Lavender Sachet – Blue

Today, on the last day of my “Make Something Every Day” challenge, I wanted to make something grand, something meaningful to properly commemorate the past month. However, as so often occurred over the last few weeks, “real life” happened and I was left with almost no time to make anything, let alone something “special.” And in a way, that was almost more appropriate. After all, as I said in my January 1st post, the point of this challenge wasn’t to make Something, but to Make something.

So today’s project is another Lavender Sachet, made out of blue handspun. It’s about the same size as the first one I made, but since I didn’t have my project notes for the first one with me, I had to just wing it. (Which, again, is quite in keeping with the spirit of the challenge, that I don’t need every project to be “perfect” or to wait for the “perfect” moment to start one.)

January 31’s project: Lavender Sachet – Blue


My mom is visiting me from out of town for the next couple days, but early next week I will be writing a post covering my thoughts and experiences with my “Make Something Every Day” challenge. I would like to thank everyone who has been reading my blog and keeping up with me the last month. :-)

Felted Sweater = Mug Cozy

A while ago I rescued a beautiful sweater from Goodwill. (Got it half price, too!) Someone apparently hadn’t read the “hand wash only” label and had felted the poor thing. Well, their loss is my gain because there are so many fun things you can make with a felted sweater.

Using this particular sweater, I planned on making two cowls and a pair of gauntlets/sleeves. (Kind of like really long fingerless mittens.) However, after chopping it up into those sections, I realized that the oddly shaped area of the where the sleeve connected to the shoulder would be perfect for a mug cozy.

The mug cozy seemed like it needed something though, so I though I would add some buttons. But while I liked the romantic look of the vintage mother-of-pearl buttons a lot, it still felt unfinished so I decided that some embroidery around the edges was exactly what it needed. I haven’t done a buttonhole stitch in a looong time but it came right back to me. 😉 I couldn’t decide between using red yarn or pink yarn, so I decided to embroider it using a strand of both held together.

January 30’s project: Felted Sweater = Mug Cozy

feltedsweater_mugcozy_mug feltedsweater_mugcozy_cozyHere’s a pictuture of the sweater before I cut it up:


Quick Knitted Flower

One thing that has really helped me with this challenge is the list of quick ideas I put together at the beginning of the month. There have been quite a few days where I was simply too busy to plan a more involved project, or even research ideas for a simple one, so that list has been incredibly helpful. Today was one of those super busy days (I was out running errands from 8:30 am to 6:00 pm today), and while I could have cranked out a couple more little knitted hearts, I really wanted to make something different since I’ve already made those twice this month, so I chose this knitted flower from my ideas list.

The flower used approximately 4-5 grams/9-10 yards of worsted yarn and I used the Knitted Flower Tutorial from Mack and Mabel. I think that it also might be fun to play around with this pattern using different weights of yarn, like leftover sock yarn to make mini flowers.

January 29’s project: Quick Knitted Flower

red_flowerAnd since a photo of just a red flower on some white fabric is a bit boring, here’s a photo showing how the cute the flower would look on my notions bag: red_flower_bagI haven’t decided if I will actually attach the flower to that bag; maybe I’ll sew a pin-back on the flower so I can take it off and use it on other things too …

Hot Chocolate Mix & Free Printable Tags

If you haven’t noticed from many of my previous projects, I absolutely love Valentine’s Day. Today I made a Valentine’s gift (in advance!) – a Hot Chocolate Mix. I found the recipe here at Half Baked Harvest. The only changes I made was that I used all dark chocolate chips instead of a mix of milk chocolate chips and white chocolate chips because dark chocolate was all I happened to have on hand. Which of course is such a surprise at my house. 😉

January 28’s project: Dark Hot Chocolate Mix


In effort to be “scientific,” Marcus and I made one mug with water and one mug with milk. Take it from us, do NOT make this mix with water. It tastes much better made with milk. With the milk, it was pretty tasty. (Though in my opinion I’ll admit, it still was not quite as good as my beloved Cadbury Hot Chocolate.) Marcus said this mix was far better than the hot chocolate from the store, especially since you can control all the ingredients.

