Friday, September 29, 2006

Chloe's Hope Chest

As I mentioned previously, I would like to start a hope chest for Chloe. Here will be the gallery of everything I have made for her chest and someday maybe things she will make too.

Each year I will make a doily for her birthday in addition to things I make throughout the year for her. I am two years behind right now (birth year and first birthday) but I plan on catching up soon.

Doily #1 - For the Year Chloe was Born.
This doily was made with size 10 thread and a size 6 hook. She is called Pretty and is a Patricia Kristofferson coaster. Perfect, I think, for Chloe's first doily. Just the right size for a brand new baby!!

Doily #2 - For Chloe's First Birthday
This doily was made from the book called Dainty Little Doilies and was made with size 10 thread and a size 6 hook. I choose this sage green color since, to me it is a feminine color and matches Chloe's nursery.

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A Few Tidbits

Just a few things to share with you all today. I told you the other day about some packages I recieved in the mail??? Well inside one of those packages was a surprise. yes...a surprise. I didn't even realize it until yesterday evening. Let me tell you the whole story from the beginning.

A package came to me from Tween over at the Ville. This was my doily package for the doily swap I was participating in. I even told you about the books and pattern leaflets that she so generously included.

Okay, well a few days ago (more like a few weeks ago) I got the idea that I would like to start a hope chest for little Chloe. I also thought it would be cute to do something for her every year on her birthday. You all know those little porcelain figurines? The ones that start out with a baby and go up to age 18? I had always wanted to get my children one of those each year when they were born. Well, the only problem with that is I had decided long before I had kids that I would not start something with one child that I would not be able to continue if I had 10 kids. And those figurines are not cheap. Can you imagine haveing to buy 10 of them every year??? Could get pretty pricey. So, that idea was out.

I got to thinking the other day...wouldn't it be neat to crochet her a doily every year for her birthday??? She could have a little hope chest that we keep them all in and she would be able to start out her new home with these doilies as a reminder of her mommy's love for her. Well, I am two years behind. So, I thought about doing a couple of small doilies for her first two years. (the year she was born and the year she turned one) Well, I was THIS close to buying PK's book "99 Mini Doilies" but I didn't. I issued a little self-control and pleased my husband very much.

Well, I remembered seeing a coaster book among the leaflets that Tween sent me along with my three doilies. I thought that they might make a nice little doily for Chloe's first birthday. I started looking at the coasters in this leaflet and the stitches looked very familar to me. I thought, man...those look like PK stitches...I wonder who designed these doilies. I turned the leaflet over and lo, and behold!!! Whose name do I see on the front??? You guessed it!!! Patricia Kristofferson!!! I jumped for joy and immediately decided that this indeed must be Chloe's first doily.

So, I made one last night.

Isn't it darling??? Perfect for Chloe's first doily. It only took me about 30-40 minutes to complete. I do think that her next doily will be a bit larger though. While this is fine for her first doily, they are kind of on the small side. After all...they ARE coasters.

So, I will be making a post called Chloe's Hope Chest and including the link in my sidebar over there so you can see her hope chest grow over the years. I do want to add more things than just a yearly doily to it. I want to make her a tablecloth (if I could ever finish my own) and other things. Also, when she gets older, I would like her to make her own things for this hope chest.

Well, I finally got around to steaming the bookmark I made for my secret pal. Here it is. Again I am sorry for the horrible picture. It seems that I pull the camera away before it is finished taking the picture. I gotta quit that.


It seems that the Fug has really taken to Chloe. I don't know why...maybe its thier common interest in chewing on things metal. (for Chloe it would just be chewing on things period...) But I guess they have found a common bond.

Here is a picture of the two of them watching cartoons this morning. Fug was particularly intrigued seeing as how we were watching Handy Manny on the Disney channel with all sorts of tools and other metal like objects. (another common bond???)

Anyway, he still won't speak much with me...I think he is still getting over the whole "two weeks in a traveling crate" episode...but we are going to a picnic today and he will be going along with us. Maybe being around tons of people and getting all that attention will bring him out of this "mood".

And last of all today is Chloe's book for this week.

I love these books for her. They are short and funny and totally from a kids perspective. They are great.

Well, I am off to rescue the kid from the big bad playpen and then to knit on my second square for my sampler afghan. I have about 8 1/2" done and only 3 1/2" left to go. I hope I can get it done today. Wish me luck!!

Thursday, September 28, 2006

Thursday Thirteen

Thirteen Things That Made My Anniversary Special

I thought I would share with you all about 13 things that happened on Tuesday that made my 8th anniversary special.

1. When James walked in the door after work he brought in these...

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This is the first time I have ever recieved flowers on my anniversary. It was really special. And if you were here, you would be able to count and see that there are 8 roses in the bouquet. How romantic!! (I am still unsure as to whether this was James idea or the florists...I think I will leave that one alone and enjoy the romanticism of it.)

