It’s Been a Whole Year!

Guess what?

I’ve been doing the whole blog thing for a year now.
One. Year.
I didn’t even notice until just the other day that I missed my “Bloggin’ Birthday!” ๐Ÿ™‚

(May 9, 2011 was the day Sweet Swan Songs was born.)

Happy Birthday to me!!

It’s been great!
I’ve learned a lot about photography…
(oh, my some of the first photos are SO bad!)

Homemade Laundry Detergent…I’ve put up new photos since this one was taken.

Getting a new camera makes it SO much easier to take pretty pictures!! 

  done lots of fun projects…

Surprisingly, one of the most Googled posts is one of the first ones I did- the DIY No-Sew Desk Skirt

Made some delicious food!

Rocky Road Cookies

The blogosphere is so wonderfully welcoming, I love it!  I’ve made “virtual” friends (real nice people who I’ve actually never met in person) and gotten to have a whole lot of fun. Yup. Blogging is really great! ๐Ÿ™‚

For this next year, I’m hoping to continue to just improve upon what I’m already doing, hopefully do some more herbal stuff as I’m learning about it, and move more toward a natural living/homesteading blog with recipes and sewing and adventures with the family thrown into the mix. I hope that sounds good to you all!
Please let me know if you have any ideas of things you’d like me to write about, I’m always looking for new interesting frugal ways to do things, or new recipes to try, etc.

I think I’ll be putting a feature at the bottom of each post from now on with a link of this time last year’s post.
 (This idea is taken from the fabulous blog The Mrs. whose posts always make me laugh and let me get a fill of my sarcasm-loving side of life. Plus, she’s Canadian, which just makes her cool right there.)
The link for Homemade Laundry Detergent (above with the terrible photo) is from around this time last year.

I hope you all will stick around and experience another wonderful year with me, it’s been fun and I’m looking forward to what this year holds.

~ Becca

Food Waste Friday, February 3, 2012

Guess what?

For the first time since I’ve started participating in


We are.

I am so excited. ๐Ÿ™‚

We managed to eat all of our leftovers this week and haven’t wasted anything beyond the little uneaten bits that end up on the kid’s plates, which I don’t count.

Woo Hoo!!

In other news, I have a new camera on it’s way to my house- I ended up getting the Olympus from Costco.

check out the details here

The Rebel was just too big and a bit intimidating for me, I feel like I need to get my feet wet with photography a bit more and learn more about it before taking that big of a leap into the world of aperture and ISO. ( I still don’t know quite what those mean.)
I got to play with the Olympus at Best Buy (not that exact one, but a similar model) and really liked it. It seems like just what I want- a nice camera with almost DSLR capabilities without the bulk and complexity. It also has fun “art” settings on it that I’m looking forward to playing with; like “grainy film, pinhole, soft focus”. I’m SO looking forward to taking beautiful pictures for the blog, and apologize for the sub-par ones this far. ๐Ÿ˜‰

How did you do on food waste this week?
I’m scared that because I did so well this week I’ll do terrible next week. Let’s hope not!
Happy Friday!

This post is linked to The Frugal Girl, who is the brains behind this food waste documentation.

Ruffled Skirt: Finished!

I finally finished my ruffled skirt!

One more time, in case you forgot, here is what I modeled it after.


 However, I didn’t only use this tutorial, I used another one (which I can’t for the life of me find the link to!)  to make the skirt body, then modified it to make it ruffly, adding a waistband and zipper. (It’s my first time doing a zipper.) I didn’t do perfectly, but it wasn’t a total bust either. It will do, although its not as pretty as I would’ve liked it.

Here is the finished product!
(sorry about the lack of originality with the pictures and the bad lighting, but it’s cloudy and rainy and hubby isn’t home to help take photos. I wanted to do a pretty outside photo shoot, but I’m just too excited to wait, so here you go.)

Ruffled Skirt

I ended up making it a little more fancy than I planned, with three ways to wear the waist.

First, is a fold-over style waistband. (I still need to do something to make the edges near the zipper stay down. I’m thinking maybe some cute buttons or something.)

Next (my favorite, I think, but also the fanciest and least practical)  The high-waisted look:

far away picture 

the back view

With heels, it really dresses up nicely!
Finally, the un-tucked shirt look, in which the waistband is folded under into the skirt, rather than on the outside. This is the most casual, smooth look I think, and I’ll probably end up wearing it this way the most often. (Maybe. I might stick to the dressier one, because let’s face it: as a stay at home mom I need everything I can to help myself feel pretty and special after changing poopy diapers and doing laundry all day!)

So there you have it! I’m so pleased with how it turned out. This is my first article of clothing that I’ve made for myself that I really, really like a lot and would buy at a store, if I saw something similar. Hooray!

I am now a "seasoned" runner.

We did it!
Saturday Hubby and I, along with the kiddos riding in the jogging stroller, ran our first 5k race.
And we didn't die.


Really, it wasn't bad at all- just challenging enough that I felt like I was being stretched, but not so hard that I felt like I couldn't finish the race.

It was a beautiful morning too; nice and cool and sunny. Perfect for a race.