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New Ravelry Group

Hello!

Would you like to join my new Ravelry Group? <3
http://www.ravelry.com/groups/homegrown--handmade-by-rachel-marie-2

I listed a new yarn :)

Hello!

I just listed a new yarn in my shop.


(Pictured Above: "Mountain Heather available to buy in my shop)


(Pictured Above: Occy's tomten yarn)

I got my spinning wheel working and I made another yarn which I am keeping for Octavian's next tomten. Here's his current tomten on Ravelry. This is the one I made years ago. It is one of my favorite patterns. I have the book The Opinionated Knitter by Elizabeth Zimmerman where you can find the tomten pattern. I like to put handwoven pockets, icord edges, and a zipper in mine. Have any of you knitted any EZ patterns? Baby surprise maybe?

Thank you! XOXO <3 Rachel-Marie

Tags

Hello :)

I've been working on new tags, I think I've drawn 100 cats. I've also been fusing plastic bags together to make mailers. It takes about 8 bags to make a mailer. Here's a video, you can get the idea. Have any of you ever made your own packaging?


Pictured Above: Hand drawn tags

3 little updates

Hello! :)

A few little updates
#1 I got a perm!
#2 I listed some new size 4.5 knitty kitty shoes
#3 I made a new banner for my etsy shop


Pictured Above: My hair has some texture, yayy!



Pictured Above: I listed some new knitty kitty shoes


Pictured Above: My brand new banner

Thanks Loves!
Rachel-Marie

I'm back! :)

Hello Everyone!

Since I haven't written a post since 2010 I thought I'd start out with a catch up. I'm updating you all on what I've been up to for the past year. I finally got my driver's license and I've been fulfilling my hiking dreams. I've hiked many Pennsylvania and NY trails including the PA Grand Canyon, Rickett's Glen, and Niagra Falls. I've also been doing a lot of gardening and crafting. We bought a house in 2013 and I've been loving having my own garden. I started knitting again, and plan to start spinning soon. Here are all of my projects: http://www.ravelry.com/people/SaveRoom4Pie
Here art the crafty items I have for sale at the moment:
https://www.etsy.com/shop/HomegrownHandmadeRM


Pictured Above: Some of my hiking and camping adventures 2015


Pictured Above: I've been gardening and crafting

Feels good to be back on livejournal. I've missed all of this. <3
Rachel-Marie

More Occytober, Boots + Food Pron

  Hello!

About time for a blog update! Sorry my entries are so long, but I can't blog too often. I make sure to update my facebook photo albums regularly and then compile my favorite things here on the blog when I get a moment.

In chronological order I will start here 10-8-2010, Octavian's little friend from the neighborhood, Maddy came over to play. I have a few really cute pictures of them both playing together, but this one of Maddy is just completely adorable.


(Pictured Above: Little Maddy)
 
 This is one of my favorite pictures of Octavian, showing off his Occytober spirit! Again, completely adorable. Taken 10-14-10. You can view Octavian's second round of 365 days here on Facebook.
 

(Pictured Above: Occytober)
 
 Now don't be jealous, but I got treated to 3 pair of new boots @ Bass + a totally cute pair of Jordans. Thanks Gregpa! Below are my favorite boots. Cowgirl boots inspired by my obsession with True Blood. Thanks Gregpa!!!!
 

(Pictured Above: New boots) 

The kids aren't the only ones playing in our front yard. We've got critters too!
 

(Pictured Above: Squirrel)

Now it's time for the usual Food Pron! These cream cheese bars are delicious, but very very rich and sweet. Just one is more than enough.


(Pictured Above: Cream Cheese Bars)


(Pictured Above: Banana Oat Muffins)
 
I made mashed potatoes from scratch for the first time. TOTALLY worth the effort.


(Pictured Above: Mashed Potatoes

Sugar cookies, absolutely PERFECT! Just make sure to bake them for only 5 minutes, and don't make them too thin.


(Pictured Above: Sugar Cookies with orange + vanilla icing)

 Breakfast is a sacred meal at our house. The best yummiest foods ever!


(Pictured Above: Pumpkin Waffles)

We tried something a little different to use up extra bananas. 

(Pictured Above: Banana Cream Pie Bars)


(Pictured Above: Carrot Burgers)

(Pictured Above: My favorite apple pie filling + crust)
 
As far as my knitting + crafts, I've packaged some orders + knit a few rounds on Jerome's socks. I haven't had much time for it all, but I ordered a new spinning wheel motor + plan to fit more of it into my new lifestyle. I'm definitely inspired again to create arty things.
 