2. I got tons of well wishes from all of you, my dear readers of this silly blog. I do enjoy blogging so much although I don't really know what the purpose of it in the grand theme of things...but it sure is fun!!! Thank you all for the happy wishes. I appreciated them very much.

3. It was a big mail call...and when I say bit...I mean BIG!!! Gargantuous!!! Humongous!!!!!

4. And number four is a package...each package gets listed by itself since each one was different and each one brought another smile to my face. My first package was this...

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...and from the looks of would never know that this was my package from the doily swap over at the Ville. Well,that is what it is. Tween sent me tons of books...pattern books for me and wonderful little Chloe sized book for Chloe. What a sweetheart. Thank you so much Tween. This was really a special package.

5. Each doily that tween sent me deserves to be counted seperately. The requirements for the swap was one doily...but she sent me three. The first doily is extra special...

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...the reason being is that this is the first doily she ever made. I am so proud to have someones first attempt. I will cherish this forever. I don't think I could ever part with my first doily. For two reasons...ONE...that it was my first doily...and TWO...that is was my first doily. (and those are different reasons...they just sound the same.)I am honored that tween thought enough of me to send me her first.

6. Now tween told me that she was nervous to send me these doilies after she read my blog and saw my PK doilies. (yes...they can be intimidating) But let me tell you...I am glad she did. I know the kind of work and love that goes into a doily and I am very thankful that she would do this for me. Here is the second doily she made me. (excuse the horrible shot on this batteries are going dead and I am trying to get as many pictures out of this camera as I can...I have a week and four days left until I get to move into my house and possibly retrieve the charger from amongst the I didn't want to retake the picture once I realized it was bad...I hope you understand.)

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7. And the third doily is beautiful. I love the colors on this one. It is so unique too.

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Thank you tween for the lovely package. I appreciated everything so much. You really are a dear. (and Chloe loves her new books and would say thank you if she knew how.)

8. THE FUG IS HERE!!!! That's right!! Mr. Fugly T. Booger arrived on Tuesday. I am so happy to finally meet this little guy. To learn more about him you can read here. When he first arrived, Chloe immediately grabbed him and proceeded to chew on his dog tags. It seems that she snacks on the same sort of things Fug likes. ( really should read this topic...I betcha you'll laugh a few times...even out loud)Once I pried him loose from her grasp...I placed him on this chair and he immediately went for the corner and sulked the rest of the night.

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Those things you see in the picture with him are his traveling scrapbook (to which I hope to add a few pictures too) and some Turkish delights all the way from Turkey. Fug has been some pretty cool places already. Now he is stuck in a hotel room on a military base...poor guy.

Anyways, I would like to say that the Fug-man has cooled off a bit after having been stuck in his traveling box for who knows how long. (since we only get a mail delivery about once a week he could have been in that box for two weeks...poor guy)I did relent and give him one of my steel crochet hooks...that seemed to cheer him up. I didn't give him one of my good ones though...don't worry...just a duplicate. He was happy with it.

9. James took me to Copelands for our anniversary meal. We love Copelands. They have the BEST steaks in the world. (and seeing as how we have eaten in many places in the worl...we can say that...)He even splurged and let me get the GIANT size piece of chocolate fudge cake. There is nothing like it in the world...wait...yes there is...the Volcano desert at the Stratosphere in Las Vegas...nothing can beat that...(but Copelands chocolate cake sure comes close)

10. I got a suprise package from a dear tester of mine. This is supposed to be a sort of housewarming gift...but it arrived on my anniversary so I am including it in this list.

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I don't know if sfgwife (the lady who sent me this package) reads my blog and knows all about my little quirks (she sure knows about the ones on my testing forum though) but she sure seems to know me well. I collect Clover Soft touch hooks ever since my Summer Secret Pal Lori sent me some. Now I am in love and can't get enough. Well, sfgwife sent me two more. Wonderful!! My collection grows.

She also must know about my true love...Patons Grace yarn. She didn't send me THAT yarn but she sent me some that is similar. It is called Aliseo and is 100% cotton. (my favorite to work with) This is an Italian yarn and I am already in love, even though I have yet to work with it. But soon...real soon...I mean, this stuff is not calling to me...its YELLING!! It is wound tightly too...much more tighter than Paton's Grace. I may have a new favorite.

11. Anyways, there was so much more in this package too. Yarn galore and another hook and stuff. She also sent me these...

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Little hankerchiefs she found at an estate sale and thought of me. The amazing thing here is that I have been thinking about buying some hankies to crochet edgings around. I love hankies. They are so dainty and feminine. Thank you are really a dear for thinking of me.

