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Guest Post: Emma from EmmaMade

Today, I am happy to welcome Emma as our guest. I love browsing Emma’s blog and reading about her crafting. I’m so excited to have her with us today!

Well, hello there. I’m very pleased to meet you and most excited to be guest posting for the lovely Laura today. I’m going to be showing you how to knit a very simple doll today, but first I think I’d better introduce myself properly.

I’m Emma and I started blogging at EmmaMade in June 2013 as a way to record and share some of my crafty projects. Since then, I think it’s fair to say I’ve caught the blogging bug. I still use my blog to showcase the things I’ve made; I also try and inspire others through weekly inspiration posts and tutorials. I’ve found the craft blogging community to be a very friendly place and I’lm so excited to be part of it.

Oh by the way, I’m from the UK so you’ll have to excuse my strange spelling of the word “colour”.

How to Knit A Worry Doll

You Will Need: knitting needles, 3 colours of leftover wool, a tape measure, a yarn needle and an old pair of tights (too ugly to photo).

Choose a skin colour for your worry doll and cast on four stitches and knit a little square hand. Change to another colour for the arm and knit a rectangle which is approximately four times the length of the square.

Change back to the original colour and finish the strip by knitting another little square hand. Cast off. You’ll need to make a second identical rectangle now.

Next, using your skin colour wool, cast on 5 stitches and knit a 2x1 rectangle. Change to your third colour and knit another 2x1 rectangle. Keep changing colour and knitting until you have made two strips as shown in the pictures. You should now have four knitted strips altogether as shown in the picture above.

Now you need to stitch the two larger strips together. Do not sew up the whole width. Sew between the points I’ve shown you with my yarn needle and with my finger.

Next stuff the arms. Fold an arm in half length ways and sew up one side. Sew around the hand and then start to stuff using small bits of your old tights. Alternate between sewing and stuffing until both arms are stuffed. I used the ends of my knitting to sew up the sides and darned in any other ends at this stage too.

Now take the body piece and fold it in half length ways. Sew in between the legs (where I’m pointing in the picture) and sew up one side. Again alternate between sewing and stuffing until the whole body is stuffed.

You should now have 3 pieces that need to be sewn together as shown in the middle picture. You now need to stitch a piece of wool all the way around your dolls neck and then pull tightly like a draw string. Tie your two ends together and darn it.

I then also added a wee face with embroidery thread. Place under your pillow when you sleep and this little guy will take all your worries away.

Thank you, once again, Emma for being our guest today. I cannot wait to try making this doll! I’m working to clear my stash of yarn, and once done, should have enough to make the doll. To learn more about Emma and her beautiful work, please visit her via:

ItsEmmaMade Blog
Twitter 
Pinterest 

Tipsy Tuesday: Read a Book

Any book will do.

I’ve recently found that on days when I simply cannot concentrate on any form of work, it’s time to sit down with a good book for about an hour. As soon as I’m done reading, I surprisingly find myself drawn to get the work done as I reflect on what I’ve read.

Love, Lala ~_

Knocking #pizza out the #park with @ryo8695.

Knocking #pizza out the #park with @ryo8695.

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Minimize on Monday: Minimalist Holidays

Each year, we celebrate multiple holidays. It seems that, especially for the major holidays, there is an expectancy to celebrate in a particular fashion.

If you are new to minimalism, you may have wondered how minimalists celebrate holidays. Yesterday was Easter, so holidays have been on my brain lately.

In my personal opinion, holidays are like Reese’s cups. There is just no wrong way to enjoy and celebrate them (with the exception of my birthday… just kidding), so I felt now would be a good time to share a bit of my ponderings on minimizing the holiday song and dance without demeaning the holiday spirit.

What are we celebrating?

It’s important to take a step back and decide what exactly you’re celebrating. I mean, Christmas is Christmas. But how do you choose to spend it? Are you excited about gifts? Time with family? Or do you wish to truly honor and celebrate Jesus’ birth? I’m afraid that all too often, we’re too caught up in the variant traditions to be honest with ourselves about what a holiday means to us. Instead of reflecting, we’re scattered. Out of focus. Frantic.

Why are we celebrating?

This coincides with what we’re celebrating, and in some cases, the answer may be the same. Are we partying just because we can (which is fine as it boosts morale) or do we have an actual reason and purpose (even better). Purposeful Partying… hmm… something to consider before the alcohol is uncorked.

How do we {wish to} celebrate?

This is where we make a choice. A choice of whether our holidays will be driven by consumerism, or by ourselves. It’s up to each individual now to find a holiday balance.  I encourage you to find it in the spending of time and sharing with others.

Enjoy. Live. Celebrate. Be.

~_<3

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Thought via Path

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I am GIVING AWAY a mixed design set of hairpins on my blog! Ends on April 30th. Be sure to put in your entries!! lalauland.tumblr.com/post/83158028650/shoptalk-surprise-giveaway – Read on Path.

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I taught #Twitter a new word. He’s in the kitchen, tail swishing frantically, meowing “bunny” every few seconds… – Read on Path.

Guest Post: Anna from Living the Leviner Life

Today’s post is the first installment of the Birthday on the Blog series of guests postings. Please welcome Anna from Living the Leviner Life once again.

Hello LaLau Land readers! I’m visiting again from Living the Leviner Life. A little about me? Well I’m a wife and mother to one son and one furry “doghter.” I enjoy writing, reading, sipping coffee or hot tea, crafting (when I get the time), and baking.( If you would like to learn more about me please click the link above and it will direct you to my bloggy home. Thanks!)

Today I will be sharing with you something that has been on my mind and heart lately. My family and I are working towards the goal of living simpler and eventually becoming debt free. This is not an easy task in this world of student loan debt, instant gratification, etc. etc. So we mess up just like anyone else, but we press on and do our best because this is a goal worth fighting for.

One way that we are working towards our goal is making snacks from scratch. (You can read more on this topic in upcoming posts.) Below is a recipe for my banana raisin muffins, I hope you enjoy them as much as we do. :)

New Banana Raisin Muffin Recipe
Preheat oven 350.
You will need:
2 ripe bananas
1/3 cup melted butter
1/2 cup of sugar
1 beaten egg
1 tspn vanilla
1 tspn baking soda
1 pinch of salt
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 cup raisins
With a wooden spoon, mix butter with mashed bananas (I mash the bananas, but not super fine. This is one of John’s favorite things about my banana bread.) in a medium bowl. Mix in sugar, egg, and vanilla, sprinkle baking soda and salt over mixture. Add the flour last and mix well. Grease a muffin pan and keep an eye on the muffins. Enjoy!

Before I go, I would like to thank Laura again for allowing me to share with her readers. It has been fun!

Thank you, Anna for posting today.  I cannot wait to try this recipe :)  It sounds amazing!  Be certain to stop by Living the Leviner Life to see more from Anna.  ~_<3

Someone is comfy.  #Ryo

Someone is comfy. #Ryo

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#dragonfly #hairpin I made check out the giveaway at http://lalauland.tumblr.com.

#dragonfly #hairpin I made check out the giveaway at http://lalauland.tumblr.com.