Etsy Fort Worth Sets up Fund for Hood County Tornado Victims

This year’s theme for the annual Etsy craft party is “Crafting for Community!” So our local team, Etsy Fort Worth, has decided to do something for our neighbors to the south in Hood County, who are recuperating from devastating tornado damage, and the lives that were lost.


Those affected in Hood County don’t qualify for monetary help from our government, so we’d like to do our part to help their community rebuild and heal. Join us on June 20th to fold 1,000 origami cranes to raise $1,000 to donate to United Way of Hood County. You can visit Etsy Fort Worth  for more information, including how to donate if you’re unable to come to the craft party. Please pass this along!



Spring is in the air

A Fresh Start Day 1


 It has been more than a few days since I made time to post anything on my blog. My schedule was turned upside down for several months but I think I am starting to fall into a new groove, kinda sorta.

I have missed blogging more than I thought I would but as I tried to wade through new waters I knew it was one of the things that had to be put on a back burner. The other thing was my sewing, oh how I have missed sewing!

I  had tossed a couple of blog ideas around in my head over the week-end along with dates and then this morning I saw that Sarah Mae was staring October with a “fresh blog start“. Perfect! Nothing like a challenge to get you going and the motivation of friends to keep you going.

Her challenge for day one: Is there room in your life to blog?  A few weeks, even days ago my answer would have been no but right now I know I can carve out a little me time each morning to blog. Do you find it a challenge to make time for yourself?

Strawberry, apple and pear juice

If you are looking for a balanced juice this one is it! Not too sweet but not bitter either.
1 cup strawberries, leaves and hulls removed
1 Granny Smith apple, stem removed
3 small ripe pears, stalks removed
1 large handful of spinach

Process through juicer and serve.

Great Deal at Hang To Dry


I know this is very short notice but I wanted to let you know about a great deal going on at Hang To Dry. Right now they are offering everything they currently have on their site plus everything they digitize for the rest of 2012 for one low price.

I have purchased about 8 of their designs and every one of them has stitched out perfectly! I only wish I hadn’t purchased so many only hours before they made announcment yesterday.

What are you waiting for, if you embroider you don’t want to miss this deal! Hurry up this deal ends Friday at noon, MST!

Licorice the Cat Giveaway


How about kicking off July with a giveaway!

Lately my heart has been drawn to many animal resuce groups and seeing how I rescued a black kitten last fall I thought Licorice the cat from the American Girl/Pleasant company would make the perfect prize.

Book Description

Publication Date: February 2005 | Age Level: 8 and up
Girls love Licorice – an adorable black cat with green eyes and a magnetic mouth that enables her to hold toys. And girls love quizzes! Now Coconut’s Quiz Book is paired with Licorice the cat to promote friendship. Girls will have a blast learning about themselves and a friend as they share quizzes that feature American Girl’s Westie pup and her adorable new pal, Licorice. Coconut’s Quiz Book is double the fun because every quiz comes in twos – perfect for sharing!


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• Tweet, post, or link in a blogpost to any Hearts and Home product or blog post (& leave your links/username when you comment here)
• Pin on Pinterest any Hearts and Home product or blog post (& link to the pin)
• Leave a comment below telling us what your favorite item from the shop is
• Follow Hearts and Home on Pinterest (& tell us your username)

Entries are limited to address within the United States because of the box size.

Giveaway closes on 7-12-12

Vegetable Lasagna (Vegan)


This vegetable lasagna is the best I have ever had! I have used the recipe three times now and it is a hit every time. The original recipe does call for 2 sweet potatoes mashed and added to the second layer but I leave it out.


1 onion, chopped

1 small head of garlic, all cloves chopped or pressed

8 ounces mushrooms, sliced

1 head broccoli, chopped

2 carrots, chopped

2 red bell peppers, seeded and chopped

1 can corn, rinsed and drained

1 package Silken Lite tofu

½ teaspoon cayenne pepper

1 teaspoon oregano

1 teaspoon basil

1 teaspoon rosemary

2 jars pasta sauce

2 boxes whole grain lasagna noodles

16 ounces frozen spinach, thawed and drained

6 roma tomatoes, sliced thin

1 cup raw cashews, ground



Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees.Sauté the onion and garlic on high heat for 3 minutes in a wok or nonstick pan. Add the mushrooms and cook until the onions are limp and the mushrooms give up their liquid. Remove them to a large bowl with a slotted spoon. Reserve the mushroom liquid in the pan. Sauté the broccoli and carrots for 5 minutes and add to the mushroom bowl. Sauté the peppers and corn until just beginning to soften. Add them to the vegetable bowl.

Drain the silken tofu by wrapping in paper towels. Break it up directly in the towel and mix into the vegetable bowl. Add spices to the vegetable bowl and combine.

To assemble the vegetable lasagna :
Cover the bottom of a 9-by-13-inch casserole with a layer of sauce. Add a layer of noodles. Cover the noodles with sauce. This way the noodles cook in the oven, saving time and energy. Spread the vegetable mixture over the sauced noodles. Cover with a layer of noodles and another dressing of sauce. Add the spinach to the second layer of sauced noodles then cover with more veggies.  Add another layer of sauce, the final layer of noodles, and a last topping of sauce. Cover the lasagna with thinly sliced roma tomatoes.

Cover with foil and bake in the oven for 45 minutes. Remove the foil, sprinkle with the cashews, and return to the oven for 15 minutes. Let lasagna sit for 15 minutes before serving.

Makes 10 – 12 servings

Free Online Sewing Machine 911 Class

sewing 911 Is your sewing machine causing you frustration?

Sign up for the free online Sewing Machine 911 class for help!

 In this class, learn how to diagnose your machine’s symptoms and how to easily fix the most common issues, including jammed machines, top thread breaks, needle breaks, and more. Claudia also explains the basic parts and functions of every machine. Whether your machine is still in the box, you’re working on a hand-me-down, or even if you’re an experienced sewist who still struggles with tension, this is the class for you!