Friday, September 18, 2009
I know, I know. It's a big pain to have to re-follow, update subscriptions, and so on. But, I want to move things. My other blog is soooo much easier to use. And it offers features blogger doesn't.
But, moving always makes things complicated.
This will be the last time. I promise! I just--I just have to.
So, if you are subscribed to my blog, please update your subscription. If you are following me through Networked Blogs or Google, please update that, too. My new address is at:
Fisheyes and Magpies
I promise, this is for the best.
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
But I can't. It wouldn't be right.
I haven't had a chance to take photos yet. I will. And I'll post them--after she receives it.
The Little Mermaid art quilt is 10% done...meaning, I have cut out my fabric pieces. I know, I know. I should be further along. I've been beating around this bush for months. (I started planning in June.) I hope this means it'll be amazing. More realistically, it just means I'm lazy.
As always, I've been spending my time cleaning. Instead of creating. I got a new toy (a steam mop and hand held steam spray bottle), and I've been spending my time sanitizing random things. (I cleaned off the top of my fridge!) Ah, the joys of domesticity...
I'm such a sucker for cleaning tools/accessories/etc. I was this close to buying a Sham-wow. ("You'll be saying 'wow' everytime.") Luckily, my sister was suckered into that one, and I was able to see it "work" first hand. (It didn't.) They know how to get you, though. They play on the housewife's deep desire to someday have everything done. Reality is, it's never done. The house--the world, really--is forever changing. You can't freeze time, and you can't clean a house once and never have to do it again. This is life.
Ah, I'm just rambling, now. I'm tired, itchy (I had an allergic reaction to something. On my face.), and I have had the same recurring headache for the last few days.
I have to go to bed. Blah.
Monday, September 14, 2009
I've been following a few blogs that participate in Menu Planning Monday. I've been planning my menus for a few years now, so I thought I would toss my menu into the mix! This is what the crew is eating the next few days:
Tilapia, spinach, rice
Pork Chops and Scalloped Potatoes
Chicken, Half/half mashed potatoes (half potato, half steamed cauliflower),
Squash Soup w/grilled cheese and tomato sandwiches
Oatmeal for breakfast, most days. Cereal for the kids. Saturday-eggs and bacon. Sunday, pancakes.
Check out more Menu Planning Mondays here.
Saturday, September 12, 2009
Maybe this stems from my childhood. Every September, my mom would groan and throw her hands up, as store displays of Halloween decorations and costumes started to appear. "They start earlier and earlier every year," she would say, complaining about the merchandising. (She would also say this the beginning of November, when Halloween goodies were replaced with tinsel and jingle bells.)
I don't know what her beef was with holiday store displays.
So, I never think to start planning for Halloween in September--until this year. Searches and sales on Halloween items are up on Etsy, showing most shoppers are planning now. They aren't like me, waiting for the last minute to throw up some fake cobwebs and plastic skeletons. (Incidentally, I have the cobwebs taken care of already. My front door is framed with them. Real ones.)
Yada, yada, blah blah blah--the point is this: I'm working on a few Halloween type things. For instance, I just listed the ornament pictured above. So, if you are doing your Halloween shopping early....
Friday, September 11, 2009
Did you catch that? I'd be up in my workshop? I CLEANED IT!!!!!! It is a fully functional studio now!!! There is only one little problem left, though, which needs to be addressed. Well, it's in a bonus room above the garage. (That's not the problem.) It is in a room that is hot in the summer, cold in the winter. There is a duct going into the room, but either it is blocked, or just not enough--whatever the case may be, the room is not climate controlled. So, I need to get a fan to keep it cool during the afternoons (when the sun is BLARING), and I'll just have to bundle up during the winter. At any rate, even as I marvel at it's awesomeness, I know in a few months it will no longer be mine, and I'll have to find a new place to house my stockpile of supplies. (We're renting the house we are in, and plan on buying a new house in the spring.) It will all work out though, and for now, I will enjoy what I have!....and I'll post pictures next week. For obvious reasons (the men fixing the water heater) I can't take pictures now.
