The PickMeUp

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Sometimes life gets messy and my life currently is: A. Mess.

So, it’s time for me to start cleaning it up. In order to get through the chaos, I have to assign myself “projects” just like I’m back in middle school – where learning was something that is forced upon you because you had no interest in doing it if you were left to your own devices.
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Spring-Cleaning out Jars

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I woke up this weekend like a bear coming out of hibernation. I awoke to the wonderful Spring sunshine pouring in through the curtains and walked into a nice living room full of light. Birds were chirping all around just like Snow White.

Then I walk into the kitchen, my favorite room in the apartment. But all I could see was MESS. Jars stacked onto jars. All of my dry foods sitting around and my cabinets barely closing because they are packed to the gills!
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Honeycomb Hearts

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My grandma’s house is magical. There is a lake and cabin, beautiful gardens, a sugar shack where I had my wedding and barns full of treasures. There is a “happy tree” straight out of a Winnie the Pooh story.

One day, I received a picture text from my mom. The picture was a bag full of honeycomb that she found on the ground under the “happy tree” – this grand old tree is central to many memories that we grew up with. Read More

Banana Coconut Buckwheat Bread

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I’ve been buying a lot of bananas recently because they are the perfect on-the-go snack. However, after a long week of long hours at work, a couple of them were left behind. They turned to that perfect sickeningly sweet – way too brown – banana bread – bananas.

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A Very Crafty Christmas

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A very belated story….

This past Christmas was very different for me. Typically, I make about 70% of my gifts, along with Christmas cards and cookies. This time around, work took up most of my holiday, so I didn’t get to make much of anything handmade.

But my trip home to Ohio made up for that. Here’s a brief tour of the crafts. Read More

Jamaican Me Crazy!

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This Thanksgiving started out rough. We weren’t going to make it home for the holiday. We decided to stay in town with our JC family, but then, slowly, everyone decided to travel elsewhere.

The HB and I were restless and plan-less. I got home from work the night before Thanksgiving and sulked into the office where he was sitting on the computer. He turned to me and asked “Do you want to go to Jamaica?”

So we did.
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Things We Love – Dance

NonLinearKnitting Presents: Things We Love “DANCE” from CourTney Yost on Vimeo.

We love many things, but dance parties is pretty high on the list. My cousin, Leesha, is a beautiful dancer so we were the fourth wall while she warmed up for some Ballroom dancing.
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Caramel Apple Catastrophe

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I woke up this morning from a nightmare that my HB was leaving me and running away to France. This may be because we ate at a French restaurant the night before or maybe he has a secret life that I don’t know about and is dating a French girl and my dreams are trying to tell me something… Either way, at 4am I couldn’t fall back asleep. I laid there for two hours thinking about all the things I have left uncompleted until finally I got up at 6am.

How does this lead to caramel? How does it not!
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A DIY Baby Shower: Made with Love

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If you’ve been following the story, then you will be excited to hear that I’m an Aunt!!! My Mum, brother and I decided to throw my sister a baby shower. Check out Part 1 and Part 2 if you haven’t yet.

The theme was owls and trees, two things that have been growing in popularity and are super cute. My sister loves pink, so Mum said “Pink, Pink, Pink!” I added some muted colors to help the pink pop.
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A DIY Baby Shower: Knitted Baby Owls

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My sister is having a baby so I made a knitting TO-DO list. If you’re into knitting, check out the free pattern for my Knitted Baby Bunting.

She wanted her baby shower and nursery to be owl themed. Since I make a ton of different baby veggie hats, I figured an owl hat wouldn’t be too complicated to make. And it would be adorable!
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