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Mug cozy success.

So to follow up on my post about the mug-cozy, I made one. I just forgot to create a follow-up post about it. Oops. Either way, it worked! It was fast and easy to crochet, granted the one for sale on Etsy is of much better quality. And a smaller stitch may have worked better so that less heat would escape (I crocheted mine and so there’s some pencil-sized gaps due to the way it’s stitched). But still, I made it! It’s pretty superfluous but I love it anyway. I threatened to make a Sherlock-cozy but I’m fairly certain Nick would leave me. (But only out of jealousy for not having his own cozy, I bet.)

I started it the same way that I make hats, but then backstitched to leave a space for the mug handle. It’s a stretchy stitch as well so I’ve been able to put it on a few different sized mugs. This one is a bit long so it may work better on a taller mug.

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Mug cozy.

from Etsy shop Everything Ok (psst, it's Canadian made!)

I’ve run out of things to crochet. Well, mostly I’ve run out of people to crochet for. Christmas has passed, and since I made most of my gifts I had plenty of projects to do. I’ve already got two hats, two cowls, and two pairs of fingerless gloves. I even crocheted a coaster for my hot mug of tea on my bedside table (and one for Nick, although I’m fairly certain he didn’t actually want one. He took it anyway, such a good boyfriend). So I feel compelled to make one of these nifty mug cozies like you see above from Etsy seller Everything Ok. It’s pretty cute, and a good idea considering how much tea I drink (and how many mugs I forget about and find after they’ve gone cold. Early sign of Alzheimer’s, anyone?).

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from EcoChicHandKnits on Etsy

I’m sticking to the handmade pledge this xmas and buying only handmade gifts or creating them myself. I did find a few awesome things on Etsy that I couldn’t pass up, so I’ve purchased the above “scrubbies” for my mom and some for me. They replace the little scrub pads and cotton pads that you would use once and toss away. These can be put in the wash (gentle cycle I believe) and reused over and over. They come in a whole bunch of different colours, so I bought a set in almond for me and some soft green ones for my mom.

Considering we use the little disposable ones on a daily basis, these little scrubbies will reduce the amount of waste involved in our daily beauty routines by a large amount. Every little bit helps!

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Can I make this?

from Etsy shop brandensams

I mean, without swearing and throwing craft tools? This wreath is gorgeous, but unfortunately out of my price range (especially when shipping to Canada is factored in…ouch!). Plus I think that this particular wreath is also sold out. Darn. This Etsy shop has beautiful and eye-popping wreaths, and I desperately want to replicate one. I’m not one for traditional red & green xmas colours, so the stark white/blue/silver combination of this one is a dream come true.

from Etsy shop brandensams

This one is gorgeous too…and I’m certain that if I dug around in my mother’s endless (and I mean endless) stores of xmas decorations I’d find some colourful xmas balls that would work in a wreath like this. Then all I’d need would be yarn and styrofoam balls.

I think I’ll set out to make something like this this week, and if it works (i.e. no swearing or throwing of things) I’ll post pictures and instructions on here. If you would rather score one of these beauties without the work involved, then visit Etsy and search brandensams shop.

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Biskies.

To continue on my baking spree, I made homemade biskies for Sherlock. My mother bought me an organic dog biscuit cookbook that came with dog-inspired cookie cutters.

So Sherlock (the lucky ducky) got a batch of “finger-lickin’ chicken” biskies in the shape of bones, squirrels and fire hydrants. Spoiled brat.

They’re super simple to make, and took almost no time at all. I used a food processor to mince the chicken leftovers from in the fridge. This is a crucial step, as it makes the biscuit dough easier to work with and the chicken more evenly distributed between the biscuits (which I’m assuming is important to biskie connoisseurs such as Sherlock). One thing the book suggests, and that I agree with, is to wear gloves when handling the meats involved. Some of the recipes call for tuna and liver so I’d wear gloves to avoid having to scrub that smell off of your hands.

I baked the cookies for 27 minutes when they were nice and crunchy and golden brown.

Sherlock waited in rapt fascination by the oven until they were done.

Delish!

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Cupcake fervor.

So this past weekend, I attended a dessert potluck at my lovely friend Stacey’s place. I brought cupcakes, Nick brought the champagne and Stacey made some absolutely to-die-for desserts. The other guests brought equally delicious fare, and so a deliciously decadent calorie-fest ensued.

I used the recipe for icing from a previous post of mine, using 4 tablespoons Crisco (can be substituted with butter), 1 tablespoon of real vanilla and two cups of icing sugar. I coloured them pink and blue and added a healthy (really?) dose of sprinkles.

This reminds me! There’s a lone straggler cupcake hiding in fridge! Not for long…

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Well! I’m finished the last academic semester of my degree! Only 12 weeks of clinical practice and I’ll be finished my entire Bachelor’s in Nursing degree. Words can hardly express how happy I am to be so close to the end. The above photo was taken after Nick and I reached the top of an absolutely grueling hike, which symbolically is not unlike nursing school.  It doesn’t matter that halfway through I wanted to give up, and I reached the top wheezing and slightly dizzy. Also I couldn’t feel my legs. But the point is I got there, in one piece and with (most) of my sanity intact.

So, in order to celebrate, a few things are in order:

  • sleep! Possibly for several days. I may even just make a nest of blankets in my bedroom and hibernate there until I see fit to reenter the civilized world.
  • bake! I’m planning on baking for a dessert potluck that’s coming up, baking for Nick and I and also baking up some Xmas gifts. I’m sticking to my handmade pledge and so I’m baking up a whole bunch of different delectables (I’ll post photos here and include recipes, I promise).
  • crochet! I’ve been making some winter woolies for myself and also as Xmas gifts for family members. I’ll post more on that this week as well, I’ve got a few projects already finished and some others on the go.
  • take photographs. I have been taking more in an effort to expand my photographic abilities, but with the last few weeks consumed with school work it’s been difficult to get out with my camera and experiment like I planned to.

So, a glorious weekend of revelry awaits and I’m going to go and enjoy it. Enjoy yours as well!

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