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Knitting news

I recently finished knitting a scarf for a swap I was in on Craftster. I used the Karaoke Cable Scarf pattern, and Patons Classic Merino wool in a beautiful green (it was a Twilight swap, and I chose the green to represent the lush greenery that is Forks!). I’ve worked with cables once or twice, but this is hands down the most cabling I’ve ever done. It was so simple, and the effect was awesome! I forgot to snap a picture before sending it out, so I had to wait for my swap partner to post one before I could share. I will definitely be making more for Christmas presents!

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I <3 To Sew Swap

I received my package from the I ❤ To Sew Swap today, and I love it! My partner sent a fabulous package. I loved the little pear pincushion and the knitting roll- how cool is that!! The fabrics looks like so much fun, I’m already planning a new purse and a new cosmetic bag with them. The swimsuit fabric is from Speedo, and is so pretty. The pattern she sent along with it does not include my current size, but I’m doing Weight Watchers with a friend, so hopefully in the future! It will be something to look forward to! I love the long zippers, most of the ones I have in my possesion are 7″ or so. These new ones will be good for backpacks- I have been debating making Natalie a new one for school. I figure I should make her one now, before she starts getting bogged down with homework! Oh, and the box of buttons makes me so happy! I have been making button flowers, and now I have a whole crop of new buttons to choose from. Today was a really good mail day!

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Jacks New Blankie and Swap Stuff

I have wanted to make a quilt out of the kids old clothes for quite some time, and I’m so pleased to have finally finished one! I went a little out of order and started with Jack- it was easiest since he has all those outgrown baby clothes! I just cut a bunch of squares using an easy template I purchased at walmart and used a single sheet of batting. I used a length of fun anchor fabric I’ve had on hand for several years (!) for the back, and simply folded it over and stitched it in place instead of using a seperate binding. The result is a fun, cuddly quilt that Jack totally loves. I couldn’t be happier!

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I received my swap package from the “Mostly FQ Swap” over on Craftster, and I was so pleased! Check out the yummy fabrics I received from aspenwall- I love it all, but the Heather Bailey Freshcut and the bananas are my favorite!

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Speaking of swaps, I recently participated in the “I ❤ Jim Henson Swap” also on Craftster. Here are the items I sent out- A pendant with an image of JH decoupaged on the top, I painted the bamboo domino green and used gold wire and several small glass beads to finish it, then hung it on a gold tone chain.

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Another necklace, this one a little more funky with Dr. Teeth and Beaker, decoupaged onto pink painted wooden tiles. The pendants are interchangeable on their ball chain.

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And the box that those items are sitting on, hand painted using my favorite Lumiere paints (same ones used for the pendants) and decoupaged (again!) with my favorite image of JH. This is a shitty picture, but the gold patches you see are reflecting from the flash. The paint I used was a green with heavy gold tint mixed in. It’s rather stunning IRL!

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We’re here.

And, it’s not so bad. They did quite a few renovations since I moved out last year, and so far I haven’t had any problems with neighbors or anything. We moved in last Friday, and are still unpacking the last few things. 740 square feet doesn’t stretch very far. Oh well. It’s liveable, and it’s cheap. Things could be worse! D and I have been talking a little lately, and he’s making all his usual promises to start sending child support. I’d love to believe it, but I have to have cash in hand first. Until then…we’ll see. Kids are doing well, they like the new place and their new room. They are on spring break this week, and once school starts up again next Tuesday, we’ll have a little extra walk to get to the bus stop (different school zone now, but they can still finish out the year at the old school), but even that is not so bad. Overall, life is good at the moment.

Ugh, how I wish I had a digital camera right now! My mama’s birthday is tomorrow, and I whipped her up an art bag from scratch. Cool retro print canvas, hand stitched denim applique spelling out “art” on the front, blue cotton lining with a wicked pocket, and a cool purple leather handle. It’s for her to carry her supplies to her classes and such. I can’t even begin to describe how cool it is! Maybe I’ll get mom to snap a picture so I can share. I’m so proud of it 🙂 Oh yeah, in case you didn’t know, my mom is an artist!  She and I just had a really great time at Clay Day at Artists Oasis , and made several really cool pendants. One of the ones I made is going into a swap package for a buddy over on Craftster. I’m so excited to be into swaps again…this one is Fairytales and Folklore, and I’m having an absolute blast.

 So see, I’m trying to get back into the swing of things. Pulling myself out of the crushing depression of a few months ago. Living my life to the best of my ability, and enjoying my kiddos every day. Life is good 🙂

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When kids are super cute…

Mom can’t help but grab the camera! Meet Ninja Gabe, Doctor/Ninja Natalie and their sidekick,  Baby Ninja King (just in case you were wondering, I got to be Queen Ninja Mom!)

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Also, did you know the Stash Inspector will have a peek at your books too? Be careful though, he has been known to rip out page 17 of the Crochet Stitch Bible!
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And this one from last night, with my night owl boys. It was too cute 🙂

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I had a very nice mail day today. My Fiber and Frappe package arrived! (Technically it could have arrived a few days ago, but it’s been a while since I’ve checked my mail 🙂 ) My swap partner was Su, and she sent me the most awesome package! Thank you so much Su. I can’t wait to try to Chai, the yarn is fabulous, and the notepad is too cute!!

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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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