Sweet-Haus CAL- The Sunday Shawl Borders

Good Monday to you!  I had so much fun working on the border to my beautiful shawl this past week.  I love when the color changes and a new design is introduced.  It makes each row really just fly by!

I really like the pretty picot edge on the final round.  It really finishes it off nicely.  And the weaving in of threads is always a clue that the end is near.  Just a little more relaxing evening sewing time.  It’s all good:)I love the way that this shawl has finished up.  I blocked it by steaming it with the iron.  I held the iron about an inch over the shawl but DID NOT touch the iron to the threads.   It really helped the shawl to lay nicely.

Isn’t it so pretty?   

I have thoroughly enjoyed crocheting along with Margareta from At Margareta’s Haus.  She has made hers in cool gray with a bright colored border.  

Stay tuned for next week when we will be showing the completed shawl.   SWEET!!  I can’t wait:)!!!

Tiny Funeral Blanket

A dear friend’s first grand baby died in the womb this week at 23 weeks..so sad.   I have an extra funeral blanket in my closet, but a preemie is way, way too small for a full size baby blanket. This baby is only about 1.5lbs and would fit in the palm of a hand!

So I took out my string yarn and started crocheting last night .  It took just a few hours to make this delicate  blanket for the baby.  It measures about 6″x8″.

I used a pattern map that you can find here if you want the stitch.  It is free. I added the scalloped border. 5dc in one st, sk 2st, sc, sk2, 5dc.  Repeat.  


I hope this SWEET little blanket will bring them comfort.  I know it brings me a bit.

My Bullet Journal and Scrap Happy Book Cover Tutorial 

It is that “Scrap-Happy” time of the month again:)  Yea!  I am always happy to be linking up with Kate and Gun, it keeps me motivated to use those scraps!:). — I have always been a note-taker, journal keeper.  I have a Sunday journal that I take to church and write about the talks and lessons.  I have a tangle journal where I draw and sketch.   And I have several other small journals either on my phone or lying around the house.

It wasn’t until I read Emma’s post about Bullet Journaling @ Emma’s Craft Projects that I realized that I have been a bullet journaler for years.  I just didn’t know there was a name for it.  Thank you Emma!!

I  searched online about bullet journaling and learned that most people use a fancy journal with thicker paper, but I had a bunch of term notebooks left over from a project I did with a church group a while back.    While the paper is thinner and bleeds a bit, I have always liked to use pencil for sketching and note taking, So I am just alternating and working around to avoid too much bleed factor.  Waste not, want not right?

 I took one out and started journaling.   Fun, fun, fun!  Now all I needed to do was to make it pretty.  I gathered up some scrap fabrics and notions and covered it.  It was super easy.  Here is the “recipe”:

Materials:

  • Two scrap coordinating fabrics
  • Permanent spray glue – i.e. Loctight
  • 2 pieces Heavy weight cardstock
  • 1 ribbon
  • Decorative washi tape (optional)
  • Fire stick
  • Paper towels or newspaper

Instructions:

  • Measure the front of your journal leaving about 1.5″ from the spine. 
  • From the main fabric, cut two pieces of fabric the width  minus 1″ and the length plus 2″–  mine measured 7″x9″.  I cut my fabric 6″x11″.
  • From the accent fabric cut two 2.5″ strips the length plus 2″.  Mine measured 2.5×11″
  • Sew the accent and main color pieces together with a 1/4″ seam, press open, and top stitch on both sides of the seam
  • Sew a stitch 1/4″ from the edge of the accent pieces, press on this line, top stitch on the pressed fabric.  Sewing done!
  • Lay out some newspaper or paper towels to cover your work space.
  • Place one of your sewn fabric pieces face down and spray heavily with glue.
  • Gently place it on your book and smooth it out with your hand making sure it is bonding completely.
  • Place the book back on the paper. Open it and cover the free side with a paper towel
  • Trim the corners, fold the corners down, spray corner gently with glue and fold the sides down. Repeat these steps for the other side.
  • Measure your page and cut the cardstock large enough to cover all of the folded fabric leaving about 1/4″ around.
  • Spray the cardstock and glue to the front.
  • For the back- cut a piece of ribbon 3″ longer than the length of your book.
  • Cut one edge of the ribbon on a diagonal and quickly sear and seal the edge with your flame stick.
  • Glue the straight side of the ribbon to the inside of the back of the book about 1.5″ from the spine and 1″ from the top with the tail going up away from the book.
  • Glue the back of the paper and place it over the ribbon to create a book mark.
  • Cover the inside edges of the spine with Washi tape for a pretty finish

Done!!  Isn’t that pretty?   I am just in love, love, LOVE with my new journal!  

 Here are a few of my pages–

I have so many fun ideas that I am excited to journal about and keep track of in this pretty bullet journal.  It is going to be  a SWEET year!

Oh, So Soft, Sugar Cookies

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I make sugar cookies once a year…only once a year, beacause I have no self control when it comes to these soft, SWEET, and absolutely DELICIOUS cookies!

