The elf is running out steam, making holiday gifts and baking are hard work. Here is the tote bag based on a tutorial from Sew Mama Sew
I deviated from the pattern a little by adding a lining
Adding lining is easy. Construct the lining following the instruction for the main fabric. Drop the lining wrong side out to the main fabric, which is right side out. i.e. put the wrong side of the two fabrics together and topstitch 1/4″ from the top edge.
Here are the entire gifts for Hana
I am currently knitting an amigurumi rabbit for Hana’s one year old sister, Angelies. I am done with the body but still have a lot to knit (and tomorrow is christmas eve. fingers crossed)
Aside from knitting and sewing, I am also baking today. There’s a funny story here. This is my first time baking so I invited two friends, Nanik and Nancy to come and join me. Both Nanik and I are novice and Nancy is an experienced baker. Nanik showed up an hour earlier so we decided to get the gingerbread dough ready. When Nancy showed up, we were ready to prepare the second batch while the first batch was in the oven. She noticed that I used shortening instead of butter as instructed in the recipe. I was like, really, that’s not butter? We all laughed out so loud. For some reasons, I forgot that I had shortening in my fridge and thought that it was butter. The end product? it tasted extremely salty and the icing wasn’t as hard as it should be. Nevertheless, here they are after decorated
I quickly went to Safeway to get some unsalted butter to make the second recipe, the Chocolate Mint Tops from Swedish Cakes and Cookies. This recipe is extremely easy and the result is so soft and buttery. We all loved it.
I checked out the Swedish Cakes and Cookies from my local library and apparently this is one of the best baking books in Sweden. The book contains a ton of cookies and cakes recipes (my guess is over one hundred) with photos. I don’t like cooking/baking books without photos. How am I supposed to know how the end products should look like. Additionally, this book has some Danish pastry recipes. I am thinking about buying myself a copy.