Thursday, November 30, 2006

Christmas Shopping

Ok is anyone else trying to be thrifty with their spending this year, or am I the only cheapskate in America?
Some people are getting cash. The rest are getting hand made gifts. I am 3/4 through a sweater just like the brown one(only its deep green) with 2 or 3 more to go before Christmas(not all the same sweater). Oh the joy! I really want to try and sneak one for my daughter, that's going to be interesting.

I also have this teddy bear set to make for my niece whose birthday is on December 19th. PLUS various scarves, hats, slippers and so on....
What was I thinking when I said to myself..."We are NOT using credit cards this year for presents, I don't care WHO it is!"? I mean WHAT?!?!
Oh wait, oh yeah, that massive debt that continues to build regardless of how good you are at making payments each month. That mysterious charge that is written in size 3 font at the bottom of the agreement that you sign. That sudden "payment protection" charge that shows up unannounced one month even though you never said yes to anyone to receive it. Then when you call and cancel it they say well, you may see one last charge for this month, but we'll take care of it, etc...blah, blah, blah...yeah whatever! BUT they won't credit it back to your account, cuz after all SOMEONE had to have agreed to this or they would have NEVER charged us for it in the first place....Uh....NO!

All of that ranting is full of sarcastic cynicism. Yes, I know. And yes, it stressed me out.

I get to take the day off tomorrow. We are going to go out of town and spend the night in a hotel and go swimming and do a little bit of Christmas shopping...(for those who get purchased gifts).
I hope that noone is overly needy that comes in the store tomorrow because my grandmother is watching the store for me and well....yeah, she will have a meltdown if anyone is too needy.

You can get the pattern for the little guys here: They are Melissa Mall's creation (too many hooks --->). But the castle is mine. I will post the pattern next time.

Oh my gosh! I totally forgot to update you on the 'chunky chest' from last week. My husband finally couldn't stand the all-night coughing serenade so he 'suggested' that I see a dr. So I did on Monday...I had bronchitis! YUK! I tell ya, I have had more than my fair share of coughing to last me a looooong time. I have been on antibiotics for 3 days now (azithromycin) and happy cough medicine laced with codeine for bedtime. So when I cough I tell people I'm not contagious anymore cuz I am taking medicine and my germs are too numb to be a threat.

I suppose I will let all of you get back to your blog hopping...I know I need to get back to mine...and my husband has just walked in. He has the personality of a door knob tonight, so I will spare you all....good night.


Friday, November 24, 2006

Time is Catching Up!

Time is catching up with me. I turned 35 on Wednesday. I am a delicate 5 years away from 40. My mom says that's when life begins. I don't know. I'm not depressed, I'm melancholy. My wonderful husband bought me 35 carnations (my favorite flower of all-time) to commemorate the day. He is beautiful.

I am also finding that time can be my enemy. I think...oh I blogged like last week...right?
Um, no. Try two weeks ago. yikes. What have I been doing? It has been so unbelievably busy here at the store, some days I don't know which end is up.

Today is 'breakfast with Santa' and a free movie at the local theater downtown. My kids walked themselves down to it. I am currently at work cuz it's the day after Thanksgiving and retail shops would be IDIOTS to not be open on that day! Not to mention I'm having a 10% off all the yarn in the store sale today and tomorrow. So here I am. Thankfully I have a high school student who can earn her keep and take care of the customers.:)

I have been dealing with a VERY juicy chest cold. Nothing in the nose, just the chest. I am on my way back to complete health, but I am tired. I would like to lay down and nap the rest of the day away. BUT...remember we are in the NorthWoods of Wisconsin here...and it is deer hunting week. Ya know the whole neon orange and camouflage look that drives the ladies crazy?!?
Uh huh. Tony tried the whole hunting scene for about 3-4 years. He finally decided after sleeping in the woods and freezing 3-4 years in a row that he was done with it. Besides we don't like the taste of venison. I can see hunting if you are going to feed your family with it, but not just to say you shot a deer. I would love to see him take up grouse/pheasant hunting. Those are uber yummy birds and it would give him an excuse to hold a gun. Besides its like 20 degrees warmer outside when you hunt for those than deer. Cold is NOT my friend!

**juicy cough break**

Ok. So all of that hunting talk to say that we are hosting a "Hunter's Widow Koffee Klutch" at the store today. So I do actually need to run to the store and get some sort of baked lusciousness to have with coffee. And I actually better hit the road, cuz it starts in a half hour and I'm a stickler for not being late.

TTFN! Happy Holidays!

Thursday, November 09, 2006

I'm A Saint!

I just took the "What Famous Person Are You?" test. Who are you???

