Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Second Post for the day.

So, I guess Blogspot has a downside. I can only add five photos per post. Its still better than yahoo which only allows me one and that one has to be at the top...not where I want to put it.

Anyway, here is the continuation of my previous post.

On Sunday night we went with our good friend Nathan to see Bethlehem at Broadmoor. Broodmore is a huge Baptist church in our city and every year they built Bethlehem in their parking lot. It was one of the neatest nativity scenes I have every seen. It was an actual village with villagers milling about and selling their wares. (not actually but pretending.) They had basketweavers, blacksmiths, a fish stand, a bakery, some houses, a temple and all sorts of things. They even had live animals milling about. While we were standing in line to get in, two villagers came up and gave us some shekels (pennies and nickles) to pay our taxes with once we got inside. They had some tax collectors inside. At the gate there was a beggar asking for alms so we gave him a penny from our tax money. The whole thing was really neat. They had an inn and out front was the innkeeper and his wife with a couple of goats and a basket of vegetables and they told us they were getting ready to make some goat stew. Another villager came up and asked where the baby Jesus was and the lady said she didn't know who she was talking about but that a young couple had the come the night before who had a baby in the stable out back and she was going to take them some of her goat stew once she got it made. The whole thing was absolutely wonderful. It would have taken a lot of money to put this whole thing on. At then end they have a huge tent with a choir in it and tables upon tables of cookies and hot drinks. That alone would have cost a fortune. There were at least a thousand people there while we were there and they were going to be putting this on for two nights each weekend for two weekends. Here are a couple of pictures I got while we were there.

The first one is of Chloe and I petting the Roman's horse. Chloe liked the horse but didn't like touching it.

This second picture was inside the refreshment tent after we walked through the village.

I look horrible in this picture. I wanted to post it anyway though. Having a baby is truly humbling.

I know I am not supposed to be making things for myself when I have Christmas presents to do but I just couldn't help myself. When I see a neat pattern, I just have to try it. So, I have made two hats for myself.

This first hat was made using this Peachy Keen pattern and some Caron Cozy yarn. I am in love with this yarn. I have been trying out new yarns and patterns lately to broaden my horizens and I am finding that there are so many nicer things out there. I am having a blast. This crochetville forum is really helping along in my crocheting skills.

This second hat was made using this Gastby cloche pattern and some leftover Red Heart Lustersheen I had from that poncho I made myself. I think I should have used a thicker sport weight yarn. This hat turned out slightly too big for my taste. I wanted it to sit above my eyebrows like in the photo at the website and mine has kind of a flare that I didn't want. Oh well, its cute anyway. Now I just have to come up with a flower for the side of it. That website charges for thier flower patterns so I haven't made one yet. I am thinking about buying the patterns since they are so unique and I probably could never come up with a design as great as theirs.

I did finish the purse I was working on for my friend Laura. (Ashlie's sister...I talk alot about Ashlie) I was not too happy with how it turned out though. It is not the same purse they have pictured on the front of the pattern. This was one of those leaflets you can pull off in a store and it was Hobby Lobby's own pattern. I am very disappointed with it. It is not my own error either. The pattern was extremely easy and there is not way I could mistake what they were saying. I read it and reread it and there was no mistakes on my part. There were about 30-40 extra rows in my purse than in the picture. Also, the stitching around the middle portion looks nothing like the purse. My purse is actually the size of a tote. NOT what I was going for. Laura doesn't carry totes. She likes purses. Oh well, she'll like it just cause I made it anyway. I know her.

Our friends from England will be arriving Friday. I am so excited. That is the day after tomorrow. I have been busy cleaning my house today and getting ready for their arrival. In fact, I really should still be cleaning but I needed to take a break and I haven't posted here in so long I figured it was long due. (before I forgot everything I wanted to post about too.)

So, we are going to be taking them to the Rainforest cafe for dinner on Friday night after they get in. Saturday we are going to Six Flags over Texas and also to Medival times for dinner that night. I am totally excited about that. We will be eating with out hands while we watch knights on horses have jousting tournements. Talk about cool!! Then on Sunday we will be going to the Galleria and ice skating and shopping the day away. Hopefully we will be getting back in time Sunday night to take them to that Bethlahem village. I think thier girls would love that. (ages 7-8 or 8-9, I'm not for sure on thier ages)

This will be such a fun time. Hopefully I can get a few breaks to post here about the fun we are having and some pics but if I can't, I am sure you all will understand.

My dear daughter has awoke so I must go spend some precious time with her before she grows up too much. I was feeding her earlier and was amazed at how much she has grown and the difference between her just a few short months ago. These times are precious and I don't want to waste any of it. I won't get them back.

Have a wonderful day everyone.

Been Busy!!

Well, I have been busy of late. I don't even know where to begin. First, I guess is that I designed my first ever hat. This will be for Chloe. It turned out great and I love it. I put it on her and its a bit big but that will leave room for her to grow into. I am going to design a sweater, some booties and maybe a dress to go with the hat. It will be called Sweet Indulgence. I love that name.

Chloe has been growing. It is getting very heavy to carry her around in her carseat. We don't have to do it very often fortunately. Only when she falls asleep in it and we want to keep her asleep. The big news of the day is that she took her first step two days ago. YIPEEE!!! I am so excited for her. She even took two in a row. Then today, she took four little ones in a row. Won't be long now til she is walking and running all around the house. She already crawls off in a split second and I have to go hunting for her. She is super quick.

I have recieved three elf packages so far from Crochetville. These people sure are generous. I love that forum. Anyone who reads this who is not a member over there should join. (unless you don't crochet...then you might not fit in.) Can you believe it???There is actually a place where people who DON'T crochet don't fit in. I love it.

Anyway, here are three pictures of the packages I have recieved.

This is the first package I received and it contained three skeins of really pretty yarn. I don't know what I am going to make from it yet. Maybe a knitted hat and scarf set. I don't know if I will have enough though. We will have to see. If not then maybe just a scarf. Hmmmm!!!! (scratching the top of my head.)

This second picture is the second package I recieved. It is a crochet hook case. Perfect for holding my steel hooks. I think its great. I had asked for it on my crochetville wishlist and some nice elf granted it for me.

This third picture is what I recieved in the mail today. I was so suprised to get yet another package. I have a bookmark on my to-do list for myself and now I don't have to make it since I recieved this one from an elf. I love butterflies too. I wonder if she knew this about me when she made the bookmark. Anyway, its great. I also love the soap cover. I think I know who sent me this package because I know who designed the soap cover. I had been wanting one of these too.

Thank you, Thank you, Thank you to all the little elves who have been so kind as to send me these wonderful gifts. You have all brought smiles to my face.

