Saturday, April 21, 2012

Say hello to "Buster"

That's what I've named the bear I just finished knitting for The Mother Bear Project.
Not perfect by any means but I'm excited to make more and improve my work! The embroidery was definitely harder than I expected it to be but I will be using more YouTube videos for help next time!
Without any more suspense, here's Buster!

Monday, April 16, 2012

The Mother Bear Project

I've been knitting for close to 20 years (yes i'm only 28 but I learned quick thanks to my amazing Grandma) and before recently all I ever managed to turn out were scarves and small blankets.
I've been trying to expand my knitting horizons and while doing some surfing on Facebook I came across the Mother Bear Project. MBP is a non profit organization that sends hand knitted and crocheted bears to children in Africa that have been affected by HIV/AIDS.
So I decided to do my part to help and I ordered my kit, which came very quickly I might add!
In the envelope there was a set of knitting needles, yarn, and a pattern, which even for a scardey cat-I'm-only-sticking-to-scarves knitter like me I found the pattern easy to follow.
After another night or two (after I figure out how to sew everything up!) I should be finished and I'll post the finished product here. I can't wait to finish it and start making more bears!
As a bonus I'm impressed with myself that I'm making something more involved and it's given me confidence to try new things!
So if any knitters out there are looking for a project that goes relatively quickly and is also for a great cause, give the Mother Bear Project a try!

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Easter!

I hope everyone who celebrates had a great Easter!
We had a great day with our family and I just love having holidays at our new home. I love having everyone together. I didn't take too many pictures but I did get one of the centeripece I did for our table.
I used peonies, hydrangeas and some stick thinkies from JoAnn's and for the vase I just used an existing vase and put scrap book paper along the inside.




And this is the Bunny Bait. Another recipie inspired by pinterest.
I used:
Plain Popcorn
Pretzel Sticks
Pretzel M&M's
White chocolate (melted and poured on)
Sprinkles (or where I'm from, Jimmies)



After it set up I broke it up and put it into bags for the kids.
I also made but didn't take pictures of:
Funfetti cake batter dip
Lasagne (YUM)

I have a couple of projects I'm currently working on. One is collecting knit/chrochet hats for my local hospital's maternity unit. If you would like to help please contact me -------> over there.

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