Friday, December 19, 2014

...a brand-spankin'-new EAGLE SCOUT...

...this photo was taken in the foyer as Scout was on his way to his Board of Review...

...the Board were very impressed with his Backpacks for the Homeless project...

...he is now Troop 31's 77th Eagle Scout...and I am one proud Mama...

...his paperwork has been sent to Texas...and it may be a few months before we have everything back and are ready for his Court of Honor...probably sometime this spring...

~Have a lovely day!

Thursday, December 18, 2014

...a super easy (one evening project) ear warmer headband...

...so continuing with my handmade gifts for my bookclub friends...
...I made a headband/ear warmer in one evening...
...this is another super easy project...easy to complete in a couple of hours...
...so it's perfect for my last minute gifting...
...I really liked the way it turned out...super warm and cozy and cute...

Super Simple Ear Warmer/Headband Pattern


SIZE

One Size

MATERIALS

Worsted Weight Yarn

Recommended needle size:

1 set US #13
1 size J crochet hook.

GAUGE


10 st in Stockinette Stitch = 3 in.

DIRECTIONS


Using size 13 needles and two strands of yarn held together throughout, cast on 5 stitches .
Knit in stockinette stitch (knit one row - purl one row) for 4 rows.
Increase one stitch each end of next row. (7 sts)
Knit in stockinette stitch (knit one row - purl one row) for 4 rows.
Increase one stitch each end of next row. (9 sts)
Knit in stockinette stitch (knit one row - purl one row) for 4 rows.
Increase one stitch each end of next row. (11 sts)
Knit in stockinette stitch (knit one row - purl one row) for 4 rows.
Increase one stitch each end of next row. (13 sts)
Knit in stockinette stitch (knit one row - purl one row) for 4 rows.
Increase one stitch each end of next row. (15 sts)
Knit in stockinette stitch (knit one row - purl one row) for 4 rows.
Increase one stitch each end of next row. (17 sts)
Continue in stockinette stitch for 24 rows.
Decrease one stitch each end of next row. (15 sts)
Knit in stockinette stitch (knit one row - purl one row) for 4 rows.
Decrease one stitch each end of next row. (13 sts)
Knit in stockinette stitch (knit one row - purl one row) for 4 rows.
Decrease one stitch each end of next row. (11 sts)
Knit in stockinette stitch (knit one row - purl one row) for 4 rows.
Decrease one stitch each end of next row. (9 sts)
Knit in stockinette stitch (knit one row - purl one row) for 4 rows.
Decrease one stitch each end of next row. (7 sts)
Knit in stockinette stitch (knit one row - purl one row) for 4 rows.
Decrease one stitch each end of next row. (5 sts)

Cast off 4 stitches then with the last loop switch to size J crochet hook and single crochet back across the cast off stitches. Chain 7 and join to form a loop at the end of the headband. Continue to single crochet all the way around the headband including around the chain loop. Join and weave in the end.

...then I made a little flower...in a contrasting colour...like my little Camp Wilderness flowers from a few years ago...no real pattern...

...I also made a Sculpey button like I did before...you could of course buy a button...
...I painted it blue to match the ear warmer...
...and dotted it green using a pencil eraser...
...it was so cute and easy... ...Happy Elving!...

~Have a lovely day!

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

...Christmas Concert 2014...

...last night was the Christmas Concert...
video
...and of course they did a wonderful job...
video
...I thought the horns did exceptionally well...wink...
video
...and my personal favorite...Carol of the Bells...
...and in case you can't find Scout in the photo...

~Have a lovely day!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

...More elving...a super easy mug cozy pattern...

There are hundreds of cup cozy patterns out there...but I thought I'd share a little last minute pressie I made for one of my coffee loving friends...
...this is s good use of a little bit of a 'fancy' yarn...I used a partial skein that my sweet sissie had sent me...because it's pretty and because the fuzziness of it hides the little seam...
...basically it's just a trapezoid...
...I did use my duplicate stitch seam though and it lies pretty flat...
...and it's pretty reversible too...if she prefers the bumpy purl side...
You'll need one size 8 needle for the cast on and bind off...just to make sure it isn't too tight to slip onto your cup easily...

cast on 44 stitches with the size 8 needle...then switch to the size 7 needles and
work in stockinette stitch Knit 1 row Purl 1 row for 4 rows
decrease one stitch at each end of next row (42 sts)
continue in stockinette stitch for 3 more rows
decrease one stitch at each end of next row (40 sts)
continue in stockinette stitch for 3 more rows
decrease one stitch at each end of next row (38 sts)
continue in stockinette stitch for 3 more rows
decrease one stitch at each end of next row (36 sts)
continue in stockinette stitch for 3 more rows
bind off loosely using the size 8 needle...

...and you'll have a pretty little trapezoid...just stitch up the narrow end and weave in the ends...and you're done...

...pop it on a cute ceramic mug...

...How's your elving going?

~Have a lovely day!

Monday, December 15, 2014

...Family Christmas...

...we spent a good part of the weekend in the truck...traveling to NC and back...
...but it was all worth it...because I got to spend time with some of my favorite people...my family...

...we had our annual Christmas party...with the Crazy Santa...go around the room...choose a gift...swap...steal...give to the right...kind of Crazy Santa gift giving...but it was a lot of fun...
...and this was our loot from the party...Scout got the car washing kit...the Man got the stick blender...and I got the first gift I opened back...a French press coffee maker and some coffee...yum!...and I didn't steal it either...I just happened to get it back on a shift to the right turn...you know I would never take someone else's gift...

~Wishing you a lovely start to your week...

Saturday, December 13, 2014

...W.I.P....bathroom wall update...

...ooops...I meant to post this on Wednesday...but just didn't get to it...
...skim coat progress in the hall bathroom...
...it will need a second coat...
...and possibly a third...based on the bleed-through from the torn paper of the sheetrock...
...and the Man is moving the outlets from this receptacle by the door...that's just not a very convenient place for the outlets...he'll tunnel over to the corner...beside the clock (nice clock shelf ...no?)....and put the outlets there by the counter...and change the switch box to a traditional up and down side by side version...

...and then of course...I'll have to patch the wall...

~Have a lovely day!

Friday, December 12, 2014

...Vegan Southern Biscuit for one...

...sometimes...

...you're on your own for breakfast...but you want a big ol' southern biscuit with some apple butter on it...

...but you don't want to make a whole pan of biscuits...'cause...although I do eat leftover biscuits (usually toasted)...everyone knows they're much better hot and fresh from the oven...'
...so...gather just 3 ingredients...some vegan milk - I'm using almond milk but it doesn't really matter...and some vegan butter...and some self-rising flour...
...scoop 1/3 cup of self-rising flour into a bowl...
...and add 1 teaspoon of Earth Balance...
...then sort of using Julia's frissage technique...
...just smoosh the butter into the flour until it's well incorporated and sort of crumbly looking...
...then add enough vegan milk to make a soft dough...about 1/4 cup...
...and stir...
...I was going to say that this would only dirty up one bowl and one spoon...except for this step...and it just makes the biscuit so much better...crispy and golden brown on the outside...you'll be glad you used another dish...

...melt some Earth Balance on a saucer...
...scoop your dough onto the melted EB...
...then shape it into a biscuit...and flip it over to coat both sides with the buttery goodness...
...then slide it off onto a pan...
...and bake in your toaster oven at 450° F for about 15 minutes until golden brown...
...then pour yourself a mug of hot tea...
...slice that biscuit open...
...slather it with Apple Butter...

...and enjoy!

~Have a lovely day!