Thursday, January 29, 2015
Then, her size four pants were too short. Think Michael Jackson...
But, because she's so skinny (32 pounds) size fives fall down to her knees. Things'll be better come spring when crop pants are appropriate. :oP
School is on the horizon and I'm a rather saddened. I've had her with me for almost five years. She's my buddy, my constant companion, my shadow.
We picked up a necklace making kit (for 40% off!) that had pieces for two necklaces.
I had no idea I would love this SAHM gig as much as I have. I wouldn't have missed these precious moments for the world.
They kill me!
4. Your CW hit for the day:
5. There might maybe be snow in the forecast for Sunday...Stay tuned!
Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Paper Pumpkins in the mail every month, and they had stacked up. She and I find we enjoy card making more when we have company.
Bitty flew through them and I couldn't have been more proud of her. She has a fine-tuned attention to (crafting) detail. If only she could it apply it towards her chores...;oP
After dinner and putting the girls to bed Monday evening, Liss and I hit the offudio and made a couple more cards.
Lil was off from school (work day) and I had declared the day a "pajama day". The girls were more interested in racing out to play in the snow than in staying in their jim jams and out they went.
Bean was back first, with frozen fingers. Wool mittens don't do to much to protect hands from icy water...
Bitty came in soon thereafter, and both girls raced upstairs to put their pajamas back on! :oP
Well, kit one we had pretty much already completed at Lissie's. Oops.
Kit two we needed Valentine's Day treats to put in the cellophane bags provided. Doh.
But, kit three we could do and boy howdy how fun was it?!? See all those fun little confetti stars? I had to punch them from paper.
I saw the negative space in the paper and thought, "Hm...this could make an awesome stencil!"
Please note all the following cards are the same layout and idea, the only difference is color of ink and washi tape.
This morning, Liss took off, the girls both went to school, and we were back to life as normal. I have Bible Study this evening and still need to do that homework.
With that in mind, I'll leave you with some sparklies and I'm off. :o)
1. Another scarf coming together:
3. The pets.
4. And, finally, Lil was Ellie's show and tell on Monday. Lily stayed the day with the class and, according to Mrs. O, was a HUGE help! Both girls were so chuffed by the entire experience my heart was overflowing from happiness. :o)
Monday, January 26, 2015
But, I've been keeping busy and crafty instead.
Last Friday GG and I really got a good start on piecing our quilt. Here is where I set up to sew with her. After using the Free-Westinghouse machine for so long, I had to relearn the subtleties of my Jenome. Eep!
I see GG and we listen to classical music and the sound of the sewing machines humming, and really, it's a lovely lovely thing. :o)
The pattern is Shakespeare in the Park by Judy Martin. I'm working on the Virginia Reel pieces while GG works on the stars. :o)
Because the pieces are at her house, I wasn't certain what had already been cut and what hadn't.
Which, as I'm sure you can imagine, led to a bit of trouble. I cut way more "F" HSTs (half-square triangles and "F" is the triangle in that pattern) than I needed and managed to run out of blue fabric before I've cut everything I need.
So, GG and I headed to JA Saturday morning to correct that mistake. Yes, yes, I "measured twice and cut once", but I didn't count...
While we were at JA, I needed to check into some yarn. This reminded GG she had wanted to look for a pattern to make a scarf she had seen.
We found all sorts of fun Red Heart yarn and fabric and before I knew it, I was whipping out my phone to scan the QR codes on the skeins to see if they provided the patterns necessary to make the scarves we saw.
Red Heart Boutique Sassy Fabric. (I seriously couldn't resist the skulls...)
We watched the video featured on the page, and discovered the fabric comes with these handy holes along the top and all you have to do is knit using those.
|Who wore it better? ;o)|
It makes a delightfully fluffy, ruffly scarf, and seriously, I think anyone could manage it from just watching the video.
|Hey look! I procured appropriately sized needles! ;o)|
There was a QR code on this as well, so I of course had to pull it up to watch the video. (You should have seen is crowing around my little phone screen, totally blocking the aisle...)
It looks rather like a flat ribbon, and then you discover this:
It opens up to be all sorts of crocheted looking. See that "train track" looking area at the top of the ribbon? You use that as your yarn loop with which to knit. And, again, you're simply knitting back and forth and back and forth until you finish up.
I was able to knit this in maybe three or four hours--it's not quite as fast going as the Sassy Fabric, at least for me.
I have to tell you, I'm a visual learner. There'd be no way in the world I could figure out how to knit these simply reading paper directions. YouTube and videos are my best friend in the entire world! There are a couple of other Red Heart videos on YouTube, demonstrating using the same products and going into a bit more depth. I mention this, because I truly believe they make it simple enough to follow anyone can do it! :o)
Lissie is in town for the next couple of days, so I'll definitely be MIA until at least Wednesday, if not Thursday.
For those of you in the path of the Big Blizzard of 2015 (does it have a name yet?), my thoughts and prayers are with you. Hang in there.
1. I got a haircut last week!
As I said on Instagram, I prefer my curls. They're who I am now. :o) Straight works, but given B's rather visceral reaction, it's best if I don't. ;oP
2. Dinner with the SCG Saturday. I really look forward to them!
3. Liss is here!
4. Card time!!!!!!!
6. Less screen time. (But that leads to not being with my friends. I need to find some balance.)