Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Love Stitched

Craftaholics Anonymous is hosting a giveaway. For the Etsy shop, Love Stitched. They have some beautiful items. Those roses are just darling! For your chance to win a $25 shop credit, go enter this giveaway. And don't forget to check out their blog too!

Monday, October 18, 2010

Urban Rain

Do you see this beautiful scarf? I won it! From My Cakies. Urban Rain offered a $25 gift certificate in this giveaway. I never win anything. But I won this giveaway. I was so shocked!

It's beautiful. My favorite item from Urban Rain. And absolutely perfect for Fall!

I got this in the mail today!

There is a bit of a back story though. I emailed Ruby and a while later, Joanne emailed me. That email got sent to my Spam folder. And I just found it. Last Thursday. Months after the giveaway! So I emailed Joanne. And I was halfway expecting that I'd missed the boat.

No. Joanne was amazing! The $25 shop credit was still available. I picked the Clover Scarf. And it was in my mailbox today. Extremely fast! I would definitely recommend Urban Rain. The shop has some adorable items. And who can beat the incredible customer service and quick shipping?

Baby Animals

This is one of the cutest Free Patterns of the Day from Free Crochet. It's adorable! There are patterns for a bunny and a little bear. They also come with a basket and a blanket.

These little guys would be perfect as a Baby Shower present, or for Easter. Any little one would adore this pair. You can't go wrong when the pattern is free. Hurry and download it today!

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Happy Birthday Dad

Today is my dad's 97th birthday! And even more shocking than that, he is in amazing shape. Better shape than most people half his age! As in, he still climbs the roof. And feeds his animals. I can only hope to live as long as my dad. And be in the great health that he is.

I thank God, for letting me have so much time, with my dad. He's such an amazing man. So loving. So caring. Just a great dad. And a great human being. He's the first man that ever loved me. And the first man that I ever loved. I really think that our relationship has helped me so much in life. He taught me how men should treat women. And I owe my marriage to my dad. What an amazing man!

I'm praying and wishing that my dad has an amazing day! That he enjoys his birthday. And has another year of health and happiness. Happy Birthday dad!

Saturday, October 16, 2010


It's been so busy around here! We have a very long day today. Our company has inspection. That's why I'm baking a cake at 6:30am. It's been a busy couple of weeks. Just preparing. That on top, of our regular work schedule. It's been super busy around here.

And we have family that came into town on Thursday. We met them for dinner. Which turned into a late dinner. They were late. Very late. We didn't have dinner until almost 8pm. We're used to eating pretty early. At least before 6pm. Because we go to bed early. My husband starts working at 3am. And I'm there by 5am. So it was a late night, for a "work night." But we did enjoy ourselves. Lots of catching up. And we're looking for another dinner. It did make for a tough Friday though. Both my husband and I were extremely tired.

At the moment, I'm trying to get ready for Halloween. I'm making a costume for my daughter. I also need to decorate. I've been slacking on that. I'm also preparing for a holiday Craft Fair. I think I might have too much on my plate. At least at the moment.

Work is also very busy. This is the time of year, that it really picks up. Lots of out of town trips. Lots and lots of paperwork. And in general, just a lot of work. But we're going to get through it all. Before we know it, it's going to be Thanksgiving. And I'm going to wonder were the time has gone.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Thanksgiving Cornucopia

This is the perfect project for Fall! Something that can be displayed all season long. This cornucopia can also be the centerpiece of your Thanksgiving table. And it's today's free pattern from Free Crochet. I better start crocheting. I want to put this on our table this year.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Pretty in Pastels

Look at how adorable this pattern is. It makes me think of something, that I would have my for my daughter. When she was a toddler. It's so cute. And it's today's free pattern at Free Crochet.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Old-Fashioned Baby Sweater Set

This is the free patter from Free Crochet today. The Old-Fashioned Baby Sweater Set. I think it's adorable. Something you can make for a new baby. A special baby in your life. It's so delicate. And I think it would be cute in a baby green color.

This project is going on my list. I'd love to make this set in a few different colors. It's so delicate. And precious. This one, it might have to go him my "Hope Chest."

Monday, October 11, 2010

Incredible Sadness

I just got off the phone with my daughter. She is back east. Where she lives part time. The Guy and her had to rush off last night. They were going to come here for a quick visit. Today. But Hills got hurt last night. And that was much more important.

Hills was 9 days past her due date. I'm thinking, that is actually pretty normal for a 1st pregnancy. But she went into pretty active labor yesterday. Her midwife stayed with her all day. And last night, Hills' water broke. And they were on their way to the hospital.

