Wednesday, December 7, 2016

A Milo Dress for Eva

One again, going up with Ginny and Nicole!

Last month I decided to cast on a Milo with some of the beautiful Madelintosh Well Water I had left over from making my Stac Shoaigh.  As you can see, I had a lot left over!  So when I got to the point where I was supposed to stop, I decided to keep going and make her a bit of a tunic/dress.  I wish I had floated it out a bit at the bottom, but it came out super cute and made her eyes just pop!

I had such a hard time trying to get a picture of the owls along the side!  This was the best I could do. Two year olds don't make good models sometimes.

All in all, I was pleased with it and she seems to be too!

Monday, December 5, 2016

Leaf School

The other day we decided to go for a nature walk around our neighborhood.  We took along a reusable grocery bag, slung it over the handle of the stroller, and set off to collect leaves.  We looked for as many interesting and pretty leaves we could find and came home with a bag full, from just walking around our neighborhood.

We laid them out on the table, broke out our nature journals, and started to work.  Some kids wrote about the walk, the weather, the leaves.  Others just happily did leaf rubbings.  Ok, we ALL did leaf rubbings.  Even me!  They are fun!

As we were working I remembered a bag full of wax I had in my craft cabinet.  I think I had some plan to make candles once upon a time.  I had recalled hearing about people dipping leaves in wax to preserve them.  So I did a quick search online and found that, of course, Martha Stewart had a tutorial on just this thing.  Now we did not have clothespins and I wasn't about to sew a string on all the leaves... I was trying to be creative here, but doing so with six kids all by myself, I wan't going to go overboard.  So I simply laid the leaves out on aluminum foil, thinking that this would keep them from sticking.

We really had a lot of fun doing this.  The kids picked out their favorite leaves and I dipped them.  We arranged them just so and took the rest of the leaves, because we had, oh I don't know, maybe, a thousand, and arranged them on top of the piano.

When I went back to check on the leaves, I quickly understood why Martha suggested the clothespins.  The wax kind of collected in pools on the leaves.  That is why Martha is Martha and I am me... not Martha.

I then, finding three clothespins, thought I would take a hairdryer and soften the wax on a few and then try to hang those.

Yeah, that didn't work either.

And then after a few days the wax just kind of broke off the leaves and I threw them away.

But it was not a fail.  really, it wasn't!  We had so much fun doing it.  And really, how many times in your life are you going to take a hairdryer to waxy leaves?  These are the things that come once in a lifetime people.  Once.

Seriously though, this was probably one of the most memorable things we did so far this year.  And I got some great pictures to remember it all!

Friday, December 2, 2016

Fitness Friday: Going a Little Bit Crazy

As I sit here writing this long overdue Fitness Friday post, I am indulging in Justin's Organic Peanut Butter Cups and a hot cup of coffee with canned coconut milk.

Yup, I'm off the dairy again.  And to top it all off I haven't eaten meat in... 3 days.  You might be thinking a few things, like, "Amy there are trace amounts of milk in those PB cups."  Yea I know.  I am choosing to pretend there isn't.  Or you might be thinking, "Amy, where did you get that coffee cup?"  Target, on clearance.

Oh wait?  The no meat part?

Yeah, I like to get a little crazy once in awhile.  But you all knew that.  This is what happens when you watch documentaries on Netflix or Amazon.  Then you watch another and another, and soon just touching those pork chops you are making for dinner kind of make you want to gag. It isn't pretty.

About 13 years ago I did the vegetarian thing and it did me no favors.  Looking back it probably had a lot to do with the increased wheat intake and the beginning of my gluten intolerance.  It did not last long.  Who knows, this might not either.

Truth is, I am a bit burned out on meat.  Being Paleo, or pretty darn close, for the last few years I have had my fill of bacon.  I know... how is that possible?  I am a bit surprised myself.

I have been spending way too much time on Pinterest, pinning a billion recipes.

I also chatted a bit with this great blogger and mom, Kathy, who gave me lots of great advice.

I have also been doing yoga.  I know.  I am sounding a bit like that JP Sears guy.  Stay tuned and maybe I will have lots of great advice on living spiritually and, you know, all that jazz.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Tiger Hike

Last spring, at our last meeting for our Tiger Den, we went on a wonderful short hike just outside of a beautiful historical town near where we live.  I can't believe I forgot to share these photos with you.  I was thinking earlier today that we really need to go back to that same trail and see what it looks like in late autumn.

So I wanted to share with you these wonderful photos and then hopefully we can go back soon and compare!

Our fearless leaders, pointing, lol.

And, yes, of course, one of us got hurt.  And yes, it was my Tiger.  Ben started running down a hill and slid down the last part.  He was ok, and it was a great chance to do some first aid training!

Never a dull moment!

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Christmas Knitting

Crafting along with Nicole at Frontier Dreams and Ginny at Small Things today to share with you what I have been working on!

Bon Bon Toque by Tin Can Knits
Christmas is right around the corner and every year I try to do something handmade for everyone in the family.  That is 10 people.  I am crazy.  So far I only have three things done and I have some injury in my right arm that I am afraid might put a halt to my knitting and crochet endeavors.

Precipitation by Tin Can Knits

This means I may not be able to make something for everyone this year.  I am really depressed about this.  So I am going to just have to scour Pinterest and see if I can find something to make that won't require my right arm?  Yeah... we will see.

Some Cloudy Day by Tiny Owl Knits
Anyway!  So far I have finished three things, 2 hats and one pair of leg warmers.  I can't tell you, of course, who they are for.  You will just have to wait till after Christmas for the modeling sessions.

As for reading, I am deep into Julie Bogart's Writing Jungle.  Have you read this???  Oh my goodness, this woman is AMAZING!  I am so inspired by her and all her wonderful work.  I asked my kid's to get me any of her A Gracious Space series.  If you haven't checked out Brave Writer you need to.  NOW.  I will wait...  See!  She is amazing.  Check out her You Tube videos.  I have been watching them every morning I can before the kids get up.  Great stuff!

Welcome back!  As for fiction I am attempting The American Heiress.  I have to admit that after the main character paid her maid to kiss her so she would know what it was like, they lost me.  I haven't really picked it up since, but I really ought to give it more of a try... I guess.  I need some fiction escape right now.

Ok, I need to stop blogging now and get back to knitting.  I really should go to the doctor... but they will tell me to stop knitting... ugh.