Monday, August 13, 2018

First Day Back To School

Where did summer vacation go??? :(  Well, what can you do? 
Since it's back to school, I guess that means back to school baking...  I made some Butterscotch Cookies this morning. A double batch.  

I really liked them with butterscotch chips, but we don't have any. And no money and I'm not going to the store just for that. So, I just made regular ones.  

Made four dozen. (Not all here.)  

And, besides laundry and dishes I managed to get this done so far.  I have had this pattern leaflet (?) forever! I don't think I have ever made anything from it, either. I am getting a birthday box together for a pen pal of mine. This is going to go in it with some other stuff I got, but haven't taken a picture of yet.

I've been watching a lot of YouTube videos on making tags lately. First I watched this one, then I don't remember how but I found this one and thought it is SO cool!! I immediately started going through our stack of bills.  

These were the first tags I made, from the first video. I haven't done anything else with them yet. 

After I watched the second video, I immediately started making flowers. I have one finished here. But I have done two more. Oh I finished a tag too. But I am not super happy with it. I still have to finish decorating it, though.

I don't know if I posted about the Mini-Stocking Challenge/Drive I signed up for. Well I signed up for one. :P  I pledged to do ten. And, here are my ten. I think I will do more. I have one more almost done. But I am not committing to more. Just whatever I get done will be what I do. 

I had big hopes and plans about things I was going to do on Eon's first day back to school. Sigh...  I did get cookies made and a dishcloth started though.  (And some housework, and wrote a letter to someone.)  I can't believe my baby is a Sophomore already!

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Two More Birthday Boxes

Now that I've sent them both, I feel like I can post about them.. (The chances of her reading my blog are probably zero.)  I crocheted this "Playnket". Play mat + blanket. I wish they had stuff like this when my guys were little. 

Four outfits.

The only actual thing I sent from this picture was the Hot Wheels track builder. I was going to send the truck, but.... 1. I didn't have a big enough box/enough money to send a bigger box, and 2. I had already spent more on his gifts than I did his sister. So, I wanted everything to be "equal". I sent three hot wheels instead. Which make more sense. With the hot wheels track and track rug/blanket..

This was "Moms'" box. I re-used the Victoria's Secret bag... (My husband bought me a pair of sweats for Christmas.)  I got her a pair of pants, two shirts and earrings. Plus oddball stuff.... I was going to send more (but, money.... Lack of...)  I just tried to fit what I could in there. One of the things was a popsicle mold. And Kool-Aid mix to make them with..

Along with this; because I spent more on her big brother... Now I feel like he will feel left out...  Sigh... Lol. I got this at the Salvation Army! I just thought it was cute. It looks old.

This is something else I have been doing, it's a "drive" in a group I am in on Ravelry. They are trying to make 300 mini-stockings for an elementary school on Pine Ridge.  I "signed up" for 10. So far I have five done. This was the first one I finished. It's my night time TV watching project. It is too hot to do much else than small things.  

Saturday, July 07, 2018

Birthday Box

Well, I did get some things for Dominica's birthday. I got this doll to begin with. Because I ended up deciding to just use a pattern I have had forever, Baby Syndee's Layette (from Annie's Attic). I used to love making doll clothes. And I haven't made any (that I can remember), since we lived in Michigan. :0  (We left Michigan in 2005.)  

I first crocheted the party dress.

Then I crocheted a pajama outfit. I wasn't going to do any more.

But then I thought, it HAS to have a blankie...   And then I did a pillow, too. (The pattern does not have the pillow, I just chained however many until I thought it was big enough.)

Shoebox bed. (I didn't send this.)

This was everything else. I got a cup/dish/bottle set. A dress, and a princess coloring book. She said they like to color.

Aaaand.... I got three more outfits.  I think that was more than enough.

Everything wrapped. 

