Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Episode 19: "Tongue Tied."

Here's a new episode for you to enjoy!


Books:

Yes Please by Amy Poehler
(Summery from Goodreads.com)
Amy Poehler is hosting a dinner party and you're invited! Welcome to the audiobook edition of Amy Poehler's Yes Please. The guest list is star-studded with vocal appearances from Carol Burnett, Seth Meyers, Michael Schur, Patrick Stewart, Kathleen Turner, and even Amy's parents- Yes Please is the ultimate audiobook extravaganza.

Also included? A one night only live performance at Poehler's Upright Citizens Brigade Theater. Hear Amy read a chapter live in front of a young and attractive Los Angeles audience.

While listening to Yes Please, you'll laugh, you'll cry, and you'll become convinced that your phone is trying to kill you. Don't miss this collection of stories, thoughts, ideas, lists, and haikus from the mind of one of our most beloved entertainers. Offering Amy's thoughts on everything from her "too safe" childhood outside of Boston to her early days in New York City, her ideas about Hollywood and 'the biz,' the demon that looks back at all of us in the mirror, and her joy at being told she has a "face for wigs" - Yes Please is chock-full of words, and wisdom, to live by."


In the Belly of the Bloodhound: Being an Account of a Particularly Peculiar Adventure in the Life of Jacky Faber (Bloody Jack #4) by L. A. Meyer
(Summery from Goodreads.com)
The British crown has placed a price on Jacky's head, so she returns to the Lawson Peabody School for Young Girls in Boston to lay low. But the safe haven doesn't last--a school outing goes awry as Jacky and her classmates are abducted and forced into the hold of the "Bloodhound," a ship bound for the slave markets on the Barbary Coast. All of Jacky's ingenuity, determination, and plain old good luck will be put to the test as she rallies her delicate classmates to fight together and become their "own" rescuers.


Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand

Mississippi Jack by L.A. Meyer

Love is Hell

Stitch 'n Bitch Superstar Knitting by Debbie Stoller

WIPs:






FOs:

Two blocks for my Harry Potter Blanket

Owl cross-stitch

Spinning:

Ashland bay Corrie Cross on the wheel.

Voolenvine SW Merino in Poison Orchid on the 7yaks spindle.

 Things added to the pile:

Goosebumps books

Monday, September 28, 2015

Memory Monday: September 28, 2015

It's a rainy Monday Morning here in FL, but I'm enjoying it. I'll be having a cup of tea soon, so I'll curl up with that, Hulu/Netflix, and my knitting. The cats, of course, are running around having fun. 


I hope this week goes smoothly for everyone!

Happy Crafting!

Sam<3

Friday, September 25, 2015

FO Friday: September 25, 2015

I have two blocks finished this week!





It's for my Harry Potter Blanket, I've been really wanting to get a good chunk of this blanket done, if not all of it done by Halloween. I don't know how well that will go but hopefully I'll make it to that goal.


The blocks are knitted out of Red Heart Super Saver in the Tea Green and a dark red (I don't know the name for it) colorway and on size US 7 (4.5mm) needles.


What have you finished recently? Share it with me in the FO thread in the Ravelry group.


Happy Knitting!
Sam<3

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

WIP Wednesday: September 23, 2015


For the past few days I've been working on my Harry Potter Blanket.


As you can see it has gotten a little bigger. I got a block finished and started another, but I'll talk about the finished block on Friday.

 Right now, I'm working on the S.P.E.W block in Red Heart Super Saver on US 7s (4.5mm).


 I don't really know what the colorway is but I think I might have in my stash on Ravelry so if you really want to know just check it out on there. I've been really wanting to work on my blankets this week. Hopefully this means that they will be done quicker!

What are you working on? Share with me in the Ravelry group!

Happy Knitting!

Sam<3

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Year of Handmade: Prompt 18

How do you get over lack of inspiration?

