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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Two Tuesday


Two Things I'm Grateful For:

1. Bargain shopping. Friday we bought a stroller, two baby bathtubs (one newborn, one infant), and a playmat for $65. Saturday we bought a changing table, rocker, and a bag of clothes for $25. That's a lot of baby stuff for less than $100!

2. My patient family. The closer I get to the end of my pregnancy (5 weeks to go), the less pleasant I become. I blame it on hormones and lack of sleep. My energy and patience fluctuate hourly. But through it all, my sweet hubby and wonderful daughter smile and offer to do whatever they can to turn me back into a sane person.

Two Patterns I Think Are Neat:

I'm a hoarder. I'll admit it. Some things I have no trouble throwing away. But for some reason, I can't throw away a glass jar. Spaghetti sauce, jelly, salsa... All these jars are destined to be washed and stored for some strange, future purpose. Now, I have something to do with them and an answer when Tim asks, "Do we really need all these glass jars under the sink?"

This just looks cool! I think it would take forever to make, but it would be awesome. And Tim does keep asking for a hammock...

Thanks for reading.
Blessings :-)

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Monday, April 21, 2014

Monday Musings and Giveaway Winners

I hope everyone had a wonderful, blessed Easter. Ours was very quiet, as holidays tend to be since we moved to Texas. We went to the sunrise service at church. It was very nice but very different from what we're used to. For the last 6 years, we attended the sunrise service at Sea World with 7000 other people. A small, intimate service was a good change. The rest of the day was spent relaxing.

I'm still sore from Saturday, but looking at the progress we made makes me smile and look forward to the day when we're fully unpacked and organized.
One of the shelves we got from our neighbor. I had to get a little creative on the third shelf, but I was able to fit all the books I wanted on it.
The other shelf from our neighbor. This one's for the Bean. I put all the children's books I've saved through the years on the two shelves along with our wipes supply. The shelf with the door holds all the diapers. The three drawers at the bottom hold all other baby supplies.
The two shelves in the garage now hold all of Tim's books.
A little shelf I picked up at a yard sale on Saturday for $5. It looks nice in our bedroom.
We still have about a dozen boxes of books that have to stay in storage until we get more shelves, but we're making progress.
The closet in the hallway is now the craft supply home. A little tight but manageable. It doesn't hold everything, but it's still organized.
OK, I admit it, I overdid it Saturday. But it's hard to stop when you're on a roll. I'm going to try to pace myself better over the next couple weeks. I'm determined to have the nursery cleaned out and ready before the Bean gets here.

Giveaway Winners!

The official prize drawer is at work today, so I had to officiate in his absence.
I loaded the super scientific prize winner generator and drew two names.
The winner of Giveaway #1 (three skeins of Lion Brand Wool-Ease yarn)
Linda from Stitchin With My Furbabies!!! Congratulations, Linda!

And the winner of Giveaway #2 (three skeins of Patons Classic Wool DK Superwash yarn)
Heather from At Home on the Meadow!!! Congratulations, Heather!

Linda and Heather, can you please email your mailing addresses to so I can send your prizes?
Also, Norma, can you also email your mailing address to so I can send your gratitude stone?

Thanks again, everyone, for two years of wonderful bloggy fun and friends. I appreciate all your comments and love getting to know you on your blogs.

Thanks for reading.
Blessings :-)

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Saturday, April 19, 2014

A Couple Extra Days on the Giveaway

I'm extending the giveaway by a couple of days. 
Yesterday was spent shopping for baby supplies. Today was spent in full on nesting mode: unpacking boxes, filling shelves, moving items in and out of the nursery. Tim did all the lifting, I did all the organizing.
I'm exhausted, so I'm going to bed.
Have a happy Easter :-)

Friday, April 18, 2014

Another Stashbuster and A Sweater for the Bean

I'm still on the baby crochet kick. Lately, that's all I want to make. It probably has something to do with the Bean and my baby brain (read that as "my inability to focus on anything not baby related for longer than five seconds").
Speaking of the Bean, I made a sweater for him/her. I'm rather proud of it as it's the first sweater I've ever made. If it doesn't fit, I may frame it.
The pattern can be found here at crochevolution. I had the Cafe Latte and Buff yarns (dark brown and light brown) in my stash but bough the Tea Leaf (green) recently, so this doesn't count as a stashbuster.

And I made another cocoon, Stashbuster #19. I used Red Heart Super Saver Pink Camo and another pink yarn whose name I've forgotten. 
The pattern can be found here at The Knitless Knitter. It uses all triple crochets so whips up really fast. I took a couple of rows off the top so it's closer to preemie size and added a row of single crochets to finish it. I made the matching hat, too, skipping row 6 to keep the size small.

Don't forget! Today's the last day to enter my two year blog anniversary giveaway by leaving a comment on this post if you haven't already done so.
Thanks for reading.
Blessings :-)

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Today is Good Friday, so I'm reminded of the price my Savior paid for me. I pray I never forget the depth of His love.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Tickled Thursday

Last week's tickles were devoted to cats. To show I'm an equal opportunity pet lover, here are some devoted to dogs. Enjoy!
And don't forget to enter my two year blog anniversary giveaway by leaving a comment on this post.

Have a terrific Thursday!
Blessings :-)

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Two Year Blog Anniversary = Two Giveaways!

I can't believe my little blog is two years old today. I've really enjoyed sharing snippets of our lives and all the projects I've embarked on so far. But mostly I'm grateful to have all of you in my life. If it weren't for you, I'd just be rambling to myself. Blog friends have truly made this worthwhile.

To honor this momentous occasion, I'm having TWO giveaways. Each one is separate; if you want to be entered for both, please let me know. If for just one, let me know. To enter, leave a comment on this post only. The drawings will be on Saturday, April 19.

Giveaway #1

Three skeins of Lion Brand Wool-Ease worsted weight yarn. Each skein is 3 ounces. The color is Fisherman.

Giveaway #2

Three skeins of Patons Classic Wool DK Superwash yarn. Each skein is 1.75 ounces. The color is Magenta.

To show my gratitude to everyone who's been on this journey with me, I'd like to send a little gift even if you don't win one of the big giveaways.
I made these gratitude stones last year and gave them away. The three recipients really liked them and said they really did serve as a reminder to remember to be grateful for what they have. 
If you would like a gratitude stone, please let me know what color (all colors are available, not just the three shown) and email me your mailing address at 

Thanks again for two great blogging years :-)

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Two Tuesday


Two Things I'm Grateful For:

1. Free shelves. Our neighbor is moving and can't take all of his stuff. He gave us two bookshelves for in the house and three shelving units for in the garage. You can never have too many shelves.

2. The taxes are done. Woo hoo!! Just in the nick of time. No extension needed.

Two Patterns I Think Are Neat:

This is really cute. I also like the fact there are very few pieces to sew.

This makes a nice candy-free alternative to Easter baskets (or for any other occasion).

Thanks for reading.
Blessings :-)

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