Organizing

Slow and Steady

| Organizing, Woodworking

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I promised you all pictures of my work room after it was covered in soot, and of the renovations. So here are some.

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This was my couch, post soot. I had just moved a bunch of stuff onto it to sort through. Notice the paper at the bottom right corner of the picture, the black bag is on it. That paper was white and clean before this all happened. (more…)

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Too Cool for School Round Up

| Bag, Clothes, Crochet, Jewelry, Organizing, Round Up, School

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The kiddos are back in school and suddenly we realize we weren’t as prepared as we thought we were! They “need” a pencil case that’s cooler. They want to give the new teacher a gift. The other kids have all these fun things that they don’t have!!

OK, sometimes they have to deal with a little disappointment in life, but sometimes we can up the cool factor with a few fun creations. So, here are some patterns that will allow the kiddos to bring the cool to school!

Too Cool for School Round Up from Jessie At Home

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

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WAK Crochet Kit Review and Giveaway

| Crochet, Organizing, Review

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Hello there my friends! I have a fun company to introduce to you, along with a product review and a giveaway!

We Are Knitters is an international online knitting and fashion brand based out of Madrid, Spain with a strong online and offline presence throughout Europe. We Are Knitters’ product offerings includes a wide range of DIY knitting and crochet kits, which contain everything you need to knit or crochet your own unique garment or other item, including the yarn balls, wooden needles, pattern, sewing needle, and a We Are Knitters tag to sew into the finished product.

One thing I love about the site is the customer photos. As I was looking through the kits, it was so helpful to see the pictures of finished items for each kit made by actual customers. It’s one thing to sell a kit, it’s another to sell a kit that actually works! The customer pictures show that the kits work, and that is something I find rather useful to know, don’t you? ūüėČ

When I was asked to review a crochet kit, I took a look through the available kits. I always have a pile of hooks, needles, notes, yarn balls, and various what~nots sitting on the couch next to me. The Chess Basket kit seemed to be the solution to that problem. I looked at the available colors and found an olive green that would look lovely on my couch!

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The kit arrived very quickly for being shipped from abroad! It was so fun to (more…)

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New Schedule

| Crochet, Knit, Organizing

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It’s been a few months now that I have been posting with the current schedule, and I have decided it needs some tweaking. I am trying to find a way to make this blog something wonderful for you, without making myself too crazy in the process. So, here is what the current tweak is, let’s see if this one works better!

Mondays: CAL/KAL ~ more on this in a bit.

Tuesday: Switch off between a Stitchopedia post one week, and a WiP/fun post the next. I may on occasion add in additional Stitchopedia posts as well.

Wednesdays: Evening ~ Round Up. I may on occasion post something else during the day as well, if I have something to say.

First Thursday of every month: Free Knit Pattern!
Remaining Thursdays: Free Crochet Pattern!

Fridays & Saturdays: These are my days to share family/personal posts with you. I will do my best to share on at least one of these days. Friday and Saturday tend to be busier days for me personally, with family and friend time mixed in as much as I can afford, so I do not want to commit to something that may be hard for me to do.

Sundays: Sunday Night Knit and Crochet Link Blast! The link blast itself happens on Twitter and Facebook from 8 to 9 pm Eastern Time, but when it is over, I share the whole shebang in a blog post.

So, the CAL/KAL on Mondays. I am starting a Facebook group to go along with them. I am currently rounding up some admins to make sure you are not neglected. ♥ Once the current CAL wraps up, and I announce the next, I will open up the group so you all can join. The current CAL is coming to a close, and I am really excited about the next big CAL I have planned for you; however, that one will not be ready when this one is over. So, I am planning on filling in the space with a 4 to 6 week CAL/KAL. I am thinking of making one item in two versions: one in knit and one in crochet, so everyone can play along, whether they knit or crochet!

Alrighty folks, I have a lot to do to make all this happen. I hope you have been enjoying the changes around here. Thank you for bearing with me as I work through all the kinks.

