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

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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

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Happy Wednesday everyone! What projects are you working on?

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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!

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Buddies

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

2009/2010

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2011

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2012/2013

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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

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

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I might have to add these to my Christmas list

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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

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Of course we can’t take ourselves too seriously…

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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.

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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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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Bow Headbands

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Good morning! Today I have some cute bow headbands to share! I have been making these the past week and they are really easy and fun. I plan on making more colors but this is what I have for now!

They are just woman’s sizes right now but I might make some for the kiddos too. I have them now listed in the shop here!

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I used half double crochets, which is my favorite stitch.

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These are such a fast project so of course it’s right up my alley.

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In other news, my shop is part of a really cool 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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