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                                    COUNTRY VEGETABLE SOUP

(1) Stick of Jimmy Dean Pork Sausage

(1)  Can of Diced Tomatoes, 28 Ounce Size

(1)  Can of Red Kidney Beans, 15 Ounce or larger

(2or3)  Med Size Potatoes

(4)Med Size Onions

(1)Bag of  Frozen Vegetables        

(1)Cup of Instant Potatoes

Note: You may add corn or any other vegetables you like!

Preparations Instructions……..

First Fry the sausage and Drain, then put on the side.

Second put 2 cups of water in a soup pot, then peel the potatoes and onions and cut them into  small wedges or pieces, put them into the hot water and let them begin cooking.

After they have boiled for a few minutes, ADD the vegetables, tomatoes, sausage, and kidney beans.  Let this simmer for an hour or so and then slowly add the Instant Potatoes

Till they are all in the soup and let this cook for another 15 minutes or so.  The Instant Potatoes will make the soup thinker and has a better taste!

Enjoy, This was my Mother’s Recipe

I had to take pinches and make them into measurements and

This was a joy to do this with my mother.

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Childrens Summer Hat

Hand Made Child's Hat

Materials List

• Fabric: 3/8 Yard of main color (A) and 3/8 yard for the contrasting Color(B)

• Eyelet: 1 ½ yards of pre-gathered white trim and ¾ of a yard of ¾ inch wide eyelet beading.

• Velcro: 2 inch long and ½ inch wide.

• Ribbon: 1 1/8 yard of silk ribbon 1/8 inch wide of preferred color

• Stiffener (for the brim):  ½ yard (pre-glued recommended)

 * This is made from McCall’s Pattern M5865 Item E

Hand made sock monkey with overalls.

Hand made sock monkey with overalls.

A rainy day at the Centennial Park 4th of July holiday celebration and craft fair was the setting for the latest Mary Jean Originals hand-made product exhibition.  Mary Jean featured a new line of themed hand-made authentic red heel sock monkeys including Ma and Pa country monkeys, hand crafted Barbie and AG doll dresses,  baby afghans and hand tied rag baskets.  In spite of the weather, many of Mary’s lovingly crafted sock monkey’s found new homes.  A special thank you to all those who stopped to say hello.  We hope you enjoy your Mary Jean’s hand made original for many years to come and check back here for future exhibition dates and locations in the Chicago area.  We look forward to seeing you there!   For more information and one of a kind items visit http://www.maryjeanoriginals.com.

Mary Jean Originals Centennial Park Craft Fair

Mary Jean Originals at Centennial Park Craft Fair

Red heel sock monkeys
Red heel sock monkeys

How To Make Sock Monkeys

1. Use one Pair of  Fox River Mills Socks. 

2. Turn socks inside out. 

3. Lay the Sock for the Body Part with the heel upright and make sure the cuff is equally divided for the legs, pin in place along the cuff part. 

4. Use an ink marker and draw the layout for the body of the sock monkey onto the first sock, measure 1 ½ inch from the heel and then mark a line down to the end of the cuff for the legs. Next put a 1 inch slit in the area where the neck will be, this is to turn right side out after sewing and cutting out.  When sewing the legs make sure to sew the cuff end with a round ending so the legs are round at the end and they are more easily stuffed.  Turn the sock over and where the neck area will be pick up the material and sew an almond shape across the sock this will make the head  look straight forward. 

5. Turn the sock inside out, sew a line around the hole in the back of the neck of the sock monkey to keep the material from unraveling and so it will not stretch too large. 

6. You are ready to Stuff the body with Fiber Filling. 

7. Now for the remainder of the body parts, using the second sock lay it out on the side flat, pin the sides and the end.  Here is where the arms are laid out with a part of the arms are the cuff, as before  when marking these making the cuff ends round, the cuff end should be divided in equal halves and marked all the way to the end of the sock toe, this will be make the tail as a part of one of the arms.  Make a line across the sock just below the heel part, plus a half inch around the heel of the brown that will show outside the white part.  Take a water bottle and cut the top off about 2 ½ inches from the top and use as a pattern for drawing the ears with half of the round as the template.  Sew all of these parts before cutting any of them out.  Sew leaving at least a ¼ inch seam inside the markings.  Cut out the parts and turn inside out. The ears have to be cut from the edge for the opening and then put a small amount of fiber in each and pin closed. 

8. Take red yarn and cut a piece to make the neck and tie around the body where the neck will be. 

9. Take the ears and pin in place with the sides open, stitch the back in place then raise the ear upright and pin in place while stitching the front in place, next stitch a “C” inside the ear to make it rigid. Repeat for the second one. 

10. The mouth work, pin the sock heel that has already been sewn around for stability, line it up evenly between the ears and evenly from the toe of the sock.  Pin in place and turn the rough edges under and stitch half way around, now put some fiber in this to make it firm and finish turning under the edges and stitch in place. 

11. The Sock heel (mouth) is stitched with embroidery stitch to make the mouth in the RED portion; two beads are sewn in the center of the white part as nostrils and tied off. 

12. Eyes (Buttons) are to be located as close to the edge of the white part of the toe as possible, they should be located equal distance between the ears as possible. 

13. Eyelashes are stitched in even position around both eyes(buttons) and tied off. 

14. Now comes the arms and tails, first thing stuff them, fold the top under and pin each arm directly under the ears and stitch in place. 

15. Tail is last, place it directly in the center of the Body Part Heel Red area, turn the rough edges under and pin in place and stitch in place. 

16. FINAL NOTE: Sew all seams two times on the machine and all hand stitching attaching body parts use Carpet Thread and sew two times around.

For more handmade originals, visit http://www.maryjeanoriginals.com