I Am Heartbroken

December 23, 2008

My little Cheli belly had to be put to sleep today. He was nick-named the master of disaster for good reason as evidenced by him laying on my clean laundry. I would ask him if he wanted up and he would put his front paws up asking to be picked up. He was the sweetest. I am so sad.


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Everyone’s A Winner and Christmas FO 1

December 17, 2008

Is anyone else freakin’ out that Christmas is 8 days away??? So many gifts to finish and pack up and get in their merry way.

This scarf is one gift that has already begun its journey. I knit up My So Called Scarf using Manos on size 10.5 needles. I have been wanting to knit up this scarf for some time and I finally got around to it. This beauty is going to someone in a cold climate so I think it is perfect. The scarf took me about 3 weeks (working sporadically). I had a little trouble getting used to the pattern, but once I did it went fast. I didn’t measure the scarf before I sent it out, but if it were for me, I would probably have started a third skein of yarn. I have a feeling the length is about 55 – 60 inches and it’s about 6 inches wide. I like my scarves long, but I have a thicker neck than most. I just love this pattern. Check out more pictures here and here.

On a separate note, thanks for those who participated in my giveaway! The good news is that everyone who left a comment is a winner! I will be in touch to let you know what your pouch options are and to get your snail mail addresses. Okay, I’m related to 3 of you so I don’t need your addresses, but you still do get to choose your design. I’m looking forward to trying Keri’s candy cane cookies. I was able to do some Christmas baking last week with my mother-in-law. It was very fun! I ate way too much dough, and I was on my “good” behavior. We made oatmeal scotchies which turned out well (we’ve had problems with these being too flat in the past), pressed cookies (I even got to work the press!!!), sugar cookies and snickerdoodles. All in about 4 hours. CJ helped, but her strength is in the clean-up. (Here she is again.) I have been enjoying cookies all week and surprisingly enough, there are still some left. The holiday season has been flying by and I haven’t had or been taking the time to enjoy it. I feel like I’m running from one deadline to another. But the baking really helped it feel like Christmas. Thanks, Jeanne!!!


A Christmas Giveaway

December 8, 2008

I’ve spent most of the day recovering from the holiday bazaar and all the preparation that went into it. Aside from some stupid work obligations, I did fine some time to rest, knit and update my shop. There’s still more to post, but I’m going to give myself a couple of days to get it done.

I really enjoy having an etsy shop, but the listing of items is my least favorite part. I don’t mind taking the photos, I do not like the cropping and resizing and color adjusting and writing copy, etc. Usually I have help but I was on my own this time. And when I say I don’t like it, it’s more that it’s my least favorite part. And usually because I am rushing to get it done. But I enjoy everything else about having an etsy shop.

Anyway, I was supposed to go up to Philly to bake cookies with Bill’s family today but that didn’t work out. (boo!) But it did get me to start thinking about my favorite Christmas cookie. I have to say that Nut Cups are probably my all-time favorite. They are like little bite size pecan pies. But there’s so many that I like. I LOVE Jeanne’s sugar cookies with the icing. And her oatmeal scotchies which Bill and I have had a lot of trouble making ourselves. My mom’s kolacky cookies are awesome too. Oh, and snickerdoodles are up there too… It’s hard to pick one favorite.

I grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and I remember my mom doing tons of baking. She would make about 7 different kinds of cookies and she would double and triple recipes. I would help, but she stayed up until 2 or 3 am baking, and she would do this for days. All the cookies would get put in boxes, and then stored in the trunk of her car. A makeshift freezer of sorts. I remember going out to the car with various plates while mom opened up boxes and created plates for my teachers, dad’s coworkers, the neighbors, a party she was attending. I’m not sure you can still use your trunk as a freezer what with global warming.

Anyway, this is a long way to introduce my giveaway. I’m pretty sure there aren’t many of you reading out there so it makes your changes of winning pretty good! Leave a comment with your favorite Christmas cookie recipe (or link) by Sunday, December 14th and I’ll pick a winner on Monday. The winner will have his/her choice of one of my pouches with a flower pin.

I look forward to reading your comments!!


