I Tried To Wing It

Oh boy, this revitalized knitting journey is just not going my way.  I was confused about one of the symbols so I researched it, only to find myself not understanding the explanation of the symbols meaning.  So I did what I normally would and just winged it. When you decide to “wing it” you have a 50/50 chance of getting it right.  My chances just happened to land on the wrong side.  
What I’m saying is, I messed the pattern up again.  This also means I am short on my yarn, also meaning that now I have to cut a few rounds out.  If you are lost, then you can read my first post here.  Whenever I stopped knitting two years ago, I was still at the beginner level, so it really is no surprise.
But I’m determined to finish this thing, even it looks revolting. 
As far as what I personally think…
I’m really enjoying being back in the swing of things.
The yarn is really ugly!!  It looked okay when it was wrapped up in a ball at the store, but after seeing it in a knitted pattern…I just can’t dig it.
Despite failing with this hat, even on my third try (isn’t third time supposed to be the charm?) I am looking at the bright side of it.  It means I’m learning…albeit the hard way…but learning none the less. 
The two books I am reading are on opposite sides of the spectrum.  One is an older teen fiction titled, A Temptation of Angels, and the other is an adult women’s fiction titled, Nights in Roadanthe.  Right now I’ve focused mainly on the first book.  It is highly addicting to read and full of mystery.  If you can put aside the teeny-bopper romance, then I would suggest anyone who enjoys a little wonderment and mystery to read this book.  The other one is slow, dramatic, and romantic, which is Nicholas Sparks signature style.
Any how, I plan on finishing up this hat by the end of the week and then I will be looking for a new hat pattern for a teen.
Any pattern suggestions would be appreciated!! (as long as it is an “easy” level, lol)

Art Journal | Update 2

My art journal is slowly evolving into a reflection of my life.

Very s-l-o-w-l-y. 

If you flipped through it today, you would find it teeming with unfinished sketches, partially painted pages, and splotchy areas that were my attempt to fix an uh-oh.

Throughout this experience so far, I would have to say that having an art journal is fun.

On the flip side, it is very time consuming (or I make it time consuming) and this will probably be my last art journal for a very long time once I’m finished. (Haha)  For me, using words to express what is on my mind, coupled with a few snap shots is much easier.

Here are a few pictures of my unfinished drawings so far…

I found a cute mug on Pinterest that had this written on it a long time ago.  I always felt it befit me since I don’t drink coffee.

 This idea for the mason jars were actually done from a tutorial that I watched on Yes and Amen.  She mentioned that she got the idea from somewhere else and passed it down, but either way, I found it to be a charming project, despite my husbands eye roll, lol.  It was also a great way to use up some leftover paper from my scrapbooking days.

As usual, this isn’t finished.  I wanted to add a sleeping cat at the top of the page with its tale hanging over one of the jars.

Bwahahahaha!  This picture…I call her Helga.  She was supposed to be a lovely lady, but she came out an ugly lady, lol.  Bubba and Nathan give me so much grief over this sketch!  They constantly make wise guy remarks; cracking themselves up.  Bubba told me I better take a picture at an angle so it wouldn’t scare anyone.  I figured I would take his advice one this one.

There is a sweet story that accompanies red birds.  It was a story that my grandmother told one day when I was about 12 years old.  I plan on sharing it soon!

Okay, that’s about it for now.  I have a few others that I didn’t photograph, but you get the idea!


Garden Spells | Book Review

Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen

Picture source is from yours truly: Life As Liz

I think it is safe to say that, Sarah Addison Allen, is now one of my favorite authors.  So far I have read two of her books, and recently started my third. 

I can’t help it; They suck me in!

You can read my first review of her work, here.

While, Garden Spells, is NOT about witchcraft, it is a heartwarming, funny, romantic story that has a flair for the dramatic, and a touch of whimsyIn a two word description, it makes you feel “warm & fuzzy” inside.  I highly recommend it.  
Why no one in Hollywood has turned her books into film, is beyond me.

Here are the deets:


Art Journal

Me coming home with new journals is no surprise in my household, mainly because I have written in journals since I was a wee one.  I have filled many, many, books.  I’ve even written a real book! Ha! 

So, while I have written many journals, they have lacked visually.  Sure, I’ve added a few pictures here and there or used colored ink/paper, but the creativity stops there.  I’ve decided to take on a new challenge of using a different medium to express my day to day happenings and feelings.  I figure I’ll be stumped at first.  But just like when you write, you just have to start typing and before you know it, words will flow.  I’m sure the same will happen with my attempts at art/sketching/watercolors. I’ll take pictures of the journal pages as I go and post them onto here for anyone who would like to see them. 

Until, then…


PS- For anyone interested in the journal I’m using, it is from Miro Notebooks.  They are good quality, made in Salt Lake City and pride themselves in being top quality & organic.