Monday, May 4, 2020

What Are You Doing? May 2020 Social Hop


Hey hey it's May! Welcome to this month's social medial hop!

I am calling this a social media hop since we are including posts from all avenues of social media. Let's start with what you have to share!

What are you working on? 
Got any current WIPs (works in progress) that you'd like to share? Have some vacation posts? Got any how-to videos posted this month? You can share whatever creative outlet your interest is in. Share a link from your blog, Instagram, Facebook, Youtube, etc! 
  • Please link to a page or post of your blog/Instagram/Facebook etc, not just the main website.
  • Limit four links per person, please!
  • Everyone's links will be shared on my Pinterest page. Pinterest.com/saracraft

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What have I been doing?

I am in the progress of making a large dog bed for our dog Baxter. You might have seen some of his photos on my Instagram. PS, he now has an Instagram because of quarantine and my husband having so many photos of him on his phone! Follow him at https://www.instagram.com/baxteroftampa/!

How is life going for you in this "stay at home" time? Start a conversation in the comments below or on my Hand Craft Love Instagram page! 

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Earth Day 2020 - Loving the Planet

Happy Earth Day! I'm glad I didn't get to miss the day this year because this year is its 50th anniversary. In this interesting time of our lives, I always think about how different the world is right now. One of the bright sides of this pandemic is that there is less smog in the air. The air quality is improving. Residents can see buildings and mountains because of the increased air quality.
Source from The Washington Post 
I found this article from The Washington Post, and they show a map of the United States and a map of Europe. It shows a comparison of air quality from the beginning of 2019 verses what it is currently. I'm amazed that in a matter of months, the air quality has greatly improved. 


What else can we do for the planet? Along with recycling items, it is best to figure out ways to reuse recyclable and non-recyclable products. If you want to try your hand at gardening and growing your own produce, try reusing everyday containers. I created a seed growing pod with a wet mop cloth container and toilet paper tubes. You fold the bottom into itself, fill them up with soil and start planting.
 Once the plant is situated, you can transport the whole paper roll to a larger container or directly in the ground. The paper roll is biodegradable!
The new seeding is a snap pea plant! 


Are you more of the crafty type that wants to reduce waste? Yesterday I watched the Yarn Thing Podcast with Marly Bird on Youtube. She reminded me about Earth Day! She gave a great talk about recycled yarns and reusing plastics bags to make plarn. Go check out the video below, and subscribe to Marly Bird's channel!



I also wrote a few blog posts about plarn and recycling t-shirts and jeans back in the day. Still good posts to remind me how to make plarn!

Part 1: How to Make Yarn out of PLASTIC BAGS
Part 2: How to Make Yarn out of T-SHIRTS
Part 3: How to Make Yarn out of JEANS


One final link! Sign up for TerraCycle.com to research their recycling programs and how to recycle various items that we are not sure how to recycle. You can order zero waste boxes and learn more about eliminating single-use products. They even have a section for DIY upcycling projects!

What are you doing for Earth Day?

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

What Are You Doing? April 2020 Social Hop


Wow, it's April. How weird last month has turned into. I am working from home now. I am surprised by how much I am enjoying my time at home. I don't have to drive anywhere. I can dress more comfortably. I thought I was more of an extrovert. But I am seeing real extrovert's reactions and how uncomfortable they are being separated from other people has made me realize that I am a homebody. 

On that note, I have been trying to improve the look of the blog. I finally created a new title header for this monthly hop. I am now calling this a social media hop since we are including posts from all avenues of social media. 

Since things have been changing everywhere, let's start with the social hop first!

What are you working on? 

Got any current WIPs (works in progress) that you'd like to share? Have some vacation posts? Got any how-to videos posted this month? You can share whatever creative outlet your interest is in. Share a link from your blog, Instagram, Facebook, Youtube, etc! 
  • Please link to a page or post of your blog/Instagram/Facebook etc, not just the main website.
  • Limit two links per person, please!
  • Everyone's links will be shared on my Pinterest page. Pinterest.com/saracraft

Enter your link information below:

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

Click here to enter


What else have I been doing?

I did find a pattern that I am focusing on at the moment. I am working on the Everygirl Sweater from Hooked on Homemade Happiness. I'm so happy that I am working on something for myself! The Caron cakes color Turkish delight was very close to the color she used. Hers is plum crisp.

