Random Thoughts

Random Thoughts Thursday

Mothere Nature needs to figure herself out! In the last 2 weeks, the kids have missed 6 days of school, had a 2 hour late start, and multiple after school activities canceled. this has ranged from freezing rain, snowstorms, and -50 degree weather. Enough already! Even the kids groaned when I told them this morning.

The treadmill is growing on me. 3 years ago, you couldn’t get me to run more than a mile on a treadmill. I did ALL of my training outside, even in negative windchills! I still love a nice, cold, outdoor run, but I’ve made it 5 miles on the treadmill in a go.

Teeth- My 11 and 6 year olds each lost a tooth this week. So much more drama from the 6 year old- she is sad a part of her body is gone, and completely disgusted by it. She still can’t look at the picture it.

Yarn- Still trying to do fun projects and see how much yarn I can use up. I think I need something new… hit me up with your favorite projects!

Runstreak– my run streak is still going thanks to my neighbors who let me use their treadmill for my fastest 2 mile run ever! I really feel like I am getting so much stronger!

Whats on your mind today?

Life

WIP Wednesday…. or Thursday

So much procrastination yesterday!

I did spend a chunk of my day working on this “Blueberry” Donut. I was unable to finish it though. For the first time in years, I have absolutely no Poly-Fill left, and the donut is only half stuffed. Due to weather, it will likely be a few days before I get more.

What projects are you working on? What are you procrastinating on?

Crochet, Knitting, Life, Stash Blasting

Stash Blasting

I struggle with buying more and more supplies for projects on my to do list… sometimes far, far, far down my to do list. Last year I made an effort to do more with what I already had on hand. I think I maybe made progress, but switched up my storage solutions so it isn’t as easy to compare.

In order to keep myself accountable, I decided to share, regularly with you, my progress in projects using my stash!

276g of Sea Creatures for Island Play Sets using “scrap” yarn from other projects

So far, this year, I have been working on animals for my Island Play Mats I made last year. They were a big hit as a set, as well as just selling individual animals.

Current stash… “regular-ish” size yarn. (I have a picnic basket of Bukjy and super bulky 😳)

What supplies do you have a plethora of? How do you plan on using them?

Life

Random Thoughts Thursday

Mother Nature is soo all over the place. We keep being told we are going to get hit with inches of snow, and get freezing rain or nothing. This morning we had an inch or so of snow and it was even a possibility! Yay for not having to look at dead grass! Now to brace for the sub-zero temps that are coming.

Run Streaks– I am LOVING my run streak. I didn’t intend to do one at first, but Hubby and I ended the year with some back to back days of runs, which flowed into the start of our Half Marathon Training. He went a week and decided a break was needed. I’m happy he listened to his body as I don’t think he knows “slow” or “easy” when he runs. My streak is currently on day 27. Rest days are a slow 1 mile and my legs are LOVING it. I do feel like my speed is maybe suffering, so I think I will be done with this at the end of January… to be determined. 🙂

Food food food!– I am hungry all the time (thanks to all the running) and have really been craving either super light foods like salad or heavy, hearty, home cooking … I think everything on my list for what I wanted this week included lots of starch. I also bought the giant box of mixed greens and have been hitting all the salads.

Creativity and challenges– I’ve made a few egg gathering aprons lately, and have two more almost ready to ship. I decided I wasn’t in love with the pattern I started out with (really a great on, just not exactly what my customers were looking for). I decided to write my first pattern and have been working on that – It will come in a different post, when I think I have all the kinks worked out.

What’s on your mind this week? What foods have you been enjoying? Any other streakers out there?

Crochet, Knitting, Life, Sewing, WIP Wednesday

WIP Wednesday- Feeling a little ADHD

I have a fair amount of projects going on around here!

A month ago, I spent a week painting our mudroom and basement steps, kitchen and dining room, and living room and hallway. I still have all of the supplies in my Crap er Craft room since I need to do the second coat on one wall in the living room and the whole hallway.

I am finishing up a second (maybe fourth, but this will be my second on hand) Island Play Mat.

