Friday, December 22, 2006
Sunday, December 17, 2006
I am NOT! The kids are out of school and I have not finished shopping yet. I know they are going to want to go shopping for each other soon too.
My Secret Pal's gifts are almost ready to ship out. I hope she likes what I got her. This is really fun since it goes on for a little while and we get to know each other.
I have been making and mailing out squares for a Friendship afghan in a SWAP and it has been great seeing all of the squares come in my fav color....purple!!!!! LOL
I have a sick one home today from church and the children's choir is singing today. :(
Tuesday, December 12, 2006
I got two great packages in the mail yesterday. They were from Secret Sisters in groups that I am in. One is no longer a secret but the other one didn't give me any clues to who she is!!!
So now i have to do some investigating.
I am not finished Christmas shopping yet. I am so far behind it is not funny! The kids have been involved in school activities and kept me on the go. I am too tired to do my usual. The good thing is my hubby and I decided to cut back on what they get this year...they asked for big items anyway, and have outgrown all the cutsy stuff.., except for the 7 yr old. lol
Better go and crochet some more!
Tuesday, December 05, 2006
During a very hectic and mind boggling week end I recieved a package in the mail from my SP!!
I will get it together and post a picture soon, my battery just showed low after taking some photos. But she sent me a box of goodies including CHOCOLATE!!!!! (yum)Some adorable coasters that you can put photos in, and other things that I will wait till I have the pix to tell! LOL
Thank you Secret Pal! You made my day!!!!
Tuesday, November 28, 2006
For the Secret Pal 9 contest this month I am to write about a favorite recipe that is special to me.
My mom and grandmother made this yummy Buttermilk Cake with Caramel icing. My Granny had made it for years and years. People she worked for in the past would call her to make this cake for them. She would ship from KY to California or wherever due to these requests! My Granny would bake it from memory...even in her mid 90's and I would stand there waiting for her to finish with the icing pot so I could scrape it clean! LOL
The cake recipe was always a secret, and was handed down, if you were interested in baking. My mom perfected the caketoo, and it was soooo good. We ALWAYS had it on the holidays.(among other cakes of course)
It was given to me when I got married, but I did not try to make it until a few years ago. My mom and Granny are both deceased now, but my dad (who was a great taste tester for years) said That I got it! Yay!!!!!
The flavor of the cake is so good, It is light and airy, but melts in your mouth. The caramel icing is made the old fashioned way by browning your sugar in the iron skillet. Yum!! I need to make some NOW!!!LOL
So that is my favorite recipe that has so much emotion and love tied up into it.
When I make it for my family wonderful memories come flooding back of Holiday baking and birthday celebrations with my family as a child. And I always lick the pot from the icing left, before I let my kids have it!
Thursday, November 23, 2006
Happy Thanksgiving! We had a good day at the mil's house with all but 2 of her 10 children being home. It was fun, and the kids had a ball seeing their cousins.
I have some pictures of items I recieved from my C'ville Holiday Exch Pal. Her name is Bonnie and she is a special lady. She takes care of her sick daughter and still finds the time to do all of this:
She has really spoiled me rotten!
I had wanted purple stitch markers too! She had also had purchased some patterns for me that I had wanted. She is good! LOL
Thanks Bonnie!! I appreciate you!
I have more pics to take and post too.
I got a postcard from my SP9 pal. She is teasing me! LOL she said first the postcard, then I will get something else!
I can hardly wait!
Better go it is getting late!
Wednesday, November 15, 2006
Friday, November 10, 2006
I have forgotten to post here. I had to get ready for a group of men from church that my hubby wanted to have over last Saturday. Plus my hubby is on vacation for 2 weeks! Needless to say my crafting is behind as well as reading my emails!! I have gotten two sets of coasters done in pretty Christmas colors, one for a coaster exchange and another for a secret exchange.
I need to get organized. I have been buying things for my exchanges, especially the Christmas themed ones and now I need to sort them and mail!!!!
I have also done three dishcloths and I forgot to take a pix before I mailed them out! Ugh! I was trying not to be late! LOL
I must put dinner on the table, will write more later!!
