What Noises Do Ghosts Make?

October 10, 2010

Is it boo?


Thankfully, my ghosts have been quiet.  Bill and I did some Halloween crafting last weekend.  I saw the project in Country Living and loved it because I was looking for something to hang from my ornament tree.  It wasn’t quite as easy as they described (is it ever?).  Bill did the messy part, dipping the cheese cloth in the Stiffy and I helped him by putting the balloons and cups in front of him, creating space, handing him dry cheese cloth, cleaning up drips, etc.  Once dried, which took overnight, I added the eyes and hanging thread.  I am really happy with how they turned out!

Contemplating bravery

Things are going well with the new kitters.  We’re getting close to a name.  She’s getting more comfortable and playful.  She’s a little more comfortable around me than Bill, but he’s such a big guy I think he’s overwhelming for a little kitty.  They are bonding so we just have to give her time.  Plus, I’ve been able to spend a bit more time with her.  I was able to trim the kitty’s front nails.  It didn’t start out so well, but it ended well.  I think back paws will be a two person operation until she’s more used to it.  She’s getting brave.  I had the door to my craft room open and she contemplated coming out of the bathroom.  CJ was outside  and the kitty heard her and reconsidered the exploration.  Kitters is more active in the evening, so perhaps we’ll try it again later. The dog and cat know the other exists.  They’ve made eye contact, but haven’t met yet.


I’ve been doing some knitting.  I’ve had this pattern for Berry Bags (rav link) for awhile, and I finally ordered some yarn to try it out.  I’m trying out KnitPicks Wool of the Andes.  I’m making two of the bags.  I have this compulsion for making multiples of things instead of just one.  Anyway, I also bought some yarn to make the Billington Bag (rav link) which caught my eye and the pattern was a bargain ($2)!  Then I figured, why not buy even more yarn to make this Granny Square Afghan (rav link)?!  I love snuggling under a blanket on the couch and I need to practice my crochet skills.  Or maybe I’ll do it as a pillow, like this one which I love!

I hope you all are enjoying 10/10/10!  Do you know what that is in binary?  42.  Bill told me.  And he thinks I don’t listen. Cheers!!

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Is It Really October 23rd Already??

October 23, 2009

I just don’t know where the time goes. I really don’t.

We got home from Vegas and in less than 20 hours we were back at the airport picking up my Mom!!! Thankfully we had left the house in good shape, but we still were running around dusting, vacuuming, changing sheets, etc. But yay, my mom was visiting!

She was here for eight days and they flew by. Seriously. So what did we do… Lots of knitting. We’re doing a knitalong (just me and Mom) of the Monday Morning Cardigan. I had some yarn that Bill bought in Shannon, Ireland, and I had a lot of this yarn. About 20 skeins. It’s a heavy worsted yarn so we’ve checked our gauge and are making smaller sizes but it’s going well so far (fingers crossed).

Mom also helped me decorate the house for Halloween. I don’t have that many decorations, but every year Bill and I are digging them out right before the kids starts trick-or-treating, and putting them away after they leave. Not very festive. Anyway, in my box-o-decorations, Mom found some fake pumpkins that I bought to glitterize a la Martha Stewart. I even had the glitter. Why I never did it is beyond me. But we finally got those pumpkins glittered! I really like how they look on my crystal cake plate.

I took my mom to my knitting store, Green Planet Yarn, where a sequined dk weight yarn caught her eye. We found a free pattern on ravelry but it called a for a bulky weight yarn. We went back and saw the knit doctor ( a free help session) and she helped us pick another yarn to hold together to make gauge. They even lent us needles and wound the yarn so that mom could knit a gauge swatch before we left to see if we needed to modify the pattern any further. They definitely get two thumbs up for customer service!

What else did we do? There’s the required trip to Google for lunch. We did drive to Monterey for the day and at my inlaw’s recommendation, took the 17 Mile Drive at Pebble Beach. It was beautiful though the day was a little gray. We walked the neighborhood. Found a bead store and got some stuff to make some earrings as requested by Mom. I got mom set up on facebook and ravelry. There was the farmer’s market and almond croissants! And because Mom is Mom, she helped with laundry of which there was TONS! Most importantly, we had plenty of time to hangout and be together.

It was a great visit that ended last week. Since then, I’ve been knitting, Bill and I did a yard clean-up on Saturday, I’ve done more laundry… But I’ve got to get a little more organized because there a bunch of things I’d like to do (organize my armoire, cut fabric, take photos of my jewelry, sew some lavender sachets, work on my photo albums…) but I don’t seem to get to it. I think I need to make a list.

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Christmas Crafting

December 19, 2006

I had intentions of doing a few more crafts, but time got away from me. I did finish these envelope sachets from Martha’s Holiday Handmade Crafts magazine.

I needed some nice gifts for the secretaries and administrative staff at my office and Bill’s office. The sachets turned out well, though I hit an unexpected snag. I guess I used cheap envelopes because my envelopes leaked. But inspiration hit and I made little pouches out of tissue paper that I could easily slip into my envelopes.

This was a simple enough project. I slid two pieces of foam batting in my envelope, and I had a scrapbooking tool to make my holes. The tool was easier to manipulate than a pin. Each envelope is a different scent: black-orange tea with dried roses, cedar chips with dried lavender, and lemon-ginger tea with hibiscus flowers. I got the lavender and roses from Michaels, the teas from the grocery store, and the dried hibiscus flowers from Whole Foods. To make the envelopes, I used Martha’s butterfly template for the red envelope, I created the diamond pattern, and I printed out letters in 200-250 point font.

All in all, I am pleased with the outcome. I hope our coworkers enjoy them!


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