I do have other photos, though. Since Halloween is at the end of next month, and because I found it as I was straightening my things, I am listing this funky quilt I made a while back. It is available for sale at my shop, for anyone who is interested. (I'll knock off 10% if you buy it and say you saw it here! But, shh, don't tell anyone else!)
Wednesday, September 09, 2009
I'm participating in a swap over at the North Georgia Street Team (heard of them? If not, I must not be talking enough about 'em). I got my secret swap partner, and though she may not read my blog--or know that I exist--I am doing something very special for her, indeed! I will post pictures after I know that she has received it, but for now, I can only tell you the theme is "comfort."
And, of course, since I'll be sending out a package, I'll be receiving one, too. Oh, and all the ladies involved are SOOOO talented! I am dying of anticipation!
I still haven't technically started on my challenge item for this month. I'm doing the Siren of the Sea, which I will be calling "The Little Mermaid"--the challenge theme is "fairytales"--I had to make her bigger, which I did, and now I need to start cutting out pieces. This will happen SOON.
I'm not sure if I'm going to submit her, though. Fairytales...so many cool things I can do with a theme like that. If I have time, I might make an alternate item.
So, yep. No pictures just yet. My current project is a secret. My next project, not really started. Who knows about the third. Things will start appearing, though. I need to get into a rhythm, and once that happens--BAM!! A multitude of crafty goodness.
Tuesday, September 01, 2009
...time for the North Georgia Street Team Challenge! (Try saying that five times fast.)
This month's them is Candy! (CandycandyCANDY!!) I have entered my "Sweet Tote" into this months challenge. I encourage you to check it out. You don't have to vote for me (I'm #7!) but definitely check it out! Team NorGA (our nickname) is filled with talented artisans. You won't be sorry!
Oh, and I forgot the best part...if you vote, you will be entered into a drawing. Two lucky people will walk away with a grab bag of goodies made by our crafters.
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
I've decided the mermaid needs to be bigger. There are lots of smaller pieces on her, and it just won't translate well onto fabric, soooo, I'm just going to enlarge her--just a bit!
As you noticed, though, I have been working on other projects as I've been putting her off. I have other ideas, and being the fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants kind of person, I'll probably be distracted again at least once or twice before any real progress is made on the quilt. (Makes things interesting, don't you think?)
I've been settling back into a school year routine. Less cleaning (since the kids aren't here messing things up), and more quiet time. While I do find I have more uninterrupted chunks of time, I have also volunteered for a myriad of things having to do with the kid's school and Cub Scouts, so, as usual, I'll still be juggling quite a few balls...but we should be good!
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Saturday, August 22, 2009
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Friday, July 17, 2009
First of all, my Jekyll Island photos can be viewed here. Too much hassle uploading them all to blogger!
Second of all, I posted a ton of pictures on my other blog, in case you were interested!
We had a lot of fun at Jekyll Island, but things definitely didn't go as planned. First of all, we had planned on camping--rain prevented this. We ended up having to spend money on a hotel.
Downside? Expensive. Upside? We were right on the beach and could see the ocean from our room's balcony.
Since we were planning on camping, I had packed a ton of food to cook by campfire. Since we no longer had a campfire, that idea went out the window...but not before we tried to do some cooking at a picnic site. Again, we were very close to the beach (it's hard not to be on an island), but, alas, it rained. On our picnic. After we had already started to burn our small $6 bag of charcoal. Sooo, we waited it out. Luckily, it only lasted a few minutes....but then the wind picked up. A stead wind, which blew so strong it swept the mustard off my hot dog.
That was the last day we cooked out.
So, it was over priced restaurants the remaining days. We spent a fortune on just a few meals. That is a major downside to eating on an island.
While it did rain while we were there, it wasn't a sustained rain. It would rain for a few minutes, followed by long periods of slightly cloudy skies with brief peaks of sunshine. We were able to sight-see and even swam in the Atlantic Ocean.
