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Embroidered Country Gardens – so many stitch ideas!

| Art, Book Review, Crafts, Embroidery, Flower, Nature

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Embroidered Country Gardens is packed full of beautiful botanical stitched creations. Furthermore, Lorna Bateman packed the first half of the book with a bevy of embroidery stitches, tips and techniques. This book should be on the shelf of every embroiderer!

Embroidered Country Gardens - so many stitch ideas - review from Jessie At Home
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Arctic Friends – December Orange Art Box Projects with Kyla and Vada

| Animals, Art, Crafts, Family, Kids, Nature, Orange Art Box, Tips & Tricks, Video

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Arctic Friends are perfect for this time of year, and with the December Orange Art Box you can learn to draw and sculpt them! Vada and Kyla had a great time creating friends on bookmarks, postcards, and cards. Then made critters and more with clay, and they learned some skills they want to teach you.

Also, be sure to check out THIS post for Orange Friday deals and a giveaway that ends on December 8th, 2019.

Arctitc Friends Orange Art Box Projects from Jessie At Home
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Sew Outdoor Living – The sewing book you didn’t know you were missing!

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Sew Outdoor Living is not only packed with 22 awesome garden party patterns, but it is full of useful techniques and tutorials you will love. Weather a beginner or seasoned sewer, this book is one you will want on your shelves!

Stick around to the end of this post for a chance to win a copy by December 10th, 2019.

Sew Outdoor Living book review and giveaway from Jessie At Home
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Woodland Kids Crafts – November Orange Art Box Projects

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Woodland kids crafts are perfect for this time of year. Fall colors and fuzzy critters fill the November woodland Orange Art Box and bring out the creativity in your little ones. Kyla and Vada would like to show you all the goodies in this month’s box and what they have created with them.

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Family Tree Craft – Photo transfer and Diamond Art creation

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Family Tree Crafts are a great addition to your home and they also make a wonderful gift for your loved ones. Make them for your family room, or to give to your kiddo as they are off to college. So collect some of your favorite pictures and a few supplies and get crafting!

There is a giveaway for a Diamond Art kit at the end of this post, but sure to enter!

Family Tree photo transfer and Diamond Art craft by Jessie At Home
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Free Crochet Leaf Pattern Round Up – The leaves may be falling, but you can keep them with yarn!

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Free crochet leaf patterns will help you celebrate the fall while decorating your home and your attire. You can scatter them on your end tables and shelves, hang them in your windows, make a wreath with them, sew them onto hats and scarves, put pin backs on them, and so much more. Just have fun and enjoy the fall.

Free Crochet Leaf Pattern Round Up from Jessie At Home

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

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Origami Iris – A beautiful, dimensional flower that is sure to impress!

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The origami iris is such a lovely flower that will show off your paper-folding skills. Pair it with the stem and leaf pattern I shared last week, or make it one it’s own in various sizes. Origami iris is an intermediate pattern, but take it one step at a time and you will be making fields of these beauties!

Origami Iris - Japanese Paper Folding Tutorial by Jessie At Home
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Origami Flower Stem and Leaf – This can be used for nearly any of your origami blooms!

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The Origami Flower Stem and Leaf is so quick easy to make and can be used to display nearly any of your origami blooms! It takes just one square of paper to make both the stem and the leaf. Though it may look delicate, it’s surprisingly sturdy. The Origami Flower Stem and Leaf will quickly become a regular in your origami repertoire.

Origami Flower Stem and Leaf Tutorial from Jessie At Home
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Winter Tree Craft – Mini wood trees with paint, flocking, and beads!

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This winter tree craft makes quick little knick knacks that can be placed around the house for seasonal or holiday decoration. They can be made in colors for your winter holidays – such as Christmas or Hanukkah – or winter colors, or colors that match your decor. Make them to suit your style and then display them with pride!

Winter Tree Craft - crafty tutorial by Jessie At Home
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Origami Tulip – so many ways to brighten up your day!

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Origami tulips can brighten up your day in so many ways. You can pit them on twigs or dowels to make a bouquet or give them as gifts. For outdoor parties they can be placed in bushes to add some color. You can make tiny tulips and spray them with clear varnish to make earrings! Plus, next month I will teach you how to make an origami stem and leaf to use with flowers including your origami tulip!

