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I’m so bummed.

I just got a reply back from the publisher of my leaflet (I had emailed asking when exactly next month my patterns would be available) and was informed that there had been some changes to the schedule and my publication was being pushed back. To the 3rd quarter. Of NEXT YEAR. I could cry.



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Guess what?!

My check FINALLY arrived today! I danced all the way home from the mailbox! I called my mom and arranged to meet her to go washer/dryer shopping after I cashed the check! Then I realized. It’s Saturday. The bank is closed until Monday.

Damn it!!!!!!!


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The Stash Inspector Strikes Again!

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Hee hee.

While uploading pics of my FO’s to Ravelry, I realized there were several things I never shared on my blog! We’ll start with Natalie’s skirt, I made it for her to wear to Thanksgiving last year (I think I caught her when she was about to sneeze or something! She wore a nicer shirt for T dinner, this was a pic I took of her last week)

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When I come across some others, I’ll post ’em here. We’re not doing much today, just hanging around the house. Don’t even have to clean, since we took care of that yesterday! I’ve been getting some good knitting/crochet time in this weekend, and I’m now about halfway through my next leaflet proposal 🙂 Thankfully my wrist hasn’t been bothering me as much lately, so I’ve been able to work without that awful wrist brace.
Did anyone else get in on the “Yarn In A Teacup” swap? I saw it in the forums section of Ravelry, and managed to snag the very last invite! Sweet! I love swaps, and I’m also participating in Fiber Freaks “Fiber and Frappe” swap. Too much fun! And finally, a peek at my art project for the day. An emergency list for the kids, because you never know when/if they’ll need the info. We had one taped to the door at our last apartment, and I finally remembered to make another one for our new place!

1. 911

2. Grandmas phone number

3. Our address!
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Going Green

Here in the Winston household, we are diligently trying to reduce our carbon footprint, as well as living greener in general. We cleaned up the pond behind our home on Earth Day, have been buying more local/organic food products (gotta love Whole Foods Market) and I recently threw together these reusable grocery bags

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Who knew grocery shopping could be so stylish?! The two larger bags are lined with an orange cotton, one small one is lined with green and the other with blue. I totally love them! I can’t wait to make more, but I was borrowing my Mom’s sewing machine and she needed it back. Bummer. I’ll be getting my own when my check finally comes in. Speaking of that, I called the publishing company to inquire about payment, since it had been a month since I received the invoice (which stated payment was being sent). I got a call back from a very nice woman who explained that there had been a merger/buyout thing and payments (for many designers) was kinda in limbo. As nice as it is to know that the check is not lost in the mail or anything…I just want to get paid! She told me it should have only taken two weeks. Sigh. So perhaps next week…perhaps. I did learn when my publication was going to be available though- next May!! A whole year. Crazy. The patterns are season-specific though, so I can understand it. I’m just so excited, it’s driving me crazy to have to wait another year!! In other crafty news, here is my Memorial Day project- A patriotic quilt for Jackson (corner flipped up so you can see the backing)

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This is my very first quilt project, and so far it’s coming along nicely. Enjoy your Sunday everyone!


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Foodie Friday and Other Stuff

I didn’t think it had been so long since my last post! Life has been busy this week, but nothing really out of the ordinary. Still waiting (totally impatiently!!) for my check to arrive. Perhaps today is the day? We’ll see… The reason why I’m so antsy for it to arrive is because I want to buy my washer and dryer! It drives me crazy having to drive over to the laundry mat at the old place (yeah, they STILL haven’t lifted a finger to fix the washers at this complex) and sit in the car with the kids for nearly two hours. 3 kids produce a ton of dirty clothes! It will be so nice to be able to wash clothes whenever I want again. It really burns me up that I had to leave a perfectly good washer and dryer at the old place in VA. There was really no way around it, but still drives me crazy.

Crafty-wise, I’m working on several projects as usual.  Still knitting a new design, crocheting a new design, and knitting a present for my Mom. Nothing really new, except the Mom present. I’ll have to grab a pic of that later today. Now onto Foodie Friday!


2 3/4 c. dry elbow macaroni
4 tbsp. butter
4 tbsp. flour
2 c. milk
2 c. shredded Cheddar cheese, heaping
1/2 tsp. dry mustard
Salt and pepper
Tomato slices
Parmesan cheese

Boil water and cook macaroni according to directions on box. In the meantime, melt the butter over low heat in a saucepan. Add salt, pepper, dry mustard, and flour. Stir and let cook for 1 minute. Add the milk and stir constantly until thickened. Add shredded cheese and stir until smooth on very low heat. Grease a 2 quart casserole dish and pour in drained macaroni. Pour cheese sauce evenly over pasta, mixing in. Cover top with tomato slices. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese, salt, and pepper. Bake at 350 degree oven for 25 minutes, uncovered.Serves 6 to 8.

I’m making this with meatloaf and green beans for dinner tonight. Yummo!

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Still nothing.

I swear, waiting for my check to arrive is worse than waiting to give birth. Well, close enough anyway. Last week I received a letter from the publishing company, stating they were going to mail me a check. Um…thank you? I already knew that! After the initial disapointment that it wasn’t cold hard cash, I did get a little giggle out of it. Speaking of pregnancy, I’ve come to the conclusion that a woman gets more stares and smiles by wearing her baby (using a fabric sling, made for me by the glorious Milli) than she does by actually being pregnant. It’s odd. I guess in todays world, it’s unusual to see a mama wearing one? I’ve received comments from strangers, such as “I thought only hippie mamas wore those”. Me? A hippie? I do shop at Whole Foods sometimes…. 🙂 Seriously folks!

On to the WIP….A few weeks ago, I started a log cabin throw, using 10.5 needles and Bernat Softee Chunky. I’ve made a couple of mistakes so far, mostly by picking up the wrong amount of stitches, but I’m loving it anyway. The last section I knit was the green, and it looks the best. So I guess I’m learning as I go! I think once I have a few more rounds on it, the thing will even out and look even better. Here’s hoping.

My next project will involve some of the following fun stuff!

Thats it for now, I’ve got to go get an early dinner started. Knit Night is tonight! Oh, and todays post is brought to you by the googled word “testicals”. Hello, testical visitor 🙂


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WIP Wednesday

Hmm..I actually have two FO’s to share today instead of a WIP! I do have several projects in the works, but they’re for publication so I can’t share yet. One of them is for the Stitch ‘N Pitch contest. Is anyone else joining that? Baseball- I couldn’t resist 🙂 On to the FO’s!

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The Lacy Childs Top is finally done! I used a hook and eye closure and a pretty ribbon to close the front, instead of the crocheted chain ties. I like it better like this, the ribbon adds a bit of spunk! I wasn’t totally pleased with the way the pattern was written, but I was able to figure it all out with my superior monkey brain. I may whip out another one using a different yarn, just for fun. The pattern reccomended LB Organic Cotton, but I used Cotton-Ease and gauge was just fine.

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Earrings! I totally love these. Wore them all day yesterday! 🙂


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