Shirt Apron

Using an man’s shirt, no pattern, just an image in your head of what you want instead of a piece of fabric, putting a pattern to it, cutting it out, sewing it up and saying “here’s an apron” … well, it has its own sort of excitement for a fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants seamstress.   But besides the uniqueness of using a man’s shirt, why would I make an apron, and then make an apron for you too? Here’s why.  In my opinion there are three typical issues with aprons #1 They bunch up my clothes #2...

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The Birth of The Clutches

Posted by on 9:47 am in Blog, Fabric, Jen_F, Our Art | 1 comment

The Birth of The Clutches

I know, I know, based on that title you expect to to tell you hwo clutches came to popularity… BUT that’s not why I’m here today.  What good is a purse if you only use if for “special occasions” because it really isn’t functional? As the designer of these clutches, I started out with a vision of a bag that would be not only sleek in design but would be functional as well. But how was I going to complete this task? Having a bevy of patterns at my fingertips and an idea formulating in my head, I sat thumbing through them until I came upon...

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Traditions

Posted by on 3:18 pm in Blog, DIY, Furniture, Our Art, Shari_T, Transformations | 0 comments

Traditions

Today in Shari’s corner of Texas… I know the holidays are when most of us think about traditions. It’s hard not to remember when the kids were young, or the smell of food cooking in grandma’s kitchen. Ah, now I want my grandmother’s cornbread dressing. However, for today, I’m talking about the more day-to-day traditions, and passing on skills that may be lost if we don’t make the time to share them with our youth. It is tough to get them to step away from all the electronic distractions, but I have found that...

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Homemade Laundry Soap

Posted by on 5:01 am in Blog, DIY, Household Cleaners, How To, Shari_T | 0 comments

Homemade Laundry Soap

I’m about to teach RP to make laundry sauce and I can teach you right now, too…So, let’s get to it. Here is what you need. You will cut the Fels-Naptha laundry bar in half. Shave it and soak it in hot water overnight. You will mix 1/2 cup Borax and 1/2 cup A&H super washing soda in your Ninja/blender with 1 cup boiled water. I ended up with almost 2 cups but that is okay. I’ll add less water at the end. Here’s mixing the 2 powders with the hot water. I do this to help break down the crystals. Next – Cut...

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Happenings Around the 4Texas Sisters

Posted by on 4:23 am in Blog, DIY, How To, Jen_F, Our Art, Pat_T, Shari_T | 1 comment

Happenings Around the 4Texas Sisters

It’s been pretty busy for a while all around the 4TexasSisters households.  Lots going on but not a lot we’d want to write about, ya know …lol Though I’ve got tons of stuff to share about what’s been going on, I’ll just give a recap of what’s coming up.  How’s that? And since it’s always hard to know where to start when there are four of us, I’ll start with the eldest and and work my way down the sister chain. Pat’s been grandparent sitting.  First we had Ethan, now we also have the new addition… Elise.  sorry, no pics right now, but maybe in...

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Jen’s Now Famous Burritos with Paleo Tortilla

Posted by on 9:54 am in Coconut, Jen_F, Main Meal, Recipes | 1 comment

Jen’s Now Famous Burritos with Paleo Tortilla

Sorry I don’t have nice pictures.  Who knew I would end up sharing this recipe to more than just the family.  lol  – I do have not so pretty pics down below the article.  Next time I make these I will try to remember to take pics as I go.  ;-( I made up this recipe as I went, so just go with your own style — change up the meat, use sausage of your choice, whatever … I’ve used Italian Sausage, turkey sausage and now chicken breast.  If you’re a beef eater (which I am not), you could use ground beef or even...

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DIY-Old Cabinet to Dog Bed

Posted by on 12:37 pm in DIY, How To, Our Art, Shari_T, Transformations | 0 comments

DIY-Old Cabinet to Dog Bed

From tacky to happy…… Thought I’d share my recently completed transformation. It was a sad 70’s or early ’80’s end table that had seen better days. My plan was to love it back into use as a pet kennel for Spirit. The inner shelf was completely removed, as was the glass panel. I used a blue chalk paint and followed that with a black glaze to give it its current look.  It appears a dog may have “loved” it in the past as there were chew marks on the corners. I chose to embrace those rather than repair...

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Eggless Sweet Potato Brownies

Posted by on 3:24 pm in Coconut, Desserts, Jen_F, Recipes | 0 comments

Eggless Sweet Potato Brownies

I forget where we found the original recipe, but after a few changes here and there, I thought it worth sharing on our blog because it really is a great dairy-free, eggless, gluten free chocolate fudge brownie recipe. Prep Time: 30 minutes (about) Cook Time: 30-45 minutes Yield: 16-20 dependent on the size of the slices Ingredients: 3 oz. unsweetened baking chocolate 6 tbsp almond milk (you can substitute coconut milk here) 5 tbsp coconut oil 1 cup honey (vegan option: 1 cup maple syrup) 1 cup mashed cooked sweet potato (about 1 medium sweet...

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Crown Royal Quilt #2

Posted by on 10:30 pm in Deb_D, Fabric, Our Art, Quilting | 7 comments

Crown Royal Quilt #2

Last year, I created a Crown Royal patchwork quilt. This year I decided to use the fronts and backs to make this one. There are 9 rows of 7 bags.  The quilting will be along the edges of the bags. I edged the sides (all 4 sides) with a dark purple flowered print, then added the batting and a yellow gold satin for the backing. I will use the edges of the backing for the binding. I will add a picture of the finished quilt at a later...

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Growing Seeds in a Bag

Posted by on 11:51 am in How To, Jen_F, Musings | 0 comments

Growing Seeds in a Bag

If you have ever tried growing an avocado seed in a cup of water, this post is for you. Here’s our avocado. This is the traditional method. Insert 3 toothpicks into the seed, then place the seed in waterHere’s the other method which I think is great- Wrap the bottom of the seed in a paper towel or brown paper bag. Moisten the paper.  Insert the seed in the plastic bag, close the bag, and then tape it to a window that gets plenty of sun. Now you just wait and watch On the right hand side is a seed that has already sprouted.  On the...

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