Friday, December 16, 2011

20 things to learn from your pets

I saw this really cute slideshow and thought "I must share this with my blog readers." Reason? because in reality, it is so so true.

All of us have retrained ourselves to be 'adults' and we tend to forget that as 'adults' we need to be 'ourselves'. Ourselves being defined as humans with our natural instincts intact.

One great thing about all animals is that they always remember to follow their instincts, so here's a list of tips for you. I've included the original slideshow too because who doesn't want to look at 20 slides with animals included?! Plus, it has some expansion on the basic ideas.

20 Things to learn from your Pet
1. Forget Multi-tasking.
2. Take Naps
3. Walk every day
4. Cultivate Friendships
5. Live in the Moment
6. Don’t Hold a Grudge
7. Wag (Be Grateful)
8. Maintain Curiosity
9. Be Silly
10. Get a Back Rub
11. Drink Water when you’re thirsty
12. Eat Fish
13. If you love someone, show it
14. Play
15. Enjoy the Great Outdoors
16. Make time to groom
17. Be aware of body language
18. Stretch often
19. Seek Out Shade
20. Stick to a schedule

Happy Reading! (also, glad to see they used TWO great dane pictures)

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Catch Up!!

Hello my lovely readers!!

I did so well, reading my blogs which I love which triggered lovely thoughts into mine and caused me to rush to my computer to type. However...August proved to be much busier then I originally intended including starting back to school.

School is proving to be easier this least so far. I'm not sure why. I'd like to say it's because I'm older and wiser so things are kicking in quicker....maybe? who knows. It also could be that I know I'm only 5 classes away from actually holding a degree in my capable hands that is kicking me in the butt to finish.

Anyway, so the point is to do a brief catch up!

So the vortex shawl hit the finishing deck at the end of August. It's a beautiful shawl and I surely will be doing another circular one...I already have one marked as favorites in Ravelry. One thing I will say for SURE that I learned is to read the bind off and estimate how much yarn to save back to complete it. I had to redo the bind off 3 times and thankfully, 3rd time was a charm. Yes, I know you want pictures, but I must block it because it really is quite good at rolling itself up.

2nd is that my sister's shawl has gone exceedingly well!! The pattern I picked looked much harder then I found out as I knitted. I will say that part of it was the pattern writer. She did an amazing job. This one will be posted as well!!

Anyway, I can't write too much as I'm procrastinating what I should be working on here anyway, so I must say cheers for now, but pics will follow. :)

Piece, Love and Purl,


Sunday, August 7, 2011

Vortex Shawl...update

So, my first shawl is coming along swimmingly! I use swimmingly bc it sort of reminds me of deep dark colors of the sea...the colors you don't see until you're further down into the ocean, into the habitats, into the life and depth of something that is still unknown to most of us. Scary ahd hypnotic, yet familiar and serene, because of the amount of beauty which is immersed into you. You're forced to shut everything out, the day to day, the noises, the sounds, which make land so complicated. You look around you and realize these are living creatures which have their own status, lives, deaths, triumphs and failures...they're just as alive as we are and just as blessed but we cannot wrap our heads around this blessing because it is so different from our own...and yet so the same.

I'm sorry where was I? Oh yes, shawl.

Okay, so the shawl is about 50% done. I am totally totally in love with it and cannot be happier with my choice on the first project. I like this project because one, it is very simple pattern, easy to memorize and 2, it is forcing me to learn to make sure to pay attention to repeats, use markers and also really actually READ a pattern.

(I'm definitely a 'skimmer', you know the one's that half read everything and then go back and go 'oh what did i do wrong?' only to realize they skimmed past half the instructions.)

So, I give this shawl 2 thumbs up on beginning circular shawl options. My next task is one I'm hoping to start this week as my sister has decided on her birthday gift. woohoo! another shawl, in the works.

Shawl 50%

pattern on ravelry:

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Happiness Hump Day

It's Wednesday!! :) you know what that means? That's right, happiness at your fingertips.

Happiness is....

a warm dog at your side.

Happiness is....

your favorite cup of tea.

Happiness is....

a text message from your best friend.

Happiness is....

a call from your nephew.

Happiness is....

making a friend laugh.

Happiness is....

a hug from your parent.

Happiness is....

finding happiness in the day to day.

Monday, August 1, 2011

My apologies...

I have been a terrible blogger for most of July. I wanted to let you all know that I didn't forget about you!! :)

I'll do updates this week and then also, will let you know about next projects to tackle. My sister's birthday is coming up in September and she actually already saw her present..a skein of yarn and now she's picking out what I'm to do with it over the next week, so I'm hoping to be able to post the 'before I get started pics' on Sunday.

Anyway, I hope you all have been fabulous, enjoy August, hope it's not nearly as hot there as it is here...95-100 for the last 3 weeks and looks to continue for most of this week. It'll be a small day in heaven once we are at 85 again & can't believe that I'm looking forward to it.

