Sunday, December 16, 2007

The Material Girl's 12 Days of Christmas...

On the first day of Christmas,
My true love gave to me...a Porsche parked beside my front door.

On the second day of Christmas,
My true love gave to me...two Gucci bags...

On the third day of Christmas,
My true love gave to me...three weeks in Europe...

On the forth day of Christmas,
My true love gave to me...four Visa Gold Cards...

On the fifth day of Christmas,
My true love gave to me...five gold mines...

On the sixth day of Christmas,
My true love gave to me...six shining mansions...

On the seventh day of Christmas,
My true love gave to me...seven liveried servants...

On the eighth day of Christmas,
My true love gave to me...eight maids for downstairs...

On the ninth day of Christmas,
My true love gave to me...nine maids for upstairs

On the tenth day of Christmas,
My true love gave to me...ten full length mink coats...

On the eleventh day of Christmas,
My true love gave to me...eleven diamond bracelets...

On the twelfth day of Christmas,
My true love said to me..."Honey, I'm broke."

"Give back the bracelets and the full length mink coats,
Fire all the servants, foreclose on the mansions, and the gold mines.

Four Visa Gold Cards won't pay for Europe,
Or the Gucci bags..."

But if he thinks that car is going anywhere, he's got another think coming,
'Cause the Porsche stays beside my front door!

Friday, December 14, 2007

Thank you, Scarlett...

...for another great swap!
My Secret Santa is Scarlett, who was my last swap partner. She sent me so many wonderful goodies...
BTW...That yarn is to die for...

I am so blessed by my new friends at Harry Potter Crafts at Yahoo!Groups. I never knew I could have so many friends that I have never met. Their encouragement and idea sharing has been a source of almost daily joy!

I have enough project ideas to last me till the next millenium!

I always thought those who looked for friends online were desperate, lonely people, but I think I have misjudged. The internet is a tool for expanding one's friendships. There is a vast pool of people out there that we may not ever have the chance to meet, but through the miracle of online communications, we can stretch out to places we will never go, and "meet" people we will never see. Shared interests can bring together a world of friends that can be found in no other way.

So, this Christmas season, I have a whole new world of friends, and I wish you all a very Happy Christmas, and may you be blessed as I have been.




Sunday, December 9, 2007

Secret Santa Revealed...

I can now show you all what I sent to Linda, aka woozelmom. I must admit I did not want to send all those goodies. I wanted to keep them for myself. Now I have said it and you know of my selfishness...
Well, anyway... I sent:
3 boxes of ornaments from Doodad and Frippery, Diagon Alley

2 boxes of candy- Droobles Best blowing gum--

and Weasley's Wizard Wheezes Skiving Snack Selection--

1 candy jar from Honeydukes Sweetshop--,

filled with Sherbet Lemon drops, candy canes, pop rocks (a quaint muggle candy) and Gummy Frogs.

The ornaments were:
--Mini Weasley sweaters-- in red, green, blue, purple, and one Chudley Cannons in vivid orange.

-- Mini socks-Harry's dirty sock complete with mini Tom Riddle Diary (including fang holes and ink stains)

--The two socks Dobby gave Harry for Christmas-- one red with broomsticks, and one green with snitches

--The other sock Dobby wore with Harry's sock that was orange and pink striped
--and a stack of mini hats like those Dobby wore when returning Hedwig to Harry from Madame Grubbly-Plank, complete with knitted Hedwig on top.
--I also made 6 snitch ornaments.

All of this was packed in a box I got from WaldenBooks when I got my copy of Half-Blood Prince.
And I am so glad that Linda liked all my stuff, and it made her day brighter.

Now I have to go out and wait for my gifts... (sigh)

Friday, November 30, 2007

Santa secrets...


It is almost December and we are all focusing on Christmas...

