Friday Favorites–Crafty Staci’s Top Twenty, Part 2

Since I began writing in 2010, I’ve shared 188 of my own tutorials here.  Wait, let me say that again –

188!!!

They account for about a quarter of my posts.  It felt like a shame to only talk about a few of those, so I settled on the top twenty for my anniversary Friday Favorites this year.  Last week I covered 20 – 11, so this week we’re down to the top ten.

10

More Fabric Flowers

This flower came about because I needed one that could be washed without fraying.  And it seemed like I was putting flowers on EVERYTHING for a while there.

10 More Fabric Flowers

9

Passport Wallet

This wallet happened when I was invited to participate in Pocket Week at Always Expect Moore.  It’s seen some action since then, and I’m hoping to take it to new places in the future.

9 Passport Wallet

8

Make Your Own Tags

I went through several methods of making my own tags before I landed on the one I use now.  Besides business purposes, I think they’re a nice way for a gift recipient to remember who a handmade item came from.

8 Make Your Own Tags

7

Ribbon Candy Ornaments

I have an entire box of these in my Christmas decorations.  I had to stop making them because I ran out of space to put them.  I might have to start slipping them into mailboxes or something.

7 Ribbon Candy Ornaments

6

Felt and Wire Angel

I almost didn’t even bother posting this little angel because I thought it was too simple for anyone to care about.  Lesson learned.

6 Felt and Wire Angel

5

Ninja Monkey Bag

This was one of the first projects where I stepped back when I was done and thought “I just designed a pattern!”

5 Ninja Monkey Bag

4

Fabric Daffodils

I still love these daffodils, but it will forever drive me crazy that I left off one petal.

4 Fabric Daffodils

3

Creamer Bottle Snowman

This chilly guy was the one that made me ask myself if I could share this stuff with others.  I guess you could call him my original muse.

3 Creamer Bottle Snowman

2

Robin Hood Hats

I don’t get to make a lot of things for my son, and he’s not easily impressed, so this hat will forever hold a place in my heart.  I also love how people around the world have adapted it for so many different characters.

2 Robin Hood Hats

1

Reversible Coffee Cup Sleeves

This one is in the number 1 slot by a landslide.  Always.  I’ve made hundreds of these.  No kidding.  Besides selling them on Etsy, everyone I know ends up with one at some point, and I actually have a storage area in my closet just to hold my own collection.

01 Reversible Coffee Cup Sleeves

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Friday Favorites–Crafty Staci’s Top Twenty, Part 1

About this time every year, I share with you the most popular tutorials from my blog.  I usually confine it to the top ten, but because this is a special, milestone year, I decided to expand it to the top twenty.  That gives a few things a chance to have their moment that don’t ordinarily make it onto the all-time list.  I’m here to try to make the popularity contest a little more inclusive.  Coming next to a high school near you.

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Messenger Bag

I made this bag for my daughter when she bought her first laptop computer.  In an instance of blog vs. real life, I wanted to make it with pretty fabric, but it wouldn’t have suited my Batman-loving girl.

20 Messenger Bag

19

Lined Christmas Stockings

My daughter used this pattern to make a stocking for her new husband last Christmas.  <3

19 Lined Christmas Stockings

18

Glass Block To-Do List

The fact that this one made the list was a bit of a surprise to me, but I guess I really like it too, since it’s still in my kitchen after 4 years.

18 Glass Block To-Do List

17

Pencil and Paper Drink Sleeve and Mat

Since I started selling these in my Etsy shop with the teacher’s name hand embroidered on them, I can tell you exactly what you’ll find me working on every evening before Christmas and near the end of the school year.

17 Pencil and Paper Drink Sleeve and Mat

16

Drawstring Wristlet

I’m going to be perfectly honest here – when I started this wristlet, I didn’t think it was going to turn out well.  I took photos anyway, just in case, but I was winging it and I was intimidated by the fabric.  I’ve never been happier to be wrong.

16 Drawstring Wristlet

15

T-Shirt Bracelet

This bracelet was born out of a legitimate fail.  I tried to make a t-shirt into a summer top and it was wrong in every direction.  Fortunately, I was able to use it in this much more successful project.

