Saturday, January 31, 2009

The CPSIA Mandatory Testing & Certification Proposed 1 Year Suspension

Breaking News: The CPSIA Mandatory Testing & Certification Proposed 1 Year Suspension

Go to this link to read the article.

http://www.etsy.com/storque/craftivism/breaking-news-the-cpsia-mandatory-testing-certification-prop-3347/

CPSIA was imposed to decrease the amounts of lead and phalates in toys for children under 12. I have been keeping a eye on what has been happening. It would have impacted anyone that manufactures/makes toys or anything for children under 12. So would have put an undue burden on any small or homebased business. Hopefully this will allow them to stay working.

I'm sure I don't completly understand this law, if you have questions about it please visit www.handmade.org

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Phat Fiber Reviews

My friends at knit night said they couldn't see the pictures of the items that came with my phatfiber box. I will post better photos and my thoughts on a few of the items I received. I wish I could do them all, but there were way too many to do that.

The first review is for www.dragonladydesigns.etsy.com

She sent these cute stitch markers. They are all glass beads. One is a cute goldfish, a green apple and the last one had a green bead and 2 blue beads on it.




This picture really shows the cuteness of the fish stitch marker. I didn't see any more of these at her shop right now, but she has some awfully cute other items like yellow duckys, turtles, flowers and an assortment of other items.

I would have to say the stitch markers I received are well made and prices/shipping costs are reasonable. And she ships internationally.
Go check her out! I know when I have a few extra dollars her shop will be on my list to shop with.

Monday, January 26, 2009

Yoga Dog

Well on my path to losing weight, I bought a yoga and pilates workout DVD. I also picked up a yoga mat. Tonight was the first night I had a chance to try them out. Well Ladie decided to join in, by sitting on my back when I was doing something that involved laying on the floor and lifting up your head, shoulders and chest. I'm sure it would have been a cute picture.



I ordered the Phat Fiber Sampler Box for January Wintery Mix theme from http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=6302008

This is the box as I opened it. It is brimming over with samples.


It had a couple cute stitch markers.

A project bag and some misc other items. It had wool balls and fragrance for knitters.

It had many samples of fiber. I loved it all. Unfortunately several of the items contain angora. I didn't ask them to not include it, so it was my fault....and I'm sure I have a few friends who could put it to good use.


These are the yarn samples. There where a ton.
The only drawback was that not all of the samples where marked with content. But I did give that feedback and I think that will change in the future.

I am working on getting my newest design put together. It is about 50% done. Can't wait to post a few pictures of it.







Sunday, January 25, 2009

Time to Celebrate

I celebrated Christmas with a couple of the girls.

These cool things are from Aime. Some lovely yarns for socks, a sock knitting book, 2 dishcloths, airfresheners, chocolate, tissues and a pair of boxers for my guy. The chocolate has of course been eaten....couldn't let it get old...or something.

These are from Meghan. 2 cool frogs for my sofa. They are really cool looking, unfortunately when diesel visits I fear they may have to find a higher resting place. She also made a nice bag to carry my knitting in and some snickerdoodle coffee.

And I got to see Aime's house, it's pretty cool. Its a split level, but not your typical split level cookie cutter house. It has the dining room and kitchen (maybe more that I didn't see) on the entry level. Then you go upstairs for her sitting area, 2 bedrooms and a bathroom. We didn't venture downstairs.
I have been experimenting with small notions zipped bags....

One has a zipper all around the outside and the other's zipper is only about 1/2 way.



You can see what I mean better in this picture. I added an attachment thingy, I'm sure there is a name for it, but it escapes me.


And the back view.

Today Ladie had a bath, so he is all fluffy and pretty. Forgot to take a picture of him. He is always funny after his baths, he runs around the apartment like a wild dog.

I took my car in to get a tire checked today. It was no good, don't remember what they said was wrong with it, but they showed it to me and it wasn't fixable. So I got a pair of new tires since the other front one was worn too. Not really what I had planned, but I guess I needed them.

I did get some cards to list on etsy done this weekend, just no pictures taken yet.