Have I mentioned I melt in summer? If not, then you know what I'm really doing which is mostly picking up parts of me which have fallen off. Gah!

Anyway, much peace, love and purl!


Sunday, July 17, 2011

Sunday Knit update

Hola Mi Senoritas and Senors...sorry watching Golden Girls and conversing in Italian. None of that which I stated is italian..but as close as it where was I..oh yeah.

Hello Beautiful new followers and the rest of my knitting brigade! :)

I'm so sorry I've been such a slacker on updating my blog this week. A couple of things have gone on which are beyond my control which require my full attention. I am (maybe) moving by next weekend, so this weekend has been chocked full of hassles and pains which come with any move. Although, some of them are almost to the point I don't think I WILL move, which is a whole other blog entry on its own.

However, I did manage to login (ha!) so I am leaving you with a flashback to an older blog.

October 2009: Karen Yarn

I have this lovely set of yarn via my best friend. It's called "Karen" as it reminds me so much of my stepmom in the colors. She's a fanatic about purples, teals and greens.

I absolutely love how this knits up and how delicate yet sturdy it the pattern is helpful in making it look beautiful. I can't take credit for the colors or the pattern, just the knitting of it!

If you would like to check out where I got my yarn, you can go to

For this pattern, it's from

This is one of my favorite websites as a lot of the scarf patterns are easy, yet beautiful and also easy to memorize so they are great knits in front of the tv.

I know my stepmom will love this as much as I am loving knitting it! I'm naming this particular scarf and hat set "Grapevines" as it reminds me of lattice work with climbing ivy and grapes.

Karen yarn

Karen yarn

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Happiness Hump Day

Today is normally the day I post about what made me happy today. This will be a stretch as had a rough day. I did take a nice long nap and naps are my way to reconcile any stress or anxiety happening. I feel a little better.

So my happiness things today are....

1. Sadie,my dog. She is such an amazing dog. She always knows how to make me feel good and even get me to laugh when I am grumpy. I love her more than anything.

2. Twizzlers

3. My nephew, Fboy, is such a crack up. He's totally hit the terrible 3's and I love it every second...but then I don't have to live with it. ;)

4. My friends. I seriously love my friends and there are times I know that they were brought into my life because they are SO the opposite of me and keep me grounded.

5. Cherry Diet Dr. Pepper. make me happy

I feel a little better now after that exercise too. Remember to count blessings, bc they are blessings for a reason.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

30 days of Lists: day 14

Things I love about...Friday July 8th.

1. My work day flew by
2. I had amazing sushi
3. I reconnected with my friend (whom is also my boss and don't tell me that is tough)
4. we saw Better Than Ezra
5. We had the most amazing sushi EVER
6. I tried a new sushi roll with fried calamari
7. We had a blast dancing and singing at the top of our lungs
8. We were the most fun people there (okay maybe not but sure felt like it)
9. I was able to discuss some fears openly about my job and life
10. The only thing which could have made my day better was if my BFF was there to enjoy the festvities

What about you? can you make a list of things you love?

Monday, July 11, 2011

30 days of Lists: day 13

Day 13 is DIY to try. It's funny how learning knitting has suddenly inspired me to try all sorts of crafty things. I sort of feel as these are things I wish I had learned many years ago, but never too late to try anything.

1. Continue trying out new knitting techniques, yarns, ideas
2. learn to crochet
3. learn to hand sew
4. learn to machine sew
5. take up card making

I think that will keep me quite busy for a while. ha! Not only am I going to enjoy going to 'formal' education but will also enjoy working on arts/crafts more. Yippee!!

What about you? is there anything you know you would like to try this year? maybe something you've laid away to restart?

Sunday, July 10, 2011

30 days of Lists: day 12

Have you done 30 days of lists? I am truly enjoying this little self introspection. It's lovely. :) If you would like to join in for the March session (what I'm doing now) or the upcoming September session you can read about it here.

Today's list is weekly rituals. I cannot say that I am particularly good about doing anything on a regular schedule. Something which I am working to remedy over the next few months. So, I guess this is a good time to list what I do now and how that will change over the next months. Yay for comparison!

SUN: coffee on patio, lunch, pool time, knitting, blogging and blog reading.
MON: work, dinner, knitting
TUES: work, dinner, knitting
WED: work, dinner, knitting
THURS: work, wkly dinner date w/ friends
FRI: work, dinner, knitting
SAT: coffee, blog reading, cleaning, lunch, sister's house

Yep, that's the weekly rituals. Ugh so droll. no wonder I'm bored!! Must remedy quickly!

Saturday, July 9, 2011

30 days of Lists: day 11

Date Night Ideas:

Oh boy! The thought of dating is not anywhere near on my radar (divorce, now single, no step kids anymore, etc). However, I do like that they include self dates as an option. Why yes, I think I will take myself on a date!

