Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Hopefully Soon!

I figured out what to do with that Idle Hands bag, I'm using it to store my shrine stuff for Papa Legba and Baron Samedi, as I don't have the room for it anywhere else.

And I started on the Barn Bag for the kids.  All I need is a roof, back pack straps, and a handle.  Ta-da, it'll be ready for use.  Oh, and I need to stitch in some doors, too. I'm hoping to finish it before the end of the month.

It's funny though, every time I pull it out, my toddler says, "No, mommy.  Work on granmas blankie!"

Well, yeah, I do need to work on that too, don't I?

I still plan on making him a stuffed tree frog, but I think I might also make him a Mike from Monsters, Inc.  He's pretty into those two movies, now.  Which means I'll have to learn circular stitching.  I'm looking forward to that little project.  Make him a nice big ole Mike pillow.  Sounds simple enough.

And we learned that we'll be able to buy a house at the end of the year, as long as we stay on top of everything!  I'm very excited about that, and driven.  I was laid off in the beginning of the year, but I'm eagerly looking for another job, to help my husband achieve our dreams of the Hopeful Homestead.

Hubby wants to wait until we get the house before trying for our next kid.  I just hope that it doesn't take too long, as I don't want the kids to be too far apart in age.  My limit is four years, between the middle and youngest.  But even that's pushing it.  My brother and I are 6.5 years apart and we're not close at all.  I don't want that for my kids--for age to be a factor as to why they're not close.

Fingers crossed that this time next year, we'll be looking for our country house.  In an area where we can own chickens and goats, and have the room for the coop and pen.


The spirits are advising to stay focused on our goals, keep working hard, and that we're on the right track.

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Idle Hands Bag

This is my Idle Hands bag. I made it at work, choosing to work on it on breaks and lunches, because if I went idle for too long, I got burnt out quicker, so I gave myself a project with ugly yarn. 

It's a practice bag, full of mistakes, experiments, successes, and learning (single stitch, 10 X 12 inches). Now I need to give myself a new work project...

Started it in December, finished it last night.

It's ugly as sin, but it was a good learning project.

Saturday, January 2, 2016

"Pig Like Peppa!"

My first stuffed animal, a piggy for my youngest. Bernat Baby Blanket Super Bulky (6), Peachy (03510), 6.5 mm Hook.

Took a little over 3 hours to crochet, single stitch. Stuffed with yarn. 13 inches long, approx. 5 inches fat. 

No legs, because I didn't like the way they looked, and yarn eyes. 

No pattern.

Not bad for someone who doesn't quite know what they're doing. My 1-year crochet anniversary is coming up in a month!

Will be making a Tree Frog for my oldest soon, too!

Yarn and Ash

Whoo, got more yarn!  My GG-in-Law, also gave me new hooks and a tote bag.  I still need to buy yarn for a pig and a tree frog that I want to make for my sons, but yeah, I'm good for a little bit.  Now with all of this yarn, I need my own space.  So I'm going to get one of those plastic drawers for yarns, tools, and projects, and sit it by the door, between Hestia and the Ancestors.

I also got a bit more done on my mom's blanket....hopefully a birthday blanket.

Yarn aside, I just smudged my house.  We just got back from Kentucky this evening, and the Runes and Cards have been saying that I need to cleanse and purify myself and my home.  So I did a smudging for tonight, and plan on doing a bit more cleaning tomorrow.

The sage spit out a lot of ash tonight, so instead of disposing of it, I decided to keep it in a bottle, to be used for later house blessings, Hestia offerings, and other types of home protections and banishings. Why not?

Between cleansing and detox and all of that jazz, my divination sessions and the Deities are urging me to start new and finish old projects.  To be proud of my journey so far, and to keep going.  I am and I will.