December 2007


Like I mentioned in last nights post, I finished this little snowflake yesterday but had to let the stiffener dry.

I didn’t see it when I was putting it on the tree, but it looks like I AM going to have to get some rustless pins.  Drat.  You can barely see the little rust stains on the picots, but I know it’s there and that drives me crazy!  Maybe I’ll get some in my stocking.  heh.

I used Bev’s 15 minute snowflake pattern and yep, it’s really that quick!  I did go up to a size 5 steel hook instead of the size 8 recommended, but I really don’t see a huge difference in size.  I forgot how much I liked thread crochet!

I’ve got to make a run to the electric company today.  Our bill was a week late and they sent us a shut off notice!  The problem is that they waited until three days before the shut off notice to notify me, and two of those days were the weekend!  Grr.  I suppose I can’t get my panties too bunched up because I knew it was due, but the last time my bill was late (about a year ago!) there wasn’t that strict of a due date.  sigh.  It’s getting taken care of, but it’s just one more thing to stress about, you know?

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I’m really late posting today!  I stayed up all night finishing a fair isle hat for my father in law and then slept in late late late.  It’s called the Fake Isle Hat and it’s a free pattern from Magknits.

It was a really quick knit, but as I cast on for it at about 9pm last night, it took until the wee hours of this morning to finish.  I’m not wild about the striping, I should have planned it out better, but I like the overall kind of stained glass look of it.  I’ll have to try the pattern again one of these days with the suggested yarn.

Another reason I’m late with my ornament today is because I made two.  I originally crocheted a snowflake, but didn’t take in to account that it needed to be stiffened before I could hang it on the tree and take a picture.  That will be for tomorrow.  Today’s ornament is cute though!

I really like how this turned out!  I made knitting needles out of bamboo skewers and knit a little seed stitch swatch on them.  I capped them off with purple clay and then wound a little ball of yarn to hang down between the stitches.  Considering my overwhelming obsession with knitting I think it’s the perfect addition to our tree 🙂

Ugh.  I still have to cook dinner and I’m starving!  I’m going to roast a huge ham tomorrow and I’ll be starting it early in the morning so it can slow roast all day.  That way I won’t have to worry about it being almost 6pm and not having dinner even started!

I spent most of the morning playing catch up and I’m finally done!  For today anyway 🙂

The first one is just a little victorian style candy cone.  I used glittery felt and ribbon.  I’d like to do some really intricate ones one of these days because I always thought they looked beautiful on a tree, but I don’t have a lot of fabric at the moment.  Well, I do, but I need to go through it because it’s all tossed together and I just didn’t have the energy to rifle through it today.

The second, third and fourth are just painted wooden ornaments.  Our friend Jennifer that came to visit brought them for me and I thought they’d work well for my challenge since I did have to paint them.  My favorite is the snowman because after I painted his body white I covered the still wet paint in glitter and then brushed it off.  She brought two others as well but they were so pretty that I didn’t want to cover them up with paint.

The last one is a little fair isle stocking that’s knitted flat and then sewn up the side.  I’d never done fair isle straight and it was a lot of fun.  I had a great time changing the colors around and adding stripes to make it my own.  You can get the pattern here.

I’m happy that I caught up with my challenge.  I’m the type of person that can’t stand to make plans and then give up on them.  I was feeling a little down that I was making such a big deal over it but I sucked it up and just did them and now I’m back on track.  Now…what do I make tomorrow?

I was tagged by Jenn to share my thoughts on 2007, feel free to snag this and do it as well!

~ Start Copy ~ Rules :
1. Copy from “Start Copy” until “End of Copy”.
2. Before “End of Copy”, share your best memories of 2007 include your name and your URL blog.
3. Share this tag to your friends.

For me, the year 2007 had a lot of happiness (and hope for 2008). Happiness because i see my son, grow and grow day by day. I have a great husband. I met lots of new friends from around the world via blogging ^_^ – Juliana RW

The year 2007 has been a good year for me. Me and my husband had our 10th anniversary, my children are healthy, I got a new great-nephew, and I made a lot of new friends through blogging. ~ Mom Knows Everything

The year 2007, oh wow what a busy year this has been for my family but a lot of great memories. After a fast, busy, hectic long distance move for us we took a much needed summer vacation camping and hanging out on the beach. We had the time of our lives and didn’t want to see it come to an end but it had to and we are looking forward to going back next summer. What a year. My greatest memories are getting to spend this time with my husband and children. And blogging I can’t forget all the great friends I’ve made. I couldn’t ask for anything more. :0) Rantings of a Woman and Jabber Jaws

My best memories of 2007? I have so many. My kids are healthy, my boob isn’t full of cancer, my husband loves me, I love him, we are happy. I started this little blog I didn’t think anyone would read, through which I’ve made the most amazing friends. I have gotten to know my sis~in~law better, I’ve watched my niece and nephew born last year have their first birthdays. I gotta tell you, there is nothing sweeter than a baby’s first year of life. I am thankful that I was close enough to see carson often, and be a part of his life. I wish the same was true for all my nephews and my niece, but distance makes it impossible. I am blessed with an amazing family. I hope 2008 is as good a year, if not better. ~ enjoying the ride~

