Saturday, December 1, 2012

Menu Planning

Its been for awhile now that we had struggled with putting decent meal on the table due to either lack of funding or lack of planning. I highly recommend planning your menus for at least a week. We started this process in October. I planned the meals out for 2 weeks to coordinate with payday. On payday I went shopping and for $135.00 dollars we had dinner for 14 days!

This months we planned for the entire month but only bought three weeks worth of food for $167.00. Some of the items we will be cooking we have a little extra to freeze for a future date as we are all terrible about leftovers so-to-speak.

This weeks menu

Saturday ~ Pulled Pork BBQ with Cole Slaw and smiley face potato/fries
Sunday ~ Meatloaf with Mashed Potatoes and Veggies
Monday ~ Spaghetti with Meat sauce
Tuesday ~ Fish, Rice and Veggies
Wednesday ~ Taco Night
Thursday ~ Mac & Cheese, Hot Dogs, Baked Beans and Veggies
Friday ~ Hamburgers, Baked Potato, Veggies

I realize that this is not from scratch cooking and some nights are specifically meals that I won't eat but since I am working - I won't be here and the "guys" can just enjoy what they would like.

I can tell you that the pulled pork was absolutely amazing. The pork roast had been cooking all day in the crock pot and the last two hours added the BBQ sauce - made the cole slaw dressing and mixed it with the slaw - and OMG to die for.

Tomorrow's meatloaf is also going to be pretty good - but maybe not quite as good as the BBQ today. The best past is that we had BBQ Pork left over for 2 more meals - winning!!

I love that some of them are quick meals to fit into our schedule - that some meals I can start in the morning (crock pot) and they'll have dinner with little work - and that in some instances my kids know exactly what is on the menu and I don't have to tell them "I don't know!".

Thursday, November 29, 2012

New Pattern Release

I have decided to release 2 of my hat designs - the goat and the hippo. I will possibly release more in the future, but for now I think this is good right?

If you purchase the pattern and have any questions - I am available via e-mail most of the time 

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Hello, how are you?

Me? Oh, I am fine. I am busy!
With what?
Oh, busy with life (work, kids, family, crochet, wood burning, friends) and not all in this order.
I want to commit more time to write about the doings here, and its not like I lack the topics of our creative fun life - but I often lack the time and if I don't lack the time I kinda sorta lack the motivation because I may just be taking a break from all that stuff called life.

So here I am. A week ago overwhelmed with orders (Star Wars Set, Animal hats, Panda Wood Burning) and I am still working on a thing or two trying to get them done.

This is hopefully what the Somerset Patriots Mascot Sparkee kind of looks like. If nothing else he is definitely one good looking Schnauzer, don't you think? Anyway, I love how he came out!

This is Slider - the other Mascot from the same team. I think I came close on this as well. He's one fun looking critter if you ask me.
This guys made me realize that all the unfinished hat bases - well need to be finished. So I am hoping after I finish a Giraffe Set (Hat, Scarf and Mittens) I will have time to do that.. and all those other unfinished projects.

There's also this guy. I will need to darken a few more areas and then polyurethane it to protect it. I hope the lady that will receive this for a Christmas present will just LOVE this. I hear that she has nothing like this in her Panda collection - so cool right?

Well I am off to work on that Giraffe Set while taking care of the laundry before heading to work later.
Have a fabulous day!

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Finding my rhythm

So yea I've been once again slacking in the blogging department. I really want to share my world with you but sometimes my world gets so demanding that I either forget or am too tired to formulate a coherent thought. So I am going to try something new and see how it goes..but no promises :) I hope you understand aye?

 One of the reasons I am terribly tired lately is our new family member. Isn't he just the freaking cutest thing ever? He's a Beagle-Giant Schnauzer Mix with the name of Sgt. Pepper (or Sarge). I do love this face but boy did I forget how much work those little adorable puppies are BUT he is helping me get back on track with running and exercising and I am totally ok with that!
And when I am not playing mommy to Sgt Pepper - I am mommy to other human children that need help with homework - or reviewing the JRTOC steps just learn. There's dinner to be cooked and orders to crochet. A house to clean and coffee to drink. I am also helping my best friend get her children off to school in the mornings as she is heading into work - a school bus driver - something I couldn't do.. but then is that any different from my job - ya know me the in-home therapist? Both us throwing ourselves into the midst of children's lives.

