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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 :-)

Today's Inspiration


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 :-)

Today's Inspiration

Monday, April 14, 2014

Monday Musings

I'm recovered from the weekend. I spent most of yesterday sleeping. After a jewelry show on Friday  ( my last one until after the Bean arrives) and the zoo on Saturday, I was pooped.

The zoo was a lot of fun. I think I like the Fort Worth Zoo better than the Dallas Zoo. I snapped tons of pictures; here are a couple of my favorites.
I think this was frozen juice. Whatever it was, he was really enjoying it. 
I love owls. These are the Brazilian spectacled species.
The Harpy Eagle. Freaky looking! 
Tigers are so beautiful, especially white ones.
The zoo had an exhibit of giant animatronic bugs. They were all over so it was a scavenger hunt to find them all. Here's Tim and Hope in front of the tarantula. I was 20 feet away using my loom lens.

I had my doctor's appointment this morning. All is well. I gained a pound, grew 2 centimeters, and listened to the Bean's heartbeat. My next appointment in two weeks will be exciting because we have our last sonogram.

I don't know where spring went. It's 45 degrees and windy right now; tomorrow it's supposed to frost in the morning. Crazy. On the plus side, it's a good day to do taxes. Ours always take forever because we have to add up all the jewelry business papers. I'm so glad Tim's good at math.

It's time for a snack and some hooky fun. Enjoy the rest of your Monday.
Thanks for reading.
Blessings :-)

Today's Inspiration


Saturday, April 12, 2014

Stashbusters #17: Owl Rattle and #18:Baby Washcloths

We're off to the Fort Worth Zoo today, but I wanted to show you a couple of stashbuster items I made for the Bean this week.
I found this owl rattle pattern on the Lovely Little Life blog. I'm not good at amigurumi, but I had to try it. I didn't have any trouble with the crocheting part; just don't look too closely at the stitches used to hold the pieces on. They're strong but not pretty. I used I Love This Cotton from Hobby Lobby in Red and White, Knit Picks cotton in green and blue (sorry, don't have actual names for those) and Sugar n Cream cotton in Hot Orange. I used three jingle bells stuffed into the top for the rattle. 
I also made 8 baby washcloths. They're both made from Lion Brand Nature's Choice Organic Cotton. The top 4 are the color Khaki, the bottom 4 are Espresso. I used this pattern for Tiny Towels on Ravelry, although I added a row of single crochets to the beginning and end.

Have a great Saturday!
Thanks for reading.
Blessings :-)

Today's Inspiration


Friday, April 11, 2014

Hamburger Rolls Recipe

This is a favorite dish in our house. It's not really healthy, but it's quick and delicious. I get a lot of requests from friends for this recipe, so I put together a photo tutorial.
You'll need the following ingredients:
2 cans refrigerated crescent rolls (8 count)
1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
3oz package french fried onions
1 pound ground beef

Brown the hamburger and drain the grease.

Crush the french friend onions into crumbs.
Add the onions and cheese and mix well.

Unroll the crescent rolls and separate each one.
Place a generous scoop of filling on the wider section of the crescent roll.
I usually use a cereal spoon.

Fold the two short points of the roll over the filling one at a time.
Then fold the long point over the top.

There will be leftover filling. I place this in a freezer container or bag.
After two or three times of making the rolls, I have enough 
leftover filling to make another meal.

Line up your rolls on a baking sheet. 
They don't need a lot of room between them.
My large bar pan will hold all 16, but I have used 2 cookie sheets in the past.

Bake at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes or until brown.

There are three people in our house. We usually eat at least 12 of the rolls for dinner paired with a side. Some nights there aren't any leftovers. If you have any questions, please let me know. Enjoy!

Thanks for reading.
Blessings :-)

Today's Inspiration


Thursday, April 10, 2014

Tickled Thursday

My hook's been flying this week; so has the cats' fur. I'm surprised my cats aren't bald with the amount of shedding they do. I thought some cat fiber funnies were in order. Enjoy!
These next two are for knitting, but they can be applied to crochet, too, if you don't knit.
All pictures are from my Pinterest board. If known, I post the original source.
Thanks for reading!
Blessings :-)