Monday, January 28, 2013

I can't move on

I have issues. I was trying to do what they told me to do. I read all over that if you have an Etsy site, you should link it to your blog. And they should all be linked to your FB pages. So, I tried to make everything the same. I tried to consolidate everything on to one blog. But I can't. I love this blog. I spent a lot of sleepless nights creating this page. I am happy with how it is.

I wanted my blog to have the same name as my Etsy and my Facebook. But, I think this better describes who I am. I am Surrounded by Pink. And, no matter how hard I want to make my blog about my crafts, I know it won't be that way. It will be about the kids. They are my life right now.

So, here I am. No further decided than I was when I started typing. Should I keep both blogs and update separately? Should I keep the names different and just get over it ... or go with the new name. I know that I lost a lot of followers last year when I quit blogging to work on building my business. I hope to regain those followers and then some. What to do, what to do. Any suggestions?

Paracord Fun

This weekend Big K and I dug out the paracord that she got for Christmas and finally decided to make some bracelets!

If you don't know what paracord is here is the Wikipedia explanation: Parachute cord (also paracord of 550 cord) is a lightweight nylon kernmantle rope originally used in the suspension lines of US parachutes during WWII. Once in the field, paratroopers found this cord useful for many other tasks.
These bracelets have been pretty popular and you can find them all over the place. We have bought quite a few, but being the crafty person that I am ... I just had to make some myself. Thank goodness that Santa brought Kaelyn some cord and some buckles so we were set.

Paracord comes in fantastic colors, and of course we have all kinds of pinks! Our cord didn't come with any instructions, so thankfully, I survive off of YouTube instructional videos. We found some great videos by Chaotic Thinking and followed along. We made the basic one color paracord bracelet as well as the Solomons Heart.

Hope you enjoy my photos, and if you make some of your own, please send me pics! If you would like to purchase them, you can check out my Facebook site and place an order there!

One color:

Two Colors:


Solomon's Heart


All three lined up:


Here is his video that I followed! /div>

It's not always Sparkles and Glitter

It's true. It isn't always sparkles and glitter around here! Some days are full of TV and naps. That was today.

I have read the blogs. I am on Pinterest. I dream of being the mom that finishes projects that she starts - to PERFECTION. But, it just isn't going to happen. That isn't me. And my therapist said I should be okay with that. Just kidding ... maybe ... :). 

Today was a perfect example of that. I woke up and got the girls ready and on the bus as I usually do. I sat Baby K in her high chair with her banana, cereal, and milk. Then, I sat down to my laptop to catch up before she was finished. Then it started. I was sucked in. I started reading a funny article written by another Mom Blogger ... and continued to another ... which lead to another. Then, The Hubbs walked in and caught me at the computer while Baby K giggled with delight as she threw her Fruit Loops to the dog. Whoops, I guess I missed that.

I got up to redeem myself and shooed the dog outside. I got Baby K down and cleaned her up. The Hubbs got in the shower to get ready for the day and I sat down to turn on Sesame Street for Baby K. He finished getting ready and caught me snuggling her on the couch. Baby K isn't much of a snuggler, so I have to catch my moments when I can. As a SAHM, days like this can happen. But, the trick is stopping it quickly before absolutely NOTHING gets done for the day. Lucky for me, today's trick was a dentist appointment.

At the dentist, I had to get two fillings replaced which meant fully numbing the left side of my face. (That was entertainment for all who spoke with me the rest of the day!) The Hubbs went grocery shopping after he dropped me off for my appointment and afterwards we picked up some lunch and met with my Aunt and Uncle who dropped by. After they left, my head was pounding so I took some Aleve and told him I was going to lay down for a few (whoops, there went my productivity). Those few minutes turned to hours ... so thank goodness I never specified which I meant when I warned him of my nap (don't worry, I had a great dream about all sorts of sparkles and glitter!). He continued being amazing and picked up the big girls from the bus and cooked dinner! (We make a great team. When I am extremely unproductive, he is an overachiever!).

J had gymnastics after dinner so that meant getting NOTHING done around the house! Every time I passed the family room, my knitting projects called out to me ... but I had to decline the invite. (Declining the invite to fold the laundry was much easier!)

