Thursday, December 6, 2012

Table Cloth Tree Skirt

Here at Greatstitch, we are all about saving money! I have scrimped and scraped my whole life, even when I didn't have to any more, it is just in my DNA to use every scrap and morsel. My mom was born in a dirt floor log cabin in SE Oklahoma, Indian Territory. So I come by it honestly. I am always looking for another way to do things, cheaper, faster, anything that will streamline the process.

My tree skirt was looking a little ratty, and I wanted to do this Christmas photo shoot. Honestly I hate hemming something round. So I was stressing about how to make it look nice. A table cloth popped in my head because they are already hemmed! Away I went to Walmart to find the cheapest $8 table cloth I could find. I opened it up and cut the middle out, then sliced down one side of it. Voila...a tree skirt! I hemmed the middle and down the cut side with hem tape (again my aversion for round hemming).  I added trim and bows, then did a little embroidery since that's what I do. You could applique...just go crazy with it! I even thought it would be fun to take heirloom or lace and use it. Patch over any stains with something fun.

Here are the pictures

Be sure and visit for the Classic Christmas Collection that we used for these adorable tags on the packages!

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Almost Halloween!

It's almost Halloween, are you ready? Have you got your little goblins all dressed up for school days and family time? Last chance to get your little cuties a personalized shirt. Here are some adorable options:

Get the hairbows and tutus here:

AndersRuff printables here:

Spray paint works wonders on a Starbucks carrier! Add a printable sticker from AndersRuff and you're good to go!

Don't forget the bag!

AndersRuff did the adorable printables:

Our photos were taken by Digital Detours:

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Early Christmas Surprise

We had a ball on out Christmas shoot the other day. We will share more later, but for now here is a little recipe for White Chocolate Peppermint Popcorn for your family movie nights. Everyone knows I am a huge fan of popcorn and here is another good one.

Most people use microwave popcorn, but I prefer to make it the old fashioned way...on the stove with gasp...Crisco. we don't indulge often, but if I am going to eat, it is going to be worth the trouble! :)  Here is how we make it....

Popcorn in the Pan
3qt pan
1/8c Crisco melted
1/3 c white popcorn

Heat on Medium until Crisco ismelted, put in the popcorn. Keep the lid askew on the pan so it lets out a little steam otherwise your popcorn will be tough. When it starts popping, turn it down a bit so the top kernels don't burn while they wait for the slow pokes. Shake the pan as you go to get the old maids to the bottom. When popcorn slows, turn the pan off and set it off the heat. Let it finish popping with the lid slightly off the pan.  Enjoy!

Now...adding white chocolate and peppermint.

White Chocolate Peppermint Popcorn
8oz white chocolate
10 Peppermint candies (more or less to taste--I did it with the three I had from eating out the other day)
Pan of popcorn

Melt the white chocolate in the microwave. I set ours on 1 minute then stir and 20 second intervals after that. You do NOT want to seize the chocolate by heating it too long. I use a corelle bowl to melt it in and it works beautifully. Smash some peppermints in a bag with a hammer until they are pretty small crumbs. Remember, it is flavor and you don't want to chew the peppermints with your popcorn so smash it pretty small leaving just a few crumbs for color.

Sprinkle the peppermints into the popcorn and then pour the chocolate over all of it and stir. Pour it out on foil or parchment and let it cool, then break it up. Enjoy!

Friday, August 24, 2012

Such Great Fun!

We are planning a little tea party! Can't wait to tell you all about it! In the mean time here is a preview of our Christmas Jammies!!

Our Friend Becky designed this set of Gingerbread men....we love him! 

Monday, August 13, 2012

Lunar Luau

We have been wanting to post about our Lunar Luau and wanted AndersRuff to have the first crack at it. They have now posted it so I can tell you all about it!  Claire was super sweet and loved the Luau theme. She picked it herself and all it worked out perfectly. Mom Lindsay was helpful in planning and setting up too!

We did the main room the night before and it made it much easier on the day of the party to be able just to set out the food.

We got Luau cookies from Last Course Bakery and they tasted as good as they looked!
Becky at Digital Detours did such a fantastic job with the pictures!

