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Tuesday, November 30, 2004
  Bloody Coleslaw and Flaming French Fries
Now if that doesn't get your attention, then I don't know what the hell will. I have been having bad karma with food lately. The two most recent and outstanding being last nite while preparing coleslaw for our dinner I sliced open my left index finger pretty good while cutting the cabbage. It probably needs a stitch or two, but who has time for that? Then while shredding the carrot, I also sredded my right thumb knuckle. Ouch! Unlike the title may insinuate, there was no actual blood that got into the food (or skin) sorry for that graphic. Then this morning while toasting my waffles for breakfast.....I turned around to find a small fire inside the toaster oven. One waffle was fine but the other was charred (and the house still carries the oder of 'is something burning'). I got out a wooden skewer and poked at the offending culprit to find it was an escaped french fry from my husbands lunch the day before. Maybe I should go on a liquid diet for a while.

This day looks nothing like yesterdays glorious sunrise that I wrote about. Instead, we have winds and rain and cold. In my book.... a good day to do some shopping indoors, so that is where I'm off to this morning. It's off to the big city for me to play a little Clause. I know, I know, it's also a good day to stay in and do lots of crocheting, the only problem with that is.... I need to do some housework first. If I sit around crocheting then the guilt will set in and I will have to interupt my creative time to clean. So, instead I will vacate the premises and be none the wiser. Out of site, out of mind. Besides, you know I will end up getting some yarn to bring back home......

Have a great day! Peace~ DAWN
Monday, November 29, 2004

First ear-flaps hat and it turned out so great! Posted by Hello

My new favorite hat of the season! Love this autumn red. Posted by Hello
  Beautiful Monday
Woke up this morning to the most magnificent sunrise--it looked like a painting across the sky. The clouds were whispy like feathers and the brillient orange made the sky look like it was on fire. What a way to wake up. I love it!

Here are a few hat pics that I talked about. The red hat is one that I whipped up after the RH Aran hat (which is not pictured yet). I did a nice textured pattern and gathered it at the top. It is so warm and cozy to wear...I think this is my favorite hat of the winter season this year. I predict wearing it a lot. The one on my son I made for my oldest--you'll remember him from the fur out shoulder wrap photo--well, he wasn't available when I took this photo so my youngest stood in. It is a hat with ear-flaps (my first). I love how it turned out. The other two sons liked it so much that I now have requests for two more. Add that to the finger-less glove list that has grown since the weekend, also. Still, my list of projects for gifts is fairly small and managable, so I am still not freaking out.

We saw the Sponge Bob movie this weekend. My youngest kept his room clean and picked up for a week to win this treat... I wish I could say that it was a treat for me as well, however the movie made me wish for at least a little dirt. Don't get me wrong... I like Sponge Bob okay, but have found out that I can only take him in teeny tiny amounts at a time. But my son was having such a good time that I had fun, too.

The outside of the house is half done with the decorations. We still have more lights to put out and the four pillars to wrap and some of the bushes to put lights on, too I think. It looks really pretty already, but I'm kind of a Griswald when it comes to Christmas decorating.

Have a great day everyone and enjoy preparing for this holiday season....Peace~DAWN
Sunday, November 28, 2004
  Outside Decorating Day!
Woo hoo! my computer is back to it's semi-normal tempramental state. I now have punctuation and capital letters. Yah!

I will have hat pics. soon. I have been going hat crazy the last few days. I can't wait to post some of the photos, but until then, please enjoy the photo of my sons 1966 Corvair. He is so happy with the paint job (so are we).

Today, my hubby is decorating the outside of the house and yard for Christmas. I will probably start on the inside sometime this week. This is my favorite holiday, like so many others out there and this year I am feeling particularly jolly:) The weather yesterday was horrible, but today is gorgeous and sunny so he is taking advantage of it. Hope you all have a great Sunday and relax before the new work week ahead.


The Corvair after it's new copper paint job! Nice..... Posted by Hello

The Corvair in progress of being re-painted -- ouch! Posted by Hello
Friday, November 26, 2004
  thanksgiving--the day after...
I hope you all enjoyed your thanksgiving and being or thinking about all your loved ones and all the things that we have in our lives. we ate till we were silly and watched movies and laughed and ate again. it was great. this morning me and my hubby hit some of the big sales and got the major ticket items for the christmas lists of all the kids. it wasn't too bad around here, I just have a problem with getting up at the crack of dawn.

my son got his car back today. we are thrilled with the paint color. its like a shiny new penny. I'll post pictures later, I'm just trying to blog before I have to do another round of dishes. yes, we're still eating around here. anyway, the guy that painted the corvair took forever because it seemed one bad thing after another befell him during the process. his mother in law was hospitalized, he got strep and then he was hospitalized. good lord. but it was worth the wait.

