Sashay Scarf Ta Da!

I started this scarf a little bit ago and first blogged about it here.  I have been working on it a little bit at a time with the intention of finishing it before my daughter came home for Thanksgiving.  All the crocheting was done, but I still had all those pesky ends to weave in.

Lots of ends.

Lots of ends.

Diligently, a little at a time, the ends were woven in and the scarf was finished.

One of the granny squares and a few stripes.

One of the granny squares and a few stripes.

I really loved the way this came together.  The combination of the granny squares and the stripes that connected two sets of granny squares was just the right amount of change needed to keep this project interesting to me.  I can totally see myself making another one of these at some point.

Wrapped up all nice and warm!

Wrapped up all nice and warm!

Once I gave it to her, she didn’t take it off!

Scarf at breakfast.

Scarf at breakfast.

It came out with us to breakfast…

Scarf at a concert.

Scarf at a concert.

It came with us to her brother’s orchestra concert.  And it was worn on the plane home.  I’m so thrilled that she loves the finished scarf!!  I’m sad she went back to college, but I don’t have long to wait to see her again – she comes home for Christmas break soon!!

Cello Recitals

Two of my kids play the cello.  Recently we had their recital (thankfully they both have the same teacher!), one of them was super nervous and the other one was fine.  I love going to these recitals.  It is really fun to hear their music in a different setting and inspirational for them to hear others playing.

French Braid.

French Braid.

At the last minute, my daughter decided she wanted her hair braided.  We stood out front of where her recital would take place and braided her hair.  Not the best, but she was happy.

9yo son.

9yo son.

My shy 9 year old son went first as he is the youngest and newest student for this teacher.  He did a great job.  I think he is comfortable because he can hide behind the music stand and his cello!

13 year old.

13 year old.

My 13 year old daughter played later in the line up – she was extremely nervous but played fine anyway.  Some of the musicians we heard were fantastic!  All the kids work so hard and it truly shows at this time of the year.

Perler Beads

When my kids were younger, perler beads were all the craze.  They did them for hours and hours and our poor iron was in constant use.  As the kids got older and had more homework and other activities, perler beads fell to the wayside.  Well, I was reading this post the other day and decided to bring them out.

Perler Beads on Pinterest.

Perler Beads on Pinterest.

I also did a quick search on Pinterest (courtesy of Lucy at attic24) and found no end to the ideas there.IMG_3439

I am almost ashamed to admit that I was the one interested in these little beads of color to begin with – no children were sitting with me when I started.IMG_3435

Once they saw what I was working on they all came over to join in and help out.  Then they moved on to their own creations.IMG_3443

E decided on a flower.IMG_3440

Another child joined us.  As you can see, we were eating breakfast while we were working on our perler bead creations.  Arts and crafts happen early, early in our home :o)

Some 3-D art was born.

Some 3-D art was born.

More 3-D art.

More 3-D art.

IMG_3441Note the little beads on the bottom of the house.  This is how they make the 3-D art – they leave out beads on a mat of ironed perler beads, and add “pegs” to the bottom of the piece that they want to stand up.  Pretty clever if I do say so myself!

Candles.

Candles.

Someone has a birthday coming up!

Cooking!

Lately I have felt like cooking – A LOT!  Maybe because it feels like fall and I feel more like hunkering down at home.  Maybe it’s because we have had a lot of late afternoon and evening recitals and concerts to attend which means that using the crockpot or the delay timer on the oven necessary if we want to eat dinner at a respectable hour.  It also could be because of this book:IMG_3420

I found this book at Costco and thought, “WOW!  Make-Ahead dinner ideas – just prepare the night before and put into the oven the next evening”.  That thought made the book jump into my cart!

Indian-Spiced Chicken with Yogurt Sauce.

Indian-Spiced Chicken with Yogurt Sauce.

This is the first recipe I tried.  Everyone in the family LOVED it!!  That is very much an accomplishment with five kids.  A couple of nights later, I tried this recipe:

Slow-Cooker Turkey and Wild Rice Soup.

Slow-Cooker Turkey and Wild Rice Soup.

My husband and I really liked this recipe.

Yummy Soup.

Yummy Soup.

My 16yo daughter also really liked this soup, but the rest of them, not so much.  I have to say, I really like soup – all kinds.  Especially during the colder months.  I love smelling soup cooking over a long period of time, I love the warm kitchen and I love a good bowl of soup with a slice of bread for lunch or dinner.  You will be seeing lots more soup as the months go by!

The Cosy CAL Craze

I really, really, really don’t need another project!!  However, I keep hopping over to Attic24 and keep seeing all the wonderful Cosy Blankets in progress and they are all so lovely, I just couldn’t help myself!

The start of the Attic24 Cosy Blanket CAL.

The start of the Attic24 Cosy Blanket CAL.

These are my chose colors – I’m going to try to do a stripe a day – we’ll see how long I keep with that!!!

 

Giraffe Graphghan

Slow and steady has become my mantra for this afghan.IMG_3394  Someone a long time ago told me that if I stuck to one project at a time, I would finish each project more quickly.  I must disagree.  I agree that if I worked on one project and one project only consistently, yes I would finish more quickly.  However, it just doesn’t turn out that way for me.  I have tried to put that limitation on myself and what generally tends to happen is that I get tired of the same project and then just don’t craft at all.  Since I love to craft and it’s my way of chillin’ out, I become anxious and depressed when I don’t craft.  So…many projects for me it is!

Inspiration

Crafts that use recycled good always sing to me.  I love to see how different “trash” items can be repurposed.  At the noon art program that I run, most of the art projects are created using some sort of recycled items (toilet paper rolls, cereal boxes, tin cans, etc.).  Recently I was in a small little shop and saw these:

Trivet

Trivet

Trivet

Trivet

Coasters

Coasters

All of these are made out of newspaper and I think they look totally awesome!  I have also seen similar items made from magazines as well.  I would really like to learn how to make these for family and friends.