Monday, December 26, 2005
I certainly hope the Post Office is less crazy after the holidays than before. I have several things I need to mail and I really don't want a 45 minute line, nor do my kids :). One of the things I have ready to send is another completed comfortghan for HMB. This is for a request that came via the website. We got absolutely flooded with requests this month. The only reason we can figure out is that it all happened at the same time the Better Homes & Gardens Simply Creative Crochet hit the stands and there is a reference to HMB on page 8. We received over 100 requests in less than 2 weeks time. I am so very impressed with the members of HMB. They have really rallied around and taken on assembly assignments and been making and mailing squares like crazy. WTG!!!
Wednesday, December 21, 2005
A great big THANK YOU to my DH!!
Monday, December 19, 2005
Wednesday, December 14, 2005
Saturday, December 10, 2005
WOW! I was pleasantly surprised. I had forgotten how much I love the music in RENT. I can't stop humming this morning. There is nothing like a live production, but the movie was well done and I enjoyed it. It certainly gets five stars from me!
This story is one that really touches me. Primarily because I know that there are those for whom this is a portrait of reality and daily life. I am reminded how blessed I am and how, had the circumstances of my birth been different, it could also be my daily life. I am also reminded how important friendship and family are in a person's life and that family takes many different forms.
Friday, December 09, 2005
Wednesday, December 07, 2005
I have mailed this comfortghan today to a lady who's Father has passed away. This one is pretty special as my Father died almost 8 years ago. There are times that it is harder than others and the holidays is often one of those times because of all the good memories.
Monday, December 05, 2005
So, yesterday my DH is helping me to get down the Christmas decorations and he says "Do you want me to get these other boxes of yarn so you can consolidate?" I don't even remember that I have TWO MORE boxes of yarn. So, which is worse 1. that he knows about the boxes and I don't or 2. that I have been working on my existing stash to make room for several months, but I still have to tell him there is no room to consolidate?
I swear, this yarn must really be angora instead of acrylic because it is "breeding like rabbits"!!!
Thursday, December 01, 2005
Wednesday, November 30, 2005
Saturday, November 26, 2005
I also picked up some additional paper to do another covered comp book and looked around at ideas for the altered book I am going to do. I saw a really neat technique that involved purchased lace, fabric glue and really fine glitter. It was beautiful!!! This will definitely make the pages of my book someplace.
The evening is being spent watching the Stanford vs Notre Dame football game while working on hexagons for the group LA4PRR. Oh yeah, and brownies just came out of the oven. It doesn't get much better!
Thursday, November 24, 2005
I am thankful that neither myself or my kids were in the car when the jerk hit it in the store parking lot.
I am thankful that the security camera caught the entire thing on tape including them stopping, getting out and looking at my car then getting back in a driving off.
I am thankful that the police officer making the report finds this sort of thing reprehensible and has a 100% solve rate on hit and runs.
I am thankful that the police have enhancement equipment so that hopefully we will be able to read the license plate of the jerk who hit my car and didn't leave any information behind since there is a clear shot of the back of the vehicle.
I am thankful that the store I was at has copied the video to a disk to give the officer on Monday.
I am thankful that when I called the officer to let him know it was all caught on tape he was even more excited than me.
I am thankful that I have car insurance that will help pay for fixing my car.
I am thankful that said insurance company will go after the jerk that hit my car for the $500 deductible amount for me should they find him.
I am thankful that I have an appointment on Monday morning for the insurance assessment of the damage to my car.
So basically, I am thankful for many things this year. Did I mention that I am thankful for my family? :)
Tuesday, November 22, 2005
I have to say that I am really loving the job. I had forgotten how truly enjoyable what I do can be. It is a great ego boost when clients and business associates remember you four years later and tell you how excited they are to have you back! Not quite as great as when my youngest gives me a great big hug and tells me I am the best mom in the whole world, but still very nice.