Every year, as the holidays approach and things get hectic (and to be honest, a little depressing) I look forward to the new year with hope that it will be better than the year before.  I get a little caught up in the stress to really look back and enjoy what I’ve experienced.  This year though, I’m grateful for many things.  This is our first year that we haven’t had to make a house payment.  The first year that we’ve not had to have a roommate to survive.  The first year that I’ve realised the importance of living for yourself and your loved ones instead of for everyone else.  I learned new crafts, started a new blog and met new people.  We got a new puppy who thinks the sun and moon lie in our ability to throw a ball.  I came to terms with some nasty childhood anger.  I learned once again that my husband will stand by me no matter what!  I grew.  This was a great year, and I’m going to be a little sad to leave it.  Christine, the Chaotic Crafter

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I’m a little disappointed in myself for not getting my ornaments done.  I’m such a stickler when I make a promise to myself and I feel guilty for not doing what I said every single day.  I’m trying to give myself a little slack though because really…what’s going to happen if I don’t reach my goal?  It’s hardly the end of the world.

However!  Just because I’m promising that I won’t beat myself up doesn’t mean I’m throwing in the towel!  I like having personal goals and challenges, it keeps me motivated!  So, even though I haven’t had anything to show for the last couple of days (except a really great visit with a friend!) I’ll be trying to catch up over the weekend.  If I don’t, then I’ll get over it.  I’m going to try though.

Our visit with out out-of-town guest was really great.  It was quick and felt like a blur, but it was so much fun.  We visited and ate pizza and played video games and caught up on the last year.  Moxie and Snitch got along famously and poor Mox was so sad when they left.  I felt guilty!  She’s back to her old self today but I was really worried about my moping pup last night!

The hubbin’ is out Christmas shopping right now and that gives me some time to work on a few things as well.  I’ve got most everything done now except something for my father in law (I’m STILL contemplating) a few bath cloths for a friend,  a small handbag for my mom.  I *think* that’s all, but I’m sure I’ve forgotten something or someone and will be going crazy two days before Christmas.  Ugh.  I love the challenge of getting things done by a certain time but I never start soon enough.  You’d think I’d have learned this by now!

I may or may not post this weekend, depending on whether or not I get my ornaments done.  I may take a whole afternoon to catch up and do a mass post of them.  I’ll have to wait and see.

I found a couple of Christmas quizzes on Tickle.com and thought I’d share the results. I think I could totally pull off a Mrs. Claus costume lol!

 

 

  What’s Your Christmas Movie Match?

  My Result: A Charlie Brown Christmas  

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There’s no other way to say it: Like your Christmas movie match, you’re still a child at heart. And while growing up isn’t really a terrible thing, you love to relive the days when life was just a little bit simpler. Playful and silly, you don’t sweat the small stuff.

Of course, you can act your age when it’s necessary, but it’s just not all that much fun. So when the work’s over and it’s time to celebrate, don’t be afraid to have a great time. And don’t worry, no one will make fun of your not-so-perfect Christmas tree. We think it’s cute!  

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  Which Christmas Character Are You?

  My Result: Mrs. Claus  

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That’s right — your unwavering support, hospitality, and comforting touch have landed you the important role of Mrs. Claus. You know how to take good cheer and deliver it wherever you go, spreading warmth even on the coldest winter days.

Secretly, we know you’re the one holding Santa’s operation together. It wouldn’t surprise us at all if you were the brains behind the whole organization with your powers of planning. And you know how to keep the peace, too, whether it’s easing the egos of bickering elves or keeping flying reindeer well fed and ready for flight. You do what needs to get done — even if you don’t always get recognized for it. So keep at it, Mrs. Claus! With your hospitality and good-natured ways, this is your season to shine.  

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I’m not going to get around to doing an ornament today (or tomorrow either most likely) but I’ve not given up the good fight!

A friend of ours from Vegas is coming for a visit tomorrow and I’ve got to finish her gift, like now!  I started it a little whiole ago, but since we’re not going to see her again before Christmas I’ve got to have it done to give to her before she leaves.  I’m doing these fingerless gloves and I think she’ll really like them.  We’re just going to spend the day visiting and catching up, watching Christmas movies and crafting.  She was always my crafting buddy when she was living here and I’ve kind of missed that!  So chances are I WILL do an ornament (or two, or three) tomorrow, but I don’t think I’ll be posting at all until at least Thursday.  I’m especially happy that I’ll finally have someone around that really enjoys celebrating the spirit of Christmas with me.

She’ll also be bringing her dog with her.  Snitch (yes, like the golden snitch from the Harry Potter series) is a sweet dog, but very puppy-like.  I’m really hoping her and Moxie will get along, but I’ll be taking precautions in case they don’t.  Cordova will be so excited to see his old play pal.

Now I’m going to listen to the Stash and Burn podcast, knit like a mad-woman and try to figure out what to take out for dinner.  If I get the chance I’ll post some of the quiz results from the fun quizzes I took last night.

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