Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Mason Jar [Owl] Cover

To make this mason jar cover/cozy, you will need a 1 pint mason jar. I used a 5 mm "H" crochet hook, Sugar 'N Cream cotton yarn and a small amount of embroidery floss.  The body of the cozy is worked using double crochets.  You will finish this project in one hour or maybe a little more.  It all depends on how fast you crochet.  The tricky part is the edging that I used.  It is called the Crab stitch.  You can find numerous tutorials on You Tube.

Your mason jar will be useful holding pens, pencil, hooks....etc..etc...
I gave one away filled with M&Ms!
It sure made my friend happy.
The pattern follows:


Little Crochet Flowers

This week I made cards and used little Jute crochet flowers to decorate them.  So easy and super fast.  I used Jute twine I purchased from Dollar Tree and a crochet H hook (5.0 mm)  I embellished the little flower using buttons which I glued to the centers.

The Five Petal Daisy!
Abbreviations Used:  Ch=chain
dc= double crochet
sl st= slip stitch

Start by making a ring, *(Ch 1, 2dc, ch2, sl st in the ring)* Repeat from * to * 4 more times.
 The Loopy Flower
Make a ring, *ch8, sl st in the ring. Repeat 5 more times.
I told you it would be easy...have fun and send some one of a kind messages to warm someone's heart!

Here are some sentiment messages:
You make me happy!
Awesome News
Love it!!
So Happy for You

If you don't want to use your own handwriting, simply stamp your message but I bet if you practice, you'll be able to use your own handwriting.  It makes the message and the card double special.

Monday, September 08, 2014

Aura in the Kitchen!

Today I baked cookies....the healthy kind that is.  I consume ground Flax seeds daily because it is a good source of Omega 3 Fatty acids (the polyunsaturated kind ALA which our bodies cannot produce.) If you consume fish you are getting this essential good fat in your diet.    Flax seeds also contain Lignans  which provide fiber like benefits and antioxidant protection to our bodies.  I did read that pregnant and breastfeeding women should not consume flax seeds.  Flaxseeds are known to have an effect on estrogen levels which can stimulate menstruation and contractions.  Read about more benefits from this site.

The recipe I found in Pinterest was super easy and quick to make.  I did make some changes on the second batch and decreased the amount of agave and added 1/3 cup ground old fashioned oatmeal.  I also decided to add some Nutella to the peanut butter but I don't really think this made too much of a difference.  The first batch only contained peanut butter.  The Nutella did seem to darken the cookie.  These cookies are baked at 325 degrees and they brown quickly.  I think you could even bake then in a 300 degree oven.
Be warned....You will want to lick this spoon.  Do resist!!  
The cookies are baked in a muffin tin.  I made mine in the larger muffin tin, so I only got 6.  Oh...I also sprinkled sesame seeds before baking.  I really was surprised at how good these turned out.  Truly a breakfast cookie you can grab and eat if you are in a hurry.

Second batch!  The texture is pretty nice too.  I think next time I might add some pureed pumpkin.
This recipe is from the Power Hungry Blog which you can found here.
Today I paid a visit to a new friend and shared some of  these delicious cookies.  The recipe is a keeper and suitable to many variations in my opinion.  You cannot ruin give it  try.  I will hunt for my smaller tin as the recipe should yield 12 cookies.


Saturday, September 06, 2014

Light Box Tutorial

Making a light box is super easy and you will be amazed at the results.

All that is needed is a large cardboard box, an instrument such as an x-acto knife, glue and duct tape, and white interfacing.  (The box I used is 19 inches by 17 inches. ) White interfacing available from fabric stores or Walmart.  You can also use white tissue paper but this material is not as durable as the interfacing.  Using the Xacto knife or box cutter cut out three openings on the cardboard leaving 1 to 2 inches around each opening.

Cut out the interfacing so it is at least 1 inch wider all around.
You can use a glue stick and apply around the opening.  Take the white interfacing piece and glue it to the box.  To tape around using the duct tape another set of hands will make this step much easier.  One person will roll out the tape while the other person cuts the tape.
To take the following picture, I used two light sources.  I used my old 4 Iphone.
Here's the picture I took.  Not too bad, right?
You can even use your light box without any light source if there is enough natural light in the room. No artificial light was used in the next picture.
Coming soon....a tutorial on the Owl Mason Jar Cozy photographed.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Visit to the Augusta Farmer's Market

We enjoyed visiting the Saturday Market On The River in Augusta GA.

It is a nice size market and you will find not only produce or food but numerous craft vendors.

One of the participants shared that this market stays open pretty much all year even during the winter.