Tuesday, December 06, 2005

And a Matching Scarf

Well, I just had to have a scarf tonight to match the Bow and Arrow Hat I made from Dot's pattern. She didn't have a scarf pattern to match so I just took part of the pattern and repeated it over and over for a skinny scarf. It took me about 20 minutes to complete it and I am in love with it. Absolutely in love. I will be wearing this set often and am really looking forward to making some other sets from different patterns.

Here is a close-up of the scarf pattern.

So we went to that Christmas party tonight and it was a lot of fun. I actually knew someone there so that made it fun. Had I not seen them, it would have been extremely boring with such a young baby. My friend held Chloe the whole time so I got to eat and look around and things. James wore an elf costume since he was one of Santa's elves. My pictures of him didn't turn out though. The lighting on the stage was bad and from the distance that I was, it just didn't turn out. Too bad because you all would have laughed and laughed and laughed. He had on this dress thing and some green tights and some elf shoes. Okay, the really funny part is that the dress only came about midthigh!!! Can you imagine??? That is a lot of tights showing on those legs. I am thankful that James is secure enough in himself that he would volunteer for something like this just to bring joy to children. (gosh, it would be horrible if he weren't secure and that's why he did it...okay...let's not think about that...he's secure...he's secure....he's secure.)

So Chloe got a present from Santa. We were actually supposed to have the gift wrapped and to the office this morning but hey...I have an in with one of the elves so we got that taken care of.

Here is a picture of me and my baby and I am sporting my new and wonderful hat and scarf set. I am still amazed that I made this and am wearing it. I haven't made very much stuff for myself before and I figured it was high time I start. How dare I make things for others and expect them to wear it if I don't wear anything I make. So, I will be making myself some things. In the past I have just had a hard time forking over the money to buy the yarn needed to make the things I like. (the things I like always use the nicer more expensive yarn or I have to buy the $20 book to get the right pattern.) I have actually been emboldened by my girlfriend Ashlie. I am always complimenting her on her wardrobe and the gusty things she wears. (Okay, she's the one with the tin foil space age purse...remember?) Well, she told me that she used to be scared too. Then one day, she just decided that if she liked it...she was wearing it. It no longer mattered to her what other people think. I started thinking about it and that has been my problem. I used to be a bit more of a free spirit in high school. I would wear things that weren't in style just because I liked it or I would wear things with a bit of flash to it. Well, when I met James, he slowly changed me. Not on purpose mind you...just his personality. He has very distinct tastes. Everything has to be just so or its out. Well, over the years my wardrobe has started to relfect that taste. Just boring browns, dark blues, blacks and whites and occaisionally the off white or something. It wasn't until about 2 years ago that I decided that I look really good in dark red so I ventured out a got a few red things for my wardrobe but that was pretty much it.

After my shopping day with Ashlie, I now have pink ( and bright pink at that) and turqoise and other bright colors. I looked in my closet today and smiled because I see colors. So, I made this hat and scarf set and James laughed at it and said he didn't like it. I told him, "Well I DO and I am wearing it whether you like it or not." And I got three compliments on it too. (Santa gave me a nice of him.)

Well, I am off now to get some more crocheting done.

A hatting I will go...A hatting I will go!!

I made another hat today. I just had to. I saw this pattern and knew that I had to make it for myself. I was reading it and it called for Baby Coordinates yarn and what luck. I had most of two skeins left over from that hat and bootie set I made for Alissa. I had been thinking while I was making her set that I just love this color of blue and how nice it would be to have a shawl or poncho or shrug or something made from it. Well, when I saw this pattern and that it called for this yarn, I just knew I had to make it. And today. It couldn't wait til after Christmas. (knowing my memory, I would forget what I wanted to make and with what and it would never get done.)

Anyway, this hat took me about an hour to make. Would probably have taken me less time except I did three rows wrong and had to frog. I was reading the pattern too fast. I do that sometimes. more of late since I am on this kick of actually finishing things that I make. I think I have finished more things this year than ever in my life combined!! Actually that is not true. The first year I started charity crocheting I finished a lot of baby items. This is the first year I have finished a bunch of items for myself or for gifts.

Well, here is that picture before I forget.

I actually took this picture myself. It was hard to get myself centered into the camera frame but I think I got the knack of it.

I have the perfect place to wear this today. Tonight is the Sqaudron Christmas party for kids and so we are taking Chloe to it. I know she is a little young but sometimes I just need to get out of the house and this is the perfect opportunity.

She will get to sit on Santa's lap and get her picture taken. ( I just hope she doesn't cry...she gets stranger anxiety.) I am debating whether or not to put her in her Christmas dress I made her or this other Christmas outfit that was given to her. The other outfit is just a simple sleep and play outfit in velour. Not very pretty but it does say "Baby's First Christmas" on it. James is worried that her dress will get dirty. I haven't made up my mind yet. I want her to be cute.

We will be taking a little present for Santa to give to her. They made a price limit on the gift of $10 which I think is a good idea for those older kids who know the prices of things. For Chloe its not that big of a deal. I bought her some soft plastic blocks yesterday for Christmas but I forgot that I was going to also buy her those wooden alphabet blocks with the wagon for her toy. Then on top of that I bought a set of those little peek-a-boo blocks to put in her stocking. So that would have been three sets of blocks for Christmas. How silly of me. So, I think Santa will give her these plastic blocks tonight. Then I can get her those other blocks for her toy.

Well, I am off to get some of this house cleaned up before we have to go tonight. James and his friend Nathan spent the weekend fixing the leak in our bathtub. The funny thing is, they spent more time (and money I might add) fixing the things they broke themselves while trying to fix the original problem. As my father so wisely says, "Don't mess with it yourself on everything else...but when it comes to someone." Well James did call someone yesterday but they quoted him $79 an hour. NOPE!!! Not worth it. He did it himself and with Nathan and they got the job done. No more leaks and now my drain plug thingie works too. I am so proud of my do-it-your-selfer hubby. He is learning. Just a few years ago he would have payed a couple a hundred for someone else to do it and we would still be paying for it on the credit card.

Monday, December 05, 2005

Two Neices and a Nephew

I got a few more gifts done between yesterday and today. I made a hat and bootie set for my newest neice Alissa yesterday.

I used Bernat Baby Coordinates sport weight yarn for this set. I bought a book at Hobby Lobby for 1/2 off of 99 cents so that was a great deal if you ask me. It had two patterns in it. This set (which included a sweater and matching blanket) and another sweater with matching blanket. Two very cute sets. I choose this one for Alissa though. I thought it was very girly. I kind of like the blue with the pink trim. Kind of reminds me of denim.

