How to make your own mini ironing board

For Christmas I got one of those mini Rowenta irons to use in my craft room.

The purpose of the iron was so I could iron fabric and crafts that I do without having to lug the big ironing board and iron to the basement all the time.

I would always forget to take it back upstairs then hubby was having to go to work wrinkly because he didn’t want to go all the way to the basement to iron his shirts.

Well, if I have the mini iron, I needed a mini ironing board to go with it.

I look at the mini boards at WalMart and JoAnn Fabrics and they were almost $30.

I told hubby how much they were and he suggested that we just make one.

I had some cabinet plywood left over from my cupboard project.

I went to JoAnn’s and got some batting and material.  The material was on clearance for $4 a yard but then when I had it cut, the lady took another 50% off.  I got the yard (which was all I needed) for $2.  The batting was only $7 and I was able to use my 40% off coupon making it  just over $4.

This whole project cost me just a little over $6.

So I got hubby down to the basement to help me with the cutting.

We first did our measurements of how long and wide I wanted the ironing board to be.

We made it 12″ wide and 32″ long.

We then drew out the tip and drew the angled lines.

After that, hubby got me started cutting the bottom and the sides.

We used a jigsaw to do this.

Once the sides and bottom were cut, we cut out the tip.

Once everything was cut, we sanded down the edges and curved them a little so they wouldn’t tear the fabric.

I then layed the batting over the plywood and trimmed it up.

Then I put the material over top of the batting.

We then turned it over so that we could staple the material and batting to the underside of the plywood.

You want to make sure to pull the material very tight and place lots of staples along the perimeter of the plywood.  Make sure not to leave big gaps between staples.

Cut off all the excess fabric.

And there you have your mini ironing board.

We plan to add some feet to it later but we didn’t have any on hand.

I love it for ironing small sewing projects.

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A New Year’s Resolution

I’m not usually big on making New Year Resolutions.

I can think of things that I want to change and do in the new year but that usually only lasts about a week and then I’m pretty much over it.

One year my resolutions were to write in a journal everyday and have lunch with my hubby once a week.  Well, the journal writing lasted about 2 days and hubby got tired of having lunch with me once a week so that ended pretty quickly.

I used to be really good about sending birthday cards to family members.

Ok, not really good but I was kinda good about it.

Truth is, I stink at it.  Really stink!

My sister would agree.

Her kids were lucky if I could get their cards to them in the month of their birthday let alone on the day of their birthday.  My poor husband’s family never got any, I don’t think.  I like to think that that wasn’t entirely my fault, see; he couldn’t remember when all the birthdays were so he would have to call his parents to ask them and then he would forget to tell me and so I would never remember to get a card or it would be too late.  So yea, I’m going to lay that blame on him.

Well, this year my resolution is to get it together and send out birthday cards to our families.  Not just my side but his side as well.  I am taking the burden off his shoulders and going to do it for both of us.  Hopefully I can get him to sign them, we will see.

This week in the mail we got this:

Now it may look like just any old calendar to you but it’s not.  It’s so much more than that.

My father-in-law must be reading my mind or something because he took the time to write down everyone’s birthday in this calendar.

He even wrote everyone’s ages.

No I have no excuses for not sending birthday cards to hubby’s family.

He has helped me out tremendously.

 I’m going to put this in my office so I always have the birthdays right in front of me.

Thanks to the help from my father-in-law,  I’m sure to be able to keep my New Year’s Resolution this year.

He even circled Father’s Day for us.

 Oh man, were we that bad??

Probably so.

My most favorite part of this calendar was when I flipped to October. Not only did he have my birthday on there, but he has me a year younger than I actually am.

I always knew he was on my side.

So, Thank you, Ed!

 Thank you for helping me keep my New Year’s Resolution this year and for also thinking I’m a year younger than I actually am.

Pincushion Tutorial

I saw this awesome pincushion over at  Kim and Kris even have a video tutorial on their website showing you exactly how to go about making one of your own.

As soon as I saw it, I knew that I had to make one for my mom for Christmas.  I’ve been holding off posting the tutorial until she got her present.  I didn’t want to give it away.

I started off by printing the free pattern onto cardstock and cutting it out.

You will have a front and back body piece, 2 side pieces and 2 oval pieces.  One of the oval pieces can be cut from 1/4 inch thick foam board or plywood as I did.  The other oval piece should be cut from a piece of felt.

I got these 2 bunches of material at WalMart for $10 a piece.  I loved the variety and the colors.

I laid the front and back pieces onto the fabric and traced them with a fabric marker.

I then cut 2 pieces of the side piece.

You can see the outline from my marker here.  It fades away so you’re not left with marks on your fabric.

After you get all the pieces cut out, you place the front and back body pieces right-sides together.  You then sew both sides from the top of the neck all the way out to the top of the arm using a 1/4″ seam.

This is probably the trickiest part in the sewing.  I had to go back and watch the video just to be sure I was doing it correctly.

You want to line up the top of the side pieces to the top of the shoulder and pin it; then carefully match up the rest of the way down the front piece and the back piece.  Pinning as you go.  Taking your time to make sure everything stays lined up, sew those pieces together.

