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Mug Swap 2013 – Sent

Okay. If you follow me on instagram or twitter then you have heard a bit here and there about a mug swap.

 

What is a mug swap your wondering? Well, it is just like it sounds, you give a mug and get a mug. It’s fun. The swap is hosted by http://www.acuppakim.com/ and she is quite possibly the sweetest host ever.

 

If you are interested in following along with everyone’s mug fun check out #MugSwap2013 on Instagram or Twitter.

When I received my assigned swap partner I went to work, trying to figure out what she would like. I thought she made it pretty easy giving me great clues, but somehow shopping was still a challenge. I won’t explain every mug I photographed, just a few.

 

Like the sneakers. My partner said she liked bright colors. If those shoes were a coffee mug I would have been done shopping, but alas they are kids shoes, and remain on the rack where I found them.

 

Sets of four and sets of two mugs, were the bane of my mug shopping existence.

 

The Cat in the Hat. K1, my three year old, thought that maybe Kelsey would like that mug. I laughed, but it was really sweet of her.

 

The largest mug pictured is one that I bought, but then I changed my mind thinking it was too flowery (I still have to return it). I mean I’m not a particularly flowery girl, unless I am in the garden. My partner seemed a lot like me, and that is why I decided to continue shopping.

Until I found this beauty. After more than 20 stores of shopping (no exaggeration, two malls, and a few strip malls), I decided this mug would look perfect in her craft space. Take a look and see.
I loved that it was larger than normal. The dots. The dot’s are really what had me. Oh, and the hints of her favorite color. I was not as bright of a mug as I thought I would purchase, but somehow it felt right.

I learned that she loved Peach Snapple Iced Tea, and that she received a Keurig as a gift. Bam! I had planned to add some K-cups to her mug, but when I realized Peach Snapple had K-cups I grabbed her a whole box. I was secretly hoping that she had yet to try them, and was excited to find out she hadn’t!

Now I had to stay within a budget. S said I could not spend $50 on a coffee mug. I was already close to budget with K-cups, mug, and shipping. Still I felt the package was plain. Then I had a random ah-ha moment. Duh, I can craft too. It took me all of 20 minutes to think of something crafty that I could do that coincided with coffee.

 

I tried really hard to capture this true to color because that aqua was awesome, but alas I failed. Here it looks blue, but it is not at all. A hand knit, hand decorated, coffee cozy. I really had a lot of fun making this. As I said yesterday I forgot how much fun knitting was. I am going to be making lots more of these.

I was so excited to box it up and ship it that I forgot to add ribbon to anything. I especially bought ribbon in her favorite color just for that purpose! I guess I have it for something else now, maybe more hairbows? I also sealed it closed before adding in my card, so I had to pop it back open. I could have added my ribbon then, but still forgot. 

The last piece of the puzzle. My hand made card. I only pictured the front. I did include a little message on the inside for her. My thoughts were kind of jumbled and I can only hope it all came out right. There was so much I wanted to say. I was shocked to find out how much we seem to have in common. Strangers in the bloggy world separated by thousands of miles .

This was a fun stressful. Now that I have one swap under my wing, I think I am better prepared for others in the future. It was so exciting! I can’t wait to see what mug comes my way?!

 

By the by my kids were with me through 90% of my mug shopping fun. Now that I am done shopping K1 still thinks we are on the look out for a nice mug, “maybe that one mommy”. She also wants to know when Kelsey is coming from Florida, or when we are going there. This girl kills me with her cuteness at times.

 

Have you every participated in a random swap? What was your experience?

Another Week In Photo’s

Happy Friday! I hope all you lovelies had an amazing week.

Daddy was off yesterday and today so we are off for another day of family fun today.

Anyways, let’s get to what you came for! If your looking for a sneak peak you can follow along with me on Instagram, I am gt4936.



This is a little something I knitted up for my mug swap partner. You’ll be able to see the finished product in my reveal post, which should be tomorrow.

It felt good to knit. Last year I had such plans for knitted Christmas gifts, but summer here was like nothing I expected, and long. So so long. It will be hot hot hot, here until mid October, ugh.

I actually had so much fun making this I was thinking of gifting some more, and selling some. I have knitted two more already.