Sewing time has been limited by my lack of energy. But I did do a special order for my friend Aime, just need to get the snaps on and it will be done. I made 2 so that I can list one too.

My fingerless mitts pattern is coming along. I am knitting up the second one and putting the finishing touches on the pattern. Hopefully I can post it in the near future.

Monday, January 19, 2009

Five people...

The first five people to respond to this post will get something made by me! my choice for you.

This offer does have some restrictions and limitations:-
I make no guarantees that you will like what I make you.-
What I create will be just for you.-
it will be done this year.-
you have no clue what its going to be. it may be a story. it may be poetry. I may draw or paint something. I may bake you something and mail it to you. Who knows? not you, thats for sure!- I reserve the right to create something extreamly strange.the catch?

oh, the catch is that you have to put this in your journal as well. we all can make stuff!

My friend Caillie posted this and of course I want something that she makes, so sign up and post it on your blog and I will make you something sometime this year.

Be Hopeful

I got this cool calendar....for free even...from a local nursing home.....

Each month it has a nice quote and statement about being....

This month is Be Hopeful.

Hope is not wishful thinking. Or denial.
Or a desperate request spoken
into the winds of uncertainty.

Hope is trust.
And the joyful expectation
that something good
will happen in the future.

The quote is...

Turn your face to the sun and the shadows fall behind you. ~Maori proverb


Thank you all for the well wishes. I talked with Grandma last night and she is still herself, my aunt said she is doing well, a little weaker but overall doing ok. She also shared that if her eyes are closed, you shouldn't assume she's sleeping because she is often still listening.

All my family members are telling Grandma all my secrets....when we were there Dad told her about my guy (I think she was teasing me about him a little)and then my sister-in-law told her about my online business; I wasn't holding those things back from her, but in the time I didn't think they were things that we needed to talk about.

My guy is in Texas working right now, he is slotted to get sent back to Lousianna as soon as they have jobs to do, but apparently they haven't been quite as busy as they were before Christmas. He will likely be gone until the weather up here is nice enough for construction projects start again, so at least until the middle-end of March.

I have been knitting and designing a pair of fingerless gloves. I hope to put the pattern on here or ravelry or somewhere, well see how well they turn out.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

You are exceding the speed limit....

Life just speeds along doesn't it? Until you find a speed bump.

Grandma went on hospice last week on Thursday. Dad, Helen and I drove up to see her. She is doing well. She is alert and still has her personality, her spunk.

She told me that she wanted me to find that special person in my life. Dad told her about Chad. She told me to take good care of him. And that I deserved a good man.

She apologized for not being able to spend more time with me but she always thought about me. She told me that I had been dealt a lot of bad things in my life and that I didn't deserve them. But those things are that made me me. Where and what I be without them?

She reminded me to never forget where my power source comes from. If you (dear readers) don't know where your power source comes from, you're in for a bumpy road.

She kept talking about writing down what happens, she told me she had a drawer full of journals in her desk, and not one had one stroke in it. She has so many stories she has never told. All those stories will be gone. She asked me to tell her a story about my work and I really couldn't think of anything that was worth telling, I know I have had stories to tell from my work, but why couldn't I think of ANY one?

When I was younger I dreamed of being a writer, maybe I need to do that. But what to write about?

Some days I just get so tired of helping other people. Why do people have to be so needy, so many just expect the world to take care of their problems. Some days I would just like to shake them and tell them to wake up and figure their stuff out. Especially the ones that Choose to be the way they are. The system is there for those who Need it, but the Users of the system are the ones that make me angry.

She was so happy to see me. She didn't want me to leave and truely I didn't want too either, but we had to come back home.

Really I didn't want to say goodbye.



My brother and his wife and boys are going to go see her today, they will spend tonight up there and come back tomorrow. Matt somehow convinced Mom to go with him. I'm afraid what she and Grandma will say to each other. I know Grandma has a speach ready for her. Sometimes I wonder what happened when Mom was young, what made her the way she is? Everything that happens in our lives makes us who we are....what happened to her. Maybe someday she will decide to make her children apart of her life again and I can try to figure it out.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

The year that was 2008...

