Saturday, December 17, 2011

Banana bread mishaps.

So today started out fine. Counting down the days to Christmas, watching Friends on my laptop (cause I LOVE that show). My mom decided she wanted to make banana bread today cause the bananas were getting spotty. I don't know about you but I love the baking days. The house is warm and smells sweet and amazing and the best thing to do is stay in your most comfy sweat pants with a thick pair of wool socks on your feet. So just as she mashed up the bananas and the sugar she got called in to work and I was left to make the bread. So with my laptop on the island and Friends playing, I get to work. Measure the flour then sift 4 1/2 cups of it with salt and cinnamon and baking soda. Can you say muscles? Mix the rest of the banana bread yummy-ness and pour into prepared pans. When the timer beeps use a toothpick to check its done right? Here's a tip for you, make sure the toothpick actually goes in the garbage..

I did all that and set it out to cool. I go outside and grab the loafs after 22 minutes of Friends ("I'm the Holiday Armadillo!"). They do look yummy! As I'm walking by there is sudden intense pain in my foot and it feels like the biggest splinter I have EVER had! Trying not to just drop the bread on the floor, I hop to the counter, set them down and then plop on the floor to inspect this intense pain. All while fighting back tears and saying some very un-lady-like words.  And what do I see but half a toothpick sticking out of my nice wool socks! I kind of just stared at it for a few seconds, unsure if I wanted to call my brothers in to pull it out or just suck it up and do it myself. I went with the latter and thought I might faint. I yank of my sock to look at the giant hole I'm expecting to see, luckily there wasn't much blood, it's just incredibly sore. 

For your viewing pleasure:
That's how much toothpick was in my foot. 
It was an eventful day =] Hope you have a great day!

Friday, December 16, 2011


So I've been really unsure as what to write since my first post. I was so excited to start up and share all my thoughts and crafts with the blogging community but then I just got nervous, I know its silly. Well one of the blogs that has really inspired me lately is Sweet Verbena. If you haven't seen her blog yet, it is amazing and I've already tested out some of her tutorials and loved them all.

I followed THIS tutorial and made these:
Don't you just love the color?!

These were white keds that I had to wear when I was in nursing school. They were all dirty and stained and I almost threw them out a bunch of times but for some reason never did. 

I was then inspired by her bracelet tutorial here! I just loved it. I thought it was so simple and sweet and I already have tons of embroidery floss from past projects, like friendship bracelets (and because buying different pretty colors is a small addiction). 

So I decided to make my own version of the bracelets inspired by the wonderful Katy. 

Okay so now its time for the tutorial:

Firstly you'll need:

 -Two pieces of embroidery floss about 45" long.

-Some kind of hollow charm

-1 size B/2.25MM crochet hook

-Some small basic knowledge of crochet. (Chain stitch)

Step one:
Fold your floss in half so its doubled and loop it through your charm
Step two:
Wrap thread over hook.
Step three:
Turn hook 180 degrees so there is a little twist off of your charm.
Step four:
Begin your chain stitch. 
12 on either side was enough for my wrist which I
measured at about 5 inches around.

Repeat on the other side. Leave about a 4 inch tail on both sides but do not make a knot at the end. 
Now I followed this video on YouTube to finish and so that it was an adjustable bracelet.

There you go! 

This picture was taken before I decided to make it adjustable
so there are knots so ignore them!

Of course all of these measurements can be adjusted for your needs. You may need more chains or maybe less. Also, you'll see that in one picture there is a bead on the bracelet instead of something hollow. If the hole is big enough for a tapestry needle to fit through then you should be able to do it with that. You'll need one piece of floss and it will have to be longer. Make a knot on either side of the bead and as close to it as you can get, and then follow from step two on.

Now I promise that I will have crochet and knit tutorials in the near future. For now if you don't know how to make a chain with a crochet hook there are plenty of videos on YouTube (which is actually where I learned...). 
I hope you enjoyed the tutorial! Any questions just ask!

And a photo for the day. My dad and I went to pick out a Christmas tree. We wanted a small one like in Charlie Brown  but my mom was SOOO against it. So for MY room I found this adorable little guy <3

I'll put pictures up when its all decorated. Enjoy your holidays!

Monday, December 12, 2011

Hello there..

I'm just a 20 year old girl who has many interests. I've been reading many blogs and following a few vlogs and such. They make me happy and inspire me to take my own creations to a public level. I love many different things but to name a few...I love to knit, crochet, bake and cook, and photograph it all. I dabble in jewelry making and would like to take that further as well in time to come. I go to school and spend time with my friends and family and my best friend, my dog (his name is Dexter)!

This blog will be a place for me to share my many thoughts on things, tutorials for what I've made and hopefully spread some joy with what I love. Hope it is enjoyed!

Some pretty curly thing on the side of my house.