Four finished crochet projects on My Workbasket

I haven’t been sharing a lot of crafty stuff, but I have been doing some! I’m working on a new crochet scarf pattern that I’m excited about. I also got some new yarn for Mother’s Day (two large Caron Cakes) and made a poncho from it. Remeber when I said that I like to make small things and things to prepare for winter? ( I said it in my 10 Perfect Summer Crochet Projects post.)  The only problem was that the scarf and the poncho were both big, so the crocheting combined with the shoulder movement of turning it around to work on took aRead More →

We're trying out a new science book that just hit the market and having fun making slime!!

Recently I was contacted by Storey Publishing to ask if I would like to review their new book, Mason Jar Science. I love messy, fun science experiments, and I have racks of mason jars, so I said yes. They sent me a review copy and we got to work checking it out recently and are loving it! Of course, my son overlooked all the experiments except the slime. It HAD to be the slime that we did first. Other experiments I noticed and were excited about included making alum geodes, terrariums, cloud in a jar, play clay, and several more. If you have kids youRead More →

A family favorite, an easy way to feed the family on busy days, or when it is just to hot to cook!

It can be so hard to feed the family in the hot summer months. Sometimes it’s just too hot to cook, sometimes one person goes off with a friend and you have no idea if they will be home for dinner or not, sometimes an extra friend is at the table, and sometimes it’s just to fun outside to come in and cook! There are so many situations that occur in the summer that can make it tricky to eat, especially together. We are adamant family dinner people. We eat dinner together about 355 days a year, those 10 that we don’t usually are in theRead More →

Photo recipe for 8 perfect summer popsicles, including these watermelon beauties!

[ReviewDisclaimer]   Recently I got this YUMMY looking infographic for perfect summer popsicles from Readers.com. I’ll be honest, whether I make popsicles or buy them depends very much on the day. I do both and feel no qualms either way.   Sometimes it’s fun to make some popsicles, but sometimes making your own is just too much. Sometimes it’s just too hot and they disappear faster than you can make them and it’s exhausting. Sometimes it’s fun to be in the kitchen and then enjoy your work later. If it’s a make your own kind of day I’ll be trying some of these recipes. AlthoughRead More →

From a water bottle to a recipe a list of six things that I am just loving this week!

I wanted to share a little sneak peek into my life with a feature about 6 things I’m loving this week. In no particular order here are six things I am just loving right now and why. There are three things I want you to take away from this list. 1. I just love these things. 2. The simple things in life can be amazing, and by appreciating them you will probably be a happier person. 3. The fact that two of these items, and my phone case (not shown) all match was completely coincidental. [ReviewDisclaimer] Julie Nutting Stamps- I have  BIG crafty reveal comingRead More →

Picnics are the ultimate in family fun! Relax and enjoy one!

I want to start encouraging my readers to relax, enjoy themselves, and stress a little less. Try some hobbies you’ve always wanted. Experiment. Be free. So to do that I’m going to start a series of posts with fun things to do! The could be anything from interesting videos to crafts to art to fun challenges and everything in between. Just a way to encourage you to try fun things, relax and enjoy life more.  SO here is your list of fun things to try this week! Since the weekend is about the begin and school is almost out it’s a great time to getRead More →

10 Perfect summer crochet Projects- All free and great for working on while on the go!

Summer is here! Well, it’s supposed to be. I don’t know about you but the weather here does not exactly feel summery. It’s raining a lot (a nearby town had a catastrophic flood) and it surprisingly cool most days. I’m sure it will heat up though. In the summer there are two types of projects I try to work on. Small, handy objects that travel well and don’t cover you with yarn in the sticky heat, and large warm winter gear that is nice to work on in the air conditioning. The benefit of course to working on winter gear is that you aren’t in aRead More →

I’ve said when I introduced this issue that I LOVE a sunbonnet. Possibly as much as I love a granny square poncho. (Remember, I’ve also said I was born in the wrong decade.) I was really excited to complete this project. I was also excited because I have a habit of doing so many of the yarn based projects in these magazines, but so few of the others. Admittedly I put it off because I HATE enlarging patterns. It’s easy enough, it’s fast enough, but just like doing dishes, I HATE it. (Side Note- I HATE doing dishes. I hate it with a serious passion.)Read More →

(Free Pattern Below!) The crochet motif in the June issue was interesting to me. The original photo didn’t show the entire piece as being crochet. It looked almost like they were sewn together in some special way, but I knew that was unlikely. I also really loved the idea of a very light, lacy scarf done with the motif, something very wispy. So I browsed my yarn stash and thought a nice silk thin gray would be nice. It would be more substantial then something very lacy, like the mohair I originally imagined, but I thought the end result would be very nice. If youRead More →

Easy three ingredient frozen strawberry treat! --My Workbasket

The June 1952 issue of the Workbasket had a section on using strawberries and one thing that intrigued me was the “Frozen Treat,” so when strawberries went on sale I knew what I was going to make, Frozen Strawberry Treat! It was super easy and my family loved it! Only three ingredients, and SUPER easy and quick! Print Frozen Strawberry Treat An easy, quick, and affordable summer treat! Course Dessert Prep Time 5 minutes Cook Time 10 minutes Total Time 15 minutes Servings 6 Ingredients 1 pint fresh strawberries trim off stems 1 pint sour cream 1/2 cup sugar 1/2 cup water I admit it,Read More →

Every week I discuss what I'm working on how it's going and what I'm up to. --My Workbasket

Hello! My last Weekly Workbasket was late, and probably made it clear that I was a bit frazzled. My plans for June both completely changed and really snuck up on me, so I went from feeling planned, prepped, and in control, to feeling over whelmed, unplanned, and lost. I’m feeling a lot better this week. Life: I’m heading to the country again! Usually we go once or twice a year, but this is already my third trip this year! We used to go and stay for two weeks, and then we’d come home so behind, out of sorts, and discombobulated, that going more often seemedRead More →

The June 1952 issue features this “Spoke Pan Holder” and I knew right way I wanted to make it. I love the Spoke Motif, and it becomes a fairly mindless pattern once it’s set up. The pattern is quite easy, and would also be a nice afghan, or tablecloth, or even scarf, depending on what yarn or thread you use. I did this red one following the original pattern, but didn’t sew on a ring, just because I doubt I’d ever hang it up anyway. Will be super easy to add later if I want to. The Pattern Use any yarn, with a hook sizeRead More →

If you picked up this issue on the News Stand (I assume it was sold there) you may also have just bought hamburger meat at 53 cents a pound, and dropped off your $80 rent check. There is a pretty good chance your family owned a car (3 out of 5 did,) as well as a telephone (2 out of 3) or even a television! (1 out of 3) It is sad to say though that on that TV you may have watched news of the Korean War, or Nelson Mandella’s arrest, or about the polio epidemic. There was some good news this year though.Read More →