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Middle School beginnings and more to come – Selfie Sunday

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Middle school beginnings can be so rough, but I am super happy to say the twins are handling it like champs! They have great friends and great attitudes. We’ve had some bumps that are typical at their age, but we are working through them. Every night ends with “I love you”, and every morning starts with “good morning.” So I call that a win.

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Creepy Crawly Crochet – Spooky season is here, are you ready?

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Creepy crawly time has arrived, so here are 7 free creepy crawly crochet patterns to get you ready. There are spooks to wear, to cuddle, to decorate and to keep you warm!

Creepy Crawly Crochet free crochet pattern round up from Jessie At Home

Here are the names and links to seven free creepy crawly crochet patterns.

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Once Upon A Time – Crochet yourself into a fantasy world!

| Animals, Blanket, Clothes, Costume, Crochet, Home Decor, Kids, Medieval, Round Up

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Sometimes we all need to escape reality and join the fantasy. It’s nice to be a Princess, Prince, King, Queen, Knight, Magician, or even the Joker now and then. Daydreams and fantasy keep us young and creative. So find your inner child and make some of these fun free crochet patterns to give or keep!

Once Upon a Time free crochet pattern round up from Jessie At Home

Here are the names and links of each pattern.

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Awesome Sewing Supplies by Clover! The amazingness just doesn’t stop!

| Clothes, Costume, Crafts, Embroidery, Medieval, Needlepoint, Sewing

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Today I’m sharing some of the awesome sewing supplies by Clover that I’ve been using lately. I’m working on medieval garb for the kiddos, as they have outgrown the garb they have, and Clover has supplied me with lots of notions and tools that make this task so much easier. I’ll share each one and tell you what I like most about them and how I use them.

Clover is also sponsoring a giveaway of some new products and one of my favorite products for one of you! Enter at the end of this post.

Awesome Sewing Supplies by Clover shopping guide and review from Jessie At Home
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Costumes – time to think about Halloween!

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Yep, it’s that time already, October is just a week away and with it comes Halloween! Time to think about costumes. I’ve found some fun crochet costume items for you this year. Enjoy!

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Here are the names and links of each pattern. (more…)

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Spooktactular Crochet Pattern Round Up

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Spooktacular Crochet Pattern Round Up from Jessie At Home

School is in full thing, which can only mean one thing: Halloween is coming! We still have a month and a half, which means there’s time to make some fun decorations and costumes. So grab your yarn and let’s get to spookifying!!

Here are the names and links of each pattern, along with a little something that each designer has to say about them. (more…)

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Stitch ‘N’ Pitch

| Blanket, Costume, Friends, Star Wars, Stories

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Hello there! A few weekends ago I attended the 2015 Stitch ‘N’ Pitch at a NY Mets game. The Stitch ‘N’ Pitch is an event that happens at various pro baseball games around the country in association with TNNA (The National Needlearts Association). The Stitch ‘N’ Pitch that I attended was also sponsored by Lion Brand Yarn. They gave all the attendees a goodie bag with some yarn so that everyone could make some afghan squares for Warm Up America, a wonderful organization that makes and collects hand made blankets for those in need.

It was tons of fun! I went with Amy of Stitchin’ Mommy. We met there, as she lives in Queens, and I live in NJ. I miss living in Queens, it was so much easier to go play in Manhattan, and to go to fun events without having to drive and park.

Anyway, I drove to the game. The bus from here only runs every 2 hours on the weekend, and would require a transfer to the subway as well. By the time all the tickets are purchased, it is pretty much the same cost as tolls and parking, so I decided I would rather drive. Public transit is not as affordable or convenient coming from NJ. I got in at noon for a 1:10 game, and I still ended up parking pretty far away. I snapped a photo of where I was parked so I would be able to find Thor again after the game.

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Once I got to the gate, I met up with Amy and we went in. As we arrived, we stumbled upon (more…)

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Trick or Treat!! 2014

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Well, the crazy holiday season is officially underway, and we have survived the first holiday. It was actually a great day. Halloween is Vada’s favorite holiday. She wears Halloween themed clothing year round.

The girls had a half day at school, then they went back at 2 for the optional costume parade. Doug’s mom came by just before they got out for the half day, so she picked them up with me, helped to get them in their costumes, and went to the parade with us. It was very nice to have her along.

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Here are the girls as we left to go to the costume parade. Vada is Merida from Brave, and Kyla is Elsa from Frozen.