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Fall Cleaning 2014

| Costume, Nature, Organizing

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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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Back on Track

| Crochet, Family, Knit, Organizing

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I am feeling a lot better, thank you for all the well wishes here and on Facebook! I’m not back to my full self yet, but I will be soon, and I am finally at the point where I can be productive. Plus, typing doesn’t hurt anymore! Sometimes something hits me all at once, and really hard, and my immune system attacks and drains all my energy to fight! It’s great having an immune system that takes no prisoners, but when it goes into full on attack mode, there is very little I can do other than sleep. Any energy I can muster is usually stored up to take a shower. So, I was knocked out for the weekend, but about half way through yesterday I started to feel like one of the living again.

Anyway, I have put together a few snaps from the past week to share.

Doug’s school was off for the Jewish holiday on Thursday (Happy New Year to my Jewish readers! May it bring you joy and love!). He told me on Tuesday. Shortly after telling me, he emerged from the kitchen, “The washer is broken.” (more…)

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Making Yarn.

| Crafts, Crochet, Organizing

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Last year I made a bunch of Eli hats with Carisma Loops and Thread yarn. I was organizing all my yarn that was still in boxes, and I found a bunch of little balls of the leftovers. So, I made yarn!!

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I cut the yarn balls into 2 to 4 yard long pieces, and then tied them back together, mixing up the colors and the sizes. I wound it onto the swift as I tied it together, then wound it into 2 large cakes with the ball winder.

I’m not sure what I will make with it, but it will be fun!

I have also been working on Lunette. Not as much as I would like. I am hoping to be able to dedicate a lot more time to her next week.

Working-on-Lunette

As usual, I am cleaning and organizing. One day I will get it all how I want it. Around the time I am ready to retire.

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The rest of this week is going to be dedicated to the Stevie Nicks shawl. I am quite happy with how it is progressing.

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Wednesday and Thursday are book fair days. You know how I love spending the days at school for the book fair. The kids are just so darn cute!!

Have a nice nite!

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All Consuming…

| Crochet, Family, Knit, Organizing

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Kyla’s room reno seems to be all consuming right now. But there is good news for you ~ I am making several items for her room in knit and crochet, and I will be sharing all those patterns for FREE right here on my blog!

I have already started sharing about the rug. I am also thinking of some sort of crown/jewel crochet trim for the bottom of the window valance. Maybe a filet crochet privacy curtain that can just stay down under her regular curtains. Some pillow covers ~ most likely knit with a pattern that coordinates with the rug. Maybe a crown bunting…

Like I said: All consuming.

Today I am taking a break from her room. At least for most of the day. I have a few patterns I need to finish up for a certain yarn company that I <3 ! Than if I have some time maybe I will work on more yarnie stuff for her room.

I did finish the wall and ceiling painting yesterday. Here are colors 3, 4, and 5. It’s very pink. I can’t wait to get the curtains and other things in the room that will break up some of that pink.

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Next I need to paint the ceiling trim and get it up. Clean the window and put up it’s trim. Then lay the floor and do the baseboard trim and the vertical trim (in all the corners.) Then I can do all the curtains. Before we can put in the dresser I need to refurbish it a bit. There will be some paint touch ups, and some various wood items that are going in the room that need to be painted. Oh, and I need to sand the door and paint it and put it back up (hanging the door will be the last thing, because it is nice not to have it in the way.) And we still need to buy her a twin mattress and the basic metal frame. We can’t do anything more than that as there is just enough room for the mattress, as in fits only by about 1 1/2 inches, so no head or footboard. Eventually I would like to build a platform to put the mattress on; either with drawers underneath, or with a hide~away bed underneath, but that could even be a next year thing. I am fine with the metal frame and a bed skirt for now.

I finished the rug. It is pinned on my work table being blocked right now. Would you like to see?

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It was fun to make it one panel at a time, and watch it grow! I did write the pattern down, and I will share it with you once I get it edited together. I may wait until the room is done to share all the patterns so I can show the items in their homes. I REALLY hope to have the room done in the next week or two. It is taking longer than I planned because I am basically doing it by myself. Doug has only been able to help for a few hours on a few days. Mostly he put the new ceiling up, painted the ceiling, and painted the trim (other than the ceiling trim.) And I got him to strip the door parts and one side of the door. After I stripped one side, I decided he could finish it!