Lately it seems like everyone is talking about juicing. Well this is my ultra fancy juicer. The old fashioned arm powered type. Hey, it gets the citrus juicing job done.

After watching a video from Fully Raw Kristina I decided I needed some juice. With 7 oranges on the counter it seemed easy enough. It was a nice tangy tasty way to start the morning. The kids and my friend enjoyed it too.



Yesterday we went on a gentle hike and let both kids walk the whole way. Crazy. The littlest one K2 is very “rough and tumble.” He fell down so many times and didn’t want up.

Random fact: K1 was afraid to get up on the rock she is standing on. I placed her up there simply so I could take a photo. Her smile hides it well, huh?



My three year old K1 has taken lot’s of photo’s on daddy’s phone, but zero on mine. She is the factory reset queen and so I don’t let her near my phone. Well yesterday I let her snap a few shots and after getting her started a few different times, I got three photos of fingers. This was the least finger-y photo.



Our picnic lunch on the rocks by a creek which is currently swampy. There was something creeping around in the reeds near us which made lunch time extra exciting for the kids. Daddy said there was a tiger coming. K2 told the three passersby that a tiger was coming. They didn’t understand him cause he’s 20 months old and people often still need a mommy or daddy translator, but still he’s so nice warning them of danger and all.

What exciting thing did you do this week?

Linking up here;
life rearranged

Gwen

All The Knitted Things

They lay collecting dust.

Being a mom has priority’s. Often time they are not myself, or even the things I want to do. Usually they are breakfast, lunch or dinner for 3 or 4. Sometimes they include things like laundry, bathing children, feeding/walking the dog, checking the mail, washing dishes, or grocery shopping (that list could go on forever, I think you get the point). Reading a book is simple enough that I can pop a page or two in here and there, but knitting, where I am consulting a pattern, is just too much for this mama taking a class at night.

Either way I decided to document the dust bunnies. I still do love my yarn, it’s just resting at the moment.



This will eventually become a towel for the kitchen. Its function will be to dry food off that was soaked (like potatoes before they bake in the oven as fries), or grease from things like bacon. It is really easy to knit, but as easy as it is, it does not knit itself.



This was meant to be a gift bag for Christmas. It did not get completed because I still do not have the right size double pointed needles to complete the handle.



Here you see a lone podster. Two fingers, one thumb, the flip top mitten part, and a mate short. They together are a Christmas gift for my mom. Maybe by next Christmas?



No matter how hard I tried black yarn is hard to photograph. No amount of editing made this photo better. It is a completed book cover for my cousin. By complete I mean the knitting is done. It is still in need of embellishments, and buttons. I was going to make buttons. I even bought the clay to do it with, but then I read that they polymers might be bad for an oven you will eat food out of later. So it sits unfinished.



My first blanket project. Still incomplete, but now may become something else. I gave 1/3 of the blanket to my dog after she came home from the vet. I have not interest in knitting this right now anyway. I kind of made up the pattern, and now that I am a better knitter, I can see the flaws in the pattern.




One day I might finish this. It might transform itself into a wristlet bag. I had a hard time finding a pattern for this yarn as there wasn’t a whole lot of it.



Anyhow I’m not sure these qualify as works in progress, because there is not much going on in the whole progress part, but here they are.



What crafty adventures have you been up to?



Gwen

Polyester is for professionals

Not for mama’s with two kiddos, who knit at nap time.

Collecting dust

I wanted to add some color to out living room. It has always been non committal in the color department. Black and silver, forever. With baby and toddler items all over, the black and silver get lost among the bright colors of baby toys. Side note, that’s another one of those things the baby books don’t tell you. Your living room (if not the whole house), will look like a day care center.  Even if you don’t want it to.

We have tried looking for some throw pillows a couple of times. I feel like they are always over priced, and never the “right” green. Haha yes, my living room is “Going Green”, not entirely in the recycled sense. For my birthday S surprised me with some pillows, in green. Pale, yellowy, sagey ish, green small pillows. They also are knit, but not by hand. This is funny cause I actually considered knitting some pillows for our couch. I was considering this pattern on ravelry, or here for non ravelry peeps. Now I will not be knitting pillows for our couch. I think it would look too old ladyish and tacky.

