Friday, November 30, 2007

Surprise to me!

Isn't it happy?

When I mentioned going back to work part time,
did I mention that Auntie B. works in the same department?
As I stepped into my office last Monday afternoon this happiness was hanging!
Isn't it fun? I love the brights!
Aren't I spoiled?
It is another Buggy Barn pattern!
Happy Hobbies!

Christmas Swap!

Ho Ho Ho!!

Just a sneak peak!
My Secret Santa Gift is on its way!
Check out this swap here.
Happy Hobbies!

Friday, November 23, 2007

Bridal Shower Gifties

Auntie Z is hosting a bridal shower luncheon for her soon to be daughter-in-law tomorrow.
Oh what fun! I offered to make some jewelry for the giftie give-aways!

It's been ages since I was into my bead box and I decided to make some earrings.
I made three pairs of earrings but wasn't sure how to package them.
Here are the earrings...

I put the earrings on little cards I made from scrapbook paper. I sewed two pieces together and then sewed little envelopes with the coordinating paper. I added buttons and embroidery floss to make the closures.

Funny...Most often I can't just complete something without major plans or patterns. HobbyHubby even called to see if I was getting all worked up about the jewelry. (He knows me so well!) I tend to fret about jewelry construction; maybe obsess would more properly describe my state of mind. Not today!! I'm just as happy and fret free as can be! Maybe it had something to do with the turkey I ate yesterday! HA!

Happy Hobbies!

Wednesday, November 21, 2007


Cooking up...

I started cooking about 3:00 this afternoon with a triple batch of sweet potato casserole. You know... the casserole that starts with baked sweet potatoes, add eggs, milk, sugar and then top with and excessive amount of brown sugar and that by the time you're done it is very dessert-like. I moved on to a triple batch of Giada DeLaurentiis's cornbread muffins...Oh so yummy... What could be better than jiffy mix combined with eggs, sour cream, buttermilk, corn & garlic? Finally, I made a triple batch of Pumpkin Whoopee Cookies....Triple batches you ask? Well, we're headed to a Thanksgiving feast at my grandfather's where there will be around 40 people...Let the games begin!

Giving thanks...

for HobbyHubby & the little people

my parents, especially my mom who's been sick for over 2 years

extended family

old friends

new friends

best friends


each day

As usual Crazy Mom Quilts inspires. I joined her quilt-a-long and this is my block for week one. I'm just a week behind and hope to get caught up over the weekend. I'm using a fat quarter set my mom got me for Christmas 2 years ago. I'm making 2 of each block and I plan to hang one quilt in my office at work and possibly gift the other one. We'll see...

Last night I also worked on my secret Santa swap offered by Chookyblue. Not much left to do before popping it into the mail....

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Hobbies!

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Yarn Shopping!

HobbyHubby and the little people accompanied me to the yarn shop last Saturday!
Ooo la la!
As I knit more and read more about yarn and just visit the shop more....
I get to learn about all the different yarns.
If I haven't mentioned it before, I'll mention it now.
I think I'm turning into a yarn snob!
I love wool. I love yarn shop wool.
Much happier than craft store wool.
Happy for knitting, happy for felting, happy, happy wool!
Just this girl's opinion!
A view into the goody bag!
Yarn for Auntie Z's felted bag for Christmas.
3 Skeins of Cascade and 1 skein of variegated Noro.
We'll see if she gets the bag or just a box of yarn for Christmas!
(Time is moving fast this fall and projects are moving slow!)
4 skeins of really HAPPY Noro.
I'm planning happy hat, happy scarf,
&happy fingerless mitts
for Moi!

HobbyHubby picked out this for another hat!

More Noro! Loving it!

Happy Hobbies!

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Another week...I haven't posted!

My friend Alison informed me last night that the Spicy Thai Chicken recipe was still up. Yikes.

I have been doing things... Seriously... I just haven't gotten them onto the blog.
Oh, and I have that new excuse, "I am a working mom now!"
Hee hee Hee!!!

Let me see. I've been faithfully working on Auntie B's Christmas gift.
Just the straps left to knit and then the felting fun begins!

Next, I've been helping Alison with her first ever quilt! Hurray Alison!
She chose a Buggy Barn pattern and it is looking great! See...

She was hiding. The snot!

Alison's been helping me with the creation of Christmas cards. Here is the work in progress.
I'll show you a finished one later... And you know the cards will have a fabric component!

I'm really digging the card making. I pretty much HATE having to come up with the ideas (that's Alison's new job! HA!), but I LOVE LOVE LOVE the actual card construction! I'm a pattern girl I guess!

I had to give Little Mr. I'm 5's teddy some TLC repair.

I added 3 more patches.
At the rate Teddy is disintegrating he's going to be completely patchwork by next year!

Teddy's little behind needed 2 patches.

Happy Hobbies!

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Spicy Thai Chicken

per Crazy Mom Quilts's request...

This is a favorite among the grown-ups at our house! I'm such a Rachael Ray fan. You know, the Thirty Minute Meals gal? I love just about every thirty minute meal recipe I've tried even though it typically takes me 60 minutes the first time or two I make something.

Check out the recipe for Spicy Thai Chicken and enjoy!
Send me a link to your favorite recipes! We love anything with chicken or turkey.
Happy Hobbies!

Monday, November 5, 2007

Some things about the last week...

I didn't post!
I started a part-time job.
I didn't post!
I've eaten an extreme amount of chocolate... I wonder why?
I didn't post!
HobbyHubby and I had fun taking the little people trick-or-treating.
I didn't post!
I started Christmas shopping.
I didn't post!
I sewed for 6 hours.
I didn't post!
I knitted about 7 hours.
I didn't post!
I made spicy Thai chicken... YUM-O!
I didn't post!
I've read every single night.
I didn't post!
Happy Hobbies!