More Nursery Schenanigans

fabric2Ok…not really schenanigans, more so that it’s just another opportunity for me to take on another hobby that I will inevitably spend too much money buying supplies on.

A month or so ago, I decided that I wanted to make another blanket for the nursery.  Crochet will always be my first love, but I didn’t want everything to be crocheted in the room, and I’ve been wanting to do more sewing for quite some time, so I thought now was a good time to get started.  So…I started YouTubing for some easy quilt tutorials and came across one from Fat Quarter Shop called Jelly Roll Jam.  It looked fairly easy (because, well, everything on YouTube looks easy!), and I really liked the finished product, plus all the fabric was precut, so I was hoping this was a safe bet for a first quilt.  I asked a few of my quilting friends and they all told me it was a good starter quilt, so I felt better about my plan.  I stalked some fabric websites, picked out some fabric, bought the “necessary” supplies, and am now getting ready to go!

My fabric came in last night.  I ended up buying two Jelly Rolls so that I could mix and match the fabric lines.  I plan on making TWO quilts, a “boy” quilt and a “girl” quilt.  We have no idea what sex we’ll end up being matched with, so I figure I can put them both up in the closet and then pull out the right quilt when the time comes.  I can either just put up the other quilt (in the hopes that we adopt a second child), or I can pass it on to a friend with a child…or the cats will just “liberate” it for their use.  We’ll see…or maybe we’ll adopt twins!  If I sew it, they will come, right??

I plan on getting started later today, and I’ll do another post on my progress.  Of course, the lady on YouTube sews the entire top of the quilt in 20 minutes, but I have a feeling it’ll take quite a bit longer for me.  I’ll post photos once it’s something more than a pile of fabric strips though!  Wish me luck on my newest hobby!

Much love,
K.

Crochet Blanket, finally finished!

blanketOy, have I been remiss in posting.  Many of you probably remember that I was doing a Crochet Challenge in 2015.  The idea was to do two granny squares a week, and then piece together as I go, and the finished product would be a queen size afghan to go on our spare bedroom bed.  Well, much like most things in life, it didn’t exactly go to plan.  I took a few months off during the summer last year, and then slacked every now and then.  But, last month, I finished it up and added the border!   It’s very colorful and it turned out a little smaller than I anticipated, but I’m still really happy with how it looks.  It’ll be perfect for a twin size bed, when we have a little one!  So, here it is!  Ready to go on the bed! (the cats seem to love it too)

Much love,
K.

 

 

 

Potholders…Crochet Old-School

 

While on a quest for new and fun things to crochet, a dear friend of mine decided to up and move cross country for her husband’s work.  While looking at housing in a small Connecticut town, she came across a gorgeous, vintage, 1950s house…complete with a pink kitchen.  You heard read me correctly…First Lady PINK (thank you Mamie Eisenhower)!!!

potholderOf course, what goes best with First Lady pink kitchens?  That’s right…vintage potholders.  And, of course, they must be done in pastel colors!  So, I raced off to Pinterest and Ravelry to find a few patterns (and ended creating a whole board full of patterns to look through in the future), and finally settled on an adorable flower potholder pattern.

I’ve put together a few of these now, but here’s the finished product of one.  It’s double sided, so extra thick, and incredibly heat resistant if you use natural fiber yarns (like cotton).  They work up really quickly, and the pattern was very easy to read.  I used the pattern from Ruby Red Eclectic’s blog, and it turned out exactly as described!

Feel free to post photos of your own if you’ve made some awesome potholders…I’m always looking for new ideas!

Much love,
K.

Well well, what do we have here?

yarnWell well…what do we have here?  It’s a post! (Which, in and of itself isn’t all that exciting.  But, the fact is, I’ve been sorely neglectful in my blogging as of late and so it’s quite the feat!)

So…what’s going on!  Well, I’ve been busy with several crochet projects, but of course I started another last night (this makes a total of 3 going on at the moment).  Nothing like having choices for things to work on!  As I was embracing the fall weather this weekend, I realized it was coming up on scarf weather!  And, if you know me, you know that there’s nothing I like better than a warm and cozy scarf during the cool fall/cold winter months.  So, I thought that I’d finally make something for myself (as of yet, the only crochet project I’ve made for myself is the Crochet Challenge 2015 afghan, which is still a WIP.

So, with that, I decided that I wanted a new infinity scarf to wear for the winter, and was all set to order some new yarn (because, really, who doesn’t need more yarn), but then decided to take a look at my stash, just in case. And what before my wondering eyes should appear, but some GORGEOUS yarn that I had purchased on a close-out sale a few months back at our local yarn store!  It was totally one of those impulse buys…the ones where you sit there and justify it to yourself.  “I don’t really have a project to use it on NOW,” you say to yourself, “but there’s totally something I can make with it later…and it’s SUCH a good deal!”  And then your husband finds out and pitches a fit because you already have 235,390,100 skeins of yarn, and really, “DID YOU NEED TWO MORE?!”

(Yes, dear.  Yes I did.  Thanks for asking.)