Now I am working on getting Tokala's package together. I finished his crochet thing.  I will post that when it's done. I still wanted to buy a couple more things (clothes).  I wanted to sponsor a child or family on the Okini One Spirit site. But, we are still so broke..  So, I decided to "sponsor" them. At least for their birthdays.  I haven't said anything to her. But, I did sponsor her before. She won't answer any of my questions except what size the kids wear. So, I got them some clothes. :)

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Cookie Fail/Save, and a Handmade Birthday Card

I made a batch of Snickerdoodle Cookies today. But, the dough wouldn't stick together very well. So, after trying for the (only) second time to get one ball to stick together, I said I'm just going to put all the dough in a pan...  So that's what I did. I greased it really good. Sprinkled the cinnamon sugar on top...  And guess what? It turned out pretty good.

So I saved the cookies...   Eon cut them. :)

Well this is a long story behind a card I made. I used to sponsor a girl named Tia through a group (I think Crafting for a Cause, I don't know..)  Well the group closed. And after we moved to Oregon, I lost touch because every time I sent her a card with my new address, it was returned to me. And when we moved here, same thing. So, I went on Facebook to see if I could find her. (I did.)  I eventually sent her a friend request, and she accepted it.  Long story short, she has two kids and their birthdays are in June and July. The girl is turning 3.   So, another long story, we have no money so I made a card.  It ended up being two cards.  I saw this online to decorate the front. Not that exact card, but there isn't a link to the actual card I used.  

This was how I started the card. It's actually a Christmas Card. But, it's a present. So...  I don't know. I just wanted to do something fun for the little girl.  Now I have to try and think of something for a present...  Since we are broke.  I saw a really cute doll/backpack pattern and am entering a contest to try and win a free copy of the pattern: Dress Me Dolls Set. That would be a lot of work, though..  And right on the heels of making that, I would have to do something for her brother. (He is turning four.) And Tia is turning 23.  So, that's three birthdays...

Sunday, May 13, 2018

A Really Old WIP...

I was so happy after finishing the Tomten Jacket, I got enough courage to get the Central Park Hoodie out to try and finish it.  I should change my username to The Cowardly Knitter. I don't have very much confidence in myself to knit. I made some mistakes on the Tomten, and there are mistakes on this...   But, maybe no one will notice them unless they have knitted one themselves. :P   I finished the hood, and seamed it. Now I am knitting the edging on one side.   I started this sweater in January of 2008.  :0   I didn't plan the matching outfit.

Something is wrong with Cosmo's paw...  I kept noticing he smells. Really bad. We (Eon) gave him a bath right after we brought him home. Then yesterday I asked him to give him another one, because he smells so bad. Eon said one of his claws is bent and won't go back in. I looked at it, and smelled his paw. It's that paw.  SIGH....    I don't know what to do. Hopefully the shelter may be able to help.    Problems just keep piling up...   Nothing is working... Stress levels are super high..   At least my knitting needles still work. 

Saturday, May 12, 2018

The Tomten Jacket Is Finished

Yay!! I am so proud of myself. I might even have enough courage to get my Central Park Hoodie out and finish it, now. :D

Friday, May 11, 2018

The Cookie Jar

                                                    The Cookie Jar
                                                    by Edgar Guest

You can rig up a house with all manner of things,
The prayer rugs of sultans and princes and kings;
You can hang on its wall the old tapestries rare
Which some dead Egyptian once treasured with care;
But though costly and gorgeous its furnishings are,
It must have, to be homelike, an old cookie jar.

There are just a few things that a home must possess,
Besides all your money and all your success—
A few good old books which some loved one has read,
Some trinkets of those whose sweet spirits have fled,
And then in the pantry, not shoved back too far
For the hungry to get to, that old cookie jar.

Let the house be a mansion, I care not at all!
Let the finest of pictures be hung on each wall,
Let the carpets be made of the richest velour,
And the chairs only those which great wealth
     can procure,
I'd still want to keep for the joy of my flock
That homey, old fashioned, well-filled cookie crock.

Like the love of the Mother it shines through our years;
It has soothed all our hurts and dried away tears;
It has paid us for toiling; in sorrow or joy,
It has always shown kindness to each girl and boy;
And I'm sorry for people, whoever they are,
Who live in a house where there's no cookie jar.