sour cream cookies anyone?


It's been a long week without an update - sorry folks. 

My adopted brother-in-law got married yesterday (beautiful simple wedding at a park) and in the keeping it simple fashion they had much homemade food. I was asked to bring my sour cream cookies and so I spent this week baking and icing and sprinkling 300 sour cream cookies! (200 for the wedding and 100 because my family felt left out).

This recipe is not my own - it is a very traditional recipe and it makes about 100 small ish cookies.

Sour Cream Cookie Recipe

  • 1cup margerine or butter
  • 1 1/2 cups white sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 tsps vanilla
  • 1 cup sour cream
cream the above ingredients together.

mix the below ingredients and slowly add to the wet mixture.
  • 3 1/2 cups flour
  • 2 tsps baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
you will likely need to add 1 additional cup of flour since the dough is quite sticky. Your dough should be quite soft even with this extra cup of flour.

cover dough with saran wrap and put in the fridge for at least 1hour. then make cookies - be sure to flatten them (approx 1/4 inch thick) and shape them how you want them to look since they do not rise or fall much.

bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for about 10 minutes - the bottoms should be lightly browned. 

The Modest Mermaid Doll! (pattern/tutorial)

A few days ago I made the birthday doll, however I wanted to improve upon the pattern and since my daughters birthday is a beach theme I thought I'd make her a second birthday doll.

PS. If you have made one of these - I'd love to see it and hear how the pattern worked for you! Post a pic to flickr!

Introducing my newest creation!


If you want to purchase this doll instead of making your own - go here or here!

I have taken the time to scan in the pattern pieces for you readers (please let me know if you make one and post a link on this post - I'd LOVE to see your creations!)

The pattern comes in 4 documents that you can find here 1, 2, 3, and 4. You will also need to cut 1 ruffle piece that is 13 inches x 2.5 inches. Also note that when cutting the second body piece for the back cut straight across. Everything should be clearly labelled and the only piece you will have to tape together is for the mermaid tail. Any questions please feel free to ask!

ETA: I've heard the pattern pieces do not open up/print to the correct size in Internet Explorer.

*the body piece is 5.5inches across at the bottom and 4 inches across at the top and 6 inches long. (ish - use the neck piece as a guide for the top width and the bottom angle out 6 inches long and an 1 inch and half or 2 wider at the bottom than the top - whatever you think looks good)

The Tutorial:


Step 1: Work on the face. Pin the hair and cheeks on. I hand stitched the cheeks on because I like the look and hate sewing in such a small circle. Then sew on the hair by stitching along the edge. Paint on the face. D
o a small hair accessory if you want - I did a starfish that you will see in a later photo.

Step2: take your ruffle piece and fold it in half (hot dog way) and sew a gathering line, gather it then baste stitch it onto your mermaid doll head front. 

Step 3:  Pin and stitch the back of the bodice to the back neck piece and the front mermaid head/neck/ruffle to the body.

then stitch the back head to the back neck (this pinning is a bit time consuming)

Step 4: sew your arms and legs together (right sides together), turn, and lightly stuff.
Step 5: pin the arms in like seen below so that when you turn your doll out they will face inwards. 

when pinning/stitching the doll together i find it easiest to pin and stitch in 2 stages. 
Stage 1: from one underarm to the other underarm

 stage 2: leave a gap under one of the arms, to pull an arm out (so you have somewhere to stuff in the legs and turn the doll out) stitch around up to the spot you left off.


Turn the doll out by that gap where you have the arm popping out and then stuff your doll however full you like (I do a sturdy head and neck stuffing and then a lighter amount of stuffing for the body so it's cozier). Hand stitch that gap closed and admire the doll! (only the tail left to do!)

Isn't she cute! 

Now onto the tail (which you will be very happy to find quite easy). Pin your tail together and stitch around leaving the top open and turn out.


I stuffed the bottom of the tail and then stitched a line across because it seemed like the right choice to make - and I love the result and highly recommend you do this step.


Do a double fold hem and then shirr the top (you can do elastic casing if you want but I find shirring to be easier.)


and that is you tail done!


Close up of her face:

I let the babes see her early... Because I was excited, now the mermaid is put away until birthday time!

Hope you enjoyed the tutorial and pattern! 


This project got a sticker!


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Getting ready for a 1st birthday!

I'm so excited for the babes 1st birthday! I made her dress already (pics/tutorial all ready to go after the party has happened). I  made her birthday banner out of fabric!  All good stuff that I will post after the party!

I'm very excited to share this though!

I made her floor pillow from the living with punks tutorial - it was so easy to do and I LOVE it!


I also made my own pattern and sewed this doll up for her, I hope she loves it!
I am going to re-work the pattern a bit to adjust a few things I'd like to change and then maybe I'll upload it and post it. Cute? Good idea? 
I based her off of several different dolls I've seen around - but did not have the $$ to purchase. Which is ok - I combined what I liked and nixed what I didn't to get this look. Her skirt is not sewn on, but her shoes are. I painted her face on.


oh and the doll is going to match her room! (curtains will be in this fabric and the birthday banner is also in this fabric!)


give away!

Giveaway now closed - congratulations Kelly you are the winner (via random.org), I've emailed you!
50 followers as of today! How exciting and in my excitement I'm doing a giveaway !


Up for grabs is this flower - you can chose on a skinny headband (let me know the circumference), alligator clip or hair elastic (childs, or adult).

To win you must:

  • Be a follower of this blog
  • Leave your email address so I can contact you and thus be able to send this to you.
  • And most importantly comment on this post! Tell me why you started following this blog, a favorite project, or maybe something you'd like to see more of on this blog, an idea for a craft you'd like a tutorial for... etc.

I'll pick a winner on Wednesday July 20th via random org and hopefully ship by Friday. If the winner doesn't reply to my contact by Friday I'll pick a new winner.

