Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Tie One On Tuesday

Sometimes having a nice glass of wine is just what the doctor ordered after a long day of dealing with the world. You want something with a nice taste but you don't want to blow all of your mad dollars bills. Don't worry, I've got you covered with a few tasty and cheap bottles of wine. 

House Wine Chardonnay
I am a fan of local spirits and this House Wine is made in the Pacific Northwest. It has nice hints of citrus (grapefruit, hint of lemon) with small undertones of vanilla. It is a very crisp wine and goes great with summer foods and seafood.  This wine is a great price at 10.00

Paringa Shiraz
I am a huge fan of a Shiraz. I absolutely love the subtle sweet candy taste to it. Paringa's Shiraz has a cherry, oak chocolate taste to it. It is perfect for the cold rainy nights, reading or stitching by the fire. This wine is another nice cheapy surprise at 10.00 a bottle. 

Wilson Creek Almond Champagne
You guys KNOW I need to get my champagne on. I LOVE it! It really is good for the soul, but mama does not want to break the bank while drinking it. I discovered the most intoxicating champagne that is also from the west coast, Wilson Creek Almond Champagne. I am not going to lie to you-a glass of this with a little slice of peach and you will be in HEAVEN! While the taste is heavenly, the price will keep your feet on the ground at around 12.00. 

 These are just a few inexpensive choices for you. You can still have flavor without breaking the bank. Pick one up today and enjoy a glass!

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Scrappy Dog Sunday -The Gus Edition

I have a new obsession...Gus.  Gus is a Jack Russell/Pug mix. He is blind and deaf. When I first laid eyes on Gus and immediately thought, "why can't I have a bigger house and a bigger paycheck?" I instantly feel in love with this little guy. I worried about him and hoped that he would be adopted. 

Gus didn't have to wait very long to be adopted.

He is adapting very well to his new home and loves his siblings and when not attacking the laundry, loves snuggling with his new mom. Every time I read about Gus, I start to happy cry because I know that he will be loved and have the best time of his life. 

I don't know his new mom but I have been following him on his own Facebook page. Check out his videos-he is feisty! He is 100% pure scrap! Lola approves of this little boy.

Having a pet with special needs can be time consuming. I'm not going to lie to you, it is work but it is also amazing. Rescues need our love, they need us. Even if you want a breed specific pup, there are rescues. Yes, you are not sure what you are getting into, but isn't that the fun part of life? Who knows, you might end up with a Gus or an Iggy or a Pete (if it is the last two, then I apologize in advance)

Don't forget to love your furry child (or furry spouse) today. It is good for your soul. 

Friday, September 12, 2014

Feel Good Friday

YES! The weekend! It is here and I am one happy camper! YAHOO! What are you up to this weekend? I am planning on lots and lots of crafty goodness. 

Handmade by Charlotte created this most adorable tutorial and template for these Mix Em Up Spool Animals. Aren't they just the cutest thing ever? It is a great way to reuse those empty spools. You can find the post and tutorial HERE

I NEED this purse, NEED it. Urban Heirlooms has the best loot in their Etsy shop. 

The sun is shining today and it is still warm, which will be pretty rare in the coming weeks, so I am going to get out and enjoy the weather while I still can. Here's hoping that your weekend is full of some fun. Get out there and enjoy life! 

Guillaume Apollinaire

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Tute Thursday: No Sew T-Shirt Yarn and Rug

I have been wanting to make a braided rug for a very long time. It seemed so complicated and time consuming. In truth, there was a lot of trial and error and a lot of cuss words spewed when I first tried this. I was trying to make this way harder than it needed to be. 

Teaming up with Craftster this month, I made this No Sew Braided Rug out of t-shirt yarn. The first part of the video shows you how to make the yarn, which is super duper easy. The second part shows how to make the rug. Let me start by saying that I had planned on sewing this rug but ran into so many snags. If you do want to sew this rug instead my suggestions are: Make sure you have a needle specifically for knit material and that the needle is new and make sure your braids lie down otherwise you will end up with a very nice bowl. Also, the braiding will take some time, so I suggest binge watching your favorite show while you sit and braid for a bit. 

Check out the video below to see how I made this awesome rug. 

