Thursday, December 31, 2009
I hope you all have a fun and safe New Years and have goals for your year to come as well!
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Friday, December 18, 2009
HAVE A MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR!!
Thursday, November 19, 2009
These two little owlets were so fun to make! I think I'm going to make more for Christmas gifts this year. My favorite part of this whole swap was that I got to buy more yarn!! FIVE NEW SKEINS!!! The brown is a super soft alpaca/acrylic blend by Bernat (it's so soft and they had great neutral colors to choose from), I lost the label to the white one but I think it's a Lion's Brand, the orange is Lion Wool (which I'm so excited to possibly use the rest for a hat, I just love the shade of orange it is!) and the red and green are Vanna's Choice. All are nice and lovely yarns to work with.
I originally posted about all of them here which has the links to the oscillating owlets and hedgehog knitting patterns, you know, just in case you'd like to knit them up as well. I'll be mailing all these guys off tomorrow to my secret top secret swap partner. I hope she enjoys them all!
Sunday, November 15, 2009
One of the blogs I frequent for inspiration, Little Cotton Rabbits, designed this cute little guy...You can purchase his pdf pattern here.
I've been eyeballing him since she designed him, now I finally had an excuse to purchase his pattern. YEAY!! This little guy will be made up with a Christmas ribbon as well as these little guys...
They were designed by Mochimochi Land and they're another pattern I've been eyeballing since she put them up for sale here. This ornament swap has given me yet another excuse to purchase cute and adorable patterns. I'll be making up the owls in the same brown yarn as the hedgehog yet their nest will be Christmas green with Christmas red ropes to hang on the tree with. Hopefully I can get pics up soon of my WIP!!
Monday, November 2, 2009
Friday, October 23, 2009
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Monday, October 19, 2009
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
You'd think that I would have been able to post sooner, time just flies when you have two kids. My new little guy was 8 days late and now he's 8 weeks old! I think I've adjusted pretty well from working mom to home mom, I've managed to maintain a semi-clean household. However, in doing so, I have had very, VERY little me time. What I mean by me time is craft time. I have spent about 5 hours in the past 8 weeks on crafts and only then was it because I'm forcing myself to get a baby gift completed. My crafting is my stress outlet, is my form of relaxing from a long day, and I have no time for it!!! I will manage. In the mean time, baby is doing great, 3 year old brother is adoring little baby brother, gotta watch him with his love squishes, and the house is cleaner than when I was working and pregnant. :)
Saturday, August 15, 2009
IRAQI BUNDLES OF LOVE
or if that doesn't work...
He explains everything in case mine doesn't make sense.
Saturday, August 8, 2009
Monday, July 20, 2009
On another note, there is this AWESOME giveaway on RaeGun Ramblings for some super cute Japanese fabric precut into squares. I would love these fabrics!! They would be super quick and easy to sew together for a new baby blankie for baby that's expected to arrive in less than three weeks. Check it out at the link below...
Rae Gun Ramblings: Giveaway: 3.5 inch Japanese Fabric Square Pack
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
We also took a family pic on the concrete, you can see my prego belly and the square of the camera on my head.
Once at the Great Wolf Lodge, I learned about MagiQuest, I had briefly heard of it before, but as a video/computer game (I don't even know which it is). The resort made it an actualy wave-your-magic-wand game that you can do quests, adventures and the like with. The little one really enjoyed it, it requires A LOT of walking on foot, back and forth down hallways and in the lobby, and up and down stairs, sometime five floors worth. It's great for wearing out kids. :)
This one is copper pearls, square matte onyx, black faceted glass, copper seed beads, Swarofski AB bicones and the center bead is a stone that again, baby-brain is not allowing me to remember. The button is one from my vintage stash that I blogged about months ago here. So, just to tell you a little bit about it...I'm beading along with my needle and thread, going back from having finished the button end of the clasp, when I get my needle stuck in the first copper pearl from the end. I pull and shove with the pliers to get the needle through, which I was beginning to feel like was a bad idea, when the thread breaks!!! AAHHH!!! I was SO CLOSE to being done with it, now it has to be completely restrung. That's why it's a WIP.
For this one, I bought these lampwork glass beads on the craft retreat I went on with my mom, aunt and grandma back in February. I wanted to play with some wirework, just the simple loop and wirewrapping. I had plenty of beads in my stash to match to the focal lampwork bead. Again, this started as a simple elegant necklace for my PIF receiver, but turned into something more elaborate than I wanted and some parts became difficult to find. The copper chain is not right and the focal lampwork needs a couple tiny pendant drops. I don't know....it headed in a completely different direction, so I took a break. That's why this one is a WIP.
