Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Wow Wednesday!

Drops Kid Silk

This has been quite an exciting and anxious Wednesday!

Let me start off with the adorable, scary news!

Our Mommy kitty had her litter of 3 this morning. Here they are:

cat with litter

Aren't they adorable?
Mommy kitty was so brave and gave birth really amazingly considering this is her first litter.
They all seemed good and well, and we gave them their space. A couple of hours in I noticed that none of the kittens had been drinking, and so hubby and I tried to help the kitties get to their teats.
Mommy kitty seems to only have one teat which is filled and kitty number 1 has dibs on that one!
I have been feeding mommy - and she is eating like there is no tomorrow - but there just doesn't seem to be enough milk to go around! Kitties 2 and 3 seem to be very weak and even though we tried to introduce them to the working teat, they don't want to drink!

Hubby has rushed off to the vet to go and get the necessary tools we will need to hand-rear the kittens as the time is becoming critical.

Please keep these little ones in your thoughts for the night as I am guessing it will be a bottle-filled experience! Thank you kindly. x
I will keep you updated :)

My WIP for this week:

drops bolero

My Bolero is growing nicely and I have just started to cast on for the sleeves.
I am hoping to have this finished by next Friday as I have just over a week before we go on holiday and I would like to take this with me for the cool evenings on the beach.

Reading: I have started "The Lifeboat" and haven't read enough of it just yet to give you an opinion. 

I have started to update our Homesteading blog again and will be starting by introducing you to our bees. 

Beekeeping 2014

I would love it if you came over for a visit- Holistic Homesteading

What are you busy working on and reading this week?

I will be sharing with all the wonderful Wednesday ladies

See you all soon

Craftsy

Saturday, 19 July 2014

Mexian Food is a Must in our Home!


A while ago I signed up for a Craftsy course and got the course - Mexican Street Food as an extra course for free.

The nice thing about stumbling into courses is that I find I almost enjoy those the most because it isn't a course that I possibly would have chosen myself.

I watched this course over a weekend and loved the ease with which Deborah Schneider taught me how to make various Salsas and Taco fillings.

Now if your family is like ours, you also eat Mexican dishes on a regular basis.
When I first started out making these dishes I would buy the kits, but over the years have moved away from those to widen my horizon and try my hand at handmade.

Thanks to this course, I now know how to make tacos from scratch (a couple of different kinds) as well as an array of salsas.

What caught my eye, was the pulled pork recipe - made with Coca Cola!

carne asada Craftsy

We are not a soft drink family at all - and I don't buy any kind of fizzy drinks, but I had to try this recipe.

I was fascinated by how it could possibly taste once done.

So off to the market I went to buy some Coke.
I made my pulled pork in my Crockpot instead of the oven.

Wow, it turned out wonderfully!

Kinda has a "Sticky Rib" kind of taste to it. 
The meat was wonderfully tender, and not sweet as I imagined it would be.


I haven't recreated all of her wonderful sounding recipes just yet, and the next one I will be attempting will be one or all of the Salsas.

My next big challenge is to find tomatillos! 
To my Swiss friends, do you possibly know where I could buy these?
I would really like to try them out!
They look like this apparently - almost like a green physalis:

physalis tomatillo

If you are interested in seeing what this course is all about, you will be happy to know that it is on sale today - but you will need to hurry, the sale ends tomorrow!

   Craftsy

I would love to hear how you find it, and how your food tasted :)

Have a yummy weekend.
x

Craftsy

Friday, 18 July 2014

Finally Finished :)

Tunisian Crochet on Craftsy

It is done :)
I have completed my multi-garment project for my Craftsy Course - Tunisian Crochet and have now officially completed the course!


multi-garment tunisian crochet

Drops Baby Merino

I love it - it was so much fun to make and the colour combination turned out wonderfully too!

I would warmly recommend this course to any of you wanting to delve into the world of Tunisian Crochet.

Not only did I learn these amazing techniques, but I learnt how to use Colour palettes to enhance my projects colour combinations, and last but not least how to make twisted cord using a kitchen appliance ;)



What have you completed this week?


stash drawer

Last year, because I took part in the stash challenge, I managed to focus on the projects that had yarn already stashed for them.

Above you can see my other stash drawer (if you recall last year I managed to empty the first one of its contents - if you missed it you can still read about it HERE) As with most of my stash, it has all been bought with projects in mind.

