Sunday, December 12, 2010

Austin, a city full of birds.



I wish I had aimed a little bit lower when taking this photo to capture more of the trees covered with birds too. I often joke with Armando that I need to carry a bag of birdseed in my purse because birds seem to be everywhere here. I do not think I have ever lived in a city with this many birds before. It is a good thing we both love birdies! :)

Thank You Planet Shoes!

I entered a contest by Planet Shoes for a chance to win a pair of Jambu shoes. I have been looking at these shoes in the store for quite some time and had them on my wish list to buy in the future. I could not believe that I actually won them!

The shoes came packaged so neatly and in a nice box with a precut hole that can later be used to store ribbon. I was surprised at how quickly I received the shoes too.

Thank you so much for the beautiful shoes Planet shoes. I have been enjoying them. The shoes are comfortable and they stay on securely when I transfer from my wheelchair to the car. :)

I noticed the other day that Planet shoes has a weekly giveaway.

If you would like to enter the weekly giveaway click below or visit their website at Planet shoes.

Planet Shoes Weekly Giveaway

-Michelle

Thursday, December 02, 2010

Magazine Christmas trees



I like projects that recycle.
I made this little christmas tree using a sales paper.
It just takes 3 folds for each piece of paper.
Instructions HERE .


Sunday, November 21, 2010

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Monday, November 15, 2010

Crochet wrist warmers


Both wrist warmers showing the thumb holes.



I made these wrist warmers from a pattern at Attic 24’s blog.

I modified her pattern a bit. Mine are very simple and done only in one color without the border. I just wanted something to keep my hands off my wheelchair rims that get very cold in the winter. Now that I have made one pair, I would like to make more. Next time I will use cotton thread so they are more washer friendly and add more colors and maybe a border too.

They are very easy to make. Here is a basic explanation of how I made mine. You can go to Attic 24 and use her instructions if mine are too confusing.

Basic idea of how it is done. You will crochet single crochet enough chains to snugly fit around your hand and wrist. Then you half double crochet until you get the rectangle the length you want it. The rectangle you will then fold in half to fit snugly around your hand and wrist. After folding, you sew up the side leaving a space for your thumb opening. Then you go back and single crochet around the thumb opening. You can also add a border edging. I did not. I kept mine very simple and basic. It was my first time ever making any wrist warmers.

These were the stitches it took to fit my hand. I single crocheted 26. Then I half double crocheted and chained 2 at the end and turned. I did that for 14 rows. Afterwards, I sewed up the edge and measured each to have a thumb opening. Then I single crocheted around my thumb openings.

You will need to measure your own hand and find how many single crochets you need to start with and continue from there.

Good luck!

Michelle

Monday, November 08, 2010

Long time no see!

I am back after a very long absence from blogging. It appears that blogger has added new layouts and has fancied things up quite a bit since I have been gone. I like all the new features and options.


Since the last time I blogged several things have happened. I completed my studies and earned my Medical Transcription certificate. Right now I am studying and preparing for the Registered Medical Transcription exam. I visited home in Alabama for a month with my family after completing my final examination. It was great to spend time with my whole family and a nice break. I also got to travel to south Alabama and visit my childhood best friend! My husband got changed from night shift to day shift. We love that. He has a very good schedule at work and we can even go out in the evenings and do a few things before bedtime.


I have been trying to work on unfinished craft projects in the evenings. I still have several projects to finish including a pillow for my Dad and some flower hair accessories for several of my friends daughters. I also want to make a winter scarf for my blog giveaway.


I finally finished my husband's Cthulhu hat. He is a big H.P. Lovecraft fan and Cthulhu is a fictional entity from his book "The Call of Cthulhu".

It is not the best photograph but you at least get an idea of what it looks like. It was fun to make.



I am going to try to blog more regularly now. I have missed blogging.

