13/150: Updates and Scenery

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View of Swan lake from Atlantis Slides, Vernon, BC (off to the left is where the city is)

It’s been a long time since I posted, sorry. My husband has been down with tooth pain and this week was his birthday so we’ve been pretty busy. I wanted to update you on some progress. I’m in the process of whipping up hats and gloves to sell this winter. maybe locally, maybe online to you wonderful folks who support me!

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Flareon hat

I almost killed my flower. it’s been so hot and busy I forgot about the little guy. Poor thing was all withered, but I’m sure I brought it back to life. In the meantime, I’ve been busy working on this gem. I had the eyes done but I felt they were too big so I turfed ’em and I gotta make new ones. I’m dead set on using up all the yarn I’ve got second hand so I can buy more! I want to do different ones, based on the yarn I have available.


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Armstrong Memorial Park, BC

We enjoyed a family day and a park in the next town over (hubby’s hometown) with his best friend. They even cooked us dinner, which was served quite late. My son made a new friend. It was a good day. There’s a playground, a pool and a spray park. Lots of shade too. It was the perfect place to hang out on a hot day.

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Welcome to Atlantis, BC

The next day it was a free trip to Atlantis (waterslides) courtesy of our local First Nations Friendship Centre. It was fun, an my little guy is brave enough to go down all the slides. I got some great scenery shots.

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Look at all the slides! That’s only half of ’em!

Sorry for the delayed posts, I made a promise I couldn’t keep. I didn’t think “1 a day” would be this hard. What did I expect? I have a family . Thank you everyone for your continued support. I will be back to post soon.

 

12/150: Random Musings

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Beautiful Mountain Between Vernon and Lumby, BC  07.21.17

Here we are. Another day. It’s a beautiful day. Not so smokey here today. Those wildfires are burning still, and I pray for everyone’s safety. My family is right in the midst of it. It’s been so hot here, with the fires burning and no rain for almost 2 months. It rained a little bit in the last few days, but not nearly enough to help.


 

I’ve been absent a while. My husband needed some serious dental work. It doesn’t mean I haven’t been working on stuff. I started a Ninjago toque for my son. It’s way too big, but it’s almost finished so too bad.


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Evangelion Unit 01. C2C perhaps?

 

I have planned out some projects that will be long and costly. I promised myself I wouldn’t take on any blankets. I’m impatient and I like quick projects, but everyone in my house wants something, so blankets it is. Just in time for Christmas…. I am planning patterns and deciding what stitches to do. My son loves Ninjago so I am planning an ambitious pattern for him and my husband wants me to try something from Evangelion. Me? I love Pokemon.

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The Eeveelutions. Great Blanket Idea perhaps?


 

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Lego Jet

I began sewing my son’s apron. I rearranged my bedroom to better suit my sewing needs, but then what happened? My husband now thinks my sewing table is a storage spot for his legos. Yes, my husband plays with legos. He and our 6 year old get along great.

He builds to keep his mind busy. Much like I crochet. I would call him a “Master Builder” because that jet is all free hand and he used whatever lego pieces were in the bin. We have a store in town where we can go buy bulk lego, so he’s pretty excited about that.

 

 

 

 

 

 


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My flower now has a buddy, it is growing fast and strong. I need to buy a bigger pot for it. I’m afraid I might kill it if I move it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


I will keep you updated on my projects and my progress. Have a great weekend and stay safe and creative!

11/150: Pikachu, I choose you!

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I attended a Pokemon themed birthday party for my son’s friend this past weekend. I was excited to share my PokeParty experience but I was sad that I never thought to make her something. It inspired me into another project. I decided to make a Pikachu hat for my son. I freehanded it so it isn’t perfect but I am so proud of how it turned out.

 

 

 

 

pikahat1For a base,  a simple hat pattern should suffice. I used yellow Bernat Yarn I got from the Sally Ann for 2$ and a 5mm hook. I made a bucket hat and added ear flaps.

 

 

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To make the Pikachu ears, I made a magic ring, and increased in 8’s to 16 and made rows till I found a suitable length. A total of 23 rows (6 black, 16 yellow) I stuffed them with stuffing and sewed them on last.

 

 

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For the eyes I made 2 black circles, 2 smaller white circles and sewed them together. The cheeks were a 2 red circles. I sewed them on after embroidering the nose.

 

 

 

 

I am very proud of this Pikachu hat. It’s the second biggest hat project I have taken on (Pirate hat is #1). I am excited to make many more character hats and share them with you.

 

10/150: Life Hacks

 

My husband had to work this morning. not so early, at 8am instead of 5am. But, I am out of coffee filters. He doesn’t care, he likes tea. Me? I love my coffee. It is literally the one thing I get out of bed for. So I hacked it. I used mama’s old trick of a folded paper towel. Guess what? Mama never fails me. Great coffee!

 

This simple life hack prompted me to see what else I could come up with. So in the spirit of this life hack, here are 4 more I like:

 

1: Put an old newspaper at the bottom of your garbage can to absorb juices.

This one is genius. Why didn’t I think of it? I hate it when I pull the garbage out and there is a pool at the bottom. Ick.

 

2: Use nail polish to identify keys

I learned this one a while back. I was a keyholder at work and was always fumbling in the morning to open the store. I tried everything from tape to permanent marker to mark that key. Then my manager suggested nail polish. Voila! What a genius idea.

 

3: Place a wooden spoon across a pot of boiling water to keep it from boiling over

Yes. This one works. I use it all the time.

