New Blog, New URL!

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Hello everyone! Just wanted to give you a heads-up that after many years of blogging here at puresugar.net, a couple months ago I decided to move to a new “home.” I wanted to start fresh, so I started a new blog. You can now find me writing at My Crewel World.

This was not a decision I made hastily. I thought about it for months before I finally went ahead and made the switch. I explain a little bit more in this post. I will continue writing about food, crafts, and all the fun things I’ve enjoy blogging about over the years. I hope you’ll follow along over there! Thanks for all of your support!

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A Long, Cold Winter

Oh look, I’m in a “Hey, I’m totally going to start updating my blog again regularly” mood! I was recently added to a Facebook group of “old school” online journalers and I have to say, it’s wonderful seeing how many people are still around. So maybe I should stress less about content and just write more.

Indeed.

So, what’s new? It’s cold. Cold, snowy, windy, and all-around frigid. I have a pretty high tolerance for winter I think, but even I am starting to long for warmer weather. I’m growing tired of the mud tracks in the kitchen, the salt and sand tracked in from all over the place, the splinters from loading wood into the stove. Spring is just around the corner though… I can feel it.

It’s been a busy year so far. So many different activities and school functions, work, and just trying to keep up with it all. I’ve managed to squeeze in some crochet here and there. The library was closed on Monday (snow day), so I wipped up this little fox from a kit Drew gave me for Christmas.

fussy mr. fox

fussy mr. fox

I still have two afghans and at least three scarves to finish, but I just can’t help picking up new projects!

So yes, I am still around. I have not given up on the blog, LOL… I promise.

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{Freebie} Heart Planner Labels

Ooops! This post has moved to my new blog. You can find the Free Erin Condren Heart Labels printable file here.

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{Tutorial} Sew Easy Loopy Scarf

Loopy Scarf Tutorial

It’s been a couple years now since I made my first loopy scarf, but I still enjoy creating them and if you’re looking for a last-minute handmade gift, this is perfect! One scarf takes about an hour to complete from start to finish (maybe a little more for your first one). The best part is that you don’t need to know how to knit or crochet. Yes, it’s true — you really can make a funky handmade scarf without those skills, as long as you have a sewing machine. Grab a drink, put on a movie, and let’s get crafting! 

Here’s what you’ll need:

 
Loopy Scarf Tutorial

  • A sewing machine
  • One skein of Homespun yarn (or a similar bulky yarn)
  • Coordinating thread
  • Basic sewing notions

Set your sewing machine to a zig-zag stitch. Adjust so that the stitch is somewhat narrow.

Loopy Scarf Tutorial

Next, decide how wide you want the scarf. My prefernce is approximately six inches wide, mostly because that width makes the looping easy.  There are about three inches on the left and I use a rubber band to mark three inches to the right (for a total of six inches).

Loopy Scarf Tutorial

Loopy Scarf Tutorial

Now you’re ready to start looping! Holding the end of the yarn, make “loops” going from one side to to the other. Keep doing this this until you have about 1.5-2 inches “looped” and then carefully move up the yarn so that it’s under your needle. Slowly start sewing (let me stress the importance of going slow when working on this scarf), being sure to backstitch at the beginning. Try to get the yarn strands really close to each other, but don’t bunch them up into a pile.

Loopy Scarf Tutorial

Loopy Scarf Tutorial

Loopy Scarf Tutorial

When you finish sewing together the first few loops, make sure to leave your needle down to secure the yarn while you continue making loops. Repeat this process until the scarf is as long as you’d like!

Loopy Scarf Tutorial

Just in case the directions aren’t clear from the photos, here’s a short video that explains how to sew the scarf together.

Hopefully that will clear up any questions. As you sew, you’ll see that your scarf appears flat as it comes out the other end of your machine. Once you’re done, you’ll just fluff out the scarf and voila! You have no-knit, no-crochet scarf that sews up in no time. 

Loopy Scarf Tutorial

 

 This project was originally featured as a guest post on Sugar Bee Crafts.
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Winter Style with Firmoo.com Glasses

Firmoo.com

Disclosure: I received a free pair of glasses from Firmoo in exchange for a review on my blog.

You may remember that I reviewed my first pair of Firmoo.com glasses back in the summer. I was pretty impressed so when they offered to send me another pair, I jumped at the chance! I love being able to change up my glasses to fit various styles… or even the seasons.