Origami Tulip tutorial from Jessie At Home
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Wood Craft Supplies: Woodpeckers Crafts – so many ideas and awesomeness to create!

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Wood craft supplies can bring about such creativity! Woodpeckers Crafts has so many wonderful blank wood craft supplies at great prices so you can make amazing creations. I also adore their outlook on the world and their passion for being ecologically sound.

Wood Craft Supplies from Woodpecker Crafts review by Jessie At Home
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Rhinebeck 2014!

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What a fabulous weekend!! I spent all day Sunday at the Rhinebeck Sheep and Wool Festival. I’ll tell you about that in a moment, but first I want to share a photo from Saturday.

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Doug’s birthday was on Thursday, but the girls only got to see him for an hour. They wanted to really celebrate his birthday, so we had a Daddy’s Birthday Day on Saturday. We went out for frozen yogurt, to a movie, then out to dinner. The girls love those coloring mats at the restaurants!

Sunday morning I got up bright and early and drove into the City to pick up my friend Claire (we’re both admins for the Knitting Facebook group) and 2 of her friends. It was the first time I have met Claire in person, and she was as fabulous as I thought she would be! Then it was a nearly 2 hour drive up to Rhinebeck. (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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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.

A-little-progress-on-Lunette

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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Fall Leaves Wrap Take 2!!

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Well, after  lots of work, and lots of fun, I have finished the additions to the Fall Leaves Wrap pattern. It now has even more process photos, a chart for the leaves, and a 2 color leaf option, where the leaves are one color on one side of the vein, and another color on the other side of the vain.

I even made a sample of the 2 color leaf version. The original is made with Berroco Remix yarn, and the 2 color leaf version is made with Red Heart Boutique Unforgettable. If you use Unforgettable with the recommended hook, you will get a smaller gauge and end up with a smaller wrap that really resembles more of a capelet. Of course, you can always use a larger hook to create a larger wrap.

You can see more about the wrap and how to get the pattern here.

BUT WAIT!! Would you like a discount? I have set up a coupon good for 15% off your ENTIRE purchase from my Ravelry store for fans of The Crochet Lounge. So that means you can buy several patterns and get 15% off everything! Go on over to The Crochet Lounge post to get the details. The coupon expires on the 7th, so don’t miss out.

Would you like to see a picture of the 2 color leaf version?

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Wednesday Round Up 8/14/2014 ~ Fall Wraps

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Soon the weather will break and fall will be here, are you ready? Try making some of these wraps to keep warm while you are out watching the leaves turn.
I decided on the theme for this round up in honor of my first place win in the Accessories category of the 2014 CGOA Design Competition. The first pattern in the round up is the winning piece, and the pattern is on sale for the rest of the month. The rest of the patterns in the round up are FREE!! I would also like to take a moment to thank Webs for sponsoring the Accessories category of the Design Competition.

Here are the names and links of each pattern from the photo above, along with a little something that each designer has to say about them.

1) Fall Leaves Wrap ~ CGOA Design Competition Winner ~ Crochet Pattern by Jessie At Home
Wrap yourself in the season and keep the chill off this fall! Each leaf is made individually and then joined with the border round using the join~as~you~go single crochet method. Add some beads down the veins of the leaves to bring some sparkle to your evenings.

2) Keiko Wrap ~ Free Tunisian Crochet Pattern by Kim Guzman
Tunisian drop stitch is combined with color striping in the striking wrap.

3) Midnight Breeze Shawl ~ Free Crochet Pattern by Beatrice Ryan Designs
This beautiful shawl was inspired by cool summer nights in the mountains of Northern California…. And it would make a wonderful Prayer Shawl!!

4) Slanted Little Fans Wrap ~ Free Crochet Pattern by Jessie Rayot
After learning the little fans stitch, I just had to create more with it! I have always loved the slanted wraps, so I decided to mix the two.

5) Christmas Country Wrap ~ Free Crochet Pattern by Kim Guzman
This fabulous wrap is one of Kim’s most popular; just one look and you can see why.

6) Amazing Grace Prayer Shawl ~ Free Crochet Pattern by Beatrice Ryan Designs
Amazing Grace Prayer Shawl is the third design in my Amazing Grace Series. These Free Patterns are dedicated to Breast Cancer Awareness and in memory of my Dearest Friend Sandra Kay Gilb. I hope you enjoy these patterns and have an opportunity to “Pay It Forward” by donating one of you projects to help someone who is suffering or recovering from Breast Cancer.

