cookin' and a craftin' tutorial

Hello there! Above is the finished cowl that I was working on in my previous post. Not the greatest picture of me, but oh well! I do love the cowl though. At first I thought it was going to be too thick , but after wearing it for the last week straight I'm happy to report that it's perfect. Super cozy and warm on these rainy days we've been having.
Today I made this fun ornament. Here's how to make one of your own-
1. Pick out some cute fabric. Draw the design on paper and cut it out.

2. Outline the design on your fabric (I doubled it so I only had to cut once).

3. Cut it out.

4. Cut out two wee wings and sew them to the body, one on each side.

5. Stitch around the edges of the wings.

6. Stitch around the edge of the body 3/4 of the way.

7. Fill with stuffing (don't have any? use cotton balls) then stitch the rest of the body shut.

8. Attach a hanger and hang on your tree.

This little fella will be a gift for someone special. Nothing beats a homemade ornament stitched with love!

...and on to the cookin' portion of this post...

I recently received a bunch of fresh, homemade cheese from my sister. Below is the goat cheese, which I decided to marinade in olive oil, red pepper, thyme, salt and pepper. I plan on taking it as an appetizer (with crackers) to my Aunt and Uncles on Christmas day. I thinks it's going to be super yummy!

Next up is the most amazing ricotta cheese I've ever had! I'm serious, this stuff is SO tasty! Heap it on an Ak-Mak cracker,add some tomatoes, extra virgin olive oil, salt and pepper and you have a most scrumptious, satisfying lunch!

And last but not least- homemade apple cider. Alex and I made it this afternoon and boy does it taste good!

can't you tell?!

Well...that's what I've been up to. How about you???

♥ anne


  1. Thank you very much for sharing your wonderful compositions on his blog. Wish you Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Best wishes. Leovi.

  2. Mmmmm, Ak-Mak and cheese. That looks delicious. Your ornament was beautiful! I will now be making ornaments tonight- thanks for the idea, it's gonna save me some Christmas gift confusion.

  3. I've just been making necklaces like mad for my Etsy shop. I want to get about a dozen in before Christmas, and then go about it more slowly, and I think it'll work out.

    I adore apple cider! But every time I go somewhere and want to order it, it's either unavailable or not yet warm, so sad :( Enjoy yours for me!

  4. oh my gosh. the bird ornament is so well done and beautiful!

  5. Mmmm, Nun cheese! I do miss it!!! The apple cider sounds super yum and that lil birdie is just too darn cute! Merry Christmas eve... hope you're feeling better quick!

  6. yummmmm!
    Hope you have a very sexy Christmas!!

    xx Heather

  7. That ornament is so sweet and charming! And your cowl looks cozy and awesome, too!
    I hope you and yours had a lovely Christmas day.

  8. Good golly, the cowl, the ornaments, the cheese, the cider...I am in awe, and suddenly feeling extremely unproductive! You are amazing. I hope you and your precious family had the best Christmas ever!

  9. So clever Anne! I love your birdy fabric too..and the cowl...and the food...LOVE IT ALL. Hope you are having a wonderful time with your family x

  10. Again, that cowl is amazing. Isn't it fun to knit with big yarn? It's so satisfying to finish a project fast like that. I like making cowls too because they're a great present to throw out off the cuff. Some folks in my circle have definitely gotten them as impromptu presents ;)

    The ornament is cute and I like that after Christmas you could just hand it up somewhere else. Oh and as stuffed as I am from last week all the food looks yummy.

    Lotsa love your way. Happy happy happy New Year!


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