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This little girl is a friend of theirs who is in first grade (yes, she is younger than them). She had on my favorite costume of the day! (more…)

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Fall Cleaning 2014

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Some people do spring cleaning. I am more of a fall cleaning kind of girl. Something about fall makes me want to get everything in order. Maybe it’s Doug and the girls all going back to school and me actually having an empty house so I can get more done. Plus, when I am alone I seem to notice the clutter more.

So…I have been trying to get the house in order, and find a routine that works. I am enjoying the TV/laptop free afternoons from when the girls get home until after dinner. I am able to go through the mail and school papers while they do homework, and still help them when they need it. I have been doing better about staying on top of the laundry, and the house is slowly getting more presentable.

I am also going through my computer files and cleaning up. I have lots of partial patterns to finish up. My friend Kim was recently saying how de~cluttering helps her mood, and I have to agree. I need to de~clutter!

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Remember when I got some pretty new yarn from Lion Brand in the mail? (more…)

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Wednesday Round Up 10/8/14 ~ Witches

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Are you ready for Halloween? Well, I have a round up of Witchie crochet patterns to help you get ready! Not all of the patterns are free this week, but some of them are.

Here are the names and links of each pattern, along with a little something that each designer has to say about them. (more…)

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World Wide Artist Blog Hop

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Last week, Kim Guzman invited me to join in on the World Wide Artist Blog Hop.

I “met” Kim on line through a Crochet Bloggers and Designers Facebook group we are both in. She and I became fast friends, and we finally got to meet in person at the Knit and Crochet show this past July. Kim has become a dear friend, and someone I often look to for advice on not only crochet/design questions, but also on how to be a respectable professional. Plus, she makes me laugh, which is always a good thing!

Thank you Kim!!

So, the World Wide Artist Blog Hop…

Artists around the world post answers to four questions on their blogs and link to a minimum of one, maximum of three artists who post their answers the following Monday. The next Blog Hop post will be September 15.

Here are the 4 questions:
Why do I do what I do?
How does my work differ from others of its genre?
How does my creative process work?
What am I working on now?

Some Previous Participants:
Look At What I Made
Knot by Gran’ma
Kokopelli Design

I have invited the following Participants for next week’s entry:
Laurinda Reddig of ReCrochetions
Rebecca of Little Monkeys Crochet

Why do I do what I do?

It makes me happy.

I came about being “Jessie At Home” in a very roundabout way. It just sort of happened. I have always been an artist of one kind or another. I learnt to crochet when I was 8 (I wrote about that here). I was a costume designer for quite some time, but then I was set up on a blind date and everything changed. Before I knew it I was a wife and a stay at home mom. I wanted to be a stay at home mom, it was the right fit for my family and me, but I also wanted to still be me. I felt lost. As though who I was had become Jessie the Wife, and Jessie the Mom. Jessie the artist was screaming to get out. I had started a blog to share pictures and stories of my children with my large family, as none of them were really local to me. Eventually I started adding in posts about my crafty and artistic endeavors. The more I added them in, the happier I became. I found my inner artist again, and I found myself again. I discovered that with the path my life had taken, crochet and knit were really the arts that fit best into my life, and made me happiest. About 2 years ago I decided to really pursue this as a business, and make it a way to help with the bills. I still have quite a ways to go, but I am certainly on the right path. I am blessed that I am able to bring in an income doing something that makes me so happy. So, yea, I do what I do because it makes me happy.

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My little artists.

How does my work differ from others of its genre?

I come from a costume design background. My favorite shows to design were always the fantasy/childrens shows and the musicals. I bring that whimsy into my designs. You can see it in the Flower Fairie costumes I made for my twins 3 years ago.

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I really am drawn to designs inspired by nature and fantasy. I have quite a few.

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I also love to come up with new and creative ways of constructing my pieces. I am not a fan of seaming my knit and crochet, so I often come up with ways of joining the seams as the item is made. Sometimes I use join~as~you~go techniques that I have learned elsewhere, sometimes I come up with techniques on my own. I try to keep the patterns at a level where most crocheters can create them, and I add in lots of process photos when I think they are needed, and even videos to help out with some of the more difficult areas.

Many of my patterns include process photos, a video, and a chart, so that no matter how you learn, there is something for you!

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How does my creative process work?

Non~stop!

Everything inspires me. Sometimes I see a costume on TV that inspires me and I grab the closest piece of paper and pen or pencil and sketch out something. My house is scattered with envelopes covered in sketches! Other times I see something in a fashion magazine that causes an idea to spring forth. Mind you, I am not talking about “Oh, look at that top, I could make that in crochet” It is usually more a shape or a texture that inspires something. Often times if you looked at my inspiration and the finished design, you would really have to look to find the connection.

