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I just recently finished watching all 7 seasons of Gilmore Girls and the Year in the Life (for the first time ever!). Now I’m in need for another show.
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I want something that I can watch WITHOUT my hubby and kids. Preferably something that doesn’t have subtitles and something that I don’t have to pay close attention to so that I can knit.
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If you have a suggestion, drop it in the comments!
I just recently finished watching all 7 seasons of Gilmore Girls and the Year in the Life (for the first time ever!). Now I’m in need for another show. .. I want something that I can watch WITHOUT my hubby and kids. Preferably something that doesn’t have subtitles and something that I don’t have to pay close attention to so that I can knit. .. If you have a suggestion, drop it in the comments!
I spent the 4th of July surrounded by my family which is the thing I love most about the holidays. But the day after is tough for me. July 5th, 2010 is the day my mom, Lorie became an angel...my guardian angel. There’s not a day that goes by that I don’t miss her. I always wonder what my life would be like if she were still here...
I spent the 4th of July surrounded by my family which is the thing I love most about the holidays. But the day after is tough for me. July 5th, 2010 is the day my mom, Lorie became an angel...my guardian angel. There’s not a day that goes by that I don’t miss her. I always wonder what my life would be like if she were still here...
I’ve completed 189 rounds on this “secret project” and I’m still not done. 😩 I’m sure it’ll all be worth it in the end! This is some of the clearance yarn I got from Hobby Lobby. The color is called “Peacock” and I love the way it’s working up!
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The Rose of Sharon in our yard is finally blooming and my daughter picked some of the flowers. 😊
I’ve completed 189 rounds on this “secret project” and I’m still not done. 😩 I’m sure it’ll all be worth it in the end! This is some of the clearance yarn I got from Hobby Lobby. The color is called “Peacock” and I love the way it’s working up! .. The Rose of Sharon in our yard is finally blooming and my daughter picked some of the flowers. 😊
Last week, I learned about a group called @themakermob from reading a post on @acraftyconcept’s feed. It sounded really awesome so I decided to join. I’m officially a #happymailgangster! I’m ready to spread kindness any way I can. 😊🎉❤️
Last week, I learned about a group called @themakermob from reading a post on @acraftyconcept’s feed. It sounded really awesome so I decided to join. I’m officially a #happymailgangster ! I’m ready to spread kindness any way I can. 😊🎉❤️
INSTAGRAM vs. REALITY
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The first photo you see is what I’d typically post in my feed. If you scroll to the next pic, you’ll see my reality. I just read the latest post from @the.m.e.stitchery and I was blown away!
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I’m a mom of three. I do the majority of my knitting in the living room while my two younger kids play. I don’t have a space to call my own or a beautiful shelf full of yarn. My yarn is scattered throughout the house. I keep what I use most next to the loveseat where I sit.
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There’s not an overhead light in my living room (Our house was built in 1905 and apparently no one thought to put a light in the main room of the house!). I don’t have bright white walls to use as the perfect backdrop for a photo. Our walls are covered in the same boring wallpaper throughout the house. I don’t have fluffy white blankets on my bed for taking perfect curated flat lays. My husband and I co-sleep with our two youngest kids and we’ve had the same floral comforter for probably 10 years now. I wish I could take photos like that but that’s not my reality. I need to stop feeling feeling guilty that my craft, house, life, photos and feed aren’t perfect. I post my photos in real-time. I don’t plan my feed. I show what I’m working on when I’m working on it. That’s real.
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I know that Instagram is mostly about eye catching photos but just remember that behind every beautiful photo is someone’s reality.