A couple of months ago, my sister asked me to make her two older kids (1 1/2 and 3 years old) some little blankies to take in the car with them when they go out. It seems that she has to pack three blankies for Alissa because the other two steal them from her. I guess it gets quite cumbersome loading three large blankets around for all of them. So, I made these two lapghans for them. Sarah says they love to stick thier fingers through the afghans so I made two granny squares and then put a simple edge on them.

The first one is one I made for Timothy. It was made in Simply Soft Brites yellow and green. The green looks kind of pale in this picture but it is really a brite lime green. (my computer doesn't like lime green I guess...) I put a simple dc border around the edge of this one.

This second one was made for Megan. She is the oldest of all three kids. This blankie is made in Simply Soft Brites Teal and Grape. (purple) The edging is bigger than Timothy's. I did a sc, ch3 border around it. I love those types of borders.

I tested a hat today for Etaria over at This is a very nice hat. I made it for our friend Kirk who is coming over from England for Christmas with his family. We are excited about thier visit. It is less than two weeks away. My how the time flies. It has almost been three years since we saw them last.

Anway, back to the hat. It is called Wood Ridge Mountain Snowcap. She has a scarf to match it too. I didn't test the scarf though. She has a whole collection of hats and scarves called the Rugged Mountain Collection. I help her name those. (can you tell I am proud of that??)

Anyway, I made this hat with Wool-ease. My first time using that type of yarn. I like it except it is a bit rough on my hands. It makes a nice warm hat though. Can you see the cables in this hat? This is the first time I have made cables. I always thought cables were something you knitted. I now know better. This was actually very fun for me to make. Because it was different than any other hat I have made before. (which were the boring sc back and forth type or a pretty baby hat.) I never made a pretty adult hat before so this is nice.

I am a bit concerned that it is not guyish enough. Etaria made these patterns to be unisex and kind of appealing to men. I know that my guy would NOT wear this though. He doesn't like it. I love it though and think it is kind of masculine. I hope that Kirk likes it. I am debating whether or not to give it to him. I don't want to be totally embarrassed by giving a guy something I made that he doesn't like. I will have to ask James in the morning when he wakes up what his opinion is.

So, the other day I promised pics of our Christmas lights. Here they are in all thier splendor.

We finally got them put up Sunday afternoon. I am proud of them. We went out last night and bought a Christmas tree. We actually got a real one this year. Our first real one since we were married. Our very first Christmas, some guy James worked with gave us a bunch of his old Christmas stuff and in it was an 8 foot fake tree in excellent condition. We have used it every year for the past 7 and it is starting to show its age. (whatever that may be) We decided that since we are having company for Christmas this year, we wanted a real tree. Also our house is pretty small and that huge fake tree just took up too much room. With a real tree, we can kind of choose the size we want at the farm.

Now we just have to get it into water and into the house and decorate it. (don't know when that is going to happen...)

Well, its getting late and I need some sleep. (I can't wait to get to heaven and not need sleep anymore. It would still be fun to sleep sometimes. I love crawling under the covers and feeling that warmth and drifting off into slumber land. I just hate this needing it thing. Sleeping is for the birds.

Saturday, December 03, 2005

Pig Rear, Bookmark and More Coasters

Wow!! I have been getting so many gifts done and ready to wrap this week it is a miracle. I am almost done with the gifts that need to be mailed. I just have to make a hat and bootie set for my newest neice and a little lapghan for my nephew and all my gifts are ready to go. I still have a bit of shopping to do before I can mail them though. I decided that this year we are going to send a book to each neice and nephew instead of trying to make them all something. That was okay until we got our own little one. I am so busy making things for her all year that I don't have time to make the neices and nephews things. I think one family gift (Snowman cross stitch pictures this year) and a book per child should be good.

I made this Piggies Rear End today. It was so much fun to make and it only took me about 20-30 minutes. I still have to add a magnant but other than that it is complete.

Mr. Piggy rear was made with this pattern and a size G hook with Red Heart Sport yarn in pink. I think it is adorable and that Laura will totally love it.

I made a set of coasters for my sister's stocking. I used this pattern, size 10 navy blue thread and a size 5 hook. I hope she likes them. I took a picture of them with my miniature wine glass.

This last picture today is a bookmark I made for my girlfriend Molly. We were best friends in fourth grade and then I moved away and we maintained contact through the years and are still friends to this day. (quite a feat for 10 year olds, I think!!) Anway, we haven't exchanged gifts ever but I just wanted to let her know that I was thinking of her this year. I have never crocheted a bookmark and after seeing everyone's over at C'ville, I thought it would be something simple and easy to make. I made it in about 40 minutes. Perfect little gift for that last minute person.
I used size 10 thread and a 5 hook and this pattern.

To tell you the truth, I started writing this post on Saturday night but time got away from me and I couldn't get it posted so now it is Monday morning and I am finishing it. I will make another seperate post for todays thing though. So, let's just pretend that this is still Saturday.

I am off now to clean house. (or actually, since its supposed to be Saturday, I'm off to bed.)

Friday, December 02, 2005

2005 Holiday Edition of Getting to Know your Friends

Welcome to the 2005 Holiday Edition of Getting to Know Your Friends!

1. Egg Nog or Hot Chocolate?


2. Does Santa wrap presents or just sit them under the tree?

Santa only fills a stocking. One item in the stocking is wrapped, the rest are just set in there.

3. Colored lights on tree/house or white?

White icicle lights on the house. Colored lights on the tree

4. Do you hang mistletoe?

I would if I could find it.

5. When do you put your decorations up?

Day (or weekend) after Thanksgiving. This year the tree will go up later (tonight or tomorrow since we are getting a real one this year.)

6. What is your favorite holiday dish (excluding dessert)?

Mashed potatoes with gravy and dressing.

7. Favorite Holiday memory as a child?

Going to Leavenworth (village in Washington state made to be like a village in the alps) with my family to do some Christmas shopping.

8. When and how did you learn the truth about Santa?

My parents always told me the truth. Santa was for pretend. It was fun anyway.

9. Do you open a gift on Christmas Eve?


10. What kind of cookies does Santa get set out for him?

we don't leave cookies

11. Snow! Love it or Dread it?

I like it for a few minutes but hate, hate, hate living in it.

12. Can you ice skate?


13. Do you remember your favorite gift?

jump rope from my dad

14. What's the most important thing about the Holidays for you?

The birth of my Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ and his gift of Salvation to the world.

15. What is your favorite Holiday Dessert?

anything with sugar

16. What is your favorite holiday tradition?

Christmas Eve: Having dinner of Clam Chowder, Going to church for the Christmas Eve service, coming home and reading the Christmas story and drinking eggnog and opening a gift.

17. What tops your tree?

a star

18. Which do you prefer Giving or Receiving?

Giving Homemade gifts.

