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Greg, David and I went to Fandom Fest in Kentucky this weekend and had a great time! 
We ate at the "Troll under the Bridge Pub". After picking the trolls nose, we went in and ordered - Greg and I had "Hot and Brown" which was pretty good. 

I am reading Game of Thrones by George RR Martin http://www.georgerrmartin.com/
and will watch the first season once I am done. 
I am working on covering a mirror at work (don't worry I will explain later) with little crochet flowers made from scrap yarn that was too small for the castle. I may throw in a butterfly and who knows, maybe a bee. 
I am also making this sweater, shirt, shrug thing out of red homespun yarn from a lionbrand pattern. I think I will do a tutorial on it with pictures of the steps as they sound a bit confusing but have no pictures. Maybe that will help some people out. 
Oh and I almost forgot the pair of baby blankets I am making for a friend and the throw blanket I am making for a different friend! That doesn't even mention all the day to day maintenance tasks! Haha what would life be if it wasn't full to the brim?

So enough about me... what are you working on?
OK so maybe not a million but I always have several projects going at once. What am I working on right now?
I am crocheting a castle out of covering toilet paper rolls one roll of toilet paper at a time. We are conservationists so it is slow going.  It won't look anything like the picture there but that was the only free pattern I could find for a crochet castle. Oh well. 
I also sprained my ankle so that has been fun. I feel like a bump on a log. I can't clean the house (trust me you don't want to see my kitchen) and I have to ask for everything, water, food, pain killers, and yes more yarn. Hopefully it will heal up nicely, and soon! 
On top of that we are thinking about moving and I am not sure if I will be able to transfer or will need to get a new job. I've started looking for jobs just in case. If you know of anyone looking to hire an awesome lady (that's me) down in the Ft. Walton Beach area please let me know! 
Surprise, I dyed my hair green! okay only half of it but still, pretty cool, eh? I wanted to do something fun with my hair that would show it off other than just leave it down so I was looking around for neat hair styles. I found one called the Chinese braided bun. It is normally made with a chopstick or hair stick but I decided to use a double ended bamboo knitting needle because, well because that is so me. 

We went up to Kerr lake to camp out with some friends.

First time I have camped in at least 30 years, about 15 for Greg and David. 

I wasn't sure I would like it, Greg was sure I wouldn't, so I wanted to give it a shot. 

The view was beautiful!

Newborns in need, www.newbornsinneed.org, is a great charity and one we donate to monthly. We go to the monthly meeting hosted by our local chapter where we get the chance to talk, share and learn with other like minded people and try to make a difference in the lives of the babies, siblings, and parents of preemie children. 

This month we donated several stuffed animals for the siblings, 2 hats for the babies in different sizes (all fashionable if I say so myself) a crocheted blanket and several sewn blankets and scent pads. 

NIN needs blankets of all sizes (shapes too I guess) so we did several different sizes and different materials from cloth to fleece to homespun crochet. I imagine the cloth touching the sweet babies' delicate skin, if it isn't soft enough then it won't make it in the pile. 

Here are some crochet hats. I want them to be fashionable but also soft. We only use super soft yarn or baby yarn. I like the thickness of the sport weight baby yarn but only if it is very soft. Caron Simply Soft is my favorite but I've been branching out to Bernat lately as well. I prefer neutral colors because anyone can wear them but NIN will happily take any color. 

Here is a close up of the scent pads. They are actually a bit small but they will serve their purpose. It helps the baby have the sent of mommy or daddy while they are away. Its a scary world for a little preemie and having a scent pad nearby helps them to be calmer and more at peace. 

If you are looking for a charity to help may I suggest Newborns in Need. It is surprising, and saddening, to know how many preemies there are just in your local area. Find your branch today and help out. 

Hey everyone. I was browsing the web and came upon. http://thediyshow.com/2013/07/05/the-barefoot-sandal-challenge/

I couldn't resist taking the challenge. I have always wanted to do a barefoot sandal and have just never gotten around to is so I figured why not. 

I realized I did not have any beads, shells or charms on hand, just yarn.....so one pair of crochet sandals coming up!

Do you like holidays?  All of them or just one or two? I like them all! I celebrate New years, Valentine's day, Easter, St. Patrick's day... I could go on but you get it. I have special decorations for most holidays and I love to buy items on sale after the holiday -  like valentines for my daughter's school class or Easter grass and plastic eggs. I am also big on using things over and over if possible (yes that includes the .99c Easter grass).  

July 4, 1776

The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America,

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel
them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.--That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, --That whenever any Form of Government becomes
destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.


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