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graduate school fundraiser :) #alipyperlikestobake

Friends!

It’s been two years since I offered my frozen cookie dough for sale – have you missed it?! I hope so because I’m offering it for sale again! Frozen cookie dough is perfect to have on hand as a quick after school snack, late night snack, or quick gift to friends or family  – and because the cookies are frozen individually you can cook as few or as many as you want. It’s so easy and they are so yummy! alipyper likes to bake green headingI’m offering the following cookies this time – orders will be ready Wed Aug 24 or Thurs Aug 25. Each box of frozen cookie dough contains 40 ready-to-bake cookies (a full batch!) and are made with the finest ingredients. I DO NOT scrimp on quality.

Milk Chocolate Chips w/Toffee Bits
Milk Chocolate Chips w/Toffee Bits & Pecans
Double Chocolate w/Coconut and Cherries
Oatmeal w/White Chocolate & Craisins
Gingersnaps

Please click on the link below in this email to fill out an order form. I can keep track of orders much better this way and you will receive an order confirmation once you submit your order. PLEASE forward this post to friends you think might be interested. Also, if you follow me on Facebook or Instagram please repost my announcement! I’d love to get the word out that my cookie dough is available. Thank you so much!

alipyper cookie dough order form

If you’re allergic to my cookies, you can help me fill my CROCHET CLASSES at Harmony! I’m not offering a lot of classes because I’ll be starting my graduate degree program at BYU, but I am teaching a Beginning Crochet class on Sat Aug 20, 3-5p and on Sat Sep 24, 3-5p. This beginning class is great for true beginners that have never crocheted before or crocheters who are unsure of themselves – right or left handed – aged 12 and up. Each class is limited to 4 students so that there is lots of one-on-one instruction and is only $25.

I’m also teaching my Granny Squares class on Sat Oct 15, 3-5p! This class is super popular and is great for beginners that already know the basics. The Granny Square is so versatile! From blankets, to pillows, to sweaters, to mittens and scarfs in every shape – it’s a great pattern to have in your crochet repertoire. And this class is super fun for a group of friends or families to attend and learn together! Only $15!

I think this time I will demonstrate how to make a pair of Granny Square Finger-less Mittens! These are the easiest, most thoughtful gift imaginable! You won’t want to miss this class, so if you don’t know how to crochet yet, be sure to take my beginning class before Sat Oct 15. Call the shop to reserve your spot:

Harmony
315 E. Center Street, Provo
Open Tues – Sat, 11a – 6p
801.615-0268

Thank you, my dear friends, for all your support! I truly appreciate my association with you! And please say a prayer for me as I start graduate school – I will need all the help I can get as I try to turn my brain back on.

 

So much love!

Allison

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featured on darlyblog

alipyper - darlybird blog post creative home alipyper

I was featured on Darlybird‘s Darlyblog yesterday. You should go check it out! Thank you Rachel and Allison for the opportunity!

I know that I value creativity in my own life, but it was kind of hard to determine if I had been successful in creating an environment in my home that encouraged creativity in my children. In some ways I think I’ve been successful, and in other ways I think that I’ve been really selfish and unsuccessful. In any case, it was really good for me to think  and write about it. And I’m realizing just now that I never asked my kids what they thought! I’ll do that today. Should be interesting to hear what they think.

san diego weekend

alipyper san diego temple family pic

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alipyper the Mr. and his sister

We took an incredibly quick trip to San Diego over the weekend to be with the Mr.’s sister Susan and her darling family. Susan and her husband John were sealed to their second adopted child in the San Diego Temple. It was such a glorious day! Not much is more important that being with your family on important events.

alipyper - beach house outside

alipyper - G, I, and Gma Baler

alipyper - beach house

Susan is an amazing artist and seamstress and quilt designer. Her husband John is super handy and can build or fix just about anything. Together they turned a beach bum crack house into the cutest little place in Pacific Beach. They let us camp out with them when we visit.

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Susan is willing to donate the proceeds from her beautiful San Diego Temple block print notecards to {G}! These are unique, hand printed cards that make a beautiful thank you, baptism, wedding, or even framed piece of art. Please consider purchasing these gorgeous cards to help {G} in her efforts to study abroad in China this summer! It’s a super win-win for everyone! Go here to purchase.

Seamless Bootie Class

I’m gearing up for another fundraiser garage sale this weekend. This one will have lots of great furniture and housewares. The kids are going to sell kettle corn too. It will be fun! Then next weekend I’m teaching a fantastic knitting class at Harmony in Provo. Learn how to seamlessly cast on and knit in the round using the Magic Loop method! Great skills for socks and booties, finger puppets and soft toys. Only $15. Saturday May 31, 3-5pm.

