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Bernat Faux Fur Pom-Pom

Good morning lovelies!

It is officially 11 days until Christmas and it is such a stressful time. Really feeling the time-crunch pressure here. I am currently working on making a crochet mitten pattern and I got a beautiful one done, my problem now is that I didn’t write down the exact number of stitches and pattern so I am having issues making the second one to match. It’s the left hand if you happen to be in the market for one, really pretty left hand mitten. You never know.

This gorgeous red toque was originally planned to have a little emblem similar to the Eleanor Roosevelt one, I decided to go with a Bernat Faux Fur Pom-Pom because they seem to be all the rage right now. I will admit that I over-paid for this pom-pom, like seriously over-paid. I didn’t realize it until I got home and looked at the bill. I knew they were around $6 but I paid….wait for it, $9. Like I would normally sell this for $20, but the dang thing cost me $17. Plus the 1-2 hours to make it. That’s just the way the yarn unravels sometimes. *Insert laughter for my punny joke*

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This is an easy project if you are looking for something quick. Use the pattern from the Stepping Texture Hat that I posted earlier, use a chunkier yarn and throw on this adorable fuzzy pom-pom.

But please get the pom-pom from a place like Yarn Canada, $5.25

There are a solid 11 days left to get it all done, so if you only consume coffee and don’t sleep, you might just get it all done!

 

 

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10 Minute Reversible Dog Bandana

Hello!

I had an eventful evening taking Christmas photos of my fur babies! They didn’t really enjoy it as much as I did. I am excited to share with you these super easy reversible bandanas. It is really so simple and would be a great kids sewing project to make for their furry friends.

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I found some Christmas themed fat quarters in a tote the other day. It was a little bundle that was given to me, I think when I first moved into my house and never touched them, I actually forgot about them, (sorry granny).

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So simple, easily a 15 minute maximum project.

Lay out your fat quarter flat and cut it lengthways on a diagonal. For a smaller dog, I would square it first and then cut it on a diagonal. Ellie will be bigger so the extra length will make it easier to tie.

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We need two triangles, repeat with another pattern or use the other half of the first cut.

Lay the two pieces facing each other and pin.

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I was going to serge them together to make it nice and neat, but my serger unthreaded itself and I didn’t feel like looking up how to re-thread it.

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Sew along all three sides, leaving an inch gap.

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Pull the fabric through the gap to bring it right side out.

Fold in the edges of the gap and pin.

Using an iron, press down the edges and then sew a top stitch all around the bandana.

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And voila!

Now for the models….

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I took it one step further….Elf Emmy and Elf Ellie!

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Sigh…..These babies are my life, unfortunately that means this is the sort of thing they have to endure. Don’t they look pleased?

 

 

 

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No-Bake Cookie Dough Cheesecake

I spent the weekend renovating my big green bathroom. Mike was there to help me and we taped, prepped and painted the walls a luxurious grey and redid the ceiling. Everything is white and grey and glorious! There is still lots of cleanup left to do but I will get to that throughout the week. It’s nice having everything pulled out so I can go through it and get rid of all those bottles that have half a pump left in them or products that I ended up not really enjoying. And of course little bits and bobs end up there that shouldn’t like jewelry and hair pins and ties. It got a fresh look and has a new spa-like ambiance.

When we took a break in between coats, he wanted to watch Gold Rush and I wanted to pound down a cheesecake. I remember he mentioned once that he doesn’t like cheesecake because it is too rich, and I have to agree. A real rich cheesecake I can’t get through an entire piece, it is delicious, but too much.

However, no-bake cheesecakes are much different. You still get that heavenly, creamy taste that you want, but you could in fact eat the whole thing in one sitting, and that’s what we want.

Normally, I would do the traditional graham cracker crust, but I was also craving cookie dough.