19. What is your favorite Christmas Carol?

Oh Holy Night

20. Candy Canes! Yuck or Yum?

Yum!!! If I'm desperate for sugar. If there is another form of sugar, I will choose that.

Thursday, December 01, 2005

Shrug, Purse and Coasters

This week has been a tough one for me emotionally. It is hard to go around my house and not see my dog Simba. I miss her. She is in a better place though and is no longer in pain. This gives me a sense of peace. We had our good times with her and I am thankful for each and every one of them.

I have been able to get a few things done this week in spite of my down trodden emotions. I made myself a shrug using this pattern. It worked up very quickly and I am quite pleased with it. I ran out of yarn though so the ruffle is not as long as it should be. It will work though.

It looks kind of brown in the picture but its really a darker Thyme green. Kind of like a dark army color. I used TLC Amore yarn in Dk. Thyme. It is simply the best yarn. This is the first time I have used it and I am in love. I used a size J hook to make this. It took me two evenings to make. Very easy and you can even adjust the size to whatever you need it to be. I just followed the pattern.

I also worked on Ashlie's purse today. I got a lot of feedback from members over at crochetville so I decided to line the purse and insert plastic canvas to help it hold its shape a bit better. I also added a handle to make the purse a bit more of an every day type purse. The feeling was that if there was no handle, it seemed to be more of an evening clutch style purse.

I ended up scratching the lining. I couldn't get it to work right and my sewing machine isn't feeling well. (I have asked for one for Christmas but since money is a bit tight, I'm not going to be getting one...maybe my birthday.)

I really love the added handle. I think it makes it look truly like a purse.

I joined a crochet-a-long over a c'ville and this one happened to be coasters. I thought this would be a great idea to get some Christmas gifts done in a hurry since coasters work up fast. I made these for our friends Kirk and Rachel who are coming from England to visit for Christmas. (two weeks from tomorrow they arrive...I'm getting excited.) The pattern is called Aspiring Accents Coaster.

These coasters were done in a sage green to match Rachel's living room couch. I used this pattern and size 10 thread with a size 5 hook. They were very easy to make and took me about three hours for all six of them. I thought it would be better to make the set of six instead of four. Knowing the way things have gone for me in the past with visitors, I knew that if I made four, five people would show up for tea and she wouldn't be able to use matching coasters.

I also finished my mother's poncho today. I took a picture of it but I won't be posting it here until after Christmas. I know that she picked out the pattern and all but she hasn't seen the color of yarn I did it in and I think it should be a suprise just how pretty it turned out. I am actually quite pleased with it.

Well, its late here and I really must be going to bed. I am tired. There are a lot of things I need to get done tomorrow. I am planning on framing all six cross stitch pictures that are Christmas gifts tomorrow and crocheting this "pork butt" magnent for my girlfriend Laura. It is quick so that should take me at the most a half an hour. That will be more thing crossed off my to do list for Christmas. It seems that for every one I cross off, two or three more get added. I am just steadily plodding along and hope to be caught up this next week. (can a crafter ever be caught up??? I think we all know that answer to that question.)

Have a great day everyone. Don't forget to leave me a comment sometime. I love to hear from you and hear what you have to say about the things I make.

Tuesday, November 29, 2005

In Loving Memory

Simba Marie Ness

She was the best dog anyone could ask for. She never barked except when someone came into our yard or knocked on our door. Even then, it was only a warning bark. Of course, this did not apply to the many mailmen she had seen in her lifetime. They were intruders and they warranted more.

Simba loved people. She would get excited whenever someone would come in our home. She loved to greet everyone with her tail wagging madly behind her, thumping into everything that go into its way, and her mouth smiling in its own doggy sort of way.

Simba loved her walks. And boy do I mean love. All I had to do was mention the word walk and she would jump in circles, point to her leash and run straight to the door. The whole walk she would hold her head up like the proud dog she was. She knew that she was special and loved.

Simba was smart too. She knew the difference between walk (leash and front door) and outside (backdoor) She also knew when I was upset. If I were crying she would come up to me and look at me with her puppy dog eyes. Then she would gently place her head in my lap and lay there until I stopped crying. She would then pick her head up and start licking the tears off my face.

I remember the times she would sit up against a wall and start licking it. (weird, huh???) I also remember the time that James pulled a toy gun on me for pretends when I got home from work and she barked and snarled ferociously at him.

Simba was put to rest on November 28, 2005. She had been suffering arthritis for two years and the past few months had gotten worse to where sometimes she was unable to stand up.

Simba was a good dog and loyal to the end. I will miss her, my baby. Never will there be another dog like her.

Sunday, November 27, 2005

Cloud Nine Sweater

Well, I started it yesterday and finished it today. If I had sat down for one straight time it probably would've taken me about three hours to do. The pattern was easy. I don't think I will be using Baby Clouds yarn again though. It was a nightmare to sew with when sewing the seams of the sweater and weaving in the ends. It keep tugging and tearing. Also, I don't think I like this pattern very well. It was written great and all but there were things about it that I would've changed.

It had ch-3's at the turn of each round and I would've used ch-2's instead. The ends of the rows now have gaps from this. Also, the pattern used the turning ch's as the first dc's and I don't think I would have done that. This also helped in creating those gaps.

Also, the pattern said to use an "N" hook which they say is 10.oomm. I bought an "N" hook and mine is only 9.00mm. I actually found a second "N" hook today in my hook basket and it also said 9.00mm. I started another pattern today put out by Red Heart (same company as the Baby Clouds pattern) and it said the same thing. "N" hook = 10.00 mm. Now this throws my guage off. I am trying to adjust it for this pattern though since I know the problem now.

Anyways, all in all, the sweater turned out pretty cute and I will definately have something to put on Chloe when we go out in the cold. (especially up north this coming winter.)

Doesn't she look like an angel in her fluffy cloud?

I still have to add the buttons but I will be buying those later and I had to get this picture up for everyone to see. (a little bit of my impatience shows through.)

Well, some bad news for today is that tomorrow is the day we have decided to put our dog Simba down. I am a bit sad about this as she is technically my dog. (James got her for me.) She is 11 years old and has arthritis very bad. Sometimes she can't even stand up and then gives up and lays back down. That is the saddest thing on the face of the earth to watch. Someone giving up because it hurts too bad.

Well, anyway, tomorrow the deed will be done. I called my girlfriend Ashlie and she said that she would come over to help me keep my mind off it. I don't want to be sitting around the house thinking about it. So, we are going shopping with her mother.

I am thinking that I need some new shoes to go with all those new clothes I bought last week. I need some brown shoes to go with my brown outfits, and some kind of cool shoes with pink accents to go with the pink clothes I got. I am tired of wearing the same shoes every day. I have worn the same dress shoe to church since highschool. (and for me that was about 8 years ago.) So, I am in need of something a little more funky or trendy to accessorize my wardrobe.

