Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Prepping for Christmas

The preperations have begun. I have yet to add the post for the Christmas Gifts gallery to the blog so maybe I will work on that today or tomorrow. I have another doily done for another Christmas gift but I won't show you that until I have it blocked. Do you think I will get that done today??? It has yet to be decided. Just be happy that I am blogging in the morning today instead of saving it for tonight. I have been remiss in my blogging attempts lately due to the fact that when I postpone it until the family is settled in for the evning, it would seem that I settle in too. Thus, blogging is forgotten as I sink into sweet slumber. I will now make an effort to blog in the A.M. in hopes that I can keep up with all that goes on in my life. Not that anything very interesting goes on by comparision. I just like to chatter.

But back to the topic of the post. Prepping for Christmas. Now that Thanksgiving is complete for the year, I can now focus my attention on Christmas. I am one of those who has a hard time seeing all the Christmas "stuff" out before Thanksgiving. We live in such a materialistic world and it sickens me. It really does. Why do we have to spend so much money we don't have? Why do we feel that we HAVE to buy everyone gifts? It should be a thing of love. This is what I believe. I give people gifts from the love withen my heart...not because a commercial on television told me that every woman needs this diamond necklace to make them smile. Every kiss does NOT begin with Kay!!!! If they had taken kindergarden (which is a fairly common class to take) they would know that it begins with "K" which is a letter. I am sorry, but my husband kisses me quite often and I don't have a diamond necklace or ring with which to begin these kisses. And, mind you, they are filled with more love than I could ever dream for.

But again, I have drifted from the topic at hand...prepping for Christmas. What am I doing to prep for Christmas?? Well, I made some ornaments for the Ornament Swap over at the ville.

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These were alot of fun to make. I got them out of that Christmas Thread pattern book I found in the used bookstore a couple of weeks ago. (I love that place) I fudged on these ornaments a bit though. They are supposed to be sachets filled with lovely smelling potpourri. Ummm...wouldn't that be delicious? Walking in the house and smelling the fragrance of cinnamon apple or mulberry spice wafting from the Christmas tree? But you see...I have a fear of sewing. And I didn't have any toule on hand either. (and you all know me and driving...)So, I just attached the backs of the ornaments to the fronts with nothing in the middle and I think they turned out just fine. What do you think?

Now I had two people to make ornaments for and there are three in the picture above. What was that third ornament for? Or who? I actually gave that to James' Aunt Evelyn when we saw her for Thanksgiving. I will tell you more about that adventure another day.

Anyways, I hope everyone truly liked these ornaments. I think they are so pretty.

Well now...let me see. I did recieve my ornaments for that same swap. I only have a picture of one of them. I will have to get a decent photo of the other one. (for some reason lately I have been unable to get decent photos of anything. Could it be that taking them in the dark is a bad idea????)

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Isn't that darling? I love purses so this is really cute. A little white purse ornament. (and a great way to use that Fun Fur.) Thank you kelly g. I really appreciate your kindness. I will hang this on my tree and cherish it forever.

James laughs at me because each year at Christmastime, I sit him down and torture him with each ornament's story as I place it gingerly on my tree. I know where and when I got each ornament...whether it was given to me or if I bought it. Each one has a history and it has become my tradition to share it with James (and now Chloe) every year. He complains but the funny thing is...each year I ask him about the ornaments and he can't remember thier stories. So, I feel that I must continue until he can. (don't tell him I said this though...I kind of like it when he can't remember. It means I have another year to tell the stories.)

Well, it would seem that housework needs to be done EVERY day. (especially with a 20 month old tornado in the midst of it all) This means it is time for me to get off my duff and get to work. Have a wonderful day everyone. May you take time to remember the Reason for the Christmas season and delight yourself in the thrill of such a Love.

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Pajama Sort of Day

Have you ever had one of those days??? The kind spent in pajamas until noon? The kind of day you are too tired to get out of bed but too awake to sleep? This was my morning today. While I have a ton of things I COULD be doing...nothing suited my fancy more than lying in my big bed with my daughter next to me reading stories, solving puzzles and hiding underneath the blankets.