15 T-Shirt Bracelet

14

Cross-Body Backpack

I made this backpack to carry my stuff on some land excursions during a family cruise to Mexico a few years ago.  This bag and I drove a dune buggy, rode a horse, toured a tequila distillery and hung out at the beach.  I still have it, and I think it deserves another trip.  You know, for the backpack’s sake.

14 Cross Body Backpack

13

Bleach-Sprayed T-Shirts

These were really fun to make, and now that I have a vinyl cutting machine they’d be even better.  It might be time to make these again.

13 Bleach-Sprayed T-Shirts

12

Knitting Loom Infinity Scarf

I have to assume this made the list because there are lots of other people out there trying to figure out how to make an infinity scarf on a knitting loom.  They’re probably a little disappointed by what they find here.  That, or everyone is enjoying laughing at my mistake.  I kinda hope it’s that second one.

12 Knitting Loom Infinity Scarf

11

Stethoscope Cover

This is one of the most controversial projects I’ve shared.  All I have to say about it is that these are allowed in some facilities and not others, so be sure to check before making one for yourself or giving it as a gift.  Goodness.

11 Stethoscope Cover

Look for the top ten next Friday!

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Friday Favorites–Be My Valentine

Valentine’s Day is probably one of the biggest crafting holidays on the calendar.  There are so many ideas out there it feels like floating in a sea of pink and red.  And yet, I seem to usually find myself scrambling at the last minute.  Not this year – welcome to planning ahead (a little) with me!

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I don’t so much love the hang-it-on-the-door-and-run suggestion here, but the idea of having Valentine Pennie Pockets, like these from Moda Bake Shop is a winner.

Valentine Pennie Pockets from Moda Bake Shop

Every Day Cheer has a great printable card you can edit to show the number the days that applies in your situation, along with a link to a calculator to help you figure that out.  It’s kinda fun to play with!

Printable Valentine Card from Every Day Cheer

I’m fairly certain I couldn’t make these Chocolate Covered Strawberry Hearts by 1 Fine Cookie quite as pretty as she did, but I’ll best they’d taste good enough to make up for it.

Chocolate Covered Strawberry Hearts from 1 Fine Cookie

Even though these are called Man Approved Valentines, from Dating Divas, I know lots of people they would be perfect for who aren’t, myself included!

Man Approved Valentines from The Dating Divas

How fun would Mad Lib Valentines be?  Check out these from Design Mom.

MadLib Valentines from Design Mom

These gumball machine Valentines from Meet the Dubiens are adorable.

Valentine I Chews You from Meet the Dubiens

These Valentine Heart Straws from The Things She Makes could be slid onto all kinds of things.  Click through to see them on breakfast silverware.

Valentine Heart Straws from The Things She Makes

My son’s new favorite movie is definitely Guardians of the Galaxy.  I might have to make him this I am Groot Card from Spellbinders.

I am Groot Card from Spellbinders

Are you looking for a healthier, but still tasty, Valentine this year?  Check out these sweet Love Bug Fruit Cups from The NY Melrose Family.

Love Bug Fruit Cups from The NY Melrose Family

For an extra-special Valentine’s Day gift, you’ve got to see this Custom Tree Carving Love Quilt from Quiltbarnidaho on Etsy.  Beautiful!

Baby Crib Custom Tree Carving Quilt from Quiiltbarnidaho on Etsy

I love curating my Friday Favorites each week, and I want to make sure that the talented people who have created these projects are fully acknowledged for their work.  Before you pin or share, please click through the link or photo to the originating website.  You can also find all the projects each week on my Friday Favorites Pinterest board.  Thank you!

Friday Favorites–Gold Rush

Oh you guys, I’m so excited about what’s coming up in February!  I’m going to wait until next week to reveal more, but for now I’ll just say that I’m celebrating the 5th anniversary of my blog in style.  You’re not going to want to miss this!

Now about those Friday Favorites.  I’ve been so busy planning for next month that I forgot there was one more Friday this month, so I hit up my Facebook buddies for some ideas for what to feature.  Look for glammed-up campers and garden stakes coming to a Friday Favorites near you this spring!  When I started my search for those, I noticed there’s an unusual amount of gold everything out there right now.  I’m usually a silver girl myself, but I have to admit these have me looking for somewhere to add a little gold shimmer to my life.

