A woman who works with her hands is a LABORER; a woman who works with her hands and head, a CRAFTSMAN; but a woman who works with her hands, her head and her heart is an ARTIST. ~ St. Francis of Assisi




Sunday, December 27, 2009

Uncool Wendell

Conner wrote a card for Christmas to Uncle wendell and spelled Uncle as Uncool. Robin and I giggled!

Friday, December 25, 2009

Friday, December 18, 2009

Awesome Trip

I wanted to go somewhere Christmasy and I had heard on the news about a christmas town in Georgia. I never found it. I did find a Garden that had these spectacular light display. It was at Calloway Gardens.
Barbara mom and me went.
It was cold, expecially at night.
It was pretty cool though.
First we went thru the gardens. They had a bird of prey show that we all enjoyed. Then we went to the butterfly house. I love butterflys.
We then went over to the other area of the garden
Then it was getting time go check out the lights.
Well according to Barbara's Iphone it was time to go check out the lights.
There were two ways to view them, both cost the same.
First drive thru it in your own vehicle or drive around in their tram.
Another interesting point is you had to schedule your time to go thru because they display was so popular. We bought the tickets online so we were already prepaired. When we got there the only available tickets were 11PM. WOW!
We chose the tram.
It was a much better experience but instead of a white pick up pulling us, a horse by the name of snowflake was pulling us (which really really really looked like a white pick up truck)
Snowflake would start giddyupping a little faster and a guy hollars whoe snowflake. ha ha ha
the lights were fantastic. There was this one scene, the whole forest was white. Gorgious. And one scene it looked like a frog jumping into the pond and the water ripples.
I was so hungry waiting for out time i even ate a funnel cake. I do not like funnel cake. But it was goood!
After we froze our butts off ... actually it was our toes we went back to the motel and saw there was a steak house across the street. He voted to eat there. Thats when we realized Barbara's I phone time was off by an hour. It was a whole hour later. No wonder I was so hungry and thought a funnel cake tasted good!
The motel we stayed in had a IHOP ... how sweet is that! Thats what I had for breakfast.
We had plenty of time to get home so Barbara asked if we wanted to do anything.
I says isnt there outlet shops in Augusta. So she Iphoned it and mapped out the directions.
Yuck it would of been a tanger mall. I dislike that outlet .. you will not believe how much i dislike those outlet malls.
Anyway the reason i even mentioned it was so that mum could find a christmas present from Barbara. I was looking out for my mum. She is the same evil mum that will make me to go the docs in feb.
Anyway she picked out a nice black leather purse and wallet.
We ate at Five Guys.
Barbara ordered a veggie sandwich. She ordered it wrong. Instead of ordering what you want on it, she needed to order what she did not want on it. She got a sandwhich full of green peppers and mushrooms and thats about it.
She then fired up the iphone and tried to map out the directions back home.
Something was wrong.
We were not in Kansas anymore.
Um actually
We were not in Augusta.
ha ha ha hahahahah haaaaaaaaaa haaaaaaaaaaa ha hahahahahahaha
We were in commerce. Several hours out of the way!
Bruce got us going in the right direction.

Morale of the story
DO NOT TRUST THOSE I PHONES!

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Inspired again

this card was sent to work. It inspired with a nifty idea. Run the card through the cuttlebug with an impossing folder and then cut out a rectangle in the middle and put picture in it like a frame. You cant really see the embossed area but it is so light but it is there.

I still love the picture of the light house too

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Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Crazy cat and crazy people in New York

my crazy ms lillie sat on my computer... this is what I got. Dont adjust your screen... though you may turn your screen upside down to see my desk top ha ha
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The crazy people who have the tiny crazy appartment in New York

Cozy-crazy couple makes tight all right in the city's tiniest studio

If they can make it there, they can make it anywhere.
Zaarath and Christopher Prokop -- and their two cats -- live in the smallest apartment in the city, a 175-square-foot "microstudio" in Morningside Heights the couple bought three months ago for $150,000.
At 14.9 feet long and 10 feet wide, it's about as narrow as a subway car and as claustrophobic as a jail cell. But to the Prokops, it's a castle.
"When you first see it, the first thing you say is, 'Holy crap, this place is small,' " said Zaarath, 37, an accountant for liquor company Remy Martin. "But when I saw it, all I could think of is, I can do something with this. This is perfect for us. We love it."
Zaarath and Christopher Prokop insist they're living the life in this micro studio, just 10 feet wide! The bathroom is even smaller, barely spanning three feet.
The co-op is on the 16th floor of a doorman building on 110th Street, between Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue. But it's only accessible by a staircase on the 15th floor.
It has two small windows with views of upper Manhattan; hardwood floors; a tiny kitchen with a mini-fridge and hotplate; and a closet-sized bathroom with a shower, sink and toilet.
"I'm amazed we can fit two people and two cats in there," Zaarath said. "But it's harmonious at this point. I have friends who say they could never live with their husbands in a place this small. It's a good thing we like each other enough to live there."
The couple wakes up every morning in their queen-size bed, which takes up one-third of the living space.
They then walk five feet toward the tiny kitchen, where they pull out their workout clothes, which are folded neatly in two cabinets above the sink. A third cabinet holds several containers of espresso for their only kitchen appliance, a cappuccino maker.
They turn off their hotplate, and use the space on the counter as a feeding area for their cats, Esmeralda and Beauregard.
"We don't cook," Zaarath said, adding that their fridge never has any food in it. "So when you don't cook, you don't need plates or pots or pans. So we use that space for our clothes."
Once in their running attire, the two change the cat litter box (stored under the sink) and start their small Rumba vacuum -- which operates automatically while they're out, picking up cat hair.
They then jog to their jobs in Midtown, picking up along the way their work clothes, which are "strategically stashed at various dry cleaners."
Just in case the cleaners are closed, both have emergency clothes at their offices.
"I have a closet at my office," Zaarath said. "You don't want to be standing outside a closed cleaners at 8:45 in your workout pants thinking, 'Greeeeeat' . . . It's a great strategy. You always have fresh things to wear."


