Yarn Along

When Ginny decided to stop doing the weekly Yarn Along, I was bummed.

I liked going every week to find good book recommendations and knit and crochet inspiration.

I am so happy that The Little Room of Rachell has decided to pick up the task of hosting!

This week I am listening to The Wonder by Emma Donoghue.

In Emma Donoghue’s latest masterpiece, an English nurse brought to a small Irish village to observe what appears to be a miracle-a girl said to have survived without food for months-soon finds herself fighting to save the child’s life.Tourists flock to the cabin of eleven-year-old Anna O’Donnell, who believes herself to be living off manna from heaven, and a journalist is sent to cover the sensation. Lib Wright, a veteran of Florence Nightingale’s Crimean campaign, is hired to keep watch over the girl.Written with all the propulsive tension that made Room a huge bestseller, THE WONDER works beautifully on many levels–a tale of two strangers who transform each other’s lives, a powerful psychological thriller, and a story of love pitted against evil.

~GoodReads

Honestly, I’m not sure what to think about this book.

I am about half way through; I don’t hate it, but I don’t love it either.

I wanted a light read, so that choice is A Slice of Murder (Pizza Lovers #1).

Not too much happens in the sleepy little town of Timber Ridge, North Carolina, —which is fine with pizza-purveyor extraordinaire Eleanor Swift. The spunky owner of A Slice of Delight is trying to mend her broken heart and could use a little quiet time. But when a late night delivery customer turns up dead, she’s in for just the opposite in this delicious mystery series debut, featuring pizza as the prima character . . .

~GoodReads

Sometimes, I just want a cozy, easy read.

This week I finished my BOOM! Shawl (yay!  I’ve been knitting this forever).

I had one Caron Cake in Rainbow Sherbet.

I searched Ravelry to see what people had knitted with one cake and BOOM! Shawl came up quite often.

Plus, it is a free pattern!

I love it!

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I love the colors and its is warm and snuggly.

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Next up, Jennifer Ozes Carleton Cocoon Sweater (crochet).

I purchased this as a kit from Craftsy during a sale.

Chocolate brown yarn, not my preferred choice but it was one of the few kits left available .

As always, I am slowly adding to my Charlotte Square Afghan.

Have a good week!

 

School of Sewing

My sewing project this week was a pillow case for my daughter.

She loves Peppa Pig and I was able to find cotton fabric at my local Joann’s.

A while back, a friend sent me a link to Shabby Fabric’s Magic Pillowcase tutorial.

A great video tutorial.

I used it to make Miss ME a fun pillow case using the purchased fabric and some blue fabric I had on hand.

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I love how you roll it up and, like magic, the seam is all encased!

I had some Peppa Pig fabric left over and wanted to use it for something for Miss ME.

I recently ordered and received a GREAT book- School of Sewing by Shea Henderson.

It is a beautiful book with lots of information and 12 projects to build your skills with.

Project Number 2 is a Lined Drawstring Bag (designed by Jeni Baker).

On a side note, Project Number 1 is a Magic Pillow case with french seams.

I forgot about this book when I did the pillowcase, but will do another pillowcase soon so I can practice french seams.

Back to Project Number 2.

This is a clear tutorial  and I managed to make a very sweet bag that Miss ME loves.

Just big enough to hold her “treasures” which include hot wheel cars, a small basketball, an Easter card and a pair of Minnie Mouse socks.

This would make a great sock knitting project bag!

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I plan on backtracking to Project Number 1 (hopefully, king size pillowcases for me!), then attacking Project Number 3-Simple Strings Apron.

Have a good week!

Linked to: SewCanDo, LiveRandomlySimple

 

Weigh In Day

Today was weigh in day.

The scale was not a great friend today…

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Honestly, I expected this after losing 6.2 pounds last week.

Despite the scale, I think I had a really good week!

I tracked every bite that went in my mouth (including my dad’s potato salad on Easter-one of my favorite foods).

I made all my food, except Friday night when the family had pizza and I had a take out salad.

This week two new recipes I made were Skinnytaste’s Lemon Dijon Chicken and Korean Beef Bowl.

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Both were very easy recipes and although I liked both, I really liked the Korean Beef Bowl.

I didn’t think the amount of sauce would flavor all the beef, but after simmering for a while, it was very flavorful (even better the next day at lunch).