Unfortunately, they were involved in a bad accident. They were hit by a drunk driver. The baby had to be delivered almost immediately. Now, Hill's and her little girl are in the ICU. In very serious condition. From what my daughter told me, they've both had 2 surgeries a piece. And this just saddens my heart. Worse, they are now 3 hours apart from one another. At hospitals specializing in each of their care.

Innocent lives should not be touched like this. This woman shouldn't have to be in a hospital hooked up to machines, fighting to live. Neither should her innocent baby girl. Please say some prayers for them. Hills is like my daughter. My daughter and Hills grew up together. And she spent so much time with us. We could use all the prayers we could get for these two innocent lives. Anything to get mom and baby healthy.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Multi-Stripes Bib

There are just some projects that make you smile. This bib, it's one of them. The bib is so simple. But there is something about it that makes me smile. I want to sit down right now, and make it. There is something about the stripes and the colors. Something vintage inspired. Go to Free Crochet today, to get the pattern.

Happy Birthday

Today is a very special day. Not just because it's October 10, 2010. I think that's incredible. But today is The Guy's birthday. He's my daughter's boyfriend. And I'm very grateful for him. He's taken care of my daughter for over 2 years. She's been through so much, in the last few years. And he's been so strong for her. He has also made my daughter so incredibly happy. That alone, makes me happy!

They travel a lot. Both of them work so hard. And this weekend, they happen to be in CA. Working. I wish that we could see them. Enjoy a nice dinner or something. But I understand. I just want The Guy to have an incredible day. One full of love and happiness. He deserves an amazing birthday. Not only is my daughter incredibly blessed to have him in her life, we are all blessed. Because he makes our lives better. Even if we've never met face to face. He's so special. Happy Birthday!

Saturday, October 9, 2010

New Granddaughter

My husband and I have a new granddaughter! We actually just got back from the hospital. We went for a quick visit. Our granddaughter is a doll. She is just perfect. And looks so much like my husband's side of the family.

It's always so amazing when babies are born. It's a magical time in life. A new and innocent baby. A miracle. Our family is so blessed today. What a nice new beginning. Our granddaughter brings with her so much positive energy. And we just can't wait to see her grow up into a beautiful soul.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Lacy Delight

This is a pattern for a nice sweater. A lady's sweater. It's unusual to find a free pattern for an adult sized garmet. Especially one with such a nice stitch. I think it would be nice for Fall. When it's not too cold. But just cool enough for long sleeves. You can find the pattern at Free Crochet today. What a nice piece to make for yourself.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

A Much Needed Break

This afternoon, my husband and I are going to our cabin. We have tomorrow off. It's "Fall Break." We can definitely use the time away. I'm also anxious to go visit my parents. They're getting ready to move. I'm ready to just enjoy them for a few days.

And I'm ready to be away from work. For a couple of days. And out of the city. At this point, you can feel the stress of the city. I'm ready for some relaxation. And time away from all of this.

We're not going to spend the entire weekend out there. But it's going to be a nice change of pace. Something that both my husband and I could use. And hopefully, we can come back more relaxed. Because we have quit a lot going on in the next few weeks.

I just need to finish packing. And we still need to go grocery shopping. Eventually we'll get it all done. And we'll be on the road. Well, after the work day is over. :)

Monday, October 4, 2010

In Bloom Set

Another favorite of mine is perfume. And fragrances in general. I recently ordered the In Bloom Set, from Avon. It was a special. I'm pretty sure I got the set for $25. There is a body spray, lotion, and shower gel. It's a great deal. In Bloom is also a very nice scent. Very light. It's fresh, but slightly floral. I am really enjoying this set. Eventually, I'd like to get the fragrance as well. But I'm going to wait until it goes on sale.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Making Scarves

I recently watched an episode of Sewing with Nancy. It inspired me. The episode was about scarves. There were some amazing scarves. The scarves only use about a half a yard of fabric! They are also super easy!

I went to JoAnn's today. To take advantage of my coupons. And the sales that they were having. I bought 4 or 5 different fabrics for these scarves. And when I got home, I got to work. I actually made 3. But 1 of them came out a bit wonky. I'm going to have to take it apart and sew it again. I realize now, it's because the fabric was cut crooked. But it's not a big deal.

I was upset though. My favorite fabric that I purchase, it had a rip in it. A pretty large one. I'm not sure what to do. Can you take it back to the fabric store? The worst is that it's in the middle of the piece, something that I couldn't hide in the scarf.

For the 3 scarves that I made, I used one technique. And I tried to do another. But I forgot part of the steps. Probably the most important step. When you turn the fabric. Does Sewing with Nancy post videos online? I found the book. And I'm thinking about buying it. It's only $15. And I'm sure there are many more projects inside.