I have a ton more WIP's to show off once I find my other camera cord to download them. They are all crochet related. I'll be catching up more soon!!
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
Monday, June 8, 2009
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Red Leaf Rose, this was our free plant with purchase, they're six inches tall and about two or three twigs...they're really cute right now actually. I just don't tknow if this is the color the bloom will be.
Japanese Snowbell. Again, not sure on how long it will take to fill out and look this beautiful, ours our a four foot twig, maybe a few years. We also got a few Bristlecone Pines, they're 8 inches tall, Japanese Wisteria and a few others that I can't remember right now.
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
That's okay, we'll play in the wave pool, get dumped by buckets of water and listen to story time. And I just might get a pedicure and a maternity massage at the spa. oooOOOooohhh!!! Can't wait!
There are twelve locations (two in Wisconsin, hint, hint, Jamison's), if you want to enjoy this type of family getaway, here's a link to our family fun weekend, so you and your family can enjoy going there too.
Have a great weekend EVERYONE!!!
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Monday, May 11, 2009
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
I really need to learn my camera settings, these pictures are not very good. Too much white, glare, and blurry. Someday...add it to my list of ideas to someday complete. :)
Saturday, April 18, 2009
Experimental Chicken & Broccoli Casserole
3-4 cooked chicken breasts, cut up (I added some seasoning and cooked in a tablespoon of oil on stove top)
2 cups understeamed broccoli
2 cans cream of chicken soup
1/2 to 3/4 cup Stove Top stuffing
1/2 to 3/4 cup milk (I would make it 1 cup)
2 tblsn cooking sherry (or chicken broth or white wine)
1/2 tspn dried chopped onion (I was too lazy to sautee half a chopped onion)
1/4 tspn curry powder
1/4 tspn mustard powder
Topping: 1/2 to 3/4 cup Stove Top stuffing and 1/2-3/4 cup shredded pecorino romano (or parmesian)
1. In 9x13 pan, layer chicken, stove top, then broccoli.
2. In separate bowl, mix rest of ingredients, then pour over chicken/broccoli.
3. Top with Stove Top and shredded cheese.
4. Bake 350 degrees for 30-40 minutes.
Here's my only complaint...my brother and I thought it was little on the salty side. My mom, dad, and husband did not. I was trying to figure out if maybe I added too much seasoning to the chicken before I cooked it, which was in a little oil on the stove, or if it was the Stove Top since it has all that seasoning in it already too. I would love for someone out there to try this and report back to me with any suggestions or recommendations. Other than that, it was pretty tasty, not quite like grandma's but good enough to have created a whole new recipe that I will probably alter some more when I make it again.
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
1 package Betty Crocker SuperMoist white cake mix
3/4 cup water
1 package (0.14 oz.) strawberry flavored Kool-Aid (or other pink colored flavor, I used cherry)
1 package (10 oz.) frozen sliced strawberries, thawed, undrained
1. Heat oven to 350 degrees, greese/flour or spray 13x9 or two 9" rounds.
2. In large bowl, beat cake mix, water, Kool-Aid powder, thawed strawberries and eggs with electric mixer on low speed for 30 seconds, then medium speed for 2 minutes.
3. Bake 30-35 minutes for 13x9 or 20-25 minutes for the round pans.
4. Let cool completely before frosting.
I like to layer the two rounds with the confetti frosting in between. Originally the recipe is one I found for a strawberry daiquiri cake, it includes 1 tablespoon grated lime peel and 3/4 teaspoon rum extract. The frosting also called for 2 teaspoons grated lime peel added to a tub of vanilla frosting. I've made it this way too, it's not bad. Either way, it is a really moist and flavorful strawberry cake!
This next pic is my contest piece that I will be entering shortly. I can't decide about the background, black makes the opalite glow, white makes the new jade stand out. I don't know which one I want to accent more. This picture is much better than the one I mentioned two posts ago.
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Friday, March 13, 2009
I'm also a Glenn Beck listener and I do agree with many things he discusses, a lot of which tends to be politically related. In a few more hours he will be discussing his We Surround Them - The Unveiling which will discuss how we as Americans can UNITE and FIGHT the helpless feeling that is occurring more and more frequently among us. He will be discussing 9 principles and 12 values and more. I will not be able to watch it live, which is 5 eastern time, and 2pm here, but I will see it later. I encourage every one to learn more about this and participate. Here's a map of the USA so that you can find one in your area.