Of course, nature is a big inspiration for me as well.

After I am inspired, I start to create. I often hit a wall as I start to create something; sometimes what is in my head just won’t show up in the yarn. Sure, I could spend hours upon hours doing the math and approaching things logically so that I can make exactly what I designed, but that is not often how I work. Most of the time I just start working, and when I hit a wall, I work through it, letting things change. When I started creating the piece that ended up as my Fall Leaves Wrap, there were no leaves. It was going to be one continuous piece. I was going to make each row starting with slip stitches, and working higher and higher stitches as the row went along to give it shape, then on the way back I would start with the high stitches and work to the low. I was also going to offset the rows to give it the off~kilter look that the final piece does still have. I didn’t like it. I started playing with creating individual wedges to connect in an off~kilter way, and somewhere along the line I realized that leaves would be cool. I just never know where something will end up.

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What am I working on now?

Oh my goodness, so much!! I have a few finished items that just need the written patterns edited.

One is a wrap for an E~Book which will be for sale for charity. I will give you all the details as soon as I can.

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Another is this fun wrap made of just chain stitches and single crochet. This pattern will be up on the blog for free this week!!

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I am also working on an entry for the “Design a Shawl for Stevie Nicks” contest. It is inspired by my Fall Leaves Wrap.

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And let’s not forget that I am working on the crochet versions of the Kat/Katherine coats. I have a lot more ideas for patterns in this line, and I am going to give them all fairie names. The child sized, crochet version of the coat is named Lunette. Here is where she is at as of right now. I hope to have the pattern tested and released by the new year, but we will see.

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There are also many other things in the works. You will just have to keep on coming back to see it all! Remember to visit next week’s Blog Hop posts, and you can always hop back to some of the previous posts as well. 🙂

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Home and back to work

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I will try to catch you up on the goings~on of the past couple weeks.

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I don’t remember when this was, but the girls were having a cute little tea party. I love Vada’s little pinky sticking up.

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I know I shared with you when the girls were going outside to make art. Here is the portrait of Kyla they made. When I went out to bring them lunch, Kyla was laying on the driveway and Vada was tracing her. (I park about half way up our very long driveway, and they are not allowed to pass my car, this leaves  a bit of driveway that is still behind my car where they can draw, along with a small cement section behind our house, before the grass starts.)

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Our niece, Megan, graduated from collage, and her folks had a little party for her. We all had a good time.

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So I know I told you that last Wednesday night I went to the ER because the pain from a few months ago had come back. I ended up in surgery on Wednesday night because the pain was actually from an abscess. Once all the recovery is done, things should be fine now. My parents were here from Tuesday to Tuesday, so that was helpful. The girls get into the Liberty Science Center for free this summer with a Girl Scout patch they have, and I had gotten 2 sets of 2 tickets from Groupon, so on Thursday Doug gave my parents one set of tickets and the patches and had them take the girls. They had fun.

I was released Friday afternoon. The picture above is the Fourth of July lunch special at the hospital on Friday.

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I think these are pictures my mom took on Thursday night. The girls are helping Grandpa make dinner.

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The girls will be 7 on Sunday. Seeing as how my parents were leaving before their birthday, the girls decided we needed to have a little birthday party while my parents were here. So they got Grammy to help them make a chocolate cake. Grammy and Grandpa wrapped some presents and we had a little afternoon party.

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They each got a tackle box ~Kyla’s is princess, and Vada’s is SpiderMan, and they also got a set of Frozen puzzles. A day or two later my Dad went out and bought them a few more gifts as well: some cute socks, a Disney Princess CD, and the Frozen DVD.

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The girls love hanging out with Grammy and Grandpa, and they really love going fishing with them!

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Now, somehow, before I leave for the Knit and Crochet show in less than 2 weeks, I need to make the girls a new Medieval wardrobe (as we will be going straight from the show to Pennsic for 2 weeks), and I need to finish all the various patterns and samples I was planning on having done before the show. I am a bit behind.

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My dear friend Lorene had her baby last month. There is a group of crochet designers and bloggers on Facebook that have become good friends, and we are making her a *not so* secret blanket. We are all making 8″ squares and sending them off to Kim, who will put them together into a blanket and send it off to Lorene. These are the yarns I have chosen. At this point the only secret is what the finished blanket will look like, so I will have to wait to share my square until Lorene has received the blanket.

Well, I did my best to catch you up. Wish me luck getting everything done in time for the show and Pennsic!! Hopefully I will talk to you soon, now that I am starting to feel more human again.

