Super Thick Stash Busting Crochet Afghan

Thursday, January 4, 2018

This afghan was my second attempt at stash busting for 2017. You might remember my other big stash busting project - the Granny Square Scrap Afghan that I completed at the end of last January.

I was able to complete this super thick and cozy afghan in the span of one weekend (and then I proceeded to let it sit because I didn't want to weave in the ends). That's why I'm just now getting around to sharing it.

Look at how it came out!

Harris Sisters GirlTalk: Super Thick Stash Busting Crochet Afghan


Because it's so thick, this scrap afghan certainly is coming in handy for the unusually cold temperatures we've been having this winter.

Harris Sisters GirlTalk: Super Thick Stash Busting Crochet Afghan

This afghan was crocheted holding 3 different strands of worsted weight yarn together, which is what makes it so cozy. Here's a closeup of some of the colors:

Harris Sisters GirlTalk: Super Thick Stash Busting Crochet Afghan

Long time readers of the blog might recognize some of the colors from past projects I've posted:



For the entire afghan, I held together 1 variegated strand, 1 dark strand, and 1 light strand. The effect it created was very mermaid-y and ocean-y.

I used this free crochet pattern from A Lively Hope and added big 8 inch tassels to the corners. The finished afghan is 48" x 65" and is the perfect size for snuggling for the foreseeable future (or at least until temperatures get somewhere above freezing).

Our pup Smitty seems to enjoy it!

Tibetan Terrier in colorful crochet afghan

Fluffy dog in colorful crochet afghan

Cute fluffy dog in colorful crochet afghan


So, if you're looking to use up some of your extra scrap yarn and you'd like to create a super fast afghan, I would definitely recommend this project.

Happy crocheting!

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'Twas the Site by Three Sisters - 2017

Sunday, December 24, 2017


In our grand old tradition, The Harris Sisters present to you our 2017 year in review in the form of a 'Twas the Night Before Christmas parody.

We sure had a lot of fun this year, and we hope that you had fun reading along with us!

Harris Sisters GirlTalk: Twas the Site by Three Sisters (Twas the Night Before Christmas 2017 Parody)


'Twas the Site by Three Sisters - 2017


Twas the site by three sisters, Two Thousand Seventeen
Oh how many things we've done and seen!
In January, we taught you how to declutter your drawers,
Your closets, your cabinets, bins, baskets, and more! 

And then in March, we brought you a big craze,
Of painting rocks in many different ways,
And then you carefully take them around,
And hide them in your city, village, suburb, or town.

By April, we were bringing you the scoop,
Of how to practice and learn to hula-hoop.
And for those who are a little more literary,

By July, we were headed to St. Simon's Island,
For our annual Girls' Weekend - sure to bring a smile and,
Some adventures, and laughs, and a photo or two,
What a great location to rendezvous!

And we would be completely remiss,
If we didn't mention this year's Total Solar Eclipse!
With eclipse glasses in hand and remaining our calmest,
We viewed the eclipse on the 21st of August.

"Now, Madonna! now, Cyndi Lauper! and Prince on MTV!
And Cabbage Patch Kids! And legwarmers! Acid wash jeans and E.T.!"
Back to our childhood, from the 1980's we dressed,
For our Halloween costumes - totally awesome and fresh! 

In 2018, we'll write ALL NEW blog posts,
And you'll thoroughly enjoy them. (We don't mean to boast.)
With the wink of an eye and typing the keys,
On the blog all new content will go with ease!

So as we wait for 2017's big sendoff,
We wanted to make sure we gave you our props,
So to all who have followed, shared, commented, and liked
"HARRIS CHRISTMAS TO ALL, AND TO ALL A GOOD NIGHT!"

Merry Christmas from Donna, Deanna, and Misty!


