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Tutu’s and pain pills

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Temperature in Fairbanks, AK on January 27, 2013

Temperature in Fairbanks, AK on January 27, 2013

Our bizarre warm weather is gone now and it is now more like Alaska in January.   It is foggy and when you look outside you see nothing but white – the ground, trees and even the air is white.  I am having a fibro flare up probably because one of the kids left the door open when he was bringing in groceries.  I had to take extra medicine and now I’m just trying to huddle in on the couch with my blankets and stay warm.

I’m making a tutu for the little 5 year old girl I’ve been watching in the mornings before kindergarten starts.  She has been slowly turning into a ballerina before my eyes.  She used to want to watch sesame street in the mornings and then she changed to Angelina Ballerina.  Then I found a show on Netflix streaming called Prima Princessa presents Swan Lake.  It is here on Netflix.com It shows an actual performance broken down into small parts of the story and there is a little animated fairy that narrates.  The kids get to hear the story in small parts and then in between they teach a simple ballet move and play fun music for the kids to practice learning to while watching little girls online do the move. There is also a boy dance that demonstrates the moves.   It is great for younger kids and I enjoy it too!  It isn’t the best teaching video for older kids though.  It is really basic stuff they teach.

Gamzatti Variation Classical Ballet Solo

Gamzatti Variation Classical Ballet Solo (Photo credit: Harclade)

Well last week this little ballerina said she wished she had a tutu like “Alice” on Angelina Ballerina.  She knows that I can make stuff so I told her I would look online and see if I could find out how to make one.  Alice’s tutu is a pretty green and she wears short leggings underneath her tutu.  I told her I would make a tutu but she had to ask her mom for the leggings and a top.  When I found out how to make one I wrote her a little note on a small note card and drop it off for her at school.  She is learning how to read so I carefully printed out the words saying that I knew how to make a tutu now!   Her teaches loved it.

I found this video on youtube that was really easy to follow.

I bought shiny tulle in lime green from Joann’s.  It actually looks lighter than the picture though.  There is also matte tulle and glitter tulle, tulle with rhinestones and tulle that cooks dinner for you.  There are so many types really!  I used the 50% off coupon that you can get on their smart phone app. Right now there is a new 50% off coupon (for any regular priced item) available on there that is valid through 2/2/13.  The app is a free download too.  The coupons available on the app are not always available in their mailers/flyers so I would get it if you have the technology.

I just left the tulle folded in half width-wise and then folded/rolled it a little at a time from the folded edge to the opposite edge (just like she does in the video above).  I used a large self-healing mat and a rotary cutter with a straight edge.  I trimmed each end like she does but I barely had to cut off any.  The ends were pretty straight.  Then I cut 6 inch sections.  I opened each section and cut on the fold line.  Those pieces look like the perfect length for a 5 year old tutu.  I am using the double knot method because I want it to be durable and live through many pulls on’s and take off’s.

I just slipped the elastic over my knee to work with it and that works great.  I think it is going to be really cute.

Making a tutu

 

 

Freebie fun

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Not long ago I saw a blog post by a friend of mine about this site she joined.  There was this picture of all this cool free stuff she got just for doing reviews on the products.  You could say my interest was peaked!

I joined and slowly learned my way around the site.  This site is the perfect place for me!  I love to write reviews!  Around my house people don’t always want my opinion but of course they get it anyway.  On this site they do want your opinion, good or bad, on products, websites, and services.  As you spend time on the site leaving reviews, answering questions and taking short surveys you earn badges.  The more you do the more you can do and it is addicting.

I even made a video review for a candle I liked and posted it on youtube.  Sometimes it is easier to show someone how great something is.  I never really used youtube before except to check out video’s other people posted.  It was fun to post my own.  I just used my iphone to make it.

Well, I am very excited now because I get my very own “Voxbox”!  As soon as it gets here I’ll be sure to share all the details.

If this sounds like something you would like and are interested in checking out Influenster, let me know and I can send you an invite.

I’ve only been a member for a little over a week and I already have goodies on the way.  I have also found new things I want to try out and I have all the reviews from other members to help me make a decision on weather to buy or not.  I have gotten emails from companies with coupons too.  I love coupons!  If you like them on facebook they will alert you to other fun deals and promotions various companies are doing.