The best part about a self date or a Bff date is that there aren't any rules, there's no impression to make, and you get to go somewhere you really want as opposed the 'compromise'.

So my self date, bff date list is as follows:

1. Trip to Nelson Atkins Museum w/ accompanying picnic on lawn.
2. Trip to Toy and Miniature Museum
3. Pick 5 local yarn stores within 50 miles and visit them all
4. Go on an antique/flea market spree
5. Find a park to visit for weekly dates w/ pup

what about you? do you have any favorite dates or places to go?

Thursday, July 7, 2011

30 days of Lists: day 10

My Wish List:

I constantly have a wish list. It's not a wish list in an 'oh I need this' type of wish list. It's an all encompassing wishlist and what I can do to actually make those wishes come true that are at the top. You can call it a long term goal list or whatever...I'm not picky, but this is how I like to look at my wishes.

My list is EXTREMELY long so I'm going to give you the top few.

1. Have visited at least 5 European Countries
2. Have taken a 2 week vacation which includes leaving US
3. Visit Ireland, England and Scotland in one trip
4. Visit a country to which I don't have on my list
5. Take a cruise to a foreign area (not bahamas)

My immediate wish list is not quite as grandiose (i love that word)
1. Finish my associates
2. Plan where to take my bachelor's
3. Declare a major
4. Finish my bachelor's
5. Debate on a major

A large part of me wants to jump in and decide on a huge major undertaking for school...and then there is a part of me that is like nope, go for what you really really want...bc my ultimate major would be history with a concentration in european early history. Oh to be a nerd full time!

Finally the 'I really just want it' wishlist:

1. 2 pairs of Tom's wedges, gray and red.
2. new car
3. 2nd dog
4. new ipod
5. 4 new video games (yes specific list)
6. to grab an order from
7. signature dpns

I love wish lists..can you tell?!

Peace, love and purl,


Wednesday, July 6, 2011

30 days of Lists: day 9

What are your favorite websites/blogs?

Holy moly. I have a lot of favorite websites and blogs. I follow like 20 blogs so those are all my favorite automatically. Of course, I will pick out a couple that are my absolute favorite and really...the only reason I'm picking these is because there are certain aspects of their blogs I like and would love to mimic. "Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery."

7. Whimsical Poppysmic
3. After 9-5
6. Punk Rawk Purl
5. Pixie Polly
4. The Dainty Squid

Nope, no order. ;)

Okay other favorite websites include
anything with yarn and a .com

What are YOUR favorite websites? any agree? disagree? tell me about?

Happiness Hump Day

Wednesday is to be my new day to make sure to try to blog. The 30 days is going well but I can see how having a regular day to do certain things is kind of fun. I don't know which is more fun...plotting what to say or unveiling it!

Anyway, so today is the day I am reminding myself of things to be happy for/about/with in my life.

1. I got an award at work in recognition of a project I did.

2. I have the best dog ever (sorry no questions or rebuttals) :P

3. I have the ability to make my own destiny.

4. I have the best friend ever (sorry no questions or rebuttals) :P

5. I'm going back to school in 6 weeks.

Somedays it is really really REALLY hard for me to be always be happy and remind myself of the happiness around me.

What do you do to remind yourself of your happiness?

30 days of Lists: day 8

What's in my bag:

That's just my bag baby. Really! It's just my bag. I'm getting a new bag soon. I seriously cannot WAIT to unveil it. I collaborated with my sister on it (and the help of an Amy Butler pattern) but the matching of patterns is all mine. You know I love colors/patterns right? yeah, can't wait!!

Anyway, my current bag is a black cloth messenger style with white pleather piping and white handle. Like most, it seems as though it is an extension of my entire self encompassing everything which somehow describes me.

I have my union flag zip pencil case which holds light pink lip gloss, make up brush, and eye drops. My anti bac gel-berry flavored with union flag on the front, my ipod, my smartyphone w/ rhinestone case with cherries as the design, my pink and black damask-wannabe wallet with a smiling skull on front, another tube of lip gloss in dark pink, digi camera, nail file, black pen. I also have knitting bag made by bff with vortex shawl encased within it's zippered black and white folds.

What's in your bag? do you love your bag? would you trade it for another?

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

30 days of Lists: day 5 Update

So this is what day 5 blog looked like:

Day 5 is Weekend Goals:

Oh weekend goals list is long as of late, but I will try to shrink it to something not quite as broad as 'pack more'. lol

1. Clean floors in living/dining/kitchen
2. pack pictures
3. pack corningware
4. pack (most) glassware/mugs
5. clean bathroom
6. pack extra bathroom toiletries/decorations

I'm hoping to get a lot more done then just these few things, but I need to keep it realistic.

