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Monday, February 16, 2009

Beads, Beads and More Beads

I have an addictive personality, and it really shows through in my crafts. I start doing something, decide I enjoy it, and many times about go overboard doing it. Thus, the beaded bracelets. I made bracelets until my eyes were seeing beads even when they were closed. And what, you ask, am I going to do with all of them? Why, stuff them in my drawer with the rest of my loose jewelry, of course! Here are my newest creations.
I love the green round beads, even though I can't think of a thing to wear them with!

Doesn't the middle one remind you of Oreo cookies?

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

This morning I went to a class to learn about jewelry making, gardening, and freezer meals. Crafts, food and menu planning. Three of my favorite subjects! This was one of a series of classes put on through my church on subjects similar to these. For the jewelry section we made bracelets. The one I made was green and orange, in honor of the Fiskateers group I'm in. I love the colors. This is my daughter modeling it.

The freezer meals we sampled were breakfast burritos, egg and muffin sandwiches, chicken quesadillas, Avocado Dip, and chocolate chip cookies. All of the food was yummy! I really like the idea of making food ahead of time and freezing it. It really cuts down on the prep time, especially for us at dinnertime. If you'd like any of these recipes, just comment or email me and I'll get them to you.
The gardening section was so informative. Who knew I should be preparing my soil right now? I am not much of a gardener but have always wanted to learn more. I can't wait to try all these new ideas on my vegetable garden this year. Now, if I could only get my peach tree to thrive in this Northern Nevada climate. . .

Sunday, February 8, 2009

I'm typing this from my new laptop I received for christmas. This is actuallly my first blog post with pictures that I opened and saved on the laptop. A big deal for me because I am so computer challenged. And the blog post wasn't even planned! Here's what my thought process is doing inside my brain these days: Today the whole family cleaned house (you can read more about the why the need to clean the house from top to bottom here) I needed a little break so I went outside and started to clean out my car. I found my sock project bag in the car with these socks. The socks reminded me that I needed to take a picture of them to put on my Ravelry account. I got out the camera, snapped a couple of pictures of the socks, 'cuz I'm loving them so much, then remembered that I needed to take an "after" picture of my craft room - after it's been cleaned up. I have such a short attention span! Needless to say, after the camera was in my hand I got practially Nothing done in the way of cleaning.
I loved knitting these socks - one of them only took me 3 days to finish! You can find the pattern here
The yarn I used was Dancing by Knit Picks. Yarn from my stash.
A close-up of the pattern work. Tilt your head to the left and you can see the hearts made with yarn-overs.
A much cleaner craft room!