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  • Crochet Granny Square Pillow

    I'm in the process of crocheting throw pillows to jazz up the futon in the kids' playroom and for my bedroom. This is the first pillow I've finished, and I'm very pleased with it. I used the join as you go method to join all the granny squares, and this was my first time using that method, and I am very pleased...

  • Submarine Sunday #112

    Welcome to Submarine Sunday! I hope everyone is having a lovely weekend. I recently made a pot of Chicken and Gnocchi Soup (Olive Garden copycat recipe), and it was so delicious! I look forward to making it again. I also finished a crochet pillow for the kids' playroom...

  • Upholstered Kitchen Bar Stools

    The kitchen in our new home has a counter that is also a bar, so I was glad when I stumbled upon three bar stools at the local Good Will. Although we have a dining room table, we prefer to eat at the counter and sit on our new stools. It just seems like more fun...

  • Bedroom and Dresser Makeover

    So my husband has this dresser that he bought from a former shipmate. While it is very sturdy and heavy, it is not made of real wood. That "oak" finish, is paper. The dresser had a few bad spots, so I decided to add some black paint to it... black chalkboard paint, of course...

  • Crochet Seahawks Hats

    I'm not really into football. In fact, I only watch it once a year. This year I am so glad to be back in WA and the Seattle Seahawks have made to it the Superbowl again! So to prepare for the big game, I crocheted two hats for the kiddos...

  • Frozen Inspired Chalkboard Dresser

    Like many kiddos her age, my daughter is obsessed with Frozen. She has Frozen pajamas, a Frozen bowling set, the Frozen soundtrack on her LeapPad Ultra, Frozen sheets, Frozen posters, An Olaf backpack, Frozen books, Frozen cups and plates, etc...

Friday, February 27, 2015

Five on Friday

Posted by USS Crafty | Friday, February 27, 2015 Categories:
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Today, I ventured out on my own for a few hours and did a little shopping. I bought a denim jacket to wear with my dresses because I hate jeans right now. I also bought a bamboo cutting board, a tray, a large mug, an elephant figurine with a lemongrass scented satchel inside, a measuring cup, wooden serving utensils, and two books for the kiddos.




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I picked up my night guard from my dentist today. I don't grind my teeth; I clinch them at night and sometimes during the day.


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I went grocery shopping today. I did a big grocery shopping trip last week, so I was only supposed to pick up a few things. My list only included grits, juice, and eggs.  So $130 later... See, what had happened was... I made the mistake of grocery shopping while hungry. I bought 48 items, and had the nerve to go through the 30 items or less lane. Shame on me. I normally don't do that.

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My husband usually reads the bedtime stories to our kiddos at night, and tonight, I had him read the new book I bought for our daughter. I saw the book on Zulily a couple days ago, and I was surprised to see it at Michael's (I picked up a couple skeins of yarn for the granny square pillow I'm working on). The book is called Mama I Can't Sleep. And for our baby boy, I bought Little Blue Truck.



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I enjoyed watching the season finale of How To Get Away With Murder last night. I was not expecting Frank to be the killer, and now he's killed Rebecca! What is going on!? I can't wait for next season! Until then, I'll continue to enjoy Scandal on Thursday nights. I love Olivia Pope! I tried to watch The Slap last night, but I couldn't get into this episode.



Sunday, February 22, 2015

Submarine Sunday #112

Posted by USS Crafty | Sunday, February 22, 2015 Categories:
Welcome to Submarine Sunday! I hope everyone is having a lovely weekend. I recently made a pot of Chicken and Gnocchi Soup (Olive Garden copycat recipe), and it was so delicious! I look forward to making it again. I also finished a crochet pillow for the kids' playroom, and I've started working on another. So what have you been working on? I'd love to see it! Link up below after you check out this week's fabulous featured craft.

Granny Square Pillow

Posted by USS Crafty | Sunday, February 22, 2015 Categories: ,

I'm in the process of crocheting throw pillows to jazz up the futon in the kids' playroom and for my bedroom. This is the first pillow I've finished, and I'm very pleased with it. I used the join as you go method to join all the granny squares, and this was my first time using that method, and I am very pleased! I will be joining my squares like this from now on! It's so much better than stitching them all together with yarn and a yarn needle like I've been doing all these years.

Before I started on the pillow, I had to figure out a color scheme. I have so may skeins of yarn in various colors...  So one day, I opened my wardrobe where I store my yarn and fabric, and I found some minky fabric that I used to create a hoodie for my daughter, and I decided to use the same colors of that fabric.

I made this minky hoodie for my daughter in 2013. She grows so fast that I think she only wore it once or twice. Luckily, the colors are gender neutral, so my son will be able to wear it when he's bigger.
Each side of the pillow has 16 squares. 
I went through my yarn and found all the colors to match this minky fabric. I should really do something with this fabric...

I've started working on another pillow, and I'm making this one using the colors from my curtains. I can't wait to finish it!




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Thursday, February 19, 2015

7 Quick Takes: To Do List

Posted by USS Crafty | Thursday, February 19, 2015 Categories:
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Meal Planning: I'm going to start meal planning, and I'm excited about it! I've been bored cooking the same old meals over and over, and I'm also tired of finding myself standing in the pantry desperately searching for something to form a decent meal. I know there are many free printables online for meal planning, but I ordered a meal planning planner. In addition to a weekly meal plan calendar, it also has a place for your to write your grocery lists and recipes. I can't wait for it to get here.



