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Selfie Sunday – Spring Break 2019 times two! Double the breaks, double the fun!

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Well, we just finished spring break for the girls’ followed by spring break for Doug. Lots of fun was had and awesome memories were made. There was cleaning, too. Lots of cleaning. And some work. But the fun and memories were the best!

Selfie Sunday Spring Break 2019 times two from Jessie At Home
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Spool Knit Fun and Other Goodies

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I hope you all had a lovely weekend, and that your week is turning out well. We’ve had some fun here. I used one of my new~to~me tea pots for the first time. It was an Earl Gray kind of day.

Tea-Crochet-and-Chewy

On Sunday the girls and I decided it was time for a spool knitting tea party. They had received spool knitting kits from my parents (who are now stationed in Sicily) for Christmas, and with the plague we had going around, I hadn’t had a chance to teach them yet.

Ready-to-Spool-Knit

They both picked it up quite quickly. They love learning how to create new things. I have no idea where they get that from. ūüôā

learning-to-spool-knit

They spent hours, yes HOURS, sitting and spool knitting. No TV, just happily making. Vada even needed to swipe some yarn from my stash to keep going! Kyla’s kit had a lot more yarn in it, so she was fine with what she had.

getting-the-hang-of-it

Vada’s spool knitter is wood and has 4 pegs, so it makes a cute little tube. Vada has a thing for green.

Look-What-Vada-Did

Kyla’s spool knitter is plastic and has 6 pegs, so it makes a wider tube. She wants to make it really long and make a scarf. I am going to see if she can make it 3 times as long as she wants so we can loosely braid it to make it wider.

Kyla-Loves-her-creation

This coming Saturday, my friend Marsha will be coming for a visit. Remember when I told you I swiped her pretty bowl so she would have to come visit? I went grocery shopping at Trader Joes on Monday and I may have gotten a bit excited about Marsha coming. I told her if she came around lunch time we could have a “bunch~of~little~things” kind of lunch. So this is what I picked up. I have some other crackers in the pantry as well. Plus tea, coffee, and tea biscuits. Yes, that is chocolate cheddar cheese. It is either going to be awesome or gross, I will let you know!

I-may-have-gone-overboard

We received a package that was packed with this brown paper the other day. Kyla loves huge paper to color!

Giant-coloring

I had to buy a new scanner. At some point I will replace my scanner/printer/fax machine, but that is not in the budget right now. So I thought it would be nice to have a portable scanner, and I found this one for under $50 including the memory card and shipping. I was worried that it would get dirty, especially if I traveled with it. Why buy a portable scanner if you can’t take it anywhere? I thought it would be nice at conferences and such if there is a flyer or something I want to remember. So I knitted myself a little cotton cover for the scanner, and I even put on a pocket for the cord. The scanner is battery operated, but the cord is needed to upload the scans to a computer.

cover-for-my-scanner

I’ve made some progress on the jean/yarn skirt. I am almost done with the front wedge. This is taking a while because I don’t work on it that often. I have several other things that are a higher priority at the moment, but sometimes I just need a fun and easy knit, so this is great!

almost-done-with-the-first-wedge

Well it is almost time to take the littles to school, so I should wrap this up. Have a great day, my friends!

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Stand back…

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My head is going to explode, you may want to take a step back…

I have so much going on right now I can’t seem to keep it all straight, and I feel like my head may go kaplooy at any moment. Kaplooy? How do you spell ka-ploo-ie?

I have the top of the Katherine coat done, and am about 1/4 of the way done with the top part of the skirt. So I still need to do the rest of the top part of the skirt, the bottom of the skirt, the hood, the pockets, and the belt. I leave for the knit and crochet show two weeks from today. Oh dear.

Let’s not even get into the rest of the things I need to do before then.

Yummy-Mommy-snack

So, rather than working on my coat, I am enjoying a yummy evening snack and chatting with you, my Blogland friends.

Ingrid's-birthday-spread

Ingrid’s birthday was on Friday. Seeing as she is pretty much always at InsaniTea (that’s what happens when you own a small business) we just threw her a party there.

Ingrid-Birthday-Party-Festivities!

There was much fun had by all! Lots of very delicious food as well.

Ingrid's-Mommy-and-Aunt-at-her-Birthday-Party

Ingrid’s mother and aunt came by. Everyone is always so happy at InsaniTea. It’s fun to embrace your crazy!

Ingrid-Birthday-Party-just-a-few-pizza's

We ordered a few pizzas. I think there may still be leftovers in the fridge in the back.

