Fun Times With The Beckers

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Keepin’ It Crafty — October 16, 2009

Keepin’ It Crafty

what have i been doing lately? well, aside from the Jay Oh Bee, and Prez-ing it up for AFL and AXO, and plenty of Domesti-Pups Training with THOR, i have be putting the old Singer to work!

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yes, that would be three baby taggers – because everyone seems to be having babers lately,
a knitted cupcake (ravelry link) and a pair of knitted “toast” for a good friend that has been way too kind!
and evidence of another cast-on item (toasty, same link) in the Brown Sheep Company yarn spun in Morrill, NE! (ahem, those are for me!)

tonight is Date Night (Chinese food and a Movie on Demand) so i am hoping to start the second yellow Toasty and figure out how to add the thumbs (this is major knitting progress, people!)… and then cast on the same in purple for a dear Froggie Friend!!!!

Happy Crafties to you all!!!

Busy, Busy Miss B! — October 8, 2009

Busy, Busy Miss B!

whew.

i feel like i have been going non-stop for quite awhile. and i think it’s true.

this week has been especially crazy and we are coming up on a hugely busy weekend– but i do see that light at the end of the tunnel, yes i do.

i was oh-so-excited to realize that Monday is Columbus Day, and though i am not a major follower of this such holiday, it does happen to be a day that the State Government closes its doors, and i kind of technically work for the state, that means This Girl gets to hang out at home with the pooches and probably get even MORE marked off that list!!!

What list, you might ask?

This list:
– sewed a bandana blanket to send to a friend in France that is battling cancer
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– knitted two scarves with some suede yard i had no idea what to do with (thank goodness for “speed sticks“)
– started knitting a new toddler hat, and realized that the yarn is spun in Mitchell, NE! (This Girl is pumped!)
– made three Tu-Tu’s
– Visited with Neil
– attended church (i know!)
– tried to tidy and organize, which really only led to more of a mess

and on Sunday, (after church!) i got the whim to paint the sun porch – and painting only really happens for me on a whim. if i try to plan it, i end up talking myself out of it. so the whim struck, and i began painting….
i didn’t have the foresight to take a true “Before” picture, but it ended up that the leftover paint from my parent’s basement was a perfect match for the existing color — i was assuming it would be darker… so, not much change there, except that its a lot “Cleaner” with no scuffs and years of grunge.

but i DID take a “before” picture of the floor… which, i thought was “okay” to last another winter season, but AJ talked me into it, and on another whim, i went home during my lunch on Tuesday and edged and rolled on a coat.

here’s the “Before”:
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whew, looking at it now, yes, it needed severe attention!

here’s the “After” after one hour and one coat:
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i was really hoping that it would be a one-coat thing… because if the idea of painting isn’t daunting enough, doing it all over again really puts me over the edge….
that is, until i break down and realize that it does need one more coat– and then i am quickly reminded how much faster and nicer that second coat goes on. (see, it’s all just really a mind-game!)

here’s the final painted product:
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aah, smooth and shiny!

then we got funky and started hanging up new hooks and coat hangers, etc…. this being my most favorite piece in the room:
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and then, finally, last night, i was able to put all the extra pieces in and make it a functional room again:
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i am so not in love with our shoe rack – but its the best place to keep the shoes and i would love to find a hall tree that wasn’t too terribly expensive that could hold it all… a girl can dream, right?

Also, I am attempting to try and save my hibiscus tree… though, this not being Hawaii, i wouldn’t be surprised if I am unsuccessful.

anyway- so back to the list:
– tidy the house (still slightly, okay QUITE, unsuccessful here… am totally willing to accept any and all advise from you domestic goddesses out there… seriously!)
– print, and organize photos taken since wedding (2.5 years ago)… Walgreens was happy to see me, when i picked up my 700+ photos!!! let’s just say, i took advantage of their 10-cent per picture offer if you order 50 or more… i saved $39!
– send off baby gift to child that is now one-month old — and i forgot to take a picture of the supremely cute blue, blue and blue stripped blanket i knitted… (have asked the mama for photos once she receives!)
– Oh! and i finished Wicked… eh. (let me just say- a whole lot (200 pages) of bulid-up with a very quick end and very little explanation on why certain loose ends remained loose)

stuff still on the list:
– more sewing
– more knitting (and figure out how to cast on, as well as knit with Double-Pointed Needles) — any Knitting Divas out there, PLEASE HELP!
– the whole photo thing (awaiting my order of FOUR photo books from Overstock.com — did you know that shipping is FREE this month?)
– finish details on planning State Day Celebration at Sorority, Saturday (ideas on centerpieces? anyone? it will probably end up as pumpkins with red and green ribbons!)
– continue my quest to take over the world!!!!

whew… not too much to ask, really… 😉

“Crafty” should be spelled with a Kaye! — April 27, 2009
Cooking with the Four-Legged Becker’s — December 16, 2008

Cooking with the Four-Legged Becker’s

Monday nights, AJ works late… and I tend to fill my time with being crafty. Last night, I turned on the Music Choice Traditional Holiday Favorites and began a’mixing.

The plan was to make two batches each of dog biscuits and Grandma B’s Toffee… The dogs is usually quite “helpful” in the kitchen – meaning that THOR mostly watches me from the doorway, and Lucy chews on a bone in the other room… but last night, they must have known that i was making something specifically for the dog world! None of the ingredients are any different than what you would most likely already have in your cupboard, and honestly, people could eat this stuff (though, i probably wouldn’t, but i’m picky like that)… but somehow they knew this was for them! Their noses were all sorts of up in my business. they were applying for “official taste testers,” for sure!

too cute.

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Here they are, “helping” me roll out the dough

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sitting so politely – hoping for a nibble… but did i give in? oh, no sir!

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after sampling from their handy work, they smothered me with kisses

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here is a batch of Grandma’s Toffee…. but then, this morning, i found this link and it makes the whole process look so much easier– i just may try it and see… but as my mom says- Grandma’s way is so special– you can’t give that up… no, i won’t… fully.

and then i took some time to fill the pepper mill… and two peppercorns fell out — looking oddly reminiscent of mouse droppings– of which, if you have been reading along with me, is NOT something that makes my day…
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Cue: shivers down my spine… uggh!… but, you can see some of the cooling dog biscuits in the background. yea us!

and then, since i had the camera out, i decided to take some photos of some of the latest crafty projects, thanks to my friend, Brooke!

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After making a larger version of this one for the Blonde Sister-In-Law’s birthday (and after AJ thought i had made it for us, and asked why i was giving it away), i decided to make a mini version for us… 😉

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And then, i found these colored balls at the Hobby Lobby (my obsession continues) and couldn’t resist. so this one was made for the Brunette Sister-In-Law… she know’s she’s getting it — I am just the slug that hasn’t taken it to her yet…

Oh, so much fun with the glue gun lately…

and finally — i’ll let you in on the first stages of my latest craftiness… (thanks to Meghan!)… but i can’t tell you any more because it just happens to be an xmas present for The Cutest Niece In The Whole World… and i would hate to ruin the surprise!!!
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ahh… fun times, indeed!