Sunday, October 30, 2011

Just an idea...

I had such grand plans for this blog and well lets just leave it at epic fail shall we?

I love all the videopodcasts that have been popping up all over the place. I've been thinking about doing more of a video blog / videocast for a while now. (I'm naive to think that it would be less work.) I figured that since I grew up Army, was Army and married Army I would do an Army/military theme.

Since I already have the computer and webcam I could technically start anytime but I'm much more inclined to do some research and ask other podcasters questions before diving into the deep end of the podcasting pool. Will keep ya' updated. (Eventually.)

So Freakin Excited!

I'm so freakin excited! (And not just becuase I'm knitting at work.) This coming week I will begoing to the Knittin' in the Mitten retreat in Grand Haven, MI. It will be going on from Nov. 2-6 at a wonderful lodge. I will be able to surround myself with people understand my knitting and crochet obsession.

I will be posting pictures from the retreat or shortly after. (Famous last words)

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Drop it like it's hot

So this is my first attempt at drop spindling. I loved doing it and isn't that all that matters at first?

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Friday, July 1, 2011

Slogging... a Year of Projects

So here it is over halfway through the year and I find myself once again with good intentions and more projects in all areas of my craftiness than I know what to do with. So from now until who however long it takes I'm doing a slog-along. Meaning I will be trudging through all my works in progress. They will be listed below by craft and then if I can really motivate myself I will include pictures.


1) Mimosa Shawl
2) Wendy Knits Mystery Shawl

3) Steggie
4) Ampersand Socks

5) Summerflies Shawl
6) Simple Knit Shrug
7) Evenstar Shawl
8) Ring of Fire Socks
9) Jay Walker Socks


1) Seeing Red

2) Moda Modern Quilt
3) Hand Embroidery Quilt
4) Applique Quilt
5) Cheater Quilt

6) Ode to the 30's Quilt
7) Red, White and Black Quilt
8) Asian Quilt

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Mammo Training

Yeah I'm now officially a Mammographer. See...

And this is me on my off time

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Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Dear Mother Nature

Dear Mother Nature:

You Suck! Snow on April 20th? Really? Again, you suck!


P.S. Need I say more?

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Etsy ate my bank account

OK maybe Etsy didn't litteraly eat my account but figuratively it took a big chunk out of it. My credit card is waiving the white flag and screaming at me thanks to enablers like Heather at Highland Handmades and Intention Yarns, Scary Mary, sby4718 and RiverStation I just couldn't resist. Pictures will follow of course as soon as the arrive in my hot little hands. Please check out their shops they have great and amazing stuff.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Book Review : How to Knit a Love Story

I just read recently a really good book and thought I would share it with everyone. It's called "How to Knit a love story" by Rachael Herron. There are two main characters. Abigail, a woman who made the healthy decision to get out of a very dangerous relationship and Cade, a ranch who inherited his now deceased aunts ranch. The aunt, Eliza Carpenter, was the wife of a sheep rancher and a famous knitwear designer and teacher in her own right. The twist is Abigail inherits Eliza's guest house and Cade is none to happy about it. The book deals with the conflict and relationship between the two main characters as well as their dreams and aspirations. I really liked the book and hope that Rachael turns this into a series. This is definitely worth a read.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Here's a recipe for anyone who wants it

I'm working this weekend and having to be into work by 7 am is made possible only by coffee and multiple alarms set. Needles to say I am not a morning person.

Growing up in the Seattle, Starbucks and their overpriced coffee became a staple for me. Since I no longer live in Seattle (moved to northern Michigan) I have since developed a recipe I love even more than my beloved Starbucks Mocha. So here it is:

Faux Mocha

1 Tbl (Tablespoon) hot cocoa mix
2 Tbl flavored creamer (use your favorite or plain)
3-6 Tbl milk
coffee (whatever you want to use at any strength you like)*

(* or you can use 2 shots espresso and just add more milk)

Mix all together in your favorite mug of your choice.

Like New Craft Room

Last weekend I decided to clean out my craft room I had dubbed my "crap room". As you can see from the pictures above it was a success. (Holy crap there's carpet in there! Who knew?) The only thing left to sort and organize is the top of my sewing table. But hey aren't we all a work in progress?

Much to the family's delight both little man, huub and the dog are able to walk in the room without fear of being buried alive. Little man's new favorite thing to do is "hide" under the sewing table and play with his toys. The dogs favorite thing to do is nap in the middle of the florr and hubby's favorite thing to do is stay out of there. So really it's a win-win situation and no longer a stress point for anyone. YEAH!

Tuesday, February 22, 2011


Congratulations to my favorite LQS (local quilt shop) Hearts
To Holly
here in Charlevoix, Michigan. They are one of the ten quilt shops across America and Canada to be featured in the Better Homes and Gardens Quilt Sampler 2011 issue. It will be available on news stands in late April or early May.

Using the new Charlevoix fabric line by Moda the shop came up with an original quilt design. For those who don't know, Hearts to Holly is a family owned quilt shop. Mike and Sue Miller own the shope and their daughters work there as well. Besides wonderful fabrics and notions they even offer a long arm service done by one of their daughters. The shop is offering kits through the shop and also through their online store. I absolutely love the fabric line.

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Happy New Year

I hope this entry finds everybody in good spirits and hope everyone had a safe and happy holiday season. I would like to start out this blog entry in typical new year style. I, like many other people, have some resolutions that I would like to make in 2011. They are as follows:

* Blog at least once a week
* Include pictures more frequently on ongoing projects
* Have a more formated style type of blog

So here it goes for my resolutions. Hope you like the changes and any input would be very helpful.

On Pins and Needles
I had planned on making a quilt for my husband to go on our bed. The design is done and planned but I wasn't able to finish the quilt top let alone the quilt in time to give it to him. The main fabric line I am using is Montana Modern and Mayfair by Benartex fabric. I plan for it to go on our queen size bed.

I am also finishing a civil war quilt for my uncle, who has no idea he's getting one. It's the Civil War Tribute Quilt done by Marcus Fabrics. I still have a long way to go.

In the Loop

I still have some knitting projects left over from Christmas. I'm knitting my mom a pair of basic socks along with a pair for my son. I'm also knitting the Speckled Shrug by Lion Brand. Still on the needles is my sons cardigan called Steggie, a dino inspired cardigan.

Book Worm

I'm reading Pope Joan by Donna Woolfolk Cross, it's a novel based on the rumor of a woman being pope in the 9th century. It's a very good read and is written mostly from Joan's point of view. I'm am about half way through and would recommend this as a good book to read.

Music to My Ears

I have been listening to several podcasts lately, mostly Spin Control by Shilo aka A Joyful Girl and the Quilted Cupcake by G. Spin Control tells a lot about not only spinning but knitting, crochet, some sewing as well. Quilted Cupcake is mostly about quilting but also a tad of knitting, crocheting and cooking. I recommend both as a good listen

That's all for now and pictures are coming as soon as there's decent progress made.