If I make this mix again, I might try using Cinnamon chips in place of the white chocolate chips.

I also made printable tags using a super cute graphic from Designs by CP. I’ve uploaded it here so you can print out tags for your own Hot Chocolate Mix gifts for Valentine’s Day. (I’ve uploaded them as Word docs so that you can customize them easier.) I’d recommend using a heavier card stock-like paper if you have any or a photo paper with a completely blank back, not the kind that has logo, etc, on the back.

20130128-211843.jpgHot Chocolate Mix cards – front

20130128-211851.jpgHot Chocolate Mix cards – back

Drawstring Bag & Cookies

Not a very exciting project for today – yet another drawstring project bag. I still needed one more bag for my prize donation at my knitting group’s anniversary party tomorrow.

I did however make another batch of the chocolate chocolate chip cookies from January 18’s post. This time, I used all white sugar and dark chocolate chips and made sure to under-bake them. This batch was even better than the first one!

January 25’s project: Drawstring Bag & Cookies



For Monday, I plan on chopping up a gorgeous wool sweater that I rescued from Goodwill. Someone had apparently not read the “hand wash only” tag and threw it in the washing machine. Their loss is my gain! :-) (Hopefully it will be dry by then. January isn’t the best time to be washing sweaters. Sigh)

More Knitted Hearts

Today was a buuuuuusy day but at knitting group tonight, I managed to whip up a couple more knitted hearts like the ones from my January 4th post. I could easily get hooked on making these cute little hearts – they are so fast and easy! They really should be called, “Instant Gratification Hearts” or “I ♥ Instant Gratification.” 😉 And since they use such a tiny amount of yarn – less than 1 gram for both hearts together – they are a fabulous way to use up that tiny bit of leftover yarn that isn’t enough to make really anything but is still just a little too much left to just throw away.

And did I mention how fun they are to make? 😉

January 24’s project: More Knitted Hearts


Rosemary Herb Wreath

I read about making herb wreaths at Imperfect Homemaking and thought it would be a great way to use the “imperfect” cuttings from the various herbs we brought inside for the winter. (Aka, the parts that were already kind of dry because a certain someone’s watering habits are rather sporadic. Not me, of course. Just … someone.)

 January 23’s project: Rosemary Herb Wreath

In addition to the rosemary, the two chocolate mint plants looked liked they were about ready to start taking over the house (or at least Marcus’s office) with their very enthusiastic runners, so I whacked off some nice mint for the wreath, too.


Here is a photo of the rosemary, pre-trimmed. In addition to four rosemary plants, we also have parsley (peeking out at the bottom of the photo), pineapple sage and two chocolate mint plants. They are all doing quite well inside, which is pretty impressive considering my bad luck with indoor plants. Last spring, Marcus built a great shelving system with daylight florescent bulbs (which are both cheaper and more effective than grow lights) so that we could start seeds indoors and I thought that it would be the perfect spot for my beloved herbs, especially since good natural lighting only comes in through the front window, on the back of the couch, and the dogs have already claimed that spot.


An in-progress photo of the herb wreath, which also shows my frame – a 1/4″ section of PVC pipe. (Approximately  4″ across.) Marcus cut it for me and even beveled the edges so the wire wouldn’t wear. Isn’t he sweet?! :-) It was just the perfect size for my wreath, which I wanted to keep fairly small because you’d be surprised at how sloooooowly rosemary grows at this house. (Which would have nothing to do with the fact that we use a lot of fresh rosemary. A LOT. Constantly.)

20130123-192039.jpgI really loved making this wreath. It was so much fun! A great gift idea, too, especially small wreaths using PVC pipe. Now I keep picturing all the wonderful herbs I want to plant this spring! :-)

Brown & Pink Drawstring Bags

More bags again today. (Boring, I know, but it was on my must-do list for this week.) My knitting group’s 5th anniversary party is this Saturday and I offered to bring a couple project bags as door prizes. At least one of these bags will be among them. They are both sock-size bags, measuring approximately 5″ square and 8″ high.

