Wednesday, June 1, 2011

30 days of blogging

I have a goal to complete 30 days of blogging in this format:

30 Days of Blogging

day 1- recent picture of you and ten interesting facts about yourself
day 2- the meaning behind your blog name
day 3- a picture of you as a child
day 4- a habit that you wish you didn’t have
day 5- a picture of somewhere you've been
day 6- favorite super hero and why
day 7- a picture of someone/something that has had the biggest impact on you
day 8- short term goals for this month and why
day 9- something you're proud of in the past few days
day 10- songs you listen to when you are happy, sad, bored, hyped, mad
day 11- write a bucket list of things you want to do before you die
day 12- write a poem to someone you love
day 13- your 5 favorite books and why
day 14- a picture of you and your family
day 15- put your iPod on shuffle: first 10 songs that play
day 16- a picture of yourself
day 17- someone you would want to switch lives with for one day and why
day 18- plans/dreams/goals you have
day 19- write about a sweet memory from your past
day 20- write a letter to someone
day 21-a picture of something that makes you happy
day 22- what makes you different from everyone else
day 23- something you crave a lot
day 24- post your favorite quote or verse of scripture and why
day 25- what I would find in your bag
day 26- list 10 things that you are thankful for
day 27- my day job verses my passion
day 28- cruise a thesaurus and pick out 10 words you like the sound of
day 29 - favorite TV shows and why you like them
day 30 - movies you can watch again and again

For those of you that want, you can follow along with this on my other blog, which is private and you do need an invite.  That address is  If you want an invite, please message me at sarahjane725 at yahoo dot com

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

new post

After several months, I finally have a new post on the private blog!

Thursday, January 20, 2011

New post

New post at the new blog!

Sunday, January 9, 2011


Hey, those of you that have been invited, I've just updated the new blog!

Wednesday, December 22, 2010


I have decided to go private.  The website is pulling pictures, house value, income, basically anything that is public knowledge and displaying it for the public for a fee.  They cannot access certain things like blogger and facebook if set to private.  So, I will be going private on SUNDAY.  If you would still like to read my blog, send me an email to sarahjane725 at yahoo dot com. 

No-sew Fleece Blanket instructions

I had several requests from Facebook to help how to make these.  They are super easy and fast.

2 2-yard coordinating fleece (adult) OR 2 1 yard coordinating fleece (Infant)

Optional, but recommended:
2 12x24 cutting mats
Cutting guide
Rotary cutter

There are 2 different ways that I know of on how to finish the tie blanket.  There are the square knot, or more of a braided look.  I like the braided look better.

1. Cut all selvage.  This is the rolled  part.  You can use a ruler to help make it straight.  But I just eye ball it since you can see where the selvage ends.  This is a picture of some selvage ends.  There will be some on the other side as well.
2. Lay the coordinating color face down.  Some of these are hard to tell and it really won't matter.  Go with the softer edge.  Place the pattern face up on top of it.  Line it up as best you can.

3. Cut out 3 OR 4 inch square corners.  This is your preference.  What ever size square you cut out, this will be the size of your fringe.  If you are doing the knot, I recommend a 4 inch, if you are doing the braided version, do a 3 inch.  This picture shows a 3 inch.

4. Fold the edge so that it lines up with the top of the corner.  See how one fabric is longer?  Cut that edge off.  
5. Now you are ready to make your fringe.  If you don't have my recommended tools, you can just eyeball it with the scissors. Just make sure that you are not cutting higher that the 3 inches.  It will be okay.  You really won't be able to tell once it's all tied and everything.  I like my measuring tool (the clear one) because it's already pre-sized.  If you have the rotary cutter and the two cutting  mats, place one mat UNDER the blanket and one on TOP.  Fold the fringe up to align with the square.  I love this method because you are guaranteed to have equal amounts of fringe.  I tried to do this with a cutting board and it really doesn't work as well.  The beauty of the clear tool, you can see that you have the 3 inch fringe measure up (does that make sense?) If you are doing a square knot fringe, I recommend cutting the fringe at 1 inch intervals.  This will make tying easier.  If you decide to go with the braided look, go with 1 1/2 inch intervals.  But keep in mind that whatever you decided it will look nice.