Multitasking

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Or attention deficit disorder?  I think it is the latter with me.  I can never seem to focus on one thing.  I am sewing the details on a crocheted blanket for my great nephew, I have a tatted bracelet with beads that I’m working on for a friend, and I just started to knit myself a scarf with cables.  Oh, and I’m going to the library tomorrow to pick up a book I have on hold so I’m going to be very busy.

I never did learn how to cable in knitting.  I guess it looks so complicated so I am intimidated.  I don’t like to fail so I don’t try things unless I can visualize how it is done in my head before I start.  I always put off the cable thing because I didn’t get it and didn’t come across it in something I really wanted to make yet.  Well, I have been still reading through Debbie Macomber‘s Blossom Street Series and the next book is Summer on Blossom Street.  In the front of the book is a pattern for THE CABLE SAMPLER SCARF.  I haven’t really knit anything for myself so I decided to make this for me.  I wanted to knit it in a pretty shade of pink but had a hard time finding the right yarn locally.  It calls for DK weight yarn which is a light weight yarn.  I really wanted my scarf to be a little smaller than the ones I saw on ravelry.com.  It seems incredibly wide.  So I looked at Joann’s for what seemed like forever and the scary voice started screaming for everyone to get out because they were closing….  so I ended up grabbing a ball of Patons lace sequin in aquamarine.  I figured I could test it out and buy more if I liked it.  It is really pretty yarn and the sequins are tiny and very pretty.  It isn’t something that could be taken out though.  If this doesn’t work out it will just have to be trashed.  I knit up a little bit of a gauge swatch to see how it would turn out as far as size and then unraveled it and I had to sit there and pick the area’s with sequins apart from where they slipped into the middle of another area of the yarn.  So I’m talkin… between fibers of a fuzzy lace weight yarn.  UGH!  Anyway, at least I just knit a few rows so there wasn’t much to pick out.  I was just about to chop it off but was able to get it undone.  I got it knit up to the point  where the pattern calls for moving stitches to a cable needle and went to youtube to conjure up some knowledge.  I found this video and they make it look so easy.

After watching that I realized my yarn is probably not what she was talking about.  It probably isn’t a yarn that would show good stitch definition so you could see the cables better but I don’t care.  It looks so pretty and lacy.  I think I will be very happy with it.  I am using one needle size larger than the package calls for this yarn since I usually knit tight and that is one size smaller than the pattern calls for.  So it will be just a little smaller than the pattern size but that is what I wanted.  From looking at the pictures on ravelry it looks big enough to cover a twin sized bed!  The pattern says it is 8 inches wide and 60 inches long but I am betting that some people used worsted weight yarn instead of DK weight so that’s probably why some of them look so huge.  I’m not a giraffe though so I would prefer less material to wrap around my neck…. and pretty sequins.

I’ll take a picture of my scarf soon but first I have to see if I can do the cable part.  I just realized I don’t have a cable needle.  I have these big things that look like safety pins that are for holding stitches for making cables but I don’t have one of those crooked needles.  I think I’ll just try doing it without and get some tomorrow.  Wish me luck!!

My 18 year old son just told me that these are technically not “cables”…. he said cables are something that transfer something…. blah blah blah.  He made it sound very technical and all.  Hey, I’m just following the pattern.  I wasn’t on the committee that named these things – thank God.

On the inside looking out

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It has warmed up to -18 degrees F.  Still brrr.  I was in a lot of pain yesterday so I decided not to sneak outside for a picture. I still captured the snow covered landscape though….. through my kitchen window.  I had been cleaning my sink.  It is white porcelain so it always looks dirty.  It was the builder’s idea since he wanted to show off the house after it was finished.  He also threw in a white faucet.  I wish I had put more thought into that because now it is the bane of my existence.