January 22’s project: Brown & Pink Drawstring Bags


Icebox Oat Cookies

When I looked outside the window this morning, it had snowed quite heavily overnight, which naturally put in me in a baking mood. I also figured that it would nice to make some cookies for my husband Marcus, since while he dutifully tried one of the chocolate cookies I made last Friday, chocolate really isn’t his thing. I’ve also been wanting to try out icebox cookie recipes (cookies that are sliced after being refrigerated) and recently came across this recipe that I knew Marcus would just love.

I was right. 😉


January 21’s project: Icebox Oat Cookies



The only problem was that after letting Marcus sample the raw dough, which had the consistancy of no-bake cookies, he didn’t want me to actually bake any of it! We ended up compromising: I got to bake one log into (very under-baked cookies), and he claimed the remaining unbaked log to take into work for his lunch. You can see the second log of raw dough in the background of the photo above.

And in case anyone would like to make some raw dough/cookies for themselves, here’s the recipe:


“Rolled Oat Cookies” from Best of Taste of Home’s First Ten Years *

1 cup butter (no substitutes), softened

1 cup packed brown sugar

1/4 cup water

1 ts vanilla

3 cups quick-cooking oats

1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour

1 ts salt

1/4 ts baking soda

Cream butter and brown sugar. Add water and vanilla; mix well. Combine dry ingredients; add to creamed mixture and mix well.

Chill for 30 minutes. Shape into two 1 1/2″ rolls; wrap tightly in waxed paper. Chill for 2 hours or until firm.

Unwrap and cut into 1/2″ slices. Place 2″ apart on greased baking sheets. Bake at 375° for 12 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove to wire racks to cool. Yeild: about 3 12″ dozen. (I think I might have cut my cookies a bit generously because even if I had been allowed to bake the whole batch, it would have only been about 2 dozen, if that.)


I think that if you don’t have a lot of time to wait for the dough to firm up, you could just make drop cookies using this recipe. Also, I’d recommend cutting the dough logs rather thin because I think that these cookies would be best when crispy. Assuming you leave enough dough to actually bake, of course.

*If you don’t already own this cookbook, run – don’t walk, run! – to the store and buy it. Today. Your mouth will thank you.



Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies

One of the struggles I knew I was going to face in my MSED challenge was the balance of creating while still managing to fit in the boring stuff like laundry, dishes, etc, as well. During the last couple days, the boring stuff has been slipping a bit so that’s what I tackled today instead of playing around with a new design for a knitting needle roll-up case. The house is now tidied up for the weekend, but of course I didn’t have time required for the roll-up case. I did, however, decide that I had time for some baking.

I knew that my friend Annie was coming over tonight for a movie night so I decided to make some cookies. I’ve been wanting to find a good chocolate cookie recipe for a while, so that’s what I chose. After looking through a surprising number of cook books that didn’t have quite the type of cookie I was looking for, I found the recipe “Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies I” here at

I used half white sugar and half brown sugar, added 1 ts of instant coffee, and increased the salt and baking soda to 1 ts each.

January 18’s project: Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies


I am very happy with how the cookies turned out. They were just as quick to mix up as my usual go-to cookie recipe (Tollhouse), which I was very glad to note. Crispy on the outside, soft on the inside and wonderfully chocolatey, but without being too sweet. I think this recipe would also be tasty with peanut butter chips and maybe walnuts too. Watch out, milk just might have a new favorite cookie!

In addition to the very very good cookies, we had also some fun new tea that Annie recently ordered from David’s Tea. Tonight we tried the Stormy Night black tea, which was quite nice – not as spicy as I’d feared, and the Cookie Dough white tea which was awesome! (And quite appropriate to have with the chocolate cookies too.) So that’s why the lovely Fiesta tea cup & saucer are in the background. The tea cup is empty because the tea was sooo good that I drank it all before I remembered to save any for the “photo shoot.” 😉20130119-000041.jpg

Needless to say, this recipe will definitely be made again. (And again, and again, and again, and again …)