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The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery Springtime Sampler

15 May

Nothing excites me more right now than to share my Springtime Sampler on my blog! 🙂 I have worked so hard to complete this, and I am so proud of it! I know it’s geeky… but I can’t help it. 

I believe this sampler came out at the first of April, and I have been working tirelessly on it. I bought this pattern from The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery. They release one week of the pattern at a time. It’s actually neat to check your inbox every Monday to find the next piece of the puzzle!

This actually was not the first pattern I bought. You know which pattern made me fall in love with this company??! The Macaroons.  I have yet to stitch it, but its on my list of things to do. I was distracted with crochet at the time I purchased it, and just never stitched it.  Then the Winter Sampler came out–Bought it and didn’t stitch it. Then THIS one came out, and I was determined to finish it…AND I DID! I really want to do all four seasons now so that I can frame them all. It just seems right, so that’s what I am going to do.

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It’s definitely not perfect, but its mine. There is satisfaction in completion y’all. I am here to tell you. I don’t think there is a single square that I didn’t somehow, somewhere make a mistake on. Some of the mistakes I ripped out and started over; some of the mistakes just weren’t that big of a deal, so I just kept on going. I just made sure the overall look worked.

I know to some of you are gasping in shock now.. but I am just trying to keep it real here.

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For some reason, the egg gave me fits. I just couldn’t seem to count it right, so my egg got fatter, and fatter…and his spots weren’t quite right. I am going to just call him “Unique”. 

I think the raincloud was actually my favorite square. (Which isn’t hard to believe if you know my favorite days are rainy days—weird, but true.)

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For now, this is where my sampler will sit. I can’t hang it behind my couch in my picture frame collage until I get the others. It would look weird on that huge wall by itself.  (By the way, the frame I bought was a 12×12 from JoAnn’s.)

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I also have to mention that I won a contest from The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery’s Facebook page! You all know I am an Instagram user, and after posting pics to there, my name was drawn as the WINNER!!! Oh My Goodness.

And just so you know, when I found out that I won, I was totally at the lady doctor. My legs were up in stirrups, and while I was waiting for the doctor to come in, I started browsing Facebook…. and saw that I won! Y’all, I got so excited. I bet the doctor had never seen a patient so happy, even though it wasn’t the most desirable place to be. 🙂

I won 62 skeins of floss, the “Fruit of the Month” pattern, and linen to stitch it on!! YAY! It will look divine in my kitchen. Y’all don’t laugh if in about 5-years, my walls are covered in cross stitch!!

Our life via Instagram

13 Apr

It’s been too long since I’ve posted, but here’s a little glimpse of what fills our days!
You can follow me on Instagram here: barber1029

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Graduated Granny Blanket

2 Aug

So I decided to finish up my graduated granny blanket. (I used this tutorial. I literally stalk this lady’s blog. She is super fabulous, and she inspires me to crochet!) I thought about going another round with all of the colors of the rainbow again, but that would have required WAY more yarn than what I had. I decided to finish it off with a pinky/red border, which sounds really weird, but the color combo worked well in my opinion. I actually started out doing triple crochet stitches in a granny square pattern, but hubby thought it had too many large holes, so I shortened them to double crochets, doing a solid green row, and then back to a “three-one-three” pattern.

I figured it was the prime photo op too. I usually have the girls’ photos taken before their birthday every year, but we didn’t get around to it. (My photographer is in LONDON!! Isn’t that awesome?! The same time as the 2012 Summer Olympics!) Anyway, so I took some of my own photos with my crochet blanket as a photo prop. I do realize that I am definitely not a professional photographer….or crocheter either, but it was still fun.

MK & Addie

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I really don’t think I have seen cuter kids.
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I can say that… it’s my blog 🙂
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I mean, come ON!
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Cuteness overload!
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DSC_0029They were VERY cooperative since I promised them a monster cookie for posing for the pics for me. 🙂 Addison wanted to hurry because she was “melting”. It’s August in Texas fo sho.