The best thing about blogging is the fact it keeps you accountable for your actions right? It's all in black and white, no throwing away list to make a new one (I do this all the time) just so I can cross stuff off I actually did....this is all about 'what I'm planning' v 'what I did'. So here's the actual list of things done:

1. Pack Pictures
2. Pack Corningware
3. Pack yarn stash (no lie, this hurt)
4. Decluttered Jewelry
5. Decluttered shoes
6. Did 2.5 loads of laundry
7. Swept LR floor
8. Packed away winter clothes, decluttered winter clothes
9. Cleaned fan
10. Gave Sadie a bath

So, looks like I did a little more than planned, but a far different list. As you can see most of the cleaning plans were left out. I hate cleaning, however it is on the list to do this week as it must get done. I know packing away bathroom toiletries will help with this because it will be much more open space!

Also, must drop line to say WELCOME NEW FOLLOWERS!! :) Yippeee!!! So thrilled to have you!

What about you? What is the one thing you dislike/like about packing or cleaning?

Sunday, July 3, 2011

30 days of Lists: day 7

Blog Goals.

Wow! What an excellent topic. I definitely have a list of blog goals running through my head which I hope to enact. I can say that actually putting them to a list might help them come about much more quickly.

1. Continue to always blog on Sundays, but also start Wednesdays regularly.
2. Sunday blog: update on knitting
3. Wednesday blog: Happiness
4. Reach 20 followers by December
5. Continue to read other blogs and widen circle
6. Personalize background
7. Continue to update knitting bucket list.

I think those are realistic goals to set. Plus the list is small yet concise. What's on your blog list?

30 days of Lists: day 6

Day 6 is Least favorite words: I really don't have any that aren't far from the typical list I suppose. It is difficult to like words which are generally negative. ;)

1. divorce
2. termination
3. repossession
4. foreclosure

Yep that's my list. It's a bummer list.

Friday, July 1, 2011

30 days of Lists: day 5

Do you know what the 30 days of lists is? Have you heard of it? No? Maybe? Yes? It's never too late to start. There's a whole blog about it and trust me, this will make you think about who you are and reflect on why YOU are YOU and no one else. I'm 5 days in and I love it already.

Day 5 is Weekend Goals:

Oh weekend goals list is long as of late, but I will try to shrink it to something not quite as broad as 'pack more'. lol

1. Clean floors in living/dining/kitchen
2. pack pictures
3. pack corningware
4. pack (most) glassware/mugs
5. clean bathroom
6. pack extra bathroom toiletries/decorations

I'm hoping to get a lot more done then just these few things, but I need to keep it realistic.

What about you? Do you have good weekend plans?

Thursday, June 30, 2011

30 days of Lists: day 4

Day 4 is Today's Playlist:

My iPod is a veritable playground. I love it. However, it is easy to figure out what I do/don't like if you listen to it and then listen to what is popular. Btw, you will RARELY find something that is played on pop 40 radio. Not my bag baby. ;)

I love that the spellchecker caught my lower case p in iPod. too funny.

Okay my list today is:
1. Where did he go? by The Briefs.
2. Revolution Man by Union Underground
3. Take it or Leave it by Jet
4. Allegro Symphony No. 27 composed by Mozart played by London Symphony Orchestra
5. Way down the line by The Offspring
6. New Year's Day by U2
7. Say it ain't so by Weezer
8. Chrysanthemum by Everclear
9. Long way to fall by Autopilot Off
10. Long Goodnight by Get Up Kids
11. Kind of New Orleans by Better Than Ezra
12. Worlds Collide by Powerman 5000
13. Waited by Our Lady Peace

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Roses of a different color

A couple of weeks ago, I had the pleasure of going to a picnic at one of our local parks, Loose Park and it has to be one of the most beautiful parks in the city. Huge lake, tons of walking paths, picnic tables and more flowers then you can imagine.

It is quite a popular place to get married in the spring/summer because they have the best rose garden ever. Different types of roses and if you plan it just right almost all of them are in full bloom for most of the month of June.


These are my favorites. I forgot the name of them, but they are stunning. I love the yellowy centers with the pink/white outsides. They are a culmination of all of my favorite color roses into one set. How perfect is it?

Also, excuse my photography. I'm not gifted and as you can see, it was really crazy sunny and since I was using my phone, I couldn't see a darn thing I was taking! *LOL*

I will now leave you with some black and whites of the lovely roses pictured above:

I think I'm going to print this one out and hang it in my new house.

30 days of Lists: day 3

Day 3: I'm looking forward to...

1. moving
2. seeing my best friend again
3. spending time with my nephew
4. completing my divorce
5. buying a new car
6. finishing school
7. continuing on the great path for a new start on life

Princess Di Quote

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

30 days of Lists: day 2

Day 2 is Things I'm good at:

Oh man this is a toughy bc I don't want to duplicate from yesterday. Okay here goes:

I make a mean tea.
I'm good at watching tv and surfing the net at the same time.
I can make most anyone smile no matter the situation.
I can match colors or patterns.
I can pick up a house in 30 min to be presentable.
Making my dog feel loved.
Tickling my nephew.