This is the sort of day when you allow the lazy, warm sunshine to wake you up and you lie there drinking in the golden rays with delight. It is the sort of day when you listen to the song of the bird outside your window as if he were singing for you and you alone. It is the sort of day when nothing happens but what exists in your imagination. My imagination is full of delightful and wonderful things today. Fancy and frilly things...lacy and dainty things...things of pink perfection and romantic blue... of green simplicity and purist white. Things to fill my house with. I dream of love and laughter...hope and joy.

But I know that life must move forward. You see, I am a bit of romantic. I see everything with rose-colored glasses. Everything in the past that is. But after my morning of daydreaming of eras long past, I realized that in those eras there was much work. They did not sit around in their pajamas all day waiting for dreams to come true. No, for dreams to come true, one must work...and work hard. So, I got up and finished my laundry left undone from yesterday and took my shower and made myself a cup of tea. So, I am ready to begin my work now. (crochet type work that is.)

Before I start "work" though...I have a few things I would like to show you. I got a lovely package last week and I have been late in telling you all the delights found withen.

I have been feeling down again lately about my designing and patterns and such. It has been a very slow month and when no one buys my patterns, it makes me feel like a failure. Nevermind the fact that last month was a record month for me...that doesn't count when one is feeling down about oneself.

Anyways, I came home from our Thanksgiving trip to find a rather large package on my doorstep. My dear friend and tester of my patterns (and one of the admin on my board) mom4x had told me before that she had a package that she was sending to me. Isn't she a dear?? This is what I thought...but I had no idea of what lay in store for me until I got the package. Let's just say that when I saw the box on my front porch and noticed the size of it, that is when I was first blown away. (to cloud nine, that is) I couldn't believe that she sent me such a large box.

I opened it and lo, and behold I saw before me a multitude of little of which said read and open first. Well, I broke that rule and gave a package with Chloe's name on it to her first. She loves recieving things in the mail and so I let her do the honors.

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You can't tell from that picture but its a blue puppy dog (a poodle to be precise) in a blue purse type bag. Too cute. She loves that thing. It was one of the choosen toys to be on our bed of daydreams this morning.

Next in the package, I opened what I was told to open first. The card stated that this was a housewarming package not from Mom4x alone but from many members of my testing forum. MANY members...I was blown away yet again...and this time tears welled up in my eyes as I realized just how much my testers care about me. And if they care this much...then they must think I have something to offer in the world of crochet. Right???

Here is what Mom4x sent me in the first of many packages.

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Tea (which is yummy) and chocolate (which was yummy too...and almost gone) and ribbon and thread and yarn and embellishments and a pen with my name on it. (how cool is that??? I can write my patterns now with my own special pen)

She also sent me a Christmas delicate and gorgeous.

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The picture does not do it justice at all. It would seem that through my tears that night, I was unable to take a decent picture for many of the pictures I am going to show you are blurry like that. Its as if my tears entered into the camera and blurred each photograph.

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Here is a close-up of the yarn and embellishments she sent me. I can see a little poncho for Chloe with this yarn and those embellishments match it perfectly so you can be assured they will be placed somewhere on it.

The next little package I opened was from Angeleyes70. Another dear and faithful tester.

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When we first started our snowflake swap on the forum (and when angeleyes was a new tester) we had discussed frost and snow and the title of this movie came up. I mentioned that I don't think I have seen the whole thing and what I remember seeing (if its the right movie) was on television some years ago. So, as a little housewarming gift she sent me this movie and a box of chocolate. I can see myself now, cuddled up on a chilly autumn night with my chocolates watching this movie. I will have to talk James into this for date night sometime. (Let's hope all the chocolates have nuts in them so I don't have to share...just kidding. I love sharing with him. He doesn't eat very many anyways.)

And then I opened another package. This one from Around74. A very dear tester and a great friend.

