Monday, December 31, 2012

A Year In Review - 2012

While the blog has been lacking this year, I've still managed to post when I can... It has been my least active year to date with a measly 92 posts. Mostly I've posted projects I've completed, which I realize gets a little boring to look at. I'll try to be more interesting in 2013 ;-)

In January I went caching and hit my head on a damn dam.

In February I visited a cemetery in Florence and made some Mustache Valentines.

In March I failed miserably at a Pinterest related "craft."

In April I made an awesome Pac Man shirt and dabbled in amigurumi.

In May I was fairly absent, but managed to post a lot of Wordless Wednesday posts.

In June I found my 1000th geocache.

In July I cached to and from California with my mom to visit family, made some star garland and also made house warming gift for my newly engaged (and now married) sister.

In August I  visited the grand canyon (Part 1, Part 2), which in my opinion was the highlight of the year!

In September I bitched a little about Pinterest.

In October I went up to globe, Stayed in a B&B, participated in the World Wide Photo Walk, and found a cool earthcache.

In November I reunited with friends and family and took a little trek up Grandfather Mountain.

In December I chopped off my hair and made a super cute Hello Kitty hat.

Hut Hut Hut Hike

I find it very difficult to take hat pictures without an available head. Also guessing noggin' sizes has proved very difficult as well. This is the second football hat I've made this week, and I love it. This is for a 2.5 year old boy. I think he'll enjoy it!

Football Crochet Hat 
 

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Hello Kitty

Everyone at work seems to crochet in their down time... I however, cannot because I'm still in training -  but it has definitely made me pick the hobby back up! I told myself I'd work on that blanket that I started forever ago since I had a three day weekend, but instead I started and finished this hat.

I made it for the four year old I babysit. While I don't really understand the whole Hello Kitty crazy myself, I think she will really like it.

Hello Kitty

Hello Kitty 

The bow and border are actually in pink, though it looks more red in the the photos. Can't wait to get it on a little noggin for some pictures!

I used the FREE Hello Kitty pattern over at Crochet in Color.

Praline Pecan Crunch

This Praline Pecan Crunch doesn't look like much... but it is DELICIOUS. It's so delicious I thought I'd go ahead and share the recipe...

Yum
Praline Pecan Crunch

Prep time 10 min Bake time 1 hour
  • 8 cups Original or Cinnamon Quaker Oatmeal Squares cereal (Cinnamon one is hard to find) ( 1 16 ox box ) If you use original or brown sugar squares, put some cinnamon in the mixture you microwave.
    I Personally use 4 cups of Cinnamon Life and 4 cups of Cinnamon Quaker Oatmeal Squares. The oatmeal squares are SUPER crunchy and the life helps balance it out.... plus if you do it my way - you have enough for 2 batches!
  • 2 cups pecans ( whole or pieces )
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter ( 1/2 stick )
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda

Heat oven to 250 degrees.
Prepare a 13" X 9" pan. I do one light spritz of Pam and then smear it around good with a paper towel.
Combine cereal and pecans in a large bowl set aside.

Combine corn syrup, brown sugar and butter in a 2 cup microwaveable bowl. Microwave on high for 1 1/2 minutes, stir.
Microwave 1/2 to 1 1/2 minutes more or until boiling.
Stir in vanilla and baking soda and pour over cereal mixture, stir to coat evenly.
Place mixture into the prepared 13" X 9" pan.
Bake 1 hour - stirring every 20 minutes. Spread on baking sheet to cool.

Friday, December 21, 2012

Locks for Love

I grew my hair out for Locks of Love...

Photo 10

  ....and chopped it off a week or two ago.

Now it ready to be sent off  to someone that can use it a little more.
Photo 20


I'm not a BIG fan of my newly short hair(or this picture).... but it will be grown out before I know it ;-)


Have you ever donated your hair? 


Thursday, December 13, 2012

University of Arizona

I'm not going to lie. I might be a little happy when crafting season is OVER and I can do things at my normal lazy pace.

U of A shirts

Made these for a friend who is going to give them as gifts.

Monday, December 3, 2012

Holiday Towels

Kid's drawing Dish Towels


Isn't kid hand writing the cutest!?

These are stitched from drawings done by a four year old. I am making a total of three sets for the mother to give as gifts to grandparents for Christmas.

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Stitchy Saturday

I've officially bought out all the 28"x28" Aunt Martha Dishtowels at both Joann Fabrics in town. Apparetly these things are popular becasue even Aunt Martha is out of them on her own website.


I made this snowman towel with intentions of it going out as a gift, but the size when folded was too weird. It folds up to be a square, which.... looks a little weird hanging in the kitchen. So the towel is sitting around until I can figure out what to do with it. I have a couple options... trim it so it folds to a rectangle or attach it to another towel. I haven't decided yet.

I made this set as a housewarming gift for a friend. I find it really hard to give anything away made from the Stitchers Revolution patterns (see HERE and HERE), they are just too cute. I  do notice the iron on patterns don't ALWAYS seem to wash away completely though. It's not something you can see unless you are looking uber close... but it is something that drives me NUTS! I recently purchased a light box, so I think in the future that and a wash-away marker/pen will be my go to.

.... annnd I'm off to hunt down some more blank towels online.

Monday, November 26, 2012

A Classic Micro

Here is a classic micro geocache. If you haven't see one yet, you haven't been geocaching long enough!

