Tuesday, April 19, 2016

it's about that time

I know I haven't postedin awhile, but I've been debating about what to do.  Since I don't want to just post every once in awhile, I've decided to end this blog.

It's been 9 years, and I've shared a lot of vacations, house stuff, craft projects, recipes, and friends and family time.  It's been great, but I'm no longer going to blog.  To friends and family who use it to stay in touch and keep tabs on us, feel free to find me on facebook or email anytime!

Thanks for sharing our lives with us!

Sharon & Andy

Monday, March 14, 2016

update: the colors of our house

Back in August of 2013 I posted a picture with various colors we planned on using in our house:

I saw that not too long ago, and I thought I'd revisit them left to right to see how accurate we were.

First up, the yellow...that was the living room color we just used:

Then next is the darker gray color, which we used to paint the foundation of our house:

The lighter gray color got slightly changed.  That was going to be the office color, but then we found some great oops paint at Home Depot that was a lavender-gray paint for $10 and used that instead:

The next two colors were a darker turquoise and a lighter one meant for the guest bedroom, which we used!  I believe we may have slightly altered the colors to use ones from the same color swatch, but same idea:

Lastly, the red paint.  We chose that for the front door and even used some extra for the birdbath mushroom:

So all in all it looks like we used all the colors, or at least the same color scheme-ish as original planned.  Cool!

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

jeph's sheep (aka Lupo the lamb)

I've been busy crocheting without posting about it because I made a birthday present for Jeph!  We thought he needed a farm animal, but a cute one that doesn't poop, so I made him a sheep:

Officially the pattern is for Lupo the lamb, but I kept calling him a sheep.  I chose gray instead of brown for the 'body' because I didn't want it too dark.  You start from the bottom up with two feet:

Then you attach them together/to the body as you do a bobble stitch, which makes little tufts!

Then you keep working up the body:

And then narrow down at the neck and switch to gray:

As you work on the head, it looks hilarious because it's a flat round disc:

But eventually you get some eyes on it and it becomes more round, but looks like a freaky alien without stuffing:

I made sure to stuff it extra tight, and then you make the hat separately:

The arms and ears are also made separately and then attached like sewing with yarn:

Jeph had said he liked this designer before, so I picked out the lamb and he was surprised:

Overall the sheep was adorable, and got more adorable the more I looked at him.  However, he took a long time!  With a tiny hook and lots of stitches, this took a month to make (crocheting most evenings but not every spare moment).  So I certainly won't be cranking these out anytime soon!

Friday, March 4, 2016

the new living room wall color

It really didn't take me this long to paint it...just this long to get around to blogging about it.  This was about the most impossible paint color to take pictures of because it's a subtle color, not to mention it looks different at every hour of the day.

We wanted to do a little more to break up the crazy beige monotony in our house, especially in the kitchen/living/dining/entrance.  Earlier we had painted part of the kitchen brown, but it was time to do something in the library room.  So we decided to start with the far wall and see what we thought from there.  It is a yellow, but in some lights it just looks like a creamy beige and some it looks brighter yellow.

That wall is broken up with two big windows/sliders so it's not too much yellow and does add a nice contrast with the trim and the other walls.

At this time we're not going to paint any other walls in that room because it does a nice job of breaking it up without requiring scaffolding or giant ladders (which the other walls would).  Yay!

Monday, February 29, 2016

i'm here - with awesome sugar cookies and frosting

No, no, I haven't been buried under all the Tennessee snow - HA.  I've been taking it easy and relaxing with my darling husband and working on some gifts for people so I can't post about those yet.

It does seem like there is less to blog about now that the recipe cookbook goal is over, so it will be less frequent I'm sure.

I did make some Valentine's Day cookies:

I had made these at Christmas time and thought I posted a picture, but I didn't...so this was the only picture I took of the cookies.

