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I did it again

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Once again I have teamed up with the amazing Craft Hope! The new web page is still under construction, but the Facebook page is running smoothly. So hop on over to the Craft Hope Facebook page and give them a “like.” Then check out Project 19 :: Dolls, Animals, and Monsters. Oh My! Share it with anyone you know who may be able to make handmade softies for kids who lost so much from Sandy. There are two people collecting for this project, the lovely Katrina up in NH, and yours truly.

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I am working on a tutorial for you all for one possible hand made goody to help spread hope. I am aiming for putting that post up tonight or tomorrow.

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I am also collecting links for other free patterns of any kind (knit, crochet, sewing…) for softy ideas. Feel free to reply to this post or the one on the Facebook page with suggested links. I would like to get that post up tomorrow or Saturday. I put a link to that post over on the right side of this blog, and will continue to update it as I get more links.

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I also have several other patterns and tutorials in the works. I am hoping to have many fun posts for you all coming soon! So, as you can see, things are a bit busy around here. This Sunday I have an art sale, and next Thursday and Friday I have the Holiday Gift Shop at the girls’ school.

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This morning Kyla wanted “Rapunzel hair” so this is what I gave her. She was quite happy. She then treated me to the “apple dance” when she saw I had bought more apples at the grocery store yesterday. I’ve never seen a child so happy about apples.

Talk to you soon, my friends. In the meantime, spread some HOPE!!!

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Ooops, forgot to title this one!

| Clothes, Crafts, Craftsy, Crochet, Family, Pattern, Sewing

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Celebrate cyber week, and extend small business Saturday by shopping at my on line stores! *plus, I could use some help with the bills ;^)* Use coupon code “Holiday” to receive 15% off your entire order in my Etsy store. ALSO: all patterns in my Craftsy and Ravelry stores will be marked down 20%, there is no way to make coupons for those two sites, so I have changed the prices for the patterns for the course of the sale. This sale will run through New Year’s Day. That way you can take advantage of the sale for Holiday gifts, or you can buy yourself goodies with your Holiday money.

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There are lots of new goodies at JessieAtHome.com. There will be more coming in the next few days as well.

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These cozy necklace/neck warmers do what you all know I love: mix form and function! I always loose my scarf when I am out, and with these you just double them up for warmth when outside, then drop all or some of the layers for a stylish necklace once you have reached your destination. No scarf searching when it is time to leave, just double back up again and out you go!

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Speaking of form and function. You know I am a fan of Katwise, who inspired my Kat coat pattern. I have once again been inspired by lovely Kat to create these fun arm warmers. Though I love the funkiness of the outside seams, you can certainly turn them about to put the seams inside!

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Lots of flowers in the store, as well.

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On a family note, here are a few of the latest snaps of the girls. Kyla is chasing Vada around the table in the photo above. Kyla is screaming “Hug, I want a hug!!”

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Here is Vada with her toilet paper pumpkin wearing her pilgrim hat. Isn’t her hair cute?

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Today Vada’s friend was having a movie theatre birthday party. Kyla was allowed to go, so Doug took the two of them. I had my yarn day at InsaniTea. Just before I left I took these pictures of Vada wearing the hat and scarf set I made for her little friend.

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When I got home, this is what I found in the upstairs bathroom. Vada seems to have a scissor issue.

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I did my best to fix it. The back was this short when she was done, with just a few stragglers an inch or so longer. Doug did brush her hair before they went to the party, but didn’t notice it was about 6 inches shorter then it used to be.

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She had cut just a bit of her “bangs,” and a tiny piece around her left ear. However, it was enough that I had to cut it all down to even it out.

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She was rather annoyed that I “fixed” her work. No, that is not a bald spot, her hair just parts like that, which looks a bit odd with such short hair.

Well, it’s past my bedtime, and I still have a few things to do before I turn in, so I will say good night, my friends.

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Freya Vest is done!!

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Isn’t she pretty?

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That’s my Aunt Joanne. The vest is pretty, too. It’s my Freya vest.

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It can be made waist length with no slits, and I’ve even included instructions for a few kinds of closures, and tassels.

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It can also have slits in the sides (start them at any point you want,) and can be as long as you want.

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Find this pattern on Craftsy or Ravelry.

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On another note, I finished the birthday present I showed you in my last post.

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All I had to do was sew in the hood lining and add the tassels.

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I was going to show it to you on the blond daughter, as she has similar coloring to the recipient, but I noticed she had lice yesterday. Uggg. After a trip to the pharmacy, and a few hours of combing, I think I got them all. But for safety’s sake, onto the brunette with the hood.

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Have a lovely weekend, my friends!