I worked out 6/7 days.

Workouts this week were:

  • 21 Day Fix Kill Cupcake
  • 3 mile walk on Easter Morning
  • 21 Day Fix Total Body Cardio
  • 21 Day Fix Upper Fix
  • 21 Day Fix Lower Fix
  • work-no workout…although I was busy at work
  • 21 Day Fix Cardio Fix
  • I was >9K steps each day
  • Met my weight watcher fit point goals for the week

I love the 21 Day Fix work out because they are 30 minutes.

This was school vacation, so it was a short enough timeframe for me to exercise before the kids became bored and interrupted me.

All in all, I think thats a good week!

I need to rethink my fruit intake.

I have a berries, bananas and oranges practically every day.

I’m sure the natural sugar is not my weight loss friend.

Have a good week!

WW Week 2

Total loss: 6.4 pounds

iPad Zippered Pouch

I like to practice all my crafts: crochet, knitting and sewing.

I like to learn new stitches and new patterns.

However, I don’t like to make things that I’ll never use.

For sewing, I really want to practice simple zippers.

I made a zippered pouch for myself that I use to carry my library books in my work bag.

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It turned out cute and I use it every day.

Video tutorial found here.

I love Jenny at Missouri Star Quilt Company!

My second pouch…a dismal failure.

I tossed it in the trash.

My zipper was on backwards, my seams were terrible and it just looked awful.

Today, I decided to try again.

My son uses an iPad to communicate (using an app called Sounding Board).

His iPad travels with him to and from school and we take it with us when we go out.

We’ve been using one of my knitting bags that I purchased at Michaels.

Well, a four year old boy needs a zippered pouch fit for, well, a four year old boy.

My first attempt turned out okay.

Except there was a tiny, teeny gap in my seam and the zipper.

This bag will get a lot of use, so I decided to make a second.

The first bag is now holding a small fraction of his many Thomas the Tank Engine trains.

My second attempt worked much better!

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The lining on the iPad pouch is also the same Thomas fabric.

It is not perfect, but it was made with love.

I think that is a suitable bag for a four year old!

Have a good day!

Linked to: LiveRandomlySimple, Sew Can Do, My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia

 

Food Reboot

Starting January 1st, I decided to get serious about losing the 17 pounds I sadly let creep back on after losing 50+ pounds of pregnancy weight.

I’m trying not to beat myself up about it, but I’m disappointed in myself.

Since January 1st, I have done a good job (I think a pretty darn good job) of getting my exercise, steps and work outs in.

But the weight did not change.

A friend said she wanted to return to weight watchers and needed motivation.

Well, things are easier with a buddy, so I bought a 6 month pass.

No excuses.

Then a friend in California decided to do it, so now I have two WW buddies.

The plan has changed since I did it 4 years ago (I became pregnant with my daughter 5 months postpartum so I had to stop the program).

I like the changes they have made!

Boy, has the point system been eye opening for me.

Those “healthy choices” I thought I was making?

Not so much.

I can’t tell you how many times I have put something down after seeing the point value and reached for an apple or orange instead.

I used all my daily points and a few weekly points and never felt hungry.

I walked almost every day, went to my Monday night spin class and did a few 21 Day Fix workouts.

Today was weigh in day.

Down 6.2 pounds!

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I know that is just the “first week rush”, but it is darn motivating!

I also am trying to expand our dinner repertoire here at Summer Street.

This weeks choice, Skinnytaste’s Korean Chicken.

SOOOOO good!

I broiled it and had it for dinner and lunch the next day with some roasted asparagus.

Definitely a keeper, especially when we have the grill set up for the summer!

Hope to report there is less of me next Saturday!

Have a good week!

 

Yarn Along

This weeks read is a guilty pleasure.

Mary Higgins Clark and Alafair Burke’s The Cinderella Murder.

Television producer Laurie Moran is delighted when the pilot for her reality drama, Under Suspicion, is a success. Even more, the program — a cold case series that revisits unsolved crimes by recreating them with those affected — is off to a fantastic start when it helps solve an infamous murder in the very first episode.