I am focusing on my secret Santa swap on Yahoo! Harry Potter crafts group. I can't tell who is getting the loot, but I can say I think he/she is a lucky witch/wizard. There are sxxxxx and oxxxxxxxx and a cxxxx xxx full of cxxxxx (can't tell what yet either...don't want to spoil the surprise!). I had lots of fun painting, printing and knitting, and am about to go to the post office to send the lucky recipient their gifts. So the household in XX will be receiving this goody box soon...

No, I can't show you anything else yet...

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Thankfulness...

I see its been almost a month since I posted...hmmm...well...yeah. But today I want to talk about thankfulness.
I work in an adult mental health unit, and as such, I get to listen in on some of the group sessions. I have said that I get free counseling as a perk of my job. I have used some of the advice I have heard given to patients, and I am thankful that I can. There is not one of us who can't use a bit of free advice now and then.
Today, in one of the groups the patients were to write down what they are thankful for in themselves, and to thank themselves. I had never thought that way. I have always been thankful to the source of things outside myself, but never thought to thank myself for what I have done for myself. So, here goes...

Thanks for your creativity...it has been a source of great enjoyment.
Thanks for your caring spirit... it makes me feel needed and appreciated.
Thanks for your faith...it has sustained me through some hard times.
Thanks for your cheerfulness...even when I am not really cheerful, I act it and it has made others see that I care.
Thanks for your singing...it has cheered others who needed a bit of song, and has helped me share my faith.
Thanks for believing in me...even when no one but God did.

Most of all, though, I am thankful to the giver of all good things, my Lord and Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ. Without him, I would not be creative, caring, faithful, cheerful, singing or believing. All I have is a gift from Him, and without Him I am truly nothing. Thank you, Lord.

To all of my family and friends, I wish you all good things, and I am thankful to have you all. I am a lucky woman.
Happy Thanksgiving.

Friday, October 26, 2007

Organization...

I wonder why my seemingly organized mind balks so at organizing my possessions. I am so haphazard at times, that I can't find that set of knitting needles, or magnet strips, or beads, that I know are there somewhere.

That old adage that "there is a place for every thing, and every thing in its place" seems to be lost on me. I know that the thing I want is in the room, but where?

Well, over the course of the past week, I have been organizing my stuff. New sets of those Sterilite drawers in all shapes and sizes have been filling my bedroom and storeroom/office. I have been sorting, and labeling, and resorting and moving stuff around, and, happily for my mother, throwing stuff out.

I have a bit of a problem throwing stuff out, and have stuff I bought eons ago, that has been gathering dust, because I might want it someday. Never mind that in all of those years I have never once wanted these items...

Well, I hope all this organizing has been the start of a new life for my stuff. I hope I can someday say, "Gee, what did I do with that beautiful wool yarn I bought?", and I will say back to myself, "Its in the drawer marked 'wool yarn'!", and I will go there and find it. Of course we won't talk about the fact that I talk to myself so much.

My yarn, by the way, fills seven of those large Sterilite drawers! I knew I had a lot, but seven drawers? Oh my! Oh my! I had no idea! (in the voice of Rabbit from Winnie the Pooh)

Well, my vacation is over, and I went back to work today. It was a day I would not care to repeat. Suffice it to say, I am glad it is over. I am on call tomorrow, and they notified me this evening even before I left work, that they needed me tomorrow morning. So onward I go.

I hope you all have had a good day, and enjoy the weekend!

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Its been too long...

I haven't posted lately, and I have no real excuse. I am on vacation and am spending it cleaning, mostly. I have been doing some major reorganizing (actually they were never really organized to start with) of my things.

I received two tear-jerker emails today. The first was from my cousin Jeannie's husband, Jerry. He told of Jeannie's passing on Sunday. She was one month short of her 61st birthday, much too young in this age of 70-80+ lifespans.

