Archive for June 2013

I’m supposed to be cleaning my house right now, since my awesome parents kept my kids for 4 days.  I did all day cleaning/ purging Thursday and Friday, so I thought I’d take a few hours to myself today.

The other night, while scrolling through the miles and miles of pins on Pinterest, I came across a super cute Yoda coffee cup cozy.  It was wrapped around a “tall” Starbucks cup, and what luck, hubby and I had been there earlier that evening, so I had one sitting right next to me!!  The Pinterest link heads over to a website that posts picture of the cup cozy, but the Etsy shop that it was linked to is closed until further notice and it didn’t look like they had a pattern available anyway.

It looked pretty simple, and I thought it’d be a quick project to try.  I had the yarn colors, and was confident I could figure it out since it’s only a basic cup cozy and a circle with some buttons sewn on.

I used: Red Heart SS in Buff and Frosty Green.  Hooks sized 6.5mm for the “body” and 3.75mm for the face/arms. 11mm buttons for the eyes.

I found this free pattern from Lion Brand for a simple cup cozy.  I made it using only one color, so don’t follow the directions for the stripes…unless you want stripes.  Then by all means go right ahead!

For the circle I just followed my amigurumi knowledge, and made a spiral.  If you don’t have amigurumi knowledge, then just make a magic loop, sc 5 times in loop, and increase to 25.  Do not join rounds and don’t finish off yet, because your guy needs ears!

I made his ears like this:

Right side: After I’d done the circle, I sc’d 5 more times, chained one, and turned.  5 sc, ch1, turn.  Sc2tog, sc, sc2tog, ch1, turn.  3 sc, ch1, turn. Sc2tog, sc, ch1, turn.  Sc2tog.  Finish off.

Left side: From top of right ear (where it connects to the head not the tip of the ear) count back and attach yarn to the 7th stitch.  Sc in same stitch and next 4, ch1, turn.  5 sc, ch1, turn.  Sc2tog, sc, sc2tog, ch1, turn.  3 sc, ch1, turn. Sc2tog, sc, ch1, turn.  Sc2tog.  Finish off.  Sew your eyes on now.

Arms (make 2): With green, 5sc in magic loop.  5 sc around again and change to buff.  Do 2 rounds of the buff and finish off.

Attach your bits, weave in ends, and go buy yourself a cup of coffee 😀



I’m still chugging along on my Curves journey.  Things have been steady for me, and I’m pleased with my results.  As of today, 9 weeks into the Curves Complete program, I’ve lost 15 pounds!  While I am totally stoked by these results, and the program really is easy to follow once you get the hang of it, I’m at the point now where I don’t want the slow and steady decline, I want to be at my goal and moving along.  I’m not a long term thinker or planner.  I didn’t think 9 weeks ago about this day because that’s not the way my brain works.  So today, I can’t think about being at week 18 and being possibly 30 lbs less than I was when I started.  I mean, I can think about it, but it doesn’t seem real to me.  And even though the past 9 weeks have really flown by, the next 9 seem like they will never pass.

When I think about still having another 40 pounds to go before my goal weight I want to cry.  It just seem so far away.  My brain still can’t wrap around the fact that if I keep doing what I’m doing I’ll lose the weight….eventually.  Because I am losing weekly.  I’m not maintaining or gaining.  But the toddler inside of me wants to scream and throw a fit.  And, even though I’m not good at math, I know that if I lose a pound a week then I still have 40 weeks to go, and that’s a long time.  Trust me, I know, I’ve gestated 3 humans for that amount of time.

I won’t give up and I won’t give in (completely).  We are in Birthday Season at my house, so there is cake and ice cream about every 3 weeks for the next 2 months.  I was faced with this challenge at the end of May when L turned 7.  There was half a cake left, and I gave into the call from the fridge one night after the kids where in bed.  I didn’t hate myself in the morning, but I did throw the rest of it away because I know I couldn’t be trusted to have it anywhere near me.  B turns 4 tomorrow, so I’ll have to pass out the cake to the neighbor kids or serve it to my kids for breakfast on Wednesday!

Time isn’t waiting for anyone, and I’m trying my best to forget how much farther I’ve got to go.  I’m going to stay on my current road, and I’m going to keep getting results.  I’m going to do the best I can, and try harder to be proud of any progress I’ve made.  I’m not 190 lbs anymore, and that is something I’m very glad for!

10 you

We have a great metro-park very close to our home.  There are several in the Five Rivers Metro Parks here in Dayton, actually.  At the park near me there is a fantastic wooden bridge that takes you to an overlook of the “Valley View”.

Several years ago I took a photo of K in the fall walking on the bridge.  I loved it so much I had it blown up and it has been hanging in my kitchen for quite a while.  If you saw my past post, I’ve been participating in the Fat Mum Slim Photo a Day Challenge for the past few months.  Today’s prompt was “environment” and I knew I wanted to take another photo on that bridge.  So I took B out there, and took a similar picture of her.

I put the pictures side by side, and I just love the way the children and the surroundings contrast.  My blondie on the left strutting her stuff like she is on a mission, and my brunette on the right slowly walking taking in all she sees 🙂


Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 311 other followers

@Chalk_n_Awe on Instagram

There was an error retrieving images from Instagram. An attempt will be remade in a few minutes.