Wednesday, November 16, 2005
Tuesday, November 15, 2005
Saturday, November 12, 2005
As promised, these are the items I won in the auction at the Charity Crop. The mini covered comp books were made by Gayle, the full size comp book was made by Sara D. and the pencil box was done by Tina. I absolutely LOVE all of these!!
Monday, November 07, 2005
In addition to the fun, there was a silent auction of items made by members in order to raise money and several raffles available to purchase tickets. I did not win a raffle, but I did win some of the auctions I bid on. I will post pictures later, trust me, you want to see these!!
Our group was able to, in one night, raise over $2500 for Ronald McDonald house and several of us also brought in items that were on the Ronald McDonald "wish list" such as dishwasher soap, microwave popcorn, etc.
Wednesday, November 02, 2005
I am super excited for this weekend. The statewide scrappers group I am part of it having a Charity Crop. Our selected recipient of funds this year is the Boise Ronald McDonald House. What a great cause. I will get to meet several women I have not had the opportunity to meet yet as well as spend time cropping, shipping (good thing I am working again :)) and taking some fantastic classes. There are also all these wonderful donated items for both auction and raffles. WOW!! I can hardly wait!!!
I had a lot of fun making paper bag books and have been looking at the altered books people make. Six months ago I would have said, "Why?". Now I keep saying, that looks like fun!! I am hoping to pick some brains this weekend of these talented people for ideas and inspiration. A little encouragement would be good as well.
Saturday, October 29, 2005
Thursday, October 27, 2005
Speaking of, I knit and crochet (depending on my mood) the leprosy bandages. Recently, this article was shared with my and it brought tears to my ears. It really brought things home.
Monday, October 24, 2005
Saturday, October 22, 2005
If you haven't been watching, it is not too late. Just be sure you know that Donald Sutherland is the bad guy!
Thursday, October 20, 2005
Monday, October 17, 2005
It isn't just learning to say "No", it is deciding what to say "No" to. It absolutely can not be things with my kids including the volunteer time at their school (even though I really HATE lunchroom duty at the Jr. High) and it can't be school since I pay money for that so at some point it is going to have to be something else. I just have to figure out what.
Thursday, October 06, 2005
They only had patterns in adult sizes so I am now modifying it to make one to fit a 6 year old. Not only that, fabric is not cheap and I need a bunch for a cape with full sleeves and a hood! So, I get the one sale Costume fabric and it is the slip satin stuff. I am absolutely insane to be doing this. Note that with the cost of the pattern (40% off) and the fabric (50% off) I am still at $17. Then there is the time and altering patterns is not really my strong point.
After spending all of yesterday and half of Tuesday working on it, I have it completed except for finishing the edges (that will take another full day) and I am pretty proud of it and my son LOVES it. Next time though, $25 is fine with me!!!
Tuesday, October 04, 2005
I have assembled another comfortghan. This one is what we called "banked". That means that I did not have a recipient assigned while assembling it and it is now ready for a situation that needs the speed of an already completed ghan. The yellows and blue really make for happy combination.
Saturday, October 01, 2005
Monday, September 26, 2005
Sunday, September 25, 2005
I did get the quilt tied and was very unoriginal and used white. I know, I know, but the top is so colorful that I am not worried about it being boring.
Thursday, September 22, 2005
I have finished a small (45 x 60) quilt and need to tie it. What color should I use? The back is tea stained muslin.
I haven't gotten this far with the denim one yet. I have to piece together the red flannel for the backing and just seem to keep putting it off :).
I do have another OPH comfortghan almost completed so I am getting something done.
Friday, September 16, 2005
I have packed my needles, hooks and yarn so should be just fine. I also packed the Uno cards for everyone else so they will leave me alone while I play :). See you in a couple of days!!!
Tuesday, September 13, 2005
I also was able to get another comfortghan completed and ready to mail. This is for a woman who recently lost her Mother. I hope she finds peace and comfort.