Ingrid-Birthday-Party-cake-time

No party is complete without a kid sticking a finger in the cake(no, that is not one of mine.) Ingrid and Kelly were amused.

Ingrid-Birthday-Party-candle-time

Time to blow out the candle!

Clifton-Street-Fair-getting-balloons

On Sunday we went to a street fair in the next town over. Kyla and Vada got new belts. They insisted on wearing them.

Clifton-Street-Fair-balloon-time

Gotta love election season! Free balloon animals at one of the political booths. Isn’t the butterfly just the cutest?!

Clifton-Street-Fair-ferris-wheel

The girls had their first Ferris Wheel ride. After, Kyla told me, “Mommy, I was higher then a butterfly!”

Clifton-Street-Fair-band

The high school band marched quickly through the fair.

Clifton-Street-Fair-Ice-Cream-Clown

Kyla ran into a mischievous clown with some red face paint. She also talked us into a character ice cream. It had black eyes. That black food coloring is some powerful stuff!

They-still-love-playing-with-boxes

The girls got a hold of an empty box yesterday. Fun times.

Toy-house!

They wanted to build a play house, but eventually decided the box was not big enough. So they built a play house for some toys instead.

With everything I have to do, I seem to have a hard time knowing when to say enough. I REALLY love working at the school book fair, which is tomorrow and the next day. So I volunteered. Tomorrow night is also back to school night.

Ready-for-the-book-fair

I can’t really bring the Katherine coat with me, it is just too big to work on in small chunks of time. So I packed up some things I can do in the 10 minute breaks we sometimes get between classes coming into the fair.

Wish me luck surviving the next week (or two.)

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Once more into the breech

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Hello my friends! Do you remember how far I had gotten on the Katherine Coat over the spring/summer? Well, here she is now:

Katherine-do-over

That’s right, I frogged the whole coat. It had to be done. I took a couple of weeks and re~wrote the entire pattern, I did warn you I was going to do that. I am much happier now. I was not impressed with the boxy look of the coat on the first go around, and I want to provide you with the best possible patterns.

here-we-go-again

So yesterday the time came to once again cast on for Katherine.

and-we're-off

It was so nice to finally get the Berroco Vintage Chunky yarn back on my needles. I was quite giddy at the thought of finally having my very own faerie frock! Even with everything else I had to do yesterday, I still managed to get almost down to the underarms yesterday!

almost-to-the-underarm

I would REALLY love to be able to wear this coat to the CGOA/TKGA conference in October. I have also been working on another free pattern for you. Do you want a peek?

the-progression-of-the-bunting

These are the first 4 attempts. As you can see, the pattern changed a bit with each go. I am finally happy with it and ready to make more and write out the tutorial. It will need some blocking to get a good shape.

starting-the-chair-yarn-bomb-at-InsaniTea

The other day was a fun Fiber Arts Day at InsaniTea. I thought it would be fun to yarn bomb some old chairs. So I started with a leg.

Tea-Cups-At-InsaniTea

I took some pictures of my various goodies for sale at InsaniTea. I love this way of displaying the Tea Cup coasters!

Tea-Cups-and-Bunting-at-InsaniTea

These are in the window. More of the coasters along with some bunting made from the same pattern.

Rainbow-Bracelets-at-InsaniTea

Ingrid loves to keep these bracelets right at the register. They sell pretty well. I need to make more!

some-shelves-at-InsaniTea

I have a bookshelf full of pretties for sale.

lots-for-sale-at-InsaniTea

I also recently put up a display next to the bookshelf. I bought the various parts from a Blockbuster that was going out of business. Going out of business sales are a great way to get display and organizational items!

Natalie-shawls-and-wraps-at-InsaniTea

There are quite a few Natalie Wraps and Shawls for sale!

I-fixed-the-missing-checker-issue-at-InsaniTea

Way back…oh, maybe 2 years ago…one of Ingrid’s checkers from her table top checker board went missing. Various items have been used to replace said checker. I decided it was time for my solution. We’ll see how long it lasts. I should really sew a label on that guy. Free advertising!

yarn-bomb-chiar-progress-at-InsaniTea

I am leaving the chair at InsaniTea with a sign about the Fiber Arts group. I would love for more people to show up, so this seemed like one way to advertise.

three-legs-done-at-InsaniTea

I managed to get three legs done. I work a bit slower over there. I tend to socialize a lot.