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quote from ???

'Never borrow from the future. If you worry about what may happen tomorrow and it doesn't happen,you have worried in vain. Even if it does happen,you have to worry twice

Monday, December 7, 2009

Peacock

How cute is this. Inspired from NBS peacock.

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book mark

how cute is this book mark I knitted up. Its like a mini scarf, but yet it isnt. Or it could be for for a doll. It isnt in the etsy store but if you like it I can whip one up. Just hop over to the store and and convo me. There is a link on the left.

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Lights in Georgia

Mum and Barbara and me are going to Georgia on the 18th to Pineview Mtn. They have a garden there and lights display. I cant wait to go!

I have the same problem when I try to upload my christmas list to santa.

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Sunday, December 6, 2009

Dinner at Outback

We celebrated Moms and AB and Kims birthday at Outback today.

Conner and I made cards check them out in the paper blog.

Well the cake has all been eaten and it is time for the no chocolate till Christmas.

Well That might be tough because we got an office christmas party on the 11th!

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Harry Potter Saturday

I watched three Harry Potter movies and knitted all Saturday long. It was quite fun!

retro barrettes

If you like this 80's barrettes check out the etsy store. You will sure to find some there. Dont see the color you want? Convo me at etsy.

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Friday, December 4, 2009

What can you make out of this?

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a cute little camera case of course. I need to sit down with some fabric and figure it out. But on its one you can slide your camera in it, and pull the wrist wrap into the bottom of one of the holes. It has lots of padding and keeps your camera safe and secure. You can even wear it on your wrist and have your camera ready when a perfect picture opportunity arrives.

Lexington + Monk

Lexington got a clean bill of Health. It is back to normal routine for the dogs. Problem is I dont think they want to go back to the old ways. They are liking the new ways to much. especially Desoto.

Well it was the series finally of Monk. I cried. Not because it was a sad ending. It was a very wonderful satisfactory ending. I cried because I do not think I will ever miss a television show more then I will miss Monk. I am so silly. I called my self idiot several times.


I had a lot of awe moments watching monk. One that stands out (a little background if your not familiar with the show) Monk has ocd. He is very self centered. Not in a bad way. He just has to have every thing the way he is use to. He fears germs and animals and nature and milk and heights and enclosed spaces and well the list goes on forever. For example he will not drink anything but a certain bottle of water. He went a whole weekend in mexico with out food and water because of his phobias.
I promised an awe moment...
Now remembering all I mentioned this was the first episode he met Natalie. Natalie hired Mr. Monk to figure out who was trying to kill her. They really werent trying to kill her. Her daughter Julie went to a museum and bought a fish aquarium kit. It had a priceless rock from another planet that the bad guys hid in the box hoping to sneak it out later. Before they did Julie bought it. Mr. Monk figures it out of course. The same fish is a common fish that Julie wanted to submit to a science fair that had lived way longer then the normal life expentancy of that fish. A few fish life times over actually. At first the science teacher said no impossible. The truth comes out when Natalie tells the teacher that was a pet Julies father gave to her before he went over seas. He was in the air force or marines or navy or army or something. When the fish dies Natalie replaces it before Julie finds out. The teacher feels sorry for Julie and understands how important it is to keep the secret and allows the fish to be entered in the science fair as long as she is not qualified for a prize.
Thats when the bad guy strikes again. He sneaks in and scoops up the rock with a fish net but also catches the fish. Mr. Monk chases after him. The guy falls, the fish flies in the air and lands on the ground along with the rock. Instead of getting the rock and foiling the bad guy. Mr. Monk picks up the fish (remember all his phobias) and runs thru the school to rescue the fish. He accidently puts the fish in a tank of pirranas, but then gets the fish out and puts the fish in a safer bowl. Think about all the wipes he had to use after that.
Thats when Natalie decides to quit her job as a bartender and work for the craziest cookiest detective in the world.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Happy Birthday to AB

Happy Birthday to AB.

See the yarn blog (link on the left) to see the thing I knitted and see the paper blog (link on the left) to see the card I made!

wise words from dr. suess

" Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter, and those who matter don't mind." -Dr. Seuss

Barbaras and Kims Bday Card

Here is the card I made for Barbara.

