Q and A
Thanks to those who've played and here are the answers to your questions. I've copied down all the recommendations for books, movies, and artists and will research them. Thanks again.
Questions from Mitzi:
#1Do you ever find yourself caught between what you want to say and what you should say to be polite and if so, what do you do? Are you a peace keeper or a rebel?All the time. I'm definately a peace keeper. I probably bite my tongue more than I should.
#2Do you have a daily skin care regimen that you practice faithfully? I don't sleep with makeup on and I use Oil of Olay Total Effects lotion. Great stuff!!
#3Do you have any strong recurring dreams and if so - can you share what they're about? (I know that can be very personal, so that part is optional...)No. No reoccuring dreams. I'm so boring.
Questions from Kari:
1. Who is your hero? I don't really have a hero, but I have people that I admire: My grandmother (who died at 92), My best friend, Trish, and anyone who sacrifices a life of comfort and ease in order to help those who are less fortunate and in need.
2. What would you spend $100 on that ISN'T crochet or knit related (that means no yarn)? I would need $1220 for the set, but $100 would almost get me one: a Crystal Singing Bowl
3. What's your favorite size of crochet hook? definately H (I also like the G):
Questions from Marvie:
1. Do you wear makeup? If so, only on special occasions, or every time you leave the house? I do wear makeup but truely it's only when I feel like it. I leave the house all the time with a naked face and DON"T think a thing about it. Hey, I figure, this is what I look like, take it or leave it. But I am girly, too so sometimes I like to look the part. hehe
2. What's your favorite animal? Domestic would be DOG (I really have a soft spot for large breeds) and wild it would be CATS specifically LIONS. I collect lion stuff and have them all over my house.
3. Besides Crochetville or blogs, what website do you visit most often? www.Amazon.com I'm a book junkie. I admit it.
Questions from Tiffany:
Do your hands get dry from crocheting? No, not really.
Do you have a favorite hand cream? (My hands are in horrible shape this winter!) I have 2 that I really love: one is from Bath and Bodyworks called Hydrating hand and nail cream in FIG and the other is from Burts Bees called Almond Milk Hand Crème
What is your favorite breakfast food? (It's late and I've got breakfast on the mind. :D) Well, I don't really eat breakfast but I'd say in a pinch blueberry poptarts and if I go out for breakfast it would be biscuts with gravy (YUM).
Christmas 2004 with my boys. Hubby is taking the photo. My youngest (they are all exhibitionists...as you can see) is showing off his new boxers.
Yippie!! I finished my tweed shawl and I am sooo very happy with it. Sorry the photo isn't bigger. I saved it kidda small (oops). But in the close up you can see how the stitch looks. It's called a shell, but it is sc and 2dc that make it up so the uneveness (I don't know if that is a word) makes it appear almost like a puff stitch! How cool is that. I was a little stingy on the fringe for two reasons. #1 I don't like a whole lot of dangly bits floating around while I'm trying to do stuff and #2 I didn't want to have to drive 40 miles to the Hobby Lobby to get another skein of this yarn. Walmart doesn't carry it. So there you have it.
With the shawl "on" my back I am now free to begin other projects. I want to be involved with the Thread CAL and the Ripple CAL so I need to settle on a few patterns. I think with the Ripple what I'm gonna do is kill two birds with one stone, so to speak. Since one of my goals this year is to give to more charities......I'm thinking of making some little ripple blankies for animal shelters Hugs for Homeless Animals. That way I can participate in the CAL and donate what I create. Tadah. As for the thread crochet. I love doilies....So what I make there I will more than likely keep.
We are having so much fun around here since opening up our gifts. This computer kicks butt so much better than the older fellow.....which I am giving to my sister. She's never owned a computer and is thrilled to be getting the old one. Plus, the older two got mini IPods and are feverously trying to store 1,000 songs before their break ends, I think. Good luck. That is a lot of music if you think about it.
I was thinking about my last post and a little disappointed that not many people played along. I realize that everyone is busy and into their own things so this might not have been for everyone... so I've decided to just list a recommendation for a MOVIE, a BOOK and an ALBUM for all of you to think about.
