Busy (Nervous) Bee

With vacation only two weeks away, I am flipping my lid! In an effort to slow myself down I have been very busy project wise.

I finished my nightmare swim suit (no, you aren’t getting me to model it)

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It was really hard for me, I don’t take direction well when creating garments, not to mention portions of the instructions for this were cryptic, even to friends who follow their pattern directions to a tee. It is a little small in the middle, I was not anticipating such a stretchy fabric giving so little, but that is because I have always owned cheap, partially lined suits up til now. I can put it on but it is sort of corset like without the flattering part. lol I am on a diet and rigorous exercise schedule, so I am hoping to shave off that half size in time.

If not, I have a back up, or I can just leave my new cover up on. (See below)

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I am pretty proud of myself on this one, not only did I make it, I also gave it the dye job. It is modified from the same pattern envelope as the swim suit.

I am also about to finish up this jewelry roll below, so I am not worried about lost earrings and tangled necklaces. It just needs its ribbons, batting, and to be quilted.

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Stay tuned for the other half of my projects and the finished jewelry roll, it is time to leave for church.

Food!

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I’m trying the Nutrigrain Fruit & Oat Harvest bar today in Strawberry. I have to say I don’t like it as much as the regular bars. The bottom is very thick and the strawberry has a vague chemical taste. It has 4g of protein, so that’s a plus, right?

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I also tried the Mueller’s Corners Mango and Greek Yogurt. I was pleasantly surprised. I’m in a love hate struggle with Greek yogurt and this had a milder tang than others I’ve tried.

Is anyone else on an adventure with healthier snacks streak?

Tutorial Tuesday: Arm Knitting LionBrand Style

For those who would love to try knitting but aren’t so sure they can get the hang of it, start with arm knitting. It will give you large, open loops and a bulky, fashionable finished product. Shira is using Homespun Thick & Quick (88% acrylic/12% polyester), which can be found at Michaels or Joanns (or on LionBrand’s website) for around $9.99 per skein.

She used two skeins divided, which would put your project at approx $20 unless you have coupons.

For those who do not want to use Thick & Quick, it is a bulky yarn (classification 5) and each skein runs around 160 yards or (146 meters).

I found this nifty classification chart below:

Yarn Classification chart found at http://loredana61.blogspot.com

Birchbox is da Bomb

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They sent me two bags of the tea and they were super yummy!!!

So I love fashion, and I like the idea of being marginally trendy.  (marginally, really trendy is too expensive. lol)

I tried Birchbox, and I love it.  I think I’m on box number six?  Every month you receive 5 deluxe samples to try, plus you usually get an extra that the Birchbox staff is in love with.  My first month they sent me a full size chapstick hydration lock, and another month they sent me a Ghirardelli chocolate bar!  You take a mini survey to tell them what you’re interested in, like, do you want to try new lifehack gadgets? Makeup? Hair products? Organic or all natural products?  Let em know!  There is so much more than just makeup (which is what I thought it was originally, just makeup). 

Men’s boxes are $20 per month, and women’s are $10 per month.  You can do one, three, six, or 12 month subscriptions.  Right now they are doing a promotion where you get an extra sample in your first box of Benefits cosmetics.  Yes, I do get extra points towards purchases if you use my referral link, but so will you if you refer friends too!  (OH, that is the best part!  You earn points to make purchases of full sized products if you refer friends or write reviews of the products in your latest birchbox!!!)

If you are on board, go here  http://www.birchbox.com/invite/mkurtz  You can cancel at any time. 

There is another similar service called Ipsy.  I have not used Ipsy and I believe it is totally different brands.  Think of Birchbox as the luxury sedan and Ipsy as the dependable station wagon.  I chose Birchbox first because it looked like I could get all of the Ipsy brands at my local drug store, while the Birchbox brands are department store or online only.  Thanks for reading as always!