Thursday, October 18, 2007


So the kid is sleeping and I should be working but... of course I got a bit sidetracked by an email. A friend of mine just sent me a link to this site [look up this MLS 7095450]. No we are not in the market for a house but one can always dream of the next place. I mean what is wrong with going to an open house now and then just to see what is out there. This is not beyond us. I signed up to get open house listings from this place and it is hard to resist taking a look around. It is even harder not to be tempted by the looks of these places and if we start saving our pennies [or 100's] we may be able to move by the time schools are a question for Miss. A.

For now we will dream. It is always nice to have a goal [or distraction] right.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007


Spending a lot of time working here. But wanted to say Hi.

Today I am...
Cutting a lot of this
Drinking one more cup
Listening to this currently
Avoiding thinking of something better then this and this for Halloween
Working through this big project.
Finishing this order and then some.

Some day soon I will be back in the swing of both reading and posting blogs. For now I am enjoying quickly glancing at posts and Flikr images and thinking up comments that I would post if the time permitted. Have a wonderful day.

Sunday, October 07, 2007

Oh its time...

::beautiful image courteous of Jessica Poundstone::

for me to start thinking about the idea of making a list of Christmas gifts to make this year. You know the idea of planning ahead always sounds good to me and then it never happens. The list of items to make far out weighs the number of days to make them in. So this year it is all about planing ahead a little [something I don't do often]. I read somewhere recently that there are 80 days till Christmas, since reading that days have passed so there are even fewer days left. So now onto the gift ideas. Last year we decided to take the money alloted to gifts and donate it in peoples names to different organizations both locally and world wide. Along with this we gave people a small handmade gift [patchwork dishtowels + tissue holders etc.]. This year we are going to be doing the same, giving something small to everyone. I was so excited when the list came together this weekend almost by chance.

::Shrink Plastic Flower Pin [using this tutorial by a wonderful friend of mine]
::homemade soap, lotion, and lip balm. [using this book]
::Coffee cup sleeve [using my own pattern]

The tutorial for the flower pin looks amazing and quite easy to do. Jessica is a very talented local jewelry maker and artist who I have come to know over the past few months. She decided a few weeks ago to go ahead and make a video tutorial on how to construct these great pins. I just think it sounds like a wonderful way to make a few gifts for people. Just think of the fun you could have one evening sitting around with some friends making these beautiful pins.

You might think that making homemade soaps etc. sounds like a big task but it something I have wanted to try for some time and I am taking the task on with a friend. We figured that if we divided the cost it would be cheep and fun to get together for an evening or two. All of the recipes come from the book Better Basics for the Home, a book I have had for almost a year and have yet to make something out of. So finally today the two of us sat down and made a list of items to buy. The goal is to start making by the first of Nov.

So now that the list is made it is only a matter of making the items. Lets hope that by starting this early I will accomplish these goals. That said if there is anyone in town interested in having a gift making party just let me know because I know that I am always more productive when working with others.