12. I also got the yarn I ordered from Crafts Etc. I ran out of the Sinfonia I was using to make Chloe's Thanksgiving I ordered some online.

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Well, Tuesday night I was working on her outfit again and I reached way down deep into my bag and what do you know??? There in the bottom of my bag was ANOTHER skein of Sinfonia. (how silly of me) So, now I have two skeins of I am making a hat to match the outfit. (can't let good yarn go to waste)

14. James bought me a blender for our anniversary. He is also going to buy me a deep fryer but we can't find one we like. So, today we will be going on a hunt. Yay!!! (I will just have to buy myself the perfume at a later date.)I have already used the blender and it is wonderful. I love smoothies. (yummy)

And I will leave you with a tidbit about my husband and what makes me love him. We were searching on Tuesday for my deep fryer and we couldn't find one we liked so I asked if we could go to a different store. He said NO!! But do you wanna know why he said no??? "We need to save that for another outing each day so you don't have to be stuck in that hotel room." Now THAT is romantic...well if not romantic, than very, VERY thoughtful. Isn't he a dear?? I love him. These last 8 years have been good.

Have a great day everyone!!!

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Tuesday, September 26, 2006

8 Years Ago on this day...

...the most wonderful thing happened to me. My darling husband said, "I do" and I said it back. Yes...8 years ago today, we were married. My father married us in my parents backyard. I wish I had some pictures to show you, but alas...I am STILL in this hotel room. It was a wonderful that flew by quickly, as did these last 8 years. I cannot believe that 8 years have passed already. My oh my, where does the time go?

Today we will be celebrating this wonderful marriage. I don't know as yet what we will be doing tonight. We might go shopping. (and what girl does not enjoy shopping, pray tell?) This girl sure does.

I have asked for a few things and so we will see which one my husband decides I can have. This list is short. I would like some Cashmere Mist perfume by Donna Karan. I would like a new blender...and a good one. I love smoothies and such...and I need a new blender. (because then I can use the old "cheap" one to make paper...FUN!!!) I would also like a deep fryer. Our last one went we threw it away before we moved. I love my deep fryer and need another one. So, of those three things, hubby says I may have two. I would settle for one but he said two. So we shall see which ones I get.

I have no clue what to get him. He wants a miter saw...whatever THAT is, right???? I have a feeling just from the name of it, that this is one expensive piece of hardware. I wanted to get him some new cologne, but he would rather a miter saw and plus...I just got him cologne for his birthday. (don't you just hate it when holidays are too close together...shucks)

I have an idea to go to Baskin Robbins (since they have one about a 2 minute walk from the hotel room) and getting an ice cream cake...or something of the sort. We could light some candles...cook some microwave rice with some yummy frozen taquitos (hey...those things are actually pretty good...can't say the same about the microwave rice though) would be romantic. We could tummy tickle Chloe and call it a night. Ahhh....what fun!!! Doesn't everybody want to stay in a hotel room for thier anniversary??? What luck!!! I'm already IN one!!!

Okay, a little subject change but I figured I better tell you all the wonderful news. My testing forum is back up and running. All that hacking stuff and pictures and all is gone from both my site and my forum. Thanks to my friend Debra and her husband. Yay!!! Thank you guys!!! I really appreciate it.

I am teaching Chloe how to knit. HUH??? (you ask??) may THINK she is too young...but really she is not. The first basic principle of knitting (and even crochet for that matter) can be taught to even the youngest of children. That principle is to Frog!! Yup...Chloe has learned the art of frogging. I told you on Sunday that I started knitting a square for my sampler afghan. Well, Monday morning I looked over and saw my little angel studiously taking apart the square. Tough work, I know...but she did it.

Not tp be discouraged though, I picked it back up again and am now a couple rows past where I was Sunday night. (which is not very far at all really) But then last night, while lying in bed waiting for the sandman to arrive (sometimes that dude is pretty late) the desiging bug hit full force. So, while waiting for Mr. Sand...I started designing a little something something...but I am not going to tell you what it is. I will give you a clue is gender neutral per the request of some of my dear testers. (and any of them reading this will now know what it is since for them...this was a BIG clue)

I am having a little trouble with it but that will all be told when I am done and can show you what it is I am creating. (Oh how I love this designing thing) Well, have a wonderful day everyone. I know I soon as dear James gets home from work that is.

Monday, September 25, 2006

Website Update

Okay, my regular pattern site has been restored. Yay!! I can have business!!! The bad news is that my testing forum is still not available. I have word from my hosts that this will be resolved as soon as possible.

Thank you all for your words of encouragement. I appreciate it so much.

My Site has been Hacked!!

Yes...You read that right. Some one with loads of nerve has hacked into my website and sent me a message in chinese or some foreign language. They left me a picture of their flag waving and other stuff. I am upset by this but amazingly enough...I have a peace about it. God is in control of my business and He has this whole situation in His hands.