MOVIE: Saving Grace
(I thought this British movie about an older woman growing pot to sell so she doesn't loose her home was hilarious. Check it out for a good laugh)
BOOK: The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
(long, yes...but well worth it. You will get absorbed into these peoples lives, I swear. I know I've had A Probable Future on my sidebar for quite awhile and am only half finished with it but that is a good read also. I love the way Alice Hoffman writes. Her use of words to tell a story is very visual.)
ALBUM: Cold Play "Rush of Blood to the Head"
(there really isn't a bad song on the entire CD, I know that is hard to believe, but true. Give it a try if you want something new.)
Hope this gives you something to look forward to if looking for a new pick at entertainment.
I'm gonna get online now and find me some patterns. Have a great day out there!!
The close-up....the stitch is so cool
The tweed shawl is done!
I Want to Play, Too
Okay, I want to play this little game that is going around, too.
3...a musical artist, album or song
Second...Ask me any three questions you want.. I Swear I will answer them
This could be really fun if all will participate. Copy and paste the questions on your blog and lets get this thing started...... YEAH!
As far as crochet goes, I am nearly done with the "tweed shawl" . I think I will need to get one more skein of yarn though in order to complete the edging and fringe. Oh well, if I must go out and buy more yarn, so be it.
I can't wait to get my Hat Swap partner. I'm not going to make it a secret this time, I would really like to corrispond this time during the swap. I think it makes it more personal that way. Last time in the scarf swap, Ulla had my name and I didn't know it till the end and I would have loved to swap some e-mails with her for the duration of the swap. So, that is how I'm looking at this one and probably future ones as well. Part of participating in the Crochetville swaps and cals is to meet all the interesting people and get to know each other a little bit. That is part of my resolution for the new year anyway. I hope I get a good response from my partner, or this will be a bust. I will probably make a couple of hats for the soldiers charity as well. I'm excited about giving more of my crochet away as part of charity this coming year as well.
Okay, no more rambling.... have a good day, all.
X-mas 2004 in the can
Well, another Christmas has bit the dust. I hope you all had a great time and got all the goodies that you desired. We had a blast, but alas, today is the big clean-up day and time to get things back in some sort of order. We won't take down the decorations until this weekend, but at least we can start finding a place for all the new loot. I've already got a load of laundry in (one of many, I might add) and have straightened out my bedroom. The living room and kitchen are next.
My dad left at around 4 a.m for Florida to visit my brother and his family. He's not a dummy. It's pretty cold here so he picks the kid farthest south to go visit. It is suppose to warm back up this week, thank goodness. This below freezing crap sucks.
How many of you have already started on all those projects you said can wait until after the holidays? I need to make a list, first of all the things I said I wanted to do and all the CAL's I wanted to join. My goal this year for my crocheting is for each thing I make I want to make an equal amount and donate it to charity. I have so much left over scraps of yarn that could go to good use somewhere out in the world and it won't do any good unless I put it in motion. I'm planning on making hats, prayer/blessing shawls, and pet blankies. I may add some other items but for now, I figure that is a good start.
Have a great day everyone and I look forward to conversing with more of you in the new year. Please don't be shy about posting comments to me. I love to hear what you all are thinking and if you have found something I wrote of particular interest. I will also be more conscious of commenting to many of you as well.
Big Mail Day
Wow! Yesterday was a big mail day around here for me. I received a package from one of my Crochetville Swap partners. Elizabeth made me a needle case (which I shall use to hold my tape measure and stitch counter) plus a nice pair of scissors in a case to match the other one. I really love it and am going to enjoy using it.
Next I got a package from MY SECRET PAL!! woooo hooooo---- she sent me some pear scented soaps and made a jingle bell ornament for my tree plus, and this is the best, she made me a red scarf... what makes this so special is that it matches the red hat that I made myself for this winter. When I say it matches, I'm not talking about just a little. The color is exact and the stitches blend perfectly. I'm thrilled with it. Thank you! Thank you Secret Pal, whoever you are out there!
So, here we are just a couple of days before Christmas and my house is a buzz! kids can't sleep and are constantly looking under the tree and trying to guess what is in the boxes. It is awesome! Having kids at the holiday season is the best. We even got a little bit of snow last nite, so they are thrilled. It is mostly ice, however. We live in the more southern region of TN and we usually get ice. There is a pretty white covering on most surfaces though. My youngest one already fell and busted his butt while helping grandpa fill up the bird feeders with feed. He laughed it off, thank goodness. I knew I was right to go out yesterday to get all my last minute goodies. Ha!