If you can’t make the garage sale or classes at Harmony, and you’re not interested in beautiful San Diego Temple notecards, you can always donate directly to {G}’s fundraising website! 100% of the donations on her site go towards her tuition.

san diego temple block print notecards

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My super multi-talented sister-in-law Susan (here is her blog about adoption, here is her Instagram account, and here is where I talk about her surfing skills) is offering to sell her beautiful San Diego Temple block print notecards with the proceeds going toward {G}’s trip to China! Aren’t they fantastic? They are perfect for baptisms, weddings, and thank you cards. If you’re interested, you should buy some! Go buy them at her etsy shop, here.

Our garage sale on Saturday was crazy successful! And we didn’t even put out all of the items that we had gathered to sell! So we’re having ANOTHER GARAGE SALE on Saturday May 24th. This spring the Mr. and I have been slowly clearing out our storage unit of four years – fundraising for {G} is giving us the kick in the pants that we need to finish clearing out stuff that we shouldn’t be paying to store. This garage sale is going to have really great stuff! Like, really great stuff. Like, my personal stuff.

alipyper harmony sunburst class may 2014

The Sunburst Granny Square class at Harmony on Saturday was also a success! We had a fun, full class and I think everyone went away excited with what they had learned. I love teaching! I love it when someone acquires a skill that allows them to create something beautiful!

Here are a few classes that I still have scheduled before {G} leaves for China. I’m thinking of adding some kids classes, but I honestly don’t know when I could squeeze them in…Call Harmony at (801) 615-0268 to sign up!

Seamless Bootie ClassMagic Seamless Knit Baby Booties – Would you like to learn how to knit a pair of baby booties that you can finish in a few hours and not have to seam together when you’re finished?? With only the ends to weave in when you’re done, this class teaches you how to seamlessly cast on (a useful skill to learn for toe-up sock knitting) and use the “Magic Loop” method of circular knitting on one long cable to finish beautiful baby booties. Basic knitting skills are needed before taking this class. Magic Seamless Knit Baby Booties, $15, Saturday May 31, 3-5pm.

IMG_2932Beginning Crochet – Beginning Crochet is a 2 hour, $20 class designed for someone with no crochet experience or for someone that needs a refresher course. Students finish the class having made a lovely, versatile crocheted flower. Bring a friend and learn this exciting craft! Beginning Crochet, $20, Sat. June 7, 3-5pm.

granny square cross pillowTraditional Granny Squares -  Take your beginning crochet to the next level as you learn how to start crocheting in rounds, change colors, and join crochet motifs together as-you-go. And, you learn the timeless Granny Square pattern that has endless applications for clothing, pillows, blankets, and decor! Basic crochet skills are needed before taking this class. Traditional Granny Square, $15, Saturday June 21, 3-5pm.

Market BagCrochet Market & Beach Bags – This is going to be a really fun class that teaches you the tricks of crocheting with hemp and yarn and how to read crochet diagrams, while making a practical and useful summer bag! Perfect for the market, beach, or swimming pool! This is a two session class. Basic crochet skills are needed before taking this class. Crochet Market & Beach Bags, $18, Saturday June 14 & 21, 1 – 2;30pm.

sunburst grannys and a garage sale

Tomorrow is a big day!

alipyper - Sunburst Granny Square Pillow 1

In the afternoon I’ll be teaching the Sunburst Granny Square class at Harmony. I’m so very excited about this class! It’s going to be fun. These bright pops of color are highly addictive.

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And we’ll definitely need the sun in the morning. We’re starting the day off early with a garage sale! So many people have generously donated to our sale! If you live in Utah, or if you’re interested in any of the items that we’re selling, you’ll definitely want to come. Greg Olsen, our friend and neighbor, has signed TWO framed prints of his artwork. I know!! We’re selling lots of VERY nice items that have been in our storage unit for four years -  including Harmon Kardon stereo equipment and the Mr.’s white water kayak. Plus so many more fantastic items! Thank you to everyone who has donated! Go here or here if you want more info on the sale.

If you don’t live in Utah and you would like to donate to help {G} raise the money she needs in order to attend the Diplomat Program in Beijing China, you can donate directly on her fundraising site. 100% of donations are applied to her tuition costs.

$10 or $20 donations really do add up! If you’d like, go here to donate. Thank you so much!

it’s been a busy week

handknit head scarf

It’s been kind of a busy week for me. I made up/adjusted a pattern for a head scarf/bandana/do-rag that the Mr. detests. Yes. Detests. He said to me, “I am really not attracted to you when you’re wearing that thing.” Ouch! Still not sure if I want to proceed to making more of them to sell if he felt that strongly about it. Darn! I thought it was cute and was very proud of myself for my brilliant adaptation.

k at starting line funrun 2014

k wins his grade funrun

{K} ran in his school’s fun run and placed 1st! Way to go buddy!

