Sunday, December 21, 2008

Happy Winter Solstice

According to Wikipedia....

'.....The seasonal significance of the winter solstice is in the reversal of the gradually lengthening nights and shortening days. How cultures interpret this is varied, since it is sometimes said to astronomically mark either the beginning or middle of a hemisphere's winter. Winter is a subjective term, so there is no scientifically established beginning or middle of winter but the winter solstice itself is clearly calculated to within a second. Though the winter solstice lasts an instant, the term is also colloquially used to refer to the full 24-hour period of the day on which it occurs.'

So that means that after today, the days will begin to be longer and the nights will get shorter again, so more sunshine!!!!!! Gotta love that.

So on to some sad news, last week the Guy called to tell me that He won't be home for Christmas. I was pretty disappointed and He knew I would be. But I do understand why He can't come home....work stuff sucks. He did tell me that He would be home for New Years.....and He better be.

On to Christmas things, I have the gifts for Helen and the Girls done....I can't wait to hear what they think of them. I will post pictures after they have all been given. I have most of my stocking stuffers done, but I need to count them and maybe go to the dollar store and menards. I really hate trying to figure out what to get for the mens stocking stuffers or men in general. What I did for the Guy is ready too....of course pictures later.

So I have no pictures for today....sorry, I could have taken some earlier, but my energy level fadded after about 1. Luckily I only have to work 2 days (Mon and Tues) and then I am off!!!! I don't have to go back to work until the next Tuesday!!!! No real plans other than relaxing and celebrating. I do have a Drs appointment next Monday with my new Dr as my old one just up and left.....I hate getting to know new Drs, but I do think my medications need to be increased some more.

I hope to post again this week....but if I don't get back....Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!!!

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

John Rocks!!!

Thanks for doing the techie stuff that you did for the girls!!!! But now I'm addicted even more.....

We had more snow today....and its so cold that the snow squeaks and moans when you drive on it. I want spring!!!! or at least no wind chill.

My camera batteries died and it was too cold to stop for just batteries (as least in my mind).

Back to the crafting....

Saturday, December 13, 2008

True Blood....

I just watched the first episode of True Blood, Caillie gave them to Meghan and I, and its different from the book, but I expected it to be.

Caillie, you rock!!!

Off to watch the next episode....

Friday, December 12, 2008

Friday!!!!!

Girls night out was Wednesday. We went to Camilles, had some good things to eat, I had their squash soup and it was delicious! We had a little knitting/crafting time and fun chatting. Its hard to keep up with everyone since we are all going so many different directions this time of year.

I am busily working on Christmas gifts. I am making sewn gifts for several people and am thinking if I have time I want to make some fabric grocery bags to use for packaging.


These are a few photos of the embroidery that I was working on recently....

Made them into a pincushion. I think I will list it on etsy at some point. What do you think of it?

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Christmas Rants and new bags finished.

I have been thinking about this whole Christmas gift thing. I try to make things for gifts, but I also purchase items, especially when I can get a great deal. For example, at work the gift shop was having a 50% off sale on sea pals that are kind of like webkinz and I picked up one for each of my nephews. So those are what they are getting for Christmas, but I plan to make fabric totes to gift them in that have their names on them.


I remember when I was growing up we didn't have alot of extra things. Alot of our decorations were handmade. Popcorn strung on strings, red/green paper chains, little figures, old glass balls to hang on the tree. We always got something for Christmas. But alot of the time it was a new pair of PJ's and one or two toys and a stocking full of little fun toys, useful items, maybe an apple or orange, and some candy.


I see people talk about not being able to spend several 100$ on each of their kids and I wonder what happened to the true Christmas meaning and spirit.


The truth of the matter is that our country is in a recession. How do we get out of a recession? I don't know the answer to that. But maybe our economy was over inflated. It just goes to the Walmartization our country has evolved to. We want everything cheaply but at the best quality. I'll be honest, I wanted (still want) that too.


