Sunday, December 21, 2008
Hubby and I did setup our Christmas tree. We actually had to run out and buy a new one because the top portion of last years tree wouldn't light up. Luckily Target had one that fit the house and all of the lights are on! My sister, JennyC introduced me to Picnik and I used it to make my photo look like a scene from my childhood. I love it. By the way, that is a real fire in the fireplace. Hubby and I sat by the fire and listened to Christmas music, another moment to celebrate our first year in our new house and a wonderful night to remember going into our second year of marriage.
I had my nieces over one weekend and they helped me make the mantel. I got the idea from a catalog that was selling pre-cut felt mittens with additional pieces to help you personalize them. Not only was the price outrageous but I thought how can you really personalize them when they give you everything. Setting about to make it unique, I went to Michael's craft store and purchase two bell cookie cutters. They were out of mittens. Then the girls and I traced the bells in construction paper, cut them out and gave each a unique design and personalized each with a family members name.
Hubby even got involved in the action and made my dad a hula bell. The girls enjoyed all of the fun and now I have a piece of Family history in my collection of Christmas decorations.
PS Still no pictures from our dinner but at least I remembered to take and post these pics. :)
Monday, December 8, 2008
I am now at work on a different tote that Jenny and Mom helped me figure out. I can never read those directions. I'm sure if I didn't rush through it they would be understandable, but I can't seem to stop and take a moment. Luckily for me, Jenny cut the fabric, mom read the directions and now I can do it all by myself. Hopefully.
I'm telling you this is the beginning of a beautiful bag. Now I'll celebrate with pie and tea, again courtesy of lovely hubby.
Saturday, December 6, 2008
I can do a zipper, can you believe it! I'm so proud of myself. I've made two, wow two, and if you would have asked me this time last year if I could make a bag I would have said absolutely no. What a difference a year makes. This month marks another great event. This December hubby and I are celebrating our first year in our new house. YEA!!!!!
Sunday, November 23, 2008
I bought her newest book this week and I can't wait to get crafting with it. Hubby took me to Jo-Ann's over the weekend and even though I didn't find the unique fabrics Lotta features, I believe she screen prints most of them, I did get some fabulous finds.
If you haven't gotten a chance to check out this book I strongly suggest you hurry to Barnes and Noble or Borders and take a look.
Now let me get to my singer so I can create some beautiful totes, placemats and even a table runner!
Friday, November 21, 2008
My niece actually informed me just this week that she would love to receive skirts for Christmas with "buddons" on them. I might just make her one also, so don't be surprised to see something "Buddon Fabulous" on the site soon. Hubby is taking me to Jo-Ann's tonight so hopefully the snow won't stick and I can get to creating something tonight.
Friday, November 14, 2008
Where is your mobile phone? table
Where is your significant other? sofa
Your hair colour? brown
Your mother? cute
Your father? driven
Your favourite thing? reading
Your dream last night? short
Your dream goal? balance
The room you're in? dining
Your hobby? stuff
Your fear? unfinished
Where do you want to be in 6 years? ?
Where were you last night? working
What you're not? tall
One of your wish-list items? kitten
Where you grew up? 1820
The last thing you did? baby-sat
What are you wearing? jeans
Your TV? DVRing
Your pets? Sneaky
Your computer? swivels
Your mood? hopeful
Missing someone? no
Your car? wicked!
Something you're not wearing? glasses
Favourite shop? bookstore
Your summer? bugs
Love someone? definitely
Your favourite colour? blue
When is the last time you laughed? now
When is the last time you cried? Tuesday
All done! Frank its your turn.
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
I got up early, because if I slept the day away how was I going to get everything accomplished. I signed onto the on-line system for work, printed a document and answered a couple of emails and I was on a roll! Hubby went to work and then here I was alone at home. All by myself and what to do. First thing, I ate. I'm always hungry in the morning besides breakfast is the most important meal of the day. So I ate and then I decided I'd watch a movie, Mean Girls, with Lindsay Lohan. Its been staring at me from Netflix so I had to get it. So I settled down to watch a teen flick, eat till I was stuffed and relax instead of being at work answering the phone that doesn't stop ringing the emails that keep piling in and the in-box that seems to get bigger each day.
