Absent

>> Sunday, November 29, 2009

Although I have been absent from my blog, it (and you) have not been absent from my mind. I have been spending my normal blogging time trying to learn basic HTML so I can improve my blog.

A friend on facebook requested to see more of my artwork, so I am posting a pencil drawing.



You may also like my Sharpie Art and "Daddy's Hands" pastel painting.
My art work is copy righted. Please respect that.

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Tutorial: Decorate your porch for the holidays

>> Wednesday, November 25, 2009



Have you seen Thrifty Decor Chick's lovely front door? She shows us how to do it too!
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Google Alerts

>> Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Have you heard of 



Google Alerts?
which are little web crawlers that email you whenever key phrases you've submitted are posted on the internet. I created alerts for "free pattern" and "free tutorial."
Can't wait to see what comes to my email inbox!
Google does it again!

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Tutorial: Maid's Sweet Ruffle Cap

>> Monday, November 23, 2009

Sarah's Sweethearts: Craftee Saturdee Maid's Sweet Ruffle Cap



I've been meaning to write a tutorial for this, but Sarah @ Sarah's Sweethearts beat me to it!

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tutorial: marble magnets

>> Sunday, November 22, 2009


not martha - to make : marble magnets

I am thinking of making some of these for a Christmas gift.

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Tutorial: no sew fabric wreath

>> Friday, November 20, 2009


Tutorials for splendiferous fall wallhanging


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Crochet Jellyfish

>> Thursday, November 19, 2009


Journey Into Unschooling: Crochet Jellyfish

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Sweater Surgery: Sweater Surgery Light up Christmas tree inspired by The Lampshade Lady's Guide to Lighting Up Your Life


Sweater Surgery Light up Christmas tree

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Wordless Wednesday...

>> Wednesday, November 18, 2009



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Draped in Cashmere- A Decadent Scarf Tutorial


 isn't this lovely?

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>> Tuesday, November 17, 2009

 Commenting is now (again) 
available on my blog

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Blog house keeping:

It seems I am having some trouble with blogger. 


The blog is not allowing comments.


If you are having this problem your blog or have any idea what might be going on could you email me? 


Also have you tried to comment and not been able to? Where was your problem? 

I could not even get to the comment page. Was it the same for you or did you have problems in a different place during the process?



sarah -dot- beyondallmeasure -at- gmail -dot- com


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Lady Bug Yard Art Tutorial


This is just too funny!

Great yard art!

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Using a Proportional Calculator

>> Monday, November 16, 2009

I aspire to designing my own patterns. I wish I knew how to turn the pictures in my head into finished garments.


I recently read this book, which explains how to take a basic shape of a bodice and alter it for additional styles.

I would love to be able to take these sort of patterns and enlarge them. There is a hard way to do this, which entails grids and drawing

...and long hand math. Eck. Eww.

So I went looking for a proportion scale. It will allow me to enlarge any pattern or shape you want, by making the math simple. I found two in calculator form free online.

Calculator #1
Calculator #2

Instructions on how to use the proportion scale for garment enlargement can be found here.
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Mod Podge Ceiling Fan

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~Ruffles And Stuff~: Practically Free Pom-Pom Lamp!


~Ruffles And Stuff~: Practically Free Pom-Pom Lamp!

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>> Sunday, November 15, 2009



Have you counted your
 



today?



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dozi: Paper flower tutorial

dozi: Paper flower tutorial


(Click on  picture to see the rest of the photo.)

These simple roses are so simple that even a small child could make them (with a bit of Mommy's help).I am thinking of using these as gift toppers for Christmas! The boys will love being able too help.

Sweet... Realistic too.

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A Little Bit of Everything: Tutorial: How To Make A Lightbox

So often I have wished I had a light box, but I an too frugal to pay the price. Here is a tutorial on how to make one yourself.



A Little Bit of Everything: Tutorial: How To Make A Lightbox

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30days: Guest Blogger: Disney, Ruffles and Stuff


Isn't this super cute. 

The lovely little one and the hat!

