A dishtowel for all occasions

 

Save It Sunday

 One of my favorite pastimes is crocheting. It is relaxing and something I can do while watching TV, riding in a vehicle, or just sitting in the gardens. I do like to keep my projects simple and small.I love granny squares and dishtowel toppers. Both of these can be made from scraps. I used to be able to do one in abut 15 minutes. I would whip them up at work on my lunch(before I retired). I actually sold these before I got married this last time. I made enough extra money to help with groceries or at Christmas I sold more and used the money to get gifts for coworkers and friends.

The dishtowel tops you can make several from one skein of yarn. The actual dishtowels I buy are only 1 to 2 dollars each. I cut the dishtowel in half, then push the thread and do a single crochet row across. Then I do double crochets  for two rows then start decreasing.. easy peasy.

I found this really cute one with BBQ grills on it and a matching potholder and decided to make this for dad for his birthday.

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I will never forget one-day mom came over with a bad of dishtowels and yarn and asked if I would make her some. she said give her a couple sell the rest. The one I had made her years before ( Halloween ones) were worn out. That is really what got me started selling them. I was making them at lunch for her and everyone in the breakroom wanted them.  It kept me busy and I never got bored LOL

I also love granny squares because you can use up the smallest scraps( no waste) and make cool stuff. like afghans and bags. I saw some cool sweaters made from them on Pinterest as well, but I haven’t gotten that adventurous.

Do you crochet or have a hobby that helps you relax?

 

 

Run! The Zombies are coming

Save It Sunday

Today for my save it Sunday I am going to show you how we did a birthday party without spending too much money.

Our birthday girl is turning 11.  Her name is Alexandria Pearl (Allie.)

 

She wanted a Zombie or post apocalypse party theme. We went to the everything is a dollar store and stocked up on gifts I got her 5 things of makeup and a basket (50cents) to put it all in. Her mom bought her a few things there as well. Her big gifts was a 10 dollar sundress she had been wanting and the first season of The Walking Dead. I got her a 500 collection.

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For goodie bags we made survival bags using old gift bags from past holidays and brown paper lunch bags we had found on clearance a couple years ago (I stock up on these things I think I gave 50 cents for the package) We filled them with A flashlight and fan we found t the dollar store, some glow sticks, hand sanitizer, tissues, wet wipes, a can of Vienna sausages and a package of ramen noodles. Each bag cost me about 6 dollars.

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For our sweets we made Zombie brain blood clot cupcakes.

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You will need a white or yellow cake mix

(Ingredients the box calls for)

1 can of strawberry or cherry pie filling (we used Strawberry)

Optional food color (we added green)

(We used white and added green food color. prepare according to directions.  Fill prepared cupcake tin halfway with batter add on or two cherries and a bit of the filling top with more batter to fill the cupcake tin repeat for each cupcake  makes 12.

For frosting we used a can of white to make it look tannish brown we added a little red made it a pinkish color then a little yellow and green.

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We cut the corner from a sandwich bag added a cheap store bought tip and squiggled the frosting start in center and work in halves to look like two hemispheres ( I would suggest using two cans of frosting ours was a bit sparse but we think they are cute.

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Then Anna and Bradley wanted to add finishing touches and this is what we have… eleven cupcakes for her age.

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We made Zombie boogers. This is popcorn with a green coating. Here is where we found the recipe

http://blog.paperandparcel.com/2012/09/zombie-boogers.html

we didn’t have corn syrup and looked up the substitute this is  what we did

4-6 cups of popped popcorn

3 cups brown sugar ½ cup water

2 cup granulated sugar

1 cup butter ½ tsp salt

Put all this in a heavy saucepan and bring to a boil. Boiled 4 minutes. Add ½ tsp vanilla add green food color until the color you want make it a bit darker. Add ½ tsp baking soda and this will double the recipe. Toss in popcorn.  Prepare two large baking sheets with waxed paper or foil and spray with cooking spray. Spread popcorn in one layer per pan (as close as you can get. Bake I a preheated 50 degree oven about 10 minutes then turn and bake a bit longer watch carefully ours began to burn I about ten minutes.

This looks really nasty but tasted pretty good though the baking soda makes it a little salty. Sort of a salted caramel taste.

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We made Zombie fingers. Here is the original recipe we found

https://www.pinterest.com/pin/532691462148425756/  we changed it to 1 bag of the large rolled gold pretzel sticks, 1 bag of Reese’s  cooking chips a couple slivers of paraffin and a tablespoon of butter we melted the pieces according to directions and it was too stiff so I added the butter and paraffin then dipped the pretzels. The bowl I used was a round cereal bowl and hard to dip so I ended up having to spread it on. I suggest if you have something longer or deeper to use that. Then I stuck an almond on the tip and called them Zombie fingers.  These are so good I could at them all (made 12)

We set the table with a cheap plastic table cloth from the dollar store ripped a few holes in it and put paper bags and newspaper under the tears. You can see our cheap place settings. And what about the dead flowers in an empty soda can? Cute huh?

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The meal is weeds (salad served in a new dog bowl I bought for Sally),

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brains (or guts), eyeballs, and blood with fingers on the side.

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And here is our birthday girl enjoying her undead party.

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Do you like to do themed parties?  What are some you have done?

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