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
I was checking out the latest on Wilcox Wizard Wears blog to see what she's been up to lately. She's attending school at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry and participates in a lot of Harry Potter related craft swaps (my personal favorite stuff to check out, maybe someday I will start in on the swaps too). She got a new yarn that is JUST GEORGEOUS! I don't know if it is okay to copy pics of her blog, so here's the link to it...I would love, Love, LOVE a skein of this yarn!! However, my stash being now 3 large tubs of yarn, I really should complete many things prior to adding to it....but how do you resist!! A knitter/crocheter needs a yarn stash to choose from, a beader needs a bead stash, a quilter needs a fabric stash and a scrapbooker needs a paper & embellishment stash.......AND I HAVE ALL OF THEM! My husband is not too thrilled about me taking up half the upstairs with my crafting. So what I'm really trying to say is, not only is my stash of yarn up to 3 large tubs of yarn, it's also 6 large tubs of fabric (not to mention two boxes worth of just patterns), two medium size organizers of beads (one being just the seed beads, so many colors!), one upright roller cart and one travel case of scrapbook paper & supplies, and piles and piles of miscellaneous craft stuff crammed in between it all! This whole confession is really making me want to create something with what I already have...
...WAIT! I am!! Last night I dug out many yard pieces of fabric, D-rings and boning. Odd combination?? I'm making several nursing covers for this weekends Baby Fair that I'm assisting my local La Leche League chapter with. We'll be selling the Womanly Art of Breastfeeding, raffle tickets for an adorable baby basket we've assembled and the nursing covers made by me! All as a fundraiser for LLL and to inform the public about who we are and what we do. As soon as I finish them I'll take a pic and add to this post. I have so much in my stash that I didn't have to buy any materials for this project...it really felt good!
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
Sunday, March 1, 2009
I received my PIF from YarniGras the first week my honey was gone, a baby hat and blanket. Isn't the hat adorable! It has inspired me to make a bunch for myself and 5 other of my pregnant friends. It is SO SOFT too!
The view from our room from last weekends Leavenworth craft retreat with my mom, aunt and grandma. So beautiful!
In Leavenworth, I bought this Misti Alpaca 100% baby alpaca yarn made in Peru that I want to make a baby blanket with for the next baby (cross your fingers that the pink is appropriate, we still don't know). Unfortunately it will only make about a 14" square knitted, at least that's what the sales lady said, and I can only gently hand wash the completed item (am I a glutton for punishment or what?). I guess I'll find out. I'm thinking I will start with a knitted square, buy more, then maybe crochet an edge. I just found a book at the library that combines knitting and crocheting. Very encouraging, inspiring and FULL of ideas!
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
This past weekend was beading devoted, so I have 5 new beaded items to post about. The difficult part is that I don't have a computer at home and thus cannot download pics until I do. For now, it's going to be just words describing them all. I made two bracelets, one completed green "Anemone" bracelet from this instructional technique link at Fusion Beads (one of my FAVORITE bead stores to go to in Seattle), the other bracelet is just an incomplete inspirational piece so that I wouldn't forget it later. I also made two beaded beads, one with size 11 seed beads over a wooden bead and one with black seed beads and copper pearls over a black faceted glass bead. The fifth item I made was a pink, red and white fan-like component to a necklace project out of Beadwork magazine that I will probably turn into a pendant type necklace. As soon as I am able, I can download the pics and add them to a later post.
Sunday, February 15, 2009
A couple years ago I went and saw The Golden Compass. Towards the end of the movie, Lyra, the main character, was wearing a knitted hat in the fight scene. Since I had an infant at the time I just HAD to find the pattern online and make one in blue for him. I ended up finding a few blogs that provided knitted patterns and upon making them, found that there were a few areas I was unhappy with. I ended up changing the patterns I found and created one of my own. Here's a pic of the current one on the needles...
It was for my friends daughter for Christmas, I believe it's a little too big and since it's not finished I'm saving it for next year. I'm currently working on writing up the pattern, hopefully I'll figure out how to add it to the blog as a downloadable pdf. But for those who would like a sneak preview, here's a list of materials:
LYRA HAT (from The Golden Compass)
1 Skein Lion Brand Wool Ease, color: Natural Heather
1 Pair 19mm US 35 Knitting Needles
Using both ends of the skein and doubling up the yarn: 6 stitches and 7 rows to 4 inches of stockinette stitch.
Here's another WIP I started a few years ago. I finally finished the main body of it. It was a free Red Heart pattern I got at JoAnn's Fabrics for a knit cell phone cover. At the time I started it, my mom had still had a really OLD phone that would have fit into it once it was hemmed up and a flap and handle were added. Recently she finally got a new phone so the size will not work but it is a good size for an eyeglass cover. I thought I would line it with a soft flannel fabric and still add the flap and handle. It was my first cable pattern. I wanted a challenge and it ended up being very fun!