Saturday, January 24, 2015

The Ultimate DIY Bundle

This is not an affiliate post.  I do not receive any compensation if you purchase this product through the links I have included.  I just think it's a great deal and wanted to share it with you all.

I've been getting emails all week from Sew Caroline, Andrea's Notebook, and See Kate Sew telling me about this"great deal" on a huge ebook bundle.  After seeing it mentioned about the fourth time, I decided to check it out.  And you know what?  It is pretty awesome. 

I got to admit!  The Ultimate DIY Bundle was pretty impressive!  Note only do you get some PDF sewing patterns that I was thinking about buying, you also get a bunch of ebooks on everything from making natural beauty projects, to gardening, to art journaling, to using social media, to making holiday gifts, and about 60 more books, nine e-courses, and a bunch of special offers from partners- including a free select class from Craftsy.

 All of this is only $34.95!

You really got to go check it out.  And hurry!  Because it's only available through Monday. 

Friday, January 23, 2015

Eating Your Vegetables

So, we're in the new year, and everyone is still trying to eat healthy and exercise more,myself included.  I think I eat fairly healthy, not a lot of overly processed foods, but I do love cream cheese, salad dressings, mayo, coffee drinks, ice cream etc.

The other night, I was getting ready for bed, and I caught my reflection in the mirror and for a split second, I had this horrifying thought.  Want to know what it was?  Oh my gosh!  My belly is so big!  What if I'm pregnant and just don't know it! Like seriously, I suddenly felt a rush of sympathy for those ladies on "I Didn't Know I was Pregnant".  Turns out I just had a major case of the bloats.  Major!  I woke up the next day and by the time I got around to showering and getting dressed, I no longer felt/ looked like I could be four months pregnant, but it really made me think that I need to be more careful about what I'm eating. 

One of my favorite winter dishes is roasted veggies.  It's easy, it's a great way to use up produce, and you throw it in the oven and just go about your life, while they roast.  I remembered that Influenster had sent me a free bottle of McCormick Gourmet's new Thyme seasoning in my Frosty Vox Box.  So I sliced up some baby red potatoes, carrots, and cauliflower, drizzled it with olive oil and then sprinkled it with thyme and a little sea salt.
Veggies Ready for the Oven
They cooked about 45 minutes (or until your potatoes are done) at 400 degrees, and when I pulled them out of the oven they smelled heavenly.  They tasted even better!  If you are trying to find a way to get more veggies in your diet, this is a great one because you can use a ton of different veggies, you can use whatever herbs you like, and they taste great warmed up the next day too!

After Roasting
(Don't mind my sad pictures.  I took them on my cell phone, at night, with only nasty fluorescent lighting.  But trust me, they're so good.)

Monday, January 19, 2015

Musical Monday- "To You I Bestow" from Mundy

So last week I was talking about how much I loved "Lord of the Rings", but am just not feeling "The Hobbit".  The overwhelming consensus was that I needed to give "The Hobbit" another chance.

 So, then I got thinking about movies I had loved in high school.  Remember before Netflix when you had to physical go to the store to rent a movie?  We didn't have a Blockbuster here, but there were three main spots to get movies: Video Hut (which also offered tanning in the back), Ace Hardware (yes- the helpful hardware place had a pretty big selection of VHS tapes too), and Eastmart (a gas station in town).

I remember when I was in the eighth grade I stayed overnight at a friend's house and we convinced her older brother to take us uptown to rent a movie.  We had to stop at Radioshack so he could get OMC's "How Bizarre" on CD.  (Crazy that I remember that.)  And then we went to Ace and rented "William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet".  We both thought Leonardo DiCaprio was sooo cute.  Needless to say, we loved the movie!  I loved that the setting was updated but the dialogue was kept authentic.  I bought it, and both soundtracks and listened to them all the time!  My brother actually bought me the 10th anniversary edition for my birthday a couple years ago.

But I digress, the soundtrack has aged fairly well.  It has an overall grunge feel, but it's still a good play.  One of my favorite songs on it was Mundy's "To You I Bestow". 

Enjoy the throwback.  How about you?  Any '90s movies you enjoyed?  And want to see what everyone else is listening to?  Go to My So Called Chaos and check out the Musical Monday link up. 

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Five Things- Halfway Through January

We're already more than half way through the first month of the new year.  Seems crazy.  So hopefully you're all still doing good with your goals and resolutions for the new year, and if you're not, don't worry, you can still start again.  Here are five things that have been going on or crossing my mind this week.

