Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Copy the list into your own blog and bold the stuff you've done.
Leave me a comment if you do it too.
1. Started your own blog
2. Slept under the stars does it count in a tent?
3. Played in a band drums in 4th grade, french horn in 12th grade and college
4. Visited Hawaii.
5. Watched a meteor shower.
6. Given more than you can afford to charity
7. Been to Disneyland
8. Climbed a mountain
9. Held a praying mantis
10. Sang a solo I was a voice major in college, my most memorable solo was singing with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra for the Concerto/Aria concert. The percussionist got to play the castanets.
11. Bungee jumped
12. Visited Paris -(does the airport count? I didn't think so)
13. Watched a lightning storm at sea
14. Taught yourself an art from scratch -I taught myself to make a spoon from wood. Also (see #57) to weave palm fronds.
15. Adopted a child
16. Had food poisoning
17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty
18. Grown your own vegetables
19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France
20. Slept on an overnight train
21. Had a pillow fight
22. Hitch hiked
23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill
24. Built a snow fort
25. Held a lamb
26. Gone skinny dipping
27. Run a Marathon
28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice
29. Seen a total eclipse
30. Watched a sunrise or sunset
31. Hit a home run
32. Been on a cruise
33. Seen Niagara Falls in person
34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors
35. Seen an Amish community
36. Taught yourself a new language (this one won't unbold)
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied
38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person
39. Gone rock climbing
40. Seen Michelangelo’s David
41. Sung karaoke
42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt
43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant
44. Visited Africa
45. Walked on a beach by moonlight
46. Been transported in an ambulance
47. Had your portrait painted (self?)
48. Gone deep sea fishing
49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person
50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris
51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling
52. Kissed in the rain
53. Played in the mud
54. Gone to a drive-in theater
55. Been in a movie - in 5th grade we made a film about the circulation system and I was the plaque that got removed from an artery.
56. Visited the Great Wall of China
57. Started a business - when I was 12 I went to Puerto Rico and I found a fallen palm branch. I made and sold fans to my choir-mates for $5.00 each.
58. Taken a martial arts class
59. Visited Russia
60. Served at a soup kitchen
61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies - just eat 'em
62. Gone whale watching
63. Got flowers for no reason
64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma
65. Gone sky diving
66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp
67. Bounced a check - it happens, right?
68. Flown in a helicopter
69. Saved a favorite childhood toy - how about every one?
70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial
71. Eaten Caviar
72. Pieced a quilt
73. Stood in Times Square
74. Toured the Everglades
75. Been fired from a job
76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London
77. Broken a bone arm 9 years old
78. Been on a speeding motorcycle
79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person
80. Published a book if a knitting pattern counts.
81. Visited the Vatican
82. Bought a brand new car
83. Walked in Jerusalem
84. Had your picture in the newspaper
85. Kissed a stranger at midnight on New Year's Eve
86. Visited the White House - Just the outside. No tour or anything like that.
87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
88. Had chickenpox
89. Saved someone’s life
90. Sat on a jury
91. Met someone famous
92. Joined a book club
93. Lost a loved one
94. Had a baby
95. Seen the Alamo in person
96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake
97. Been involved in a law suit
98. Owned a cell phone
99. Been stung by a bee
Thursday, December 25, 2008
The Hubster and myself woke up with the sun, about 7 or so, and the kids came in about a half-hour later.
We went down and enjoyed our orgy of opening presents, Santa was particularly super to me, and after breakfast we spent some time with my family.
Not only did Santa come and bring presents, but he invited a certain President-Elect over for a visit as well!He's there in front of the big green one at the back.
I haven't been able to post pictures of the gifts I made for my mom and my sister, but they have them now so here goes.
My sister asked for grey cabled legwarmers, so I got to work.The yarn is Prime Alpaca and the pattern is one I made up using a chart from Viking Patterns for Knitting by Elsebeth Lavold.
For my Mom I got to build her a tool box.
I don't know if I have mentioned it before, but I am in the best most kick-butt crafty mom group ever. (My sister agrees, this was her card to me.)Every week we choose a craft and about a month ago, our craft was woodworking.
One of my friends is married to a fantastically talented carpenter who was very generous with his talent and time and designed and helped us all to build tool boxes.
