Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Happy Halloween!

Indeed! :) This was the best Halloween yet :) The foyer was decorated, I was in costume today to hand out candy and I got to see another happy customer model one of my creations :)

Look at this little cutie! :) He's the roughest toughest viking there is! Just look at how he sharpens his ax with his teeth! :) ;) That would intimidate anybody who might have to fight him, no? ;)

This lil boys parents are super awesome - not only did they get him a hand knit viking hat (complete with horns and faux knit fur!) and a matchin fur vest,  but they made his stroller into a boat as well! :) I'm so glad to be sharing these photos with you - compliments of his mother :). Thank you again Julie! :) all you followers of lostsentiments here, facebook and twitter ... here's to you! :) 
I'd get you a cold one if I could to show my appreciation! :) And if I could I'd do it in the costume I had on today compliments of an awesome co-worker :) You all rock! :) Many many thanks! I hope you all had a happy and safe Halloween! :) 

Monday, October 29, 2012

Bunny Santa, Witchy Cat?

I have awesome customers :) they are so nice! Truly... they send me pictures of their pets with my hats on from time to time and recently I was lucky to get these photos! Had to share - enjoy! :)


Sunday, October 28, 2012

Santa is coming... He is coming!

Said Buddy the Elf! ;) with a wonderful hop, skip and a jump! :) I really like that movie - so playful, light hearted and endearing :). I thought of that line while I took pictures of all these tiny hats! :)

I received and order for 9 Santa hats and then received several orders for individual hats soon after. So last week after work I spent much of my time on my couch with hook and thread in hand shelling out these lovelies :).

Here are a few pictures of the finished hats, some while in progress and a few elf hat photos as well as I received a few orders for those in the same weekend (business is good! ^-^) :)

So as I rallied the hats together as if they each have a personality of their own - I laughed quietly to myself imagining little Buddy Elves coming together and scrambling to help Santa before he leaves the North Pole for his awesome once a year trip. What can I say, my childhood was good to me lol - I look back on the wonder and the possibility of there being a Santa when I was younger, a guy I knew, leaving me gifts for no other reason except that I bothered to ask and tried to be a "good girl" that year... ah nostalgia ;)

I hope you enjoy the pictures! :)

The photo second from the bottom reminds me of when Buddy Elf talked about passing through the seven levels of the Candy Cane forest... :) lol great movie, as always thanks for reading :) 

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Chicken & Spaghetti Squash Noodle Soup

Chicken & Spaghetti Squash Noodle Soup
Pin it for later here.

What you'll need:

1 Onion chopped
4 Carrots sliced
4 Celery stalks diced
1 1/2 tsp Salt
1/2 tsp Pepper
1/2 tsp Basil
1/2 tsp Sage
1 tsp Garlic & Herb Spice
1 - 4 lb Chicken
5 Cups Water
1 Medium Spaghetti Squash

Put all ingredients in a 6 quart crock pot. Cover and cook on low for 8 - 10 hours or 4 - 5 hours on high.

About an hour before the soup is ready remove the chicken and let it cool. While letting it cool, prep the spaghetti squash.

Cut the spaghetti squash lengthwise. Pull out all the seeds and fibers, I use a large spoon to do this ( save the seeds for roasting later if you like! :)). Once both sides are clean fill one half with water and place it in a microwave safe bowl setting the other half right on top. If the squash seems to want to wobble slice a very thin piece from the bottom of the squash to make it stay in place. Microwave for about 10 minutes. Use oven mitts to pull the dish from the microwave it will be really hot! Take the top side of the squash off and let it set while you pull the meat from the chicken. Add all the chicken meat to the soup and return to the spaghetti squash.

Use a fork to pull all of the squash and add to the soup! Let it simmer, all together in the soupy, veggie, meaty goodness for an hour more and then enjoy! :)

If you try it I'd love to know how it turned out for you! :)


Looking for more Low Carb soups or crock pot recipes? 
Since posting this recipe I've started a foodie blog! 

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Friday, October 19, 2012

Where there's a will there's a way... and sometimes a knit viking hat...

...indeed. :)

Good news - I was able to score some of the discontinued TLC Red Amore yarn I was desperately seeking this past week on ebay (yay!) so I will be able to make many, many more santa hats, maybe for years to come lol :) due to the amount coming my way! 

Back to the custom orders I have in queue... I attached the horns the knit viking hat tonight - ta da! :) 

A baby cocoon was also requested from the customer who got the viking hat - here are the pieces I plan on using. They wanted gender neutral and natural yarn to be used with wooden buttons. The buttons I had from an awesome trade with an etsian last year, I'm looking forward to seeing this come to fruition :). 

Thursday, October 18, 2012

The show.. must go on!

I've been able to find some of the discontinued TLC Amore yarn I'm looking for on Ebay but I won't know until tomorrow night if the yarn is mine... so in the interim I finished the set of horns (YES!! ^-^) ...and am super excited to share them with you!! Well with any luck (and blessings from above giving me amazing favor ;))  I will be able to tell you tomorrow night that not only do I have discontinued yarn coming my way BUT I've completed my first knit viking hat with horns! :) I finished the second  horn tonight and am very pleased with how they turned out! I'm very proud of the fact that I was able to work these up with a line curving up each of them further adding some realism to these knitted horns... and I owe it all to the idiots guide of knitting and crocheting book that taught me the basics years ago... no joke :).   I'll be sewing them onto the hat if not tonight then tomorrow and it will most definitely be sent out Saturday.

Okay! No more typing for me - back to work... the show must go on! :) 

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Discontinued Yarn Bites...

