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Thursday, February 28, 2013


I found a little time away from the bridal gown that I'm working on to sneak in a project I had been thinking about.  My other daughter (the four legged one), had recently been treated to a new collar and leash; the one she had been wearing was disgusting!   So, I decided with a beautiful new collar, she needed a little accessorizing.  Doesn't every girl?  So, I made her a name tag.
 In several of my recent trips to Hobby Lobby, I spotted all different kinds of bottle tops; different colors, and I'm not sure what everyone else is doing with them, but I thought they were the perfect size for a dog tag.  So, I finally got around to picking up a package of plain white caps that I could decorate.  I also picked up a package of key rings/clips and lettering.

For my first prototype, I hot glued the key ring to the back of the cap and attached it to the leash.  I found that wasn't strong enough, so I ended up putting a hole into the cap itself and attached just the clip.  Much better!!    I'll have to see how the lettering holds up over time.  I may have to paint her name on by hand, we'll see.  I coated the entire cap with Mod Podge when I was finished, hoping that would give it some added protection from the elements.  She's like a new woman; she has a new swagger in her step due to her new bling!

Sunday, February 10, 2013


I enjoy a good Sangria.   Wine connoisseurs would never be caught drinking a Sangria, but I've never claimed to be a wine connoisseur.   I had a really awesome glass of Sangria at The Fort this past summer and it got me thinking about trying to make my own.   Well, lo and behold I found a recipe in last weekend's paper and decided to take a stab at it.
There she is.  Is your mouth watering yet?   Here's the recipe:
  • 2 bottles of Rose' wine
  • 1/2 cup brandy
  • 1/2 cup triple sec
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • juice of one orange
  • 10 oz. club soda
  • fruit...I used oranges, lemon, strawberries, raspberries and blueberries (the recipe suggested plums and peaches...I'll have to try that when they're in season)
Combine wine, brandy, triple sec, orange juice and sugar in a large pitcher.  Stir until sugar dissolves.  Add fruit and stir well to combine.  Cover and refrigerate until well chilled, about 2 hours.  Stir in club soda.  Serve in large glasses over ice.

I have to say I really enjoyed it.    Now I'm on a mission to find a white wine version which is what I had this summer.