Friday, December 31, 2010

Christmas Creations

I did a lot of sewing and selling this season. I stayed up much later than I planned on, but who can resist an apron order? These are the highlights, which one is your favorite?

Wyoming is a little bit cuter with these aprons. My best-seller zebra and hot pink apron and a retro red ruffle apron.

For two lucky little boys who now have an excuse to bug mom in the kitchen.

I loved the truck apron so much I made one for my little man and wrapped it up for Christmas. He refuses to wear it, but whatever, it won't fit him for 2 years anyway:)

These music aprons were a custom order from Wyoming again. The perfect gift for music teachers, and I had to throw in a little pin with black tulle for some flare.

These are by far my favorite aprons I've done this season. I received an order from a grandmother who wanted mom, teenager and baby all in the kitchen cooking together. She had lots of specific requests and wants, but gosh they turned out lovely. The apron for mom needed to be plus-size, but Grandma still wanted it to be attractive and stylish. She wanted the fabric to be a little gothic, but girlie too.

I'll admit, I was a little overwhelmed with this order until I found this fabric at Joann's. Girlie and a little edgy, paired with purple polka dots it's per-fect!

Here is the order in all it's glory

Here's the one year old baby doll apron, simple and cute.

Here is the teen daughter's apron. I looove how it turned out, hands-down my fave. The ruffle on the bottom is too cute, edged in gray bias tape and a little yoyo for show.

For mom's apron I added 4 inches to each side 3 inches in length. I made the straps extra long, so she can still get a great tie out of it. It looks so sharp, I must admit. It took 4 yards of bias tape for this baby, sheesh.

For the extra glamor I made this pin. It's detachable, fabric yoyo with black lace.

I love how these turned out, so my new favorites:)

Now, back to making 2 quiet books for friends and finishing my list of things to make for my little man. If you see anything you love and are interested in a custom order just email me. Happy new year!

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Saturday, December 11, 2010

Showing Off

Want to shop Camille's Casa? Go here to check out my Christmas Sale!

I'm going to do a little showing off here for a second. I've been busy these last few months making things to sell and things for family. Want to see?

I made this gift box for my newest niece, my little guy finally has a cousin! They live far away at Medical School, so had to spoil her extra since we can't snuggle her.

This is her apron, adore.

And this is her applique onesie, cutie pie pants and a lovely sweater with a pin. Girls are too much fun:)

There is something about winter that makes me crave super nachos. You know, a gigantic plate of everything gooey mexican? Well, we've been having homemade nacho and a movie friday nights. Have to have some homemade guacamole, pico de gallo, sour cream and lots of cheese.

Don't you wish you were my friday night friend?

And last but not least, the super hero cape I made for my little man. It took a lot of convincing for him to actually try it on:) It's double-sided, a yellow star on the blue background. I did a B for his name, instead of Superman. I love those fun sewing projects you can whip out in a day! I made a little knapsack for his superhero treasures too.

I'm still working hard on an awesome gift for the little man and the patterns for all of you, be watching!

Linking up with Tator Tots and Jello, A little Knick Knack, and Fun to Craft

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Monday, December 6, 2010

Christmas Sale

Sale has ended. Thanks for your orders. If you see something you like, shoot me an email and we'll do a custom order.

Scroll down to see new aprons added!

Brown dots with red satin rosettes, adorable! Adult headband, $14.50

Red and White polka dots, frayed edges and a shiny jewel. Adult headband - $14.50

Double-strand necklace with chunky sparkle beads with detachable black lace clip - $24.50

Double-strand chunky black beads with detachable black lace clip - $26.50

Extra long double-strand bead necklace with detachable lace flower clip - $28.50

Another view, this one is my favorite, gorgeous right?

All of my black lace clips look like this on the back, a clip and a pin back. You can remove it from the necklace and clip it in your hair, pin it to a crocheted hat, pin it to a cardigan or clip it to a headband. Possibilities!

Introducing my re-designed Baby Doll or Infant aprons! These are a hit at baby showers. The ribbon neck strap attaches with velcro in the right corner, just like a bib. The matching clip detaches and is perfect for a headband or a little pony tail.

