Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Staged Pictures, Adult Belle Beanie, New Listings, and a Giveaway Winner

How’s that for a blog title? I have a couple thoughts and things to share today.

1. Staged pictures. I have a love/hate relationship about these pictures floating around on Instagram. If you follow me there, you have already read my thoughts. I love the way the pictures look but I hate the effort it takes to stage and take the picture. I think it’s almost lame. For example, to take this picture below, I pulled our kitchen table close to our window to get as much natural light as I could. I brewed the coffee and picked the most photo worthy mug. So lame! I must have looked insane. Now, I of course drank the coffee. I was making it anyway. Bottom line, I decided I am not ashamed of my amateur staged pictures. I won’t have the perfect white background along with other accessories. I just want to show my creations in the way that fits my personality. This picture below is pretty much that! It’s my favorite yarn, my favorite beverage, in one of my favorite mugs.

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2. New hat style in the Etsy Shop! I call this one the Adult Belle Beanie. It’s so comfortable! You’re never too old to wear a pom pom either. I also added a couple more colors of scarves and hats as well.

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Here are a couple other new listings

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The striped hat is my absolute favorite! I made one and ended up keeping it for myself.

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3. Giveaway winner! The winner for the crochet kit giveaway is Sarah L! You will be contacted for your mailing info to receive your kit. Congratulations!


That’s all for now friends. Have a great week!

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Crochet Kit Review and GIVEAWAY

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Today I have the privilege of sharing a really great crochet kit from Haven for Hands. I am in love with this crochet kit. I have been wanting a new set of crochet hooks for awhile. I was actually going to ask for them for Christmas! This kit is exactly what I was looking for and more.

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The kit comes with a beautiful fabric case that is very sturdy and does a great job protecting everything inside. In the kit there are 9 colorful crochet hooks, all with comfortable grips. You also get 10 stitch markers, a retractable measuring tape, and a cute little scissors to keep inside. It’s amazing!

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The hooks have a very comfortable grip that helps prevent your hand from cramping up or becoming uncomfortable. Each handle specifies the hook size in US terms. The sizes are 2.0, 2.5, 3.0, 3.5, 4.0, 4.5, 5.0, 5.5, and 6.0 mm. A great range to have on hand for many projects.

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Inside the case is a little zipper pocket to keep the other accessories safe. I love the lace along the zipper by the way!

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It folds up securely with a cute button

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I am new to using these hooks and I love them. I am used to the crochet hooks with the flatter heads. I got the hang these very quickly! Again, the grips are so comfortable.

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You can never have too many stitch markers!

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The pouch fits perfect in my craft basket. I love how I can have everything in one place.

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Overall I love the crochet kit! I would recommend this to any crocheter out there. This is also a great gift idea if you know someone who crochets. It’s never too early to think about Christmas!

Checkout Haven for Hands and their website along with other social media to get updates and other details.

Website // Amazon // Facebook // Instagram // Ravelry // Twitter // Pinterest // YouTube

So who wants a chance to win one of these fabulous crochet kits?

Haven for Hands is offering one winner their very own crochet kit with everything included inside!

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To enter, follow the instructions through this Rafflecopter giveaway generator. The winner must be from the United States to enter.



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Anyone who doesn’t win can get 25% the purchase of your kit through Amazon.com using the discount code FH4AJO9J. This code is good from 10/20 through 10/25 when the giveaway ends.

You can purchase this kit through Amazon here!

Good luck everyone!

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Keeping Your Coffee Cozy

Hello! Hope your Wednesday is going as good as it could be, being the middle of the week and all. I just wanted to share some fun coffee cozies (aka coffee sleeves) I have made and listed in the Etsy shop. I am a big coffee lover. It’s never been for the caffeine for me but it’s for the taste. So good and so comforting. I love having one of these vs. using the pathetic cardboard sleeves they give you. Who are they kidding, my hand gets burnt every time. Ha!

I love seeing all of these colors together! I also like how they can fit on different size cups. Then you can get your caffeine intake in any size and still be able to protect your hands.

The yarn is a cotton blend yarn so really soft and also washable. Perfect if you get some drips of your sweet nectar, I mean coffee, on the sleeve.

Crocheted Coffee Sleeves

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Looking at these are making me want a Starbucks… Where are my keys?

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Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Tasty Soup Recipes

Hey everyone! Happy Fall! I just wanted to pop in and share some soup recipes that are perfect for fall and the cooler weather. Well, cooler weather in some states!

I make one of these soups every week now. Soups are my absolute favorite recipes to make. I like the process, how easy they are, and how tasty and comforting they are. I have to admit, I like to pretend I’m on some type of cooking show when I “chop and drop” as Rachel Ray would say. Don’t judge me (wink)

So here are some of our favorite family favorites!

Crock Pot Chicken Noodle Soup from The Idea Room

(My daughters favorite!)

Crockpot Chicken Noodle Soup Recipe - The Idea Room:

Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup from The Girl Who Ate Everything

Lemon Orzo Soup - one of my favorite soups for fall. www.the-girl-who-ate-everything.com:

Tortellini Vegetable Soup

25 fall soups:

(The link to this isn’t working so here is the recipe written out)


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • 1 medium onion, chopped

  • 1 small zucchini, diced

  • 1 medium carrot, peeled and diced

  • 5 1/2 cups chicken stock

  • 1 teaspoon dried basil (more if fresh)

  • 1 bay leaf

  • 1/2 cup canned crushed tomatoes

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 8 to 9 ounces fresh or frozen tortellini

  • (cheese or meat filled)

  • 2 to 3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

  • Black pepper, to taste


  1. Heat the olive oil in a medium soup pot or large saucepan. Add the onion, zucchini, and carrot. Sauté over moderate heat for 8 to 10 minutes, stirring often, until the onion is soft and translucent.

  2. Add the stock, basil, bay leaf, tomatoes, and salt to the pot. Increase the heat and bring the mixture to a low boil. Add the tortellini and bring the soup back to a low boil. Cook it for 2 minutes, then reduce the heat and let it simmer for 5 to 6 minutes longer. Gently stir in the parsley and pepper during the last minute or so. Makes about 5 servings.


Quick Turkey Chili

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  • 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


  • 1 cup sour cream

  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese


  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.



I highly recommend all of these! Who doesn’t love a warm comforting bowl of soup during the colder months?

Have a great Tuesday


Wednesday, September 16, 2015

New Cozy Gear

Hey friends! I just wanted to share some new scarves and a new style hat I have added to my Etsy shop. They’re very cozy and warm! Perfect for fall and winter.

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I LOVE this new hat! I may be keeping the yellow one for myself.

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This is just another color of the Beautiful Crocheted Slouchy Hat. Very comfy!

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I hope you are all having a great September!


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