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Work in Progress

Top secret project is coming along nicely, it will be a gift so it remains somewhat hidden for now.

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Holiday Baking and Crafting

The Christmas tree is finally coming down and work is back to normal. I’ve been back at work for a week but a few more days off would be nice.

This holiday season I followed Pip’s instructions and made some crocheted Christmas baubles. I picked up the glass baubles from Lincraft after Christmas for less than 50% of the usual price.
I think I paid $3.50 for 10.

I made cranberry and white chocolate cookies from this mixture in a jar given to us by my aunt and uncle. My aunt bought it from a market somewhere around Sydney but there is no branding or label on the jar, just hand written baking instructions inside.

I think I made three batches of these kitchen sink cookies over the Christmas season, and ate more of them than I could count.

I wish every day could be like Christmas!

 

Kitchen Sink Cookies
Adapted from recipe by Martha Stewart
Makes about 40

Ingredients

1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup firmly packed light-brown sugar
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 and 1/2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
2 cups milk chocolate chips
1 cup chopped milk chocolate
2 cups Christmas M&Ms

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 175 degrees Celsius. Line baking sheets with baking paper.
  2. In a large bowl with a wooden spoon or hand mixer, beat butter, sugar and brown sugar together until smooth and creamy, about 2 minutes. Beat in eggs, one at a time, until well blended. Stir in vanilla.
  3. In a medium bowl, sift together flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Gradually stir into butter mixture until well blended. Stir in oats, M&M’s, butterscotch chips and chocolate.
  4. Drop heaping tablespoons of batter onto trays, about 2 inches apart. Press tops down with the bottom of a glass to flatten cookies evenly. Bake until golden, about 16 to 18 minutes (10 minutes in my oven). Cool on pan for 2 minutes. Remove from pan, and finish cooling completely on wire rack.

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Look What I Made: Softies For Mirabel 2010

These four little guys have made the trip to Melbourne to join their friends in the annual Softies For Mirabel appeal. They will find homes with kids whose lives have been touched by or abandoned due to parental drug use. If you have any spare change this Christmas you can donate here.

Here are the softies I made for the 2009 appeal.

Edited to add 2011

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Look What I Made: Thank You Cards

These were thank yous for my guests at this years Girls Night In. I’m old school in that way, written thank you notes. I guess I’m old school in lots of ways.

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Look What I Made: Christmas Bunting and Scrappy Makeup Bag

Scalloped bunting pattern here.

Scrappy makeup bag pattern here.
First time doing a zipper! (properly anyway) Took a few goes. The scraps weren’t supposed to look so straight – opps, it looks like I sewed the second fabric from the top crooked but really the blue fabric turned out too straight.

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Look What I Made: Reversible Bag

First Christmas present done. This bag is for my nanna since she loves the pink and blue bag I made her for her birthday so much. These colours are more in line with her wardrobe.

Find the bag pattern here.

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Work in Progress – Granny Square Blanket

The joining has begun. 70 squares, 14 colours.

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Work in Progress

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Look What I Made: Rufus

I think Rufus will be a donation to Softies for Mirabel.

Pattern from Amigurumi World – Seriously Cute Crochet

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Work in Progress

We took a short trip to Canberra this past long weekend, so of course I took some crochet to pass the travel time. I managed to do perhaps two rounds of the blanket I’m making for our living room. It’s one big granny square and is about 115 cm across so far. It’s getting heavy and awkward to work on, but it sure keeps you cosy as you crochet. The yarn is Panda Magnum Soft 8-ply acrylic.

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