Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Halloween costumes

This year I have an almost 2 and 1 year old.  We needed a theme and since we already had a dog costume, what could go with that?  A dog catcher.   I threw it together with things we already had.  I did purchase the net but otherwise, it was all free!  We got more comments on the catcher than the dog so I think it turned out great.

The costume:
We had a button down shirt with a patch that said "Animal Control" on the back and one with his name "Frank" on the breast.  We borrowed a hat and put an "Animal Control" patch on that to cover up the writing.  I put him in some khaki style pants and tied him cat to a rope and attached it to his belt loop.  He used the net for a treat bag and we were set.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Cookie #3: Twix cookies

This one's a keeper.  I found it on Pinterest and thought it would be a choc chip cookie without the chips and with the twix but the dough was a little different than your normal cc cookie and I am very happy with low it turned out.  Since making them, I have packaged them up and frozen them before getting any pictures to entice you so I will just borrow the image from the site I found it.  Here's the recipe:

2 C plus 2 Tbsp flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
12 Tbsp unsalted butter,melted and cooled until warm
1 C packed brown sugar
1/2 C sugar
1 large egg plus 1 egg yolk
2 tsp vanilla
2 C coarsely chopped Twix Bars
Preheat oven to 325 degrees.  Chop your Twix bar into 1/4 inch chunks.  Cut each bar in half lengthwise and then chop into 1/4 inch pieces width wise.  In a bowl combine flour, soda and salt.  Set aside.  In your mixer blend butter and sugars together until combined.  Beat in egg, egg yolk and vanilla.  Add in dry ingredients and beat until just combined.  Fold in Twix Bar chunks.  Bake for 13-16 minutes until light golden brown and edges start to harden but center is soft.  Do not overbake.
Because of the caramel in the Twix  they may stick a bit to the cookie sheet so use a spatula to remove.

Fall embroidery turned runner

I have finally finished my fall runner.  I started it in September, a really dumb time to start something for fall. After a lot of careless mistakes and a few trips to the store, I finally have a runner I can pull out every fall for my table.  I think it turned out really cute and since I've never sewn a runner without a pattern of some kind, I have to give myself a pat on the back for a job well done.

Happy birthday onesie

My daughter's bday is coming up and I wanted to make her something she could wear on her birthday so that everyone would know it's a special day.

I took a onesie we already had and cut the shape of a cupcake liner out of fabric.  I zigzag stitched that on the shirt.  Then I took some ribbon and using matching thread and a needle, I gathered it so it had a twisty, ruffled look.  Then I stitched that onto the shirt using a needle and thread.  Then I grabbed another ribbon and zigzagged that on to look like a candle.  I had a jewel that can be stitched on so I hand stitched that on for the flame.  I think it turned out really cute.

(This shirt is not meant to last through wear and tear.  It is to be worn once and then saved, otherwise I would've done a much more durable stitch on the ribbon or maybe even made the whole thing an applique.)