My husband is off today and all the kids are home from school and my dad is here (as usual) and me. All we are missing right now is my sister in Nashville. She comes down tomorrow. So I guess today would be a good day to deligate baking responsibilities and wood chopping duty. I love being the only female in the house, sometimes... it definately can have its advantages. My other brothers and sisters are scattered all around and we usually don't get together for Christmas. Usually it is Thanksgiving. As you get older and have children, its nice to have the holidays in your own house so you can set down traditions of your own. At least that is how it has been in our family. When my mom was alive, her and my dad would spend the holidays with a different one each year. I suppose that will be what me and my husband due after all the boys get out on their own with their own families....
Enough rambling, there are things to do. Have a great day and finish up your preperations!! You're running out of time, ya know. :)
No title to the poem. I wrote it after seeing the empty wingback chair in my sons room facing out toward the dark of nite. It was a little ominous to me but somehow comforting also (to know our home is our refuge). Anyway:
An empty chair
sits in the dark
looking out on a winters nite,
the naked window
exposing a black portal
and the empty chair
offering a repite for scrying,
sit and gaze
or quietly walk past-
the future unfolds
if it is asked.
Okay, poetry break over (I just felt like sharing).. My shawl is coming along beautifully. I just keep holding it out and admiring the yarn and the stitch. A little crazy, I know, but it is just gonna feel so warm and cozy wrapped around me when it is done.
I finally made the Tenn. Whiskey (crumble) Cake. I added the crumble because part of it stuck in the pan and what was left of it shifted as I transfered it from the cooling rack to the plate. It is one f***ed up looking cake, but I sampled the bits that remained in the pan and ------ YUM! It may look like one of my boys made it (Ha!) but it sure is delicious. I just need to make the whiskey sauce to cover it and if I put enough Jack in it no one will care what the hell it looks like. Next time I make it I'm gonna soak all the fruit (dates, cherries, and apricots) in the Jack first and then mix it in the batter. It will be heavenly then.
Okay, I have last minute shopping to do today. If you don't have any last minute running around to do, don't brag. I thought I was done too but there is always something else to get at the grocery store or a last minute do dad to add. I want to get it done today because tomorrow our weather here in Tennessee is suppose to turn crappy. I hate going out in the rain and wind and add cold to it and forget it.
Have a good day, all! Peace be with you and all of your loved ones.
Happy Winter Solstice to all! After today we can look forward to the lengthening of days. I am a sun lover so that is good news to me.
I have begun a new project for myself. I am making a shawl from this pattern The Tweed Shawl. It is looking really good. I like it because it has a bit of texture to it and isn't as open as a lot of shawl patterns are. When I'm sitting around the house reading or watching t.v. I want something that is going to keep the chill off and I think that this is just the ticket. Plus, I needed a new shawl. I made one about 5 years ago out of homespun and it has held up rather well. I'm just wanting a change now.
My dad has asked in an indirect way for me to make a toboggan for him. I had asked him before if he wanted a hat and he made a negative comment about my hats so I took that as a no. Then yesterday as I sat finishing up a flap hat he said something in the realm of "hey, aren't you suppose to be making me one of these?' I said, "um, I don't know, do you want one?" he comes back with, "well, I thought you were making me one, but without the ear covers." So....I guess he wants one of my "ugly hats", as he puts it, now. Go figure.
As the big day approaches (Christmas around these parts), I am feeling a little bit under pressure. I still need to make a couple of desserts for the big day, problem is I'm not motivated to do so. I guess the solution to that is to simple get off my butt and do it. I have taken some of the pressure off of myself for the Christmas day dinner. We bought a Honey Baked Ham and it is all ready to serve, no baking necessary on my part. I just need to do some of the trimmings which are no brainer kind of items i.e: deviled eggs, ambrosia salad, crossants, hot german potato salad and a veggie tray. Most can be done the day before. I want to relax as much as possible on the big day and just enjoy my kids and family without slaving away in the kitchen. So I pre-planned for this year ;).
Anyway, I hope all of your festivities are coming along nicely and that you are enjoying your family and friends at this happy time of year. Have a good Winter Solstice day.
