Monday, December 31, 2007
Well Christmas came and went with a Bang. Now it’s time for the tare down and closet purg! Yep made my chit-lins go thru cloths and shoes to make room to put in the new, three very large black trash bags later, I feel better. I even got rid of a few of my out dated things. I REALLY need to go thru my lockers and down size… ho hum, guess I’ll think about that later. At least you can see the bottom of our closets… for now…
So I’ve been thinking about making the inevitable New Year Resolutions list, what do I want to promise and break to myself this year?... Always can stand to lose a few pounds, guess I won’t resolution that one ‘cuz it never seems to work. Guess I need to learn to speak up and out more and stop being such a push over. Hum… How do I do that?? Any Ideas?
Let’s see, maybe I should go back to school and get a little more edu-macation to try and make more money so I can move out of ma and pa’s. Hum that sounds good. School starts in the fall, maybe spring, guess I need to look into that more. Teen chic #2 maybe leaving the nest to conquer college, guess I could show the other two teens mom can do it too. Hum! So that’s two, guess I still have some thinking to do if I have to come up with a list. Maybe I should add, “maybe I will try harder to not be such a procrastinator”. Guess I’ll think about that later too… Hee hee!
Well ya all, I will add “I will take more pics of crafty things I make” to my list and wish all a very Great New Yearll! Have a good one! Know when to let someone else take the wheel and Chill!! :0)
Bustin’ at the Seams!
Monday, December 17, 2007
Friday, December 7, 2007
Well it is the last weekend for Holidays at the Homestead! ;0( I will miss it! BUT, I am planning on doing TWO shows next year. This is a huge commitment on my part considering how thin my time is spread, so believe it or not I am already starting my projects for next year. Last night I traced lots of snowmen, penguins and Crows! I will be a stitching fool!!
Our Mountains are getting LOT'S of snow, we are still dry here in the city. They threaten some snow tomorrow. You never know with Colorado, I have always said that Mother Nature here is always on PMS, ya never know what she is gonna do!
Well my Crafty gal pals, Santa is checking his list's twice, reindeer are in training and hopefully eating less fiber! Check your chimney's to make sure they are clear and safe for the Big Guy's late night arrival!
Have a Good one!
Monday, December 3, 2007
Thursday, November 29, 2007
Monday, November 26, 2007
Yup!! I mailed out my Swaps Monday! My "Swap" Gal pals, you should be seeing the Fed Ex dude pulling up in about three or so days! "Doink!!" (I forgot to take a pic of the stocking I made!) Hey Midlife Momma, would ya could ya please take a pic for me!?
Here are a few things I have been working on! These little "Believe" snow dudes, were fun and quick to create, I made about 12 ornaments and 4 hang-a-bouts to put in the Homestead, and all but three of the ornaments have sold. Just when I think I'm almost done creating, I am sucked back in... I love to craft & create! I do! I wish that was all I could do... My mind is constantly buzzing with ideas, and my hands never seem to rest. Guess I shouldn't complain, people are buying, I am making moola and I'm enjoying every second of it. Two more weekends and no more Homestead 'till next season.:0(
Here are a few more things I have been stitching, I try to do three at a time. (my magic #) I will stain and frame before Saturday. See I told you my hands wont sit still.
Well my Crafty Gal Pals! We got Snow this morning, so drive safe! Shop for good sales! Sip some hot coco, close your eyes and breath in!
Friday, November 23, 2007
I lied, I lied, I lied! I did not have inter…… (Wrong person wrong lie!) (snicker, snicker!) Yes I lied to ya all! I have temporally lost my ever loven’ freaken mind! I subjected myself to the infamous BLACK FRIDAY!! (dun dun dun) (attempt at dark scary music)
I received an SOS from Santa and elves, after many hours of contemplating and scrutinizing, I was told from a good source that Teen chic #2 was in-fact on the nice list, and indeed deserved the said PSP game thingy. That being said, just for the heck of it I took a peek at all the BLACK FRIDAY (dun dun dun) adds. And the elves pointed out that Tar*get had a special. (CRAP!) Those dadgum puppy dog eyes and the million, Please, Please Please MOM! Mommy, PLEEEEEEEAAAASE! I’ll clean my room, I’ll clean the whole house, I’ll clean up dog poo for the rest of my life! PLEEEASE MOMMY!!!! I’ll never call my wonderful brother another bad name ever, Ever again! PLEEEEEASE!!! So after she cleaned the bathroom with her toothbrush…. (just kidding,… maybe later! I do feel a little power thou!) After a long mournful contemplation and finally peeling Teen chic #2 from out of my bee-hind, I said, “I guess. Say What?!
