Star Wars Scarf and Learning to Double Knit

Hey sis,

Nate’s scarf has been finished for awhile, but it took me forever to get pictures of it.  He really likes it! The Pattern

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nate's scarf2

Learning to double knit sure was a process!  But, it produces a super thick, plush and warm scarf.  I’m not sure if I will ever use double knitting for such a large project again (I can see it making great hot pads)!  It simply takes a really long time to make, and it’s a great deal harder on the hands and wrists then normal knitting.

But, I am certainly happy I made this scarf for Nate!

Want to Learn to Double Knit (Now that I made it sound so attractive lol)???  Check out https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z0uwla1VYHQ

Love, 

Jamiegoof

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Slow Cooked Cajun Chicken & Potatoes

Dear Sis,

Tonight we tried another great slow cooked meal!

Cajun Chicken & Potatoes

Slow Cooked Cajun Chicken & Potatoes
Serves 6
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Ingredients
  1. 8 red skin potatoes, chopped
  2. 3 - 4 lb. whole chicken
  3. 1/2 c water
Seasoning Rub
  1. 2 T brown sugar
  2. 2 t paprika
  3. 2 t coarse salt
  4. 1 t Cajun seasoning
  5. 1 t Herbes de Provence
  6. 1 t onion powder
  7. 1/2 t garlic powder
Instructions
  1. Place potatoes in the bottom of the crock. Add water.
  2. Make seasoning rub. Rub on both sides of chicken. Place seasoned chickens on top of potatoes.
  3. Cook on Low for 6 hours. Unplug crock and stand 30 minutes - 1 hour before serving.
Adapted from Recipes that Crock
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Love,

b

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Quilted Burp Cloth Tutorial

Dear Sis,

Today I finished the last of 8 lovely burp cloths. 

BC Photo

Cutting

Pattern Here

BC Cutting

Marking

BC Marking

Mark broadcloth panel with 45 degree lines 3 inches apart in both directions.

Top Stitching

BC First Quilting

Place batting panel behind broadcloth. Top stitch one direction of markings. 

BC Second Quilting

Place terry cloth behind broadcloth-batting panel. Top stitch the other direction of markings.

Binding

BC Binding

Make binding with contrasting broadcloth 1 1/2 inch x approx. 60 inches, making 45 degree seams in binding as needed to acquire length. 

BC Pin Binding

Pin binding to burp cloth with right-sides facing. Taking care to fold over first end of binding.

BC Binding St One

Stitch around with 1/4 inch seam allowance. Trim layers as needed.

BC Pin Binding two

Turn burp cloth over. Fold under binding and pin in place.

BC front

Complete burp cloth by stitching around just on the folded edge.

Love,

b

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FREE Belly Bands

Dear Sis,

In past weeks, all but two of my pairs of pants and a single pair of capris have become too snug for comfort. Although I wear skirts and dresses most days, there are days when chill or modesty make pants a more suitable option. In any case, 6 weeks is much too soon for me to entertain the notion of maternity shopping.

In my online reading, I was fortunate enough to stumble upon an affordable solution for expecting ladies, so that they can continue wearing their pre-pregnancy pants!

bellybutton band.com

Code: ENBABY

2 Free Maternity Bands or 1 Free Maternity Body Band ($40.00 value)

Of course, you’ll have to cover exchange insurance ($2.50) and shipping, which varies in cost depending on what measure of expediency you require.

Even with the code savings, I was able to take advantage of another promotion. I chose the 2 maternity bands and added a body band for only $10, which I’ll save for the coming months:)

I can’t wait to see if these products work for me! I’ll comment with a review later:)

Love,

 

 

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Week 6

Dear Sis,

Disclaimer: If talk about the “girl” issues and pregnancy freak you out. Stop reading and skip to another post!

Breaking the News to Myself

In weeks 3-5 I experienced cramping, which at the time, I correlated with my approaching monthly. The first day of week 5, my significant other pointed out that the cramping had been going on much longer than usual. In his words, it was time to “pee on a stick.” 

My monthly had been a few days late, every month since we started “trying.” So I was no stranger to the negative test let down, and I resisted testing now. Finally, by mid-day, he wore me down… and I did the deed.

The result was cryptic! There were two lines… maybe, but one was so faint, it was easier to think I was imagining it. He on the other hand, took one look at it and stated simply, “Yep, you’re pregnant,” so calmly and mater-of-factly that it felt like he’d already known. “No, I think it isn’t working. We need to get new ones.” I insisted. After a couple hours of pacing the house in restless denial, we did go to the store, but not to get new testing supplies. Instead, we picked up some prenatal vitamins to replace my daily vitamin.