This time around I wanted something more classic looking so I chose this pair of faux tortoiseshell glasses with gold accents. The processing and shipping time was similar to my prior order and once again, the glasses arrived well-packaged with both a hard case (complete with chamois cloth to clean the lenses), and a soft case.

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The glasses were as pretty as I’d hoped! Firmoo.com definitely has a good sense of what is on trend right now. I’ve been wearing them off and on for the last couple weeks. They are definitely bigger frames than I’m used to, but like one of my friends said — that’s definitely the style right now.

I think that these frames are perfect for cold-weather outfits. These glasses would look so cute with outfits that have browns, burgundies, or navy blues. They’re also perfect for work or casual wear. I pulled a few ideas together to show you what I mean:

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Overall, I am very pleased with the glasses. With the First Pair Free Program from Firmoo.com you can see for yourself! You can choose one of a select group of frames for FREE — satisfaction guaranteed. And please let me know what you think!

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Thanksgiving 2014

thankgiving 2014

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving! Here in the Northeast, it was rather eventful… the first major snowstorm of the season hit, complete with travel tie-ups and serious power outages. The snow started on Wednesday morning, and as I suspected, the library opted to close so I didn’t have to go in to work. Drew’s mom and aunt came up in the morning, as well, in order to stay ahead of the storm.

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For most of the day we watched the snow fall. (We ended up getting close to a foot!) The kids were excited and built a snow man and snow fort in the afternoon. We had all just settled in to start a movie before dinner when everything went silent. Yes, the wet, heavy snow (or an accident… or who even knows) caused the power to go out. At first we were hopeful it was temporary, but soon we realized that we wouldn’t be able to use the oven to make dinner. So while I was gathering candles and oil lamps, Drew got out the propane grill and camp stove so we could get everyone fed.

Outages were widespread and I began to get worried about what would happen for Thanksgiving. Would I be able to cook? We came up with a plan B, just in case. Luckily, the mashed potatoes and stuffing were already made. We could easily warm those on the wood stove. We figued we could cut up the turkey and cook it in the Dutch oven outside if we had to. We all went to bed, not knowing what to expect in the morning. Luckily, our power came back around 1 AM. I was incredibly thankful! Some people in the area are still without power.

Thanksgiving day was very nice. I was able to cook the traditional dinner after all — no fire pit cooking was necessary! I think everyone enjoyed the meal — we were sure full! I made roast turkey, sour cream mashed potatoes, green beans with slivered almonds, roasted sweet potatoes, roasted brussels sprouts, cornbread, and cranberry sauce. My mother-in-law brought the cranberry-sausage stuffing. For dessert we had apple crisp — simple, and just enough!

thankgiving 2014

After the dishes we washed, and turkey bones were simmering to make stock, the kids and Drew’s mom played board games for a while. I did a bit of crochet, and Drew started to put up the Christmas tree. I think we’ll decorate it tonight.

thankgiving 2014

Today I did some more cleaning, and I’m just taking it easy. No shopping for me today! There’s nothing I really need and I just don’t have the patience to deal with the crowds. I used to always enjoy going out on Black Friday, but in recent years it has gotten way too crazy. Nope, not for me anymore. I think I’ll spend the rest of my day off working on craft projects and making some turkey soup for dinner. Some down-time in front of the fire seems pretty perfect to me!

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First Snow of the Season

First snow of the season

It snowed last night! Around 9:00 I was leaving a friend’s house and was excited to see a dusting on the ground and flakes falling from the sky. Funny, isn’t it, how it just takes a couple months for us to go from “Ugh, more snow?” to “Yay! It’s so pretty!”

First snow of the season

When Laura walked down the stairs this morning, she immediately gasped and asked if it was Christmas! So cute, right? Noah was hoping he could play in the snow after school, but I explained that it would most likely be melted by then (and for the most part it was). Nevertheless, it was a lovely start to the weekend.

First snow of the season

First snow of the season

First snow of the season

First snow of the season

I realize that I basically take the same photos year after year when it snows, but… somehow it just always seems new. Maybe it’s just me. I am sure that by the end of January I will be longing for warm days, but for now I am very content to bundle up, sit in front of my fire, and enjoy dark, cozy evening.

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