February 12th, 2013 |
Crafts, Gocco, Holidays | 1 Comment
With Christmas presents and my quilt-in-progress, I have not had much time for more crafting. But how could I resist making Valentines for Alice’s cutie little daycare friends?
I found this idea on Pinterest (of course!) from Tutto Bella Blog. I broke out my gocco and printed up some little cards on blank index cards.
I’m obsessed with Pick Your Plum, but so far I have just bought up a bunch of cute crafty supplies and not used many of them yet. This was the perfect use for these cute polka dot bags and bakers twine. Each bag holds two clementines.
Aren’t they sweet? I hope Alice’s little friends love clementines as much as she does!
Happy Valentine’s Day from my cutie to yours!
March 11th, 2012 |
Crafts, Holidays, Sewing | 3 Comments
Alice is at the perfect age right now: six months. She can sit up and play by herself, can’t move from where I set her, and delights in absolutely everything. I stuck my hand above her face this afternoon, and she laughed for 5 minutes. It’s been relatively easy to stick to my “one craft a week” goal when my cutie just plays on the floor next to me. (Check out those awesome blocks she’s playing with; her grandpa made those for her for Christmas.)
I’m pretty proud of myself for making a craft well in advance of the holiday it’s meant for. I made this Easter bunny basket for her using this tutorial and this pattern for ears and a face. I obviously need to work on my hand embroidery skills a bit, but I don’t think my baby girl will mind! She’s too little for sweets still, so she’ll get a basket full of books this year. Hmm, maybe that should be an every year tradition.
December 10th, 2011 |
Holidays, Sewing, Tutorials | 2 Comments
And the stockings were hung…on the apartment wall…with care.
My daughter finally learned how to nap in her crib the last week that I was on maternity leave, so I finally got a few minutes to work on a project. And what better project than matching stockings for our new family of three? I just love having them all the same red fabric with different linings/cuffs. I saw this idea on another blog and had to replicate it.
I wrote up a little stocking how-to for all of you. Let me know if you make them; I’d love to see what fabrics you pick out!
- Stocking Pattern (note: my husband made the stocking pattern based off of my paper one, so it may vary slightly from my photos)
- 1/2 yard red fabric
- 1/2 yard lining fabric
- 1/2 yard batting
- 10″ ribbon
Step 1: Cut two stocking pieces out of batting, red fabric, and lining fabric.
Step 2: With right sides of red fabric together, pin batting on either side like a sandwich. Sew around with a 1/2″ seam allowance, leaving the top edge open. Trim seam allowances, notch convex curves and clip concave curve (here’s why).
Step 3: Repeat with lining fabric, also leaving a ~3″ opening on the long straight side.
Step 4: Turn lining stocking right side out. Fit inside of red stocking with right sides together. Pin, matching side seams. Sew around with a 1/2″ seam allowance. Trim seam allowance. Turn stocking right side out through opening left in the lining fabric. Hand sew opening closed (here’s how).
Step 5: Fold 10″ of ribbon into a circle. Sew to inside of stocking.
Step 6: Fold down cuff and hang. Fill with sweets and treats!
December 11th, 2010 |
Baking, Holidays, Recipes | 4 Comments
Christmas cookie baking time! A friend came over today and we baked four batches of cookies. Clockwise from top left: Peanut Butter Blossoms, Pecan Cups, Lemon Angel Wings, and Cheesecake Dream Bars.
The Lemon Angel Wings were a new recipe for me, and they will definitely be added to my recipe arsenal! They are light, crunchy, and lemony. Plus they look pretty on a plate of cookies!
After baking (and tasting) the cookies, we decorated gingerbread houses (and of course sampled the decorations). Time for the sugar crash and early night.
Lemon Angel Wings
from Taste of Home magazine
- 1-1/2 cups flour
- 1 cup cold butter
- 1/2 cup sour cream
- 1 tsp. grated lemon peel
- 10 Tbsp. sugar, divided
- Place flour in a large bowl. Cut in butter until crumbly.