So, I will update here as to what is going on in regards to this issue. My website hosts are working on resovling this. For now, if you are testing any of my patterns, please email me at anna [@] lullabiesandlace [dot] com. (take out the [] signs and the spaces and don't spell out dot...but then you all knew that anyways.)

If you are testing a pattern and have not gotten the chance to download it, please email me and I will get that pattern to you via email. Thank you all for your patience.

Mondays Memories

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Another Little Walk Down Memory Lane

Today I will share a few more memories I have from my childhood years. I enjoyed my memories from last week so much that I think I will do this again.

I remember when I was a teenager we lived in this huge house built in 1914. To me this was ancient. I loved this big old house though and I hope my parents don't sell it even though they are planning on it in a few years. I really do love this house. One of the downsides to this house as a teenager was that it was heated by a wood stove down in the basement. This means we had to get firewood. So every winter, my father would bring firewood by the truckloads and we would carry it back and forth to a little window in our basement. This was originally a coal room where they stored the coal...but we used it as a firewood room. The little window opened up and it was the perfect size to throw wood into. My mother, sister and I would carry the wood and throw it in the window to my father who stood inside and caught the wood and stacked it up. Pretty old-fashioned, eh?

I remember walking to school for most of my childhood. We always lived withen walking distance. While living in Pheonix, Arizona, this wasn't so bad. But when we moved up north to the house I mentioned earlier...this was not so fun. It was only about a mile down the road (on the same road we lived on) but boy when it snowed...those snow drifts for pretty high. The snow plows would come along and push the snow onto the side of the road where we would walk...and this wasn't your nice soft fluffy snow. Oh no...this was hard and compressed and it really was like walking over lava rocks...mountaind and mountains of lava rocks. We survived though and I think are the stronger for having done so. (although that could be debatable)

I remember my first dog. His name was Murphey and no one liked him but we all loved him. (make sense???) I adored him but then again...I was NOT the one to feed him...NOR was I the one to have to chase him when he ran away...NOR was I the one to pay the fines when the pound found him before my parents did. He loved to chase cars too. Silly dog...didn't he know this was dangerous??? I remember one time we were riding in the back of my father's truck and he (the dog...not my father) decided he would chase a car that went by in the opposite direction of the way we were heading. He managed to jump out of the bed of the truck but alas...that was all he managed to do. He was pretty banged up after that episode...but this dog was brilliant...he didn't stop chasing cars. This dog was also strong. He could jump anything. In Phoenix we had 8 foot high fences and this dog could jump them. We would come home from church and there was Murphey sitting in the front yard, panting from his run to wherever it was he went when he had freedom and you could see the smile on his face and the twinkle in his eyes. What a dog. He loved freedom.

I remember going to my family's cabin in Oregon. This was where my grandmother grew up. This always fascinated me. There was a little one room cabin I was never allowed to go into because it was falling down and very dangerous. I have heard now that it has fallen down completely which makes me sad. I loved to imagine what it would have been like to actually live this way. In the main cabin there was a main floor that had the living room and the kitchen. The the upstairs was one big room with many beds in it. It reminds me so much of The Little House on the Prairie. It was fun to go up there for a visit for a week or two but I can't imagine living like that. They had running water...the cabin was placed by a little creek and pipes went down the hill from the creek and into the house and this was the running water.

I will share more memories about my family cabin on another Monday. Hope you all come back to read more. I sure enjoy walking down memory lane...

Sunday, September 24, 2006

Is the Third One the Charm???

We visited our third church today. I must say that this one was much MUCH better than the last two, although it did have some downsides no one said hello to us except two old men. And they didn't even really say hello to us...they said hello to Chloe. They even asked Chloe what her name which Chloe replied {stick my fingers in my mouth and drool down my arm onto mommy's shirt} I answered in her place. They did thank us for visiting but never once asked our names. Oh well, maybe next week. I think we will be trying this church again. The message was convicted me in many different areas and has given me alot to think about this week.

So, is this one our charm??? On the third try??? Maybe we need to try it THREE times??? Is that it? I don't know...but we WILL try again. We liked it enough to do that. Its not like there is a shortage of churches or anything. I mean, we pull up churches around our neighbourhood on our GPS system and we get about 30 withen just about a 10 mile radius of our house. So, we will be busy for a while if we plan to visit them all. (which we don't.)

So, I have actually been busy this last end of the week...crocheting and knitting. Yes, knitting. I did say that I wanted to knit my sister some dishcloths, didn't I? Well, I did. I knit her one yesterday for her housewarming. (since she bought a house this past summer...better late than never, eh?)

Here is the one I got done. It is a little lopsided and whatnot but hey...I am a beginner knitter...cut me some slack here.

