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...

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.