Michael cut the dovetail joints and routed out a groove for the base and we all got to use his tools to saw and sand to do most of the rest of it.
It was the best time I have ever had at craft night.
The wood is cherry and the finish is mineral oil and beeswax.
I am pretty pleased with how it turned out.
We spent some quality time with my in-laws this evening and had a lot of fun.
The greatest Christmas miracle of all was that we got to see all of the siblings on one day.
My sister and the Hub's sister both live out east, and my brother and I don't see each other too often, so this was a good day for us.
I leave you with some comforting images of the season.
Christmas isn't Christmas without sitting before the Yule Log...
I hope that your day was as full of fun and family as mine,
Monday, December 22, 2008
There has been much gnashing of teeth and rending of garments, well maybe not that bad but there has actually been un-anticipated bed-wetting and screaming fights every night.
Well, I did some shuffling today, pics tomorrow, and I have high hopes that there will be more sleeping and less not sleeping around here.
Friday, December 19, 2008
My dremel tool died and I don't have the skills to make any more completely by hand.
That's ok. I can make them over the next year for next christmas.
Or, I can just keep the one I made for me.
I may have to admit to overcommiting myself.
Maybe Santa will bring me a new dremel tool...
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
But, honestly, did I need to take up woodworking a week before Christmas? No.
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Sunday, December 14, 2008
Thursday, December 11, 2008
Monday, December 8, 2008
There has been non-stop Christmas music 'round here for about 3 weeks!
We had a fun time this morning with Father Christmas.
The kids did really well, and we got some great Christmas-y shots.
Hey, anyone have any christmas music suggestions this year?
I am always on the lookout for another album to add to my collection.
Have a great day!
Sunday, December 7, 2008
Saturday, November 29, 2008
The other day the Hug-a-Bugs got into my sewing stuff and asked if they could build some robots with the sewing machine attachments.
The Elder put this one together, and insisted upon taking her own photos.
I love two things here, first his hair is made of tiny bolts, and he is holding a little wrench.
I hope that you get in some family together-time if you haven't yet this weekend,
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
In the December issue of Martha Stewart Living from 1997 there is a very tasty Gingerbread cookie recipe.
I have made these cookies every year since then, and we started cookie production a few days ago.
The dough is pretty easy and it keeps well in the refrigerator.
Martha says that the recipe will make 16 cookies, but it really makes about 70.
I have a tiny cookie cutter addiction, and this is the one time of the year when I pull them all out.
The Elder Hug-a-Bug and I had a counting party and she put them all in categories.
It was difficult to decide whether the foot should go into the people or stuff pile, but the rest were pretty easy.
Then we start cutting out and baking and eating and eating.
Happy Holiday season!
Monday, November 24, 2008
I am in a couple of swaps, and I finished the ornaments for the Freshly Blended/Cake & Pie swap.
They are ready to send out tomorrow or the next day.
Also, the other swap that I am involved in, the one from Sew Liberated, it is suggested that I make a mix CD of Christmas music.
This is a difficult task for me, as I love Christmas music.
I have finally decided on the list, I think.
That swap stuff is almost entirely compiled.
Then, we have to schedule a visit with Santa for pictures.
Whew, I am a little mentally winded, but I am having tons of fun!
Talk to you soon,
Friday, November 21, 2008
I love my stories, and now I have to give up 3! in one season.
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Sunday, November 16, 2008
I really like to make models.
It gives me an opportunity to keep my hands busy and to try new things.
As I was flipping through the new Simplicity catalogue I saw two patterns that I have to make.
First, there is Simplicity 2867.
This is a fun and really inexpensive project.
To make a pair of booties you need a felt square, and two colors of embroidery floss.
I made this one last night while I was watching tv.
My next project is of great interest to the Elder Hug-a-Bug.
She loves to help me stuff and sew up seams.
I just have to choose the fabric.
She has chosen the puppy, and I like the horse.
We may have to make one of each.
I have to venture outside of the stash for this project, as I have realized that most of my fabric comes from the sale bin, and we don't have it at the store anymore.
Time for lunch,
See you soon,
Friday, November 14, 2008
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Monday, November 10, 2008
Mostly these were onsies, the perfect amount of fabric for a hat, and fun patterns.
I originally designed these for the Hug-a-Bugs then I decided to write them up as a pattern.
Christmas time is near!