Friday, June 21, 2013

Delightful Little Owls

Update -- Scroll to the bottom to see the newest photo! (super cute!)

-- You can find these cute owls on Etsy!

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Sometimes I have a lot of trouble designing new products. Most of the time, it's because I have so many ideas bouncing through my head that I can't land on just one! Other times my perfectionism gets in the way, and all I can see are the 'perceived flaws' and little fixes that I can't quite figure out.

This time, I had too many variations running through my head!

So, I decided to make my favorite two.
(just so you know, they measure about 3.5'' tall. They are too cute!)

Which one is your favorite little owl?

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If I get enough feedback, I can have one of these cute little owls in my shop by next Friday!

Your thoughts:   How do you make decisions when there are too many options?


Update:  June 26, 2013 1:30 PM

My cousin had a graduation party this last weekend, and I decided to give her an adorable owl as a gift. I love how this little graduation cap turned out! Don't you?

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Also, check back soon for an update (and direct link) on where to buy these cute owls!

I hope you are having a blessed day!

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Sneak Peak

Here's a little preview of a project I am working on!

I hope to have more adorable (and complete) pictures for you by the end of this week. Don't miss out!

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Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Colors in season

This past week, my local grocery store has been selling strawberries that have been absolutely delicious! (and not too expensive, either)

I'm rather excited by that, since strawberries are one of my favorite fruits!

Not only that, but I can finally try out this new recipe I created! (created with the help of a variety of recipes online, and some tips from friends who are into healthy eating and getting vegetables into your diet)

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A delicious pink smoothie, filled with lots of strawberries and other fruits and veggies!

One of my favorite things about this smoothie is that you can hardly taste the vegetables that are in it. I'd recommend trying it first as-is, but feel free to tweak this recipe into something that you love!

  • 7 Strawberries, quartered
  • 20 Blueberries
  • 8 chunks of Pineapple, 1/2" cubes approx.
    (I cut mine fresh in bulk and then froze them, but a can of pineapple chunks should work)
  • Greek Yogurt (honey and strawberry flavor)
  • 1/2 stalk of Celery, thinly sliced
  • 2 Cucumber slices, thinly diced
  • 4 baby Carrots, sliced thinly
  • 8 baby Spinach leaves, roughly chopped
  • 1 Lemon wedge, rind and seeds removed, roughly chopped
  • 1/2 California Mandarin Orange (or other orange), rind removed
  • V8 V-Fusion, Tropical Orange flavor
  • V8 V-Fusion, Acai Mixed Berry flavor

1. Put the Strawberries, Blueberries and three large scoops of Greek Yogurt into a blender

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 2. Add the Celery, Pineapple, Cucumber, Carrots, Orange, Spinach, and Lemon

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© Jessica Van Eaton
3. Pour in 1/3 cup of Acai Mixed Berry V8 V-Fusion
4. Pour in 1/4 cup of Tropical Orange V8 V-Fusion
5. Blend the mixture until smooth

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6. Drink and enjoy!

I hope you find this smoothie to be absolutely delightful! I have certainly enjoyed making it for myself. :-)

Here is a simpler list of the instructions, all in one place:

1.  Measure out the following into a blender: 1/3 cup of Acai Mixed Berry V8 V-Fusion, 1/4 cup of Tropical Orange V8 V-Fusion, three full scoops of Greek Yogurt.
2.  Add all other ingredients to the blender. Blend until smooth.

Try this recipe out for yourself, and let me know your thoughts, tips and tricks in the comments below!

Sunday, June 9, 2013

A Simple Update

It's funny how life can change directions in the blink of an eye.

Sometimes, it is as though you weren't paying enough attention and had to do a 'double-take' to really understand how you ended up here.

This past year has had quite the variety of life's experiences for me. Maybe not as varied as some, but it has been a little all over the place.

In March, I learned that I have a higher pain tolerance than I ever thought was possible.

I learned that my 'close to the edge' feeling of unbearable pain really wasn't all that 'unbearable', it just felt really horrible and was constantly distracting. Unfortunately (or fortunately, depending on how you wish to see it), I learned that I was not yet anywhere near 'the edge' (Those of you with chronic pain will understand what I mean). I'd have to endure a lot more pain to get to that point.

Which, to be frank, is not something I want to have to endure.
But that might just be a part of the plan for my life...

Here's how I learned those things: I tried a wide variety of prescription drugs (one at a time, over the course of six months) in a desperate attempt to mitigate my muscular and nerve pain. I put these poisons (that's what they are, in many ways) into my body, and all that happened involved a nice long list of side-effects, including more nerve pain.

Even more pain than I already had. Mind you, I didn't even consider these prescription drugs to be an option until I thought I couldn't possibly manage without them.

Apparently I was wrong.

Apparently I can go a lot further 'down' while still 'managing' to maintain my life in the midst of this pain.
I don't really think I do that great of a job at managing (I have trouble doing simple tasks: I have to choose between washing dishes or making dinner because I can't do both; I managed to get a job in the area of childcare but in all honesty my body simply can't handle it), but I'm apparently doing well enough because I can still hold a conversation for a decent amount of time before everything starts getting a little, well, iffy. It's hard to explain. But pain is incredibly distracting, even subconsciously. Things tend to get a little jumbled.

So, in the midst of my long-suffering, I have decided to turn to my 'strong-suits' and those things which inspire me most. (You know, the things you get excited talking about, and actually put a smile on your face no matter what is going on around you)

In case you don't know me very well or haven't been following along, for me those things are:
  • Crocheting
  • Helping Others
  • Singing
  • Things related to God
For the longest time, I have tried having an Etsy shop dedicated to selling crocheted goods almost purely for the sake of charity.
That's what this blog was originally linked to and titled under! (In case you were confused by the name change -- Yes, this was HelpfulBlankets!)

I'm switching it all up now.

My life tends to throw me curve-balls regardless of what is going on, so I may as well be the cause of the chaos this time.

I'm closing my HelpfulBlankets Etsy shop sometime this month, and will be merging it with my ColorMeCrochet shop. It's a one stop shop! :-)

But the side of giving will be (almost) completely separate. (most likely any of my profits will go directly to materials and shipping for the sake of giving...I can just see that happening!)

I'm going to be starting a tiny ministry of prayer, and I hope you will join me. When it's all set up, I will invite you to email me the names of men, women, children and families whom you want to receive prayer (and a prayer shawl or blanket), in addition to any prayer requests you have for them.

I am going to spend the rest of my life helping others.

And since my body isn't so great at doing that, I am going to finally start realizing (and intentionally living out) that the greatest thing I could ever do for someone else is to pray for them. God is bigger and more able than any able-bodied person ever will be, so I'm going to give it all to him ... over and over again, for myself and on behalf of others.

It's not an easy thing to have a disability.

It's even harder to feel dis-abled.

But my God is constrained by no physical bounds.
And I am going to spend my life singing His praise and living as a servant through prayer.