A Big Thanks
I would like to send out a big thank you to all of you who commented on my big news. I really appreciate all the well wishes. I would say I've finally recovered, but every time I think about passing that test I get a big 'ol grin on my face all over again. What a feeling!
I recieved a great holiday swap package from Tiffany in Nevada and I would like to say thanks, again to her. It was filled with some great things. A nice crocheted hat, some pretty yarn that will soon become a purse for moi, some note cards and a note pad, a great booklet with hat and scarf patterns a crocheted christmas doily and last but not least on the list, a pair of socks with toes! I love it all.
We are getting a teeny tiny bit of snow flake action outside as I type this. It won't amount to anything around here (thank goodness), but it does look pretty and Christmasy coming down. I'm not a white Christmas kinda gal. I can get in the spirit in hot weather as well as cold. I've spent several Christmases in Hawaii and in Florida not to mention N. Dakota. It's about what is in your heart not what is out the front door. For all of you with loved ones and friends in the middle east (and other countries as well) right now, I hope that this holiday you have special memories to cling to and I sincerely hope for a speedy and especially safe return home for all of those away.
I am still crocheting along, but at a much less frantic pace. I just take a little time out of each day to get a square done or a couple of rows of something else. I am just enjoying the process right now and the fact that all the gifts are done. I have a burning desire to begin something new so I think I will put on my thinking cap and get something together form my secret pal...
Have a great day everyone and HO HO HO....
I passed the National Certification Exam for Massage Therapists and Bodyworkers! I passed, people! Yeah Yeah Yeah! This is a very big deal. In Tenn. you have to pass this National test now in order to get your License to practice massage therapy. It is a comprehinsive test over many many subjects and I have been studying my butt off for the past couple of months and saying positive afirmations and it has all paid off.
Part of what makes this a big deal is the fact that the test costs $225.00 to take. If you fail and have to retake it, it's another $225.00! Not chump change for anyone that I know. If getting my license wasn't enought motivation, the price tag certainly was. I am so so happy. Now I can get on with the business of actually pursuing something that I feel passionate about. I could take up so much space going on and on about the benefits of massage and how people are most often cheating themselves to think that it is a nice luxury to indulge in on occasion, if at all. If you have never had a massage you owe it to yourself to get one at least once in your life time and if you suffer from any sort of muscle pain or stress (who doesn't) you really owe it to yourself to at least consider bodywork as an alternitive treatment. You could be pleasantly surprised.
Okay, enough. I'm going to enjoy the fact that I don't have to study today and I can relax into this holiday season knowing that the big hurdle is past me now.
Please please please, support those in your life that are pursuing their dreams and offer your support in any way you can. Even if it is just saying how proud you are of them. It makes a difference and it goes a long way in pushing them along.
Have a great day everyone
the Buddhas (they look a little like monks:) )
My buddhas are complete! Yeah! I'm so excited about them and I want to thank Shannon for sharing such a great pattern. It was not hard to follow at all. I made some modifications to mine and added some embellishments so that they look more like meditating buddhas on a pedestal.
Here is the link to her site with the pattern for those interested.
Well, we made it a movie weekend here at our house. First, me and my husband went to see "Oceans Twelve". It was pretty good. I liked the first one better, though. It had some good parts in it (like the 'Julia Roberts' scene--I don't want to give it away just in case you want to see it--but that part cracked me up) but I just thought it was a bit lacking. Personally, I say wait till video.
Then yesterday, we took the family to see "The Incredables". What a funny funny movie. Oh my God! It was too good. Worth the ticket price and definately worth buying when it comes out on DVD.
Next, this stupid computer is acting all F****D up and I can't wait for Christmas morning when my husband opens up the new computer and then maybe we can have a ceramonial hard drive bashing in the front yard. Piece of shit.
Sorry, should have warned you to avert your eyes.
I finished two hats (that are presents) and have two Buddas almost done, from Shannons web page. She's awesome. One of my sons wants one of them and the other one is mine. They are turning out so cool. When I get them all completed I'll try and post a picture if the computer is not acting like a spoiled brat. I think for now I will try and complete a few more dream catcher squares for my afghan. It has really been neglected and I just want to work on something that doesn't have a deadline attached to it.