I spent all day Monday and Tuesday answering emails about fundraising and trying to get paperwork in order for {G}’s trip to China this summer. I have to stay positive that we’re going to raise enough for her to go. We’re going to do it!! We’re going to do it!!

g's quilt

g sewing her quilt

Yesterday, {G} tried to finish the quilt that she’s been working on since last fall for her Young Women in Excellence program. She took a beginning quilting class at Harmony in Provo, taught by the very lovely and talented Holly LeSué, and still hadn’t finished it. But we made great progress this week! She finished the half-square triangle top, chose a border fabric, we chose a back fabric, pinned it all together with the cotton batting, and she’s almost done with the machine quilting! She is SO EXCITED about it! Which makes a momma proud.

We’re gearing up for our Fundraising Garage Sale on Saturday. So many people have been so generous! And I’m teaching the Sunburst Granny Square class at Harmony on Saturday afternoon. I’m so excited for this class! It’s going to be fun.

I think that by Mother’s Day on Sunday, all I’ll want to do is sleep. Because next week is going to be just as busy.

(These pictures came from my Instagram feed. You should follow along!)

ways to help {g} get to china

Many of you want to help {G} in her efforts to attend the Diplomat Summer Study Abroad Program in China this summer. Thank you!! But many of you don’t craft (what??) or you’re not interested or not able to take one of my classes.  So how can you help?

JSA Fundraising Page* You can donate directly on {G}’s fundraising page. 100% of the funds raised on this page will go to {G}’s tuition. Thank you so much to those that have already donated!! You can also go to her page to find out more about the program she will be attending.

* You can recommend {G} for grants or scholarships. Are you a member of a local community group or business that awards funds to outstanding kids? Well, {G} qualifies! She is willing to come to a meeting or an event to share why your group should invest in her and the things she will be learning on her trip.

* You can donate items to {G} that you’d normally give to goodwill. {I} and I will come pick up items from your house and sell those items at our Fundraising Garage Sale, Saturday May 10. You can also come shop for gently used treasures at our Fundraising Garage Sale! Message me if you’d like information on exactly when & where the sale will be. alipyper[at]gmail[dot]com

* If you don’t live in Utah, you can have your own garage sale and donate the proceeds to {G}! You de-clutter your home and you help {G} go to China. Win-win! Or, if you’re crafty and artistic you can sell something fabulous and then donate the proceeds to {G}.

keldan cookie dough announcement fall 2013* You can order {K}’s Cookie Dough (available if you live in Utah County). This is cookie dough that {K} and I make, in our kitchen, with my time tested, yummy recipes! The cookie dough is portioned, packaged, and delivered to your house frozen and ready to bake. Dough will be delivered May 15th. Available flavors this time are Chocolate w/ Coconut & Dried Cherries, Milk Chocolate Chip w/Toffee & Pecans, Oatmeal w/White Chocolate Chip & Craisins, and Peanut Butter. Specifics on how to order will be coming soon…

* In the coming weeks, I will be offering for sale custom crochet and knit items – so keep posted! If you already have something in mind that you’d like to commission – message me! We’ll talk terms and timelines.

Let me know if you have questions about any of the ways you can help {G} attend the study abroad program in China this summer. And, Thank You! Many hands make light work, so thank you in advance for all the ways in which you’re helping our family!

fundraising for baby g

alipyper - baby g is going to chinaWe found out a few weeks ago that our daughter {G} was accepted into the JSA Summer Study Abroad Diplomat Program in Beijing, China this summer. We’re over the moon excited for her! And we’re scrambling a little bit, trying to figure out how we’re going to pay for it.

The whole family is getting in on the fundraising action. {G} set up a fundraising webpage. {I} is organizing a garage sale. {K} is selling my frozen cookie dough. The Mr. is working his guts out at work – like he always does. And I am going a little bit crazy.

I have several classes at Harmony that I’m trying to fill. Are you local? Do you have friends or family that are local? If so, you might consider coming to one of my classes! The classes are very reasonably priced and I’m an excellent teacher :) Will you help me get the word out by sharing on Facebook and Instagram?

IMG_2932Beginning Crochet – Beginning Crochet is a 2 hour, $20 class designed for someone with no crochet experience or for someone that needs a refresher course. Students finish the class having made a lovely, versatile crocheted flower. Bring a friend and learn this exciting craft! Beginning Crochet, $20, Saturday May 3 or Sat. June 7, 3-5pm. Hurry! The May class is this Saturday!

sunburst granny square pillow closeupSunburst Granny Squares - This class is new for Spring! Learn a variation of the Granny Square that turns a circle into a square, with puff and cluster stitches adding texture and visual heft! Basic crochet skills are needed before taking this class. Learn how to crochet in rounds, change colors and learn a new way – slightly different from the technique taught in the Traditional Granny Square class – to join the squares together as you go! You are going to be so pleased with the squares you make at this class – you won’t want to miss it! Sunburst Granny Squares, $15, Saturday May 10, 3:30 – 5:30pm.