Thursday, November 02, 2006
Wednesday, November 01, 2006
I have been busy these past few days. Not much knitting or crocheting going on. Halloween was a blast. The kids had so much fun. We were rushed due to practice for my oldest dd not ending till 4:30. A lot of kids were out by 5 PM were at my sil neighborhood with the rest of the nieces and nephews so they could be together. Then my sil grilled burgers for them, they hd a blast. It did turn cold out though and the rain stopped but it was misting a bit. One of my dd were feeling the effects of it last night. She had started wheezing!:(
Anyway, this w/e my dh is having some of the men of the church over for steak dinner, so I have been tidying up a bit. Need to get my craft basket out of the living room!! LOL
I have to work on my Nov. exchanges after this w/e. The early ones I have sent off, but I need to do some ornaments.
I have been shopping around for my SP 9 person. This is so neat how we can sneak and look at their blog and find out things about them and buy accordingly.
I think the most of them are far better crafter than I. It is neat to see things they have made.
Better go and get busy, it will be time to get the kids and I will have accomplished nothing!!LOL
Tuesday, October 24, 2006
Hopefully, it won't be as stressful as last year. With homework and all makes it difficult to stay on top of things!
I will have two in competitions in January. My 5th grader competes on the elementary level also, but at least the schools are right around here.
It took forever tonight to get everyone settled and homework done. The younger two were finished early, but the older two, I just sent to bed because they had too many questions(Algebra) and it was late. I guess we must get up early in the morning to finish.. Argh!! My brain had shut down by then! LOL
Tuesday, October 17, 2006
I heard from my Secret Pal 9, (Thank you for my E-card SP!) I was glad to hear from her. I am going to email her the answer to her questions tonight.
I am crocheting some more coasters to send to a Holiday exchange partner. I have been waiting for some pretty Christmas yarn at our Walmart, but it has not arrived yet. I saw some online even some cotton Christmas yarn. I hope they hurry up and get some in!!
My dd has started carrying around a hook and yarn in her backpack! It is funny because she just makes chains,,,,, and the kids are asking her to make some for them! LOL I told her she needs to learn how to make a square now!
We are still in rainy weather. It rained all night long and is still raining now at 11 a.m.
Our temps are going back up to warmer for a few days too so they say!
Better go finish these coasters and start on a dishcloth for another exchange!
Friday, October 13, 2006
I love the colors in this cloth and coasters. I made these for exchanges, one coaster exchange and a dishcloth exchange. I had to go buy more of this color called Fiesta Ombre by Peaches n Cream.
I hope the people that received them liked them.
I forgot to post yesterday. I actually was trying to catch up on housework, not to mention made a big pot of homemade vegetable
soup for dinner. The cooler temperatures are starting to hit our
area and the soup was just what we needed!!
I am knitting and mostly crocheting dishcloths and coasters for
upcoming exchanges. I am one ahead on my monthly dishcloth exchange. My month is Feb. I believe. the Halloween exchanges have been so much fun too, buying for kids is one thing, but being able to buy treats and make things for the ladies have really been fun!!
Next are the secret pal and Christmas exchanges. This will really be good because you all know mom gives and gives at Christmas time...and that indeed is what I love to do! But it is nice to occasionally receive things that you love to do as gifts, and who better knows what to give
a fellow crafter than another crafter!!!!! Plus we never make things for ourselves to use!!!! LOL
Wednesday, October 11, 2006
First of all let me say thank you to Suzi at the Knitters Tea Swap2. It was so much fun participating in this!!! My Secret Swap partner was Isobel, from Ireland! She really showered me with gifts too! She sent me two bags of her favorite loose teas and a tea ball infuser!!!! One tea is a Rooibus tea,which is a South African red bush tea. The other is a vanilla tea, yummy! I will savour the flavor of each one!!!
Here she gave me two adorable tea towels and a book called "Tea Tips" Aren't these adorable?
Oh and look here is some beautiful yarn. Some from an Irish spinner, and it has alpaca in it!!!! It is Aran Luxury Tweed.
And the color is just luscious!!! It isn't as bright purple as it appears hee, it is more of a plum or mulberry with flecks of red, green, and blues in it ever so slight.
Oh and here we have everyone's fav. Chocolate!!! My kids were drooling over this. She sent her favs here and tells me that even though we can get the Kit Kat Bar in the US, these taste different. I cannot wait to try them!!!
But wait that's not all!!!!!!!
Here are my souvenirs from Ireland. Two post cards and an ink pen that says 'Ireland', and has sheep on it!! (I collect ink pens!)
Then the sweet darling sent my kids each a green pencil with sheep on top. They were so tickle to get something!!!!
So I'd say this swap was an awesome experience, and I plan on keeping in contact with Isobel.