Adults and children enjoy the fountain (geyser style)  and it feels wonderful to be sprinkled on a hot day like this.  
This booth was popular...but it is not my thing.  What do you think?  I really came for the veggies.
Smile!! Cliff.  It's not going to happen.  He does not like his picture taken anymore.  Just past this sign at the end you can view the beautiful Savannah River.
Too hot for these beautiful Greyhounds too.  I am not a dog person so I did not investigate but I think these are for adoption.

Cliff got away from the crowd and enjoyed a view of the river and the ducks!

Puff Stitch Daisy Time!

I learned to make the Puff Stitch Daisy from Sandra, the author of the blog Cherry Heart.  She has very good pictures as well as the pattern to create these puffy daisies.  She also shows how to join the daisies to become a puffagon.  An excellent tutorial to join as you work these cute motifs can he found here.  I worked this pattern using worsted weight acrylic yarn by I Love This Yarn.  The puffagon measures just over 3 inches.  

7 puffagons joined together are the right size to use as a hot pad or pot holder.  The edging was made by working chains along the edge and making picots on the outer edge. 

 I used Crochet Hook H 5.0 mm

Click on the short video above which shows how I make these fun daisies!  These puff stitch daisies are super fast to make and once you start you will find it hard to stop.

Happy Puffagon making!

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Summer Time Delights

What a nice surprise it was to drive by the lot where our future home will be build and see it clear.  We will have a smaller lot than our house in Charlotte and much less trees.  Cliff is excited about his future cutting less grass.

Here is Cliff standing more or less where the new drive way will be located.  He is excited because he will have to cut much less grass.  Take a look at the sandy clay ish soil...I suspect we will have a few palms in the yard although Cliff says nothing like we had in the other house.

It has been nice to explore and travel to Augusta, Georgia to enjoy the pretty sights along the Savannah river.  We have already been twice since it only takes us about 20 minutes.

Kevin came along with us on the first day and took this picture.
 We headed to the Mexican Restaurant, Mi Rancho nearby just beyond this point.  Not sure why my pictures look so dark along the right side and bottom.  Looks like Kevin is just floating!
 We finished our walk this evening and descended the stairs that take you to St Paul's Episcopal Church.
I am full filling my goal to use my left over stash of acrylic yarn and the perfect project is crochet motifs. 
A little sample as I try to figure out how to turn a circular motif into a square.  The challenge will be to join the motifs.
I will post soon the pattern to make the Puff Stitch Daisy and a video  tutorial.
~Today at church I heard something very uplifting and I will leave you with this~

Do not continue to look at your own circumstances but look to God's power (which is readily available to all who trust in Him)

"And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus."
Phillipians 4:19

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Summer is All I Want

What a great summer it has been so far!  I will take Summer anytime and I don't complain much of the heat.  Growing up in a hot and humid country has something to do.  During my last visit to the Grand Kids....I sure did enjoy swimming and cooling off in their neighborhood pool.  The only missing in the picture is Reed.  He decided he did not want to join in.  On the second pool day he finally did come in when he saw another baby in the pool (a baby girl, that is).  So cute but I have no pictures to show.
One of those days at the pool "Papa" Cliff brought the kids lunch from Wendy's.
This made Reed happy as you can see.  He sure has a more significant amount of hair as the summer goes and it looks so cute standing up.
One of my Summer time pleasures and destinations is the Farmer's Market.  Woodstock's proved to be a very nice even though we did not stay  very long since Andrea can't take the heat like I can.

The kids were very well behaved and went along not once complaining.  It is so nice to enjoy their company during our excursions outdoors.  Later on....this stops, so we enjoy their kid ways now.  Owen's grin is unique!  He is four.  Taite is at that "super lean" stage but oh so agile and energetic.  Me and Andrea have a weakness for Yummy smelling natural soaps!
I think this man was making more money in the Market.  He had a great set up making Crepes! Pretty good prices.  Wish I knew what the Popey one consisted of.  I would like to go back someday....maybe earlier when it is not so hot.  I love Crepes! 
As we were leaving we spotted an Electric Car.  I imagine this is a sight we will see more and more as people choose these types of "Green Cars."  Pretty cool.
Back in the house, morning Taite demonstrated his hand stands!  Wow...he really is fearless.  I can truly say he is the first in our family to attempt this.
Technology is very much part of this family.  Reed has a selfie video that he delights in seeing over and over.  He recorded it himself too.  Oh...No!!! There is no getting away from technology.
Notice the Ipad in the background.   
Like all little boys, he does like his cars.  We played together with his Police car.  Hair does stick up!
Worked on my Granny Square blanket during my visit.  This has been a successful way of using my left over Acrylic yarn.  I really like the white border and learned how to do it from from Bunny Mummy.   The Solid Granny square was super easy and quick to work and you are only dealing with one color on each square.  Here is a You Tube tutorial.  I have been thinking of making one different granny every day for one year, but have not made up my mind yet.  I am really trying not to buy much yarn until we make the final move to our new house.
I have finished this square size blanket!