Several weeks ago, a distant relative got married and I helped a couple members of the family make a party for him and his wife. At my niece’s suggestion, I made 50 garnishing flags for the fruit cups we would be serving as appetizers. They could have also been used to decorate brownies, cupcakes or even large serving bowls of potato salad.
Here’s how to make your own garnishing flags:
Using Microsoft Paint or a similar program, shrink the picture of your choice to about 103 x 77 pixels. You don’t have be exact, but that size looked very nice on my project. Try to use a picture without too much detail or the reduced photograph will look much too crowded.
To shrink the photo, click resize>pixels. Uncheck the maintain aspect ratio box. Then enter the value 103 into the horizontal box and 77 into the vertical box. Click the okay button.
Line up two copies of the photos, next to each other.
To do this, click select>select all>cut.
Then click resize and uncheck maintain aspect ratio box. Using the percentage option, change the horizontal box to 200. Leave the vertical box unchanged. Click the okay button.
Now click paste, to return the original image to the editing box. Left click your mouse and drag the image all the way to the right of the editing box.
Again click paste. This will return another original image to the editing box. You should now have two side by side copies of the original image.
Print out your photos, cut them to size and glue them around the top of a toothpick.
Tip: If you need to create more than one flag, you’ll save a lot of time by crafting them production style. First do all your printing, then all the cutting, and finally, all the gluing.
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I’ve been thinking about charting this pillow design for a couple of weeks. Finally, tonight, I decided to sit down and do it. I hope you enjoy it.
Because the chart lines are hard to see, I’ll tell you the dimensions. The large red squares are 16×16 holes. All of the small squares are 8×8 holes. The yellow and red rectangles are 8×16 holes.
As far as the size of the finished pillow, it depends on the number of holes per inch of the canvas you use. To get the pillow dimensions you want, you may have to double the pattern.
Please leave me a message if you have any questions and I will try to answer them the best I can.
Click here for pdf file.
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A couple of years ago I bought several packages of handmade, multi-layer stickers for a dollar per sheet. Each sheet had about 8-10 stickers on it and was a fabulous bargain. Until now, I had no idea what to do with them.
Then, yesterday, someone placed the bizillionth advertising magnet on my door and suddenly inspiration struck!
The stickers are perfect for use as decorative magnets.
Here’s what I did:
1. I wiped the top of each advertising magnet and allowed it to dry. I did this to insure the stickers would attach cleanly.
2. I placed the glue side of each sticker onto a magnet. On larger magnets, I was able to place two stickers. I patted the sticker down, gently.
3. Using a very sharp scissors, I trimmed the excess magnet from around the edges of each sticker.
That’s it! It was an extremely easy project and now I have fridge full of very cute magnets.
Warning – Most multi-layer stickers are fragile. These magnets are for decorative purposes only.
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I love bagels.
The solid texture, the neutral taste, and the ability to successfully hold most moist ingredients make bagels perfect for a wide variety of spreads and fillings.
Even better, just add a fruit plate and/or small salad, and you have an almost instant meal.
Here are a couple of my favorite bagel combinations.
- Butter or Cream Cheese sprinkled with one part cinnamon and two parts sugar
- Butter and Strawberry or Apricot Jam
- Butter and Honey
- Peanut Butter or Cashew Butter
- Peanut Butter and Grape Jam
- Peanut Butter and Honey
- Apple Butter
- Cream Cheese with added Walnuts and Raisins
- Cream Cheese with Scallions
- Cottage Cheese, plain or with cucumbers and tomatoes
- Cream Cheese with Chopped Olives
- Tomato and Mozzarella
- Cream Cheese and Sun Dried Tomatoes (basil, optional)
- Cream Cheese and Slice Cheese (with or without added veggies)
- Cream Cheese with choice of green peppers, onions, tomatoes, peppers, olives, lettuce, red peppers
- Cottage Cheese with Scallions
- Scrambled Egg and Cheese
- Scrambled Egg and Cheese with Vegetables
- Egg and tomato
- Sliced tomato and Grated cheese, melted
- Pizza Bagel (tomato sauce and grated Cheese, melted)
- Egg Salad (hard boiled egg, mayo, salt, pepper, chopped onion)
- Tuna Salad (tuna, mayo, salt, pepper, chopped onion)
- Veggie Burger with all the toppings (my favorite!)
- Any Kind of Omelet
- Deli slices with mustard, ketchup or mayo
- Pesto Cream Cheese (plain cream cheese with some bottled pesto stirred in)
- Cream Cheese and Lox
- Cream Cheese, Avocado, Tomato, Bean Sprouts and Onion
- Hummus and Vegetables
- Cream Cheese with Fresh Spinach, Tomato, Onion, Cucumber and Bean Sprouts
- Chicken Salad (boiled and diced chicken, salt, pepper, mayo and chopped celery)
- Leftover Meatloaf
Have some bagel ideas of your own? Please add them to the comment section. Thanks!
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Lately, everywhere I look, I’ve been seeing wonderful sewing patterns for banners and bunting. Here is my needlepoint version of that great idea.
The finished needlepoint will be about 1 1/2 tall and can be used for gift tags, embellishing clothing, making jewelry, creating greeting cards or just about anything else your imagination can dream up.
Over the next couple of weeks I will be charting an alphabet to be used with the banner pattern.
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I got this recipe from my daughter in law. The only change I made was to use bottled dressing instead of homemade. This salad is both incredibly easy and very delicious. As a bonus, Delicious 5 Layer Deli Salad looks fancy enough to serve while entertaining.
4 cups lettuce, shredded
4 ounces angel hair pasta, cooked, rinsed and drained
4 large slices deli (we used turkey pastrami)
bottled honey mustard/Dijon salad dressing
Cut the deli into thin slices.
Place four plates on your work surface. On each plate layer one cup of salad, then 1/4 of the angel hair pasta, 1/4 of the deli slices (fanned out nicely), some dressing and a handful of croutons.
Make additional dressing available.
That’s it! It’s so easy!
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Omelets are quick, easy and very elegant. They make a great last minute alternative to purchasing fast food. Better yet, with the addition of bread and a salad, omelets make an extremely nutritious meal.
Here are 24 fillings to keep omelets fresh and exciting:
- grated cheese of any type
- plain or herb cream cheese
- tomatoes and onions, chopped
- grated cheese and fresh chopped herbs
- cheese and broccoli, cooked and drained
- cheese and spinach, cooked and drained
- sauteed chopped onions and green peppers
- roasted red peppers, chopped
- pesto (with or without grated cheese)
- salsa (with or without grated cheese)
- broccoli, tomato, onion and cheese
- onions, peppers, cheddar cheese, salsa and black beans
- onions, peppers, spinach, tomatoes, pesto and cheese
- broccoli, imitation bacon bits and cheese
- spinach, imitation bacon bits and feta
- marinara sauce and cheese (go easy on the sauce)
- imitation bacon bits, tomato and cheese
- chopped mild chilis, imitation bacon bits, tomato and cheese
- chili beans with cheese and onion
- feta, spinach, tomato, olives and onion
- chopped mild chilis and cheese
- sliced and sauteed mushrooms
- steamed veggies (with or without cheese)
- cottage cheese with tomatoes and onions (add close to the end or the cottage cheese might become watery)
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