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Apparently I needed a hiatus. Perhaps it was a Sabbatical. I think I did too much for too many days in a row and I crashed and burned. But I’m slowly finding my footing and getting back to good. I apologize for my absence and hope it won’t happen again!
So where was I? Oh yes, as I mentioned in the Green Pig post, I also made the red bird from Angry Birds. 
Angry Birds - The Red One
Angry Birds – The Red One

I’ve actually made three of these now. With this one perched atop one of my tea cups from my awesome birthday tea set I realize it looks like he’s sitting on a barrel. Perhaps this one is a bit of a pirate, maybe he needs an eye patch. 🙂

The red bird was my first fleece plushie, and an instant favorite, it was such a quick fun project, and watching the character come to life was magical! I’ve never had a project with such instant charm that touched me and made me smile, I look forward to making many fun plushie creatures and can’t wait to share them with friends and family so they can all smile too!
For this, I have to think Care from Obsessively Stitching, her tutorials are awesome, she responds to email, and her ideas are endless! I highly recommend you visit Obsessively Stitching and check out her projects, and definitely make your own Angry Bird! Even if you’re new to sewing, her tutorials are so great you’ll be able to follow along, check them out.
P.S. when you participate, be sure to post in her Flickr group.
Green Pig

This is my Green Pig from Angry Birds

I love him even more than the red angry bird, and I adore him! I can’t wait to see the whole menagerie together. If you have loved ones that are addicted to Angry Birds like I do and you love to make things, then you should definitely check out Obsessively Stitching and make one of each from Care’s tutorials.

I love the tutorials from Care, she has great techniques that really help a hobbyist like me make sense of the sewing techniques. I also love how much character you can put into a some fleece by following her applique instructions to make their little faces.

Green Pig
Isn’t he cute? 🙂

PS. I am obviously still figuring out how to use my macro photo studio, so some pictures are turning out better than others. I apologize for that!

Today’s late post is the Jester hat from Martha Stewart, so cute. Ontario Reign Hockey fans need to show their pride…don’t all sports fans? I made a scarf for the Lizard Hunter’s wife, but he’s not a scarf kind of guy. I stumbled across this pattern for hats and new the Jester hat would be appreciated, even if he never wore it to a game.

Jester HatI love the pattern and want to make me one, but it’s way down on my list of things to do. Sadly, way, way down. This picture is taken with the team sweatshirt as the background, maybe not the best to show the hat, but fitting nonetheless.

This took me a couple of hours. I’ve made the pattern once before and made it too small so I was more careful with my measurements this time and made sure the stretchy sides of the fleece were together. (the little things do matter so much!) The part about measuring for the jester v got me both times. But it turns out in the end once I get my brain around it. I love the pom poms especially, they are so adorable. I even made an extra one to have as a cat toy!

Action shot – cell phone photo in the stadium, I added some PhotoShop effects so it looks like we meant for it to be that way 🙂

Jester Hat Action Shot

At the age of 36 I’ve somehow managed to avoid preparing a traditional holiday dinner, until now. I decided to challenge myself and see how I do. So last Saturday night we invited our best buddies over and planned a late holiday dinner to have before we went to see our local AHL hockey team play.

The menu

  • Spinach dip with pita chips, served with green onions and radishes
  • Cooking Light’s Ultimate Roasted Turkey
  • Sweet Potato and Apple Bake
  • Dried Fruit and Nut Quinoa Salad
  • Pasta Salad
  • Garlic Bread
  • Orange Rum Cake

The spinach dip was just the traditional Knorr Spinach Dip package mix, an oldie but goodie that was a perfect starter for the occasion. The turkey was about 13lbs and I was surprised how hard it was to handle something of that weight… By the time all was said and done I could actually feel a difference in my lower back (great when you’re going to sit in cold bleachers at a hockey game!) I highly recommend the recipe, especially for a newbie, if you’re interested you can find the recipe for Cooking Light’s Ultimate Roasted Turkey on the website, or just with a Google search. The Quinoa salad was a recipe I made camping last summer (you make it ahead and eat it cold, makes a great refreshing camp recipe and is so easy since it’s ready to eat!). The actual recipe is Cranberry Walnut Quinoa Salad, but I don’t like walnuts so I use either almonds or pine nuts. I also had dried cherries and apricots as well so I diced those and included those with the cranberries. Quinoa (Keen-Wa) is an awesome grain that is super easy to cook, and a great source of protein, we’ve started using it in place of rice in many dishes.  They carry it at our local Stater Bros. now, though when we first started using it we had to shop at specialty stores like Trader Joes. The Sweet Potato and Apple Bake is from a holiday cookbook I have, but I found a very similar recipe on The major differences include a 1/2 cup of rum in the orange juice mixture with some allspice as well. The rum was a bit potent, so I might actually leave that out next time. Our friend made the rest, including a yummy, if not rum heavy, cake. The cake itself was delicious and I think I’ll try to make cupcakes out of it one of these days. In fact, I would love to have one right now.

Fleece Scarf

Fleece Scarf

In the middle of all that I was able to finish off this cute fleece scarf in the colors of the hockey team, our Ontario Reign, for my daughter. The pattern for this was inspired by a friend’s scarf, and I was able to copy it with a little help from an online site called for this Fringe Scarf. I didn’t follow the pattern exactly because I wanted to stay with the color them of the Reign, and I accidentally cut the dark blue panel a little narrow, but once you fringe the fleece and shake it up, you can’t really tell. Daughter says that it helped keep her neck warm in the ice rink, and she looked great in it. It’s so easy to make I think I’ll have to make several more in all our favorite team’s colors!

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