Monday, December 29, 2008

They are FINALLY done!

I received a slipper pattern from my hubby for Christmas in '07 & finally got around to felting them two days ago. Talk about pacing myself. They are being gifted to my sister-in-law for her birthday. I always make her something special. I'm hoping she likes these.

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Little Sis has a Brand New Bag!

I made a box bag for my younger sister using owl fabric I thought she would like. She did & requested another out of the remaining fabric. I wanted to make something bigger that she could use for the baby or knitting projects. I had come coordinating green fabric & added outside pockets. I had an extra fob and added it to the inside for her keys & a cute button instead of a zipper to close it.

Hope she likes it. It will be hard to give this one away!

Friday, December 26, 2008

Mom & Dad's Kitchen

Mom and Dad have been working on re-doing their kitchen. Dad is quite the handyman. He built new fronts for the cabinets. Mom and Dad painted the cabinets. When Mom went on vacation, Dad was there for the installation of the new counter tops. Hubby and I went over to 'help' Dad lay tile on the back splash. My help consisted of, "Hey Dad, that looks really great! Waaaaay better than the mustard gold counters and orange flowery carpet I remember as a kid. Seriously, nice work pops!

Where the oven goes

next to the closet
nice deep sink

cute hubby

Dad was thinking, that's not his normal look
fancy sink Mom

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

This is what it's like at our house...

This is what happens when you mix equal parts Scooby Doo & Christmas =

And yes, we followed it with a 'fancy lunch' as all 'fancy' people do!

Requirements for a fancy lunch:
fancy dish (crystal butter tray)
fancy Cheetoe holder (crystal sugar bowl)
fancy cup (snowman mug)
fancy sandwich (peanut butter & jelly cut like Christmas Trees)
fancy candle (cast off from my parents house)
fancy 6 year old (must wear jeans, no socks, and an Optimus Prime Transformer T-shirt)

P, B & J cut like Christmas Trees & Cheetoes with milk.

Boheme is Finished

I finished knitting & weaving in ends last night. Blocked & added buttons this morning. I think it's super cute. All it needs is a cute baby to wear it and I know just the one!

Pattern: Boheme by Allegra Wermuth
needles: size 5 circular
yarn: Mountain Colors (unsure of color, definitely wool)
buttons: from my stash

Tuesday, December 23, 2008


Here is what we do the night before hosting Christmas Eve Dinner for eight. (note-Hubby is not in the picture as he has been busy baking for the past 4 days...No, I don't get to help.)

playing Jenga

drinking eggnog

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Beer Sweater

I showed my hubby a sweater pattern and he loved it so much that I decided to make one for him, monogrammed of course!

I know I will be making more of these for him to give to friends and family. It was a fun one-day project.

Friday, December 19, 2008

Fish on Fridays

I made another one to give away as a White Elephant Gift at the holiday party this evening. I had a ball of leftover noro from a previous project. I think I ended up with 12" of it left. (6" on each end to weave in, whew!) I hope whomever gets it enjoys it. I teach at an elementary & I think the kiddos would love seeing it on a grown up!

Sunday, December 14, 2008

A Little Something

I know how to do things besides knit. I was wrapping presents this evening and decided I needed to get started on my gifts for co-workers. A couple of years ago I purchased a bag of blank spools for $1.50. I had the jute , greenery, and paint in my craft room. The greenery was off of a mini (3 foot) tree I purchased on clearance 5 years ago. It's been snipped on for a variety of past gifts. I love it.

I thought the spools would make a nice stove pipe hat. I used the end of a fancy toothpick to paint the mouth, eyes, nose, & holly on the hats. I double knotted the jute and twisted the greenery on top for added stability.

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas.
A poorly photographed close up. I just wanted you to see the 'rustic' paint job I did. Definitely not an 'I need to get this to look perfect' type of ornament.

I hope they like them. Now I'm off to work on some wooden lights I purchased at a garage sale. I'm still not sure what I want to turn them into.

Hubby's 40th

This past November, my hubby celebrated his 40th birthday. The little guy wanted to make a soccer cake for him as a surprise. We baked and decorated under the guise of it being for my son's teacher. (Nobody believed it except the little guy but it was still cute).

Below are the pictures of said cake. We put 40 candles on it and lit them all.

Such a soft glow
(notice the extra tall flame on the left,
I was beginning to worry 1/2 way through the song)

No, the little guy didn't have any adverse effects from the smoke.

Does anyone else love how the guy sliding toward the ball almost looks like he fell due to the heat of the flames? Also, do you notice how the heat from the candles actually MELTED the frosting. I'm pretty proud of that. The green stuff is sugar, and yes, it melted as well.

This one just cracks me up. It met with his approval apparently.

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Heeeerrrrrreeeee Fishy, Fishy, Fishy, Fishy!

The new issue of knitty came out earlier this week. I instantly fell in love with the fishy pattern. My son asked if I would make it for him. I said yes and we immediately went to my stash to see if there were any colors he liked. This is what he chose:Link