Other than that, I'm trying to get used to this new way of working from home. I have done some new baking and cooking things, and I have created more DIY projects. I also have been taking care of my plants. I post more of my projects on my personal Instagram http://instagram.com/silvercchile.

How is life going for you in this "stay at home" time? Start a conversation in the comments below or on my Hand Craft Love Instagram page! 

Monday, March 2, 2020

What Are You Doing? March 2020 Blog Hop


Hey March! It's the third month of the year, and I thought it should jump back in to the blog hop. I might change the name though, since you can share more than blogs on this hop!

What have I been doing?


What are you working on? 

Got any current WIPs (works in progress) that you'd like to share? Have some vacation posts? Got any how-to videos posted this month? You can share whatever creative outlet your interest is in. Share a link from your blog, Instagram, Facebook, Youtube, etc! 


 Enter your link information below:

  • Please link to a page or post of your blog/instagram/facebook, not just the main website.
  • Limit two links per person, please!
  • Everyone's links will be shared on my Pinterest page. Pinterest.com/saracraft




Monday, February 24, 2020

Easy Beef Stew in the pressure cooker


Sometimes it's a struggle fixing dinner when you get home from work. If I don't have an idea ahead of time, we might end up getting drive thru. But there are some instances that I get home, look in my fridge and create something with whatever I have. Last Friday night was that night. 

How easy is this recipe? So easy that I didn't have time to photograph the items or the steps!

Image result for bella pressure cooker
I have the Bella brand pressure cooker. I know it is different from the Instant Pot and other pressure cooking settings, so choose your preference. I've seen many recipes use the manual setting instead of the presets. 


Ingredients:

  • (1) lb stew meat - Or you could keep this recipe meatless.
  • (1/2) bag of potatoes - I had this half bag of potatoes from possibly a couple of months ago. They were already "growing" roots. I pulled the roots off and peeled the skin before adding them in. 
  • (2) bags of frozen vegetables - I used a stir fry and a california style vegetables. Since I did not have my usual seasoning blend of veggies (onions, red peppers, green peppers, etc), I cooked the onions, carrots and red pepper with the meat as it was searing. The california style veggies are broccoli, cauliflowers and carrots.
  • (1) small can of cream of mushroom soup
  • (1) can of diced tomatoes - I used the canned tomatoes with chilies
  • (1) can of water (after I added the tomatoes in the pot)
  • seasonings: smashed garlic, garlic powder, onion powder, pinch of paprika, McCormick grill mates in flavor Montreal Steak (contained salt), and salt and pepper to taste.


Instructions:

  1. Turn on pressure cooker and set to SAUTE. Cook meat, onions, peppers and garlic until the meat is almost fully cooked. 
  2. Add the diced tomatoes and cream of mushroom soup. I did not have any chicken or beef stock, so I added a can full of water. Make sure the soup and water are incorporated. 
  3. add the sliced and cut potatoes on top of the meat and diced tomatoes.
  4. Add the frozen vegetables on the top, and add more water until the veggies are covered.
  5. Change setting on pressure cooker to STEW or SOUP and cook for 15-20 min. Since the meat is already cooked, you want to make sure the potatoes cook. I left the cooker for 20 minutes and my potatoes were soft. 
  6. Quick release the pressure, and your stew is complete. 

There has been a couple times when I cook the vegetables a little too much. In this case, the peas came out of their pods, the potatoes were a little over cooked, and my cauliflower melted into the soup. I also wish I had some corn to add in. But I used what I had in my kitchen and saved these items from being wasted.



Do you have some quick go-to dinner recipes? Let me know!

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

February: 11 Valentine Hearts Roundup


Happy Valentine's month! It's still Februray, so I can do a hearts roundup for the month!

I love looking at heart crochet patterns on Pinterest and on  Google searches. I created my first list of free crochet heart patterns in 2017. I wanted to add a few more ideas to the list. All these crochet patterns are linked to my Creative Hearts board on Pinterest, as well as paper crafts and decorative containers for Valentine's gifts. Take a look!


Heart Appliques


Boho Hearts
Pattern from Cherry Heart
1. These boho hearts from Cherry Heart are so cute and quick to make. They can be strung up as a banner or used as a decoration for a gift. Why not make a bracelet or a necklace out of them?