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My favorite, favorite, favorite yarn...Sinfonia. (favorite besides Paton's Grace, that is) Sinfonia is about half the price of Paton's Grace so it is quite more affordable and one that I use quite frequently. I love it. (I guess that is because I am partial to cotton yarn) Also in this package is two little balls of size 80 thread in a dlightful pink varigated color. Ohhh...this was part of my daydreams this morning. What should I do with this treasure??? Edging on hankies?? Edging on pillowcases?? A teeny tiny doily? I don't know. It will come to me as all good things do.

The next package contained treasures from nannycrochets. Another great tester of mine. Oh...the delights in this package started with a little something that Chloe decided was hers the minute she saw it.

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A little white teddy bear. Here you can see here watching a movie and clutching her new teddie in her arms with her new poodle puppy purse in her lap.

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I also recieved three skiens of baby yarn, more thread, two steel crochet hooks (one is a silverlite which I think I may start collecting next after I finish my regular Susan Bates collection), some nylon thread and an angel ceramic. She is so pretty and is holding a little child in her arms. I wondered as I opened this if I was supposed to be that angel watching over my little blessing Chloe.

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I got a picture of just the angel but again...tears must have seeped into the camera for this picture is blurred as well.

The next package I opened was from Kisha29. A wonderfully devoted tester who has been with me since the day I started my forum.

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In it was a poncho in a yummy color and a gorgeous stitch with such nice texture. She also sent me a Christmas ornament. This ornament is not your ordinary ornament. It was handmade somewhere in Arizona. I don't think she knows this about me, but I used to live in Arizona. Once when I was a girl and again a few years ago when James and I were stationed there. I LOVE Arizona. A part of my heart will always be there. And another thing I don't think Kisha29 knows is that I adore sauraros. They are my favorite cactus ever. (and can only be found in Arizona with a couple in New Mexico and south Utah. NOT in Texas like the old "western" movies claim.) So, this Christmas ornament is a cactus with snow on it. Ahh...the gasp that crept from my lips and the tears that flowed when I opened up that cactus. In an instant I flew back to five years ago when I was "home" in Arizona with my dear friends there.

At this point in time, I was thinking (as I am sure you are too by now) "What else could there be in this box???" I was so filled with love that I didn't think I could contain any more. There was one package left in my box from Sue and so I opened it.

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Patterns, patterns and more patterns. Golly gee....and they are all thread!!!!! These patterns were the source of many the daydreams floating through my head this morning. Tablecloths, doilies and dresses for Chloe. Bathrobes, booties and even a matching bed jacket for Chloe and I. I have poured over these magazines each day since then...dreaming of everything I would like to make.

Not only that but she also gave me Amethyst. Who is Amythyst? Why she is a dainty little bear done in the softest thread. (kind of a mix between thread and yarn) Sue knows of my love for anything purple and so she gave me this purple beauty. I can't get over it. She is fully movable and yet she is tiny. You can see in the picture above that Chloe decided she liked her too...but after Emilia (the poodle puppy purse) and Snowflurry (the white teddy) I decided Amythyst was to be mine. She can stand on her own even.

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Again you can see the blurriness of tears as I was crying. I was filled to the brim with love that evening. Thank you to ALL my testers. You guys are what keeps me going when I feel like giving up. You are the reason I can do this designing thing. If it weren't for you, I would not have patterns to sell, nor the motivation to design them. You all have been my gift from God and I treasure each and everyone of you.

In light of this I would like to add that I will continue designing. It is in my blood. It is so much a part of me that to quit would be to take away the air that I breath. I will say this though, I will be designing things that speak to me. I don't think I can "churn out" as many designs as I have in the past. For one, the quality goes down when I do that and for two, my family is my first priority. I cannot spend my days crocheting if my family needs me.

So, while I was supposed to be working I wrote this post instead. And now darling Chloe is awake from her slumber and I must tend to her. We have a tea date with Rachel and Samantha. (our dolls) Have a wonderful day everyone and may you have yourself a pajama day someday soon.

