Here is a list of 15 things which, if you give up on them, will make your life a lot easier and much, much happier. We hold on to so many th
This is organic medium shredded coconut made into organic coconut butter.
Yesterday, I made almond butter. It didn’t turn out as rich and creamy as one would get from Mother Earth’s, but it was still acceptable and delicious! So I thought today I’d try making coconut butter especially after my boyfriend encouraged me.
Anything nut-butter is and can be annoying to make. For the two I had, I tried not using anything else but those nuts to make it as natural and healthy as possible! Alas, I resulted in using olive oil. Still not bad yet it would be sweet to just use whatever nuts. It might have been because I used the magic bullet and the blades it has due to using it for some years now. I hope to try it in a normal blender or food processor yet it’s the cleaning up that holds me back.
It’s fun and nice to be able to make certain foods yourself, knowing exactly what your eating and what your putting into your body. I feel that more people should do things like this for their own benefit of their mind, body and soul.
10 Easy Tips for a Happier Life
1. Remember that friendship is a gift, not a possession.
2. Do “first things first”. (Generally that means doing the most important task first thing in the morning.)
3. Smile, especially when you’re with other people. (Remember that everyone is fighting a hard battle).
4. Include extra time, or margin, in your schedule.
5. QTIP (or quit taking it personally.)
6. Treasure people and experiences over possessions.
7. Do what’s important and say “no” to the rest.
8. Accept that constant change is here to stay!
9. Remember that nothing is usually as serious as it seems at first.
10. Do something relaxing before going to bed.
Tutorial: How to Crochet Bobbles in a Knitting Project
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There was this one time I knitted a sweater. It was the first big project I made with cables. I made it in fuchsia yarn. I loved it. Except for one detail that made me want to poke the knitting needles right into my own eyes and straight through the back of my own head just to feel a different kind of pain than the pain of knitting bobbles.
Knitted bobbles are the biggest pain in the arse I’ve ever experienced in any craft. They’re time-consuming and awkward, and the thing is this:
Dude, you can crochet bobbles without pain. They’re simple. Simple and quick.
So I vowed to never knit another bobble but what I really did was avoid knitting projects that required bobbles. Dumb.
Until now. Right now I’m knitting a sweater for my niece-to-be. It’s an adorable A-line cabled cardigan, with bobbles. And I’m crocheting the bobbles. And I believe with the entirety of my being that you, too, should never again knit a bobble.
Here’s how to crochet bobbles in a knitting project:
(Note: There are a few types of bobbly things in crochet. What I’m showing you here, specifically, is how to use a crocheted popcorn in a knitting project. Popcorns stick out quite nicely, resulting in great bobble definition.)
Step 1: Knit to the stitch you’re supposed to make a bobble in (the first stitch on the lefthand needle):
Step 2: Slip that stitch purlwise onto a crochet hook that’s slightly smaller than the needles you’re using.
Step 3: Chain 2.
Yes, you make the two chains using the knitted stitch as a base. Here’s what it looks like after you make the chains:
Step 4: Make 4 double crochets into the knit stitch. (I prefer to make them into the stitch below the knitted base stitch I slipped onto the crochet hook in Step 2. Just think it looks better.) (Depending on the weight of yarn you’re using and on your personal preference, make more or fewer double crochets here, for a more or less prominent bobble.)
Step 5: This is the popcorn part – slip the hook out of its loop, tugging it a little loose so it won’t start to unravel (as you can see below, I just hold the loop in my fingers), and insert the hook into the top two loops of the first double crochet stitch you made. (Yes, ignore the chains from Step 3.)
Step 6: Slip the loop back onto the hook and draw it through the double crochet stitch. (Correction: The photo below shows yarning over, then pulling the yarn through the loop and the stitch. This is wrong! My apologies. Don’t yarn over; just pull the stitch loop through the double crochet, then make 1 chain to finish the popcorn.)
Step 7: Slip the loop from the crochet hook onto the righthand knitting needle.
Step 8: Continue knitting according to your pattern. When you knit the next stitch, keep the bobble in front of the work so you can snug up your stitches and pop that bobble right out like the light, fluffy, mildly buttered and salted wonder that it is.
Spectrum of Colours Revealed Through Lit String
British artist, physicist, and all-around science enthusiast Paul Friedlander produces kinetic light sculptures that provide a colourful feast for the eyes. Each piece in his body of work offers a visual medley of light and motion by rapidly rotating a piece of string through white light. The vibrating rope becomes invisible to the human eye, but colours from the light (which would normally be invisible to the naked eye) are revealed in rapid succession.
The scientific artist gives insight into the history of his career shift into the arts and explains the science in it all: “I decided to focus on kinetic art: a subject in which I could bring together my divided background and combine my knowledge of physics with my love of light. In 1983, at London’s ICA, I exhibited the first sculptures to use chromastrobic light, a discovery I had made the previous year. Chromastrobic light changes colour faster than the eye can see, causing the appearance of rapidly moving forms to mutate in the most remarkable ways.”