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Apr 20, 2017

Blue Chocolate Bark

A few weeks ago Katie, Chelsea, and I made blue "chocolate" bark! The first batch we made had pretzel bits sandwiched between the layers of chocolate; for the second batch we added Oreo pieces! Yum!

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Here is a quick guide on how to make some yourself.

Materials:
candy melts/melting chocolate in various colors
inclusions such as pretzels or Oreos
sprinkles or toppings
microwave safe bowls
cookie sheet
table knife

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Process:
Begin by melting your base layer of chocolate/candy melts in the microwave (use a medium power and stir frequently). For a small cookie sheet we used about half a bag of chocolate chips. Once the chocolate is completely melted and a smooth texture, pour it onto your cookie sheet and spread out evenly.

Next add some inclusions! We broke our pretzel sticks and Oreos into small pieces and distributed them evenly over the chocolate base layer.

Now, melt more chocolate and drizzle it over the top. We used three more colors at about half a bag each. After all the chocolate is added, take your table knife and pull it through the chocolate to make a marbled/swirled texture. Add sprinkles over the top for the finishing touch.

Let the chocolate cool completely (possibly in the refrigerator or freezer) then break it up into pieces and enjoy!

Apr 18, 2017

Charity Hat VIII

For the eighth hat I've knit for charity this year I decided to use thicker yarn and try out Riverlands Hat by Dumpling Designs. The elongated stitches are fun! They are a little hard to see with this two toned yarn, but if you look closely you will see them around the brim and in large sections on the right hand side.

Charity Hat VIII

There are some errata in the pattern so I definitely recommend checking out the notes from ATexasYarn if you plan on trying out this pattern, I found them incredibly helpful!

Apr 13, 2017

Some Seedlings

My carrots are still alive! After all the snow and my cold frame collapsing I figured they were goners, but the little roots are really growing and are likely close to harvest time.

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Another exciting garden thing is my sunflowers reseeded! The birds weren't very diligent about eating the extra seeds so I've got little sunflower seedlings!

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The only seeds I've started are sweet peas (flowers) and a variety of pumpkins. The sweet peas have sprouted and one of my pumpkins seeds has too! Hurrah! The pumpkins are in my cold frame with the carrots, keeping safe from the frost.

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Not much other gardening news, I collected seeds from all the tomatoes I grew last year, but I think I'm skipping tomatoes this year since I haven't started them yet. I'll probably be shopping at all the local nurseries for my plants and I need to make a plan so I don't spend too much money.

Apr 11, 2017

Winner!

Thanks for the well wishes! Eight years seems like such a long time to be sharing my crafty projects with the internet.

Himmeli Sculpture

The winner of the not-quite-bronze himmeli planter/sculpture is Tyler! Congratulations!

Apr 6, 2017

Charity Hat VII

The X is now an awareness ribbon and hat number seven is finished!

Charity Hat VII

I decided I needed to make another awareness ribbon hat and was inspired by the stripes on the hat I always wear to make it just a bit different. This hat is basically a mashup of Themisto by Tori Gurbisz (purled stripes) and Kellie Huffman's Gold Ribbon Craft Hat (cable ribbon) patterns and it looks pretty neat.