Monthly Archives: November 2013

Christmas 2013 – Advent Tree

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I decided this year that I would have a little fun and get creative with felt.  Above are the first seven felt ornament’s I’ve made for my/our advent calendar.

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First was this little guy – he is very simple and I grabbed his pattern here: Felt Robin Template and Tutorial. He/she is very sweet, but at this point, I am thinking of making him/her into a hair clip instead! All the other ornaments I’ve made are much larger. He/she is a wonderful first try however – and I am not biased!!

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This one was made second and I love love love it!! And not just because I am an owl freak. I found the pattern for him here: Give a Hoot for the Holidays. I didn’t have any rick rack, but I like my first attempt at embroidery design, even if the stitches are a very basic running stitch and french knot – those little boogers are trixy I tell you! I watched this  youtube video on learning to make the knots: Embroidery: How to stitch a french knot.

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Next up was my Christmas Tree. Originally this one had on glued on (with those  craft glue dots) sequins, but my youngest decided that the glue dots looked tasty, pulled all the sequins off and ate the glue dots. *sigh* Tasty! Some quick internet research told me that she wasn’t going to die of poisoning, so I am not worried. I am still irked that she did it though, BUT it was my fault in some regards as I left it unprotected on the kitchen table. I am considering going back and sewing the sequins on it again. I got the pattern here: Felt Christmas Tree Ornament

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This little angel is a favourite. She looks so peaceful! A delicate wee creature! I made her pink in honor of my eldest daughter who loves the color, and in my opinion, no Christmas tree is complete without an angel on it! I got her pattern here:  How to: Felt Angel Ornament #2

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I then decided that I wanted a simple bell. I chose this one: Christmas gift: Felt Holiday Ornaments + Free Ornament Templates. I decided to forgo the bell at the bottom since it is dangly, it makes noise and the bells are shiny… all three of those being attractants to two year olds and children with incessant fiddle fingers. I am hoping to locate my pinking shears this week to trim the edges to look like the original, but I think this is sweet in a very rustic way!

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This one is my current absolute favourite!! I couldn’t find a pattern online, so I searched for clip art and discovered this one.

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I think he’s lovely! I got pretty close to the original drawing I think, which can be found here: Little Penguin Pattern. I added the heart because I felt that he just needed it 😉 I messed up the french knots a bit – told you they were tricky!

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The final one in this set the traditional candy cane 🙂 I like how rustic it turned out. Little G has already tried to run off with it, and when she see it, makes slurping noises and goes Yum! You can find this sweet pattern here: How to: Felt Candy Cane Ornaments.

I am finding the blog: Bugs and Fishes to be a great resource!

Check back later this week for the next grouping of ornaments and how I go with making the actual tree!! 🙂

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The Pioneer Woman’s Braised Beef Short Ribs

 

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We don’t eat beef often. Over my life time I’ve eaten enough meatloaf and hamburgers to do me in. I have never been a huge fan of steak – since I am picky and like it cooked only one way. This past Friday, my Hubby brought home beef short ribs. I looked them and then I looked at him.  I gave him the sideways look that a dog gives its owner when it can’t figure him/her out. I didn’t want to rain on my hubby’s parade, so I promised him that I would bake up these lovelies for him. And he was happy.

I was however, clueless on HOW to bake them. So I ran to Pinterest and I found The Pioneer Woman‘s recipe for Braised Short Ribs. I have loved all but one of the recipes I’ve tried from her website – and that was because I used too much butter on her garlic bread recipe. So, that really wasn’t her fault. I’ll admit to reading one or two more rib recipes. But I didn’t want to use the slow cooker, and really wanted to use my Le Cruset dutch oven.

This recipe was so easy to do! Everything came together quite quickly and the house smelled divine from beginning to end! I made no changes to the recipe and within 2.5 hours I had the deliciousness that you see above. I’ve now printed this recipe and it has gone into my MUST make again folder. Seriously delicious, seriously easy and seriously… my entire family ate every last bite – which hardly ever happens! Nom nom nom!

Well finally!

I love my children. They are my life. What I don’t like (sometimes) is their unending curiosity about all things electronic… and by curiosity I mean their inability to not touch my things – like my cellphone, my tablet or my beloved Nikon L810.

On a recent trip to the Clearwater Aquarium (which was actually closed due to the filming of Dolphin 2), I discovered that one of my Darling Little Ones had dropped the camera and that it was now out of warranty. *sigh* Then calling around, I discovered that it was going to cost more than a brand new Nikon to fix! Grrrrr!

So cue me trying to decide what to do. Get a new camera or fix the old one? Today I finally decided to get a new camera – after all we have Christmas, a trip to Disney and a drive across country in the next 6 months, not to mention our move to Australia in June/July of 2014. I was so happy because Target has the Nikon L820 on sale for $199. Well… apparently this has been popular because they were out… in all the Targets within 50 miles of us.

Color me depressed 😦

What they did have was the Pentax X-5. A commensurate bridge camera that should be awesome for all the events listed above and for documenting all our holiday craftings 🙂

So far, I am impressed with the picture quality – and I had such lovely little models to test it out on!!

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