If you are wondering about the lack of capital letters and very little puctuation.... our computer his taking a nose dive into hell, we are getting a new one soon thank god. this is ridiculous. It'll be part of the husband christmas gift.

no crochet news this time. very little got done on that front in the past couple of days. hope you all have a great weekend and are looking forward to the holidays. go howl at the moon tonite... it'll be fun.

Peace~ DAWN
Tuesday, November 23, 2004
  Are we in England?
I'm sorry, I've woken up every morning for the past several days to over cast drizzly/rainy skies and sometimes I think I've woken up in Europe. I mean really, this has got to stop. I think I've mentioned before that I am definately a sunshine girl. This is just serving to make me depressed and very damp feeling.

Yeah! Harry Potter's new movies is out on DVD today and it will be living in my house by this evening! I think I like this one the best of them all so far. I just love magic, period. So if that is the running theme in a movie, chances are I'll see it, not to mention dragons, anything medevil and with hot half dressed men.

I am making one of the worlds easiest hats right now out of RH Aran Fleck yarn. I really love the look of this yarn. Anyhow, should have it done soon and it will probably stay in my car so when I decide to go hiking at Old Stone Fort, it will be ready to keep my head warm this winter. I'll post a pic of it when it is complete. I'm also making something for my secret pal. That should be done soon too. I ended up frogging the shawl for my best friend, (don't ask) and instead I'm going to finish up the mohair wrap I was making for me and give it to her instead. She will appreciate it more anyway, being as how she is N. Dakota right now and mohair would be a welcome fiber to ward off the chill in the evening. I have a few weeks to get it done and I have made sure that I haven't over-stretched myself with crochet projects for gifts this year. In fact, I already have in mind what I will be making and giving next year! don't hate me. I'm so excited about it. It involves Hemp yarn and some homemade soap....you get where I'm going, I'm sure.

In the meantime, I have pies to bake and cassaroles to prepare. Thanksgiving is a couple of days away and I am so ready for this yummy meal that I can hardly stand it. I made an Apple Cranberry Crisp this morning and already dug into it. It was for dessert tonite, but hell.....I made it, I think I should be able to eat some when I want. To the cook goes the spoils as it should be said. Have a great day....

Peace to all of you this Thanksgiving and blessings to you and your families wherever they are.....DAWN
Monday, November 22, 2004

Candles from my hubby's hands and new yarn for the stash! Posted by Hello
  Great Weekend
Hope you all had a great weekend, like myself. Friday nite, my husband and I went to see the movie "National Treasure". Excellent movie--lots of fun to see; lots of funny lines and good twists and turns for my money. So if you are looking for a flick to see, this one would be a sure bet.

Saturday, after detecting that we can't find the leak in the roof over my dad's bedroom, we decided to go to Scottsboro, AL to the Unclaimed Luggage store and check out their stock. I found several CD's and some earings. I also came home with a book called 101 Granny Squares: New Motifs for Contemporary Designs. I love this book! Great patterns and even better designs. Only $8.00. Several projects to come from this book, I'm sure.

Sunday, after discovering our phone lines are down, no idea why, and after trying on several occasions to contact BellSouth, we decided to go the Brentwood and look at some furniture and then go to the Galleria to do some Christmas shopping. Of course, right next to the furniture place was a Michaels!! I just had to pop in and see what kind of yarn was on sale. Man oh man, I haven't been in a Michaels since we lived in Charleston a couple of years ago and this one had a great variety of yarn!! Ribbon and mohair and on and on...... I was in heaven. I walked out with about $25.00 worth of new yarn for my stash! Yeah for me.

My little one got to see Santa and sit on his lap and give the recitation of the yearly Christmas list. Santa almost looked overwhelmed until he realized he truely wasn't the one responsible for actually delivering on said list. We did get a 'good luck' wink and nod there at the end. Yeh, thanks Santa.

Then it was off for dinner at the Outback, which we havn't done with the boys in quite awhile ($90.00 later tells you why). But we had a lot of fun! and that is truely what is most important.

