Sunday, February 7, 2016

In January

It feels like nothing happened in January. Nothing. Winter is for sure my least favorite season, the days seem so cold and long and blah. And there's at least three more months of this!
Don't let the Winter Wonderland like picture to fool you. It's cold and miserable. I've tried to bundle up and go outside everyday anyway.
We lost electricity one night. Of course, it had to be on the coldest night too. It was -33° and we were slightly worried we might freeze to death. It only lasted for an hour, but we didn't know it at the time. We spend the time watching two episodes of the Office on Jake's phone. Because if you are freezing to death you should have some fun too.
I started making kombucha. Look, it's alive! I think I'll make a proper post about it, once I get the hang of it. The story so far: first batch fizzy and OK, second batch horrible, third batch currently brewing with fingers crossed. I have a slight problem in that I don't actually know how it's supposed to taste like... So, I'm just winging it and hoping I'm not poisoning myself.

And that's it. Sorry for a downer post, but some months are like this.

Friday, February 5, 2016

Quick Crochet Tip

I thought I'd share something I've used since I started crocheting. This is ridiculously simple, but I'll share anyway. 

If you need a stitch marker (and let's face it, if you crochet something that involves counting, you do) use a hair pin! 
Just a regular hair pin. It works perfectly.
  • It's easy to place 
  • It's easy to remove 
  • It stays put
  • It's lies flat so it doesn't get in your way
  • It's cheap
  • And you likely own one already!
Obviously, this works for knitting as well!

Friday, January 29, 2016

Candle Stick Upgrade

This is actually an old project I redid. I bought a set of blue handmade candlesticks at a thrift store a few years ago for 1€ each. I thought they'd make a nice project and I painted them white and added some beads which I also painted white. But they never felt quite right and after awhile ended up on the top self of my closet. 
When I recently went through that closet I rediscovered them. They sparked no joy, so I was about to send them back to the thrift store, when the upper string holding the beads gave up and scattered on the floor. And I thought "hmm this looks much better with just one string of beads, and might look even better with beads of a different color for a bit of contrast."

Luckily, I have a huge basket full of wood colored beads I got at a thrift store for 2€, I think the were originally a car seat cover. It took about a minute to change the beads and now I love these candlesticks.
Isn't weird how they look completely different with that one change?
Here they are on our kitchen table. I've been lighting the candles even if we are just eating take-out kebab and I have to say they really set a nice mood.
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