Monday, December 13, 2010

The Twelfth Tutorial of Christmas And a Giveaway!!!

Confession #1:
I forgot to post a tutorial yesterday because it was my daughter's birthday. I guess I got a little caught up in the celebration of it, and the fun it was to watch her with her presents! So here is the tutorial that I was going to post yesterday.

Make Ahead Butterhorns
(A necessity for any holiday dinner!!!)

1 1/2 tablespoons yeast

1/3 cup warm water (110 - 115 degrees)
2 cups warm milk
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 cup sugar
6 eggs
2 teaspoons salt
9 cups flour
9 tablespoons butter, softened

Dissolve yeast in warm water. Add milk, eggs, oil, sugar, salt, and 3 cups of flour. Mix with a mixer for 3-5 minutes or until smooth. Add remaining flour, 1 cup at a time, mixing with mixer, or heavy spoon until dough forms a ball. Knead dough with hands adding 1/3 cup flour at a time until dough is soft (and not too sticky). Place in bowl and cover with towel. Allow to rise in a warm place for 1 - 2 hours or until doubled in size.

Divide dough into 3 equal parts. Roll each part into a 16 inch circle (1/2 inch thick). Spread 3 tablespoons softened butter onto circle, and cut into 12 equal pieces.

Roll each wedge into a crescent, by starting at the wide end, and rolling it to the narrow tip. Place on a greased baking sheet with the tip tucked underneath.
Allow to rise in a warm place for 30 minutes.

Bake @ 350 Degrees for 20 - 25 minutes or until tops are golden brown.
Makes 36 rolls.

(I occasionally make them a little bigger, and make chicken salad sandwiches, or turkey sandwiches with them. They are HEAVENLY no matter how you eat them!)
I doubt you will be able to resist eating one hot out of the oven! I know I can't!!!

Confession #2:
My husband thought it was silly to post a recipe on here when it really is more of a sewing/craft blog. My reasoning... I hope someone in the family sees how easy it is to make these rolls so they will make them for the next family dinner that I get invited to! (I can't think of a single dinner that we've been invited to that I haven't been asked to bring these to.)
So, since this is a sewing/craft blog... here's a second tutorial to make up for the cooking nonsense. ;)

Aspiring Artist's Clutch

How cute is this???
So easy to make! I had it totally finished in less than an hour - and that was with drawing up a pattern too!

Materials needed:
1/2 yard cotton fabric
10" x 8" coordinating cotton print
1" x 3" Velcro
coordinating thread
sewing machine

Cut out the following from the cotton print:
10" x 8" (cut 1)
Crayon pocket: 8" x 6" (cut 1)
Notebook pocket: 8" x 5" (cut 1)

Place the cotton print, and the coordinating cotton print together, and cut one 8" end so that it is curved slightly as shown below.

Fold and iron the 6" x8" crayon pocket in half so it measures 3" x 8" Lay this so raw edges are even with the bottom edge of the main clutch, and sandwiched between the two main clutch pieces. (In the picture below, I have the top layer folded back so you can see the pocket....not trying to confuse you.)

Placing right sides together, sew these two pieces together (8"x 14") sew a 1/2" seam around the outside edge, leaving a 4" opening at the bottom (straight 8" end) to turn right side out.
Clip corners, and around the curve every 1/4" and turn right side out,

poking the corners out so they are square.
(here is what the inside should look like now)

Sew a 3" strip of 1" wide Velcro 3" up from the bottom edge on the outside of the clutch.

Press the pocket flat and make a mark every 1 inch to create the crayon pockets. Sew from the bottom of the pocket to the top, backstitch at each end,
creating 7 pockets that hold 2 crayons each.

Sew the other side of the 3" Velcro to the top inside of the clutch 1/2 inch down from the curve.

Press the notebook pocket in half (right sides together) so it measures 4" x 5" and sew a 1/2" seam around the outside edge, leaving a 3" opening to turn it right side out. Clip corners and turn right side out, poking out the corners to make them square. It should now measure 3" x 4".

Pin the pocket to the clutch making sure the 4" side is even with the edge of the clutch, and the 3" side is 4" from the bottom edge. as shown below.

Sew the pocket in place, sewing around 3 sides (closing the opening that you left open to turn it right side out) and leaving the top open to slide the notebook in.

Here's how it should look now.

Now, the only thing left to do is add a 4" x 6" notebook and 14 crayons or small markers.

And be prepared for some amazing art work where ever you are.
This would be a great gift for any child! Especially because it can go ANYWHERE, and the crayons won't fall out. Church... car.... Dr's office... yep.... pretty much anywhere! This would go great with the Travel Pillow, or the Sunbeam Tote! Or maybe combine the three to create an awesome gift for a little kid who is preparing for a car trip that will last more than 30 minutes.

Confession 3#:
I love giveaways! And it's been a really long time since I hosted one! So, how about a giveaway!!! :)

This is for an Extra Large diaper clutch! Keep it for yourself or give it away as a gift, either way, these are AWESOME!!! Ask anyone who has ever bought one (or borrowed one) from me!

