Sickness monday.

Today, after I got out of the shower and dressed for work, my kiddo threw up.

 

It was a great way to start a Monday morning. Not.

 

So, we stayed home and mom frantically cleaned the house. I even whipped up a room spray to fight airborne yuck. I hate lysol, but like to combat colds from any and all angles. I basically made my version of a four thieves vinegar with what essential oils I had on hand. Note: thyme oil reeks to high heaven. And clears a room of all cats.

 

When I had some downtime during kiddo’s nap, I made more progress on this great little blanket I’m working on. It’s using the catherine wheel crochet technique (it has another name, which I am currently blanking), and the pattern is ‘wool eater blanket’

 

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The fat cat keeps trying to claim it for himself. 

 

I was so tired by dinner time that I just did soup for us. Basic ramen style for kiddo, and pho for me, with fried tofu for both of us. I am slightly obsessive with pho, and could eat it almost every day I think. Something about the magic combo of flavors…and the excuse to dump lime juice on every square inch. Lime=makes everything better. 

Oh man that reminds me….I need to vegan-ize one of my all time favorite drinks. I’m sure it has a name, I just call it delicious. It’s a can of sweetened condensed milk and a pitcher of limeade. I’ve made vegan condensed milk before using a can of full fat coconut milk…it shouldn’t be a big difference, honestly. I bet the coconut will probably taste better…..!! 

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Aww yeah. A big ol bowl of pure awesome. 

 

I hope everyone had a better monday…..take care of yourselves!

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Food adventure!

So, I am deciding to take the steps towards becoming vegan. I plan to go all out vegan after the new year, and have been eating vegetarian this month of December.

This may weird some of you out. I understand, but it is my choice and my blog may reflect that as I add recipes and my trials and tribulations (failures) so I can track my progress and see what works and what doesn’t. 

I hope I can reach out to more veggie inclined folks this way, as I don’t know any other vegans around me. I’m pretty sure the only other ones in the state live on the side opposite of me, but maybe I’m wrong! (please, someone, prove me wrong)

I’m also slightly gluten in tolerant, and I have a kid who’s recently become VERY finicky with what she eats. Though she will demolish just about any raw veggies I put in front of her. So she will be my biggest critic I have to reach…..This is quite a challenge. I also live in THE MIDDLE OF NOWHERE so sourcing ingredients is also …um…”challenging”. Yeah, we’ll just go with that. 

On a different tangent altogether, I have some ideas with how to revamp some things in my house so I hope to put up pictures of that too. First will be my kitchen table…in desperate need of an update. 

All in all, expect more updates in the future!!

Hole. E. Smokes.

I had not realized how long I have let time lapse while I let this poor blog sit idle. I plan to fix that! 

 

Life came at me kind of quickly last year, in fact, exactly a year ago. I separated and have become a hard working single mother, with little down time (but also a body in better shape, go hard labor!), but as we roll into the winter here in Wyoming I should be able to at LEAST make a post once a week or every two. I mean, c’mon. Haha. 

 

Especially after I had an interview with our local newspaper, The Rocket Miner! Yikes! I will probably get some traffic to the site from that, and I do not want to disappoint.

 

I am trying to catch up on comments but if I miss something please just send me another or a message. I’ve been dabbling in other diy areas, and am trying to get more into herbal medicines. I have ideas for making my own supplements, but I am a ways off from that. Cold season comes with winter, obviously, so I hope to combat it a little bit better this year (By the way, Wyoming really only has 3 seasons: winter, HOT, and construction. Mostly winter). I’ve suffered a bit in health this year, the most recent battling it out with GERD/reflux that came out of NOWHERE, right after a week long nasty cold. I will say that the best thing for it that I have found is….pineapple juice. Who’d have thunk it, huh? 

 

I thank you for those who have stuck around with me, and for anyone new to my blog. 🙂 

forthcoming…ebook?

I am seriously considering writing up an ebook or two. I would like to write some pattern books, and quite possibly an intro book into the world of slip stitch crochet.

I have given some thought to writing up some of my home recipes for such things as sugar scrubs and cleaners.

I will keep everyone up to date on this as I work on it. Hopefully I can sell them here and on amazon, but we will have to see 🙂

Hiatus

I do apologize for my long hiatus on here. I’ve been working and trying to get my life in order (things have been rough here). I may be starting school in the fall too but I want to play catch up and get some comments and questions answered here. I have 19 pending on here, several more on the WeeRobin blog, so please bear with me as I try and work through them.

I recently joined Craftsy too, and I’d recommend the site to anyone! Great place to share crafts and get patterns.

