Jan
31

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How To Reupholster A Couch – Continued



Okay, I know it’s been several months since my first post on how to reupholster a couch, where I focused on the cushions of the couch. But this is a giant project so I guess I put it off as long as I could. I even tried to convince myself that the cushions matched the couch so it wasn’t too bad!

Alas I could take it no more so here are the continuing videos 2-4. I’ll post the rest when I get them finished, which should hopefully be soon because this project has torn apart my whole living room… which spread into the dining room, and the kitchen… And if I keep sending my husband to work with TV dinners he may stop being so supportive of my decorating project :-)

Reupholster at your own risk!

How To Reupholster A Couch Part 2

How To Reupholster A Couch Part 3

How To Reupholster A Couch part 4

 

How To Reupholster A Couch Part 5

 How To Reupholster A Couch Part 6

& just in case you missed the first one: How To Reupholster A Couch (Part 1)


If you could redecorate one room in your house what would it be?

Jan
24

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Storing Carrot Juice



I love the way carrot juice makes me feel.  Carrot juice has some AMAZING health benefits.  Check out this VIDEO if you aren’t convinced yet!  But I don’t have time to make it every day.  So here’s a cool trick for storing carrot juice if you have a busy schedule so you can work juicing into your schedule a couple times a week if you can’t do it every day.

Make sure to put your carrot juice in a glass jar (not plastic).  After all the work you just put into make that healthy juice you don’t want to risk any plastic chemicals leaching into it!

Storing Carrot Juice

Jan
22

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How To Make Carrot Juice


I’ve made a lot of dietary changes over the last two years. It hasn’t been easy to implement a lot of these changes, but I’m so glad I have. One of the biggest changes I’ve made has been to add carrot juice to my daily routine.

I still don’t like to taste of it, I’m not gonna lie I don’t understand how people think it tastes good!

What I love about carrot juice is what it does for my mind, my skin, and my body. Drinking raw carrot juice is better than any energy drink on the market and instead of a bunch of harmful side effects it’s TOTALLY good for you. Have you tried carrot juice before? Are you ready to learn how to make carrot juice?
If you’re interested in learning more about the benefits of carrot juice you should watch this video.

How To Make Carrot Juice

Jan
22

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Crochet Cherries


When I made the cherry tomato pattern for my crochet salad I knew I just had to make crochet cherries!  I’d already figured out how to make the cherry part which meant I only had to figure out the leaf.  Now thank goodness for the ability to unravel yarn and start over because I made some seriously ugly leaves on my quest to make the perfect cherry leaf :-)  

I hope you have as much fun with this crochet cherries pattern as I did.

Crochet Cherries

 

Crochet Cherries Pattern

You need an H crochet hook and red & green yarn.

To make the cherry:

With red yarn: Chain 3, join loop with a slip stitch.

Chain 2, work 4 DC in each of the 3 spaces, join with a slip stitch to the beginning (12 total DC)

Chain 1, work 1 SC in each space all the way around, join with a slip stitch (12 total SC)

Chain 1, (skip 1 space, SC 1) repeat until the hole is small enough to close up with a slip stitch. If you do too many it will kind of bubble out at the end.

Cut thread, tie off, and hid inside the cherry.

Repeat these steps until you have 3 cherries.

For the leaf:

With green yarn: Chain 2, go back to the 1st chain you made and work 2 DC in it.

Chain 2, work 2 DC in each space (4 total DC)

Chain 2, turn project, wrap the yarn around the hook, skip the first space and go into the next space. Grab some yarn and pull it through. At this point you have 3 loops on the hook. Wrap around and go through 2 of those loops. Wrap around and skip the next space and go into the last space, grab some thread and pull it through, at this point you’ll have 4 loops on the hook. Wrap the yarn around and go through 2 of the loops. Wrap the yarn around and go through all 3 loops. This completes the leaf.

Now, to connect the leaf to the cherry:

Ch 7 and join to cherry with a slip stitch tie off, cut and hide thread.

Join the thread to the same area you connected the last cherry and repeat the “Ch 7 and join to cherry with a slip stitch tie off, cut and hide thread.” 2 more times.

Hide all of the green threads inside the main body of the leaf.

