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Organizing and Catching Up

I love October. So many yummy fall flavors and scents.  It gets me in the mood to do some new creative projects and to clean up my space.  I started working on crochet beaded necklaces, which, for me, meant sorting out the knot of embroidery floss I had wound up in a ball.

So I repurposed some mini clothespins from the wedding and found a way to sort through it all! The little scraps ended up on the little pins, and the bigger pieces are on the medium size pins.  They look so cute in the little glass jar.

In other news, I went to visit my sister in New Jersey and we went apple picking! I love picking the apples fresh from the trees and then coming home and making something yummy out of them.  This batch I made into homemade applesauce in preparation for getting my wisdom teeth out yesterday.

Apples to become Applesauce

I’ve made applesauce a few times before, but this is by far the best batch I’ve made.  It’s so sweet and tangy and the same time, with just the right amount of cinnamon.  I only wish I had made more!

Apples who didn't make the cut

These apples are just for eating – too tart for applesauce.

Amidst all of this, I’ve made significant progress on my baby blanket.  It’s just about halfway! I think I will be able to make my Nov 30 deadline with ease.

Baby Blanket halfway done!

And I made socks! I’ve always wanted to try to make socks, and I found a relatively simple pattern and got to work! The only thing I don’t like about crochet socks is that they take a long time to make…But I really like the finished product.  I might have to buy some more sock yarn and make some more. Christmas presents perhaps?

Just a small picture from my phone…

What have you been up to in October?

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Weekend Project: New Cushion

I love crafty projects.  I just finished planning a wedding, so now I have lots of free time and brain space to work on new things.  And the ideas are flowing! Not only am I cranking out the blanket I’ve been working on, but I had time to make myself a new cushion for my stool.

Here’s my stool. It’s wooden and hard.  Not bad for when I’m just doing a bit of work during the day, but it really takes a toll on my behind after a day of sitting on it.

Before Picture.
Hard to concentrate on work when your butt is sore…

So, off the the craft store to pick up some great fabric:

Fabric ready to go
Loved the little flower buttons on this one. And it was on sale!

And after about 2 hours of measuring, pinning, pinning again, sewing, and stuffing, I came out with this: A beautiful, overstuffed cushion! I’m pretty proud of myself for this, as my sewing skills are not super-great.

Weekend Project - after photo!
Very happy to have some padding under me :)

So that’s what I did with my weekend.  What did you make this weekend?