Harris Sisters GirlTalk: Twas the Site by Three Sisters - 2017

Merry Christmas from the Family

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Here's another not-so-classic country Christmas tune that I've put into my regular rotation lately.  If you aren't already familiar with this one, let's just say it's pretty much the National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation in the song version.  It starts with family members getting drunk on champagne punch and homemade eggnog.  Incidentally, John and I have hosted several Christmas get-togethers lately, and those have been our drinks of choice too.  Hmmm, coincidence?  I plead the fifth.   


In any case, I like the version sung by Montgomery Gentry.  Here's the click to give it a listen. 



And here are the lyrics.  I think I pretty much have them memorized at this point.  :)

Mom got drunk and Dad got drunk
At our Christmas party
We were drinkin' champagne punch
And homemade eggnog
Little sister brought her new boyfriend
He was a Mexican
We didn't know what to think of him
Til he sang Feliz Navidad
Feliz Navidad

Brother Ken brought his kids with him
The three from his first wife Lynn
And the two identical twins
From his second wife Mary Nell
Of course he brought his new wife Kaye
Who talks all about AA
Chain smokin' while the stereo plays
Noel, Noel, The first Noel

Carve the turkey turn the ball game on

Mix Margaritas when the eggnog's gone
Send somebody to the Quik-Pak store
We need some ice and an extension cord
A can of bean dip and some Diet Rite
A box of pampers, some Marlboro Lights
Hallelujah everybody say cheese
Merry Christmas from the family

Fran and Rita drove from Harlingen
I can't remember how I'm kin to them
But when they tried to plug their motor home in
They blew our christmas lights
Cousin David knew just what went wrong
So we all waited on our front lawn
He threw the breaker and the lights came on
And we sang Silent Night
Oh Silent Night o' holy night

Carve the turkey turn the ballgame on
Mix Bloody Marys cause we all want one
Send somebody to the Stop 'n Go
We need some celery and a can of fake snow
A bag of lemons and some Diet Sprite
A box of midol, some Salem Lights
Hallelujah everybody say cheese
Merry Christmas from the family

Kung Pao Buckaroo Holiday

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

This is the point in the Christmas season where my taste in Christmas music turns to either the
true blue classic carols OR the tunes that are just completely outside-the-box.  This one falls into the latter category.  I have been enjoying this one lately and thought I would share.  It's good for a laugh and it features some of my favorite country crooners as the Kung Pao Buckaroos- George Jones, Little Jimmy Dickens, and Whispering Bill Anderson- the first two of whom are sadly no longer with us.  So it's especially good to hear them again, and especially in such a silly and light-hearted song.  


Take a listen here: 



And here are the lyrics for those who want to follow along...

And now the grand old opera theater proudly presents a special holiday edition of the Adventures of the Kung Pao Buckaroos

Well, it's a Kung Pao Buckaroo Holiday
Whatever you do watch what you say
If you're easily offended well that's okay
It's a completely non-offensive and politically correct holiday

We catch up with our three cowboys one cold December night huddled around a camp fire.

How 'bout we sing some holiday songs?
Yeah, hey George, you wanna lead us off?
Yeah, I got one.

Oh Chri-biip-mas tree oh Chri-biip-mas tree how lovely are thy branches...

Why am I getting bleeped again?
Haven't you heard guys? You can't say Chri-biip-mas you gotta say Holiday
I can't say Chri-biip-mas?
No, you might offend somebody.
Who is offended by Chri-biip-mas?
You know you might offend the biiiips and the biiiips and the atheists.
What?
Time to politically correct.

I'll lead this off.

On the first day of Chri-biip-mas my true love said to me...

Jimmy, are you listening?
What?
You can't say Chri-biip-mas.
Why not?
If you can say he-biiiip on the last record,
Why can't I say Chri-biip-mas?
I didn't make the rules.
Hey listen guys, it's not that difficult, all you gotta do is change Chri-biip-mas to Holiday.
You know, instead of saying white Chri-biip-mas, you say I'm dreaming of a whi-biiip Holiday.
Why did I get bleeped?
You've got to say Caucasian.
So I have to sing, I'm dreaming of a Caucasian holiday?
Sure, that won't offend anyone.

