Christmas Lady

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Hello, all! Christmas is nearing quickly. I have always loved the idea of dressing according to the holiday– pink and red for Valentine’s Day, red and blue for July 4th, pumpkin for Thanksgiving, green and red for Christmas. But I rarely have accomplished this… for different reasons; sometimes I am too lazy and choose sweatpants over a carefully picked outfit. Other times, I can’t put together the right ensemble. I fixed that problem for Christmas this year with a casual green dress. I made my pattern to match the Lady Skater pattern which has been so popular lately. I learned a wonderful fact while in the process of making this dress… Serged seams stretch as much as the fabric stretches! Most of you likely have known this for years, but it was my first time to see this amazing phenomenon actually work. Every seam that went into this dress is serged, a first for me as well. Overall, making this dress was quite unproblematic, a nice condition to run into every once in a while. Paired with dark red tights, this dress is my go-to outfit for any Christmas activity!

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A Scarf and a Few Christmas Goodies

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas! You would think that with all this time I spent not blogging I would have whipped up something fantastic made out of velvet brocade or something. But no– a meagre scarf is the only fruit of my hands from the past, well, month. I am rather satisfied with how it turned out, though, considering I haven’t knitted anything since my sock trauma two years ago.

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I was so excited to get this lovely little cloche hat and these quaint gloves that I couldn’t help but show them off to all of you. So here they are…

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And lastly, I made these neat framed pages. I have been aching to try this out ever since I first saw them on Etsy (or maybe on Pinterest). All I had to do was cut a page out of an old dictionary, find a black and white image on the internet (and place it correctly in a word processor), run the page through the printer, and voila! You have a cute illustrated dictionary page. Who couldn’t use one of those?

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Homemade Stamps and Hand-printed Fabric

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I’ve been anticipating this project for some time now. I’m so excited to share it! Here‘s a site that explains the process pretty well. So as a Christmas gift for my siblings, I carved some unique stamps. I love it, because you can make absolutely whatever design you like. I chose to makeĀ  balloon, mustache, heart, arrow, and feather (though it looks more like a leaf) stamps. The hardest part for me was drawing a distinguishable object. So for the more talented artists, this project could not fail. But it really didn’t even fail for me! Perhaps I had too high expectations for the feather… This is actually a relatively easy and quick project. I, for one, loved trying my hand at something new. Someday, I want to hand-print fabric with some of these stamps. By the way, I tried one of the stamps on fabric with paper ink— umm, you might want to use fabric ink, or else it will come out very light and hardly visible.

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Ooooh, I got somewhere on my long-awaited shift dress this weekend. The pattern is finished! Can’t wait to make it and show it to y’all!

Lace Infinity Scarf

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Is anyone else behind on Christmas presents? In our family, we have this unspoken tradition that all the siblings make each other a gift. Well, let me just say that I have not done that yet. But, hopefully, I will be able to post that achievement soon (in other words, before Christmas!). For any of you who still don’t know even what to give (don’t worry, I deal with this problem too), here’s a quick but classy DIY gift. I made these infinity scarves with lace on the edge for a couple of girlfriends, not to mention myself, this year. My first try took close to an hour, but once you get the hang of it, you could probably complete it in thirty minutes. I found the idea here, if you want to see another rendition. My favorite one turned out to be made of jersey knit fabric. That way, it’s super comfy but still lays well. But, really, any thin, light fabric would do fine.

First, cut your fabric about 1 by 4-ish feet. I say “ish” because it really depends on how tight you want the scarf to be around your neck; you may or may not want it a little shorter. If you are not using a knit fabric, you need to serge all the edges. Then, carefully sew lace trim along one of the long edges, making sure not to sew off the lace or the fabric. On the other long edge, choose another lace trim to sew along that edge. You could do the same trim on both sides, but I prefer the two different trims, to vary the scarf a little more. To finish up, just sew the two short edges together, which makes the scarf into one big circle. The best way to wear it is to double the scarf, so there are two layers around your neck. Make sure some of the lace shows!! I love it. Hopefully, so do my friends!

How many cookies can Santa Claus eat?!?!?!

These snickerdoodles may be my new favorite kind of cookie. (I’ve accidentally eaten about 8 already- oops!) They have a very christmasy taste, so they’re perfect! Very easy! It makes a huge batch… I used three cookie sheets, then had to reuse one just to cook 7 more. BUT- it was totally worth it. I’m having a great, normal Christmas Eve day, full of cooking, dancing (to Christmas music of course), and figuring out presents last minute =D. Praise the Lord for saving his children through a little baby! Merry Christmas!

Ingredients:
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup shortening
1 1/2 cups white sugar
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons cream of tartar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons white sugar
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).
2. Cream together butter, shortening, 1 1/2 cups sugar, the eggs and the vanilla. Blend in the flour, cream of tartar, soda and salt. Shape dough by rounded spoonfuls into balls.
3. Mix the 2 tablespoons sugar and the cinnamon. Roll balls of dough in mixture. Place 2 inches apart on ungreased baking sheets.
4. Bake 8 to 10 minutes, or until set but not too hard. Remove immediately from baking sheets.

 

Salsa verde

My aunt and uncle showed me this recipe over our Christmas get-together. This authentic green sauce is absolutely amazing. I ate it on tamales (don’t ask how many:), chips, enchiladas, and pretty much anything I could get my hands on. The recipe takes some guessing, so you can get it just how you like it. The recipe makes quite a bit more than what is shown in the picture.

Boil about 8 tomatillos and 5 jalapenos (in separate pots!) until the skin starts to wrinkle. Seed the jalapenos and peel the tomatillos… beware- they are flipping hot. Chop about 1/4 onion and (we used) 2 garlic cloves. Blend them with the jalapenos for about 5-10 seconds. Separately, blend tomatillos, some cilantro, and salt for another 5-10 seconds. Now what you do is add the jalapeno mixture to the tomatillo mixture to taste. So if you would rather it not be very spicy don’t add a whole lot. But if you’re like me, add quite a bit. Just stir and eat!!!!!