INSTAGRAM vs. REALITY .. The first photo you see is what I’d typically post in my feed. If you scroll to the next pic, you’ll see my reality. I just read the latest post from @the.m.e.stitchery and I was blown away! .. I’m a mom of three. I do the majority of my knitting in the living room while my two younger kids play. I don’t have a space to call my own or a beautiful shelf full of yarn. My yarn is scattered throughout the house. I keep what I use most next to the loveseat where I sit. .. There’s not an overhead light in my living room (Our house was built in 1905 and apparently no one thought to put a light in the main room of the house!). I don’t have bright white walls to use as the perfect backdrop for a photo. Our walls are covered in the same boring wallpaper throughout the house. I don’t have fluffy white blankets on my bed for taking perfect curated flat lays. My husband and I co-sleep with our two youngest kids and we’ve had the same floral comforter for probably 10 years now. I wish I could take photos like that but that’s not my reality. I need to stop feeling feeling guilty that my craft, house, life, photos and feed aren’t perfect. I post my photos in real-time. I don’t plan my feed. I show what I’m working on when I’m working on it. That’s real. .. I know that Instagram is mostly about eye catching photos but just remember that behind every beautiful photo is someone’s reality.
Fun fact! My son and niece were due one day apart but we’re born 8 days apart. We’ve always had their birthday parties together to make it easier on the family.
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My niece, Lily, has grown to love handmade gifts from me. I’ve sewn her quite a few things here lately so I decided to go a different route. I remember seeing this awesome boho/hippie looking vest from @cozymoondesigns and I knew it’d make the perfect gift!
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Here she is in her Wanderlust Vest! It looks great on her!
Fun fact! My son and niece were due one day apart but we’re born 8 days apart. We’ve always had their birthday parties together to make it easier on the family. .. My niece, Lily, has grown to love handmade gifts from me. I’ve sewn her quite a few things here lately so I decided to go a different route. I remember seeing this awesome boho/hippie looking vest from @cozymoondesigns and I knew it’d make the perfect gift! .. Here she is in her Wanderlust Vest! It looks great on her!
“Try, try and try again!”
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That was my motto for working with DPN’s. I was so intimidated by them at first. I didn’t understand how 4/5 pointy needles could form a circle. 🙃 But.. after watching countless YouTube videos and lots of practice, I think I’m finally getting the hang of it!
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How gorgeous is this yarn? It’s a new color way I picked up from Hobby Lobby called “Drizzle Me This”. I’m excited to see how these fingerless gloves turn out.
“Try, try and try again!” .. That was my motto for working with DPN’s. I was so intimidated by them at first. I didn’t understand how 4/5 pointy needles could form a circle. 🙃 But.. after watching countless YouTube videos and lots of practice, I think I’m finally getting the hang of it! .. How gorgeous is this yarn? It’s a new color way I picked up from Hobby Lobby called “Drizzle Me This”. I’m excited to see how these fingerless gloves turn out.
F.O.M.O is real!
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I kept hearing about the yarn that was on clearance at Hobby Lobby from watching the stories here on Instagram. First, it was @chloerebeccaboutique and then it was @acraftyconcept. Their yarn hauls were EPIC! I had a very limited budget but I was able to score 13 skeins of yarn for $19.97. I saved $52.87!
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This isn’t just a basket of yarn. It’s a basket of potential. 😉
F.O.M.O is real! .. I kept hearing about the yarn that was on clearance at Hobby Lobby from watching the stories here on Instagram. First, it was @chloerebeccaboutique and then it was @acraftyconcept. Their yarn hauls were EPIC! I had a very limited budget but I was able to score 13 skeins of yarn for $19.97. I saved $52.87! .. This isn’t just a basket of yarn. It’s a basket of potential. 😉
It is what it is!
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I had a specific project in mind when I decided to work some beads into my knitting. That idea didn’t turn out the way I wanted it to so I decided to roll with the punches! I ended up making a little zipper pouch. It’s big enough to hold some of my knitting necessities.
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But...I’m gonna go back to the drawing board and try something different this time.
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Double tap if you’ve ever had an idea and it flopped. 😕👎🏻
It is what it is! .. I had a specific project in mind when I decided to work some beads into my knitting. That idea didn’t turn out the way I wanted it to so I decided to roll with the punches! I ended up making a little zipper pouch. It’s big enough to hold some of my knitting necessities. .. But...I’m gonna go back to the drawing board and try something different this time. .. Double tap if you’ve ever had an idea and it flopped. 😕👎🏻
I had the pleasure of testing this Lucky Bamboo Ear Warmer pattern from @ashleyscrochetshoppe. It was such a fun and quick knit! I got to the learn the bamboo stitch which creates a really cool texture. I love learning new stitches. ☺️
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My daughter, Layla, modeled it for me. I am OBSESSED with her curls! They’re completely natural and I have no idea where she gets them from!