Jessie-At-Home

©Copyright 2012 Jessie Rayot / Jessie At Home All my videos, patterns and posts are my own work. Do not copy them in any way. If you want to share this information with someone, share the link to this post. If you want to share on your own blog / website, then you may use the first photo in this post and link back to this post. You may not give away printed copies of this post. Thank you.

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Not quite what I wanted, but it will work

| Blanket, Clothes, Crafts, Crochet, Jewelry, Knit, Nature, Pattern, Skirt

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I started writing a wrap pattern at the beginning of October. It was beautiful in my head. Somewhere in the initial planning/math stages, something went awry. I think I tried to do too much. The pretty little picture was much more simple then what happened as I started writing.

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So, in the end, I had something much more in the poncho department, then the wrap department. After the initial, “crap! this is so not what I wanted!” I decided I liked my poncho. So I will be putting the finishing touches on the pattern and start testing it, hopefully by the end of the week. If you want to test this pattern, drop me a note in my testing group on Ravelry, and you will be at the top of the line!

We have been told to stay home as much as possible during the Sandy clean up. At least those of us who still have a home, which, thankfully, is most of us in my town. Most of our damage is downed trees and branches, flying debris, and power issues. I took the time to catch up on house work, including washing a pile of blankets and afghans that sorely needed it. After washing, this old afghan of Doug’s was a little…damaged.

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It took a bit of thinking and trial and error, but I was finally able to repair it to the point where you can barely see the fix. My tension was a bit tighter then the original  but I had to be sure I had enough yarn, as matching really old acrylic is kind of hard sometimes!

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I did take a trip to the grocery store in the middle of the week for some essentials. The street leading to the store was stop and go. I took a few snaps of the park across the street while waiting. Look at that tree, roots and all.

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And another all the way over. Still, we are so much luckier then most around here.

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I also took some time to make up some little items for the girls’ school’s Holiday boutique.

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They ask that all items sold during the school day are $5 or less, so I’ve been making little button flower accessories.

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I’m just about flowered out!

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I also started my next pattern. It’s one that has been rolling around in my head for a while.

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I am making one for each of the girls for Christmas presents, so I needed to start before it was too late!

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I’m really happy with how it is turning out, and can’t wait to start testing. It’s a fairly simple pattern.

I think after I make these for the girls, I need to work on another crochet pattern. Knitting takes too long for me!

Hope you all have a safe and happy week. Remember to be nice to each other tomorrow. We all want what we think is best, even if we don’t agree on what that is!

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Pumpkins and Porch

| Crochet, Holidays, Organizing, Pattern, Woodworking

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I think I showed you the beginning of this horsey holder. It’s all done now. I really like it. Plus, free, always a bonus!!

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There has been quite a bit of cleaning and organizing going on lately.

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Doug and the girls organized Doug’s comic books. It took a couple weeks, but it’s done now. He’s been wanting to do this for years, but never had a space to do it in before.

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Friday was the PTO sponsored pumpkin patch at the girls school. Doug and I volunteered. All the kids got to choose a pumpkin.

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Then they went on to the decorating tables with tons of stickers to make fun pumpkins!

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Kyla liked the foam stickers (she fell on the way to school on Thursday and scrapped up her face, if you’re wondering.)

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Aren’t they both adorable? She asked Daddy to draw eyes, eyelashes and eyebrows on the pumpkin.

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Vada had a good time, as well.

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She really liked the little green wart stickers!!

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While cleaning and organizing the girl’s playroom, I found Rapunzel’s crown. So I fixed her hair and attached her crown. Kyla was quite pleased.

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I finished the playroom!!!

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This is a hanging organizer that was in our last batch of hand~me~downs from my friend Jenn. We use it for the girls hats, scarves, gloves and such.

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This is an old coffee table Doug found at the curb. It is great for all the girls’ games and blocks.

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More toy storage. The white tower with the fabric baskets was a cheap garage sale find by Doug. He’s pretty good at this stuff!

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So many toys, all with a home!

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Here are the shelves again, all filled up!

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I made some more hanging storage for the back of the playroom.

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More little wooden pegs, I think I can make them in my sleep by now!

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I made a couple toy hammocks for the back corner. They crocheted up really quick and easy. I see more of these in my future. The girls picked out the yarn from the Red Heart yarn stash I got from my Grammy.

I have a few more yarnie projects in the works. I have a feeling I will have plenty of time to work on them in the next few days. I will do my best to keep you all updated, but I can’t guarantee I will have power, as Sandy has her sights firmly set on us. All the schools and businesses are closed. Everyone has battened down the hatches and are all tucked safely *we hope* inside our homes. It’s so odd to know that everyone is home, but when you look out the windows, it’s a ghost town. Wish us luck!

