A Thing a Day on Vacation

FINALLY it’s vacation again.  It’s been a long, busy few months since I’ve had one.   I couldn’t wait to get a head start on this, my first night of vacation!

Since I have been knitting and not making bath/body/soap for a while, I have no gifts made up yet for my sister’s birthday in August.   Luckily I still have a little time before then, so I am going to use a large part of this vacation to play “catch-up” and get a good start on all the things I want to make for her (and my nieces).

 

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Progress — Despite the Curse

I swear I am cursed when it comes to kitchen scales.  I go through them like crazy.   Seems like every few months I am having to buy a new one.  My most recent one died a week ago, delaying my progress in making my lotion refills.

We went out shopping this week to an outlet mall.   There was a kitchen store there, so we popped in and bought a scale.  It’s a Cuisinart kitchen scale and it wasn’t terribly cheap (I think we paid about $40 for it).

So I get it home and start measuring out my dinner.   Oh, good lord!   Who makes a scale that shows you the measurement in fractions rather than decimals?   Well, apparently Cuisinart does.  Of course there was no indication of this on the outside of the box to warn me!  (So frustrated)!!!! Continue reading “Progress — Despite the Curse”

Remains of Winter – What to do in an ice storm

It is unseasonably terrible outside today.  In fact, it has been so all weekend long.   A late winter ice storm is slowly blowing through and we are under a winter storm warning.

It is mid-April and we should be getting some early spring-like weather here in Michigan, but instead, we get this: Continue reading “Remains of Winter – What to do in an ice storm”

Weekend Chores and Recipes

My chores were stacking up on me lately since I have been spending so much time knitting. I spent a good part of my morning today catching them up.

I got my chores done now, and am including a recipe here for some herbal bed time tea and (my dinner), teriyaki chicken marinade.

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Photo Shoot with a New Friend

A new friend arrived at my house today.   She is going to help me display my knitwear!   Because I am decidedly NOT photogenic, she is going to be my stand-in.    I haven’t decided “who she is” yet, so she has no name at the moment.

No, she’s not perfect.  She has no hair.  Her hands are a bit small.  Her feet and bust are a bit large.   Her legs are very long.   I doubt there are many women with her proportions.   Unfortunately, my feet are smaller than hers, so my boots won’t fit her, so for now, she is going in her stocking feet. Still, I was pleasantly surprised I was able to get her to wear some of my clothes (without even having to pin them)!  That was amazing (and strangely rewarding).

I thought about buying a dressmaker form, but I couldn’t really find any that I liked that were affordable.   There was one that I kind of liked, but the shipping on it cost more than the dress form cost, so I passed.  Then I found this mannequin at storesupply.com and she was only $99 with $20 shipping, so I pulled the trigger.

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An old dog, learning new tricks (how Craftsy hijacked my weekend)

For those of you who did not know, Craftsy had a free streaming weekend and you could watch all their videos.    I took the opportunity to do so, but it did cost me quite a large chunk of my weekend.  I don’t regret it. Continue reading “An old dog, learning new tricks (how Craftsy hijacked my weekend)”