But maybe we need to take our country backwards a little and expect less.



I had a good weekend in Omaha and even caught a few pictures...


Oops that is of the dog baths, don't they both look happy?

Dogs drying, still not looking happy.
I do have pictures of the Guy, they are on my flickr for family and friends only. http://www.flickr.com/photos/spinningdoggies/
Just send me a message on flickr and I will add you as a friend.


Large special order bags.



Small special order bags.

Now back to finishing gifties to give....and watch CSI :0)

Monday, December 1, 2008

Crazy Cyber Monday Sale!!!

Crazy Cyber Monday Sale!!

Avoid the crowds, shop online and get your items delivered to your home.

40% off all items in the shop before shipping.

Free shipping on orders over $75.00.



Sale code is ‘cyber’ put in messages to seller.

Sale ends Monday (12/1/08) night at midnight.

I will refund the difference through paypal or request a new invoice.


I will be listing a different sale each day of December in my shop announcements. I will not likely post each day here what the sale is, so check it out regularly.




Saturday, November 29, 2008

Deals, Deals, Deals!

Just got home from shopping. This morning went to JoAnns to get the Cricut for $99.99, but they were out. So when we went to Walmart, they had one and were willing to price match!!!!! Saved around $100!!!! It is on sale until Sunday night, so you just need to take the JoAnns ad in to Walmart and show it to them.

And don't forget I am having a sale until Monday night. 20% off everything in the store and free shipping on orders over $75.

Ok, off to have some more fun in Omaha, maybe I'll even catch a picture tonight.

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving Day!!! & Sale!!!!

Ladie and I wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving Day.
Hope you have had plenty of family to share your festivities with.
And plenty of turkey and pie to fill your stomachs.

Now for the sale!
Black Friday - Cyber Monday Sale!!
Avoid the crowds, shop online and get your items delivered to your home.
20% off all items in the shop before shipping.
Free shipping on orders over $75.00.
Sale code is 'thanksgiving' put in messages to seller.
Sale ends Monday (12/1/08) night at midnight.
I will refund the difference through paypal or request a new invoice.
I will be out of town starting Friday, but will check in periodically and all items will ship out on Monday.
Happy Holiday Shopping! Buy Handmade!

Monday, November 24, 2008

New Bags....

I had a request from a lady on Ravelry to make some gift box sized bags. She is giving some hand knit items and wanted to package them in a unique way and have it be a way for the receiver to store them in the off season. I think its a great idea and these are what I came up with.


This bag won't stand up like this when filled, but I thought it provided a good picture of the width.



They are interfaced and have a zipper in the top with a handle to be able to grab it off the shelf.

The larger size is 4 1/2 x 8 1/2 x 15, the black/sepia tone bag.


This is a picture of the smaller bag posed on top of the gift box it is based on. It measures 7 1/4 x 4 x 11.



They are lined with cotton fabric. This photo actually shows one of my sweaters in it. The sweater isn't handknit if you are wondering....thats on my to do list.
Let me know what you thing of the idea!


Sunday, November 23, 2008

Cooking Fun



I made pumpkin spice scones today. They were yummy. The recipe is from http://pinchmysalt.com/2007/10/18/pumpkin-spice-scone-recipe/ The only thing I did different was no raisins and I accidentally mixed the brown sugar in with the flour, so I added a little more brown sugar to the milk mixture. And instead of the frosting she listed I made a powdered sugar/milk frosting with a little pumpkin pie spice mixed in.



Someone else thought they smelled good too. I bravely protected them from him.

Have a Happy Sunday.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Here comes the Holidays...

Less than a week to Thanksgiving. I have been asigned to make green bean casserole this year. And was told to make enough so everyone gets some as it is one of those things that we always run out of. I borrowed a catering pan from my sister and her hubby, now just have to fill her up.


