Sister is a long time member of the Sheepishly Sharing Community and we’ve helped with her music program fundraisers for many years. However, 2020 will be a very different year for her. She has been diagnosed with Stage 4 Uterine Cancer and has left the convent to live in Louisville, KY where she will be receiving her treatments. She’s currently living on disability and is supplementing with craft sales.
UPDATE 2-27-2021: Sister is finished with her chemo and the results are not what we had hoped. She now has a mass in her stomach called carcinoid carcinoma BUT the good news is she’s waiting to see if she’s eligible for a clinical trial! See address below for sending well wishes and cards of encouragement!
She’s given me a “wish list” to share with our community in hopes of gathering supplies. (She uses my Santa Scarf and Snake Scarf patterns and also a teddy bear from eyelash yarn among other things!)
Sister’s Wish List
Red Heart Super Saver Cherry Red #319
Red Heart Super Saver White #311
Red Heart Super Saver Black #312
Red Heart Super Saver Variegated (not stripes) 5 ounce skeins in any fun colors for snake scarves
Eyelash Yarn 100 gram skeins (She needs 2 skeins to make 1 teddy bear brown, tan, or fun colors)
Hobby Lobby I Love this Yarn Light Peach #230
25 mm sew-on wiggly eyes
Scrap quilting material for no-sew bows (She needs to make 20 x 9″ strips)
Any finished craft projects. It does not have to be all Christmas as she can sell throughout the year. Any type of craft is welcome!
Ship or mail your donations to: Denise Mary Perez 7006 Harvest Gold Way, Apt 8 Louisville, KY 40291
Cards of encouragement would be very welcome!
Questions? Go directly to Sister: firstname.lastname@example.org (Note that the address above uses her legal name which is necessary for all the medical documentation.)
Since I first mentioned this in a video, I’ve had several questions about the topic. Rather than send you into some heavy research, you’ll see my favorite infographic that gives you a quick overview of specific dyes and their “issues” at the bottom of this post.
Important: While many of these dyes (and preservatives, flavor enhancements and other food related chemicals) be labeled by the FDA as GRAS (Generally Recognized As Safe), it’s important to know that they are tested in small amounts WITH NO OTHER FACTORS INCLUDED. Now consider an abundance of GRAS chemicals we’re exposed to an a daily basis and that’s where the concern arises.
You can learn more about how this effects children by clicking the link below and I can vouch for it first hand! After cleaning up our diet, my youngest’s diagnosis of “significant to severe ADHD” was greatly improved!
Here’s a fun “recipe” to knock out some of those wonderful worsted weight scraps we always seem to have on hand. No fancy decreases to worry about. They’re fast and fun! The hats pictured here are a 6 month size but adjust the number of cast on stitches and it works for any size!
My nickname for this fun hat is “The Free Fudge Beanie” and there are several good reasons why: You have the FREEDOM to choose whatever size you want using whatever yarn and hook you want AND you can easily correct any mistakes you make with a simple FUDGE fix here and there! (Fudge is term for tweaking or modifying!) So… FREE FUDGE!
The Bead Stitch is traditionally done with a double crochet post but I modified it by using a half double crochet. This makes the stitch appear fuller with less chance of the stitch’s “feet” peeping out below the wrap.
If you want a printed pattern, I’d suggest Sarah Arnold’s Divine Hat however, there are no instructions for the 2-color version. Be aware that there are MANY versions of this design out there under various names like “crochet spiral beanie” or “easy seashell hat” and more. I have no idea who to give original credit to so I’m recommending Sarah’s pattern because that’s the one I used.
In the video, I reference 2 files that can be found here: my usual Hat Sizing Charts and one where I made Candy Swirl Hat Notes suggesting yarn and hook sizes. (Please remember these are only suggestionsto help you find a starting point for sizing this difficult-to-size hat!)
Today I’m sharing a top I designed for 18 inch dolls like American Girl! I think it turned out great and with it’s Velcro closure but it’s worth noting that we have the flexibility of adding REAL button holes if we’d rather. It’s fully lined, too, which not only looks nice on the inside but eliminates those tedious tiny hems!
A fat quarter will give you enough fabric for the outside and the ruffle but you’ll need some scraps for the lining. (Note that the ruffle is 24″ long so when using a fat quarter, you’ll have to sew pieces together to achieve that. A simple fix AND it eliminates wasted fabric! I show this, btw, in the video tutorial linked below.)
In my continuing quest to use up my stash AND refashion/recycle/reuse fabric as much as possible, the polka dot top was sewn from a crib dust ruffle I bought on closeout for 90% off! (Gotta love those overstock-buy-up stores!)
I’ve also provided options for attaching the ruffle:
Hand stitch (or glue) lining over the raw edges.
Option 1 encases the raw edges and is best if you don’t have a serger/overlocker. (I think this looks so nice, too!) I think the “proper” way is to hand stitch the lining to the ruffle but if you like to take shortcuts like I do, you can use fusible webbing, fabric glue or even hot glue works great!
Serge/overlock or zig zag over the raw edges.
But Option 2 is faster and easier! While it’s great if you have a serger/overlocker, it CAN be done with a zig zag or overlock stitch on a regular sewing machine!
Have fun with this free pattern! Feel free to share by linking back to this page!
These are favorite holiday treats at our house! I bought these cookie sheets a long time ago and the exact ones are no longer available BUT Wilton has an updated version*! The original recipe calls for shortening and a few other chemical-y things that I’ve replaced. The result is a brownie-like texture that we really enjoy and it makes enough for 2 giant gingerbread men!
1 cup packed dark brown sugar
3/4 cup granulated sugar (or Stevia)
1/2 cup butter (I use salted)
1/4 cup molasses
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups all-purpose flour (unbleached)
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
Preheat oven to 300°F.
Cream together sugars, butter, molasses, eggs and vanilla in large bowl; beat with electric mixer till smooth.
In another large bowl, combine flour, baking soda, baking powder, ginger, salt, cinnamon, and cloves; add dry mixture a little at a time to the wet mixture, stirring as you go.
For large gingerbread men, don’t spread dough all the way to the edges
Bake for around 30 minutes (depends on the oven). I set my oven to “convection” so I can cook both pans at one time. For a crisper cookie, set oven to “bake” and cook one sheet at a time.