I have a few old pillows and one pillow form I am going to cover in various ways for the room as well.

Kyla-Reno-pillows-to cover

I always try to remember to keep old couch pillows so I can recover them to match new decor. These 3 old pillows are actually from InsaniTea. The bolster (round) pillow form was bought on Saturday when we went fabric shopping, because no Princess room would be complete without a bolster pillow!

Well, I have to get to those patterns that have nothing to do with Kyla’s room. Have a nice day!

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Exciting new things!

| Crochet, Family, Flower, Knit, Organizing

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Oh my goodness, I have so many things to share with you! Exciting things! I have a new pattern that will be going up for sale in the next week or two. You’re really going to love this one. I’m hoping to set up some time soon with my awesome photographer Emily tp get some really great pictures before I release it. My testers need to give me some great pictures as well, and then it will be all ready to go.

Want a little sneak peek?

Maybe…

OK, just a little one…

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I also have some new toys. They were kind of a mix between necessity and want. But enough of the necessity that they are tax-deductible! I love tax-deductible!

You see, for quite some time I have been wanting to start a new feature on this blog. I want to have a stitchopedia, I have been dreaming about it. I know, I’m silly. I want to include different knit and crochet stitches, appliqu√© patterns, motifs, all sorts of fun stuff. And for every entry in my stitchopedia, I want to have a video, a written pattern, pictures, and a graph or chart. OK, all of those things might not happen on all of the entries, but I’ll do my best! Of course, there are certain tools I need to achieve this goal. As you may have noticed, I do have charting software to make crochet charts. I still need to figure out something for the knit graphs, so if you have any suggestions I would love to hear them.

As for the videos, the camera I had wasn’t quite cutting it. So I finally decided to just buy a real video camera! I found a great one at the wholesale club, but didn’t quite break the bank. Isn’t it pretty? I’m already in love! (You can get your very own from Amazon, here)

New-Toy-For-Me!

As for my other new toy, those of you who have been with me for a while may remember how excited I was when I a Dragon. Well, I am sad to say that it was such an old version that it was not compatible with my new laptop. I haven’t bought a new version, because honestly they can be kind of expensive. A couple of weeks ago a friend of mine pointed out that the Dragon was on sale, so I went ahead and ordered the most recent version and I am happily talking my posts instead of typing them now!

New-Dragon-for-me!

I’ve been working a lot lately. Even when the kids are home they sometimes don’t see me because I’m hiding out in the basement trying to get things done. I know it will not always be this way, but for now, to reach my goals, there’s a lot of work happening. Doug and the girls all had a snow day on Wednesday. So I hid out in the basement and got some stuff done. Doug did have to go to his second job (tutoring at Huntington Learning Center) in the evening and the girls asked if they could go with him. He has taken them on occasion before, and it’s never a problem, so he went ahead and took them. The ladies who work in the office are in love with the girls! When they came home Kyle a gave me this. Isn’t she a sweetie?

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One of the new yarns I’ve been playing with a lot lately is Red Heart Baker’s Cotton. I¬†really like it. I love the look of the color and the white twisted together, and it doesn’t even muddy when it’s washed! I haven’t washed anything a bunch of times yet, but I did make a little swatch with a few of the colors and toss it into the washing machine with a couple of loads. It came out the same colors that it went in. Yay! I see quite a few patterns in my future with this yarn.

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One last little peek. You will learn all about the flowers and leaves you see here in some of my first entries of my stitchopedia. That means they’re free! I have even just finished recording a tutorial on how to do the beading. We’re going to have so much fun together. This is going to be quite a year!

Beaded-Pretties-Sneak-Peek

That’s it for now my friends. I have videos to edit and a stitchopedia to work out. Have a wonderful weekend, and I’ll see you on the flip side.