Thanks for following my blog!

Peanut Butter and Honey Cookies

Yesterday I decided I needed to do some baking for the play date I'm hosting on Monday, however, with it being a cool 39degrees Celsius (humidity factored into that temperature) it was MUCH to hot to bake during the day and so at midnight I got to baking!

Honestly these taste like a good peanut butter and honey sandwich mixed with a great peanut butter cookie flavor. SOOOO yum!



I based this off of another peanut butter cookie recipe I found - but can't relocated. (why do I always write recipes on scraps of paper?)

Peanut Butter and Honey Cookies


  • 1/3c. olive (or other) oil
  • 1 1/2c. peanut butter
  • 1c. honey (I used fresh from the farm honey - has a nicer flavor and a better consistency than store bought)
Mix those ingredients together in you mixer and then mix in
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
In a large bowl mix the following dry ingredients:
  • 3c flour
  • 1c. brown sugar (lightly packed)
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
Slowly beat your dry ingredients into the wet.

Roll cookies into 1"-1.5" balls and place on an ungreased cookie sheet. Lighlty flatten with your thumbprint dipped in brown sugar or a fork dipped in sugar.

Bake at 350degrees for 8-10 minutes. they won't look very dark but will have spread some and the underside will be lighly/meduim ishly browned

fresh out of the oven:

Enjoy! I know I love these and I'm hoping they go over well at play date!



not exactly crafting but....

Today I made jam for the very first time! My mom picked 10cups of raspberries yesterday (and she has a lot more... for every berry picked there were about 20 not quite ripe), so I was the fortunate recipient of some raspberries! I followed this recipe (except I did 5c berries and 4 1/2c sugar) and the jam turned out GREAT! It's nice and thick and so yummy!


And then I made some bread following this recipe! The house smells sooooo good right now!



(and I'm enjoying my night snack!)

a bit of this and that. including a cute dress for babes and one for me

I made babes this cute dress to go to a birthday party in and matching headband (of course I didn't think to use the scraps for the headband until after the party - but she'll wear the dress again!)




I also made myself this dress out of some 99cents a meter knit! What do you think? be honest. Its really comfy... but I'm always unsure about wearing stuff I make myself out. I'm thinking this is a good around the house/yard dress. I didn't follow a pattern, just winged it.



 In other news, I'm nearly at 50 followers, I can't believe it!
I started this blog because I wanted to document my crafting and maybe someone would be interested in my crafting (other than my mom,  love you mom) and I feel so honored that nearly 50 of you want to follow my crafting journey with me! I really hope you all feel inspired to create things and enjoy the posts I do.
 I would love to see things that you create using my tutorials/patterns, so feel free to send me a link or picture!

I made an extra flower, not sure if I should put it on a headband, clippie, or hair elastic. I'm thinking of doing a giveaway at 50 followers (non family only - sorry mom) and letting the winner decide. Good idea?


pinwheel!


I made this adorable pinwheel dress as a 1st birthday present for a very sweet little girl who's party was pinwheel theme, and yesterday was the party so I can post the pics now! I love this dress!!! (and I won't lie I really was tempted to keep it for the babes). 
I came up with the idea of doing pinwheels on a dress after seeing pinwheel hair clippies and thought putting them on a dress would be a very cute idea for this pinwheel themed party!

It's fully finished with no exposed seams, I used french seams and neatly folded the main skirt piece into the hem of the top band. I love the 'apron' style straps since it means it will be able to wear longer - Yay for adjust-ability! The pinwheels were made with extra strong heat and bond (which says it is washable! Although I'd probably gentle cycle it and hang to dry still), and the ribbon 'sticks' are double stitched on.



close up of the pinwheel detail 

I used the measurements for the pinafore top from "little girls big style"  for the top band of the dress but I wanted to make a dress not a top dress so I lengthened the skirt portion of the measurements based on one of my babes dresses that fits her. I also wanted knot straps like that of an apron style dress so I lengthened the straps by many inches so I could knot them.

linking up and hoping to be a top pick!
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A color matching game pillow!

I know ANOTHER pillow tutorial, but with this doing of the babes room I am a bit obsessed with making her decor for her room that is a unique and fun and today I thought to myself 'why not educational too!'

So I decided to make the babes a color matching pillow game. Cozy for her head and good for her brain!



Cute? I think so! Want to make one - you can it's quite easy and doesn't take nearly as long as the owl pillow since there is very little hand sewing involved. The steps for pillow construction are similar and as you can see the fabrics I used match as well.

For this pillow I cut my main pillow square 15.5"x15.5" since I had a 14"x14" pillow form. and did 2/3 of the main piece size for each back flap so there is a good amount of overlap in the back.

I made whales for the pillow to match the wall decals we bought for the babes new room. (although I won't lie I almost did hearts). Feel free to use whatever shape you like (if there is interest I can upload my whale pattern).

This project is great for using up felt scraps (which I have plenty of) Cut out 9 of your chosen shape out of 9 different colors.
(the babes is trying to grab the felt)

Next figure out where your shapes will lie and where the buttons need to be, because of the shape of the whale I couldn't just center and line up the buttons, but if you did a simple shape (like a heart) you could just line everything up much easier.



  •  Find 9 buttons to match your 9 colors (or else you won't have much of a matching game). 
  • Sew the buttons on in their places




Now move onto the back, I did bias tape on one side of the back flap and then double folded over and hemmed the other side. (note that if you use the super skinny bias tape like I did you need to pin it very well and take out the pins as you come up to them for a tidy look)


Lay your pieces out main pillow piece side up, bias taped back flap right side facing the whales side, and then the hemmed back piece on the top right side down.


Pin, sew around all four sides, flip out, and you are done!


Happy sewing!

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