Tuesday, December 18, 2012
I made this sleigh from a cardboard box and magazines, then decorated it, the skis are newspapers. I made the seat with a cushion for Santa to sit on. I also made the Santa sack and put a couple of presents in. Then I bought two reindeer to finish it off. I also made the tree, the stem is magazines with pipe cleaners wrapped round it and the branches are pipe cleaners with snow on them. Then I put some lights on.
Saturday, June 9, 2012
At last I have finished my knitting bag. I had a lot of wool left from my blanket so I thought I would use it for my bag. I love this pattern, I used to make little hats for my girls in this pattern when they were tiny, they looked so cute in them. I hope you like it.
So, here is my latest project, a bag. For some reason it took me a while to make, I was procrastinating when I had to put the lining in, I thought it was going to be a difficult job so I kept putting it off. Then a couple of days ago I knew I had to get on with it, so once I started sewing the inside into the bag it was a lot easier than I imagined and I did it very quickly, I wasted a lot of time for nothing. But now it's done and I'm very pleased with it. I used two wools together and when knitted up it became very thick, it feels nice and I used ivory handles, in all it doesn't look too bad.
There were so many beautiful and intriguing photos of bags on the internet, but unfortunately they were either too difficult to do or didn't come with a pattern. So I decided to make a simple little clutch and use an interesting trim to bring it to life. I have wanted to do the crocodile stitch for a long time but did not have the patience to learn. Using a Youtube tutorial video (rewinding and pausing a hundred times) I finally understood the stitch and in the end found it a joy to crochet. I sewed craft felt to the inside of the clutch so things would not get snagged on the yarn and attached a magnetic clasp for added protection. I lastly placed a ribbon bow on the front for an extra touch of girlyness.
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Friday, April 13, 2012
Thursday, April 12, 2012
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
Monday, March 19, 2012
Some of my squares.
A trial run.
My big pile of squares.
Lots to do.
Don't look too closely.
The nightmare blanket.
Well, it's finished, the blanket that is, almost my life as it took up all my energy, it was stressful and boring all at the same time.
I started off with a different pattern and that was sooooo long and tedious, so I gave that up and decided to go with small squares instead. Some I crocheted which made it a wee bit quicker as crochet is very quick, then it was coming along nicely, but then I knew I needed a million squares and that's when it got to be boring. But I was excited when I was on my last square. Yippee!
Then it came time to sew it all together, ugh, double ugh! I couldn't quite get into the groove of sewing it together, then I took a look at it and thought if I turn it this way it may be easier and that's exactly what I did and it was very easy. But that was only going one way, now I had to sew down the way to join it altogether, then I had an idea, maybe I should crochet it, so I did and it gave it another look.
In the end I was very pleased with it but I won't be in any hurry to make another patchwork blanket I can tell you that.
Sunday, March 11, 2012
These were the first batch of muffins I ever attempted. After craving blueberry muffins, I decided to make my own from scratch. I started with large organic blueberries bursting with flavor, and folded them into the batter to keep from mashing them. Of course, no muffin would be complete without a crumb topping! They turned out great, and a little heavy, so they were quite filling as an afternoon snack. With only 15 minutes of prep time and 20 minutes in the oven, these make a simple sweet treat for any occasion, and the aroma makes the house smell wonderful!
1 1/3 cup of flour
1/3 cup of white sugar
1/3 cup of brown sugar
2 1/2 teaspoons of baking powder
1/2 a teaspoon + a pinch of salt
1/2 cup of milk
1/3 cup of vegetable oil
1 cup of blueberries
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/3 cup all purpose flour
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup softened butter
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
2. Mix dry batter ingredients (flour, white sugar, brown sugar, baking powder, and salt).
3. Add the milk, vegetable oil, eggs, and vanilla to the batter.
4. Gently fold the blueberries into the batter.
5. In a separate bowl, mix the crumb topping ingredients (flour, brown sugar, softened butter, and ground cinnamon). The mixture should make small clumps after a while.
6. Fill greased or lined muffin pans with batter 3/4 full.
7. Top each muffin batter with crumb topping.
8. Bake for 15-25 minutes.
9. Most important step of all: ENJOY!
Best of luck in your baking adventures.
-Jonathan A. Neary