Sunday, December 22, 2013

A Warm and Stylish Neck

How lovely is this pattern?  So light!  So airy!  An indoor winter scarf.  And outdoor fall scarf.  I love versatility!

The free pattern is available here:

I used Patons Lace in patina and an E Hook.  I chained 44 for a narrower scarf. Then I connected it with a twist to make it a mobius.

It took about 3 rows of thinking before my fingers remembered the stitch.  I worked most of it up sitting in the backyard watching the kids play in those final seasonable days of late October.  Warm sun, cold air, kids laughing.  Maybe that is why I like this cowl so much.

My go to neck warmer with great memories in each stitch.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Beautiful Blooms

I whipped up these cute hair ties last year following this great tutorial on the Green Dragonfly:


Much like every other crafty mom on the planet, I love to make ribbon hair bows.  But those are usually attached to metal clips and those are a no-no for gym days.  Our school district dress code is black, white and gold which are all included in Lion Brand Bonbons Beach!  This is a cotton sport weight yarn that works up nice and crisp.  I think they still look good after being worn, tossed on the floor, found, worn, etc. for almost a year!

I think another pack of bonbons might cause me to hook up a few more of these flowers in different colors!

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Pinterest Snacks

Ahhh, the preschool Christmas pageant.  I phoned it in for the Halloween party volunteering to bring in plates and napkins.  So I decided to get real this time. 

The treats table usually has lots of munchkins and cupcakes so I wanted to do something different.  I keep seeing this serving tray on Pinterest:

I followed the directions on this blog:  which told me to use a pan with sides to keep the candies from spreading too thin thus making the plate too delicate. 

The kids were kept occupied unwrapping the candies...and eating a few.  And the kitchen smelled wonderful while the peppermints melted!

Then we set to making gingerbread cookies.  We have both big and small cookie cutters.  And the small ones are tiny.  These enthusiastic helpers lost their interest and left me with the last few batches. 

But they were back for the decorating and I think our plate of tiny cookies came out great.   (The big cookies were just tossed in a disposable foil cake pan.)

Someone came up to me at the reception and said,"Oh how nice.  Tiny cookies so I don't have to ruin my diet!"  So there you go!  There is a need for tiny cookies!

I found that the peppermint plate was just a wee bit tacky even after it had completely cooled.  And I'm sure the tiniest bit of moisture would have caused a sticky mess.  So I sat it on a square paper plate and placed a sheet of wax paper under the cookies.

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I thought the kids would also like these Grinch Kabobs that are all over Pinterest. 

I did the fruit slicing, the kids dipped the banana slices in lemon juice and assembled the kabobs.  And they made the tent card because they wanted everyone to know they were Grinches!

Sorry that some of the Grinch's Santa hats are flat, but seriously, strawberries cost about a zillion dollars at this time of year!  But no one seemed to mind.  This tray was one of the first ones emptied on the table!  Lesson:  there is a market for fruit; bring more healthy snacks.

Even though baking with the kids is exasperating (they bicker, they make a mess, the bicker some more, I drink two glasses of wine) I'm glad they were both so involved in making these treats.  They were proud to see everyone eating them at the reception and I'm sure there is a lesson there too.