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I also completed a doily that I have been meaning to do for months now. My sister-in-law got married last month and I never sent her anything. Shame on me...I know!! So, I got out my favorite designers book...and proceeded to crochet her a doily. Can you guess who designed this doily??? I will give you one chance.

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And a fun picture, because as you all know...I just love them.

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I really hope she likes this...because it will be VERY hard for me to part with it. I love it...NO!!! I ADORE it!! I think I will have to make this same exact one for myself...and soon...because I NEED it!!

I crocheted a little something for my secret pal. It needs some work though and I hope to get it into the mail either tomorrow or Tuesday. I really hope so. That is my goal at least. It is not blocked (which it desperately needs) and I have yet to weave in the ends. (shame shame shame)

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Silly me went and revealed myself shortly after I moved...all that moving and stuff had my mind all confused so now she knows who I am. But I am okay with that since we have become friends. I really enjoy her and it was hard for me not to tell her who I was.

It has been some time since I have posted Chloe's book of the week books. I actually went four weeks without even buying a book. So that means I got to buy four books all at one time...and these are the books I bought her.

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And then here is her book for last week.

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So, now I am all caught up and can buy her a new book this week. I wonder what it will be.

Well, instead of designing something new now...I got out my knitting needles yet again and am now in the process of knitting another sqaure for my sampler afghan. I think I can get this sqaure done tomorrow though because it is extremely easy.

Have a great evening every one.

Thursday, September 21, 2006

Thursday Thirteen

Thirteen Things I Plan To Design

I have nothing much to talk about today so I will simply list the next 13 things I want to design. Keep in mind as you read some of these things that I change my mind at least 10 times a day...and I also allow patterns and thread to talk to these might not neccessarily be the next 13 things I do...but at this moment in time, they are what I WANT to do. Now let me see...

1. Chloe's Thanksgiving dress (this is already almost done...I am just waiting on the yarn I rodered so I can finish it.

2. Afghan for my dad (I started this one this week...and I have a whole five rows done. ummm...I am thinking this one may take me a Christmas too soon????)

3. Sugar and Spice Jumper for girls

4. Gender neutral sweater/pant set for winter

5. Head Wraps (like head bands...kind of)

6. Sweet Induglence Set (this is the very first hat I designed and now I just need to complete the set with a sweater)

7. Girl's Cape (I may do a boys version depending on if a good design comes to my mind while I am designing that one)

8. Thread Kitchen apron (been wanting to do one of these for a while now)

9. Let's throw a purse into the mix...always gotta design purses...I love them so much.

10. ...and a tote too...already have an idea for another one

11. Chloe's winter dress (I may use this as her Christmas dress this year...although it won't be Christmas colors...but I am not going to say what it IS going to be. That's a suprise!!!)

12. Woman's shell top (the kind that go under a blazer...or they can be worn by themselves too.)

13. hey...let's throw in a set of dish scrubbies...they are nice and I can whip 'em up pretty quick.

So there you have it. 13 things I want to design in the next two to three months. Can I do it??? Sure I can. Can I get testers for them all??? Gosh I sure hope so. I have been having troubles with keeping testers lately. (What am I saying lately???This has been an on-going problem) It seems that many people just come to get the pattern and then I never hear from them again. It is hard to release patterns for sale when half the testers disappeared. Oh well, I do have some very reliable testers and I depend on them so much for this business. Thank you dear testers for all you do...I sure appreciate it. You all deserve some chocolate.

Anyone else reading this...if you crochet, would you like to be a tester??? Come and join my forum and apply to test my patterns.

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Wednesday, September 20, 2006

I've Neglected WIP Wednesday!!!

So, it has been over a month since I worked on my tablecloth for my WIP Wednesday. But I DID work on it Sunday of this week. Does that count??? Is it close enough to Wednesday to count??? Gosh,I sure hope so. I only did two motifs though. And although these were the bigger motifs (as opposed to the little "fill-in" ones) I do not feel that this warrants a picture. It is not my intention to bore you all with a photo of every single motif I finish for the next three years. (or however long it takes me to finish this darn might just be three years.)

I HAVE finished some other things I can show you though. First, I am very pleased to show you my very first doily design!!! I am darn proud of this one. I never thought I had it in me to design a doily. I fudged a bit and made it a sqaure...but I love sqaure doilies. I have never made one before but I figured it MUST be easier than a round one...right??? I don't know...never designed a round one either. to stop talking and show you the thing...

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So, size 10 thread didn't seem like enough of a challenge to me (am I kidding???) so I decided to use size 30 thread. (or could it be that the size 30 thread was left over from the other doily I had made and it is the only color that spoke to me when I was asking the very limited supply of thread that made it on past my husband's veto and into the car for the trip up here which one wanted to be crocheted and frogged and crocheted and frogged over and over again...hmmmmmmm...we will never know.)

