Friday, October 31, 2008

Time to Catch Up!!

First of all ~ Happy Halloween!!! I hope you are ready for trick or treat tonight!! We have a bucket filled with candy for our lucky trick or treaters...I especially love the little ones dressed up like super heroes or princesses. I can't wait!

This week has been...well...BUSY! I work at a not-for-profit organization and we publish books about liberty, economics and political science. Not my idea of light reading LOL! We are in the process of switching to new software which means training and training and training. Four days of training from 9 to 5 each day. I have to be in all of them since I am the Assistant to the VP of my department. It has been a long week! All in all, it went well but I am glad it is over for now.

On Monday night, I went to the Encore Awards Ceremony. These awards go out to community theater. Sort of like the Tony Awards but you have to be an all volunteer organization. Everyone dresses up and has a wonderful time seeing all friends old and new. Each year there is a costume parade of all the shows nominated for Best Costume Design. I got to take part this year and modeled a costume from a show I wasn't in but got to see. What fun!! A show that I was in last year won for Best Musical Production!!! That was awesome! It was a fun night!

I have finallly started crocheting again...I am working on scarf #2 right now. I also got asked to do a custom order for a girl a work. She wants me to do a baby blanket for her friend. I whipped up some pattern swatches and she picked out the one she liked best. Now I need to get the yarn and get started on it. I probably should have it done by Sunday. It should work up quickly. This is the first time I am doing a custom order!!

I want to catch up with everyone. I have visited the etsybloggers' thread and it is way too long to even think about reading it all. I am going to try and visit everyone's blog posts this week and comment when I can. I have stopped by a few already.

Tomorrow morning we are getting up bright and early and heading south to Brown County, Indiana. It is called the Artist Colony of the Midwest. I love browsing through the shops! Lots of talented people in that town. It should be the perfect day weather-wise...not too hot and not too cold. I hope I can get some inspiration there too! I will try and remember my camera so I can post some pictures of our day trip!
I must say I have missed you all...thanks for being patient with me and stopping by. Now I need to go and catch up with all of you!

Blessings today ~

Halloween - just love the little ones all dressed up!

Family - how could I live this crazy life without their support?!

Friends - in life and on the net...friends are a treasure!!

God bless!!!

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Quick Post

Hi all my bloggy friends!! It has been extremely busy at work (that = overtime!!) and by the time I get home I am exhausted. I have so much to catch up with!! I am missing you all and hopefully will get to post at length soon. For now, back to training!!!

God bless!!

Friday, October 24, 2008

Fabulous Friday!

Today is fabulous! Why you ask? Because I got a wonderful present from an awesome friend for my birthday! I took this picture with my cell phone so the quality isn't the best but I absolutely love this little gal!!!

She is sitting on my computer making me smile! What a blessing! I just wanted to share!

God bless!

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Not Much

I don't have much to say today...I have enjoyed reading and catching up on my bloggy friends' post. I found a tutorial for putting a fabric lining in a crochet bag here. This is something I definitely want to attempt. I love making bags but hate the way they stretch out once you load your wallet, keys, cell, etc into them. This looks like the answer to that problem.

Taking off from work early to take my daughter to the orthodontist. If the appointment goes quickly I might be home by 4:30. That will feel like I have tons of extra time at home. I have my to-do list...laundry is #1...want to tackle it today and not wait until the weekend. This weekend I want to work in my craft room...get my many piles of craft stuff organized and put away!!! Usually when I start going through my various yarns, papers, beads etc I find some inspiration. Who knows what I will come up with!!

Many blessings in my life at the moment...
~flowers at work from my hubby =)
~my daughter...I love her!!
~crafty never know when it will hit you!

God bless!!

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Wednesdays are for Crafting

We do the neatest thing where I work. Every Wednesday, from Noon till 1pm, the crafters meet up to craft, laugh and learn. It is a lovely group of women. Sometimes there might on be two and other times ten. We have scrapbookers, beaders, knitters, crocheters, stampers and whatever else there is crafty wise. We all look forward to it...helps us over the mid week hump! I try not to miss craft day. When I do, the week is just incomplete.