The diaper clutch holds 4-5 diapers and a reusable travel size wipes container. Made out of quality cotton fabric and vinyl. More info here!

How to enter:

1 entry for being a follower
1 entry for posting about on facebook or your own blog (include a link of my blog) - 2 entries if you do both of these!
1 entry for telling me your favorite Christmas tradition

Please leave a seperate comment for each. (Winner will be chosen December 20th)

Good luck!!!

And Thank you to all my followers - and everyone else who has visited my blog - for giving me someone to share my projects with through these last couple of weeks.



  1. may sound silly, but wearing pajamas the whole day!!!! it's so much fun!! wake up in em and spend the whole day.. it really makes the day last longer. It's one of my favorite times of year because of family time. My fiance and I are soon to start a family together and I'm excited for the pitter-patters to wear their pj's all day with us! :]

  2. Thank you very much for the tutorial for the artist's carry all! I am hoping to attempt one...I'm a beginner at sewing, and this is written very nice and clear. It doesn't look too confusing either, some seem too complicated.

    PS: For an entry, my favorite holiday tradition is our Gift for Jesus:

  3. I posted on my blog's Facebook Fan Page:!/permalink.php?story_fbid=169243136447772&id=244319003602, it also sends out a tweet on Twitter at the same time as the accounts are linked.

  4. Don't know that I am allowed to enter but thought I would tell you my fav tradition anyways. I love getting new pj's on Christmas eve. My grandma always gave them to us, my mom gives us some and now, thanks to you, I make them for everyone so we get two sets! I am so sorry we missed T's b-day! I totally spaced calling or anything. Sorry! Glad she had a good time.

  5. BTW I totally posted about your blog. Not to try and win or anything but just to show you off! Check it out, you'll be embarrassed, ha ha!

  6. You are so awesome! I can't believe all of the creative tutorials & projects that you have come up with... very impressive! My favorite tradition at Christmas is being with the people I love most - my family. That isn't to say that I don't enjoy getting presents or eating yummy Christmas dinner, but nothing makes me happier than being with my family. I hope you have a wonderful Christmas!

  7. My favorite tradition is getting new ornaments for the year each year. I have all mine from when I was a child and love that now my son has two of his own!

  8. I tried to become a follower and it says there is an error with that link!

  9. I follow your blog, and our favorite tradition when our son lived at home was every Christmas eve. we would bake and decorate a birthday cake for the baby Jesus. This brought the true meaning of Christmas to a toddler and lasted until he moved away from home.
    Amy T.

  10. I was just introduced to your blog by Thayne. I love it! You have so many adorable things! And Happy Birthday to your daughter!

  11. I'm a follower! Thanks for your great ideas!

  12. One tradition is that my grandma always gave me an ornament every chirstmas. I even have some from my childhood that survived all these years. My mom now does the same thing, and gives my kids ornaments every year.

  13. I love the diaper clutch, Amy gave me one for my new baby and now when I see anyone with a huge diaper bag I think to myself, they should get themselves a diaper clutch!
    My favorite Christmas tradition is making gingerbread houses! I just made one last night and it was still as much fun as when we were kids.

  14. My Favorite tradition is baking day with the kids. Love it!

    Love your diaper clutch and I know just who I'd give it to if I won. :)

  15. I am a follower! I'd love one of these. Our baby is due in March and the diaper clutch would come in HANDY

  16. My most favorite Christmas tradition is our secret Santa project. Every year we pick a family who we believe could use some extra help over the holidays and provide a Christmas for them. Gifts, food, or anything we feel they might enjoy. The doorbell ditching is the best part!

  17. So I hope you haven't ended this yet. I am a follower for sure. I absolutely love my bib that you made.

  18. I too make rolls for every family gathering so I hear ya on that one. Every Christmas Eve we go to my inlaws for sour cream enchiladas. And open the gifts from them.

  19. Making Cookies with my kiddos & many many days of crafting!!

  20. I'm a follower too!

  21. Hi! I just realized that I wasn't a follower of your blog! Thanks for all the cute tutorials and great ideas!!! You rock!

  22. I also posted about it on FB :)

  23. My favorite Christmas tradition that I'm starting just this year is matching pajama bottoms and matching pillowcases.

  24. I am now a follower. I love your blog!

  25. I love sitting around with my family on Christmas night playing all the new games that we got and eating a smoked turkey that my mom always purchases.

  26. I know the giveaway has ended, but I wanted to tell you that I featured your wallet tutorial over at my blog:


  27. i am thoroughly confused with the crayon clutch tutorial. In the beginning it says to cut a 10x8 of each fabric (which i did) then a couple steps down, when you sew them together, it says it should be 8x14... im trying to figure out where the other 4 inches came from? Im guessing I was supposed to cut 8x14 of each? I think I will just sew an extra strip and see if I can't make that work.