SO at 5:00 am, the alarm beeps me awake, one eyeball opened and brain still foggy from the overdose of pumpkin pie and cool whip, I crawl out of bed bumped in the dark to the shower trying to convince myself that I am doing this out of love! I think what really kept me going was that Star*bucks will be open and on my priority list of things to do. "Do they provide or sell coffee in IV form or Super Size them?!"
We pull into the dark parking lot, for a brief moment I thought, “Nobody in their right mind will be out at this insane freezing hour….” I was wrong, the line was all around the back of the building, my survival instincts kicked in, “get out! Get out! Get in line NOW before those people! RUN! RUN!! RUN!” We were there at 5:55 AM! And the line wrapped around the flippin’ building!! So we stood there proud of ourselves that we beat a few dozen people to get in the BACK of the line, did I mention it was FREEZING! So we stood there shivering, rubbing our hands together and marching in palce puffing smoke out our mouths and noses. I was planning a reconnaissance with Teen chic #2. Finally the line begins to move, as we make our way around the building I spy people who are standing at the front of the building, and me daring and whispering under my breath, “don’t EVEN think about cutting in line, I’ll get my karate on!” Wasn’t I giving Thanks the day before?? So I relay to teen chic #2 what she needs to do, and be sure to dodge and weave in and out, cuz I’m a chubby chic and I would slow us up, we checked our cell phones synchronized our watches and shoved our way into the packed entry way. GO! GO! GO! She took off, I thought I would get a cart, may as well make it worth my while… BAD idea, TOO many poeople! So I left the cart wiggled and squeezed my way to the insanely crowded electronic section, people yelling for cameras, some guitar game and those huge plasma TV’s. I squeeze my way to the PSP section; the one we want is GONE! I quickly grab my cell, punch her number, “Did ya get it?!” I yell in the phone. YES!! She screeches, “I’m in line!” I maneuver my way thru the line of sardines; I find Teen chic with a huge GRIN on her face we high five each other! Look MOM!! Cool I say! Did you get a game? Her grin drops! Run Girl! Run like the wind! I’ll stay in line…
After all is said and done, we got the PSP thingy with a game a few other items and we made it home by 7:00 a.m. I am now at work, and YES I am really on my second cup of Star*bucks. (Boss lady brought one in for us!) My scalp is tingly, eyes feel heavy, have a little heart burn from too much coffee, but I am pleased with myself, And Teen chic is happy….. for now!
Well all my crafty Gal pals! I hope to find ya all warm and cozy in your beds! Forgive me lying to you! I really had NOT planned on subjecting myself into the commercialized retail psycho world of shopping! Have a good one!!
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
Brightest Blessings! Have a good one!
Thursday, November 15, 2007
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
I made some progress over the weekend finished most on Monday. I am on the down hill slide on the Stocking Swap. I’ll have everything done and ready to send right after Thanks Giving. Made good headway on the Snowman Ornament for the Swap and it too will be out right after Thanks giving. I even finished up some stitching’s for The Homestead. Whew! I EVEN went to Boulder, CU with Teen chic #2 on Saturday, she is apart of a Pre-Collegiate Partnership program, we attend some seminars for college scholar ships and where to find financial assistance along with a few other classes, it’s very informative considering Teen chic #1 will be graduating this year. Then after the long morning we sneaked to our favorite sub shop Jimmy John’s, did a little window shopping, (College Towns are very expensive!) Then headed back home. Had lots to do! I even squeezed in coloring my hair. The gray was peeking out… I feel pretty productive!
Had a Good day at the Homestead on Sunday, lot’s of ladies getting ready for the holidays, even a few men came in getting things for the wife. Always fun talking to these guys, them being out of their comfort zone and all. I make sure to offer plenty of samples of the jalapeño jelly and cream cheese dip, and other dipping samplings and they fit in fine. I have a few orders I need to get done, I have snow ball head pillows for an inside snowball fight, that this lady must have 6 sets of. Say What?! SO I need to stretch my fingers crack my knuckles, roll my neck and get to work….
Till next time my Crafty Gal Pals! Inventory your Christmas lights, check the pantry for chocolate chips, take a moment to relax and have a good one!
