Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Christmas Box

I've been working on my Christmas gift list.

I have finished a shawl for one of my cousins.  This is strictly a because I wanted her to have it kind of gift.

I have also finished 3 scarves in different patterns for the box.  I'll try to get photos of them to share soon.

Abstractly Chic Shawl Crochet A Long

I'm working on a shawl for the Abstractly Chic Shawl Crochet A Long.
If anyone is interested in the pattern, it is free.   https://marlybird.com/free-crochet-patterns/abstractly-chic-shawl-week-1/
I went with inexpensive Red Heart Yarn from Walmart in various purples with black for an accent.

I've finished week one's pattern release.  I think I like the pattern, but next time will make it with a larger hook for a looser finish.

I think there is a good chance I may kill the yarn on this one to make it drape a little better, but all in all I love the color combination and expect to get a lot of wear from it.

Friday, September 7, 2018

Life in General

I'm not even sure if anyone is still out here....I've been so slack about posting.  Life in general has taken on a strange ho-hum around here.  A new pace I suppose is the best way to describe it.  Not driving, being home full time except with planned outings with others, and in general doing things at my own leisure have all changed the pace of life.

I've had a lot of time for art projects, a lot of time for crocheting, and just a lot of time in general.  Ironically I don't have a lot of people around me to take care of, there isn't a lot of land to tend, or a lot of meals to prepare.  It's quiet.  Some days it is almost too quiet, but then other days I can kind of lose myself in the rhythm of my days.  A cup of coffee in the morning, some household chores, time in my craft room, evenings with my daughter, and repeat.  Although I will admit it does make it harder to find things to write about and share here.

I've been doing a lot of playing with watercolor paints.  These are just a few of the doodles I've done in my art journal.  I've also discovered that I love mixed media art better than any other form of artistic creativity I have tried.  I'll try to be a little better about sharing what I've been up to and share some photos of some of my mixed media projects soon.

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

An Easy Chicken and Noodle Casserole

This was a pretty easy casserole that can be made as frugally as you chose.  In fact, I think it would be an ideal pull together to use up leftovers of various kinds.

Monday, August 13, 2018

Frugal Happenings for the Last Two Weeks

1.  This week in an effort to get myself out of the “no cooking” doldrums I created a supper menu plan that included mostly crockpot meals.  We did pretty well at sticking to it.  A win-win because we ate a little better, I continued to use up things from the freezer, and we used less electricity.

2.  We used Walmart Grocery Pickup, which kept us out of the stores.  I also picked up some items to fill in some pantry blanks from Sam's Club and Aldi.

3.  We had family over for supper and I was able to pull everything except for bread from our supplies....due to the heat I did not bake bread though.  Instead I bought rolls from Dollar Tree.

4.  I finished up an almost completely recycled from “would be trash items” book.  It has kind of been a self-care therapy project.  I figure the cost of supplies and goodness only knows what the cost of therapy would be is all saved.  LOL

5.  A crafting supply I ordered from Amazon — the best price I could find after shopping around — came damaged.  I contacted customer support.  They had me keep the damaged item (parts of which I can use, just not the whole thing) and sent me a free replacement that arrived the next day.  

6.  We packed a picnic for a day trip.

7.  I packed a thermos of coffee for a second road trip we took since we were leaving super early in the morning.  This thermos lasted us the entire ride.

8.  I've been doing laundry once a week and washing larger loads since I am having to use the dryer.  It seems to be helping and the electric bill has stabilized.

9.  We are still working on eating down some items.  I've actually emptied several jars from our home canned items as well in my attempt to rotate things in and out.

Thursday, August 9, 2018

It's Never Too Early

I've been working on Christmas...yes, Christmas.  It's never too early.  This year I really wanted to give the people on my Christmas card list handmade cards that I made with each family in mind.

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Slack Blogger

I’ve been so slack about blogging.  I think in part because I spend a lot of time crafting and lost in what I am doing.  I’ve also been doing a lot more filming than I have been writing down words.  Somehow it just seems easier right now.

I’ve finished an altered book journal for my daughter-in-law that was a very fun project to make.

I’ve also finished a book that is for my sister that is to be used as a bullet journal type set up with removable pages.  It has a mermaid theme and a totally different set up than the other books I’ve been working with.  

The last book I worked on is a brag book for a new grandmama.  This one is pretty blank inside, but I think it is quite adorable.

Each book has been a little different than the previous and with each one I feel like I have learned something new.  I have a million ideas floating around in my head for various projects and what seems like endless hours to spend in my craft room.  

Christmas Box

I've been working on my Christmas gift list. I have finished a shawl for one of my cousins.  This is strictly a because I wanted her t...