This one was a little tougher but I'm already addicted to this list making.

What are you good at?

Monday, June 27, 2011

30 days of Lists

I keep hearing wonderful things about the 30 days of lists, so I figure I can do this set before the next set starts on 1 September, 2011.

If you don't know what I'm talking about you can read here.

So Let's start right?

Day 1:

List a few things about yourself:

I'm an Aunt, daughter, grand daughter, cousin, niece, friend, best friend.
I'm a procrastinator, random, non sequential, creative, writer with a penchant for medical knowledge.
I'm a mover, a shaker and a chocolate chip cookie maker. Not really but I REALLY wanted to use mover and shaker.
I'm funny, witty, silly, sometimes sporadicallly crazy but endearing.

What about you?

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Baby Caps

I love a hat. I look terrible in most, but I love them because you don't really need a pattern and you can make a beautiful hat. I also love them because once you get a basic pattern you can add any stitches you want and it is all yours. They're quick to knit and people will probably wear them more than anything, except maybe socks, because they can wear them every day.

I also love baby knits. I think they're the cutest in anything handmade because they are fascinated by colors and construction and not afraid to show their admiration for the product.

Maybe I read too much into babies.

Anyway, I'm working on a set of christening caps (unisex) so I started my first one this week. They're white cotton so they're durable and warm but not too much. This one is pretty basic because I wasn't sure this was the yarn I wanted to use but it worked out nicely. I plan to do some more ornate ones with different yarn for winter.

White cap

Now I need to write down what I did for the next one. I learned the hard way the pattern and dimensions don't always stay tucked away. ha!

love, knit and purl,


Sunday, June 12, 2011

Princess Diana

Kansas City has had the pleasure of hosting the Princess Diana exhibit for about 4 months. I have been wanting to go since the minute it opened and with my busy life + money + coordinating date with sister, we finally managed to make it 2 days before closing (whew)

I love anything to do with British History and the monarchy in general. I distinctly remember when I found out she had been in the car accident and was stunned. I couldn't say anything and it still chokes me up to this day. It's weird how sometimes, someone's special deeds touch so many people that you can't help but admire her.


I seriously haven't spent so much time going through an exhibit. It's not like it was very long, but the amount of emotions, beautiful rememberances, home movies, music and details is something I will not soon forget. She was beautiful.

I definitely teared up in the funeral room (they had Candle in the Wind playing) and almost lost it while watching the footage of her. I ended up having to leave the room earlier than planned for fear I'd have a break down (I'm an emotional wreck right now anyway), but sister understood because she was close herself.

So, this blog is actually about this:

Princess Di Quote

They had random quotes posted on the walls which were some of her more famous ones. I saw this and I've always heard this before..but for some reason it struck a cord with me. Maybe because I'm trying to figure out what to do with my life, direction, friends, etc so it hit a little closer.

I feel as though my life has lost the direction I was planning a few years ago, however I know that I didn't really have a clear path. I still don't and I know it won't happen overnight. I do know that this will be my theme for the next few years while I try to relocate myself.

Thank You, Princess Di.

1st set of socks are done!!

That's right! I've finally finished the 2nd one. I had messed up the toe decrease and then lost my needle so after those 2 battles were completed...I won the war!

Sock pair

As you can clearly see...the one on the right (2nd) is not only longer but much better than first. I realized as I was knitting the 2nd sock that I think I omitted a couple of rounds or just looked way different and wore different. Who knows?

Alas, I thought I would be a sock prodigy and while I am good at it for the first time around, I'm not a prodigy. :) I would say for socks, practice does make perfect.

My next project is the laceweight shawl I'm currently working on and then I'll be starting a project for Mom with her yarn she got from MD S&W as a Mother's day gift. I had planned for Xmas but really...I couldn't wait that long. Yes, I'm THAT girl when I get a gift I want to give it right away. That's probably why I wait until the nth second to buy stuff. Right? sure.

Qustion of the week: When you join your round, do you knit it or do you have a special stitch to make it join tighter?

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Knittin' Knittin' Knittin'...get those needles Knittin'

I have been the worst knitter ever as of late. Not only have I still not finished the socks I started in April, I have only worked on them for about maybe 30 minutes a week since my trip which ended on May 13.


I will admit, that I go through phases where I must knit 24/7/365 and then others where I'm like "ugh not tonight". It is usually influenced by the level of hot in my home and while it seemed as though spring would never show up, it's now gone to summer in 1 wk. Record level highs, ozone days, and a/c running all day long.

Have I mentioned I really can't stand summer?

However, I am still working on shawl diligently and am planning my next project to start, which I hope to be for sister or mom so I can use the beautiful yarn I bought at MDS&W. :)

We'll see how far I get!

Do you like to knit in the summer? Do you have a favorite yarn to use? Favorite projects?

Friday, June 3, 2011

Crafting with Coles

I promised a post and here it is...although it is different to what I had planned so it's sort of a bonus post!