Friday, September 09, 2005
Thursday, September 08, 2005
What is Tychus you say? That is the name of the pattern used to create this wonderful, warm and EASY hat to go with the sideway mittens! The pattern is designed by Brooke T. Higgins and can be found at Knitty.com. I see many more of these in my knitting future as well.
Tuesday, September 06, 2005
Aren't these just the cutest? They are from a pattern developed by a lady on my Native American Support Yahoo Group and it is a wonderful pattern! Easy to do, easy to follow and look just how stinkin' cute they are!! I can hardly wait to make a bunch more!!
Monday, September 05, 2005
USArtQuest has found a small, yet significant way to help those who will for
some time, be living in makeshift housing of our devastated south. We know
that once the evacuees have reached a point where essential life-needs are met,
they will also need something to keep their spirits up.
The employees of USArtQuest will begin assembling Card Art Kits on October 1.
These kits are to benefit those suffering from their overwhelming sense of
loss, by providing a bit of art therapy. Hands can stay creatively busy, while
helping hearts heal. Although the process of evacuating and relocating may take
several weeks or months, our project will also take that long to assemble.
This is how you can participate:
Please gather your friends, your cardstock and pretty Christmas stamps, new,
old, juvenile, pretty, elegant, cute and in-between – all just begging to be
used. Stamp and emboss at least 6 Christmas/Holiday cards with envelopes and
send them to USArtQuest.
DO NOT color them or do anything to embellish them in any way, other than to
stamp and emboss. Pre-layering images is acceptable. We want nicely stamped,
but plain cards. Please put postage on the envelopes and 6 cards into one
zip-lock bag. If you use dark cardstock, please enclose a piece of white paper, so
that personal notes can be written with regular ballpoint pens.
USArtQuest will supply the brushes, watercolors, stickers, additional
paper/card, markers and the oodles of donated creative materials, as well as do the
assembly, packing and shipping of the kits to the affected areas. Those who
receive the kits will have, for at least a few hours, the opportunity to sit,
paint, embellish and finish the cards for their friends and family for the
holidays. We all know that something as small as sending or receiving a card can be
very important. But, more importantly, these handmade cards may be the only
gift they can give this year.
Our goal is to send 200 kits, each kit having enough materials for 12 people.
(That means a staggering, 72 stamped cards per kit.) If we receive more
cards, then we will assemble as many kits as the cards support. We would like to
ship the first pallet of kits, by mid-October. If my arrangements to personally
distribute the kits does not happen, (my sister lives in Houston), then we
have asked that Points of Light Foundation and the Salvation Army to begin
distributing the kits in late October.
If you would like to include ribbons, stickers or other creative materials
not commonly carried by USArtQuest, we will also include them in the kit boxes.
If you are able to participate, please begin sending your cards, with postage
attached and/or materials to:
7800 Ann Arbor Road
Grass Lake, MI 49240
Attn: We Care
With heartfelt thanks and prayers for our neighbors,
Susan Pickering Rothamel
Saturday, September 03, 2005
Wednesday, August 31, 2005
Tuesday, August 30, 2005
Saturday, August 27, 2005
The local chapter of Stitches from the Heart met today for brunch and we all brought our completed items for mailing. These women are AWESOME! I am so glad to have the opportunity to associate with them. This is all that were able to make the brunch (minus me since I am behind the camera). Look at how many items were collected!! The small batch is what I was able to contribute this cycle and is included in the complete picture.
Thursday, August 25, 2005
I have been busily working away on baby/preemie items. My local group of Stitches for the Heart has a brunch on Saturday and it is the time to take completed items. My thinking is that anything I finish is that much less yarn I have sitting around not doing anyone else any good. Baby caps crochet up very quickly so I have been able to get quite a few done in addition to some sweater sets and a few booties. I'll get a picture of everything before I hand it in :).