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Swing, Swing, Swing

| Crochet, Family, Organizing

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I am working on getting into the new swing of things around here. I have been much more busy, but very happy. It is a lot of fun working with yarn companies and publications!

After taking the littles to school, I spend the school day in the basement, working on patterns and samples, and paperwork. OK, the paperwork is not tons of fun, but the rest is! Usually about twice a week I do have to go our for errands, such as grocery shopping, or running over to the Girl Scout Council, but that only takes an hour or two in the morning.

After picking up the littles from school, we have homework time, and cuddle/play/fun time together. Of course there is making and eating dinner that needs to happen. I get a little bit of time after dinner and before the girls go to bed to get some housework done. Then there is getting ready for bed time, and tucking in/kissing goodnight time.

By now it is nearly 8pm. I always have some sort of “living room project” on my couch. Usually something for a friend, or a new pattern I am playing with, or something free for the blog. The new Fadded Ripple blanket was my living room project last week.

Faded-Ripple-In-Progress

I tend to spend the evening working on my living room project, writing my next blog post (OK, I need to get back into doing that more, but I have been having so much fun making new creations!!!) and trying to keep up with all my social media “stuff.” At some point, most nights just at the girls’ bed time or slightly after, Doug comes home. He likes to just sit down and unwind by watching TV after his long day, but often we do take some time to chat. Usually I end up putting down my project while we chat, because our chats often require enough thought and attention that I can not multitask during them. Yes, this is good, I like that small amount of time I get each evening to have adult conversation.

So, as you can see, my days are full! I have been getting a lot done, but I still have to get a bit more organized, so things do not fall through the cracks.

On another note, I do have some fun snaps from Sunday for you.

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No, Sunday was not some sort of special day, it was just a day when we were all home. OK, that does make it special around here!

When the girls got up, they both put on pretty dresses. They dressed up because I had told them that we could go out for ice cream on Sunday. How cute is that?

So at about 11am, we all walked over to the farmer’s market to do a bit of shopping, then we stopped for ice cream on the way home. It was a nice afternoon. And yes, the girls had ice cream for lunch. They are 6, sometimes ice cream for lunch is needed.

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While at the farmer’s market, we picked up a few mini pumpkins. Once we were home, the girls painted them. Kyla made Rapunzel.

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Vada made a “spooky, freaky” pumpkin. Vada LOVES Halloween.

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Later, Kyla took out the blocks and made a VERY tall tower. She was quite proud of her creation.

Colorful-yumminess

W e also picked up some multi~color bell peppers at the farmer’s market. We had them raw as a side dish with dinner. When they are that fresh and pretty, it is a shame to cook them! The deep red one was really yummy!

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Kyla’s Octie blanket had been in the basement since I got back from the show. After all the attention it got from the design competition, I needed to write a pattern for it, and use it for color planning.

Kyla-and-Octie

I finally gave it back to Kyla on Sunday, and she was oh~so~happy! She cuddled it for the rest of the evening and then brought it upstairs with her at bedtime. It has been on her bed ever since.

Well, that is all I have for you tonight, my friends.

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Basement Organizing & Yarn Stash

| Crafts, Crochet, Organizing

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I spent most of the day in the basement doing some cleaning and organizing. My cutting table was covered with varoius…stuff, and there was a stack of bins and crates 8 feet long and 3 feet tall next to the sofa. I have been looking for the same skein of yarn for weeks now and I finally couldn’t take it anymore. I knew it was in one of those bins!

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The first thing I did was pull out some of the yarn boxes I had, so I could put things away. For now most of my yarn and other arts and crafts supplies are in copy paper boxes. Doug gets them free from work, and they fit on the shelves. Eventually I will rip out all the shelves along the wall under the stairs in the basement and put up new yarn and fabric storage. It will be efficient and pretty!

One day.

For now…paper boxes.

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The cleaning took up a lot of room. As you can see, it even spread to the opposite wall where my sewing table is. Yes, that’s Darla on the TV, I have been watching Buffy & Angel when I am working downstairs. I like to have the background noise, and I have seen them enough times that they do not distract me too much.