Thursday, November 8, 2007
Veterans Day is Monday. Don’t forget about our boys over Seas fighting for what freedom we think we still may have. (sorry that sounded bitter!) It’s just so sad to see such youguns’ coming in with their little babies, or just married and they are not even 21 yet and they are sent over there for 11 months or more to fight a senseless war... Let me say Thank You! Thank you for your Sacrifice, and Thank you for your honor. And thank you to all those who have fought before this and live to share, and may those who lost their lives, may they rest in peace. (Okay I’m shoving my soap box back under my bed, told you sometimes that thing klunks behind me…)
Oh Yea, AND Thank you for giving us a 4 day week next week. AMEN
SOOO now we are thinking about Turkey day coming up, and then the count down is on us. Ornament Swap, Stocking Swap, I am soooo excited about them! My first time EVER involving myself with a blog land swap!! (Let me give my new Craften Gal Pal Midlife Mom a Shout out! HEEEAAAYY!)
(Oops my soap box just slid under my feet, so bare with me.)And then before you know it Christmas and ALL of its commercialism is right up on us. I love Christmas, don’t get me wrong, I love to create and share in the season with the best of them. It’s all the hype of that next new fastest thingy ma bobber or spend this much with no interest till next year... I remember when giving someone something YOU made was a big deal, something you painstakingly put together for this one person and they would graciously say “Oh that’s nice,” and then toss it aside. SAY WHAT!?! That’s why I love checking these blogs, I see folks who make and create and share. I appreciate you, all of you and your gifted minds too. Thank you!
OOOH and one more thing before I go and find my happy pill, Be careful when you buy toys now days, make sure the lead o meter is checked. Can you believe this? I think about ALL the toys I played with as child or the toys I let my kids play with. The last thing on my mind was the lead content. I just wanted them to stop bugging me, and now I may have actually poisoned my children for lack of patience… Sheesh!
I have always had a splinter in my side as a crafter when I would see all this nock off country crafty looking stuff that has that little sticker on the back side that says “made in CHINA”. I will now stamp my items PROUDLY with “Made in America”!
Till next time my Craften Gal Pals! Fly your flags proudly eat a little extra and say a prayer for those boys to come home safe!
Sunday, November 4, 2007
Howdy all! Thought I would post a few pics of the Homestead.
Here is a pic of teen boy, he was helping mom bag everyone’s treasures.. He is a good helper! Those are some long days in that small house. Sunday was unseasonably HOT.
We had really good traffic and we still have 5 more weeks to go! There are over 40 vendors, and we all seem to be doing pretty well. I have done fantastic I must say. I now have to get my busy little fingers nimble and get back on that stitching frenzy… Whew! Those have been my big buys, and my Santa dolls, ALL gone. Ornaments are flying as well. I even put together some seasonal pins and earrings, POW going, going almost gone. I’m getting dizzy (dizzier from the peanut gallery thank you very much! :0) So bare with me if it seems I’m missing from space, I’m also getting ready for my exciting stocking swap and snowman ornament swap! My mind is a buzzen….
This is the cozy kitchen, lot's of goodies! The Sweet Pickles and jalapeno jelly YUM!
The front of the Gully House! I already sold my sled.
The living room, isn't the furniture great! The lady who sells it has fabulous taste!
The piano is original to the house. In other words, it is too massive to move, so it will be decorated!
This Tiny room was the bedroom, now it is the everyday room, with purses and nic-nacks and jewelry.
Till next post all you creative chics, don’t forget to breath, eat and bathe! Happy Crafting to all and to all a good Successful Season!!
I have showed in an earlier post of an unfinished stitching of the "Don't look back" stitching, the colored one I made for myself when I first got back to CO for healing purposes. (I may touch on that at a later date when the voices in my head stop yelling!) And the unfinished one is for middle Teen chic. I know it’s not a PSP… I’m still negotiating with Santa and his Elves over that. You know the whole naughty & nice thing; I guess it’s in some concreted contract that if you’re naughty you get coal, in her case a chalked framed piece of art made with luv, sweat and blood (from poking myself umpteen times) from mom. She may still have a chance for the PSP if she STOPS tormenting her brother and the little dog too!!
(luv you sweet bee if you R reading this ;0)
Okay any way, I got this from a coloring page off of MaryEngelbreit.com, I don’t plan on selling them, and technically I am coloring it SO I’m not infringing on anybody’s toes. (I hope)
After all the stitching, I tea die in heavy instant coffee. (I know doesn’t make since where’s the tea.) I like to use LOTS of cheep generic instant coffee and let it soak for an hour or two and then set out in sun to dry. Works best in the summer. So if there is no sun I resort to the oven at 200 degree heat and keep checking for that just right tint. Then I pull out my artists chalk and make a huge dusty mess. I am contemplating using a new technique that keeps buzzing around in my head. Before I tell, I think I’m gonna try it first just incase the voices in my head are wrong…
Moon chic has been known to describe my stitching technique and my crocheting habit as if I am all tight and puckered up. What can I say?... I’m working on it. As for the stitching, I think it works :<) (luv U moon chic)
Till next time my crafty gal pals, take a moment for yourself, and yes if you have to eat a snickers in the closet, it does mean you have issues, and yes even if you eat it upside down it will still find your back side!!
