Saturday, August 21, 2010

Working on an a small project; the Itty Bitty Felt Bear

I have been working a few things; one was my tiny little bears and a bit later on I will share this project idea with you all on how to make these little guys.
These little bears can be made on a sewing machine or by just sewing by hand; I just hand sewed this one and the stitching is a bit strange looking but that is because I wanted that way. I did the stitching a bit loose and jagged to get this effect but one not do this way I was just playing around with an idea when I did up this little bear.
I used a bit of brown felt for the bear and cotton fabrics for the little dress, buttons for the eyes and bead for the nose. I used bigger buttons just because I wanted a different look to the bear, what I am trying there is a lots of ways to make these little guys and they don't have to be just bears with a few simple changes you can make dogs, rabbits cats or what ever else one can think up. I will share the project idea sometime next week so be on the look out for how to make these little guys.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Blue Berry Bread Recipe

this recipe makes 2 large loafs of blue berry bread, and tastes wonderful with the heavy cream. The batter will mix up really quite thick but you can spread in bread pans easily. The 2 loafs lasted about a day in home!
5 cups of flour
1 1/2 cups of sugar
2 big table spoons of baking powder
1 teaspoon of salt
3/4 cups of real melted butter/or softened
1 1/2 cups of your choice of nuts, such as walnuts chopped slightly or chopped up fine depending on what you like.
4 eggs
2 cups of heavy cream
2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
3-4 cups of fresh blue berries or you can use the frozen blue berries
Heat the oven to 350 degrees, grease and flour your large loaf pans or I made this in a bundt cake pan then you will just get one large loaf
Mix up the the dry ingredients first then add the butter and nuts, cream, eggs vanilla, gently add the blues berries, the dough gets a bit thick and stiff but it will work, then after it is mixed and thick spoon into the loafs even though its thick you can work it and spread in the loaf pans. It bakes for about an hour and 20 minutes.
Let cool about 10-12 minutes for cutting with a bread knife.