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I know, mason jars.  If you’ve had enough feel free to move on to the next item, but if you’re like me take a minute to enjoy these Gold Mason Jars from Mason Jar Craft Love.

Gold Mason Jars by Mason Jar Crafts Love

The shine inside these Gold and White Bowls from Le Zoe Musings is just the perfect amount.

Gold and White Bowls by Le Zoe Musings

Check out the pretty home dec win that Found This Painted That ended up with from a busted bargain globe.

Frankenstein Globe by Found This Painted That

Make the drinks extra-fancy at your next soiree with this Metallic Gold Cocktail Rimming Sugar from dellcovespices on Etsy.

Metallic Gold Cocktail Rimming Sugar by dellcovespices on Etsy

If you’d like to wear the gold trend, but not as jewelry, try these 24K sneakers from Dream a Little Bigger.

24K Sneakers from Dream a Little Bigger

You can even have a little gold in your desserty treats with this spun sugar from Cooking Books.

Homemade Cottton Candy by Cooking Books

Don’t these DIY Gold Magnetic Letters from Inspired by Charm look like something a lot more expensive than painted plastic?

DIY Gold Magnetic Letters by Inspired by Charm

How do you take something from not-gold to gold?  Spray paint, of course.  Chris Loves Julia answers the question of which gold paint is best.

Which Gold Spray Paint is Best by Chris Loves Julia

I love the gold as an accent on this Tape Painting from Maria Teorien.

Tape Painting by Maria Teorien

Who says slime can’t be classy?  Check out this Super Easy Gold Slime Recipe from Fun-a-Day.

Gold Slime by Fun a Day

Friday Favorites–Stuffed

I don’t know if I’m just noticing them right now, or if there really is an unusual number of stuffed creatures being sewn out there.  I was even in the fabric store the other day when I woman came in with a stuffed bear she had made that was so cute everyone stopped what they were doing to admire it.  So, whether it’s my imagination or everyone else’s, we’re talking stuffed today.

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This Stuffed Fox from Stitched by Crystal looks like it would be pretty easy to make, especially since it’s made from fleece.  I love that he’s wearing a little scarf.

Stuffed Fox from Stitched by Crystal

My son would have loved this Pillow Fight Shield from Busily Spinning Momma.  I’m sure he and his sister would have put its ability to the test.

Me and my Scottish roots think I need this DIY Nessie from We Lived Happily Ever After.

Nessie Pattern by We Lived Happily Ever After

This stuffed ambulance from Ric Rac would be adorable anyway, but the personalized windshield makes it even better.

Personalized Ambulance by Ric Rac

I think this is the third sock-based project I’ve featured from Craft Passion, but this little dragon was just too cute to leave out.

Sock Dragon by Craft Passion

A Stuffed Snail isn’t something you see every day, but Cook Clean Craft made him seem more sweet than slimy.

Stuffed Snail by Cook Clean Craft

This Boom Box Pillow from I’m Feelin’ Crafty actually plays music!

Boombox by I'm Feelin' Crafty

This Stuffed Giraffe pattern from DIYFluffies on Etsy reminds me of one my daughter had when she was little.

Giraffe Plush Toy by DIYFluffies on Etsy

What do you do with a bunch of colorful, orphaned socks?  Make this Mismatched Sock Snake from Grosgrain.

Mismatched Sock Snake by Grosgrain

This Flying Squirrel from Wild Olive looks like a perfect balance between cuteness and mischief.

Flying Squirrel by Wild Olive

Friday Favorites – Winter

I don’t think winter gets its due.  It gets all lumped in with Christmas, when really it’s only just getting started by the time the holidays are over.  If we’re going to get freezing weather where I live it’s much more likely to happen in January than before.  Dashing through the snow doesn’t involve reindeer or Santa.  So, I’m here to give winter the moment in the spotlight that it deserves.

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I don’t know if I’m brave enough to let anyone actually use this Indoor Snowball Fight from Sew Can Do inside the house, but it’s so cute and fun I think I could be won over.