So please don't mind that little thread in the picture. I forgot to weave in the ends before I snapped the picture. Now, try as I may...I cannot take another decent picture of the darned thing. Arrrggggggg. (okay...I watched Pirates of the Carribbean yesterday...please forgive the piracy terminology)Anyways, I am calling this doily Lady's Lace. It will be a free pattern on my site once it goes through testing. I am hoping this will make the October 1 release date...we shall see how fast my wonderful testers are.

The really bad new is that while working on Chloe's thanksgiving dress (which is coming along nicely, I might will want one when you see it...{hint hint}...AHEM!!) anyways...I ran out of yarn. Drats!! I know...I are "supposed" to buy enough yarn or thread to COMPLETE your project. I guess this is one of the downsides to being a designer. You just don't know how much you need for a project because you don't know exactly WHAT it is you are making yet. Or it could be one of the downsides of being a NEW veteran designer automatically know how much yarn they are going to need??? I don't know. Guess I will have to ask some. this happened over the weekend and left me wandering aimlessly around my hotel room, very bored and antsy. I had no idea what to do next. You see, I have a time line...and this time line is really cramping my creative spirit., out came my little box of the limited thread supply (see aboves explanation as to WHY this is limited) and this is what popped out. (well, it actually didn't quite "pop" took a little longer than planned...but here it is)

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What is it you ask??? Why this is my Vintage Dish Set. And what is that you still ask??? It is a dress dishsoap cover and a dish cloth/scrubbie thingie. I like it...whether anyone else does or not remains to be is a sight better than some of I have seen and I love the look. Very nice. I am thinking of coming up with another one in bright colors and vertical stripes. We will see how creative I can be.

Well, I recieved the lovliest little tea cozy in the mail yesterday. As soon as I pulled it from the puffy I thought 'hey...I recognize this...".

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It looked very familiar to me. But then I realized that the one I crocheted for my partner Twinnish over at the ville was PURPLE and this one is PINK. So, it is not the same cozy. But she did use the same scallop pattern from Cupcake that I used. I adore this tea cozy. It was very easy to make once you figured out the initial instructions. Thank you Twinnish. (if you are reading this.) I love it...and thank you for the delicious tea...yummm and the card. I appreciate everything.

One thing my dear husnband promised me when we moved up north was that he would take me places. We were not going to sit around our house and do nothing. As you may remember from some previous posts...he is upholding that deal he made quite nicely. This past week was no exception. He took me to see the Washington monument.

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Aside from the wet day that it was...we had a great time. My favorite thing that we saw was this church. It looks like an old English cathedral. It is in fact the place where Francis Scott Key died...and the church was built over that place. See...I told you living up north would be fascinating. At least to me it is...such history. You don't get this kind of history out in the boonies of the west.

And I leave you with a picture of me sitting at a fountain with my adorable daughter. It is rare that we have our picture taken together...I am usually the picture these moments are to be treasured.

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Have a wonderful evening everybody and thanks for stopping by.

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

In Other Words...

"No distinction was made between the sacred and the everyday...their life was all one piece. It was all sacred
and all ordinary."

~ Sue Bender ~
author of Plain and Simple

Reading this quote, the first thing that came to my mind was Revelations 3:15-16.

"I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other. So, because you are lukewarm - neither hot nor cold - I am about to spit you out of my mouth."

Have you ever tasted a lukewarm cup of tea??? Yuck!!! And I do mean YUCK!!! It is not the most pleasant thing to drink. I would much prefer a cold cup of tea to that lukewarm stuff. (you know...the ice tea?? Yum!)

God is the same way about me. He would much rather coldness than for me to just go through the motions of being a Christian. How many times have I said the prayer for our meals and not even known what I said? Here I am with the perfect opportunity to talk to God and I nonchalantly say "Thank you for the food, Amen." This is not what God wants. He wants the passion...the joy...the thrill...the excitement. He wants for me to truly be grateful for the food He has so richly blessed me with. He wants the heart attitude to be in the right place.

I am often reminded of when I was growing up as a child. My mother insisted that we wear dresses to church every Sunday. After all...we were the pastor's kids and we needed to set an example, right??? I think there was much more to do with it than that. Oh, so much more.

You see, I think my mother was trying to teach me exactly what this quote is trying to say. God sometimes wants us to make a distinction between our normal everyday routine and HIS day. He wants us to honor Him on His day. To take time out and spend it with Him.

I must admit that there are still many, many times when I wear pants and even jeans (WHAT??? Yes, I did say jeans!!) to church. I do not believe this is a sin. It is an attitude of the heart. But I do wear dresses more often than not because I feel in my heart that God wants the best of me on His Day. I want to look the best I can for honor Him.