By far, the highlight of my trip was a surprise encounter with some dolphins. I was walking the beach with my kids, when suddenly, some dolphins broke through the water in the distance. They swam closer, so close that if I were to jump into the water, I could swam to them. I shouted excitedly, "look kids! Dolphins!!!" They were so close! Such a great photo opportunity! I reached for my camera--and it wasn't there. It was back in the hotel room, in my husband's cargo pocket. :( What a fish story, huh?
Oh, and, I got pinched by a crab while swimming. Made my toe bleed! Damn crabs.
Thursday, July 16, 2009
I'll post pictures later.
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Check it out------> here
Monday, July 13, 2009
As I've mentioned before, we spent our nation's birthday up at Smith Mountain Lake, Virginia, at my husband's step mom's sister's house. (We just call her "Aunt Kate.") She lives in a BEAUTIFUL house on a lake, and we are always excited to visit--Not just because she has a cool house and a private dock--she's pretty cool, too!! :-)
At any rate, it was my family (John, me, Sean, Aaron and Maggie), Grandpa Bob and Grandma Anne (John's dad and step mom), Tim and his girlfriend, Danielle (Tim is John's brother), and Kate. Great group of people to spend Independence Day with!
While we were there, we spent a lot of time in the lake. Below, Grandpa is wading in the water with Aaron and Maggie.
Kate has a lot of carp living under her dock. Here, she fed the fish with Aaron and Maggie.
Maggie shared some triscuits with me...
John's dad rented a party boat for us on the 4th.
The kids were a little...apprehensive.
Eventually, they started to have fun.
Aaron even went tubing with Uncle Tim.
Those are Uncle Tim's feet.
There were many, many more pictures, but it takes so long to upload and rearrange the pictures on here, you'll just have to go to my flickr album to see the rest.
Saturday, July 11, 2009
This picture of Maggie was captured up in VA. So much fun!
I'm still recovering from all the chaos a family trip creates. When things are settled, back to business! :)
Wednesday, July 01, 2009
Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Monday, June 29, 2009
Saturday, June 27, 2009
Miss Mouse likes tea, too!
A Mad Hatter Tea party, or a Mad Hatter Lunch?
On the menu: Tuna fish tea sandwiches and fresh fruit parfaits. (Fruit Parfait Recipe can be found here.)
Milk for the kiddies and tea for me!
Someone wants seconds! (I should have probably put up her hair today...)
Aaron and I made these paper flowers out of grocery bags, plastic beads, utility wire, and florist tape!
The cup being used by Aaron (pictured above and below) was a gift from a good friend of mine a long time ago! Isn't it the coolest?
All done! Maybe I can get my guests to help clean up?
Paper flower tutorial can be found here.
Thursday, June 25, 2009
Thanks to FoxyGKnits for this award! You can find her at FoxyGKnit's Den of I-Knit-Quity, and at her shop, FoxyGKnits. Foxy G makes the most beautiful shawls and scarfs! She uses quality yarn, and put lots of time in to each of her creation! (And she is an extremely funny lady!)
My turn to pass on some love.
Here are the rules: Accept the award, and post it on your blog, along with the name of the person who bestowed it and a link to his or her blog. Pass the award on to 15 blogs that you have newly discovered. Remember to notify the bloggers that they have been chosen for this award.
Here are my nominees:
I'll pull it off. I'm just stress at the moment. I look around my house, at the things that need cleaning. I look at the kids, that need to get out of the house.
Things will be okay....I think...
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
This blog was started a looooong time ago to brag about my family and my knitting--both of which are rarely blogged about here. So, I created a new blog--for the family and for the hobbies I have which do not bring in any revenue!
Find it here and bookmark or subscribe--I plan on putting a lot of fun stuff on it!
Fisheyes and Magpies
And, of course, I'll still be here!
(That tutorial is coming later today...hopefully!)