So, here is some fun news for you! I will be the guest on tonight’s Cre8tion Crochet Live. Tune in at 9 pm Eastern for fun with Lorene and I. Not only that, but 2 or 3 chances to win 3 of my patterns!! There will be a winner chosen during the show from those in the chat room attached to the show. I will also pick one or two more winners tomorrow night. If you want to be one of those winners here is what you have to do: Watch the show. I will ask a question and tell you to post the answer as a comment to this blog post! Then tomorrow night (8/29/13) at 9 pm Eastern time, I will use a random number generator to chose a winner from the comments. Also, I am really close to 500 likes on my Facebook page. If I get there by tomorrow night, I will choose a second winner. So go and like my Facebook page if you have not already, and then go look through my designs (knit or crochet) and decide which 3 you want if you win! Don’t forget to tune into the show tonight for your chance to win in the chat room, and to find out the question to answer for your chance to win here. Good luck, my friends!

creative-little-Vada

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Kitchen Fixes

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This will be mostly photos tonight. It is after 1am (hey, happy 8th anniversary to Doug & me!) I just want to show you what I have been up to lately.

First, here are some snaps from a trip to Target we made the other day. The girls were having fun as you can see. *as always, if you hover your mouse over the photos, a little description will come up*

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When we got home, there were things to unload into the garage (we had picked up some shelving that I had found on Freecycle.) Later I noticed that Thor looked like he was staring in a Chevy commercial, with the way he was parked.

looks-like-a-Chevy-commercial

The last two days have been spent working in the kitchen. You see, I have this wall in my kitchen that I have wanted to turn into my little coffee/tea/cookbook center since we bought the house a year ago. ¬†Not only that, but I have been wanting to take the doors off the cabinets, and remove the shelves and drawers, and clean the heck out of them. The kitchen is very 70s, and though we can not afford to redo the kitchen at this time, I can at least remove the layers of crud on everything. It is just so gross. I don’t think the previous owner liked to clean very much. The oven vent doesn’t really work, so all the grease from years of cooking just settled on the cabinets. I have cleaned them many times, but they just never got clean enough. So it was time for drastic measures. Besides, I really needed to reorganize in there and trash/donate/recycle some of my extra stuff. Anyway, here are some process photos of the last 2 days. Take a look at that great 80’s wallpaper in the second snap!

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Well, I am off to shower and bed. I told Doug all I want for our anniversary is my kitchen clean and pretty. I think we are taking the girls to a movie (we have some gift cards from Christmas) and then maybe splurging on a dinner out! Hopefully there will still be time to work on the kitchen. The girls’ birthday party is Saturday, and we are having it here, so we will need to have the house presentable by then!

*oh, almost forgot; the¬†coffee/tea/cookbook center cost us about $30, I’ll tell you how we made that happen in a future post.

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What’s up, Buttercup?

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Just a quick update for you all before I call it a night. It has been a LONG day!

I had a nice Sunday at InsaniTea. I have been trying to kick this virus/bug/thing that I got from the girls, so I asked Ingrid to make me up some of her special tea mix to take home. Even the name makes me feel better!

Ingrid's-special-tea

If you can’t read that, it says “HAPPY HAPPY FUN TIME FEEL BETTER TEA”

On Friday both the girls were especially proud of the outfits they chose for school, and they wanted me to take their pictures to share with you. Kyla was feeling very pink. She likes to choose a color and go with it head to toe. I am fond of the patterned socks with the cute shoes!

Pretty-in-pink-Kyla

Then there is my little spooky girl. Vada just loves anything Halloween. She wears Halloween clothes year round, and is proud! Some people think I am odd letting my kids pick their own clothes at this age. I think it’s nice for them to be able to express themselves! I do edit when needed. For example, Vada is wearing black tight shorts under her skirt because I made her go upstairs and put them on. I don’t let them go to school with a skirt that is above the knees unless they have tights or tight pants/shorts underneath. I don’t want them to be distracted in school by having to worry about not flashing their underwear. Kids this age love underwear jokes, so why take a chance?

Halloween-or-not-Vada

Remember when I showed you that long~legged doll that we were given with some hand~me~down toys? Well, she is become a favorite of Vada’s. We even had to give her a name. After much deliberation, she has been named…

Buttercup!

Well, Buttercup’s dress didn’t fit very well. It bugged me. Vada is so attached to her, I thought she deserved a dress that fit. So I found some crochet thread in Vada’s favorite colors, and made her a new dress.

