Friday, March 9, 2012


I was looking for a fun way to display lil man's wonderful art work.  This is what I came up with. 

 There isn't one site I looked at and thought, I want to do that.  I knew I wanted something that I could easily change out the art.  I started first with just the twine and art work.  I knew it needed something above it.  

I was going to take a piece of pallet and stencil some amazing quote about children and art on it.  Well that didn't happen hah.  I couldn't find a quote and I hate cutting out stencils.  

Then I discovered the joys of printing on fabric!  Seriously, you can run fabric right through you printer.  That opened a whole new world of ideas.  

So I downloaded a very cool font, monbijoux, from dafont,  printed each letter on its own fabric and enhanced it with stitches.  

I knew I wanted them to be linked together some how so I found some fun yarn from my stash and started wrapping.  Throw in a little twine and I love it! 

Monday, March 5, 2012

Stitch Swap Update

I love the little hoop I'm working on for Wild Olives stitch swap,I just had to share.

Friday, March 2, 2012

Thrift Store Finds

I *love* thrifting.  Its a new found love.  I used to go and look for clothes, but it's really hard for me to find clothes that I like and fit right, so I kinda gave up.  Then last year when I really started crafting I realized it thrifting is amazing! I go about once a week to the 2 local ones.  About once a month I head up to Columbus and hit some a few up there. 

Heres my scores this week, I picked up a few things but these are my favorites!

 I found 5 copies of Jack and Jill childrens magazine from the 1950's.  I love them!  The art work, the black and white pictures, its all so fun!  I have to idea what I'm going to do with them but I couldn't pass it up. 

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Rad Rag Givaway

A few weeks ago I won a giveaway on Rad Rag Designs, I received an amazing package of hair accessorizes.  I love everything that Dannielle makes she has great tutorials on her blog. These are some of my favorites Hex Nut Bracelet  and how to lengthen coat sleeves.

  Her shop is great! I am currently saving for a patch work scarf and  halo head band and adorable crocheted bows

Thanks Dannielle, I love my winnings =)

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Stitch Swap

I *love* Wild Olive, its one of the first blogs I started reading.  Her projects are great and her patterns are beautiful.

So when she said she was hosting a stitch swap I was all over that!  I can't wait to find out who my partner is and start stitching.  She had 270 people sign up for the swap, of course she's wonderful.  Today is the last day to sign up. 


Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Blueberry, Lemon, White Chocolate Chip Cookies!

What better to do on a cold semi snowy day?  Well bake cookies of course!   My wonderful husband bought me Isa and Terry's vegan cookie book for Christmas.  I am a big Isa fan, she has the most amazing cook books.  I've been cooking my way through it.  I wanted to change it up today.  I had some frozen blue berries that were screaming my name but I wasn't in a muffin mood.  I also kinda wanted come chocolate chips, but I didn't have any =(  After raiding my pantry I found some white chocolate chips.  Hmm blueberries, white chocolate chips.  Good start, how about we throw some lemon in there maybe a little sea salt.  I adapted these from the standard chocolate chip cookie recipe.  

Blueberry, Lemon, White Chocolate Chip Cookies
1/4 brown sugar
1/2 raw sugar
1/3 cup canola oil
1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk (or your favorite non-dairy milk)
1 tablespoon cornstartch
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
juice and zest from half a lemon 
2 cups white wheat flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup white chocolate chips
1/2 cup blueberries

Preheat oven to 350 F. Lightly grease two large light metal baking sheets.
Mix together sugars, oil, milk and corn startch in a mixing bowl. Use a strong fork and mix really well, for about 2 minutes, until it resembles smooth caramel. There is a chemical reaction when sugar and oil collide, so it’s important that you don’t get lazy about that step. Mix in the vanilla, lemon juice and zest.
Add 1 cup of the flour, the baking soda and salt. Mix until well incorporated. Mix in the rest of the flour.  Add in white chocolate chips and blueberries.  My dough was a little runny so I did add a little more flour till it was the right consistency. 
I used a cookie scoop.  They will spread just a bit. Place on a baking sheet and bake for about 12 minutes until they are just a little browned around the edges.  Let cool on the baking sheet for about 5 minutes then transfer to a cooling rack.
Thanks Isa! This was a wonderful recipe it was so much fun adapting it today!

Wednesday, January 25, 2012


blah....One of those days....

We have just had one of those days around here today.  I feel like all I did all day was yell and clean up messes.  I sat down once earlier today and thought really, can it get any worse.  Then I saw something a friends Facebook, a friend of a friend's house burnt down 2 weeks ago and then this morning she went into labor and had a baby 10 weeks early.  So yes it can get worse.

I instantly felt horrible, here I am complaining over meaningless nothingness.  I am very lucky, we are all healthy, we have a nice house, my husband has a good job.  We are good.  I needed a perspective today.  I really need to learn to be more thankful and grateful for what I have.  Have a wonderful evening....