I've loved art in all forms since I was itty bitty and took as many art classes as I could growing up. The thing I loved about art is that even though you were given an assignment, you could still complete it to your liking and usually get a good grade. I always thought it funny that they "graded" art. How can you grade creativity? To me that always seemed a little weird but hey, it got me out of lots of classes which I had little to no desire to take.

Totally digressing.

So as I've gotten older, I've figured out my 'strong' artistic outlets. Mine are colors and shapes. I've always loved shapes and anything with spatial reasoning...oh yeah that's my bag. (This also links back to the interior design motive previously blogged about here. The best part about this being my outlet, is that my medium doesn't have to be anything in particular. I find I'm much better at working with solidified mediums (paper, wood, yarn) and making it into a particular shape, unlike those who can work with a pliable medium (clay, paint, wax) and molding it into a shape.

This all brings me to my next point which is what I did tonight. My nephew's birthday is on Saturday and since we're blessed with craftiness in my family, my sister likes to make sure as much of it is home made as possible. <3 My task tonight was to take paper pieces and wrapping paper and make placards for words and name tags for cups. Here is what I developed: Name placards

Name Placards

Name tags for cups

Cup Name Tags

My nephew

My Nephew (yep he's adorable)

I love that my sister admired them so much and my nephew was SUPER excited about it. I told him he could have one of the placards with his name on it. He couldn't decide which one as he liked them all. He's so silly.

Do you do home made goodness for your birthday parties too?

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

I promise..I didn't forget

I promise, I didn't forget to blog this weekend. I had a busy weekend with the holiday on hand, so I'm going to blame it on that one. :)

I will be posting a blog tonight as I have new pics to share. yay! :)

Also, I wanted to give a big SHOUT OUT to my new followers. I love new followers and I love sharing bits of my life with people.

Okay going now, because I have to go do my j.o.b.


Sunday, May 22, 2011

First Shawl & Lace weight project

Yesterday I started my first Shawl and Lace weight project. You have no idea how excited I am about this project. I have been jonesin' to start it since February and have made multiple attempts, however this project really does require you to be extremely comfortable with dpn's. Since I hadn't really worked with them for extended periods of time...I had to put it on hold until I became more familiar with them.

Hence, why the starting of socks became such a priority. Now, I love knitting on DPN. Who would've thunk huh?? I'm a huge fan of circulars, don't get me wrong, but now DPN is one less fear on the 'knitting bucket list'.

Anyway, here is the picture for the start. The pattern is called Vortex Shawl and it's by PisceanKnits on

Vortrex Shawl

I've accomplished more on my bucket list this year than I have in the previous 2 years. So happy!! :)

Sunday, May 15, 2011

USPS can ....... it.

I had planned a lovely sweet blog, however I'm really upset.

I have lived in my apt for a year as of 6/1. So why am I receiving calls from my bank, insurance, company and relatives stating my mail is being returned? Also, why am I STILL receiving junk mail for people who haven't lived here for 3 years without fail?!

No answer is required. I know the answer. Because our mail system is a failure. I have known multiple people who have worked for the postal service. I'm not saying they're all incompetent...but I'd give it a good 78%.

I finally figured out the answer. Even though my name is PLAINLY labeled on the inside of my mailbox (as instructed), clearly, that is not enough. So, I took it into my own hands to be as blatant as possible and short of hanging a banner, this is what I devised:


Saturday, May 14, 2011

RJ's Barn

Hi All!

This post is a little early this week as it will probably be..well a little long. :)

First off, I am home from my amazing vacation. I had an amazing trip to Washington DC to visit my BFF. We started our vacation off with a bang by going to the Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival. Then, we went to IKEA.

I love you IKEA.

I am a decorator at heart...I love decorating, however I chickened out on completing my interior design degree after I heard about drafting class. I now think, gosh how silly, and am putting it on my bucket list. I truly am terrible at measuring, so that will definitely be an interesting class...however I have jumped the track and turned around to start a new adventure on this blog. okay going back.

Anyway, so while at IKEA (insert angels singing), I was looking for gifts for my nephew, RJ. His birthday is coming up and I wasn't sure what to get him. I did get him a gift (yay!) but I also purchased this little adorable set because he has no toys to play with at his Auntie's house. I plan to purchase a couple of other things to go with it, but gosh what an adorable place to start.

Ikea barn

This is the whole set.

Ikea barn

And the little pasture folds up with storage room for the animals and accessories.

Ikea barn

Finally the whole thing closes up and there's a little velcro at the top to keep it closed.

How perfectly cute is that? The best part is that it fits perfectly on my bookshelf and within reach of his little hands.

I love being an Aunt.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Maryland Sheep and Wool

Oh my lovelies :) there is a reason for the delay in blogging this week. I've been enjoying my week in Washington DC. The best part is that I got to spend a day at Maryland Sheep and Wool. I love coming to this festival and I loved it even MORE this year because I'm not such a knitting novice as to not know what to do while there.