Now Laurie has the ideal case to feature in the next episode of Under Suspicion: the Cinderella Murder. When Susan Dempsey, a beautiful and multi-talented UCLA student, was found dead, her murder raised numerous questions. Why was her car parked miles from her body? Had she ever shown up for the acting audition she was due to attend at the home of an up-and-coming director? Why does Susan’s boyfriend want to avoid questions about their relationship? Was her disappearance connected to a controversial church that was active on campus? Was she close to her computer science professor because of her technological brilliance, or something more? And why was Susan missing one of her shoes when her body was discovered?

With the help of lawyer and Under Suspicion host Alex Buckley, Laurie knows the case will attract great ratings, especially when the former suspects include Hollywood’s elite and tech billionaires. The suspense and drama are perfect for the silver screen — but is Cinderella’s murderer ready for a close-up?

~GoodReads

I haven’t read MHC in ages and I’ve always liked Alafair Burke’s books.

A good book to throw in my bag and take with me.

Today, I went to start my car to go run errands and…nothing.

So, while I waited for Triple A, I decided to do a little sewing.

I had seen Jennifer Bosworth of Shabby Fabrics tutorial for a fat quarter Infinity Scarf and thought it would be a quick project.

Youtube tutorial found here.

I used fat quarters I already had in my stash.

Final result,  a really cute scarf!

Light enough for cool spring nights.

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I’d like to make another, but may make the width less.

This is a quick project I can practice my seam allowances on.

Have a good week!

Practice

I am on a constant quest to find two things: the perfect mascara and the perfect bag.

I think the mascara quest will be life long.

The other, I can do something about.

I decided it is time to make my own perfect bag.

I made this tote bag in my sewing class.

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Right now, I am using it to hold fabric.

I like how sturdy it is and how well it holds its shape.

I liked the material (canvas and cotton) and think it would be a good sturdy bag.

I need to have a cross body strap though.

I found this tutorial online and loved the bag and how the strap was attached.

I decided to try to make it with inexpensive cotton.

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It turned out cute and I learned a lot…a lot of things I would do differently to tweak it.

It has 3 pockets both outside and inside.

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This bad is too floppy for me though.

I can use this to keep kid supplies in the car.

I think I am going to combine the two patterns and make a fun summer cross body tote bag!

I love the orange and white circles and plan on using that along with some cream canvas!

Have a good week!

Linked to: Craft Dictator

 

Charlotte Part 3

I had originally intended this Charlotte to be a baby blanket.

However, since I am taking my sweet time making this, it is now going to be a blanket for my family.

Charlotte is such a pretty square!

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At the end of Part 3, the square is 18inX18in.

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Although I love the look of continuing Parts 2 and 3 to grow the square, I know I’ll become bored just repeating those instructions.

I intend to grow the blanket using “innings” from the Around the Bases CAL created by ChiChi at Keitopalette.

Here is my first ATB CAL:

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This has enough fun stitches for me to choose from to keep me interested as I grow Charlotte.

Part 1:

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Part 2:

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Hope you are having a great week!

Pattern: Charlotte by Look at What I Made

Yarn: Deramores Studio DK

Hook: Furls Odyssey 4.5mm

Find me on Ravelry: MrsMcD918

Linked to: Moogly HOHD, LiveRandomlySimple, SewCanDo, Craft Dictator

Learning

My last sewing class (until the end of May) was Saturday.

We learned how to make a simple stuffed bunny.

Simple, but with lots of learning points: making darts, sewing curves, pattern cutting, etc.

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This bunny was intended for a newborn, so no eyes and I sent the pompom tail incase they wanted to put it on (choking concern).

A charity I give to, Hooking for the Homeless, has put out a request for handmaid stuffed animals so I plan on making more of these (and other easy animals) and sending them off in the next couple of weeks.

They will provide the stuffed animals to police stations so officers can use them for children in difficult situations.

I also made a simple reversible baby blanket.

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I had grand intentions of making this one, but you need to have one particular skill (which I don’t have).

You need to cut nice, straight lines.

After failing and changing my plans, I read comments and now have tips on how to do a hem and then make the blanket.

I think it makes a cute set!

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Today is Opening Day here in the Boston Area and the kids were dressed appropriately! (A big feat for me as I completely forgot St. Patrick’s Day and sent my kids to school in blue and pink).
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Also, yesterday was my brother’s birthday, 2nd one since his passing.

 

Many family members and some friends came out to my neck of the woods to participate in an Autism 5k and raise a glass to Matt after.

A nice way to spend the day.

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I hope you all have a good week!