Owl Miss You…

To my huge group of dedicated followers… don’t freak out. This isn’t the end.

I’m just going on this thing called vacation. It’s where you do things that don’t include working 10-12 hours a day. So, I’ll be out for a couple of weeks… Southern Cali with a great friend for a few days and then off to Texas for my sister’s best friend’s wedding and a ton of family fun time. I can’t wait. And it’s all going to be over 70 degrees and sunny. Whoop.

While I’m out, I might try to give you all a couple quick shots from my travels but otherwise… here’s a fun project for you to try!

I have resisted pinterest thus far in life but I did use it to find a cute owl craft to make for a friend’s birthday. I think it’s a great website… really, I do… I just don’t think I should make another commitment in my life that involves me being on the computer. I’ve got work, facebook, The Pioneer Woman, Joy the Baker, and a host of other blogs to keep me busy enough.

The original template comes from Juicy-Bits. She gives a good list of everything you need but I have it at the end too.

Disclaimer: This can only be for personal use. ie: Don’t try to make a killing off felt owls.

I modified the template to take it from ornament size to decorative pillow size. If you want the template I created, just let me know and I can email it to you. I would love for you to try it!

Start by tracing the pattern onto the felt color of your choice. Then cut out all of the pieces to get ready to sew.

For the Belly feathers, I just tacked the ric rac on in a few spots along the belly using the same color thread as the ric-rac so it didn’t show too much.

Once you’ve added the ric-rac to the belly, start stitching everything else together. You’re stitches don’t have to be perfect and you can do any style of stitch you’d like.

Crafts with Cats and string add a new level of complexity… oh and the minor freak-out every time I misplaced the needle and thought he ate it. Thankfully, I finished with all the needles accounted for, both for the sake of my cat and the potential $1,000 vet bill.

After you’ve distracted the cat long enough to stitch all the pieces of the front of the owl together, just start stitching the back onto the front in the same way as the other stitches.

When you’ve almost sewed the whole thing together, stop, and start to stuff with the poly-fill. Make sure to push it up into the ears and get to the level of puff that you want before finishing the last few stitches. Just tie the string with a small knot on the back of the owl and it’s ready for nesting in any place you choose.

Doesn’t that chair look so much more appealing with this little guy hanging out there?!

Here’s a list of what you’ll need:

Felt (multiple colors – whatever you prefer), Filler (Poly-fill), Ric-Rac, Embroidery Thread (that’s the light blue stitching above), Black Buttons, Button Thread (Black and whatever other color matches closely to the ric-rac color), 2 Needles (1 that works for each thread type). And a few hours of free time.

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Easter Eggs!

“Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” John 20:25

At church today, my Pastor gave a very moving sermon on the Resurrection of Jesus and what it means for us.

The passage from which he taught was John 20:19-31, where Christ comes to the disciples and they all see and believe the Resurrection except for Thomas who was ‘out of the office’ at the time. Infamously known as “Doubting Thomas,” after the disciples pass on the message to him that Christ has been brought back from the dead, he reacts with unbelief. “So you’re telling me he rolled away that huge stone and came back to life. Okay guys, I’m never going to believe until I see Him for myself.”  (This is my modern day interpretation, obviously). Jesus knew what Thomas needed for belief and so he came to the group again and went directly to Thomas showing him the wounds from the crucifixion.

We all have to make a decision in life to believe what we can’t see and to confront our doubts… it’s the essence of faith. Thankfully, we have a Savior available to us who knows what it is we need to believe. Do you need to see the wounds from the Cross for yourself? He’ll show you, just ask.

Check out the song by Nickel Creek called “Doubting Thomas.” So good and so perfect.

Phew… okay, onto the lighter things of Easter… like candy and chocolate. No need for doubt here when I say that you need to make these peanut butter eggs.

This is a Paula Deen recipe so of course its going to be ultra tasty and slightly diabetes inducing.

Add powdered sugar and rice crispies with the creamed butter and peanut butter…

After the eggs have been shaped and are hardening in the freezer, melt the chocolate with 1-2 tablespoons of butter or crisco (for smoothness and shine) in a double boiler. This is my makeshift version. It’s a bowl over a pot with water that you heat slowly to melt the chips.

I had a hard time getting this shot just right, if you know what I mean….

Peanut Butter Eggs

Recipe slightly adapted from Paula Deen

Ingredients

  • 2 cups creamy peanut butter
  • 3/4 cup butter, room temperature
  • 3 cups confectioners’ sugar, sifted
  • 3 1/2 cups crispy rice cereal
  • 1 1/2 packages (18 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
  • 2 tablespoons shortening/butter, additional to that above
  • Sprinkles (any type)
  • Coconut (optional)

Steps

In the bowl of a standing mixer, combine peanut butter and butter until light and fluffy. Gradually add the sifted confectioners’ sugar. Reduce the speed to low and add the crispy rice cereal just until combined. Cover and place the bowl in the refrigerator for about an hour (do not skip this step).

Line a baking tray with wax paper. Remove the bowl from the refrigerator. Shape mixture into egg shapes and place on the wax lined baking tray. Recipe makes approximately 20 eggs. Place baking tray in the freezer for a minimum of 30 minutes.

While eggs are freezing, use a double boiler and melt chocolate chips and shortening over low heat. Remove eggs from the freezer and using toothpicks, dip eggs in melted chocolate. Place back on wax lined baking tray. (At this point, you can sprinkle the eggs with coconut if you like.) Once all eggs are covered in chocolate, decorate with sprinkles, place tray in refrigerator to cool. To serve, line a plate with coconut and place the eggs on top.