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Saturday, December 31, 2005
Well, since my weekend if full of unexpected guests and not going anywhere near like I wanted it, I thought I'd post these pictures since this is the only time I'll get a chance.

First of all here is the mini felted tote for my friend, only SUPER-SIZED. I increased the beginning round by 3 so there is a total of 100 hdc and I added up about 5 rows. It is a nice size purse, now.

Yes, the purple did fade out quite a bit, but I love the zig-zag stripes it created.
Here is the next item I finished this week. It is a tiny sweater for the babies in China:

I plan on making about 5 of these and sending to Holly. It is the cutiest sweater ever! Really easy and a great way to use up Red Heart! I have some Lion Brand homespun that I may use for a few, but I need to get this stuff out of my stash. Next is a yellow one.
I am working on a scarf for the Red Scarf project for the Orphan Foundation of America. I have to get it done by the 15th so they get it by the 20th!

Well, I hope you all have a safe New Year's eve and a great beginning to the year 2006. I have truely enjoyed getting to know some of you and trading comments back and forth and I look forward to what the new year can bring us. Thank you to all of you who read this little blog. It's a small thing, but it means a lot.
Peace to you all~ DAWN
Tuesday, December 27, 2005
  It's Over (boo hoo)
**sob, sob** my Christmas vacation is over. Tomorrow I go back to work and I wanna stay home with the kids and the husband. Not fair (stomping foot).

I had such a nice Christmas with my family and enjoyed reading about my cyber-friends holidays, as well. We had so much fun on the 25th (it was a morning full of surprises for each family member). Everyone got something they weren't expecting so I feel that the only thing left for next year is sticks and coal in the stockings.

I completed the gift for my friend in N. Dakota. I will get pictures when it is done drying (yes, it is felted--I said felted, not fulled so purests can have something to bitch about. It is felted to me; it sounds better and makes more sense, so that is the term I use). I started on a little sweater for a charity and I picked another charity to make a couple of scarves for. I also got a box together to send off full of 4 hats and 10 scarves for some kids in Arkansas. So my 25 things is adding up.

We hit a few shopping malls yesterday and I must say it wasn't near as crowded as I thought it would be. We had to return a game that was full of many deep scratches and it didn't hurt that along the way Hot Topic was having a killer sale and so was Michael's. I also picked up a book for $1.99 full of nice photos for some postcards I'm making for PostCrossing (see sidebar if interested).

Okay, till the weekend, my friends. Have fun, stay safe and brace yourselves for 2006!!!!
Peace~ DAWN
Saturday, December 24, 2005
No matter what you celebrate, how you celebrate or where you celebrate I hope you have fun and enjoy all the gifts life has to offer. I'll see you on the 26th. Till then:
Eat, Drink and Be Merry
(that's an offical perscription *wink*)
Thursday, December 22, 2005
I haven't posted in a few days. Do you still remember me? or have you said, '**** it, she's quit on us."
Well, today being my day off from work, I did the following:

All before 2 pm. Wow!

here are the treats:

My kids call the stuff in the bowl "Crack Rocks" you may know it as Muddy Buddies or some kind of chow. Anyhow, around here it is "crack rocks" cause once they start eating it, its nearly impossible to stop. The other plate has macaroon cookies. A new recipe and it is quite delicious! Tonite I make Pralines!! one of my favorites. By that time maybe our new dishwasher will be installed and I can quite dipping my hands in water. It's not like I don't wash them about 25 times a day as it is. My skin feels like paper! Our other dishwasher went belly up on Monday/Tuesday and I am very spoiled and like a dishwasher. I will not appologize. Can't make me.

Here are the latest 3 squares (it brings my count to 9):

I am so happy with how they are turning out. I think this afghan is gonna be a knockout when it is all said and done.

Are we all set for Christmas? Three more days, ya know. I keep hearing people out in public saying things like "boy, can't wait till Christmas is over" or "sure wish it would hurry up and get through". What the hell is wrong with people? I love Christmas! I think if people wouldn't put so much pressure on themselves and do what it is they really want to do and give to who they really want to give, it would all be a better time of year. I wish I could do more and see more of my friends or family but it ain't happening so I just deal. In the end, it's just about love. Come on, give me a virtual hug, you know you wanna. Here's one for you {{hug}}. Don't you feel better?

Peace everybody~ DAWN

Monday, December 19, 2005
It's a big movie. . . if you want to see this movie you must do it in the theater. It deserves the biggest screen possible.
3 hours, yes. Does it feel like it, not really (unless you gotta pee, in which case go easy on the soda and definitely go before).
Special effects are the best. Don't try to analyze any of it, just sit back and enjoy the action. The dinosaur stampede is mind blowing. I nearly squeezed my poor Snickers poppables to death. When they "meet" the natives it is really intense. I thought my poor son and his friend where gonna pee themselves. Hell, I thought I might. Very disagreeable folks.
I thought the only part that was really drawn out where the scenes between Kong and Ann. They would stare at each other and I just wanted to say, "get on with it". But other than that, it was GRRREAT! Adrien Brody really is a cutie.