Jan
19

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Vegan Ranch Dressing



We stopped eating dairy a few months ago and I’m not about to say it’s been easy.  I’ve gone back and forth over the years but I always feel better when dairy is out of my life.  So I decided to draw the imaginary line in that imaginary sand… and here’s to not crossing it!  This recipe for vegan ranch dressing comes out of the desparation of NEEDING ranch dressing.  It was my favorite salad dressing (which is amazing because I can’t stand dill in just about anything else).

Anyway, you might need to halve this recipe if you don’t have a big old heavy duty vitamix.  I like to make up a big old batch and freeze it in little 4 oz jelly jars or old baby food jars.  Then it’s already neatly packaged to send in my husband’s lunches.  This also helps guarantee I’m never REALLY out of salad dressing.  Have you ever considered giving up milk and cheese?

Vegan Ranch Dressing

Vegan Ranch Dressing Recipe

3 cups cashews
3 cups water
2 tsp salt
1/2 cup lemon juice
1 tbsp onion powder
2 tsp garlic powder
2 tsp dried dill
2 tsp dried basil
1/2 tsp dried rosemary
1/2 tsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp dried thyme

Jan
19

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Inspiring Stories – Cloth Diapers



Sometimes (or if you are like me a LOT of times) us moms just need some encouragement. I think a big part of it for me comes from the isolation of being a stay at home mom. I don’t have a boss telling me how awesome I am, and let’s face it as a mom I pretty much have to repeat the same tasks on a day to day basis.

It’s time to make dinner again… I just swept that floor, and it’s dirty already… time to feed the baby again… time to change the baby’s diaper again!

My Grandma is a veritable font of inspiring stories. She’s lived a hard life and is better for it. Over and over again I see that learning to be grateful for my circumstances cuts out the pity party. My husband and I were discussing the other day that we live better than Kings and Queens in times past thanks to our modern conveniences of running water, electricity, and one of my favorites my washing machine!

What are you grateful for?

Inspiring Stories – Cloth Diapers

Jan
14

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What Are Carrots Good For

If you’ve ever asked yourself what are carrots good for here’s your answer! The benefits of carrot juice are just about endless but one of my absolute favorites is the benefits of carrot juice for skin.  Watch my video to find out why you should start juicing ASAP!

What Are Carrots Good For

VIDEO TRANSCRIPT:  What are carrots good for

Today we’re gonna talk about carrot juice. In fact we’re going to make some carrot juice. Carrots have amazing health benefits. They’re loaded with vitamins and minerals and all kinds of things to help you be healthier.

People often ask me well why don’t you just eat carrots but lets be honest with ourselves how many carrots could we eat? Maybe 4, that would be a lot of carrots to eat. But, if we juice we can get the healing power of an amazing amount of carrots in 1 glass of juice.

So for example with my juicer I can get over 2 quarts of juice from the 10 pound bag of carrots. So that’s a lot of vitamins. With juicing we get those vitamins K, C, B 6, B3, and A. All of those vitamins and also minerals, magnesium, folate, calcium, phosphorous, even potassium in this amazing carrot.

So, let’s make some carrot juice today. We just press the carrot in the top. And it’s just that easy. So like I said from that 10 lb bag of carrots I’m going to get over 2 quarts of juice.

Now you’ve probably heard that carrots are good for your eyes, everyone knows that. Everyone has heard that. So let’s look inside a carrot and you’re going to notice that the inside of a carrot actually looks like an eye. I find that very amazing. So yes it’s true carrots are good for your eyes. And in fact with the high doses of that beta carotene vitamins and minerals we’re getting in carrot juice we can help our eyesight particularly with night vision or looking at things in dim situations.

Also the carrot is going to help prevent macular degeneration and cataracts which is a leading cause of blindness in the elderly. So that’s just one benefit, the eyes is just one benefit.

Also the carrots have been linked to the reduction of a lot of different diseases. Stroke, heart conditions, just to name a few. Now if you’re only motivated by aesthetics just think about this drinking carrot juice is going to give you amazing glowing skin. From the inside out it’s going to help your skin. Have you ever noticed if you look at the natural beauty products of the skin lotions how many of them have carrot seed oil extracts in them?

