Sunday, December 29, 2013

Raccoon

One of my good friends from college had a baby earlier this month. The holidays have been hectic, so I just got around to making something for the little one....the gift is a little late, but I'm hoping being handmade makes up for that ;-)

I picked up this little onesie at Carters, and decided it needed something to go with it. I had purchased and downloaded a hat pattern from the internet but the directions for the eye mask part were terrible.

I decided to wing it and make my own... and it turned out GREAT. I have never crocheted anything without a pattern (that actually turned out) - I'm pretty proud of myself. I didn't write it down... but I'm not the kind of person that likes to make the same thing twice anyway!

For baby Ellis
Raccoon

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Christmas Makes

It's that time of year.... the amount of craft projects start piling up. So far I've made two blankets (forgot to snap a picture), two pillows & some gift card holders. Most of my projects have been fairly simple but I always feel like I am running out of time! I still have one (or two, I haven't decided) dish towels left to embroider. Since I have to mail those, they are going to be late for Christmas :-(

I wanted to share the pillows I made today, they were SO quick and easy to make. They turned out way better than I had imagined! You can find a good tutorial HERE. I used 12x12 inch pillows because I though they'd be good for traveling or for at home on the couch too. I used flannel and added some satin trim to the pink one.

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Front Back


Below are the gift card holders I made. The one on the left was may first attempt (and super crooked). My mom did middle one (the BEST one of course). I had no template for these but enjoyed making them during my lunch hour Friday.  I'll I had to do is stitch the sides together when I got home!

Gift Card Holders

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Rats

I brought home a rat from work. He's been hanging around the office since Halloween... and I though he could use some sprucing up.


I may or may not have made him something for Christmas...

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Afghan Complete

I stated this blanket back in January and it got pushed aside for other projects and the summer months... Since its a little cooler out and I can stand the warmth of a blanket, I decided to pick this project back up. I was finished before I knew it!

ManGhan

I was going to go all black, white and grey with it... but partway through I just couldn't stand the no-colorness of it. I added one pink/red stripe and finished the edges with the same color. The pattern was SUPER easy, and once you get a few rows in you don't even need to reference it.

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Stitches needed are a SC and DC, You can find the pattern FREE here. I used a size K hook, but you really can use whatever you want and adjust the size

Oh, and in case you were wondering:
:-P

Saturday, November 16, 2013

SlipppuurzzzZZzzz

I have a habit of finishing my projects late at night and I just can't wait until daylight for a picture! So the photo isn't the best... but you get it right? Slippppuurrzz!

Slippurzzz

I've made a couple of pairs of these and recently talked my mom into making them too. The pattern is super easy and QUICK (EvasStudio). The main stitch is a HDC. I've found THIS website to be very useful for quick reference on different stitches. I always need a refresher when crochet "season" rolls around.

Monday, October 28, 2013

107 Geocaches

I beat my previous record of 105 caches in one day.... On Saturday I went out with a group of cachers and together we found 106 caches! Because the caches were all puzzle caches, I was able to claim my smiley on a challenge cache as well, making the grand total 107.

I wanted to share a couple of resources for those of you that hate logging after a long day of caching. I am not a fan of logging caches after a day like that! The Geocaching Express Logger certainly made things go a lot faster.

Also if your big into discovering travel bugs, like myself Log Them All! is another good resource. I've yet to use this one, but hopefully it saves time too!

There was some nice geoart in the area of where I was caching Sunday, I thought I'd go ahead and share that too (click the picture to take you to the cache on geocaching.com):

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This one wasn't close by, but since Halloween is right around the corner....

 GEOART1

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Just in the Nick of Time

Finished up this bad boy just in the nick of time. I will have a whole 4 days to display it... But it's done - that's all that matters! This mini wall hanging is just the right size for my cubical at work. It's small, but will brighten up the space. I made and pieced, by hand, all of the hexagons using the EPP method.

 Halloween Hex

I took my first stab at hand quilting. I sucked, therefore this piece has very little quilting. I hope to get better, I have another project that requires hand quilting (I'm really dreading it!)


A BIG thanks goes out to my Mom. Without her, I don't think I would have finished this one in time. She squared off the final piece and finished the binding. Love that woman!

Do you decorate you workspace?

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Rotten Apple

Here is the truth. My Apple is FIVE years old and a SLOW piece of SH!T. At times, just downloading a picture is toooorrrrrture. I am a photo person. I have a hard time doing a post without a photo to go along side it. If I bump my computer just right (I'm very god at this by the way) the thing shuts off and goes blank right in the middle of whatever it was I was doing.  Does that explain my absence? I hope so.

Anyhow, My computer is cooperating for the MOMENT.

I went to Vegas for the first time a few weekends ago to meet up with my older sister. It was a very last minute and short trip/visit, but it was good to see her. Vegas was... interesting and crowded. I will never go back to Vegas on a weekend. EVER. Ever. ever. Nope never. Besides seeing my sister and hanging out with her, I enjoyed the fountains at the Bellagio the best!

A Vegas Must See





I neglected to get a geocache for Nevada.... remember all those computer issues I've been having? Yea.

I've been busy crafting.... and occasionally I get an "order" to make a toddler shirt. This is my most recent and favorite.

Pirate 


Arrrgggg.

I'm of To Ohio & Michigan for some family and bff time!

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Witch

It gets quiet around here when there are projects going on...

Stitched Kid Art

This is my most recent completed project. The witch was drawn by a 5 year old, stitching by me ;-)

Last year we made a pumpkin.

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Banana Bites

Have you seen that "Fried" Honey Banana recipe on Pinterest? I was in the mood for something sweet today and decided to give it a try...

Banana Bites

Banana Bites 


All Gone!

It was a very tasty treat! 

I used 1tsp of canola oil.. because coconut oil is not something I  keep on hand. I'm thinking apples and peaches would also be good this way. Can't wait to try them...

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Hexagon Addict

I'm addicted to these English Paper Pieced (EPP) hexagons... I'm still working on my Summer Stitching Project, but while I wait for new patterns each week I've been working on something else....

 Halloween in Hexigons

I've dubbed this one the "Halloween Hexagon Project." I'm having fun with it so far. Sewing them together will be interesting but I still have some more hexagons to make first. This will be a small wall/door/cubical hanging, you can see the quarter on the left for a hexagon size comparison. They are a bit smaller than the Summer Stitching ones I'm also working on.

Are you working on any projects?

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Carlsbad Caverns

On the way home from Texas my Mom and I took a detour.... It made our trip and hour or two longer, but it was so worth it! I've never been in a cave like this, It was gigantic!

There are no words to describe how beautiful this place was, so you'll just have to check out the pictures and use you imagination. The pictures aren't spectacular, but I'm impressed with my little point & shoot camera...

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Carlsbad Caverns

cave

A River Runs Through It

Water Feature

NM Cave

Bat Cave
 
We took the Kings Palace tour. It was a great tour but I definitely recommend getting tickets online ahead of time like we did. They sold out while we were waiting in line. There is also a virtual geocache inside the cave (not pictured because it'd give it away!)

Have you ever been in a cave? When? where?

Sunday, July 14, 2013

East Bound to Texas

My Mother and I decided to drive to Texas for the family reunion. The total drive time is right around 15 hours. We decided to break it up into two days. We left after work on Tuesday, July 2 and made our way from Tucson, AZ to Las Cruces, NM in about 4 hours. We just barely missed a dust storm and monsoon on the way.

AZ NM

We stayed in a Holiday Inn Express. Everything was nice, except for the view from our room...


After stopping for the night, we had 11 hours ahead of us the following day.

Texass

We only grabbed two caches. One was a traditional and the other a virtual.

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Texas_188

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The virtual (Davy Who?) was in Crockett County in the cute town of Ozona, TX. Crockett county was named in honor of Davy Crockett, who was "A member of the United States Congress, from Tennessee and killed in the Alamo." Being a virtual, you had to get certain information(not included in this post) from the monuments to answer the questions. If your answers are correct you can claim the cache as found.

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We passed some burning trees and brush along the highway around dusk. As it got later into the night we watched a beautiful lightning storm in the distance. We almost made it there without getting lost... my mom had to ask a police officer for directions to my aunts. Thank goodness for small towns! Turns out we were in the right spot after all - it's just too dark in the middle of nowhere... 

Summer Stitching Project

Wild Olive Summer Stitching Club

This week I stitched three hexagons to catch up. I got a little behind with preparing for vacation, going on vacation and making it back from vacation ;-) I knew there would be little time to work on my project while in TX, so I didn't even bother to bring it with me.

Wild Olive Summer Stitching Club


Some of my hexies seem to have slightly diferent fabric colors... but I had use yellow card stock for the back of some of the hexies when I started... since that was all I could find...

Wild Olive Summer Stitching Club


Most of my stitching is done on the bus, on my 15 min. breaks, on my hour lunch break and at home after work. It is the perfect small project to take anywhere!


Thursday, July 11, 2013

Well, Hello There

My 4th of July was spent in the middle of nowhere. Where's that you ask? Its about an hour south of Houston, and my Aunt lives there - smack dab in the middle of the middle of nowhere.

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Our family gathers around the 4th every year for a family reunion. Our family reunion is dubbed "Sisters" because the 3 sisters take turns hosting the entire family.

Sisters
Mom, Aunt Kathy & Aunt Trish

We have two main Sisters traditions. A few games of LCR  with $1 bills (if you haven't ever played it your are missing out!) and a puzzle or two.

LCR1

LCR2 
 
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Members of our family seem to have a problem with "hide the last piece for yourself!"

My Aunt's property shares a border with the community center, so we had awesome seats and a unique view of the fireworks.

The show behind the show...


There was also some skeet shootin'. I didn't do too bad but my cousins are way better ;-) I just had to try the "big" gun (I know nothing about guns) and I have a killer bruise to prove it! ouch!



It was good to see everyone (we had 17 of us from Arizona, California, Texas and Michigan) and we missed those that couldn't make it (Sara, Lisa, Jimmy, Anthony, Ashton)

Sunday, June 30, 2013

Cacti and Project Updates

So I have this problem. Every time I go to Lowe's I buy a cacti. I can't help it. They are so little, cute and cheap. Here is the one that has most recently bloomed.

Rose Quartz

I also wanted to share some project updates... I have been making more birthday shirts. So far this year have done two 5's, a 2, a 3 & a 1(pictured below) 

One

I have also done another hexigon for the summer stitching project. I am one behind... but hope to catch up on an upcoming vacation.

Summer Stitching Project

That all there is to report for now!