It is worth the bucks and you will talk about all kinds of scenes on the way home. It really lasts with you for awhile.

Peace~ DAWN
Sunday, December 18, 2005
  The Kookaburra Song
Kookaburra sits in the old gum tree
Merry, merry king of the bush is he
Laugh, Kookaburra! Laugh, Kookaburra!
Gay your life must be

Kookaburra sits in the old gum tree
Eating all the gum drops he can see
Stop, Kookaburra! Stop, Kookaburra!
Leave some there for me!

Kookaburra sits in the old gum tree
Counting all the monkeys he can see
Stop, Kookaburra! Stop, Kookaburra!
That's not a monkey that's me

Kookaburra sits on a rusty nail
Gets a boo-boo in his tail
Cry, Kookaburra! Cry, kookaburra!
Oh how life can be!

I just love that song.

We had our office party last nite and I gave out the scarves. Everyone loved them (or pretended to). I ate a great steak and did a few Christmas shots but kept a level head and am glad of that this morning. I know a few people that woke up this morning, probably hugging the toilet. I don't miss those days AT ALL. I also don't miss bars. Good God!! I came home smelling like a freakin' ash tray. I had to wash my hair at 1 in the morning so I could sleep. Me and the husband undressed in the garage and that is where the clothes stayed until they were dipped in the wash this morning.

We are going to see "King Kong" today. I am looking forward to this movie. I have always liked King Kong and the special effects on this one look fantastic. It's gonna be a three hour tour (as Gilligan would say). I hope it doesn't feel like 3 hours. We are taking the youngest one's little friend with us as well.

Picked up the HoneyBaked Ham yesterday (for Christmas dinner), it's a 10 pounder. Also got a smoked turkey, for today's dinner. Just so you will know, the shops are full to over flowing with crazy people right now. If you don't have to go to a mall or shopping center, I suggest you don't. If you do, go early and arm yourself with a good breakfast (you'll need it), listen to soothing music and breathe. Try not to loose your cool. It just isn't worth it. Hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend.

ONLY 6 MORE DAYS TILL CHRISTMAS EVE!!! or so I've been told about a hundred times by the young one.
Peace~ DAWN
Thursday, December 15, 2005
  I'll Show U Mine, If U Show Me Yours
What kinda hit will that title get? Anyway, I've seen where Mouse, Isis, and Kaity do it and here is where I do it (crochet, that is):

Wow, it looks like the black hole. That recliner is about 10 years old and about ready for retirement. You can see the crochet related things all around. That is where you will find me if I am crocheting. Also in my car (when I pick up the young one), but I will NOT show you a picture of the inside of my car. Does the word Trashed sound familiar to anyone?

Also, the lovely Kaity (as mentioned above) tagged me on a meme. Thanks so much. So here is my participation in that:

"List seven songs you are into right now. No matter what the genre, whether they have words, or even if they're any good, but they must be songs you're really enjoying now. Post these instructions in your blog along with your seven songs. Then tag seven other people to see what they're listening to."

So here they are in no particular order of importance:

1. "Mother" by Danzig

2. "Go" by Pearl Jam

3. "Animals" by Nickelback

4. "Kashmir" by Led Zepplin

5. "Drive" by Incubus

6. "Fix You" by Cold Play

7. "Silent Night" by Stevie Nicks (cause it's that time of year and I love her version)

So, instead of double hitting people I will just throw it out there and tell you, if you read this play along (if you wanna, no pressure).

While we are on the music topic, my middle son and I were both listening to our iPods and as we passed in the hallway, I flashed him my screen so he could see what I was listening to ("What's Inside a Girl" by The Cramps) and he flashed me his screen ("Scar Tissue" by The Red Hot Chili Peppers). That is always fun. I am tempted while stopped at red lights to roll down my window and ask fellow car travelers what's playing on their stereo, but of course I don't do that. But I wonder sometimes. I know that that story would have been a lot more interesting if we had both been listening to the same song, but hey, I only write this stuff. You know what I mean.

Oh, and a big 'ol Congratulations to Ashleigh!! she is now officially an Egyptologist. She graduated yesterday. So pop on over and give her a pat on the virtual back, that is quite an accomplishment. Now she is going for her PhD!!

