Friday, January 30, 2009

Recycled Wool Scarf

I love using old wool sweaters in new ways as many of you know. I had scraps from some of my favorite sweaters and saw Betz White's book Warm Fuzzies where she made a wool scarf from her wool remnants.

I was looking at my huge bag of scraps the other day and saw the perfect colors for my husband. He never wears a scarf but decided that he just never had the perfect scarf to wear. LOL!!!

First my felt scraps were felted in the washing machine. I cut them all to the same widths but varying in length. It was very simple to cut with my rotary cutter and mat.

The only issue i had was that my scrap pieces were different thicknesses. I found the back were I sewed them together was just too lumpy for my tastes. So I found the perfect dark Grey super soft flannel and backed my wool scarf. I really love how it turned out.

And the best part is my hubby wears it!!! See I was right he was just waiting for the perfect scarf.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009


My hard drive crashed in my computer and I finally have it fixed. I have learned that I truly have an addiction to my computer. The withdrawals were BRUTAL!!!

I know I check my email about 20 times a day and it was very hard not checking my email but twice a day when I bugged my husband to let me use his laptop when he wasn't working. But I didn't realize how many other daily things I used my computer for.

I am constantly planning my dinner menu from my favorite food websites. I love them when I am short on ingredients and need to see what I can prepare with what is in the cupboards. My poor family hasn't been eating as well as they usually do. I have all my favorite recipes filed on my computer and browse them daily for ideas (I did lose all my information on my hard drive).

I have horrible hard water stains in the bathroom tub and normally after I have tried everything I look up on the internet for ideas I haven't tried. Still hardwater stains on the tub. Time to look for the perfect solution to my problem.

And then there is the daily inspiration I get from Etsy and so many other blogs. I swear I haven't done anything creative lately without my trusty computer to inspire me.

You have got to see my sad attempt at learning how to knit. I have been using youtube to learn to knit. I couldn't check out what I was doing and my poor piece is a mess. I kept it so I can laugh at it. I am still determined to learn to knit and will be checking out those youtube videos again.

So many things have fallen apart without my poor computer. I am truly lost without it!!!

I can't wait to load my pictures from my camera and start playing again.

Monday, January 5, 2009

Happy New Year!!!

I am a little late posting a greeting for the New Year. Life is so busy with the kids home during the Christmas break. And then there is the issue of my hard drive crashing. I thought long and hard and decided that I was not going to succumb to the idea of getting a new laptop but to replace my hard drive for a lot less money.

I am sure many of you are doing the same thing with our current economic condition. We are all learning how to be save those pennies!!

This Christmas with all the handmade gifts my family saved over 50% from what we spent last year. I knew I would save a little money but was really shocked at the amount we saved. And I really have to say my children were so excited passing out their gifts to friends and family. The children are planning what they are making for next year already.

I can't believe it is already 2009!!

I make resolutions every year on New Year's Eve and I swear they are the same every year but I still get hopeful this year is the year I will keep them. Here are a few of them. (Do you think if I post about them I will be better this year????)

  1. Eat healthier and exercise. (same one every year)
  2. Read to my children. (I do a lot of things with my children but sitting and reading a book just never happens. I did read several books last night.)
  3. Learn to knit (My grandmother has tried to teach me forever. I can do it when she is sitting next to me but as soon as I am not with her I forget how and have never finished a knitted piece.)
  4. Organize my studio space. (same one every year)
  5. Create everyday (again a repeat every year ::::: I know I am happier when I create but never find a lot of time to do it.
  6. Learn to make cheese. (I always try to learn new things every year. This one I am good at doing.)
And many more but I won't bore you to death.