Keep it Knitty!
Rachel-Marie

Birthday + Hairdo

Hello!
 
How's it going? We're doing pretty good, makin the most of it. Octavian turned 3 years old. My baby boy. + I cut my dreadlocks off, now I feel like a grown up. About time, huh? 
 

(Pictured Above: Mommy's new hairdo + Oc turned 3)
 

(Pictured Above: Octavian's Birthday Cupcakes)

"Mama Tuck's Squash - Carrot Cake" (I used 3 cups carrots + 1 cup squash) I used these 2 recipes as guides:
http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Carrot-Cake/Detail.aspx
http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Cream-Cheese-Frosting-II-2/Detail.aspx

 

(Pictured Above: Cinnamon Buns)

I used this recipe, sans the raisins: http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Heavenly-Cinnamon-Rolls/Detail.aspx#



(Pictured Above: Fresh Pumpkin Pie)

(Pictured Above: Fresh Pumpkin Pie)
 

(Pictured Above: Aftermath of the Pumpkin Pies)

 

(Pictured Above: More Aftermath)

 

(Pictured Above: Super yummy biscuits)

(Pictured Above: Blueberry wheat waffles)
 
 
I used this recipe: http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Waffles-I/Detail.aspx



(Pictured Above: Banana Muffins)
 
Let me know if you try any of the recipes!
Keep it Knitty!
Rachel-Marie

Updatey + Bakey

Hello!

We have been keeping busy at the Tucker house. Octavian's been playing up a storm. Our neighbors have a lot of fun with him, and his friend Archer came to visit. Archer is super cute and welcome anytime!


(Pictured Above: Octavian playing guitar w/the neighbors)


(Pictured Above: Archer + Oc)

I've been spinning, dyeing, and knitting, nothing finished to report though! I've been knitting so slowly on Jerome's socks, shame on me. I've also been cooking, baking, and playing Peggle on XBox. Jerome has been fixing electronics, playing Peggle w/me, and eating my food!
We've been penny pinching so I tried making some pies with frozen strawberries. They were only .89 at Amelia's. The pies were good but not near as good as the fresh strawberry pies I made over the summer. The crust saved them. You could put almost anything in homemade crust, top it with whipped cream and it would be yummy. 


(Pictured Above: Overnight French Toast)

The french toast was AMAZING! My husband loved it so much. I used the syrup I made for the french toast on the ham.

(Pictured Above: Homemade Syrup Baked Ham)

I don't have a recipe for the ham. I just bought a super cheap, super duper frozen ham at Amelia's. I thawed it, poured the syrup and some brown sugar on top, and then slow baked it all day on low in my oven. Soooo yummy.


(Pictured Above: Ham and Potato Soup)

Then I used some of that ham in this potato soup! It's super filling and hearty, got rave reviews on allrecipes. I added farmer's cheese to the butter mixture, and then onion powder, parsley, garden fresh sage, and garlic to the stock.


(Pictured Above: Zucchini Cake)
 
The zucchini cake was BANGIN. The frosting is super yum.
 

(Pictured Above: Cherry tomatoes from my garden)

Oh and I briefly spotted a baby bunny in the garden! It hopped away somewhere but I enjoyed the flash of cute while it lasted!

That's all! Keep it Knitty!
Rachel-Marie
 

Updatey

Hello!

How are you? I'm swell. =) I sent a lot of you out there invitations to join my newsletter e mail list via Facebook. Everyone has been so nice, and I've gotten a lot of new members! (Thank You!!) I'm going to be focusing the newsletter on shop updates. This past weekend I listed some new fiber batts + new sock yarn.
I can't wait until the next shop update. I already have some really beautiful handspun finished for it, but I hope to have lots more! Spinning yarn has been such a comfort this week. 

I guess I've taken a little knitting break, only because I've gotten so much zen from spinning. I have a lot of knitting WIPs though, and I'm not going to let them turn into UFOs!!! Especially not Papa Tuck's socks living in my pink leather Bass purse.

 

(Pictured Above: Papa Tuck's socks)

Today had beautiful weather. I got to wear Leisl for the first time this year, that felt good - especially because I'm about 20 lbs lighter than I was in it last year haha. 

I had an interview at Verizon today that seemed promising so please wish me luck! I really think this one is a good match for me, but only time will tell... it was encouraging either way.

Well I'm going to spin a while + then watch a movie with Papa Tuck. Love you all!
 
Keep it Knitty,
Rachel-Marie

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