Pinterest Week 3

I actually haven’t done too much with Pinterest this week. All in all, I’ve been too busy and too under the weather to be all that creative.

Week 2 with green smoothies. No weight loss yet but I feel a lot better.

http://lindawagner.net/blog/2011/03/green-smoothie-for-weight-loss/

 

However, I have been drinking green drinks for exactly one month now. I’d love to say I feel great but see statement above. Between school, work and home stresses, I don’t think there are any vegetables that would fix my stresses. I am down six pounds overall and my appetite has decreased dramatically.

 

 

Easy summer skirt

http://elleapparel.blogspot.com/2010/09/socialite-skirt.html

Secondly, I sewed up the summer skirt above. I found a lovely fabric in JoAnn’s and did this in one night. My sewing isn’t so great, but my crooked lines are barely noticeable. I can’t wait to try this again. It was very easy to follow.

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Pinterest Week 2

It is week two of the Pinterest reporting challenge. This is my way of proving that surfing Pinterest is not complete waste of time. It is a great source of crafting and money-saving ideas.

1. Tshirt Skirt: I love this idea. I did it with four shirts altogether. I do have to say my sewing is not great. I had a hard time finding the elastic thread and finally found it at Joanns. I had to buy 2 XL shirts in order to make sure the length would be appropriate.

http://pinterest.com/pin/144185625539877435/

http://sewlikemymom.com/the-shirt-skirt/

 

 

 

2. Steel Cut Oatmeal in a Ball Jar. This worked surprisingly well. I cooked it for twenty minutes and spooned it into jars, added water, brown sugar and maple sugar. These may have actually been over cooked by the time I ate them, but they were still delicious.

http://pinterest.com/pin/144185625539918487/

http://stresscake.wordpress.com/2012/01/03/breakfast-resolutions-steel-cut-oats-on-the-go/

Such a great idea for healthy weekday breakfasts!

 

 

 

 

 

3. Rosemary Mint Fabric Softener: I don’t use fabric softener at all because I don’t like the waste and the chemicals. This is great though. The rosemary mint conditioner is all natural. Everything smells awesome.

http://pinterest.com/pin/144185625539950792/

http://www.onegoodthingbyjillee.com/2012/02/rebeccas-rosemary-mint-fabric-softener.html#more

Homemade rosemary mint fabric softener

Pinterest Shirt Skirt

From the first time I saw this post, I was fascinated.  It seemed simple enough. http://sewlikemymom.com/the-shirt-skirt/

Take a man’s shirt, xl or larger, cut the sleeves off and using elastic, sew several lengths around.

Thursday I stopped by Goodwill. My Goodwill is too expensive. The shirt cost $5 but it was striped and I loved it. I spent all of Thursday searching for my elastic. I did tear apart my house. I did not find it.

Friday morning, I leave my house early so I can get to Wal-Mart to pick up the elastic. I shut my car door and realized that I left my keys in the ignition. Long story short – it took a slim jim to open my car. No- Wal-Mart did not have my elastic.

Friday night. I decided my sickness, canker sores, and cold sore were a sign I should relax. So I tried. But I couldn’t resist. I’m not showing my sewing because it was that bad. I don’t know if I’ll ever wear it outside but I can’t wait to try again.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pinterest Week 1

Okay, so I am a Pinterest addict at this point. Rather than spend hours at a time wasting the day away scanning Pinterest ideas, I have decided to use it as a tool and to report my findings. I hope to do this weekly but no promises.

Such a great idea for healthy weekday breakfasts!

http://pinterest.com/pin/144185625539918487/

http://stresscake.wordpress.com/2012/01/03/breakfast-resolutions-steel-cut-oats-on-the-go/

Steal cut oats on the go: I just cooked them up and I’ll report to you after I eat them.

Homemade Biore strips for the entire face; only 2 ingredients.

http://petitelefant.com/how-to-pore-strips/

http://pinterest.com/pin/144185625539780776/

Homemade Biore Pore Strips: I used gelatin and half and half (it was the only dairy product in the house). It worked great the first time. The second time it congealed too fast. I would follow the directions closely and let it dry thoroughly. Wonderful trick!

How fun!     1. Put on nail polish and let dry.  2. Dip fingernail in alcohol-basically any will do, vodka is suggested.  3. Press a strip of newspaper big enough to cover the whole nail on to your alcohol soaked nail.  4.  Pull off slowly and be really impressed with yourself. 5. Paint top coat if desired.

http://pinterest.com/pin/144185625539551240/

http://www.passionnailart.com/tutoriels/print/print.php

Newspaper nails: Completely failed. I tried on a few different nails and finally gave up and continued on to marbleized nails.

This version has really good directions and one of the comments below his video.

http://heynicenails.com/post/2766491113/water-marble-tutorial-supplies-orange-stick-or

http://pinterest.com/pin/144185625539831152/

Marbleized Nails: Also failed miserably but that may be my fault. Do NOT use plastic containers. Nail polish eats right through them. This is too messy for my tastes.

Projects

So, I am a little more than half way through with my blue sky shrug. I really do love this pattern. It is so simple to follow but it is taking more time than I would like to finish it. I thought I had less yarn than I do and I’m already wondering what to do with the leftover homespun. Of course, I’m not as thin as the model below, but I’m looking forward to wearing this. Here in Florida, alpaca is used sparingly. Today is cold and my cats are continually sitting on my work in progress.

 

This weekend has been especially lazy. I have zero motivation. I’m even having trouble getting enough energy to surf through pinterest. I did manage to finish my chocolate homespun yarn. I bought the batt at the Florida Fiber In back in September but haven’t really had time to sit and spin it until recently. I tried to create a thicker yarn this time and it worked. I used the navajo plying technique to create a three ply and I can’t wait to use it. I’m not sure for what yet, since I don’t have that much.

Finally, I started a bobbin of what will become my cotton candy yarn. I also bought this at the Florida Fiber In back in September. I’m going to pair it with a gorgeous hot pink. I’m thinking socks for this two ply yarn.

 

Super Bowl Sunday

So here we are on Super Bowl Sunday. In between cleaning the house, studying for my test, reading up on Micro Economics and cleaning the mess of gasoline that spilled on the garage, I am getting ready for the Super Bowl. My husband worked last night and this morning, so we’re not too eager to go out today. Despite the fact that I am not a football fan myself, I do look forward to this game. While I can let you know my affiliation, I think it is best if I remain neutral in the matter.

Isn’t it funny how family affects us? I grew up in a certain area with two teams for each sport. My mother and uncle were the ones who determined my teams. I remember when I told my mother I was dating (my now ex) a new boyfriend, she was more concerned that he was a (deep breath) Mets fan, then anything else.

My uncle passed away in May. He was the biggest sports fan in the family. He lived in the basement of my grandmother’s house and many times I passed the staircase to hear him yelling. I’d jump or react only to realize he was yelling at the tv, whether it was at the offending team or toward his own. He was the one I remember going to live games with. He had a passion for his teams like no one else I’ve ever met. I wish he was here today to see his team one more time.

Enjoy the game, be safe and if you can manage, knit something pretty as well.