Saturday, December 22, 2012

Martha Stewart I am not

I'm not Martha Stewart, I don't have the same capabilities that she does, nor do I have a staff to yell at or make demands of, I can't cook like she does or sew, or cut my own firewood to make woodland creatures out of (I honestly don't know if she's done that, I'm assuming she has) but, I try, I try very hard to be crafty and make wreaths and centerpieces and sew and loom knit.  Most days I feel like I'm terrible at it, but I recently put some items I made in a Winter Bazaare and I actually sold a few things.  Then I got a custom order.  I'm ;pretty excited about this.  Granted I never did finish making my daughter's costume, bit off  a bit more than I could chew, but I made her dress, it was somewhat terrible, but I did sell two wreaths and an apron and two scarves and a hat and got the custom order from it.

So Martha Stewart I am not, but that's okay, because I'm doing this as me and one of these days I might just sell more than a wreath or two.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Weight Watchers and weight loss

I have rejoined Weight Watchers and have taken up jogging.  Jogging, not running, just jogging.  Ten minutes of jogging, five days a week is my goal along with twenty of minutes of walking five days a week.  We'll see how it goes.

Friday, September 7, 2012

Update on sewing projects

I finiished Kailee's dress, I did mess it up at the bottom, but all in all it didn't come out half bad.  I've got the pattern cut out for her costume now I just have to start sewing and I finished the orange and white apron.  I've bought some new patterns for new aprons that I'm really looking forward to trying out.

Friday, July 27, 2012

This Redneck woman likes her beer.....

My city is having it's first beer fest this Sunday and the Geek and I stoked, we can't wait to go. It's at the fairgrounds so it will be outside and lately we've been incredibly hot, but it's microbrewed beer! I can't wait! I'm so looking forward to going and having awesome beer. I enjoy wine, I really do, but there is something about a good microbrew that I just really enjoy, especially on a hot August day.

I'm partial to Blue Moon and Sam Adams and we have two microbrewies, well, actually three, the third one makes their own pecan beer and it is absolutely amazing! Love it! I used to drink Bud and Coors, but now days, I want the Belgian ales and the darker beers, not Coors and Budlight, that stuff just isn't the same as a good microbrew. My husband got a beer of the month membership for six months from his company one year, that was incredible, microbrews from across the US, we had some amazing beer that six months.

So y'all raise a glass of your favorite beer or wine and kick back and relax with me this weekend. Let's toast to BBQs, good friends, family, and summer time fun.

Monday, July 23, 2012

Why I wish I hadn't been a complete tomboy growing up...

If I had been just a tiny bit girly things like curling my own hair would be a hell of a lot easier. We’re not even going to talk about makeup as I don’t wear it. I don’t wear it because I’m lazy, that’s all, just lazy. My husband prefers that I not wear it and since I never really learned how to apply it properly I’m good with not wearing it. I wear mascara occasionally. I did however buy a curling iron, it looked easy and simple. It is if I’m just curling the front of my hair. So realizing that I bought something that is made for longer hair that what I have I went and bought a different curling iron. I’ll be using it tomorrow.

I want to learn how to curl my hair because it looks better, especially for work, and because I have a ten month old daughter and someday she’s going to have more hair than she currently does. I want to be able to do something with it. Also, I’m 31 I should be able to curl my own damn hair.

Martha Stewart I may not be, but I try

I bought a sewing machine in Feb/Mar. and decided to take up sewing. I haven’t sewn with a machine since 1997. The last thing I made were sheep blankets for show sheep. Along with the sewing machine I bought a book of beginner projects and I have at this time attempted to make a skirt four times. I tried to make them for my ten month old daughter, unfortunately I didn’t do a very good job and instead of being a cute skirt one ended up as a tube top, one ended up as a smaller tube top, and the last two were pencil skirts that had she been auditioning for Mad Men would have gotten her the part.

Realizing that I’m terrible at making things that are for tiny people under the age of 2, I moved on to something different. I bought a kit for an apron and made it, and lo and behold it came out decent. Matter of fact, the picture up there showing me and the little, that’s the apron I made. I made a second apron for my mother in law and then one based on a tutorial from Pinterest using an old men’s dress shirt. I’m currently making a fourth and fifth apron. I figure if I get good at making aprons then I can move to something bigger.