First thing, made a list, and this helped me a lot and definitely kept me on task. I thankfully have graduated beyond simple hats, scarves, etc so it made looking for yarn so much easier. Also, I planned to buy yarn for my own projects as well as projects for others.

Second thing, I limited my cash on hand. I know this is really really hard for us to do as knitters as we usually see something we cannot live without in the perfect yarn and colors.

Third thing, I allowed myself ONE splurge. This means, it wasn't in the budget, but once I bought something with the splurge money I was done for the day. (This came really really early in my day but SO worth it.)

Fourth thing, I limited my booths. I made sure I hit the booths I absolutely had to hit and also enjoyed admiring so many beautiful knitting, crochet, spinning items I could barely contain myself. Trust me, loom and spinning wheel hit the -must learn- list. Also, if I had to wait in line it was no big deal because I knew I had planned my booth day.

Fifth thing, we had the perfect weather to make all of these things possible. If it was hot, sticky, and crowded...most of this list probably would have hit the last year. ;)

Also, am posting pics of goodies bought (& won!) because I am proud that I supported handmade goods.

Crabby cup

My Splurge

Bijou Basin

My Win!!


My Goodies :)

Monday, May 2, 2011

Mark it down...May 1. Cooking happened.

I will fully admit to not doing much cooking as honestly, I'm only just okay at it. Like anything creative, I believe there are some people who are meant to be cooks and others who are blessed enough to be able to survive. I'm in the 2nd category.

I can dress a plate well as I'm excellent with colors and proportions, but ask me to flavor a plate and you are S*** out of luck!

Fortunately, since I can do simple things well, occasionally I get an idea.

My idea this week involved breakfast foods. I must eat breakfast every day otherwise I tend to binge eat after dinner (it's a vicious cycle). So, I normally buy little frozen or stop at popular chain to snag a sammy. This week, I am cleaning out my fridge with foods which need to go and as such, had this lil idea.

I took some ham (sister sent me home with a tub from easter), cut it up into 1/4 in slices, scrambled eggs and potatoes and voila: breakfast bowl.

Now, had I not had the ham already prepared, I would have had to make some bacon. The main point is that it took me 15 min to cook it all and package it and it cost me 3 potatoes (1 for each day) and the remainder of for around $1.50 for all 3.


Breakfast bowl

Sunday, May 1, 2011

socks, socks, socks part 2

So last week I posted about starting socks and this week I am posting that I not only started but FINISHED my first sock. One sock in one week is pretty good I say. I am really proud of this for a couple different reasons. One of them being that I actually went found the pattern, researched the parts that I just went "Wha?" and completed it in the timeline I set myself. I know this doesn't sound like much, but for me this was a big accomplishment.

I am pretty good about starting and finishing a project as long as I can just get it done. I do lack the motivation to stick with a project if I have to research too many parts of it. This project gave me a new sense of pride and encouragement to tackle other projects which I have put off because they could be 'too much trouble.'

Drum roll please :)

First sock

First sock 2

So there it is my knitter friends. One beautiful sock in some of the most gorgeous colors I've ever seen. I now have motivation to buy LOTS more sock yarn as I see presents for all (including myself). :)

One I have both done, then I will post the matching set. Plan to have it done in time for next week's blog, especially since I have plane and airport time happening next week. Yippee!

Sunday, April 24, 2011

socks, socks, socks

I think the scariest part of learning how to knit socks is the use of dpns. I'm not going to lie, it is a little daunting especially since I am a whiz with the cabled needle.

I know, I know, one can easily do socks on a cabled needle, but there is something sort of..nostalgic about using dpns. Plus I also feel it's sort of part of my knitting initiation to learn how to use them.

My BFF encouraged me to start socks last year and I started a couple of times but then put them back down after becoming discouraged with the needle issue. I also feel that this is a prime reason to pick them back up again as one of the shawl patterns I chose also requires use of dpn to start. I've tried it with the cable needles and yes...big failure. I'm starting to get to the point where dpn is becoming more of a necessity as the patterns I am wanting to work on are more difficult.

So, I have pulled my sox that rock yarn and dpns out of their hidey hole and plan to make a valiant effort to restart. Plus I would like to have enough finished so that when I learn the heel, I will be in Washington DC with my BFF and she can help me properly.

Life is good.

25 shortcuts for more knitting, crocheting, sewing, etc

I saw this on the website. You must have a login ID for view, but the original article is here:

I can say that these are definitely cute ideas if you have munchkins running around. :)

*Use a every flush toilet bowl cleaner. Sure it makes the water blue, but you don’t have to think about it being dirty all the time.

*Have cereal for dinner once a week. Choc full of vitamins. Let everyone know ahead of time to pick their favorite cereal. Saves you oodles of prep time.

*Use paper plates for a week when you have to finish that special UFO.