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FREE Pattern-Making Calculator

>> Saturday, November 14, 2009


Pattern-Making Calculator



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Rag Tabouret Tutorial


A foot stool made of old clothes and fabrics
And no-sew!
How cool is that?

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Old Door


Never would have thought of this use for an old door.


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M*: starrberry beret...pattern


I want to make one of M*'s starrberry berets
It reminds me of the bedtime hats from Little House In the Prairie.
Like this one:

I love hats.
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Oh, Christmas --Fat quarter Tree

>> Friday, November 13, 2009


Amazingly this is no-sew. I am going to do this with my boys!
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A Quarter's Worth

A Quarter's Worth



I absolutely NEVER thought of spray painting fabric! I will have to try this!
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Some soul searching

>> Thursday, November 12, 2009

First off let me say I am sick today. Ucky sinus stuff is giving me a foggy head, so please bear with me.

I started blogging because I wanted to help people. To make a difference. I would love to do that in person, but right now that is not very feasable. The reasons will become obvious as you read on.

In my heart, I have always wanted to DO something GREAT. Not for the sake of being known, but for the sake of knowing that my life meant something, that I had not simply wasted the time God gave me here on this earth. I want to leave a legacy. To be remembered. Not for the sake of being remembered, but, because if you are remembered, you life impacts beyond your own time.

I want to inspire future generations.

But inorder to do something great, you need to have your life in order. Life requires order. Without it, it is impossible to accomplish even the simplest things in life, not to mention the inspiring.

Order is what I lack. The ability to organize the aspects of my life so that I can do ANYTHING beyond struggling. Yet I find it hard to do anything except struggle. I just get my head above the water, and decide to finally try something (cause THIS TIME will be the time I succeed in going beyond the ordinary) and just as I get started, I find myself sinking again.

Case in point: I just got the house clean. And I mean CLEAN (not my normal clean-ish but TRULY clean) and thought "Wonderful, this year I can actually make the Christmas gifts I PLAN TO MAKE (instead of not finishing and having to go buy a gift last minute and then having a half finished item.) So I got started, not making gifts, but attempting to organize the gift supplies, and then I got sick. Then the dishwasher broke. Now the dishes are piling up, the boxes of supplies are still all over my kitchen floor, and I am barely functioning.

If you are Superwoman, blessed with a natural talent for organizing, and propensity toward order and cleansliness, thank God for that gift. Unfortunatelly for me that is not my gift.

I wish it was.

Sometimes I wish I could trade all of my artistic talent just for the ability to keep a clean house, organize my time, set and keep goals, and NOT have the criticism of the "normal" people around me.

{What good is the ability to paint beautiful pictures if you have no where to fit in a studio, can't find your supplies for a messy house, have to spend all your time cleaning just to corral the nonsence, and can't manage your time inorder to fit it into you scedule? (Ha! What scedule?)}

See, there is this woman I am s'posed to be.

Or atleast that I always wanted to be/thought I would be.

We all have seen her... she had ten kids, all well behaved, all well dressed in clothes she made. Their house is always clean. She grows her own food, makes her own bread, manages her husbands finances, homeschools all her children, and still has time to craft, teach sunday school, lead a children's choir and co-ordinate the local homeschool group.

I want to be that woman.

I am even sometimes angry at God that He didn't make me that woman.

Does she REALLY have it all together? Or does she cry over her short comings when no one is watching just like I do? Does she struggle EVERY DAY like I do? Or Did God give me a disproportionate measure of shorcomings.

If so....

WHY?

How is it that I could possibly bring Glory to Him in my current state?

Sometimes it seems cruel that He would make me as I am.

I know that He is not, I TRUST that He is not.

But the feeling of being
unable
to be what I am
supposed
to be
remains.

I believe that the Lord would not make me for something he would not allow me to do.

Yet the sence of failure remains.

Most days, I can push it down, pull my self up by my boot straps, and just push on.

Today it surfaced.

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In honor of Veterans Day

>> Wednesday, November 11, 2009



ed Head Riter has an awesome account of a true patriot.

Truly inspiring.

If you know a vet, thank them for me.



