Crochet Blankets

Here are a couple of projects that I have been working over the last 6 months.

The Yarn!

This pattern works up in a diagonal. It was a lot of fun to make.

Almost done.

The blanket is finally done. The picture doesn’t do this blanket any justice. It is a gorgeous baby blanket, fit for a princess! I hope that my cousin gets lots of use out of this blanket.

This is another blanket I am working on for a friend. I love the fall colours!

 

Crochet Projects ~ February to April, 2014

I am sorry that it has taken so long to post anything. We have had a bunch ups a downs since January. We were in the process of ordering and securing a brand new modular home, which was extremely exciting for us. To finally have rooms for each of the children and lots of space to hang out. Just before we were going to pay for our order the water system crashed on our farm. Since water is a priority, we had to put our purchase on a definite hold. We have a temporary water line hooked up until the contractor can come and dig new lines.  The old lines are 30 years old and it is not surprising that the water system finally  gave out. As, the snow melted and we got looking around at other things that need maintaining, we notice that our shop roof needs to be replaced. So, we are now planning on getting that fixed this year. Fortunately we can do all of that work ourselves. As much as it was disappointing to not be able to buy our new home at this time, I think a higher power may of been looking out for us. Now we will have what we need to complete all of the repairs. Since I didn’t have to gear up for a move, I have been busy crocheting. Here are the products I have completed since February. Braided Beanie_web This is a Braided Beanie. The pattern for this Beanie  can be found on Liz McQueen’s  Ravelry store or on Playin’ Hooky Designs website. Rainbow jacket 1_web

Baby Hoodie

Rainbow Jacket 2_web

 

Birdie Beanie_webBird Hat

Polar Bear Hat_webPolar Bear Hat

Teady Bear Crochet Blanket_webA baby blanket made for a friend, Teddy Bear #58.

Girafe Hat_webGiraffe Baby Beanie.

Slouchy hat_webA cable crochet slouch beanie.

I also have three blankets on the go. I am trying my hand at Tunisian crochet, a baby blanket. It is a great challenge and is very slow going. Fortunately it is a project for me and not a client. I am working on a chevron pattern blanket for a friend and another baby blanket for a family member.

DIY Cleaning Products ~ My New Favorites

I am trying to cut down on the amount of chemicals I use in my home. So, I am turning to more natural and safer alternatives. Hoping to find solutions that use products that I may already have in my pantry or that are relatively cheap to buy. Over the last few months I have been trying different cleaning solutions that I have found on the internet. The goal is to find the right cleaning products for me.

I was one of those people who would be sucked in by the newest cleaning products on the market, and I would buy them. I have a cupboard full of products that didn’t live up to their hype and have wasted hundreds of dollars in the process.

In the last few weeks I have come across two homemade cleaning options that work better (for me) than commercial products. Laundry Soap is the first product I have found a great homemade recipe for. I was buying a leading brands capsule type laundry soap, as it was convenient and easy for the kids to use. In our home it is the kids responsibility to do their own laundry. I found that sometimes the packaging wouldn’t dissolve completely and would stick to my clothes resulting in have to rewash that article of clothing. My time and my children’s time is valuable having to redo laundry because a product did not work properly, wastes our time.

I found this great recipe for homemade laundry soap on the web site called How Does She? I find that this laundry soap is absolutely amazing. I love how clean my clothes come out, even hubbies work clothes come out cleaner than when I used a leading commercial brand. I still spot treat stains though. This soap is easy for the kids to use and it was inexpensive to make. There were a couple of changes I made to the recipe though. The recipe calls for “Zote” soap…good luck finding it here in Canada. I used “Sunlight” laundry bar soap instead. It also calls for” Purex Crystals”, I used “Downy Unstopables”and the next time I make this laundry soap I will be using “Scenty’s Washer Whiffs”.

This recipe cost me about $50 to make. According to the information in the above recipe this laundry soap should last a year with doing 6 loads of laundry a week. So, that works out to 312 loads a year, 26 loads a month. My homemade laundry soap costs me $4.17 a month working out to about $0.16/load. My commercial brand soap costs $16.97 for 57 loads which works out to $0.30/load. I am so glad that I made the switch!

Laundry Soap 1_web

It makes lots of soap. The laundry soap was near the top when I started using it. This container is the large Tupperware container that holds a 10Kg bag of sugar.

Laundry Soap 2_web

The other cleaning homemade cleaning product that I love is a multi-purpose cleaning spray. I found the recipe on Pinterest. I could not find the source though to give proper credit.

The Recipe:

2 Tbsp. – Borax

4 Tbsp.   Vinegar

3 drops – Dish Soap

Water.

Put first 3 ingredients into a large spray bottle. Add water to the top, shake to mix.

Cleaning Ingredients_web

Top of Fridge_webThis is the top of my fridge which is cover in grease and dirt.

Top Fridge Clean_web

The top of my fridge clean. I sprayed and wiped. No scrubbing!!