Jeannie was my 4th cousin, and I came to know her in the course of our genealogy work. She sent me a fat letter with the return address labeled"Your cousin Jeannie..." I had no idea who she was at the time, but I had emailed another cousin a few days before about an inquiry he had made at the local historical society, concerning mutual relative he was researching. He in turn contacted Jeannie, and she sent me pictures and copies of documents that I would not have been able to find without her.

My aunt Betty and I went up to her home just north of Buffalo, and she pulled out dozens and dozens of newspaper clippings and photos that her grandmother had collected over many years, concerning family and friends. It was a true treasure trove!

Jeannie was a truly delightful woman, and a very family oriented person. She and her husband looked after their parents with such devotion. Jeannie's Mom is still living at nearly 97 years old, and I am sure Jerry will take good care of her, but Jeannie won't be there.

Though I did not see Jeannie often, I will remember her with fondness.

The second email was a sappy one from my neice, Mandi. She is not one to write sentimental stuff, but at the age of (almost) 21, she has been taking stock of her life, and reached out to her friends and family to express her love. She has been through a lot in her life, and has come through it to become a young woman that I am so proud of.

By the time I was done replying to these two emails, I was a drippy ball of tears, as you can imagine.

Well, now, it is getting late, and my bed is calling me...

Saturday, October 13, 2007

Miserable...

I feel miserable. I have a head cold that is making me sleepy(medication or loss of sleep?), out of sorts, and just plain cranky. I am still getting used to the new work schedule, so my sleep is still out of sync. I do find myself waking up at about 8am on my days off, so I am getting with it physically, but I have been an evening person for so long, I am having trouble telling myself to GO TO BED!
I do some of my best work in the evening hours, and that is when I am most creative. It was a bit of a problem at work, because I was getting great crafty ideas, but was not at a place where I could follow my creatve muses.
I took to carrying a small notebook in my pocket, and would write down ideas I had. When I was sitting doing close observation on patients, my mind would race with ideas, and I would plan out craft projects, knitting patterns, shopping lists, stories, and sometimes just intricate patterns (doodles).
I am on notebook # 4, and that is just since last winter. One of them was compromised when I fell in a creek (don't ask...it was stupid...), but the others are still in pretty good shape, despite being in my pocket day after day.
I went shopping at a LYS (Local Yarn Shop for all you non-knitters) the other day, and am proud to say, I got enough yarn to satisfy my cravings, and kept the purchase under $60. I bought some Taos wool for a felted bag...pattern yet to be determined. I got some Panda Cotton in nice variegated blues and green, and some Panda Wool in a pretty teal. Both are for socks, the teal for a pattern I am designing myself, and the other for a generic sock.
I found a skein of Panda Cotton in a color called Red Cinnamon, but there was only one, and I needed two for socks. I wanted it for a pair of the Socktopia pattern called Fawkes, after the Harry Potter phoenix. I am going to see if I can find any online...

Monday, October 8, 2007

Sorry it took so long...

I am now working a new shift schedule, and as such, I am a bit out of sync, so to speak. I am now working 7a-7p, instead of 3p-11p. I have just had a rough weekend at work (in an adult mental health unit) and am just coming out of my stupor. So, forgive my lack of posting here and elsewhere. I sent off a package of goodies to my swap partner, Scarlett, and she received them safely last week. I sent:

a Gryffindor scarf/hat set,
a Molly Weasley crocheted bag,

a crazy quilted tea cozy,

some Weasley's Wizard Wheezes brand Ton Tongue Toffees,

a cauldron pincushion,

a set of Harry potter dishcloths

in two Mrs. Scowers' Magical Mess Remover canisters.


I received her package to me on Wednesday, and it was full of cool stuff!

A Ravenclaw project tote,

a replica of Hermione's beaded bag,

a chocolate frog box and card,

key chain charms,

a crazy quilted handbag,

a framed photo of the Weasley family on vacation in Egypt,

and a letter from Hermione Granger-Weasley.