Crust
– 4 tbsp butter
– ¼ cup sugar
– ¼ cup chocolate chips
– ½ tsp vanilla
– ¼ tsp baking powder

Whip that all together and spread it in the bottom of your pan, I used a nice 8×8” square pan. Bake at 350°C for 10-12 minutes. This makes the very bottom solid and the middle still ooey-gooey.

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Filling
– 2 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
– 1/3 cup sugar
– 2 teaspoons lemon juice
– 2 cups heavy whipping cream

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Topping
– ¼ cup melted milk chocolate chips
– ¼ cup melted white chocolate chips

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In a large bowl, beat cream cheese, sugar and lemon juice until smooth. Gradually add cream; beat until stiff peaks form. Transfer to prepared crust. Drizzle the melted chocolate on top. Refrigerate, covered, for a couple hours.
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It was a perfect, light and airy dessert that I also had for breakfast the next day.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blog · Cookies · Uncategorized

Monogram Cookie

It has been such a long and crazy week! I was feeling so drained and mentally exhausted and sometimes when that happens, you just need a little pick-me-up. So I got out all my supplies and made a cookie that was just meant for me. I had been wanting to practice making ‘toothpick roses’ anyways. A toothpick rose is a small rose piped with a Wilton 101 tip and made just on the end of a toothpick. They come out nice and small that is perfect to add onto a cookie.

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You need to have very thick royal icing for the rose to take form without turning into just a blob. I did have to empty my piping bag and make it a little stiffer. After that, it is just practice, practice, practice. Or go until you have a hand cramp and can’t function properly anymore. I piped about 60 roses while I was waiting for the flood layer of my cookie to dry and I maybe got 9 roses that looked good enough that could go on a product.

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I started to pipe a deer silhouette on one of the cookies but it turned out looking like something from a horror film, thus a simple monogram sufficed.

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It was pretty, filled my evening and was delicious. I hope everyone is having a fantastic week! I will be baking cookies all weekend so that they are ready to be decorated throughout the month and hopefully have them in time for Christmas. In between that and my other projects it is going to be a tight scheduled month!

 

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Cold Buster Soap

Hello friends,

Today I am introducing you to our Cold Buster soap. This soap contains Lavender, Eucalyptus, and Vanilla.

Lavender is a natural disinfectant to rid of those germs without the use of any harsh chemicals. It is also helpful to relieve tension and muscle aches in the body.

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Eucalyptus is a natural sinus decongestant. So if you are using this in the tub or the shower, the eucalyptus oil aroma will build up in the steam to help clear you up and help to reduce your cough. Much like lavender, it also has disinfectant properties. Lastly, it is also known to help stimulate your immune system to get you back to feeling your good ol’ self.

Vanilla is attributed to being a relaxing agent and a natural anti-depressant.

It is swirled with bright green and purple to get you excited about hand washing!

The Lavender and Vanilla add a luxurious aroma to this blend, because when you’re not feeling your best, you deserve to be treated like royalty. And though and can’t offer you a hottie with a body to give you a foot rub, this is really the next best thing.

You don’t have to wait until you are knee deep in a butt kicking cold to use these products either, stock up and use once a week in your routine to help ward off those pesky germs.

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Other ‘Cold Buster’ products available are the Cold Buster Bath Bomb and Cold Buster Bath Soak.

If you do happen to be sick, go take a hot bath with a Cold Buster product, drink lots of fluids, and get well soon.

Much Love,

 

Hudson Blake

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Stepping Texture Hat

Hello everyone!

Quick reminder that there is only 31 sleeps to Christmas, it’s go-time to get those gift projects done! ….Or else you will have to purchase them, or perhaps win them, from me 😉

I am the type of person who cannot sit through a movie, unless I am doing something else at the same time, I fall asleep. So this is my ‘movie hat’ because it can be completed in the same amount of time as watching a movie. It will seem like it is going slow because of the ribbing, it is worked in a single crochet using the back loops so it doesn’t feel like you are making much progress. I have made about 20 of this pattern because it is easy and it looks good. I like that it starts from the ribbing and works its way up to the top so that you keep that nice shape. For some reason when I try to make a hat starting from the top and working in a round with the magic circle, it just becomes a rather large circle. It never turns out for me the way I want it to.