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Book Fair Day and some fun snaps

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Hello, did you think I had stopped writing anything but Stitchopedia entries? I know, I have been on a Stitchopedia kick, but there is so much yarn~ie goodness I want to share with you!!

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I will post the Wednesday Round Up later this evening, I just wanted to pop in and share some snaps with you. I am actually pre~writing this during my lunch break at the Elementary School where I am helping out with the book fair. I love the second book fair of the year!! The kids get a discount because it is our second book fair of the year, plus the PTO gives the percent they usually get (the PTO profit) back to the kids, giving them a total of 30% off. In addition to that, the PTO gives up to $5.00 for a summer reading book to each kid! It is so much fun to see a kid walk up with a stack of books and only have to pay a few dollars. Or even better, the kids who come with no money still get to “buy” a book. They get so happy. It is beyond adorable! I will be here today and tomorrow and they are 2 of my favorite days of the year.

I want to share a few catch up photos with you.

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A few weeks ago we finally got around to planting the various seedlings that the girls had brought from school and Girl Scouts.

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I should say Doug and the girls got around to it. I have a brown thumb, so Doug is really the plant person around here.

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The girls are wearing the helmets because it started to sprinkle a bit, so they decided that bike helmets would make great rain hats. They are awfully silly!

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Kyla has been saving her Tooth Fairy/Easter/Valentine/whatever money, and finally decided what to spend it on. She and Doug looked online and found the Lalaloopsy Doll that she wanted. She paid for it, shipping and all, with her own money. She is so happy with it!

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I don’t remember when this was, but Vada was very proud of her little train creation.

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The girls love to help me bake. Of course, their favorite part is licking the spatula/beaters/bowl!

That’s it for cute kiddo snaps for now. I do, however, have one more kidless snap for you.

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This is all the fabric I have lined up to make new garb for the girls for Pennsic. This pile of fabric will (soon, I hope) become a pile of little Medieval dresses.

(“what is Pennsic?” you ask. Well…”Pennsic War, a two week mock “war” in which 10,000 – 15,000 knights, maidens, and other creatively anachronistic people descend on Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania, briefly turning a local campsite into the third largest city in Butler County.” click here for more)

That’s all for now! Talk to you later, my friends.

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Make It Work

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Long before a certain famous man that I am quite fond of made that phase his own, I used to say that my name was actually “Jessie Make It Work” or “Jessie Fix It.” Some things never change. Then again…

Life is never what you expect.

*for those of you wondering what the point of this post is: I am having one of those life moments when it is time to charge forward or pack it in, and of course I am charging forward. I am feeling strong and motivated and I wanted to share this with you, in case it helps motivate you, and to write it down so if I need to remind myself, I can. Sometimes, I just need to tell you a story.

I started sewing when I was 5. I was in my first school play at 6. I learned to crochet at 8, and to knit at 12. I kept sewing, and in 6th grade my love for theatre was truly ignited. By high school I realized I could mix sewing and theatre and become a Costume Designer. Throughout all of this, crochet had been a hobby, but I never really got into knitting.

I found what my research showed me was the best BFA in Costume Design you could get, so I knew where I needed to go to college, and I earned my BFA in Costume Design from The Theatre School at DePaul University (formerly the Goodman School of Drama.)

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I Got The Blues ~ My favorite show I designed during my time at DePaul.

I did my time in LA, working for a costume company, and even doing wardrobe for a pilot at Universal. I learned that as much as I loved LA, I did not like the LA film industry. It was not the friendly, crazy, functionally dysfunctional family that I had come to love with the theatre industry. So I left.

I ended up at Adelphi University in Long Island NY, just barely past Queens, running the costume department. I loved it. It was everything I had ever dreamed of. Everything except my biggest dream that I really didn’t share with people. The one thing no amount of talent, determination, and hard work could make happen. The dream to find a great guy, fall in love, and raise a family. And to be *gasp* a stay at home mom.

Then it happened. Just before my 25th birthday I was set up by a mutual friend with a boy who lived in Jersey. In a few years I found myself leaving the career I had loved my whole life, leaving the best job I had ever had, and moving to Jersey. Putting all my faith and trust in this man and our relationship. Two months after I turned 31 we had our 2 year wedding anniversary, and a few days later our twin girls were born. After maternity leave, I went back to work for the craft store I had been working for as the on site artest, but after a few months I came home to be a stay at home mom.

I started this blog. It was just a way to share about the girls with my family. Somewhere along the line it grew. It started to be about more. My love for yarn rekindled and became more than it had been before. I realized I loved knitting as well as crochet.