1.  Packers vs. Seahawks!  I love you Beth of Printcess but I really hope the Packers stomp your Seahawks. That is all.

2.  This video from Maroon 5 for "Sugar".  I'm not the biggest Maroon 5 but this video is pretty sweet.  (No pun intended.)  Adam Levine and the guys crashing a bunch of weddings.  Very nice. :)

3.  Doctor Who is leaving Netflix instant play February 1, so if you're like me and that's the platform you watch on, you better get caught up on your episodes.  I don't know if it's going to be temporary or long term.  Also leaving February 1 is Copper and Torchwood so all you BBC buffs better be marathon watching.

4.  I finally got out and went cross country skiing.  It's been below zero for days and days here.  The day I went it was 7 outside and actually felt pretty good once I got going.  I think it was the sun.  Here's a picture I took.
A photo posted by Kayl (@lavender_kay) on

5.  If you're looking for a great deal on fabric, Pattern Jam is currently redoing their store and selling lots of high quality fabrics for just $6 a yard.  It's a great price and I'll be honest, I couldn't resist. 

Friday, January 16, 2015

Friday Finishes: Fabric Baskets

So, part of my plan for January was to make at least four things this month.  I've done some tea towel embellishing, a couple zipper pouches, but this is probably my fabric finish this month.  These fabric baskets are great scrap busting projects.  I found the tutorial in an old sewing magazine.  I had left it flipped open on my sewing room floor which is apparently a secret message to cats that you want them to puke on it.  Because that is exactly what Gargoyle did.  Puked on both pages.  It was grand.  Luckily, I found it before it had crusted on forever ruining the pages.  So got rid of the puke and gently scrubbed the pages.  It can still be read and these are actually the fourth and fifth baskets I've made.  I made three of the small size over Christmas and then these two.

Using up some old stuff!

I love them for several reasons.
  • It's a good way to use scraps up.
  • No zippers, buttonholes, or snaps.
  • Only two pieces to cut out.
  • Great for storing things: yarn, beauty supplies, mail, cat toys, and yes- even more fabric.
If you want to see how to make them without looking at cat puke, there's a tutorial on Birch Fabrics which uses the same principles but are different sizes than the tutorial I use.

P.S. These are a great project if you're new to sewing too, so beginners, don't be afraid to give it a try.

Monday, January 12, 2015

Musical Mondays- I See Fire from Ed Sheeran

As part of my Spark homework I had to make a productivity playlist.  I was going through my saved songs on Spotify, and for some reason, I felt like I should put this one in the playlist.  Most of the other songs are really upbeat (maybe too upbeat to write to), but I felt like this one needed to be on the list.  And it's turned out to be one of my favorites of the whole mix.

Then, I went to look for a video for it, I found out it was featured in The Hobbit- The Desolation of Smaug.  I actually have the DVD sitting on my TV stand.  I got it from Netflix about two weeks ago and haven't watched it yet.  Can I be honest for a second- I loved "Lord of the Rings".  Like seriously, no movie or book probably had as much influence on me in my high school years as those did.  But, when I watched The Hobbit, I wasn't impressed.  It seemed long and drawn out and I just wasn't feeling it.  I decided to give "The Desolation of Smaug" a shot so I ordered it up from Netflix, but like I said, I haven't even watched it yet.

After watching this video for "I See Fire" I'm thinking I have to rewatch "The Hobbit".  Like I must have missed something.  If not, this video is great at striking all these emotional cords.  That might be it too.

So, here's the video.  It's a great song even if you're not a Hobbit fan.  And if you are a Hobbit fan, what do you think?  Is the Hobbit over hyped or do I need to re-watch it?

And it's Monday so you know what that means!  It's Musical Monday link up with My So Called Chaos.  You can find the whole link up by clicking below and seeing what everyone else is listening to.

Friday, January 9, 2015

Books 'n' Blogger Swap Sign Up!

Guess what time it is!!!  Time for Chaotic Goddess' Books 'n' Blogger swap!  This is one of my favorite swaps they put on and they're doing it THREE times this year!  Hot dog!  I know what you're thinking, I just stated I have a ton of books to read and they're cluttering up my whole office.  Yes, yes I did.  But it's BOOKS 'N' BLOGGERS you guys!  Come on, I can't sit this one out!  I was so sad when I missed the second round last year.  Besides, I can read three books really fast, I swear I can.  And then I'll pass them on when I'm done with them!  (Why do I feel like I need to justify to you guys why I need new books?!)

Anyhow, last year I was partnered with Jolene from With a Little Help From My Friends and we're still good bloggie friends.  She got me some great books! And I can't wait to play again.  You send your partner one book from their reading list, one that you think they're going to like based on their tastes, and one you read that you really like and think they should try.

Want to join up?  Of course you do!  Just go to  Chaotic Goddess' sign up page and follow the directions.  Sign ups are only open until Monday so get going!