Starfish Baby blanket project is a go!

I’ve been coming up short with ideas for crochet projects. I’ve made purses, bows, coasters, blankets, pot holders…. but I just wasn’t getting inspired. Nothing is more inspiring than a family member or friend getting pregnant. As it so happens, my cousin is now pregnant with her third child. The babies room is already decorated with an under the sea theme (it’s really amazing, actually) so since they want the sex of the baby to be a surprise this time I knew which colors I’d be using I just wasn’t sure which design I wanted. Well thanks to Tiffany  I saw this lovely pattern on Ravelry. I’ve seen the star pattern before and always thought it was lovely but for some reason never tried it myself. I never really had a reason to. But I work better with visual instruction so I had to find a youtube tutorial that was comparable. The one I’m using is slightly different than the Ravelry pattern but just as pretty. I’ve only just started today and for all the breaks I’ve taken I’ve got a good chunk done already.

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I LOVE the yarn color and I’ll be throwing in a silvery gray stripe every now and again as I go. This weekend is meant to be for relaxing, creating, reading, and cleaning. I need a pedicure I need to take care of the peeling from this sunburn, I need a facial, and everything could use some reorganizing. I honestly never thought I’d get to the point where the things I just listed would be things I actually looked forward to doing but I guess I’m growing up. And there’s always next weekend for doing tequila shots off a stripper.

Also, I really enjoy photoshopped pictures of Nicholas Cage. Enjoy your weekend!

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Avila

So last weekend we went to Avila Beach…. which is pretty much heaven on Earth, if you ask me. Being native to Southern California most of my childhood was filled with regular spring and summer trips to the beach. “The beach” could actually be any beach really. There are several that hold memories for me but Avila is a family favorite. It’s got all of the things a beach should have, in my opinion. Salty air, tide pools, fishing, boating, fantastic boardwalks, camp sites, beautiful stores and restaurants. I took lots of pictures so I’ll share a few now… I will be posting later about my newest crochet project!

And a word to the wise, ALWAYS wear sunscreen. I don’t generally peel when I get a burn it just fades to a tan… but lotioning twice a day is important! I didn’t do it this time and suffice to say my chest looks terrible right now.

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Struggle snuggle?

I’ve truly been meaning to post but sometimes life gets busy and is like, “No bitch, you do work!” So I’ve been doing work… people don’t really seem to grasp how much I have to do or what I have already done… and because of that I grow understandably bitter and start comparing others lives with my own. (Don’t ever do that. Comparison truly is a thief of joy. It is pointless.)

At first I get really pissed off that some stay-at-home mom/wife is complaining that she needs “ME time” or “could really use a break” when, as a single parent I go, “LOL WHAT IS ME TIME? WHAT IS BREAK? You’ve had like 12 spa days since the last time I did. Shut up. Now.” Then I realize… my life is not that bad. I truly don’t wish the hardships (lol not getting spa days are hardships?) I deal with on other people, especially those I like. I’m happy that about 80% of the women I know that are married get to enjoy the luxury of staying at home while their husband works. That’s awesome and good for them. But… that was not my lot in life. I’ve been raising a son on my own since I was 21. It’s been a constant struggle. There has been very little in the way of “help” aside from my mother, who has provided daycare so I could work and helped me pay my cell phone bill more times than I can count. It’s hard to constantly hear and take judgement from people around you that are completely ignorant to what it is I do. How hard my struggle is, just how much I sacrifice, how strong I have to be, how far I’ve had to make a dollar stretch. But honestly, I wouldn’t have it any other way. It has taught me to let go of the things that are unimportant and to hold on tightly to your values above all else. I’ve learned that other people’s negative opinions about me being a single parent are nothing but ignorance. No matter how much money and stuff one has they can still be completely ignorant.

Comparing your life to someone elses is a sure fire way to either make you feel a false sense of pride, guilt, or completely rob you of any joy you have in your own. Don’t do it. Life is so short…. you might as well try your best to understand where others are coming from while still enjoying your life, no matter how much harder you have it than Sally Bigtits.

Now I’m gonna go drink some tea and post some new prints to my shop, good day!
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Stressed, aren’t we all.

I do know I’m not the only person in the world who deals with stress, obviously, nor do I claim to have the most stress filled life, but regardless of all of that, I am only living MY life… so it’s my stress I have to deal with. It’s been a busy few weeks with the end of the school year upon us again. My 10 year old is wonderful, but he isn’t a saint by any means so there is the stress of dealing with his teachers, his attitude, his homework, and now standardized testing is on going, at least until summer break begins. Then there’s the crafting and creating of goodies for my etsy shop. This isn’t so much a stress… I enjoy it, being able to do everything else life demands and throws my way and therefore not finishing things in the time-frame I had hoped is incredibly stressful. (I am a planner, through and through.) Add a long list of obligations on top of the daycare business and well…. the only time I get time to think, craft, or blog is when I put off other things I should be doing or lose precious sleep.

 

I’m not trying to throw myself a pity party, honestly my brain just felt as though it were turning to mush. So… I just wanted to drop a line and say that I’m alive, kicking, crafting, and trying my best to do well and stay on top of things, including my blog, but until I check a few more things off my list I probably won’t be able to update again. Now that I’ve said that I’m sure things will smooth out in a couple of days. *sigh* Such is life. This too shall pass, things could always be worse, and all of those other silly phrases. I should be grateful for my stresses. I’m trying to be!

 

April is my spirit animal.

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Smoothie love!

