Monday, August 31, 2015

August's Squares

Normally I'm not fond of August in Kansas. It's too hot, normally, and there's nothing fun going on in the month! I mean no holidays and it's too hot to want to do much. This August has actually been rather mild here. Today's high is only going to get up to 75 degrees Fareinheit! As nice as is it, I was really trying to figure out a theme for the August squares. Normally I take a theme from the month- a holiday, special celebration, etc- and build from there. Since there are no holidays in August I was struggling to think of something fun and new to make!

Finally it hit me. What is better then swimming when it's hot? I really didn't want to do a swimming pool theme, but I love sea life and water, so I figured that would be perfect! These squares turned out so cute and were a blast to make!

 Angel Fish Square

I got the pattern for the angel fish and sea weed Here. I used a 5mm- H/8 hook on every piece, and just made a 6" granny square in Delft Blue Red Heart yarn. I sewed on the appliques I made, and I love the look! So fun and colorful! I do apologize for the photo quality of this one. The angel fish is made in a pale yellow, and just got washed out when photographed.

Goldfish and Jelly Fish Square

I got the goldfish pattern at the same link above. The jellyfish was found Here. Once again, I used a 5mm- H/8 hook on every piece, and made a 6" granny square in Paradise Red Heart yarn.

Anchor and Crab Square

I found the anchor pattern Here and the crab pattern Here. I used a 5mm- H/8 hook on all pieces and the square. I love that crab! He turned out so cute! The main square was done in the color Pool Red Heart yarn.

And, as always, I make two plain squares to go with the set and finish it off.

This square was done in Coral, by Red Heart, with a pale yellow trim.

Done in Delft Blue, by Red Heart, with a pale purple border.

These were so fun to make, and I'm already working on September's squares. I love Autumn, and can't wait to create something that shows how much I love that season!

Until Next Time,

Sunday, August 16, 2015

A Gift

My adopted mother in law was cleaning out her house, and decided to give us a truck full of antiques. Man, am I in heaven! I'm still working on recovering some antique chairs she gave us, but that's taking us awhile to do. One of the gifts she gave us we finally got put into its new home.

For years, my Cobalt dishes, which my mom gifted parts to me and other parts I collected myself, sat sitting in their wrapping, in storage containers waiting for to be taken out for a special dinner. I had always wanted something I could put them in that made it easier to get to them, and kept them safe. I love using my Cobalt dishes, but haven't used them as much as I wanted to simply because they were such a pain to get out.

My husband brought this piece up, from the basement where it had been sitting since my adopted mother in law gave it to us, and set it up in the breakfast nook.

It houses everything just perfectly and right where I can easily use it! Everything is protected, and secure from the bumps the kids give it. And how about that gorgeous grape and flower bowl? I'm pretty sure it belonged to my great aunt, but to be honest I don't remember where I got it- all I know is that I'm obsessed with it and so is Mopsy. I found it hidden in my antique hutch.

Here's a few pictures of the Cobalt dishes, set up for a Mother's Day banquet I decorated for a few years ago, and set up for Thanksgiving, last year. Now that I have my set within easy reach, I'll be using it a lot more often!

Thank you, Mama V, for this gift. It means so much and is in a loving home that appreciates it so much.

Until Next Time,

Friday, August 14, 2015

Shrink Art Keychains

My kids have been having a blast with Shrinky Dinks. Honestly, they are a lot of fun. We had a sleep over, a few weeks ago, and one of the activities we did was make earrings out of the Shrinky Dinks. The kids thought it was so cool that they started out huge, but once they baked for a couple of minutes, they shrunk down to tiny little things! At my local Dollar Tree, they actually had some Shrink Art kits, and I thought they would be really cool for my kids to work with.

Not my own photo, but this is the exact kit I bought.
Now with the kits I've bought online, on Amazon, they were preprinted designs. I thought that the Dollar Store version would be the same, but it wasn't. It was a blank shrink page, that you could trace the designs onto. That got my imagination going. Alexsaur loves Batman- especially the Lego Batman movie. And I mean he loves it. Jackasaurus loves Lego Star Wars, and Mopsy loves My Little Pony. Since I bought two kits, one for girls and another that was sports themed for the boys, and both of them came with blank shrink paper, I thought I would make something special for each of them.

I got online and found free coloring pages of their favorite characters, and printed them off. Then I just traced them onto the shrink art paper, on the rough side.