So, today let’s have a glass of carrot juice and drink to your good health.

Jan
11

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Crochet Onion


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This crochet onion is super easy to make!

This is the last video in my crochet salad play food series, the crochet onion. This just might be the easiest part of the whole salad! Check out the crochet lettuce, and the crochet cherry tomato if you missed them. If you keep scrolling down there is a video and a free crochet pattern for the play food onion.

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Crochet salad

 

 

 

 

 

 

I know you’re probably sick of hearing me talk about it, but go read this article on the dangers of plastic in toys and you’ll see making your own toys isn’t just about saving money, it’s about keeping your kids safe.  

“Think about it. Plastic toys often contain PVC (Polyvinyl chloride), Phthalates , BPA (Bisphenol A ) which is an endocrine disruptor that can mimic the body’s own hormones has been known to leach. Many synthetic and even some organic cotton based soft toys are filled with petroleum based polyfill which children sleep with and often suck on when teething” Melinda- Ecotoys.com

Our home isn’t plastic free by any means, but we are trying to be really careful about everything we buy from this point on.  One of the easiest places to start is with younger children.  They haven’t watched enough TV to know that they want a Barbie Doll, or a Power Ranger action figure.  They can grow up thinking your toys are “normal” and cool. 

The more we try to keep plastic out of our lives, the more simple our lives become.  Birthdays don’t have to revolve around buying a big pile of plastic toys.  Choose to buy or make toys that will last and encourage your child’s imagination.  We still have legos (because my kids LOVE to build things) but we also have Lincoln logs, and building blocks.

 

Crochet Onion

Crochet Onion Pattern

With an H crochet hook and the white yarn:

Chain 25 and join with a slip stitch

Ch 1, and SC in each space all the way around, join with a slip stitch, cut thread, tie off, and hide

Switch to purple yarn.

Ch 1, 2SC in each space all the way around, join with a slip stitch, cut thread, tie off, and hide

What are some of your favorite environmentally friendly kids toys?

 

Jan
10

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Crochet Cherry Tomatoes


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These are so fun you might get carried away!

Before I show you how to crochet cherry tomatoes I just want to give a warning that these are not meant for small children.  Anything that is small enough to fit down a roll of toilet paper should be considered a choking hazard.  So please be safe!

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Play food is a great handmade gift.

These crochet cherry tomatoes are part of a larger series on how to crochet play food.  Check out these other parts:  crochet lettuce, and crochet onion.

Crochet Cherry Tomatoes

Crochet Pattern for Cherry Tomatoes

 Chain 3, join with a slip stitch

Ch 2, 4 DC in each of the 3 chains (12 total DC), join with a slip stitch

Ch 1, 1 sc in each space around, join with a slip stitch

ch 1, (1 SC, skip 1) all the way around until you reach a natural finish point.  Then join with a slip stitch, tie off and hide the thread.

 

Jan
9

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Crochet Lettuce

 

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Your kiddos can bend this crochet lettuce and unlike plastic toys it won’t snap and break!

Here’s a free pattern for how to crochet lettuce… actually it’s more than just a free pattern it’s a video tutorial too. Just keep scrolling down to watch the video. I’m a bit of a health nut so I’m always a little annoyed when play food sets contain burgers and fries, pizza, and every dessert imaginable.

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This crochet lettuce looks like little flowers :-)

Here are some reason you should make your own play food:

  • Save money- this project only uses PENNIES worth of yarn.
  • Plastic Free – plastic is some scary stuff!
  • Healthy Play- you get to choose exactly what you want your kiddos playing with

 

how to make play food

Crochet salad

I’ve made an entire crochet salad.  Click here to see the other pieces.

Crochet Lettuce

Crochet Lettuce Pattern

 

You will need:

  • An H Crochet Hook
  • med weight green yarn

Ch 3, Join with a slip stitch

Chain 2, 3 double crochet in each space around (9 total DC)

Ch 2, (5 DC in next space, slip stitch in next space) x5

Tie off, and hide the thread.  Repeat until you have enough crochet lettuce to fill you play food bowl (at least).  

Have you ever made a toy for your child?  What was it? 



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