Peace~ DAWN

Tuesday, December 13, 2005
  Scarves All Around, I'm Buyin'
Hey, are you ready? here are the scarves for the co-workers. I won't go into pattern and/or yarn type cause I didn't keep track and I'm not about to now. Just enjoy the colors and textures:

Wouldn't you like one of those for a gift? I sure hope they go over well. You know, as I was making the last one I started thinking about how much they would cost if I made them to sell. Each one cost a different amount as far as the materials. The redish one alone was $14.00. The green fuzzy one and the multi-tonel brown/red one were about $6.50 each and the grass green one was $5. The other two were the cheaper. One was from scrapes (that sounds so bad) and the black one was RH christmas yarn in black with gold for like $1.82 and it only took the one skein. I think it is better to give a gift of crochet than to try and sell it sometimes. People don't really understand the cost of materials (that is not even factoring in the time and difficulty of the pattern, sheeesh).

If you can't get enough squares, here are three more. There is a red one coming up next time. It seems that the booklet gets the CC ones done first.

I know it looks like I'm kickn' butt on the these 35 squares, but don't get to use to it. I feel the winding down phase coming on. I just started another felt project for my friend in North Dakota. Her birthday is tomorrow and I'm just know getting to make her present. It will be worth the wait.

I have been busting my butt wrapping presents today (with the older two off from school and everything). I have done my domestic shit and am about sick to death of laundry and cleaning products. I have to go into work at 3:15 and I'd rather stay home and play. Damn! There truely is no rest for the wicked. Till, ummm... Thursday. Peace~ DAWN

Sunday, December 11, 2005
  Warmest Greetings
Hello people! I don't know about where you live, but here in Tennessee it is freakn' COLD. Scoot up close to the monitor, place hands in front of the fire and feel the warmth. Aaahhh!
I have spent the day crocheting (duh), wrapping presents (the littlest one walked in as I was holding one of his up, but luckily he didn't really see what it was, whew!), making homemade tostadas and burritos, eating said tostadas and burritos as well as the brownies that the husband made--he bakes!! and watching football on the big screen t.v. Good Sunday.

I finished up two more squares for the 35 Square ghan. Here they are:

I think I will retake the first one and put it on the white background, that way they will all look like they belong. Plus it was a bit fuzzy. I'm working on a hat for the Rad Bad beanies right now, but I think I will get square #4 done tonite.

Oh, speaking of tonite: it is the season finale of Survivor!! got to watch that. I want Dannie to win, but she will probably get voted off tonite. My picks have so far. If not her than I want Rafe to win. Not Steph and I don't think Lydia deserves it. Anyway, that is my take on it. Until Tuesday. . .

Peace~ DAWN

Saturday, December 10, 2005
  Last Scarf of Christmas
I did it. I finally finished the last scarf of Christmas!! I used some baby alpaca in sport weight and followed the pattern for the Zen scarf from Crochet Me. After about row 10 it became zen for me and I flew through the pattern with no problem. It is so soft and conforming, I really don't wanna give it up. Good thing, I have plenty of yarn to choose from to make one of my own. It is a nice airy pattern, but the alpaca makes it warm.
Also, me and the young one baked some Snickerdoodle cookies (my favorite). I followed the recipe that Wendy posted on her blog Crazy Crafter. Please give her blog a visit and try this recipe; it is really good! Thanks, Wendy!
If that wasn't enough for one day, I also began the 35 Granny Squares Afghan . I was given a copy of this great and elusive leaflet by a friend and I am so happy!! I haven't decided if I want to join the CAL at Crochetville or not. I plan on slow boating this particular project and I don't wanna join and only post once in a blue moon. I may just lurk and post pictures of the finished squares here. I chose to use Simply Soft yarn: main color Autumn Red and contrasting color Bone. I think this is one of the prettiest reds out there. So far I have square one done. Not very exciting (this one is just your run of the mill granny, they get a lot better, trust me).
Hope you all are enjoying your weekend and not going to crazy with last minute preperations for the Ho Ho Holiday. I finally had to cut myself off and say "enough is enough". I am now only buying stocking stuffers. You know, undies, cologne, razors, stuff like that. My cards are DONE!!! they will get stamped and sent on Monday and I have my elf packages ready to go as well as the in-law package. Wooo-hoooo!
Peace~ DAWN (p.s; the post below has the Curly Girl scarf pattern and it is also on the side bar)
  Curly Girl Scarf
The Curly Girl Scarf:

1 skein RH Symphony mohair yarn
contrasting yarn in same weight or lighter
K hook

chain 125
ROW 1: sc in 2nd chain from hook and in each chain across. Ch 2, turn.
ROW 2: hdc in first stitch and hdc in each stitch across. Ch 2, turn.
ROW 3: 2 dc in first stitch, *1 dc in next stitch, 2 dc in next stitch*, repeat from *to* across. Ch 2, turn.
ROW 4: 2 dc in first stitch, *1 dc in next 2 stitches, 2 dc in next stitch*,
repeat from *to * across. Switch to contrasting color, Ch 1, turn.
ROW 5: sc in first stitch, *3 dc in next stitch, sc in next stitch*, repeat across. Finish off.

