Friday, April 6, 2018

Winged Awareness Ribbon - free graph

I made this graph per request. I have not crocheted anything from it myself. Yet. Maybe someday I will get to it. I have a shameful number of WIPs at all times. There didn't seem to be any free ribbon graphs on Ravelry- and I didn't find any winged ones so don't think I am stepping on anyone's toes by offering this for free. Besides... it took me maybe an hour to photoshop a ribbon onto a butterfly and then turn that into a simple graph. It kind of seems like cheating to charge people money for a stand-alone graph. No offense.

This graph is based on a pretty common theme of a winged awareness ribbon... I believe it is meant to symbolize the transformation/new life experienced by a survivor of a serious illness or chronic disease. It can be made in any colors you wish to represent the cause that has impacted your life or the life of your intended gift recipient. HERE is a database of those that may help.

ETA: I am happy to make a new version for a cause that has a patterned ribbon. Drop me an email!

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Persian Kitties!

The first big project for 2018 is underway!

This year, to rekindle my love for Blankie Buddies, I have decided to release some new patterns in a series. There will be one basic pattern available and then a series of Mods to expand that pattern into endless possibilities. This seemed like a very fair way to make smaller investments choosing only the Mods that you want rather than me charging full price for a pattern that is only 40% different than the last one. I am a very frugal person, so I always want to be fair about the price of patterns. You get a lot of pages and a lot of pattern for your money with a Jenna Wingate Design. And this also eliminated the repetition of me telling you how to put things together when you already know after the first time.

Friday, January 26, 2018

Easy Tofu Lasagna (vegan)

Easy Tofu Lasagna

As with a lot of things I cook, this is a recipe that I adapted from my old 'carny' recipe to include no animal products. This actually makes it a pretty cheap meal. We used to only have lasagna at Christmas because of all the meat and cheese that went into it, the cost was about $50. I've made Tofu Lasagna twice now and spent no more than
$16 either time. That's about $1.35/serving. Not bad. And it freezes very well in individual servings, so if, like me, you are sick of lasagna by the 3rd day, you still have another 6 quick meals for the future.

The $16 price includes a generous allowance for incidentals such as spices, nutritional yeast, and nuts. Most vegans have these things on hand, so the actual cost is not even noticeable. If you don't have these things and don't want to buy them then you will still have a lasagna. I really like to encourage people to ignore ingredient lists anyway. Make do and make it your own. People gotta eat.

Now... if you want to make it expensive them go buy a lot of ready-made vegan cheeses. For this recipe I have used very little store-bought cheese and, honestly, I don't think it would be missed.

Westie Blankie Buddy

The 33nd Dog Breed Blankie Buddy is the courageous and friendly West Hightland White Terrier. Originating in Scotland, recorded in history as early as James VI, the Westie was a rodent hunter and companion dog to royalty and farmers and anyone else lucky enough to know one. 

Difficulty Rating:

Crochet Terms: American
Language: English
Finished Size: 22 inches tall
In-line color changes: at ears only
Skill Level: novice
Shaping: minimal
Sewing: average
No. of Pages: 9
No. of Images: 20
Also includes: - graphed photo to aid with fringe placement

Sunday, January 14, 2018

'Cheesy' Buffalo Bean Dip (vegan)

'Cheesy' Buffalo Bean Dip
Yields: 2 cups

(8) 1/4cup servings
Calories: 70
Fat: 3g
Sodium: 240g
Protein: 4g
Fiber: 6g

This is a simple Bean Dip recipe with Buffalo and Cheese flavors that I came up with after weeks of failing to buy all of the proper ingredients to another dip I planned to try and then also using up the ingredients I had remembered to buy on other recipes thus creating a black hole of impossibility that the originally planned dip was ever going to happen.

There are several notes below on what specific ingredients I used and some alternative ideas. As illustrated in the previous paragraph, I do not do well being walled into a recipe, so I appreciate having options. Maybe you do, too. Enjoy!