Found this on In A Nutshell, Anachronism 2008 in review

Thought I would participate too. I changed a few of the questions that didn't fit. Join in if you want too and let me know if you do, I'd love to read your year in review.

1. What did you do in 2008 that you’d never done before?

Drove to Omaha by myself and didn't get lost. Bought a serger, learned to use it a little.

2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?

I don't remember my new years resolutions for last year....were they the resolutions that lead to the formation of girls nights?

This year I don't have any specific resolutions other than the typical:
  • loose weight (already started on Weight Watchers and bought a scale yesterday)
  • get more organized (started a little)
  • downsize the 'stuff'


3. Did anyone close to you give birth?

Several co workers did, and a nephew had a little boy (Sebastian)


4. Did anyone close to you die?

Not that I can think of...

5. What countries did you visit?

Is Nebraska another country???? probably not....

6. What would you like to have in 2009 that you lacked in 2008?

I would like to live with my Guy. Further our relationship. I would like to have a 'sewing/craft room'.

7. What dates from 2008 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?

Memorial Day Weekend, May 25 First date with my Guy. November 4, Barack Obama elected.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?

Fell in love.

9. What was your biggest failure?

Not sure

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?

Nothing major, a headcold. My depression has waxed and waned and come back full strength this winter and am working with a new MD to get the meds right again.

11. What was the best thing you bought?

Can't think of a 'best thing'

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?

Mine? Just kidding....my brothers has

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?

My mothers and I didn't even see her or hear from her all year....oh that is actually the behavior that offends me.

14. Where did most of your money go?

Rent, credit card payments, car payments, student loans, and craft supplies (naturally).

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?

I always get excited about seeing my Guy....and his puppy who is darling

16. What song will always remind you of 2008?

Jace Everett....Bad Things

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:

a) happier or sadder? Both
b) thinner or fatter? Fatter, unfortunately.
c) richer or poorer? Same

18. What do you wish you’d done more of?

Cooking, saving, sewing, creating sewing/knitting patterns

19. What do you wish you’d done less of?

Worrying, spending, hating, eating, complaining.

20. How did you spend Christmas?

Christmas Eve Supper, Christmas Eve Service, Christmas Day Dinner, Christmas Day Supper, opened gifts. Missed my Guy.

21. Did you fall in love in 2008?

YES!

22. What was your favorite TV program?I have to choose one?

True Blood and CSI and NCIS

23. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?

No one to think of

24. What was the best book you read?

Dead until Dark and the whole darn series. I've read them all now except From Dead to Worse. I bought a few and plan to buy the whole series so I can read it again.

25. What was your greatest musical discovery?

I'm not really music fan.

26. What did you want and get?

A Serger, A cricut

27. What did you want and not get?

A Wii and Wii Fit.

28. What was your favorite film of this year?

Not sure if it came out this year, but it was the first time I saw it... Ps, I love you...

29. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?

34 and I went to work, nothing special at all.

30. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?

I think it was a pretty good year.

31. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2008?

What is a personal fashion concept?

32. What kept you sane?

Ladie, Chad and Knitting/Crafting. Oh and the meds.

33. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?Fancy romantically? Or just fancy in the sense of whose work I enjoyed?

None

34. What political issue stirred you the most?

The abortion ban that they keep trying to pass here, give it a rest, we've said no already. Then theres Gay rights & Gay marriage. The economy.

35. Who was the best new person you met?

My Guy

36. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2008.

Don’t take your life or the people in it for granted. You never know when things will change. Write things down and put them where they belong.

A lonely home....

Well, look who came to visit for a few days....



Diesel beat and chewed the toys into line, a few are now in the repair basket..


They showed up Sunday morning. Would have been here saturday, but the weather was not cooperative.





They left this morning. And last I heard will be heading back to Lousianna for an undetermined length of time....where is that chocolate again???
Now ladie and I are left to our own devices....



Perhaps I will get the motivation to sew, knit, cross stitch or anything soon. Thank goodness for medications....now work faster already.