I really got into a zone. I didn’t even remember to eat lunch. So there aren’t any more process pictures. I didn’t take pictures of the cutting table or the long stack of bins and crates, either. Most everything found a home, but a few bins and boxes of items ended up in the back room of the basement to be gone through at a later date.

top-bin-is-Red-Heart-yarn

Here are the final pictures of today’s work. It will give you an idea of the massiveness of my yarn stash. The top bin in the picture above is full of Red Heart Super Saver yarn, most from my Grammy’s stash that she gave to me a couple years ago. The yarn stash count is at 1 bin.

more-yarn

Next to that are 6 boxes full of various yarns. Most boxes are very full, as you can see, some are even too full to close well. The yarn stash count is at 1 bin, 6 boxes.

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Here are 7 more boxes of yarn. The stack of boxes at the right edge of the picture is mainly fabric. The yarn stash count is at 1 bin, 13 boxes.

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This is the yarn from my awesome yarn haul last winter. For the sake of counting, we will count each of those boxes as one paper box. They basically fit the same amount. The yarn stash count is at 1 bin, 17 boxes.

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Next to the couch are the big bins I use for shows/fairs and such. The top bin has some of the finished items I list in my Etsy shop. Actually, I need to go through that at a later date and get it all listed. There is a fabric basket on the couch full of yarn. It is there for a project I need to start sometime in the nearish future.

more-Etsy-items

This covered rack is also full of Etsy items.

After taking all the snaps, I realized I missed 3 boxes. One was full of crocheted flowers, motifs and swatches, one had tee shirts for tee shirt yarn, and one was full of net yarn. For the count, we will only use the last back. That puts the final count at 1 bin, 18 boxes. That does not count the basket of yarn on the downstairs couch, the basket of yarn next to the upstairs couch, or the crate of yarn for the Kathrine coat.

I may have a yarn addiction.

I don’t see anything wrong with that.

Oh, and I did find the skein of yarn I was looking for.

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Kitchen Fixes

| Coffee, Family, Organizing, Tea

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This will be mostly photos tonight. It is after 1am (hey, happy 8th anniversary to Doug & me!) I just want to show you what I have been up to lately.

First, here are some snaps from a trip to Target we made the other day. The girls were having fun as you can see. *as always, if you hover your mouse over the photos, a little description will come up*

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When we got home, there were things to unload into the garage (we had picked up some shelving that I had found on Freecycle.) Later I noticed that Thor looked like he was staring in a Chevy commercial, with the way he was parked.

looks-like-a-Chevy-commercial

The last two days have been spent working in the kitchen. You see, I have this wall in my kitchen that I have wanted to turn into my little coffee/tea/cookbook center since we bought the house a year ago. ¬†Not only that, but I have been wanting to take the doors off the cabinets, and remove the shelves and drawers, and clean the heck out of them. The kitchen is very 70s, and though we can not afford to redo the kitchen at this time, I can at least remove the layers of crud on everything. It is just so gross. I don’t think the previous owner liked to clean very much. The oven vent doesn’t really work, so all the grease from years of cooking just settled on the cabinets. I have cleaned them many times, but they just never got clean enough. So it was time for drastic measures. Besides, I really needed to reorganize in there and trash/donate/recycle some of my extra stuff. Anyway, here are some process photos of the last 2 days. Take a look at that great 80’s wallpaper in the second snap!

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Well, I am off to shower and bed. I told Doug all I want for our anniversary is my kitchen clean and pretty. I think we are taking the girls to a movie (we have some gift cards from Christmas) and then maybe splurging on a dinner out! Hopefully there will still be time to work on the kitchen. The girls’ birthday party is Saturday, and we are having it here, so we will need to have the house presentable by then!

*oh, almost forgot; the¬†coffee/tea/cookbook center cost us about $30, I’ll tell you how we made that happen in a future post.

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The other side!