I also make custom wreaths, I enjoy making wreaths, it takes time, but its fun and I do the design and the work and then attempt to sell them to people who really don’t want to buy a wreath. I need to work on the selling thing. I knit, but I knit on the Kniffy Knitter Looms rather than with knitting needles. I usually end up stabbing myself with the thin needles and no matter the size I never get the tension right and can’t figure out how to do anything other than casting on.

I’m certainly not Martha Stewart, one I dont’ have money and two I don’t have an abused staff of peons to do my bidding. Though if I did I would certainly be ruling the world by now.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Happy Mother's Day

Just a quick note, Happy Mother's Day!

Candy Bandits

My husband and I have two vehicles, one of which I drive every Friday to work so that he can have the car to take kidlet for a walk around the mall.  Every Friday I get in the truck and am greeted with empty candy wrappers.  Every. Single. Time.  I take them out, I tell Jason I found them, occasionally I shake my fist and growl as I throw them away.  Not this past Friday.  This past Friday I went to work and on the way decided that Jason was no longer going to nag me for using the vending machine at work.  It's not fair that he can buy candy and eat whatever he wants but I get nagged for using the vending machine?

This is how our conversation went:

Me-Don’t yell or nag about the vending machines, I found candy bar wrappers in the truck again. 

Jason-I’ll yell and nag all I want.  Those wrappers are not from me.  They are from the candy bandits that break into vehicles, eat candy, leave the wrapper, and leave.  Not me, not at all.

Me-You will not nag anymore.  There are not candy bandits.  If there are then are vending machine bandits.

Jason-That’s what I thought, that’s why I ask if you worked with him before, figure that is something you can say.  Candy bandits are real.  Just because you haven’t been victimized by them doesn't mean they don’t exists. Vending Machine Bandits?  Really? Hogwash, now you are just making thinks up.  Nagging shall  continue.

Me-I give up, I'll talk to you when I get home.

I've done my PSA, you are now aware that candy bandits exist and are out there lying in wait for you.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Sewing project

I just completed two aprons.  Quite excited about this, one was a pattern I picked up at Wal-Mart and the other was an idea I found on Pinterest.  I took old shirt of my husbands that he was going to donated and made into an apron.  Pretty pleased with myself.  Next project is a small quilt.

I love the aprons, but I realized last night, I don't know why I made aprons when I don't cook. :)

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Do you ever have those days?

My poor husband deserves a medal for staying married to me some days.  Not all days mind you, but some like today, the man deserves a parade or something in his honor.  It all started over Ramen.  All I wanted was some Ramen, which I thought we had.  We did not, so I offered to stare longingly into the pantry for a bit and then slump on the couch.  My husband said why not go out and get some chips or something?  I looked outside, it's blowing wind gusts of up to 41 to 52 miles an hour here, that is according to, and it's so incredibly dusty you can barely see past the road behind our house.  I say no, I'd rather not go out and he offers to do so.  Yea I think, I'm going to get chips!

He brings home crunchy Cheetos and Mac and Cheese, the kind you pop in the microwave, because I've been talking about how badly I want Mac and Cheese and Cheetos are just well awesome.  The disappointment is obvious, I'm not thrilled with what he's brought home and now he feels terrible.  I apologize and thank him, he offers to go out for something else, and I say no it's fine.  I eat the Mac and Cheese with some Cheetos and watch something on Netflix that is mildly entertaining.

It's disgusting outside, the perfect day for a nap or video games, the least I could do is appreciate what my husband brought home.  Besides, I'm enjoying a little quiet time while the little one naps.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Sewing, knitting, and crafting oh my!

I recently bought a sewing machine and decided that I was going to try my hand at an actual sewing project.  I made a skirt for my six month old daughter Kailee.  I didn't such a great job, haha, but I did do it and I'm pretty proud of it.  I'm going to attempt to make a second skirt and see if that goes any better.

I'm still using the looms to knit hats and scarves as well as blankets.  I finally finished the baby blanket I had been working on.  I'm currently working on a hat that I need to finish, hoping to do that soon.

I'm currently making wreaths, I have one black and white wreath for sale and I'm considering making a Spring wreath for either our door or to try and sell.

Either way I'm enjoying my new hobby and hope to make it a business sometime in the next year.