Even though I was a stay at home mom, I still wanted to bring in money. At first it was with sewing commissions, but that became more and more difficult with the girls in our tiny apartment. I knew some people made money off blogging, but I didn’t think that was were my blog was headed; I mean it was just a place for me to share about my family, and to post a bit about my crafting, and maybe put up a free pattern sometimes…

I started selling some patterns on Ravelry, Craftsy, and Etsy. We bought a house. The girls started school. Things happened. Things we were told would happen did not. Things we were told would not happen did. For one very scary year it looked like we may end up having to sell the house or not be able to pay our bills which would just lead to foreclosure. Doug’s School District was working with no contract and a pay freeze. He had a second job, and took a third. I was the one in charge of our finances, and I refused to let this happen. I knew I could be home for the girls, and still make enough money to fix this. Life had thrown some serious curve balls at me in my time, and I had never given up before, I was not about to start.

So one year ago I started talking to some of the other crafty/yarnie bloggers I had met on line, and turned my hobby blog into the base of my home business. I monetized my blog and my video tutorials. I started working harder at making more sale patterns, and more free patterns for this blog. I joined the Crochet and Knit Guilds of America, and I went to their Knit and Crochet show in Concord, NC. I networked, I made friends, I picked brains. I did not give up.

Finally, we are at the point where I do not worry about money. I am confident that even if Doug does not have a contract by next school year, he will still be able to leave jobs 2 and 3 by the start of the ’14/’15 school year. Doug wears hearing aids. He got his first pair as an adult about 9 years ago (he had tried them as a child and the technology was just not right for him at that time.) Last year we had to replace one of them, it cost nearly $3000. Last night he told me the other one is basically dead. He kept hoping it would last until he got a contract. I told him to do something I hate doing. I told him to charge it. We have plenty of credit, we don’t really use our credit card, we have it for emergencies. I told him, even without a contract, things would be getting a lot better for us financially in the next year, so just charge it and I would make it work. I told him he no longer needed to stress about the dying hearing aid, or about money. I meant it.

I told him that just because I was going to bring in the additional money we need to get by did not mean he should stop fighting for a FAIR contract. 4 years into no contract and a pay freeze, with a union that is just barely better than no union at all (I used to have more faith in them, but at this point, they are making a habit of proving me wrong,) we have to fight. We have to remind the other teachers that they can vote “no” on an unfair contract, and maybe that will be the catalyst needed to make the district give us a fair offer, or to make the union finally call the strike we voted on allowing them to call nearly a year ago.

Now, with all of this, I am reminded of my former life. I am reminded of tech week. Tech week is the week leading up to opening night of a show. Where working 80 hours is not odd, where one time when I was working at the University I worked 123 hours (please don’t divide that by 7, you don’t need to know just how crazy I am.) I spent a few nights on the couch in the green room outside of the costume shop that week (there were showers there as well.) I am reminded of this because I now have that same feeling. That motivation to do whatever it takes, every waking hour of the day, to reach the goal. I WILL make it work.

I am the engine that could. I can. I will. This is my life and I will make it work for me and mine. Not only will I make it work, but I will have a good time doing so. I will continue to take what I love doing and make it bring in the money we need to pay our bills. I will find a way.

I. Will. Make. It. Work.

Who’s with me?

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Holiday Catch Up!

| Cooking, Costume, Crafts, Crochet, Family, Fantasy, Holidays, Knit, Medieval, Winter

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Wow, things have been busy around here. I have some exciting news I should be able to share with you next month(ish). Between that and Christmas, I got a sort of neglected my blogland friends this week.

I still love you!!

I have lots o’ pretty pictures to share with you, so how about I just post them all with a bit about them and leave it at that. It is Christmas Eve and all…

If you hover over the pictures, a short description will pop up, as always! You can also click on the pictures to see them larger.

The Holiday Gift Shop at the girls’ school was at the beginning of the month. It went quite well. Vada had fun playing in my booth while waiting for things to wrap up at the end of the day.

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A couple of weeks ago we bought our Christmas tree. We got all bundled up and went off to the nursery around the corner.

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Putting-The-Angel-On-Top

Pretty-Angel

I found this in with Kyla’s school work one day. I thought it was so sweet to see this note her teacher left for her.

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The girls both made Christmas lists last week. Vada wants a Hess truck, and an ornament, but not a breakable one.

Vada's-Christmas-List

Kyla wants a Sophia Doll, a Mommy Toy, a Rudolph Toy, and a Firestar Toy. A Mommy toy is a doll that looks like Mommy, so when I am not home and she misses me, she can hug it. I hope she is not too upset when Santa does not bring her a Mommy toy.