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Spooky house and other cute moments

| Family, Friends, Holidays, Pattern

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The other day the girls and I spent $3.00 at the grocery store on a pack of Halloween cut outs. We then put them in the front windows and on the front door.

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Now every time we come home Vada says “Hi, Spooky House.” It’s kinda adorable!

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Sorry for the reflections, but you get the general idea.

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Here’s a good one of the front door.

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October 6th was my Aunt Diane’s annual pig roast party at her house in NH. She has lots of land, with a great back yard. Huge fire pit and fun little play gym. Above is Kyla with her new “Prince,” her great uncle, Dominick.

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Vada had a blast with her glow~ie necklace that someone was giving out to all the kids.

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All these years, and Kyla is still so in love with her cousin Anthony!

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See how she looks at him? So cute!

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Just a little fire. There were about 200 people there, most of them not my family, but still quite a bit of family there.

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The girls loved the gym!

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My Aunt Nancy, who is also my Godmother, me, and my cousin Tiffany, who is 11 days younger then me, and I never let her forget it! She says she took those 11 days to grow to a normal height.

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After a while, the fire died down a bit.

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The morning after. As you see, the women in my family seem to have a technology addiction.

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Just a fun snap I took of the girls when they decided it was time for crafts! They are so creative.

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Last weekend the girls wanted a pajama and blanket fort day, so here you have it! It’s so nice having enough room to make such a big fort, and still be able to walk through the living room. The girls just relaxed and watched the Cars movies. It was a good way to get them to relax and get a bit better from the colds they have had.

My attempts at being more productive, and less chaotic are going pretty good. So far this morning, I have scrubbed the upstairs bathroom, done a couple of loads of laundry, gotten quite a bit done on the next pattern I am working on, and my lunch (left over French onion soup) is cooling off a bit, waiting for me to finish this post.

Talk to you again soon!

Jessie-At-Home

©Copyright 2012 Jessie Rayot / Jessie At Home All my videos, patterns and posts are my own work. Do not copy them in any way. If you want to share this information with someone, share the link to this post. If you want to share on your own blog / website, then you may use the first photo in this post and link back to this post. You may not give away printed copies of this post. Thank you.

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Chaos

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Yup, chaos. Kind of explains a lot going on right now. I seem to have a decent routine on school mornings up unit I get home from taking the girls to school. Then it’s just a bit, well, chaotic. I’m working on getting into a routine during the school days. It seems like there is just more to do then time in the day. Market some days, laundry others, cleaning (always cleaning), organizing all the stuff in the basement, garage, spare room (which will one day be Kyla’s room), working on my designs/patterns, and, of course, spending time with you, my blogland friends. I know I can.

I know I can. I know I can. *I hope*

So here we are, at the beginning of the week. Let’s see how it goes. So far this morning I have gone to the market and done a bit of cleaning/organizing in the basement. Much to my dismay, I think I will need to change out the shut off valve for the outside water. It seems even when it is off, it still drips a bit. I’m giving it a day to see if the dripping stops (maybe it’s just taking a while to empty out), otherwise I will have to stop at Home Depot tomorrow to get a new shut off valve. When my dad was here he put one in that didn’t require any sweating/soldering pipes. You just cut and opening, and slip it in. It’s working great, so I’ll see about getting one of those. Way cheaper then the plumber ($75 just for the house call, then whatever the charge is for parts and labor.) If I do it, I’ll post step by step photos for you all.

So…I’m testing a few patterns. I opened the tests a couple of weeks ago, but I could still use a few more testers, if anyone is interested, and can meet the deadline.

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I’m retesting the Fanny skirt, I only had one tester last time around, and would just feel better to have a few other sizes tested. Here is the testing info.

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I really love this skirt.

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I’m also retesting the Freya vest. My sizing was off. It was too tight the first time around. I have fixed the sizing, and would like a few sizes tested to be sure it is all good now. Here is the testing info for Freya.

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Another new love of mine. This is a fun lace/rib knit shrug named Angela.

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As with most of my patterns, sizes range from XS to 5X. If you want to test this one, the details can be found here. Well, that’s it for now, my friends. Have a lovely week, and I hope to chat with you again soon!

Jessie-At-Home

©Copyright 2012 Jessie Rayot / Jessie At Home All my videos, patterns and posts are my own work. Do not copy them in any way. If you want to share this information with someone, share the link to this post. If you want to share on your own blog / website, then you may use the first photo in this post and link back to this post. You may not give away printed copies of this post. Thank you.

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