March Habits

February went all too quickly and in the rush, pretty much all my habits went by the wayside.  I’m still resolved to be UNSTOPPABLE though so I’m trying a different tactic this month.

 

 

 

 

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“Regaining my momentum” might seem pretty nondescript.  It’s about not beating myself for not doing X, Y or Z and just focusing on moving the ball down the field a yard… NO MATTER WHAT.

I’m identifying time suckers and doing my best to limit, if not eliminate, them.  I want to keep up with all the chore type things during the week so my weekends are free to be awesome.

I’m getting my hustle back.  No. Matter. What!

 

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A Sweet and Simple Blanket

The best part of knitting for me is making something for someone special.  You can’t help but think about and pray for that person while you work.  One of my favorite people to knit for is my neice, Amelia (a.k.a. Sugar Bean).

 

 

 

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So when I decided to start a project to help dwindle down my stash, she was the first one to come to mind.  I grabbed these three skeins of yard, all the same brand and weight but in three different color ways.  I picked them up years ago on clearance but since they were discontinued, I was limited to a one skein project… until I decided to combine them into a blanket to get a bit of an ombre effect.

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I LOVE SELF STRIPING YARN!  No need to switch colors and sew in a million ends!

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Knitting… and knitting… and knitting

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then FINALLY done!!!!  With all the stripes, I decided to keep the pattern a simple stockinette with garter stitch borders.

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I’m happy with the finished project.  It’s super soft and big enough for her to use for quite a while.  Now on to her new brother’s blanket!

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Supplies:

US 6 circular needles
3 skeins sport weight yarn (404 yards/ 5.25 oz.)
needle for sewing in ends

Pattern:
CO 160 sts
K 10 rows
Front side: K across
Back side: K10, P to last 10 sts, k10
Continue pattern until blanket measures approx 46.5 inches with front side facing for next row.
K 10 rows
Bind off loosely and sew in ends.
{Finished dimensions 36” x 48”}

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Project Life: Week 8

It’s Week 8 of 2013 and Project Life!  There is something priceless about capturing everyday moments.  I think that’s one of the biggest reasons I love this project… that and all the washi I get to use…

 

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1Nothing out of the ordinary for the overall layout…2 Keeping things consistent with “dates” card and loving the bold “You are here” card from the Seafoam Collection3 Easily my favorite palm tree picture of late…4 and commemorating a milestone with my truck…5 I love using the same paper across multiple pockets like with my sushi pics.  It’s fun for a series of photos.6 The twine chain is connected to a note tucked behind the “This is Life” card…7 and it started unintentionally, but I’m making a habit of including a sunrise/sunset pick as the last image of the week.  I like that my book started with a sunrise and I intend for the last page to be the December 31st, 2013 sunset.

 

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March Desktop Wallpaper

GOOD NESS!  It’s March… and yes, that statement required a perfectly good single word to be split into two.

First of all, HAPPY BIRTHDAY LYNN!!!!!!!!

Second of all, Happy March to all of you (Hi, Mom)! Here’s a little something for you to stare at for the next 31 days.

 

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1680×1050 HERE

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Get your hands on these other great freebies!

Digital Washi from Creature Comforts HERE

Polaroid frames from irocksowhat HERE

Textures from Cara Bella Creative HERE

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It’s Pinterest Challenge Time!

It’s that time again!  It’s Pinterest Challenge time!  If you don’t know what I’m talking about, get the full run down over at Bower Power or Young House Love, but basically it’s about taking something you’ve pinned and making in a reality…

I’ve pinned the same thing repeatedly.  I actually feel lame for using it for the Pinterest Challenge because it’s starting to feel overdone, but alas…

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(sources HERE and HERE)

I still  love this idea of taking a Staples engineering print and modge podging that sucker to a giant canvas.  So, I ordered the 36 x 48 print and grabbed one of my BOGO + coupon scored canvases from Michaels.

I started with my original photograph (shamelessly available at my Etsy Shop HERE) and sent the original size to Staples…

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then gathered the necessary supplies and headed to the living room of my friend, Lynn of CaraBella Creative, so she could help me suss out the best way to tackle the project …

because, you know, reading the ACTUAL TUTORIALS would be lame or something.  Are you picking up the foreshadowing yet?

We decided to paint the whole canvas with modge podge, keep the print rolled, align it proper then roll it out, smoothing along the way.  Yeah… not so great.  The paper began to crinkle and stretch the second it touched the glue… so just like ripping off a bandaid, we ditched the slow and steady method for the “just get stuck on” method.  Because… yeah… tutorials…

At that point, it pretty much looked like a failure and a top coat didn’t help either… but LO AND BEHOLD!!!  As it dried, all the crazy ridges went way down… so much so that I sorta thought I should have just told you I added texture on purpose, but, you know, honesty in blogging and all.

6 Here she hangs in my bedroom and I’ve got to say, I love it!

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Note to those that may want to tackle the project, follow Katie’s tutorial on Bower Power HERE… insulation board + glue stick = successful project.  ,

Don’t forget to check out what all the hosts did!

(Not to mention all the linky love and inspiration!)

Katie from Bower Power

Megan from The Remodeled Life

Sherry from Young House Love

Michelle from Decor & The Dog

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Project Life: Week 7

Welcome to the bad photography club seventh week of Project Life!  The “big deal” of this week was Valentine’s Day and while I usually shun VD there ended up to be a lot to write home about…

 

 

 

1 The left side was about everyday moments…2 and the right was “Valentine’s” focused with a big envelope insert to hold the homemade card from my favorite little cousin, Sharayah.

3 Nothing exciting technique-wise, but I like the uniform size and paper on the four 3×4 slots and the silver letters spelling out “everyday moments.”

4 My poor truck “Red” was hit the hardest this V Day, literally, then my aunt duct taped the bumper back on (with Rayah’s help of course).  I finally found a use for the mini cards and envelopes (see bottom left) for more private notes…

5 and I love the look of the paper heart doily split between the two 4×6 pockets.

6 Have I mentioned lately that I love this project??? Cause I DO!!!

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February: Currently…

February.  The shortest month but one packed full nonetheless.  From work to crafting to work to holidays (did I mention work?) it’s been busy but so good…

 

 

 

Anticipating: the March Partner Pal exchange!

Baking: Maple Dijon Potatoes and Green Beans… YUM!.

Changing: back to a vegetarian diet.

Drinking: good ole H2O.

Embracing: busy, productive yet fun weekends planned for March.

Finishing: Week 8 of Project Life.

Grateful: for friends that can read my mind.

Happy: to be digging into my second draft of the novel.

Ignoring: the voice of doubt.

Juggling: work, writing, crafting, blogging, sleeping.

Knitting: a striped baby blanket (still!)

Listening: The Lumineers.

Making: the most of the motivation I can muster, even if it’s not much.

Noticing: the overflowing stock of supplies for various incomplete projects.

Obsessing: over clearance fabric on Etsy.

Proud: to be blogging as much as I have.

Quitting: stress… yup, it’s a 12 Step Program.

Ready: to make huge strides on my house project list.

Sacrificing: things that hold me back.

Thinking: about my baby nephew and anticipating his debut in June.

Using: washi tape like it’s going out of style.

Visualizing: my dream studio with my favorite creative partner.

Watching: The Following.

X-ing: something… ANYTHING… off the list before Friday!!!

Yearning: to be closer to everyone I love.

Zooming: through the backstreets on the way to work, trying to avoid tolls.

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