This year I have been browsing - a little too much - and have managed to choose a selection of awesome projects, but projects nonetheless.
As such I put down hubby's pullover that I started at the end of last year in favour of smaller, easier projects, which ended up becoming bigger and more time intensive projects as time went by :O


As I mentioned on Wednesday, I have created a to-do list for the rest of this year and plan to get through as many of the projects as I can.

List of projects that are in my queue:

  1. Hat for Jas
  2. Crochet shorts 
  3. Another Hat for Jas
  4. Another Slouch for Kay
  5. Julianna for me
  6. Isis Wrap for me
  7. Winter socks for Jas
  8. Winter socks for Kay
  9. 2 Pairs of socks for Kay
  10. 2 Pairs of socks for Jas
  11. 4 Pairs of socks for hubby
  12. Hubby's Pullover
  13. 2 pairs of socks for me
  14. Rebel Lace Cardi
  15. Wristlets for me
  16. Wristlets for hubby


There even is another Craftsy course in there which I can't wait to start, but have forced myself to hold back on the materials I need for a little while at least, so that I can give the other projects a chance!

You may agree that it is quite a whack of projects, but I don't mind if they pour over into next year, as long as I get some of them completed along the way. If I can empty the drawer of its lovely woolly hoard along the way that will be a great bonus :) 

Do you have some stashed projects to complete?

A lovely smell of lunch almost done is wafting my way - I will tell you more about that tomorrow......

And with that I wish you all a lovely weekend.
x

Online Crochet Class

Thursday, 17 July 2014

Tutorial Thursdays Linky Party


Wow, isn't time flying by?
What have you created this week?

This month there is no theme, and no feature. 

Feel free to link up all your crafts below.
I look forward to visiting all of the links I find below.

If you want a button for your side bar - here you go:

Marigolds' Loft

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

New Project Wednesday!

Drops Kid Silk

Yay - A new project to share - always so much fun to have something new on the needles!

If you recall a while ago I made a bolero for Jas to go to her ball.

Well I tried it on once it was finished and decided my wardrobe also needed one of those! Especially in the cool summer evenings at the beach ;)

And so I cast on one for myself in "Apple-Green" - the colour in the image isn't exactly as it looks for real - it is more this colour:


I think it will be the perfect summer knit. 

I have so many projects that are in my queue at the moment that I have decided to make a to-do list to keep my self on track (and to prohibit myself from adding any new projects to the queue for a while!)

I will be posting this list on my Friday FO post this week so that I can remind myself what I still need to get done!

 How many projects do you still plan to get through in the remainder of this year?

Reading wise: I am still busy on Madame Tussaud, still enjoying it :)
I have a two books that are the next in line and one of them will be coming on holiday with me - so a beach read!

Which would you recommend as a holiday read?



I have also just found out that my cousin has written a novel!
As soon as I manage to get my hands on a copy I will tell you more :)

I will leave you with an image of my beautiful flowers that hubby gave me this week - yellow Echinacea:

yellow echinacea

Aren't they pretty?
Smell good too!
The yellow kind are apparently quite rare, so I am looking for a nice little place in the garden where they can feel at home.

Enjoy the rest of your week.
See you tomorrow.
x

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Friday, 11 July 2014

T-Shirt Crazy

Craftsy Sewing with knits

jersey T-Shirt

sewing with knits

Meg Mcelwee - sewing with knits

Finally, something to share with you all again on a Friday :)
This is these weeks FOs:
Jas and I did some T-Shirt sewing yesterday.

The top two are mix and match and the bottom two are Jas's shirts.
As you may see some of the sewing looks a bit off (the last dying breaths of my Pfaff - it is 25 years old, so I guess it was about time!)

Luckily I have a reserve machine so we still managed to finish them off.

These shirts are made from the Craftsy course I did a while back - that is what I love about Craftsy, you can go back over and over again :)


Online Sewing Class

So once again the sewing bug has bitten me and I have got myself a new Craftsy sewing course:


But first I will need to make a plan with a sewing machine - hmmm, does Santa come by in August?

Have a good weekend.
x

Online Sewing Class

Thursday, 10 July 2014

Tutorial Thursdays Linky Party


Another week gone by :)
I am loving all the great links that have been linked up already.

This month there is no theme, and no feature. 

Feel free to link up all your crafts below.
I look forward to visiting all of the links I find below.

If you want a button for your side bar - here you go:

Marigolds' Loft

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I used to be a homeschool mom, and now that my children go to school, am a mom who has found a creative side and am exploring that with great delight!

I am interested in alternative therapies, studied as a vibrational therapist and incorporate my beliefs into my everyday life.