Weekly Workbasket- May 21

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I’ve decided to start doing a regular post called Weekly Workbasket, where I’ll share with you some of my To Do List and goals for the week. Besides this website I also homeschool, run a homeschool group, and of course mother and take care of the house. All of that will be reflected somewhat in what you see here. Here’s what I have coming up.

I recently started a lacy crochet project for next month’s blog. So hopefully I’ll be working on that this week. I have 2 out of ??? parts done. It’s using this yarn, which I balled up this week, (and encountered a slight knot problem)

I’ve spent a good chunk of time this month creating a shawl from the May 1980 issue. I’ve mentioned it a few times. This shawl, whoo ya’ll, you have no idea. I have been playing yarn chicken with this shawl since the first half of it. Well, turns out my fears were correct, and the amount of yarn it called for was insufficient. I played chicken and I lost. I shortened the collar by about 2 inches, and still ran out of yarn. So I’ll be spending some time this week figuring out what to do. The two main shawl parts are done, so it may end up an un-collared shawl, that is the most obvious, and simple, solution. It’s not the idea I’m most excited about though, so there will be some brainstorming, and possible re-knitting.

Since starting that one Owl 5D Embroidery I’ve been kind of hooked. It’s nice to work on while settling down at the end of the night and you feel like you’ve already done a ton of needlework that day but don’t want to pull out paints and other supplies. I already finished a second picture and recently started this peacock, and then proceeded to spill the plastic gems about 5 times in a row, in a few minute period. I’m sure I’ll be ending a few nights with that.

I also bought this neat garden gnome and hope to complete it, as well as a painting and decoupage project from the magazine.

So those are my more craft related plans for the week. In addition I’m having an online Scentsy party this weekend, so I’ll be showing people samples and helping them pick scents they like. On a parenting/homeschool front, my son has been doing a project where he makes and pretends to run a taco truck, and we’re hoping to finish that this week. Click the picture if you’d like the project download. Isn’t it the cutest thing??? He’s been very into fidget spinners, so I imagine we’ll be making a few of those. You may have seen us do some last week if you follow me on instagram or facebook. We also have a baseball game field trip!

On a personal note our house is kind of an overfilled, cluttered, disaster, and I’m hoping to start going one room at a time and cleaning, decluttering, and redesigning. Working on each room as long as it takes until it’s perfect. SO this week I’m starting with our front room/living room, and working on that. It will probably take a few weeks until it’s ready, but today I saw some paint colors and sample rooms I adored, so I’ll be eyeballing those and working towards eventually painting.

This week is supposed to be rainy and a comfortable temperature, and I’m hoping to take advantage of that and cook some items for the freezer. Biscuits, waffles, pancakes, not sure what else. Just stuff to have on those upcoming days when you don’t want to stand over a stove or turn the oven on. Last week I made some cornmeal pancakes and the recipe was a flop, but I’m hoping to make up my own and if I do I’ll share it with you! The pancakes look good in the picture, but that is because I already adjusted it and fixed it up.

So there you have it, my plans and projects for the week. Do you have any kind of To Do list this week? Starting any new projects? Finishing any old ones? I’d love to hear about them!


  1. Well – I found out a couple of weeks ago that I will be retiring at the end of this school year (they’re downsizing staff and I applied for early retirement. So I will be moving from my apartment, which isn’t hugely full but has a fair amount of stuff in it, to my house near my mom’s in another state, and that house is hugely,enormously, staggeringly full. So my challenge is going to be fitting it all in. I’m thinking of renting a little storefront nearby, not necessarily to run a store (although I think I would enjoy having an antiques/collectibles/sewing store) but as a place to put things that I want to sell on eBay, and sort through them, thus making room in the aforementioned overstuffed house.

    These things include lots and lots of old Fad of the Month Club kits (duplicates of ones I already have).

    Oh, but it will be wonderful to have *time*!

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      That’s so exciting! It’s crazy how much stuff, especially craft stuff, can just stack up. I’ve always wanted a store. Good luck! I look forward to hearing your progress in future comments!

  2. I loved this post! The peacock is lovely and “yarn chicken” is the best thing I have heard all week (outside of learning about drop bears!).

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