- Stir in sour cream and lemon peel until well blended.
- Shape into a 5-1/2″ square. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
- Cut dough into four 2-1/4″ squares. Place one square on a piece of wax paper sprinkled with 2 Tbsp. sugar. Keep remaining squares refrigerated.
- Roll out dough into a 12″x5″ rectangle, turning often to coat both sides in sugar.
- Lightly mark center of 12″ side. Starting with a short side, roll up jelly-roll style to the center mark. Repeat rolling from other short side, so the two rolls meet in the center and resemble a scroll.
- Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate. Repeat with remaining squares, using 2 Tbsp. sugar for each. Chill for 1 hour.
- Unwrap dough and cut into 1/2″ slices; dip each side in sugar.
- Place 2″ apart on baking sheet. Bake at 375º for 14 minutes or until golden brown. Turn cookies over; bake 5 minutes longer.
- Remove to wire racks to cool.
October 25th, 2010 |
Crafts, Holidays | 2 Comments
Yikes, it’s been three months since my last post! Unfortunately for you (and fortunately for me!) I was enjoying my Oregon summer to the fullest, and did not spend too much time crafting inside. Summer has never been my favorite season because of all of the humidity, bugs, and sweat in the Midwest. But summer in the Pacific Northwest may just make a leap past spring and fall in the “Annie’s Favorite Season” competition.
Or maybe I’m just feeling nostalgic because I rode my bike home from work in the rain today for the first time ever. Rain pants and all. But luckily to make up for the start of cold and rainy weather, we have holidays!
For our Halloween pumpkins this year, we decided to take the narcissistic route and carve our own faces. We used this tutorial that shows how to turn a picture into a pumpkin pattern. We got together with a few friends, pumpkin patched it, and set to photo-shopping and carving.
We used pins to trace the patterns and wood gouges to scrape away the outer shell. None of us were convinced that the pumpkins would look anything like us when we were carving. Mine mostly looked like random shapes and did not resemble a human in the slightest. But amazingly once we were finished and put the candles in, they looked exactly like each one of us!
Happy pumpkin carving everyone!
July 5th, 2010 |
Baking, Holidays, Recipes | 1 Comment
I realize it’s a bit silly to post a Fourth of July specific recipe on the Fifth of July. But I just have to share this recipe with you! It definitely doesn’t have to be Fourth of July specific – berries and cream are good on any summer day.
The first time I ever made this shortcake, I brought it to a party, cut myself a piece, and walked away to chat with friends. I turned around no more than 10 minutes later to see an old man literally scooping up the last bits of whipped cream and berries from an empty platter with his fingers. I knew then that this would be my go-to summer dessert. I make it a point to make this recipe for at least one potluck every summer.
modified ever so slightly from Martha Stewart’s recipe
- 2.5 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1 tsp. baking powder
- 1 tsp. baking soda
- 1 tsp. coarse salt
- 1 stick (8 Tbsp.) cold unsalted butter, cut into 1/2″ pieces
- 8 oz. cold cream cheese, cut into 2″ pieces
- 3/4 cups buttermilk, plus more for brushing
- Raw sugar for sprinkling
- 2 pints blueberries
- 2 pints strawberries, hulled
- 6 Tbsp granulated sugar
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- 2 cups (1 pint) heavy whipping cream
- Make the shortcake: Using a food processor or pastry blender, mix together flour, granulated sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt until combined. Add butter, and blend until largest pieces are the size of peas. Add cream cheese, and blend again until largest pieces are the size of peas. Add buttermilk, and blend until dough comes together.
- Gently knead into a ball, wrap in plastic wrap, and let rest in refrigerator for at least 1 hour (or overnight).
- Preheat oven to 450* F. Divide dough in half. Working with one half at a time on a lightly floured work surface, pat into a disk, then roll into 10-inch round. Transfer to a baking sheet.
- Brush biscuits with buttermilk. Generously sprinkle with raw sugar.
- Bake until dough has risen slightly and is golden brown, 12-15 minutes.
