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Happy 4th of July — Part III

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Just a quick post today to show you guys the finished products from baking!

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I know I said I was gonna make some cookies, but what I made instead was patriotic brownies & raspberry crumble top with blueberries. The patriotic brownies were inspired by this post here (check out the awesome America cake!!!)

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I’ll be sure to take awesome fireworks photos tonight! That one up top is a compilation of a few I took last year & the previous year.

Well, y’all have yourselves a fun night, & be safe everyone!!
Cheers!!
— Elise M. Gross

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Happy 4th of July!! — Part II

Good morning!! Happy 4th of July, folks!!!!

Alright comrades! I promised you a looksie at what I ended up doing to that rad button, so drumroll, please, & without further ado, I present to you all….!!

Kick @$$ patriotic button for 'MURICA!
Ta-daaaaa!!!!!!!

Isn’t it just FAB.U.LOUS???? I adore how homey it looks/feels. I feel like I’m looking at one of those crafts you find at the state fair, haha!! And it’s so BIG! (Insert joke here.) Seriously, it’s almost gaudy (the button alone is about 2.5″ across!) But it is very patriotic, no? Looooove!!!! Look, you can even see the threads where it’s sewn together! (Honestly not intentional, but I just adore how kitschy it feels..!)

I took some ribbon I had from the mass of sewing notions given to me last year & created the ribbon circle & ribbon strand (the blue with stars). The red “ribbon” is actually some binding I had, also from previously mentioned sewing notion stash. The ruffled part was done by simply sewing (set to 4 width stitch) a straight line down the binding, no backtacking, then grabbing one of the strands & gently maneuvering it down the other thread to get it ruffled. Sew it all together & huzzah! Then I grabbed a sweet flag print wrapper that I have had in my scrap box for years & sewed it on top of the ribbon strands. For a final touch, I snipped all the ends of the ribbons to get that cute ribbon shape!

Now, in other news… I know I had stated I’d make cookies tonight, but I was so in to sewing that I totally got side tracked… You see, if you weren’t already aware, I own an adorable Rat Terrier who was bequeathed to me with a… {shudder} …really obnoxious purple “Princess” shirt. Seriously. I had never owned a dog who wears clothes before, let alone who enjoys wearing them!! Like, seriously, she tries to dress herself all the time — this usually results in her having a paw through the head-hole with her face, haha!! (It’s been a very strange thing to get adjusted to, admittedly, but I’ve embraced it now.) In fact, now that I’ve learned to sew, I’ve even toyed with the idea of making her some clothes (not that she doesn’t already have a mini closet full… -_-;; ), so I went ahead & tried my hand at making a double layered patriotic-like bandana for her. Nothing super special, but cute enough. (Most of her other clothes have skulls & such…not particularly patriotic like. :\ Heh!) So, here’s my slap-dash attempt at making something cute for my pup:

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And here’s our lovely model:

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(Pardon the messy carpet…it needs a good vacuuming!)

A close up of the bow:

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And all together now!!

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Aaaah….a job well done. Probably worth not baking tonight, but I’ll try to bake in the morning. 😉
Good night, all!!

Cheers!!
— Elise M. Gross

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Memorial Day 2013

I hope that this post finds everyone well, & I hope you’ve all had a pleasant & enjoyable Memorial Weekend. As we spend today with our friends & families, I’d just like to take a moment to say that regardless of your political beliefs, affiliations, or any of those lovely freedoms we’re given in speech, I am very, incredibly grateful to have been given this opportunity in this life to be an American.

Regardless of what your nationality, I’d like to take a moment to remember all fallen heroes — worldwide– who have died in the line of duty.

In the United States we take this day to remember those who have fallen serving & protecting our country & our freedoms, & I’d like to say “thank you” to you all, whether you’re a Veteran, a current Soldier, or now at peace, your courage & bravery will never be forgotten, & your sacrifices never taken for granted.

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Happy Memorial Day all, & sweet dreams.

–EL