Oh and I sold two of my scarves!!! What a blessing! Thank you Star Willow Studio!!

That's all for tons to get done before quitting time...God bless!

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Terrific Tuesday Treasures!

This morning I thought, "What can I feature in my Terrific Tuesday Treasures?" Well...LADYBUGS of course, from our Etsy Bloggers Team!!!

This set of lovely greeting cards comes from Cards by Jenna!

Ladybugs in my Bath from Spotted Cow Soaps!

How about this Gold Ladybug Bracelet from Roseworks Jewelry!

I love the colors in this adorable scrapbook by Jleigh Designz

And finally from Two Zany Zebras this onesie that is as Cute as a Ladybug!

I hope that you all find a little luck with the Ladybugs today!

God bless!!

Sunday, October 19, 2008

What a Weekend!

What a crazy busy weekend! I had a plan to get some crafting done and...well...that didn't happen. I took Friday off and had a plan...that sort of fell apart. I ended up napping in the afternoon...which is rest I really needed. Off to the hair dresser on Friday night. I was looking for a change. My hair had been some version of blonde or highlighted since I was sixteen years old. Taking inspiration from the fun wig I got to wear in the show I went a coppery brown. Woohoo~ I feel like a new woman!!! I love the red that comes out in the sunlight. I have gotten many compliments too! Hubby isn't too happy because he says he didn't marry a redhead LOL!

I also got a wonderful surprise...I am featured on a fellow etsyblogger, TiLTcreations, treasury blog. Stop by her lovely might find this waiting for you...

Saturday was another busy day with errands, grocery shopping and Girls' Night Out. I had three friends over for dinner since hubby is away on a fishing trip. We then went to a local theater to see a was fabulous! We came back to my house and had a fire in the firepit and enjoyed a few cocktails and lots of laughs.
Up early on Sunday for church then my daughter and I got to see "Avenue Q". A wonderful day!!! When I got home I was determined to get some new items in my shop. Here are some of my latest creations.

This aqua scarf is trimmed with some fun yarn!

This is a fuzzy, warm hat and scarf set!

I still have a number of items ready to be put in the shop. I just ran out of steam. It takes me a while to get things posted. Tomorrow night I will try and get some more soap pouches and other items in the shop. So check back often!
It's late and I need some sleep so God bless and I will see you in the morning!!

Thursday, October 16, 2008


I am just unispired today. Maybe because it is gloomy and grey outside. I am not sure. I guess I could talk about some of my projects I have been working on.

First one is a purple scarf. This one was a stash buster. I took three different purple yarns and crocheted a scarf. I worked down the length instead of the typical stripes going across the width. I rather like the way it turned out. I don't know if I want to put it in my shop or give it as a gift to a friend. I am still debating that one. I will have to post a pic this weekend and see what you think.

I went to one of my fav craft stores on Tuesday. I was looking for a reasonably priced shadowbox. I found some lovely unreasonably priced ones so I decided to cruise my favorite sections: yarn, beads and paper. I found some colors in yarn that I just fell in love with: celadon, terra cotta & aqua. Together I think they are a stunning combination. For the last three evenings I have been working with this palette. I love this combination so much it may become the colors I use in my bathroom whenever I get the motivation to take the ugly old paper off the walls. The ugly wallpaper is really starting to get on my nerves...I really want to make a change. I am tired of burgundy and blue. Everything in my house is either burgundy or blue (except for my craft room and my daughter's bedroom) I need a change...slipcovers for the furniture and a new color for the walls. I want to do something...but what?...I am at this moment....uninspired.

That's my blog today...I may be unispired but I am still blessed!
~crisp cool Autumn air

God bless!!

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

My Terrific Tuesday Treasures! ~ Pink

What a terrific Tuesday to be in the Pink!! In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month and because pink is my favorite color, I went in search of some Etsybloggers Team treasures. Here is what I found...