What's the big idea? Or rather whose idea was it to discontinue the TLC Amore Red Heart yarn I ask you? WHO O.O I. Want. Names. True, its my fault assuming that a yarn that I use would neva eva eva go out of stock or style or what have you - but c'mon people... you do a an online search for a yarn, it shows up in a store ... I was robbed I tell ya! 3 Michael's, 2 JoAnne Fabric's and an AC Moore later I have options to use, but not thee yarn I need. Have I tried Ebay you might ask? Um, yes, yes I have. 1 skein for nearly $7.00 adding insult to injury that yes, yes this is a discontinued yarn... NOTED... albeit far too late to realize. :p

Gah! I lament no more! Here are the new options for the santa hat red... the middle yarn is the last bit of red the hat was made out of for comparison... care to weigh in on which you like better? The yarn on the far left or right?

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Cheddar Cheese Stuffed Meatballs...

Nom, nom, nom! :) I eat them up! I eat them up with a side of homemade ketchup so as to do away with what sugar I can!

These meatballs are moderately paleo and lower carb than most (that would use bread).

Here's the goods - in bullet point form because I think its easier to read that way ;)

What you need:

Meat Ball:

- 1/4 c heavy whipping cream
- 2 large eggs, beaten
- 1 lb ground beef of your choice
- 1/2 c chopped onion
- 1 T Parmesan cheese
- 2 T coconut flour
- 2 garlic cloves minced
- 1/2 tsp salt
- dash of pepper
- 1/4 c minced cilantro (or herb of your choice)


- cheddar cheese (mild sharp or otherwise, whatever flavor is to your liking will do)

Preheat your oven to 350.

1) Mix all the meatball ingredients together with your hands and mix it up real good like the success of this recipe depends on how well its mixed (because it really is ;))

2) Cut your cheese into about an inch cubes. Cut at least 12.

3) With your hands grab about a golf sized amount of the meatball mix and press it down into the palm of your hand. Add a cheese cube to the middle of the meat ball and work the meat around it, sealing in the cheese.

4) Once you've rolled up your cheese chunks place them in the oven 350 for 30 minutes.

I lined my pan with parchment paper but found in the end still had to clean the pan. Do as you please :). to use or not to use the parchment paper.. that is the question. ;)

NOTE: I got fed up with trying to chop the cilantro - make no mistake, its far easier to cut herbs with scissors than it is to chop them up with a knife... I'll save the wear on my wrists thank you. :) Just wanted to pass that little tidbit on.


Monday, October 8, 2012

Viking Hat gets an Upgrade for a Baby...

Dats right! What? I mean why not? :) If ever someone should don a I'm-gonna-kick-yer-butt viking hat why shouldn't it be a baby? :) In all fairness he's over 6 months old okay? I'm sure he can hold his own ;).

Hahaha :) Joking aside I'm really excited about this project. It came to me as a custom order and I'm writing up the pattern as I go. Mad skillz I know right? ;) The hat is a mix of knit and crochet. Its true I struggled through the main part of the hat, just setting up the base, the canvas if you will... when it comes to making the decreases needed for the crown of a hat, how many wedges you create as you decrease matters! It can really alter the look... so it took me a few tries and much grumbling... I think I had too much coffee ;P and when I'm not seeing progress I wonder just how long is a project really going to take me... more grumble cakes... oye vey... but I did it! I finished the base of the hat, then knit the "plate" and crocheted the "rivets" and sewed them on. I had to make up an ewok that was ordered earlier last week so this is where the project lies. I plan on adding some kick ass horns sometime this week with furry cuffs (oh yes ;)) and will update as I can.

Thank you for reading! :)

We were off to see the Wizard...

... and then HR rained on our parade. ;p

Now, now, in all fairness decorations to our proportions at work might never before been tried (we really went all out!) but you don't know if you don't try right? :) ;)

You might remember my fantaboulous coworker Laura, who ordered a flamingo, a collared necklace, later a set of matching cuffs etc. she's a muse what can I say!? :)  Laura does well to get creative in her own ways acting on both the silver screen and in theater.  Laura had an awesome idea to decorate our cubes with the theme of The Wizard of Oz for the month of October. The first Monday of October our cubes were each donned with our character of choice, I was Dorothy and had an awesome cartoon bubble that says "there's no place like home" and it was above my desk. Laura even brought a tiny stuffed dog in a basket with blue and white gingham fabric.. so fitting... other coworkers were the lollipop guild, complete with spinning lollipops and dum dums lining the cube walls for people to eat... the lion character had garland and a crown of twigs and leaves... so cute :), tin man, scarecrow, the great Oz complete with a curtain that said "Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain" too funny... Emerald city, the white witch and Laura was the wicked witch... it was so much fun! Everyday we'd bring in something more to add to the decor I was feeling a bit cozier in my cube with the decorations... I should have been a teacher ;).

We enjoyed our decorations almost a full week... Friday afternoon we were told to take them down... to say it was a bummer is an understatement... as we took down decorations even the VP of the company asked why... it would seem most people liked the decorations... people who saw me outside the office would ask about what character I was from the team it seemed to be a fun morale lifter but I suppose in any crowd there's bound to be one sorry sap, one party pooper... one sour puss :p

I tell  you this to preface the decorations I'm about to share below... the decorations at work were coming down and heading into the trash... I don't have many Halloween decorations, actually while looking for decorations for the Wizard of Oz theme I found out I might have thrown out the shoe box full I had (with a costume in it :( ) the girls gave me the decorations to take home since they don't have room for storage...

These decorations are for them. I realize its early in October and in truth I don't decorate for Halloween but this, this is for the girls (may our decorations live on!!) and the lil kids who come to the door for candy on Halloween. I hope you like them. I had a lot of fun stringing the cobwebs around and am oddly enough thankful we have a split foyer to do this in :).

Oh! Too funny, after I put them up my sister told me we should call the exterminators since she'd seen a lot of activity near the front  door. HAHAHAHA :) 

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