The shrink art paper is clear, but kind of a milky clear. Meaning you can see just fine through it, but the shrink art paper isn't clear. I hope that makes sense. Anyway, as you can see the images traced beautifully. I wish I was that good of an artist to actually free hand these, but I'm not- I leave that to my talented sisters!

After all the pieces were colored, I took a single hole punch and punched a hole in the tops of their heads. I wanted to be able to put these on keychains for the kids.

I put a nickel beside it for comparison. As you can see, the objects are big, but they shrink up so small! I baked them in a 325 degree, Fahrenheit, oven for about 3 min. I think the Batman took a little bit longer as his middle wouldn't shrink down right.

Oh my goodness, they are so small and cute!

After they cooled, I took my Mod Podge and brushed it on the back side where I had used colored pencil. We've done the Shrinky Dinks in the past, and you can actually scratch off the pencil, after it's baked, with your fingers. I wanted to make sure that they were a little more protected.

After putting on two coats, I slipped on some mini keychains, that came with the boy's kit, and they were done. My kids were so excited and thankful when they got them!

These were really fun to make, especially trying to hide it from the kids while I made them. I wanted it to be a surprise, and they were so surprised that I made their favorite characters for them!

Until Next Time,

Thursday, August 13, 2015

More Tichels

I can't believe that I'm coming up on my one year anniversary of wrapping my hair. What a blessing it has been, to me, in my life! I know, that probably sounds crazy, especially with today's view points on hair, but I have been beyond blessed since I began this journey.

I'm not normally one for taking 'selfies' but I do belong to a Messianic Covering Group of Women, who are an amazing inspiration to me in my walk with the L-rd, and we share ideas and our wraps to help those who are still starting out. I realized that I haven't posted any of these creations on my blog, and I really should do it more often. Before I get accused of being vain, that's not it. While I, personally, haven't received too many weird looks (I'm sure they are there, just not within my eye view) there are a lot of women, who cover, who do get weird looks. The thing is that wrapping is becoming more popular and its not just Jewish women. Catholic women are starting to cover their hair more, feminists, women who want to just protect their hair. And yes, wrapping your hair protects it from the harsh elements. Mine has grown so much in the year since I started wrapping that it's mind blowing- and it's way thicker too! Also, I want to help these women not feel self-conscious because they decided to start wrapping their hair.

So with that in mind, here are a few of my favorite wraps from this past year.

I know I've posted the last one before, but it really is my favorite wrap. I just love the birds! Now some questions I've been asked, this past year.

1. Aren't you hot? Well, actually, no. You see I have an autoimmune disease called Reynaud's which means the blood doesn't blow properly in my fingers, toes, ears, nose, etc. They are always cold, and yes even in the summer they are freezing. I have actually found that my body temperature stays more constant when wrapping, then allowing my head to burn in the sun, or for it to freeze in the cold air. As for sweating, I really don't do that with the Reynaud's anyway, and have to really work hard to actually sweat, so I haven't noticed any change. I've talked with other women, who cover, and they say that wrapping their hair actually helps them feel cooler in the summer, as their hair is off the back of their neck, the scarf catches any sweat and keeps it from dripping, etc.

2. Isn't that bad for your hair to constantly be covered? Well first off my head isn't always covered. I mean I do sleep with it uncovered at night! And actually I've noticed just the opposite. My hair seemed to be rather sensitive to the elements, and because of my natural curly hair it would break off if it was too cold, frizz up and look fried if it was humid, and so forth. I'm very gentle when I pull my hair back, and I put a bit of coconut oil in my hair, after washing, so it helps nourish my hair. Also, because my hair is covered, it doesn't get very oily at all. I'm not playing with it all the time, it doesn't get smelly from going out to a restaurant, etc. So normally I can just wash with water and conditioner and be fine. I normally only wash once a week now, and then again that's if it only needs it. My hair never gets that gross, greasy look to it now.

3. What about how people look at you? As I stated above, I haven't noticed any weird looks. If they look at me weird, they either do it when I'm not looking or I just don't care. The thing is I don't care if I get weird looks. I've actually found that people are more respectful towards me, when wearing a tichel then before. Men will, literally happened yesterday, wait for minutes for me to walk to the door, just so they can hold it open for me. Women seem to be kinder, allowing me to go first in line. I'm not saying that I expect it, but it's happened so much this past year that I've noticed it.

So there you have it. It's been a lot of fun coming up with new ways to wrap, and the blessings I've encountered by obeying the L-rd, in this, have just been amazing. As always, most of my inspiration comes from Wrapunzel, these amazing women who make how to videos on how to wrap these styles. Check them out!

Until Next Time,

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