This is a quick, easy and fun scarf. Play with different types of yarns and contrasting trim. Enjoy!!
Tuesday, December 06, 2005
  Preview and Good News
Here is a preview of the scarf I'm submitting to the Calendar a Day 2007:

And here is a close-up:

I'm gonna go ahead and write the pattern up this weekend and post it for any of you who want to make it. Super easy, super fast and way to cute when it is on for words.

Now, for the good news: (don't get overly excited, I'm not pregnant or won the lottery-ha!) I found a yarn store in town!!! A real, honest to goodness yarn store: ImagiKnits and it is so cool! Three ladies own and run it, they have classes and a stitch and bitch night, plus all the soft and colorful yarns of natural pursuation you could possibly want to pet! I am in heaven. I popped in after my massage this morning and it was like walking into the coffee shop on "Friends". It is a house and each room is chuck full of yarns and each room has either a table and chairs (for lessons) or chairs and sofas for comfort. There are books and magazines and kneedles and hooks and markers and people getting instruction and I'm getting dizzy. As luck would have it, Tuesdays they have beginner knitting in the morning, so starting in January I'm signing up for a class so I can work out the kinks in my tension. Plus, stitch n bitch is Tuesday nites so I can finish up with my last client and pop over and crochet/knit for an hour or two. How convenient is that? Anyway, take a gander at the yarns I brought home (you didn't think I just went in to look did you? Silly.):

Oh, and if that weren't enough for you, the new Crochet Me is up!! and that brillent heathered red alpaca up there is for this divine scarf by Robyn Chachula. I just love saying her last name...Chachula.

Peace and have a great day!! DAWN

Sunday, December 04, 2005
  Paper Pinescones and Other Sundries
Well, I'm back with pictures of a couple of crafty projects I've been up to lately. First off are the Paper Pinecones (plus one in ribbon):

This nifty little project came from Sue over at Good Yarns. Check out her post on
Ribbon Pinecones. I did the top three with paper and used 2 inch egg shape styrofoam. The big 'un in purple is made with wire ribbon and the egg is about 3 3/4 inches. I didn't do such a great job filling in all the little spaces at the top, but for the first few I'd say they turned out pretty fine. The pins go in much easier on the ribbon ones, but it is more economical to make them out of pretty paper if you want to make loads of them. On the bottom, where you can't see, I put an upholstery tack to cover up the seam and add some decorative interest. Thanks Sue for such a pretty project. Your instructions where great!

Now, on to the other project than has been consuming much of my free time. Bath Salts. Not the making of them, cause that is pretty damn easy. It is the packaging of 90 individual little bags and putting labels on them that took the time. I had to mix the sea salt with the Epsom salt and then add some lavender buds. Shake, shake, shake. Seal. Place sticker. 90 times! Take a look at 15 of them:

I put these together for our clients at work. I was suppose to try and come up the something like 200!! well, 90 are gonna get bath salts for their feet. The rest are people I probably don't work on anyway.

The Christmas tree is up and will be decorated tonite. The inside is decorated. The outside is halfway there. The weather turned rainy this afternoon and the men couldn't finish the lighting. I finally bought my Christmas cards. Now the arduous task of addressing envelopes begins. Three presents have been wrapped and are under the tree. The rest are stashed in various corners of my bedroom. The holiday season has begun. . . fa la la la la.

On the crochet front, I have almost finished the second scarf that I am gonna submit to the Pattern a Day for 2007. I hope it will be accepted. It is really cute. It is my take on the ruffle scarves. When I get them photographed I'll put up the picture and when I get accepted (smile) I'll go ahead and put up the pattern on my blog.

Have a great day and beginning of your week! Hope you all are getting in the holiday spirit. Merry Christmas!!

Peace~ DAWN

Saturday, December 03, 2005
  Not Dead
I'm not dead or anything. Just busy busy with work and Christmas shopping and kids.

Tonite we attend the middle son's play at school. Two hours of "Will Shakesphere, Get off the Stage". Don't ask me, I don't have a clue. Two hours of fun await us shortly, though.

I have made about three, no four pinecones and hope to have pictures up tomorrow. You don't know what the hell I'm talking about but Sue does. She started it all.

Went to the malls today to finish up the shopping. All but a couple of more things for the youngest and then it is stocking stuffers. I have a ton of wrapping to do. Not to mention decorating and cards to buy, address, and mail. Also, I have bags of bath salts to fill for clients at work.

I have made quite a bit of progress on the charity ripple lapghan. It is in the stalled position as I try and get my crap together for the holidays. I don't know about you all, but Christmas is creeping up on me fast! I feel like I'm gonna wake up tomorrow and it will be upon me. Breathe.

Okay, I gotta go. Peace~ DAWN
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