Actor: Denzel Washington
Actress: Jennifer Garner
Band: Like classical music, and gospel music only (Donnie McKlurkin, Hezakiah Walker, Rizen}
Beverage: Diet Dr. Pepper
Book: Ooo hard one. Maybe The Firm by John Grisham, or the VC Andrews books (any of those would qualify as favs)
Bubble Bath: I like shower gels: pears/vanillas
Candy: All milk chocolates .....and hot tamales!!lol
Food: Turnip Greens!!
Lip Balm: Hmm using Lypsyl these days.
Movie: Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
Song: God, Great God
TV Show: E.R./Alias/ Greys Anatony!!!!!
Vacation Spot: Hawaii (haven't been yet though!) LOL
So this was kinda hard because I never think of what my fav things are! LOL
Let me put it up so the hostess will know!
Monday, October 09, 2006
I had forgotten that today is a holiday, and I have several exchanges ready to go out. Guess I have to wait till tomorrow.
I just received my Pal for the Secret Pal 9 swap. This is so excititng because I have been waiting a long time for this. I found the SP8 too late to join, so I had to wait until now to chime in on the fun!
I have secret pals in other clubs but they only last for that month's exchange. This will be a secret for LONGER!!!!
I have been watching the Knitters Tea Swap Blog and reading all the goodies everyone has received. It is so exciting to see. My Pal has assured me that mine is on the way across the water, so I will be patient and wait! It is exciting just to know that it is coming from such a distance!!!!:)
Better go light a fire under my kids who seem to want to play instead of straighten their rooms! LOL
Thursday, October 05, 2006
Better go and get busy.
Oh yes I was visiting blogs on the Knitters Tea Swap, and ran upon Cecily's blog who had an interesting post. She said to the first 5 responses to her post she would create something art wise especially for them. I was number 2 comment, so if no one else has emailed her or something I may get a neat original piece of art!!! Isn't that cool?
Tuesday, October 03, 2006
I have my Knitters Tea Swap box ready to go out. It has to go a great distance, so I will mail it this week. I also have about 3 or 4 exchanges ready to go out also. Whew! It has been so much fun. I made some coasters, and hopefully I can post pictures tomorrow.
Monday, October 02, 2006
2. What do you use to store your needles/hooks in?I have a purple zippered knitting needle case for my knitting needles, but nothing for my crochet hooks.
3. How long have you been knitting & how did you learn?I learned how to knit when I was a child from my Granny. I stopped , and recently stared back up. I never learned by a pattern, just learned the stitches. So now I am learning how to read a pattern. My girls wanted to learn. Would you consider your skill level to be beginner, intermediate or advanced? Intermediate beginner maybe
4. Do you have an Amazon or other online wish list?Yes, I do at Amazon
5. What's your favorite scent?Hmm...I like vanilla, pear, cinnamon, mulberry, and fresh scents( fresh linen, ocean breeze/freesia) no flowery or musky scents(for candles, bath products, etc.)
6. Do you have a sweet tooth?Oh my yes I do! Favorite candy? Hmm,a good milk chocolate is #1 with or without nuts/toffee caramel...yum! ,I love Sees Milk Chocolate balls they sell at Christmas, and really loved some delicious chocolate covered pecans I had once that I cannot find here right now.Licorice taffy(hard to find), Hot Tamales, laffy taffy, skittles too; (not many kinds I don't like!) I like dark chocolate when associated with coconut or mint. I also like good cookies.
7. What other crafts or Do-It-Yourself things do you like to do? nothing else really except for school projectsDo you spin? No Idon't
8. What kind of music do you like? Gospel and traditional classical (Bach, Brahams..)Can your computer/stereo play MP3s?don't know. I assume maybe.It plays CDs, and DVDs (if your buddy wants to make you a CD)
9. What's your favorite color(s)?All shades of purple Any colors you just can't stand?rust, greys,browns unless mixed with other colors
10. What is your family situation?Married for 19 years 4 children. 3 girls 1 boy. Do you have any pets?No Pets I have allergies and a daughter with asthma. ( Non smoking home also)
11. Do you wear scarves, hats, mittens or ponchos?yes to all but ponchos
12. What is/are your favorite item/s to knit?So far Coasters, dishcloths and bookmarks. Quick items and easy to read patterns
