Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Why I quit Twitter

No you didn't click the wrong button. You were not incorrectly redirected to this page. I quit Twitter and I will tell you why.

Years ago I joined the hashtag fad when Twitter was still a baby bird learning to fly. Turns out it wasn't really a fad; it's still here eight years later. In the grand scheme of life eight years might be considered a fad, but in today's terms Twitter is a legit social media outlet.

I tried to tweet, but never really got the hang of it. When my account was hacked, a kind had to friend let me know, since I was seldom on to find out myself. I quickly deleted everything and went on my merry way with MySpace, and Facebook soon after.

Then a few years ago I set up an account all over again to join in with some online communities. I learned how to tweet, retweet, and even join a twitter party. But hard as I tried, I could not make myself enjoy it. Once I started bumping into my new online friends on other social media outlets, my Twitter days fizzled fast.

And I don't mind one single bit.

Dropping Twitter off my list of apps to check and comments to respond to has given me some extra free time. Free time I can give to other communities I adore. Free time I can give to causes I support. And most importantly, free time I can give to my family. If you are here because you love Twitter, that is rockin' good for you. I'm glad you love it. It's just not my thing.

I would love to connect via other social media networks. Come follow me on Instagram, @appleandi!

Monday, February 03, 2014

Lip Balm Give Away

One thing I hate during the winter season is chapped lips. But I also hate all the crap that's loaded into the mass market products available in stores. So I solved both problems by making my own lip balm, which I'm now sharing with you. My natural lip balm is now listed in my shop!

Enter for your chance to win a 3 pack of natural lip balm! From and

This week my sweet friend, Lindsey, is giving away a 3 pack of my lip balm to one lucky winner! Head over to her blog for your chance to enter. Let's get our puckers ready for some Valentine's Day smooching!

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Make Your Own Blocking Board for Crochet or Knit Granny Squares

Have you heard about the Crochet Mood Blanket 2014? Stacey (a.k.a. FroFunky) wanted to crochet a blanket this year and had the idea to make a granny square every day. She put this idea on Instagram and it went viral! There is now a Facebook group and you can follow along with the hashtag on Instagram.

There are so many great granny squares and blankets being made across the world this year. Along with all the inspiration comes great tips. I had no idea what a blocking board was until two weeks ago. I started reading about it and I think Alicia describes the benefits of blocking perfectly:

...blocking absolutely transforms these babies from slightly fraught, tweaked-out, anxious little trapezoids to drapey, blissed-out grown-ups — they're all mature and perfectly square and presentable after spa-treatment. 

After some Google searches I knew now was not the time to purchase a pricey blocking board, but I still wanted to block my cutie pies. I started brainstorming and remembered we had some insulation foam board left over from our dining room makeover. It is the perfect solution for me!

make your own blocking board for crochet or knitting granny squares

This foam board can be picked up from the home improvement big box stores for under $15. The sheet is 4 feet x 8 feet and easy enough to cut with a razor blade. Imagine all the blocking boards you can create for yourself and your own sweet little granny squares!

Over 20 years ago my grandma taught me how to crochet and I have been creating small projects since. I didn't have a single granny square to my name, until now! There are two ways people are joining the project: one granny square a day or one per week. I knew I wanted to do a little more than one a week but not one a day.

After some plotting and calculating I have a game plan. I will be making nine granny squares per month January-November and in December I will join them all together to make my first granny square blanket. Each month I am planning to have a few theme squares and the rest will be solid colors based on my mood.

snowflake granny square crochet pattern
January will show three different snowflake patterns. (via Scotty's Place)

Are you joining the mood blanket project? If you would like to leave a link to your work in the comments I would love to come visit and see your amazing granny squares.

Check out my link up page to see some adorable blogs I'm joining with this week.