Wednesday, December 29, 2010
I apologize for not sharing our handmade gifts but they are scattered around the house. I was not the most organized this year for the holidays. I usually have list for baking and holiday to do's but not this year. Didn't make the cake balls, not enough sugar cookies, no gingerbread house and didn't finish the handmades I'm crochetting. I guess it was the year take it easy and be together and figure stuff out. That's ok there's still New Year's Day to celebrate the last of the handmades and baking :)
2010 was a good year but there was a lot that was "new" a new house and homeschooling for the first time all 5 children. That was enough to enjoy,juggle, balance, frustrate and adjust for one year for all. Looking forward to our third season in our home and settling into some traditions and a more consistent homeschooling rhythm.
Today I'm looking forward to more snow fun, sewing, homemade pizza and book browsing.
- Don't Sing at the Table: Life Lessons from My Grandmothers I started it before the holidays but never finished.
- Mudbound hmm maybe my next book
- Crochet the Complete Guide This book is going to be very handy.
- Yummi Gurumi Oh the yummy crochetting.
- Artful Blogging
- Maglia This book is a knitting in Italian I don't have the link.
- Nonna Tell Me a Story
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
Monday, December 13, 2010
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
Our family addiction latley has been collecting vinyl records. I never had a record player growing up and thought hey it's not too late. I'm actually surprised I found them online and in 2 sales adds. I'm still looking into either a thrifted one or a new one with a cd player. We have been talking as a family about bringing more music into our home in the form of records instead of cd's and downloads. So we will be on the look out at the thrift stores for records.
What's your happy addiction this week?
Monday, December 6, 2010
Now for those Monday links. To be honest the beginning of last week I didn't think I would have anything for today but by the end of the week I think I went to crafting inspiration overload. You'll see why.
- I just love this festive children's book. Vintage Kids's Books is one of my favorite websites for children's books.
- I can't wait to do this kids project. I never got to paint with marblesbut this looks fun and would be great for cards, gift tags...
- Spoonful of Sugar featured this book Gourmet Crochet. I almost wanted to hug the computer when I saw this. Crochetting all kinds of food and broken down by menu. It's just too yummy.
- Ok I know I have featured the crayon molds on my blog but aren't these way cuter for holiday gifts or stocking stuffers.
- These sweet little pod people look so cute.
- I found this blog off another blog and was just inspired by all the crochetting ideas. It got a little overwhelming for me but I think my favorites are the granny square bag and grandma hearts.
That sums up my list of inspirations for the week. :)
Thursday, December 2, 2010
This was my smallest one. I decided to be a little daring today and give a tutorial on how to make one of these.
2. Slip stich into first chain. Put the hook through the first chain, then yarn over and pull through both loops. You will be left with ring or as I call it a tiny wreath.
3. Next chain 3 and place a stitch marker in the third chain.
5. Then do yarn over hook pull it through the ring and there will be three loops on the hook.
6. Yarn over hook and pull through first two loops. Now there will be two loops left on the hook.
7. Do the same again yarn over hook and pull through two loops. One loop will be left remaining on the hook and the first double crochet is completed.8. Keep double crochetting into the center ring all the way around. This could be anywhere from 8-15 double crochets. It will look like this. 9. Now that your back at the beginning slip stich into the third chain where your stitch marker is. Put your hook through that third chain then yarn over hook and pull through both loops. This will close and you can begin the next row.
The second row is now complete. This may curl a bit. If you prefer it flatter then do 2 double crochets into each spot. I'm not sure if I said that right and I don't have a picture but this will make it a little bigger and flatter. 11. At the end of thsecond row slip stitch into the third chain where the stitch marker is. Put the hook through the third chain, yarn over hook and pull through both loops.
That's how the round ones were made with a few variations. As I was making this one I thought how about a few knitted squares lol?
Wednesday, December 1, 2010
Monday, November 29, 2010
Here are some of the posts that I collected for this holiday season or next year.
-I was thinking about making dishtowels these are cute.
-Inspiring crochetted and embroidered projects.
-These sock ornaments are cute ideas I was thinking maybe white socks with some beading.
- Colorful stars for any season.
-I know we are a long way off from spring but these flowers are cheery.
-Crochetted gift tags for any occasion. Hmmm... I'm thinking maybe next summer making a batch of these for all occasions.
-I could just hug these owls.
-For Thanksgiving I tried a Cranberry Nantucket Pie which I'll share tomorrow.
-The salmon recipe from the last Monday list was very good. Hope to have pictures next time.
-The wooden bowl and beads in this post was a thrift store find over the weekend. I added string and keep it in the kitchen for my busy 2 year old when she can't prep meals with me.
Thursday, November 25, 2010
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
Went to Field Wonderful to look up the recipe. There weren't exact quantites to this recipe so I pulled the clipboard out to write down what I was doing.Next pulled out the ingredients I had: cooked sweet potatoes, 1 onion,1 garlic, curry poweder, coconut milk, chicken broth (didn't have any homemade) and ground ginger (because I didn't have any fresh ginger). Continued following the recipe and then went on to slice fresh bread I made that day. Watched out for the bread thief while soup cooked.
Thursday, November 18, 2010
We put curtains up to hide the storage utilty shelves. The curtains are from the Ikea "As Is" bin. They not only hide the shelves but make a great stage. To the left of the curtains is the art studio.
It was in need of a clean up and an area carpet to cover the cold basement floor. Across the way is my sewing studio.Covered the chairs with new fabric and made pillows.
Made copies of the fabric with the patterns to be used as templates for doll clothes or paper dolls.
Oh and the little red table finally made it into girls' room.