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Autumns Passing

by Anna Ness
(c) November 2006
Surrounded by splendor and majesty she stands tall.
Her branches kissed with yellow, orange, red and gold.
The colors of crisp air and fading sun surround the world
in a blanket of beauty that touches the soul;
Whispering in the rustling leaves
Come Forth.
Come forth oh winter, come forth;
But let me one last glance
At the joy of my youth before I pass.

Saturday, November 18, 2006

Vintage Stuff and Doilies and Stuff and Lots of Stuff

What a week this has been. I haven't felt much like blogging this week and now there is a ton of "stuff" to share with you as a result. I mentioned the other day that I was about to take off on an antique/thrift store adventure. Well, I was very brave and actually did this. I drove to 6 different locations before I found a "real" store. This GPS thing is really cool but more than half of the "places" in it seem the be the living room of someone's house. (at least that is where it would take me) I did find an antique store though and I found some treasures there. I only bought three though...a shelf, a tea cup and saucer and a vintage music box. Here is whatI did with it...

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I put this in Chloe's room. I have decided that she needs some "style" added to her plain walls. Here is a close up of the items on the shelf. I found that doll at the thrift store.

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There is the train and bear music box too. Its so cute. Chloe loves to sit in my lap holding it while it plays. Here is a close-up of the picture beside the shelf. I bought this for about $2 at the thrift store yesterday. Its of a little girl and boy playing in the water at an old-fashioned pump.

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Check this dress out. I found it at the thrift store Thursday for only $2.60. Isn't it the most darling dress you have ever seen??? Its a size 18 months so we have a little time before she can wear it.

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I love the bottom of this old-fashioned and dainty and girly...oh I love it!!!!! I also found another doll for Chloe at the thrift store...

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And some little knicky knacky things for her shelf...and a Dick and Jane book. This brings back so many memories of learning to read. I can't wait until I can teach Chloe to read.

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This next item was a gorgeous find. It was only $2. Can you believe it??? Its a large table cloth and will fit my dining room table. It is covered in ribbon embroidery. I had wanted to learn to do ribbon embroidery a couple of years ago as my "project a year" but I didn't do so well. I made one thing for my mother and that was it. Maybe I will pick it back up and retry. This is a great motivational piece. Its gorgeous.

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Chloe kept trying to touch the ribbons on the tablecloth. I had to keep inching it up out of her grasp, but I still caught the top of her head in the picture. That's okay though because she has such a darling head. {BIG mommy grin}

So, as many of you know...Friday is play doh day and yesterday was no different. We whipped out the play doh and I sat down with Chloe and taught her an age-old play doh form. Everyone (and I mean EVERYONE should know how to make this form. It is the basics of Play Doh 101.)

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THE SNAKE. Remember making these??? Once you make the snake, you can make anything. See??? Since snakes live in the tropics, I made a paradise for him.

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I then taught her to make the second project in Play Doh 101. Step one....

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And then step 2....

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The timeless classic...the handprint. What parent does not enjoy the handprint project??? Everyone has one.

In other news...I received a package this week. My swap partner for the Holiday swap sent me a little package. She made me a pink bookmark ( pink) and she also sent a little coloring book for Chloe. Isn't she the sweetest to think of Chloe too? Chloe loved getting something in "mama's" package. She took the book and sat on the floor and looked at each and every page. Thank you Jobean for the wonderful package. It was so thoghtful of you.

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I also got some snowflakes in the mail yesterday but I don't have a decent photo of them so you will have to wait until tomorrow to see them. I can show you some of my recent doilies though. I got two Christmas gifts finished. YAY!!! Only about a billion more to go. Sheesh...will I EVER get caught up??? I don't know...but I can sure try. Anyways, here is a doily I made for my sister-in-law. She reminds me of yellow with her sunny personality (and she wears yellow and looks gorgeous in it) so I made her a doily to match her.