I started sewing at the bottom of one side then went all the way around the piece to the bottom of the other side.

Turn it right side out and you will have this.

You then stuff the mannequin with polyester fiber-fil.

Make sure you stuff it pretty good so it can be used as a pin cushion.

After that, you will insert your foam board or the plywood in my case into the bottom.

Using a hot glue gun, glue the fabric to the foam board or plywood.

Then apply glue to the bottom of the foam board or plywood and cover with your oval felt piece.

Push it down onto the table to get the bottom flat.

Apply hot glue to the top of your candlestick.

And set the pin cushion on top.

It will look like this.

 You then take a small Christmas ball, put some hot glue on the bottom and push it down into the neck hole.

Finished.  I just love the way it looks.

I’m definitely going to have to make myself one next.

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Classic Beef Lasagna and Parmesan Herb Knots

For dinner last night, I decided to try some lasagna. And great big gigantic dinner rolls.

Usually my lasagna comes out all runny and looks more like a pasta casserole than lasagna.

I found this recipe in a magazine and have had it in my recipe binder for several years.

I had never made it but when I was working on my menu for this week, decided to give it a try.

It calls for pre-cooked lasagna noodles, which I love using.  The only problem I have had with them in the past is adding the water to make sure the noodles cook.  I always think it’s what makes my lasagna’s runny.  This recipe, though, calls for a cup of wine instead of  water.  Huh, that could be interesting.  All I had in the fridge was some Burgandy, so I used that.

It was so good.  The Burgandy went so well with the spaghetti sauce.  I never would have thought to try that combination but you can bet I will be adding wine to my lasagna from now on.

Santa was good to me.

He brought me this.

I was sooooo excited.  I’ve been wanting a stand mixer for several years but it never quite made it to the top of my list.

I’ve been making homemade dinner rolls every night for dinner.

To go with the lasagna, I made Parmesan Herb Knots.

They were delicious, but huge.  I think I could have made several more from the recipe than I did.

I haven’t used it for cookies or icing or anything like that yet.  We already have so much Christmas candy around that I don’t want anything else sweet in the house to temp me.

Try this lasagna.  You’ll be glad that you did.



1 1/2 lbs lean ground beef

2 cups shredded part-skim mozzarella, divided

1 container (15oz.) part-skim ricotta cheese

1 cup red wine

1 jar spaghetti sauce

12 no-boil lasagna noodles

1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese


1. In a large bowl, combine 1 1/2 cups mozzarella and ricotta.

2. Heat large nonstick skillet over medium heat until hot.  Add ground beef; cook 8 to 10 minutes, breaking into small crumbles and stirring occasionally.  Add wine; continue cooking 3 minutes, stirring occassionally.  Remove from heat and stir in spaghetti sauce.

3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  In 13×9 inch glass baking dish, spread 1 cup beef-sauce mixture.  Layer 4 lasagna noodles over sauce.  Top with half of cheese mixture, 2 cups beef-sauce mixture.  Repeat layers.  Top with 4 remaining lasagna noodles and beef-sauce mixture.  Sprinkle with remaining mozzarella and parmesan.

4. Cover with aluminum foil; bake for 40 minutes.  Uncover; bake 15 to 20 minutes or until bubbly.  Let stand 10 minutes before serving.


Makes 18 rolls


2 tsp granulated sugar

2 1/4 tsp active dry yeast

2/3 cup warm water

1/3 cup fat free powdered milk

1/3 cup potato flakes (instant mashed potatoes, unflavored)

3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

1 tsp salt

3 1/4 to 4 cups all-purpose flour

1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese

1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

1/2 tbsp Italian seasoning

3 tbsp freshly grated Parmesan cheese (optional) for topping


1. Combine the granulated sugar, yeast and warm water in mixing bowl.  Stir and let stand for 5 minutes until the mixture is foamy and bubbly.

2. Add the cool water, powdered milk, potato flakes, olive oil, salt and 2 1/2 cups of the flour to the yeast mixture.  Mix for 2 minutes.

3. Add the parmesan cheese and mix until completely incorporated.  If necessary, add the remaining flour, 1 tbsp at a time, until a soft smooth dough ball is formed.  Continue to knead the dough for 4 minutes.  Transfer to a bowl that has been lightly coated with olive oil.  Turn to coat dough and cover with plastic wrap.  Place in a warm, draft-free place to rise until doubled in size, about 1 hour.  Combine 1/4 cup olive oil and Italian seasoning and let stand while dough rises.

4. Punch dough to deflate and divide into 18 equal portions.  Roll each into a 12-inch rope and tie into a knot.  Place on prepared baking sheet, cover loosely with plastic wrap and let rise until doubled, about 35-45 minutes.  Brush lightly with herbed olive oil mixture.  If desired, sprinkle each with 1/2 teaspoon of the optional Parmesan cheese.  Place in preheated 350 degree oven and bake until lightly browned, about 15 to 18 minutes.


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Merry Christmas

I will be taking some time off to enjoy the Holidays with my sweet little family.

We would like to wish you a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year


The Turner Five