Coffee Cozy

Hello and Merry Christmas everyone! Today I decided to crochet a gift for a coworker, and came up with this… 🙂

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Cheery Coffee Cozy

The Crooked Coffee Cozy pattern features a ribbed stitch that is worked diagonally and utilizes an absorbent cotton yarn to catch condensation or coffee dribbles.

For this project I opted to use yarn I had at my immediate disposal – hence the color selection. Partway through, the orange felt a little overwhelming, so I added a few flowers to break up the sea of solid color. As my first cozy, I’m pleased with the overall result. Hope she likes it! 🙂

Thanks for reading!

-Anna San

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Now Bring Us Some Figgy Pudding!

Every year We Wish You A Merry Christmas plays on the radio, and the question that always follows “What is Figgy Pudding?” So this year I made it my goal to wonder no more, by surprising my family with homemade Figgy Pudding for Christmas. 🙂

The whole process was an adventure from finding and prepping the ingredients, to making and serving the pudding. I honestly had no idea what I was making until it was on my plate! I always pictured a fig puree with the consistency of pudding, but instead it was a cake with caramel sauce!

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Chopping the figs – very messy workIMG_20151225_144752

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What I expected the figgy pudding to be lol

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Cake batter?

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Grating chocolate is time consuming and messy work

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Combining all the ingredients…

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Fresh outta the oven – it’s a cake?!

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Prepping the caramel sauce

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Voila! The finished product.

I had a lot of fun doing it, and even more fun sharing it with my family! Merry Christmas everyone!

Thanks for reading!

-Anna San

Cute Owl Case

‘Tis the season of giving! My boss always makes us holiday goodies and I wanted to show my appreciation with something I can do. My coworker had picked up a mug with an owl on it, so I thought I’d coordinate by using this super cute crocheted Owl Cell Phone Cozy pattern and gave it a go.

Changes: For this project I used fingering weight cotton instead of worsted weight yarn, opted for a rounded square shank button instead of the oval and omitted the jewels. In the pattern the toes weren’t separated enough for my liking so I adjusted the stitches to suit. So without further ado…
Voilà!

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As it is fingering weight yarn, I knew it wouldn’t be a phone case so I made it into a Listerine Pocketpak holder. 🙂

Now thats cute AND useful! 🙂

Thanks for reading!

-Anna San

Decorated Christmas Tree!

Today Nina and Sean came over to decorate the Christmas tree. I have a substantial collection of ornaments – a number of which are quite whimsical. Add to that my older brothers collection and a few of my non-ornamental plush and you get a Novelty Tree. 🙂 (There are way way more ornaments on the tree – I just chose a couple to highlight.)
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Thanks for reading!

-Anna San

Bronner’s CHRISTmas Wonderland – Frankenmuth, MI

Happy December everyone! Time to get into the Christmas spirit by blasting Trans Siberian Orchestra’s Carol of the Bells and assemble the artificial tree!

My brother and I went to Bronner’s CHRISTmas Wonderland in Frankenmuth back in October for our bi-yearly buying o’the ornaments and had a really nice time. 🙂 No one else could make the trip with us so the only other participant was Domo who chilled in the back seat during our outing.

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Giant Domo Plush

It’s an hour and 45 minute drive away from our hometown and as it is mostly expressway it can be quite boring. Tree tree tree tree tree ooo… bush! We didn’t see any wildlife on our trek upstate, however the trees were quite lovely at that time.

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Before we reached our destination we stopped at Halo Burger…

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Halo Burger sign

They are one of the only burger joints that we know of that offer burgers with olives and that is always a yummy must. 😉

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MY Halo Burger 🙂

A patron of the establishment noticed my brother and I snapping pictures of each other and offered to take a picture of us together. 🙂

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Me and my brother Bob

No too long after, we arrived at Bronners. I was busy annoying my brother at the time and missed out on the opportunity to capture a shot of the whole building. XD

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A sign on the wall of the store

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The main Nativity display

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Garbage can. I believe it says “trash” in various languages… :p

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Large overhang over the entrance . Buses use this area to drop off tourists. The signs up top are also written in different languages. 🙂

Once inside I saw this sign and just couldn’t resist. >:}

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*poke*

I know that people come to visit Bronner’s from all over the world but I didn’t feel comfortable with snapping pictures… however I did get a pic of two interesting items.

Cute Carrot Bunnies

Cute Carrot Bunnies

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$30 Glass Green House Ornament

We had a lot of fun exploring the store and bought a variety of ornaments.

Here is my Bronner ornament collection:

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Neon Pink Ornaments! XD

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I was reminded of Peter Pan with this next ornament….

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So magical… *o*

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Sparkly sushi platter :3 It is actually quite heavy. o.o;

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and my total fave – Merry Christmas (Meri Kurisumasu) in Katakana. :>

Afterwards we strolled around town and visited a number of shops such as the General Store, Zender’s Gift Shop, the Taffy shop and… the Cheese Haus.

Cheese Haus Mascot

Cheese Haus Mascot

Inside we sampled various cheese products and saw a rather *cough* interesting food item…

A** Blaster Hot Sauce at Cheese Haus

A** Blaster Hot Sauce at Cheese Haus

Tired but happy, Bob and I packed up our heels and made the journey home. We really enjoyed the trip and look forward to our next Bronner’s outing  in 2015!

Thanks for reading!

-Anna San