Things You’d Rather Be Doing #2

8 Apr

I know, I’ve been slacking on the blog. Sorry. I’ve been handling some real life stuff recently and I may have also been introduced to Supernatural and I also may have been crocheting. A lot. (Pictures tomorrow!)

Like my last post, this is going to be a semi-weekly thing. I’ll post things you’d rather be doing on a Monday and then when you get home you’ll have lots of lovely ideas.This week’s theme is a little bit crochet and a bit of everything else mixed together.

1. Crochet a crown: The pattern is in Dutch but it’s very detailed with pictures and simple enough that you could do this easily on your lunch break or maybe while you’re stuck in traffic (As long as you’re not the one driving!) It’d be a perfect gift for Mother’s day or a birthday! Also? It would be a great way to use up scraps!

2. Spruce up your back yard: With this awesome yard art! These up-cycled dragonflies would go great indoors or out. There’s no official tutorial but a great batch of pictures for inspiration!

3. Re-Vamp Your Wardrobe: Feeling like your duds are…duds? This tutorial is a great way to use what you have and get great results. Not just this link though, you can find lots of great things on Pinterest and other sites where people use magic (Because really, I don’t know how they do it, it’s a super power.) and take outdated outfits and get an awesome wardrobe for next to nothing.

4. Make Dinner: I kid you not, I made this a week ago and it is the easiest method for meatloaf. Ever. James loved it and raved about it for a couple of days afterward. It took me about 10 minutes of prepping and baked it for about 45 minutes. Easy peasy, lemon squeezy.

That’s all for this week’s edition of Things You’d Rather Be Doing! Have fun with your new to-do list!

If you’re curious to see what I’ll come up with in the next post, follow me on Pinterest!


My New Motto

7 Apr

It’s Monday.

25 Mar

Let me make you feel better with a post about things you’d rather be doing. That will make the time go faster. Yep.

I did some research on Pinterest. You know…That void of awesome things where you imagine yourself with all the free time in the world and how you can make great things whilst feeling like Martha Stewart. As this is a hooking blog I thought maybe this first foray into Monday’s Things  You’d Rather Be Doing post could be about crochet.

Awesome things I found on Pinterest.

1. Heart Bag I’m a big fan of bags and I love that stitch pattern! It would make a great bag for needlework projects or to haul books to the library.

2. This Awesome Giraffe True story: My sister doesn’t believe giraffes are real. Then she went to work for Toys R Us and I died laughing at the irony of her life. (Though not really, cause I’m not a zombie.) I may make this as a gift for her birthday.

3. Just in time for Easter! I may have to make a couple of these for The Nugget and my niece. They would be great additions to an Easter Basket!

So don’t fret, Monday’s nearly half over!

Thanks for stopping by!

I Didn’t Order Any Lemons…

16 Mar

Yesterday was probably a pretty gut wrenching day. Not my worst, but definitely not my best. Someday I’ll write about what got me to this point but this is not the day. Today is for new beginnings, a second chance and a glaring focus on all the good people I have around me.

So I’ll start with the first!

1. My daughter.

The Nugget is the greatest. She’s smart, funny and has a great sense of humor (for a toddler). When I was pregnant I used to envision what she’d be like and though I wasn’t far off, she still never ceases to amaze me. I will never forget her first word (“Wiggle”) or the first time she discovered her favorite food (Chocolate). Nugget is brutally honest and lover of tutu’s.

2. My husband.

He’s my best friend. I don’t mean that in the gushy wedding vows sort of way. I mean it in the truest sense of the word. I can tell him anything and get an honest response. He’s supportive, even when he may have his reservations about some endeavors.

3. My family.

They are many in number and full of love. When there is trouble or joy they are there to share it all. I am grateful to and for them.

4. Gypsy Phoenix

At times getting a handful of women together in the same room can be an undertaking. Other times it can be as easy as falling off a horse. This troupe has been a second family to me. They are supportive and encouraging. Without them I would not have half a dozen spangly bras hanging in my closet and a million memories in my heart.

Like the Oscars I can hear that orchestra playing in my head. I could list the number of people I love and care about that I’m grateful for. I could cite yarn or crafting but that’s rather obvious.

This blog is created to focus on the great things in life, to help remind ME that I’m not without great things in my life because some terrible things happened.

I’ll end this post with a quote I love dearly:

“The way I see it, every life is a pile of good things and bad things. The good things don’t always soften the bad things, but vice versa the bad things don’t necessarily spoil the good things or make them unimportant.” – The Eleventh Doctor

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