Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Cookie Time!

Food Network has started its 12 Days of Cookies emails, so I guess that means it's time to start baking cookies! I was looking through my blog to see what kinds of recipes I've shared over the years. Several of our family favorites are posted and many of them freeze well. Why not start now and get a head start on the holidays? Here are a few favorite cookie recipes. There are a lot more recipes on the blog (search "recipes").

Cocoa Drops with Browned Butter Icing

Christmas Cookies (or Nonie Cookies)

Sugar and Spice

Rugelach Little Nut Rolls

Monday, November 22, 2010

Owlish Wish List

My niece LOVES owls and I think their fascination has rubbed off on me. Owls are so beautiful and anytime I see a handmade owl item, I take time to admire them. Here are a few gorgeous pieces that I would love to own...or have shipped to my niece in Finland!

Owl Family Soap from SatinandBirch

SAWWHET OWL Original Art Greeting Card from catcanpaint

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Get Creative!

Fun finds to help spark ideas in kids.
Check out all the fun clip art packages available at TheNaughtyPenguin. Kids are pretty tech-savvy these days. I picture them having fun making Christmas cards for family and teachers. Girl Scout groups making cards and packages for the nursing home. Creative holiday and cookie exchange invitations, and more! There are so many fun designs. It was hard to choose some to show. Stop by and see for yourself @ TheNaughtyPenguin.Etsy.com.

DIYFluffies is a really cute shop, full of sewing patterns and kits to make your own soft toys! This kit comes with everything except the stuffing and looks like it would be a great project for someone learning to sew. There are lots of designs to choose from and even more patterns to do it yourself. Look at all the cuteness at DIYFluffies.Etsy.com!

Want an easier project for kids to sew? The Pocket Doll Kits by ConnieLouFabrics offer an array of dolls and ornament kits that are printed on soft fleece fabric. You cut them out, sew and stuff them into dolls or add a ribbon for ornaments. They would make great gifts for kids to give!
Visit ConnieLouFabrics.Etsy.com to see all the fun designs.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

More from the Greatest Sweater Ever

Do you remember these two purses that I made awhile ago? I finally made a Button Cowl or Collar from the collar of the original sweater. I've been wanting to do this for a long time and I finally found some classic vintage sweater buttons to use. I used matching wool to crochet a button hole edging along the one side. I LOVE how this turned out. It is so cool and comfortable, affording lots of different ways to wear it.

AND, I still have the sleeves! I'm thinking of making some mittens, then all I'll have left are scraps for flowers and a fabulous wool belt. I'm just sorry that I didn't take a picture of the entire sweater before I started all these projects.