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7 Days 7 Photos: Day 7

Of course, knitting and crochet are VERY much a part of my everyday life! If I don’t actually work on a project on a given day, it is guaranteed that I have at some point thought of one of the projects I have in the works or something I want to make in the future, or yarn I want to use up, yarn I want to buy, needles or hooks I would like to have… you get the idea! 

This concludes my 7 Days 7 Photos challenge series of posts. I hope you’ve enjoyed it. 

Until next time. xoxo

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Almost No Filter Friday – 7 Days 7 Photos: Day 5

(A not-quite-NFF this week. Still technically “no filters” as the editing was just adjusting saturation, contrast, and sharpness to change from color to black and white, but my usual protocol for NFF is to not even do that so I am making an exception this week for the 7 Days 7 Photos challenge!)

 

I love tea and have a section of my kitchen counter set up as a little “tea station” with my current selection of hot teas (and usually a box of iced tea bags as well), tea bags for my loose leaf teas, a small canister of sugar, and my electric kettle. And Nessie is currently hanging out in the tea station as well. Lol Nessie tends to float around the kitchen a bit. She’s a terribly cute slotted spoon (though there is a non-slotted spoon version as well, I’ve not gotten one of those yet but likely will at some point) that was designed in a way that it resembles a little loch Ness monster.  Whether that was intentional by the manufacturer or not I have no clue. But I saw it and loved it and it was cheap enough to justify the “I just want it” purchase. 😜 

Until next time. xoxo

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7 Days 7 Photos: Day 2

I don’t cook as much as I used to since it’s just me and I don’t like leftovers, but I still love my recipe collection and adding to it. I periodically clear out my recipe box to get rid of things I have finally tried that were clipped from magazines or product labels if I didn’t like them, or if my tastes have changed and I don’t care for a recipe anymore, to note things that were loved, things that could use some tweaks etc. I use multi-colored index cards as a quick way to browse my collection for my original recipes, favorites, or cards where I simply have general kitchen info/tips or ideas written down for reference such as cake flour substitute or homemade taco seasoning, metric conversions, variations on favorite dishes to change them up a little like taco meat loaf or garlic toast pizza and so on. 

Until next time. xoxo 

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7 Days 7 Photos: Day 1

I am going to cheat a little bit on this first post, for the sake of explaining this little series of posts. This is a trend going around social media apparently though I have only seen one friend actively participate on Facebook: the 7 Days 7 Photos challenge. The idea is to, 7 days in a row, take a black and white photo that shows something from your everyday life. Of course I am not going to judge if you take the photos in a day or two, then post them later. (Yeah, that’s what I did. Scheduling blog posts in advance is a beautiful thing.) No people are to be included in the photos, and no captions/explanations are to be offered. 

That last bit is why I say I am  cheating a little here on this first post at least. Because as you can see, I’m writing and explaining. How else are others to know what you’re up to and how to participate if they want to, if they don’t know what the heck is going on? More importantly, though, I think if you want to share a caption or story/explanation of any of your photos, be it just one, some, or all… then why the heck not? As far as I am concerned that last bit about no captions/etc is totally optional!

I will say that I took these all in color with my phone then used my favorite editing app to adjust the saturation, contrast etc to get a somewhat decent black and white to share. Not the same as actually shooting in black and white, true. But when I shoot in black and white I prefer to do it with my DSLR. Which if you have been here a while you know went belly up on me. So. I worked with what I have. And when using the phone camera I prefer to edit into black and white as the shoot in black and white setting just does not offer enough  control over an image, the way a DSLR does. Shooting in black and white requires more finesse than shooting in color so I personally like to have the full control of a DSLR for that. 

All that said I must apologize as the first photo for this series is last week’s NFF. 😶 I have no excuse, really. My brain hit a road block while trying to summon up something at least sort of creative or visually interesting for photo number 7 so I could get these posts ready to go live. I’m a bad blogger sometimes I know. In my defense many of the top blogs constantly recycle their old content but they do it in a sneaky way so you’re less likely to notice it happening. At least I am up front about it when I do it right? 😜

Until next time. xoxo

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Saturday Somethings

I have needed to get around to hemming some jeans for literally the past year. Not being all that talented with my sewing machine I just kept procrastinating. Last night I was needing a productive distraction from myself so figured I would get around to that task. Only then did I realize, I have no pins and my little ruler for sewing – one that has that little slider to mark the measurement you need – are nowhere to be found. I went ahead and tried to hem a pair without them, and managed to do ok. But I was not happy with the end result. So this morning I ran to the store and got a pack of pins and a new ruler, so I could properly measure the fabric and pin it in place so it would stay put while I sew. I sat down with the seam ripper to take out what I had done last night. Am I the only one who finds use of a seam ripper oddly satisfying? Yes? Moving on then… 

So my re-hem this morning went much better, given I could do things properly. I finished up that one pair then decided, because I am a girl and my sewing machine has some decorative stitches, why not add a line of one of those decorative stitches above the new hem, just because? 

I knew I needed to use scrap fabric first to make any adjustments to the stitch so I grabbed some and started to test my chosen stitch with the default settings when… 

Side note/bonus tip: Use some painter’s tape or masking tape to mark the measurement you want to use for your seam allowances. The tape is loads easier to see than the engraved guide lines are, and a single piece can be moved and reused multiple times. Because it’s designed to remove easily, it won’t leave any sticky residue behind on your machine when you take it off.

