Thursday, September 5, 2013

Stampin Up Cards

I mentioned yesterday that I made some cards at a workshop hosted by my friend Carrie. Carrie is just one of those crafty people who can crochet a baby blanket, refinish her own floors, make a few cards, and take care of her 1 year old son all at the same time. (Ok, maybe not the exact same time, but it sure seems like it!) 

Anyway, Carrie is such a great teacher with inventive ideas that even someone paper crafting challenged, like myself, can make pretty cool cards. I'm one of those people that some things come naturally to, and I always do those things. Like knitting, or reading, or playing tennis. Anything I'm not good at right away I usually give up on because who wants to work hard at something you aren't good at? However, I just love the idea of making my own cards so much that I have tried to stick with this card making thing, and Carrie is patient and puts up with my always-crooked stamps and million questions :)

Here are the cards I made at Saturday's workshop:

This one is a bit hard to read, but it is a birthday card. Fun splatters!

This one I can see being perfect for my mom, aunt, or grandmother. So feminine!

I think this is a great "anyone" card. Maybe I will give it to my dad for his birthday next week :)

Again, another cool feminine card. I love the layering of the different colored flowers!

This one was probably the coolest one we made. The hubs likes maps, so I think he will get one of them! Perfect manly card.

While I don't think stamping or other paper crafts will become my hobby of choice, I really enjoy sitting down for an hour or two and coming away with something I can give to others easily. Who doesn't love a handmade card?

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Massive Catch-up Post

Between the super busy holiday weekend and having problems uploading photos again, I haven't had a chance to share the weekend, our menu, or my WIPs thus far. I'm going to do a big post here in effort to catch it all up, so hang on!

Saturday I worked and then went to a Stampin Up workshop run by my friend Carrie. She does a great job of designing the cards and showing us how to make our own. I plan to do a separate post showing the cards I made because they are that cool! That night we had a birthday party for our friend's son, and gave him a camo fleece blanket that we tied the fringe of. He loved it!

Sunday was a really fun day. A group of 10 of us was looking for something fun to do, and when a few of the ideas fell flat we settled on a sailboat ride and dinner at Pearl Street Grill. Then one of our friends called in a favor and got us a limo to ride in for the day! How fun is that? Since we had the car for most of the day, we left early and stopped and got coffee and walked around Delaware Park before our boat left. Here are some of the guys hanging out, waiting for the boat.

The boat we rode on was the Spirit of Buffalo. It was very relaxing to sail around Lake Erie, though it did start to rain for a bit. Here is the boat:

We were more than ready for dinner when the sailing tour was done, so we walked the few blocks to Pearl Street Grill. I had never eaten here before, and got the portobello mushroom  tortellini. YUM!

Monday started with me being delivered breakfast in bed. Awesome! Cheese omelette and yogurt with coffee. I have the best husband :)

When the group of us were hanging out on Sunday, we realized that none of us had Labor Day plans, so we invited everyone over for an impromptu hot dog and burger get together. People brought food and we all just hung out. Since the weather ended up not being so great, we mostly hung out inside, which was fine.

Whew! Lots to report, even if I didn't take that many photos. I will keep the knitting part brief, but I wanted to include it since this is a Wednesday WIPs post after all!

I finished my barndom shawl!

I really enjoyed this project, and I think this will be very wearable in a few more weeks when it cools down! I knit this in Malabrigo Sock in the Ivy, Chocolate Amargo, and Boticelli Red colorways. I highly recommend it!

I started a new project this week, but haven;t had a chance to take photos of it yet, so that will have to wait until next Wednesday!

This post is linked up with Ginny's Yarn Along.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Are you ready for some football?

Last Thursday the hubs and I participated in a fantasy football draft, but before I get to that I wanted to share last night's dinner with you. We had pesto mushroom pizza with tater tots, and it was pretty darn good!

In the background you can see my dipping sauce of choice - Marie's Guacamole dip. Marie's dips were on sale this week, and I picked this up on a whim. It's actually pretty good and should satisfy my avocado cravings when I don't feel like eating a whole avocado ;)

Anyway, FOOTBALL! Oddly enough, my husband is not a huge football fan, but a friend has a fantasy team and asked him if he wanted to sign up. We decided we would do it together, and the draft was lots of fun. I wont go through the whole draft, but some of the highlights were: Roddy White, Marshawn Lynch, Blair Walsh, Reggie Bush, and Eli Manning (I have loved him for a while!). Not exactly an all star team, but I think we have a shot. I'll try to remember to post updates every once in a while.

Today after work will consist of mowing my lawn and assorted chores around the house. Doesn't look like we will have any free time this weekend, so I'm trying to get things all caught up!

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

The monogamous week

This week I have been knitting on only one project. ONE. Since Camp Loopy is ending right along with August, and that is happening in three days, I decided that if I was going to finish this thing on time that I better bust a move and concentrate. I have made some pretty good progress, and there is a decent chance that I will be binding off before Saturday at midnight.

The colors are a little off- we've had really cloudy weather here this week- but you can see that I am onto the border. Naturally I was in the middle of the row, but at this point the shawl is so large it wouldn't have mattered; I can't get a shot of the whole thing stretched out anyway.