But honestly, these are the best sugar cookies I've ever made by far.  The recipe is from my cookbook, which is why I thought I had already posted it.  Oops!  But I want to still give you the recipe because it is AWESOME.  Although sugar cookies take some time with the dough and rolling out, it's worth it for these.  And when I get down near the end of my dough, I just put the odd, misshapen pieces on the cookie sheet.  Andy is happy to eat those :)

Jan’s (Kory’s mom) Sugar Cookies
¾ C Shortening (can use part butter, part shortening)
1 C Sugar
2 Eggs
1 tsp Vanilla
2 ½ C Flour
1 tsp Baking Powder
1 tsp Salt

Mix thoroughly the shortening, sugar, eggs and vanilla.
Blend in flour, baking powder, and salt.
Cover and refrigerate at least 1 hour.
Heat oven to 400.
Roll dough 1/8 inch thick or thicker, cut into desired shapes.
Bake on ungreased cookie sheet for 6-8 minutes.
*note - I make big, thick cookies so they take closer to 9 minutes for me, but I still want them soft*
Cool and frost

Jan’s Frosting
½ Stick Butter, softened
½ Bag (more or less) powdered sugar
1 TSP vanilla
Enough milk to make your desired consistency (added a little bit at a time)
Food coloring if desired

Mix frosting ingredients with a mixer and frost away - this quantity works well with the cookie recipe above.  Add sprinkles and decoration as desired!

Sunday, February 7, 2016

my first crocheted cardigan!!

I am in love with Craftsy classes because they let me make this:

I have to say I was scared to make something that needed to fit me because that is just asking for trouble.  I'd never made a sweater or cardigan, but the online videos totally walk you through every step and the pattern was very detailed.  So you start with the back panel:

Then make two front panels (one for the left and one for the right):

So they fit together this so:

I have the markers in to know which is the left and the right.  Then the sleeves are made, but I made mine 3/4 length, so they look like odd trapezoids:

The instructions for seaming it together were nice and detailed in the video so I knew which stitch to use.  Once I got to seam all the parts, I could finally try it on.  And WHEW it fit!

I went through the buttons I had in a jar and found one that matched exactly - weird!  You can do as many buttons as you want, but I just wanted one at the top:

This the finished product, after the button and the trim around the neck, bottom, sleeve, and front panels are done:

I have to say I'm impressed with myself because I didn't think I could do it!!

If you want more details and pictures of the pattern and how to sign up for the class, it is a pattern on Ravelry!

Thursday, February 4, 2016

living room before painting

I had already moved the furniture and took down the drapes, but here are our before pictures - a whole lotta beige:

Last picture is funny, but you get the idea how everything is almost the same color!  So we bought some yellow paint to paint the wall with the sliding glass door/big window.  Yay!

Monday, February 1, 2016


With Jonas the storm (funny that's my nephew's name!) we got a lot of snow here, especially for Tennessee.  So I just took a couple pictures.  This is the overhand on our roof on the south side...it was very drifty!

Our street looks peaceful:

We shoveled quite a few driveways because it turns out no one really owns a snow shovel!  Of course ours moved from Ohio...and usually you don't need one in Tennessee.  But it was such a pretty big snow - what we like to call "Christmas snow"!

Friday, January 29, 2016


Holly at work loves owls, so I decided to make her one with the leftover brown yarn I had from the longest scarf ever.  This pattern was not ideal and I had to modify quite a bit of it, but he still turned out quirky cute:

Amigurumi is funny because it doesn't seem to look like much when you start:

Then it magically takes shape!

I used yarn for his eyeballs since I didn't have my plastic eyes with me, and he can still see :)  And most importantly, Holly thinks he is adorable so that's all that matters!!  I have my next work person surprise in the works...

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

baked wings that were scrumptious!

It's weird picking new recipes to make now - the world is my oyster!  No cookbook to guide me...so I've always wanted to try making wings at home.  I found a recipe online and was intrigued by the secret to making baked wings crispy: it's dusting them in baking powder.  Weird!

But it was worth a try, so I did it, and although they take a long time to bake, they are very easy and hands off - more hands off than the chicken legs I made for Andy that he loves so much.  I used the same spicy butter hot sauce to toss them in, and here was an image before scarfing them down:

Verdict - we LOVED them!  Andy prefers boneless wings but even he said they were delicious and actually easier to eat than the chicken legs.  They were crispy and as good as any wing in a restaurant I think.  Again, although they take a long time in the oven, they were worth it because most of it is hands-off time, which is nice.  It might be a weekend recipe unless you're an 8pm eater like some.  We eat at like 5:30pm, so this doesn't work for weeknights after work for me.  It's a keeper and going in the recipe box!