On a creative note: I am about 3/4 of the way through with a shawl Im making for my best friends birthday next month. Then there is my husband.....he has decided to take up candle making. Now, don't get me wrong, he is very creative and handy....usually his choice of medium is wood, however this time he choose wax. I was a little shocked. He said since I burn so many candles (guily) he would like to try and make me some. He has so far made about 6--and 1 is burning as I type. While we were at Michaels, we even picked up more candles making supplies. This is a lot of fun watching him get crafty for a change.

Okay, enough already..... I'll try and get up a photo in the next few minutes. have a great day everyone.......get those turkeys thawed out!
Peace~ DAWN
Friday, November 19, 2004

The finished altar cloth (wild ain't she) Posted by Hello
It's Friday! I don't care what is going on, Fridays always feel like a day to celebrate; ever since I was a kid in school, it was the day to look forward to and I guess I still do.

I finished up the altar cloth yesterday and love how it turned out. Here is a pic. of it. The table it is on is from Turkey (although you can't really see it very well).. It has really nice carvings and inlays on it. We got it when we were stationed there in the 60's. I was very little at the time, no age comments, please. I also finished a little gift for my secret pal--I wish I could post them here, but you just never know who is reading your blog. It turned out really well and I plan on making more. I also finished all of my swap gifts and those are going out today.

My order from Marnie's online store was shipped yesterday and so I should get it next week sometime. I can hardly wait. I ordered a messenger bag to take my projects with when I pick up my son or take trips with the family. It will be perfect, plus the little characters she has are soooo cute. Once again here is the link http://www.cafepress.com/marniemaclean/ You've got to check it out.

I got the new Crochet Mag. in the mail yesterday (the January issue). It really has a lot of cute stuff in it this time that I will try and some things I will adapt to different things. I love getting my crochet mags in the mail. Makes me happy. There is a cute heart doily that is about 11 inches in diameter that I want to start after the holidays. They show it with a candle sitting in the middle of it and it looks really good. I have a ton of candles all over the house. Candles, incense and gem stones (crystals) are littles things I can't seem to pass up when I'm out shopping.

We bought our Turkey for Thanksgiving yesterday. It's about 19 pounds! That seems really big to me but my husband said it was perfect. Last year we didn't have any leftovers and I think he wants to remedy that this year. There will only be 7 of us to this 19lb. bird. Granted. 5 are guys. Next week is the big baking week. I will have to crank out about 5 pies before the BIG day. Pumpkin, apple and pecan. mmmmmm

Okay, ya'll have a great weekend and enjoy the fall weather if it allows where you are. Peace~ DAWN
Thursday, November 18, 2004
I would like to thank Shannon for her nice compliments on the turtle. It is cool to see what direction someone will take a pattern in. The eyes just kind of came to me at the end. Also thanks to Robbyn for her kudos on my mitts. You both have very inspirational sites and I enjoy reading them.

Yesterday I finally finished my altar cloth. I have been working on this piece for several months. Not because it is intricate or large, but because I let other things take over in the crochet department. I just took it out of the bag and said to myself "you have like 8 more rows till it is completed--get off your butt and do it!" so I did. Now, I need to go to wal-mart{the evil store that sucks out most of the money from my wallet} and get some trim to finish off the edges and it will be ready to place on my table so I can place all my dear objects on. The yarn that I choose for my altar cloth was really the inspiration for the name of this blog. I just thought that the colors on this yarn were wild, and I really liked that. Post pic soon.

I am almost done with my secret pals final gift. This is another project that has taken a seemingly long time to complete. I now have vowed to hold off on any new projects until I complete this one and get in gear on my sons blanket again. Yeah, well maybe it will stick, you never know.

Have a great day! Peace~ DAWN
Wednesday, November 17, 2004

simply cute sea turtle Posted by Hello

fingerless gloves complete! Posted by Hello
  2 projects done
Sorry my post was so short yesterday; I had written quite a bit and was very pleased with it when all of a sudden my server decided to take a coffee break or something. Needless to say I was quite pissed and in my stubburn Irish way said skrew you to the blog. Then I got this nice e-mail from Marnie about her crochet items and I melted like butter and posted about that instead.

I finished the gloves as you can see by the photo and they turned out great!. Perfect for driving. As for the other photo, no I'm not torturing sea life. That is a sea turtle soap saver that I got from Shannon's blog http://catwings.blogspot.com/ It is simply to cute for words, to me. I'm going to use mine to hold potporri in for my beach themed bathroom.. I'm just startching his flippers right now that is why he's pinned down. Thanks Shannon for such a cute pattern!