Have a good 1!
Friday, November 2, 2007
Can you believe it? Time sure is flying by! Before you know it, we’ll all be sitting around the boob tube after fattenen’ up after Turkey Day dinner, pondering what the heck are we going to eat for Christmas Dinner, who’s house we goen’ to and what the next HOT buy is.
Last year I picked the teens up their I-pods, (I’m still broke by the way…) and this year those darn things are out dated! Oh well!! The middle teen wants a PSP, she is my IT chic, she has hooked her brother up with his PSP, which HE bought himself. Heck Yes! (What do I look like an ATM?) He saved his B-day $, and traded in the Game Cube with games, all I had to help with was $20. So now let the games begin, and I don’t mean the game it self, I mean the fights are on. Middle teen fights with boy teen about play time. So I guess I need to send a letter to Santa and Beg for a RAISE and make sure he doesn’t have his reading glasses on when he checks his list twice for who has been naughty or nice. I’m just saying calling your brother a butthead upon other derogatory names will not earn points with the Big guy…
Okay let’s talk about the “Holidays at the Homestead”. Even though opening night was Halloween, we still had a pretty good turn out. Usually the ladies’ who stock and shop are scoping out the antiques, so I didn’t have much hope for my hand-made’s. BUT I did pretty well. I start working this Sat and Sun for the next 6 weeks. I really am looking forward to it!! I will be sure to take pic’s and post.
Till next time Chic’s, stay safe shop for bargains and eat plenty of fiber. That way when you talk to someone, they’ll know you’re not full of crap… I know, I know that was bad. :0)
Have a good 1!!
Wednesday, October 31, 2007
Party like a Rock Star!!
Best Witches!! Debe
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
Well my crafty Gals, till next time keep your brushes clean your cameras ready for pics, for your next blogging adventure!
Saturday, October 27, 2007
This is teen chic #2, this was last Sunday, our first snow. Gone by the middle of the week.
Skeeter thought we had lost our ever lovin' minds when we took her out that morning. She is the sun Goddess, She was not happy to go out and take care of bizness!
Well I delivered my goods to the farm. I was able to do a quick run thru the house to see all the furniture another vendor dropped off, some REALLY cool things. Can’t wait to get in there and snoop!!
Here are some pics I took before drop off. The sled was picked up in PA almost 6 years ago while stationed there, along with the white ice skates, I freshened it some, they had been in storage for the past three years being neglected, so I hope they find a good home with a cool front porch.
Here is O’Bessie full to the gills, you can see my rusty milk can I picked up in Washington many, many moons ago, along with the white wash tub and white/blue rimmed bucket. I know I can hear it now, why on earth are you getting rid of those? Well, they have lived in storage for the past three years taking up allot of space, and well I don’t think I will be moving out any time soon, so I hope they will find a home to be displayed and appreciated…I will miss them… I have drug a ton of stuff all over while in the military with my X, and now that I am somewhat settled with extreme limited space it is time to purge some items that will be better off somewhere else...
Some day when I have the guts I will share my storage pics and a little of the story behind them…. As the infamous Scarlet O’Hara once said, “After all, tomorrow is another day” (Heavy sigh)
Okay, so this morning, my mother wakes me up early to see if I want to go do some shopping... Heck yes! I was born to shop:0)
So we go this little thrift shop she found, so we go in and I zero in on a few crocks well more like three crocks later, I look under a table and what do my peepers find...
Heck YES!! I find a Longaberger Basket..Yea Me!! Girl let me tell you how slick I thought I was.
So the basket was full of all kinds of stuff well crap mostly, so I drag it to the counter hopping I don't look conspicuouse and I ask the lady if the basket was for sell, she said "yea, do you want the stuff in it too?"
naaa, how much would it be without it all...?? $1.00... Say What?!
I thought I would faint, but I didn't want her to see my reaction and raise the price, so like I was doing her a favor, "Okay, I'll take it... She bags it and the crocks, all for the amazing price of $9.65.
I rushed to O'Bessie did a quick inspection, did a little wiggle and shake and squealed Yea Meeeee! Only my mother saw I'm sure...
Here Skeeter bug is finally happy to be out side in 73 degree weather, with a treat that grandma saved for just her.
Well my crafty gal pals! till next time, keep your glue guns ready and loaded, your glitter close by and a good book at your bed side!!