Geocache Classic

Geocache Classic


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Saturday, November 24, 2012

Grandfather Mountain

I had my trip all planned to go to go see my sisters and then I found out one of my friends from high school was moving to the same area. She had only been there a week or two before I got there and luckily we were able to meet up! Our destination was Grandfather Mountain.


It was a bit of a drive, but the view was worth it. North Carolina mountains are much different than here in AZ! There was a lot of fall foliage on the drive up, but the mountain itself was lacking. I'm thinking the reason for that was the .... SNOW. Hurrican Sandy had brought some to the area, and we spotted (and had to walk through) some in the shady spots.


My older sister, who lives in Florida took a moment to enjoy the snow...
From Swany's Iphone

We parked at one of the lower parking lots, had lunch and then hiked a half a mile up to the swinging bridge. That part really killed me. I'm just not good at extreme inclines (and sans inhaler)! ... But we eventually made it. The hike up took us under the bridge.

From Swany's Iphone

Once we reached the "top" we spent some time going over the bridge and taking in the sights. The swinging bridge is 1 mile above sea level. ...And also an Earthcache ;-)

Looking Back 
From Swany's Iphone 
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After our time on the bridge we to another trail that took us up, and then down again to the parking to where our cars were. That one was much easier... but just as scenic!

Though my sisters dog is gigantic, it is vary hard for him to go up and down easily... but he was a trooper. He also got a LOT of attention on the trail.


Fun time was had by all!!

Grandfaher Mountain 
  

Bamboo Room

I grabbed a couple of caches at local university while I was in South Carolina. I think this cache might have been my favorite of the whole trip. The video might make you a little dizzy and the quality....sucks. But it was such a neat location!


Bamboo Room

I stood in the bamboo room for a while... I thought I'd never find the cache. I had to reassure myself and ask my self a few questions...
What looks out of place?
     What looks like it doesn't belong?
          Where is the color slightly off?
               Where is the fake piece of bamboo?

A h  H A

Bamboo Room Bamboo Room
How cute. A little bamboo door!!

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Saturday, November 17, 2012

Almost.

I went to this cool little spot in NC to grab an earth cache. I realized when I got there though, that I had forgotten the info I needed to "find" the cache. I took pictures hoping I might be able to claim the cache with the pictures.... but when I looked up the cache page later it was apparent I wouldn't be able to get my smiley. There was some measuring that had to be done. Next time I'm in the area I guess! I thought I'd go ahead and share some of the pictures though. The county park was in the middle of a neighborhood and the rocks seamed to pop up out of nowhere. It was a neat and very random place.

Rock


Tree/Rocks


Tree/Rocks


Whats really sad is all the vandalism! People have spray painted the rocks and the solution to cover that is MORE paint. :-/

Sign



No smiley, but a great location!

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Anne Springs Close Greenway

I've been on vacation in South Carolina reuniting with the siblings the past few days. While my younger sister (Lisa) had to work on Friday... Sara, Falcor and I decided to do some geocaching.

We went to Anne Springs Close Greenway and ended up  hiked a little longer than anticipated. We were not as prepared as we should have been (no water) but we made it! ...and we found a couple of caches on the way!


This park was really nice and very quiet. We only passed one person along the way. The trails were well maintained and there were some really cool swinging bridges along the way. I think we ended up crossing three different ones.

Swinging Bridge
Sara and Falcor
Swinging Bridge


Watching her gigantic dog on the bridge for the first time was pretty cool. I'm trying to get the video from her... I'll post it when/if I get it. It was really great to have a chance to experience some FALL weather. Even though it was the tail end of the leaves changing, I still got my fill. I love the colors and the crunching leaves under my feet!

Fall! 

IMG_1050 

We ended up getting one traditional cache and one earth cache at a representation of an old mill.

Cache

Mill


Falcor is sitting on one of the mill stones below!

Falcore on Mill Stone

Friday, November 2, 2012

What the Frog!?

Whipped up these bad boys last night. I've been working midnights the past couple weeks. Stitching and tv seem to be the only options when I'm off - since I'm still up in the dead of night. Well, that and playing on my new Kindle Fire HD. I freaking LOVE that thing. My laptop has become more of a desktop these days. It's very temperamental and has zero battery life.... so its nice to be a little more Mobile.

Latest Dish Towels

Latest Dish Towels


The last time I used the satin DMC floss, I told myself never again ... but as you can see I used it on this project. So now... It's in the trash so I really never use it again. It's just too difficult to work with. I used multi colors on the letters to use up some "extras" from other projects - it worked out great and cleaned out my stash a little bit!

I realize these towels are not very kid friendly, so they will most likely go to someone with out little ones.... and someone who is not easily offended.

Okay time for question of the day....
What is your favorite curse word? And if you don't cuss, do you have alternative cuss word you like to use?

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Winter Towels

Yet another project complete. These two towels aren't necessarily a set - since one is more Christmas and the other one is more winter, but they will make a great addition to my sisters house during the "cold" months. ;-)


The thing I love about these these flour sack/tea towels is that they are rather thin and dry pretty quickly - so they are great for repeated use. Oh yeah, and they are super cute when all done up! ;-)

I found the snowflake embroidery pattern HERE and used a color page found on Google Images for the gingerbread house.

Evertime I stitch something new, I'm looking to learn something new in the process. This time around I learned the heavy chain stitch and used it for the icing of the gingerbread house. I knew a thin line in that color wouldn't stand out enough, so the heavy chain worked well.

I didn't use any new techniques on the snowflakes - I think their simpleness makes them beautiful.

Snowflake

Snowflake

 Snowflake

Now I have to think of what to do next.... Any ideas??