Don’t forget to check out some of the other great Round Ups that have happened in Blogland over the last week!

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The Seventh Birthday Retro Party (and some other stuff)

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The girls turned 7 on Sunday. I have some snaps to share with you to show our festivities. Plus a little bit of yarnie stuff at the end of the post. 🙂

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I think this was the day before their birthday. Doug was so proud of them!

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For their birthday breakfast, banana pancakes with real maple syrup and fresh strawberries. Yummy!!

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Here is Birthday Girl Kyla ready to party!

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And Birthday Girl Vada is all ready as well!

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Like I said, retro party. We decorated the backyard, put out a ring toss, various toys from the garage, and stick the carrot nose on Olaf. It was awesome!

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We started the party with sidewalk chalk. We invited about 10 girls, 7 RSVPed yes, but only 4 showed (2 called ahead of time with car troubles ~ siblings, and 1 just didn’t show). We wanted a small party, but not quite that small. It’s one of the drawbacks of summer birthdays around here, a lot of people go down the shore for the weekends, or go away on long vacations.

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Once everyone was here, the girls played stick the carrot nose on Olaf. Jessica won.

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Present time!! Vada loved the little stuffed Tink. She opened it and yelled, “I wanted this forever!!” It was adorable. For the record, forever is 5 days. That’s when she told us she wanted a soft stuffed Tinkerbell, 5 days before her birthday. OK, she may have wanted it longer, but she didn’t say anything before then. They got lots of fun artsy craftsy gifts that they have been loving with the rainy days we have had lately!

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Doug planned the whole party. After my unschedule trip to the hospital, I have been very far behind in getting ready for the Knit and Crochet show and our vacation immediately following the show. So Doug was my hero and said he would take care of the whole party. Yes, he even made the cake/cupcakes. He made Kyla a chocolate rainbow unicorn cake. He found a horse cake mold at the craft store, and used one of those spiral lollipops for the horn. Vada got rainbow SpiderMan cupcakes. Really, if you look at the sides of the cupcakes, they are rainbow layered. I knew he was a keeper.

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As the party was winding down, the girls disappeared inside for a bit. They came back to give us a concert. Can you guess the song?

Yes, you can.

Really.

That’s right.

Let It Go.

The encore was Do You Want To Build a Snowman.

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This was Kyla’s awesome shirt that made her need to run inside and change. You can see the image better on this doormat we may need to get for her as well. It would be perfect for outside her tent when we go camping!

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Vada helped clean up by carrying all her gifts at the same time.

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Madison helped clean up as well. I love this photo. It really fits the retro idea of the party.

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The girls each grew about 2 inches this past year.

It was a great year.

I constantly wonder how I ended up with such awesome little girls. They are so kind, loving, smart, hard working, and fun. They make Doug and I very proud.

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Remember when I told you about Kim Guzman’s Crochet Along? Well, today was the last day of the CAL. Here is the picture of my finished scarf.

I have been in a frenzy getting ready for the Knit and Crochet show. Really, I will be ready. Really. I am very excited about seeing so many of the awesome people I met last year! There are several of the members of our little facebook group of crochet designers and bloggers who will be there: Michele (Mainly Crochet), Kim (Kimane Designs and much more), Andee (Mama’s Two Hands), Tamara (Moogly), and myself. I hope I didn’t leave anyone out! Of course, there will be a lot of other awesome people there as well, that is just the group from our little facebook gang. 🙂

This will actually be Tamara’s first show. I am so excited for her! We actually chatted on the phone for nearly 2 hours today because she had some questions about getting ready for the show. It really wasn’t nearly 2 hours of advice, most of it was just us chatting, because she’s fun to chat with! The funny thing is, we unknowingly signed up for all the same classes. This should  be fun.

If you are wondering about Lorene (Cre8tion Crochet), who was my show buddy last year and is one of my dear friends, she just had a healthy and handsome baby boy, so she is not able to make it to the show this time.

I will post all about it this year, just as I did last year:

We are the cool table
Now this is a good day
A bit about the crochet and knit show
Cool goodies from the show and catch up

Talk to you soon!

