What Should I Do???

What should I do question

Should I stay or should I go? That is the question. It’s a hard decision. I’ve had this blog for a long time! It’ll be EIGHT years in December! Wow! My very first blog post was on December 23, 2007. Crazy! The blog has changed a lot in all those years. My posts have changed a lot. My interests have even changed a lot. My life has changed a lot. And, to be honest, I’ve actually changed a lot too.

I have enjoyed blogging. I’ve made a lot of great friends. It’s been an awesome “outlet” for my emotions. I’ve gotten to share lots of my various crafting adventures. I’ve shared info about lots of things I love. I’ve been blessed enough to giveaway many great products to all of you. And I’ve even made a little money along the way.

But there are times where I just haven’t gotten around to blogging. I don’t know why. It doesn’t take too long to write a blog post. But it feels like sometimes there just isn’t even an extra 30 minutes in my day to write something. Or…which is more often the case…I’m not sure what I want to write about. I get “writer’s block” I suppose. I can’t come up with a topic that I think you’ll want to read about.

Right now is a perfect example. I haven’t written a blog post in almost two months!! That’s crazy! Hence the question of whether I should stay or go. Is it time to hang up my blogger’s hat? Is it time to close down A Life Full of Laughter?

Or is it time to try to get more serious about blogging? Should I try to commit to writing a certain amount of posts each month? Should I try to come up with some various topics that I could write about? Maybe even recurring things that I touch on each month? Should I write about my knitting more? Should I share about my marriage more? Should I get back to more reviews and giveaways?

I really don’t know. What should I do?????

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I’m being overrun by knitting “works in progress”!!

I absolutely love knitting, you guys all know that about me. And as much as I hate to admit it, I think one of my favorite parts is starting projects! Yep!! I love picking the yarn, deciding what it wants to be, researching the project, and the excitement of casting on those first stitches. It’s awesome!

And now, with my Sock Yarn Minis/Scraps Swapping group on Ravelry the addiction is only getting worse. I’m blessed enough a lot of the time to receive a review skein from the various dyers that are being featured in our Swapless Swaps. That’s super cool, of course, but that also means lots and lots more projects that I need to get started. Not that I’m complaining, of course!

Currently, I have a total of 14 projects on the needles, with probably 10 more that I need to get started. Crazy, right?! But so fun too!

I have FIVE blankets going right now, including my Sock Yarn Blankie..



And I have ONE shawl on the needles, which is my beautiful Exclusive Multnomah Shawl…..


And ONE sweater on the needles, my Calligraphy Cardigan (which I’m really excited to start working on again this fall)….


And TWO hats (both of which are Sockhead Hats, lol!) on the needles, including Ashley’s Sockhead Hat...


And then, of course, there are the socks! I have FIVE pairs of socks on the needles right now! Yep! These are one of my favorites, my Cantaloupe Socks….

5Whew!! Maybe next I should do a post about all the review yarn I have that needs to be started, lol! It sure is a good thing I love knitting so much!

So how about you? Do you have lots and lots of works in progress? Or are you a one project at a time type of person? I’d love to hear what you’re working on!



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I’ve Got Some Great Ideas For Crafts This Summer

When you have the kids at home with you over the summer, it can be tricky to keep coming up with great ideas to keep them entertained. Of course, quality time with the children is something we strive for all year round. That’s why crafting is such a great hobby for you all to get involved with. It’s perfect for a rainy day. The best thing about crafts and artwork is that you can create great projects to use on a lovely sunny day too. Here are some ideas:

Dressing Up

Creating your own costumes and accessories is great fun. You might have an upcoming costume party or just fancy dressing up for play in the garden. Use two wire hangers to shape a set of angel wings. Some old netting, mesh or curtains can then be sewn over the frame. Finish off by using sew on stones to create patterns in the wings. This creates a beautiful sparkly effect for the wings.


Using old socks, you can create a really cute set of puppets. Choose a theme, such as pirates or dinosaurs. You can use felt shapes for patterns and markings, or even glue on googly eyes. If you don’t want them to be hand puppets, stuff the socks half way with old foam or old fabrics. Insert an old wooden spoon and then tie around the outside with a rubber band to secure it. You can even paint and decorate the handles before you insert them.


This image is courtesy of Flickr.com

Designer Bean Bags

Bean bags are great fun for activities in the garden. You can jazz up yours with bespoke patterns and decorations. Use a glue gun to stick on gems and glitter. Alternatively, you can create two themed sets for competitive games. One team could have a pony themed set, and the other might have lions. Once they are decorated, you can have games in the garden.


Knitting is a great skill to teach small children. It requires coordination, concentration and fine motor skills. From about the age of five or six, simple, supervised patterns should be possible. More and more people are enjoying knitting and crochet to recreate their favorite TV characters. The patterns can often be found online. For a simple project, pick a teddy bear to knit a scarf for. The scarf can be further decorated by sewing on stones and crystals.

Messy Stuff

Children often love getting messy. If you have an old cereal box, some glue, paint and tissue paper, your kids can have hours of fun creating something new. Lay out some newspaper or coverings and let them go wild. If you set a project theme or objective, it can give the work some purpose. Perhaps they’ll make a special container for their comic books, or a memories box to store their photographs.


There are many crafting ideas that can also tie in with the national curriculum topics they have been studying at school. Of course, there’s nothing wrong with letting their imagination run free to create something off the top of their heads. See what fun you can have with crafting this summer.



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