Since the knitting content is a little concentrated this week, I thought I would share some of the items I am planning to cast on soon.

First up is the Gathering Stripes sweater that will be my OWL this term. I plan on starting this on September 1or as close to it as I can. I have wound some Knit Picks Stroll Sport to use for this:

The teal will be the main color with the silvery gray as the contrasting stripes. I wound two skeins together for most of these to keep the number of balls down, and it worked pretty well.

The other big project I have planned to start soon is the Bellevue Cardigan. I have some Knit Picks Comfy fingering all wound and ready for that, which will be a gift for my mom.

I'm pretty excited to be knitting some larger garments. I knit the Dark and Stormy early this year, and it still needs a good block and some buttons. I can't wait til it cools down enough to wear it :)

This post is linked up with Ginny's Yarn Along.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Mid Week Menu

Yesterday was such a busy day I totally forgot about blogging! The funny part is, I actually had some free time Sunday to plan a menu and make a grocery list, so I was ahead of the game for once. Oh well :)

 Thursday I had some of the first veggies from our garden- a tomato and a cucumber with an avocado (not from our garden!) and italian dressing. YUM!

We also had kebabs for dinner on Friday. Always a winner!

Saturday the hubs worked a long day so I got stuff done around the house. Our office is almost finished- I will share pictures soon! Waiting for my new chair (!) to come in the mail.

 Sunday we had a picnic in the park after church and went to an open house around the corner from ours, just for fun. 

Even though it was a quick little picnic 2 minutes from our house, it was a nice change from our usual routine. Yay for random dates!

Anyway, the menu!

lunch- lean pocket and an apple
dinner- out (grocery shopping)

lunch- veggies and dip, string cheese, granola bar
dinner- baked chicken chimichangas with mushrooms

lunch- leftovers

lunch- pizza leftovers
dinner- meatball subs and roasted veggies

lunch- sandwich, banana, granola bar
dinner- leftovers/ help yourself!

dinner- fried rice

This Saturday is a packed day including a Stampin up card party and a 7 year old's birthday party. I have actually made a few cards at Stampin up events since my friend Carrie became a Stampin Up Rep. After the event on Saturday I will do a post about all the cards I have made!

And since everyone loves a photo of the pup:

He has it rough.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Crunchy Chicken Salad

I mentioned on Monday that I'm feeling in a bit of a rut with my cooking and meal planning. I think part of it has to do with the fact that it feels like summer is almost over, and I'm ready to move onto Fall foods. Soups, casseroles, homemade bread, and pumpkin everything. Anyway, I was desperate this week to find some interesting food to make for dinner, and I stumbled across a recipe on Pinterest that caught my eye. We don't eat a lot of crazy food here; normally it's simple food with few ingredients that doesn't take a lot of time. This recipe stretched those boundaries, but I'm really glad we gave it a try!

The original recipe can be found here, but I made a few modifications I will share. I omitted the sesame seed, because I didn't have any at home and we don't use it much. I also skipped the peanuts and green onions. I followed the cooking instructions exactly, only when the noodles were done and added to the bowl I added a bit of oil to the pan and cooked up some mushrooms. They soaked up the flavor of the noodle mixture and really added to the dish!

We really enjoyed this recipe, and I hope that if you are feeling a bit adventurous you will give it a go too!

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

WIP Wednesday

I feel like I haven't gotten much knitting done, but since I wasn't able to post last week maybe it wont seem that way to you ;) The plan for the rest of the month is to go gangbusters on the shawl, since that is my Camp Loopy 3 project. I think it is definitely doable to finish it in time, I just need to make it a priority. Then I will work on the socks until September first, when new things go on the needles. I'll give a preview next week of what I plan on knitting for September!

First up is the shawl. I left it in the middle of a row last night, but you can see that I have made some progress. I am loving how this is turning out, and really want to finish on time!

This is the Barndom pattern by Stephen West and I am knitting it in Malabrigo sock.

Next up: the socks. These haven't seen a whole lot progress, but the heel is turned so they are well on their way.

These are the Men's Socks for Giving Away pattern by Purl Bee and I'm knitting them in Berroco Vintage DK.

I started a new project recently, keeping with my need to continually knit baby things because there are so many people in my life who have little ones or who are pregnant. Really, I don't mind, because baby things are quick and fun to knit, but it could be spaced out a little!

This is the Jackson Blanket pattern by Tash Barneveld and I'm knitting it out of Hobby Lobby I Love This Yarn. The colors aren't quite as bright as this pictures suggests, the orange is much more burnt pumpkin and the purple is a darker mulberry color. I love this pattern, and have decided I'm not allowed to work on it until the shawl is finished, so hopefully this knitty motivation works!

Lastly, I finally washed and lightly blocked the blanket for my new niece, who I made the first Jackson Blanket for. You may notice that the edges are curling a little, which isn't a big deal, but I did a garter border on the blanket I am making now to fix that. Still, I hope she likes her new blanket!

This post is linked up with Ginny's Yarn Along