Thanks to Christmas with the Kranks for getting me through this one.

The pattern is posted at the bottom of the page!

I opted out of the pom-pom.

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I am in love with the warm colors of this yarn!

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Without a pom-pom, it felt a little unfinished, So I added a little metal emblem that I found in the jewellery making section of Michaels.

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Adorable! The little extra touch pulled it together. It’s harder to see the texture when it isn’t a solid color.

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One skein of yarn is all that was needed but as you can see, there wasn’t much left over. This hat fits me but if you need to make one for a larger noggin, be sure to purchase 2 skeins. I always buy 2 of each when I am yarn shopping just in case.

I splurged and got a size 5.25mm hook with the fancy handle because it is the one that I use the most, it wasn’t worth it though as I hold the hook closer to the top anyways. It just makes me look like a serious hooker…. 😉

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Stepping Texture Hat Pattern from Yarnspirations

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Minimalist Christmas Cookies

Did anyone else get their Christmas tree up this past weekend?

I had my first weekend home to myself, just me and the dogs, in over a month. Both days dedicated to housework, baking and naps. No human interaction at all. It was heavenly. I cleaned and reorganized my craft room, which I am sure most of you know the woes of that. Put up my Christmas tree and tried to get a nice picture of my dogs in front of it, Ellie doesn’t stay still for very long and Emmy was scared of it, needless to say I did not get my Christmas card photo. I baked some sugar cookies to be decorated and frozen for gifts later on.

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Ignore my lack of baseboards, they’ve been missing since I installed the floor 2 years ago…I guess it needs to go on the ‘honey-do list’. Eliie is the happiest and most playful puppy I have ever had. This is just her permanent expression.

They are very minimalist cookies as I slowly get back at it, haven’t done any in a while so I am out of practice. They just aren’t something that I overly enjoy spending my time on during the summer. Our nice weather is so short and is when I work the most.

These are simply filled and painted cookies.

INGREDIENTS:

1/2 cup + 1 tbsp unsalted butter, room temperature

1 cup sugar

1 egg

1 tsp vanilla extract

½ tsp almond extract

2 cups flour

1/4 tsp salt

1 1/2 tsp baking powder

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a cookie sheet with a silicone baking mat or parchment paper.
  2. Cream butter and sugar together for 3-4 minutes, until light and fluffy.
  3. Add egg and vanilla extract and mix until combined.
  4. Combine dry ingredients in a separate bowl, then add to wet ingredients and mix until well combined. Dough will be very thick. You might need to use a spatula or your hands to help it all come together.
  5. On a lightly floured surface and using smaller amounts of dough at a time, roll out dough to about 1/8 to a 1/4 inch. If dough sticks to rolling pin, lightly sprinkle the top of the dough with flour.
  6. Use cookie cutters to cut out cookies, then transfer to cookie sheet.
  7. Bake cookies 8-12 minutes, my sweet spot is 11 minutes. Remove from oven just before they start to brown on the edges.
  8. Allow cookies to cool for 4-5 minutes, then move to cooling rack to finish cooling.

 

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This is the easiest cookie recipe that is fool proof, if it feels too crumbly just add another tablespoon of butter until you get that smooth, but thick, texture.

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This is Wilton Gel colorant in Cornflower Blue in a flood consistency royal icing

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I leave them to cool for a few hours before flooding and then let them dry for at least 6 hours before detailing or the flood will crack and cave in.

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The trees are just painted using liquid food coloring and sprinkled with tiny colored balls. The deer is a stamp from my scrapbooking days brushed with white coloring and carefully pressed on. You seriously cannot get easier than that. Perfect for getting back in the swing of things.

Now everyone please come over and eat them before I do!

Happy Monday,

Hudson Blake