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Simplicity 1072 Skirt

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Sewing has been on my mind these days.  I've always liked the idea of being able to make clothes that are specifically made for me.  By sewing, I can control the fit and the cost.  Above are a couple of pictures of the finished product.  Don't make fun of my legs, they are always that pale.  Perhaps next time, I may consider pairing this skirt with a pair of black tights as well.  Excuse my expression, I'm so awkward in pictures.  But, at least you can see how I styled the skirt.

I picked up this Simplicity 1072 pattern one week when Hobby Lobby had one of their pattern sales.  It was a little more than a dollar with tax.


All the reviews for this pattern claimed it was easy.  Since I'm not the best at sewing, I figured I would give it a whirl and see what happens.  I will eventually put up my own review of this skirt on Patternreview.com.

I found this beautiful lace look knit fabric.  It can be found here.  First, allow me to rave about this fabric.  It is so soft and…

Jake Costume From "Jake and the Neverland Pirates"

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Halloween has come and gone, but I thought it would be nice to share with you one of my recent projects.  As a mother, I find it fun to create my son's costumes.  There will come a day when he will want to be a ninja or something and he won't want a homemade costume anymore.  So, until that day comes, I will enjoy making his costumes.

When we figured out that our son wanted to be Jake.  I immediately began searching the internet for pictures of Jake to get costume ideas.  I saw a few on Pinterest that included jeans.  Since our son is so young, I figured making this costume easy to wear was our best bet.  Excuse the sippy cup, he wouldn't let go of his water for the picture.


I made him a blue vest with gold trim.  I know, the real Jake has lapels on his vest, but ours doesn't.  I thought it might be too much for him.  Remember, I wanted this costume to be easy for him to wear.

For the vest, I  used one of his t-shirts and folded the sleeves in to create a pattern.  I d…

Slow Cooker Pork Chops and Gravy

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Mr. C loves gravy and rice.  I'm not big on it, but he likes a good meal of meat and rice.  So, every now and then, I cook it.  Since our schedules are so crazy, we try to use our slow cooker as much as possible.  I figured out a way to make pork chops and gravy in the slow cooker.  This recipe seems to be a hit so far with Mr. C and the Little Mister.  And, it's pretty easy to throw together, too.

Here's what you will need to start:

Pork chops (I used about 8)
Worcestershire sauce
1 brown gravy packet
1 packet of dry onion soup mix
1 can of cream of mushroom soup
1 can of chicken broth


Lay the pork chops in the bottom of the slow cooker.


Pour on some Worcestershire sauce the pork chops.  I did not measure how much I poured on, just kind of sprinkled some all over the meat.  If I had to guess, I'd say I used about 1/4 of a cup of it.



Add the cream of mushroom soup to the pot.


Sprinkle the packet of dry onion soup over the pork chops.


Then, add the packet of dry gravy …