So in all this craziness I am trying to find my rhythm and some days are better than others and most days I am not getting done the things I want to get done - ugh! And while I can stick to my work schedule I struggle to stick to another schedule at home. I don't know if pre-writing and scheduling posts will help me ... sigh

Well there is housework, coffee drinking and crocheting to be done - perhaps not in this order but needing to be done nonetheless :)

Saturday, September 22, 2012

I feel like I am cheating ...

ahh so my first love is and always has been crochet. I have done this since oh my eldest was still in-uterus (he's 20 now). Over the years I have experimented and tried and crafted... and love anything that allows my creativity to flow - but I always keep coming back to crocheting. I do believe however that experimenting and exploring is a must (for all) - even for the ones that say they don't have talent. It's not always about talent but about the creating process itself.. and just because you cannot draw does not mean you can't be good at something else... right? RIGHT!

So we went to Barnes & Nobles not too long ago to exchange a book my love bought me and I already had. I came across "Stray Sock sewing, too" and "Sockology" and I have been going nuts with them. I have bought more books as well since then.. and just love love love the concept of sock critters.. but also the notion to combine socks and crochet.. or use the patterns to guide my crochet work instead of socks.. I have lots of yarn.. not enough socks :)

Anyway I am having lots of fun creating the critters but needed to take a break to fulfill some orders.. I have in the last week created a rat hat, shipped of a horseshoe flower that my other half created and am in the process of crocheting his & hers slippers hopefully to ship out tomorrow or Saturday - and then its back to sock critters - maybe - I do have an event coming up in October and should review what I want to take with me!
The Gang's all here

Monkey Business

Friday, September 21, 2012

The New Homestead

So we have been living in the new digs since August 1st officially... we barely got all the paint on the walls and make-shift kitchen in and well a functioning bathroom... in just over a week I will be celebrating a birthday (mine) and our house warming.. and we are not quite ready.. so this weekend it will be busting a groove or two to get it all together.. in other words.. empty the storage with the remainder of the furniture and try to get rid of all the boxes that are still remaining stacked in the house!

The room that was the first to take on its shape was the library!

We are using dresser drawers for shelving!!! I just love this idea because well it just seems to make sense to me :) and there is enough room for knick knacks and paintings! 

And above one of our sliding glass doors (we have two) we used crates that I had painted in the past. The space between the grates on the bottom row will be home to some paintings.

Here's one more view of the long tall wall - the shelve above the trim used to be one piece... :) cut it in half and its wide enough for all the paperback books of his! This is so far my favorite space.. its also my office/workspace for the moment.. after this weekend I should be able to share more pictures of the house and how its all coming together quite nicely.. and then.. well then it will be time to take the outside ;)

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Shades of Pink from the IBH guild

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Little Chibi Critters everywhere

I recently came across a pattern over at nerdgurumi, and I am in love!!! 
It has been a blast creating these little critters and I have more in my head but need to find the time to create. Sometimes work just gets in the way ;)
Here is the bunny in pink - just imagine all the different colors this one could come in ...he's cute and small and measures just about 4 inches (not including the ears).

And then there is this guy - just a blue little dude. I don't know that he would look this good in another color - but I will certainly give it a try here in the next few days. He just looks fresh and fun!
This little guy with his big eyes is curious about the world. He just loves to see what's out there and wants to explore.
This little alien landed on our planet to make new friends. Know anyone that would like to be his friend?

To order any of these you can go to my etsy shop - or you can e-mail me

Monday, July 9, 2012

Update in a flash

This months busy is THE word in our vocabulary.

To recap the start - well there's been 4th of July. It started with a parade in the morning. We went home chilled in the cool air of the A/C and then later that day went to see the fireworks.

Then there was my oldest son's wedding! And it was stunning.
The best part is I know  that it went exactly how they have envisioned it.

My daughter-in-law - so beautiful .. love them.

They are now heading back to his duty station to begin their life together!

Then we are planning on not only fixing as much as we can on the new house - BUT we are moving in before the months is over... aaahhhhh
I am hoping to have a few more things to write about over here Peaks of Inspiration 

Fit in work hours - crochet hours (I am current working on a new summer top pattern)  and family time.

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Seasonal Notes Sunday

Summer time can be a quest for crochet folks! And who would have thought that people still create bikini's and the like. This isn't just a thing of the 70's.

It wasn't too long ago I received a comment from a lady who thought crochet was out of style. Her comment perplexed me a little: " I didn't think people still crochet!"

Say what?
LOTS of people crochet - we have our own little underground... no wait its above ground.. we are not that hard to find!

Anyway, I do have a bikini on my list of things - I've been sketching out some designs of clothing - now to find time and less heat to work!

Some other samples of summer crochet :) 

Don't these flip flops look fun? 

