Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Teddy Bear One

Today really started as a LOUD MUSIC day. Not good for your ear drums when you work in a cubicle. But sometimes I just need noise to drown out the thinking.

Fortunately, after a good conversation with my mommy, things are turning tides a bit. So I decided to post something a long time first teddy bear!

Alright, so it's not my FIRST teddy bear. In actuality, I have an obnoxious (and slightly embarrassing) number of stuffed animals. I have so many, and yet I can't fathom giving them away. If there is one thing I hoard, it is stuffed animals.

BUT...I've never made one (well...not beyond Build-A-Bear).

Then my godson came along. When I went to England in October I got to meet him FOR REALS for the first time. I wanted to give him something really special that I knew he would love, something he could cuddle with, and something with a lot of meaning to me as the giver.

So I made him a teddy.

Even better: I KNIT him a teddy.

I haven't done a knitting post yet, so I'll just say that I do really, really love knitting. Since getting a full time job I haven't had quite as much time for it (or rather, as much time to knit the things I want to knit) but I made an exception to get this little guy done.

I used the Caribou Critters Bear pattern using HiKoo Caribou yarn in Blue Jeans and Cream, held together with HiKoo Simplicity in Sahara Sand and Nile Blue (and yes, I got it all from Jimmy Beans Wool). I also gave him a cute little crocheted heart made from some worsted I had laying around (picture below).

So here he Little Blue Bear, who I know has a wonderful and loving home, and little arms to cuddle him:

Hello, cutie! You look like you're ready for trouble!

This one is my favorite :)

I debated sewing on his facial features (eyes and nose) but opted to use safety eyes and a nose instead, and to not sew a mouth on. All great decisions, I think! I did consider that the recipient is under two and safety eyes are for children 3+, but I made sure my friend was aware of this fact!
Last but not least...his little heart. Proof that this whole little bear was made and stuffed and stitched and fluffed...with love :)
And that's him! I love him, and it was hard to give him away, but he's in good hands. Here's my Ravelry Project Page if you need more info.

Hopefully I'll have a Teddy Bear Two post to put up soon (because there is a second, unfinished bear of another making in my craft bin!).

That said, if not a teddy bear post there will very soon be a Minecraft pillow making tutorial. I just have to finish the darn thing! I would LOVE to have it done by Monday...but things like this never go to plan!

I think that's all for today! If I don't manage to post tomorrow (though there may be a little something about pie...) then I hope that whoever is out there reading from the US has a great Thanksgiving! Feel free to comment, I'd love to know how you like the bear, or if you've made something similar before!

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Hey guys.

What's up?

You remember that rushing-river post from two weeks ago?

Feeling's back! But now?

I'm excited.

Details to follow, I'm excited to share!

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Charitable Baking.

You know how I said I'm happier in the mornings? Well, the last few days on my drive to work I've being singing in the car. 


So out of character! But I secretly kind of love it.

Now to completely segue away from my early morning chipperness, it's time for me to admit...I am awful about taking pictures. Especially when I'm baking.

This is only important because last night I thought it would be a great idea to blog about what I was baking...and I all but forgot to take pictures.

It's probably because I'm a "marathon" baker and I know I have a lot to do without a ton of time to do it in, so stopping to take pictures never crosses my mind. I need to get better about it.

For example, last night I made some cookies for a bake sale at work today (to benefit the Children's Adovcacy Center) and I definitely meant to take pictures during the process and completely forgot. So here's what I have (and it's not much, please pardon the terrible lighting):

This was the dough for what I'm calling my "painted" Pumpkin Spice cookies. I wanted it to be fall colors, and so I dyed one quarter of the dough each of the following: maroon/red, orange, brown, and green. Then I separated each quarter into eighths before smushing them together to refrigerate. 
And ta-da! This is how the "painted" cookies turned out. They're sugar cookies with some pumpkin pie spice added, topped with sanding sugar before baking. Nothing crazy, but they tasted great!
Another picture of the painted cookies. I think the fall-color theme I was going for turned out pretty nice!

Another terrible picture, taken at my desk (just now). I made gingersnaps too!
Now I WISH I had a better picture than that, but these gingersnaps are delicious. Everything about them is wonderful. The dough is delicious (yes, I eat raw cookie dough and I don't care what you think!) the cookies are good straight out of the oven, or the next day when they truly live up to the name gingerSNAP.

I was smart enough to scan the recipe last night before I went to bed, and I have it for you now! Just one note - my mom specifically asked if I made them with margarine, and when I said no she said they probably wouldn't turn out right. Well, she was right. They turned out better (her words, not mine!). So here is Mrs Westergren's Ginger Snap recipe - the only recipe I have ever made, because why mess around with the good things that are just handed to you?

So that's that! Some charity baking, rolled in and sprinkled with sugar. And tonight I look forward to eating the few oddments I saved :)