I had the pleasure of testing this Lucky Bamboo Ear Warmer pattern from @ashleyscrochetshoppe. It was such a fun and quick knit! I got to the learn the bamboo stitch which creates a really cool texture. I love learning new stitches. ☺️ .. My daughter, Layla, modeled it for me. I am OBSESSED with her curls! They’re completely natural and I have no idea where she gets them from!
Day 31, the last day of the #makersmay challenge from @loveknittingcom is...
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Coming Up Next...
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Even though it’s summertime and it’s been in the 90’s here in Indiana, I’m thinking of the upcoming fall/winter craft shows. I always wait until the last minute to make stock so this year, I’m starting early!
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I want your opinion! What do you think of these reversible boot cuffs? Are they still popular? Would you or your bestie wear them? Comment below and let me know!
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P.S. I asked my husband to help me think of some hashtags and his suggestions were #canklecorset, #sockextender and #bootcollar. Maybe I shouldn’t have him help me anymore! 🤣
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#makersmay2018 #makersmaychallenge #bootcuffs #knitbootcuffs #reversiblebootcuffs #bootaccessories #bootaccessory #boottoppers #boottopper #anklecuff #anklecuffs #winterknitwear #thesebootsaremadeforwalking #bootlover #winterwear #isitfallyet #bootseason #boots👢 #fallknitwear #accessoriesforboots #iloveboots #ilovebootseason #winterbootcuffs #handmadebootcuffs #goldbootcuffs #hooksandheart
Day 31, the last day of the #makersmay  challenge from @loveknittingcom is... .. Coming Up Next... .. Even though it’s summertime and it’s been in the 90’s here in Indiana, I’m thinking of the upcoming fall/winter craft shows. I always wait until the last minute to make stock so this year, I’m starting early! .. I want your opinion! What do you think of these reversible boot cuffs? Are they still popular? Would you or your bestie wear them? Comment below and let me know! .. P.S. I asked my husband to help me think of some hashtags and his suggestions were #canklecorset , #sockextender  and #bootcollar . Maybe I shouldn’t have him help me anymore! 🤣 . . . . . #makersmay2018  #makersmaychallenge  #bootcuffs  #knitbootcuffs  #reversiblebootcuffs  #bootaccessories  #bootaccessory  #boottoppers  #boottopper  #anklecuff  #anklecuffs  #winterknitwear  #thesebootsaremadeforwalking  #bootlover  #winterwear  #isitfallyet  #bootseason  #boots 👢 #fallknitwear  #accessoriesforboots  #iloveboots  #ilovebootseason  #winterbootcuffs  #handmadebootcuffs  #goldbootcuffs  #hooksandheart 
Day 30 of the #makersmay challenge from @loveknittingcom is...
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#memademay
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These are just a few things that I’ve made this month. I love the color way I used on #thatwoodsonbeanie and I’m obsessed with the texture and squishiness of the #juniperbeanie. I also made another Jughead Jones beanie and my first knit baby blanket.
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#makersmay2018 #makersmaychallenge #knithats #doublebrimhat #doublebrimbeanie #doublebrimknithat #minthat #mustardhat #mustardbeanie #mintbeanie #corktags #cablebeanie #cablesfordays #whatimade #ilovethisyarn #ilovethisyarnbrand #hobbylobbyyarn #knittingkeepsmesane #makeallthehats #knitbeanie #knitbeanies #winterhats #wintertoque #wintertoques #knitcap #hooksandheart
Day 30 of the #makersmay  challenge from @loveknittingcom is... .. #memademay  .. These are just a few things that I’ve made this month. I love the color way I used on #thatwoodsonbeanie  and I’m obsessed with the texture and squishiness of the #juniperbeanie . I also made another Jughead Jones beanie and my first knit baby blanket. . . . . . #makersmay2018  #makersmaychallenge  #knithats  #doublebrimhat  #doublebrimbeanie  #doublebrimknithat  #minthat  #mustardhat  #mustardbeanie  #mintbeanie  #corktags  #cablebeanie  #cablesfordays  #whatimade  #ilovethisyarn  #ilovethisyarnbrand  #hobbylobbyyarn  #knittingkeepsmesane  #makeallthehats  #knitbeanie  #knitbeanies  #winterhats  #wintertoque  #wintertoques  #knitcap  #hooksandheart 
Day 29 of the #makersmay challenge from @loveknittingcom is...