Kyla's-Christmas-List

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Making-Holiday-Gifts

Last weekend was the Yule celebration with our Medieval group. We all had a great time. I was given the Order of the Artisan, which I apparently was supposed to get over a year ago, but every time they had the award for me at an event, I was not there. Oh, and at the end of the event, I took the leftovers of Marsha’s yummy hummus, along with her bowl. That way she has to come and visit me!

Ready-to-go-to-YuleSuper-Medieval-VadaCrazy-VadaKyla-and-Kenny-chattingKenny-Banin-and-the-Hurdy-GurdyKyla-and-Kenny-DancingMusical-KylaDancing-KylaMore-Dancing-KylaOrder-of-the-Artisan-Award

Now-Marsha-has-to-visit

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We made cookies today. Santa needs cookies.

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Trick or Treat 2013

| Costume, Family, Friends, Holidays, School

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Hello there my friends! I have lots of Halloween photos for you, and a few other bits as well.

I have been spending lots of time in the basement, working on various patterns. Lots of color planning for some of these projects. I have a free pattern for you all with my testers right now. I plan on posting it here at the beginning of December. If you are looking for some ideas for holiday gifts, take a look through my free patterns, there are a lot of quick projects there!

Color-Planning

Last week, Vada brought this home from school. I just love her idea of what our home looks like. It makes me feel like we are doing something right!

Happy-Home

Vada finally lost her first tooth a few weeks ago! As you can see, the new one was already growing in behind it. The other front tooth is on it’s way out as well.

Toothless-Vada

So…as promised…Halloween!!

This is one of the sixth graders. She is pretty awesome!

Just-Awesome

Here we have the girls and a few of their friends. The girls decided they wanted to be their favorite princesses for Halloween this year, so Vada dressed as Cinderella, and Kyla dressed as Rapunzel. Thankfully we already had both costumes in their dress up clothes, as I was really hoping to get out of costume making this year!

Happy-Halloween-Friends

Here they are again with Jasmine and Snow White.

Princesses

Awww.

My-Princesses

Elaina went as an adorable butterfly.

Sweet-Butterfly

Isn’t Ria the cutest ladybug you have ever seen. Oh my goodness that child is so adorable I just can’t take it!!!

Adorable-Ladybug!

Here is Cinderella and her hippy teacher! The teachers at our school all choose one theme for their costumes each year, and this year hippy won out.

Vada-and-her-teacher

Here we have the grooviest gym teacher ever! I think this may be the first time I ever saw him in long pants. That crazy man wears shorts year round!

Coolest-Gym-Teacher-Ever

The way they handle Halloween here is pretty cool. It is actually a half day of school with no costumes, then the kids go home at 12:30. They are all welcome (but it does not count as part of the school day) to come back at 2:00 in costume. There is a costume parade around the school, and then everyone goes home.

Costume-Parade

The girls loved being in the parade! Kyla was waving like a maniac.

Waving-to-Mommy

She had to be sure to wave to all of her subjects.

Waving-at-her-subjects

The beautiful butterfly was happy to see me and my camera!

Butterfly!!

Vada loves holding her skirt, just like a princess!

Cinderella

Kyla and Vada love Fred the cross guard! They said he was scary, but they still love him.

Princesses-and-thier-crossing-guard

On Monday Vada was extra cool with her fashion sense.

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I thought they needed some warrior hair, so I had some braid~ie fun!

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Tuesday was election day, so the girls had no school. After we voted, the girls and I went to the grocery store. I finally remembered batteries for their Leap Frog lap tops. They were very happy to finally be able to play with them again!

playing-with-leapfrog-laptops

At one point, they decided to switch. Rather than trading lap tops, they got up and changed seats. It was kind of cute!

switch!

I’ll share some yarnie, crafty photos soon.

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Street fair wrap up

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Consistency.

I know, I need to be more consistent with my posts. As I said the other day, the stress of last few months is really getting to me; but don’t worry I’m not going anywhere. I will be working on the behind~the~scenes~stuff on my blog this summer. Basically making sure all the links go where they should (there is still some craziness from the move from Blogger to self~hosted WordPress,) and getting all my patterns in the correct directories, so that new people can find them. While all this is going on, I will still share new posts with you.

I have some great photos to share with you, I even have a new crochet pattern in the works. It is a really fun crochet skirt, child sizes all the way up to adult 5X. It’s currently being tested. The test is scheduled to end August 15, but my awesome testers are hooking away so quickly that the pattern may be able to be released by the end of the month. I’m very excited. I am even making one for myself! I gave you a peek in the last post, but here it is again.

sneak-peek-of-Rachel-skirt

I plan on spending the next couple of weeks getting you caught up with the end of the school year, graduation photos, street fair insanity, dinosaurs, that free pattern I spoke of, and others such fun things.

