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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Garlic Knots Recipe

 This time of year, I love baking. Especially rolls and bread sticks. There's nothing better than a fresh hot roll with your dinner. At our house we like a lot of Italian foods like spaghetti, shrimp linguine, lasagna and ravioli. And we always have some kind of roll or bread stick as a side. This is one of my favorites. These garlic knots are soft and chewy. The butter topping is so flavorful and tasty.

 They freeze well, so if you have leftovers then just pop them in the freezer and pull them out the next time you need a quick side to your meal.

Click here for printable recipe

Garlic Knots Recipe

1 1/2 c. warm water
1 T. honey
2 1/4 t. yeast
2 T. olive oil
3 1/2 - 4 1/2 c. bread flour
1 t. sea salt

Garlic Butter Topping
2 T. butter or margarine
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 t. italian seasoning
1/4 t. garlic powder
2-3 T. parmesan cheese {the kind from a jar}

Mix together warm water, honey and yeast. Let stand 5 minutes. Combine oil, flour and salt with the yeast mixture. Knead 5 minutes. {I use my kitchenaid} Cover and let rise until double - about an hour.

Divide dough into 16 pieces. Roll each piece into a bread stick, then form it into a knot. Place on greased baking sheet and bake at 400 for 10-12 minutes.

While rolls are baking, combine garlic butter topping ingredients into a saucepan. Melt butter over medium heat. Brush topping onto rolls with a pastry brush. Bake a 2-3 more minutes until golden brown.

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Monday, October 13, 2014

Farrah Tote Bag - The Magic Pattern Book Review & Giveaway

The Farrah Tote Bag
I had a great opportunity to review a new sewing book: The Magic Pattern Book by Amy Barickman. In exchange for my review of the book I received a copy for myself and one for a lucky reader. {Giveaway at the end of the post}

The book includes 6 different variations of 6 patterns creating a total of 36 patterns. It also includes fabric suggestions to give you even more variety.
The Magic Pattern Book
{image courtesy Workman Publishing Co.}
 The different categories in the book are the Tank Top, The Dress, The Skirt, The Cardigan, The Coat, and The Accessory. Below are the 6 different variations of the Dress. You can see how versatile all the patterns are. My next project out of this book will be The Catherine, which is the second from the right.

I wasn't too excited about posing for a picture if I made clothing for my review, so I chose to make the Farrah Tote Bag. I'm LOVING how it turned out! This is the perfect bag! It's not huge, but it's plenty big to hold anything you might need.

The Farrah Tote Bag

The whole bottom layer is a set of pockets. There's four of them, which is perfect for me - one pocket for each of my kids to keep snacks or small coloring pads for a long day trip. 

The Farrah Tote Bag
I began by printing off the pattern from the cd included in the book. Then taped all of the papers together, which was really easy since it is clearly marked how to put them together. Then I cut out the pattern. The pattern calls for two different fabrics for the bag. I had gotten these fun prints on sale a while back. The problem was I only 1/2 yard of each fabric. So I had to figure out how I which pieces I wanted out of which material. It ended up working out perfectly with only small scraps left over.

The Farrah Tote Bag
Next was the process of sewing it all together. I would guess that this is one of the most complex patterns in the book. {The Catherine shirt, which I'll tackle next only has three pattern pieces and should be a breeze} However the instructions were clear and easy to follow. I only had two problems. The first was not having enough interfacing. I would suggest getting 2 yards. The second was my own fault. As I was sewing the drawstrings, I just couldn't see how they needed to be as long as they were, so I left off a section. Well as it turns out, you're supposed to wrap each drawstring around the whole bag. Mine weren't long enough so I only went from one side to the other. It turned out ok, but they don't draw closed as easily as if I would have followed the instructions.

The Farrah Tote Bag
Another side effect: The drawstrings were too short to go all the way around the bag, but too long to just tie in simple knots like the pattern suggests. So I ended up tying them in bows. I must say I love the look.

I love how you get two different looks with the same bag, depending on if you draw it closed or not.

The Farrah Tote Bag
Want to win your own copy of The Magic Pattern Book? Just follow the prompts on the Rafflecopter. You must be U.S. Resident to win.  The winner will be chosen on Oct. 20th, 2014.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

I enjoyed reviewing this book and I look forward to making many more items from it.  Check out the others on the blog tour and read their reviews.

October 6            AMYBARICKMAN.COM
October 7            WINDY LOU
October 8            MELLY SEWS
October 9            CRAFT GOSSIP
October 10          SEW MAMA SEW
October 13          ADVENTURES OF A DIY MOM
October 14          LILACS & LACE
October 15          FOUR SQUARE WALLS
October 16          PINK CHALK STUDIO
October 20          CUT OUT & KEEP
October 21          HE SOWED, SHE SEWED
October 22          CHIC STEALS
October 23          THREADS
October 24          INDYGO JUNCTION
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Thursday, October 9, 2014

Grey and Orange Bracelet and Earring Tutorial

Grey and Orange Bracelet and Earring Tutorial

I love yard sales, especially when you find amazing deals. This summer I hit a yard sale and was about to leave when I noticed a couple baskets full of beads. She was selling them for 50 cents a strand. Of course I grabbed quite a few strands. I'm loving these square beads! I knew just what I wanted to do with them.  A bracelet and earring set!

You will need:
2 strands grey square beads {mine were Blue Moon Brand}
1 strand orange round beads {Blue Moon Brand}
toggle clasp
beading wire
jump rings
fishhook ear wires
head pins and eye pins

Grey and Orange Bracelet and Earring Tutorial

How to Make the Earrings

 1- Slide a grey and orange bead onto a head pin, with the orange bead in the middle. Form a loop at the top.
2 - Slide an orange bead onto a eye pin. Form a loop at the top.
3 - Attach the two together by opening the loop slightly, adding the other loop and then closing.
4 - Using a jump ring, attach an ear wire to the top.
5 - Repeat for other earring.

Grey and Orange Bracelet and Earring Tutorial

How to make the bracelet

1 - Cut a length of wire 12 inches long.
2 - String wire through a crimp bead, then a clasp and back through the crimp bead. Crimp.
3 - String on the beads.
4 - String wire through a crimp bead, then a clasp, then back through the crimp bead and two beads. Pull wire tight and crimp. Clip excess wire.

I had a few of the grey beads left, so I made a couple sets of purple earrings. One for me and one to stick in my etsy shop: Bits of Sparkle and Lace

Grey and Lilac Earring

 Do you yard sale? What deals have you found?
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