Indoor Snowball Fight Set from Sew Can Do

You could certainly use this Reading and Knitting Pillow from Sew Happy Geek any time of the year, but am I the only one that gets more reading and hand-crafts done when it’s too cold to go outside?

Reading and Knitting Pillow from Sew Happy Geek

Evenings find me under a blanket this time of year.  If I had this Family Blanket from Rae Gun Ramblings I could let someone under there with me.

Family Blanket from Rae Gun Ramblings

Has your family been struck down by The Bug yet?  My husband and I were both knocked flat by it before Thanksgiving and we’re still waiting for the cough to completely disappear.  I’m thinking these Homemade Vaporizing Shower Cubes from Smart School House would still be a good idea, even months later.

Homemade Vaporizing Shower Cubes from Smart Schoolhouse

This Get Well Soon Tissue Box Cover from So Sew Easy would be a great gift to take to a sick friend.  There’s a little pocket on the side to add some tea and cough drops. 

Tissue Box Cover from So Sew Easy

I love soup in the winter.  And I love pickles.  I’m intrigued by this Dill Pickle Soup from Noble Pig.  I’m going to have to make a small batch and try it out.

Dill Pickle Soup from Noble Pig

I feel about hot apple cider the way some people feel about coffee.  I love the smell, but the taste – nope.  However, this Apple Cider Hot Toddy from Cookie and Kate has me wanting to give it another chance.

Apple Cider Hot Toddy from Cookie and Kate

When I was a kid one of my cousins got married in the winter and the girls had faux fur muffs instead of bouquets.  I thought it was so pretty.  Apparently it’s a trend that has returned and Etsy seller sewudesigns has many to choose from.

Faux Fur Muff from sewudesigns on Etsy

Nothing is worse than trying to keep warm in January with a bitter chill blowing under your door.  Well, nothing except flattened Mickey.  This Wonderful World Draft Stopper from caitlinsdad on Instructables definitely requires a good sense of humor.

Wonderful World Draft Stopper from caitlinsdad on Instructables

One of my favorite things about winter is boots, but you can get tired of looking at the same pairs over and over all season.  Dress them up with these DIY Faux Fur Boot Sweaters from The Renegade Seamstress on eHow.

DIY Faux Fur Boot Sweaters from The Renegade Seamstress on eHow

Friday Favorites–Stuff for New Sewing Machine Owners

A few months ago, I replaced one of my sewing machines with a new one.  My husband and I talked about giving the older machine to our daughter for Christmas, but before we made a decision she threw out some hints that she would LOVE to have it.  Done.  Then shortly before Christmas a friend called to get my help picking out a machine for his wife for Christmas.  Since that makes two people close to me who are new sewing machine owners, and I know there are more of you out there, I’m here to share a few ideas to help you break that baby in.

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She’s all new and shiny.  As much as you love your new machine, you can’t use it all the time, and you don’t want it getting all dusty.  Make this easy Reversible Sewing Machine Cover from Stay-At-Home Artist one of your first projects.

Reversible Sewing Machine Cover Tutorial from Stay at Home Artist

There are a few things you need to have easily accessible while you’re sewing, like scissors, a seam gauge or the dreaded seam ripper.  Keep it all at hand with this Mini Keeper from Susie’s Sunroom.

Mini Keeper from Susie's Sunroom

This pincushion cube from Riley Blake Designs is an adorable addition to your sewing table.

The Cube Pincushion from Riley Blake Designs

Speaking of sewing tables, you can make your own with these plans from Ana White.  This one is great for smaller spaces because it folds down.

Sewing Table From Ana White

Another cute way to keep your tools organized is this little trailer from Moda Bake Shop.

Sewing Trailer from Moda Bake Shop

Loose threads end up everywhere when I sew.  This Thread Roller from Sewlicious Home Décor would be a good tool to keep nearby. 

DIY Thread Roller from Sewlicious Home Decor

If you’re new to sewing, this Tailor’s Ham from Serger Pepper might look like a foreign object.  These are actually very helpful, especially if you’re trying to iron something with curves that can’t lay flat on your ironing board.

