Testers Wanted for Mothwing Table Runner

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THIS PATTERN HAS NOT BEEN TESTED

If you would like to be a tester for this pattern, please click here to contact me.

This is a pattern that I reverse engineered from a image I saw on Pinterest – and I would love to share the pattern with everyone since I wasn’t able to find it when I was looking for something that wasn’t your standard table runner/doily. However, I need to have a few people test it out before I release it.
Testers will need 1.5 balls of size 10 crochet thread and a size 2 crochet hook. As a thank you, testers will receive a free copy of the final pattern.

If you would like to be a tester for this pattern, please click here to contact me.

Updated Retro Bedspread

I love color. It makes me happy, and makes our home cozy and inviting. It makes me happy and I feel energetic every time I see a bright “pop”. So, it is somewhat of a mystery on why I continue to knit and crochet items in neutral colors. This became very evident when I kept gripping about how ‘blah’ our bedroom looked to the hubster. For some reason we have been able to throw color every where else in our home but our bedroom has been lagging.

About a year ago I mentioned this to my darling hubby who had the most appropriate response: “So why don’t you just crochet a blanket that isn’t beige?”

Leave it to the hubster to point out the obvious. Leave it to me to not think about it.

To give you an idea of how beige-y our bedroom was, here is a before picture. Yup, that is a beige afghan on a natural wood bed set against a beige wall. All the levels of beigi-ness was overwhelmingly b..o..r..i..n..g.

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You will notice that there is a yellow afghan on the bed – which helped and gave the room a good pop of color. That afghan had to be removed from the bed and has since found a new home with a dear friend due to Ray Ray getting tangled up in it within about two seconds.

Apparently blind dogs and holey afghans don’t get along… who knew?

So, I went to a pattern that I have been admiring in Crochet Lace for a few years. This book has some beautiful patterns – reconstructed from vintage and retro patterns updated and recreated in more modern yarns. It is the Popcorn Diamond afghan pattern on the cover.  Using Red Heart Supersaver in Real Teal and a size G hook – I got started.

Then the holidays happened and the bedspread wasn’t touched for two months.

But, the holidays came and went and with my sanity (mostly) intact I picked it up and finished it.

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BOOM! Color. I apologize for the lousy photos but all I have is my cell phone so you will have to imagine it less fuzzy.

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Here is a close up of the pattern. I love the pattern of the stars and how it matches the start (which are actually a pretty shade of brick red not black) on our walls.

It was a really simple and quick afghan – I would recommend it to anyone. 100% of this afghan was created, assembled, and finished in front of the TV while talking to the hubster.

Cheesy Broccoli Soup

We love soup in our home. Why? Well, it’s Wisconsin and we like food that makes our bellies warm. Living in Wisconsin also means that our ‘soup season’ is about 6 months out of the year.

Poking around Pinterest (where approx. 90% of my life skills come from) I stumbled on a quick and easy recipe for some cheesy broccoli soup and with a little tweaking it has now become a staple in our home and our go to dish for when we want a warm dinner but don’t want to actually spend too much time cooking (so we make this a lot).

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I can no longer locate the original recipe that I used, but here is our family’s version for Cheesy Broccoli Soup:

Ingredients

  • 2 TBSP butter
  • 5 cups Chicken Broth
  • 4 cups chopped broccoli
  • 1 large carrot, chopped
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded

Directions

  1. Melt the butter in a large skillet, add the chopped carrot. Cook the chopped carrot for 5-7 minutes, stirring a lot.
  2. Add the flour, stirring it constantly until it turns a blond color (approx. 1 minute)
  3. Add the chicken broth, bring it to a boil
  4. Add the chopped broccoli, simmer for 15 minutes or until broccoli is soft – stir a little bit
  5. Stir in the milk
  6. Slowly stir in the cheese, adding it a little bit at a time and waiting until it is melted to add more – stir constantly

That’s it – eat up and enjoy!

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CheesyBroccoliSoupNutIn case you want a nutritional breakdown – here it is! Please note that our home uses whole milk, real butter, and full fat everything. We prefer to use less processed and more natural foods as opposed to modified foods that have had stuff removed and chemicals added. If you use low-fat or fat-free anything it will change the nutritional values. The values you see to the left indicate 6 servings, each serving being just over a cup (the pictures show one serving).

It takes about 10 minutes for one person to chop everything up, and about 25 minutes for everything to cook. One skillet means easy clean-up (yeay!) and once you make this once you can throw this together without even thinking about it.

DIY – Picture Ledge

We live in an apartment – and a smaller one at that. With only a touch over 900 sq. ft. we prize open space and not feeling cramped or claustrophobic. This typically isn’t an issue – except we couldn’t find a good spot to have our photos framed.

So, I hopped on Pinterest and was welcomed with a flood of images and tutorials on how to creating a wall gallery. As someone who likes to change up photos and loves the look of different frames – the idea of a never changing layout really didn’t excite me.

But then I saw picture ledges. The examples I saw were all on top of wainscoting but I was undeterred and asked the hubster to make one for our dining area.

Here is the dining area before the picture ledge:

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And here is it with the few frames that we originally had on hand:

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A little bland huh?

… and here it is now – with way more frames and happy memories

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This small addition only cost about $15, and the hubster threw it together in about 30 minutes. I may stain it yet but I am undecided so I have left the wood raw for the moment. Either way, this project is not only easy peasy but flexible.

It is amazing how much something so simple and quick can have such an impact on your home. What are some simple but impactful things that you have done in your home?