I met Joanne from the Jonesy gets Crafty blog and we have started getting together sometimes on Saturdays and crafting. She is very creative, talented at embroidery, and makes the cutest items. She sells her items on Etsy (a link is on her blog to her Etsy) and at a store here in Austin called Moxie. Check her out sometimes. She makes the cutest baby onesies, bibs, and a variety of other items.

In my next entry I will show you some simple crochet wristers (or fingerless gloves) that I made and explain how easy they are to make. I found the instructions on another blog which I will link to as well when I show them.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Quickie Craft

I took a few moments last night and made a little bird feeder for our patio. The projects is great for recycling and it was cheap to make. I got the crochet twine-like material from a flea market and the little green bowl from a thrift store for 99 cents.

I used the instructions from HERE, but I modified the straps to make it more stable.

 

I added straps using chain stitch and attached them across forming a triangular shape to make it more stable. Imagine a circle (which is your bowl) and looking from the top down your straps form this shape /\ over your bowl.

 

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Saturday, March 13, 2010

Time to meet the finish line.

I am trying to really work hard and have set a goal for myself to finish this course as soon as possible. That means I need to study every day, including weekends. If all goes according to plan, I will finish with the last reports in approximately one month and a week. Then, I can begin studying for the final. (Oh, I do hope I make a good grade on that!)

Also, I really hope that I can find a position in this line of work. I think it can be hard to find work when you do not have experience. That is always a hard one. Isn’t it? How do you get experience when you cannot get hired without experience? Let us hope I can find a company who hires newbies and who is not a stickler on foot pedals and will allow me to use hot keys and software controls. Since foot pedals and paraplegics do not really get along for obvious reasons. LOL

This course has taken me longer than I imagined it would. I had a lot of health problems since I enrolled. Also, there were a lot more reports than I first thought there were when I signed up. It is okay though. It gives you a lot of needed experience. I have never given up, even though sometimes I was concerned about my slow pace.

I have a very supportive husband who thankfully has paid for extensions on my classes when I have needed it. That has meant a lot to me. Also, I have had some very supportive family, friends, and study buddies.

I have had several study buddies since being enrolled in Career Step and I only have one left who is actively enrolled in the program at this time. All of the rest dropped out of the course!

If I am a little less vocal on my blog right now please understand that I will be back chatting away soon! I will still pop in and say hi from time to time over this next month, but I may not be posting as frequently since I will be typing away for many hours and transcribing reports.

I have not forgotten about the giveaway and that is still going to happen, as soon as I get my projects completed. ;)

Sunday, February 28, 2010

Chile Earthquake

Armando’s family lives in Santiago, Chile. Today was a nervous time for Armando and I as we awaited news from his family. Thank goodness his family and what friends we were able to contact, are okay. They awoke in the early hours of the morning scared with a big force and movement. The communication was unstable for many hours. Some areas still have basic services not working.

Sadly, many areas were affected with some damage to roads, homes, injuries and loss of life. In the coastal areas a tsunami followed the earthquake. More information will be available later, as they make their way to review the full damage.

The earthquake measured 8.8 on the Richter scale and was stronger than the earthquake they had in 1985.

Watch local tv for Chile here:

http://www.ustream.tv/channel/tv-de-chile

If you are looking for a family member in Chile, check here:

http://chilepersonfinder.appspot.com/

My thoughts are with all those involved. Please keep Chile in your thoughts and prayers.

 

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Easy Italian Sausage Pie

Makes 8 servings

Prep: 20 minutes

Cook: 1 hour 15 minutes

Bake at 375F for 1 hour, 15 minutes

1 pound mild Italian sausage, cut into 1-inch pieces
5 eggs
1 package (10 ounces) frozen chopped spinach, drained
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
2/3 cup ricotta cheese
1 shallot, finely chopped
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 package (15 ounces) refrigerated ready-to-roll pie crusts
1 egg beaten lightly with 1 tablespoon water


1. Heat oven to 375F. Place sausage in a nonstick skillet over medium-high heat and cook 5 minutes, until browned on all sides.
2. In a large bowl, combine sausage, 5 eggs, spinach, mozzarella cheese, ricotta, shallot, pepper, garlic powder and salt.  Line a 9-inch pie plate with 1 of the pie crusts.  Spoon in the sausage-and-spinach mixture.  Top with the remaining pie crust; seal and crimp edges.  Poke a few holes in the center of the pie crust and brush with the egg-water mixture.
3. Bake at 375F for 1 hour, 15 minutes.  Let stand 10 minutes before slicing.