*Pay your teenager to grocery shop for you. Make them spot the sales. It is a great learning experience. Saves you the shopping, packing, driving and unpacking time!

*Barter with the teen for a handknit…..he wins for sure!

*Hang those towels up and reuse them a few times. After all, you are clean when you get out of the shower.

*Invest in a dark colored kitchen floor. No one needs to know how dirty it is but you!

*Clean the kitchen on the first of the month and don’t let anyone use it AT ALL for a week. This will keep the kitchen spotless. TV dinners were meant for a reason after all.

*Invite people over if you must and close all your doors except for the room you are forced to entertain in. Make it the kitchen. See * 8.

*Serve hot dogs once in awhile. Ketchup is a vegetable….

*Hire a cleaning service……I didn’t say these were all cheap ways to gain more knit time.

*Put the dog on the treadmill while you knit next to him.

*Put the kids on the treadmill while you knit next to them.

*Put the significant other on the treadmill while you knit next to them.

*NEVER clean unless someone is home to see it and appreciate it.

*Spray the shower down with cleaner a half an hour before you get in.

*Teach your kids to do their own laundry early in life. My kids did all their laundry once I read that Martha Beck taught her child (with Downs Syndrome) to do anything he could once he was capable……

*Consider a container garden…. easier to weed.

*Soap the car up right before a thunderstorm. (yes I have actually done this!!!!!)

*Cut the grass less frequently…it discourages weeds when it is longer.

*Keep a broom handy, it is less daunting that hauling around a heavy vacuum.

*Ask people to take off their shoes in the house…. they can show off their handknit socks.

*Invest in a Furminator. You wont believe it until you use it. I’m a believer.

*Find an orthodontist that your children can walk themselves to…….you’ll swear you live in that place otherwise.

*Tell your son he needs to learn to cook if he wants to be a fireman….(don’t they all at one point?)

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Baby Blanket

This is probably the world's largest baby blanket.  I'm fairly certain Paul Bunyon could have used this as a tyke.

Anyway, as much as I dislike the large size....I love the colors and it feels so soft.  It's extremely warm so it'll be good for baby on those cold winter nights/days.  The colors are a nice pale rosy pink and a lavender color.  I love them both.

My next project will probably be one for a little boy but I also have one that is 'gender neutral' that I need to complete.  It's cotton so it'll be nice for spring and fall.  I am planning to work on it as well as making a matching hat. :)

Today I'm posting the pics of the pink & purple blanket. I'll post the other one later.

Baby blanket colors

Baby blankey pattern

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Slouchy Hat #3

IMAG0249 by ladycoles
IMAG0249, a photo by ladycoles on Flickr.

Yay for cotton!! I have this fun & funky lime green/yellow cotton and no idea what to use it for so...since I have a friend whose 2 fave colors are that..then I made her a slouchy hat too. :) Since it's cotton she wears it quite frequently & loves how comfy it is.

Slouchy Hat #2

IMAG0237 by ladycoles
IMAG0237, a photo by ladycoles on Flickr.

I mae this for a friend out of some beautiful wool yarn I had bought 2 years ago at a LYS around Wamego, Ks. She requested one after she saw mine & I knew this was the perfect yarn for her.

Slouchy Hat!

IMAG0212 by ladycoles
IMAG0212, a photo by ladycoles on Flickr.

This was my first slouchy hat (knitted for me with yarn bought last year at MD S&W). It's wool and it came in extremely handy with the cold cold winter we had this year.

Motivation to Knit

I'm definitely having a lack of motivation this week. I think stress has a lot to do with it, which I'm pretty much on a 24/7 dose of right now.  Normally, knitting is relaxing, but I just can't seem to find something to do that runs between not boring and relaxing. 

Maybe it'll come to be in a dream.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Knit Groups

I've always wanted to join a knit group and the old biddies at the local ys are not cutting it for me.  There is one group in KCMO that I'm interested in so I may check it out next week.  I just find it sorta hard to believe that with all the knitters around (especially where I live) that there aren't any groups.  I'm thinking about starting a group close to where I live as I sorta feel silly driving 15 miles away to go knit with people.

I can knit by myself too, but since I'm still technically in 'novice' status I know there are some patterns which scare me to tackle since some of the lingo looks complicated.  I know once I hear someone say it aloud then the light bulb will shine brightly. 

The only thing with a knitting group is I will need a backup since I will be restarting school.  In case I can't show up then I feel it's only right to have someone else to be there to help people along.

Maybe one of these days I'll get the opportunity...for now I'm tackling on my own and help through the internets.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

New Slouchy Hat

I've been working on the ever popular slouchy hat since January and I have to say this is one of my favorite designs for hats bc it actually looks good on me and it doesn't mess up my hair.  I know some don't care, but I really really do! :)

I'll upload the pictures for these hats as they have been so popular and I have had such fun making  them as well as combining different yarns for different effects.  Let me know what you think!