Over the course of week five, my sceptaeism swayed in the opposite direct.  Pregnancy was a good explanation for all the weird things happening to my body!

Bionic Fatigue

One of the books I’ve read over the past few weeks described the fatigue experienced in the First Trimester of Pregnancy as “Bionic.” I was so glad the author had thought to word herself that way, because fatigue doesn’t quite explain what I’ve been experiencing.

I went to college and worked as a counselor at summer camp. Fatigue is a groggy-eyed yawny sensations one feels when: one has been up half the night reworking a research paper while the juices are flowing, or keeping a homesick camper company while they fall asleep. 

Bionic fatigue is when you are sitting on your bed staring at the contents of your closet wondering what won’t feel too tight today, and you wake up 30 minutes later to discover yourself still wearing pajamas, despite that fact that you just slept a full 10 hours, because no matter how hard you tried you could stay up past 8PM.

Super Senses & Moooo-diness

  • When you step out your front door and know it is laundry day at your neighbors house because you just gaged on they scent of their drier sheets, you might be pregnant.
  • When you feel like people are man-handling you, because they gave you a hug or brushed passed you, you might be pregnant. 
  • When a car ride can make you motion sick in less than 5 minutes, you might be pregnant.
  • When your taste buds are all out of whack, and some foods taste sweeter, saltier, or stronger than you remember them tasting, you might be pregnant.
  • When you begin to rack up frequent fighter miles, as you make trips after trip to the ladies room, you might be pregnant.
  • When you cry because someone skipped your turn at a stop sign, how could they be so unkind! …you might be pregnant. 
  • When you can’t decide if you should take up eating as an olympic sport or when you insist you’ll never take a bite of anything ever again because you feel so queasy, all in one day, you might be pregnant.
  • When you wake up one morning and wonder if you discovered the fountain of youth. Your hair could be in a shampoo commercial… if it weren’t for the acne peppering your chin like it did when you were thirteen! …you might be pregnant.

Love,

b

 

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Birdseed Pouches

Dear Sis,

Today I am designing the birdseed pouches you want for the wedding. Let me know if we are good to start mass production in two weeks when I visit the cousins in Indiana:) I’m thinking 200 will do.

Pouch Side

Pouch Front

Pouch Back

Tools & Material

Assorted Cotton Broadcloth in desired colors & prints

Self-Healing Cutting Mat, Quilting Ruler & Rotary Cutter

Threaded Sewing Machine

Shower The Love Birds Printable & Card Stock

Paper Cutter, Tape Runner, & Hole Punch

Birdseed, Non-Acrylic Yarn or Twine

Cutting Instructions

Press fabric if it is not already wrinkle free.

Cut 2 (3 1/2 inch x 4 1/2 inch) pieces per pouch.

I find a self-healing cutting mat, quilting ruler, and rotary cutter to be most efficient, but one could also draw chalk lines on fabric and cut with fabric scissors.

Sewing Instructions

Placing 2 pieces together, with right-sides facing, Stitch with a 1/4 inch seam allowance, starting on one 4 1/2 inch side, pivoting with needle in fabric, to sew 3 1/2 inch bottom edge, and pivoting again to sew second 4 1/2 inch side. Trim threads.

Turn pouch right-side-out.

Making “Love Bird” Tags

Cut printed tags with a paper cutter. 

Cut an 8 1/2 inch x 11 inch piece of card stock into 1 doz. (2 1/2 inch) squares.

Adhere printed tags to card stock backing with a tape runner.

Punch a hole in the top right of each tag.

Filling & Securing Pouches

Fill pouch with 1/4 c birdseed.

Cut 9 inches yarn or twine.

Thread yarn or twine through punched hole in tag.

Tie pouch closed with a bow.

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Happy Crafting,

b

 

 

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SLIME

Dear Sis,

Today we made slime! I was TONS of FUN and a GREAT BIG MESS:) The kids had slimy clothes, slimy seats, and the slime trail went all the way to the bathroom where they attempted to clean themselves, but applying the slime to various other items. Luckily, this gooey fun washes off fairly simply with a warm dishcloth. 

Slime

SLIME
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Ingredients
  1. 6 oz Elmer's Glitter Glue
  2. 1/4 c water
  3. 1/4 c liquid starch
Instructions
  1. Pour glue into a dish. Stir in water. Stir in liquid starch.
  2. When glue begins to clump, knead it with hands until it makes one ball that can be taken from the dish to play with.
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Slime as a Cleanser?

I also discovered that slime is an excellent diamond cleaner! My engagement ring hasn’t shown like it does today since its last professional cleaning in January.

Love,

b

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