I first spied this "Never Be Seen" brooch by leafgreenhandmade...

then this "Serenity and Pink" bracelet by roseworksjewelry
and finally these "Pinky Purple" burp cloths by graciouscreations
I hope you enjoy my terrific Tuesday Treasures and God bless!!!

Monday, October 13, 2008

It's Monday Again

Happy Monday everyone!!! I am sleepy today. The show ended yesterday and as a part of the production it is all hands on for striking the set. It took three hours to take everything apart. And because it is a not-for-profit community theater everything that can be recycled gets recycled. Then the whole cast and crew headed out to dinner together one last time. We had an amazing run of a great show. Now it is time for rest!!

There are so many projects that I want to do...I am having a hard time prioritizing them. I have found some things I want to do with decoupage, some paper crafts, more jewelry to make and more items to crochet. There are also some close-to-being-finished items that just need a bit of attention before I can get them in my shop. For tonight, I am going to put my feet up and relax. I need a breather.

Some blessings...
Unexpected cards in the mail from friends...that will always make me smile! to have it today!!
Mums...they come in some many colors now!!

God bless!

Friday, October 10, 2008

October's Featured Etsy Blogger!!

Isn't this the cutest bracelet?

This is a baby friendly bracelet for moms. I wish I had something like this when my kids were tiny!! It was made by our October Etsybloggers Team featured member Jen of Baby Friendly Beads and Mama's Magic Studio! Congrats, Jen! Here are a couple more beautiful items from her shops!!

You can learn more about this talented lady on her blog! Don't forget to leave her a comment and let her know you visited!!

God bless!!


What do I do to relax? I get in touch with my creative side, of course! Anything I do crafty is my escape. It started with cross stitch. I could sit for hours and cross stitch...I laughingly called it my therapy! Now, I frequently crochet. I love doing small projects to get the satisfaction of finishing something. I love to bead. Spreading out my bead collection and getting inspired is such a blessing!!

My one other relaxing thing to do is sudoku...I LOVE it! Once I got the hang of it, I was hooked!

Another uplifting thing to I do, especially when life gets chaotic, is count my blessings. It always gives me peace and puts a smile on face!

Have a blessed day!

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Finally Pix from the Show!!

Finally I have some pictures from the show! This is my favorite costume of all.-------->

I am on the right in the picture below.

I am somewhere to the right of center stage...this was our closing number
Fourth from the right in this one - our bows.
I hope you enjoyed these...I should have more sometime soon.
God bless!

Random Thoughts

I really have no idea what I want to blog about so I will begin and see where this leads me.

My first thought is my bloggy friends! Isn't it interesting that I feel so close to you all and we have never met? What a blessing it is to have the ability to get to know people from all over the world that we would have never communicated with without the internet! Each morning after reading my emails, my next step is to check the blogs I follow and catch up on everyone's blogs. When I am unable to do that (especially when work gets in the way! Imagine that!) I feel like I have missed something that day. It is hard to put into words what a blessing this is to me. I have even got in touch with a "real-live" friend through etsy and blogging! Vicki is so special and she has two beautiful daughters! She lives in the same town as my mother and I never seem to get back there as much as I would like. The internet has made it possible to keep up on the happenings in her family's life.

Wouldn't it be nice to have a meet-up? I just want to give hugs to those that have been reading my humble thoughts and made comments. I wish there was some simple way to make it happen. Just another random thought!
I am loving Fall!!! The leaves are really showing off ~ this morning driving in there was more yellow, red and orange than even yesterday. My husband got out some of our Halloween decorations for the yard over the weekend and I have a happy not-so-scary scarecrow welcoming visitors by the front door. The chill in the air each morning is so invigorating! This weekend here in Indy we are expecting a warm-up to the low 80s. For now, it is wonderful to have the windows open with a gentle breeze blowing through the house.