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Modge Podge Dresser: A few weeks ago, I repainted my daughter's dresser to match her room's Frozen theme. Well, I kind of feel like it's not Frozen enough, so I ordered some Frozen fabric, and I plan to modge podge it onto the sides of the dresser. If all goes well, I'll modge podge her vanity drawers.

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Granny Square Pillow #2: I completed my first granny square pillow, and now I'm working on another one. These pillows are such a fun project, and the first one turned out so well.

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Crochet Pillows for my Bed: Since my new quilt is very colorful, I want to crochet some solid colored throw pillows for my bed. I want to make brown, orange, and dark red pillows.

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Nursery Post: I've finally completed my son's nautical nursery, and I've taken several pictures, but now I need to write a post about it. I'm very happy with his nursery. I made the curtains, crib skirt, a stuffed puppy, diaper stacker, and crib blanket.

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Bookshelves: I recently ordered some Ikea spice racks and painted them, and I'm using them for bookshelves in my kids' bedrooms and playroom. I already had a set of shelves in my daughter's room, but now that I have some in my son's room and the playroom, I need to go through all of our many children's books and decide which books will go where. My daughter has mostly Frozen books, Llama Llama books, and bedtime stories in her room. I'm sad that now that we have moved to WA, my kids won't receive books from Dolly Parton's Imagination Library program because our local library doesn't have the program.

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Zuppa Toscana Soup: I recently made a copycat recipe of Olive Garden's Chicken and Gnocchi Soup, and it was delicious!! So next I'm going to try a copycat recipe for Olive Garden's Zuppa Toscana Soup. I already have the ingredients, so I think I'll make it tomorrow!



Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Chicken and Gnocchi Soup Recipe

Posted by USS Crafty | Wednesday, February 18, 2015 Categories:
I love eating at Olive Garden, and the last time I went, I had their Chicken and Gnocchi Soup and their Zuppa Toscana Soup. The gnocchi soup is my favorite, but the last time I had it at Olive Garden, the celery was cut way to big. There was a three inch long piece of celery in my soup. So I decided to make the soup myself using a recipe I found on Pinterest. I followed the recipe, but I tweaked it a little...

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Submarine Sunday #111

Posted by USS Crafty | Saturday, February 14, 2015 Categories:
Welcome to Submarine Sunday! Happy Valentine's Day! I hope you all are enjoying the day with the ones you love. My husband surprised me with chocolate covered strawberries and cheesecakes from Shari's Berries. And boy are they delicious! He also gave me roses and a card. I got him his favorite candy, Cadbury Eggs (I know those are usually an Easter candy), and I bought him a new pair of running shoes. Are running shoes a weird Valentine's Day gift? Well, there's a story behind that. My husband needed a new pair of running shoes for PT (military physical training), but he usually doesn't buy stuff like that for himself. He'll wear the shoes until they fall apart. So when I was looking at our bank statement, there was a charge that I didn't recognize, and when I asked him about it, he said he bought shoes... But then I figured out that it was actually a charge from Shari's Berries. So I went to the store and bought him some running shoes, which he loved!

Anyhoo... This week I'm sharing the bar stools that I reupholstered. And I am going to get back to work on the crochet pillow I'm making for the kid's play area. So what have you been working on? Please link up below after you check out this week's awesome features!

Adidas #ThereWillBeHaters

Posted by USS Crafty | Saturday, February 14, 2015 Categories:
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Adidas soccer cleats are some of the most sought after boots worldwide, so of course, There Will Be Haters! The Adidas #ThereWillBeHaters Video highlights these popular boots. Also, check out the boots in the There Will Be Haters section at adidas.com. 


Thursday, February 12, 2015

Upholstered Bar Stool Seats

Posted by USS Crafty | Thursday, February 12, 2015 Categories:

The kitchen in our new home has a counter that is also a bar, so I was glad when I stumbled upon three bar stools at the local Good Will. Although we have a dining room table, we prefer to eat at the counter and sit on our new stools. It just seems like more fun!

This is how the stools looked when I first purchased them. I did not like the fabric at all, and it was dirty.

 See.... The seats are dirty. I can't let my family sit on that!

I bought this fabric bundle, and I thought it would be fun to cover the seats in coordinating fabrics instead of using the same fabric on each seat. 

 I think the fabric goes with my kitchen decor pretty well.

 I used my handy dandy staple gun to affix the new fabrics to the seats. This is a quick and easy process.  



 This one is my favorite.


All three stools... Which fabric do you like best of the three? 





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New Styles & Sizes for Babies & Toddlers @ Tea Collection

Posted by USS Crafty | Thursday, February 12, 2015 Categories:
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Tea Collection is excited to introduce new styles and sizes just for babies and toddlers! For the first time, Tea is available in 2T, 3T and 4T sizes. It’s everything you love about Tea's big kid styles—just made a little bit sweeter, softer, and more special for the littlest citizens of the world to fit their little bodies just right! Check out the new, expanded assortment of Tea styles for babies and toddlers.
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So make sure you check out the new baby girl and baby boy arrivals at Tea Collection! And 
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