After all the girls were in bed, I met up with another friend. Some of you may know him, his name is Adam Puchte. He is extremely convincing when you need to shush those inner voices that keep telling you to do something. Here is a picture of Adam at my house: 


So, we can all figure out how much was done around here after Adam and I hung out. And now I can truly say these words, "I am ok with that". Haha. 

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Contest Alert!!

Hey Everyone! I know how much everyone likes a give away ... so here we go! Go over to my Facebook Page for my new blog, Little Sak of Beans and LIKE the page! Then comment on the contest blog for your chance to win a handmade wet bag, crochet hat or security blanket! Make sure and visit my new blog since I will be closing this one down soon! Follow me over there Little Sak of Beans Blog for more fun give aways!


See you there!

Monday, January 21, 2013

I haven't gone away!

Hey Everyone, I am slowly switching over to my new blog. I have been gone for a while but I am back now! I know switching is probably not the best thing to do after getting one blog up and going, but bear with me and follow me at Little Sak of Beans. I made a new post over there today to update everyone on what I have been doing with my free time!!! Hope to see you all over there.

Thanks for putting up with me through this change!!!

Mandi!

Friday, September 28, 2012

New Beginnings!

Wow, I can't believe I gave this up in February! It feels like an eternity ago! I really need to stop and go over what has happened this year ... but, not tonight. That sounds like a good goal to set for tomorrow (or actually later today since it is well past midnight here).

Back to business. Actual Business! I have opened up a new blog. Please come visit me over at my craft business blog Little Sak of Beans! It is going to be a few days before everything is up and running and fresh. I can't wait to have it all complete! I have copied the first posting from my new blog page so you can go visit me over there, or read it down below. There are give-aways and many chances to win your own "Little Sak of Beans" items! Thank you so much for continuing to follow me on this journey and please come back to see where I have been all year!



(below is the posting from my new business blog)


Welcome to my new blog!!

I started my original blog Surrounded By Pink to be a site to post my crafts and it ended up being more of a journal of thoughts and journeys as a Mom and Wife. I am now opening this blog as a place to sell my items! I am really enjoying learning how to crochet and would love to share my stuff with others! Please share on your blogs, follow me on twitter (Little Sak of Beans), "Like" us on Facebook Little Sak of Beans and invite your friends. I am going to start by giving away a free hat or baby blanket ... YOUR CHOICE! When I get to 50 followers on my Little Sak of Beans twitter account, I will have a give away. When we reach 50 "likes" on facebook, give away time! When we reach 50 followers on my new blog ... another give away! FUN TIMES!!!

More about this site! I have started crocheting and really enjoy it. I love how happy it makes my girls when I buy a new pattern and actually complete it! They love seeing a ball of yarn come to life and I love them sharing in my excitement! I hope to do more so if anyone has a pattern they would like to see "come to life" ... please send it my way!

I do make lots of other items. I recently started cloth diapering our youngest, Beans. So, of course, I also decided to make some diapers of my own. I love buying new diapers, mostly online, but there is something to be said about making a diaper and having it WORK ... and not to mention how darn cute they look on her! I have also been making wet bags ... those are really fun!

I also have an active ETSY account and Ebay. I really hope to get my name out there, and would love your help. As I mentioned above, as I reach more and more followers, we will have more give aways! Follow me on twitter and follow my blog for multiple chances to win multiple items! Tag my blog on facebook, #SakoBeans on twitter and link to me on your blog and get 3 more chances for a give away! I am feeling extremely giving so help me out!!! :)

Thanks everyone!!

Monday, February 6, 2012

Happy Crafter!

I have decided to follow up yesterday's grumpy post with a happy one! So, ENJOY!

I have always loved blankets. Not only blankets, but quilts as well. Especially quilts. There is something unbelievably special about a quilt. Not the store bought ones, although they will keep you warm ... they are just different. There is nothing like curling up with a quilt that was given to you by someone you love. Knowing that they thought of you with every stitch. As a quilter (I will call myself one for now because yes, I have finished a few quilts of my own!) .. I know how many thoughts that adds up to!