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And you can all guess who designed this doily. Its a Patricia Kristofferson doily. Would you expect anything less than the best for a Christmas gift? Nope!! It will be hard to part with such a beauty but I THINK I can do it. And now the fun shot...

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I just love the details of PK doilies. I have never seen anything like them before. See the center of this doily??? Just stunning. This doily is from her book Absolutely Gorgeous Doilies that my swap partner Kate gave to me.

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I also made a doily for my best friend Rachel. She too is a "yellow" person. Her old house (when I was her neighbor) had a yellow kitchen. So, I made her a yellow doily. It too is a PK doily.

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This was from the book "Dainty Little Doilies". Here is the fun shot of it so you can see the stitch detail.

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Now while I was in the thrift stores this week, I noticed some doilies amongst the other "stuff" there. These poor treasures. I was appalled. I thought of the hours that someone spent on these doilies. The love they poured out into these...the time and care...and I made a decision. It is now my mission to rescue any thrift store doily I can find from the same death sentence reserved for dingy flannel shirts and holey woman's underwear.

Here are my first two rescued doilies. (I will be making a gallery of all my "rescued" doilies in a day or two and add the link to my sidebar.)

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And a fun shot...

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And doily number 2.

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What's next??? (shhhh...its the fun shot...don't tell...)

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So, what will I be working on this next week??? Oh...I have a couple of new designs about ready to be released...I also have some new patterns to type up and get into testing. Let's see...I am working on some items to sell in my Boutique. Check it out soon and you will find some great gifts for a special someone on your list. I hope to have the Boutique stocked by the end of next week. I also have some ideas for a bunch of free patterns to put on my site...I hope to have those up by the begininig of December. Got some great ideas.

Hopefully I haven't bored you to death with all my ramblings. I need to get to bed now. Have a great evening everyone and thank you for stopping by.

Thursday, November 16, 2006

Thursday Thirteen

Thirteen Facts About Floods

In light of some recent events in my life (recent as in as in ONE) I will issue this declaration of 13 things I have learned today about floods. (or facts about them which I happen to think might be worthwhile for you to know.)

1) Lots and lots of rain causes floods. When you look out the window, this type of rain actually looks like a blizzard. (that is a LOT of rain, by the way) Sometimes other kinds of rain can cause flooding too...but that is beside the point really so I am choosing not to make it. Just ingore that point.

2) Never leave your basement door open when this type of rain starts up. (even just a crack will cause flooding) In fact, its a good idea to never leave your basement door open anyways. Should you have a husband who tends to leave the door open, it might behove you to gently close it behind him.

3) If you do not have flood insurance, damage to your belongings (and house) will not be covered. A home warranty might come in handy at this point in time and should be considered. They will come fix the problem (if there is a problem) but they still won't replace the cross stitch picture of a bear sitting on the toilet or the stack of home improvement magazines left on the floor. And don't forget the deductible for that home warranty. Is it really worth it???

4) It might be a good idea to turn on the sump pump when such aforementioned rain occurs.

5) You should also make sure the sump pump is working properly. This can and WILL make a difference.

6) Another great idea is to KNOW what a sump pump is...

7) When two inches of water fill the unfinished basement, the drywall will get soaked and will need replaced. This is not a pleasant thought. (not pleasant at all)

8) Quite a few years ago, the whole earth was completely covered in water. Now THAT is a lot of rain. (I wonder what that looked like if this looked like a blizzard and it only covered 2" of my basement...hmmmmm)

9) Cardboard boxes disinegrate when wet. Do NOT pick up a box whose bottom is soggy. This will result in an even bigger mess then the one you are cleaning up. (Especially if that box contains a bunch of nails and screws)

10) Old nyion brooms do not sweep up water very well.

11) If the basement floor was not swept in the past 5 years by the previous owners, you will have mud when it fills up with 2" of water. (GROSS!!)

12) Flooding of the basement can be a good thing. It causes the homeowners to finally de-clutter thier belongings and organize the whole area much better.

