Most schools are already underway and I would be lying if I said I didn’t miss my classroom! Getting my classroom ready was one of my favorite things! Thankfully, I had a few banners that I put together for some of my teacher friends to keep me busy. When I cleaned out my classroom, I put all of my bulletin board banners in the lounge. I sent an email out letting everyone know that they were up for grabs. I will never forget Mrs. White running down the hall saying, “Why didn’t you ask me first?! I want those banners!” She has incorporated all of the banners in her classroom this year and asked if I could make a couple more for her.
Mrs. Heather was another one of my teacher friends that wanted me to help her with her room. She sent me a pin with a theme that she liked. It was so cute with little silhouettes of children all over the room. Since the theme of the school was animals, we decided it would be fun to do silhouettes of animals instead. Since she is teaching Kindergarten this year, we did farm animals! (The pig is my favorite!)
I definitely had fun whipping up some school banners for my teacher friends! I also wanted to share a banner that I made for first and last day school pictures. I was contacted by a girl from my hometown that had a little girl getting ready to start preschool. She had seen my posts on Facebook and wanted a banner that she could hold in the pictures. I was excited because this was a banner that I was already brainstorming, but she gave me a reason to whip it up! The banner comes with two sided pennants with all grade levels so you can use it for multiple kids and all the way through school! To purchase this banner check out my listing on Etsy!
That is all for today! If you are in need of any banners for your classroom or your child’s teacher, let me know!
In June I purchased my first sewing machine! I did my homework and found a good machine on amazon.com. The machine I purchased is the Brother LB-6800. It was a combo pack that came with a tote to store it! I made sure to get a machine that has embroidery capabilities. I figured embroidered items would be a great addition to my Etsy shop! Both of my wonderful grandmas can sew and my great grandma was an amazing seamstress as well. I wish that I would have taken it up more when I was younger, but I got frustrated easily and never really learned how to sew without the help of someone over my shoulder. That being said, I have the “craft” gene and I should be able to catch on pretty easy.
When I graduated college, my Grandma Bloesser gave me an old machine of hers so I could make some curtains. I got it home and couldn’t figure out how to thread the damn thing, broke a few bobbins and handed it off to a cousin because I had no idea what I was doing! I wish I could go back to that day now, because with YouTube and Pinterest, there are so many great tutorials out there that would have helped me. Keep in mind, I was not even on Facebook yet back then! It is amazing how much technology has changed since then! (I still have college papers on those old “floppy” disks!)
I found a Sewing 101 class at Joann’s and have officially completed my first class as of Tuesday this week! I was surprised to get there and be the youngest one there. I figured older ladies already knew how to sew! Our instructor, Jeanette was a sweet lady that was very impressed that a woman my age was interested in learning to sew! I felt bad though, because she had to stay an extra half hour after class to help me because I managed to break 2 needles and have a few other issues with my machine. She was so patient and helpful! I even signed up for her next class making a pair of Lazy Pants next month.
We talked about different terminology, parts of the machines, picking out fabric, using patterns, etc. I made sure to ask questions when I had one. We made a travel pillowcase with a jelly roll and a french seem. I have to admit, I had a hard time understanding what a jelly roll was and why we were doing it, but once the project started going it was easier to get a visual. My pillowcase was not perfect, but I learned so much in the class!
I wanted to write this post and share with you my sewing journey, as I plan on mastering it and sewing up some beautiful creations! I found an amazing website on Pinterest that I wanted to share. It has different worksheets to practice sewing a straight line, corners, turns, and curves. I am working on my second set of worksheets today as I found them very helpful! Check out the following link at Sew So Easy to print off your practice sheets today!
I recently spent about 2 weeks back in my hometown. It was so nice to spend time with my family! My Grandma Bloesser had just had knee surgery and my Grandpa Bloesser had been dealing with kidney stones for almost a month! I felt so blessed at the support the community of Ulysses. Every day there was someone checking up or dropping something off whether it was frozen meals, comfort foods, and some delicious sour cream lemon pie!
My home ec teacher, Mrs. Chadd was one of the amazing community members I was talking about. She brought over a poppy seed chicken dish that was DELICIOUS! An hour after eating that night, I messaged her for the recipe. She was kind enough to send it to me! Unfortunately, I learned that the delicious crunchy topping is a sleeve of crushed up Ritz crackers and 1/4 c melted butter. Alex can’t have the crackers, so I had to get creative with my topping. I am pretty happy with the results as it is a pretty healthy meal packed with protein! The first time I made it, Alex suggested mashed potatoes next time and I think it would be delicious over quinoa too! Enjoy!
Gluten Free Poppyseed Chicken
4 boneless chicken breasts
2 cups water
1-2 T chicken flavored soup base
Salt & Pepper to taste
2 cloves minced garlic
8 oz. sour cream
1 can gluten free cream of chicken
3 tsp. poppy seed
1 1/2 c. almonds (crushed)
1 T melted butter
Throw some frozen chicken breasts in the crockpot with water, garlic, soup base, salt & pepper on high for a few hours to get the chicken breasts thawed out. After a few hours, put the chicken on low. When the chicken is finished, put chicken in a casserole dish to cool. Using two forks, shred the chicken. Add sour cream, cream if chicken, 1 T of chicken flavored soup base, salt, pepper, and poppy seeds. Melt 1 T of butter and mix with crushed almonds. Cover the top of the dish with crushed almond topping.
Has it been a million years since I have published something on here? I am pretty sure it has! It makes me sad because I love blogging so much and I miss it! I am going to try to get some more posts going on here starting today! This summer has flown by so fast it is crazy! Let me update you on a few things.
We have had a pretty busy summer. My soon to be in-laws have a fireworks stand that they have done the past 32 years. The last two years, Alex and I helped run the stand with his cousin Jillana. It is fun to spend time with Alex’s family and get to know the family business. I have learned so much about fireworks! It is fun to see how excited everyone is when they come.
When we went back to Haigler for a week, my neighbor was sweet enough to water all of my plants for me. I never really started planting things until last summer. I love planting and taking care of my flowers. It can be stressful being away from home that long, so I am glad I have great neighbors to help out!
After being gone selling fireworks for a week, I had to get home to get ready for my booth at the fair in my hometown. After the fair, Alex came down and we headed to my great-grandparents cabin with the whole Waechter bunch! Let’s just say that it was a crazy July with a lot of stuff going on! Check out a few pictures from our trip.
Now that I have updated you on my summer, it is time to get down to business. I wanted to thank my neighbor for being so helpful while I was gone. I had a gift card to give her and wanted a nice Thank You to go with it.
The library pocket was blank, and I added a flower cutout and a darling rhinestone to dress it up a little bit. I also used my Cricut Cuttlebug to emboss the card and flower with polka dots! If you have a die cutting machine and do not have one of these…GET ONE! They are amazing!