From: Family Circle Magazine - November 1, 2009

 

NOTE: I USED MORE RICOTTA CHEESE. I JUST MIXED RICOTTA CHEESE IN UNTIL THE MIXTURE WAS AS CREAMY AS I WANTED IT.

Enjoy!

(The picture of this is in the post below.)

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Dinner Tonight


I tried a new recipe tonight. I made Italian Sausage Pie. We both enjoyed it along with wine.
I had Barefoot White Zinfandel from California and Armando had a 2005 Marques de Caceres red wine from Spain.
If anybody wants the recipe just let me know and I will be happy to post it or you can email me at blog at msloyola.com.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

I won! I won!

I cannot begin to tell you how excited I was when I checked my email and saw that I had won one of the items in the OWOH giveaway!

I won it from Joe and Bethany. Check out their blog It's a Wonderful Life here:

http://www.joeandbethany.blogspot.com/

I have never won a giveaway before. That is why I awoke Armando with screams of excitement. LOL But he loves me so it was okay. :p

I won a pencil drawing one subject portrait by a wonderful artist!

See Joe Everson's beautiful artwork by going to:

http://www.joesstudio.blogspot.com/ or http://www.joeeverson.com/

I also love to draw with pencil but have not done it in quite a while.

Thank you a lot Joe and Bethany for your very generous giveaway.

http://www.joeandbethany.blogspot.com/

If you haven't ever entered an online giveaway, you should try. It is a lot of fun. I think they do twitter giveaways too, but I have never tried those before.

Update


I have a new desktop computer now. It has Windows 7 and is running much smoother than my notebook was previously. My notebook seemed to crash/freeze quite often at the most inconvenient times. (Not that there ever really is a convenient time for a computer crash/freeze).


Just as I was getting geared up to write a blog entry tonight and add several pictures using my faithful blogging tool I realized that I did not have that program configured on this machine. I will configure and set it up another night though.


Did you have a good Valentine's Day? I had a great time. My husband brought me some very pretty flowers. (See them in the picture above.) He treated me to a little shopping spree at a place I had wanted to go to since he showed it to me. At night we came home and watched a movie and had sushi and wine. It was so very windy and cold that day that we decided to not go to the movie theater and wanted to just be comfy at our apartment.


I just feel so blessed to have such a loving husband and I am happy that we just enjoy being together and goofing off and being our silly selves. It is refreshing to always know you have someone who will laugh at your jokes and even put up with you singing silly songs that stick in your head and who joins in with you and sings the silly songs too! :P Now that is true love, right?


I have been feeling very crafty lately. Well, I always feel crafty, but so many websites and blogs and other people's beautiful creations are inspiring me. I have found a lot of cute patterns online lately and before too long this new computer hard drive might be busting at the seams with craft patterns and ideas. (Just kidding... sortof)


I have a few projects going now. I am in the process of making a wrap for myself and a crochet shopping bag since we prefer to bring our own when we can. I also am making another little crochet craft that I found the pattern online, but I will not say what it is right now, because I may put it as a giveaway item.


I am still trying to figure out what I want to craft for my blog giveaway. More than likely it will be something that I crochet. Although it could be something else handmade too. I want to make the giveaway enjoyable for both a man or woman to enter, since I have several male and female blogging friends. But, the giveaway is also open to anyone new to reading this blog as well. Anyone can enter!
I will be thinking about it. Feel free to offer some suggestions too of what you might enjoy winning. Thank you! :)

Monday, February 08, 2010

Too late, but still will do.