But I digress.  So here I was…sitting in my house, glancing through my yarn stash when I come across my two new skeins of GLORIOUSNESS.   They’re perfection, seriously.  It was as though the heavens opened up and angels started singing.  No really…angels.  Singing.  Trust me on this.

The yarn I decided to go with is from Blue Sky Alpacas.  The color is a lovely muted purple called Thistle, and it is the perfect fall/winter color!  Plus, the yarn….just…I can’t even.  If I used the word “sumptuous” to describe it, that wouldn’t be enough.  The yarn feels like heaven to work with, and is so soft and cozy.  It’s a pricier yarn than I normally use, but hey…we all deserve a splurge every now and then!

So…I’m about halfway finished on the scarf, and will be sure to post finished photos when it’s complete.  For now, I’ll tempt you all with the yarn before I started working with it, and encourage you all to give this yarn a try.  Seriously, you won’t regret it!

Much love,
K.

Crochet Update!

blanketI’m happy to say that my crochet challenge blanket is up to date and back on track!  It took me awhile to get it going again, but with each square I crochet, I fall in love with it a little bit more!

I’m currently at a standstill, however, because I realized that I didn’t order the right green color to use, so I had to go hunt that down last evening.  The green should ship shortly, and once I get my greedy little hands on it, I can kick off a new row.  It’s over halfway finished by this point, so only 5-6 more rows to go.  I’m honestly so excited to see the finished product on my bed (even if I have to fight the cats over it).  Last night, I put the blanket down on the ground to take a photo, and the cats jumped right on it!  Hana is the one in the photo, staring at me while claiming ownership.  I have a feeling I’ll never get all the cat hair out of it.  Oh well…

Much love,
K.

Oodles of Zoodles

I know it’s been a long time since I’ve posted a recipe on here, but believe me, I’m still cooking.  Over the past six months or so, J and I have moved towards a more plant-based diet with minimal processed “stuff.”  It’s close to vegan, but I occasionally add cheese to my meals, just to jazz it up (plus, giving up Feta has been really hard for me…it’s SOOO good!)  It’s been weird to re-learn some cooking techniques, and has been challenging coming up with new and creative (and still delicious) meals, but so far its going well!

One of my favorite ways to incorporate more vegetables into our diet is with a spiralizer.  That thing is HANDY!!  Last evening, I decided to make some “Zoodles” (zucchini noodles) and a raw sauce for dinner.  The zoodles are easy, just cut the ends off the zucchini, then run it through the blade.  Voila…zoodles!  For the sauce, I used some sun-dried tomato vegan pesto along with some leftover cherry tomatoes, and sautéed those in a tiny amount of oil.  I added the noodles to the “sauce” and cooked the noodles for a few minutes until they were slightly tender.

And then…this is where I failed at the vegan.  Oh yeah…I added feta.  Because, well, feta makes it “bettah.”  Obviously, if you’re following a vegan diet, then just leave it off.  Or, like J did, add some nutritional yeast for that “cheesy” flavor!  Definitely a great pasta substitution, very low carb, and full of fresh vegetables!  What more could you ask for on a warm summer evening!

Much love,
K.

**I realized that the photo I had taken of the noodles was horribly blurred.  So, I promise, the next time I make them, you’ll get a photo!

Making Some Headway!

Oh my, has 2015 been crazy so far (crazy in life AND in crochet projects)!    After several weeks months of not working on my Crochet Challenge 2015 project, I can safely say that I am getting back on track!  Unfortunately (or fortunately), a few of my friends were getting ready to give birth, so the granny-smith blanket took a backseat to some ADORABLE baby blankets.  And, honestly, I couldn’t have been happier to get to work on those!  But now, it’s time to get back on track with the Crochet Challenge, in the hopes of catching up to where I should be currently, and then keep going throughout the year!

IMG_0493I still have a ways to go…I’m waiting on some more yarn to arrive (what started out as a stash buster quickly because a reason to buy more yarn…go figure), so there are some gaps that I need to fill in.  If I had the yarn that I needed, I figured that I am about a week away from catching up, if I did two granny squares a night.  So, approximately 14-16 squares behind.  Not impossible by any stretch of the imagination (especially because I was much further behind about a week ago), it will just take some concentration and hard work.  I should be completely caught up in two weeks time, max!  I also need to order more yarn, once I take inventory of what I have and what I need.  I am so pleased with how it’s turning out!  For awhile there, I was feeling very “meh” about the project, because I am absolutely horrible at anything “random.”  I am a pattern girl, through and through, and I really struggled with how a blanket with randomly placed colors would look.  However, now that I am further along with it, I am definitely falling in love!  I can’t wait to see the finished product and to put it on the bed!

Here’s what I have so far…ignore the gaps, I’m just waiting on my Plum color to show up in the mail!

Much love,
K.

Blanket for Baby G!

Here is the second baby blanket that I’m working on for friends!  The color scheme is also gender neutral (apparently no one is interested in finding out the baby’s sex before the baby comes), and my friend, M, also wanted a combination of yellow, green, and taupe.  However, M really wanted pastels, and C (Baby Stormageddon’s mom) loves bright colors, so I got an assortment of yarn colors to crochet from.