Tailors Ham from Serger Pepper

Knowing the basic stitches is an important part of the sewing journey, and Feather’s Flight has this handy graphic to help you remember what’s what.

Basic Sewing Machine Stitches from Feather's Flights

Even if you’re not new to sewing, you probably want to start out with a simple project so you can get to know your new machine.  This Envelope Pillow from Craftaholics Anonymous is just the ticket.

Envelope Pillow from Craftaholics Anonymous

If you’re ready to show the world how much you heart your new sewing machine, grab yourself one of these Sewing Machine Keychains from Grommt on Etsy.

Sewing Machine Keychain from Grommt on Etsy

Friday Favorites–Printable 2015 Calendars

I look forward to picking out new calendars every year.  I usually have 4 – 5 in my house.  I know that seems excessive, but they each serve a different purpose.  I have a calendar in my studio for keeping track of outgoing orders and shipping dates, one in my office I use for blogging, one in the dining room for family stuff and my Lego version because it’s cute and I get to rebuild it every month.  Last year we had another calendar in the office for wedding events and deadlines.  However, the only one I have in my possession right now is the Lego.  Ack!  I have no idea how I arrived at January 2nd without a single new calendar in the house, but I’ll be remedying that soon. 

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This Motivational Desk Calendar from Elegance and Enchantment would be fun to turn the page on at the beginning of each new month.

2015 Printable Calendar from Elegance and Enchantment

Sometimes I need lots of space to write on each day.  This roomy calendar from Landeelu would be great for that.

2015 Printable Calendar from Landeelu

I love the adorable scrapbook design of this calendar from iMom.

2015 Printable Calendar from iMom

This calendar from Skip to my Lou fits two months to a page.

2015 Printable Calendar from Skip to my Lou

Sometimes it’s handy to be able to stand your calendar up, which is where this printable from Little Stuff comes in.

2015 Printable Calendar from Little Stuff

I like the clean lines and colorful months on this calendar from Tomkat Studio.

2015 Printable Calendar from Tomkat Studio

The colorful headers on this calendar from Lia Griffith are fun.

2015 Printable Calendar from Lia Griffith

The watercolor design of this calendar from Today’s Creative Blog would be pretty hanging on a wall.

2015 Printable Calendar from Todays Creative Blog

The pictures on this calendar from Design is Yay are so cheerful.

2015 Printable Calendar from Design is Yay

Going Home to Roost shares a calendar you can customize with your own Instagram pics.

2015 Printable Calendar from Going Home to Roost

This 3D calendar from A Piece of Rainbow would be as fun to make and it would be to use.

2015 Printable Calendar from A Piece of Rainbow

This calendar from Botanical Paperworks comes with a matching set of printable weekly planner pages.

2015 Printable Calendar from Botanical Paperworks

Twelve calendars – one for each month!

Friday Favorites–New Year’s Eve

I’m floored by the fact that we’re about to flip our calendars over to 2015.  I mean, didn’t the 90’s JUST happen?  I remember crossing our fingers on December 31, 1999 and hoping that our giant, dial-up computer would still work when we got up the next morning.  Just so I don’t leave you in suspense, it did – it just reset to 1980.  No one around here is looking to turn back the clock this year though.  We had a lot of big adventures in 2014 and we’re anxious to see what 2015 has to offer.  Our first goal is to stay awake long enough to greet the new year.

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I don’t remember ever attending a New Year’s Eve party that required a dress.  We tend to celebrate a little more casually around here.  However, you never know what the future may hold, so I’m keeping this Party Dress DIY from Mark Montano in my file.

Party Dress DIY from Mark Montano

I tried to do a time capsule with my kids on the above mentioned New Year’s Eve of 1999.  I made up the sheets to fill out and put everything in a box – but never filled anything out.  At least, I don’t remember doing it.  I might get a big surprise one of these years.  Anyway, don’t be me – make this make this New Year’s Time Capsule from The Imagination Tree with your kids.  And remember where you put it.

New Year's Time Capsule for Kids from The Imagination Tree

Monsieur and Madame Champagne from Squirrel Picnic would be adorable on your New Year’s Eve buffet.  And no headache the next day!