I forgot to mention I made myself a cup of General Foods International Coffee, the hazelnut brand. Hubby usually makes me this "coffee" in the morning but when I made it, it just wasn't as good. I called hubby on the phone at work, poor baby he had to go in and asked him "what gives?" I read the directions so what's up it doesn't taste as good as it usually does? Hubby kindly told me that he uses more spoonfuls of the mix, adds a spoonful of sugar, a healthy dollop of whipped cream and drizzles caramel on the top. Yeah I like his better.
So back to my movie, it wasn't bad. I actually did enjoy it but I doubt I could watch it again. It had its moments but most importantly I didn't think about work so it did its job. I caught up on my laundry, dusted and swept a bit. Did the dishes and plucked some chicken from the freezer to defrost for dinner. Then I had a distraction that derailed my day. Here it is...Dum, Da, Dum Dum.....
BB came over with my mom and totally wrecked my living room with tortilla chips all over it. We went for a walk just down the block a bit and BB kicked her way through ankle deep leaves. I forgot she was so short. She stayed for a while and then headed down with my mom to pick up her mom from work.
It was a welcome distraction and although I didn't get everything I had set out to accomplish at least I wasn't at work!
Now all I had to do was break out the vacuum cleaning and pick up all her tortilla chip mess. She's just like her mother......
Monday, October 27, 2008
Luckily for me, my sister was even more persistent and she even bought me a kit!!! My hubby comes from a huge family, he’s the last of eight, so I plan on making an elephant and any other softie for the child that's usually born each year. Noah went to my newest nephew. I also made a pink version...
If you have ever visited Sewing Stars ("SS") and seen her pattern you'll be able to tell that mine is slightly off. Somehow I can't seem to make the arms right on my elephants so they always seem as if they are dancing to their own tune. Maybe they are playing the hokey pokey, who knows but at least they look like they are having fun. I couldn't find the same safety eyes that SS used but I did find slightly larger eyes. Not sure if I'm 100% sold on the bigger eye. I think they might look too big but hey she still looks cute and that's what counts. I thought about naming her but if I keep doing that then it will be harder for me to give them away. Good bye Daisy I'll miss you. Dang it she's got a name.
Monday, October 20, 2008
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
Last night I turned to the Bible, which resides next to my bed, only I needed to blow off a layer of dust upon which was upon it before opening it. I opened it quite randomly. Dear Lord, show me something I demanded, because isn't that what a wayward Christian does, demand of God, when we haven't spoken to him in so long, asking for an answer right away. Yes, I'm an impatient Christian too, but God in his everlasting love didn't leave me alone. He showed me my answer whether I liked it or not.
As I can not share the problem I am overjoyed to show you the answer. After reading you'll understand my flippant response.
Jeremiah Chapter 42
Gedaliah's assassination was of course merely a last-gasp act of a destroyed kingdom, a nation that was brought down, by The Lord, because they were corrupt before Him. It need not have happened, if they had listened to The Lord's warnings. When it was too late however, the people "42:2 said unto Jeremiah the prophet, Let, we beseech thee, our supplication be accepted before thee, and pray for us unto the LORD thy God, even for all this remnant; for we are left but a few of many, as thine eyes do behold us: 42:3 That the LORD thy God may show us the way wherein we may walk, and the thing that we may do" (Jeremiah 42:2-3 KJV).
The Lord's response was what it had always been, deliverance if they truly obeyed Him, destruction of they didn't. The Lord told them to remain where they were, but some of the people instead chose to disobey by fleeing to Egypt.
So I need to stay where I am and do his work whether I like it or not.
Thank you, God.
Honestly, thank you for your wise words, but tonight can you show me something that says....everything will be better tomorrow.
(Yes, I know another demand by the wayward and impatient Christian, but what can I say I always try to tell the truth and you can't lie to God.)
Sunday, September 14, 2008
Here's the bag!!!! Isn't she cute. Pay no attention to the table, I forgot to clean it in my haste.