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My First Bazaar

December 6, 2008

I feel like there should be a Christmas ornament, My First Bazaar (kinda like Baby’s First Christmas). After weeks of work, I participated in my first Christmas bazaar held at a local church. I had no idea what to expect. I will tell you that I would definitely do it again. I was very impressed with how well it was organized and set up. It was a little disappointing because I only made 6 sales. I was hoping for more but I was also realistic that the economy might keep people away, or they would be a little more particular while shopping. On the positive side, I think I made some beautiful things, I received many compliments, and I got to spend quality time with my mom.

And speaking of my mom, she’s amazing. Sorry for the blurry picture, but aren’t we cute? She sewed about 65 little flower pins for me which were a really cute addition to my pouches. They took the pouch from nice to super cute! As I had hoped, people did find them to be nice gift items and they were my big seller. My mom also drove down from Connecticut to help me with last minute things on Friday and to help me at the sale. There was a lot of last minute stuff to do. I’m glad I had the help setting up, but I’m more thankful for the company. Mom was a great salesperson and we had time to talk and it was an all around nice day.

While the quantity of my sales were disappointing, the quality of my sales was awesome. That sounds weird, but let me explain. I came back from the restroom to find my mom helping two young boys who had just bought a pair of earrings for their mom. They were somewhere in the 9 – 12 age range, shy and very sweet. They handed over their crumpled bills and seemed pleased with their little package which had been wrapped in tissue paper and secured with a ribbon and a sticker. They thanked us and went on their way. Ten minutes later, they came back and picked out another pair of earrings. It made my day. And it was what I was hoping for when I priced out my goods, trying to have something at every price level and trying to have something affordable for kids trying to shop for mom. Did I mention that it made my day?

Hope you all had lovely Saturdays too!


A Thanksgiving Recap

December 1, 2008

I’m not sure a 4 day weekend has ever gone by so quickly. And actually, I made it a 5 day weekend and still it was over in the blink of an eye. Part of the problem was the insane amount of time I spent in a car, driving down I-95. It took me 8 hours to drive up to Connecticut, but 45 minutes were spent napping, and 30 minutes were spent waiting for an over-priced Whopper on the New Jersey Turnpike. So all-in-all, that trip wasn’t too bad. It was the 9 hours on Sunday that nearly ruined the weekend. 9 hours to go 300 miles. 9 hours and I only took a 20 minute break. It was horrible, and I do mean really horrible.

But enough of the complaining. Because the rest of the weekend was fantastic. Thanksgiving Day was the best. Bill’s family drove up from PA for dinner and they spent the night. The meal was great, dessert was better, and the family games were the best. Mom and I won Ticket to Ride by 1 point. Actually, Bill won by a point but we are all convinced the Bill miscounted and that Mom and I had to have won. And we played Encore but couldn’t think of any songs with number or the word baby. Friends, I think that our bellies were so full that it affected our ability to think because there are TONS of songs with numbers in them or “baby”. But we had fun. It’s been a long time since we’ve all been together for a holiday. I made Alicia Paulson’s sour cream apple pie and it was really delicious. Apple pie is my favorite pie and I was a little nervous about not doing a traditional apple pie, but this was fantastic; I highly recommend. At our request, Jeanne made the pecan pie which was heaven. There were a bit of a “discussion” about who got the last slice. We did have a bit of a turkey malfunction as it took an hour longer to cook than we had planned. But we got it together and it was worth the wait.

I spent the rest of the weekend getting ready for the bazaar that is this Saturday. And I had helpers which was the best part. Aside from the fact that it was nice to have help, I desperately needed it. I had the best little elves.

We did take some time to relax. We went to see Quantum of Solace which was awesome! And we went to the Indian Buffet which was as good as I remembered. We also watched Casino Royale because we wanted more Bond, James Bond. What else??? Oh, I bought Adventures in Babysitting for $5 at Target and it was also as good as I remembered it! And there was a little bit of reading and lots of sleeping. And tons of eating.

I hope that all of you had wonderful Thanksgiving weekends too!


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Welcome to my spot on the web where I talk about needlework, crafts, and [many] other random things.

A few tidbits about me: I met my husband in college, flirting over tuba letters in the Penn Band. Our dog, CJ, and our cat, Sabrina, round out our family. I'm a sewist, knitter and needlepointer, and an occasional scrapbooker. I love organizing, reading, making jewelry, and hiking. A Chicago girl at heart, I am an avid follower the Cubs, Bears, and Blackhawks.

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