Well, it's a Kung Pao Buckaroo Holiday,
Whatever you do watch what you say
If you're easily offended well that's okay

Why do these people have to feel that way? How come they get offended so easily?

It's a completely non-offensive and politically correct holiday

I'm just trying to come up with a song here.
Let's sing one together, everybody ready? George?
Ready.
Bill you ready?
I'm ready.
Jimmy? Jimmy? Jimmy?
Okay!

We three kings of or-biiiiiiiiip are bearing gifts we've traveled real far....

Sorry boys, you have to say Asia now.
What?
Oh, come on just try.
I've got to get hyped up for this.

We three kings of Asia are....

That sounds like horse cr-biiiip
Oh lord, okay. How 'bout Little Drummer boy?
Nope, that offends short people.
And you can't say drummer 'cause that'll offend real musicians.

How 'bout little -hahaha- town of Bethlehem.
What's with all the short jokes?

Hey how 'bout we do Silent Night?
No, it offends people hard of hearin' and afraid of the dark.
What did he say about a shark?
Shark?

This happens every year.

Well, it's a Kung Pao Buckaroo Holiday,
Whatever you do watch what you say,
If you're easily offended well that's okay,
It's a completely non-offensive and politically correct holiday.

Ho! Ho! Ho!
No.
I can't say ho?
No, you might offend some... Women.
So basically, we can't sing anything?

I think that's a bunch of bull biiiip.
Softer, George, it's more effective.
I think that's a bunch of bull biiiip.
Wait just a dar-biip minute...
No, no, no..
You now what? I don't care who we offend, I'm gonna sing Chri-biip-mas carols if I wanna sing Chri-biip-mas carols.
Louder, Bill, it's more effective.
I don't care who we offend, I'm gonna sing Chri-biip-mas carols if I wanna sing Chri-biip-mas carols.
Me too.

We wish you a merry Chri-biip-mas, we wish you a merry Chri-biip-mas, we wish you a merry Chri-biip-mas, and a happy ne-biip year.

We can't say new; it'll offend the old folks.
And you better not offend them.

Us...

A Letter From Santa

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Last year, when my in-laws moved closer to our part of the world, they went through a lot of their belongings, as we tend to do when we are preparing for a big move, and my mother-in-law came across a wonderful letter that she received from Santa when she was a little girl.  She passed it along to me because she thought I would appreciate it.  And boy was she right!!


It was still tucked away inside it's original envelope, dated December 21, 1953, complete with the Santa Claus, IN postmark.  Her mother saved it for her for many years, and then she kept it for many years herself.  Now, I share it with you because it's too special not to. 


Here's a look at the special letter inside. Just look at the letterhead.  I love it!!


And here's the full letter.  (You can click on the image to view a larger photo.) 


Signed by Santa himself.  


The letter reads: 

Hello there- 

Just the other day, I got the nicest letter from you, and because it was so nice, I'm answering it myself.  My helpers are just finishing up the biggest and best bagful of surprises ever. 

It's a pretty big job making sure that everybody gets their share, but Mrs. Claus and I can do it because we've spent hundreds of years learning what boys and girls like to find underneath their trees Christmas morning. 

Remember, if you don't find every single thing on your list, it's just because some of it went to your friend down the street or in the next town or maybe even across the ocean. 

I'll be around Christmas Eve.  'Til then, here's a very Merry Christmas from -

Santa Claus





Oh how sweet and special and magical.  And oh to find a letter like this from Santa himself.  What a wonderful surprise that must have been.  

Creative parents have come up with all sorts of ways to do similar things over the years.  But I will close by sharing a little tip with you.  There is only one place in whole entire world that bears the Santa Claus postmark.  Santa Claus is in fact a real little town in Indiana.  (We have been there and seen it first hand.)  And there is a sure-fired way to receive a letter similar to this one with that special postmark on it.  