We ended up not getting all our Christmas lights up yesterday. It started raining. We had a tornado warning today but nothing happened except some strong winds. Maybe we can get the rest of them up tomorrow. I am excited though because the ones we have up look soooo good.

I attempted to make my own chili today. Without a recipe!!! I am so proud of myself. I just kind of made it up as I went along. It turned out really good. Even James liked it!!!

Well, off to work on my dear mother's Christmas gift. Oh!! I can say what it is here because she actually picked it out. I am making her a poncho in Red Heart Tiki yarn. Very pretty. I will not be posting a photo of it until after Christmas though since I don't want her to "see" it.

Saturday, November 26, 2005

Motif Handbag Complete and other things

I am so excited. I finished this Motif Handbag for my girlfriend Ashlie for Christmas. I am quite pleased with how it turned out. I have yet to line it and am still deciding whether I even want to or not. I think I was supposed to block it to before I sewed the pieces together. It is kind of lumpy. I may try to block it now even though it is sewn together. Might work...might else will I learn except to try it.

So, post a comment and tell me what you think of it. I wish I could take really nice picture of my things like they do at crochetville. Some of thier pictures look like they were taken in a studio. Etaria over at www.crochetgarden.come takes beautiful pictures too. I don't know how they do it!!!

Well, Thanksgiving went great here. We spent the day just lounging around and not doing much of anything. I worked a bit on that purse during the day and made some cranberry cheese bread and some regular homemade bread. And NO!! I did NOT use a bread machine. I am old-fashioned and kneaded it with my own two breadmakers that the good Lord blessed me with and let it rise on my counter top. I tried a new thing this time though. I shaped the loaves into two rounds and baked them this way. It didn't work so well though. They kind of sank while baking and then spread out. It was still yummy though.

We went to our friends house for dinner. I have mentioned Ashlie on this blog before. (She is the one I made the purse for.) Anyway, Ashlie and Laura live at home with their parents and they have thanksgiving dinner every year at thier house so they invited us over. It was fun. There were a few other people there from our church too.

Mrs. Blair had a little horsey thing that they put Chloe on while I wasn't looking. I walked around the corner to find this.

I had to get a picture of it when I saw it. It was just the cutest thing. Chloe was so pleased with herself too. She had a great time on her horsey.

What a doll!! I just love her.

She's not quite ready for it but she thought it was great anyway. Teach them young...right?

Well, I had better get off this computer. We are putting up Christmas lights today. Icicle lights all around the outside of our house. Maybe I will even take a picture of them tonight to show everyone. It will be beautiful.

Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Two More FO's

I did it!!! I did it!!! I did it!!! I am so totally excited!! (I'm dancing around my house...well, I was until I sat down to type this.)

What did I do??? I finished a Christmas gift. No more cross stitch pictures. (except for one but that cannot be mentioned here...shhhh!!!!!) Here is a picture of the cross stitch I finished today.

I am so glad to be finished with it. I have a terrible headache today and I think it is from too much eye strain. All this cross stitching in a hurry business has got to go.

I just have to work on my "special project" and then I don't think I will cross stitch for a very long time. Crocheting is so much easier on my eyes and it is so much more relaxing.

Actually, cross stitching would be relaxing too if I just took my time about it. Same goes with crocheting. If I just took my time with my crafts, I am sure it would be relaxing. But there are just too many wonderful things I want to make and not enough time in my life. Hopefully, when I get to heaven, I can craft away forever. I would love to make people things for eternity. That would be bliss.

I sure hope that everyone likes thier presents this year. I have put a lot of thought into what would be a good present and I think these cross stitch pictures are just the thing.

I finished another thing today too. I had started a poncho the other day. (when I wasn't supposed to, mind you.) It is also done. Once I had a large chunk of time to devote to it, it actually went pretty fast. It was the same stitch over and over. Here is a picture of it.

I used Red Heart Lustersheen and a G hook. The pattern is called Shells and Roses Poncho and was a free leaflet put out by Coats and Clark at Hobby Lobby. ( they should put a couch in that store since I practically live there.)

Now I started on a new project. The purse I am making for my friend Ashlie. I am using this pattern and size 10 thread in turqoise with a size 5 hook. Here is a picture of one of the motifs.

The thread looks blue here but it is really a bright tourqoise. Really pretty. I think my friend is going to love it. I am excited about it. This is the most fun I have had making a gift in a long time. (not including my "special project".)

Well, Chloe has been sleeping in the playpen for two weeks now for her naps. The first week I put her in it for just one nap. Last week I put her in it for both naps. This week I put the playpen in a different room. The first nap of the day she screamed for thirty minutes. I gave her an extra 10 minutes to get to sleep on her own or I was going in to rescue her. She ended up going to sleep in about 7 on her own. The second nap was a lot easier. Next week I am going to try putting her in different rooms of the house for each nap. Then the following week I think will be the week I try an all nighter. I will need lots of prayer that week since it will be a long night the first night or two.

Well, off the work on that purse and get something to eat. My tummy is rumbling.

Friday, November 18, 2005

5 Down...Too Many to Go!!

I must be losing my mind. (or it already got lost a long time ago) I've added even another project on my growing to do list for Christmas. I have decided to make this pattern or this pattern for my girlfriend Laura. She loves piggies and last I knew, she collected them. So, I hope I can get something done for her in time for Christmas.

I finished a cross stitch picture last night for Christmas. This one will be going to my brother and sister-in-law in Papua New Guinea.

It is such a relief to have one more picture done. I have two left unless I don't make the one for my friends in England. I really want to but if I don't have the time then I won't be able to. Family is most important.

Here is my updated Christmas list.

  • Two cross stitch pictures
  • "special project" for hubby
  • Treasured Moments Keepsake Dress (for sister's baby)
  • purse for friend
  • piggie item for friend
  • poncho for Mother

We have run up against a problem, which is why I am stressed out a bit more than usual today in regards to getting these gifts done. Its not actually a problem in the sense of the word, merely a dilema for me. I have mentioned that our friends from England are coming to visit for three weeks starting the 16th of December? Well, there won't be any time while they are here to finish Christmas presents. So this means that I have exactly four weeks (to the day) to get this whole list done. (and some of these things are quite time-consuming.) Well, last night, James informed me that my Father-in-Law will be here to visit the 3rd through the 8th. A whole week. Not that I won't be glad to see him or anything. It will be his first time to see Chloe. I am actaully quite happy that he wants to come. Its just that will be a whole week taken away from crafting these gifts. I know I will have a bit more time while he is here than when our friends are here but I just wasn't expecting it. That's all. So, I basically have 2 weeks to get these gifts done.