It snowed last night and it stuck around this time, everything is white, except the roads which are all icky already. Ladie loves the snow, he likes to eat the snow clumps and he likes to sniff the snow, it must smell different.


I've been busy sewing and doing needlepoint. No pictures though. The needlepoint is a Christmas gift and even though I don't think that the person it is for reads this very often, no point in chancing it.



This picture is from last year, but I think he really enjoyed that doggie treat.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Evil Books....grrr

I just finished Book #4 in the the Sookie Stackhouse series by Charlaine Harris. And I need the next one, not just need, but NEED! I don't know why these are so addicting, but I have a feeling that I am not the only one. I discovered 2 groups on ravelry (search for sookie) devoted to this book series AND there is a HBO series based on it too. Now just to find someone with HBO who will record it for me.....Anyone willing to volunteer????

Oh and my evil friend Caille is the one that introduced them to me.....evil woman. ;0) ( just kidding Caille)

Oh and I started a group on Ravelry devoted to knitting socks inside out. Come join me there.
http://www.ravelry.com/groups/knitting-socks-inside-out

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Come play with me!

Copy, paste and play along!
1. Where is your cell phone? Kitchen table

2. Your significant other? Too Far Away in Ada Oklahoma until Thanksgiving or later :(

3. Your hair? Blonde and chin length

4. Your daughter? nonexistent still

5. Your son? nonexistent still

6. Your favorite thing? Being creative

7. Your dream last night? Don't remember

8. Your favorite drink? Hot Sex ;0)

9. Your goal? Live my life to the fullest

10. The room you’re in? My dining room/living room

11. Your church? non practicing

12. Your fear? bats

13. Where do you want to be in 6 years? Happy, healthy and content

14. Where were you last night? At home with my Doggie

15. What you’re not? Patient

16. Muffins? cheesecake

17. One of your wish list items? a house

18. Where you grew up? South Dakota

19. The last thing you did? Walked the dog and talked to the S.O.

20. What are you wearing? PJ pants and tank top

21. Your TV? 10PM news

22. Your pets? The monster doggie

23. Your computer? gateway

24. Your life? Busy

25. Your mood? tired

26. Missing someone? My S.O.

27. Your car? Ford Taurus

28. Something you’re not wearing? underwear

29. Favorite store? Yarn store

30. Your summer? Too short, want it to start over again.

31. Like(love) someone? S.O. Friends Family

32. Your favorite color? Green, Bright Pink

33. Last time you laughed? Today

34. Last time you cried? Tuesday night

35. Who will repost this? Caille, Amy and Meghan

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Isn't the monster a darling?

Or Something like that....
Progress on my embroidery....need to add the center on the pink flower and a leaf or two.


Pincushions....



A better shot of the monster






Sunday, November 9, 2008

a new game

When playing fetch yesterday, we discovered a new way to play tug of war.


Unfortunately the chair would have won if I hadn't intervened (it was about to topple on someone)



Get it out.



This is my newest project, I am experimenting with some stitches out of my favorite embroidery book, Erica Wilson's Embroidery Book. This is turkey work. It is generally trimmed short to make the pile look like velvet. I like how it looks made this way.


Have done some cutting out for some Christmas bags today. I am still working on my new design, have gotten a few suggestions from one of my testers that is perculating in my mind.

Have a happy Sunday!

Internet wanderings....

As I was reading my blogs this morning, I came across the link to this cool blog about dyeing with mushrooms, lichens and other natural items. This was added to my bloglines without haste. Hope you enjoy it. http://www.sheepthrillsyarn.blogspot.com/

Sorry I don't know how to make it into a linky thing.

Saturday, November 8, 2008

When I grow up....

Ok these are funny....

And I really did pick this one first.

You Should Be a Social Worker
You are deeply caring and empathetic.
You are able to take on other people's problems as if they were your own.
Sensitive and intuitive, you understand human emotions well.
Helping others gives you the most joy in life. You feel like it's your purpose in life.