13) *NOTES to SELF* - Install new basement door that actually shuts and be thankful my bedroom is up on the third floor.

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Tuesday, November 14, 2006

My Gift from God

God is so good to me. He blesses me beyond comprehension. Today I will attempt to explain just how He blessed me this morning. As many of you know, it is my heart's desire to have children. Many children. I dream of a brood of children for me to raise up for the Lord. I dream of full-filled evenings on the living room floor playing yahtzee. I dream of huge 15 passenger vans. (Yes!!! I WANT one of those...but only if its full) I just yearn for lots of heart surrounded with love.

We have one. Little Chloe. My pride and joy. My gift from heaven above. I wouldn't trade her for a million kids. She is my precious angel. But, as many of you don't know (and a few of you do) James and I have been trying for a few months to have another baby. 10 months to be exact. 4 months of not "trying to not" get pregnant and 6 months of "active" trying. I just knew that this would be the month. I mean, we got pregnant our first try with Chloe. 10 months seems like a very long time to be trying.

Well, last night we found out that we are not pregnant. For the first time in 10 months of trying, it hurt. I cried. My heart broke and my soul cried out. James came in and hugged me and reminded me that God is in control and He has a plan for our lives. While I knew this was TRUTH, my heart was still crushed into a million pieces and in pain. I cried myself to sleep.

This morning, I woke up at my usual time of 6:00 am and went the motions of my quiet time with the Lord. I knew that needed that quiet time with my Savior and best friend. I needed His comforting arms to wrap me in His Love. As I read His Word, he again reminded me of what James had told me the night before. God has a plan for my life. While I do know that He is the one who created me to be a mother and I know He is the one who put this desire in my heart to be that mother...I also know that it might not be His Will to be a mother of a multitude of children. I have to accept this. He showed me this morning that this is good. His Will is Perfect. Its perfect. What more can be said of it. His Will is pleasing to Him and its good and perfect. How I can I ask for anything less than perfection? I can't. So, I trust Him. I trust Him that His Plan for my life is good and perfect...even if I never have another baby.

When I came to this realization and gave my heart over to His Will, a peace that I can never explain enveloped my heart and soul. I rested in God's comfort and warm embrace. I felt much better after this.

I got up and opened my bedroom door to beging the rest of my morning routine and outside the door to my bedroom I saw a package on the floor. I knew immediately that this was a gift to me from God above. I grabbed it up with tears of joy in my eyes and took in it my bedroom and closed the door.

The name on the package was LadySnow. My good friend and one of my admin team on my pattern testing forum. But even though the name said Lady Snow...I knew in my heart it was from God. Lady Snow is a child of God and He used her to bless me with a gift from Him when I needed it most.

Each item I picked up brought a new tear to my eye as I was wrapped in the center of God's love.

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This is everyting in the box. Let me explain a little bit about what all these things are. Lady Snow sent me the cutest aprons. One for me and one for Chloe. I have been wanting an apron for Chloe. I have one apron that my mother made for my 19th brithday and it is HUGE on Chloe but I wrap it up and tie it on her. Well, now she has one the perfect size for her. And I have a matching one.

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Now Lady Snow knows how much I love unique purses. I design some that are different from the "normal" type of purse. I love purses (as I am sure most women do...its how we were created. You know...carrying everything around with us everywhere we go. We are the ones who have what you need when you need it no matter where you are.) Here is a new purse to add to my collection. Isn't it the cutest??? I don't have one like this yet. I love it!!!!

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She also sent me a hair tie, face cloths and a skein of Moda Dea Tutu yarn. (which is perfect since I already have a couple of skeins of this color and I can now make a fluffilicious shawl with it...yay!!)

Lady Snow, thank you from the bottom of my heart. I know God used you to show me how much He loves me at a time when I needed it most. Thank you for allowing Him to use you. You are a dear friend and I love you.