I've also started on the dream catcher squares for the blanket for our bed. It's gonna take awhile to complete, but it is a good mindless project to work on while watching t.v in the evening. I have 3 of the 4 main colors...I'm still looking for a turquoise blue color in worsted weight for the final color. That is a hard color to find...it will turn up, I know it will.

I have to go wash the red dye out of my hair now, so I'll write at you later..... have a beautiful day! Peace~DAWN
Tuesday, November 16, 2004
  Attention all Crocheters
If you are looking for some cool CROCHET items to annouce to the world your love of crochet or would like to give a gift to a fellow crocheter please please please check out Marnie's website: http://www.cafepress.com/marniemaclean I loved here knit stuff and asked if she would consider doing some things for crochet and she did!! yeah! so please check it out.

Monday, November 15, 2004

Tah-dah! one finished, fingerless mitten; one more to go. Posted by Hello

Not much to look at now, but just you wait... Posted by Hello
  Frosty Morning
Wooowee, it is chilly out side this morning. Nice layer of frost in the grass and on the car windshields. Maybe I should be making gloves with fingers instead of fingerless. Naw. I love the look of fingerless mittens to much to turn back now. I am almost done with one of them. Let me tell you of my new love..... Alpaca, yes crochet and knitters, if you've not worked with this natural fiber yet you had better because it feel so good! It is so soft! Purchase some and make yourself something that goes againt your skin. You'll thank me later.

We had such a nice time at the concert last nite. The Trans Siberian Orchastra performed for 2 1/2 hours! Now that is getting your money's worth. Their Christmas story is touching and they know how to jack-up classical music. As for the winery in town. A++. Yes, I can say proudly that they make some fine wine! I bought 2 bottles of Stone Fort White which is a semi-dry wine and 2 bottles of Nana White which is a semi-sweet wine. Their reds won't be ready until next month. Awe, I'll have to go back and taste some more. Oh, well. I'm more of a Cabernet drinker and am picky about the whites that I drink. Most are to dry for my taste without all the subtleties of reds. In any case, I know get to help support a local vender, which is always a good thing in my book.

Have a great week everyone, and do something nice for a stranger if you can. Holding a door open or letting someone in front of you at the checkout costs nothing but can make someones day.


Sunday, November 14, 2004

My favorite couple Posted by Hello

Young Dancer Posted by Hello
  Pow Wow Daze
Yesterday we went to the Pow Wow and had a great time. I posted a couple of pics for you to see. The couple were my favorite. Their costumes were beautiful and all the kids that participated were great. It was really neat to see them getting into the dances. I think my favorite part was the drum circle. At one point I stood right behind a group of 6 men and just let the beat of the drum and the sound of their voices wash over me. It was a gorgeous fall day. Just a bit breezy for my taste, but the sun was shinning and the crowd was really enthusiastic. There were a lot of venders, as well. We did a little Christmas shopping (my sister did a lot). Can't wait for the next Pow Wow. I highly recommend going to one if possible.

I got my yarn from Elann on Friday! Now I can make my fingerless gloves and the hat with flaps for my oldest. The Peruvian Wool that I bought is gorgeous. They have a ton of colors and they are all very brilliant. I wish I could get them all!! I'm almost finished with my Crochetville Swap items. One more to make and I'm done. All that will be left is blocking and then I can get them mailed to my group in time for Christmas!

I'm going on a cleaning jag right now, before the holidays settle in. If I don't get some of the clutter around here under some kind of control, I'm gonna go nuts! I am excited about Christmas this year. The last couple have been very hard because of my moms death, but I think this year I am finally ready to celebrate like she and I were use to. The last thing I want is to be freaked out about clutter!

I'm going to our local winery in about an hour. They just opened last month and this weekend is their open house. I'm excited to taste their wines (and of course purchase some). I'm anticipating liking them so that I can support them. This is a small town and to have a winery! holy shit--you bet I'm gonna support it. Then, later this evening we are off to Nashville to see the Trans Siberian Orchestra perform. Me and my hubby went last year and loved it. This time we are taking all the kids, my dad and his 'lady friend'. It should be a fun evening!

Have a great day!! Peace~ DAWN

Wednesday, November 10, 2004
Thanks to all of you for your wonderful remarks about the shoulder wrap and the kind remarks about my brave and totally uninhibated son. You are so kind.

