Friday, April 24, 2015

More Napkins...

To continue on my sewing course I need to buy more fabric but I feel like I really need to use up what I have first.  So time to make more napkins...

The sewing course said to get a rotary cutter and mat.  I had one at some point and never really used it so I donated it.  I bought a second one because I'm wasteful like that.  I guess I never realized what to use it for before.  It made cutting out napkins quick and accurate.  Now they will all be the same size!

I don't like how most cloth napkins are not absorbent at all so I did one size a gauzy material just to see if it works better.  I have a feeling it's not going to hold up great but only time will tell.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

No TV, No Problem

I said "No TV!" and then I was asked... How about the computer? The kindle? Your phone? Then finally "What am I suppose to do?!"  Those boys need to pay attention to little sis.  She will pull up a chair to the most TV-like thing in the house.

Monday, April 20, 2015

9th Zipin' Anniversary

 We will be celebrating our 9th wedding anniversary this week.  Over the weekend we were able to drop the kiddos off with the grandparents and go zip-lining and fine dining in Astoria.  I've been wanting to go zip-lining for awhile and was super excited to go.  It wasn't as scary as I thought it would be.  Phew!  I'm glad to have gone and now the boys really want to go.  Uh-oh.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Centralia Stamps

While we were up at Great Wolf Lodge I wanted to get my McMenamin's birthday stamp so we were able to make a quick trip to Centralia.  Now I have all my Centralia stamps, just need to go to Olympia to complete that block. Nels helped me earn my game stamp with some Elvis pinball.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Sewing Class

I got an email about an online sewing class from A Beautiful Mess.  I don't know if I need it but but I signed up.  I need something to distract myself from the endless house hunt besides scrapbooking.  I can only do that for so long before I realize that it's futile and I'll never catch up.

Project #1 is to make a fabric garland.  I made one, hung it up, and Nels jumped around and thanked me for decorating for his birthday.  Oh.  Yes.  That's what is it!  Happy Birthday!

I had 1/2 yard of fabric leftover.  Daisy thought it would be great for a napping blanket.

But, I went with the birthday theme and made Nels some special birthday napkins we will use with his cake. This fabric is actually pretty perfect because he is obsessed with ladybugs.  Only the red ones.  Once he woke up and saw an orange ladybug trying to bite his finger...or so he says.  He wasn't wearing his glasses when it happened.

Friday, April 10, 2015

A Beach Day

No school today so we wanted to have some fun...but the boys couldn't agree on what they wanted to do.  Nels wanted to go on a hike.  Guy wanted to go to the beach.  We were able to use both ideas on a beach hike.

I wasn't quite sure where to go but we found the perfect spot at South Jetty in Newport.  The walk wasn't too long (about a 1 mile loop), it was very beach-y through the sand, and there were plenty of little surprises.

We went out for lunch at the Rogue Brewery and I think I bought my first assembled PB&J sandwich.  Nels ate it all and enjoyed it.  And surprisingly I don't feel ripped off.  The kids meals came with some unusual condiment.  I couldn't figure out what it was so I dipped one of Daisy's chips in it and tasted it.  Jell-O.  Daisy followed suit and dipped all of her food in that Jell-O.  I'm a terrible role model but it was a great lunch.

An adventuring success!

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Stitch Fix #3 Review

I got a different stylist for this stitch fix box.  She claimed to get all her inspiration off my pinterest board. I think the pictures look fine but the shirts were all sheer and static-y.  Not anything I want to deal with.

Lucio Henley Blouse by Sweet Rain $48
I like the look of this but as I mentioned - sheer.  Will probably tear or snag immediately.

Kara Hammered Coin Long Necklace by Bancroft $34
It's not something I'd ever think to wear.

Denna Skinny Jean by Kut From The Kloth $58
These looks just like the ones they sent me before.  Don't need them.

Abriella Waffle Knit Cardigan by Pixley $48
I don't like white. I have my reasons. Three of them.
Esla Split Neck Top by Skies are Blue $48
Same fabric complaints.  I would like it in a better fabric.
I returned everything, again! I still had to pay the $20 styling fee but that's okay with me.  I was looking forward to getting a fourth box but due to the dog's recent quest to eat every delivery I had to cancel.  No more mail for me :(

Monday, April 6, 2015

1 year ago...

One year ago we were getting ready for a new adventure.  Me and the kids returned from a bay area vacation and learned my husband lost his job. We put the Nevada house up for sale and moved to Oregon. I frequently think of our bay area adventure. None of the kids remember the trip.  Just me.  And it was the best.

Friday, April 3, 2015

I'm Almost Out of Soap!

I noticed I was down to six bars of soap! ONLY SIX! So I got to making soap.

During my cold process soap making frenzy I realized that it takes months to go through six bars of soap.  I am so used to looking at piles of soap I forgot what was a typical amount of surplus soap looks like.  The good news is I have several years of soap now.

I did 510g olive oil, 340g palm oil, 255g water, 116g lye for each batch. (Taken from Smart Soapmaking)
For the rectangle soap I threw in shredded loofa and melted honey+comb.  I probably should have adjusted the water content of that one but I'll see how the soap holds up.  I also used my 18 bar unfinished birchwood mold from Brambleberry. I have been hating the mold because the soap would stick to the plastic dividers but I read a tip online to just push the soap out of the mold and it worked!  I have no idea what I was trying before.  Sawing the soap out using a spoon I guess.  So now I can use my expensive fancy mold and have it work.

For my cupcake sized soap (made in silicone muffin trays) I used the left over coffee grounds in the coffee maker and added some vanilla. They smell good enough to eat and I don't even like eating coffee...or soap.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Slug Wrangler

Everyone has unique talents.