Friday, August 19, 2011

Summer Time

I Know I Know I KNOW!!! How could I just up and leave the blog!? I didn't's just that this little girl keeps me so busy!

She is now a whopping 9 months old! She has 7 teeth. She crawls. She stands. She even walks when holding onto something. She is loud and noisy (except when she is into something she shouldn't be). She is sassy and full of love!

This has been a very HOT summer. We have spent a lot of our time indoors due to the horrendous heat. I have learned to grow produce, make and can jelly, create new meals with various ingredients all while keeping it healthy and within a crazy tight budget!

One thing about not working's expensive! When we had 2 full incomes coming into our household I never really thought about all that we spent on things when we wanted them. Now that we have 1 income (and took a cut - thanks USA gov't) we are incredibly aware of where every dollar goes to. I have joined the large bandwagon of couponing. I started doing it much more in the winter and have built a good stockpile that we use to make 3 meals a day (including Glenn's lunches for work) for almost 3 weeks without purchasing anything that was non-perishable. Thank goodness for an awesome freezer! (thanks to my mom for that)



Anyway, aside from the baby girl, couponing, gardening, and cooking I have decided to further my knowledge base of knitting and crochet. I can do both fiber arts and have made quite a few items for gifts and a local photographer that requested items to use in her studio. Anyway, I have enrolled in the Craft Yarn Council Certified Instructor Course(s) for Knitting and Crocheting. There are 2 parts to each cours with 4-5 lessons in each part. I will receive a certificate and pin at the end of each part. So 4 certifications and 4 pins at the end.

The course is completed via correspondence (email, phone, snail mail). As I complete Part 1 and then again Part 2 I send in my "lesson book" with all of the samples and required materials that I have either knit or crocheted and they will be graded. I will complete an oral test/review with my assigned teacher via phone as well.

I would say I have advanced beginner to intermediate skills in these areas. However, when I received my coursebooks I was flabbergasted! What have I gotten myself into!? So...*breathe in, breathe out* one page at a time. A good friend insists I can do it, so I will try to believe her and knit onward!

With this new excitement of completing a certified instructor course in knitting and may wonder...what then? fact during my certification process I am going to fulfill my needed teaching hours and make some extra $$ by working at Michaels Craft Stores!!! Yep...I am employed as both knitting and crochet instructor. I have created a class schedule for September and am really hoping people sign up! It is nice to "work" for 2.5 hours doing something you love and get a little extra $ on the side too.

Here's to making it through!


  1. All I have to say is WOW! I am so impressed by all you are doing. Knitting, canning, couponing, stockpiling food... are you sure you haven't converted to Mormonism. ;)

    I constantly worry that I'll just sit on my butt all day once we have kids and I stay home from work. You are like my hero. I am a beginning knitter and happy with where I am, but I may have to take some lessons from you on motivation. SO impressed!

  2. Ya some ways I could convert to be a Mormon, but there are many ways in which I couldn't either ;-)

    I thought when I stopped working full time to stay at home I would have all sorts of free time...YEAH RIGHT!!! No worries you won't sit on your won't be able to! (ok initially when they are really tiny you will, but that's ok it's crazy hard work being preggo for 9 months with all the crazy anxiety and then labor and delivery).

    As for knitting...I would love to help you with anything that I can :-)

    Btw...LOVE your blog, watching the progress on your basement, listening to your journey to create a family. YOU are awesome!