Saturday, December 31, 2011
Friday, December 30, 2011
Newly designed by me headbands
Large & funky rings
Large & funky bobby pins
Handcrafted wooden pens (made by my daddy! I get my crafty gene honestly!)
Earrings - some chain/beaded and some wooden ones
New color cup cozies
....and soooo much more!
In other news, I follow Susannah on Twitter and Blogger and each month lately she's been running a quick mini contest for her Twitter followers of winning a small monthly ad on her blog! How fun is that! I missed last month, but I won this month! So, starting Sunday or Monday my little blog button will be on her sidebar! How rad right?!?! She does fun sponsor posts at the end of the month too so I will get a little write up there! I emailed her my stuff tonight so, fingers crossed, everything goes well and my reader/shoppers will go up this month! If you follow her on Twitter you might catch her giveaway next month! (hint, she usually does it around the 20th or so...)
Wednesday, December 28, 2011
Monday, December 26, 2011
This year was super easy when we were with my brother's family because I could get anyone to focus on B at any time pretty much, so I didn't open anything. The gift my mom got me? Yeah, I managed to not open that during gift time yesterday, I opened it this morning sitting alone on the couch. I like it better that way. I can appreciate whatever the gift is on my own and in my own way. The only time this isn't a good thing is when something like today happens when my aunt was super excited about what she got me and wanted to see me open it.....but I hate opening presents in front of people! haha, I managed to get out of opening it until we were back on the farm and I was alone in the house because mom and dad were down in the barn.
I'm slightly afraid that people will think I'm ungrateful for gifts in general and then I'm reminded that the people that love me and understand me know that I don't like this at all and therefore are ok with it. My best friend, Allicen, is great with this, usually I can get her to tell me what she got me so that I don't *need* to open the gift in front of her. Anywhooooo, I only have two more gifts to open and they're the ones I'm most excited for! I still have my Christmas package from Camille at my apartment that I will get tomorrow probably (only if she gets hers!) and then I'm exchanging with Allicen on Wednesday when we spend our chill-out day together which is something that is much needed for both of us!!
I hope everyone had a magical holiday and got everything they asked Santa for!
Saturday, December 24, 2011
To my babies Max & Bear!!!!!!!! They were born late on Christmas eve many years ago and both were given away...and they both found their way back to us. I love them both very much! But, while Bear thoroughly enjoyed his pork neck, Max let the cats have his....always they loving Uncle Max as we cal him!
Thursday, December 22, 2011
It *just* hit me that it is the 22nd....of DECEMBER! That means only 2 days until my immediate family Christmas! And ya know what? I only have gifts picked out/bought/made for 3 of the 7 people I need to have something for. I've never put my shopping & making off this long! I think I tried to forget it was coming this year, kinda like if I don't acknowledge it, it won't happen. I was sadly mistaken about this. I still need to figure out stuff for my parents, my brother, and my nephew. You know, the hardest ones to buy for....thankfully, though, I always get my brother the same thing so he will be easy. I'm thinking clothes for B since that kid has nearly every toy...and plays with about 3 of them. As for my parents. I have ZERO clue. I've thought of a million different things but nothing feels right. Do you have to shop for anyone like that? What do you do to break the "gift block"?
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
First, here is the banner for the posts. Of course, El has to be in the pictures because I'm sure he will be ever-ready helper in most of the projects.
|(this is a normal way to lay for him....serious.)|
FIRST SUNDAY - Crochet square. I'm hoping to do a square that is about 12 inches so at the end of the year I will be able to make a 36x48 throw blanket....or I can do a few more blocks and end up with a 48x48 throw....then add a pretty border.
SECOND SUNDAY - Charity hat. I want to be able to give back as much as possible.....hopefully this will help my goal of donating as many hats as possible this year. As noted in my professional goals, I will also be doing something with Scarlett Key along this route as well...and I've decided what I'm doing with that! I will share soon!
THIRD SUNDAY - Quilt block. Same idea as the crochet square, but in patchwork or paper piecing....ie. fabric :)
FOURTH SUNDAY - Original design! This is probably my favorite! I spent most of one day last week creating and brainstorming my own designs for crochet! Can you believe it?!!? I will be sharing the finished product, but not the pattern. I think. Not sure about sharing the pattern or not....if they're half way decent then I may try and sell them via Scarlett Key and/or Ravelry. So, if anyone knows someone that can crochet that can test patterns for me, that would be awesome!
As for if there is a fifth Sunday or not....well, those will be my off weeks when I can take a break. How do these sound? Would you do anything differently? Are you doing a 12 in 12? Share!
Sunday, December 18, 2011
3 -- Get my blog and Scarlett Key to a point where I can confidently sponsor blogs like Camille's or Susannah's or Kaelah's. These three blogs really got me into blogging to begin with and all are huge inspiration to me so to have the confidence in my products and words to sponsor and really put my name out there would be a great place to be. (Random, but I've had this post written for a while and then I saw this post by Kaelah that made me feel even more like I'm in the right direction!)
Friday, December 16, 2011
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
Well, kids. I'm lost again. How do you find your way back when you're so lost you don't even know how to breathe sometimes? When you wake up just to go back to sleep because you can't bear to face another day of feeling so lost? When you know that you should do something, anything...but you just can't. How?
Monday, December 12, 2011
- Take a mini wreath form (I found mine at Michael's for about 50 cents), pretty yarn or ribbon, personalizing elements (I used mini rolled fabric flowers), and hot glue (but you could also use Fabric Tack or something similar)
- Start wrapping your yarn/ribbon around the wreath, make sure to cover all of the form by winding it close together. Secure the beginning and ending piece with a dab of hot glue.
- Place your embellishments where you want around the wreath. This is the totally fun part for me because I can get as creative as I want to!
- Cut a piece of yarn or ribbon for a hanger. If you've placed your embellishment so that it sits a little to one side then you will most likely have to place a dab of glue on the back of the hanger so that it will hang at the angle you want it to.
Edit 10/15/2012 - I'm making these for a bazaar at the end of this month and am using shower rings instead of wreath forms for the completely covered ones. Just thought I would share :)
So, please bear with me while I try to get things back on track, sometimes you might see two posts in a day, but I promise it will all work out! haha
Saturday, December 10, 2011
Wednesday, December 7, 2011
I participated in a mini swap in my Seasonal Swap group on Ravelry and these are the ones I got back! Aren't they delightful? I think we're going to do a mini swap each holiday if you want to join us!
The Santa hat with knitting needles is from Anna....the matroshyka (Russian nesting doll) is from Sarah....and the red mitten is from Gizella. I honestly love them all and will be so happy each year when I pull them out to put on the tree :)
Saturday, December 3, 2011
Friday, December 2, 2011
Usually by now I've got two or three trees up, stockings everywhere, all my holiday bakeware set out, etc....this year though? I'm having a hard time getting into the spirit of the season. Today I did what will probably be the extent of my decorating....voila, two minutes later I have my mini tree out. It only took two minute because this tree stays fluffed out with lights on it in the closet. The red mitten ornament is the first I received from the mini swap I was in over on Ravelry. Anyone want to exchange cards and maybe get me a little more in the Christmas spirit?
For now, though, I will sit with the lights off staring at the pretty lights...