Monsieur and Madame Champagne Crochet Pattern from Squirrel Picnic

I love little snacky food for New Year’s Eve, especially desserts.  These Hot Cocoa Mug Mini Desserts from Bird’s Party would be fun and leave you with room to sample other goodies.

Hot Cocoa Mug Mini Desserts from Birds Party

Whether we like it or not, the new year is when many of us start thinking about making some healthy changes to our eating habits.  These Salted Chocolate Dipped Mandarin Slices from Etc might be a good bridge to get there.

Salted Chocolate Dipped Mandarin Slices from Etc

And how beautiful would a plate be filled with those oranges and these Cherries Dipped in White Chocolate from Simple Provisions?

Cherries Dipped in White Chocolate from Simple Provisions

What’s a party without chips and dip?  Check out the festive way that Caramel Potatoes came up with to serve them.

If you have little ones, sometimes it’s tough keeping them entertained when they’re sugared up and they have that second wind because it’s WAY past their bedtime.  Consider helping them make these New Year Wishing Wands from Baby Centre – maybe before the party starts.

New Year Wishing Wand from Baby Centre

Another fun kid-idea is this Memory Scavenger Hunt from No Time for Flash Cards.  I kinda want to do this myself.  Maybe I can get my husband to hide them for me.

Photo Memory Scavenger Hunt from No Time for Flash Cards

If you’d like to send your guests home with a little something after the party, make some of these New Year Boxes from Mein Lila Park

New Year Box from Mein Lila Park

I don’t ordinarily link from my round-up here to another round-up, but B Lovely Events has so many great ideas for a Neon Glow in the Dark Party that I couldn’t resist.  This was compiled for a Sweet 16, but wouldn’t this be an amazing New Year’s Eve party?

Neon Glow in the Dark Party from B Lovely Events

Friday Favorites–Quick and Easy Gifts to Make

Let’s face it – if you’re still planning on making Christmas gifts they had better be quick and easy, right?  I think I’m done this year, but I always get sucked back in by some cute last-minute idea.  If that happens to you here today I apologize, and we can exchange hot glue scar stories later.

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Fleece is so easy to work with, but sometimes those knots to finish the edge of a blanket aren’t that comfortable.  Pieces by Polly shares an alternative that’s much smoother and can be used on a single layer of fleece.

Braided Fleece Edge Blanket from Pieces by Polly

Brit and Co offers a little different design to the quick crayon candle.

Color Block Candles from Brit and Co

This one might have caught my attention because as our Christmas gift to each other my husband and I are re-doing our bedroom, which I’m over the moon about.  Our soon-to-be organized closet might need these Fabric Covered Hangers from The Sewing Loft.

Fabric Covered Hangers from The Sewing Loft

I can imagine how good this Coffee Sugar Scrub from A Pumpkin and a Princess must smell.

Homemade Coffee Sugar Scrub from A Pumpkin and a Princess

I actually made a couple of these Fabric Tortilla Warmers from The Good Hearted Woman a few months ago.  They’re easy to make and go well with an apron, or in a basket of taco night supplies.

Fabric Tortilla Warmer from The Good Hearted Woman

This Washi Taped Toilet Paper Roll French Knitter from Buzzmills would be fun to make with your kids (or FOR your kids!)

Washi Tape French Knitter from Buzzmills

These Cozy DIY Flannel Scarves from Delia Creates look like you took a lot of time to make them.

Cozy DIY Flannel Scarves from Delia Creates

Edible gifts are sometimes the way to go when you need something quick.  This Spice Cake Mix from I Am Baker could be made in batches for neighbors or family gifts.

Homemade Spice Cake Mix from I Am Baker

These Cream Cheese Mints from Real Women of Philadelphia could also be easily made in bulk.

Cream Cheese Mints from Real Women of Philadelphia

This Snowman Cocoa Gift Set from Reasons to Skip the Housework is pretty simple, but those faces on the marshmallows make it feel a little special.

Snowman Cocoa Gift Set from Reasons to Skip the Housework

Visit me on Monday to see the doozy of a cookie recipe I have to share with you! Smile