Inside looking out on 365 ProjectI always think of my mom when I’m in the kitchen.  That’s why I have some of her things in the window sill along with a few other things that make me think of her.  That plant is a part from a plant she gave me when I moved into my first home.  My mom had a plant like that with really long vines that went all around the kitchen and over the doorway to the kitchen.  One day when  I was younger I went running through the house and a vine had fallen and was hanging across the  kitchen doorway.  I ripped right through it.  I was so upset that I had broken her plant but she said it was alright.  She put the end into a glass of water so it could root.  Many years later when I got married and was moving into my first real home my mom gave me that plant.  It is actually much bigger than the one in the window.  That is just a part that broke off and I did what she did and started another plant.  It was bigger but the vine touched the window and got too cold.  So now it’s looking a little sad.

When my mom died and I went back to Georgia for the funeral I found that glass box with little yellow silk roses and a little bird inside.  My sister said I should take it since I collect boxes.  My mom loved yellow roses.  Not because they were her favorite but because they were her mom’s favorite.  There is another shallow heart-shaped box there that has yellow roses painted on the lid.  On the other side of the plant is a small glass sugar bowl that was in her kitchen window.  I cried when I saw it because she always did that.  I knew right away what was inside…. the head of a silk rose and underneath were several apple seeds.  She was always trying to plant apple seeds from apples she ate.  Every now and then I clean the dish and count those seeds.  There are 27.  That’s a lot of apples.

The NaBloPoMo prompt for today is What is the hardest part about a beginning?

Not knowing how it will turn out.  I tend to be a perfectionist and want everything to be perfect.  Every time I start a new project I feel stressed because I want everything to be perfect but most of the time it isn’t.  When I start a crochet or knitting project I can unravel a wrong stitch and start over but some things can’t be fixed so easily.  Every time I pick up a paint brush to paint a picture I have this panicking feeling that I’m going to ruin it.  Life can’t always be perfect though and we still have to plunge in and do the best we can.  Sometimes the mistakes turn into small blessings.

I started crocheting a winter headband today.  It shouldn’t take me long to finish.  I’m following this youtube video by Crochet Geek.  I’ll probably post a picture tomorrow.  The yarn is really pretty.  It’s red heart Candy Print which is a variegated  yarn with dark pinks.  Very pretty.

Hope

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I always have had a hard time pulling myself back up from a tragedy.  It’s not easy but some people just cope better than others.  Some people can hurt openly and without shame.  I always forget it’s okay to hurt…  it’s okay to cry.  I still hurt very deeply for my mom but I hold back the tears.  Not too long ago I was amazed by a friend of mine who wanted so desperately to get pregnant.  She hadn’t gotten pregnant for 9 years and suddenly she was.  She said she was waiting for God to decide it was time for her to be a mother.  Well, I guess it wasn’t time but it was a test of strength.  She went into preterm labor and the baby died shortly after.  She didn’t even get to hold the baby boy she had.  He was whisked off immediately and she only got to hold him after he passed away.  His name was Nicholas Christian. 

I cried and cried for my friend.  It really broke my heart.  I actually avoided talking to her because I couldn’t deal with the hurt.  How selfish is that?  Well when I finally got up the nerve to call her back I was shocked to listen to her cheer ME up?!?!  She was talking through tears, I could tell, but she also has this emence faith that it’s impossible to explain.  I wish I could have a fraction of the faith she has. 

Well, if you are wondering where this came from I just read a blog of someone who must have visited my blog.  She lost a baby too and it was a very sad story….. but it left me with a reminder of the HOPE my friend spoke of.  My friend told me she was sure the Lord was going to give her another baby and if she had a girl she would name her “Cherish Hope”  because she really does. 

There is a song that makes me think of my friend and the message she was trying to get across to me.  It’s called It Might be Hope by Sara Groves.

You do your work the best that you can
you put one foot in front of the other
life comes in waves and makes its demands
you hold on as well as you’re able

You’ve been here for a long long time

But hope has a way of turning its face to you
just when you least expect it
you walk in a room
you look out a window
and something there leaves you breathless
you say to yourself
it’s been a while since I felt this
but it feels like it might be hope

It’s hard to recall what blew out the flame
it’s been dark here since you can remember
you talk it all through to find it a name
as days go on by without number

You’ve been here for a long long time

But hope has a way of turning its face to you
just when you least expect it
you walk in a room
you look out a window
and something there leaves you breathless
you say to yourself
it’s been a while since I felt this
but it feels like it might be hope

One more song by Sara, Less like scars