Dirty Food Processor

My food Processor covered with grease and grime, that would not normally come off without a fight.

Clean Food Processor_web

I just sprayed my cleaning solution on and wipe the grime right off.

I love how well this spray works. It makes cleaning a breeze. A word of caution though, I would test it before using it on all surfaces. On our glossy table it will streak if left to air dry.

Do you have a favorite homemade cleaning product? Please feel free to share.

 

Baby Hats…..

I was going through all of my left over yarn from my projects since Christmas and putting them away. I could not believe the amount of yarn I had left over!

I could use my left over yarn to make Granny Squares, I may still do that. I really wanted to do something different with my left over yarn. I got thinking about a local group who had asked before Christmas for crocheted or knitted baby hats. I was too busy to contribute at that time. Well, now I have some time. I thought that this would be a great use of my left over yarn.

These are some of the hats that I have completed with left overs from other projects. The following patterns are free.

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hat2_web

Newborn Baby Beanie ~ Free Crochet Pattern on Ravelry, by Barb J.R.

hat3_web

hat5_web

hat8_webKnit & Crochet Preemie Hats ~ by Red Heart

hat7_web

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These patterns I found on an awesome blog called The Dainty Daisy. The post that I read is called Rosie’s Cozies is Ready for Action. Here you can find many links to different baby beanie patterns. I appreciate the work that Betsy put in to provide all the links. If you have the time, you may want to check out her blog!

These two hats are also free patterns, but I do not remember where I found them.

hat4_web

hat9_web

This next baby beanie is one that I created. It is still a work in progress. There are some pattern kinks that I have to work out. I will share that pattern on this post at a later date.

hat6_web
All of the above hats will be donated to a local NICU. This next hat however, is one that I made to go with the baby blanket I made. You can read about it on my post called January 2014 ~ What a Busy Month

babyowlhatcollage This hat has some serious cuteness going on! This particular pattern can be found at Repeat Crafter Me. My girls totally fell in love with this hat.

I am continually looking for new crochet projects. Do you have any ideas you want to share? I would like to hear from you!

January 2014 ~ What a Busy Month!

The first month of this new year has been busier for me than most January’s. It presented me with some challenges, which is always good.

The first highlight of this month was a Social Benefit I helped to organize for a local family who suddenly lost their husband and father at the beginning of December. What is unique about this family is that they are from the Philippines and have moved here recently (in the last 3-4 years). I call that recent as I have been living in this wonderful community for 27 years. What an awesome experience it was. I have never organized an event and this one came together so nicely. People came out to volunteer their services, time, and items for a silent auction. The support was overwhelming. Our little community raised over $7000 in our one night event.

During the height of organizing this event, our area had a massive wind storm. Winds gusting anywhere from 100km/h-170km/h. This wind crippled many of our internet towers causing many of us to be without internet. Our service provider informed us today that it has taken them 17 days to get all the towers repaired. We do not normally get winds that strong. It really sucked not being able to get onto the internet! I am very relieved to have it back.

I finally got my Owl Baby Blanket finished. It turned out really well. I am so happy with it! To read more about this project check out Owl Baby Blanket Update (http://fortheloveofmyhomeblog.com/2013/12/09/owl-blanket-update/) and Latest Crochet Project (http://fortheloveofmyhomeblog.com/2013/12/06/latest-crochet-project/)

baby blanket

Front

baby blanket

Back

I love how the backing covers up all the tag ends from sewing on the eyes and beaks.

I am now in search of my next crochet project. Does anybody have any ideas, please share?

Bringing In The New Year ~ 2014

I am a little sadden to say good bye to 2013 as it was a good year for us.

2014 is looking to be very promising though! This will be a year of change and I am excited about the possibilities of what could transpire. Yes, I am being cryptic with good reason! Be assured that when I can share the news I will.

Tonight is the first time that my hubby, kids, and I will be brining in the New Year with Fireworks!! I can’t wait.

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Wishing all of you the very best in 2014. May it be a year of health, joy and blessings!

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Hmm…Interesting…Smart Phone Apps and Teens

As I was reading Rediscovered Families on Facebook this morning. She had a very interesting link to an article called 4 Apps Teens Love that Parents Need to Monitor

I am a parent to teens and have never heard of the Apps mentioned in the article. It is kind of scary,  the things that kids and young adults are doing with these apps. I feel compelled to share this article with you. Please take the time to read the article, share it, and talk to your teens. I know it has raised some questions for me and I will be having a sit down chat with my teens about these Apps and others like it.

I want to keep my kids as safe as possible in a world that is technological advancing faster than I like.

I should probably mention that I do not agree with spyware on the kids phones and computers. I believe in open communication with my kids about the risks associated with certain behaviours on social media.

Just when I thought I had it figured out, it all changes again!

I hope all of you are enjoying your Christmas break, I know that I am enjoying mine. :)