Monday, April 23, 2007

Rasta Hat

I've been wanting to crochet one of these hats for Jennifer. I thought it would be fun to give it to her when she gets home tomorrow. I have to make some more of these - they are so fast and easy and I think they are great. Since no one was home - I had to rely on the bear to model it for me.
"Leave everyone wondering which is the more interesting piece of or your hat." - Author Unknown

Saturday, April 21, 2007

Saturday Morning

I was up early this morning - but I am not up and on the move necessarily. I am taking my time and enjoying my Saturday morning. It is just myself and Sadie as I enjoy another cup of coffee and the quiet of the house. I should probably get moving - Richard and I plan on going to a cigar show and then head out to Vintage Days. I would also be content to just stay home today. I have some sewing I want to do and I want to crochet a hat before Tuesday. I guess I can do that after we get home.
Sadie is great company this morning as always. She follows me around wherever I go and seems interested in whatever I do. I am finding the companionship of a dog can really be a wonderful thing. Having never been much of a dog person - it is something new for me and I admit I have gone somewhat silly over this dog. I never would have predicted I would be so attached to her when Jacob brought her home.
"Dogs feel very strongly that they should always go with you in the car, in case the need should arise for them to bark violently at nothing right in your ear." -- Dave Barry

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Jake and I

Here is a picture of Jake and I - taken when he was home at Christmas. I had forgotten all about the pictures he took when he was showing me the camera on his laptop - until he shared this with me today. It makes me happy to see a picture of us together. He will be home in about a month and I am really looking forward to him being home for the summer.
"There are two lasting bequests we can give our children. One is roots. The other is wings." ~Hodding Carter, Jr.

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Bee Happy!

"If you want to be happy, be." ~Leo Tolstoy

Sunday, April 15, 2007

Trip to the Fabric Store

I went to the fabric store this afternoon to buy some black cotton to line a bag that I wanted to make for my friends birthday. But I found fabric for $2 and $3 dollars a yard and thought that it would make into some cute bags. The monkey print I am going to use to make place mats to go with the cute monkey plates I bought at Target. They will be great out on the patio this summer. So much for using what I already have. So I walked out of there with this....
.... and this book that I looked at the other day. Some great ideas - and very easy to make.

.... and this chair that was on clearance for $50. I know Richard will think I am crazy for dragging it home - but I thought I had to have it for that price. Now I just have to find a place to set it.

And I did get the black fabric to line the "Pink Lady" bag for Gwen's birthday.

Somewhere Over the Rainbow

" We're off to see the Wizard." ~ Luke sent this picture to me - after I was looking for a version of "Somewhere Over the Rainbow." When the kids were young we used to watch "The Wizard of Oz" quite regularly, but I haven't watched it in sometime. It is a cold and rainy day - so I think after I get back from the fabric store and settle in to sew - I will put it on. Things are much different than when I was young and we anticipated the one time of year when the "Wizard of Oz" aired on tv. It was a big thing - I remember being frightened by the scene where the monkeys carry Dorothy to the witches castle. I always enjoy this movie - no matter how many times I watch it - so today I am off to see the wizard.
"Toto, I have a feeling we're not in Kansas anymore." ~ Dorothy

Saturday, April 14, 2007

"Big Hat Day" Cat

We went to Big Hat Day last weekend and I found this wood cat. I think it is great - and it will perfect at Halloween. Being that it is sort of tall - I was surprised when the cats and Sadie reacted to it. They weren't quite sure what to make of this beast in their house. Sadie had to bark a few times to make sure it was harmless and the cats had to take the long way around it for awhile.
"I love cats because I enjoy my home; and little by little, they become its visible soul." - Jean Cocteau

"Hippy" Bag

It has taken longer than I expected to get this little bag done. I started it the last day of my vacation and didn't get back to it until later in the week. I finally finished it last night. I used this old fabric because this was sort of a practice bag - I think it turned out great. I don't remember why I bought this tye-dyed fabric in the first place. I have had it for years - the kids made pillow cases out of it once and it has come in handy with some last minute hippy costumes for Halloween. When trying to decide what to sew on the bag I remembered the beaded buttons I had cut off a sweater that I had years ago and the heart on the ring is an old earring. I guess there are some positive things about keeping everything - because they were exactly what I needed for this bag. I really wasn't trying to make a little hippy bag - but I love the way it turned out.
"Feelin' groovy" ~ Simon and Garfunkel

Saturday, April 7, 2007

Corks & Quilts

The finished cork board that I made - it took a couple of days for the glue to completely dry. I have to figure out where I am going to hang and get some cute push pins for it.
I started to fix an old quilt of Richards. It is really in bad shape and the fabric is so thin. I would almost say it isn't worth fixing, but his grandmother made it for him. I may have to make it a little smaller because some of the pieces are so torn.

This used to be the batting. It has been washed so many times over the years that there was not much left. I am going to fix what I can - get some new batting and I will have to get new fabric for the back. I really like the colors in it - I think Richard will really be happily surprised if I get it back in good shape.
"A quilt will warm your body and comfort your soul."

Friday, April 6, 2007

Be Happy

as you grow up, you learn that even the
one person that wasn’t ever supposed
to let you down probably will. you will have
your heart broken probably more than once.
and it’s harder every time. you will break hearts too,
so remember what it felt like when yours was broken.
You’ll fight with your best friend, you'll blame a new love for things an old one did,
you’ll cry because time is passing way too fast,
and you’ll eventually lose someone you love.
so, take toooo many pictures, laugh too much, and love like you’ve never been hurt -because every 60 seconds you spend upsetis another minute of happiness that you'll never get back.

Monday, April 2, 2007


I decided to do something with all of the corks that I've dropped into a jar over the years. I had seen a bulletin board made with corks and thought it would be fun to make one. I think another frame would have looked better, but I just used an old frame that I had. The idea was to make something out of what I had. I thought about cutting the corks in half - so they would lay flat, but decided that I liked the way they looked without cutting them - and that just seemed like way too much work to cut eighty corks in half.
I have one cork from a "Vampire" wine that I bought one year for Halloween and I stuck in one black cork - the wine was called "Little Black Dress" and has a hanger on it. The wine was terrible, but it is a cute cork. So I just need to let the glue dry and find a place to hang it. I will have to look for some neat push pins to use on it.

"Who took the cork out of my lunch?" ~ W.C. Fields

Sunday, April 1, 2007

Polka Dots

I love buying coffee cups - and I love polka dots - so I could not walk past this one at Starbucks yesterday. My personality being what it is - the coffee cup makes a difference. If you are going to drink anything - be it coffee, soda, or a glass of wine - it may as well be in a great cup or glass. So this is my newest coffee cup. I will enjoy every cup of coffee I drink out of it. The aroma, the taste, and cup - all make for a great cup of coffee.
"No coffee can be good in the mouth that does not first send a sweet offering of odor to the nostrils." ~ Henry Ward Beecher


Richard cut out some more baseball bracelets. I have so many people notice this bracelet when I wear it. I think I need him to make about twenty of them - so I can give them to everyone who wants one.
I had the strangest day yesterday - I just felt off all day. I am not sure what it was. At the end of the day I noticed I had not put earrings in - so I will blame it on that. I'm sure it was hormonal - but the earring thing sounds a little more whacky and I like it better.
"The other sports are just sports. Baseball is a love." ~ Bryant Gumbel