The card was 11.5x 5.5

I trimmed a piece of card stock off the front. I glued some patterend paper on it and punched out two circles on 1.5 and one 1.25 I stamped happy birthday on the 1.25 glued it to the bigger circle and glued the bigger circle to fall off the cover. I used a border embossing folder and ran it through the cuttle bug machine. for some extra pow

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Here is the card I made for Kim

I used the embossing folder and die cut with the peacock from cuttle bug. It came with the frame too.

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Here is the card conner made for Aunt Kim. He wanted to put a lot of details to it. Meaning stamping and punching. He liked that stuff!

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I think he was getting bored when he got to AB
it didnt have a much detail
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Its complete

So how do you like my version of it?

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I gave it to Barbara for her birthday. I hope she likes it. Bruce said he was impressed. Heather seem to like it but she likes everything.

working on this pattern

Candy Cane Scarf
Lion Brand® Holiday Homespun®
GAUGE:
12 sts = 4 in. (10 cm) in Garter stitch (knit every row). BE SURE TO CHECK YOUR GAUGE. When you match the gauge in a pattern, your project will be the size specified in the pattern and the materials specified in the pattern will be sufficient. If it takes you fewer stitches and rows to make a 4 in. [10 cm] square, try using a smaller size hook or needles; if more stitches and rows, try a larger size hook or needles.
NOTES:
When creating fringe using Homespun, please note that because of the texture of the yarn the fringe will fray when cut. If you prefer a non-frayed look you can knot the ends, knit or crochet a fringe, or use hairspray or fray check.
SCARF Note: Carry unused color along side of work. With A, cast on 21 stitches. Rows 1 and 2: With A, knit. Rows 3 and 4: With B, knit. Rep Rows 1-4 until piece measures about 70 in. (178 cm) from beginning. Bind off.
FINISHING Fringe (make 9 each with A and B) For each Fringe, cast on 12 stitches, then turn and bind off. Cut yarn, leaving a long end. Alternating colors, tie 9 Fringes to each end of Scarf. Weave in ends.

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Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Happy Birthday to my Mum

Happy Birthday to my Mum!

See the card I made her in the paper blog. Link to the left. I didnt get the one item in the mail in time to give her. So thats christmas now. I didnt finish the one item either. Also Christmas.

It sounds silly but I got her a toaster and a USC soft cooler. I also got her a lap top too, but she had that already for a month or so.

I made my mum cake. When it is over I am going to go back to no chocolate till Christmas. I have a box or oreo white fudge cookies hidden for Christmas.

Yarn central

I want to share some of the ways I display my favorite yarns.

One way is in three baskets I got from the dollar store. I put in balls of black, blue and white yarn in there.
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The next is some of the projects that you have seen on the blog I have them hung over my work table so I can admire my handy work.

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lastly this is my knitting and crochet station. I have all my needles and hooks store here. Plus my library collection on how toos plus patterns. I also have some more of my favorite yarns that are black white and blue stashed here. These have not been whined into balls yet.

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While I was writing this I remembered where I had an extra stash of yarn. I am working on this top secret item. I wanted it to be finished for my mums bday party but I had to admit defeat and it will now be a christmas present. Anyway I realized I was out of the color yarns so I made a mad dash for the yarn store. Forgetting about my secret stash. I am going to be major annoyed if there is some balls of that yarn in that secret stash. My other two secret stashes are under my bed. (which I hate to have stuff under my bed but my room is so small and that stinky carlos is in my old room) and I have a large box of it upstairs too.

scissor bag

this is a cute little solid black bag I created to hold my scissors in. Wondering if the scissors would slip thru the holes. Relax. It is lined!

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Moms Birthday Card

This card is made from 6 squares run through the cuttlebug machine with the embossing folder it came with. Then I used metal paste and rubbed blue metal on it. Then I glue sticked it down to the white card stock. Then I used the square brads in the corners.

notice it is my three favorite colors! Ha. so is the striped card!
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Tuesday, December 1, 2009

But alas

I gave in The butter fingers were to strong for me. It was not a fun day. The service manager was not in the office. I do not like dispatching.

No pattern for this jean bag

I went to his house and picked up some old pair of jeans. I learned from this project a smaller pair might of been a better option. I used a fat quarter of fabric (sp?) for the lining. My local walmart was getting rid of their fabric department so I got the handle 75% off. I had a fun but fustrating time working on this project. I also broke a needle or two on the machine.

I do not have it for sale. I do not use it cause I have a gazillion bags. If somebody is interested in this particular bag, convo me at the etsy store!

flat front look of the bag
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propped up look at the front of the bag with a few favorite magazines in there
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The back of the bag
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The inside of the bag, and the fabric I lined it with
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Striped Card Challenge

The snow man and trees are a cuttlebug die cut and embossing folder. The bottom has Martha Stewart course glitter. Inside has light blue vellum paper. I got the idea from a wedding invitation I found laying on the ground while we were in charleston in November.

ha my three favorite colors strikes again!


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