I love this tunic - 

And I love this... Bandana-Kerchief type

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Maggie Mays - Featured Artist

The world according to Maggie Mays:
Been doing different crafts for many years and decided it was time to expand on the love and passion I have for designing jewelry. My husband and I work together in our home; using our creativity we design quality jewelry that offers a beautiful blend of traditional, unique, top quality, one-of-a-kind fine and artisan original handcrafted jewelry design's. I've always enjoyed making others happy and I know in my heart that you will be delighted wearing unique 100% quality jewelry that will give you a lifetime of enjoyment with proper care. My whole reason for making jewelry is not only that I love to create; but knowing that a finished design will make you or your sweetheart happy owning a creation made especially for you! That is what MaggieMays offers to her customer's.
Stunning mesmerizing precious, semi-precious gemstones, pearls, diamonds, crystals and bead jewelry in modern, elegant, sophisticated and classic design's with a touch of elegance, and heirloom quality jewelry. We offer jewelry design's created to wear with a pair of jeans and sweater, business attire or that special evening out you've been planning; everything to meet your individual needs.

All jewelry is one of a kind, handcrafted design's using only the highest quality gems possible that comes in all size's, shapes, and cuts to meet your individual needs.

Gemstone's and beads are bought individually to give you the best quality possible.Gemstone's are tested for authenticity, clarity, brilliance, quality, cracks, scratches, blemishes, refraction, cut of gemstone (which at times some adjustments have to be made) and much more; before being hand mounted with the utmost care and expertise. Fine Jewelry castings are designed using precious metals, such as, 10K gold, 14K gold, .925 sterling silver, Gold/Sterling, Oxidized Silver or otherwise noted.

You can find Maggie Mays Artfire Shop right here: MaggieMays Fine Jewelry
Want to follow her blog? You can do that here: MaggieMays Fine Jewelry Blog

Friday, June 29, 2012

When I get to 1000 Likers

... on my Facebook page - then you have the great potential to win something from Hippie's Creations!  

The winning prize is ONE of these fabulous summer hats! 

The winner will be drawn and announced 36 hours after Hippie's Creations Facebook page reaches 1000 likes!


 1.  (REQUIRED) You MUST be a fan of Hippie's Creations Facebook page!  (Click on the link).  Leave a comment below after you have done that.  (Please include your FIRST AND LAST name.  E-mail addresses are not necessary.) 

 2.  (optional) SHARE this giveaway on your business or personal Facebook page by posting the blog link, or updating your status with a tag to Hippie's Creations fan page.  Leave a 2nd comment below after you have done that.  (Don't forget to include your FULL name.)   

 The legalities! 

Entries that don't include your full name will be deleted.  The winner will be announced on this blog - once the winner is announced, you will have 48 hours to contact me to claim your prize. If the prize is not claimed with 48 hours, a new winner will be drawn. You MUST be 18 to participate. International players may enter but you may be responsible for the shipping in order to receive your prize. If you are not willing to pay shipping, please do not enter. Prizes do not have cash value. There will be no returns/exchanges on any of the items. This promotion is in NO WAY sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Red White and Blue

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Weird Wednesday

I like the weird - the odd - the "omg what were you thinking?" But even I find myself to have some limits..

I love crochet designs from back in the day - old things become new but I find this a bit much and don't think I would want to revamp this - its like yarn bombing a person?

I like the shirt... but the pants? Perhaps in a simple solid color! 

Every time I see this picture... I giggle a little because I know 30+ years ago - this was totally in.. right?

And then there is this.. I love people and their creativity. I love color and self-expression - but I cannot wrap my mind around this one... I am trying... its not working.. 

And I have certainly crochet some weird things in my 20+ years like this weird ninja turtle hat my son was bugging me for .. yea no pictures :)

this is it for today's Weird Wednesday episode 
now back to your regular program! 

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Charming Elegance - Featured Artist

ToothFairy Pillow MMiller Zoology

Teri lives in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains in Northern California. In her bio she describes how sewing and crafts have been a passions as long as she could remember.

Over the years she has spend time with different arts such as enameling, jewelry, embroidery, knitting, crocheting, macrame, drawing, and beading. It is Sewing and tailoring that speak to her the most.Working from a studio in her home, she spends countless hours creating.

You are sure to find a lovely something for yourself, your friends or your family.

Flannel Baby Blanket Zoo Animals Birds 

Halloween Bowl Purple Skulls Black Cats

You can find more of Teri's work in her Artfire Shop : Charming Elegance 

Want to stay up-to-date with her blog? You can do that here: Charming Elegance Gifts