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Friday, February 20, 2015

Favorite Things Friday || Snowflakes that Stay...(10 Things to do When it's Cold and Snowy Outside)

...on my nose and eyelashes.

The Northeast has been pummeled  with snowstorm after snowstorm. I moved just before winter began and so far have seen enough snow that I can still enjoy it without dreading the next round of fluffy, white precipitation.

I went through several old photos to see what I decided to make memories of in winters past and came up with the idea for this post.

1. Go to Florida! They say, "With age comes wisdom." Why do you think so many retired people go to Florida in the winter? You always thought it was because it's too hard for them to shovel or they can't handle the cold, right? Now you know. Those sage, grandparental figures have weathered through a rough winter or two and garnered a few feathers in their caps which they now use to make their annual flight to the sunshine state when the temperature begins to drop. (If becoming a snowbird is not a feasible option, read on.)


2. Make (or buy) a hat. And a scarf, and a sweater, and a blanket, and a hot water bottle cozy. If you're in this for the long haul then you need to be prepared! Learning to crochet or knit is a great winter hobby. Not only will you be able to make yourself things to keep warm, but it's also a wonderful way to pass the time when the fifth storm in three weeks hits and you're officially snowed in until you can open the front door again.


3. Go for a walk/drive. When you can once again get outside and clean off your car it's always fun to go out and look at the beautiful scenery of snow covered trees and fields. Of course, you can bundle up and just take a short walk, but it's always nice to crank up the heater in the car while you look at the frozen landscape that surrounds you. Just remember what the colors and shapes of traffic signs mean. Also, if global warming were a thing, you'd be contributing to it and might lessen your chances for getting snowed in next winter.


4. Ski! The snow can be enjoyable. I know that can be pretty hard to believe when you're shoveling the driveway for the third time in the same storm, but how about learning a winter sport? Skiing is very popular and schussing down a hill can be very invigorating on a cold, bright and sunny day in the middle of winter.


5. Skating is another very fun winter activity! Many rinks will let you rent skates or you might be able to find a used pair at an affordable price online or at a used sporting goods store. Always make sure that you are skating on a body of water with ice that is thick enough. Several states/counties have websites that tell you whether or not certain lakes and ponds in your area are frozen enough and safe to skate on. The plus side of rinks is you don't have to worry about ice thickness and they are often inside and can be warmer than skating outdoors.


6. Look for animal tracks. Winter is prime time for looking for prints in the snow. Not every animal hibernates or migrates south. There is quite a variety of wildlife that remains active in the winter. Of course, not every animal will spend time on the ground, so make sure you look up too and you might just catch a glimpse of a bird that prefers the snowy season. This Snowy Owl spent a little time watching my husband fish last winter.

 
7. Sit in it. Who doesn't like to make a snow angel? Of course, when the snow gets too deep for that and you're tired of trudging in drifts pasts your knees all you can do is just sit down and see how deep the snow is. It's actually a little, tiny bit insulating and pretty warm for the first 10 seconds.



8. Watch a movie. When it's way too cold to go outside and you've had enough of the wintery weather then it's time to kick back, relax, and put on a good flick. Preferably The Sound of Music.


9. Make something warm to drink. The prefect accompaniment to a good movie on a cold winter night is a warm cup of cocoa. Of course tea, coffee, or hot apple cider are also acceptable. While you're at it you might as well put it in a Christmas mug since it still looks like Christmas outside anyway and you probably haven't taken down your Christmas lights since they're buried in the snow.


10. Enjoy the winter. Don't be chicken, (I know, I really had to reach for that joke. Sarcasm.) enjoy the winter season. Spring will be back someday and after that follows summer. Remember summer? It's that scorching, hot season that always makes you wish that it were winter again.





Tuesday, May 27, 2014

What's in a Name?

I feel like I need a name for Tuesday posts because "Favorite Things Friday" has a name. It really it that and my unusual need to be pretty organized which has turned into more of an organized chaos as of late.

Anywho...

I'm beginning to accumulate my WIP pile again. I have the gargantuafghan, still nearly done, but not quite and these three beauties. Well, two. The two blue-green color projects are from pattern.

 At the top there is the lovely Glitz at the Ritz shawl which is slightly more finished than the last time I posted about it. Middle is the Kerry Shrug. Both patterns can be found on Ravelry. The bottom picture is a result of last night's efforts to crochet a realistic (for the most part) looking bluebird. I tried in both 2 and 3 dimensions. There are still a lot of changes to be made to both patterns. 


Oh, I almost forgot...I am so excited for the Medieval themed Summer Reading Program at the library! The main reason why I am so excited is because my boss asked me to sew a canopy from a pattern she bought. I get to sew at work! Which, in a way, this means I'll get paid for sewing. That makes me a professional seamstress, right? Ha, maybe not! I think I'll forgo that title until I see how this canopy turns out.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Blog, Glob, Gob, God

Something I have been thinking about and praying about for a while now is how to incorporate God into my blog. I've posted Bible verses here and there and mentioned God a couple of times, but I feel like He deserves a little more than just a mention here or there. God gave me the talents I have and I want to use them. I love to use my talents and when I do I want to give glory to the One whom it belongs. 