The other day I got this awesomeness in the mail.

Love-these-things!

So off to AC Moore I went. See the pretties I bought.

ideas-are-brewing

The red white and blue was for something that is going to have to happen for 4th of July ’14, time sort of got away from me. The other colors are for that free pattern. Aren’t I a stinker with all this teasing?

Right, so street fairs. They’re finally over! It turns out selling at street fairs was not such a brilliant idea after all. They are fun to go to, but not my thing for selling. I did meet some great people though. At the street fair in Montville, NJ we were across the way from Classy Crafters. Along with other things they made really cool glass block lights. Doug fell in love with a Giants light. It’s in his office now.

Doug's-Giants-Light

These are some amazing ladies, who are very nice, and quite talented. Go take a look at their site and you’ll see what I mean.

At the same street fair, two booths down, was I Love You Monster. And believe me, the girls loved the monsters! They absolutely fell in love with the two young woman running the booth as well. So much so that we had to call Grammy and Grandpa and ask for monsters for their birthday. When I was at the booth, I gave the monsters a good look over, and they’re sewn extremely well.

I-Love-You-Monsters!

Shh, don’t tell the girls, their birthday isn’t until the 13th. These little monsters look nice and sturdy, they should be able to handle lots and lots of love! Find I Love You Monster on Etsy and Facebook.

Top-of-my-street-fair-tent

The last street fair we did was just around the corner here in Nutley. We ended up next to a woman who takes beautiful photographs and puts them into cards.

My-street-fair-neighbor-Jenny

They are actually matted within the card, so after you have read the card you can put the matted photo in a frame and hang it on the wall. She also wrote this cute little book. She gave a signed copy the girls as a thank you gift because, well, there were some issues with her tent.

Duct-tape-tent

Doug had to help. He brought tape tape. Lots of duct tape.

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By the end of the day I was kind of amazed that the tent was still standing.

Speaking of the end of the day, Doug’s little brother Tim and his girlfriend Christina came out for the second half of the day. They walked around with the girls for a bit (Christine was talked into buying them toys) and we all have a lot of fun together. It was nice to see them.

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At some point during the street fair a giant teddy bear walk by. It seems as though my children are not shy.

excuse-me-mister-bear

So, yea, no more selling at street fairs for me. We will just go and have fun and buy lots of kettle corn. I love kettle corn. I think I may have an addiction…

Well, hopefully I will work on that constancy thing, and get you a post about the girls graduating from kindergarten in the next day or two. In the mean time, have a wonderful 4th of July to my American friends, or a pleasant Thursday to the rest!

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Bouncy, Jumpy, Crazy fun!

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I’ve been getting so much done! It is nice to be more streamlined. Yet there is still so much to do.

A lot of what I have done over the past week has been behind the scenes stuff. I still have to go through a lot of my old posts from before I made the move over to WordPress, add in the tech stuff, back up the photos, and fix some links. It’s mind~numbing~ly dull, but it should help get more people to see and enjoy this growing little blog of mine.

I have some tutorials to share with you as well. At least one crochet and one “other” craft. I also have a sale crochet pattern to release in the next few days!

While I am getting all that in order, you can wait with some fun kiddie snaps.

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The other day the girls put on a puppet show.

puppet-hugs

It started off so sweet. The monster and the knight were so nice to each other. They loved to hug.

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Then for some unknown reason, the knight stole the monster and ran away with it!

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Eventually the monster got away and hid under the giant girl.

full-contact-puppets

In the end, the knight and the monster overcame their differences, and became friends again.

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Speaking of friends, on Wednesday evening we walked over to our neighbor’s house. Kyla and Elaina had to show off their matching band aids. It’s tough being a kindergartner.

helmets-and-dirt

So tough in fact, that helmets were needed for playing in the sand. Yes, that is sand, not dirt. It is where the pool was last summer, hence the sand.

Hurracaine-kids

This afternoon, we went to a birthday party for one of the other Daisies. It was at a bounce house. We seem to go to a lot of bounce houses lately. This one had a hurricane tube. The kids stand in this little booth, and the parents put in $2.00 and laugh at the kids withstanding 60 seconds of crazy wind, going up to 78 mph. It’s totally worth the two bucks!

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As you can see, Kyla’s hair did not recover from the hurricane very well.

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The girls had fun being cheesy while waiting to go in to the food part of the party.