"Evil triumphs when good men do nothing."
-Edmond Burke


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Key hole scarf -- free pattern from Midnight Knitter

>> Tuesday, November 10, 2009


 I lovethis idea

 Infact, I have been thinking of adapting it for my boys.

Remember trying to put a sock on a 2 year old? Well that is what it is like trying to keep a scarf on a gradeschool boy.

I think the key hole idea is great. But obviously the leaves/flowers would have to be replaced.

Any ideas?

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Sharpie Art

>> Monday, November 9, 2009


I made this display last summer after finding that my pizza stone had been soaked (an ruined) in a leaky garage. Being an artist at heart, I suddenly saw a palette instead of a baking sheet. Since my paints were packed away who-knows-where I decided to use what I had easy access to: sharpies (I use them for homeschool charts). I thought it was an original idea, but alas, I was not the first to try it. I was pleasantly surprised by all the wonderful art using permanent markers!

Tip: I drew mine with a pencil first to be sure everything was where I wanted it.

Check out these pieces of art:

Sharpie Art @ Crafty Pod

Justin Ashbee

Decorated Basement



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Kids Recycled Craft Challenge




This is my son's "v-bomb" (v stands for the roman numeral 5, since ther are 5 parts to the bomb, he told me). This was my inspiration for his project. He had great fun! Thanks, Vicki, for a GREAT idea!

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Gift Topper--- love this idea

>> Sunday, November 8, 2009


Why not give a gift topper that wont be thrown away?

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Still talking about cholocate milk....


Mommy, why didn't God just make water
taste like Chocolate Milk?
Then I would drink all the water I could.


The Elder, almost 8

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JOYS OF HOME: Dear Sweet Blog


 Photo from Joy of Home

Joy@Joys of Home has some Awesome painted balls that could easily be converted to Christmas ornaments!

Super simple! If you use ping pong balls you could probably poke a hole in the ball for a ribbon! Poke one at the top and the bottom, run the ribbon all the way through (using an embroidery needle or crochet hook) and string a few beads on before you tie a knot!

You write what ever you want on them... I am thinking "Joy," "Noel," and "Emmanuel" for mine.

I'll post pic when/if I get around to doing this.

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Vickie Howell | Blog: PROJECT: Recycled Sock Love Bug!


Isn't she sup-uh suh-weet!?


After all none of us have mate-less socks. Ever.

I wish.

*sigh*

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Projects & Freebies - Creature Comforts - daily inspiration, style, diy projects + freebies




She also has some links to some awesome projects such as this one at 100 layer cake.

Go!

Snoop around!

I promise you'll like it.

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Perfect Boxes Tutorial by Lovely Design

>> Saturday, November 7, 2009


I am going to use this idea for the drawers in my new kitchen! Photo from Lovely Design

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Free Patterns @ KarensVariety.com


Isn't this a beautiful doily?
It is just one of the amazing free vintage patterns available at Karen's Variety, including:  
crocheting
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knitting
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weaving
woodworking

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I'm off to try to organize my Christmas projects in a 5" binder I bought at the thrift store, make a list of what I want to do (I have WAY too many ideas to actually do it ALL), and match the needed materials with the pattern/idea. I will be shopping my own stash today! It's fun! Most of the time I have forgotten what I actually already have!

Do you have any ideas for how to match your ideas to your materials?

For smaller projects I usually put the yarn or fabric in a large Ziploc bag with the pattern.

How do you do stay organized?

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>> Friday, November 6, 2009

My father emailed this to me
Thought you'll might get a kick out of it...



"Well, at least if the state patrol stops us,
they can't cite us for the license plate being obscured. 
They will have to find something else that we are doing wrong.
I don't know what that might be. "


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Making your crochet projects feel softer

I am a sucker for soft fabric. I go through the fabric store running my hand along the fabric. I do the same thing in a thrift store in the clothing isle. I won't even wear clothes unless it "feels" right.

But I am frugal and usually use cheep-o yarn. But cheep-o yarn doesn't "feel" very good. So I am always looking for ways to make is seem a bit less cheep-o.


