Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Some updated photos.

I have never been happy with my original photos of these knitted pieces...finally got on the ball (with my to-do list ever-expanding, no less) and took some quick pics yesterday. Had to haul it out into the snow, to get some of that awesome late-afternoon light. And I have to say, I love my new dress form. She is petite yet curvaceous and makes my photos SOOOO much easier! She has been named Sophie, with Grace's approval, because she is decidedly French. Doesn't she look pretty wrapped in red and ready for the cold?

And in other creative doings, I happed across this post on the Angry Chicken blog. Seriously. I had to try it once I saw how dang cute they were. Still not sure why I chose this week when I am still crazy-busy (did I mention the sheep costumes I'm sewing for Christmas Eve church service??? That'll be a different post).
For these, I used Tastefully Simple's Almond Pound Cake mix and it fit 6 half-pint jars perfectly. Yum. Like we really needed more sweets around this week!

Monday, December 17, 2007

The miracle product.

Holy cow, I seriously need to buy stock in 3M! I have just happened upon the most amazing and (to me) life altering product. OK, maybe life-altering is a bit much, but oh. my. goodness. I have been a fan of the Command line of products for awhile - great hooks and poster tacking stuff, never leaves a residue. I just installed a few more hooks the other day to hold unwieldy lunchboxes. Anyway. So, today, looking for more poster tacking stuff at Target, I saw they now have picture-hanging strips. Pure genius. For people like me, who totally hate hanging groupings of photos because they inevitable hang crooked, these are a godsend. I just hung 5 frames above the piano, all perfectly spaced, in about 5 minutes. Now I need more! I see they even have hangers for larger photos - I REALLY need these for 2 large pictures I have above my living room couch - at least daily I go in and straighten the frames. 3M, I love you!

Saturday, December 15, 2007

In the works.

The craziness continued into the end of the week, thankfully I am feeling a little more settled in that a few Christmas gifts are completed, which means only a few more of those to go! My priority this weekend, though, is finishing off some custom orders, one if which is pictured below...

Isn't the color amazing? The yarn is Mirasol Miski, color #104 (Jade). In real life, it is really more blue/green. But I still love the photo! It's going to be another Victorian Neckwarmer...wouldn't it look amazing with a black turtleneck and black velvet pants? I just may have to knit one up for myself. After Christmas, of course! I promise a photo of the finished product, probably in a day or too!

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Crazy in a good way.

Lots of busyness around here today - I feel a little frazzled even though it's all been brought on myself! So I'm not complaining...just dealing. The kids were all home today - a "snow day" due to a lovely ice/snow storm we had in the night. I found out last night that school was cancelled and honestly, I was dreading today. I thought we'd have screaming and tears and who knows what else by 10:00 am! But, they have been good. Playing games, playing house, doing a craft project (with me...homemade paper bowl from an old Family Fun issue), etc. I managed to get out this afternoon (not OUT out, just out to the driveway) to do a little shoveling. And even then, with me out of the house and them shut inside, they were still good! Guess strange things can happen sometimes.


So why have I been busy, besides the aforementioned snow day activities? Well, filling orders, working on various Christmas presents (darn that handmade pledge!), and writing my first knitting pattern as part of an order. I have certainly done my own knitting design, just have never actually taken the time to write it all down properly (and have it look nice, with pictures, etc.). Once I figure out how to convert it to a PDF, I may post it in the shop for sale. I'm thinking it would be nice to sell something and NOT have to ship it, you know? BTW, the above piece is for which the pattern was written...

Oh, and another thing...if anyone out there has been interested in items in my shop but isn't from the US, never fear! I have decided to try international shipping, and edited my items accordingly. So, happy shopping!

Friday, December 7, 2007

Snickerdoodles are in da house

Yes, the cookie-baking went without a hitch last night, to my moderate surprise! We told the kids that they would get to eat one only if they helped. For the task assigned - rolling and dipping - they are pros anyway, so I shouldn't have worried about their participation. Granted, Reed probably would have preferred to be playing Guitar Hero on the 360, but he relented to help in order to earn his dessert. Even Kirk got in on the action, and I have now realized that he can get downright cranky if someone is messin' with his favorite cookies! Let's just say that after the first ball of snickerdoodle dough landed on the floor (by accident, I can attest) his temper flared a wee bit. Lauren wasn't buying it though..."come on, Dad, it's just a cookie!"

Thursday, December 6, 2007

Feelin' the crafty love...

On the lighter side of life, I'm happy to show off a little crafty love I got on this blog today...check it out!

Oh, and I'm hoping to get a family Christmas-cookie-baking session in after dinner tonight. Wish me luck! (Because seriously, with this crew I may really, really need it!)

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Sadness

The shooting in Omaha today is such a horrible thing to have happen. It really hits home to us around here...so many times we have been in that store. You just never think such a senseless tragedy can occur in your own area. Our prayers are with the victims and families.

Monday, December 3, 2007

Deck the halls...

The tree is finally up. I just couldn't do it before December 1st this year. I know some people love to decorate for Christmas before Thanksgiving, but not me! We ended up having the perfect day to do it, also. We had freezing rain all day so we hunkered down and enjoyed some Christmas tunes, a fire in the fireplace, and little hands deciding where to put all of the ornaments. How nice is that?
Here, Kirk helps Lauren get up high...
Then it's Grace's turn...(they wanted them all up high)
Reed figured out who Santa is this year, so it's been a tougher transition for him to get really excited about Christmas. He sat out for the ornaments, until I interested him in being the special person to hang the "Christmas nail" ornament on the tree. He got to read the little story that goes with it, explaining the significance, which helped a bit.

And then some dancing ensued...


Done!

What I did with it...


This is what became of that awesome chunky wool pictured in my last post. I love the result.