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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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Groundhog~Bowl~Snow~Day

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Good evening everyone. We had a very creative and fun couple of days over here At Home.

Need-to-create

The girls stashed an A.C. Moore bag in Doug’s office, and occasionally they run in there to grab something out of it. A few days ago Vada pulled out this Valentine’s Day monster. It always makes me smile when they randomly decide its craft time and just start getting creative.

pirate-sparkle

Of course Kyle loves to express her creativity with fashion! This sparkly little pirate number is what she wore to school on Friday. Not the patch. She added that when she got home; at which point she stomped around the living room shouting “Arrrgg!” My dainty little Princess.

Kyla-in-her-blue-phase

And here we have Kyle is blue period. Okay maybe it’s more turquoise. That’s sparkly thing on her hand is even a turquoise ring. She was very excited about her color coordination on Saturday.

YARN!!!!!!

Look! Yarn! Lots of yarn! Pretty yarn! I love my UPS guy!

picture-wall

Okay time for a little break from the pictures of the kids to share some yarnie stuff with you.

Well one more kid~kind~of~thing. Whenever I go downstairs to my little work room in the basement this is what I see on the side of the stairs. Every once in a while the girls bring me some other new items tape up there. Isn’t it sweet?

Organize-your-stash

OK, yarn, really.

In the next week or two, I plan on putting up a little tips post on how to keep track of all of your yarn stash. I never realized I did anything out~of~the~ordinary, until someone in one of my Facebook groups asked how to keep track of all of her yarn, and I shared this picture. It’s the same way I kept track of my fabric as a costume designer. So I always thought it was normal. Anyway, I’ll share the fun little system with you later.

I-will-finish-this

Right, this, really I do love this. I do! Don’t ask me how many times I’ve frogged it, I refused to answer. But I still love it! And I will finish it! Really! No seriously, I really will. Before the summer. Because I really want to wear it. And I am curious what it is going to turn into…

I-will-finish-this-too

The jeans~to~skirt project seems to also have been put to the side for a while. I have a few contract items I need to finish up this week. But I will get to this and the fan shawl soon. Oh, that reminds me, I have something else fun to share with you. I’ll save that for another post. Aren’t I a stinker?

wait-for-it

This. You are going to love this. There will be some videos. There will be a few free tutorials. And there will be one paid pattern. And you’re going to love them all! Hopefully the free tutorials will start in the next few days, though with all the snow days it’s sometimes hard to make a video. My children aren’t the quietest creatures in the world.

Groundhog-Day

Back to the kiddies. Sunday was not only Super Bowl Sunday, but it was also Groundhog Day. The girls were super excited about the little furry guy. There were puppet shows. Lots of puppet shows.

snow-day-nap

At 5 AM on Monday morning my phone rang. It was the automated snow day a call. I, of course, turned off my alarm, crawled back into bed, and fell blissfully back to sleep. Doug was not so lucky. For some reason he can’t seem to get on the automated snow day list for his school district, and the district website kept going down, so it took a while for him to find out whether or not he had a snow day. Eventually he found that he did. The girls of course did not sleep in. So when I finally came downstairs at 8am, this is what I found.

Crochetville

Oh, I almost forgot…I made a new Jessie At Home button. Do you like it? I do!! Now I just need to use it for various avatars, and in some ads. That’s the Faded Ripple, Liz Hat, Fanny Skirt, and Rachel Skirt.

three-naked-snowmen

Back to the snow day. Doug and the girls had some good, snowy, fun. I don’t do cold. I stayed in with my yarn and the heat. Just after this snap, Doug opened the door and asked if I could bring him a handful of pennies. Why, you ask?

Vada-and-Alice

Meet Alice.

Kyla-and-Brrrr

And Brrr. I love the silly names Kyla comes up with. Did I ever tell you about her goldfish she named bloopy? Oh, and yes, she is holding Brrr’s hand.

Alice-Vade-Olaf-Kyla-and-Brrrr

Here we have Alice, Vada, Olaf (I like warm hugs), Kyla, and Brrr.

snow-day-sillies

I have no idea what is going on here, but it sure is cute.

Kyla-catching-snowflakes

This may be one of my favorite photos ever. I think that is a good way to leave you.

Jessie-At-Home

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