I have some work to do, so I'll leave you to your blogging.... have a good day.
Here we go again....
It's raining again here in the state of TN. We can't seem to get out of this stupid pattern and it is really getting f*****g old. It has rained so much that my oldest two boys don't have school today because it's flooding all around to building. My youngest still had to wad in because he goes to city school and they expect you to go through hell AND high water to get there. It kind of puts a kink in my day, since I was planning on wrapping as many presents as I could to get them out of hiding and under the tree. I hate wrapping in my bedroom, I'd much rather spread myself out on the dinning room table and have at it. Plus, I need a hard surface and the bed just isn't cutting it. So....wrapping will have to wait till tomorrow, unless nature has something to say about it.
My crochet time has seriously been squeezed out lately and I am missing it sorely. I have so many ideas for new projects and not the time to implement them. I should probably write it all down, but I won't. I still have two hats to finish before the BIG day. I keep saying it's no big deal, but if I'm not careful that day will arrive and the yarn will still be on my hook!
I'm making a roast for dinner in the crock pot (one of my favorite cooking devices!). I'm slow cooking it with a package of onion soup mix and a can of cream of mushroom soup. Mmmmm....later when the gravey is thick, I'll serve it with broccili and tiny roasted red potatoes! it needs a dessert to finish it off, I'll need to think of something.
Have a great day everyone. Peace~ DAWN
I'm a Dreamer
You Are a Dreaming Soul
Your vivid emotions and imagination takes you awy from this world
So much so that you tend to live in your head most of the time
You have great dreams and ambitions that could be the envy of all...
But for you, following through with your dreams is a bit difficult
You are charming, endearing, and people tend to love you.
Forgiving and tolerant, you see the world through rose colored glasses.
Underneath it all, you have a ton of passion that you hide from others.
Always hopeful, you tend to expect positive outcomes in your life.
Souls you are most compatible with: Newborn Soul, Prophet Soul, and Traveler Soul
Thank God, the rain has finally stopped. Man, I like to hear it rain at nite and all but damn, last nite it didn't even take a tiny break. I was thinking it would rain all day again, like yesterday but mercy has been granted and the sun is beginning to peak out.
All the baking is done! I just need to make the Tennessee Whiskey Cake (made with Jack Daniels, of course). I don't want to make it to early or there won't be any left for Christmas day. We had a lot of fun baking and talking new age jargen. My sisters girlfriend is applying for a job in a new age book and gift store and needed some info and we just sat around and yacked while things were baking. I had my massage table set up so they each got a 20 minute back massage -- that is the only thing about being a massage therapist, no one thinks to give one back......luckily, I have my own therapist--but she doesn't live with me. My family is so lucky.
Not much got done on the crochet front this weekend. I have my sisters flap hat almost done. It just needs flaps. She saw her nephews with theirs on this weekend and said they were cool and she wanted one (yeah, bonus!). I also started a hat for her girlfriend. Super easy, so it should take no time. It's the kind of thing you can knock out while watching t.v. Speaking of which,
The Bourne Supremacy comes out on DVD today!! Awesome movie. The first one was, too. I just love Matt Damon. This weekend me and my hubby are gonna see 'Oceans Twelve'. We loved the first one and since the same cast is back, it should be just as good. What is it with me and sequals on this post?
Alrighty, lots of house work to be done...I know, that is akin to cussing, but it most be done. Have a great day and stay centered in all the rush and tumble of the day. Breath....
P.S. for all those who are Jewish..... Happy Chanukah!
No Time to Blog
Well, I just don't have the time to blog today--just a quickie.
We are doing the holiday baking today and that is an all day affair! Just wanted to show you all Snowman Land. It sits on top of our entertainment center and this pic doesn't do it justice because at nite when it is lit up and the tree is glowing and the little houses are glowing--it is just so pretty and festive! I love it.
Did tons of shopping yesterday and am way behind on the Christmas card front. Also, I have to finish up to secret packages to go out no later than Wednesday.
Enjoy your Sunday and I'll have more time to blog tomorrow!!
Ear Flap Hat Primer
I've had a few people ask about the pattern for the ear flap hat and have shared the info in various e-mails and such but know I'm putting it here. So get out your pens and paper (if anyone still uses them):
Make a skully from your favorite source. Mine are all hdc. After the sully is the size you need finish off. Now from where you finished off count over between 9 and 10 stitches and attach yarn.