I get so inspired by my friends that sew. I really want to be able to make some of the lovely items I see. After this weekend, the show will be over and I will be able to concentrate more on all my crafts. Right now I am searching the internet for easy projects that involve the most basic skills. I look at the beautiful things that involve zippers and such and I can only hope I will be able to master more difficult skills. The thought of even attempting a quilt makes me nervous. I can only hope that someday I will have the courage to dive in and make something resembling a quilt.

Enough randomness for today...make it an awesome day!!


blogs ~ I love reading all about my new friends

cool weather ~ just seems to make everything crisp and clean

crafting inspiration ~ it comes from the most interesting places!

from the Etsy shop of the very talented LazyTCrochet!!

God bless!

Tuesday, October 7, 2008


Imagine my surprise when I was called to the front desk. I never get called to the front desk. To my delight, this beautiful bouquet was for me!!! If you remember last week I hardly posted a blog because work was crazy! It was crazy due to the meetings that I had to set up and the lack of readiness on the part of the presenters who were training us last week. We hadn't received the training materials before we started the training. Let me tell you ~ it was 210 pages long. I had to scramble to find binders, copy all 210 pages for everyone and attend the trainings!

After all was said and done, my boss talked to the head of the company we were working with. He had been to our office on a previous occasion and complimented me on my job skills. After finding out the people from his company didn't hold up their end of the bargain, he sent me these gorgeous flowers as an apology! Talk about being validated ~ my boss is loving it too!
These are so beautiful I couldn't wait to share with my bloggy friends! And they smell so wonderful too! What an unexpected blessing!!
God bless!!

My Terrific Tuesday Treasures!

In an effort to help promote my Etsy Bloggers Team, I will be featuring My Terrific Tuesday Treasures. I hope you will enjoy my finds!!

A fun Monster Cape for your favorite Super Kid!! by joeyandaleethea

A perfect Halloween ensemble by SugarLoveHoney

How about some fun Halloween aprons for cooking up some treats by HeathersCustomSewing

Happy Fall y'all!!!

Monday, October 6, 2008

I Have Been Tagged!!

A fellow Etsy Blogger, offthepeg, has tagged me! I am to give you six things you might not know about me.

1. I was born in Millville, NJ

2. I love shopping!

3. I am a low carb advocate

4. I snore

5. I love being on stage

6. I am a lipstick wearing Democrat =)

I am now tagging some lovely bloggy friends...I hope you will visit them often!!





Needles, Fabrics and Thread

God bless and make it a marvelous Monday!!

Friday, October 3, 2008

It Has Been So Long!!

I haven't blogged all week! Work has been busy, busy, busy and by the time I get home I don't even go near the computer! I have missed reading up on all my bloggy friends. I have tons of catching up to do.
First I have to tell you that I don't have pictures of my wonderful costume and wig ~ yet! I am going to get some tonight I promise, cross my heart! The last time I took my camera with me I forgot the memory card and I can't find the cable to connect the camera directly to the computer yada yada yada...anyhow...tonight I will take some with the memory card in the camera. Tomorrow I will post them!
The show has just been wonderful. All three performances went well last weekend and the audiences loved it! I hope that we get a good crowd this weekend. I have missed seeing my cast mates this week. Every night I end up falling asleep on the couch. I might have finally caught up on my rest. I can't wait to do the show again tonight.
Auditions went well but I didn't get the part I wanted. It is actually for the best. I will now have my evenings to work on my crafts and get my shop in tiptop shape for the holiday season that is quickly approaching. I still have a small pile of items in my craft room that I need to get in there. I started a scarf with some of my stash yarn. As I am making it I am thinking of how I can embellish it. The wheels are turning. I also have some paper projects I need to work on and there are three bracelets waiting for a new home! It will be nice to concentrate on my crafts.
Fall has arrived here in Indy. I love the crisp mornings! It puts a spring in your step for sure. The leaves are really showing off their true colors. Each day I notice more and more reds, golds and oranges! I need to get some pumpkins for the porch and put up my Halloween and Harvest decorations.
I am off to catch up on all my bloggy friends...I certainly have missed you all!
Blessings for today...
bloggy friends, of course!
autumn leaves
crisp morning air
God bless!!!