Busy, busy, busy

Isn’t that the mantra of life?  I hardly ever come across a person, that when asked, says they have nothing to do.  That at least is the case for me, I am busy.  I am good busy though and enjoying the new year very much!  I had intended on keeping up with this blog, but that has not happened as planned.  I am here now though and ready to show you what I have been up to!

I have started this cute little sampler from The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery.  I am doing the 2014 Once Upon a Time Sampler.  I love it and am so glad that some of my stitchy friends talked me into doing it (they really had to work hard at convincing me….hehe).  I am not very far and still working on January’s pattern.  I hope to get some more stitching in on it while I watch the Olympics!

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Yesterday I spent some time finding recipes for freezer meals.  I tried this in the past, but the recipes I had used required me to cook a lot of the meat before hand, the ones I did yesterday however, did not.  I absolutely love it and would really like to get into a habit of making my meals ahead of time, so that all I would have to do some really busy nights is take out a bag and cook it up or better yet, throw it in the crock pot, like I am going to do today.  I found the cost for this is much less than when I go and get a bunch of random food in smaller quantities.  Being able to buy in bulk, really does save money!  As I get more involved with this, I will share with you my strategies and recipes.  Right now, being a newbie, I better just do some testing first.  It’s going to be tough, but someone has to do it!

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I have started a new crochet project.  I have yet to decide what these little African Flower Motifs are going to end up as, either a pillow or an afghan.  However, either way I am going to love it!  They are so bright and cheery!!  They are also a lot of fun to make and are a quick project when I just have a few minutes here and there.  I think I would like to do a pillow first, if it works out well, then I think I would like to put a few up for sale and see what happens.  I enjoy making them- that much!  I am following this pattern.   I actually enjoy looking through that whole blog, so bright and cheery!

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A work project that I have been doing is this little owl.  A customer of mine wrote and asked if I could make her a pillow out of her Father’s old sweater (he has been passed for some years now).  I of course didn’t say no, I hardly ever do to a sentimental project that I know will be cherished!  This is a picture of all the pieces being laid out.  I had enough of the sweater to make another one as well and will be working on that today.  I will share finished pictures, these are another item that I am enjoying so much I might sell them as well.

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And Finally, if you have been following my blog, you have seen some of my progress on this afghan.  Well, I was nervous about not finishing it, so I worked it up fast, so I didn’t have time to get bored! Hahaha!  Now it is one of my favorite snuggle blankets that we have in our house (and we kind of have a lot!)  I think I will be making another one like this in the future, but I would not sell them, as it takes too much time for me to do that.  Perhaps though, Christmas presents?

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So I guess that is all I have for you today.  I hope that you all find something with beautiful color to work with today, there are SO MANY things that could be!!

In health and craft love,

Cil

Truly Madly Deeply

14 years ago, my husband asked me to marry him.  It will always be one of the greatest memories of my life.  After that day we spent 9 months planning a wedding.  Another memory I will always treasure.  For our wedding dance we played “our song”, ‘Truly Madly Deeply’ by Savage Garden.

We have used these words through out the years and my husband always signs letters and cards to me using these words.  So when I came across these words on a pillow (on pinterest of course) I knew that I had to figure out how to make it mine.  I knew there were many ways that I  could make this pillow a reality.  I am after all a sewer, but I wanted it unique.

I recently found my love for cross stitching again, something I have loved since I was a young girl, so I thought why not put together my sewing machine and stitching hand to make something that will be a treasure forever. 🙂   I created the pattern and put it together, I used linen to stitch on for the first time.  I am so pleased with the finished product!

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Thank  you Justin for being a wonderful husband and friend!  I truly madly deeply do love you!

Cilicia

Scratch your Valentine

So, I don’t know about all of you, but I love Pinterest.  It has been so fun finding new ideas and putting some of them into action!  For this project we used ideas from two different places, to create a unique Valentine’s Day card for the kids to give to their friends at school.

I had never thought that there would be a way to make your own scratch off “lottery ticket”, but you can.  I found the how-to on ArtMind.  You can click HERE to go to their site.  I was so excited and knew that I had to use it somehow.  I have businesses and know that I will use it for those also, but wanted to use it in a fun way…and so the valentine card was created.  Both kids thought it would be fun to do and that their friends would like them.  I created the card in my Creative Memories software (storybook creator), printed them off and followed the rest of the directions.

Then of course you have to have some kind of treat to go with, so as we sat around Saturday morning trying to think of something Pioneer Woman came on Food Network.  She is so great and I love following her because she loves life and does things in such a way that makes them simple.  She started a recipe with chocolate cookies.  You can get that recipe HERE.  Of course chocolate and Valentines Day seem to go together, so we decided to go with it!

After a lot of fun and a very messy house at the end of the day, we had some fun Valentine’s cards to pass out to friends!

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And there you have it.  If you haven’t found the Pinterest website yet check it out, you may find some new fun projects to do yourself!  You can follow me HERE.

Until next time…Carry on with your crafty self!

Cil