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Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Ventures into Crochet

Hi All!
***I'm linking up with Creations by Kara: Look what I made Wednesday!***

I hope you are all enjoying the new year! This year I am trying to accomplish many things. I have had a bucket list of sorts for things I want to be able to do before having children and it appears my husband is doing his best to get them done to speed up the timeline! He's so ready for babies and I'm still apprehensive.... so he's doing his best to get me ready.

This bucket list includes:
 - learning how to use my new DSLR camera
 - learn how to sew decently enough to make children's clothing that people won't know I made them
 - learn how to crochet
 - develop an exercise routine

So, for Christmas my hubby got me a new camera and yarn.

I dug through my bag of miscellaneous "sewing" supplies that my great aunt left me many years ago and found a collection of crochet hooks and a book I added to it "I Can't Believe I'm Crocheting!" by leisure arts.

Next, of course, came Pinterest!! I've found many different cites that offer tutorials and free patterns- check out my new board here

My first project was a dishcloth that I gave away before taking a picture- following very easy to understand instructions from that book.

I used my variegated Christmas yarn to make this... what should have been a coaster. However, I didn't (don't) really understand the whole "gauge" process and this turned out a better size for a pot holder or maybe even a dishcloth.

But- the big point is, I felt really accomplished finishing it!

Then I made this scarf from the pattern I found at The Aesthetic Nest:

And learned that some yarns are easier to use than others... This one looks nice, feels nice, but is really, really hard to see the individual loops!

And then I made this headband from the pattern at Creativeyarn:

My next project is going to be a beanie... one for me and one for hubby :) But I need him to come with me and choose some yarn for his... so not going to start this week!

Thanks for stopping by! And if you have any tips for a new crochet-er, please let me know!!!

Thursday, January 3, 2013

New Years Goals

Hi All!

This year I am making goals.

Goals that I seriously intend to keep.

Goals that I think are actually do-able!

2012 was a year of LOTS of change! From getting married to owning our own house and all that comes with that! Much of what I wanted to accomplish in 2012 was put off to "later" since I was feeling so awful from working nights. 

This year I am making a pretty pretty list with nice check boxes to mark the completion of my goals :)

Here are some of them:

    Find a home church of use
    Work out more regularly
    Cook more dinners
    Finish the office remodel
    Create a binder for all our important info
    Create a filing system (get rid of the unsorted box system)
    Learn how to use my new DSLR camera
    Learn how to crochet
    Post to my blog more regularly
    Spend more time developing our Miche business
You'll notice that most of these are fairly vague... perhaps easier to accomplish? Hopefully!!!

I hope you are all setting easy to reach yet valuable goals too- and good luck with it!

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

December Wrap Up

Hi All!
I hope you enjoyed a great and safe new years! With all of the busy-ness of this month I didn't get most of my creations posted, so here is a wrap up of what I could easily post.
 My husbands great aunt and uncle celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary so I made this card to coordinate with the gift bag I had for them. The two smaller flowers and the center of the larger one are popped up, but you can't see it in this pic.
 My parents made their last house payment, so I made a congrats card for that :)
 My hubby playing legos with my nephew. My nephew is almost 3 1/2 and keeps breaking the lego creations so that "Uncle Justin will come play" with him.

 My parents celebrated their 31st wedding anniversary the day after Christmas. I made this card to go along with the white on white challenge for the Papertrey Ink blog hop, but didn't get it up on time. I added some spritzes of "shimmer" to the background base and used perfect pearls for the sentiments and the shimmer on the layers.
My last Christmas tag: three layers of "snow" on the bottom with glittered edges. In the end I was wishing I had finer glitter on the tree, so it's on the list for next years supplies.
My cuddle buddy Butters. He's growing like a weed and all bony, so not so fun to cuddle with, but he loves to be on our laps. Probably a bad habit that we'll need to break since he's almost a big as our lab already!

Thanks for stopping by!

Grey/Pink Anniversary Card
Paper: white card stock at 5.5 x 4.25
Stamps: PTI- rosey posey, damask designs
Ink: Colorbox- antique pewter; PTI- hibiscus burst, simply chartreuse, true black
Other: PTI- rosey posey dies

House Congrats Card
Paper: PTI summer sunrise at 5.5 x 4.25, white card stock
Stamps: PTI- door to door, Take Three: summer
Ink: PTI- true black, harvest gold, canyon clay, new leaf, fine linen

Wishing You a Happy Anniversary
Paper: white card stock at 5.5 x 4.25 plus scraps
Stamps: PTI- damask design, mat stack 1 and 2
Ink: Colorbox- frost white, baby blue; Brilliance- moonlight white
Other: PTI- mat stack 2 and 3 dies; Tsukineko sheer shimmer spray; Ranger perfect pearls; doily, pearls

Christmas Tag
Paper: white card stock
Stamps: PTI-love lives here: holiday, Christmas blessings; Hero Arts- merriest wishes
Ink: PTI-new leaf, hibiscus burst, hawaiian shores, true black; VersaMagic- ocean depth
Other: Tim Holtz Stickles frosted lace