Stash Enhanced

I’ve been working to “stash down” my yarn, so why would I be enhancing?! Simply put I needed some springy colours and a couple weights of yarn that I didn’t have.
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See? Springy colours.

I also finally broke down and bought myself a ball winder. I have skeins of yarn that need to be wound. I wound one by hand and that was enough. I’ve been avoiding using the yarn because I don’t want to have to hand wind a ball! I also wanted to wind some of my other yarn that comes wound in what is supposed to be centre pull balls that just end up in a big knot. I also get really sick of using the outside yarn and having to stop every few minutes to unwind more to use.
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So I’ve spent lots of today winding balls to prepare for some super crocheting time where I don’t have to waste time! I can’t wait.

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I got a pair of sock blockers with my order too, so I’m hoping to finish up the pair of socks I’d been working on at some point in the near future. And then do a new pair. And maybe another!

That’s my stash enhancing for the week, now to work on using it up.

Crafting for Kids

This year I decided to vow that I would make more of the gifts for Christmas. I also vowed to do this last year but just never got around to until it was too late to even bother!
I’m happy to say that I have started work on one of the gifts I hope to give to my daughters. They share a very cute pink, white and blue striped room. I even made faux wainscotting and put that on the bottom of their walls. However they have no cute, girly decor or accents in their room.
Enter:

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This photo shows some of my current progress on the Once Upon a Time Sampler from Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery.
I haven’t ever successfully completed a cross stitch, though I have attempted and failed more times than I’d like to admit. I just didn’t “get” it, much like crochet actually. After trying and quitting many times over, something finally just clicked!
So far I am very happy with how it’s turning out and I look forward to the first of each month when the new patterns come out. I am currently behind, but I didn’t decide I wanted to actually try this until mid February. By the time I had my supplies hunted down it was only a couple days before March. I’m hoping to complete the patterns for both February (partially done above) and January this month. And then March and April next month. Any spare time in either month I will devote to trying to finish the framing and squares so that I can just worry about the monthly pattern.
When it’s all done I will be framing it to hang on their bedroom wall, since it won’t be done until December it will be a perfect Christmas gift for them. I may have to come up with my own custom frame too since I doubt any of the stores here will have one that fits it properly.

Meal Plan Monday

I honestly suck at figuring out what to make for supper. Breakfast is fine and lunch is easy, but supper always seems to elude me. I want suppers to be somewhat healthy but still tasty and things that I know my kids will actually eat. I found a website called Dashing Dish. It has free recipes, but also lots of delicious recipes in the members area, so I joined and have access to all those great new meal ideas.
This week I figured that I would plan out what we will eat for supper so I could do proper grocery shopping. It will cut down on the trips my fiancé needs to make to the store after work, will cut down on the amount of quick, crappy food we eat. And hopefully as I get better at meal planning, it will save us some extra cash.
I tried to meal plan once before, using Pinterest. But I have come to find that Pinterest is really like a black hole for me. I get started pinning recipes for supper and end up on a board full of pretty shoes or knitting patterns. Hours later, I still have no clue what we are having for supper but I have months worth of crafting queued up and a wishlist of shoes, clothes and books a mile long.
I’m planing from Monday to Sunday, and including a meal for Sunday. Most Sundays we have a family supper with my fiancĂ©’s family though, so if that’s the case the Sunday meal will just get bumped to Monday. If a meal happens to be one of the free ones I will hyperlink the recipe to it for you!

Monday
Slow Cooked Peach Chicken with rice
Tuesday
Deep Dish Cheeseburger Pie with assorted veggies
Wednesday
Three Cheese Slow Cooked Macaroni and Cheese
Thursday
Three Bean Chili
Friday
Chicken Pot Pie Muffins with mashed potatoes
Saturday
Crockpot Chicken Taco Chili
Sunday
Pizza Burger with salad

On the chili nights I may make homemade buns or biscuits because chili and a bread product go together like peanut butter and jelly. But aside from that I’ve added a side dish of veggies or rice or whatever I felt might match with the main dish each night. We’ve not yet tried any of these recipes so I will be sure to report back on how they went over next Monday when I lay out our next meal plan!

March Goals!

I’ve decided that in order to have any semblance of a plan of attack, I should have a list of goals each month. Then at the end of each month, I can go back and look and see how much of what I wanted to do actually got accomplished and where I didn’t necessarily flourish.
My first goal of the month is to sit down tonight and get my last couple listings wrote up so that I can say I officially opened my Etsy shop on March 1st!
I have a list of UFO’s that I need to complete, all in various stages of “doneness.” 1. Horse hat 2. Gumball Hat 3. Herringbone Neck Warmer 4. Scarf for homeless.
I have a list of new items I need to make for my Etsy store, I went through this morning to see what items I needed to order yarn for and I have placed that order so I can get those items dealt with. This includes some Amigurumi work, baby booties, leg warmers and some fun neck accessories.
I have 4 items that I would like to cast/hook on this month that are personal projects. Knitabulls is hosting a stitch surfer sock KAL in March. Technically I haven’t finished my first pair of socks, but I think with all the help and her tutorials that I may just be able to do it. I love the way they look and have been dying to own a pair. This is my lofty goal…so I’m hoping to get them cast on and off, but we will see once I browse the tutorial videos. I also would like to hook up another couple dishcloths to add to my gifting dishcloth stash. The last thing I’d like to cast on this month for myself is the Hanois Cowl on Ravelry. I ordered a very pretty skein of hand dyed yarn from my friends shop on Etsy, ChaoticYarns. I think it will look great in this cowl and there should be enough yardage left to also make myself a pair of fingerless gloves or wristers to match.
I would like to actually get some sewing in this month! I need some project bags and have had the fabric to make them for months now, so it’s time to buckle down and get at them. I also need a new hook and needle roll, so it would be wonderful to be able to stitch those up too.
I got the linen and embroidery threads to do my Once Upon a Time Sampler last week. This morning I woke up to have the March square in my inbox, so my plan for March is to finish both the March and February squares so in April I can work on January and Aprils. I have some of the “framework” stitches in, but I think I will try to work on the frame section that goes with whatever square I’m currently working on. I will be framing this and gifting it to my daughters for Christmas as their combined Christmas gift, so very excited to see how it turns out and to make progress on it!
I am going to try to exercise 3 days a week this month, plus start a morning “get energized and stretched out for the day” routine. I need to clear the treadmill off before the end of the weekend because my first run will be Monday.
Along with exercising my body, I have a goal to read 2 books this month. One a self help style book, called “The Success Principals” by Jack Canfield. I have it on Kobo so I can read from my phone or iPad. I also want to read “Bossy Pants” by Tina Fey. I bought it in paperback well over a year ago and haven’t stopped to make the time to read it yet.
So, those are my main goals this month. Being able to accomplish them will require me to be more vigilant in other areas of my life, like house keeping and meal planning. But I think it will all work out, and I am going to work hard to make it all work out. Stick with me, and watch my journey through March unfold!