I was really honest too! LOL That's the funny part. Man I guess I can feel pretty good about myself. Melissa @ Too Many Hooks was Einstein (which isn't too bad...she's really smart) but somebody she was reading was Hitler! Yikes!
OK, WIP's are shifting once again! I think I told you I finished Stefani's 'sweater from hell'. I am still working on the cutsie afghan. I have 6 squares completed and sewn together and am working the other 6. Ok, I'm not actually working on them...I have great intentions on working on them.
We are, however, hot and heavy into a "hat, mitten, scarf" drive for the local school district(s), so I am focusing my efforts on that right now. Well, ok, not totally since I made a scarf for my husband for Christmas and am currently working on a hat/mitten set for about a 4 month old. BUT...I do have my 'storefront' project as a pair of mittens for the charity box!
Let me break this down for you. I homeschool my kids here at the store. So in the time I sit down with them, I need to be working with my hands, so I have my baby hat project going on in that room(just cuz i've been dying to make that pattern again). Then when customers come in I have to have something to do with my hands while I am waiting on them to look and purchase, hence the mittens project. And the scarf was my "I'm sitting in my office with the bills paid and everything ordered, so I need something to do that I don't have to drag from another room into here..." project.
And I tried the whole dragging one project to all the rooms, that got old. So now I have a project for every room I have the potential to be in! :)
MMM....Chicken Pot Pie....Luscious!
MMM....Glass of, refreshing (but not luscious, caffeine free diet pepsi would be luscious!)
Ok, now that we all know what I ate for lunch...
I guess I'm going to get back to my hat now. Cuz some baby somewhere is going to need it done. Soon.

Sunday, November 05, 2006

X's and O's Baby Blanket

It's called X's and O's Baby Blanket. It is uber cute when its done and I worked it in two strands of Lion Softee Baby throughout so its ultra soft and creamy too!

X's and O's Baby Blanket
Skill: Easy

X's and O's Baby Blanket copyright © 3/9/06 Elizabeth Mareno

Supplies:J hook
MC- Sport yarn- approx 10 oz
CC #1- Sport yarn- approx 6-8 oz
CC #2- Sport yarn- approx 3 oz
(Amounts are estimated. Sample uses Bernat Softee Baby in "Baby Denims" for MC, Bernat Softee Baby in "Lemon" for CC #2 and Caron Simply Soft in "White" for CC #1)
Blunt Needle

**Note** Afghan is worked holding two strands of yarn together at all times.
**Specialty Stitches**X-Stitch: worked over 2 st. Skip first st, tr in next st. Working behind tr just made, work tr in skipped st.
Bobble: (YO, insert hook in designated st, YO, pull through, YO, pull through 2 loops)3 times. YO, pull through 4 loops left on hook. One bobble made.
Ch 3 counts as dc throughout
Ch 4 counts as tr throughout

With MC & CC #1,ch 78
Row 1: dc in 4th ch from hook and in each ch across. (76)
Row 2(RS): ch 4, work X-stitch across, tr in top ch of ch 3. (76)
Row 3: ch 3, dc in each tr across, dc in top ch of ch 4. (76)
Row 4: ch 3, dc in each dc across, dc in top ch of ch 3.
Rows 5-7: Repeat row 4
Row 8: Repeat row 2
Row 9: Repeat row 3. Change CC #1 to CC #2
Row 10: ch 1, sc in each dc across. (76)
Row 11: ch 2, hdc in next sc, (create bobble in next sc, hdc in next 4 sc) 14 times, bobbble, hdc in last 3 sc. (76)
Row 12: Reapeat row 10. Change CC#2 to CC #1
Rows 13-36: Repeat rows 1-12 three times.
Rows 37-45: Repeat rows 1-9 once. Finish off.

Row 1: Attach MC/CC#2 in top right dc with a ch 1. Sc in same st, sc evenly around afghan, putting 3 sc in each corner, ending with 2 sc in same st as first sc. join with sl st.
Row 2: ch 2, turn. Hdc in next 2 sc, work bobble, * (hdc in next 4 sc, work bobble st) to next corner, 3 hdc in corner sc*, work from * to * 2 more times. (hdc in next 4 sc, work bobble st) to next corner, 2 hdc in same st as first hdc. join with sl st.
Row 3: ch 1, turn. sc in same st, sc in each hdc around, putting 3 sc in corners, ending with 2 sc in same st as first sc. Fasten off and weave in ends.

Thursday, November 02, 2006

Ok, Opening a new Blog!

Yay, I'm excited. I have been somewhat disappointed with my other blog site, so we are trying this one out for a little while. I haven't been able to figure out how to add favorites, etc to my other blog and we are.

Since this is my opening comment, I won't make it long. Just a hi! This is crochet blog #2.