Our friends will be leaving back to England on the 4th of January. Then James deploys on the 6th. At that same time, I will be leaving for Washington to spend those five months with family. So, needless to say, the next month and a half will be extremely busy for me.

I have also updated my WIM's list. Here that is. These are things I would like to work on after Christmas. (I may need a little break though....although I might be so in the groove I won't be able to stop...Oh No!! Help me!!)

  • poncho for me
  • knee lenght sweater for me
  • Baby Chenille sweater and hat for Chloe
  • regular sweater and hat for Chloe
  • afghan for Chloe
  • embroidered tea towels
  • lapghan for newphew (per sister's request)
  • shawl for me
  • cross stitch growth chart for sister's kids (peter rabbit)
  • crocheted bookmarks for birthdays this next year
  • kitchen sets for Christmas next year
  • baby girls pantsuit outfit in thread (to design)
  • two scarves to design (rose collection)

And so the list grows. (more and more everyday) Can I get is all done? That is the question of the year. We shall see. At least some of these are smaller things that should only take a day or two.

I bought a pattern book yesterday. (yes I actually BOUGHT a pattern book.) I have decided that in order to have the really nice patterns, I will need to buy them. (or have other people buy them for me for gifts...that hasn't happened yet...but one can dream, can't they?) Anyway, this pattern book is of afghans for kids. Girly afghans though. They are floral in nature and absolutely gorgeous. They are not really "baby" afghans. I want to make on for Chloe for her first birthday. She will most likely have outgrown her baby afghan at that point and these are just to beautiful NOT to make.

Well, time is money as they say and I should not be sitting on this computer typing my life away when there are so many projects that call.

Wednesday, November 16, 2005

HELP!!!! I'm going cross eyed!!

I have been cross stitching for the past week now. I am almost done with another Christmas present and once I am finished, I will post a picture of it here. I doubt anyone who would be recieving one of the presents will be reading this blog so I am perfectly safe for now. I have also been working on DH's "special project" every afternoon for about 1 1/2 hours. This is during Chloe's second nap and the largest chunk of time I have during the day when dh is gone. I am getting along nicely on it and might, just might, be able to get it done in time for Christmas. I am thinking though, that if I can't finish it completely, I will still give it to him. I will be able to at least get most of it done and the rest of it is not noticable anyway. I will just finish it up after Christmas.

My fingers are starting to cramp up though from all this stitching. I had worked on that thread dress for Chloe the week prior to last week and so working with cross stitch right after that has thrown my fingers into total turmoil. I sure hope they forgive me. (after Christmas though.)

I am so naughty. I can't believe myself. Just when I thought I wouldn't be able to handle all the Christmas presents I have to finish in just 4 1/2 weeks time...I go and add two more. Yes!!! Two more. So, I didn't care for the crewel picture I was making my mother so I asked her if I could make her a shawl or poncho instead. (actually with...I'm still giving her the picture.) She said yes and I sent her some links to ponchos she might like and she choose one and picked out a color and everything. Now she is really excited and actually wants me to maybe teach her how to make another one when I visit in a couple months.'s the problem...after finishing the crewel picture completely...Me thinks me hubby likes alot...So, I'm giving it to her but also have to do this poncho too. (a promise is a promise.)

Then to make matters worse, I had an idea day before yesterday that seemed brilliant at the time. (note to self...when inspired by brilliant ideas...pause...breathe...don't do it.) My girlfriend Ashlie (the one I taught to crochet that baby hat and bootie set) loves (and I mean LOVES) purses. And not just any purse. She likes the Bling Bling!! Take in consideration her current mode of money transportation. A bright silver space age bag. You can see this thing a mile away blinding you. James says it looks like she made it from tin foil. (and being the modest one that she is, replies "yes!") Anyway, after a conversation last night with her about her sense of style, I have decided on just the purse for her. This one!! I ordered some medium bright green thread to make it from I am pretty excited to make this purse for her. Seeing as how much she loves purses and how much she loves things that are different. This will truly be different. I am actually thinking of making myself one. (after Christmas of course...what do you think I am...crazy???)

It was everything I could do today to keep myself from crocheting. I was very good and kept myself on track though and worked on those cross stitch pictures. Talk about dedication!!! I am actually growing up!!

Here is a picture of my precious baby girl showing her love for books. I can't believe how at such a young age, she has so much interest in them. I have been reading to her since she was a week old though so it is quite understandable. I read a book or two to her everytime I put her to bed, either for naps or bedtime at night. I am an avid reader. (or actually I once was but had to give it up more recently for more important things( I think crocheting is more important than sue me!!) I am just glad that this reading gene passed on to her and I hope to instill it even deeper in her as she gets older. I truly believe that reading is what gives your imagination wings. (and some people have even commented on how far reached my own imagination is...this is good, right???)

Chloe's favorite book right now is 5 Little Ladybugs. She loves to touch the little raised up ladybugs on the pages. She even giggles when I stick my fingers through the holes on the opposite pages and try to touch her fingers.

Isn't she just the cutest. Her new favorite game is to take some books off the shelf and sit on the floor surrounded by them. She can actually be quite choosy about which books to take off the shelf though. My sister gave her a little plastic photo album from the $1 store with pictures of her three kids in it and Chloe love to eat it.

Well, guess who just woke up from her nap. (yup, my princess!!) And princesses need to eat too. So, I must be going before princess turns into monster, growling and snarling for food. (yes, even the sweetest of sweet princesses can turn into these monsters when not fed when hungry.)

Saturday, November 12, 2005

FO Finally!!! Yippeeee!!!!!

I am so excited. I finally finished a project today. It seems like forever since I finished anything. (so, its only been a little over a week but that can be a long time when you are three months behind on Christmas gifts.) The project I finished is my mother's gift. That lady done in crewel.

Well, I wasn't liking it as I was doing it. I did the yarn part first and boy did that look horrible. I then did the floss part and those flowers looked better than the yarn ones but I thought the whole picture looked as if a second grader made it. I was about to call it quits today and I called my mother and explained the whole situation to her. She said it was up to me and it probably looked better than I was saying. Well, I told her that I would send it to her anyway and let her decide but that since I didn't like it, it wasn't going to be her "Christmas present".

This is what I finished. Now that it is done and has all those little details that take a long time but add so much, it actually doesn't look as bad as it did this morning. I think I kind of like it. I just wish my stitches were nicer but hey, this is my first time doing crewel so cut me some slack, won't ya?

Here is a picture of the finished project. I know my mother reads this but she already knows what it is anyway. (hey, and maybe she will forget to read this blog...seeing as how I have two and sometimes she forgets things like that anyway.)

