What the [BLANK] happened this weekend?

I had my monthly book club meeting this weekend. It was slightly different than most of our meetings since we did some crafts during discussions. Good book discussions though. We are reading a series that 90% of the members like, so that helps. To be honest, I’m not sure why we are reading the series because most of us have already read the whole series. Oh I know why, because it’s a fantastic series. We love Kate Daniels!

I also came up with a pretty aggressive reading schedule for myself. I’m not behind on my book club books, with the exception of the Anita Blake series. In order to keep up I need to stick to the following schedule though. I have 10 books to read by October 2nd. My upcoming reading;

  • Finish the second half of Second Grave on the Left (8/10-8/12 : 62 pages a day)
  • Continue reading Kiss the Dead (8/12-8/15 : 96 pages a day)
  • Start Dark Debt (8/15-8/19 : 93 pages a day)
  • Start Night Seeker (8/19-8/23 : 85 pages a day)
  • Start Summer Knight (8/24-8/28 : 113 pages a day)
  • Start Affliction (8/29-9/4 : 82 pages a day)
  • Start Third Grave dead ahead (9/5-9/9 : 78 pages a day)
  • Start Jason (9/10-9/16 : 43 pages a day)
  • Start Magic Bleeds (9/17-9/20 : 117 pages a day)
  • Start Dead Ice (9/20-10/2: 42 pages a day)

This weekend I also took my nephew to see Ant-Man. My sister needed help this weekend and when I asked my nephew if he wanted to see it, he got super excited. He really likes superhero movies and even knew more about the movie than I did going in. The poor kid had never seen a Marvel movie in the theaters before, glad I could change that for him. After the movie we went and played mini golf. He really likes mini golf but boy does that kid need to learn how to accept the word no. Every time I told him no or not right now he would try to negotiate with me. When I would repeat myself and say no he would start to throw a fit. Luckily it was never a full blown tantrum but damn that kid tries to negotiate everything.

Other than that I was pretty lazy and didn’t do anything productive, except run the dishwasher and do 1 load of laundry.

Tiffany – The Tangled Taurus

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Nephew’s Baby Blanket

I started working on a Hooded baby blanket I found on Ravelry for my soon to be born nephew a few months ago. I tried looking for something nice and soft in the colors my sister has picked out, red and black. Do you know how tough it is trying to find regular colors for baby items, everything is pastel! I didn’t like anything I was finding at JoAnns but because I needed a lot of yarn, I decided to cave in and get the pastel stuff. It’s a baby blanket, who cares! I ended up going with Bernat Baby Blanket Yarn in the white, green and blue colors. 10.5oz at my local store was 9.99 and I bought 4 at 50% off….SCORE! My sister is a huge Sounders fan and Seahawks fan so it worked out. I also picked this yarn because it’s machine wash and dry-able. For a busy mom I feel like that is super important. My sister won’t be hand washing anything.

I finally finished the blanket on Wednesday. Here is a picture of it pre-blocked.

When I started working the hood, I realized that I crocheted the blanket incorrectly. DOH! I ended up crocheting the DCs into the big loop (incorrect DC) instead of the proper way (correct DC). I figured this out when the hood would not lay flat and kept bunching. It looks fine and I like the way it turned out but I didn’t do it the way the instructions say.

I finished the hood, attachment and rim on Thursday and need to block it. I hate blocking. Maybe I’m doing it incorrectly but it always seems fairly pointless. Depending on the material, but most of the time I gently wet the fabric and lay it down on a few towels. I put in my pins and block it. I let it sit until dry. The piece usually goes back to the shape it was before I blocked it, except the looser parts are now slightly exaggerated. This is pre-blocked but it will probably look the same after.

Here is the Hooded baby blanket pattern I used and you can add me on Ravelry!

Tiffany – The Tangled Taurus

Gender Reveal T-Shirt

My sister has been patiently waiting to see if she would have a boy or girl come July. For a while, she was not even sure she would be able to carry this baby to term because of the babies placement. Lots of problems at the beginning of this pregnancy. Well on February 23, she found out the baby had moved into a good position and had the doctor check the gender. Right after the doctor put her ultrasound in the thick envelope she provided, taped that sucker good so she would not be tempted to look, she drove straight to my house. I was then tasked with coming up with a way to reveal to my sister, her husband and my nephew what gender the unborn baby is. I racked my brain for fun ideas, everything from a cake, to a box with balloons, and to those color dissolvable powders but I only had a week to do it. With only a week to get this done and since they were combining this and my nephew’s b-day dinner at Red Robin, I decided to do a T-shirt for my nephew.

While the other ideas were good, I didn’t want to turn my nephew’s b-day celebration into focusing all on the new baby. Instead I decided to do something that would focus on HIM finding out if he was going to have a brother or sister. My first step was figuring out what sort of theme I wanted to do. My nephew loves superheros so I decide to do something with the saying “This superhero is getting a sidekick”. Since my sister’s family already knew they were pregnant I needed to figure out how to word it differently. Once I figured that out I needed to find someone to print my design and boy is that NOT cheap. I searched online for other options and found this website, A Splendid Assemblage and she shows you how to use freezer paper and fabric paint!

All I had to do was create the design I wanted, trace it onto the freezer paper (wax side down), use an exacto knife to cut out the part I wanted to be painted on the shirt and then Iron the freezer paper onto the shirt. It’s a super easy project to do! This was my first attempt at painting on a t-shirt!

Tracing

Preparing to trace

Cut out

Cut out and ready to use

Once I washed the black shirt I had and ironed on the above pieces of freezer paper, I dabbed the paint colors where I wanted. I chose to leave out the center parts on the letters because 1. the writing is really small it was not easy cutting out such small pieces and 2. I liked the way it looks with the center of the e,a,o and p’s left in. I followed the fabric paints instructions and the T-shirt turned out great! I wish I would have gotten a picture of my nephew when he opened his present but I only have the pictures below.

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Tiffany – The Tangled Taurus