Buttercup's-new-dress

Well, that’s all I have in me this evening. It’s been a long day! (5 loads of laundry, built lifts for the bed frame, cleaned the garage a bit, made Buttercup’s dress, and did all that Mommy stuff I do every day) I think my bed is calling…

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WiP Wednesday ~ 2/27/13

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Well, it’s Wednesday again. That means it’s time for me to share what I have been up to for the past week. As the girl’s vacation wrapped up, Doug and I made a cover for the radiator in the back corner of the playroom. I wanted them to be able to sit and read and have a place to lean against.

Girl's-Radiator-Cover

We made the cover out of scraps of lumber found in our garage. It’s not the prettiest thing in the world, but it works. The girls were very happy to have a little reading nook.

Girl's-Reading-Nook

Sunday was an InsaniTea day! I wasn’t sure if I was going to make more rainbow bracelets, or if I was going to work on the never ending ¬†K1P1 scarf.

InsaniTea-Yarn-Day

The scarf won out. Knit one. Purl one. Knit one. Purl one. I was actually quite happy when a friend I hadn’t seen in several months showed up! It was so nice to catch up.

Knitting-at-InsaniTea

I have been working on the adult version of the Kat coat. Here it is ready for sleeves. And a collar. And a hood. And a skirt. And maybe a pocket or two. Oh, and a belt and zipper. OK, so it’s only just started…

Adult-Kat-Ready-for-Sleeves

The pattern includes a¬†variety¬†of sleeve options. Fitted, straight, flared, belled, reg length, mitt length… Mine has a straight sleeve, mitt length, with a thumb hole.

Adult-Kat-Sleeve

Progress is being made! I hope to have the other sleeve and maybe the collar by the next WiP Wednesday.

Adult-Kat-with-One-Sleeve

Yesterday I had to go to the laundry mat. We are hoping to have our new (to us) machine here in a week or two. I’ll be glad to be washing laundry at home again. While at the laundry mat, I worked on another sample for my next skirt pattern.

Knitting-at-the-Laundry-Mat

I have been working on the head forms I told you about. I now have 3 infant size forms. They are all about 15″ around. I ended up using a 4.5mm hook to get the 15 1/2″ I wanted for my fitting form. I will use the front one here for fitting patterns and photos, and use the other two for displaying hats at InsaniTea and craft /street fairs.

3-Infant-Size-Head-Forms

Today I have been working on my Spa sets. Here are a few bath poufs, and mitts. I should be posting the pattern for the mitt in the next day or two.

Spa-Sets-in-Progress

I have also been making a few ruffle scarves. I made some with this pattern, and I made some just by single crochet 4, ch1, turn repeat.

Ruffle-Scarves-for-Street-Fairs

I should get back to spa sets. Have a nice evening!

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WiP Wednesday ~ 2/20/13

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I think it is time for a new tradition…WiP Wednesday (that’s Work in Progress for those of you wondering.) I tend to spend most of my Wednesdays with hook or needle in hand, or typing up new patterns, so I may as well share the progress with you each Wednesday evening.

WiP-Wednesday-with-JessieAtHome-Spa-Set-Patterns

I have been working on a set of patterns for spa~style items to sell at craft fairs. I posted the first pattern today. I have been hooking away creating the rest of the patterns. I may even translate some of them over to knit patterns as well!

WiP-Wednesday-with-JessieAtHome-lot-o-math

Lots of math in the past few days. I think I have finally gotten the sizing down. My, it is head spinning to make a coat pattern that sizes from XS to 5X!

WiP-Wednesday-with-JessieAtHome-still-Katting-away

As you can see, I have made it to the armpits of the Kat coat pattern. I am happy with the progress.

WiP-Wednesday-with-JessieAtHome-K1P1-forever

Then there is this. Knit one, Purl one, Knit one, Purl one…forever. It is a scarf for a friend’s husband, and it is taking…well…forever.

WiP-Wednesday-with-JessieAtHome-pasta-dinner

The girls and I had a nice pasta dinner thanks to the crock pot. Mmmm. There was a time that I thought making sauce in the crock pot was a sin, but it still tastes great and is so easy!

WiP-Wednesday-with-JessieAtHome-3-2-1-cake

We also had some mini 3~2~1~cakes. So very simple! Take a box of Angel Food cake mix, and a box of another kind of cake mix (I used Devil’s food for this one, it just seemed right somehow.) Pour them together and mix them up well. Store in an airtight container. Put 3T of mix into a mug, then add in 2T of water, stir well, place in microwave and zap it for 1 minute. 3~2~1~Cake! I then dumped them onto plates and topped them with some Trader Joe’s Cookie Butter, and some Nutella. Yummy goodness!