This is my first swap, and I am glad Scarlett was happy with what I made her. I think I had as much enjoyment in her reaction as I did in mine. I look forward to more swaps, an hope they are all as much fun as this one has been!

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Friday, September 28, 2007

A box...hmmmmm....


It's Friday, and I have finally finished Scarlett's swap items. They are packed all safe in a big box that I am sure she will appreciate. It waits on the dryer, by the back door, and I will go to the Post Office before work this afternoon.

No Scarlett, I won't post pics of what is inside till you get the package. Saying you won't peek is not good enough. And I don't know how to do a Confundus Charm like you did, so the box is all I can give you!
I am excited and can't wait for the packages to arrive! I think I am more excited about what you are getting, than what I am! That will come soon, though.....

Sunday, September 23, 2007

I would love to, but...

Its a bright, sunny, fall day here, and I wish I could go out for a ride. My sis-in-law called and asked if I wanted to go to Erie shopping with her and my nieces. I would love to, but....I have to be to work in an hour and a half, so I can't. (sigh) I guess I'll go knit something....

Friday, September 21, 2007

No pics yet...

I want to post pics of my most recent craft projects, but I don't want to give away the surprise for my swap partner, Scarlett. So, no pics yet.

I guess I can talk about what I have been reading, as that is my other passion. I just finished "The Rule of Four" by Ian Caldwell and Dustin Thomason. I liked it very much, and expect that this pair will go far if they keep on like this one. I would call it an intellectual thriller, along the lines of Umberto Eco's "The Name of the Rose" and "The Quincunx" by Charles Palliser.

I like stories with historical settings, and although this one is set in the modern day, it is all about history. I would recommend it to anyone who likes deep, thoughtful plots.

I am just starting "Bridge to Terabithia" and have had several "over the shoulder reviews", all of them good. I love children's literature, for many reasons...but that is for another post.

Saturday, September 15, 2007


I am busily working on projects for my swap partner, Scarlett, in the Yahoo! Harry Potter crafts group.
I started with a pile of fabrics from my stash (which is more extensive than I had thought!).
I cut them up in pieces,like this:
Then, I went to my sewing machine...
but that is for a later entry, as I don't want to give everything away!






Saturday, September 8, 2007

Finally Felted!


My bags are finally felted, and the look awesome! I was very satisfied with the cable bag. I could have felted the small bag further, but I liked the way the subtle stitches showing made it look more heathery.

Shown are pics l-r: unfelted small bag. felted cable bag, and felted small bag.

The bags are not dry yet, but were dry enough this morning to take pics of them, and I couldn't wait to share!
Dimensions:
Small bag: 4.5"w x 5"h
strap: 18.5"
Cable bag: 13" w x 11.5"d
strap: 40"

Friday, September 7, 2007

All knitted...


Here is a progress pic of my soon-to-be-felted bag. I have leftover yarn, so I'm making a smaller bag to hold my new mp3 player.

Monday, September 3, 2007

I couldn't help myself...

This is my bag...


I am working on a felted bag at the present, and it is a pattern I designed myself. It is made with Paton's Classic Merino in a beautiful heathery light blue. I have bound off the top edge, except for the stitches that will be the handles. I have begun one of the handles, made as I-cord-5 stitches.

There are cable panels in front and back. I have never felted cables before, and I am looking forward to doing this one.

I knit to relax and destress, and it has kept me sane over the years, not to mention it has kept me in bags, scarves, hats, socks and other fun items. I have even made a couple bucks selling what I make.

Sunday, September 2, 2007

My friend Snert...


My First Post...

...on my beautiful blog.
I'm not sure I have much to share that the world wants to read, but if you do, welcome to my place. Leave a word or two, and let me know what you think (no flames please). The pic is my best friend Snert.
I am a crafter, mostly knitting. I lurve Harry Potter, and make replicas of items from the books and movies.
I am an amateur genealogist, and birder. I love the outdoors, and almost any kind of artwork/craft.

I'm a Ravenclaw!