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When I see something I like, I check to see if it’s something I can make. I like being crafty and creative, so I’d much rather make something than buy it. After a friend had posted a picture on Facebook of some cute, colorful shoelaces her daughter had crocheted, I saw a new project to put at the top of my queue.

As is often the case with me, I look at yarn, think about what I want and how I want something to look, look at more yarn, and think some more before finally making my decision. I searched Pinterest for ideas and instructions, but all the ones I saw were made with a thicker yarn than I wanted to use. I Googled them and still didn’t find what I was looking for. Finally I couldn’t hold off any more. While I was browsing at Hobby Lobby last weekend, I decided to just buy the colorful crochet thread that I kept going back to.

Yesterday morning before we left to spend the day at Six Flags, I decided I needed a small project for the road. I grabbed my thread and a tiny crochet hook and looked up instructions on foundation crochet.

Originally I was going to make them with foundation double crochet, but that seemed too wide. I ended up using one row of foundation half double crochet. For the correct length, I measured against the laces in my white Converse tennis shoes, which the new colorful ones would be replacing.


Materials:

  • 1 ball Artiste acrylic crochet thread (I used color 108, Carnival) *There is a lot more thread on the ball than what is required to make one set of laces, so find another project for it or make extra sets for yourself or your friends. They’re going to want some, too!
  • 1 size D (3-3.25mm) crochet hook

Instructions:

  • Chain 3, yarn over, insert hook in 3rd chain from hook, yarn over and pull up loop (3 loops on hook), yarn over and draw through 1 loop (1 chain made), yarn over and draw through all 3 loops on hook – 1 foundation half double crochet stitch made.
  • *Yarn over, insert hook under both loops of the chain made in last stitch and pull up loop, yarn over and draw through 1 loop (1 chain made), yarn over and draw through all 3 loops on hook. Repeat from * for desired length of shoelace, then tie off and work in ends.

I can’t wait to wear them! I’d like to tomorrow, but a big guy in chunky boots stepped on my little toe at church this morning and it hurts to be touched. I don’t know if I’ll be able to stand a shoe for a few days… In the meantime, I think I’ll buy another ball of a different color and crochet some laces for my navy Converse shoes.

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In the early days of having my iPad, I found an interesting app called “Flipboard”. With it I can “subscribe” to various magazines and blog feeds that interest me: jewelry, food, books, photography, trivia, People Magazine, etc. If I don’t check in often, I won’t miss out on too much. A month or so of articles and photos are usually available at a time.

The only problem was when I found something on there that I wanted to save, I would have to copy the address, paste it into my browser, then pin it onto one of my Pinterest boards. Since it’s not the most convenient way to do things, I didn’t do it often.

This morning I noticed there was an update for Flipboard. Curious, I read the details about the update. The developers have added a feature where I can save my favorite images and articles to my own “magazines”, which can be public or private. My first thought was, Great, another site for saving things I want to keep. Isn’t Pinterest enough? Apparently not because my second thought was, Oh, great! Now I don’t have to copy and paste and pin the things I want to keep!

Granted, I will now have things in two places, but that makes things so much easier for me in the long run. Also, I typically repin things my friends have pinned on Pinterest. Sometimes I search out new things, but usually there’s enough new stuff pinned to keep me busy for long enough. Or too long… The things I find on my Flipboard pages are different. I can check in once a week or so and catch up relatively quickly.

Now I need to check all my Flipboard magazines and see what’s worth saving for later when I have more time. It’s kind of like flipping through the magazines friends and family have passed along to me. Only with this, I don’t need scissors and a divided file organizer.

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Now that my garden is getting ready to produce some veggies, I thought this would be a great time to focus on some scrumptious side dishes I’ve found on Pinterest. More specifically, squash and zucchini side dishes. 🙂

My sisters tried this Stuffed Zucchini and said it was great!

Source: kayotic.nl via Ashley on Pinterest

 

This Easy Zucchini Parmesan looks good…

 

…and so does this Parmesan Roasted Zucchini. I need to read the instructions and see if they’re basically the same.

