Monday, May 16, 2011

Back In The Game!

Good day readers!!

As you may have noticed... I took a somewhat lengthy sabatical from posting on my blogs. Sorry about that! A change of job description and added work load, coupled with a CRAZY personal life left me with little choice. I believe, however, that it is time to get back in the game!

I have BIG plans for this summer regarding my garden, yard and catching up/finishing many projects that have been on the go for years. Some posts you can look forward to (hopefully) are:

-Transplanting wild Saskatoon Bushes
-Transplanting Raspberries
-Experimental potato sacks and old tires!
-New garden beds being built and cultivated...
-Rocks, rocks and more rocks! I am planning on expanding the use of rocks in our yard! (check out last years posts: here here and here)
-Pruning and Plant Care, etc.
-Produce Preservation, etc
-'Green' living tips

-My Wedding Album!
-Random Scrapbooking
-Rag Rug completion (hopefully!)...after about 11 years...
-Painting & Home Reno's

-Organizational and Garage Sale Tips
 -Yoga Information
-and all the other random 'scraps' that make up my life!

Check back soon to see crafty updates here, and don't forget to check out my new book reviews at The Benterud Bookshelf.

I also now have a TWITTER page!! It is new so there has not been a whole lot of activity yet...but I would love to have you drop by and leave me a tweet @pbenterud!!

Happy Scrappin'!

Thursday, February 24, 2011

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Loaded with humor, action, intrigue and romance, My Mother the Man- Eater is the story of a woman whose search for meaning in life finds an unexpected outlet. Joleen Allen is on the hunt for a man. Unfortunately, every time the mother of five meets one, he falls for one of her daughters instead! At forty-four, Joleen has lived a tough life. She became a mother at 16, and her five daughters are now grown. Her ex-husband, Harold, is out of prison and back in the picture, looking for revenge. He’ll stop at nothing – even murder – to ruin Joleen’s reputation as well as her relationship with their daughters. My Mother the Man-Eater makes for some truly tempting and redemptive reading.

About the Author:

Tracy Krauss is a prolific author, playwright, director and artist. Originally from a small prairie town, she now resides in Tumbler Ridge, BC, known for its scenic mountain vistas and many waterfalls. She received her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon and currently teaches high school Art, Drama and English. .

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Wednesday, February 23, 2011

BOOK LAUNCH TOMORROW!!! My Mother The Man-Eater and Free Gifts with purchase at Amazon

Good day readers! TOMORROW is the much anticipated Amazon book launch for my Mom's newest release: "My Mother The Man-Eater".
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If you can't buy the book yourself, encourgae those you know or even your local library to purchase a copy to be put into circulation.

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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Can a girl ever have too many Aprons???

I love Aprons!!! In case you didn't know. Most people who know me, know this fact...that is why my sister made a FABULOUS 'tomato apron' for me for my birthday last year...check it out!
And why she gave me another AWESOME apron for Christmas, which she bought at the Grande Prairie Farmers Market from "Shawls by Li":
The straps are really neat! They actually criss cross over the shoulders and then feed through the waist tie... so that you can adjust them to fit your body!

My Mother-in-law also likes aprons, so guess what I decided to make her for Christmas?
That's apron!
I REALLY loved this apron, and wanted to keep it. It fits really well, is comfy to wear and is beautiful to boot! Guess I'll just have to make another one... I found the pattern and the fabric
at a local quilting shop, 'Piece by Peace Quilts' here in Fort St John.
The pattern is called "The All Day Apron"...because you can wear it comfortably all day!
Isn't this fabric gorgeous?!?
I absolutely LOVE the colours... it is so sunny and cheerful and just makes me happy to look at! This Apron would brighten up even the most drab kitchen!
Again, I had great intentions of taking pictures throughout the sewing process and posting a fabulous tutorial... but you will just have to visit Hawadaere for an apron tutorial, because I got too caught up in the joy of sewing and forgot to snap pictures. So... here is the finished product!
I had some trouble with the neckline, and think when I make it again I will just buy bias tape.
I adapted the pattern a bit... adding an angled double pocket to the right side instead of a single pocket. I really like how it turned out...

Have you made any fun projects lately? I'd love to hear about or see them! Thanks for stopping by, and Happy Scrappin'!

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Yoga!! Bag and Eye Mask...

As you may have gathered from my post on the weekend, I have become a little obsessed with Yoga! I went 13 times in 15 days... everyday except Monday (and only because I curl on Monday's at the same time as Yoga practice!). Anyway... over the weekend I decided I needed to make myself a yoga bag and eye mask. I had this FABULOUS material I bought in Thailand in 2006 that I haven't found the 'right' project for...until now!
I didn't have a pattern, so I just decided to "wing it". The eye mask was perfect, so I made one for my sister-in-law-partner-in-yoga, Sonja. This is a VERY easy project and does not have to be exact!
Cut out a square of material (I used flannel). Sew three and a half sides closed and turn inside out. Fill with rice. Do not over fill, as you want it to lay flat across your eyes. Carefully sew the last half-side closed.
Now measure a piece of material (doubled-up long ways) about one inch wider and a few inches longer than your ricebag. Hem the ends. Sew the wrong side closed, with overlapping flaps. Turn right side out. Insert ricebag and head to yoga!
The mat-bag was even more spur of the moment... I laid out my rolled up mat and cut a piece of material a few inches wider than it needed to be to wrap around the mat. I sewed on a large pocket and strap, closed up the side seam, and then box-stitched the bottom of the bag into a square.
 I love the material and the mat fits fine, but there are a few changes I will make to the next model. First, I will add some dimension to the pocket. This one is flat against the bag and once the mat is in, it is pretty hard to fit anything into the pocket. I may try to sew a round bottom onto the next one, as well as maybe use a thicker canvas-like material for the body of the bag. We shall see! It turned out well and I am very excited to go to Yoga with my new goodies!!!!

Thanks for stopping by and Happy Scrappin'!