Friday, December 26, 2008
I started baking artisan bread (french boule- see pic 3) around 10 PM on Christmas Eve. 6 loaves plus cooling time later I was able to go to bed... At 4:30 AM xmas morning. They made nice gifts to go with the soaps. Since I sucked at completing presents this year I needed something so fancy smancy bread it was :) Actually it wasn't all that fancy because of the marvelous no-knead recipe you can find online at Mother Earth News http://tiny.cc/RWobk Its pretty yummy too. Looks fancy but pretty low maintenance as bread goes!
We went to my parent's and then to my aunt's house for our festivities and when it was all over... My truck would not start. This is my life. Today after a bunch of fiddlin it is starting but we still don't know why it does what it does and nothing is really fixed. Sooo... It will probably act right for a few days/weeks/months and then BLAMO! it won't start when I am in a hurry or far away or its an emergency. This is one of those facts you just have to deal with. Quirks follow me and infect everything I touch. It becomes funny after awhile albeit annoying.
A few days ago... Saturday maybe, a few (near?) tragedies happened. We were visiting my parents and Elijah was in awe of "grandma's special light tree". So he decided to eat a Christmas light. They were plugged in. He stuck one in his mouth and bit through the glass and swallowed part of the light and filament! *Le sigh* He is a little monster! Well I got quite a bit of knitting done while we were on a pretty fruitless ER visit. I had about 15 mins or so left until I finished the Nalu mitts which was supposed to be a Christmas present and needed to be mailed out Monday. What happened you say? I realized I had made 2 right mitts! I have to take out 2/3 of my work. It was a very ugh day but Elijah is ok and after I rip out all my work and one day finish them, the mitts will be gorgeous and hopefully loved by their recipient! But once again... UGH.
Elijah also got a cool Bob Marley shirt as can be seen in the last pic. He runs around bottomless most days so he can get the hang of this potty thing. His 3rd bday will be January 2nd :) how exciting!!! I can't believe he is already that old!!!
Thursday, December 18, 2008
The Nalu mitts... still are not complete but much closer. The 2nd is almost done. Just a bit more & then the thumb.
I'm still sick but a bit better. Hopefully tomorrow (well later today) I will wake and feel perfect!
Friday, December 12, 2008
The 4th picture is one of the mittens I'm knitting for Elijah. This picture also shows that I have been crafting and definately not cleaning. I've also neglected my bread baking! We're breadless! And speaking of neglect... Picture 5... *sigh* the lame amount of work I've done on the 2nd fingerless mitt. Bad Lacy, bad. Oh yes, and those unfinished Xmas presents from last year... Still unfinished. But I did finish and ship a custom order for 2 headbands so I'm not all bad right?
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Sunday, December 7, 2008
The bottom picture is Elijah of course. We were playing in his little sun tent... Inside because we really need an SPF 60 (or some # I can't remember) tent in the living room. The kid won't go in it outside, but inside its fun for a minute or 2. It has been up for a couple of days. We were gonna take a nap in it today- well he would be inside mostly and I would be mostly outside- but then that didn't happen. I did take a nap with him in my bed though.
You see I woke up with a migraine. Thought I was gonna puke. And it was xmas parade day. I camped out in the bathroom and ended passing out for about 45 mins. Elijah woke me up. We hung out on the couch and I felt a little better. Not pukey anymore but still a lot of pain. So we missed the parade. About an hour later I was able to walk upright again and eat. My headache is still not totally gone and I feel kinda gross all over but I will survive and I WILL NOT WAKE WITH A HEADACHE!
Tomorrow I'll be crocheting and felting with a bit of "damnit lacy, finish knitting the effin fingerless mitts already, will ya!!!?"
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
Today I started my wheat bread in the afternoon right before I put Elijah down for a nap. After he was asleep I started some whole wheat cinnamon, dried cranberry, and raisin bagels. After the dough for the bagels was ready I took it out and made 6 bagel shapes, boiled and then baked them. I got a bit of crocheting done while the bagel dough was kneading too :) I started the 2nd batch of bagels soon after the others were finished, plain whole wheat bagels. They are all really yummy :) the colors are a bit off. My cell phone takes really crappy pictures.
Here is the link to the bagel recipe I use. I had no idea it would still be online. I printed it in 1998! http://www.vegweb.com/index.php?topic=5812.0
If you don't have a bread machine I figure you could still make em. My machine's dough cycle kneads for 22 mins, lts rise for 58 mins, then kneads for another 16 seconds. I freakin love this recipe :)
Monday, December 1, 2008
i play with wool in photoshop too though lol
i'm honestly a photoshop idiot but i did learn a lot...and then i forgot it. so i'm trying to refresh my memory and then add some knowledge. i made a few things and would like your opinion on them. nothing extravagant or fancy but i think they look ok. as a little background info my shop is called blissful goods but it has blisskitty in the link so i figure soon i will have 2 etsy shops blisskitty (yarn and fibery stuff) and blissful goods (for everything else) but honestly i have no idea =)
these are ideas for ad type thingies that i'm kicking around in my head:
and here is a banner and a slightly different banner:
so do i at least get an A for effort???
Thursday, November 27, 2008
So today was thanksgiving and Brandon's parents drove down and took us to eat at the beach. Then we stopped by the public beach momentarily. It was warm and gorgeous out so I couldn't just drive away :) I really wanted to stay and lounge in the sun... But had to go to my aunt's house... And she had pie so all was well :) lol
And last but not least there is a photo above of my lovely soap sweaters. They are Christmas gifts. The one in the front is a random soap I had on hand but the others are special :) they were made by the lovely Libby and I swear I want to eat her soaps! Do yourself a favor and get yourself some! http://mayleesgarden.etsy.com they are awesome!
Monday, November 24, 2008
ok well i'm pretty exhausted and my child is runnin wild. i should go tame the wild beast =) more from me soon!
Sunday, November 23, 2008
Yes, this is Chuck Norris, and I have given a big roundhouse kick to that dreadlocked woman, and taken her firstborn son to train so in the event I ever die (which is unlikely) he can take my place (evil laugh) All the world will fear Elijah, and his new last name WILL be Norris. So sayeth the Chuck...
Remember, When Chuck Norris does pushups, he is not pushing himself UP, he is pushing the earth DOWN.All Hail Chuck!
Friday, November 21, 2008
I also felted up 2 of my beer/soda can cozies. I crochet them then I hand wet felt them... No washing machine felting for these bad babies :) the pic is sideways because I'm sending from my phone and I haven't figured out a way to turn them! More bottle and can cozies coming soon. These too will be added at etsy.
And then there is the proverbial cute Elijah picture thrown in for extra fun. He was having fun at the laundry mat yesterday :)
The hemp and recycled sari silk yarn I started spinning yesterday is really pretty :) I'm excited about and will give y'all a sneak peek of that soon! :)
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Today I have to finish the dreadband and make more soap sweaters for xmas. The pattern for the soap sweaters can be found here http://pickinandthrowin.blogspot.com/2006/12/great-last-minute-gift.html it is not my pattern but a goodun. I am going to make an alternate crochet version for all the crocheters out there. When I get the pattern written up I will put it here on my blog :)
My next spinning project is possibly recycled sari silk and hemp. We shall see how that goes and I guess it may need some wool or alpaca to go along with it. I'm hoping I can do it with the sari silk and hemp fiber but it may be too difficult for my liking!