Baby Doll/Infant Chocolate Apron with matching hair clip - $14.50

Baby Doll/Infant Glitter Swirl Apron - $14.50

Baby Doll/Infant Apron with matching hair clip - $14.50

FYI - Items are handmade by Camille in a smoke-free, pet-free home. All packages ship the next business day via USPS. Shipping is $2, local orders can be picked up. I can only accept orders in the United States at this time. Contact me at camillescasa(at)yahoo(dot)com with questions or comments.

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Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Odds and Ends

A few things I want to mention to my favorite readers:

First, I guest posted at Small and Simple this week, go check it out here.

Second, those of you that emailed and commented about the soap, I will reply I promise I've just been crazy busy:)

Third, the last day I will be accepting custom apron orders is December 10th. I am finishing up 2 adorable music note aprons, starting on some cute little boy aprons and just took an order for 3 gothic skull aprons (I know, weird) and don't worry I'll be posting pictures soon.

I will get some of my aprons that I just finished up soon for sale. I just re-designed my infant/baby doll apron and I have a few left from my last boutique.

I hope you are all having the happiest of holidays so far, I am:) I'm going to go make some cookies right now for an event tonight. Just in case you want to, here is the recipe ready to print and share: Mini Cinnamon Roll Cookies

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Thursday, November 11, 2010

The Search is Over and Steak Paprika

*Insert cheesy 80s mix tape*

"And I'm never gonna let you go, I'm gonna hold you in my arms forever . . . . "

That's right folks, the search is over! I'm so delighted! I have finally, after years of frustration, found the perfect dishwasher soap. I've just been dealing with white spots, film, flakies, globs and smeared dishes forever, and now my search is over. Dishwasher detergent is expensive, and I've tried every brand on the Target shelves believing their grease fighting promises only to be disappointed. New soap, amazing! Smells good, cleans great, no gunk and here's the kicker - child safe! Yeah, no dangerous warning on the back, all natural and affordable. Can you guess what brand it is? If you want to know more, email me or leave a comment w/ your email and I'll let you in on the secret. Rejoice!

And since my dishwasher can handle every crusty dish I put in there, let me share this fabulous recipe with you. My husband loves this steak over pasta dish, and the paprika makes it spicy good. You could serve it over rice, but penne pasta is my fave. Don't go skimpy on the mushrooms, they "make" this dish in my opinion.

Husband Rating: 5 stars

Father-in-law stamp of approval recipe

2-3 Tbsp. butter

4 4oz. flank steaks

1 cup sliced mushrooms

4 Tbsp. diced onion

2 cloves garlic, minced

2 tsp. paprika

2 Tbsp. flour

1/2 cup sour cream

1 cup beef broth

3 cups cooked pasta

Dash of black pepper

Cook pasta according to package directions. Melt butter over medium heat in a skillet. Cook steaks in butter 5-7 minutes, or until desired doneness. Remove steak, but save the drippings in the pan. In drippings saute mushrooms, onion and garlic. Stir in paprika and dash of pepper. When mushrooms are tender stir in beef broth, and stir over medium heat for 2 minutes. In a separate bowl stir together flour and sour cream. Whisk in to pan and stir until smooth. Slice steak into thin strips. Pour mushroom sauce over noodles and top with sliced steak. Enjoy!

Linking up with Foodie Friday, Friday Favorites, and Show off your Stuff Party

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Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Chicken Sale? Now what?

Have you found a great chicken sale? What comes next? How can you make it useful?

I know I've bought a big package of chicken at some great price, forgot about it or didn't get it all used and ended up throwing half of it away. *gasp* I know, I'm so embarrassed:) I want to share my easy ideas for using chicken, listen up.

This picture is an average 1 month chicken supply. It's roughly 7 lbs, and cost me just under $14. I only buy chicken if I can find it for under $2/lb, that's my rule. I always purchase it from the meat counter instead of the aisle, that way they will package it for me however I want for free.

First, I have them pack 2 chicken breasts in one package, 2 chicken breasts in another and all the rest together. The wrapped packages you see have 2 pieces of chicken and are going right in my freezer. These are perfect for when I want to make something like Honey Dijon Chicken, Ritzy Chicken Nuggets, or Chicken Stir Fry. Simply put the chicken in your fridge the day before and you're good to go.