When I have no inspiration I take a break. I'll read a book or play a video game. I will do something that doesn't really have anything to do with the craft(s) that I'm lacking inspiration in. Most of the time it will only take a few days for me to feel inspired again.
The past month or two I haven't really had the problem of no inspiration. I had the problem of too much inspiration. With sites like Pinterest and Ravelry, I get ideas for things all the time. (Most of the time I want to make all of the things!) And with all of the podcasters I watch/listen to make such beautiful things and that inspire me to challenge myself to also make beautiful things to share with the world. 
Don't let the lack of inspiration get you down. Just take a step back and find something else you enjoy, one that doesn't involve you to make something or for you to rack your brain for an idea that isn't there right now. They will come when they are ready to be made.

What do you do when you are hit with lack of inspiration?

Happy Crafting!
Sam<3 

Monday, September 21, 2015

Memory Monday: September 21, 2015

Happy Monday everyone!

I hope your week was and will be filled with yarny and/or crafty goodness. We spent a couple of hours at the creek with a friend yesterday, before fall and winter come and it gets to cold to go.
Hopefully I'll get a WIP Wednesday and an FO Friday post up this week, since I'm seriously slacking off on the blogging.

Happy Crafting!

Sam<3


Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Episode 18: "Is it Fall?!"

Here's a new episode for your enjoyment! 


Welcome!

Week in Review:

Fall is coming!
I had an awesome birthday.
We went to Pensacola.

Books

What I finished reading:

The Twisted Sisters Sock Workbook by Lynn Vogel
(Summery from Goodreads.com)

"With simple directions and tips on how to dye, paint, spin, and knit yarn to create authentic socks, this book offers all the information necessary to fashion socks with personality. Included are innovative patterns and tips for knitting socks with customized fit-- even for all ten toes. Safe and easy directions are given on dyeing yarn from pour-dyeing methods to dyeing with Kool-Aid. With photos and illustrations of finished examples, sock patterns such as newborn socks and magic genie toe socks, and advice on how to create one-of-a-kind projects, it will appeal to all levels of knitters and spinners."

Under the Jolly Roger: Being an Account of the Further Nautical Adventures of Jacky Faber by L.A Meyer
(Summery from Goodreads.com)

"After leaving the Lawson Peabody School for Young Girls in Boston-- under dire circumstances, of course-- Jacky Faber boards a whaling ship bound for London, where she hopes to find her beloved Jaimy. But things don't go as planned, and soon Jacky is off on a wild misadventure at sea. She thwarts the lecherous advances of a crazy captain, rallies sailors to her side, and ultimately gains command of a ship in His Majesty's Royal Navy. But Jacky's adventures don't end there...."

A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler, Narrated by Kimberly Farr 
(Summery from Goodread.com)

"'It was a beautiful, breezy, yellow-and-green afternoon...' This is how Abby Whitshank always begins the story of how she fell in love with Red that day in July 1959. The Whitshanks are one of those families that radiate togetherness: an indefinable, enviable kind of specialness. But they are also like all families, in that the stories they tell themselves reveal only part of the picture. Abby and Red and their four grown children have  accumulated not only tender moments, laughter, and celebrations, but also jealousies, disappointments, and carefully guarder secrets. From Red's father and mother, newly arrived in Baltimore in the 1920s, to Abby and Red's grandchildren carrying the family legacy, here are four generations of Whitshanks, their lives unfolding in and around the sprawling, lovingly worn Baltimore house that has always been their anchor."

Review:

Py Magazine- Worsted issue.

What I'm Currently Reading:

Yes, Please! by Amy Poehler
In the Belly of the Bloodhound: Being an Account of a Particularly Peculiar Adventure in the Life of Jacky Faber by L.A. Meyer
Stitch n' Bitich Superstar Knitting: Going Beyond the Basic by Debbie Stoller

WIPs

My Patchwork blankets.
Flax.
The Easy Ombre Slouch Hat.
Maize.
Gallatin Scarf.
Toe Up Baby Socks (3-6 months)
Basic Bowling Pin Body

FOs

Basic Peanut Body

Spinning

Ashland Bay Corrie Cross
Voolenvine SW Wool

Cross-stitch

An owl.

Things added to the Pile

Knit Picks order
Flea Market stuff
Gifts

Good-bye!



Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Year of Handmade: Prompt 17


Something that limits your crafting time.


