throwback thursday {31 days}

It’s October and that means it’s time for the blog-worlds big hosting of 31 days of…
I’ve participated on and off through the years and both times it’s been a craft related adventure.


he first year time was back in 2011 where I attempted to do a project of some sort everyday. I’m telling you it was crazy stressful and I won’t be repeating that again. You can find all my attempts at projects here.

The second year was in 2012 when I decided to challenge myself to a different embroidery stitch every day. It’s probably been one of my most popular pins on pinterest and I learned a lot!


This year I am back joining in with the 31 dayers, but I’m not crafting with materials, but rather with words. I’ve reopened my journal/writing blog and I’m challenging myself to write everyday. Those writing muscles that used to be so loose and free are super tensed up and I’m ready to let loose.

31 days of embroidery {rope stitch}

Last year I participated in the Covered in Stitches contest over at Feeling Stitchy. I hemmed and hawed for days on what book cover to do and finally settled on a trio of embroideries based on Where the Wild Things Are. Alas I didn’t come close to winning, but it was a great way to stretch my stitching skills.

One of the stitches I learned during that process was the rope stitch. I used it to stitch one of the wild things hair and I love how it turned out.

max and wild thing close up

The key thing to remember with this stitch is that it is a tiny one. The closer your stitches are together, the more of that “rope” effect you will get. When I started out practicing this stitch, my first attempt looked horrible because I was making too large of stitches.

Covered in Stitches Entry: SNEAK PEEK

Here’s another great example of what you can do with the rope stitch by AnneliesePe

So here goes! This is really a pretty easy stitch that just looks difficult. It’s basically a chain stitch, you just aren’t linking it from the inside. You are stitching on the outside “waist” of the stitch before.

Here’s a link to photo directions

and here is my video!

31 days of embroidery {heavy chain stitch}

The heavy chain stitch is a new stitch to me. I honestly tried this stitch at least 4 times following the directions in my embroidery book, but I’m still not sure I’m doing it right. I hesitate to show you my crazy video, but just know that it’s my version and could very well lead you astray!

Here is a great example by libbygirl of the heavy chain stitch being used as a decorative line in this sweet embroidered baby announcement.

Here’s another great example from needle n’thread. If you follow the link, there is also a great video showing you how to do this stitch.


Here is a link to great photo directions

and here is my video (I tried it out by myself today. A little steadier, but still off due to the large hand)

31 days: the bathroom AFTER

Day 12: the bathroom reveal

I cannot tell you how pleased I am with how this bathroom turned out!

This is the first time I’ve painted with semi-gloss and it was a bit tough, not to mention the fact that this brown was sooo dark. But after everything was hung up in there, the imperfections in the sheetrock were easily hidden.

The only thing new in this bathroom is the little blue shelf. Everything else was something that was in there before, so overall this little re-do cost me a quart of paint, plus the shelf. Basically less than $20. I forget how just painting something can change a room so much!

bathroom after

bathroom after

I think my favorite thing in this bathroom is the shelf I found at Habitat ReStore. This little guy cost me $4.50, plus $3.50 for paint and a little bit of time. I lucked out and found exactly the color of paint that I was wanting too!

Here is the before:
habitat shelf before

And here is the after:
habitat shelf

Yippee for quick room renovations!

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31 days: stuffed animals…ah!!!

Day 10: organizing the small zoo in my daughter’s room

My daughter’s room is quickly becoming overrun with all sorts of toys and I’m in the process of super-organizing her room, much to her dismay. I’m still working out storage for a bunch of other things, but the first thing I wanted to tackle was all her stuffed animals.

stuffed animal mess

closet mess before

I’ve tried a bunch of different options and honestly every container I tried was just too small and she would have to dump them all out to find the one she had in her heart to find. (see exhibit A and B above) Picking up after herself is not her favorite pastime, so I had to come up with some sort of easy solution.

Enter Pinterest. I found a bunch of different cute options,

Source: via Anna on Pinterest















This one mostly makes me nuts. If we ever have THAT many stuffed animals, please send me to rehab!















But I opted for the using what I had on had and adapted this idea using elastic and upholstery tacks.



A little bit of elastic later (and no, I didn’t measure. It’s Monday after all!)

stuffed animal storage

And voila!
stuffed animal storage complete!

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Up next tomorrow…who knows! You will have to check back and see. I’ve got all sorts of things on my list to complete!


31 days: our favorite bread recipe

Day 9: our favorite bread recipe

our favorite bread recipe

I have to be honest, today is a freebie day for me. I haven’t shared this recipe yet on the blog and knew that I would probably need a couple of easy creating sort of day and I chose today to be a freebie day!

I’ve been making bread for us for at least 3 months…long enough that when I brought a store-bought loaf home last week my son asked me why I bought bread 🙂 I got this recipe from a good friend of mine and it rocks. Super easy and I can get 3 small loaves out of. I kind of prefer the smaller loaves because they don’t really get too dry before we have to crack into another one. We can get by with 3 loaves a week, usually.

Here’s the recipe:

1 1/2 cups hot water
1/3 cup oil (I use organic canola oil)
1/3 cup honey
1 egg
2 tsp salt
1 T lecithin (make sure it’s non-gmo. This week I didn’t have any and the loaves came out fine. They just dry out a bit quicker)
1 t gluten
4 – 4 1/2 cups flour (I do 1 cup unbleached all-purpose and 3 – 3 1/2 cups white whole wheat)
1 T yeast
1/2 cup ground flax seeds

Combine ingredients as listed into a breadmaker and run through the dough cycle.
After the dough cycle is complete, remove and knead gently and then split into 2-3 loaves.
Let rise again until at least doubled in bulk. I usually put mine in the oven with the light on until I remember that they are there 🙂
Bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes.


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31 days: freezer inventory

Day 8

While this may not be filed completely under “being crafty” it is something that I saw on Pinterest. I saw this picture while pinning one day and knew that I needed to do that.

Source: via Lisa on Pinterest



We don’t have a stand up freezer and I knew writing on the top would be silly. So, lucky for me I found a spare white board in the basement!

I figured out what things we eat and freeze most often, took a red sharpie and got busy.

Now, the true test will be if I actually keep track of things!


Tomorrow…a staple recipe in our house.


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