Friday, December 1, 2017

Thanksgiving | Pismo Beach & Sand Dunes

We just can't sit still. My family and I live a very on-the-go and outdoorsy lifestyle. The entire time we have been married we have lived away from home, and so it involves a lot of traveling as well.

The weekend before Thanksgiving we drove to Arizona so that my hubby could be in a roping with his brother. It was so fun to watch! They did a great job.




Then after the recovery of sick kids, my husbands brother, wife, and kids, followed us back home! It was a few days full of playing hard, eating too much, and shopping until our feet and backs hurt. Thanksgiving dinner always tastes better when you are surrounded by love and laughter!

And because we weren't done having fun, we loaded up and drove to the beach! We headed straight to the dunes. There is nothing better than watching the sun set on the beach, over a campfire, while marshmallows roast, to the sound of the ocean waves.We stayed the night in a fun hotel with more beach views, and then headed back out as soon as breakfast was over! 

My family runs on adrenaline. Being at the dunes, ocean views, kids playing endlessly, rzr and dirtribe rides, feet in the sand. It is truly our happy place.








Sparkles the Unicorn | Crochet Animal

Do you want to know my number one secret to reading and writing crochet patterns?? YouTube. It's a game changer! Any stitch you don't know or technique you haven't learned. I can 95% guarantee there is a YouTube video to teach it to you!! My number two secret, the more you crochet and follow patterns, the more things start to get repetitive.

I have been accurately (there were a few amateur years) crocheting for about 3 years now. After all that time of reading patterns, I can have an idea for a new project and think back to several different patterns and techniques that will make up my new idea. Don't get me wrong, there is always a period of trial and error when writing your own patterns, but that is what makes it fun! Starting with a simple thread of yarn and a hook and creating something beautiful.

Which brings me to my latest project! Sparkles the Unicorn.


I really enjoyed writing this patterns. It turned out exactly as I had envisioned it in my head. And because most of my followers are fellow crocheters, who look at beautiful things and desire to challenge themselves with creating it on their own, I have made this pattern available to BUY!
If you are not a crocheter, but still love this pattern, I sell Sparkles the Unicorn already made!


Sparkles was a huge hit at my latest Craft Show, which just made my creative soul so very happy!! Thank you all for taking a minute out of your day to learn more about me and my passion for crochet.


Thursday, November 30, 2017

Recap | Life In Our Nomad | Etsy Shop

The last several months have been fantastic! I stepped away from Blogging for a little while. My son started Kindergarten and my baby became a toddler which means I reached a new level of Moming! Now that I have gotten into the swing of things, and learned how to juggle PTA meetings, soccer games, endless errands, pick-up and drop-off, toddler classes, etc. I'm ready to get back into the Blogging World!



In case you haven't been following me on Social Media, here are some of the new things i have been up to:
I've written several of my own patterns, and altered several more! (available for download HERE.)





I also found the perfect solution to make dress-up more simple for your little princess! These beautiful and fun Princess Aprons can make using your imagination and play time easier for everyone. The aprons are worn over clothing. This eliminates the frustration of undressing from your regular clothes and when switching dresses. 


I also decided to change my logo! I have been participating in more craft shows, boutiques, and home parties. Therefore, there was a need for business cards and I wanted them to depict exactly what my Blog and Etsy niche is focused on.


As far as my main job, I have reached a whole new level! My oldest started Kindergarten and also turned me into a soccer mom on Saturday mornings. My baby became a toddler and gave a whole new meaning to stubborn, independent, terrible two's! And we bought a house!! Life has been full.

Morro Bay, CA | September 2017

Thanks for following along! Be sure to head over and give me some social media love!!




Friday, February 17, 2017

Free Crochet Pattern | Simply Squares Blanket | Baby Blanket

Crocheting is my favorite form of therapy. Plus I have the need to constantly have my hands busy. I can't just sit there watching tv or being a passenger in the car. This soft and huggable crocheted blanket features the Simply Squares stitch pattern. 
*this post may contain affiliate links which help support my blog, small business, and family.


This gives a thicker and closer weave pattern than most crochet blankets. Simply Squares is my favorite baby blanket pattern because it gives more detail than just basic back and forth rows.

The pattern measures for a blanket approximately 40”X35”, but can easily be adjusted bigger or smaller. Just work in even numbers plus 1. This is a very simple pattern for beginning or novice crocheters! View pattern below or click HERE for the ad free/printable version.

Materials:
Yarn - I use Caron Simply Soft 100% Acrylic Yarn - Medium Weight (4)
Crochet Hook size 5mm (my favorite are WooCrafts Ergonomic Crochet Hooks Set Ergonomic)


Pattern:

Ch 121.

Row 1. Hdc in the 2nd st from the hook. *Skip 1 st, then (sc, hdc) in the next st. Repeat from * across until 1 st remains. sc in remaining st, ch1 and turn.

Row 2. Hdc in first st.*Skip 1 st, then (sc, hdc) in next st. Repeat from * until 1 st remains. Sc in remain st, ch 1 and turn.



Repeat Row 2 until desired length. On very last row, fasten off instead of the ch 1 and turn. 

Blanket looks great as is, or you can add 2 rounds of sc as an edge. remember to add 3 sc in each corner.

Free Crochet Pattern | Simply Squares Blanket

*This Pattern is not for resale. You may use this pattern for free and sell the items made.


Monday, December 5, 2016

Hillcrest Tree Farm | Cosper Family

Christmas is such a fun time of year. There are is always something to go do and everyone's spirits are high! This is the first time in three years that we will get to have a Christmas tree, and we went all out celebrating the occasion!