 

How about these Greek Zucchini Fritters with Tzatziki? I sure do love me some tzatziki!

 

These Oven Baked Squash Chips would be great with burgers!

 

Of course there are always the “old faithful” recipes for squash and zucchini: stewed squash, stir-fried squash and zucchini with onions, veggie pizzas (in the toaster oven during these hot days…), squash puffs (a favorite childhood recipe that I haven’t made in ages), zucchini bread,… The list goes on!

See what other people are pinning on The Vintage Apple‘s Oh, How Pinteresting! Wednesday.

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It’s getting to be that time of year again. The weather warms up a bit and so does the house. As a rule, I don’t cook anything that needs to go in the oven once the weather gets warm. The house never seems to cool down again after that. The oven, and all the recipes that use it, will soon be retired until the fall…

While I have several favorite stove-top and salad recipes for the spring and summer months, I always look forward to trying new things. Thanks to Pinterest, I have countless recipes to choose from! For this week’s Oh, How Pinteresting! link-up (with The Vintage Apple), I’m sharing some recipes I will definitely be testing over the next several months.

We love Billy’s BBQ Ranch Chicken Salad Sandwiches, and we love quesadillas. So what’s not to love about BBQ Ranch Quesadillas?

 

These Chicken, Avocado, and Bacon Quesadillas sound good, too!

 

Sandwiches are also great for summer! We love “gourmet” grilled cheese sandwiches, so there are right up our alley:

This Grilled Caprese Sandwich (which would use some basil from my herb garden!) would be just for me, since Billy and Caleb don’t like tomatoes, and Jacob likely won’t want fresh basil… Ooh, and I could finally use my Pampered Chef Grill Press, which I’ve had for years and probably never used…

 

Jalapeño Popper-Inspired Grilled Cheese (which I could make with my serrano peppers, if they grow…)

 

Bacon-Guacamole Grilled Cheese

 

Baked Potato Grilled Cheese

 

Continuing with the “sandwich” thread…

These Philly Cheesesteak Sloppy Joes look great!

 

And I’m sure the boys would love these Lunch Lady Sloppy Joes.

 

All that, and I didn’t even get to skillet suppers! I think that’ll be next week’s theme.

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My friend Rebecca, who went to church with us before she moved away to college, contacted me through Facebook the other day to ask if I would help her with a school art project. She was using Pinterest as a tool and wanted several of us to create a board called “Art Project”. She gave everyone a list of 13 words and asked us to pin items/images that those words represented. She wouldn’t give us any more details about the project because she didn’t want that to influence our choices.

Intrigued, I agreed to participate – and I asked her to please fill in the details and results as she can later on. I’m dying to find out!

Since I just finished it yesterday and it’s still fresh on my mind, I thought I’d share my impressions of those words on today’s Oh, How Pinteresting! post. I’m linking up with The Vintage Apple, along with a few hundred other Pinterest lovers, so we can check out what everyone’s pinning these days.

First, the easy words.

Necessity

 

Water is necessary for life. In light of yesterday’s tornadoes in the area, I’m thinking about buying a few cases of water for the local shelter where many families are now staying.

Passion

Source: google.com via Ashley on Pinterest

 

When I hear the word “passion,” all I can think of is Christ’s passion for us.

Life

Source: flickr.com via Ashley on Pinterest

 

How beautiful is new life!

Love

 

I considered choosing something about the love between a man and a wife, but this image evokes so much. It makes my heart smile.

Future

 

The future, linked to the past.

Wish

Source: babyblog.ru via Ashley on Pinterest

 

Make one or many…

Dream

Source: google.com via Ashley on Pinterest

 

I wonder what she’s dreaming of…

Want

 

This was a selfish choice. This symbolizes a lot of what I want: peace, quiet, comfort, relaxation.

Home

 

This isn’t part of my home, but I sure would feel at home in that spot! (And it’s remarkably similar to my choice for “want”…)

Art

 

Jacob recently learned about this in his art class. I love the vibrancy and the variety in the architecture, as well as the rippled reflection in the water. While I love most art, photography is my favorite, so photographs hold a special appeal to me. Plus, it’s a form of art I have the patience to do. 🙂

Now for the harder ones. They really took some thought. I chose to focus on one important but sad part of history: the Holocaust.

