That is a Life Changer

I have gone Pintrest crazy. I know your thinking, “Seriously?” But Yes! It has changed my life. Really it has. No longer is my hardrive full of saved pictures and documents. Now Pintrest holds all my organizing ideas, crafty ideas, cleaning tips, recipes and of course David Tennant and Jensen Ackles!! Why is this a good thing? Well, not only is my computer faster and free of folders within folders within folders, within folders, but I am SO organized in my crafty-ness that I am actually doing them. Yeah, Me! Completing things! Imagine that! So I would like to share with you the awesomeness of Pintrest!

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First of all, Food and Beverage!!
Coffee: Cold Brew works,Syrups, and Coffee Ice Cubes are the bomb!!!
http://www.theyummylife.com/Iced_Coffee
http://www.cooklikeachampionblog.com/2010/12/peppermint-simple-syrup-for-peppermint-mochas.html
http://www.hitherandthither.net/2010/08/coffee-cubes-and-cold-brew.html
Bananas: Banana Splits, Skinny Monkeys (always in my freezer) and Banana Ice Cream, in different flavours!
http://naturalnoshing.wordpress.com/2011/08/17/banana-split/
http://onceamonthmom.com/skinny-monkey-cookies/
http://www.friendsforweightloss.com/recipes/featured-recipe-of-the-week-0-points-banana-ice-cream/
http://www.thekitchn.com/magic-one-ingredient-ice-cream-5-ways-peanut-butter-nutella-and-more-171618
Banana Ice Cream in a Pickle Jar! It makes me giggle!!

Cakes and Cookies: Autumn Brittle, Molasses Cookies, Freezer Cookie Dough, Energy Bites (always in my fridge), Cake Box Ideas!
http://adventurescooking.blogspot.com/2010/03/autumn-brittle.html
http://www.joyofbaking.com/MolassesCookies.html
http://www.goodlifeeats.com/2010/09/tip-how-to-freeze-cookie-dough.html
http://gimmesomeoven.com/no-bake-energy-bites/
http://thefrugalgirls.com/2010/01/10-rockin-recipes-for-2010-6-fluff-berry-cake-recipe.html My mom uses a can of crushed pineapple for a box of angel food cake! I like a can of pumpkin to either a spice cake box or a chocolate cake box!! There are so many different combinations!!

And for my crafty finds!
Chalkboard Paint:
http://iheartorganizing.blogspot.com/2011/10/iheart-chalkboard-labels-and-giveaway.html I bought ‘return address’ sticker labels and spray painted them to use as labels for my pantry. Which works great, but there are very ‘one use’ since these containers go through the dishwasher a lot. So I next time I’m going to tape off a square with painters tape and spray paint directly onto the container, so it can go through the dishwasher!
Closet Shelf Baskets! I have been searching for two years for baskets the right width and depth for my closet shelves and have found nothing the right size that is also not ugly! haha Little did I know that this whole time I had just the right size in my house all along. A big box of wipes becomes a the perfect closet companion for my belts and knitted scarves!!
http://designsbymke.blogspot.com/2012/01/lined-canvas-diaper-box.html

Pins I still have to get to: Tshirt Quilt, Circle Skirt, Maxi Dress, homemade Little Debbie and homemade Oreos!! There are so many knitting and sewing patterns and tips that those will have to wait for another post!

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Not Tired

And I wonder why it takes me some long to finish my homework. It would help if I could see it!

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Finished one knit project. Started two more. That’s 5 knit projects started at the moment. I like to jump around. I have a red caplet started, an owl laptop case, a snood, and two pair of leggings for my little niece ballerinas. And black yarn for my own leggings, just waiting for needles to be empty. Plus midterms this week. But I’m not studying, no, of course not. Just pulled clothes out of my closet that I haven’t worn for a few years, which made my sewing pile triple in size, and reorganized my jewelry and makeup. Insomnia does wonders for the house!! Even if my brain is frying! 9am? Already? I should at least attempt a nap. . .  . . .  after I load the dishwasher. . . . .

My First Knit

I found three different cable knit scarf patterns on the internet to get an idea as to what I wanted to knit, but I ended up writing my own by combining different parts of those patterns. And this is what I ended up with. Size 9 needles, Worsted yarn, 30 sts wide. A raised band on either side of the cable. I knit this one for my mother and added some beading for detailing. Not bad for my first knit, eh?

I’m starting on a second scarf in a bright coral for me now! Same pattern but I altered it slightly! I’ll post the revised pattern when I finish this next scarf. Anyhue, here is the pattern for the scarf pictured.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cast on 30 sts, K 6 rows
*[Wrong side: K6 P3 K3  P6  K3 P3 K6
Right side:  K6 K3 P3  K6  P3 K3 K6]  *4X Then cable
Cable:
Wrong side: K6 P3 K3  P6  K3 P3 K6
Right side:   K6 K3 P3  (FrontCable3) K3 (K3 on the Front Cable) P3 K3 K6
To finish scarf: K6 rows, Bind off

Candy Cane Christmas Wrapping

This is really easy to do. It only adds a few minutes to your wrapping time. And the result. . .  people will be chattering more about the wrapping then what is actually in the box. Want to be remembered for your amazing Christmas wrapping? Need beautiful presents under that tree?

Try these easy ideas!

First decide on a theme. As you can see I went with a candy cane look this year. After I stumbled apon this beautiful red and white paper!! But you can acheive this same look with red paper and white ribbon or red ribbon and white paper! Tie on a candy cane and voila!

Another easy thing to do is to print out letters instead of name tags. Although with four ‘B’s and three ‘J’s it was a little confusing for everyone else. But none of the shapes were similar so I didn’t get them mixed up. You can write their name in small letters on the bottom or back if you’re afraid you’ll get them mixed up. I printed out the letters then cut them out and glued them to the present, using a glue stick.

All you gifts are going to match in theme. So try and make each one look as different as possible. I used two different red ribbons a think one and a fringe and three different white ribbons, a sheer, a thick one and a small curling one. I held the ribbon between my thumb and the open edge of the scissors. When you move the scissor edge across the ribbon it causes it to curl.

You can also use already made bows, those fuzzy pipe cleaners, feathers, glitter or paint pens to achieve the desired look for your presents. I try to stick to one theme. I love the monochromatic look and everyone knows who the gifts are from on Christmas morning!

One year I wrapped small kids soccer balls like a snowman! Whatever you decide to do. Be Proud to show it off!