Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Crochet Christmas - Jack Skellington Blanket

Hello, lovelies!

Christmas is fast approaching (13 days and counting!) and I am so far behind on my crochet gifts it is insane! One that I did start way in advance and finish several weeks ago is this Jack Skellington blanket/lapghan for my goddaughter.

blanket spread out
She loves the Nightmare Before Christmas and I was able to find a great pattern on Pinterest/Ravelry.

Thank you, Breann, at Hooked on Homemade Happiness for the great pattern! I did modify it slightly to fit my needs. I added two more colors (purple and gray) and used a single crochet border to attach the fabric backing I got at JoAnn's.

In the end this blanket took me about 40 solid hours of work. But, I'm not a professional crocheter and tend to have to unravel and rework some rows/rounds.

Let's hope she likes it!

backing
details





Friday, May 5, 2017

Aunt Darla's Peanut Butter Frosting




  • 1 cup of smooth peanut butter
  • 1 stick of butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon of good vanilla
  • 1 bag of powdered sugar
  • Use strong, chilled coffee as your liquid (add as much as needed to get desired consistency)
  • Optional: 1 cup of butter flavored Crisco (for firmer frosting)

Saturday, July 2, 2016

Writing Challenge - Day 7

Day Seven: Five Pet Peeves



  1. People who don't put things back where they belong or who leave lights on when they don't need to be.
  2. Racists, homophobes, body shamers, smokers and Republicans.
  3. Slow drivers, tailgaters, and people who don't use turning signals.
  4. When someone asks a question I've clearly answered in an e-mail that was sent less than 24 hours ago.
  5. People who feel the need to raise their voice in regular every day conversations, people who are not respectful of their parents or elders in general, and family who try to run your life.

Friday, July 1, 2016

Writing Challenge - Day 6

Day Six: Your views on mainstream music.


I like a wide variety of music. There are some songs on the radio that I enjoy but mostly I listen to playlists on my iPhone. I've always been a legal purchaser of music - I do not want to know how much money I've spent in iTunes!

It is my belief that all the good songs have already been written and all the good stories have already been told. I feel like I was born in the wrong era (who doesn't?) and wish I could have seen Elvis or the Beatles live.

Side note: my most favorite songs are (There Will Be) Peace in the Valley (For Me) by Elvis Presley, Somebody to Love by Queen, and Blackbird by the Beatles.

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Writing Challenge - Day 5

Day Five: Things you want to say to an ex.



Yes, so I cheated at writing today. But, honestly, this is the most accurate depiction.

Gif credit: http://freaking-imagines-for-everyone.tumblr.com/

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Writing Challenge - Day 4

Day Four: Bullet your whole day.


  • Alarm goes off at 5:15, 5:30, 5:45, and 6:00 am before I my feet touch the ground
  • Find clothing, put in contact lenses, use bathroom
  • Curl hair
  • Wake up Hailey, send her to bathroom, set clothes out for her
  • Get dressed
  • Brush teeth
  • Make-up
  • Out the door
  • At work, lovely co-worker brings breakfast for Hailey
  • Take Hailey to her day camp
  • Work
  • Work
  • Work
  • Work
  • Work
  • Meeting
  • Lunch
  • Work
  • Work
  • Work
  • Conference call
  • Lock-up building
  • Pick-up Hailey from babysitter
  • Home
  • Dishes
  • Dinner
  • Relax
  • TV
  • Read
  • Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat
  • Blog!
  • Bed :)

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Writing Challenge - Day 3

Day Three - a book you love.


Spoiler warning(s)!



I'm a Catholic; have been my whole life. This book, while complete fiction, is a humorous and heartfelt way for me to fill in the "missing" years in the life of Jesus. I love it so much that I re-read it every year during Lent before Easter.


The entire HP series is basically tattooed on my soul but this one... This is the first book I can remember causing me actual physical pain. The sheer joy I felt when Harry had his chance at a real family with Sirius and then the absolutely heartache when that was taken away from him (and in OotP even more so!) It's the kind of soul crushing that stays with you forever. I get little heart squeezes when I think about this book.


The first time I read this was, I think, in eighth grade and it changed my life. This book paints a completely realistic picture of the hardships endured by everyday kids. You really feel Charlie's joy, anxiety, pain... I made all my friends read this book.