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Tie One On Tuesday

Today is National Teddy Bear day, which is a little frightening to me. I love teddy bears, but I can think of all sorts of things that can go wrong with National Teddy Bear Day...like real bears could pose as teddy bears and attack. Dude, it could happen. I saw it in a cartoon once. Anyhoo, before I go off on a wild tangent about bears attacking us, let's have a few cocktails to celebrate. 

It seems like nowadays the martini has been taken everywhere. You name it, there is a martini for and the teddy bear is no exception. This recipe is adapted from Difford's Guide

The Teddy Bear Tini
1 1/2 ounces of pear liqueur
3/4 ounce of apple schnapps
1 1/2 apple juice
1 pinch of ground cinnamon
Blend in a shaker with ice and strain into a martini glass. 

I've been searching everywhere for some teddy bear cocktails and they all seem so random to me. I keep thinking that the people who made them up were either thinking that after you drink the cocktail, your mouth will be furry like a bear or maybe bears taste like beer. Either way, a Teddy Bear Cocktail is very simple and quick to make. 

Teddy Bear Cocktail (this isn't really a cocktail, it's a shot)
1/2 ounce of root beer schnapps
1/2 ounce vodka 
Layer the root beer and the vodka then slam that baby down your gullet. 

Last on the list is something that, after drinking a few, you will feel like you could take on a grizzly bear with your bare hands! ARRRRGGGGHHH! Okay, maybe it will just feel like a grizzly bear stepped on your head. 

The Grizzly Bear 
1 ounce almond liqueur
1 ounce jagermeister
1 ounce kahula 
 2 1/2 ounces milk 
Mix and serve over ice. 

Oh my goodness! I didn't realize there were so many bear related drinks out there. I guess our love for the teddy bear reaches further than just the tiny little guy who kept us safe from the monsters under the bed. Celebrate your favorite bear today with these yummy cocktails. Enjoy! 

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Scrappy Dog Sunday

Do you see this little thing? In a few short months, he has managed to take over my heart and my house. He barks at every little thing, demands to be held and sit on my lap pretty much all the time (I think he was pouting because I set him down while typing this), is the pickiest eater ever and still hasn't mastered the outside bathroom rule. 

He also has managed to pull Lola out of a downward spiral. He plays with her and she chases him around. He allows her to wash his face and knows when she needs her space. Pete refuses to allow this little boy outside alone and Jujube...well, she is the bee and is too interested in boy magazines and her iPod. 

There are times in your life when someone comes in at the right time. They know the gaps missing in your life and in your heart. Iggy came to us at that time. The universe works in mysterious ways and most of the times,I feel like it's laughing at me, but on that cold February day, it smiled at me and the rest of the Pedersen clan and brought us happiness wrapped in a 6 pound fur coat that barks...and barks...and barks. 

Friday, September 5, 2014

Feel Good Friday

Is it just me or has this week been hell? It seems like everyone that I have talked to has had a crummy week. Well, that is stopping right now! We have reached Friday and it is time to par-tay (aka relax on the couch and watch a movie, in bed by 9). 

I love the Muppets. I remember watching the original show when I was a kid and just recently went back and watched the episodes again. Some of them were actually kind of heavy. I'm glad I didn't get it when I was younger, One of my favorite characters is Janice from the Electric Mayhem Band. For the longest time, I thought all Californians talked that way, little did I know, I was spot on (I kid, I kid!) Calixita created this beaded bracelet for a swap. I love all the detail. You can read more about the post and see other pictures on Craftster.

Did I ever tell you that I collect dolls? I have a ton of them, some creepy, some cute, but all very special to me, I just started collecting Monster High Dolls and I KNOW I need these from the Sweet Screams. She comes with a flippin' cthulhu! If you feel the need to get me an early Christmas present, she is available on Amazon. 

Ahhhh....I feel better, just hanging out with you guys, relaxing, laying around, but duty does call and by duty I mean Iggy. My little man is demanding to go outside and of course I have to give the little dude what he wants. So, I leave you with some cuteness of your own and hope you have a fabu weekend! Pam's out! PEACE! 

The moments of happiness we enjoy take us by surprise. It is not that we seize them, but that they seize us.
Ashley Montagu