I moved about eight months ago and started attending a new church. I went back to my previous church last Sunday evening and was asked to stand up and give a testimony. I had no idea what to say. I started talking about how it has been amazing to see how God has been providing for me even when I had doubts. I talked about how I quit my part time job at a grocery store because it would have taken nearly an hour to drive there from my new house. Within a couple of months I had not one, but TWO new jobs that I really love! I even get to use my craft skills  and knowledge at both jobs!

While my blog has a very small fan base which, honestly, can be kind of discouraging, I am SO thankful for each and every one of my readers. (Especially for my cousin who edited my blog spur of the moment last Friday. Yeah, she's cool. ;) ) This week I didn't do too much crafting because I had more hours at work than usual but I think God might be telling me to keep at this whole crafting thing. 

Last week I entered a giveaway just for the fun of it. It was on the Boyer Family Singers Blog for a Sense & Sensibility dress pattern. I had actually completely forgotten about it until I got home from work yesterday and checked my blog feed. I suddenly remembered the giveaway when I saw the blog preview entitled "We Have a Winner!" I skimmed the preview and gasped when I saw my name! There were over 600 entries!! I could not believe it! I am very, very grateful to have won! There will definitely be a blog post about the dress after I've sewn it. That may take a little while, though. I've got a few sort of "back logged" projects that I need to post about soon as well. Like I said last Tuesday, time, technology, and the weather have not all worked out in my favor the past few weeks...but I know Spring is coming!

"As long as the earth endures, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night will never cease." Genesis 8:22 NIV


I just joined the link-up party @ www.tamingrapunzel.com

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Sock and Awe

Well, one sock is coming along nicely. I'm on the fence about this whole knitting socks thing at this point after frogging the equivalent of about 1/4 of the project and still having another sock to make after this one. I WILL finish them! I have promised myself that. I've got a few weeks to go before they really need to be done.

Next on the agenda: the case of the missing Etsy updates. Yeah. Work, weather, equipment, etc. have all decided to no longer work in my favor for the time being. I'm still trying to get my "gimmick" though. That one product that is what I make. Of course there will still be other handmade and vintage items listed, but I want to have that one thing that I can tell people, "This is what I do. This is my shop. I would love for you to take a look!" ---Classic movie reference: This feels very much like Jimmy Stewart as Glenn Miller in The Glenn Miller Story when he was looking for a certain sound for his band. He didn't know what it was, but when he heard it, there was no mistaking it.---

Here's sock nĂºmero uno btw. In order starting top left going clockwise. I'm sure you could tell.:



That's basically all I worked on all week. Yeah. It's taking that long to knit a pair of socks...to knit ONE sock.

Okay, I should proceed with extreme caution in saying that I will post a blog on Friday. I have no name for the Tuesday posts yet, but I think Favorite Things Friday may stick! Very general, yes, but we shall see where this goes. I am hoping to finish up my Carrie Underwood Sound of Music reviews. I had two more parts to write when my notes went missing in action. I just found them a few days ago behind the cover of one of my books. Coincidently that book is "Sound of Music: The Making of America's Favorite Movie." By Julia Antopol Hirsch. I was doing research.  :)

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes....and Hands and Arms

This has been a fun week. I'm slowly but surely finishing up the Gargantuafghan. Autocorrect just fixed that word for me because I unintentionally switched two letters! I've been typing it a lot lately. The measurements with the boarder completed are 52 inches wide by 84 inches long. A whopping 7 feet long!! I'll have to compare that to my old blue one I made about 5 years ago. They're pretty close in size.



This past week two Items have been taken off of Etsy and frogged. Rippit rippit... (Did I use that correctly?) I had two hand crocheted, literally, scarves made from bulky yarn. They were so soft but just so so so ugly. I took the listings down and turned them along with the rest of my super bulky stash into a super plush mat. Not quite as puffy and ugly looking as the scarves were and it is indeed so so so soft!



I've also been watching the Olympics more than I thought I would be this week. Usually I sit in my room and craft while watching some classic film. Somewhere between Japan and Russia figure skating  I decided to watch a video on arm knitting. I expected it to be dramatically different than traditional knitting just because it seems like nearly any yarn craft that doesn't actually use hooks or needles often times is referred to as some sort of "knitting" even when it really isn't. However, arm knitting is what it says it is. I made this out of homespun yarn because I have a TON. Then I made another one to sell on Etsy. You might have guessed by now that I'll be updating Etsy very soon for spring. Follow me on Instagram via the tab above for some sneak peeks of items before they're even listed on Etsy!



Last but not least. Have I mentioned my serger here yet? I purchased one on sale a few weeks ago. The sale plus the employee discount made it well worth the buy. I was so sick of zig zag stitches and fray check, though they do have their place. I've still got a lot to learn, but these finished edges look so nice! I might have to start wearing my clothes inside out! Well, maybe not.



Thanks for reading! What have you been crafting lately?