Posted in FOs, Sewing

1950’s Costume

I have an upcoming birthday party to attend. I also just found out we’re supposed to dress appropriate to “our favorite decade”. Well……I narrowed my favorite looks down to the “sock-hops of the 50’s” OR the “flower-child of the 60’s”. After a cruise through the local thrift store to see what I could find, it was clear it was going to be the 1950s. I found a plain black sweater (I decided to add the sparkly “L”) and a gingham checked shirt. Good start, but I’d need a circle skirt (I guess I could have done a pair of cropped “petal pushers” instead…..). I bought 5 yards of red broadcloth for the skirt (no real plan here, just mentally thinking 4 times the length of a skirt, plus an extra yard, just in case), a zipper, a piece of black felt and red sequin trim (for the “L” applique).

Saturday night, I glued the sequin trim to the black felt in the shape of an “L” and let it dry overnight.

Sunday, I dusted off my sewing machine (that’s what happens if you don’t use it often enough…..) and proceeded to come up with a plan for the circle skirt. After a few searches on Pinterest, I found this Circle Skirt Calculator. It was really helpful, although, I did have to make a few adjustments to my skirt because of the width (45″) of my fabric. After, I got the waist measurement half circle drawn out onto the fabric, I measured out the length and cut out the skirt. When the cutting was finished, I was surprised how quickly the skirt sewed up (mostly because I haven’t done much sewing lately)! So fast, that I’m actually thinking I might need a knit circle skirt in my “real” wardrobe! I then cut around the “L” applique and sewed it onto the sweater.

I’m going to wear a pair of white Ked’s type tennies (If I had the time and patience, there’s a cute tutorial to make Saddle shoes  from a pair of tennies) and bobby socks. We’ll see how it goes, but this should work.

Have you sewn anything fun lately?

Happy Sewing!



Posted in FOs, Knitting, Shawls

FO Friday – A Sparkly Triangle Shawl


A little closer look.

Here’s the details…..

How’s your knitting going? Finish anything lately?

Happy Knitting!


Posted in Knitting, Lace, Shawls, WIPS

WIP Wednesday – A New (Sparkly) Shawl

Since I bound off my Sparkly Triangle Shawl (there will be pictures soon…..), I decided to cast-on another shawl. Recently, The Midnight Knitter (of Yarn, Books & Roses) posted she was working on a Close to You Shawl. That looked like a fun knit, so, I cast-on using my other skein of Sparkly Shawl-in-a-Ball yarn (Cleansing Quartz color). For whatever reason, I’m really enjoying knitting shawls right now and this pattern is a definite winner!

What are you working on right now? Cast-on anything new?

Happy Knitting!


Posted in Drinks, Recipes, Summer

A Cool Drink for Knitting

Yesterday, I spent a bit of time sitting in the garden, binding off my Sparkly Triangle Shawl (that’s right, a FO is VERY close now!). Because no sitting and knitting in the garden is complete without some icy drink, I made myself a Coffee Icee (or Frappe, if you prefer….)

Because it’s SO refreshing (and summer IS coming….), I thought I would share my method. That’s right, I’m one of those “no recipe really” people…’s just how I roll…..

I start by freezing any extra morning coffee in ice cube trays……

Into a blender, I add the ENTIRE tray of coffee ice cubes. to this I add:

  • a splash (about 2 Tbsp.?) of Torani Sugar-free syrup (any flavor, but white chocolate is good!)
  • a splash of heavy cream (again about 2 Tbsp.?)
  • Enough of your favorite milk (I used Almond milk) to cover the ice cubes (maybe 2 cups?).

Blend all this together. If it’s a little thick, add a little more of the milk.


Happy Summer!


Posted in Flowers, Gardening, Herbs, Vegetables

Regrets, I’ve had a Few…..

Recently, I posted about my Haphazard gardening.  I should really expand upon this. Sometimes, my Haphazard-ness is not always good. It’s actually getting a little overwhelming.

When I started gardening on Mr. Muddling and my property, I really had NO plan. I just started planting things at random. I quickly learned, what the deer, rabbits, chipmunks and other critters liked to eat. Pretty much EVERYTHING I planted! We decided if we were going to have a vegetable garden, we’d have to fence it in.

At the top of the garden, just inside the fencing, I planted raspberries (regret #1). These now continually work their way to the garden beds….

If I just wanted to grow raspberries, this wouldn’t be a problem. If you’re going to grow anything else….it’s a BIG problem!

You can barely make it out, originally, I planted my strawberries (regret #2) in the cinder block holes of the border of the garden bed. I could picture strawberries trailing beautifully over the edge of the garden beds. Who knew they would be so prolific they would choke out any “walkways” I had intended!

Chives (regret#3) were also planted in the cinder block borders. I now have chives EVERYWHERE! Originally, I had planted other herbs in those cinder block holes. The chives choked out everything else!

Do I make gardening mistakes only in the vegetable garden? No! I make them in my flower beds too! Since my flower beds aren’t fenced, I really tried to find things that the deer (and other stuff) would leave alone (for the most part….). Mint (regret#4) was one of those things. It won’t be long now when this “flower bed” will be a bed of Apple Mint!

At least the cats like it!

How is your garden growing? Have any gardening regrets?

Happy gardening!


Posted in Gardening, Vegetables

Haphazard Gardening

Over the three day weekend, I did a little gardening. Haphazardly. Because, that’s the way I roll. That’s right. It’s not just my knitting/crocheting that’s haphazard…’s my entire life! 😉

Need proof? Here’s a photo of my garden so far this year. Ignore any weeds you might see!

I added three tomato plants to the bottom section of the garden. I didn’t have any planting areas ready, so, I just plopped the plants into the center of the mounds of soil. It should work. My life is nothing but one big science experiment! 😉

Hope you got a chance to play in the dirt lately! How’s your garden growing?

Happy gardening!