Saturday, January 30, 2010

Rain Rain Go Away!

It's been raining here in Georgia and it's also "cold." Cold here though is 40 degrees which is pretty warm for a girl from Kansas City, it's also the middle of winter. Actually, at dinner tonight we (myself, Brett, and Billy) saw an older lady wearing: a sweater, a poncho, a scarf, and a pair of gloves. What?!

So what do people do in Georgia for fun on the weekend in the winter? Well, we went bowling yesterday. It was super embarrassing for pretty much everyone but Brett. He has multiple bowling balls, his own bowling shoes, and used to bowl in a league. Needless to say, I lost. We didn't know it until we got to the alley, but apparently, all of the high school students also go bowling on Fridays. Difference is we can drink and they can't. Today we got our 50 dollars by referring Billy to the same mattress store we bought our new bed from. Win! Now we're all trying to birth our food babies before we go out to a's ladies night. Yes please!

Alright, for those of you who enjoy a nice hunk of cornbread I have perfected a delicious johnnycake recipe. Behold:

1 box Jiffy corn muffin mix
1/2 box yellow cake mix
2 eggs
1/2 cup water
1/3 cup milk
1/3 cup oil

  • Dump jiffy mix in a big mixing bowl along with half of the yellow cake mix (you only use half of the box so you might want to get 2 boxes of Jiffy for next time you want to make this). Stir the two together until you get most of the clumps out.
  • In a smaller bowl beat the two eggs together.
  • Pour eggs and all other ingredients into bowl with the Jiffy and cake mix.
  • Mix together -- remember that corn bread batter is clumpy so you aren't going to be able to get all of the clumps out of this either.
  • Bake at 350 degrees until golden brown or until a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean
I hope you enjoy it as much as me and the boys did!

Friday, January 29, 2010

Feature Friday

Alright, so I think to spice things up on my blog (and to get some awesome artists' creations out there) I'm going to feature a few pieces from a couple shops on Etsy. There will be a theme each week to narrow down my choices --otherwise I'd go crazy. Here are a few super cute hand crafted paper products to kick off this new tradition!

These are "The Written Bird Gift Tags" featured in pinktwilight's shop! I love anything with cute little birds on it. These are great for those of you who make your own gifts but might not be super talented in the paper creation department...*ahem* me.

Ok so you don't make your own gifts or need some awesome gift tags for anything? What about for those super organized folks who are tired of the drab mega store planners? Search no more! PriaVanda makes these super cute planners (which you can customize)! Behold:

It's purple too which means I automatically like it!

What's that you say? You're preggo or you know someone who is preggo?! I have found the perfect invitations for the baby shower! Check out these awesome baby shower (or announcement) card by GGsTreasures:

who said it's hip to be square?! I absolutely love these cards. It almost makes me want to get pregnant so I can buy some of these! The best thing about these is that these cards fold up, come with their own envelops and can be made in different colors. Yes please!

Alright last one, 888gifts makes some baller photo albums that, I promise, you won't find anywhere else. Check this one out:
It can hold 72 3x5 and 4x6 pictures! Not to mention the fact that it has these gorgeous pink and purple-y leaves on the cover. If you didn't know or couldn't tell, my favorite season is Autumn, so anything with leaves on it is a win in my book.


In other news, I went job hunting today! Old school job hunting. Out of the 2 hundred (I'm sorry I like to exaggerate) stores I went into, one was hiring. So I turned in my application and said a little prayer. I defiantly didn't want a part time job after spending 40 thousand dollars and the last 4 years of my life on school, but I guess a crappy job is better than no job at all. We might be going to Savannah tomorrow! It's supposed to rain and I think it's only going to be about 40 degrees but I guess I'll finally get to see the ocean after waiting for so long! Brett is the deciding factor on this issue so Billy and I are waiting to see what he says. I'm just excited at the thought of being outside of the apartment all day. It's just so boring here!

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Etsy-ing About

So the past few days I've been glued to Etsy trying to make my shop better and become more active in the community. So far I think I'm doing well, but I also think I'm annoying Brett. He told me that I was "glued" to my computer. I know I haven't been as exciting the past few days but I really want this Etsy thing to work out so I'm working hard at it. So, I just tell him "I'm at work right now" and that seems to help a little bit. I have a bunch of new merchandise in my shop! I started carrying stitch markers and I have received a lot of good feed back about them (thanks to the Etsy community members)! Networking wise, I have finally set up a Twitter account (@AutumnFibers). As lame as this may sound, I'm excited to put some twitter apps on my iPod. Haha

As for life in Georgia, I still haven't heard from Health Qwest yet. They told me that they'd get back to everyone by Monday, when I called (again) today they still hadn't decided. I guess I'll just have to wait for them to call me and offer me my first real job! I think after getting my bills paid up I'm going to make a huge yarn purchase so I can dye a new line of yarns. I'm hoping I can some how make them southern themed or maybe super mushy since Bretters and I moved in together!

I think Brett and Billy are planning a trip to Savannah this weekend. I'm not really sure how that's going to work out considering Brett and I still have no jobs, but I guess it doesn't cost money to par-ooze around the beach! Perhaps I can find some inspiration for my new yarn line!

Monday, January 25, 2010

I'm a Georgia Peach!

Well me and the boyfriend made it to Georgia! The drive from Kansas City Missouri to Middle Georgia was 14 hours long. We went through Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, and Tennessee. The first day we were in the process of traveling for about 8 hours and stayed in Murfreesboro, TN for the night. Second day was 6 hours of driving through the rest of Tennessee and half of Georgia. Needless to say I was very happy to finally see my new apartment!

I was able to finish dying two more yarns before we left though, my silk yarns! I took pictures of the dyeing process for Amy's Azzurro (which can be purchases here) just in case anyone was interested in how I dye my yarns!

(the yarn was pre-soaked before this).

Step 1: Mix up your dye in awesome old school jelly jars with Pooh characters on them

Step 2: Dump yarn dye in pot of water and yarn. Mix!

Step 3: After dye exhausts (water turns clear), put out side in the snowy Missouri weather to cool off.

Step 4: After the dye pot is cool rinse in warm water with Synthopol.

Step 5: After rinsing yarn throughly and running it through the spin cycle of the wash, hang to dry!

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Finally, pictures of the knitted gifts!

I knitted a few gifts (3) for my two sisters and my ma. I wanted to make something for my dad as well as my grandmother but I started in late October and didn't have time to complete all of them. So, without further ado....

This the "Spring Beret" that I made for my little sister. I knew as soon as I finished it that I needed to knit one for myself. I wore it around work for a day to test it out. The link is for the pattern on Ravelry, I couldn't get the web link to work properly.

This is the "Super-Fast, Ultra-Cozy Scarf" that I made for my baby sister. It's a very pretty periwinkle color (Lamb's Pride). Very fast knit, made most of it in my class.

This is the Chunky Beanie that I knitted for my mother. It's baby alpaca yarn and so very soft. Easy pattern too!

Now I'm working on the 10 in 2010 so far I'm working on The Boneyard Shawl.

So far it's a great pattern, something you can knit in front of the tv or in class! Westknits has a lot of very cute patterns! Lots of hats and shawls.