A new year, so full of possibilities. I must admit, after all the gearing up for Christmas, it is sometimes a bit of a relief when it is finished. I immediately think of the spring coming (though that won’t be for many months here), and new life and warmth. I look forward to celebrating a new year of birthdays starting with all of my boys in the spring. Thoughts of what to plant, where to plant it, and how much to plant. Dreaming of picnics every week in the warm summer sun, having it be warm enough to let my kids play for hours outside every day. We have serious cabin fever by this time of year. It wouldn’t be so bad if it was just cold, but the wind makes it unbearable. I’m not such a huge fan of resolutions, but a new year does make me reflective over how I would like to do things this year. Much of this past year was spent physically, mentally, and emotionally recovering from the previous two years. This year I feel a renewed vigor and enthusiasm, and I am excited for the possibilities. This necklace was a gift from Hubby. It was made by Lisa Leonard and is called Be Still. I absolutely love it, and it is a constant reminder to be still. Being still is sometimes a little difficult with four children. This year, I want to live in the moment more. Enjoy each and every hug, story, cuddle that I am blessed enough to have. I want to enjoy cooking more, so often it’s a matter of just trying to get a nutritious meal on the table while stopping a squabble, holding a fussy babe and trying to think straight and stir at the same time. I want to be outside more, and truly enjoy the beauty of the world around us. To visit family more as time goes by so quickly, and the children are growing at the speed of light. I want to lie in the grass and read stories to my children, make them picnics to have on adventures in the back yard. Then there are the more domestic things that I want to accomplish, such as being more organized, getting some sort of chore system worked out with the abilities of everyone in the family. Being really good about making a big shopping trip and then only going out when we need milk and fresh veg/fruit. I could go on forever as there are probably hundreds of things I want to do, but my overarching goal is to be still, enjoy what God has given me, and make thousands of new, fantastic memories with my family. I sincerely hope that you all have a wonderful new year and are able to accomplish all that you want. Happy New Year!
Archive for the ‘green’ Category
One reason that I love shopping at the thrift store is that there is so much character in some of the things you find. My mom found these at the thrift store and bought them for me. Aren’t they fantastic? They are from the 50’s I believe and look at how sparkly they are. I absolutely love them, they are so much prettier than those dull gray nonstick pans I have at the moment. So out with the new (nonstick) and in with the old I say. I’ll pass mine along to someone who wants them, and then every time I make muffins or a loaf of something yummy, I will be able to do it in a fun, pretty, sparkly pan.
Whenever we go to Whole Foods we stock up on some foods from the bulk bin. I like that we are not paying for branding or packaging, which means a better price and less packaging. I hate using the little plastic bags to put the oatmeal etc. in though and have been meaning to make some bags for a while. I’ve had this idea floating around my head for a while to just put the PLU number right on the bag so that I don’t have to use any extra disposable stuff like the ties etc. This works well if you normally get the same items, and make sure that the store keeps the same numbers, which they usually do. If you don’t normally get the same items, you could always make the bags and just use a piece of masking tape right on the bag to write the number down, or use the cloth bags and use the store ties to write it on. Either way there is still less waste than using the plastic bags. So, long story short, I made this up and love it. This size bag holds approximately 5 1/2 cups of oatmeal (I didn’t have enough raisins to fill it). With six of us, I will need to make bigger bags for things such as oatmeal, rice etc. I made this with fabric and bias binding that I bought at the thrift store for pennies. The only thing I suggest, is that no matter how bright and cheerful you make the bag, make the tag on it in a light colour so that the cashier does not have a hard time finding the code. Have fun and enjoy the tutorial here. I’d love to know if you make some. These bags are also great for storing anything from rubber bands to buttons, just embroider the tag accordingly.
Here are some vintage Christmas ribbons I picked up at the thrift store. I love them, and can’t wait to tie up some Christmas packages with them. Whenever I can I like to try to find what I need at the thrift store instead of purchasing something new. Most of the time I can find what I’m looking for and it gives me great joy to be able to use something that someone else was unable to find a use for anymore. This is the perfect example, instead of buying new ribbons which have no character at all, these are beautiful and will hopefully give the recipient pleasure beyond just opening the gift.
I just love these crochet stars, they are so pretty, and pretty quick and easy as well. They are also extremely versatile, in winter they look like snowflakes and they are stars any other time. They can be strung up as a garland, used as ornaments, or placed on gifts as a beautiful tag. This is the Grandma Twinkle from The Royal Sisters. Let me just say, there is a whole lot of talent over there, and these are just gorgeous. I was able to make 8 stars out of a 2.5 ounce ball of cotton yarn, and that is just the beginning. I’ve got lots of plans for these little beauties. So far they are all natural, but I see some brightly coloured stars in my future. Hope you enjoy making some, I sure am.
Most of yesterday was spent struggling with a migraine that just wouldn’t go away. By the time the kid’s bedtime came, I was really desperate for some quiet. After getting the babe to sleep, I curled up on the chair with a cup of tea and some cotton yarn and a hook. I have seen different versions of tawashi (Japanese scrubbies) all around the internet lately. They are so cute, and best of all, practical. Washing the dishes is part of every day, so why not do it with something cute. This is the tawashi pattern I used for these. They are really simple, and I was able to make two of them really quickly. There are lots of other patterns and variations out there, and I am looking forward to trying out some other types as well. These work up really quickly, and you can make them out of small amounts of yarn, so perfect for using up scraps. With Christmas around the corner, these would make fantastic stocking stuffers as well. Who doesn’t need to wash dishes? They could also be used instead of washcloths for the little ones provided that you use a soft yarn. There are so many uses and they can just be tossed into the wash when they need to be cleaned. Sounds like a win-win to me. I know that I will be working on quite a few of these in the next few weeks, aren’t they great?