23

Well this past Thursday  the 19th I turned 23, I don’t really feel like I’m 23, but to be honest I really don’t know how old I feel.  Anyways enough about my age, so for my Birthday this year I made the decision to make my birthday cake. I know most of you are thinking why would she do that, well my mom had been really busy that week and I really wanted to make a strawberry cake. As you may recall earlier this summer I wrote about making strawberry cupcakes so I decided to just turn that recipe into a cake recipe and well it worked. It tasted so good and everyone really enjoyed.

I ended up breaking the cake making up into two days because making it takes so long so I made the batter and part of the icing the night before my party and made finished it up the day of the party which worked out a lot better than trying to make it all in one day.

The batter.

The batter.

The icing in the process of becoming icing.

The icing in the process of becoming icing.

My cake :)

My cake 🙂

And me blowing out the candles.

And me blowing out the candles.

If you would like to make the cake here is the blog I got the recipe from and if you want to read about my adventures with the cupcakes you can click here.

Well besides all of the cake making excitement I got some great gifts like these knitpicks double points that I am incredibly excited for and can’t wait to get some socks started on them.

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Sorry about the glare.

I also got a few new shirts, jamberry nails, and I decided to get myself a gift because well, my family isn’t really keen to using etsy and I figured they would have difficulty finding it so yeah.

I got myself this awesome notions case and stitch markers.

I got myself this awesome notions case and stitch markers. From this etsy shop.

Here's a close up of the stitch markers, they were appropriately named confetti.

Here’s a close up of the stitch markers, they were appropriately named confetti.

Also this past weekend I went to the Harvest Moon Festival in Parkersburg, WV and got a new yarn bowl, a ring holder, adorable ceramic buttons, and a pendant. I am super excited about all of the my finds and all of it was make locally which makes it even better! Plus very reasonably priced, like the ring holder was 4 dollars, the bowl 24, the pendant 16, and the most shocking price was the buttons. I got all of those buttons for 5.50, now talk about a steal.

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I just love craft festivals, I’m hoping to go to another one in a few weeks.

Well all in all it was a great Birthday/weekend!

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And it begins

The past two weeks I have been busy trying to get lot of  knitting in and lots of fun activities in for the little girls I watch since school was quickly approaching. Yesterday the girls went back to school so I’m transitioning  to watching them after school only and I start back to school on Monday. I know I have said each semester that this will be a hard semester, but I only have one syllabus and well even if all of the other classes are easy it will still be a tough semester with this class. Enough about school. Besides watching my usual girls I also helped out some other family with sitting or dog sitting so it made the past two weeks go by fast.

Here’s my past two weeks in pictures.

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I did splatter painting with the girls, they absolutely love it! I don’t know if you can see it or not but if you look close enough right below the one girls hands you can see the paint flying.

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IMG_4603 There finished project.

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Then since they were covered it paint I wanted to hose the paint off, and it turned into a water war.

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Then they decided they wanted to learn how to knit. The youngest one decided that she wasn’t ready and that she would try when she got older but the oldest one and their step sister really caught on!

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The step sister who I watch on occasion knitting her first scarf.

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The dog that I watched for a day! Isn’t she the cutest!

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I have been also wanting to make a t-shirt yarn basket and the girls helped me make the yarn from my old t-shirts.

Besides all of that going we have a lot of Birthdays coming up this month and next month in our family. Like my sisters is today and my moms is tomorrow. I still don’t know what I am getting my sister because well, we have different taste in clothes and jewelry and I hate just giving money, but I may just have to do that. But my mom I decided to resurrect a WIP and give it to her, I can always make another one for myself.

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Remember these? That’s what my mom’s getting. I had the heel almost done but then I messed up somewhere and decided to rip out and do a slip stitch heel flap instead since I’m still new to this magic loop thing. Another reason why I wanted to get these socks done is because Kollabora is hosting a KAL of the everyday Hermione sock pattern which I have been wanting to make plus I wouldn’t mind winning one of the prize yarns either.

Besides all of that I did finish my grace, I have no pictures of me wearing it yet, but I hope to get them taken soon. I also have basically one sleeve completely done with my chocolate stout, but I don’t have pictures of that, but here is my grace blocking.

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The buttons are some of the ones I got from AddVintage don’t they look great with them?!