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Finally!!! I have finished the big commitment that has been holding me back from my patterns and my blog. I had taken a job as a contract crocheter / knitter. Unfortunately  the pay was abysmal. I guess it is the nature of the beast. Some designers pay a percentage of what they are getting paid by the publishing company, and some pay by the yard, but either way, it is not good when you divide your pay by the hours your worked. Not good at all. So this morning I sent out the last contract I had, and I will not be taking any more! Yea!!!

You may think this is¬†irresponsible, due to our¬†financial¬†situation, but I don’t. You see, through all of this, I have made more money selling my patterns that I have published¬†independently¬†on Ravelry, Craftsy, and Etsy, then on the contracts. Yet I have not been able to work much on my new patterns because I have been so busy with the contracts. So now I am free to focus on my own patterns! I have made a group on Facebook to run the tests for my patterns. If you can knit or crochet, meet a deadline (I do my best to make sure the deadlines provide enough time even for a full time worker to complete), and can have a good digital camera and someone who can snap a decent photo, and you would like to be one of my testers, then join my group!

In addition to being able to focus on my own designs, I am hoping to get back into posting regularly here on my blog. I have been taking some classes over on Craftsy, and I will write up reviews for you on those as well! Right now they are having a sale on classes for Mother’s day, so head on over and take a look!!

new-mugs-for-the-girls

Last weekend, Doug stopped at a garage sale and found 2 mugs for the girls. They absolutely loved them!

Tea-time-with-new-mugs

I thought tea was in order to break in the new mugs.

We have been picking the many flowers that grow around the house. Our dining room is always so pretty with the flowers.

Red-Velvet-cupcakes-in-Cones

We did a bit of baking as well last weekend. I had found ice cream cones for under $2 for 24 at ALDI. So we baked up some red velvet cupcakes in them. Then we frosted them and topped them with a few chocolate chips. They were very yummy, but I would recommend eating them within the first 24 hours or so, as the cones loose their crisp after a while. I think I will just do this for parties from now on, as opposed to having them as a goodie at home. It did take us a few days to eat them, and the cones were quite soft by the end.

Cupcake-cones-for-gifts

I did give a few away to a neighbor, as 24 just seemed like way to many to have at home! I had a foil pan, so I wrapped it in tissue paper, and used a bit more tissue paper to keep the cones upright. I covered them with a foil tent, and gave them away!

cuddle-time!

Sometime the girls can be so sweet. They both wanted to dress pretty for school the other day. I caught them cuddling in the afternoon. Really, Vada was happy about it, it just seems that every time I clicked the camera, she had a bored/annoyed look on her face.

sisterly-love

There, see, happy!

Animal-adoption-train-town

One day last week they had asked to watch TV, and I told them to use their imagination instead. Out came the train set from Santa. They build a little village. Vada drove little people on the train over to Kyla’s village and adopted some pets. The conversation going on between the little wooden folks was so darn cute!

Mother's-day-tea-with-Vada's-class

I had to go to school 3 times on Thursday and Friday. Once for a Mother’s day tea with Vada’s class, once for one with Kyla’s class, and once for one with the whole school (by grade.) The pictures above are from Vada’s class. We sat with Izabel and her mom *surprise.* The last photo is with Vada’s teacher and some of her best friends. I really adore these girls, I know things change as they go through school, and they will not always be in class together, but I really hope she remains close with these three. They are great little girls, and I like their moms a lot as well!

I didn’t remember my camera for the whole school tea, and when I went to Kyla’s I had the camera, but had left the memory card in my laptop. Oops.

Have a great weekend, and happy Mother’s Day to all the mommies out there!!!

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Patterns to test . . . and some cleaning

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Hello my friends! I am retesting 2 of my patterns. I did not have enough testers in the last go around, so I am testing these both again just to be sure that all the sizes are good! I am now running my tests in a group on Facebook. If you want to test either of these patterns, or if you will be interested in testing knit or crochet patterns for me in the future, then join this group.

Angela-Shrug-Knit-Pattern

First is the Angela Shrug. It hangs a bit over the shoulders to create a small cap sleeve. It’s body is lace with a ribbed boarder around. Angela is a circle-ish shrug made to close over the breasts, and cover them completely, even in the larger sizes! The sizes for this pattern run from xs to 5x. The deadline for this test is June 15th, and the details can be found here.