Fear

Source: google.com via Ashley on Pinterest

 

Evil

Source: google.com via Ashley on Pinterest

 

Hate

Source: google.com via Ashley on Pinterest

 

“Hate” is a strong word, and I don’t want to apply it toward my feelings for anyone. I see “hate” as more his feelings toward others who were different from him. Perhaps “hatred” would have been a better word to use.

What images would you choose to show those words?

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Bloom!

It’s time for The Vintage Apple‘s Oh, How Pinteresting! Wednesday. Spring is officially here! Everywhere I look, things are in bloom! Well, except my own flower bed… Still two of my three Indian hawthorns will be bursting into bloom any day now. The third on is a little behind… And my two full gardenia bushes are full of buds. The smaller, more sparse ones have a few buds, too. I’m hoping they’ll take full advantage of the wet days and warm temperatures we’ve been having lately and put on a growth spurt.

While I wait for those lovely flowers to appear, I’ll enjoy some of the things I’ve “planted” in my “Virtual Bouquet” board on Pinterest.

Almost everywhere you look in North Texas right now, you’ll see beautiful bluebonnets.

Source: pbase.com via Ashley on Pinterest

 

A nice contrast to the blues would be these “Warm Summer” coneflowers:

Source: bhg.com via Ashley on Pinterest

 

A recent trip to the Dallas Arboretum was highlighted by the presence of countless tulips in bloom. These are almost as pretty… (I took tons of pictures, but I haven’t taken the time to download them from my camera yet. Soon. I promise.)

 

“I love daisies… They’re so friendly. Don’t you think daisies are the friendliest flower?” (Can you name the movie, the character, and who she’s talking to?)

 

I love hydrangeas. They always remind me of Mamaw, who had a very green thumb and grew beautiful ones all around the outside of her house.

 

I’m thinking I may try my hand at growing some sunflowers this year. They’re one of my favorite flowers. I think they’re the friendliest flower.

Source: flickr.com via Ashley on Pinterest

 

I can’t wait, though, until I’m able to smell the perfume of my own gardenias in my front yard.

 

So, did you figure out the movie quote yet?

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I was busy last week, so I didn’t participate in The Vintage Apple‘s Oh, How Pinteresting! Wednesday. This week, I had totally forgotten about it until I saw where Cindy had posted hers. Looking for some inspiration for my theme for this week, I thought I’d see what she had to share.

After looking at her post, I knew what my theme would be: I’m STILL brooding over my bad haircut. All of these pins come from the Curly Hair Problems blog. While I didn’t take the time to go through all of the funnies there, I did go through several, which I pinned to my “The Truth According to Me” board. Maybe if I keep reading these and chuckling, my own situation won’t seem so bad.

Before I got my shorter cut last spring, which I really liked, my hair hung almost halfway down my back. Of course, I had no real style to it, and it was super easy to pull back into a thoughtless ponytail. This is why I grew it out:

 

…because:

 

While I was wearing the long, boring non-style, I had something similar to this happen:

 

I literally saw the guy do a double-take and his eyes light up when he saw me walking toward his kiosk while I was at the mall in San Antonio. We had just gotten off the riverboat cruise and it was windy, so you can imagine what I looked like… I smiled and shook my head no as I walked by. Anyway, I kept the long hair because I was always so fearful this would happen:

 

And it did!

 

Here’s why you can’t do that:

 

Or in my case, a curly helmet. So now I’m back to growing it out again. In the meantime, if I see you and you have great-looking curly hair, watch out.

 

Well, I’ll more likely ask you who cuts your hair because I’m in the market for a great stylist. (I had an excellent one a few years ago who made my long mop look good – because I couldn’t be talked into anything else at the time. Sadly, she died of cancer.)

I’m open to any advice you can give me about waiting out the growth of a bad haircut… For now, I’m considering dying my hair orange because I could so easily do this:

Source: imdb.com via Ashley on Pinterest

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