WiP-Wednesday-with-JessieAtHome-First-Attempt-at-Head-Form

The Head Form Adventures have begun. I made the first one. After swatching I found that a 4.00mm hook gave me the right gauge for the newborn size. However, after making it I found that it was closer to the infant size. I guess I will try again with a size larger needle to make the infant form, and a size smaller to make the newborn. Well, I did say it was going to be an adventure!

WiP-Wednesday-with-JessieAtHome-head-form-weight

I made a little sack full of rice to put in the bottom of the head form to give it some weight. Aquarium gravel would work as well, and won’t expand if you get it wet.

Well, the girls are tucked in, we have screamed “I love you, bye!” across the house at each other for several minutes, as is the tradition, and I am debating my next pot of tea. I think I will mix some lemon and ginger teas, and work on my Kat coat for the rest of the evening.

Talk to you soon, my friends!

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Nemo!!

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Before I get into the snowy Nemo pictures, there is a bit of “business.” I will be starting a few new styles of posts here shortly. Once a month I will have a “guest blogger.” The guest blogger post will be an interview with another crafty blogger. I can’t wait to post my first interview. ¬†I will also post the¬†occasional¬†“pattern round up.” Pattern round ups will consist of pictures and links for patterns in different¬†categories. For example, my friend over at Cre8tion Crochet posted this awesome Valentine’s Day Pattern round up a few weeks ago. I plan on putting up my first round up next week, it will be patterns that are good for craft fairs. I don’t know about you, but I am getting my craft fair stock started now! I will put a “Round Up” link up top in the menu bar.

Now…Nemo.

Snow-on-the-clothes-line

By Saturday morning, Nemo had dumped a bit of snow on us. My clothes line was engaged in quite the balancing act.

Venturing-outdoors

Eventually the girls decided they wanted to play in the snow, so it was time to venture out back.

Snow-covered-railings

It sure was pretty out there.

Snow-covered-bushes

Pretty, but oh so cold!!

Prints-to-the-garage

I am not into the cold, so I tromped on through the snow to the garage, and sat in the garage to watch over the frolicking.

Vada-snow-angel

There was snow angel making.

Kyla-making-a-snow-ball

And snow ball throwing.

Kyla's-helping-shovel

Kyla grabbed the little shovel and helped Daddy with the walkway.

Vada-throwing-snow

Vada didn’t need a shovel to help.

What-is-that-pile

We had a mysterious pile of snow. I have no idea what made that little mountain. Kind of nifty, though.

Cat prints

Apparently a cat took a trip through our back yard. I hope it found some warmth.

dig-dig-dig

Vada wanted to make cat prints, too.

Kyla-making-cat-tracks

So did Kyla!

InsaniTea-display

On another note, I spent Sunday at InsaniTea. I put a lot of new goodies up for sale.

For-sale-at-InsaniTea

Look at all the space I have now! I hope it sells well, we sure could use the funds. I put little picture signs on the shelves. I think it is pretty. I’m very happy with it! If you live nearby, hop on over, grab a cuppa, and let me know what you think of my little display.

Stay warm my friends.

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Sometimes you need to take a day

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It was a rough night last night. Vada was coughing all night, and Kyla woke us up (OK, only me as Doug didn’t hear her) at 3am, crying with growing pains.

Due to the impending doom of Nemo *I dare you to read that without a chuckle* the district had called today as a half day for school. So, with the utter lack of sleep we all had, I decided it was time to take a day.

Yummy-Berry-Tea-From-InsaniTeallc.com

We started the morning with some Yummy Berry tea from InsaniTea. The girls love to pick out the little pieces of fruit and berries and eat them.

OK, so do I.

Tea-From-InsaniTeallc.com

Nemo started off early. I tried to photograph the snow falling, but it wouldn’t show up in the snap.

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I gave it a shot thought the other side of the window and it worked a bit better.

See-Nemo-Snow

I decided to deal with the cold for a quick bit and opened the side door. Finally a picture where you can actually see the snow falling. I had grand plans to document the storm…but I forgot to keep taking picture throughout the day. I’m not that heartbroken about it though, as it really is only dropped a few inches of snow. Nothing like what was advertised.

Ten!