I am also actively debating my decision to take the ASL 3 class. I think the teacher is going to be fantastic and that I stand to actually learn a lot about the language. However, in order to attempt to make it fun, this class will involve a lot of games and performance type situations. Now, I have no problem with being in front of the class or any other group. I also have no problem using the language and learning. The problem is that if you say "Act out three things you do every day" my brain will totally FREEZE and I will have that deer in the headlights look and not be able to come up with one single thing. See my problem? That is the type of thing this entire semester (and probably most of next semester as well) consists of. And I pay money for the privilege!!!
Monday, August 22, 2005
As for me, I start school tomorrow night!!! YIPES! I have heard that this instructor is really hard. Now, that is both good and bad. I want someone who is going to really force me to learn the language (American Sign Language) in more depth and require that I communicate properly with regards to grammar, etc. I mean, that is why I am taking these courses, especially at level 3. However, the perfectionist in me is very nervous. I am very grade driven and will be working like crazy to try and get an "A", but if it is tough, then it is tough.
Friday, August 19, 2005
Wednesday, August 17, 2005
id*i*o*syn*cra*sy - a structural or behavioral characteristic peculiar to an individual or group. Write down 5 of your own idiosyncrasies, then if you wish, tag 5 people.
1. Rude people really irritate me. I don't even mean flat out blatantly rude, but the people who think nothing of jumping in line in front of someone or cut people off on the road. WAIT YOUR TURN!!!
2. I tend to wipe down my kitchen counters an excessive amount. Now, to me it is not excessive, but it is more than many people I know. If there is water from doing dishes, wipe it down, crumbs from making sandwiches, wipe it down, etc. Tiny bits that many brush off require a full wipe down for me. Not just the area, get the whole counter, I have the soapy cloth out anyway, right?
3. Since learning to crochet, and now knit as well, I am unable to watch television without something for my hands to be doing. I find myself restless and unable to focus on the program I am watching.
4. I can not fall asleep without reading in bed, even for just a short period of time. It doesn't matter if it is 2 am when I get home, I still must read in bed.
5. I bake when I am bored, frustrated, angry, just about anything, but ALWAYS when I am bored. I may or may not even eat any of it. It is not uncommon for me to bake batches of cookies and not eat a one.
So, do these qualify? Yes, no, maybe? I hate to think what else I may have come up with if more were needed. In all fairness, #1 is probably a personality trait rather than an idiosyncrasy, but it does make me crazy!!!
So now, tag to Jessica, Knitboy, Allison @ Simply Socks (who are having a HUGE sale on sock yarn!!) , Goldi, and Jabber.
Let's see how it goes :).
Sunday, August 14, 2005
Last night was the Anniversary crop for Idaho Scrappers. This was their 5th anniversary. I have only been part of this group since April, but they are so wonderful. They are warm, welcoming and extremely talented ladies. Thank you to Cindy for starting this group and thank you to ALL of them for being who they are and allowing me to share their company.
As promised, I am posting pictures of some of the cards I made to include in the gift exchange. Let me just say that the gifts were fantastic, each and every one of them. It was pretty obvious that many, ok most, did not adhere to the $7 - 15 guidelines :). I worked very hard to stay within that and now feel a bit guilty that the recipient of mine may have been a bit short changed. Now I know for next year!!
Friday, August 12, 2005
I have a new toy. I love it! Since Brandt is Deaf there was absolutely no way I could not purchase this die cut. I have so many uses for it. I got it from The Memory Zone. They were wonderful to work with. If you have any interest in purchasing one, please contact them. You can also find it on EBay for a lot more than you will pay at The Memory Zone, but hey, it is your choice.
I wanted to send my sister some of the cut out versions for her use, but figured she needed them in a baggy in the card so she would have a clue as to what they were. I bet just having all these little shapes show up would be pretty confusing. Using the pop dots under the fingers and adding the flower is optional. The details show up just fine flat as well as when three dimensional. It certainly is fun to play with and I have so many ideas running around my head!!!