Monday, August 22, 2016

Quilting Design Planner

I have always had a passion for creativity. God asks us to use our talents, and so I shall sew!! I really enjoy quilting. While living on the road, it has been my soul therapy. I reached a point where I had scraps of various papers with scribbles and sketches that I'm sure made sense at the time, but now have no meaning. And so if I ever try to recreate a quilt or idea, I stare at my scraps in total confusion. This is why I decided it was time for a Quilt Designing Planner/Journal.


Monday, May 23, 2016

My little Graduate!

I can't even handle how handsome my little guy is. Today was his Graduation from year 1 of Preschool. I asked him if he was sad that school is over and he said no. Haha! Typical boy...

Adventure Life has been a huge blessing in our life. This time last year we were working with therapists and worrying about the fact that he wasn't talking. He attended this school for only 5 months, and was able to catch up to the same level as his peers. I cannot even express how grateful I am for the wonderful program and teachers he had.

Next month he turns 4 years old. It seems like yesterday we were bringing him home for the first time. Now he's graduating from preschool, riding a bike without training wheels, and telling my he's tough whenever he gets hurt. He will forever be my little guy who is full of big energy and attitude.

The good news is, I didn't cry during his little graduation ceremony. Even though I really wanted to!! Thanks again Mrs. Bergman and Mrs. Humble!



Sunday, May 8, 2016

Little League and Pella Tulip Time


Look how stinking cute this kid is!! He had his first Tee Ball game this week. I had forgotten how entertaining it can be to watch those little guys. He loved it and was so excited to play!

We enjoyed watching dog piled fights over the ball, kids hitting the ball and then running to the dugout, and a lot of digging in the dirt!

Ryder played catcher (so cute!) the first inning and then pitcher the second. He hit the ball on the first swing both times he was up to bat! He sure is growing up fast...


Saturday, January 30, 2016

I'm not crazy, but my life sure is!

People tell me all the time that my life must be an adventure. I explain our living situation and receive astonished reactions. If i was on the outside looking in, i would probably have the same reaction! But this is our 3rd year living full-time in our RV and so for us, it's just normal... Want an example of this so called crazy? 

We drove to Georgia and back to spend Thanksgiving with friends. Then we drove to Arizona and back to spend Christmas with our families. Hubby transferred companies and had to spend 3 weeks living in hotels and would drive 3 hours to be home with us on weekends. And for the finale, we spent New Year's moving!

Stone Mountain Georgia

Thanksgiving was wonderful! We spent a week with our best of friends. Talking, laughing, staying up too late, watching our kids play, and eating amazing food! I'm still craving Brunswick Stew and Hushpuppies from that gas station BBQ restaurant!!! We have always considered the Jensen's our family away from home. Their friendship has gotten us through some of the worst and best times over the last 5+ years. We love you dearly... 







We have spent all, but one, of our Christmas' together in Arizona. This one was by far my favorite one! There were so many wonderful and fun things that happened. There is nothing greater than the love of family.

Monkey was trying to see Grandpa's house! 

I love this little family of mine. And we've discovered that we thrive in this tiny house of ours! Apparently our children love being crammed, piled up, and close together. I'm not going to lie, i love it too....


Thursday, November 19, 2015

Traditional Apple Pie

This recipe is easy as pie! Hehe... My husband and I were watching Holiday Bake Off on the cooking channel the other night. Actually he was just sitting next to me on his iPad while I was watching, but anyway... The challenge was Holiday Pie. Their creations had us drooling and craving some pie!! It has been years since I've made a pie and so I thought I would share with you my Traditional Apple Pie recipe that turned out oh so yummy. Seriously, it has taken all my self control not to eat it for breakfast...

Monday, October 26, 2015

DIY Blog Planner

As we all know, Blogging can be a bit overwhelming. Especially if you are still new to it. I knew I needed to organize myself. I started searching for the perfect Blogging Planner. I had an idea of what I wanted it to include, and even though there are several free planners out there, none of them were exactly what I wanted. Here is how I easily designed my own Blogging Planner, and you can do it too!

Friday, October 9, 2015

#familylife

Our life has been under a major transition right now. Many changes have happened! We are enduring and pushing through, but I thought it would be fun to share our craziness with you!

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Maternity Photos

I am 38 weeks pregnant with Baby #2! We are very excited for little sister to arrive. I was not going to have maternity pictures taken, but decided last minute to capture this milestone in our lives. We went to a park down the street and my husband took a few photos. They mean more to me that he took them because it's like looking at my pregnancy through his eyes.


Sunday, August 9, 2015

Our second year of Glamping!

We have officially been Glamping for 2 years! I cannot even believe it. It has truly been an adventure and we have loved every minute. Sure there have been hard times and sometimes my mommy self goes a little crazy. This does not take away from the fact that we are together as a family and that is the most important thing to me. Click {HERE} to see the video from our first year of Glamping!

We are about to welcome Baby #2 into this world any day. You all know what that means... Our adventure is going to get even more fun and wild! Here is a video of pictures and clips from the last year...

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Fabric + Freezer Paper Trick


Happy Saturday Everyone! We are having a lazy day here in the camper. Legos, cartoons, and lots of sewing! One of my favorite sewing techniques is to use appliqué. 

It is such a versatile and unique way of quilting and crafting. This is a trick I use often. Not only for quilting, but also for the felt pieces used in the Quiet Books I sell on Etsy.