I do not want to be lukewarm. I want the passion for my Lord to show through in my life. I want others to notice and be drawn to my wonderful Saviour. He has blessed me beyond measure and I want my life to reflect the gratitude in my heart.

Monday, September 18, 2006

Mondays Memories

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A Little Walk Down Memory Lane

I want to take you on a little walk today. I have not shared any memories with you all in a long time, so I will share a few things I remember from my childhood.

I remember when my father complained when gas prices hit $.90 a gallon. That seemed like such a large amount of money to me. (Now we pay almost $ where did the time go?)

I remember playing Sardines with my sister and our neighbours. (two my age and one my sisters age) Sardines is the opposite of hide and go seek. One person hides and then everyone else seeks. When someone finds the person hiding...they hide as well. The last one to find the person hiding is then the next hider. Fun game.

I remember another fun game. Lawn Darts!!! If you have never played this game then you are too young. This game was the best and now you will not find it anywhere but the St. Vincents thrift store. Its too bad really...cause this game was a blast. You place hoops on the grass and then stand at a distance with these two foot long darts and throw them at the hoops. This game was also fun to play war with...but that could be the reason they have been outlawed. {shrug}

I remember hanging out with my youngest older brother. He made up this cool language and had his very own country. He even designed his own flag. I adored him so I tried to copy him. My father built me a tree house and I sat up there for hours trying to sew my own flag and write my own language. This proved to be harder than it seems. You have to create sounds and then create letters for these sounds. I had fun, none-the-less. Maybe this is why I am now so good at learning languages and sounds...or I could be a right brainer. (that would be the side of the brain that sucks at math.)

I remember HATING to play Barbies with my sister. She could sit there for hours and have them kiss and dress and undress them and take them to the mall and such. I hated this with every fiber of my body. So, the way she got me to sit down and play with her was to allow me to sew them clothes. So, that is what I did. My mother would give me her sewing scraps and I would cut and sew to my little hearts content.

I remember debugging potatoes. My parents had a large garden where they grew every kind of vegetable known to mankind. (not really but I like to exagerate) Every summer it was my sister and my job to search for potato bugs and kill them. GROSS!!! (and everyone wonders where my phobia of BUGS came from. MOM...I blame you!!...just kidding) Anyways...that was really a horrible job. I will NOT be growing potatoes in my garden. If I ever do, the bugs can have them. I will not be picking them off.

I remember sitting in my grandmother's house and reading all her old writings. They had such beautiful handwriting in the old days. I used to sit for hours in her house and try to copy that gorgeous handwriting. Unfortunately, I was not blessed with this thing called hand-eye coordination. While this has no effect on my crocheting causes everything else I try to do with my hands to be horrible. ( name it...its horrible) Give me a needle or hook of some kind and my eyes can see that and my fingers fly. Don't ask me why...I didn't create me!! {he he}

Well, that is enough memories for today. Tune in next time for more...(if I can remember) Have a really fun evening everybody. If anyone is reading this from the Monday Memories Blogroll, can you tell me where I can find the new website? Thanks.

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

She Spoke!!!

I have a few exciting things to show you today. But nothing can compare to the news I have to share with you first. Many of you know that Chloe has been saying little words like Hi, Bye, and Cat. Those are her three favorites...and she uses them quite frequently. Bye being her latest craze. She says it to everything. The bed, the car, the fruit at the grocery store. It is very rare for her to say it to an actual person though.

Today though, I was talking to her and in a sentence I mentioned her name...she then copied me. I didn't think I heard it right so I said her name again. She said it again. I looked at her...she looked at me...we just looked at each other for a couple of seconds. Then, just to see if it was for reals...I said her name very slowly. I watched her gaze intently at my lips as I said it and she then said it back to me, slowly. I called to James from the other room and he shouted back "I heard it...she said her name". I even got her to say it three more times just for fun. She really did truly say her name. Chloe is not the easist word for an 18 month old to try to say. She left out the l and maybe the h. Her c sounded more like a g with a faint k after it...but the oe was there as clear as day.

So, this was my little mother moment that I just had to share with the world. What else do I have to share??? Something that made me smile from ear to ear. Well, two things really. (and not Dr. Suess' two kinds of things) These things were more along the lines of packages. Two wonderfully filled-to-the-brim packages. What a day this was for me.

Package #1. This was a package from my purse swap partner from crochetville.

Look at everything she sent me. Not only did she make me a gorgeous tote/purse...but she sent me tons (and I do mean TONS) of other little trinkets and tidbits and crocheted things and just plain fun!!! A box full of fun...that's what this was.

This purse is a gorgeous red color and there is some stitch details that this photo just does no good at picking up on. I love the little two tone flower on the corner. A very trendy touch that I must say really adds to the purse. Gives it that finishing touch.