The hardest part about making sugar cookies is knowing when to take them out of the oven. You want to cook them JUST until they look dull and are slightly bubbly and golden on the edges.If you cook them too long, they are crispy. If you don’t cook them long enough they are kind of limp.   A good rule when making  a soft sugar cookie is to cook one or two and play with the time.  Cook one and check the time for the perfect texture.  If it comes out limpy, add more time, crisp, less time.   When you get the perfect texture, bake the rest of your cookies to match:)Another key to a soft sugar cookie is to roll the dough about 1/2″ thick.  Starting with a  1/4″ roll will result in a crisp cookie. So remember, 1/2″ inch….

Ok, now we are ready.  Here it comes, the golden soft sugar cookie recipe.   Here it is, the most wonderful sugar cookie recipe ever.  I apologize in advance for the sugar high due to the “must eat me now and eat that one too” factor that always accompanies these cookies…..sorry:)

Oh, So Soft, Sugar Cookies

recipe by Tracy @It’s a T-Sweets Day!

Ingredients:

  • 1c softened butter
  • 1 1/2c sugar
  • 1tsp vanilla
  • 1/2tsp almond extract
  • 3 eggs
  • 4c flour
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 3/4tsp baking soda

Instructions:

Pre-heat oven to 350*.  In a large bowl, beat together butter, sugar, vanilla, almond extract and eggs until light and fluffy.  Beat in the flour, salt, baking powder and baking soda until thoroughly blended.  On a floured surface, roll dough to 1/2″ thick.  Cut into desired shapes.  Place on a greased cookie sheet.  Bake for 10-12min until dull white and the edges are golden.  DO NOT OVERCOOK! –They should not deflate when they are taken out of the oven.  If they do, they are underdone and need a minute or two more to the cooking time:)  Let cool and then decorate.

Frosting:

  • 1/2c butter
  • 1/2c shortening
  • 1pkg powdered sugar
  • 1tsp almond extract
  • milk
  • food coloring

Cream shortening and butter until smooth.  Add powdered sugar and extract.  Blend until mixed.  Add milk a few tablespoons at a time until you get your desired thickness.  Try not to make it too thick or it will be hard to pipe.


I really do hope you have a SWEET Valentines Day.  If you make these cookies, I know you will:)

Sweet-Haus CAL- Sunday Shawl Border

Good Monday morning to you!  Margareta from “At Margareta’s Haus” and I have been busily crocheting away on our beautiful Sunday Shawls this past week.  It is always fun to watch a project come together from a few small stitches to a beautiful piece of wearable art.

We are making this shawl from The Sunday Shawl pattern on Ravelry.   I am excited to be working on and finishing the beautiful, colorful border this week.The border really makes this shawl stand out.  It is so colorful and pretty.  The pattern is quite simple and easy to execute.  Even the bobble stitch is fairly simple, but really adds a “pop” to the rest of the rows:)It’s not hard. It is just a matter of pulling the stitches a bit longer and leaving the stitch on the hook while you add a few more.

It won’t be long now before this shawl is finished.  Next week the border will be done and it will meet the blocking station.  I think I will start my dress this week to finish the look….we will see:)

Thank you for stopping by and reading my blog.  I hope your day is SWEET!

Granny Square Skirt Done!

Oh, oh, oh!  I just love it when I finish a project and I like it even better than my imagination thought I would:). This granny skirt is definitely one of those!I finished crocheting last night, sewed the top on this afternoon, and immediately stepped into it for a photo shoot.  I can’t wait for Sunday:)!  In fact, I am going to a funeral tomorrow and will have to wear it, no waiting here!

I did get a slight variation of yarn color when I re-ordered more thread ,as you can see in the photo, but happy mistakes made this pretty ombré effect.
I like how the grannies give a slight peek a boo, but still keep things modest.  

I made this skirt from an inspiration photo that you can find here. I did not follow the instructions at all.  I just started sewing grannies, connected them to the lengths I wanted and sewed them together.  The main skirt I crocheted in a continuous round only crocheting in the back loops to get a textured look.  I decreased stitches at the top to have it taper in at the waist.  I sewed some stretch black fabric to the top and added some elastic.  That’s it!  

I, of course, had to have a photo shoot in my new granny skirt.  Here are a few more pictures:
Thank you for dropping by my blog and following along on my creative journeys.  Life is just so so SWEET!

Totally Tip-ster! – On the Go Fabric Organizer

Happy Tuesday to you!  Like many of you, I like to work on hand work at night while relaxing and watching a show.  I bet you do too, right?

But sometimes those little pieces can be a bit tricky to transport and keep organized from my work station to my evening chair or to the car for traveling.  Well, I have a Totally Tipster Tuesday tip for you today:)

I am guessing that you have an old coupon organizer laying around your house.  I did.  But if you don’t, these handy organizers are just a dollar or two at your local Walmart or corner pharmacy.A coupon organizer is the perfect size for those small appliqué or paper pieces. Plus, it fits in your purse for easy take along sewing. SWEET!It even comes with handy dividers to keep sections separated so you won’t have to dig around to find the pieces for each flower or leaf etc.  For very small paper pieces, I  recommend putting them in a small envelope and then in the divider so the don’t migrate under the dividers:)When each piece is turned, sewed, or pieced they fit happily back in their divided space.  They can easily be carried back to my normal working area without falling to the floor or getting mixed together.How easy is that?  They look so pretty all separated and organized by color and style.  It is so Totally Tip-ster!!  

I hope this helps and inspires some of you.  If you have any fun ways to transport your projects, I would love to hear about them:)  

Have a super SWEET day!