I also held my own little crochet class at the house. We let the kids pretty much hang from the ceiling fans while I tried to teach some friends the basics to crochet. Kids, Yarn, PIZZA. That pretty much sums it up! 😉  Even though I don’t feel like I am certified to teach anyone this…I do know how to refer them to the internet and YOUTUBE! haha

I will say that regardless of the reasons WHY we get together, it’s always fun to get together with friends, old friends and new ones.

Cara

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Heather
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Leslie
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Jennifer
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–Amber

Craftapalooza

28 Jul

It has been Craftapalooza 2012 over at my house over the last couple of weeks. I have been making things left and right for baby showers,  gifts, and orders!

This is a baby blanket that I have been making for a baby shower. I saw the colors that the nursery was going to be done in, and this is what I came up with. I used the tutorial for this blanket and added some extras, like a border and some applique flowers.

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I made this crochet case for a sweet friend who also likes to crochet. I “kind of” used this pattern. The reason I say “kind of” is because I got really confused after I made the spine, so I just started making up stitches. It worked! I also decided to change colors so that the inside would be rainbow instead of one solid color…because rainbows make me happy! 🙂

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The outside cover called for an “X” type of stitch that left a lot of holes. I didn’t want the inside of the crochet case to show through, so I did a star stitch for the cover.

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This is a star stitch:

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AND now onto ORIGAMI! 🙂 Yes, I LOVE origami. Here are a couple of origami baby mobiles that I made. Let me tell you folks, origami is not for the faint of heart! I am totally serious. I basically charge $3 a star when I make an origami mobile, because this takes FOREVER. (I also included some small Origami Lucky Stars in this mobile. I don’t charge$3 for those.) First you have to fold the paper about 500 times (Okay, maybe I am exaggerating a little.), and then you have to string them all up. I make sure that I secure all of the strands with crimping beads so nothing comes loose.

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This mobile was made because someone requested cranes and tons of colors, in addition to the stars.

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So, if you come over and wonder why my house isn’t clean…it’s because I was in the middle of Craftapalooza 2012!

–Amber 

It’s all about the Oven!

28 Oct
Not many things in the kitchen surprise me anymore, but I had NO IDEA you could make tons of grilled cheese sandwiches all at once…in the oven! Who knew? It seems like such a simple idea, yet I never thought of it. Trust me, I have wasted PLENTY of time standing over a skillet, making one grilled cheese after another, only to find that by the time they are all done, the first one is cold!
I went to my mom’s house last night, and she made them in the oven..all at once. She works at an school, and learned this trick from the lunch ladies. (And I believe the lunch ladies have all of the answers!! :))
Here is how you do it:
1. Preheat your oven to 450 degrees.
2. Assemble your grilled cheese sandwiches like you normally would, buttering the sides of the bread facing the outside. (Mom used one and a half slices of American Cheese in hers, and they were perfect.)
3. Place on a cookie sheet and bake for about 6 minutes.
4. Take them out and flip them over and bake for an additional 2-3 minutes, until they are done.
Now, you didn’t stand over a stove for forever, and all of the sandwiches are ready to serve at once, and noone has to get stuck with the cold one! A revolution in sandwich making! 🙂 So simple.
I also wanted to share a new Christmas gift idea–Personalized Casserole Dishes! 🙂 I can make these with pretty much any design and any name. Aren’t they cute?? Thank you Pinterest! (I am totally addicted to that website, but who isn’t???) I am charging $30 for a 9×13, and $25 for a 9×9. (Including covers). I will ship for an additional $7.
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These are oven safe and permanently etched! So you don’t have to worry about any designs rubbing off with oven use, etc. Now you can take those dishes to your potluck, and KNOW you will get your dish back!
To order: Go to my Etsy store http://www.etsy.com/listing/84867209/glass-etched-casserole-dish or you can send me a message at amber_barber@suddenlink.net
**AMBER**

Cookies, Cakes, and Birthday Parties!