Thursday, January 12, 2012

This is why I am over weight....

I eat junk. 

It's that simple.  I go though phases where I will eat better but I always seem to come back to eating junk. I would live off of pizza, pasta and chips.  I know how I should eat, I know what I should eat and appropriate portions, but I don't I eat pizza and tortilla chips covered in cheese.  I really don't have a reason to post this, I really have no reason to be writing this but I just thought I would.  I am trying to hold myself accountable.  =)

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Adventures in Potty training part 2....

Oh potty training, how I loth thee....

We are making progress, he is almost fully potty trained at home.  He just keeps forgetting to pull his underwear down lol.  We haven't been able to wear underwear out yet, but progress is progress!

Friday, January 6, 2012

My 31 things....

So here is my list of 31 things to do before I turn 31.  Yesterday I wrote this blog about turning 30.  So today here is my list of things to accomplish before I hit 31.  These are in no particular order....

1. Learn to crochet
2. Learn to knit
3. Run a 5k
4. Start an Etsy shop.
5. Sell something on Etsy.
6. Learn to ride a bike.
7. Make good bread from scratch
8. Go vegan for a month.
9. Find an organization to volunteer for.
10. Make myself an artical of clothing from.
11. Make a small quilt.
12. Make a budget.
13. Stick to a budget.
14. Read all the Harry Potter Books
15. Watch all the Harry Potter movies.
16.  Make a granny square lab blanket.
17. Re-do my entry way.
18. Refinish an old piece of furniture.
19. Make an amigurumi doll.
20. Buy a pair of Hunter Boots.
21. Fit into True Religon Jeans.
22. Fit into a pretty vintage dress.
23. Get a pair of Warbly Parker glasses.
24. Make a beautiful scarf.
25. Make a tshirt quilt.
26. Design my own emboridery patter.
27. Drink fancy tea. 
28. Take a weekend trip with my husband.
29. Give up tv for one week.
30. Make a pair of socks.
31. Write at least 2 bolg post's a week.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

31 Things.....

 Way back at the end of November, the 28th to be exact I turned 30.  My husband threw me a wonderful little party and I found a pretty pink dress to wear.  I always thought I'd feel different when I turned 30, but I don't. I feel no more grown up now then I did at 23, I don't really know if that's a good thing or not hah.....but I digress.  

New years had me thinking about resolution's, I posted a few on here blog more and learn new embroidery stitches.   I don't really like resolution's though I never keep them, I wanted something more, something to keep me accountable.  I started thinking about all the thing I wanted to do this year, things I wanted to accomplish.  I started making a list, I love lists although I never use them I love to make them! 

I realized I had a lot on that list, and most of the items were ways to improve myself.  So last night I sat down and really worked on my list and there were about 24 items on there.  I knew if I thought hard enough I could make the list a little longer and do 31 wonderful things this year.  Things I've always want to do or things I really need to do.  

I don't like abstract goals, I'm not good with them so my list will be very specific.  I am going to hold myself accountable to this blog as I go on my list of 31 things to do before I turn 31.  I need to get moving because I'm already about 6 weeks behind! I will publish the list tomorrow for all to the mean time would you like to see some birthday pictures? I knew you would.  =) 

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Oh Potty Training......

Seriously, there should be a place to send your kid to be potty trained.   Lil' man is 3 years and one month old and he refuses to do the following...

1. Wear underwear.  He just flat out refuses we have about 15 pair, hes picked them all out in various designs. 

2. Sit on a potty.  He won't do it.  We've tried to bribe him with everything under the sun. 

3. Pee on the potty, obviously if he won't sit on it he won't pee either. 

For Christmas Santa brought him very special Star Wars underwear.  He said if Santa brought him Star Wars one's he'd wear them HAH! Yeah right.  Today we are trying something else. I let him decorate his potty in Star Wars stickers.  This is something I would have never considered before, oh the things you resort do.  Right now hes sitting on it but it took 20 minutes of crying and some bribery to get him to sit. 

and again why isn't there somewhere to send a kid to get potty

Happy Tuesday everyone!

Monday, January 2, 2012

Happy Monday!

Well hello....I am blogging again....New Years resolution is going good so far! We had a wonderful New Years.  Right now my guys are playing a little basket ball in the basement before my big guy has to leave. 

For those of you who don't know my husband is an over the road truck driver.  He gets "weekends" off, which actually means he gets home Friday nights and leave Sunday afternoon.  We love holidays around here because that means daddy is home more! Its hard sometimes but its the only life we've ever known.  He works really hard for our family and that allows me to stay home with my little guy!

In other news I am organizing my first swap on craftster! Its for the Hunger Games books, I am supper excited and can't wait to start! I will keep posted on the progress of the swap!  Ok everyone see you in a day or two.