Sunday, April 29, 2012

Remembrance quilt

I finished all the blocks today. This one is a mixture of shirts and jeans. I hope it brings a smile to the parents of the young man who wore those shirts and jeans.


Now to get them together and figure out what kind of triangle edging and border to put on it. Any suggesstions?

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Product review

Another favorite product.

The dermatologist introduced me to this after he removed some pre-cancers from my face a year or so ago. I use it everyday whether I plan to be in the sun or not. I use it as a moisturizer under my make up. It goes on a little white, but in seconds turns clear. It is heavy, but not too much, just right for my skin. And it is cheaper than the department store brand moisturizers. I think my face is better for it. As well as anything else I've tried over the years.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Remembrance Quilt Progress

I finally got started on my next Remembrance Quilt. Here is my progress so far.


This is for my pastor and his wife who lost their 34 year old son recently. Like most young men, he didn't wear a lot of button up front shirts, (mostly t-shirts) so I don't have a lot of shirts to work with. I am using about six of his shirts and four pairs of his jeans, and only supplementing a few of my own shirt scraps to give it more variety. I am not finished with making the blocks, so the placement isn't final. This will be the first time I've used jean strips along with the shirt strips.


Friday, April 20, 2012

K-cup Storage

I saw this little drawer in one of my favorite blogs, Organizing Made Fun.

A yesterday while I was in Knoxville, I used the coupon I found online, and got it at Bed, Bath, and Beyond at 20% off.


Jim brought these home one one evening this week. So pretty.

I am on a good roll with the knitting project and I am happy with how it is finally coming along. Sitting outside in the swing knitting while I pass the time until I need to finish up supper. Nice. Beautiful afternoon.


Tuesday, April 17, 2012

My nemesis


This yarn is my nemesis. Well, actually, it is the knitting project itself. I think I am now working on sheer stubbornness. I screwed it up again, so here I am, one more time, starting over. I will not let this project defeat me! More to come......I know you, my readers, are getting tired of seeing this evil yarn ball.


Monday, April 16, 2012

Blogsy wins

Blogsy is able to publish my picture blog posts from the iPad with better quality than those published using Blogpress. Now, to learn how to use all the features of much to learn.


Picture quality test


I am trying out a new app called Blogsy.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

First Baptist Church Husband/Wife Fishing Tournament

We had a lot of fun, and even came in third!

 I didn't do too much to help us win.  My only fish wasn't big enough to be a keeper.
 Jim did well with the three he caught.

That is us with our pastor, getting our third place prize bag.

Even though I brought my knitting with me, I didn't knit, but fished the whole five and a half hours.  
I finally settled on some 15 mm needles and started again with the rag rug.  I think this may be my third or fourth start. I did get in a row when we got home.  Since I am using smaller needles I put on 70 casting stitches.  I hope it still won't be too loosely woven.

Friday, April 13, 2012

Sunny Day

Such a pretty day. I hope to walk this afternoon with my best walking buddy. Hope I can keep up! I've not walked in over five weeks.

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Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Knitting 101

I am still working on the rag rug.  I talked to the blogger who posted the beautiful rug.  She used two strands of fabric as one strand of yarn - a 1/2" strip and a 1" strip.  No wonder mine was so loose.  I started again with my one strand yarn ball using 10mm needles.  I think now it seems too tight and I felt like I was fighting with the needles.  I am going to try again using 15mm needles.  Hopefully my knitting friend will have some to loan me. Wish I wasn't so obsessive. I really need to be finding a pattern for my next Remembrance Quilt. Instead I am fussing over trying to make this rag rug!

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Happy Easter!!

I love Easter. No other religion has a RISEN savior, only Christianity.  Thank you Jesus for paying for my sins, and rising from the dead.  You are our hope for the next life in resurrected bodies.

I pulled them out. All of them.  I know I had the casting stitches wrong.  And the needles I was using were 20mm (not 22mm as I had stated before), so even though they were just a tad bigger than the 19mm I was supposed to use, I decided to start over.  Pulling the stitches out was quite easy.