6. ***If you are going for the braided look only*** Once you are done with a side, go back with your scissors and cut little holes in each of the fringes at about the half-way point.  If you make a bigger hole, the fringe will be looser, if you make a smaller hole, your fringe will be tighter.  Careful not to make it too small or the blanket will bunch.  You'll find a size that works for you.

7. Complete the fringes at the corners to help keep the fabric in place.  To do this, take the top fabric and stick it in the hole in the bottom fabric.

Then take the bottom fabric (which is now on top) and stick it through the top fabric (which is now on the bottom)

Just do it around the corners.

6. ***For the square  knot only***  Once the fringes are made, take two fringes and do a square knot.  Right over left, left over right.  Do this on a few fringes to help keep the blanket in place. Careful not to pull too tight or the blanket will bunch.  For some reason, I didn't take a picture of it. 


If you look to the left in this picture, you can see the finish knot, I undid it though since I was making the braided look with this blanket.
8.  Repeat these steps until you have completed all the edges.  I did the corners first then went back to finish the rest of the tying all at once.  But what ever works for you is good.  Then you have a finished tie fleece blanket.

Here's a picture of the 1st one that I made for my friend, Julie.  Hers was done with the square knot.

Well, I hope these directions make sense.  Ask any questions if you need to.  Also, I am willing to help anyone make these.  I really enjoy doing it.  I don't know how many I've made or helped make in the past few weeks.  Or if you just want to borrow my tools, that works too.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

The Truth

I've kept this quiet for a long time because I didn't want people to feel sorry for me. I didn't even tell the depressing feelings in blogs/facebook, anywhere. I tried to hide it.  I put on a happy face. In fact for months, the only people that knew this was my dad, my mom, and Scott.  But, I'm feeling much better about it and would like to put it down in writing: I'm suffering from postpartum depression.  At the beginning of August, I lost all control.  I finally let Scott know my feelings, in which he replied, "I wondered, because you haven't been yourself." And as I thought back on my thoughts and emotions since the ending of my pregnancy.  Outside of my family I felt alone.  I felt I had no one I could rely on and no one wanted to be around me.  I preferred to stay inside then have to go out.  I remember being invited to a friend's baby shower and Scott had to convince me I needed to go.  But all I could think of was "Why?  They're only trying to be nice, they don't really WANT me there."  I went, and I forced myself to be social, but all the while I couldn't stop thinking that they don't want me there.  These types of thoughts haunted my every waking moment.  I had convinced myself that I was not wanted by anyone but family.  And while I love my family dearly, everyone wants friends.  Scott has encouraged me to call a friend to go out with.  I try, but I still struggle with the thought of "who would want to hang out with me."  I was put on anti-depressants.  I started feeling better and Scott always encouraged me to express my feelings to make sure that they weren't building up anymore.

I have come to accept that I am battling a mental disorder and am okay with it.  I still have days where they're bad, but not nearly as bad as those days soon after Tyler was born.  I am currently weaning myself off the anti-depressants.  I'm ready to be done.  These pills have made me gain weight and that definitely doesn't help the situation either (who ever thought that would be a good side effect of anti-depressants was a moron!)  Scott still encourages me to go out with friends, but as I mentioned the thoughts come through that I'm not wanted.  He also encourages me to talk to him. 

I'm so lucky to have married someone so amazing.  He has never talked down to me, he has never belittled me, he has never called me a name, he has never told me ideas were stupid or not worth anything.  He has only shown me unconditional love.  I often wonder how I have ever deserved him.  I do know for a fact though, that I couldn't have battled this depression without him.