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

DIY ADD

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 bag...today!

So back to painting.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Selling On Ebay

So...my 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.

Painting!

I am covering the morbid dark purple in the livingroom that my husband insists gives off "bad emotions"...this primer rocks! Click the pick to buy some from me at Amazon.com!



 It doesnt going on super even and it wants to drip a little more than I would like. But that dark purple is GONE...one coat. It has saved me alot of time and money because when I don't use it I end up having to paint three or four coats of a new color. Those coats get pricey! I am still trying to find out which brand of paint is my favorite. I am leaning toward Glidden. Glidden covered well and is holding up nicely. The price is great, but I haven not used Glidden in a dark color yet. When painting over the white primer the light shades aren't challenged like a dark one would be. That will be the final test. Hope it passes!

I did learn alot about painting recently... Shur-Line Paint Edgers use up alot more paint than a little paintbrush for detail work...and it is TOTALLY worth it. I am a naptime warrior when it comes to decorating so I have to cut corners. I can have a wall painted in less than half the time now that I have my edger. The guy at Lowes warned me against using one so I didn't buy one until my friend mentioned that hers was heaven-sent. And it is.

The primer is dry, lunch has been served and it is time to run to to Lowes. The color of the day is "Filoli Morning Glory" blue (in the pic below). Valspar...wish me luck, last time Valspar was alot of work to get it to cover. But I love this color! Sooo pretty. The goal for the livingroom is light and bright. This is the accent wall in room that is light blue and white.


I cannot wait to see how it turns out so that I can get started on couch pillows, seat cushions and curtains! My new sewing machine is all warmed up and ready to go!

Wish me luck!

Decal Shopping!

There are so many stickers to choose from on Ebay. I think it would be easier for me to choose a tattoo than it is to choose a decal. I am the only one sporting my arm...but sometimes Justin drives the car so we don't want it too girly.

Settled on this one (I am not trying to advertise, but I cant get the graphic without his ad...so might as well link it! He was actually really nice and let me change my mind by returning my money so I could repurchase. And he was quick about it!)


Today my high-schooler gets home. I am really excited. It is so nice to have him home on vacations...time together when we aren't homeschooling is such a treat now!

I am thinking veggie lasagna for dinner...time to find a recipe!

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Curtains!

I am having so much fun playing with our boys and redecorating. We completed Errols homeschool finals and passed with flying colors. Yay!! I am so excited to move on and try a different way of organizing the workload this semester. We have started the Science Fair project for the year. He is very creative...he is going to study the effect of different types of music on animals. He is so excited he wants to plow through the entire assignment right away. We are working on slowing down and following the process.

This last week I finally took down the blinds. I gave our baby blue livingroom a coat of white paint. Then, I sewed some very simple white muslin curtain panels and hung them with cafe clipson all of the livingroom windows. The clips are like the ones in the picture below. This is the most baby friendly way I can think of acclimating Izzy with the curtains. He has not yanked once and I like them alot.


Ill take some pictures of our own, soon.

I think that I need to put some decorating focus outside now. My grass has not fared well in the season. Its our first year with a lawn and it shows. 

As for tonight I am thinking pizza for dinner and haircuts all around for the guys. ;)

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Low Carb Chocolate Pancakes (Almond Meal!)

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup almond meal
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup water (for puffier pancakes, you can use sparkling water)
  • 2 T oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 T splenda baking
  • 1 T Cocoa Powder
Mix  all ingredients in a bowl and cook on sprayed skillet 3 minutes each side or as you would any pancake.

These arent fluffy...they are a little more cookie like and I enjoy them when I am craving sweets topped with some sugar-free maple syrup.

I make a double batch and freeze some for reheating in the microwave! mmmm

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Homeschool Finals?!

I am new to homeschooling. This is our first semester and I was warned beforehand that starting in the middle of a semester would make me feel behind the entire year. It has. Coming up is our first set of midterms...we elected to have sanctioned finals so that we can make sure we are on track. I do not think I was this nervous about my OWN finals. And I know Errol never given his a second thought. He isn't a worrier and being gifted he has learned to rely on everything just having stuck in his mind.  He hates studying...it just feels very redundant him.


It really helps to not do every subject every day. Transitions are a challenge...so fewer of them each day makes things feel more seamless. Errol seems to enjoy each day having some variety compared to yesterday. 


We are keeping his studying consistent with lots of breaks so he feels like he is running the show...we have posted a schedule that we both agree on in the morning. I am so proud of him. He is really doing an amazing job of organizing himself and his studies and sticking to our schedule. Its amazing to watch him blossom right in front of our eyes.