Rosy Heart
Pattern from Mia's Heartful Hands
2. This rosy heart pattern has been on the webs for a while, but it is still a great pattern. It would be nice to wear as a pin or brooch. There are also a few videos on Youtube to make a rosy heart, if you need more visual help. Looks liek the original pattern came from Mia's Heartful Hands.


Heart Skin Care/Beauty

Here's My Heart Scrubby free crochet pattern in Scrubby Cotton yarn. Crochet heart scrubbies for those you love! They will enjoy the texture when bathing or washing their face. They're easy to keep clean and fresh; just wash by machine.
Here's My Heart Scrubby
Pattern from Yarnspirations

3. Scrubbies are all the rage along with handmade soaps and scrubs. Did you buy some scrubby yarn and are not sure how to use it? You can download the pattern from the Yarnspirations website.

DIY mini granny square crochet baskets
Patten from guest blogger Vika Moka on This Little Street
4. Here's a cute idea for a crochet basket with granny squares from guest blogger Vika Moka from A Moka Day. She guest posted on This Little Street with this cute basket design. I know this doesn't have a heart on it, but you can make the granny square design into a heart shape with the alternate color. This basket is great to store beauty products or even your current wip. 

Heart Home Decor

Conversation Hearts pattern from Sisterly Studios
5. This next section is my favorite. I love me some decorative pillows, and these pillows from Sisterly Studios are so cute! (Paid pattern only on Ravelry)

Candy Heart Pillow FREE Crochet Pattern
Candy Hearts pattern from Once Upon A Cherrio
6. If you are looking for an equally cute free pattern, this pattern from Once Upon a Cheerio is it! I really like the cross stitch letters better, and she also has a free tutorial on how to cross stitch.

Heart C2C Sherpa Pillow Free Crochet Pattern
Heart C2C Sherpa Pillow
Pattern from Nana's Crafty Home
7. Another lovely crochet pillow, this heart corner2corner pattern from Nana's Crafty Home is a great addition to the creative hearts board. 

This free crochet pillow pattern with a modern heart makes a perfect DIY gift or dorm room decorating idea. Square cushion pattern includes written instructions, photo tutorial and a chart. | MakeAndDoCrew.com
Crochet Pillow pattern from Make and Do Crew
8. Here's another great pattern for a granny square style crochet heart from Make and Do Crew.

Heart Book Cover

Heart Notebook Sweater
Pattern from guest Little Things Blogged, posted on ClaireabelleMakes 
9. On my last post I listed a few bookmarkers. I found this beautiful heart notebook sweater notebook cover. Once I searched notebook covers on Pinterest, I fell into the depths of lovely book covers. This is a great way to personalize a notebook. You can find this crochet pattern on ClaireabelleMakes


Heart Kitchen


10. I found two dishcloths patterns that I really liked. The hearts dishcloth above are originally from Mailinn on Ravelry, but the pattern information is in Norwegian. Filetstueck on Ravelry created a inspiration and posted the pattern in English. 

BONUS! 11. The last item is a crochet heart doily from NotikaLand on Youtube. This doily is made with thread, but if you make it with cotton yarn it could be made into a nice discloth or placemat. NotikaLand on Youtube.



Check out more of my pins on the Creative Hearts board on my Pinterest! 

(One of my pet peeves is not having the correct link on my board or a link that doesn't work anymore. Sometimes the blogger changes their site and moves their posts to the new website. Please let me know if a link doesn't work!)


Monday, November 25, 2019

What Are You Doing? Nov/Dec 2019 blog hop


You know what time of year it is. It's the busiest time of year, and I forget to post last month's blog hop. But this is the best time because this blog hop will last until the end of the year. Florida is feeling the brisk air now, and soon it will be time to wear the scarves and hats I made for this year.

This is what I have been doing since last month. 
More pumpkins! I am loving pumpkins this time of year, and I have tried a few styles of free and paid patterns that I love. I am hoping to write a post about it soon.


What are you working on? 

I want to see some Fall crafts and home decor! 
Are you renovating your home? I need some home inspirations! 
Got any current WIPs (works in progress) that you'd like to share? Have some vacation posts? Got any how-to videos posted this month? You can share whatever creative outlet your interest is in. Share a link from your blog, Instagram, Facebook, Youtube, etc! 


 Enter your link information below:

  • Please link to a page or post of your blog/instagram/facebook, not just the main website.
  • Limit two links per person, please!
  • Everyone's links will be shared on my Pinterest page. Pinterest.com/saracraft




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