13. What are you knitting right now?nothing right now
14. Do you like to receive handmade gifts?Oh my, I'd be honored!
15. Do you prefer straight or circular needles? straightBamboo, aluminum, plastic?Only have tried aluminum, would like to increase the variety of needles though. I have aluminum sizes:10.5,8,7,and 2. A pair of plastic size 3.75 that I don't remember why I got. Maybe for my youngest daughter.lol
16. Do you own a yarn winder and/or swift? No
17. How old is your oldest UFO?3 yrs ? .....Maybe!
18. What is your favorite holiday?Christmas!!(and my birthday of course! )
19. Is there anything that you collect?Yes, I collect ink pens from various places and companies; Postcards, and crystal figurines or figurines of flowers and children
20. Any books, yarns, needles or patterns out there you are dying to get your hands on?Yes, books are on my wish list at Amazon;Would like to try stitch markers, any patterns would be great I have just been getting them from the net. What knitting magazine subscriptions do you have?None as of yet
21. Are there any new techniques you'd like to learn?I don't know many so any would be nice to know. I can knit and purl basic stuff. I'd like to try that garterlac cloth but looks so hard, plus I didn't have the dpns
22. Are you a sock knitter? no, have never tried. looks so difficult!What are your foot measurements? ?sz 9.5 ?
23. When is your birthday? (mm/dd) Jan. 20th. I will be 45!!!!! Horray!
Tuesday, September 26, 2006
I put a My Wish List on Amazon.com, but could not figure out how to post it on the blog, so if anyone can tell me how to get the link on here in case a secret sister/pal wants to see what I'd like please tell me!:)
My middle daughter is home sick, her asthma is giving her fits, she has bronchitis right now. I am sure she will be fine, she now has rested and got some breathing meds under her belt!
Better go start dinner!
Friday, September 22, 2006
I sent an email to them both today. I had some questions for my Pal to spoil. I want the box to be just right!!!:)
My Secret Pal emailed me some questions. I hope I answered everything she needed. In case she reads this again, and wants some more info.:) I collect ink pens from different places or companies, and love postcards. Anything that is local for you that I could not get in Kentucky is great also.
It is rainy and cool today, they say it will rain for the next few days. Sounds like tea time!!!LOL
Sunday, September 17, 2006
There is no way we are finishing this project tonight!. The teacher didn't tell my dd that they were doing this assignment until they were about due. My dd had been ill and out for a week when she gave the assignment out. Guess I will be at the school in the morning to get more time.
I finished another cloth today it was a round one with ruffles. Kinda cute think I will make another. I will post pix later this week. I want to make a potholder to match.
Saturday, September 16, 2006
Thread is not as easy as it looks to use. It can make some pretty things , but you have to know what you are doing I guess. I was just trying to do a little bit and after frogging so many times I ended up with this.
This is my first thread bookmark. It is the Yo Yo Boookmark pattern. It was fun to make and I hope my exchange partner likes it. I was lucky because purple is her favorite color too!!
Friday, September 15, 2006
Here is my finished checkered dishcloth. It is my first knitted cloth. I thought I would never finish counting, especially since the kids always interrupted me!
I like the pattern though. Guess I need to try a different one next time!
Well another day of waiting around to see who my swap partners will be. I am so excited!
I have already been buying lil things for them. I am waiting to see if I am going to be able to be on the chocolate swap. I told her that if someone dropped out I am interested. I eat chocolate daily! Two of my four kiddos are lovers of chocolate too. My other dd tries to like it because it looks so good. My son just declares he doesn't like it!! I cannot imagine not liking such rich goodness!!
My friend from Atlanta sent me some Sees chocolate Christmas balls one year, Oh my they melted in my mouth!! Actually she sent them to my dh, but I ate them. LOL I can remember my mom and I stopping by to get some Godiva Chocolate after a shopping trip. It would be so hard to pick the one I wanted! Memories....
Better go for now.
Thursday, September 14, 2006
I have been reading the Knitters Tea Swap 2 Blog, and everyone there has such a varity of tea-tastes. I have not broaden my horizons yet. I love the names of some the teas they are mentioning! I like fruit teas, and smooth tasting teas. I drink green and black teas, heard they were good for your health. Even got my dh drinking black tea!! He likes it better than coffee, I love both! I have had Celestial Seasonings, Twinnings and of course Liptons. I am trying a new one I found today Vanilla Chai. I am trying it tonight.
Will have to see how it goes!!
Monday, September 11, 2006
So I am looking forward to this and finding out who I am sending to and where they are from.
The girls had music lesson today ( flute and clarinet), and I was rushed to get them there, I had a site based meeting at their school, and the teachers were a bit chatty!