Went to wal-mart today, what a shock--its like I live there or something. Anyway, I picked up some flecked aran yarn by RH to make my dad a new scarf for Christmas. And I need it for filler stripes in some hats I'm gonna make for my son (the one in the photo) and my husband; just as soon as my yarn comes. Can't wait for that delivery. Anyway, back to wal-mart; over in the crafts department (duh) they've got about 10 new booklets from Leisure Arts dealing with crochet ponchos, crochet scarves, crochet hats and crochet wraps! It was just awesome to see. They were priced at about $6.54 each; a little pricey when you think you can get a lot of patterns off the internet or in a ginormous book. But kudos to them non the less for offering such inspiration to us all.

I have a wonderful lady from Alabama that I'm making a gift for in the Crochetville Holiday Gift Exchange. I can't wait to finish up the second piece of her gift. I'm half way done with the things I'm making for the Swap and I'm excited about mailing those out to my partners. This whole swap/exchange thing is great.

Okay, I've got to finish putting groceries away. See how much more important crochet is to me. I have food sitting in bags in my kitchen and I'm here writing in my blog. Don't worry all perishables went in the fridge first thing. I'm a good mom/wife/daughter. None of my family will suffer from food poisoning because of my yarn addition, I promise:)

Tuesday, November 09, 2004

Soulder wrap in 'fur out' yarn. Thanks to my son for his most excellent modeling job! Posted by Hello

Treasure bag Posted by Hello
  A few new projects
Well, hello...long time no blog, huh. Sorry 'bout that. I whipped up a little treasure bag for my youngest son. He was feeling left out of the crochet goodies. I keep making things and reserving them for others. So he requested this bag in the color orange (his favorite). I did it in about 30 minutes and he was totally amazed. I love it when I can impress my kids.

I also finished (finally) the fur out shoulder wrap!! It is awesome! All I need to do is sew on the satin ties and wha-la. As soon as I do that I'll definately post a photo of it. It is so soft and luxurious. I can't wait to wear it out.

I went to Books a Million yesterday and saw this woman with a cool skinny scarf on and told her I liked it and asked if she made it. Of course she did. She was a fellow crocheter and we struck up a conversation in the magazine isle (which either amused or irritated the other people around who were not into crochet). Anyhow, it was really cool. I love to see people out with their own stuff on and it is even more fun to chat with them. Tennessee is not the mecca for cool crochet and knit wear so when you spot it you gotta take advantage of it.

Have a great day everyone and I'll get that other photo up soon.

Thursday, November 04, 2004
I went to the bookstore with my hubby last nite and came across this awesome mag. It's called Violet "modern family living/you've grown up but you haven't grown old" I highly recommend it. It's the premiere issue and comes out quarterly. Let me tell you, the photography and artwork alone are worth the $4.95. Here is a link to the webpage http://www.violetmagazine.com Check it out, but believe me it is so much better in person.

I've completed the test run of the "item" I'm making for the winter swap at crochetville and it turned out great. I just need to wash it to make sure of the durability of it and then I'm good to go. I have to crank out 3 sets before Christmas. These swaps and exchanges are so much fun. I haven't heard back from my Secret Pal since she left a comment on the blog. Hmmmm

There is gonna be a Native American Pow Wow in the next town next weekend and I'm gonna go. I love to attend different cultual events and experience new ideas. Its a great way to feel apart of the world. Well, enjoy your day and please check out the magazine. It's a new voice that I think deserves the right to be heard.

Peace~ DAWN
Wednesday, November 03, 2004

Is it an afghan? Posted by Hello

Is it a pillow? Posted by Hello
  Wow! What a Nite
Wow! blogger.com is really skrewing up so who the hell knows how this post will look or if you can see it at all. But here goes...

I finished the Travel Ghan!! I have yet to take any photos of it, but rest assured that when I do I will post them here and on Crochetville's Pillowghan Cal. I love the way it turned out but believe me, I'm glad its done. As if I'm not squared out as it is, I now get to start on more squares for the winter swap that I'm in. Since its a different pattern and different yarn, it should hold my interest and thrill me for the first few I make.

Well, that is it for now, until blogger perks up. I've already lost one post (blast it--don't you hate it when that happens). Just remember that we ALL make a difference in the world with the things we do and say. You cannot live alone in this world as an individual or as a country. It really is a global thing.


As you can see from the above photos....I added the pics of the completed Travel Ghan for my car. Yeah!
Monday, November 01, 2004

If you look closely you'll see a sliver of my first crocheted shawl. That's Timber, by the way. Ain't he cute? Posted by Hello
  New Month

Well, have a great day everyone and start preparing for Thanksgiving. It's only 24 days away! Peace~DAWN

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