Not to shabby

I decided to sew myself some.

Remembering that you know how to sew and looking back 18 years ago, you think, it was easy.
Shopping for fabric, fun, and easy.
Ironing fabric to get started, also easy.
Every other step, not. so. much.

I am impatient. Pinning, measuring, remeasuring, reironing, blech.
I also can not sew a straight line.

I apparently have never worked with 100% polyester either. It moves. A lot. Extra pinning, blech. Setting a 30 minute timer to get everything set up and done? The biggest joke of my life. Oh, and my DS decided he did not want me to make pillows either. Three 30 minute timers and both pillows were sewn and one was stuffed. I ran out of batting.

I did not want to buy more, or wait to go to the store. So I washed some old pillows, to use their batting. Pillows do not dry, like ever. Three days later the batting, which does not absorb water, was dry. I now fun, happy, bright, and fluffy new pillows, on my couch. I even re stuffed and repaired one of the old ones. Yay!

I did order this print in a spring green to continue with the green theme. It’s here and waiting for a frame, so it can take it’s rightful place on the wall.

In the mean time, everything else has been neglected. No knitting, not much gardening, nothing.

Oh, the kids are growing like weeds, no worries.

Gwen

Insta Friday

Happy Friday! Another week has been whisked away. I think this week we did a good job at making some memories. That is what we are doing every week, right?

Just a fun photo adventure with nothing more than a cell phone camera.

life rearranged

We decided to gill out at the beach with a few friends for Memorial Day Monday. I took these out of the freezer to take along with us. We never opened them up.
On the way to the beach I saw this, which took me back to 4 years ago. One of the friends at the beach used to own this exact style of truck. *sigh* I miss that truck. So roomy inside.
Dear dog, why? This really isn’t your type of thing, but three times now. *sigh*
Trolley anyone?
A little bit of comfort on the way to the beach. What? You pack up two kids and all the accoutrement’s that you need for a day at the beach alone. Oh and my triceps were super sore (thank you gym time).
Okay, so this is not at all my favorite picture, however it does show that my cardigan is done!! It is definitely a first completed garment, in that it is not perfect, but wearable non the less.
On the days when DD is the messiest I remind myself that the high chair is there to get messy, so that everything else does not.
These things. I am thankful that they were there, but they were trashed by the time of the day that I needed them. It definitely let me know that my bathroom is really not messy. 🙂
Onto a new nap time project. I wish nap time worked out daily. I really really do. Oh well. Stitch by stitch, row by row.

I really despise that my cell phone photos always come out dark. It makes these look less bright and happy red than they are. They are from Japan. Hand imported by a friend. They have been here for me since 2009. Took a while to actually get them here. I want them to go into the kitchen somewhere, but not yet certain of where. So here they sit.


Conjunctivitis anyone? No? That is why we are home the next few days. Entertaining a healthy toddler looked like this. Surprisingly crayons entertained her for several hours
I had two other photo’s to add to this. I am guessing that the blogger app is doing weird things when uploading photos. I arrive to my computer to be thoroughly frustrated every time. Must. Find. A. New. Plan. A.S.A.P.
Have a great weekend!!
Gwen

Why do they do that?

So I’m thinking my kids are intuitive.

I mean ever since I can remember my DD will wake up if I get up. I remember trying to get in more knitting time by waking up earlier to get all those holiday projects done. With out fail she woke up too. Don’t get me wrong, I didn’t collect her every time, but several of them. I decide baised on her mood. Happy playing with books or animals, why ruin a good thing?

I try to have a definite wake up time. Meaning I will get her by 8 every day.

Knowing all of this why then, am I suprised when she decides to wake up crying when I try to get up early?

Duh? I was going to fold clothes and try to finish unknitting. I have been trying to find time to rip back the sleeve on my cardigan for 3 days now.

At night when I would normally do such things DS has decided to be up and needy. He wants to eat or be held until between 10:30-11:30. Which means I won’t have this cardi done by Friday as I had hoped.

Insert sad face here

I must give off some sort of excited vibe or something that makes them restless.

How do I not do that? Anyone else have this problem? What did you do?

Gwen

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