The PickMeUp

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Sometimes life gets messy and my life currently is: A. Mess.

So, it’s time for me to start cleaning it up. In order to get through the chaos, I have to assign myself “projects” just like I’m back in middle school – where learning was something that is forced upon you because you had no interest in doing it if you were left to your own devices.
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Spring-Cleaning out Jars

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I woke up this weekend like a bear coming out of hibernation. I awoke to the wonderful Spring sunshine pouring in through the curtains and walked into a nice living room full of light. Birds were chirping all around just like Snow White.

Then I walk into the kitchen, my favorite room in the apartment. But all I could see was MESS. Jars stacked onto jars. All of my dry foods sitting around and my cabinets barely closing because they are packed to the gills!
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Honeycomb Hearts

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My grandma’s house is magical. There is a lake and cabin, beautiful gardens, a sugar shack where I had my wedding and barns full of treasures. There is a “happy tree” straight out of a Winnie the Pooh story.

One day, I received a picture text from my mom. The picture was a bag full of honeycomb that she found on the ground under the “happy tree” – this grand old tree is central to many memories that we grew up with. Continue Reading

Banana Coconut Buckwheat Bread

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I’ve been buying a lot of bananas recently because they are the perfect on-the-go snack. However, after a long week of long hours at work, a couple of them were left behind. They turned to that perfect sickeningly sweet – way too brown – banana bread – bananas.

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A Very Crafty Christmas

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A very belated story….

This past Christmas was very different for me. Typically, I make about 70% of my gifts, along with Christmas cards and cookies. This time around, work took up most of my holiday, so I didn’t get to make much of anything handmade.

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A Non-Work of Art: Just Wrong.

I started a new color.  If you haven’t read A Non-Work of Art, I would start there for this to make sense. I originally pictured blue with the yellow base, but as soon as it went on the canvas, it felt wrong.  I guess we will see tomorrow… To read the next post in thisContinue Reading

Yarn Balls and Christmas Joys

The bummer thing about living in an apartment is the lack of space for holiday decorations.  No place for a tree or even a place to store any decorations.  Last year, Brian and I hid Christmas presents from each other by putting them on the couch and covering them with a blanket – promising eachContinue Reading

In the beginning…

by  CourTney The first entry is always the hardest.  I don’t want to be one of those “Dear Diary” types, but I suppose that gives a focus as to who you are speaking to.  I suppose I need to start with the purpose.  My purpose is to write about the new adventures of starting upContinue Reading

A Non-Work of Art: The Final Art Chapter

If you haven’t read A Non-Work of Art, be sure to start there before reading ahead. After a year and a half in the making, I think I will call my painting complete. It’s funny the amount of changes my life has gone through since I started. I was just starting this blog and livingContinue Reading

A Non-Work of Art: Revived

The last time I painted on this canvas, I lived in a different apartment and the canvas had a different home. I hate to say that it has hung on the wall unfinished for 1 year and 4 months.Continue Reading

I want to get Sudsy!

I love crocheted and knit washcloths. The idea of using a sponge to do dishes grosses me out. Maybe it’s because of all of the male roommates I’ve lived with who would pollute the sponge with meats and fatty junk; or maybe because sponges at work in the kitchen ALWAYS reek. One time, while havingContinue Reading

Cowl Mania!

Some days you just need instant gratification. Working on a sweater, blanket or shawl is nice, but some days you just need to feel accomplished. Welcome to my week. The good part about making a cowl is that they are simple, you get to use fun, colorful yarns and try out new stitch patterns. IContinue Reading