Showing posts with label winter. Show all posts
Showing posts with label winter. Show all posts

Friday, March 6, 2015

Favorite Things Friday || Winter Wonders

Very short post today!! Please pardon the funky sized/fuzzy pics again.  I'm stuck using my iPad because of time constraints. Bleh.

I just wanted to quickly share a couple of products that are on my nightstand that I have gotten tons of use out of this winter!


Burt's Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream. I can't remember if I've mentioned this on the blog before or not. It was part of a wedding shower gift from my Aunt and it is amazing! There was a hand salve and lotion in the gift too which I have used, but this stuff smells wonderful! If you like citrus scents you will love this. The best part is it works just as great as it smells. Not only do I put it on my cuticles, I put it on the tips of my fingers when they're dry and even on my knuckles if they need some tlc. And shhh....don't tell him I told you, but my husband even uses the cuticle cream too! 


This stuff is my lip balm, or "Lip Junk" as the packaging says, of choice on the nightstand. Yes, it's called Chicken Poop. It's all natural made of beeswax, essential oils, and vitamin E. I have a couple other lip balms, a cherry Chapstick that I keep in my purse and a Burt's Bees in the medicine cabinet. The Chicken Poop is what I use at night before I go to bed. It's not tinted or flavored (except slightly by the oils) and the lavender oil in it is very relaxing to smell before going to sleep.


Hope you enjoyed this short post!
What are your favorite balms and lotions to use in the winter?
Do you like to use them in the morning or at night?





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.





Thursday, February 19, 2015

Good Fences || Bonus Post and Link Up

Here's a quick bonus post since I didn't post in Tuesday and I thought it was quite fitting for the freezing cold air hitting the Eastern US.

These are some pictures of my old backyard after an ice storm in 2008. Everything looked like it was coated in glass! It was so beautiful but SO cold!

I hope the bird who had previously made this his home flew very far south!

Branches of the willow tree snapped under the weight of the ice but the old picket fence held up well.

Every thing was coated in ice. The roof, the clothesline, and each picket of the fence.



If you'd like to join in the Good Fences Series visit Theresa's blog, Run*A*Round Ranch Report

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Lame is the Name of the Game

Ready, set, go:
Well, the weather hasn't been nice enough to get decent pictures with my not-so-decent camera of my newest items for Etsy or of the fat quarter skirt I sewed. I did have a nice day though.

My friend of 12 years and I try to get together at least every other month. We used to live a 5 minute walk from each other and since I moved we're now a half hour drive apart! Today we got together and spent most of the time in the car chatting away. We went into a specialty yarn store that I had never visited before. Most of the price tags made me feel like I need a different hobby. 

As we were leaving the cashier asked us if we had found anything. I said I was just looking because I'd never been in there before and had no specific pattern in mind so ALL that gorgeous yarn was pretty overwhelming. I felt like I was being watched and like I was stashing yarn under my coat because an ample portion of my arm knit scarf was sticking out at the collar. I felt silly for wearing it in the store but I told the woman what it was and she asked to see it because she'd only heard of arm knitting before and had never actually seen anything that was arm knitted. She called her friend over too look and said, "It's actually knitted, look at this!" Which gives me the feeling that she was skeptical about arm knitting and assumed, as I did at first, that it couldn't really be knitting and was just another one of those yarn crafts that was called knitting by people who didn't know what knitting was. (Forgive the snobbish sounding air there.)

My friend and I them made our way over to JoAnn Fabrics to quell the urge I now had to knit a pair of socks. I justified buying a $10.00 skein of Lion Brand Sock-Ease yarn by allowing my friend to pick the color and deciding that handmade socks would be a wonderful birthday gift. She always gets something handmade. It made me smile when I had to move cowl I made her for Christmas out of the passenger seat in her car before I could sit down. 

Now, back at home, I'm sitting on my bed and typing away with a double pointed needle, 64 cast on stitches, and a skein of Sock-Ease. There's also a messy trail of yarn on my pillow. I prefer working from the center of a skein but I always have trouble neatly finding the center. Does that happen to anyone else?


Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Gargantuafghan!!

I finished all but the boarder on the blanket...or the Gargantuafghan. It still needs a little trimming on yarn ends here and there, but that is beside the point. This blanket is huge! It is well over 6 feet tall and I would guess about 4.5 feet wide (not stretched out). I'll get exact measurements once it's totally finished.



I can't even explain how great it is to finally have this blanket all in one piece. I started out with 24 rows still needing to be attached just three days ago!! It is a good heavy blanket and very warm. I love the vintage look of it. I got the pattern out of a small crochet magazine, actually, the same magazine I mentioned in [this post.] I think this blanket is going to become a favorite of mine at least until we're well into Spring!



Here's a picture of the blanket while it was still in progress. You can see the colors a little better in this one.