29 Aug

My girls just turned 4 & 2! Oh my goodness time flies, and I am so thankful that God put me in charge of two of his precious gifts: Addison and Macyn!

I can’t be like normal people and just order a birthday party set off of the Internet and be done with it. I have to try to make things as difficult as possible, and make everything myself..so this is my homemade Pirate/Mermaid Party. I am already telling my husband to remind me to just ORDER next year so I can de-stress my life a little. He is going to have to probably print this out for me to re-read next year. It is fun to be crafty, but sometimes, it’s just a LOT of work.

Bethany (my niece), Addison, Macyn


Here is the Happy Birthday Banner I made with my CriCut!

And see.. there in the middle are the pirate maps and pirate tattoos! I had to do something less girly for my nephews!

My nephew Seth

My nephew Devin

We let all of the kids..and Mamaw…play with play-doh and cookie cutters while we worked on baking the cakes and cookies.

Here is my sweet sister, Heather, who helps me with all of my projects, and who my kids and I adore.

Macyn is telling me she is 1..and technically this is true, if only for just a few more days.

Mamaw and Addison

Beth and Addison

Goodie Bucket: Goldfish, mermaid toy, coloring book, colors.

Here is another Goodie Box for all of the Mermaids out there, filled with tattoos and jewelry.

AND HERE ARE THE COOKIES!!! I just want you all to know, that I practiced and practiced making cookies for this party! 🙂 I had never made cookies with royal icing before, so my friend Jo Slye taught me how. I am totally addicted to cookie making now! I know they aren’t the finest cookies in the world, but I am still proud of them!

Glitter fish cookies

Beach Balls

Addison’s birthday cake. I actually had a “disaster” the morning of the party. I thought it would be a great idea to go ahead and make the cake and add the suckers, then cover with saran wrap, that way the suckers kept the saran wrap from touching the icing. WRONG! It made the suckers sweat, and drip colored candy goo all over the top of the cakes. I had to go to the store and pick up more ingredients to remake the icing and try to cover up the colored goo. Lesson learned the hard way!

Macyn’s Birthday Cake

And here is a pic of another batch of cookies I made for my Aunt Jane, who coordinated our trip to Women of Faith this year.

So as you can see, I am loving these sugar cookies with royal icing! I am having so much fun with it. I am trying to figure out the next occasion that I can bring cookies to! 🙂

Crayon Hearts

3 May
Apparently I am on a Crayon kick, thanks to the Crayon wreath yesterday. It got me thinking about all of the crayons we have lying around the house.. especially the broken ones. Addison and Macyn both love to color, but since they are only 1 & 3, well they leave them lying on the floor a lot. I end up stepping on more than my fair share of crayons. (At least the ones that Dixie, our Boxer, doesn’t eat.) So as a solution to our Crayon problem, I figured we could make these Crayon Hearts!
*** I thought this was a solution until we came back from Nannie’s house, and Macyn apparently forgot these were crayons and not candy! It took her two bites to realize they were really yuck.

First thing you need to do is to peel of all of the paper. Addison liked helping with this part. I usually don’t let her peel the paper off, so this previously “forbidden” act was tons of fun for her.

Then break them up into small pieces and place them into a baking mold. Make sure it is oven-safe! If you don’t have a silicone shape mold, you can use a mini muffin tin.

Place the desired colors together.

Place them in a 300 degree oven for 10 minutes.

Once they firm up, they should just pop right out of the molds, and are ready to use! (You can put the tray into the freezer if you are impatient…like me. Just make sure it’s in there level, otherwise you will have a colored mess in your freezer.)

These are the perfect size for little hands to hold.

MK really liked them and did NOT want to share.

And here is the look I got when I told her she had to. This looks JUST like her Daddy.

Of course the pink and purple one is Addison’s favorite!

-Amber