Wednesday, February 11, 2015

{ WIP Wednesday }

Wow, I haven’t done a WIP Wednesday post in a long time. Let alone three blog posts in a row!

So here’s what I’m working on…

Writing up a pattern for this tablet case using the Linked Crochet Stitch. I am also going to do a tutorial on how to do the Linked Stitch before I post the pattern. It’s really easy but a very sturdy stitch. Perfect for protecting our precious tablets!

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The Buddy Blanket… It’s going slow since I made a mistake. I haven’t even finished the first row!

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More granny squares

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That’s all for now! Happy Wednesday

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Valentines

Today is my daughter’s Valentine’s Day party in her kindergarten class. I thought I would show you what we (cough cough… I) made for her class.

So I have this problem where I can’t just buy regular paper Valentines from a store anymore. No, I need to go big with something handmade that takes me hours. I blame Pinterest

So here are all of the Valentines goodies…

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First, Hailey had to decorate a box for the Valentines she receives. She had so much fun!

I found this idea for friendship bracelets and jars of candy on Pinterest weeks ago. I don’t like doing candy very much in the Valentines so this was perfect. I decided to break out my thread and start picking colors… Fast forward to last night at 8:00 when I was making almost all of the bracelets and printing everything! I am guilty of major procrastination. I even had to get Hailey out of bed to write on all of the labels… Yeah that’s bad. But she wasn’t asleep yet so that’s ok, right?

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So here are the lovely and colorful bracelets! I love the tag.

“Our Class would knot be the same without you!”

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For the teachers, they got little mason jars full of chocolate.

“It takes a big heart to shape little minds.”

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Hailey was very excited for her party!

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I love how everything turned out. It was worth all of the time and work! I will make sure I plan ahead better next year.

 

Here are some Valentine’s from the past!

2014

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2013 (Valentines from Kiwi Crate)

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I hope you all have a great Valentine’s Day!

 

Valentines Printables…

Friendship Bracelet Valentines from Dandee Designs

Teacher Valentine from Lil Mrs Tori

Bracelet Pattern from The Purl Bee

Monday, February 9, 2015

New Project… The Buddy Blanket

One day I was kind of thinking. It would be fun to do a little blanket swap with my buddy Rachel. She is really good at sewing and I know how to crochet so why not make each other blankets! I asked her about it and she was totally on board. We started discussing colors for each other and patterns.

I gave her my colors and said to just surprise me with the pattern. When it comes to quilts, I won’t be picky since I think most of them are really cool!

For Rachel's, she picked these colors (minus the taupe and orange color). Aren’t they cool??

nature hues

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For the pattern, she chose a cool chevron pattern from here.

After we figured that all out, I went to Michael’s for yarn. I sent multiple pictures to Rachel while I was there and I ended up finding some pretty close!

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I got 4 skeins of each color just to make sure I had enough. Oh and I also had a coupon so why not stock up?

Winking smile

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I decided on acrylic just so it would be easy to wash and comfortable.

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I’m really excited to make the blanket! I have already started and am figuring out the chevron groove. I can’t wait to see it finished. I need to keep my patience and motivation as I do this project. I have a hard time with blankets. I tend to get bored sometimes! But this is a cool pattern that keeps you thinking a little. I also am making it for Rachel and I am excited to give it to her!

Happy Monday Folks

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Just some thoughts…

Hi friends! Well hi to anyone who is still around and reading this pathetic little empty blog. I just wanted to pop in with some thoughts.

As you know, I have an Etsy shop. I usually get most of my business between October to February mostly because I sell winter type things. During this time every year it becomes a little overwhelming. My shop has been a huge blessing. The income is all extra and we use it usually to help with Christmas gifts and other little things.

I have learned after this past season that I am not enjoying it like I used to. The stress to add to the already busy holiday time, the customer service, making the same things over and over, two unhappy customers, one lost package, it all just kind of drained me. Orders became more of this lingering uneasy feeling like I have to be doing those over other things going on. I just didn’t like the feeling.

I also needed to sit back and see why I was doing the shop. I loved the customers, the connections, and the business but I also think it brought on a little greed. I was competitive with myself, wanting to make more than I did the year before. Yes it was a goal thing too but it was also greed. I even caught myself being envious of other shops like mine. I think in the end that was the only reason I was doing the shop was for the money. I thought I was helping our family, which I was, but I needed to be more present with them instead of the money.

So right now the shop is closed… and it may be for a long time. I am not sure if I want to open it up again for the next holiday season. I just want to see what it would be like to not have that added stress and try to enjoy the holidays even more. It just goes by so fast!

I also really want to get back into blogging. I really miss it. I have so many things I would love to share and I just don’t take the time. I hope to share many more tutorials, fun projects, recipes, and other stuff with you guys. I also want to completely redo my whole look on the blog. The flowers are getting a little old for me. So I will be brain storming a little to see what I want to do.

I hope to also take this time to enjoy some fun projects I have wanted to do and also finish some that have been around forever. Um, like maybe my daughter’s granny square blanket. She asks about that a lot and I want to be able to finish that for her.

So in the end, I have decided to take a break from Etsy and focus on the fun projects and blogging. I am excited to get back into my blogging groove and to get to know you awesome readers more. I am amazed and so thankful for all of your comments and emails I still continue to get even if I don’t blog. Thank you!

I have one order left then I am DONE! Expect a tutorial to be posted in the future for something called the Linked Stitch. It’s an awesome stitch that is very sturdy and easy to do.

Alright I’m done rambling… Thanks again for sticking around!

Oh and I can never post something without pictures. I just can’t. So here are a couple random pictures for you.

My gorgeous friend Katie showing off her hat I made her.

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A gal ordered all three of these hats and I love the colors! I may need to make myself one in each of those colors as well. Smile

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Knitting away into the late night… Typical night for me during the busy season

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I was only three stiches away from being done with this scarf and I ran out of yarn! Not cool

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That’s all for now.

PEACE

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Quick Turkey Chili

Fall is perfect for soups, stews, and chili. Here is one of our family favorites that is quick and easy!

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Quick Turkey Chili

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil (I used Extra Virgin Olive Oil)

  • 1 onion, chopped (about 1 cup)

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 1/4 pounds ground turkey

  • 2 tablespoons chili powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin

  • 1 (15 ounce) can black beans, drained

  • 1 (15 ounce) can pinto beans, drained

  • 1 (14 ounce) can diced tomatoes

  • 1 to 2 cups chicken broth

  • 1 cup frozen corn kernels, thawed

  • Salt to taste

OPTIONAL TOPPINGS

  • 1 cup sour cream

  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

Instructions

  1. Heat vegetable oil in a large pot or Dutch oven over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic and sauté, stirring occasionally for about 3 minutes until onion softens. Increase heat to medium-high, add ground turkey and stir, breaking up large pieces with the back of a wooden spoon. Add the chili power, black pepper, and cumin; stir and continue to break up the meat to incorporate the spices. Allow mixture to cook for 5 more minutes, stirring occasionally.

  2. Add the black beans, pinto beans, tomatoes, 1 cup of chicken broth, and corn. Taste and add salt if needed. Continue to cook for 5 to 10 more minutes, stirring occasionally. Add more broth if the chili is too thick. To serve, ladle chili into bowls. If desired, top with a dollop of sour cream and a sprinkle of cheddar cheese.

Enjoy!

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