I'm proud to announce that The Crochet Awards are open for voting! Not because any of my designs are in it, but because I helped put it all together! I had the privilege of working behind the scenes with the Judges as they selected and sorted and then I took it and assembled it all. So head over and see what wondrous thing we've built here! I sure hope I put it together in a way that is user friendly and that gets you wanting to add some projects to your to-make list! ~ hooks up! ~ Cara Louise
When you've got a passion for something, it always seems you spot that thing all over the place. One of my passions is thread crochet, and even if these items aren't made with thread, they sure do resemble the lovely motifs often found in doilies and make my heart glad to look at them!
Of course, while searching, I came across more... this is a metal plate also from IKEA which a handcrafty sort put her own unique touches on.
That then led to this stunning work of art, cut out of paper with a unique metal die from Prima.
In a previous blog post I shared this picture of me and my siblings in our Thanksgiving outfits. My mother made those peasant dresses for us three girls and I just loved mine. Being the youngest meant that I got to grow into my older sisters' dresses so I got to wear them for longer- yay!
I had actually started a dress project months ago thinking I could just wing it, and after making several mistakes and correction it still wasn't looking right so I stuffed it back on the shelf. Sharing that picture got me to thinking about it again, so I set off to find a pattern.
I struck paydirt with this pattern from Janel Was Here.
Janel writes about creating this pattern:
"I had to make up my own because none of the others were quite right. I wanted a smaller, more modest neckline instead of a huge gaping one like all the commercial patterns seem to have nowadays. I wanted it to have plenty of fabric and a long, generous skirt. "
That was exactly what I wanted too!
I quickly printed off the pattern pieces and taped them together so I could compare to the project I had given up on and discovered that it was really only the sleeves which were having an issue. Fortunately I had enough fabric left that I could just cut off the offending wrong pieces and replace with correct ones.
My version is cut in only two identical pieces for the front and back, straight from the armhole to the hem, but Janel's pattern with a flaring skirt and ruffle looks so nice I will be giving it a go next time. And I eliminated the elastic on the sleeves and at the waist... every once in a while I try elastic and it just drives me crazy! Loose, flowing, simple, and oh so comfortable- those were the goals and they've all been met quite nicely.
Do I have news for you! Many of know I enjoy being a nosy busy-body sort... my work with the Mad Mad Makers lets me see some fabulous things I never would have otherwise.
I am ALSO now working with a few other AMAZING businesses: Happily Hooked Crochet Magazine AND Design Wars Challenge, and let me tell you it is EXCITING!
One thing I need to tell you about right away is that Design Wars Challenge started a new premium members only service called The Pattern Pack.
EACH MONTH, you receive a collection of new, premium patterns from some of the most awesome designers around.
You can even get your first month for 50% off with the code: TPPBONUS. Check it out- if you love to crochet, I know you will love this! ~Cara Louise
Time to share another family favorite recipe with you.
I am calling these 'Connecticut Croquettes' because that is where my Mother was born and raised, and this recipe came from her family, and besides it just sounds nice together.
I've been meaning to post this for some time now, and this is the perfect opportunity with Thanksgiving coming up and the abundance of leftovers.
These breaded minced turkey patties have long been one of my favorites meals, and since introducing them to my husband, they are now one of his favorites too. Indeed, he never used to like turkey, but he loves these!
For many years I hesitated making them because they were somewhat of a pain, but I have tweaked, simplified, and improved (I think) the old family standard and it now makes an appearance pretty regularly throughout the year. The secret really is in letting the mixture chill thoroughly between steps, so be sure to start this early in the day or even the day before you want to eat them.
The hardest part is getting every last scrap of good turkey off of those bones after roasting. I don't really mind doing that though, since I can nibble and sample as I work.
1/8 cup melted butter
1 cup light cream
1/8 cup cornstarch
1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp Mrs. Dash lemon pepper seasoning
2 cups finely chopped turkey
2 cups mix of dry bread crumbs, cracker crumbs, corn flake crumbs, etc.
2 eggs beaten with 2 Tblsp water
3 Tblsp olive oil
1. Combine butter, cream, cornstarch, onion powder, and Mrs. Dash in a large 4 cup microwavable bowl or measuring cup.
2. Cook in microwave in 30 second increments, stirring after each one, until sauce is thick.
3. Stir in chopped turkey and mix thoroughly. Allow to chill uncovered in refrigerator until firm.
4. Divide mixture into 4 equal portions (a generous ½ cup), roll each in the coating mixture of your choice, shaping into a patty, set on a waxpaper covered flat dish and chill again.
5. Dip each patty into the beaten egg and water, allow to drip a couple seconds, and roll back in the bread crumbs. Chill again briefly, allowing the crumbs to absorb the egg.
6. Repeat step #6 twice more to produce a wonderfully thick coating.
7. Heat a few tablespoons of olive oil in heavy frying pan on medium high heat. Cook until first side is dark brown, flip and cook other side.
See below for a 4 by 6 recipe card sized printable version of this recipe.
Sometimes, one needs to look back in order to look forward. This morning is one of those times for me. I feel a little shaken today and needed to find some solid ground to stand on. So I returned to the words of my heritage when I would go to church with my family.
I thought I would write out a bit of electronic calligraphy as I reminded myself of just Who is the One Who is the source of all that is seen and unseen.
I am grateful for having parents who started me in my relationship with Christ. And thankful that even though I attend a different church now, those old words of the Nicene Creed still come back through my memory to provide redirection and firm footing.
My mother had knitted and crocheted lots of ponchos for me and my sisters when we were little kids, and I loved mine and wore them until they were thread bare, and then wore the ones that had been my sisters’ when they got tired of them.
About 20 years ago I wanted to crochet a poncho for the grown-up me. I knew I wanted a lacy open design, and I could NOT find a pattern like that. Oh there were plenty of patterns, but they were all for ‘warm’, close fabric ponchos- and I wanted one which would be light and airy… so I made up the design myself and crafted one in an elegant sparkly neutral color.
I still have that poncho, still wear it, and while it is starting to look 20 years old now, it is still as pretty as ever!
SO- I decided to work up another one for myself in a jazzy bright fun color, and this time add a matching hat and matching mitts because I like matching stuff- it’s a girl thing, right? The husband doesn’t quite get that thinking!
I thought for sure somebody would have designed such a set in all these intervening years, but I looked and looked and did not find anything again! That astounded me, so I looked some more… but if there is such a set anywhere it sure is a well kept secret!
Enter- the Simply Spring V-Stitch Poncho, with matching hat and fingerless mitts, designed by Heritage Heartcraft!
And while the name says ‘spring’ it is certainly also very appropriate for Autumn, too!
Available on Ravelry and Craftsy.
Custom orders also accepted for finished items!
Snapshots of this past week's happenings at Heritage Heartcraft! Each photo links to the full story.
Heritage Heartcraft is now on RebelMouse. I will be posting a weekly update here with all the goodies I shared the previous week. My own stuff is included, of course, but there's other Mad Mad Makers network members shared, and helpful tips I have discovered and more. Stop in and check out what's been going on in my corner of the world!