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Now a purse such as this one has no need for stuffing in the box to cushion it, but my lovely swap partner added some just in case. And boy...what stuffing!! Check it out.

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I TOLD you this box contained FUN!! Look at those brightly colored skeins of yarn just waiting to be a sweater. That was my first thought as I started grabbing them out of the box one by one..."this would make the cutest sweater for Chloe" and then what did I pull out next??? A pattern for a cabled knit sweater for a 12 month size. Imagine the odds of that??? I need to learn a bit more about knitting first before I attempt this looks a tad bit above my skill level at this point. (knit, purl, knit, purl, yarn over)

But my wonderful swap partner did not stop there. Oh no...that was not enough for her. no, she stuffed the purse to the brim with goodies...this thing was bulging at the seams. (okay...not really. It was pretty darn full though)

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What you are looking at in this picture is tons of FUN!!! There are two kitchen potholders/dishcloths, two hooks (wonderful...I need these big sizes..."M" and "P"),3 fun colored candles (that match the fun yarn), some stitch markers, knit row counters, a crocheted heart and more yarn. Even some wool yarn which will be perfect for my scrap wool afghan I am dreaming of making with all my wool scraps.

One of the coolest things in this package was a little retractable tape measure. I bought one about 4 years ago while living in England. This thing was my pride and joy...I carried it everywhere. Everywhere, that is, untill it disappeared. I have been filled with remorse for the past two months since I cannot find it anywhere.

My swap partner sent me a new one. She did not know of my loss...which is what makes this so amazing. LOL. Chloe loved it too. It was her favorite thing in the package. (besides trying to lug around three votives in two hands...quite a feat for an 18 month old.)

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Package #2. A delicious surpise package. I actually knew it was coming but was not expecting it until Thursday. So, to have it come today was heavenly. It was from my secret pal over at the ville for the Autumn round of Secret Pals.

My secret pal doesn't give herself enough credit. This package was very well thought out and I adore it. She sewed me a tote bag which I adore. She tells me this tote bag will be perfect for taking to baseball games with me. (isn't she the BEST!!! BASEBALL!! Anyone who condones my love of baseball is someone to be cherished.

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Isn't that the neatest tote bag??? I love the colors. It is wonderful and will get much MUCH use. Now the part that totally blew me away. My secret pal sent Chloe a miniature matching tote bag.

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(okay, here is where you say "Ahhhh...that's soooo sweet")

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Chloe loves her new tote bag. She loves to carry it around the room.

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Not only did my secret pal send me a wonderful tote bag...but she sent me some great books. She is truly spoiling me. She sent me not one, not two, not three but FOUR Cat Who books. I love this is so easy to read and relaxes me. They are clean books that do not require you to read them in one sitting (as many many books least for me they do...which can get a wife in deep trouble when dinner is STILL not ready by midnight.)She also sent me "the Princess Diaries" book, since she knows that I love that movie. I can't wait to read it. She also sent me a bookmark to put in my new books. The theme of this package was "Falling into a Good Book". Isn't she clever??? I can't think of good ideas like that. It was great. I can't wait to see what she has in store for me next. I am very curious as she says it has to do with the same theme.

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Chloe liked the princess one best...

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And to top it off, she crocheted me a PK Doily. A PK DOILY!!! She has really taken the time to get to know what I love...she really has. (and yes...secret pal...this counts as a FULL doily, size does not matter.)

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And a fun shot so you can see the stitch details. (cause it IS a PK doily after all)

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So, as you can has been a wonderful day for me.

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Yesterday, I mentioned that I might finish a doily today. Well, I am pleased to announce that she is done. Complete. So, if you look at my Anne of Green Gables gallery, you will TWO new additions today. Here is the one I crocheted.

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This doily is called Brocade and was crocheted with size 30 thread and a size 10 crochet hook. I have yet to block her. Come on now...I only just finished her this afternoon and I have nothing to block with in this hotel room. So sadly to say, she will not be blocked until we get settled in to our new house.

But, I can assure you that she will be gorgeous when she is blocked. I am a tad bit worried though as she puckers up something awful. I hope this can be blcoked out. It must since I was very careful to keep the same gauge the whole way through.

Speaking of my new house, I seem to remember promising some pictures of it yesterday. Do you want to see it??? You do??? Okay...

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This one is pretty self-explanitory...the FRONT!!

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And the living room...

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...and the dining room...

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...and...huh??? what is that??? oh yeah...I believe its the kitchen...yup...that's what it is.

Anyways, that is the main part of the house. Maybe I will do a little before and after shot for each room as we lay carpet and paint them. Wouldn't that be fun???

Well, I am off to crochet a bit before bed. I might actually just go to bed. I didn't realize it was 10:00 at night...whoa...past my bedtime. Have a great evening everyone.