Work, definitely work. But with my new job I've had a little down time to work on a little bit of a project.

But I've been trying to read more again, so that's been taking up some of my time as well.

And video games... I like to play video games some time and really the only time I do any crafts while playing a video game is when I'm playing The Sims 4 or any of The Sims.

What takes up your crafting time?

Happy Crafting!
Sam<3

Monday, September 14, 2015

Memory Monday: September 14, 2015

Happy Monday everyone! I hope you had a great weekend, I know we did. We went to visit Jordan's brother and his girlfriend and had another great time with them.

I also meant to do a WIP Wednesday and FO Friday post last week but didn't get to it. But I do have quite a bit to talk about in this week's episode.



I can't wait to talk about everything with you soon!

Happy Crafting!
Sam<3

Monday, September 7, 2015

Memory Monday: September 7, 2015

I hope everyone is having a great Labor Day. I had a great birthday yesterday, spent the day with Jordan. :)


Have a great week!

Happy Crafting!
Sam<3

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Recipe: Garlic Chicken and Pasta

I was in the mood for pasta last night but I didn't want to make a complicated meal. And since I did go to the store earlier in the day, I decided to just toss together something simply.

Note: A lot of the things that I make aren't exactly the healthiest but they are some simply and cheap stuff that is easy for me to put together. So that means lots of boxed meals. :/ But I'm trying to get at least one full meal in a day. (We don't eat many meals like I would like.) The boxed meals help us start something and we just add what we think sounds good with it and this recipe is one that came off the back of the box.

Garlic Chicken and Pasta


You'll need:

Boneless Chicken (the box suggests 1 lb, but I replace it with a small can of chunk chicken.)
1 box of Past Roni Garlic and Olive Oil Vermicelli
(I added a little bit of black pepper and Cayenne)

In a medium sauce pan, brown chicken on medium-heat with 1 to 2 tbsp of butter.

Slowly pour 1 3/4 cup of water, bring to a boil.

Add pasta, let it boil for a few minutes then add your seasonings. 

Let it boil until the pasta is tender.

It's pretty easy to make, I just wish I had a little bit more chicken but there is always next time.

Happy Cooking!
Sam <3

 

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Episode 17: "It's September!"

Here's this week's episode, I hope you enjoy it. :)


Books

What I finished Reading:

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne

(Summery and picture from Goodreads.com)

Berlin, 1942. When Bruno returns home from school one day, he discovers that his belongings are being packed in crates. His father has received a promotion and the family must move from their home to a new house far far away, where there is no one to play with and nothing to do. A tall fence running alongside stretches as far as the eye can see and cuts him off from the strange people he can see in the distance. But Bruno longs to be an explorer and decides that there must be more to this desolate new place than meets the eye. While exploring his new environment, he meets another boy whose life and circumstances are very different to his own, and their meeting results in a friendship that has devastating consequences. 


Curse of the Blue Tattoo: Being an Account of the Misadventures of Jacky Faber, Midshipman and Fine Lady. by L.A. Meyer


(Summery and picture from Goodreads.com)

After being forced to leave HMS Dolphin and Jaimy, her true love, Jacky Faber is making a new start at the elite Lawson Peabody School for Young Girls in Boston. But growing up on the streets of London and fighting pirates never prepared Jacky for her toughest battle yet : learning how to be a lady. "Everything" she does is wrong. Her embroidery is deplorable, her French is atrocious, and her table manners--disgusting! Then there's the small matter of her blue anchor tattoo....Despite her best efforts, Jacky can't seem to stay out of trouble long enough to dedicate herself to being ladylike. But what fun would that be, anyway?

What I'm Reading.

The Twisted Sisters Sock Workbook by Lynne Vogel

Under the Jolly Roger... by L.A. Meyer

A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Taylor 

WIPs










Things added to the Pile.


What's on my Shelf?

Stitch 'n Bitch Superstar Knitting by Debbie Stoller

The 4th Bloody Jack book.

Dream Crafting


Prep School Cat by Knotty Gnome Crafts


Ways to Contact me

Twitter
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Ravelry Group
Goodreads
Google+
Pinterest

Happy Knitting!

Sam<3