Month: April 2016

VVCAL – Week 16

Welcome to the sixeenth week of the Vibrant Vintage CAL! We’ve made 34 squares so far – I think! hehe I lost count… If you’re getting that overwhelming feeling also because you’ve just joined along with us, please don’t fret! take your time to catch up, and remember, you can always work a smaller blanket… Just tag progress in our social media links below, and you’ll find tons of support 🙂 Loving the VVCAL and feeling generous? Help me support a dear friend of mine who is battling stage 4 renal cancer, while raising 2 toddlers (one recently adopted, and one surprise successful pregnancy!). Click here to donate – any amount will help, and I genuinely appreciate it! Link leads to http://paypal.me/VVCALdonate Related Links CAL Main info page – Please read thoroughly for fully-linked weekly schedule, design basics, and color selection Find the PDF version as a free Ravelry download here: Beth || Mae. PDF includes: Full pattern, charted instruction, and a condensed, printable PDF version of the pattern Ravelry group – Join if you want to! Anyone can participate …

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Super Crumb Coffee Cake

Today I baked this beautiful recipe for “Super Crumb Coffee Cake” found on the Sally’s Baking Addiction blog. I’ve been seeking out recipes for baked sweets that branch out from the common chocolate cake or cookie, and this coffee cake hit the spot. Sally says she likes the crumble topping more than the cake part, which is definitely what made me choose her recipe – you can’t go wrong with that brown sugar and cinnamon crunch. I followed the recipe exactly and it came out perfect both times I tested it. Although it’s a little more labor intensive than my other cake recipes (but still easy!), takes about 1hr to bake and 1 (very long) hr to cool, and my family devours it WAY too quickly…I’d still take time on a Sunday to bake this treat. I literally cut up the butter because I don’t have a mixer, and since Sally says the butter must be very cold, it would have been hard to mix with a fork if I hadn’t diced it. There are my …

About Sunday Baking

Hello, fellow crafters! How is everyone? What brings you here today? Maybe it’s the Vibrant Vintage CAL! Or a freebie pattern! Or just a quick look around for some creative inspiration. Whatever the reason, I can guess with 100% accuracy that it wasn’t to find a great recipe for coffee cake.. Nonetheless, I decided to carve out a very small area of my website – and fill it with chocolate chip cookies.. If you stumbled down this far on the Menu, then I welcome you to the newest section of my website: Sunday Baking. The idea has knocked around in my mind for way too long, and I feel like there are bunches of crafters who are also bakers that would benefit from some shared favorite recipes. My baking hobby started quite recently in the Summer of 2015, when I suddenly had the urge to add “our Mom was always baking” to my children’s future narration of their childhoods. From that moment forward, it was my mission to incorporate baking into our kitchen routine. The first recipe I …

VVCAL – Week 15

Welcome to the fifteenth week of the Vibrant Vintage CAL! We’ve made 30 squares so far – I think! hehe I lost count… If you’re getting that overwhelming feeling also because you’ve just joined along with us, please don’t fret! take your time to catch up, and remember, you can always work a smaller blanket… Just tag progress in our social media links below, and you’ll find tons of support 🙂 Loving the VVCAL and feeling generous? Help me support a dear friend of mine who is battling stage 4 renal cancer, while raising 2 toddlers (one recently adopted, and one surprise successful pregnancy!). Click here to donate – any amount will help, and I genuinely appreciate it! Link leads to http://paypal.me/VVCALdonate Related Links CAL Main info page – Please read thoroughly for fully-linked weekly schedule, design basics, and color selection Find the PDF version as a free Ravelry download here: Beth || Mae. PDF includes: Full pattern, charted instruction, and a condensed, printable PDF version of the pattern ** VIDEO FOR MAE BELOW** Ravelry group – Join if you …

VVCAL – Week 14

Welcome to the fourteenth week of the Vibrant Vintage CAL! If you’re just joining in, we’ve made 24 squares so far! Go catch up! 😉 Today is special because it marks the day I’m starting to post 2 squares weekly instead of 1! So from here on, we will be working 4 squares per week – 2 “fancy” and 2 “plain.” Our CAL will finish faster, but you can still go at whatever pace you prefer. If you’re just joining in, as many are, welcome!! Glad to have you 🙂 I haven’t updated the schedule yet, but I’ll get to it this weekend. Loving the VVCAL and feeling generous? Help me support a dear friend of mine who is battling stage 4 renal cancer, while raising 2 toddlers (one recently adopted, and one surprise successful pregnancy!). Click here to donate – any amount will help, and I genuinely appreciate it! Link leads to http://paypal.me/VVCALdonate Related Links CAL Main info page – Please read thoroughly for fully-linked weekly schedule, design basics, and color selection Ravelry ebook – …

Joining Options! 

Meet Celtic Lace Join, and its little kiddoes, Celtic Lace Junior and Mini!  Here they are – Mini, Junior, and big mama the original Celtic Lace.         My VVCAL blanket will use the plain SC join, since that’s what I used on the original patchwork blanket; however, the border pattern is written to accommodate any size blanket, with any join. So feel free to use your favorite joining method!  My personal fave of these is the Mini version.. I’ll be using that join a lot I think! Hope you all enjoy them 🙂 I know many of you are waiting until all your squares are complete to begin joining, so I’m looking forward to seeing your progress pics! Be sure to hashtag #VVCAL, and check out Facebook and Ravelry groups if you’re not on there already 🙂  And if you’re loving this forever free CAL, please consider donating – any tiny amount will help! Each week, 100% of donations will go to a dear friend who is battling cancer while raising 2 toddlers …

Celtic Lace Junior and Mini! 

Hello again! Today I have another option for joining your Vibrant Vintage CAL squares. It’s actually two options, because I have a Junior version and a Mini version of the Celtic Lace Join for you, so you can choose the perfect width join for your square size. Try this pretty edging in a built tough, but super soft DK weight yarn like: Scheepjes Colour Crafter Knitpicks Brava Sport Stylecraft Special DK See all projects where I’ve used Celtic Lace Junior and Mini here! For the VVCAL, you have edged your squares in DC – here I have (some of) them edged in pale orange. The actual VVCAL pattern calls for 5DC in each corner, but here I’ve used (2DC, Chain 1, 2DC) corners. It makes no difference! My squares for this demo are a grid of 4×4 = 16 squares. Okay, I’m going to jump right in, using a darker orange color. Celtic Lace Mini Join (great for smaller squares) ROW 1, MOTIF 1 Round 1: Join yarn with a slip stitch in any corner …