Next, you see the ziploc bags on the right? I get several marinades ready to go for a fast meal. Here I made Lemon Pepper Chicken (delicious on the grill), Sun-dried Tomato Basil (which is delicious with Asparagus Alfredo or for Smothered Grilled Chicken) and Teriyaki Chicken (which I use for my Teriyaki Noodle Bowls or a quick stir fry. And really, all I do is dump in the bottled marinades, you could totally make your own or go coupon some cheap Kraft marinades. After I add the chicken to the marinade I label and put right in the freezer. The night before I want to use it, I toss it the fridge to thaw. Delicious!

Finally, the last thing I do with the chicken it to cook and shred it. Click here to read my easy instructions on boiling and shredding chicken. I usually put 1 1/2 - 2 cups in each ziploc bag. Shred it or dice it, or some of each. It's soooo handy to have pre-cooked chicken to whip out right before dinner. I confess, sometimes I don't even have time to thaw the chicken. A few turns in the microwave and I'm in business. The cooked chicken is essential for quick meals like Chicken Quesadillas, Chicken/Rice/Bean Burritos and Chicken Tostadas. Throw it on Garlic Chicken Flatbread Pizza or make BBQ Chicken Sandwiches.

So what do you think? If you spend a few extra minutes prepping your chicken, you have a month full of chicken meals that are ready to roll.

Now go make something delicious with chicken!

(And for all your ladies from, I'm excited to be picking up my Zaycon Foods all natural chicken this weekend. I can't believe I got 40 lbs, of chicken for $1.48 per lb. I'm splitting it with my mom, but still, that is going to last me for months!!!)

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Monday, November 1, 2010

November Sharing Times

I'm not going to be posting individual lessons for November sharing times, but I did compile some great ideas from the Friend that could really get you started!

You could easily create a fun service board game with this artwork from the Friend. You could cut apart the people needing service and spread them around the chalkboard. Draw simple squares connecting them. Have children roll the dice until they arrive and identify the service. Children could be on 2 teams. Cute eh?

When we're helping we're happy would make a great lesson. I love these printable buttons for a calender for the month of November. Scroll down and read the ideas for a puzzle, smile game and scriptures.

Here is a cute cartoon sketch of the story of President Kimball and his service to a family at the airport. It would be fun to read piece by piece or act out.

I love this idea that talks about how Jesus served others and we should do. Cute ideas, plus you get to make a kindness bouquet of flowers:)

This one could be an awesome sharing time as you discuss having a Happy Home. What makes a happy home? Serving your family! Love the ideas and printables.

Have a fabulous sharing time lesson!

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Monday, October 25, 2010

October Sharing Time Week 4

Week 4: Temple work helps me and my family come unto Christ.

For sharing time this week I'm going to be using a great story from the Feb. 2002 Friend magazine and play a game that my primary kids love.

First, visit this link and print the story and 2 coloring pages. I would print the images on cardstock. I colored them with markers, cut them out, and put sticky velcro (just the hooks) on the back.

Our church library has large (about 2x3) flannel boards you can check out. The velcro sticks perfectly to the flannel. If you don't have a flannel board, you could use a poster board and masking tape, or a magnet board and magnets, or even a chalkboard.

Begin by telling the story about the family that goes to the temple open house. I will invite one child to come up with me and help me put the pieces anywhere on the board. Ask questions as you go like: Why do they where booties in the temple? Why are they wearing their sunday best? How many oxen are there? How old do you need to be to do baptism for the dead?

Now that you have all the pieces up, it's time to play the game. Sometimes I bring a child up to help, other times I choose the piece. I call this game the Baby Shower Game, since we always seem to play it at baby showers:) My junior and senior primary kids get really in to it. I place my flannel board on a music stand so I can easily spin it around, but a blanket over the top works well too. To play, turn the board around and remove one piece of the story. Turn it back around and have the children try to guess which piece is missing. They have to raise their hands, and when they guess it you can ask them more questions about the item.

To close, share a personal temple story, a great experience you've had there. Bear your testimony and encourage them to strive for the temple. I like to ask their teachers for their experiences in the temple too.

Have a wonderful lesson. If you haven't answered my question about sharing time lessons, please click here to let me know what you think.


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