Make’n’Tell Day 5: This Isn’t the Hook You’re Looking For

February 6, 2014 § 2 Comments

Yet Another Snow Day, so I asked the kids if there was anything they were itching to do, and both said “clay!” Since I’d been planning on making a TOTALLY AWESOME handle for one of my crochet hooks, this sounded perfect to me. Unfortunately, when we pulled out the bag of clay I had on hand, none of the colors I needed were there. So, I went ahead and made this other, totally awesome in a completely different way, handle.

Flowered sculpey crochet hook handle

I’ll make the other one later in the month. Just need a day not filled with snow and freezing rain to get to the craft store. Or possibly to place an Amazon order.

Make’n’Tell Day 2: I Did It All For the Cookie

February 3, 2014 § Leave a comment

Chalk Drawing

Zack’s getting into the make action, too!

Right before Christmas last year, I did that thing where you all of a sudden decide that you need to bake All Of the Cookies and you only have like two days to do it (that happens to everyone, right, it’s not just me?). I wanted to make all my old standbys, but also felt like trying some new recipes, so I consulted my extensive library of cookbooks watched some shows on the Food Network asked my friends and family for recommendations headed to Pinterest. I found a couple of things to try, and for the most part they were pretty successful, but Becky went absolutely gaga for these chocolate chip toffee cookie strips. She’s been nagging asking me to make more ever since, and I thought they’d be a great share for Make’n’Tell.

Not only are these cookies delicious, but I get to use my new favorite technique for rolling out the dough. Instead of putting it between two sheets of wax paper or whatever, you put it in a Ziploc and leave about 1/2″ open at the top for the rest of the air to escape. Then you just roll your dough out inside the bag, and cut the bag open when you’re done. No muss, no fuss.

Chocolate Chip Toffee Cookie Strips

Chocolate Chip Toffee Cookies

No, I did not eat all of these after taking the picture. Not all at once, anyhow.

Ingredients:

  • 1 c. butter, softened
  • 2/3 c. packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 c. granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 egg yoke
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 c. flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking bowder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 1/3 c. semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 2/3 c. toffee chips

Preheat oven to 350°. Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper.

Cream butter and sugars together in mixer.

Add eggs and vanilla.

Add flour, baking powder, and salt, mixing until thoroughly combined.

With a wooden spoon, stir in chocolate and toffee chips.

Take half of mixture and seal in a gallon size Ziploc bag, leaving about 1/2″ open. Roll dough flat (you’ll only be able to get it as flat as your chips are tall, so about 1/4″). Cut open bag and put dough on prepared cookie sheet. Repeat with 2nd half of dough.

Make’n’Tell Day 1: One Shark, No Laserbeams

February 2, 2014 § Leave a comment

Shark hat

I made the kid, too, but not today so she doesn’t count for Make’n’Tell.

So, here it is, day 2 of my big February Make’n’Tell, and here’s the post about Day 1 (yesterday, obvi)’s activity. So far, so good.Well, except that my big plan was to ring in this Make’n’Tell with some delicious chocolate chip toffee strips, and then I was tired and it just didn’t happen. So yesterday’s make was finally finishing my shark hat (modeled by Becky, because I was too tired for selfies, too):

Shark hat

Ack! There’s a shark eating that girl’s head!

To be fair, I also made two other hats that I can’t show you because they’re prototypes, and worked on a sweater that I can’t show you because the pattern’s due to be published by a 3rd party soon. Oh, and s’mores! We had fireplace s’mores yesterday, too (dammit! I totally should have taken pics of the s’mores! I was too busy shoving them down my gullet to think of it, I guess.). So I did do quite a bit of making yesterday, which is a good way to start off the month, I think.

(P.S. We made the cookies today, so you’ll get that recipe tomorrow. 🙂 )

Make’n’Tell: I < 3 February

January 9, 2014 § 1 Comment

So, like I said in the first post of 2014, I want to really push myself to get back into creating and blogging regularly. I figure why not try another Make’n’Tell? In case you weren’t around the first time (back on my old blog), Make’n’Tell is a month long fiesta of creating and blogging, with a project and a post every day. There are rules to be followed, but since it’s a creative thing the rules have some flexibility built in. And if you want to play along but something in the rules doesn’t work for you, of course you should change it or throw it out! (If you played along the first time you’ll notice I’ve changed the rules slightly, for exactly this reason.)

Here are the rules, such as they are. If you don’t follow them, we will all point and laugh, just like real Show’n’Tell. Seriously, these are the parameters I’m setting for myself. If something in these doesn’t work for you, feel free to change it so it does. This is intended to help me focus and grow as an artisan, not be some kind of weird refuge for rules lawyers. Without further ado and in no particular order:

  1. The Make can be in any medium, including but not limited to yarn, digital graphics, food, photography, drawing, painting, etc.
  2. The Tell must include at least one photo (note: if I’m working on a design I can’t share yet, it may not be  much of a photo or may even be a photo of something else, but will still be a photo I’ve taken and I’ll try to make it relate in some way to the project. I’ll try to avoid this, but it’s possible it might happen).
  3. The Tell will occur on the day after the Make, unless the blogger gives previous notice (for example, I’ll be out of town January 18th & 19th and don’t  know if I’ll be able to post. I’ll still Make on those days, but will post the Tells on the 20th if I can’t get them up while I’m away.)
  4. The Make may be derivative but may not be wholly unoriginal. For example, the day I originally wrote these rules, I made Indoor S’Mores. I followed the recipe exactly, with no deviation or modification. I would not count that as a Make. I would totally count it if I had, for instance, made little muffin cup portions instead of just throwing it in a pan as directed in the recipe. (Note to self: do that next time. Brilliant idea. Did it, and it was totally a brilliant idea. 🙂 ) Generally, though, I want my Make to be even more original — the idea, after all, is to stretch my creative wings.
  5. There should be a Make’n’Tell every day of the month, except as noted in Rule 3.
  6. The Make should be either a complete work OR consist of at least 30 minutes of work on an ongoing project. I do a lot of bigger projects, and I don’t want to stop doing them, but I don’t always have time or ability to do a big project in a single day. On the other hand, if I have a small project in mind and it only takes me 15 minutes to complete it, I’m okay with that. And some days I might only have time for that one little thing. So I think that should count, too.
  7. The Make can be similar to a previously completed project. For instance, I’ve made several dresses for my daughter. I use an original pattern and modify it pretty much every time. Each instance of dressmaking would count as a Make.
  8. I ❤ February Make’n’Tell will last for the 28 days of February, commencing with the first Tell on February 1 and closing with the last Tell on February 28. (It’s my birthday! Maybe perhaps there will be a little something special and extra, because if you know me, you know I ❤ my birthday just a ridiculous amount.) (Oh! And this year it’s on a Friday! BIRTHDAY WEEKEND! But I digress.) So, start thinking about your projects and get your blogging fingers ready and let’s do this thing!

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