Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Giveaway! - Huggable Patterns

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It's finally time! Here is a giveaway for all of you Grumpy Cat fans!
Grumpy Cat is my latest of my patterns available for you to purchase and download.
Handmade toys are a cherished gift, and fun because you can personalize them. With basic sewing skills you can make your own handmade plush toys right at home!
Grumpy Cat's final size:
Height: 12.5" tall
Width: about 11"
**This project will take you about 3 hours to make.**

The winner of this giveaway will receive a finished Grumpy Cat plush - a $40 Value!
(Winner can also opt for the pattern as their prize, which is a $15 Value)

**International winners will be responsible for shipping costs for the plush prize**

Giveaway is open Worldwide!
Winner will be selected and verified on May 7th.
Please use the rafflecopter entry form below to enter, Good luck!

All entries will be verified- Please use Rafflecopter to complete your entries, so they are documented! You will find the links for each entry when you click "Do it". Please enter the additional information for verification if needed. If you are selected and the information needed is not there, or can not be verified - YOU WILL NOT WIN, another person will be selected! It is not necessary to leave your email in the comments, Rafflecopter will keep track and give me the winners email for notification.
Winner will have 48 hours to respond. Thanks for participating!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Changes Ahead

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I'm in the process of making some changes right now with my shop/blog and other pages. 
When I first decided to give Etsy a try I didn't know what I wanted to do. I tried sewing and made a handful of different things. I also did some headbands and jewelry for young girls. At one point I made some homemade lip balm. I thought "Created By Laurie" was general enough to cover all of that.  :)
Now that I have focused on stuffed animals and have started making my own patterns to sell (Huggable Patterns), I wanted to drop the general name and change it to fit what I make. I decided on "Huggable Friends" to go hand in hand with my pattern shop. You might have noticed the web address has already changed. Soon I will be working on a new look for my shop and blog, so if you visit and things look a little 'funky', it means I'm changing things up a bit and should be done soon.  :)

P.S. My Grumpy Cat giveaway will be posted this week - keep a look out!

Monday, April 14, 2014

Down n Dirty with Dustin

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Friday, April 11, 2014

Milo's Spotlight: The Tiny Tuxedo

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This week Milo is all dressed up in his very own little tuxedo. Unfortunately a smaller size that what was ordered arrived which definitely shows off poor Milo's pooch! He almost looks like a kitty James Bond, doesn't he? (minus the kitty gut)
The outfit as you can see was no anywhere close to being able to be buttoned around his middle. He didn't mind at all, sat there like the wonderful boy he is and eventually laid down and fell asleep.  :)

If you would like to see the rest of Milo's outfits, click here!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Homemade Breakfast Burritos

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My weekday mornings are usually rushed with getting my family fed, ready, and out the door. By the time Little Devin and I return home after dropping his brother off at school my stomach is growling reminding myself I have neglected it yet again. These homemade breakfast burritos are a perfect solution for a fast and tasty meal that is very filling! I make about 25 or so at a time and freeze them. The great thing about making your own is being able to customize for the whole family.

For my burrito above I used sausage, eggs, potatoes, and cheese. To make a batch of these, I use about 25 or so large tortillas (depending on how big I make them). For the filling I shred 2 lbs of medium cheddar cheese, cook 2 lbs of sausage, scramble about 30 eggs, and cook about 4 lbs of potatoes. I don't peel the potatoes, just cut them in bite size pieces and add 1-2 onions cut as well. I drizzle a little oil, just enough to coat them and mix well. Then I sprinkle some of my favorite seasonings, spread it out on a wide shallow dish and cook at 425 degrees for 30 minutes. After half an hour I turn it on to broil just until they look a little golden. 
Then I let them cool.

When making a large amount, I find it easiest to have a couple of cookie sheets laying nearby, and line them up on them as I make and wrap them up. Once they are all made, I place them in the freezer for an hour or two so they firm up and hold their shape when wrapping them individually in foil. Then I bag them in freezer bags in groups that way I can pull out a bag at a time and thaw them in the fridge.. 

I have made these with different cheeses and meats, they are delicious every way! Hubby likes his with salsa, I'm more of a ketchup kind of gal.  :)  Do you have a favorite speedy breakfast?

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Grumpy Cat Plush

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Here is the first look at my completed Grumpy Cat plush! He make look angry, but is very soft and cuddly  :)  
The final size is about 12 inches tall. I'll be having a giveaway for my readers once I finish up the pattern instructions and get it listed, that way you can enter to receive your very own Grumpy Cat!

I'm hoping to get back on track with creating more stuffed animals and patterns now that the Hubby is home for a while before deploying. I have a list of some fun ideas, so stay tuned  :)

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