I cherish the feel of brushed yarns, but I a don't want to pay the extra for it and rarely find it at thrift stores.

 So PlanetJune's tutorial for how to make "regular" yarn feel fuzzy is the perfect solution. Even for sweaters or blankets! Doesn't everyone love SOFTER?


( Photo from PlanetJune)


 A tip I heard a while back: If your worsted weight yarn seems scratchy (isn't it usually?) wash it with extra fabric softener-- multiple times if necessary.

Do you have any tips for making worsted weight feel softer?

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free pattern: tiny whale by Planet June

>> Thursday, November 5, 2009



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Monster Crochet: New Year Chrysanthemums


have you seen this?




I am planning to make Christmas  gift bows using this pattern.

She also has instructions for making it into a head band.

(photo from Monster Crochet Blog)

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>> Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Okay, so this is way off topic, but here goes....

 I have not delved into my extensive health problems here on the blog.

But induldge me.

I weigh 230lbs.
There I said it.
Ugh.
Wheew.

When I got married I weighed 120.
Depressing, isn't it?

No, I am not a slob.
I am VERY careful about what I eat.

It is my genetics playing against me.

My Great Grandmother died of Diabetes complications and was 300lbs.
My Grandmother (I am her spitting-image) is over 300 lbs
and has had to have multiple hip/knee replacements.

I have been diagnosed with pre-diabetes,
I am on medication that curbs the hunger created by diabetes,
but I am not losing weight.

After my 1st son was born I was able to lose 45 lbs using
the American Diabetes Asocciation Diet.
However, I have a new Dr. who has forbid me to eat like I did then.

In order to lose weight, I had to eat ONLY 1000 calories per day.
My Dr says I will starve myself.

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1000 calories per day looks about like this--

Breakfast:
1/2 banana, unsweetened ice tea, 
1 oz cheese stick,
  oat and honey granola bar

Lunch:
sandwich with l piece of bread, no condiments,
one slice of lean meat,
unsweetened ice tea,
1/2 apple,
and 1 branch fresh broccoli

Dinner:
unsweetened ice tea,
1 cup of casserole,
1/2 c. cooked veggies.

lots of water
And NO snacking
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My children eat more than this!

Obviously I have not been using the 1000 calorie diet,
since Dr forbid it.

SO I have tried to increase my exercize.

And I have ended up hurting myself.

I have spranged an ankle,
and fractured a bone in my foot all in the last year.

My weight is just too much for my legs and feet to handle.

I am eating as little as DR will allow.
But I am not losing.

I feel like I have been beating my head against a brick wall.
I cannot eat little enough to lose the weight cause it is unhealthy.
and I cannot excercise regularly 'cause I hurt myself.

When I do exercise,
I start to lose the weight, then get hurt,
can't exercise for a while, and gain it all back.

AHHHHHHH!

It is sooooo frustrating.

I know that, ideally, I would hire a trainer or join a gym,
but that is not very financially viable right now.

Have you lost weight?
How did you do it? 


Do you know of anyone 
who has lost weight
without using the conventional
"eat less; move more"?

IT is embarrassing to even see those weight numbers in print
'cause the popular idea to day is
that over wieght people are gross slobs.

I AM NOT.

I am careful.
But it is not enigh.

DH makes me sick.
He consumes 5 sodas, 2 candy bars, and fast food
EVERY DAY!!!

YOU KNOW HOW MUCH HE HAS GAINED IN 10 EYARS?
15 LBS.

I can't even remember the last time I had a candy bar.

Occasionally  I will take a bite of his.

Or buy one so I can have A TASTE.
.. and give him and the boys the rest.

HELP!


Do you have any suggestions for me?

Thanks for any advice you can give.

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Awesome free vintage "ornament" graphics


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Wordless Wednesday


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~ Crochet by the Sea ~: Homemade Brownie Mix Recipe for your Sturdy Pantry

>> Tuesday, November 3, 2009


I am always looking for good recipes! This sounds GOOOOOOD!!!!

Wouldn't this make fun Gifts-in-a-jar?






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