Must finish dinner
Sunday, September 10, 2006
1. What genre of books do you enjoy most? (i.e. mystery, romance, horror, historical, biographies, autobiographies, fantasy, sci-fi, etc) Ooo I like long or short romance,
mystery, (or a combination of the two),Favorite Authors are: John grisham, VC Andrews, Jude Devereaux, Debbie Macomber and Stephen King.(Would like some Chrisitan Fiction Yada Yada Prayer group series)
2. What sort of bookmarks do you like best? (long, short, lacy/elegant, fun/cute, corner, tasselled, etc) All kinds
3. What are your favorite colors? Purples
4. Are there any colors you don't like? Brown unless it is with another color to brighten it up.
5. What sort of "theme'' would you like your bookmark to be? Doesn't matter 6. Are there any "themes'' that you wouldn't like?? Snakes or evil looking things
7. Can you send internationally? Sure!
8. If your partner wants to sen along extra goodies (like tea, candy, cocoa, etc), what do you enjoy? And is there anything you don't like/can't have?? Yum! I love tea, flav. coffees, candy and chocolate! (not dark unless associated with mint) I can have anything.9. What crafts are you going to use to make your bookmarks? knit or crochet, depends Is there a particular craft type you would like to receive? (knitted bookmarks, plastic canvas, etc) No, any would be great.
My dd had me to buy her some yarn and a crochet needle tonight after church. She wants to try her hand at crocheting too. She has been knitting on a scarf all year! LOL She had a good birthday yesterday.
I guess I should be getting the school bags ready for tomorrow. It is picture day for three of mine so the outfits are laid out.
Saturday, September 09, 2006
She was happy with her presents as well. She loves Manga books and she got 3 of them. She stayed up and read one of them tonight.
I am getting sleepy and a little frazzled so I will go. Sunday school in the morning, so I need some shut eye!!! I have been trying to knit another dishclothtonight.
Thursday, September 07, 2006
Now we had to tackle dinner and homework! Dinner was chicken from the supermarket andsome peas and carrots. The slow process of homework has not ended they have fallen asleep trying to finish. Nina fell asleep shortly after we arrived back home.
Guess I will try and wake them for bed now.LOL
I made my first potholder, and I want to make some more. May use them as gifts for Christmas with a matching cloth. It went a lot faster crocheting the cloths instead of knitting them. Although I love the designs you can get by knitting!
I am in several exchanges for the fall and it is so exciting!!!
Maybe I can post pictures if I can possibly figure out my dh digital camera!LOL
Better go and get busy, I also have a hair appointment this morning. Perfect alone time under the dryer to get some knitting or crocheting done!!!
Wednesday, September 06, 2006
Today is a beautiful day! My oldest dd which has been home sick for a week, has returned to school!!! Yea!!!! I know she will be tired when she gets home. She had mono and it will remain in her body for a while. I will have to encourage her to nap, as she is beginning the season of academic team practices and competition. It always tires me out if it doesn't her!!
I am crocheting a potholder to include with a dishcloth for an exchange I am in. It is so much fun to get things in the mail that are not bills! :)
I am in an ongoing Friendship Afghan exchange in Yarn Charm. It is casual and adding members monthly so it never ends! Pretty neat.
Better go and get ready to pick up the three youngest from school we have to visit the library before coming home.
Monday, September 04, 2006
We are all tired today, but it was well worth it!!!
Hopefully today I will get some things accomplished and get the kids things ready for school in the morning. This holiday gives us that extra day to recoop from the w/e!!!LOL
Friday, September 01, 2006
My other dd had try outs for her Academic Team this afternoon.
Guess I need to check on dinner before getting ready for church tonight.
Thursday, August 31, 2006
My oldest daughter has been ill this week with tonsilitis and mono. She thought she was recovered and went out for a little while , but she came home and crashed!! She will learn that mom knows best one day!!!
Wednesday, August 30, 2006
Just trying out this blog thing to see how it goes.
I am a SAHM of 4 children, Nina will be 13 in a few days, Bereanna is 10, Cedric (II) is 9 and Florence is 7. Two are home sick today the crud is going around school.
I love to cook, knit and crochet. I have not finished a lot of projects, but that should be changing soon and when I do I wil post a pix on here.
My loving hubby is Cedric , our anniversary is in a few days...19 wonderful years!!!!
I must go now and pick up the younger two from school and pick up homework for Bereanna.