Just send your letter to Santa to: 

SANTA CLAUS
P.O. BOX 1
SANTA CLAUS, IN 47579


As long as your letter to Santa has been received by December 21, 2017, and a legible return address is included in the letter, the child will receive a reply.  And it's FREE!!

Merry Christmas, my friends!

30 Traditions to Help You Celebrate an Old-Fashioned Christmas

Sunday, December 3, 2017

If you've been following our blog for any amount of time, you'll know that The Harris Sisters are old souls who like to incorporate vintage items and old-fashioned traditions into our modern lives.

Christmas is the perfect time to look back to old family traditions and see which ones you might be able to work into your celebrations this year. You might be surprised at how fun some things from your childhood still are, and your children might enjoy them too!

Harris Sisters GirlTalk: How to Have an Old-Fashioned Christmas

30 Ways to Have an Old-Fashioned Christmas

Settle in for a healthy dose of nostalgia. How many of these Christmas traditions do you remember from your childhood?

Decorations

1. Set up a toy train to go around the base of your Christmas tree. This will provide hours of fun for little kiddos!

Harris Sisters GirlTalk: 30 Ways to Have an Old-Fashioned Christmas


2. String bubble lights on your Christmas tree. Even if you have a pre-lit tree, you can string a few strands of these on the tree for a colorful vintage effect.

3. Place an (electric) candle in each of your windows.

Harris Sisters GirlTalk: How to Have an Old-Fashioned Christmas



Harris Sisters GirlTalk: 30 Ways to Have an Old-Fashioned Christmas


5. Collect pine cones from your yard and use them to create a wreath or tuck them into a garland.

6. If you have holly bushes in your yard, snip a few pieces and use them to decorate.

Harris Sisters GirlTalk: How to Have an Old-Fashioned Christmas


7. Share the stories of your ornaments with your kids as they help you hang them on the tree.


Harris Sisters GirlTalk: 30 Ways to Have an Old-Fashioned Christmas


9. Hang fresh mistletoe in your doorway.

10. Decorate your tree with vintage decorations, ornaments, and icicles.

Harris Sisters GirlTalk: How to Have an Old-Fashioned Christmas


11. Make pomanders out of oranges and cloves.

Food

12. Hunt down some old-fashioned Christmas candy - just like the kind that used to be at Grandma's house.

Harris Sisters GirlTalk: How to Have an Old-Fashioned Christmas


13. Decorate a gingerbread house.

Harris Sisters GirlTalk: 30 Ways to Have an Old-Fashioned Christmas


14. Bake from scratch. Pull out your family recipes and set aside a day (or two) to make Christmas goodies and maybe even a favorite meal. These are The Harris Sisters' favorite family recipes for Christmas time:




15. Enjoy homemade wassail.


Presents

16. Mail holiday cards. Even with social media keeping everyone up-to-date on your daily activities, it's nice to sit down and actually mail physical cards. Display any cards you receive so that you can enjoy them throughout the season.

17. Make homemade gifts for loved ones. Here are some ideas to get you started:




Harris Sisters GirlTalk: 30 Ways to Have an Old-Fashioned Christmas


18. If you want to put together old-fashioned stockings, make sure to include a citrus fruit (like an orange or a tangerine), a pack of gum (we used to always get Doublemint), some chocolates, some nuts (still in shells), and a candy cane.

Harris Sisters GirlTalk: How to Have an Old-Fashioned Christmas


19. Wrap your gifts in brown paper tied with baker's twine.

Activities

20. Get together with a group of friends or neighbors to go caroling.

Harris Sisters GirlTalk: How to Have an Old-Fashioned Christmas


21. Attend Christmas Eve church service.

22. Grab some blankets and hot chocolate and go for a horse-drawn carriage ride.

Harris Sisters GirlTalk: 30 Ways to Have an Old-Fashioned Christmas


23. Take the opportunity to dress up and get at least one family photo. Our parents and grandparents were far less casual with their dressing than we are now. So, while those matching Christmas jammies for the whole family are nice, they wouldn't have been considered photo attire back in the day. :-) 

