Archives February 2015 | William and Heather Kate

Heavenly Face and Body Cream

Heavenly Face and Body Cream

Well over a month ago I posted about my facial cream experiment.  What started out as a simple attempt to find an all-natural facial cream that I both like and am not allergic to turned into a full-blown semi-scientific endeavor that has ended up in my complete obsession with making lotion.  This is evidenced by the fact that I recently told my kids I could not…{fill in the blank}… bec... »

How to Make Continuous Bias Tape

How to Make Continuous Bias Tape

I’ve tried several ways of making custom bias tape, and by far my favorite way is to make it in a continuous loop all at once, so that you don’t have to piece together a dozen strips of fabric and then stitch and tie and cut a billion times.  I found several tutorials online, which I will share with you here.  They all have their own benefits, but I think my favorite is the one at Sew-... »

Daddy-Daughter Woodworking Project

Daddy-Daughter Woodworking Project

While playing outside recently, Hunter told me that she wanted us to do a woodworking project. Let me interpret that for you, she would give me a project to build for her, while she watches! Well not exactly, usually she wants to help, and this was a perfect time to make something for Valentine’s Day. It took a few queries for me to establish exactly what she wanted to make, once we had an i... »

Wooden Heart Charm Kid’s Woodworking Project

Wooden Heart Charm Kid’s Woodworking Project

Saturday, (or was it Sunday?) afternoon, just before it was time to come in for showers and supper, my daughter proclaimed that she wanted to do a wood-working project.  “What?! Now?!” was my inner response.  But Bill willingly obliged.  So as I headed up the stairs to cook up some chicken and caramelized onion quesadillas, they went to stirring around in the shop.  Just a little while... »

Lantern Scarf Free Knitting Pattern

Lantern Scarf Free Knitting Pattern

I’ve looked at several local stores for a bright yellow necklace that I like, but I finally ran out of time and patience.  When I put this blue outfit together for work recently, I declared it insufficient without a sunlight-yellow accessory.  Fortunately, I didn’t have one, and I wasn’t going shopping either.  I determined to find some sort of yellow in my yarn or fabric stash a... »

Crazy Good Caramel Popcorn

Crazy Good Caramel Popcorn

No football game is complete without the most delicious homemade caramel popcorn known to man.  This recipe is straight from my mother’s treasured recipe box, and I am privileged enough to even have it in her own handwriting. 😉  Her markings on the recipe card say that it is from Imogene Machotka in Odessa, Texas, circa 1980. Back in the day my mom used an air popper to pop the corn, so the ... »