This is Kaelyn's Cross-stitched quilt


Noah's ark fabric that I fell in love with and just had to have on the back!


I even used rainbow colors for the border to make it look like the rainbow God sent after the flood!


With my two older girls, I made them an easier blanket that went together fairly quickly and then quilted those with really big stitches (Jordyn's is still being quilted, but it is together ... Kaelyn's was finished before she was born). I also cross-stitched a quilt topper and backed it and quilted those as well. Kaelyn's I started when I was pregnant with her, but did not finish it until she was 6. I procrastinated a teensy bit on that one. Jordyn's I started and finished all the cross-stitching AND all of the quilting before I had her. So, yes, hers was done before Kaelyn's. In my defense, I was working full time and going to school when I was pregnant with Kaelyn and worked up until she was almost 3! Then, by the time she was a little over three and I was pregnant with Jordyn and couldn't wait to get started on a new one. But, either way, they are both finished now and I am so happy with the products (many, many pictures to follow). 

 This is Jordyn's cross-stitched quilt. I love looking at this one because I worked on it while Mike was at Boot Camp for the Air Force. It reminds me of how much I missed him and how happy I am that he doesn't have to leave us for long periods of time anymore.


This is the stars and moon fabric that I found for the back. It matched PERFECTLY!




Then, along comes Kynslee! I actually started working on her blanket AND her cross-stitched quilt before she was born. Her blanket was cut out and machine quilted (quilt-as-you-go) before she was born, I just had to sew the pieces together. I finished it a few weeks after she was born. So, that wasn't too bad. Especially considering that she was 3 weeks early! So, in my opinion, I finished it right on time. The cross-stitched blanket I chose is a bit harder. With the two older girls I found a "quilt topper" that is just the top material stamped with your cross-stitch pattern. With Kynslee, the one I wanted to do for her, was the pre-quilted kit that I really do not care for. The fabric seems stiff and scratchy and it is already backed with boring white. With my older girls, I found fabric that went along perfectly with the theme of the cross-stitching on the front, and I wanted the same for Kynslee's. 

Here is the stock photo of Kynslee's cross-stitched quilt.


This is the fabric I chose for the backing.


It is hard to see, but this is the sparkly fabric I found for the front!




My mom had mentioned that her friends have felt the same way and purchased nicer fabric. Then they used a light box to trace the X's from the pre-quilted to the fabric of their choice. I picked out a really cool princess kit and then found some sparkly white fabric that looks perfect for a princess. Then, while I was pregnant, spent days upon days drawing these X's. You really don't realize how many there are until you are drawing each one. Anyway, task complete and now it is time to start the stitchin'!


Here is a picture of all the x's I transfered.



The rest of the pictures are of the blankets that I made for each daughter. I am so pleased with each one of them!

This is Kynslee's Kitty rag quilt. It is machine quilted as you go. And, MASSIVE! 

She was a little over a month and a half in this picture!


This is Kaelyn's. Feels like ages ago when I made this. Almost 10 years!!

This is the back. I also made a matching bear. I should find him!


And, this is Jordyn's. I used different textures of fabrics for this one. It turned out great. The picture doesn't do the colors justice. I really need to take a better one. But this is good for now! This one is all backed and pinned together. I even have a line quilted. It won't take long once I get to it. I just have so much other stuff to work on. Like, blogging! :)


I absolutely love the buggy fabric on the back. I bought that before I even had a project in mind. I saw it and loved it and bought 4 yards ... just so I would have it! And I found a perfect use for it!


So, anyway, those are it for now. Thank goodness I am only having 3 kids! I can only imagine how my Mom feels! She made quilts for each of us growing up. She also made one for each of us when we graduated college and another on our wedding day. Just when she thought she could make some for herself, we gave her 9 grandkids! (hey, come on, we spread them out over 11 years). Her quilts are awesome - I will have to collect those and make a post dedicated to her awesome work ... she is the reason I am so crafty! ( My husband blames her, I thank her! ) Such an awesome talent to have. Off I go to work on my awesomeness.