24. Combine fruits and spices to create a crockpot potpourri.

25. Bundle up and go ice skating.

Harris Sisters GirlTalk: How to Have an Old-Fashioned Christmas


26. Read Christmas stories.

Harris Sisters GirlTalk: 30 Ways to Have an Old-Fashioned Christmas


27. Drive around to look at Christmas lights while listening to Christmas music.

28. Make paper snowflakes with your kiddos to decorate your house.

29. Watch your favorite Christmas movie together as a family.

30. Go to your town's local Christmas parade.


Harris Sisters GirlTalk: 30 Ways to Have an Old-Fashioned Christmas

Christmas is a time for you to remember everything you have to be thankful for. 

If you want to recreate a simple, old-fashioned Christmas, the best way to start is by taking out your calendar and marking out everything that isn't an absolute "must do." Then add in a few of the old-fashioned Christmas traditions listed above.

They will help to bring back the Christmas you remember from your childhood and add some extra joy to your Christmas celebrations.

Hope you enjoy a fun, old-fashioned merry Christmas!

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How to Get the Cozy Hygge Feeling at Home

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

As the days get shorter and the temperatures drop, now is the perfect time to start thinking about how to relax and be cozy at home. 

Harris Sisters GirlTalk: How to Get the Cozy Hygge Feeling at Home

You may have heard of the Danish idea of hygge (pronounced hoo-ga) that embodies a feeling of contentment, coziness, enjoying the little things in life, and viewing those little things as special.

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So autumn and winter are the perfect time to shed the stress and busyness of the season in favor of practicing self-care that will help you enjoy all the little things that happen every day.

You might be thinking, "Why now? My calendar is filling up quickly (or is already full) with holiday commitments! Now is not the time to try to fit these things in too!"

But NOW is the perfect time!

First off, take a look at your calendar. Do you really NEED to do everything you've scheduled? Do you have anything that is penciled in as just a "want to do" but not a "need to do"? Maybe that might be something you'd be willing to forgo in favor of a day of relaxing. 

If not, don't worry about trying to accomplish all of the things on this list. These are just a few ideas to get you started. Some don't take a lot of time to do, but the ones that take more time are certainly not intended to cause more stress. Work them into your schedule as time allows.

20 Ways to Fill Your Home with the Feeling of Hygge



1. Bring out warm blankets to layer on your bed.

Harris Sisters GirlTalk: How to Get the Cozy Hygge Feeling at Home

2. Turn off your phone before going to sleep on the weekend. Sleep late.
3. Eat breakfast in bed.
4. Spend an entire day in your cozy pajamas and fluffy slippers.
5. Make comfort foods like chilisoup, or homemade bread.
6. Light candles.

Harris Sisters GirlTalk: How to Get the Cozy Hygge Feeling at Home

7. If you knit or crochet, settle into a cozy nook and make an afghan. 
8. Enjoy a fire in the fireplace or a bonfire outside.
9. Bundle up for a hike in the woods. Take pictures of nature along the way.
10. Listen to music on a record player. Sing along to your favorite songs.

Harris Sisters GirlTalk: How to Get the Cozy Hygge Feeling at Home

11. Open the curtains to let the sunshine in.
12. Plan your spring garden.
13. Enjoy your morning coffee or tea by the light of your Christmas tree.
14. Make time to read a new book or re-read an old favorite.

Harris Sisters GirlTalk: How to Get the Cozy Hygge Feeling at Home

15. Enjoy a family movie night with popcorn.
16. Bake cookies and share them with neighbors and friends.
17. Start a gratitude journal and write down three good things that happened each day. 

Harris Sisters GirlTalk: How to Get the Cozy Hygge Feeling at Home
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18. Relax in a bubble bath.
19. Take advantage of the shorter days and watch the sunset.
20. Have an old-fashioned family board game night.

Harris Sisters GirlTalk: How to Get the Cozy Hygge Feeling at Home



Most of all, enjoy your cozy time at home!