I wanted to particpate in the One world One Heart giveaway but sadly, I was a bit too late to find out about it. I have always wanted to do a giveaway on my blog. So, stay tuned. I am going to make some things and be offering a giveaway soon! :)

New books and a fun necklace!

I dropped by Half Price Books today and got these :

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I have seen the movie, but I have heard the books are even better.

crochet blocks 

Textured Crochet 16.95

Those 2 should keep my fingers busy for a while.

I also just purchased this altered necklace. I really like it. :)

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Monday, February 01, 2010

Mayfield Garden

 

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Mira! A peacock. :)

Armando took this photo of me photographing the peacock.

 

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Reflections in the water taken via my cell phone’s camera.

 

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Completely unrelated, and a blurred photo, but I have new eyeglasses!

Here is me trying them on. It is extremely confusing to pick new eyeglasses out.

I cannot seem to pull off too many colors in eyeglasses. Believe me, I tried. (hehe) But, some looked terribly bad.

I could not get used to seeing myself in more square lenses at first.

In the end, I decided to get away from my safety zone of plain old silver eyeglasses.

I went with purple eyeglasses. :)

Doily completed

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I made this doily design up. It is the second doily I ever crocheted.  I started this while my Mom was not well, as a way to keep my mind busy.

Now she is much better and I am thankful. I will mail it to her soon. Her favorite color is yellow, hence, well… it is yellow. :)

Saturday, January 30, 2010

The Journey

Bit by bit, you conquer each step.

The pathway seems completely uphill.

Sometimes movement is full of grace and ease.

Other times you push your determined soul onward.

Full of fervor and good intent all the way.

Worthwhile is the effort made today.

For tomorrow you see you’ve reached the plateau.

Thursday, January 07, 2010

Settling into Austin

The last several days were quite busy. After a 14 hour drive we arrived safely . Since we traveled at night the traffic was better. My Mom and Dad brought me to my new home in a van so I could bring our things with us. The cats did very well on the trip thanks to the medicine I got from the Vetrinarian. They seem to be accepting our new home well. They have claimed our walk-in closet as their sleeping place.

My parents stayed a few days and helped us get settled. Armando took us to the Alamo Drafthouse Theater which was a lot of fun. We went to see Avatar in 3D. Avatar was a great movie. If you have not seen it, you should go and treat yourself to it. My Mom had never seen a 3D movie. Mom, Dad, and I had never been in a theater which serves food as you watch the movie. I had a BBQ brisket sandwich and potato wedges. It was delicious. I like that theater.

One day we also went to the Half-Price Bookstore and I bought a kitchen herb book so hopefully later I can make a little herb garden on our patio. I also got a Nicholas Gunn CD. They have really good prices there and a big selection. I got the herb book for $2.00 and the CD for $5.98.

We have things in boxes still to unpack but I am sure we will work our way through things with time.

I need to start studying the roads of this city on a map to familiarize myself. Austin is quite big. I am pretty confused right now when we go places. All I know for sure is that we live by IBM. LOL

This is a very nice city with a lot of fun places to explore. I have seen by the river and it is beautiful and there are also some very nice walking areas.

Many people jog here all over the city. (I think I need to get more in shape.) Our apartment offers us a free gym so I think I will check it out one day and see if they have some weights or something for upper body exercises. I have high hopes that this year Armando and I can get involved and exercise more .

I am trying to keep the same schedule as Armando keeps so we do not conflict with each other. He sleeps 8 hours in the day so that he can work the night shift. So, I sleep when he does and wake up and study while he is at work. I tried to stay up all night the night before last but I just could not do it. I was still tired from the move and everything I have been doing lately. But I am staying awake tonight so hopefully with time I will adjust.

I will share pictures with you when I explore the city more.