Jan 18, 2013

My Turn To Do An Infinity Scarf

While going through old blog posts, I've found a number of draft posts that I never polished up for publishing.  What a fun surprise!  It is, however, kind of weird looking at this post I wrote up nearly a year ago and seeing the pictures I took then. Does my hair always look like that?

Does anyone else out there enjoy a good infinity scarf?  I've loved looking at them, but haven't ventured into the world of making, or wearing them.  I figured it's high time I give both a try.  I sewed this infinity scarf up during nap time, while Jud slept, and Bo and Addie were playing Lego....it took maybe 15 minutes, but I am just loving the way it turned out! 

It seems infinity scarves are everywhere!  And with an infinite number of tutorials spreading throughout the land of blog, I won't bother adding another to the options.  Instead, I'll just share my finished product and where I drew my inspiration from.
I actually made this for a friend of mine, her birthday was coming up and I thought she'd love something like this.  After seeing how easy it was though, I think I'll be making one {or two} for myself pronto!

If you go to Pinterest and search "infinity scarf" you'll be bombarded with many fantastic tutorials, a couple of favorites for me were the Single Loop Lace Infinity Scarf from Sweet Verbena,

and the Spring Infinity Scarf from The Cottage Home.

Both scarves are so pretty and feminine, and both have simple tutorials that are easy to follow, and well put together.  I made my scarf to be a double loop infinity scarf and used a light sheer summery fabric that I've had in my stash for quite some time.  Here's how mine turned out:

What do you think?  I hope my friend will like it, and that she'll get plenty of use out of it!

Be blessed,

I'm linking up!

Jan 16, 2013

Preparing for Baby

I am in a major nesting phase, and that makes me smile!

I have energy again, baby has dropped and I can breathe a little easier, it's glorious!  So the last couple of days have been big prep days.  I'm making extra food for the freezer, doing extra cleaning, and some fun sewing too.

Yesterday I made 8 dozen meatballs to have in the freezer.  I used the meatloaf recipe that comes on the back of Knorr Onion Soup Mix boxes.  Obviously, instead of making it into a meat loaf, I used my medium pampered chef cookie scoop and scooped up a whole lotta meatballs.  I prebaked them, froze them on a cookie sheet, then tossed them in bags for the freezer.  There is something just so stinkin' satisfying about having a whole bunch of meal prep done, just ready and waiting for a lazy or busy day.

Today I've made 8 dozen buns, and five loaves of bread, most of which are all destined for the freezer.  My go-to bread/bun recipe is this one from Taste of Homemade.  I usually add a handful of dry oatmeal, bran, flax seeds, etc.  I don't think this recipe has ever flopped on me, it's just lovely.

Something else I've done to help get this house ready for our newest addition is to write a big old checklist.  For those of you who know me personally, this should not surprise you :)  I'm sure you all know how great it feels to get some of those odd cleaning jobs taken care of.  

One of the items on my list this time around was to completely clear out and reorganize our boys' bedroom closet.  It had become a one of those hiding places in our house, clothes that had been outgrown tossed on the high shelves, etc.  And, it was high time it all get sorted out.  I think I got at least one laundry basket heaping full of clothes out of there that immediately left our house and made the trip to the thrift store.  So good!  I did the same in our hall closet, our homeschool closet, and our games shelf. Really it all just needed to be reorganized and sorted through, we had just far too much stuff that just was not being used.  

Another item on my list was to go through and reorganize my kitchen cupboards.  What a great feeling it was to get that out of the way! 

What makes your list when you do a big clean up?  

Jan 14, 2013

Hello Again...

Hi there.  
It's me, Jen, and it's been a l-o-n-g time since I've posted anything here.

You may be asking, what happened?  Where have I been?
Well, I burned out, I got overwhelmed and I needed to take a huge step back from blogging.  I've been immersed in family life over the last 7 months, and I'm so glad I took the time to focus on just that.  

Since last May a lot has changed in our household.  I'm now homeschooling my oldest, and expecting a new youngest pretty much any day now.  I've been growing my own small business, and have been learning so much about what my goals are and how to get there.  It's been a wild year and I wouldn't have had it any other way!

So what now?  Well, I'll be stopping back in here, just when I feel like it.  I'm not going to commit to a blogging schedule because that makes me stress and I just don't think a "for the fun of it" craft blog is worth stressing over!  

So I'll leave you with that for now, 

May 21, 2012

Adding Some Sunshine To My Kitchen

There is a spot above my kitchen sink that i just do not like, at all.

There is an exposed electrical box up there, intended for wiring in a clock, something not all that uncommon for a 60's bungalow like mine.  The problem is, not only do I not have a clock to mount up there...I don't want a clock hanging up there.  So I'm left with the problem of covering up this unsightly mess.

In fall I've got a lovely autumnal spray to hang up there, over Christmas and most of winter I had a green garland with burlap ties hanging around the tops of my cupboards, but I haven't had anything to fit the space for spring/summer.