- Leave biscuits on sheets. Using a 2.5″ star cookie cutter, cut out (but do not remove) 6 stars from one biscuit while it is still warm (careful, a metal cookie cutter can get quite hot in this process! ouch!). Let cool.
- Using a paring knife, carefully remove star shapes. Snack on the stars (yum!).
- Make the filling: Combine blueberries, strawberries, and 3 Tbsp sugar, and let macerate until juicy, 10 minutes.
- Beat cream to whipped cream with the vanilla and 3 Tbsp sugar.
- Assemble the cake: Place uncut shortcake on a large plate. Spoon half the berries and their juices on top, then spread the whipped cream over berries. Top with all but 1/2 cup berries. Make sure surface is even to support the top shortcake and prevent it from breaking. Carefully place cutout shortcake on top. Fill star cutouts with reserved berries.
- Serve immediately, or refrigerate, uncovered, up to 3 hours.
December 12th, 2009 |
Crafts, Holidays, Letterpress | 5 Comments
Eeks, I just set up my very first item for sale on esty! If you didn’t win a calendar in my contest last month, you can buy one in my brand spanking new etsy shop.
My father-in-law also recently set up an etsy shop. He is making these awesome Euchre counters! (I know, who knew there was a fancy way to keep score in Euchre besides using a 4 and a 6?!) These would be a great gift for any of those Midwestern Euchre fans out there. You can find them in his etsy shop.
November 20th, 2009 |
Contests, Crafts, Holidays, Letterpress | 19 Comments
It’s a month of firsts for me! My first wedding anniversary, first blogiversary, first craft sale, and first CONTEST!
I made these letterpress calendars to sell at the craft sale this weekend. For the holidays New Years, Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day, Easter, Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day, Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas, there is a cute little holiday picture instead of the date. They fit into an empty CD case for display. I think they would be perfect for the office!
To win a calendar, simply leave a comment by Thanksgiving Day telling me your favorite holiday and why. I will pick one comment at random to determine who the winner is! Be sure to leave some way for me to get in contact with you. I am happy to ship internationally.
Here’s to another year! Thanks for reading!
November 9th, 2009 |
Crafts, Gocco, Holidays | 4 Comments
Dave and I headed to Bend, Oregon this weekend to celebrate our first wedding anniversary. We had to drive through the Cascades to get there from Eugene. It was a beautiful drive, until we suddenly hit a blizzard. Eeeks! We are used to winter driving from Wisconsin, but Wisconsin doesn’t have very many curvy roads on the sides of mountains. Even though the snow was kind of scary, it was gorgeous in that first snow of the season kind of way. Or maybe I just say that because we made it safely through and enjoyed a relaxing mini-vacation in Bend before returning home on snow-free roads.
I broke out my gocco tonight to print up some snowflake Christmas cards. In Eugene, I just have to enjoy the gray rain outside and make my own bright winter snow!
Thanks everyone for your encouragement about my first craft booth. I have a lot of work to do in the next two weeks!! My goal is simply to have enough items to fill up a table. Maybe some day I’ll make the goal to sell something.
November 1st, 2009 |
Crafts, Gocco, Holidays | 3 Comments
Halloween is over, which means it’s time to start on Christmas crafts! From reading other blogs, it actually looks like I’m a few months behind. But I just can’t bring myself to start in earnest until November officially begins.
Somehow I agreed to share a craft booth with a friend at the end of the month. Eeeks!! Right when I thought my life would slow down and I could just relax. This will be my first time ever trying to sell my crafts. I am SUPER nervous about it! But also excited, because maybe this will be the kick in the pants that I need.
I started out small, making these little reindeer tags on my gocco. For the paper I used recycled manila folders and some cardstock I found at a reuse store. I think they are cute, but am still nervous about the prospect of attempting to sell them. Do any of you crafters out there also have a really hard time accepting that someone may spend money on something that you made? Hopefully jumping into this craft fair will help get me over my neuroses.
Good luck to everyone getting a start on holiday crafting!