We spent the morning relaxing and watching PBS. It was nice.

better-then-it-looks

I made myself one of my favorite breakfasts. It really is better then it looks. It is a sandwich thin (you can find them with the hamburger rolls, they are flat and round and yummy) topped with sliced tomatoes, and then cheese on top. Toss it under the broiler and let the cheese melt and brown a bit. Don’t forget about it! Mine browned a bit more then I wanted, but it was still very tasty! If you have some pesto, sneak that in on the sandwich thin under the tomatoes. You can also use bread, muffins or bagels in place of the sandwich thin.

Parcheesi

The girls and I had a very pleasant morning. Doug came home early, and after their nap the girls talked him into playing Parcheesi. They really do know how to play. There are very few things in life that they like better then playing games with Daddy.

silly-mushtache-Kyla

Kyla found a little piece of yarn and tried to tell me it wasn’t trash. She insisted I could make something with it. So I did.

Sight-Word-wall-stars

I have a Pinworthy idea I have been meaning to share with you. I know you have seen it in pictures before, but I never really told you about it. As any of you with school age littles know, Kindergarten is full of “sight words” that you are¬†encouraged¬†to practice with your children. I came up with this solution as a place to display the sight words where the girls would see them everyday, and we could easily practice them. It’s quite simple. I took some 1 1/2″ ribbon and attached it along the stairway. I was able to just use a household stapler to attach the ribbon at the top and bottom of the stairs. Then use paper clips to attach the sight words onto the ribbon. I did staple the ribbon again under a few of the sight words to keep the ribbon from sagging. We really like it.

Well, I have some things to finish up this evening. I hope you are all ready for the virtual party here tomorrow!!

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Frenzied Friday & Spectacular Saturday

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Yup, an interesting couple of days over here. Friday morning, after dropping off the girls at school I made a run to the local Girl Scout council. I had to pick up all the Daisy uniforms. The girls are going to be so cute, but boy were those boxes heavy!

GSHNJ (more…)

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This, that, cupid and cleaning

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I ran across this image the other day. I had to snag it. After all, it is so much the story of my life. Yet for some reason, my home looks nothing like Wonderland…

Alice-we-are-all-mad-here

This past Sunday was one of my Fiber Arts days at InsaniTea. While there I had to take a snap of the back of Travis’s laptop. It just always makes me giggle, it has so much personality. (more…)

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Just a quicky

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Just a quick post for you before I turn in for the night. Last week when my friend was over here (when I hurt my ankle,) she saw my stack o’ hats for my Max hat pattern, and asked if I could make her and her daughter a matching set.

Max-Hat-Samples

So I picked up some sparklie pink and black yarn when I was finally able to go to the yarn store. (more…)

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Sew fun!!

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Well, I guess it’s going around. Yarrrn Club at InsaniTea was rather sparse on Sunday due to people being sick. It was just me, Jenn (yea!!!) and Jenn’s daughter Katrina.

new-mug-at-InsaniTea

Ingrid acquired a new mug. I fell in love! It’s even a little dimensional. 70’s fun! (more…)

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Finally got around to it.

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I’ve been debating starting a Facebook page to go with my Etsy store for a bit now, and I finally got around to it today. Take a look!

Tea-cup-applique

I have improved upon one of my old patterns. The Tea Cup Bunting pattern is now a stand alone Tea Cup. (more…)

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Things I meant to share.

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I’ve found some snaps from about 2 weeks ago I meant to share with you. First were a few from the last Yarrn Club meeting at InsaniTea.

Knitting-at-InsaniTea-2011

Dot and Katrina came along for the first half hour or so. The played at the checkers table. (more…)

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So much to do, so little time

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Honestly, since I left the theater, I don’t think I’ve understood this phrase as much as I do right now. Somehow I have forgotten how many hours there are in a day and have just taken on a bit too much. I guess that is the downfall of finally having a handle on my MDD for the first time in quite a few years. Guess I will have to learn about restraint again. ;^) So much to do!

On top of the WiPs I had already going on, a few weeks ago my sister~in~law called to say there would be a baby show for our niece on the 9th (last weekend). That’s right, do the math, I’m going to be a great aunt. Our niece’s mother is Doug’s older sister from his father’s first marriage, so I don’t feel quite as old, but it is still a bit of an odd feeling. Then again, I have an uncle who is 5 months younger then me, so I guess I should just chill a bit. (more…)

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Weekend Happiness

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It was a *very hot* nice weekend. Lots of fun inside time, due to the heat. So I thought I would share a bit of it with you.

bunny-picnic-2011

The girls decided the bunnies needed to have a picnic. (more…)

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