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MJ (in a nutshell)

Jesus follower
loving wife
puppy and turtle momma
crafty gal
aspiring homemaker
tech nerd
tv addict
book worm
dangerous cook
wellness pupil
helping hand
Gatlinburg frequent
simplicity seeker
multipassionate multipotentialite
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27 February 14

Ravellinic Games 2014 - Button Factory Wrap Bracelet

I have been eyeing crochet styled bracelets on Pinterest for awhile. I found this tutorial from Brownie Knits and really liked the look of the bracelets they created. This bracelet was super simple to create and I love the way it turned out. I will definitely be making many more in different yarn and button styles for the summer short sleeve weather. 

Tags: oh so crafty
24 February 14

Pinspired - Tank Top Storage

In an ongoing quest to simplify my life, I’ve been working to simplify my wardrobe and collect pieces that are complimentary and work with each other. I’m considering doing a version of Project 333 for the spring and the process started this weekend with my latest project inspired by this Space Saving Tank Top Storage Pin.

Project Time: About 15 minutes (including sorting of clothes for keep, donating, or storage)
Project Cost: $1
Pin it or forget it? Pin it! 

I bought this set of 12 shower curtain rings at our Dollar Tree. I love the color green they are. The hubby’s favorite color is green and this is one of my favorite shades (as you will see in the below photo, very close to the color of our bedroom walls).

After sorting through the tanks I own, I had about 11 that I wanted to keep out for the upcoming season. That’s not counting a few that were up for the wash at time of this photo, but I still had some extra rings for that which I stored on the same hanger. 

While I want to keep my tanks simplified, I don’t plan on counting them for my spring Project 333 since they are such an essential piece for most outfits. I consider them more an undergarment than a wardrobe piece. Thankfully, with this project they will take up little space. I also love that this takes my tanks out of the depths of my drawer that they were stored in and makes them easy to view and access for an outfit. Sweet and simple! 

Tags: pinspired
21 February 14

Book Bites: The Innocent Man

The Innocent Man: Murder and Injustice in a Small Town

The Innocent Man: Murder and Injustice in a Small Town by John Grisham

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

What this sad tale wants you to learn:
Don’t trust police.
Don’t trust lawyers.
Don’t trust judges.
Especially in Ada.

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Tags: book bites
19 February 14

Ravellenic Games 2014 - Owl Scrubbie

One of the best things about participating in the Ravellenic Games is I’ve been encouraged to go ahead and try several small projects that I’ve come across. I love smaller projects because, while I do enjoy other parts of the process, having a completed project is my favorite part of crafting. 

There are so many cute owl projects out there these days, thanks to their popularity. I have several in my favorites list that I hope to get to one day, but I thought a variation on this pattern might be a great one to whip up for the games. 

I love the ideas behind the original pattern, but I made some adjustments to make it work for the supplies I had on had. I don’t currently own any nylon that I can use, so instead I made a one layer small owl scrubbie. I love little cotton scrubbies this size for getting down in cups and pots and bowls and really being able to get some power in your scrub. 

I’m happy with how this little guy turned out and picture many more cute owl scrubbies in my future. It’s a great stash buster. Recognize that cream yarn from my frogged babydoll dress? 

Tags: oh so crafty
17 February 14

Ravellenic Games 2014 - Aerial Unwind

I love Ravelry, the wonderful site for knitters and crocheters. They do a wonderful set of games that coincide with the Olympics. I’ve never participated before, but was invited to join a team this year and I’m so glad I was! I’ve had a great time participating in the games and it’s given me a shove to get back into crocheting/knitting and complete some projects I’ve had on the list for awhile. It’s been a lot of fun! 

My first event that I decided to take on was the Aerial Unwind, which was to find a project and frog (unwind) it. I’ve had this uncompleted Babydoll Dress in my bag for years (originally started in 2008) and I didn’t see myself ever finishing it and, even if I did, I honestly don’t know if I would wear it at this point in my life. I decided that it was time to let this project go and would be the perfect entry for the Aerial Unwind. 

Look at all of the yarn I got out of this project! I’ve already made a small project from some of this yarn and still have a lot to go! 



Tags: oh so crafty
14 February 14

My Fat Hat

I had made a hat from the Fat Hat pattern last summer for my mom and really liked the way it turned out. Not only did it fit great, it was also very comfortable. After several weeks of ice and snow, I decided that it was time for me to pull up the pattern once again and make one for myself to help warm my noggin through the winter. This pattern is wonderfully simple and easy to fit to your own head, which is a great thing for people like me with large noggins. I love it! 

Tags: oh so crafty
11 February 14

Ham and Cheese Sliders [Adventures in Burning…er Cooking]

I call my cooking category “Adventures in Burning…er Cooking” since cooking is not a specialty of mine. I’m enjoying the process of learning to cook and cooking for my family, but in the depths of my mind are those memories of cooking gone wrong.. Including the time that I set Jiffy Pop aflame. And, yes, that is, in fact, possible. :)

I made a half batch of these the other night when the hubby and I decided that maybe, since we both were hungry, that dinner was in order. They were rather easy to pull together and cook up. I substituted shredded cheddar cheese for the cheddar cheese slices called for and, while they tasted just fine, I was perplexed to find that the cheese wasn’t melty as I had expected. I tried leaving them in the oven for a bit longer, but was worried that the rolls may have started burning if they stayed in the oven for any longer. Lack of melty-ness did not make these any less tasty though. The hubby and I enjoyed him and he gave them a rating of 8 (out of 10). Yum! 

Print Recipe

Hot Ham & Cheddar Sliders


Course: Snacks and Sandwiches

Serves: 24


  • 24  King’s Hawaiian rolls The small ones, however, I have used the hamburger bun size when that’s all I had.
  • 24 slices ham
  • 24 slices cheddar cheese
  • 1 1/2 tbsp yellow mustard
  • 8 tbsp butter melted
  • 1/2 tsp wocestershire sauce
  • 1 tbsp minced onion
  • 1 tbsp poppy seeds


  1. Preheat your oven to 350°.
  2. Slice open the buns. If you buy the Hawaiian rolls as I’ve recommended, they come with 12 rolls all stuck together, so cut them in one big piece before you pull them apart. (So much easier than cutting through 12 individual rolls.)
  3. Place one slice of ham and one slice of cheese on each roll. (Fold the slices up to make them fit on the tiny buns.) Place the sandwiches on a cookie sheet with the sides of the sandwiches touching each other.
  4. In a bowl, whisk together the remaining ingredients to make the sauce. Pour the sauce over the tops of the sandwiches.
  5. Cover with foil and bake for 10 minutes. Remove the foil and cook for an additional 2 minutes. Serve warm.

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