Seamless Bootie ClassMagic Seamless Knit Baby Booties – Would you like to learn how to knit a pair of baby booties that you can finish in a few hours and not have to seam together when you’re finished?? With only the ends to weave in when you’re done, this class teaches you how to seamlessly cast on (a useful skill to learn for toe-up sock knitting) and use the “Magic Loop” method of circular knitting on one long cable to finish beautiful baby booties. Basic knitting skills are needed before taking this class. Magic Seamless Knit Baby Booties, $15, Saturday May 31, 3-5pm.

granny square cross pillowTraditional Granny Squares -  Take your beginning crochet to the next level as you learn how to start crocheting in rounds, change colors, and join crochet motifs together as-you-go. And, you learn the timeless Granny Square pattern that has endless applications for clothing, pillows, blankets, and decor! Basic crochet skills are needed before taking this class. Traditional Granny Square, $15, Saturday June 21, 3-5pm.

Market BagCrochet Market & Beach Bags – This is going to be a really fun class that teaches you the tricks of crocheting with hemp and yarn and how to read crochet diagrams, while making a practical and useful summer bag! Perfect for the market, beach, or swimming pool! This is a two session class. Basic crochet skills are needed before taking this class. Crochet Market & Beach Bags, $18, Saturday June 14 & 21, 1 – 2;30pm.

Filling all my classes at Harmony would be a great step forward in helping {G} get to China this summer. Will you help?

noro cyochin moss stitch scarf

alipyper noro cyochin infinity scarf pattern

When I was first introduced to Noro yarn, I was a little bit reserved in my judgement of it. My first instinct was to not like it – the color combinations were a little bit too much for me and I had never really worked with variegated yarns with much success before. But Laura Harmon, whom I admire tremendously for her personal style as well as her crafting skills, was a huge fan and she displayed the yarn prominently in her shop when it opened in September 2012. So, it was great yarn, right? I eventually purchased a few skeins of the Kureyon yarn and it sat in my stash.

For my 40th birthday, a dear, dear friend -  knowing that reaching this milestone was not sitting well with me, AT ALL – knit me the most AMAZING scarf using the Silk Garden yarn. The entrelac scarf she knit for me was so beautiful, so perfect, so fantastic that I was immediately won over to the Noro side. I get compliments on this scarf from complete strangers whenever I wear it. And it matches EVERYTHING in my closet! I’m wearing it here. And I used the same colorway in the Noro Silk Garden Sock for this disco halter top I just finished.

So I decided that I needed to use up the Kureyon yarn in my stash and went searching for a project. I wanted a cowl that I could wear inside and out without worrying that the ends would dip into dirty dish water while doing the dishes, like a scarf might. This pattern caught my eye, but I was worried that I didn’t have enough yarn in my stash to make it long enough. So I went up a size with my crochet hook and went for it. I love, love, love it! In fact, I loved the yarn and the way the cowl looks so much that I crocheted a cowl for {G} to wear too. I’ve already borrowed it several times!

{G} has been wearing her scarf everyday and I can’t keep borrowing it! I wanted a scarf with similar colors to the scarf I made for {G}, but I didn’t want to copy hers exactly. When Noro’s Cyochin yarn showed up at Harmony, I wasn’t sure if I’d like the color progression – it’s a lot more mottled and tweedy than the Kureyon – but again, the yarn knitted up beautifully, the colors are perfect, and I’m in love again! This scarf was unbelievably easy to knit. It took only one skein and it’s a perfectly lightweight, stretchy cowl that provides just enough warmth to wear inside and outside, all day long.

Noro Cyochin Moss Stitch Infinity Scarf/Cowl

1 skein Noro Cyochin yarn

US 13 (9.0 mm) knitting needles

Large tapestry needle

Gauge: 12 stitches & 14.5 rows per 4″ – in moss stitch

Cast on 25.

Row 1: K1, P1 repeat across to end.

Row 2: K1, P1 repeat across to end (moss stitch)

Continue in moss stitch until almost all the yarn is used – leaving enough for the bound off edge and joining seam (about 45″).

Bind off loosely. Knot. Thread yarn end with the tapestry needle. Bring ends of scarf together and give one side a half twist. Sew ends together flat. Weave end in. Wear, and enjoy!

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