Almost done stuff!

It seems my whole life is one big project that is in the process of getting completed! We have our undone house, I have a couple of undone quilts, undone reports for work. You know, the usual. I’m kind of glad that I keep this blog, though, because it does journal that occassionally I DO finish something.

Today, though, I’m going to spotlight a few of my undone projects.

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Orange Cleaner

This is all over Pinterest right now, and since I love using vinegar for my cleaning solution, I thought I’d give this a go. I just stuffed orange rinds in a mason jar and filled with vinegar. I love the antique lid. I found a bunch of those at a garage sale!!

Most of the posts I’ve read say to let it sit for a couple of weeks. It’s so bright and cheery on my counter these gloomy winter days!

I’ve had the orange rinds soaking for a couple of days now, and had to take a sniff today. There is still a fairly strong vinegar odor or fragrance…however you would describe it, but I can already smell the orange. Lovely.

Extracting the orange this way would certainly be a lot cheaper than buying orange essential oil. Some of the bloggers I’ve read use any citrus rind.

I am adding lemons, limes and grapefruit to my shopping list.

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I found this incredibly soft yarn at Hancocks Fabrics last week when I was there for buttons. Didn’t really find the buttons I liked, but I DID find this beautiful yarn from Bernat. It’s called ‘Pipsqueak’, and I’ve got to admit that while I was holding this yarn, I felt compelled to stroke it and sing “Soft Kitty”.                                                  

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This is one of those yarns that makes it incredibly hard to see your stitches, so I decided to do just a simple double crochet stitch throughout the blanket. The soft purples, lavenders and greens are varigated, so I really don’t need any fancy schmancy stitches to make this wonderful.

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I’m just on the third row so far,  and am really happy with how it is turning out. It is so soft! I will post a tutorial later. I just thought I’d give you a look see!

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Placemats

I found this placemat during one of my Goodwill shopping days. It was too nice to pass up, although I doubt I would ever use this as a placemat. I WOULD like to make this in to a purse, though. I haven’t figured it out completely, but the idea is swirling around in my head. I probably won’t get to that until I get the floor laid in my craft room, but that will be a few days yet, so I’m not holding my breath.

 

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Aquarium

My husband gave me a 55 gallon aquarium for Christmas. Right now I have a little 10 gallon one that I enjoy in my living room; this little guy is one of my favorites. He just

 gets so excited when it’s time to eat! His aquarium mates are beautiful glofish, but I couldn’t get a non blurry picture of them!

I am researching and learning more than I ever knew about fish and how to take care of them. Once we get our family room done (it’s almost there!) I will build the stand for the big ole thing and then we’ll get started on our aquarium journey. I’ve heard it’s addicting. I’m hoping by the end of February I will be ready to buy fish!

 Take a minute to let me know what you’re up to. Leave a comment in down below and put a link to YOUR favorite project! I love seeing what other people are doing that is creative!! I get so inspired!

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2 thoughts on “Almost done stuff!

  1. My mom, being a gifted crafter, would enjoy seeing your projects. She’s crocheted a gazillion baby blankets in her lifetime, although she always uses straight baby yarn. I like the yarn you’re working with – pretty! She’s tried her hand at upholstery and stripping/varnishing and sewed everything from clothes to wedding dresses (just one I think).

    I would say her crowning achievement has been putting together family genealogy since she was 20 years old, so that’s been something she’s worked on for 57 years now – don’t feel too bad about your “unfinished” projects. LOL She’s finally talking about retiring from her part-time job this year, so I need to spur her on to get as much of that family history done as possible as I won’t be picking it up. I have tons of Creative Memories stuff and lots of pictures sitting on shelves from years back gathering dust. I may decide to simply slap them into albums and just use a black pen to write on the pages.

    I get a kick out of following your projects. Creative people are nothing short of awe inspiring! I enjoy decorating my house with mostly 50’s era vintage items and antiques and haunt antique/consignment/vintage shops, along with garage sales, craigslist and auctions to find treasures. Ellen

    • Sounds like I would love to see your mom’s craft room!! ;-) I commend her on her genealogy work. That takes a lot of time and patience!! Ellen, I love the idea of decorating 50s style. Sadly, mine looks more like early college apartment right now. Not for long!!

      Be well!

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