Thursday, August 11, 2005
I have completed the altered comp book and journal jar I was making for the my contribution to the charity crop. The Idaho Scrappers group has a charity crop and auction each November to raise money for a worthy cause. We vote each year, prior to the event, on the recipient of the funds. I have been working on this for several weeks and am happy with the completed project. The colors are so much nicer than I am able to share with you. (good digital camera for Christmas please Santa :)) The flowers on the book and jar are ones from my garden that I pressed. I hope someone likes it enough to purchase it.
Wednesday, August 10, 2005
It is a very nice feeling to get several "in the works" projects completed. I also finished knitting a pair of gloves for the Native American Support Group. They were a fun experiment in sideways knitting as each glove was done in one piece. The picture is one sewn up and one not. They look kind of silly before they are sewn :). The pattern can be found here. Wouldn't these be fun with each finger a different color?
I am participating in a gift exchange with my local scrapbook group this Saturday. The exchange rules are a gift of $7 - 15 and something handmade then wrap and do not tell which one you bring. I have completed the shopping and the creating. I can't post a picture because it is a secret, LOL, but have taken one and will post after Saturday. This was fun to make, but the shopping is really hard without knowing who the recipient will be since we all have different tastes and different supplies we already own. Having not been part of the group last year to help me know what is expected, I do so hope it is ok.
Monday, August 08, 2005
WHEW!!! I have completed making the gift for my brother and SIL before my niece is born. Now I just have to get it in the mail!! This jacket is approx. a 12-18 month size and I am sending it in addition to the dress and bonnet I made. I sure hope they like it.
Saturday, August 06, 2005
Friday, August 05, 2005
I lucked out this time and since I originally found it on All Recipes a search of the site with key words found the it much faster than I expected. So, next week on the menu is Honey Almond Chicken. Serve with some couscous and fresh green beans from the garden and enjoy :).
Thursday, August 04, 2005
The Hogle Zoo currently has a butterfly exhibit that is AWESOME! They get the chrysalis shipped in and then have them in a "hatching area". When we were there we saw a newly emerged butterfly drying his wings. They receive many varieties of butterflies and then they are flying loose all around you in a wonderful garden setting. It is breathtaking and if you get the change, GO!
Sunday, July 31, 2005
Friday, July 29, 2005
Wednesday, July 27, 2005
Tonight, didn't see that coming, but I certainly agree with the decision.
Glad it was at the $1 theatre and the kids loved it.
Tuesday, July 26, 2005
I finished up my socks that are the current pattern for the Six Sox Knitalong. It is year two and we have two months per pattern. I LOVE this pattern and wish you could see the finished project better to get a full appreciation. That is what I get for using a dark yarn ;).
Got the carpets cleaned today so I am kneeling in soggy carpet to type. Not a lot of fun so I'm gone for now, LOL!
Monday, July 25, 2005
I have completed the gift outfit to mail to my Brother and SIL. I am trying to finish one more thing to go with it, but we shall see :). The pattern can be found in the Red Heart small booklet titled Crochet for Babies book 375 published in 1992. The pattern is actually done longer in more of a Christening Gown style, but my SIL has the one that both she and her Mom wore so there was no need for that. However, they do attend church every Sunday and little girls can never have enough dresses so I hope this is something they enjoy as much as I enjoyed making it for them.
Saturday, July 23, 2005
Friday, July 22, 2005
WOW! My hubby and I celebrate our 10 year anniversary today. That sounds like such a long time, but I can't believe it has been that long. It seems to have gone so quickly. He always laughs at me when I tell him I can't wait for us to be old together. I am really looking forward to having him to myself without the pressures of work and kids in our home. I love my children dearly and LOVE being a Mom, but I also look forward to being able to sit and read the paper with my hubby because no one has to be driven to any activity or helped with homework or have a costume made, etc.
Thanks Joe for the great years you have given me!!!
Thursday, July 21, 2005
Drew got it.........(anyone else with the Toyota jingle running through their head?)