James was out of town this weekend with his brother and it was pouring down rain for two days straight. What can you do with a toddler under such conditions??? Why, make her a playhouse. What a wonderful idea!! But with what??? A cardboard box is a great idea. See???

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The cool thing is...she really loves this. She climbs in and out of it. Her favorite thing to do it to crawl inside and close the door and say "Bye!" very "matter of factly".

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So, if you have a rainy day with nothing to do and a spare box lying around, you can have fun for hours...and days (she STILL plays in that thing) So, I may not have loads of kids...but I have a precious little girl who I am thrilled to play with. SO, I need to get off this computer and grab my darling, give her a big mommy kind of kiss and go shopping!!!

Grab your children today and give them a sqeeze and let them know just how precious they are to you.

Friday, November 10, 2006

My Daughter, the Sculptist

Is that a word??? Sculptist?? Sculpturist??? Statue maker??? I don't know. But it seems that she takes after me in her sculpturing skills. I have been asked to show pictures of Chloe's artwork that she makes during our weekly play doh sessions. So here we go.


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Betcha don't know what that is...see if you can tell now!!

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Still can't tell??? project...

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If you don't know what that is by now then I guess you will never figure it out. Why its a dolly stroller (push chair as they call it in England). Can you see it now???

Okay, I feel that I must be honest now. Chloe is not that good at her sculpturing abilities. And neither is the person who made this stroller. Mwah. was I who made this dolly stroller for my play doh session today...and just so you know... I posted the photos above in reverse. They were actually taken in a matter of about 10 seconds. Little hands are very quick at taking apart mommy's creations.

So, you still want to see what Chloe made???? Well, here you go. Aside from eating little knobbies of playdoh she swiped from my stroller, Chloe made this work of art.

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Now what do you think of that? Gorgeous right?? Its her little finger indent on the side there. She also took the doggie bone cutter (my sister gave me to make doggies biscuits for my old dog) and made a few little knicks in the mound. She is getting better. Her favorite thing to do right now is to have mommy cut bow ties with the doggie bone cutter and hold them on her neck with her chin. She thinks she's stepping out when she wears her "fancies". We will have to see how much she improves next week. Soon she will be making dolly strollers too.

I got a lovely little something in the mail yesterday. We had a game in Novemeber over at my pattern testing forum hosted by my tester and moderator, thread_zealot. This game was fun and I came in second to last. I just didn't have the time to work on it like I wanted to. But anyways, she made EVERYONE a prize. Here is what she made me.

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Isn't she the sweetest??? She made me a doily and trimmed it in purple and pink. I wonder why she did that...they are only my two most favorite colors. {smile} Thank you are very kind and generous and a wonderful tester.

A few weeks ago I crocheted a doily for Chloe's hope chest. I finally got around to blocking it yesterday. This one was a doozy to block. My goodness gracious. I think it was all those picots. They kept turning under and facing the wrong way. I tried for an hour and I still couldn't get this doily to form a perfect circle. I gave up.

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I will be adding these photos to Chloe's Hope Chest Gallery. I will be searching to find her a chest to store these things in. So far we have two doilies...but I would like to get some other things going. Check this site out that my friend Lady Snow linked to on her blog. It has tons of information about hope chests.

I already mentioned to you all about the snowflake swap over on my testing forum. Well, last night I made two of the five snowflakes and blocked them. (I made the other three this morning but they are still blcoking) These are going to be awfully hard to give away. I love them.

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I say that with everything though, don't I. I always say that I will make one for myself and then I never end up getting around to it. Well this time I will. I WILL!!! I just know I will!!! (I am dreaming of that Christmas tree next year all done in white snowflakes with little white lights.)

Okay, I am off to play with Chloe before bedtime. Have a wonderful evening everyone. Thanks for stopping by.

