Thursday, June 26, 2014

Trader Joe's!!

I have been in Texas for nearly a year and one thing has been desperately missing from my life. Trader Joe's. We have one relatively close but I have not had inclination to get over there. Then yesterday morning I decided that enough is enough and I made the voyage. Part of me was scared that it would be different here. Like Inn-N-Out. *pout*

But, I turned the corner and there it was!

 I heard heavenly music over the kids complaining. (There is a makeup store two doors scared them. Ulta is never the quick trip I tell them it will be.)

I didn't get a haul picture and I really wish I had. But some of the massively exciting (for me!) parts were:

The Blueberry & Pomegranate Unsweetened Green Tea tastes refreshing and earthy. It feels so good...hydrating and energizing. So portable in the pretty green bottle. I can keep one in my bag all the time to keep me off the crack (Diet Coke and Starbucks). 

I also love the containers of fruit...peaches and nectarines...and apples...and bananas. I could go on. But I hit the veggies pretty hard, too. Huge portabello mushsrooms and asparagus. My husband was thrilled. I grabbed a head of cauliflour, sliced it thick and made two cauliflour steaks by coating them with a little coconut oil, salt and chili pepper...then I baked them along with the extra florettes that didn't make it into steak form...for about half an hour. I flipped it a few times. Really hearty. 

These Green Tea Mints are soooo yummy. I wouldn't have thought that the flavors would meld well. But, they really do. Its a nice smooth mint in a super cute little leaf shape. 

Tonight we are sauteing the asparagus and having it with their meatballs. They have two kinds...turkey and italian-style beef (and a "party style" that I have never tried. But I am curious). Both with no preservatives or artificial coloring. They cook up super fast and they can go in anything! Sandwiches, spaghetti, can eat them alone. They are delicious and have lots of protein to keep me from getting cranky.

But, I think my favorite part of the Trader Joe's experience is the flowers. They have the best flower display when you walk in and the prices are just so low...I can't say no. If $3.00 is going to keep fresh flowers on my counter for me to look at while I am doing dishes then I am a much happier girl. This time I got sunflowers. They are my husbands favorite. They really brightened him up. He came home early from work yesterday feeling sick (since Saturday). The Texas weather is crazy right now. The humidity and would hardly think we were in late June and a drought. Every time we have a storm I wonder what on earth our area is doing with the rain are we still in this drought? So odd!

So, I will end with this awesome picture of the Trader Joe's floral display...low prices, tin buckets and all. I love it!

P.S. I don't work for Trader Joe's...but you would think I did. I wonder if they get a good discount...

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Cinch closeda magic circle with 9 HDC, ss into first st, Ch1.
2HDC in each stitch, ss into first st, ch 1 (18)
HDC around, Increasing in every other st, ss into first st, Ch 1 (27)
HDC around, Increasing every 3rd st, ss into first st, Ch 1 (36)
HDC around, Increasing every 4th st, ss into first st, Ch 1 (48)
HDC around (48)
HDC around, Increasing every 5th st, ss into first st, Ch 1 (54)
HDC around, Increasing every 6th st, ss into first st, Ch 1 (63)
HDC around, ss into first st, ch 1 for 7 rows (or until the hat measure 7" long) (63)
ch 1 more time.
Alternate FPDC and BPDC around , ss into the first st, ch 2 for two rows (63)
Alternate FPDC and BPDC around , ss into the first st, fasten off.

6" wide x 5" wide Iron Man Helmet applique
ch3s count as DC in my appliques. Usually they dont in my patterns. But they are SO obvious in shapes that you have to take them into account. IMO. :)

Ch 12, turn at the end of each row.
SC in second ch from hook and across, Ch 3 (turn) (11)
DC across, Ch 3 (turn) (11)
DC in the base of the ch3, 10 DC, 2DC in the last st. Ch3 (13)
DC in the base of the ch3, 2DC in next st, DC in next 9 st, 2DC in the next st. Ch3. (17)
DC in the base of the ch3, 2DC in next st, DC in next 13 st, 2DC in the next st. Ch3. (21)
DC in the base of the ch3, 2DC in next st, DC in next 17 st, 2DC in the next st. Ch3. (25)
DC across, Ch 3 (25)
DC across, Ch 3 (25)
DC in next 10 st, Ch 3 (11)
Decrease DC in first two st, DCin next 8 st across, Ch 2 (10)
DC in the next 7 st, DC decrease in the last 2 stitches of the row. (9)
Attach yarn 11 stitches from the opposite side (as in picture), ch 3, DC in next 10 st to the edge. Ch 3 (11)
DC in the next 9 st, DC Decrease in the last two stitches, Ch 3 (10)
DC Dec in the first 2 st, DC across. (9)

SC around the end to smooth out the edges and sew it on the hat with yarn and a blunt edge yarn needle.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

I made a viking hat for a girlfriends husband. I have seen many interpretations online but wanted something different. I did get stuck on the horns. Not easy to get something to curve AND expand at gradually toward the base. I used this tutorial from the amazing Mygurumi blog. I crocheted just up to line 14 of her pattern and I used a J hook so its chunkier to match the hat. I stuffed them with yarn because stuffing didn't make a nice hook on the horns. I hope she likes it! 

Wordless Wednesday Linky Party

Up Late Sewing...I might be sorry tomorrow. I keep my sewing notions in the vintage suitcase. 

I sold lots of Mommy Necklaces this week. Not sure what I will be selling next. It is SO very addictive. 

Ha! Back from Easter just in time for my very first Wordless Wednesday. More from me on Thursday. <3

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Sunday, April 8, 2012

Happy Easter from our family to yours! Have a wonderful holiday.

Thursday, April 5, 2012


I have serious issues with starting new projects. I like to call it my "artistic spirit" that drives me to follow my whims as they pop into my mind. Like motivation is some fleeting monster that comes to me once and may never return. So, as I sit here ready to finish my painting this purse is screaming to be made...


In purple zebra flannel.

I am learning to push through this and use the blog as a memory jogger so I don't forget how much I NEED this!

So back to painting.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Selling On Ebay Etsy shop is closed and I am now reselling items on Ebay. There is a link to my items in on the right side of this page. I enjoy Ebay very much. Crocheting for Etsy was fabulous and I met alot of great people. But, it took up a huge amount of my time and making gifts for my family and friends has been a thing of the past since I began the store a few years ago. I am so excited to finally get on making the boys their afghans.

I love finding deals and searching out vintage so an Ebay store is the logical progression for me. I am working at selling lots of little items from around the house to take advantage of the 50 free listings this month, beef up my feedback and get hit the number of annual sales required to get my own store. Did I mention that I am very excited!?

Yesterday I put a TON of Mommy Necklace brand nursing necklaces up for sale. It makes sense. They are great for breastfeeding moms, but Izzy is weaned now. I am saving a few of my favorites.

I have come to realize that due to shipping fees it does not pay to Ebay clothes. Unless they are of great value. Far greater than the value of the clothes that I need to get rid of. So I do believe I smell a garage sale in the making! Smells good.