Seriously, pictures of the kitchen :). Now keep in mind artificial light, no flash, etc., etc. and know that the walls really are white, Swiss Coffee to be exact :). Is that not the greatest paint job in the world?
I am also going to share some photos of the really neat border paper I found that goes perfectly with my new (only a couple of months old) floor and the existing cabinets. Found the paper in the DOLLAR STORE! This hallway I refer to as a kitchen is starting to look like it is my kitchen instead of the person who used to live here. About time since we bought the house nine years ago :).
I found this really neat list of ideas for alphabets uses at Scrapjazz. It is organized as an ABC list (cute) and has some things I had not thought of.
Wednesday, July 20, 2005
It is a good thing I have been kept busy. Have you heard about the sale at Sizzix? I soooooooooooo want a Sizzix Sidekick (and some different sizzlits of course!) and they are having 40% off. RIGHT NOW until the end of the day or the item runs out. That means I could get the Sidekick and starter kit for, get this, $29.99!!!! There would be shipping added, but if I get enough sizzlets (also at 40% off) to bring my order to $100 then there is free shipping. Oh this is so tempting!!!!!
Tuesday, July 19, 2005
Monday, July 18, 2005
Sunday, July 17, 2005
Friday, July 15, 2005
Last night I finished up another comfortghan. Have to get it washed, tagged and bagged (ready to mail in CSI speak) and then on it's way. I will take a pic of it for you all to see. This one is in greens and joined and edged with a lemon yellow. It turned out really pretty!!!
Hubby's friend is in town. He works as a painter and came to do his Mom's house. Since he brought all the equipment anyway, we convinced him to do our ceilings while he is here. We will pay him of course. Yesterday I went to select the paint. Did you know that there are 47 thousand shades of white? WHAT!?! I could hardly believe it! Then my needlework/ arts and crafts personality came out. I kept wanting to take the paint chips to the window or outside in natural light to compare them. That is all well and good, but for this instance I need to NOT do that and only see how they look in the light of my house since that is the only place I will see them. This is a hard habit to not do!!
Thursday, July 14, 2005
Wednesday, July 13, 2005
Oh well, this happens sometimes and is the risk of ordering online. Guess I better enjoy my stuff!!!
Speaking of online ordering, I just found this company. Has anyone ordered from them? Where you happy with your purchase and/or service?
Sunday, July 10, 2005
Saturday, July 09, 2005
Friday, July 08, 2005
In the yahoo group LoveToScrap they do the monthly page goal and I got goodies from my partners for June. Kathy sent cute stickers, sunglasses charms, all sorts of fibers and quilled butterflies. Jeanette sent some really neat family themed ribbon and fuzzy red fiber. These are wonderful ladies! Thank you so much!!
On a sadder note, this attack in London breaks my heart. My thoughts and prayers are with them all. My mother is English and I worry about distant family at times like this. It is so sad that there are people with such little respect for other human beings.
Wednesday, July 06, 2005
Tuesday, July 05, 2005
Our neighborhood had our annual 4th of July BBQ and fireworks show. This just gets to be more fun every year! This year we moved the grills to a shaded driveway and Mike and Joe, with Cliff’s supervision, cooked up a feast! (Joe is my hubby and he is the one in the white T-shirtJ). I know the picture quality is not the best, but I really wanted to share this with you. Soon, it was time to eat!!
The next event was a game of street Badminton What is street Badminton you ask? Well, it means you all stand in the street volleying back and forth and pretend you have a net and that bounces are fine as long as you keep it going. We must be getting quite the reputation in the extended neighborhood and we had several people come walking down the street with chairs to watch the fireworks. One of them even commented that they were told this was the best show in the neighborhood. Of course, I am sure that when there are grown men who think they are still little kids doing the shopping it helps (as does the stand outside of city limits selling all the “illegal” fireworks). I hope you had a safe and fun 4th of July!!