Just pulled them off the needles and they pulled right out.  I will be starting this project over when I get the right needles and learn the correct way to cast on.  I have a nice little "yarn" ball.

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Trouble in knit land.....

I am sure that the reason my beginning stitches are so loose is because I did them wrong. I went back and looked at the YouTube videos again, and yep, I am sure I failed to pick up a thread when I made them. And also, I noticed that the weave seems awfully loose. I looked up the needles I am using, 22 mm, and found out they are bigger than the recommended size 35 (19mm). And now, the dilemma, continue on, or take out all that work?

I think I will be unhappy with it and all the work will be useless if I try to continue on. I believe I'll be much happier in the long run to take all of this out (if I can) and start over with 19mm needles, and be certain I do the casting stitches correctly.

Arrgh!! I'm going to sleep on it. I suppose I can look at it as I got in some great knitting practice, and mistakes are the best teachers. Words of advice from anyone?

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Rag Rug Progress

I made a lot of progress on my rag rug today.  However, I wonder if my needles are too big for my "thread".  Whatever, I am continuing on.

It is fun and relaxing.  I am excited about my first knitting project.  Although I still have to learn how to do the finish stitches once I have it big enough.

Friday, April 6, 2012

Trying again

I decided to try knitting the rug again.....with the circular needles.  It is actually beginning to look like something.  I hope I don't have to unravel the miles of fabric strips I've used so far. I am going to keep at it and maybe it will turn into a rug.


Here is another example of some good protein without the meat. Ezekiel 4:9 bread, toasted, with about 2-3 tablespoons of hummus, silk chocolate milk. For a total of about 12 grams of protein. Ahem....just ignore that Cadbury chocolate creme egg in the picture....somehow I don't think that falls into the healthy category.

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Healthy Eating

I have always enjoyed learning new things.  Lately it has been how to eat healthy while limiting our meat and dairy.  As of late, this has been my breakfast of choice....
The only change I've made in this recipe (found under the recipe tab) is to add about 1/4 cup of ground flax seeds.  That adds some of those good omega-3 fats. I use about 1/2-1 cup of granola to some almond milk each morning.

You always hear, "you need meat in your diet to get adequate protein."  Not necessarily.  These shelled tender soybeans give you a whopping 12 grams of protein for a 1/2 cup serving. I purchased the frozen ones and microwaved them, thinking later this evening I'll add them to a salad or stir fry for supper.  They really taste good.  I found myself snacking on them as they cooled, even without seasoning, such as salt or pepper.  They have a very light, slightly nutty flavor.  I have a friend (hi Wanda!), who eats them as a snack during the day.
These can be served as your meat along side other cooked or raw vegetables as well as in a salad and stir fry.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Not as easy as it looks

Why is it, that nothing is as easy as it looks?  I really, really, really want to make this fabric scrap rag rug.
Beautiful, isn't it?  You can read about it at crazymomquilts. I've got the strips ready.  Or at least a good start on them.  Borrowed some circular needles about the right size. Got the youtube videos to teach me how to cast on and do the garter stitch.
And I did it, but I think because the circular part of the needles is more narrow, and I am not experienced, I couldn't keep the stitches even.  They were all cattywompus as my dad used to say.  So, I'll try again when I get some straight needles.

He has it made....

This little fellow has an envious life.  Eat. Sleep. Lounge. Chase rabbits. Eat. Sleep. Lounge. Chase birds. Eat. get the picture.

And we love him.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Quilt Scraps Rag Rug

I wish I had found this four weeks ago. Quilt scraps rag rug

You'll have to go to the link to see the rug. It is worth it!

This would have been a great project while I was laying around recuperating.

I have wanted to knit for quite sometime now. The rug is knitted using 1/2 to 1 inch strips of scrap fabric. I found a YouTube video that shows how to cast on the starting stitches and then do the basic garter stitch, which makes the rug. I pulled all my scrap strips that were less than 2 inches and have been cutting them into smaller strips. I still have a few more to cut. Then I'll need to purchase or borrow some 30 or 35 size needles. Can't wait to try this.

By the way, I am going to add crazy mom quilts to my blog roll. Great site!

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