 

4: And the fitted sheet! This one is reblogged over and over but I insist on sharing for you!

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Hope these help you! Have a wonderful day and I will have some more posts for you later!

9/150: Banana Applesauce Muffins

Whoa guys! 9/150? It’s July 14, I am waaay behind! I apologise. Life has been busy, now we have move. So things are a little hectic. I will have lots to post when I get the chance because I have planned and started some new projects.


 

Today I was craving bananas. I decided to test out my mini muffin tin.  Remember to Preheat to 350*  Cook 18-20 min

I started with some extra ingredients. I wanted oatmeal banana muffins. So I dug out some instant oatmeal packets. No one eats the cinnamon and spice flavor so I opted to use it in place of rolled oats. 2 packets = approx 1 cup. I even added coconut for a little flare.

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1.5 C flour, 1 C Oats, 1 Tsp Baking Soda, 1 tsp baking powder, .25 tsp salt, 1tsp cinnamon, .25 tsp nutmeg, 1 tbsp coconut

I threw all the dry ingredients in a bowl and set them aside. If the packets aren’t enough, top off with quick cook oats.

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2-3 mash banana, 1 tsp vanilla, .5 c applesauce, .75 C brown sugar, 1 egg

I moved on to my wet ingredients . I forgot to premash my bananas, so they went in firm and fresh. The flavor isn’t as strong, but still delicious.

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Ready to go!

Next, add your dry ingredients in 3 parts, mixing in all dry ingredients before adding more. When all is incorporated, dish into prepped muffin tin. I used liners, you don’t have to , just grease your tin appropriately .

 

 

Banana Applesauce Muffins

Preheat to 350*

Mix together, set aside:

  • 2-3 mash banana
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 c applesauce
  • 3/4 cup C brown sugar
  • 1 egg

Next:

  • 1.5 cup Flour
  • 1 cup Oats
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • .25 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • .25 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tbsp coconut

 

  1. Combine first 5 ingredients, set aside
  2. Combine dry ingredients
  3. Slowly incorporate dry ingredients into wet.
  4. When all ingredients are completely  combined, distribute to prepped muffin tin
  5. Bake at 350* for 17-20 mins, or until toothpick inserted in centre comes out clean
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Finished result

And the finished result is amazing. These puppies are so tasty, I sent a full baggie to work with my husband.

I hope you had fun making these with me. Have a great day!

 


8/150: A new technique

Corner to Corner (c2c)

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Last night, at 10pm, I decided to teach myself the c2c stitch (corner to corner). Seemed pretty overwhelming, but it was quite simple once I got the hang of it. I want to make a few Graphghans for everyone, I feel like I could like this. It took me about an hour and a half to make this simple square. I want to teach you guys this stitch, if you need help with abbreviations, I will post a reference chart for your convenience. Forgive my bad pictures, the only camera I have is my phone. And forgive my sloppy pattern, I have never done this before. There is a reference chart and some links at the bottom of the page, should you need more clarification.

 

7×7 C2C square

Part 1: Increasing

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ch 6

Step 1:  chain (ch) 6

 

 

 

 

 

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dc 1 into 4 ch from hook

Step 2: double crochet (dc) 1 into 4 ch from hook,

Step 3: dc 1 into next 2 ch

 

 

 

 

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Ch 6, rpt step 2-3

Step 4: Ch 6, repeat step 2-3

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Sl st tch

Step 5:  Turn second cluster and slip stitch (sl st) into 3rd chain (tch).

 

 

 

 

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sl st join

 

 

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Ch 3

Step 6: Ch 3

 

 

 

 

 

 

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DC 3 first ch sp

Step 7: DC 3 into first chain space (sp)

 

 

 

 

 

Step 8: ch 6 , repeat steps 4-8 . Increase each row one block at a time until desired width

This particular pattern is 7×7 rows 

 

 

Part 2: Decreasing

 

Step 1: Instead of ch 3 slip stitch in each double crochet

Step 2: Ch 3

 
Step 3: DC 3 into ch sp

Step 4: repeat to end of row, sl stitch, turn, repeat step 1-3


 

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Finished products.


I hope this tutorial has been helpful. Thank you makeanddocrew for teaching me the c2c. I wanted to share this with you I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

Below is a chart to reference abbreviations used here, should you get confused. I have linked it to another helpful site.

 

 

 

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8/150 10.07.2017

7/150: Flower update and Shenannigans

I am so proud of this flower. My son gave it to me for Mother’s day and it is still alive. This is the longest I have kept anything alive (besides my kids, I suppose). It is growing some buddies that might actually bloom. I need a bigger pot because now it’s growing a second stock.


Family Outing

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BX Creek, Vernon BC

 

This beautiful flower inspired me to go out and enjoy this beautiful (but smokey) weather. We went for a hike yesterday. It was short and sweet. the air quality was ok, but the heat was too much,. So we chose the creek, Armed with Hats and snacks, we hit up the nearby trail. I would love to share some pictures of this breathtaking walk.

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BX Creek, Vernon BC Lunch stop

British Columbia is the most beautiful place to me, and even though my home town area of Ashcroft/Cache Creek and 100 Mile House ( I’m from the tiny village in between) are burning, I am safe here in Vernon. (Miles away from all it!)

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It was nice to get out, away from this stuffy apartment. I look forward to more excursions and scenery shots to share with you (I can’t crochet and sew all the time!)

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Stay safe, follow local fire bans/laws! We need our trees.

 


7/150 July 9, 2017