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After the party, we invited Elaina and Bobby over to play. There were costumes and music.

musical-bffs

If you can call clappy hands music…

living-room-band

Eventually we had our own little living room band! It was kind of awesome. This photo is SO going in their senior year book! (though I really need to clean the living room)

tired-dragon

It was quite the day. More then this little dragon could handle. Maybe I will get to sleep in…

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I know, I know

| Cooking, Costume, Crafts, Crochet, Family, Flower, Friends, Knit

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I know, I have neglected my blog and my lovely readers over the past few weeks. I am sorry. First Doug was on break, and we spent the days working around the house (I did at least share a bit of that with you.) Doug still had to go to his second job, but it was nice to have him around during the school day.

tea-cups

Then there was a week with no one on break, and me working feverishly to get ready for craft fairs. I seem to have quite a few tea cup coasters and appliques. I think they will do well. It was a very productive week for me on that end, but I let all the photos pile up in my “blog” picture folder. Sometimes I get into making things and can see nothing else.

Net-wraps

These little spring wraps were one of the patterns I came up with that week. I hope to have a written and video tutorial for you this week!

more-accessories

Then this past week the girls were on Spring break. We had a lot of fun. We played in the yard ~ OK, they played in the yard while I was in the garage making things ~ we took long walks, we went to the playground, we got some shopping done, we even had a Scooby Doo marathon on a rainy day.

planning-the-table

I am amazed at all the fun creations I have to sell. Some of which are samples from my pattern writing, and some are creations made just for the fairs.

packing-up-for-street-fairs

I bought some large, clear, plastic bins to pack everything up into.

3-Racks-in-parts

I discovered that 3 clothing racks break down nicely into this never used trash bin.

My-Window

I even unearthed some fun pictures to put in my “window” above my sewing table. Yes, this is in my unfinished basement, hence the ugly.

Kat-Coat-9-panels-done

I haven’t gotten as much done on the adult version of Kat as I would like.

Happy Katrina

We did get to see Jenn, George and the girls last weekend. Look how big Katrina is!!

Angry Dot!

Dot has always had the greatest angry faces!!

Inspecting-the-toast

On the first day of the girl’s spring break, I made them bacon, eggs and toast for breakfast.

Spring-Break-Breakfast

As always, they were very happy with that breakfast!

hot-dogs-on-spaghetti

Another night I decided to finally give these silly skewered hot dogs a shot. I don’t usually have hot dogs in the house, so this will not be a regular on our menu. It did take a while to skewer all the dogs. I cut up a few hot dogs, and then threaded 5 pieces of spaghetti through each one.

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Then I just cooked them as I would for just the spaghetti.

ready-for-sauce

When they were done I tossed them into a quickie sauce, and dinner was done. The girls were amused. Not the most gourmet dinner, but fun on occasion, and not too unhealthy.

Never-ending-accessories

And more fair prepping. All these random flowery bits needed to become pins.

not-sure-about-this-one

Yea, I’m still not to sure about this. I think it is the obnoxiousness of the glitter in the netting that is driving me crazy.

randomness-in-the-hall

Sometimes random things pile up in the oddest of places in my house.

always-something-new

I have a feeling this is going to be a WiP for a while. These old jeans will become something “new” one day.

net-yarn-insanity

Me and the net yarn. We are one. There was a good sale and I got a little out of hand…

Little-Monkeys

Super Daddy!!!!

Kyla's-Flowers

One of the play-in-the-yard days Kyla picked me flowers.

No-Northern-Lights-Here

One night last week we were supposed to  be able to see the aurora borealis. I don’t know if it was the clouds, or if it was just not visible  but that is NOT the northern lights.

Play-date-with-Izabel

On Thursday Izabel came over to play. The girls had a great time in the playroom!

two-Rapunzels

We had a pair of Rapunzels!

Rapunzel-or-Snow-White

I know she is Rapunzel, not Snow White, but this was just too cute not to document!

Kat-Coat-11-Panels-Done

I did get a little done on the Kat coat.

I hope to be more regular with my posting again now. The breaks are over, and the creations for the fairs are pretty much ready to go. The first one is a week from today, wish me luck!

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Catching up

| Baking, Costume, Family, Medieval, Recipe, School

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With all the blog moving and pattern posting, I have a bit of a backlog of cute little girl photos for you!

So without further ado, here is a bit of  the past couple weeks in our home.

Kyla wanted a “Mommy necklace” so I tossed one together from a chain I had that wasn’t long enough for an adult version. It made her very happy.

Kyla's-Mommy-Necklace

Sometimes Kyla has issues with smaller buttons. So Vada helps out. (more…)

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