Thanks everyone!

And it’s snowed. already.

Hooray for living in Wyoming. It’s already nasty and cold outside, and the snow is trying desperately to cling to my yard. Hats are being made as well as gloves, as I’m evidently already behind now. My obsession with making my crochet look knit continues, and I tried making a hat for DD with post stitches, but I used half double crochets instead of double crochets. It worked out pretty nicely! It’s actually pretty stretchy, and visually much nicer than double or treble post stitches.

On DD’s lil noggin. she actually kept stealing it and trying to ‘crochet’ it herself. mostly it got stabbed with a hook. cute, regardless 🙂

I didn’t write up a pattern, but I can give you a nice recipe for what I did! I suppose I call it First Snow Beanie.

I used an F hook, and some mystery unlabeled yarn. It’s baby/sport weight, and I’m guessing bernat. It’s acrylic, I can tell that much. I used a bit tighter tension than I usually do, as well. I made it for my 2 yr old daughter, and it’s nice and snug. And covers her ears well.

I started out with 10 dc’s into a magic loop, then joined.

I ch’d 1 at the start of each round, and worked my first st into the same st as join. It makes for a cleaner start.

I worked in hdc from there, and increased by 10 each round. So, first round 2hdc in each st, then every other st on next round, and so on. I worked until I had 90 sts total. You’ll need to get to a multiple of 6, whatever size you’ll be making.

After you get to the size you want, you’ll switch to post ribbing, but hdc post st ribbing. I started with 2 bphdc, then 1 fphdc. So, a 2×1 rib pattern. I just worked in that until I got the length I wanted!

It’s so cute! And she lets me keep putting it on her. Which is a good sign…means I shouldn’t have to add ties to make it stay on, but knock on wood there. I’d like to make an adult one for her daddy, since he’s out in the cold during the day 😦 poor daddy! I already made him one hat but it never hurts to have more.

I’m working on some mittens for her to match. I’ve got one made so far, but I wrote down exactly what I did on these.

The ribbing got a little slack, but I keep getting distracted whilst making it..not to mention more toddler ‘crochet’ work was put into it. hehe. But that does seem to effect the ribbing, which doesn’t look as nice as the hat. I’ll have to see how the second mitten turns out. I’ll post the mitten pattern after I get the second one done and make sure there are no errors in it.

The hat off her head. It actually cinches up quite more than I’d thought it would. Yay! I may make one for myself, if I can convince myself to wear tight hats. haha.

Hope you enjoy! More posts to come as I get my craft mode set to ON for the gift giving season. 🙂

Farmer’s Market

Long time no post! Life is keeping me pretty busy these days 🙂 But I wanted to drop a quick post letting you all know that I’m going to be at the Rock Springs farmer’s market this summer. I’ll have a green-centered booth with mom, baby and reusable items, as well as some pet stuff! If there’s anything you’re hoping to see there let me know and I’ll try and make it happen! 😀

I know they’re extending the market by 2 weeks this year, but I’m not sure yet if that means 2 weeks earlier or later..I’ll let everyone know for sure. It’s still Thursdays 4-7 downtown, by the train depot and the old bank. Hope to see everyone there!

Green direct selling?

So I’ve been thinking about when I sold Avon and I’m starting to wonder, ‘is there a company who  sells anything environmentally friendly?’ and I found out that yes! There are actually quite a few companies who are turning to a more green path and target their products towards green minded people.

I’ve found a few that I may actually join! I know that I express an interest in making things myself, but I know to help others start a greener lifestyle a DIY life may be more cumbersome than they desire…I know everyone has it in them to take a step in a green direction but I know it can be tough to start. I think joining a direct selling company would be a good way to introduce people to items that can help to transition away from harmful items (ie some reusable shopping bags instead of plastic bags)

I still want to show people simple things they can make to save on money and help the environment. I’ll be posting soon about homemade cleaning wipes as well as homemade makeup remover wipes…two items I absolutely love but hate buying >.<

As with anything worth doing, it’s all about starting small and just keeping at it! Who knows, maybe I’ll start exercising more regularly!

….well let’s not get carried away…. 🙂

Swifferiffic!

Woohoo! I made a reusable swiffer mop cover! (here’s a link to the pattern http://www.craftstylish.com/item/44816/how-to-make-a-reversible-swiffer-sock) It works amazingly well with the boucle yarn I bought. I highly recommend making some of these! 😀  I also recommend sweeping more than I apparently do. haha.

Here are some before and after pics!

Swiffer mop before

Swiffer mop after >.<