I really wanted to do another granny square blanket, and decided to take some inspiration from my Crochet Challenge blanket.  I really like the look of solid color granny squares, and now that I’ve found another way to connect them, they’re probably my all-time favorite pattern!  Before, as much as I loved granny squares, they were always a giant pain to connect at the end of the blanket.  But now that I can connect as I go?  Perfection!

  So, here’s what I’ve got done so far!  The entire blanket will be 5 rows in length, 5 columns in width.  Each square is a 6″ square, so the end blanket size will be 30″ x 30″.  Plus whatever I add for a border, which will add a few more inches each way.  I’m really excited to see how it turns out!  Plus, I’ve bought some minky fabric to back it with, and I plan on crocheting another owl applique!  Who doesn’t like a little baby owl on a blanket?  Not me, that’s for sure!

What do you think?

Much love,
K.

A Blanket for Baby Stormageddon!

Cassie BlanketOne of the things I like best about crochet is the ability to make baby blankets for my friends who are expecting!  I love being able to make something small and cute for such a precious bundle of joy!  It really makes me happy to be able to give something handmade to my friends for their new child.  Of course, that also doesn’t stop me from imaging what I’ll make when J and I have a baby of our own, but all in due time, right?

With each baby blanket that I make, I try to use a new pattern and colors chosen by Mom to match the nursery or whatever colors she wants.  This blanket, I decided to go with a chevron pattern, which was something I’ve never done before.  Thankfully, the pattern was super easy and was a quick one to work up!   I got the pattern off of Fable of Five, and then little Owl pattern from Love the Blue Bird.  Both were very well explained and easy to put together, and the owl pattern I’ve used a few times now.  I can’t resist a cute little owl!

Cassie OwlOne last thing I need to do is back the blanket with some really soft minky fabric that I have.  I think that’ll make it much softer against baby’s skin, which is always important.  At that point, I’ll just attach the owl, and it’ll be ready to ship!  What do you think??

Much love!
K.

Easter Vigil, One Year Later

While I don’t talk much about my faith journey on my blog, I was reminiscing the other day about how it has been a year since my baptism and conversion to Catholicism.  The year has been full of learning and growth, and I’m forever thankful for the change that has come to my life since joining my Parish.  The people there are amazing: loving and kind, supportive and helpful, and full of a heaping dose of reality if you get to be too big for your pants.  I adore them all, and love to help out wherever I can.

Which brings me to this post.  A few weeks back, right before we left for Alaska (which is a blog post all unto itself), the Adult Faith Formation leader, Kathy, shot out an email to the RCIA class from last year.  Apparently, each year, the RCIA class from the year prior helps stock the food for the following class’s Easter Vigil.  Always up for an excuse to cook, I quickly volunteered to help set up for the vigil, as well as provide a few dozen deviled eggs for the party.

Now, there’s a story to deviled eggs.  Growing up, it was the ONLY dish I was allowed to help with on the major holidays.  My mother ran her kitchen like a General runs his military unit.  Everything had a place and a place for everything, and God help you if it wandered under your watch.  Needless to say, deviled eggs became my speciality, and I was pleased to be able to share the with everyone this Easter!  However, I needed something with a bit more “oomph” than just regular old deviled eggs.  So, after a little bit of thought, a quick bit of research, and a short trip to the store, I had everything I needed.

DYED DEVILED EGGS.  That’s right…why serve any boring old, white deviled eggs?  This is the 21st century, folks…the land of Pinterest!  Why be inspired when you can be PINspired?!  (Lame, I know…feel free to express your groans)  I quickly set to work, hard boiling my eggs and peeling them to get started.  As a fair note, I have tried every trick under the sun to get my eggs to peel easily.  So far, hasn’t happened.  I’ve damn near given up and just accepted the fact that my eggs look like they escaped from a leper colony (no offense to any lepers reading).  But, nothing a little dye wouldn’t fix, right?

picstitch 2I peeled and cut up my eggs, disposing the yolk in a bowl, and set to dying.  I wanted the colors to be super vibrant, so I bought two dye packs and used 2 tablets per one dye cup, just so the colors would be ultra saturated.  I also used vinegar, though not as much as the packet said, because I didn’t want my deviled eggs to taste pickled.  Because that’s just gross, I don’t care who you are.

The eggs dyed up really well, and I let them dry over night in the fridge.  This morning, I whipped up the filling, and grabbed my icing piping bags to fill them.  I thought that I had some icing tips around here somewhere, but apparently they’ve disappeared (or I never bought them, either is entirely possible), but none the less I made do.  I left out the pickle relish in the filling, as I’ve recently been told that some people don’t like pickle in their deviled eggs (THE TRAVESTY!), and instead opted to cut a sliver of pickle and stuff it in the middle of the filling as a garnish on half the eggs.  Problem solved!

Here are my Easter Dyed Deviled Eggs!  Hope you enjoy them as much as I enjoyed making them…it was a ton of fun!

Much love,
K.