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
The clock is a tic-tocking away…. I have been a very busy little bee! I have everything tagged and in the car ready to take to the Farm for display. I will take a pic of my overloaded vehicle. Poor Bessie! If it isn’t the kids keeping her dirty and messed up it’s me over loading her…
Next Wednesday Oct 31 is the day!! I will then officially have 3 jobs for six weeks. My full time Monday thru Friday 40 hour week job that pays the bills and gives us insurance yuck! The part-time job that gets me off my behind for two hours a night Monday thru Friday cleaning a preschool. Then my 6 week every Saturday and Sunday 7 hours a day to chit chat and gab with the gals about primitives, crafting and other craft shows. I’m busy bee! I don't think I would have it any other way thou... Maybe a rich half blind dude could come into my life and make it a little easier.... NAAAAAAA! I'm good!
And last, even though I live smack dab in the city, I have a little farmer at home. True nuff, every time she leaves a deposit on the lawn she makes sure to power rake when she’s done!
Till next time! Keep those busy hands a craften , sip a cup of tea with a friend and don’t forget to breath. The Craft shows are about to Open up in most city’s, hope ya all find some treasures
Friday, October 19, 2007
No matter where I have wondered in this great big o' world I have always drug a stitching hoop and or a crochet needle with me, along with a ball of colored string and or a ball of yarn. Here are a few things that are never too far out of reach…
Love, Love, love my Light Tracer! Fabulous little gadget. Makes transferring multiple projects that much quicker. Two thumbs up.
My new nifty crafters Iron. Love this little gadget, Has many purposes. And my little fold up go any where except airplane rides to Hawaii, scissors. Love those little guys, I have about three pairs, they are sharp and very mobile. Why do you have three you ask?? Just in case I miss place one I always have a back up. :0)
My punch needle hoop, which I use for stitching. It has a much tighter grip.
I have a confession I’m afraid of punch needleling (not sure that is even a word?...) I tried it on a whim one day with no real directions and well lets just say it wasn’t pretty. Words were said, string was pulled fabric was ripped, so all my punch needle supplies sits in a drawer in time out… I plan to conquer at a later date, maybe after I have finally conquered those dadgum granny squares… (heavy sigh) They still are turning into circles…
Another item that I love, and have many of is my Water Erasable Blue tracer marker. Who ever invented these little babies I could kiss.
Then there is the umpteen yards of muslin, multi purpose and functional and inexpensive, if I say so myself.
And as you can see I be a stitchen fool. The cat/ Halloween candy stitching is taken from my Moon sis at Nocturnal Knit Witch’s tattoo. I had one already stitched and when I was in getting MY tattoo, we showed Billy, he examined it and
said, "Huh! looks like hard work." Say What?!
I think Tattooing someone’s skin permanently is a lot of hard work, I mess up I grumble and pull out string, he messes up, “OOPs my bad”, and you are stuck with a droopy something on your tucus FOREVER…
Billy does FABULOUS work by the way…
And last but not least my “Don’t look back” sampler from a coloring book page. I have one done for myself. This will be for my Teen chic #2. I’ll go into tea dying at a later date. I have already written a novel. Whew!! Wouldn’t want your eye balls to get all googly! Ta Ta for now all my crafty blogger's!!
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
So in this pic you can see the many stitching's I have done, and there is Santa sitting behind the Hawaiian Leigh's my boss gave me before I left for Hawaii. I work for the Military so can you tell I hold a little patriotic heart??
The Teddy pic I had stitched from a stamp copy, then my secret of soft color is using artist chalks. I'm in the process of stitching a really cool tattoo my moon sis had done, I will show the three steps I do to make it pop.
In the next pic's you can see my babies kinda, and yes Matt Mc-Hottie! and you see my candy; I'm trying to be good about that, it's just that sometimes when talking to folks it's best I put something IN my mouth if no one can put their hand OVER my mouth.
Momma always says,"if ya ain't got nothin' nice to say, don't say nothin' at all".
In this you can kinda see my three babies a little better, I have a senior this year and we are researching colleges. She is such a brainiac.
All three kids are incredibly smart, all those cells must have laid dormant in me and I kindly passed them to my chitlins....
Any who, I went to the locker today and left the dad gum camera in the car, I only have an hour lunch, so I priced a few things and found my Halloween box and decided to bring some of those goodies to my cubical.
Give me a break, I live in limited space, so I can only decorate in limited space ;0(... Wait till I show pics of my lockers (heavy sigh...)
Okay back to this pic, see mister skully head, he was a bad boy and was boiled in the cauldron. hee hee hee!!! (my attempt at a witches laugh via computer...)
Well here's wishing ya all good un! Till next blog stop....