  We are so excited for how this all turned out and the biggest thing we did was a last minute fix. we knew the chairs needed something but I didn't have time to make full out covers. We had done the pillowcases for the slumber part of the party and  so at the last minute (panic is when my best inspiration strikes) I wondered if the pillow cases would fit over the chairs. Volia! They did. And they turned out to be the biggest hit of the party as far as I'm concerned. 

When the party was done the pillowcases were used in the slumber party then put into the bags for the girls to take home. Could you get a more useful party accessory? 

We also used AndersRuff Luau water labels, napkin rings and name cards. They are so great with their things...the artwork is always crisp and clean and so easy to print out and personalize!!!

Monday, July 23, 2012

Pillowcase Chair Covers

We recently did a party and we needed a quick fix for the chairs....we used the pillow cases we had made since it was a sleepover. They worked like a dream! Then they were transferred to the pillows when we were done with the dining room decorations. Finally they were given as gifts in the adorable monogrammed gift bags taken home as party favors. Becky at Digital Detours did our photographs and this could possibly be my favorite! More beautiful photos to come later!

Friday, July 6, 2012

Fleur de Sel Caramel Corn

I am sharing an old family recipe. It is super quick and easy. I have told only a handful of people over the years and they have had to beg for the enjoy! Have a crowd on hand because it is very hard to resist! 

Fleur de Sel Caramel Corn Stove Top Style
by Brenda Byers

8 Large Marshmallows
1 stick butter
1 c. brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla bean paste
1/2 tsp fleur de sel

3 Quarts Popcorn (best cooked over the stove)

Have popcorn ready--white is the best background for this caramel.  Melt the butter--do not brown it-- and then stir in the brown sugar. The longer you cook the brown sugar/butter the crispier it will so it doesn't burn. We like it gooey so we just melt the marshmallows right away.

Add all the marshmallows all at one time. This is sort of like rice krispies in that you need to melt the marshmallows completely. When melted, pour over popcorn, no baking involved.

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Chocolate Party

Now here's a party that almost anyone can enjoy! We had a fundraiser for our daughter's upcoming marathon run.
We made every kind of chocolate we could think of! Someone said it was like visiting Willie Wonka! And we had amazing friends that showed up to help us eat it all.

We had many businesses get behind us and help us out with the raffles. Glacier Confections donated a whole box of their lovely chocolates! That was the highlight of the raffles!

Anders Ruff helped us figure out some great signage, the Choco-LOT sign and all the labels were theirs. They were amazing to work with--very helpful with design ideas and customizing everything to fit our theme and menu. It came in handy in making us look like we knew what we were doing.
We worked super hard getting this all ready. Rhonda has mad fan making skills and put this montage all together. She folded squares like the little fans and stapled three of them together, then bent them in half on each side to make a circle stapling that to each other.
And of course it wouldn't really be a party at our house without the shirts to match the theme and the decorations
I have been on a raspberry tear lately and here is a fun little way to add some chocolate to the fruit...just pop a chocolate chip in the opening and elegant addition.
But I think the highlight of the night was our sweet daughter's Salted Caramel Cupcakes. Everyone raved about them. Even more special than that is a fact that is never far from my mind...never take for granted these moments...she had cancer and is still with us, and I do realize not everyone can say that. I can't imagine life without either of our children and we feel so very blessed. We will ever be greatful for answered prayer and wonderful doctors. The Leukemia Lymphoma Society was on the forefront of finding out how to cure her kind of cancer. She is one year away from hearing that amazing word. We are happy to help and give back to them the way they gave to us, and that was the idea that gave birth to this amazing Choco-LOT evening. 
Almost 4 years ago now she was diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma 6 weeks before she graduated with her bachelor's degree. Her doctor said it was a slow growing cancer and by the time they got her biopsy done and port in, she had 4 weeks left. He cleared her to go back as long as she started her chemo the week she graduated.

It was the toughest time of our lives and we had just moved to OK so our support system was down. In stepped the Leukemia Lymphoma Society when we needed it the most and they helped us in so many ways. We have made it our mission to give back to them as we know for a fact they use the money with great care and they helped us right when we needed it! So she is raising money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society by running a marathon.

Here is a link to Rhonda's fundraising page if you would like to support her efforts to give back: