Sunday, April 16, 2017

Friday, April 14, 2017

Hot Cross Buns

Every once in a while I'll think to myself "Oh, I should make hot cross buns on Good Friday" and then I ultimately forget to do it because that thought occurred to me in October or November...or the week after Easter.  Well this year it occurred to me just before Lent, so I wrote it down on every calendar/planner/scrap of paper I could lay my hands on.

It worked! We made hot cross buns!

Then I shipped the little monsters off to Grammy's for the weekend.  Chris and I have building to do!

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Just Keep Crafting

So how about I published my last Crafting post with no photos and never did link it up? And here I was so proud of myself for getting it "done".  *edited to add: I did it again this week! gah! what is up with me?!*

Still still plugging away at Find Your Fade.  I love it and hate it at the same time.  Love the shawl, the pattern, the yarn...hate the commitment that is knitting a large shawl.  or any shawl really.  I'm more of a baby clothes knitter, or a small toy knitter, I'm not one for big projects so this is challenging me.

I've also knocked out a few bonnets and a couple geranium dresses.  I'm thinking of trying to obtain the seller's license for Geranium so that I might sell them on Etsy or at craft shows.  We'll see.  I am opening an etsy shop though, just selling a bit of a hodge podge of what I create; dolls, toys, baby things, home pretty-fiers.  I'll share more as it get closer to opening time.  For now, keep crafting my friends!

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Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Cutting Teeth

Last month I saw that Jim Gaffigan was going to be performing in State College, and since Chris will use just about any excuse to go up there, I figured I could weasel a night of entertainment of my choice out of my husband.  It's a long standing joke between us that I never get to see anyone I want to see.  Seriously, we've been together for 9 years and this was the first show that I showed interest in and actually got to see!  I bought Chris a copy of "Dad is Fat" for Christmas and he's been enjoying reading it.  As Chris put it, "it's like he's talking about my life".

Then we went to The Creamery don't go to State College and NOT go to The Creamery.  In fact I'm pretty certain if you get pulled over leaving State College and you don't have a bag full of ice cream in your trunk, you get fined.  We picked up 3 gallons just to cover our bases.  (disturbing yet entertaining aside, I misspelled "bases" and my iphone tried to autocorrect it to "bodies" bwahahahaa!)

Our weekend away was my first time apart from A.  I cried when we left and I cried when we returned.  She didn't cry too much, according to my mother, but apparently she did spend a lot of time looking as if she was searching for someone.

The short time away gave A the opportunity to try something new.  She's cutting teeth! I couldn't believe it! Her siblings didn't start until they were around 10 months, so this must be some of that third baby-ness I hear so much about.  Oh A! Stay little just a little while longer!

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Just Keep Crafting

Still plugging away at my Find Your Fade shawl.

Also, Easter kinda snuck up on me so I'm in speed mode, trying to finish the whole host of things I wanted done for then! Easter dresses and bonnets, felted eggs, beaded bubble wands, etc.  I had hoped to make V a set of dollhouse dolls, but I haven't even ordered the supplies for them, so they're just going to be a summer project, I think.  I'm in a bigger time crunch than usual; Chris and I are going to see Jim Gaffigan this weekend and the 3 hour drive means it'll be an overnight trip (my first night away from A!) so my weekend is pretty much shot.  Saturday will be all hockey and swimming lessons, and we probably won't be home until Sunday afternoon.

What am I reading? Making.  I missed the boat on ordering the first issue last year, and kept talking myself out of buying the second since shipping is just atrocious on everything anymore.  But they reprinted issue one, so I went ahead and bought both the first and second issue and then subscribed while I was at it.  Once I received my issues I immediately regretted the hemming and hawing; these little books are packed full of awesome projects and they're worth every penny.

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Monday, March 27, 2017


A few weeks ago I started typing out a post called "just one of those days", in the middle of what seemed to be a day from hell.  The kids were fighting constantly, no one had gotten much sleep the night before, the toaster oven caught fire, I burned myself whilst trying to unplug the toaster oven, baby A wouldn't stop whining; the list goes on and on.  While I'm a huge proponent of "real life" blogging, even I couldn't bring myself to post it.  Complaining and moaning and whining, who wants to read that, no matter how real it might be in that moment?

The past 7 weeks or so have been very, very hard on me.  I've been sick, depressed, anxious, and in pain.  I've been exhausted from the moment my eyes have opened in the morning.  I haven't even been sleeping in my bed because my snoring is so out of control it wakes A.  I'm also going bald.  Basically I'm a train wreck.  7 weeks ago I received orders for blood work to test for a whole bunch of things, including hypothyroidism and Celiac.  It was suggested that I eat a whole bunch of bread in the weeks leading up to my test, which is what has made me miserable.  I've barely had motivation to deal with the kids, let alone keep up with this blog.

On Friday, I'll finally have those tests done and then I'll be able to move forward with my life.  Regardless of the results of my blood work I'm planning on starting the full GAPs diet, with some modifications since A is still nursing.  I'll tell you what, there's nothing quite like 7 weeks of recurring painful indigestion to make your really, really excited for an elimination diet.  I probably won't post much about it here but I'll share my meals on Instagram, so if anyone out there is interested in what I'll be eating, you can see for yourself on my Instagram page.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Just Keep Crafting

"I just checkin' it...for cracks.  I checkin' it for cracks, Mommy.  You can't use it with cracks, gotta be safe!"

I started a Find Your Fade shawl so I could use up some of what I had dyed waaaaaay back in 2012 when I thought I'd like to try my hand at selling yarn.  Knitting is going so well, that I set it aside so that I could whip up a Geranium dress for A.  Procrastination is both my name and my game, friends! W and V usually take a long afternoon nap, so I'm hoping to get the dress finished during that time.  Unfortunately, that's also when I'd typically clean the house, or at least entertain the idea of cleaning the house, hehehe!

What are you working on?

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