You do best when you:

- Have a lot of responsibility
- Greatly impact someone's life with your work

You would also be a good philanthropist or stay at home parent.
http://www.blogthings.com/whatshouldyoubewhenyougrowupquiz/">What Should You Be When You Grow Up?

Friday, November 7, 2008

New Group

I joined a cool new group called Sew Craft Blog. It is a blog for crafters who blog to be listed at.

I added the link on the left side of the screen.

It is http://sewcraftblog.blogspot.com/

Come check it out.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

White Stuff from the sky....

There is this white stuff falling from the sky.....

Ladie's face shows what I think of it too. Definately not happy.

So to help cheer the mood of everyone involved in the blizzard....and even those not in the blizzards path, I am going to offer a 20% off sale in my esty shop. Just use the code 'snow' when checking out and I will refund the difference. Sale ends Monday November 10 at midnight.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Daylight Savings Time....

Daylight Savings time is not our friend.....it is 6:50 and it is pitch black out. Yuck!!!!


Look who came to visit me this weekend. This is a tired dog after the dog park. They always say a tired dog is a good dog.




No real knitting this last weekend, I did do some embroidery, but not real thrilled with the results, so I may rip it out. Have done a little sewing, but no photos to show.

Today is election day and here are a few facts about voting....

Less than 90 years ago women were getting jailed for wanting to vote. Less than 140 years ago African Americans were not allowed to cast a ballot, and it wasn't until 1965 that the Voting Rights Act was passed.
If you haven't and you still can, please vote for your canidates and the issues you believe in. If you don't you can't complain about it later.


Ladie says.....Go Vote....and give me Cookies!!!!

Friday, October 31, 2008

Pincushion Swap!!!

I joined a pincushion swap on Ravelry and I received my swap package today.....


It included 2 pincushions in lovely colors....of course polka dots on orange background, how much better can you get?


It also included some lovely tastes of Oregon in the form of chocolate, apple butter, jam and scented lotion.


Another picture of the monster....



Have a Scarry Hallowweennn!!!!

Happy Halloween!!!!

Have a Happy Halloween!!!!!




Sunday, October 26, 2008

Another weekend....

This little bugger was stealing out of my bird feeder. Its amazing how flexible they are. And I'm suprised how good these pictures turned out.



A couple of my pincushions.....
This one is supposed to look like a tree. The base is from a milk jug lid.

More new bags.....






I made pumpkin bread today, it smelled and tasted great.

It has pumpkin, pumpkin pie spice, and nutmeg in it along with the normal bread stuff. I think I need an electric knife though. Christmas is right around the corner (hint for family and people in Omaha).

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Another week.....

Have been busy yet again this week. Work was Crazy Crazy Busy.....hope it subsides a little this next week.

Been busy with projects at home. I have been having fun making pincushions (no pictures...sorry) and working out in my head Christmas Gifts. I have some stocking stuffers bought but want to make some things as well. Haven't really thought about actual gifts for specific people yet.

Today Ladie tried to jump on the bed and he missed and was whining quite a bit so I took him into the Emergency Vet Clinic, about $240 later, he just strained some muscles. They did an xray and his hips, pelvis, spine and knees looked fine (that was only one xray....luckily only one as it was 1/2 of the cost). They gave him some medication a shot and pills to start giving him tomorrow. He is on no play restriction but hasn't been acting like he wants to anyways. He can't jump on the couch or pretty much anything at this point.

I have finished a pair of socks AND I took a picture. I actually took the picture last week, but I'm posting it now....oh well..



And my socks in progress are here....



Still sewing away on my new bags....need to do some testing of them, hopefully will find a few volunteers Monday at Project Night.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

The shape of things to come....


















Let me know what you think.

I will be making an in between size and maybe one size larger. The small size I show is pretty small, the one I have a project in only has a small ball of yarn and a spool of wooly nylon in it and its pretty full.