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.


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


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


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



That’s all for now.


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


  • 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.


Tuesday, November 4, 2014


Sometimes you need a couple good laughs on a Tuesday. I hope these help!

Knitters too. Except I think the good stuff we hide until we have the perfect thing-which may be never:)

May I ask... WHYYYYYYYYYYYYYY??????   crochet granny squares

Can one ever have too much yarn???

18 Important Life Lessons To Learn From Knitting

This craft quote is so true! Crochet is like magic.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Challenge Accepted… Again

Well, once again my crazy brain all full of thoughts and ideas decided I should try once again to finish my daughter's granny square blanket by Christmas. I wanted to do this a couple years ago! I am embarrassed to say I have attempted this challenge quite a few times now. I always tend to take on this challenge when I have a lot going on too. That’s just my crazy brain

I started this back in January of 2012…wow. Check out here to see my first post about it.


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I decided to get serious and kind of do the math to see how realistic it is to finish this bad boy by Christmas or her birthday in January. I first needed to decide the size, a throw or something for her bed. Well I am going big and doing the bed size. I want it to be something she can use forever.

Then I did the math as far as how many rows I need and how many squares I have left to do. Figured out I need to make at least 3 squares a day. It’s actually not unreasonable! I do have to figure in sewing in ends (those dang ends) and adding a border.

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So, will I get this done? Ha probably not. But am I going to try? Yep!

I’m almost done with a whole row, which I’m pretty happy about. Now I just need to attach them

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I spy a little hand sneaking in to steal a square

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There he is… Little stinker

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My little helper… or destroyer. Depending on how you look at it

Winking smile

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In other news, I’m enjoying the fall weather… kind of. I am still missing summer but this fall weather isn’t so bad. I love a good cozy sweatshirt.

I have become one of those oily hippy folks… aka I am using Essential Oils. So far I think they are really cool! I don’t use them for every little thing like some of the oily pros. I am mostly taking advantage of the oils for our immunity and for allergies. I am determined to keep the kids healthy this fall and winter!

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So I guess fall isn’t so bad when I get a picture like this after we raked the yard


Happy Wednesday everyone! What projects are you working on?


Also, don’t forget about the Holiday Gift Guide over on Maggie Whitley’s Blog. There are some great handmade shops featured and some even have discount codes. It’s never too early to start Christmas shopping! I also have a code available for 15% off purchases in my shop. Head over and check out some great items!

Holiday Gift Guide 2014


Wednesday, October 22, 2014


I don’t know about you but I sometimes need some good quality time with a good friend. I adore my kids and my husband but some time with a buddy can kind of help recharge your battery.

Last week my great friend Katie came for her yearly visit. We had so much fun! It was like we were in high school again, which is where we met. There was a lot of laughing, drinking coffee, eating junk food, more laughing, playing Just Dance, more laughing, and we even got in a couple good workouts! She showed me some yoga and I introduced her to Jillian Michael’s and her body revolution DVDs. I think we decided to both stick to what we love when it comes to exercise.

Katie has always been so good with the kids. Here she is having a deep conversation with my little guy over morning coffee.

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This is our tradition every time she visits… My homemade chicken noodle soup and Mountain Dew.


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She also gets her special breakfast which is a toad-in-the-hole and coffee. Here she is in previous years when she would visit




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Ok moving on!

We made a trip to the mall, which was awesome. And um… even more awesome without kiddos. Katie tried on engagement rings (just for fun, kind of… hint hint Troy!), we drooled over the bags in Coach, we tried on shoes, and just enjoyed walking around a quiet mall on a Tuesday. Good retail therapy, even if you don’t spend very much!

This ended up being her favorite


Me sitting pretty in this nice chair in Victoria Secret’s while Katie tried on something


I might have to add these to my Christmas list


On the last day she was here, we headed out to take some pictures. We are lucky to have these gorgeous falls by us. The weather was also perfect that day!

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Tiny Katie

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So after staring at the falls, we took some pictures for my Etsy shop. Katie is an awesome model!

This one is very, Senior Picture

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Isn’t she purdy??

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All items are listed in the Etsy Shop! Head on over if you want to check them out

Fountain Top Creations 

Of course we can’t take ourselves too seriously…


On the way back we got some tasty bagels then she had to head home. We had so much fun having her here! I can’t wait to have some “Katie Time” again.



Also, don’t forget about the Holiday Gift Guide over on Maggie Whitley’s Blog. There are some great handmade shops featured and some even have discount codes. It’s never too early to start Christmas shopping! I also have a code available for 15% off purchases in my shop. Head over and check out some great items!

Holiday Gift Guide 2014


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