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Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Tutorials to come.....

I am looking forward to working up tutorials for some of my favorite projects.  Some are shown below and I'll have more that will include vintage button pins and jewelry, crochet bags, hats and sweaters...

Ratty Tatty Denim Bib
with Appliques

Girl's Apron with
Adjustable Neck Strap

Another Ratty Tatty Bib

Upcycled Sweater Bag

Tomorrow I'll be posting on how I made this really fast and easy fleece blanket using a really great blade for my roatary cutter called a Skip-Stitch blade.
Crochet Edging for a Fleece Blanket
using a Skip-Stitch Blade
So stay tuned.....

Friday, September 24, 2010

Aspens in the Fall

I simply love this time of year.
Little Missy and I took a drive to the hills today to enjoy the beauty of the aspens as the leaves turn.  It was a very lovely drive with a very lovely little girl.

On another note....
I hope to work on creating a tutorial very soon on how to make this bag
from an old sweater and vintage fabric.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Good Reads for You and your Kiddo

Tonight Little Missy and I read Mr. Bear Squash-You-All-Flat
It was a good one - made us both smile.  Recommended reading for sure.

Monday, September 20, 2010

The Dottie Angel Challenge....

So I just adore Dottie Angel.  I like how she writes and I like her style and would have LOVED to attended the Dottie Angel Workshop that is happening in Seattle this weekend. 

Well she has a Dottie Angel Challenge of the utmost kind.   I've been giving this thought and trying to decide if it is something I would be capable of for a whole year.  I think it would be an interesting adventure to buy only handmade and secondhand.  I've been trying to think of anything I absolutely wouldn't be ok with buying secondhand.  I know my #1 follower (my mom) - (I know!  Amazing that I have a fan.... oh wait isn't your mom always your #1 fan? - thanks though mama! I love ya!)  Anyhow, my mom will not buy used shoes and then to think of it... what about undies!?!?!?!?  I don't think I could do that one.  Maybe I'd just have to hope that what I've got will really hold up for the next year or maybe stock pile them before the challenge start date.

So how about you dear readers (aka - mom) - would you do it?

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Banana Bread and Team Spirit

So last night we were talking about going to our friends to watch the Kansas City Chiefs game.  Little Missy wanted to know where her pink Chiefs jersey was so she could wear it today.  It's a size 2T so of course it is too small.  She was very concerned that I SOLD it (since to her I seam to be selling every thing these days).  I assured her it was down stairs in her "to save" bin.  So I told her I'd work something up for her to wear as I tucked her into bed.

Here's what came out of it - I had some pink iron on letters and a hand-me-down tank, a couple scraps of ribbon and easy-peasy!  I just followed the instructions on the package the letters came in and tied the ribbons on the tanks shoulder so they can be removed for washing.  I have to say I do like the pink and white better than the Chiefs ketchup and mustard color scheme.  And being all girly and pink and white, you could do this for any team and not have to worry about the colors.

Since we are going to friends for the game, I wanted to bring along food.  I think it is something that is genetic.  You always bring food - or have out food - or offer food.  My Grandma Van always would have a little something out for any visitors.  She kept a well stocked candy drawer for when us kiddos stopped in too. 

Ok - so back to what I was talking about - food - I made banana bread and it smells SO good in this house right now.  My mom is who taught me to bake and to love to bake.  I am pretty sure she has this banana bread recipe memorized.  I have to use the book.  It is the church cook book full of the recipes used for years and years by the congregation I spent my childhood with.  I use this cook book all the time, being they are so very tried and true....

Banana Bread

1/2c. Butter
1c. Sugar
2 Eggs
3-4 Ripe Bananas
2c. Flour
1tsp. soda
1tsp. salt
1tsp. vanilla
nuts - if you want them.... or chocolate chips... or as I like it - just as it is.

Cream butter and sugar.  Add eggs and bananas.  Mix in flour, soda and salt.  Add vanilla and nuts or chips or nothing else.  Poor into floured loaf pans and bake at 400 for 1 hour.

Then breath deep and enjoy that delish aroma filling your house. 

I think that's one of the best parts of baking is that wonderful smell - that and eating it!

Happy Sunday all - have a good one!

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Hello internet

Well hello there vast world of the Internet.

"Want to be my friend?"

My little Missy (aka daughter) is 4 and she will ask just about any random kid at the park or the store or at our garage sale (where the kid was here for about 3 minutes and we will probably never see them again... but certainly friend material to Missy) "Want to be my friend?"

I suppose you might not be as quick to friendship as a preschooler and maybe want to know a little bit more about me and what it is I'm doing here in blog land.

I am a stay at home mom who has a pretty strong creative streak.  I'd love to one day contribute to our little household by doing something creative.  I currently sell vintage goodies in my Road10 Etsy shop.  I also have been taking little orders here and there for handmade bits too.  I LOVE to crochet.  My mom showed me how to get going with it this past Spring and I haven't stopped yet.  I hope to share some of my ideas and maybe a few tutorials or patterns too for you all to try out.  I feel like I'm on a bit of a journey to sort out what it is I'll be when I "grow up".  I've been given this amazing gift to be home with my kiddo and have the time and support to try to become and do something I love. 

My Grandma Van
You may also want to know why my blog is called Visit Road 10.  Well my vintage business is called Road 10:Vintage, I hope to add Road 10:Handmade, but also Road 10 is the county road in rural Colorado that I grew up on.  I was very very blessed with a great childhood, being close to family and always lot of laughter.  My Grandma Van lived next door and taught me to sew, embroider and knit.  She was a very special lady.

So.... let's see... what else.... I suppose I've got more posts to write, better not tell it all now!

Well how about it?  Friends?  Or at least curious followers of my journey to find out how to become.... well I'm not sure yet, a craft book writer? or a super seller of handmade and vintage goodies? or a crochet pro? or all of them?  Either way, here's where I'll share my life and all of it's happening.  Hope you enjoy!