Friday, March 29, 2013

Dyeing my Thumb to Green

Despite the snowstorm we had earlier this week, spring is here!! I've been holed up with books and websites all winter, planning a garden. Now, it's time to begin enacting our plans... DSC09228
The little dude has helped me start some seeds in one of these trays that I hope works!  He has previously described me as a 'hurricane of killing' when it comes to plants.  We'll see if I can change my ways...

Here are the seeds we're starting indoors!  So far we've got tomatillos, brussels sprouts, Joe Parker New Mexico chilis, and Cherokee Purple heirloom tomatoes.  More will be started in the raised beds in the yard in a few weeks.

We've got some citrus and a bay tree in the window, to hold us over until it truly warms up outside.  This is our windowsill of yum!  (Don't worry, we're not eating the prayer plant).

Lemon trees have really pretty flowers!

We'll keep you posted on our progress to grow some of our own food!

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Let's Hear it for Social Control

Throughout January, I took pictures if the foot that I have eaten and posting it on Instagram and sometimes twitter. Every time I got snacky or hungry, I had a little voice living in the back of my head saying; "Choose wisely. They are watching." I even lost several pounds!

A month later, I've given my camera a rest, and the pounds have come back. Snacking, even on stuff I didn't really want or need, is also back. What to do?

March is around the corner, and my camera is coming with me to the dinner table!
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Saturday, January 26, 2013

FO: Panda Sweater!

My Little Dude loves pandas.  A lot.  Always has.  When it started getting cold around here, I pulled out his blue sweater from last year... only to find out that he had outgrown it!  So, a quick day of stash rifling and brain storming ended in...

Death by Intarsia Panda

This sweater is probably the most complicated colorwork I've done, and it ate through a ton of leftover Palette.  The stitch count is from Ann Budd's raglan pattern from the Knitter's Handy Book of Sweater Patterns.  The colorwork was done on the fly, and the pandas.  Well, the pandas nearly killed me.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Can it be true?

I don't know what to say, boys and girls, other than...

I'm knitting again!

Sock knitting and Malbec
A badly lit picture of wine and sock...
That's right.  I've got projects on the needles, a pair of socks whizzing along, and fiber-y ideas in my head.  I've got three to show you today...

Pretty sure my epitaph is going to read 'death by intarsia panda' #knittingwoes #knitting
Maybe I should change my blog name to Stashbusting Colorwork
It's been fun to get back into it.  I've even got some sock yarn that I'm thinking about ordering...
The beginnings of a shawl #knitting
A little lace...
Can you guess which one is already an FO?  Tune in next time to find out...

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Food Accountability

2013Jan Week 1 That's everything I ate last week. Everything.

It's a lot more salads and veggie soups than I had been eating before. The project continues...

Monday, January 7, 2013

A Semester's Worth of Frozen Meals

There's one recommendation that crops up repeatedly, whether you're trying to lose weight, save money, or just simplify your life.  Plan your meals ahead.  Many people like to do it every week, on Sunday night.

Well, go big or go home.  I've got most of the semester mapped out!

Freezer Meals

This may not look like much, but I've got 13 slow cooker meals in the bottom drawers of my freezer, and have designated Monday and Wednesday as slow cooker nights.  Last week we brought home a brisket, pork shoulder, a bag of frozen chicken breasts, and a bag of frozen cod.  Below is a list of everything now waiting to make the first 6 weeks of the semester that much easier.  Very few of the recipes are complicated, but they're all good :)

Already in the freezer

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Lunch bag remake

Lunch bags! What kid (or working adult) doesn't need at least one of these? My kids often leave them at school, so 3 or 4 is a safer bet. I've been thinking about sewing these for awhile, and here they are!

Lunch bags seem from old pants
I used this great tutorial. Not jeans, right? Well, you may not know this, but I am a thrift store junkie. Just yesterday we were at my favorite Salvation Army when Little Dude spotted the gold and blue satin dragons pants. Thinking that these had to be better as a kindergarten lunch bag than those high waisted monstrosities, I totally caved. Sweet pea found a summery pair of paisley capris, and that made these lung bags that much more fun.

I also found a Jones New York dress for 99 cents. Totally not repurposing it, just loving being a bargain hunter.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

New Plans!

Welcome to a new year.  I'm beginning this one as I began all the others I can remember; planning the year ahead!  I've got food planning, craft planning, house planning, and even a tentative Family Friday Game night in the works.

upload I'm also starting a new twitter project, #whatiate.  Like many good things, it's starts with a big mug of coffee.   I've used several different online tools to keep track of what I eat, but find most of them cumbersome, especially for tracking homemade food.  I'm hoping a quick picture will do the trick, and twitter will have enough accountability!  The plan is to make it the whole month, and hopefully prevent my sneaky bites of brownies in the kitchen.  Seriously.  I'm just getting the hang of twitter, but it's @bookstoregirl, if you're curious.

Spontaneous color workKnitting still occurs in this house, though I've started knitting in a bohemian, pattern-free sort of way.  Lace work is right out, but hats, fingerless gloves, and kids' sweaters have taken forefront.  This is a sweater I'm knitting for the Little Dude, who manages to outgrow every sweater as I finish it.  The circumference is nearly enough to fit me, so I'm hoping it'll be enough for the 5 year old!  And that I can finish it before he turns 6...

How have all of you been?  Any new crafting plans on the horizon?  Happy 2013!