The grocery bag is actually reversible, or it will be once I erase the markings I made on the wrong side. Newbie mistake! Spool was great, I definitely recommend it to anyone wanting to try their hand at sewing.
I already have a couple of new projects lined up. My next project is a lunch bag, which I fell in love with in Sister's book. Jen's already done her bag but I need to finish it. Another Newbie mistake. Hey I plan on keeping this Newbie excuse for at least a year until I figure all of these sewing terms. For example, don't stitch the top. Who knew!
See the bag is ready to go except I sewed it a bit wrong. The insulation is at the top instead of the bottom. The way I have this lunch bag it won't keep anything cold. Since that's its purpose its time to pull out the red removing stitch do-hickey and start over. My mom helped me. :) I might need more help too since I bought some lovely fabric from Jo-Ann's that I can't wait to use.
First I need to finish the bag, then its a softie pattern!!!!! Look out world here I come with my Singer 7442!!!!
Sunday, August 31, 2008
On August 30th, Mom celebrated her ## birthday. We don't keep track of age because with Mom age is just a number. It defines how many years she's lived but it does not keep track of the age of her spirit. Mom will always be a young girl, cracking up at all types of jokes and hanging out with her kids, from all ages that is. See how happy she is with Baby Bear and Abrakadabra.
Cheeky kids aren't they all.
Happy Birthday Mom!!!!!
Friday, August 22, 2008
Friday, August 15, 2008
Friday, August 8, 2008
I love reading. Especially if I'm lucky to find a good book, I devour it in less than a day, provided I have little interruptions like work. Some books I'll find by accident, just stumbling across it in either the library or the book store. Other times it will be from word of mouth. This time I fell for the hype. Yes, I was bitten (pun intended) by the Twilight Saga book. Luckily, I only had just heard about them so I didn't have to wait years for them to come out. Rather, it was the comparison to Harry Potter, which is one of my favorites, that drew me to read Stephen Meyer's work.
Twilight, the first book, was a wonderful read. A great escape into her idea of the world of the vampire. The characters of Bella Swan and Edward Cullen were definitely intriguing. After reading up on the author I found out why. Stephen Meyers had included elements of Pride and Prejudice, my all time favorite book. Meyers stated in an interview on Amazon.com (http://www.amazon.com/gp/mpd/permalink/m38Y4RL2PQXLBV) that she loosely based her characters, Bella and Edward on Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy. There are definite elements in each of Meyer's characters that bear similarities to the classic and beloved characters of Austen. For this reason only I was hooked. I needed to know what happened to the characters. I need to see if Bella would indeed become a vampire and if Edward ever slept (in the book vampires don't need to sleep :)).
SPOILERS BELOW so BEWARE!!!!!!
I read Twilight and it was a good read. Not as good as Harry Potter, but on its on level very good. I will definitely keep it in my collection and read it again from time to time. After Twilight I read the next, New Moon which expanded on Jacob's character. A good read as well but I was slightly disappointed in Bella. In Twilight, she was an independent girl, good at school and good alone. When Edward left her, she shrunk into herself, doing odd things just to hear his voice in her head. First love, true love doesn't necessarily mean obsession but that is what became of dear Bella. She lost her gumption. She was no longer Elizabeth Bennet in modern times but just Bella a teenager who had lost love. I could sympathize with her to an extent but it was a bit difficult to like her as much as I had in the first book. With Eclipse, further expansion on the characters came about and of them all I liked Jacob. Read it and you'll see. Bella gained some gumption back but never enough to satisfy the first book. The most interesting part of the entire book was Edward's marriage proposal to Bella. He would only make her a vampire if she married him. How sweet. No really very sweet. So why am I reading this if Bella was disappointing, I needed to know if she became a vampire. I won't spoil the book for anyone who hasn't read it, I realize its just out and I'd like to abide by Stephenie's wishes not to reveal anything so that they can experience it themselves. I will say this though, I liked Bella more at the end of the book, not as much as in Twilight but she came alive for me at the end, yet again pun intended. There were some hokey ideas that I could have done without but I'm glad I read it. I'm glad I found out what happened to Bella. Will I keep all of the books...nope..I'll just keep Twilight.