Now I just have to find a frame that will do the picture justice. I looked and looked in Hobby Lobby yesterday but no luck. (James was waiting for me too so I didn't have a lot of time.) I only browsed thier clearance frames that were half off but there wasn't anything good. They actually had the perfect frame but it was sideays from how I needed it. (it had an easel back so I couldn't make do.)

I worked on the "special project" again last night and tonight. James went to work at the Franklin Graham conference so I had a couple of hours to work.
Bad News...Bad News...Bad News...........
I almost got caught last night!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Can you believe it!!!!!!!!!!!I have managed to keep this secret for almost a year now and to get caught about a month away from Christmas would be tragic!! Who knows!! He might even know what I am doing without me getting caught.

Here's what happened. He had told me that he would be working at the conference until about 12:00 or 1:00am. So, I thought that at 11:30 pm I would put away everything and climb into bed and be asleep by the time he got home and he would think I had been sleeping the whole time. He had walked to the conference and I had asked him to call home before he left to walk home so that "I wouldn't worry" about him walking home at 1:00 in the morning. Well, at about 10:30, lights pull up in the driveway and I am sitting on the couch in full view of the window. (curtains drawn, of course) I knew it was him so I made a mad dash and scooped everything up and ran into the office and threw it up in my "hiding space". When I went to greet him at the door, he mentioned that he saw me dashing about and knew that I was hiding something. My heart was pounding a million beats a second at this point and it was all I could do to remain calm. (like he doesn't notice everything...) I wouldn't tell him what I was doing and just acted like I was being naughty for staying up late instead of going to bed. I pretended that was what I was hiding. (he knew better but didn't push it.)

Anyway, now I am hoping that he doesn't figure it out but I am sure that he has. I know him. He is one smart cookie. He probably knows and was totalyy shocked but didn't want to let me know because it was such a great surprise. He will tell me after he opens it at Christmastime that he knew I was making it. I will ask how? And he will say..."remember the time when I came home early..." There is hope beyond hope that he doesn't know. I mentioned to him later that I didn't want to tell him what I was doing and he said "is it something I asked you not to do?" I lied. (sorry mom!!!! I really am but this has GOT to stay a secret and I always knew there would come a time when I would have to lie to him to keep it a secret.) I hate lying but this is very important. Hey!!! Its Christmas!!! Can't ruin Christmas, can I?

So, I worked on it again tonight. He had better come home early again because I didn't want to take any chances, so I put it away at 10:00. I might get an hour tomorrow night to work on it and then it is back to Chloe's naptime as my only time to work on it. He is going hunting next Saturday morning so I will try to get up early and work on it before Chloe gets up. I have the feeling I am going to have to pull a couple of all nighters to get this one done in time.

I took a picture of my workbasket today. Just thought it might be interesting for you to see my current WIP's. Now these aren't the ones that I haven't touched in a while. These are my current projects that I am working on now or have in the past couple of weeks. (all except for my thread tablecloth. That is in the very bottom of the basket.

In it you see a bunch of thread for different projects I have going. I have the Treasured Moments Keepsake dress I tested the pattern for in there. I also have the one I have started for my sister's baby. I have the poncho/capulet I started yesterday for myself in there. (I know, I know...what am I doing starting projects when I am behind on Christmas gifts? Well, join crochetville and you will see why. There are so many people there creating so many beautiful things and I just had to have one.) I put it down again. Don't worry. I am going to get these Christmas presents done if it kills me. (not really, mom!!)

Do you see the cute little fabric bag thing in the basket. My wonderful mother made that for me per my request. She had made me one when I was a girl and in my moving about it got left in a house I lived in. So, I asked her to make me another one and being the kind and loving mother that she is, she did. It is a little bag that opens up and folds out like a book. Inside are plastic ziplock bags sewn in that hold my embroidery floss. On the two "covers" there are pockets to put whatever project you are working on and your scissors and things and it even has a built in pincushion. My mother always says that she has tried to sell things that she makes and no one wants to buy what she makes. Well, Mom!!! I think you should sell these on ebay. I think you could make some money. They are practical and pretty!! Just my two cents worth.

I have some WIM's I thought would be good to get written down. I always am thinking of things I would like to make and never remember them. (cause I think of so many things...I probably have projects thought up to last me the rest of my lifetime making.)

My WIM's

  • embroidered tea towels
  • lapghan for newphew (per sister's request)
  • shawl for me
  • cross stitch growth chart for sister's kids (peter rabbit)
  • crocheted bookmarks for birthdays this next year
  • kitchen sets for Christmas next year
  • baby girls pantsuit outfit in thread (to design)
  • two scarves to design (rose collection)
I could go on and on but it is getting late and I can't think very well when its late. I am going to go make me a cup of coffee and work on a Christmas present. I started another one today. I only have three left. I have less than five weeks until our friends from England arrive and then i will have no more time for anything.

Have a great night everyone.

Thursday, November 10, 2005

The End of the Day is Here

All I can say is that today has been very trying for me. I won't get into how that has been because I don't want to bog everyone down. Its just been one of those days where I feel that I cannot do anything right for nothing. I am ready for tomorrow to come and be here.

I thought I would post a couple of my poems for you all to read. I wrote them a couple of weeks ago but never posted them on my other blog like I wanted to so I will post them here.

My Battle

Taking over me.
Hard to see?
For me.
My spirit weakens.
Losing control.
The old nature wins.
Fresh start.
Old habits,
Creeping back in.
I slip up and fall again.
A voice.
A face.
My eyes look upward.
I reach for the outstretched hand
of my Savior.
Someday I will be perfect.
Not today.
Today I am me.
Struggling. Two wills.
A battle.
Who will win?
The new creature.
My new self.
Jesus made me new.
Jesus gives me strength.
I take a step.
One step.
I am closer.
Tomorrow I will take another.
I will fall again.
I will rise again.
A battle will be lost.
A battle will be won.
A promise.
God's promise.
We will win.
We will triumph.
-Anna Ness

So, that's it. I don't think it is one of my best but it has a nice cadence to it.

I worked on my mother's Christmas gift again today. (I am so proud of myself for that.) I was kind of hoping I would get it done today but no such luck. I am to a point now that is slow going. Maybe it will be done tomorrow and I can cross that off my list of projects to finish in the next five weeks. I wasn't able to work on my "special project" today at all. I had some other things I had to prioritize today. I have a planned time tomorrow to work on it though. I can't wait til it is done and I can get a picture of it up for everyone to see. (of course, that will be AFTER Christmas so DH doesn't see it.)

