Friday, November 27, 2015

Birthday cake

I've got my "birthday cake" chilling in the refrigerator waiting for me to enjoy tomorrow.

I opted to make this style "cake" instead of the usual baked variety. It's been on my mind the past few months. Hubby offered to buy me one but I wanted to make my own and specifically this recipe.

It takes 12 hours of chilling (softening) in the refrigerator before it's ready to eat.

My friend Megan first introduced me to this when we lived in Kansas. It's really delicious and even better in the summertime when you want a sweet dessert but don't want to heat up the oven.

I took pictures of the process of making it and wondering if my blogger app will keep the pics in order... We'll see...

Yay! It appears the photos are in order. 

To make this delicious recipe. Spray 9 by 13 pan and line with Graham crackers. I found out later I could have squeezed more in. Then beat two small boxes of vanilla pudding with 3 1/2 cups of milk for 2 minutes. Add one 8 ounce container of cool whip softened. Fold in. I used the mixer. 

Spread half the pudding mixture on top of the Graham crackers. Add another layer of graham crackers. Spread remaining pudding mixture on top. Then add another layer of graham crackers. Next spread a can of chocolate frosting on top of final layer of grahamcrackers. Cover with plastic wrap and set in refrigerator overnight. About 12 hours.

Now, lick the beaters, bowl and frosting tub before doing the dishes and cleaning the kitchen for the night. Time to knit!!

Fingerless gloves

I promised a Ravelry friend that I'd knit her some fingerless gloves.  Time got away from me when I realized that there yarn I told her I'd use was still attached to a very long forgotten UFO. Not only that but the yarn was double stranded and needs to be separated before I can make the mitts. On top of that, I'm not even sure there is enough yarn to make a pair.

Then a few days ago another friend sent me some yarn that I wasn't sure to make with it.

I wanted my friend to have wool mitts but this yarn was acrylic. I then remembered that I've got three pairs of finished mitts up for sale at a local shop. So my idea was to knit three acrylic ones and swap them out for the wool ones. Everyone wins this way.  As long as my ravelry friend doesn't mind a different color. (I hope not!) Wool doesn't seem too popular locally anyways.

So, I started knitting the pair and was shocked when I got the first I've done in record time. Until I looked closer. I totally didn't see line two. The one that tells me to knit 2 inches in St St. No wonder it looked off. The finger piece was an inch off the cuff. I frogged it all back to the cuff then somehow dropped four stitches in the process so I had to take the whole thing apart.

The next day I casted on again. Messed up the finger part. Again. Thought I was going to have to rip it all out. (I was trying to get these done to swap out friday)

Finally finished the first half Friday morning only to see that the shop is closed until Tuesday!!

Now on to the second half. I have the whole weekend to make it.

Thursday, November 12, 2015


I found out I love to make coasters.

Crayon tote

A friend loaned me a crayon tote last month and asked if I could make something similar.

I looked on Pinterest, etsy, and Google for a similar pattern. Could not find anything the same but found tons of other ideas. One of which I'm still working on.

So I played around with some measurements and sewed a blue one. I really thought I took a picture of it, but sadly did not.

The only problem with it is I forgot about seam allowances and it came out smaller than I intended. It held a kids activity pack.

Still it was a hit and quickly purchased at $8.

So when asked to make another, I could not remember how I made it.

This morning I sat down and took notes as I went along and made this. (Black swirls)

I intended to have a button closure but the pocket came out shorter than I wanted so I improvised.

I kind of like how it turned out. I have strips of Velcro in the front to accommodate extra books.

But I doubt I'll make another. I have too much fun making them from scratch and having each one turn out different. Still, I will keep my notes and blog about it later.

Ha! Ha!

When I decided to quit this blog, I thought my crafty days were over as well. What was I thinking?! It seems I've gone into overdrive and have been crafting way more than usual. Of course, with the holidays approaching, that makes sense.

I know I'll never catch up on talking and sharing all the things I've made lately, but I'm going to try.

This month is my birthday and to celebrate it I wanted to raise money for a local group called:

Vernon County People for Pets. A local spay/neuter clinic. I was hoping to raise at least $100 for them this month. I thought I'd never reach my goal though until a tea wallet order came in. Now, I have hope that I might be able to raise $200! That would be awesome!!

All sales from my etsy store and specially marked items from local craft booths that I have will be donated to the organization for the month of November.

I've been trying to think of new things to create for my etsy shop. And one thing that came to mind was coasters.