For Adult hat the flaps are as follows:
14 sts (this is a decrease row: hdc, 2 hdc together, hdc in next 10, 2hdc together, hdc in last space)
12 (dec row)
10 (dec row)
Childs flaps are as follows:
Go back to back of hat where you finished off and count over the same 9 or 10 spaces and do the same for the second flap. I edge mine in a contrasting color (usually one of the stripe colors in the body of the hat) and when you get to the point of the flap ch 16 or so and sl st back up to make the attachment for the pom pom or tassel. That simple.
When I say a childs hat, I made mine for my son who is 8 and these flaps look good on him--not like Dumbo or something. I hope this is a good starting point for you all who want to try one. They are fun. Let me know how yours turn out and please ask questions if any of this was unclear.
Thanks for all of the comments on my blog, by the way---I love to hear from people who read this. Makes me feel like I'm not talking to myself. Have a great day and a fun weekend!!
The beautiful tin of German Lebkuchen. Gingerbread heaven!! Mmmmmmm
Well, it is official....Christmas is here at our house. I opened up the tin of German Lebkuchen and all is right with the world. Lebkuchen is German gingerbread. It's kind of a holiday staple around here. When my husbands grandmother was alive she sent us a beautiful tin every year around Thanksgiving and it would last till Christmas and sometimes beyond if I could hide stuff first. She died a couple of years ago, but we order the tins or get them from the AF base (they usually carry all kinds of European items). The tins are gorgeous and they come with a smaller tin inside and a beautiful reprint of an old fashioned German scene. It's part of the heritage on my husbands side and I want to help preserve it as much as possible.
Well, I have 3 earflap hats down and 2 more to go. One of which is half done. I like them better and better as each hat is complete. Today is definately a flap hat morning. It is in the 20's and frost is covering everything. If it wasn't dead before, it is now.
This weekend my sister and her girlfriend are coming over and we are doing the great bake off. Or what will in the end feel like it. We are combining our talents and skills and doing all of the holiday goodies in one day and then it will be complete and we can get on with other holiday fun. Wish us luck.
Remember, it is the season of giving and if it comes from your heart you can't go wrong. Don't let the stress of other peoples energy rub off on you. Do what you do and leave the rest. Have a great day
A Brand New Month
I love turning over the page of the calander to reveal a new month. It's like a new page in a journal--the possibilities of events are endless!
Yesterday I wrote that I was going shopping, which I did but it could not go without some sort of incidence. I will prefice this next paragraph by stating in bold letters I have the best husband in the world and I love him with everything that I am!! Okay, now driving down to Murfreesboro, which is about 40 miles from my house, I noticed that the car felt a little funny. It was pouring down rain so I didn't think too much of it. When I got to Hobby Lobby (yah!) I decided to just take a peek around the car to make sure things looked right. What I found was a right front tire that looked like it was sitting on the rim! Yikes! I took a deep breath and got my wet self into the store. I called my husband and told him what the situation looked like and he immediately said, "I'm on my way. Just look around the store till I get there." I'm in Hobby Lobby, this will not be a problem. Anyway, he told his supervisor that he had to go to Murfreesboro because I was having car trouble and wa-lah....my husband, my hero arrived to my aid.
Now, I know what some of you are thinking... "my husband/mate would do the same thing" and to you I say....Right On! you have the best in the world, too. There is nothing like being loved by someone so much that other things are put on the back burner so that you can be taken care of. It's a great thing to feel and an even greater thing to teach and pass on in this crazy ass world we live in. So I encourage all of you to show your love and support to those around you and let the little things lie.
On the crochet front, I am going flap hat crazy! I feel like I could make one in my sleep by now. All three of my boys want one and I'm making one for myself and my sis for Christmas. It's a good thing that they are easy to crank out or I really would be crazy! Most other things are on hold for now until all the little presents are done. I just look over now and then and see the blankets and shawls and squares that are unattended too and think..... one day, one day.
Have a good one, ya'll and a special "Welcome Back" to Mouse. I'm so glad that you are doing better and I will continue to hold good thoughts for you and your sister.
Peace ~ DAWN