Chloe is growing up so much this past week. She is actually laughing more and more. (I was getting kind of worried.) She smiles and holds her mouth wide open a lot but no laugh. Anyway, I was able to make her laugh out loud quite a bit this week. She started saying ma-ma-ma-ma this past Sunday. I don't know if that counts as Mama yet though. I have a sticker to put on her calendar when she says Mama. Should I wait until she actually know what she is saying when she says it? I think so. Her second tooth is almost ready to come in. In fact, I am a bit suprised that it hasn't yet. Her appetite has been next to zilch for the past couple of days. I actually fed her some formula in a bottle tonight because I was a bit worried that maybe her problem is my milk supply and she isn't getting any. Nope. She drank one ounce and that was it. (from the bottle.)

I am quite lucky that she takes the bottle. I was supposed to start her on it when she was about two months old and just give her one feeding a day with it but that stopped shortly after I started. Most babies who wait this long refuse to take formula or even drink anything from a bottle. My sister had problems in this area with her son. But Chloe took it and knew exactly what to do with it.

Well, it is getting late and I would like to get up at 6 am to get my devotions and shower done before Chloe gets up. I didn't make it this morning since I was up so late last night. I really want to do it tomorrow so I had better get to bed soon.

Have a great day and do something spontaneous today!!

Wednesday, November 09, 2005

New Picture I made

Here is a picture I took a few weeks ago and edited today in photoshopcs. I really like how it turned out.

Gotta go to bed now. Good night.

Busy Day, Busy Day

Busy day but I feel like I got NOTHING done. That is a horrible feeling. I have spent a lot of time today looking up HTML codes and dinking around on this blog. I didn't get much done except I added a link on the sidebar to a new photo album I made. I am putting only my crocheted projects in that album. When time permits, I might add another album on there with some of my other projects and a link. Doing this link pretty much took me all day. Now I know how it is done though so it should be quicker next time.

I actually worked on something I am supposed to today. I started work on my mother's Christmas gift. She had bought a crewel kit at a yard sale this past summer but she doesn't do that. She thought that since I cross stitch, I would be willing to do it for her for Christmas. I told her I would try. I got it out today and started on it. I have to say that it is going pretty quick. I will most likely have it done tomorrow or the next day. I don't really like doing it though. It would probably be nicer if I knew how to do it well. Can't get there unless I practice though. The yarn in this thing is terribly rough though. It hurts my fingers using it. It breaks really easy. I don't know if this is a really old kit and that is the reason for this is if they all are like this.

I have no pictures to show you today. Maybe I will take one of the crewel project tomorrow. My dh will be going to a meeting tomorrow night and so I am planning on getting out that "special project" and working on that tomorrow. I need to make a run to Hobby Lobby tomorrow also to pick up some blue aida cloth for the Christmas gifts I am making this year. I am cross stitching pictures of snowmen. They are actually quite cute with cute sayings on them. I will try to get some pictures in an album tomorrow to show everyone the ones I have finished. I have four finished and hope to get three more done in the next 5 weeks. That in addition to my "special project", my mother's gift, knitted hat for dh's Christmas stocking and some other little things.

Christmas Project List
  1. Four Cross Stitch Pictures
  2. Knitted hat
  3. Crewel picture
  4. "special project"
  5. Treasure Moments Keepsake Dress #2 (for my sister's baby)
This list doesn't seem so long once I write it out like that. (of course, I could be forgetting something...that very well could happen and has been known to happen in the past.) Of course this doesn't include other projects I have going or any WIP's or WIM's. I have many WIM's.

Well, I better be going tonight. I need to get to bed. I want to start getting up at 6:30 to have my devotions and get ready before Chloe gets up. Maybe even 6:00 so I can shower too. This depends on how early I can get to bed in the evening and tonight it doesn't look so early.

Tuesday, November 08, 2005

First Day of New Blog

Today I am starting a new blog. I have a current blog on yahoo 360 but I have seen many people with blogs here and they seem much better. I am a bit confused by all of this though. Things have changed drastically since I took computer classes in highschool. (which wasn't THAT long ago, BTW) All this HTML stuff and codes and buttons and forums and stuff is really confusing. I will try to get it down though.

The reason I wanted a new blog was because on other blogs I have seen, people are able to post multiple pictures as they type along. On my current one, I can only post one picture per entry and it has to be at the top. So, I am going to try to post a picture now.

Hey, it worked. This is a picture of the dress I tested for Etaria over at I just love all her patterns and am pleased that she allows me to test her patterns.

She is actually the one who inspired me the most to try out my own hand at designing patterns. I have designed two things so far. A scarf and a tank top for my baby girl. Both those patterns need to be tweaked a bit before I can write them out. The tank top especially. The straps are too big and fall off and I don't like the way the armholes look.

Here is a picture of my baby girl in the tank top.

Isn't she a doll? I love her so much. She is so much fun and the light of my life. (her and her daddy!!!) She loves being my little model, although now she has learned that the camera is something she can touch so she tries to touch it all the time. She won't sit still anymore for a picture. As soon as she sees the camera, she crawls towards me and starts grabbing for it.

So, tell me what you think of my tank top. Should I re-edit it or scratch it completely? It didn't really turn out like I had pictured in my mind. I would like to take it out completely and start over from scratch.

Right now I am working on a dress design that I like much better. I am not going to take any pictures of it till it is closer to completion if not completed all the way. That way, it will be kind of like a suprise.

I really shouldn't be designing right now. I have so many other projects to work on. I have three Christmas presents left to make and also my mother's Christmas gift. I still have half of a bonnet to finish testing for I have a "special project" for my dh for Christmas that I have been working on in secret. I don't think he will read this blog but I don't want to mention what it is in case he does. Actaully, if he reads this, then he will automatically know what it is just by me mentioning it. Oh well. I really want it to be a suprise though.

Here is a picture of the scarf I designed.
I am calling it Cottage Rose. It will be one out of a collection of scarves. I want to make one called Cabbage Rose, Christmas Rose, Winter's Rose and suchlike. I am just waiting until I get this dress designed and some other things done. Also waiting on inspiration too. I have an idea for one of the rose ones. Not sure which one until I make it up though.

I had an idea today of an outfit to design in thread for Chloe. (my baby girl) It will be kind of like overalls and it will have a white shirt underneath. I think I want the shirt to be long sleeved so that will be a challange to make. I am already worried about how to do the sleeves on this dress I am currently designing. I am also trying to think of a good name for it.

I wanted to have a holiday collection of dresses with names such as Christmas Love, Sweetheart, Easter Rain, Freedom Belle, Thankful Memories but this dress doesn't really fit any of those names. So, I am thinking maybe something like Fairytale Dreams or Treasured Celebration. I don't know. I am leaning toward the Fairytale Dreams one. I kind of like it.

Well, this is getting to be long enough for today. I just really wanted to see how this whole thing works. I will get better at this and try to keep my posts more interesting. I am also running on about three hours of sleep from last night and it is now after 9 tonight so needless to say, I am pretty tired and want to get to bed.

Good night All.