I have the Wonder Woman Shawl in progress… but am worried I will run out of yarn and not be able to match dye lots. I also decided this one will be a birthday gift for A. With those two things in mind, I think I’m going to rip back and restart in the slightly smaller size.

I also have all of my fabric washed and supplies on hand for a Weighted Blanket I’ve been commissioned to make as a birthday gift for one of N’s gymnastics friends. I don’t think this will take me long, I just need to finish some other stuff and find my room back!

What projects do you have lingering?

CrazyDaycareRunningMom Moment, Crochet, Knitting, Life, Running, Sewing

Cheer them on

It’s been quite some time since my last post. Much happened since then, most has been unimportant and everyday, but fills up the time nonetheless.

One factor to the long break was a rant from the hubby as to how “EVERYONE HAS A BLOG THESE DAYS” and it somehow makes them an expert.  I have to admit right here, that I haven’t told him about this little page, and it has forced me to sit and figure out my why. REALLY figure it out! I write to help figure things out, and to let my customers and followers have a better idea of who I am, and maybe, what makes me tick.

Someday, I would love to have so many orders, things that people think of, then think of me, and say- “Hey, could you make this for me?” and I’d jump in and save the day and figure it out! All of these orders have to come from people trusting my work, and me enjoying what I am making. These are reasons why there is a smattering of different items in my Etsy Shop and why i sometimes feel like I am jumping around from thing to thing.  Just sewing stuffed animals, or knitting scarves, or crocheting afghans, and only doing one thing, would squish my creativity in a quick hurry.

Currently, many of my orders and products available, come because friends or friends of friend, mention something they would like, or share a pattern with me. These ideas spur me like nothing else. Projects like that include First Communion dresses from mom’s wedding dress (it is scary to cut apart another woman’s wedding dress!!!), weighted blankets (next in line), washcloths, Swiffer covers, stuffed giraffe, shawls, giant donuts…

My why is also that I’m not just a #mommymaker, I’m a runner, I love to cook, I also love to read, and camp, and chat with my friends. I keep lots of little people alive day in and day out, getting to play (and clean up poop), while moms and dads have to go to work. Many of my creations are for, tested or inspired by these little people. They help me pick out colors, and yarns. The older ones are asking to learn how to make things like me-It melts my heart every time.

Am I an expert? No! If I keep working, maybe someday I will be!
Do I expect to end up on the Today Show, teaching people how to make it big? No! If this ever happens, will have exceeded my wildest dreams, but I hope to embrace it and everything that brought me to that point.
Do I hope to inspire others to do what makes their hearts soar? YES! If you like to run, do it! If you like to create, do it! If you prefer to buy things other people make, do it! If you love to cook or bake, do it! Just remember, we are all different, and we can all offer support to those around us!

As I look at this, long and rambling, post and see I wrote “I am a runner” I am amazed! Two years ago, I was sitting on the couch, gaining inches, hating my body and needing a change. October 29, 2016 I started a Couch To program and haven’t turned back. Since that day, I ran my first half marathon, full marathon, marathon relay, Ragnar relay. This year, I still have a 5k and a road and a trail Ragnar scheduled. When I ask people to join me, they tell me they can’t. I let them know that they can, but I will never force them. I let them know that I will run with them, at any pace, and I will be there to listen to them. A friend was there for me as I progressed-Cheered me off the couch and onto the road. If you don’t want to run, or lift weights, or crochet a bear- be the person to cheer on your friend who does, but might be afraid to, or is struggling to remain motivated.

 

 

Crochet, WIP Wednesday

WIP Wednesday – Donut you want some more?

I’m a little obsessed with crochet donuts right now! They are so fun to make! My kids might be almost as obsessed as I am… they each want a few! Last week I finished up my first pillow sized one. Yesterday I finished my 6 pack of “regular” ones and now I’m working on another pillow.I had so much fun with these, I decided to order a book on food patterns. Honestly, some of them are adorable, some not so much so.I also finished my Karma Chameleon yesterday!What is your favorite project right now?