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My Notebook
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This notebook isn’t anything fancy! It’s just a 3 subject tablet with a couple of pockets that I bought at Dollar General for $2. I kept writing things down in 3 or 4 random notebooks and then my kids would take off with them. 😩 I figured it was time to have everything all in once place. I’ve also got my Bic lead pencil. It’s my favorite!
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Is it weird that I hand write patterns that I’ve purchased instead of printing them out? Does anyone else do this? 😬
Day 29 of the #makersmay  challenge from @loveknittingcom is... .. My Notebook .. This notebook isn’t anything fancy! It’s just a 3 subject tablet with a couple of pockets that I bought at Dollar General for $2. I kept writing things down in 3 or 4 random notebooks and then my kids would take off with them. 😩 I figured it was time to have everything all in once place. I’ve also got my Bic lead pencil. It’s my favorite! .. Is it weird that I hand write patterns that I’ve purchased instead of printing them out? Does anyone else do this? 😬
Day 28 of the #makersmay challenge from @loveknittingcom is...
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Holiday
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So thankful that I got to spend the day with my family. ❤️
Day 28 of the #makersmay  challenge from @loveknittingcom is... .. Holiday .. So thankful that I got to spend the day with my family. ❤️
I’m combining Day 26 and Day 27 of the #makersmay challenge from @loveknittingcom.
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Send Help! & Behind the Scenes
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This is the spot right next to my seat in the living room. It’s where I do 99% of my knitting. It’s a wreck! Believe it or not, it’s been worse! I clean it occasionally but I need your help! What can I do to keep it more organized? Do you have any tips or tricks? Comment below!
I’m combining Day 26 and Day 27 of the #makersmay  challenge from @loveknittingcom. .. Send Help! & Behind the Scenes .. This is the spot right next to my seat in the living room. It’s where I do 99% of my knitting. It’s a wreck! Believe it or not, it’s been worse! I clean it occasionally but I need your help! What can I do to keep it more organized? Do you have any tips or tricks? Comment below!
Day 25 of the #makersmay challenge from @loveknittingcom is...
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Couldn’t Live Without
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I couldn’t live without my family. They mean everything to me and I love them all so much. ❤️
Day 25 of the #makersmay  challenge from @loveknittingcom is... .. Couldn’t Live Without .. I couldn’t live without my family. They mean everything to me and I love them all so much. ❤️
Day 24 of the #makersmay challenge by @loveknittingcom is...
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Just For Fun
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So...”just for fun”, I’m attempting to design my own knit hat pattern. I’m just playing around with an idea. If it works, awesome! If not, it’s still a learning experience.
Day 24 of the #makersmay  challenge by @loveknittingcom is... .. Just For Fun .. So...”just for fun”, I’m attempting to design my own knit hat pattern. I’m just playing around with an idea. If it works, awesome! If not, it’s still a learning experience.
I just added theses wristlets back in my shop! These wristlets are special to me because I drafted the pattern myself. They’re a great way to carry your essentials around without carrying a big purse. Or you could be like Kristen from @ofyarnandyonder and store your crochet hooks in them. 😉 I really like these and I hope you do too!
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If you join my email list, you’ll receive a coupon code for 15% off. Just click the link in my bio!
I just added theses wristlets back in my shop! These wristlets are special to me because I drafted the pattern myself. They’re a great way to carry your essentials around without carrying a big purse. Or you could be like Kristen from @ofyarnandyonder and store your crochet hooks in them. 😉 I really like these and I hope you do too! .. If you join my email list, you’ll receive a coupon code for 15% off. Just click the link in my bio!