A couple of years ago was when I was first diagnosed with a blood clot. I’m fairly young. No illnesses run in my family. I was shocked. The process of being treated following the diagnosis left more than a little to be desired. I had to get my blood drawn twice a week to monitor my INR levels, for 6+ months. For the first two weeks after I had to take Lovenox injections twice a day on top of the Warfarin I had to take for 6+ months. Beside the most obvious side effects of bruising easily and excess bleeding (a cut in the shower would continue to bleed for 24hrs) Warfarin interacts with pretty much every other drug/vitamin/supplement there is. I was also warned off eating dark veggies. Nothing high in vitamin B. No blue berries. Nothing high in iron. It was really hard to even begin to make healthy life decisions. Plus the nausea it gave me along with constantly making me tired and ache-y made it impossible to do anything active. Needless to say I gained about 20lbs since my initial diagnosis. I was diagnosed again about a year after the initial diagnosis and was devastated when they decided to repeat the whole process again, including keeping me in the hospital for 3 days. When they told me that people who are diagnosed with blood clots more than once were prescribed Warfarin for life I vowed to find a way to continue to live my life without it.

I took the medicine as prescribed for several months but after making a big move with my son earlier this year I decided I couldn’t live my life feeling so sick all the time…. so I decided to start eating better and see if it helped. Part of that is having 2 smoothies a day, everyday. I also stopped taking my medicine. I mix it up but the majority of my smoothies consist of fresh fruit. There are several fruits and veggies I’m allergic to so it’s not all beets, cucumbers, and kale. And you know what? That’s ok. I’m not trying to supplement meals or lose weight at lightening speed. I’m just trying to feel good, honestly. And the good news is, I do! I really really do. So I decided to take a picture of my lunch time smoothie today and share it with everyone.

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I always use a couple of frozen ingredients. I’m allergic to strawberries and pineapple when they aren’t frozen. For some reason freezing them takes the itchiness of consuming them. I’m not violently allergic, so don’t misunderstand. (It was an allergy that arose after being pregnant with my son.) The rest are all organic. I mix it up occasionally and sometimes use other ingredients such as: milled flax-seed, sometimes I use purified water in place of almond milk, kale, occasionally I’ll throw in a tangerine or an orange, or more or less of something shown in this smoothie. The only things I always include are grapes, blueberries, and spinach. I don’t claim to be an expert or even overly educated in regards to nutrition, but this combination is what works for me. It also fills you up pretty good so naturally you eat less. I still have a normal dinner and snacks or a brunch if I feel like I have to. But this has worked amazingly for me. Normally my leg (where the clot is) would begin to ache after a few days without taking my medicine but it’s been two months now with absolutely none of the pain I suffered with before. No stomach pain, no leg pain, no swelling. It’s been pretty awesome. I don’t measure out my ingredients. I use the Magic Bullet to mix all of my smoothies, giving me the full benefit of juice, flesh, seeds, and skin.

 

Hopefully someone finds this helpful. (Sorry, Tiff. lol Blue berries are magical! I love you.) I should also mention that I went from consuming an obscene amount of caffeine and artificial sweetener a week to none at all with the aid of these smoothies. They give me more natural energy than any soft drink or energy drink I’ve ever had.

Grandma’s First Tattoo

It’s funny how plans go out the window in the wake of several electricity outages over the course of the day. On the bright side though, I did get several crochet bows finished that I’d been working on.

So… no crafty post today but instead I will share with you the story of my 81year old Grandmother getting her first tattoo recently. She got it done a couple of weeks ago. She’d planned to go with my brother, who is joining the Marines in May, but he decided not to get his done until after boot camp. So she went with my Aunt instead. Everyone was sort of shocked because she’s always talked with pure disgust about everyone else’s tattoos, mine included. But as she put it, she’d done everything else naughty except this, so she wanted to. She’s a spunky old gal and I am always proud to call her my Grandma…. especially with her new ink. It’s nothing spectacular or amazing… just…

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(It’s still healing, but we ran into her at the fabric store so I snapped a picture.) It’s supposed to be Apple of my eye. The letters stand for Kids, Grandkids, and Greatgrandkids. 🙂 I think it’s pretty sweet. She’s such a badass. I hope I’ll be that badass at 81.

First things first.

When I decided to start up a blog for the first time in 10 years (yes, that’s right, I blogged before everyone and their grandmother even knew what a blog was) I didn’t expect such a horribly shitty thing to happen on the exact same day. Since I had no way of knowing such a thing would happen, obviously, I didn’t expect to address it. There isn’t a lot I can say though. My heart goes out to everyone in Boston affected by this tragedy. Actually, strike that, my heart goes out to all of the kind-hearted, decent human beings in not just this country, but everywhere who heard about it and felt deep sadness to hear and see so many innocent victims suffering. I make a point not to watch the news generally, but the television was on some silly cooking show for background noise and *BREAKING NEWS* popped up and I just had to look. I get most of my news from friends, family, and various forms of online media indirectly, usually, but there it was…. in living color. Live for the whole world to absorb. As I type twitter has informed me one of the confirmed dead is an 8 year old child. It’s sickening and sad. There aren’t words for situations like this but I’m desperately trying to look on the bright side. There is always a bright side. It was really heart-warming to see so many people on the tv scrambling to help those who were hurt. There are lots of good people in the world… I need to remember that in times like these.

Another tragedy to hear about was the mustard tiger himself Richard Collins (who played Phil Collins on the show Trailer Park Boys) passed away unexpectedly. They’re currently filming Trailer Park Boys 3 and Collins was reprising his role as Philadelphia Collins for the movie. It sure puts a damper on my excitement for the new movie… :\ As Mike Smith said, RIP Buddy.

My “true” first blog post will come shortly, but I would have felt like a jerk if I didn’t address the current events, even if they’re unhappy ones. Sometimes it’s hard to keep a light-hearted approach to the world around me but I’ll try to do my best when it comes to blogging in the future, friends!