Wendy-knit-skirt-with-net-ruffles-pattern

Next is my Wendy Skirt. It is knit from the top down, so it can be as short or long as you want, with one or two spirals of net yarn worked around the skirt. The spirals can be worked just as spirals (as seen on the two child sizes) or a ruffle can also be worked around the top under the waistband, and/or around the bottom at the hem (as seen in the adult size.) The larger sizes have the spirals spaced farther apart then the smaller sizes. The sizes I am testing for this pattern run from xs to 5x (I no longer need the child sizes tested.) The deadline for this test is June 15th, and the details can be found here.

down-the-playroom-shot

Doug was on spring break last week. He still had to work at his second job in the afternoons/evenings, but he was home during the school days, so we got some stuff done around the house then. On Monday we finally got the playroom in order with the new (hand~me~down) additions ~ a play kitchen, a doll house, and some organizational items left from the apartment.

window-wall-of-playroom

The doll house needs a bit of work, but it is quite loved!

Dress-up-area

We have a little dress up area for the girls now.

Play-Kitchen

Here is the pretty little kitchen one of Doug’s co-workers gave us.

reading-hide-a-way

We cleaned up the little reading corner and added some of the craft supplies in there as well.

Back-wall-of-porch-alcove

Kyla’s heart girl found a space to hang out.

Spider-Man-wall

So did Vada’s Spidey.

rainbow-shelves

We even cleaned up the rainbow shelves!

all-clean-with-new-shelves

Once the playroom was done, we were able to empty out some of the extra stuff from the girl’s bedroom. We will add a few things back in, but we are still in organization mode…

Vada's-Side

Here is Vada’s side, we hung a few shelves for her. The bottom one is for toys, and the top one is for “look at, but don’t touch” items.

Kyla's-Side

Kyla got some shelves as well. It is so nice to get the toys off the end of the bed!

That’s about it for today. I hope you have had a nice weekend, my friends!

Jessie-At-Home

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Breakdown of the Yarn Haul!!

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So I promised more photos and a break down of all the yarn I bought last night. I didn’t count out all the colors, but I did¬†separate¬†and¬†count¬†it by type. So here is the breakdown, with links to the yarns on line, and the retail price (based on the price of the yarn in the LYS, not on line.) The photos may not match up with the text, as they are just snaps of the unpacking and organizing efforts.

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Frenzied Friday & Spectacular Saturday

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Yup, an interesting couple of days over here. Friday morning, after dropping off the girls at school I made a run to the local Girl Scout council. I had to pick up all the Daisy uniforms. The girls are going to be so cute, but boy were those boxes heavy!

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This, that, cupid and cleaning

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I ran across this image the other day. I had to snag it. After all, it is so much the story of my life. Yet for some reason, my home looks nothing like Wonderland…

Alice-we-are-all-mad-here

This past Sunday was one of my Fiber Arts days at InsaniTea. While there I had to take a snap of the back of Travis’s laptop. It just always makes me giggle, it has so much personality. (more…)

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Pieces of my day

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I took a quick break from my projects to whip this cutie up on Monday. It’s from this great pattern I found on Ravelry. The bit of purple there is for lining the hood. I still have to stitch that little bugger in there tonight. I’ll get some better snaps of it tomorrow when it is all done.

hood-in-progress

Still plugging away on the first of the kinda’ matching Christmas gifts I am making for the girls. I hope to have a little reveal for you by the end of the week. We will see… (more…)

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Pumpkins and Porch

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I think I showed you the beginning of this horsey holder. It’s all done now. I really like it. Plus, free, always a bonus!!

Horsey-stand

There has been quite a bit of cleaning and¬†organizing¬†going on lately. (more…)

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Just Hanging Around, Part 2

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I finished my free found objects craft this morning. First, and most importantly, I found a lid for my coffee. No drinking sawdust for me!

coffee-lid

Then I took those little square pegs and drilled some holes in them. Angled holes at the angled end, and straight in at the flat end. (more…)

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