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It’s Been A While...

I haven’t posted in a long time. No good excuse.  Life is what it is...

We are getting near to the end of the school year and things are crazy. Schedules are full and patience is short.

I’ve been playing with some new practices to help me be more present and mindful about my life. I’ve been redifining my relationship with food for a while now, and although I’m still struggling, I am so much better off than I was a year ago.

I’ve also been flirting with some night time yoga for relaxation and flexibility. I love the feeling I get when I do it, and it is so hard to make the time for it.

Exercise has been a new focus for me as well. I have done 2 5k run/walks in the last few weeks and I feel really good about that.

Stained glass, jewelry-making, crochet, and card-making have become new outlets for creativity. I didn’t realize how much I wanted to create until I let myself loose to play!

Lastly, in my efforts to become more intentional, I’ve been reading about mindful hand lettering. I am…
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Busy Sunday Breakfast!

This is just my regular buttermilk pancake recipe, fancied up with bananas, blueberries, and walnuts. You could fancy up any kind of pancake or waffle this way!

Making a Rug

Today I am working on this bin of old jeans. I have been stock-piling them for a long time, figuring I’d find some thing to do with them.

A few weeks ago I took a crochet rug class at Speckled Feather Mercantile, and finally found the perfect project.

All you do is take old textiles (jeans, sheets, etc.) and cut them into strips. Then you take the strips and single crochet them into whatever size rug you want!

I am going to mix this denim with some other sheet yarn I had left from the class and make a rug for my classroom.

I love it when I can reuse something creatively!

My Yarn Stash

This is my yarn stash. It is unorganized and messy- kinda like me!

I joined a stash challenge over at Loops Love, So now is my chance to organize it and use it up.  Then I can go out and buy more yarn!

Knitting- Rediscovering An Old Passion

It has been at least 4 years since I dusted off my knitting needles. I learned how to crochet, and it seems like I had decided not to go back to knitting.

But then Shelley Brander over at Loops Love started a knitting challenge I just couldn’t resist. So now I’m in the process of re-teaching myself how to knit.

This picture shows a hat I cast on to double points. This was not a good place to start!

I have since frogged this. Maybe I’ll teach myself a different method of knitting in the round. Perhaps a method that does not require 3 hands with 16 fingers on each.
Here’s another shot of the project before I abandoned it.

I love the colors of this yarn. If I had more than one skein, I’d crochet some socks!

Stained Glass- A New Passion!

This is my first Stained Glass piece. I call it “Crab.”

My friend Holly Miller convinced me to take a Stained Glass Class at the local community college. The rest is history.

The class is taught by #dianemeyer, who is an amazing Stained Glass artist.

I have already drawn some plans that continue the story that began with “Crab.”

I love learning new things!

Craft Classes and Meatloaf

I went to a card making class this morning. I’m not particularly good at it, but it is strangely satisfying.

When I got home, I promptly took a nap.  Upon waking, I felt less than inspired to cook. Lunch consisted of an apple and some almond butter. Supper didn’t hold much promise, either.

I knew I didn’t want to go to the grocery store, so I needed to use what I already had. This is what I came up with...

Meatloaf Onion Bombs

1 pound ground turkey
3/4 cup uncooked oatmeal
1 Egg
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon Greek seasoning
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 large onion
Sliced cheddar cheese
Brussels sprouts, or any other veggie that tastes good roasted

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In a medium size bowl, mix together the first 9 ingredients. Set aside. Cut onion in thick rings. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. I halved Brussels sprouts and tossed them with olive oil and salt, then spread them on the cookie sheet. Any veggie will do. S…