Yup. My needle decided it had had enough. Now mind you if I remember correctly this was the original needle that came with the machine several years ago, and though my machine has not seen heavy use, I have used it a fair bit here and there. I may have replaced the needle once, not sure. Regardless the needle in question had been in the machine for quite some time. But of course, I have no clue where my pack of extra needles might be. 

So the hemming is on hold for the moment. J has some needles so I am going to head to his place to get them and hopefully can finish my hemming adventures this evening. 

I’ve been in a little bit of an emotional funk the past few days. Not sure why or how to shake it, but I’m not really feeling very happy or positive. 

My phone is finally working though it required multiple calls to Sprint who changed their story a few times and finally settled on “someone stole your number”. How that even happens I do not know. All I do know is it is a big pain in the butt for me to have to change my phone number – and regardless of how I lost my number whoever is responsible has got a huge helping of angry redhead karmic revenge heading their way. Or so I like to think, anyway. I’m not sure karma really works that way but it makes me feel better to think it does. 

My wrist is still bothering me from when I sprained it, but at this point it’s “tough it out and deal with it”. Which sucks, injuries need sufficient time to heal properly… But sometimes life doesn’t give you the time you need for such things. 

And on that note I am off as there are things to do. 

Hope y’all are having a good weekend. 

Until next time. xoxo

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Product Review: Maple Holistics Thickening Conditioner

If you used to read my beauty blog, you know I am a fan of Maple Holistics. They offer “organic and natural” beauty products at a fairly reasonable price point for such products. While my budget does not currently allow for regular use of their products, I have purchased, and repurchased, my favorites in the past when I was able to do so. 

I was recently given the opportunity to try their Thickening Conditioner and since I am a fan of their products, and always feel like I could use some extra “oomph” in my hair, I was happy to get to test this conditioner out. 

I made sure to use it exclusively as my conditioner for the past month, to really get a feel for it and how it works. For reference the shampoo I paired it with was Living Proof’s Restore shampoo, and I wash and condition my hair usually 2 or 3 times a week, or more often if necessary depending on how a given day goes and if I feel the need to wash my hair sooner than I otherwise might. 

What I like about it: 

While not everyone’s cup of tea, I happen to love the fragrance of tea tree oil, which this conditioner includes. It also has lavender and rosemary oils, so the fragrance is a bit herbal, with the tea tree being the dominant fragrance. Again, I happen to love it, but I know other folks don’t care for it so much. 

The formula is very thick and feels very emollient – a little bit goes a long way. 

The conditioner is meant to be left on the hair for a few minutes before rinsing out (which you should always do with conditioner, btw) and as it sits the tea tree oil will cause a cool, tingly feeling on the scalp. If you’ve got super sensitive skin this MIGHT feel uncomfortable – I do have very sensitive skin but tea tree oil is not a problematic product for me. If you’ve used tea tree products before with success then you’ll be good to go with this, but if you’ve never used anything with tea tree oil before you’ll just want to be aware that the tingle IS normal when using it. It should not burn or be painful – just a menthol-like tingle, if that makes sense. 

This conditioner seems to rinse clean easily, and leaves the hair reasonably smooth and soft to the touch. 

What I don’t like about it:

This conditioner is a bit too heavy for my hair. Even if applied to the length only and not on the scalp, and using a small amount, rinsing throughly, it seems to just want to weigh my hair down once my hair has dried. That can be combated by blow drying for volume, but I only use my blow dryer occasionally, and prefer to let my hair air dry more often than not. 

It also did not leave my hair as soft, silky, and shiny as I like my conditioners to. It did make my hair more touchably soft than my hair would be if I skipped conditioner completely, but it didn’t do anything exceptional in this area. 

I can’t say that I really noticed any difference one way or the other in regards to my hair’s perceived thickness. 

Overall, it is in my opinion a fairly average conditioner – it isn’t terrible, but it isn’t fantastic either. Given the whole point of this particular formula is thickening and volumizing and I didn’t really see favorable results in either of those areas, I would not purchase this one if I were shopping for a conditioner to help in those areas.

Of course this is just me – we all have unique hair needs so please remember just because this product did not wow me, that does not mean it would not be a great product for you. If you think this may work well for you, the best way to know is to try it for yourself and find out for sure how well it works for you. 

I received this product for free in exchange for my honest review. 

Until next time. xoxo

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If It Isn’t One Thing…

…you can be sure it is another.

Yesterday was not the greatest day. It came with multiple… annoyances. Yeah, that is what we will call it. Annoyances. Among them, some phone troubles to the tune of now my phone is useless, for the time being. It is nothing I can fix myself as I am not the main account holder. I went to J’s this morning to utilize his Internet to email my aunt, who is the main account holder, to inform her of my troubles. She should be home from work in another hour or so. Hopefully shortly after she gets the email and can do whatever she needs to do, to get my phone working again. 

J was kind enough to reactivate one of his old phones for me, one month of prepaid service only, so that in the mean time I at least have something. I truly do not know what I would do without him… 

Fingers crossed that the remainder of my week will take a more positive turn. It has been a rough year. I need some positivity now. 

Happy Halloween to those who celebrate it. 

Until next time. xoxo