So last week I finally decided to do something about it!  A few weeks ago one of the ladies from my church very generously gave me boxes and boxes of craft supplies she wasn't using anymore.  She and her husband were moving to a new house and downsizing along the way, so she thought I could make use of her crafty treasures.  What a great blessing!  In all the boxes of supplies she passed my way, there were many, many, many bottles of craft paint, paint brushes, and wooden cutouts to paint.  So I grabbed a good sized wooden rectangle, a brush and some paint and got to work creating a little something to brighten up my kitchen and to cover up that ugly little box.  

I painted my wood a gorgeous sunshiney yellow.  I only did one coat (and I didn't bother priming) because I wanted the wood grain to peek through.  Then penciled in "I've got sunshine on a cloudy day" using some fonts I found online as inspiration.  I just free handed the letters onto my sign, but you could easily use a stencil to do this if you'd want.

"I've got" and "on a cloudy day" I filled in with gray paint, and "sunshine" I painted bright white.  Once all my paint was thoroughly dried I roughed it all up with sand paper, sprayed it with clear coat, attached hooks and a wire to the backside, and I was done!

Now my kitchen has a bright note of sunshine above my kitchen sink.  Every time I look at that sign, I'm reminded of all the blessings I have, and how very much I love my children.  It's just what I needed!

Be blessed,

  I may be linking up to a few of these fine link parties:

May 16, 2012

I've got a secret...

Just in case you were wondering, I am, in fact, still alive.  It's true.  I know it might be hard to believe since I've been pretty quiet out here on the Prairie.  

Would you like to know what I've been doing? 

 I have been breathing, savoring time with my family, and just catching up in general.  Both during and after the competition (which I placed 4th in, by the way), I had a really hard time keeping life balanced, it got too busy, I got overwhelmed, and something had to give. 

 So I decided to just give myself a break, take the time I needed to get back on top of things, and to enjoy some of the beautiful spring we've been having.  And I'm so glad I did.  Taking a break has given me the chance to live without self inflicted deadlines for awhile, and wow, am I grateful for that!  I think I'm ready to slowly get back into the blog, but the key word there will be slowly.  I've really struggled back and fourth if I want to continue blogging, and while I have loved the challenge, the reward, and the opportunity to speak outside of these four walls, I want to enjoy myself, and I don't want blogging to be a chore.

So I've decided to take my time, post as I care to post, and not put the deadline pressure on myself of having a very direct blogging schedule.

Now, onto my secret...

I think part of the reason I got overwhelmed with blogging is that I took on a whole lot of new stuff within a couple of weeks' time.  I got news that I made the top 10 of the Sew-vivor competition, I started a twice weekly intense work out class that ran for 6 weeks, my husband was working long hours, and I started a little business.  Crazy much?!?

My little business is called Something Wonderful, and it has been a lot of fun for me.  Something Wonderful is a little shop full of hand made home decor, and simple accessories.  If you'd like to check it out, you can do so at www.facebook.com/somethingwonderful.jen.  

So that's my big secret!  

Thanks for stopping in, and for your understanding :)

Apr 25, 2012

Vote, vote, vote! {Part 4}

I'm so excited that I get to ask you to vote one more time!  Yup, the final round of Sew-vivor is here and voting is happening right now!  

This weeks challenge was to sew anything with pleats and wow, was I ever intimidated!  I've never even attempted pleats, since I thought they were only for the sewing elite.  I'm absolutely relieved though, pleats were not nearly as challenging as I thought they'd be, and I'm pretty pleased with the result of my pleat-themed project. 

 This week I sewed up a box-pleated skirt for Addie's bedside table and matching stool to transform it all into a mini vanity any little girl would love!  And check out this bonus feature:  The table and stool skirt are a totally removable so they can be tossed in the wash without a problem.

Head on over to Family Ever After to show your support!

Apr 19, 2012

I Can't Keep My Eyes Open

Hey Y'all.

I. Am. Pooped.

Like really, this whole Sew-vivor competition is knocking me out!  I'm slightly ashamed to say we've had a lot of thrown-together-at-the-last-minute-because-holy-cow-it's-already-five-thirty-and-Zach-will-be-home-any-minute kind of meals.  And my house?  Disaster zone.  

 Week 1
Don't get me wrong, I am positively thrilled to have placed in the top three each week of the competition!  I am over the moon that I came in #1 in the polls after yesterdays voting!  All that being said....I can't wait til this is all done!  Ha!

 Week 2
 Week 3
One more challenge, one more vote, one more crazy week, and then my life will maybe return to some form of normal! 

I can't wait to show you all what I'm working on for the fourth and final round of Sew-vivor.  The challenge is pleats...I can sew anything my little heart desires, but it must have pleats.  I think I've got a great idea, and I'm really excited to see it all come together!

Thank you, thank you, thank you to each one of you who have supported me through this competition, both by voting, encouraging, and believing in me.  You've made my heart smile!  If I could bake a batch of cookies for each of you who have spurred me on throughout this competition, I would!

Be blessed,