Thursday, November 09, 2006


I really hit the jackpot today. As many of you is errand day for us. This means we get ready the night before to leave as soon as we can after breakfast so we can trudge all over town and make it home before the little peep falls asleep. If she falls asleep in the car...even if its only for 5 minutes...she thinks this was a suffcient nap and then refuses to sleep the rest of the afternoon. This makes for a rough evening. So, we hurry and get everything done we need as soon as possible. Today we only had to run to the Commissary and get the food. So, we had a few hours to kill before naptime.

Well, as part of my planning last night, I decided to find a local used bookstore and venture there to see what there was to see. I thought I might be able to find a used book for Chloe this week instead of spending $15 at Barnes and Noble for a single "new" book.

Well, before I could even MAKE it to the "kids" section somehting wonderful and delightful caught my eye. (never mind that I asked specifically where it was as soon as I walked in the door...that point is moot and one I would frankly like you to forget I even mentioned) The CRAFT section. Ah yes. You know this was coming, didn't you. Hahahaha...well, it was sort of on the way to the kids section. It was down one aisle and the kids section was one aisle exactly the same spot, so there you have it. It was meant to be. Look what I found!!!

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I already have plans to make some of these things for myself and for gifts for people. I can just see one or two of those antique pincushions in my new sewing room. Gorgeous.

And look what Chloe found next to the craft section...

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Well, she didn't actually find ALL those books there. Just the one with the title "1001 things to do with your kids". I thought this might come in handy pretty soon when I am at a loss for ideas of what to do with Chloe in the evening time. I will at least have fun thumbing through it.

Well, we finally made it to the kids section. I didn't find one book for Chloe. I found seven. Well, I found a ton more but I wanted to be alive when my husband returns home from work so I stopped myself at 7. They were cheap though so I can see myself getting a few more next week.

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I think I am collecting quite a few Little Golden Books. I think they are so darling. I just love them. These were some older ones that I think will be pretty neat.

And then, guess what I found. This was the real jackpot for me. I finally got more books for my Anne of Green Gables collection. When I was a teenager, my mother bought me the first three books in the series which I adore and have read many times. Well, they had the rest of the least 4-8 and I got them. Yay!!!!

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I can see many hours of tea and afghans and books in the near future...ahhhh...and with the cold winter weather coming in, these books will be perfect.

Just for the fun of it, I snapped a picture for you all to show you how much of a goofball my kid is. She really is a goofball...and a clown.

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You can't really tell what she is doing here since she happened to not "see" the camera but "hear" the camera turning on and instantly knew what it was and that it was way more interesting then what she was doing. And what was she doing??? She had put on my shoes and was kicking her ball around the living room. This kid cracks me up...she really does. She is a hoot.

Guess what I found out...that ball she has is a DORA ball. I learned the other day that DORA is something that must be had. I guess this is a television show for kids. We don't watch much television outside of sports and so I am unfamiliar with this. It is pretty similar to Blue's Clues from what I am told. So, now Chloe is styling with her Dora ball and we didn't even know it.

Onto crochet news. I made a doily while in the hotel room last month and I even showed it to you all. It was a gorgeous pattern but I was a bit concerned with how much it rippled. I worried that even a great blocking job wouldn't be able to fix it. Well, I am pleased to announce that I was plumb wrong. See???

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And...of course...the fun shot (which I think turned out better than the "head" shot, quite frankly)

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This doily embodies what I love about doilies...Lace, lace and more lace. I adore lace.

Today I searched and searched the internet through and through for a "mug cozy" pattern to make for my Holiday Swap partner over at the ville to no avail. Nothing could be found that fit my standards. I did try two patterns but one was written so horribly I would have had to redesign it and rewrite it and that just seemed like too much work for something I wasn't even sure if I liked anyways. The second one I tried was just too simple and boring. So, I then decided to design my own. The easiest option, I think. Here is what I came up with. I think it will be a free pattern on my site in the next couple of days.

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Or I might design a tea pot cozy to match and sell it as a set...haven't decided yet. What do you think??? I am calling it Cabled Mug Cozy. Very original. I don't think I can get enough of cables right now. Everything I have been designing lately has them. Hope other people like them as well...

Have a great day everyone.