Uh Oh… Mom is getting tech savvy!

I work really hard on my blog and when you work really hard on something, you want to feel appreciated and/or adored. The most wonderful compliments often come from those we least expect it from. Enter my mother, who uses Facebook mostly from her phone (frequently posting status’ by sitting on her Blackberry). She has mastered email. The woman, this week, taught herself how to comment on my blog. I nearly lost my sh!t when I saw Comment Posted by: Mom. She left a beautiful little blurb:

“Love, you are so inspiring and make me feel so fortunate to have you as my daughter! Happy New Year, see you soon!”

I totally didn’t see that coming… but you know what? That made it all the more special. I encourage everyone to give a little “Good Job” to someone today. You never know how far it will go.

Candy from Candies Fabrics had a great moment this week as well. I love to hear that people feel encouraged about what they are doing. We all work hard and deserve some lovin’.
 

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Uh Oh… Mom is getting tech savvy!

Family Rocks

Manfriend and I took a jaunt to North Carolina for our Christmas break and officially we are done traveling for awhile. We seem to have been on the road every other weekend for the last 3 months at least… and it’s tiring! Finger Lakes, NYC, Colorado, NC, Starbucks… geesh we need to stay home and spend some quality time with our dog and cat (because they are pretty needy). Overall though? I would travel again next weekend if it would be that I was guaranteed some quality time with my family. I have a lot of friends in Massachusetts but family? Yeah, I am on bare bones in the Northeast. Love ’em and want to be near them but I know if I was near them, we would annoy eachother. Distance makes the heart grow fonder, so I am pretty fond of my family. I know I post about my family a lot but it’s my way of showing them I care, in an unconventional way.

Ok, since you begged me. Highlights from our trip to NC are as follows:

Family Rocks

I’m SO Proud!

I couldn’t be prouder of my little sister. Not only is she SUPER smart but she is a crafter at heart! Not only does she knit but while digging through her room for stuff to borrow whilst there for Christmas (yes, I am allowed to borrow legally now that we are adults), I found her wire craft stuff. Yes, you heard me, wire craft. She likes to mold things and make little treasures out of wire. I am smitten with two that she did for my mother. Check them out. She rocks. She had better make me some soon. I was thinking a hippopotamus?



I’m SO Proud!

Lindsey’s Bag is Complete

I have been working on Lindsey’s ( my baby sister) birthday present for a few months now. She is a beginner knitter but aboslutely loves to do it. I thought that I would support her craftiness with some new materials to work with. To see past posts about the transformation of this bag, check it. If you were at all wondering what Lindsey’s new knitting bag turned out like…. without any further ado, I give you… a bag. This will make its debut this week (Friday actually) when little Lindsey claims she is turning 21 (I still claim its 11)…

Hey bag, you are full of things to knit with. I have collected a multitude of yarn as well as some customized knitting needles… throw in an issue of Knitting magazine and we are on our way here.

Lindsey’s Bag is Complete

Growing My Family

This past Thanksgiving, Manfriend and I packed up our carry ons and headed to the airport. This was to be my first trip to Colorado. I was also meeting manfriend’s Grandpa for the first time and spending a lot of one on one time with his mom, aunt, sharing a hotel room with his sister and so on and so forth… eeeeek… but you know what? Any fears I had about it being akward or something along those lines… was just plain ridiculous. I needed to look at this sort of thing like this… I am growing my family. Family is awesome (most of the time) and we should cherish those we have had and cherish those we are with and call the ones we are far from and write letters and send texts and think nice thoughts and spend all the time we can with those we love. This was no different. So what we were just lounging about and watching tv, we were spending quality time together. There may or may not have been some napping involved as well. Napping is considered quality time as long as you are all doing it at the same time 😉


Some highlights?


The uncomfortable “couple” photo where we pretend to like eachother



The “let’s act crazy for the camera” photo

Photo op with the dog photo


Pretend I am a professional photographer photos




Growing My Family

Happy Thanksgiving, People!

So being that today is Thanksgiving, I give you my wish of good family, good times and good eats. We musn’t forget that Thanksgiving all started with some pilgrims who were hard up for food, people (Native American Indians) offered their help (they befriended Squanto)and they had a glorious dinner with maize and turkey and other such yummer things. Yay Mayflower and Yay for a holiday where we can give thanks for what we have!

I thought I would take this moment to say what things I am thankful for, of which there are many:

My faith, my awesome family, the love of a good man, amazing friends, my puppy and kitten, a job during this tough time for our country’s economy, a nice place to live, Groupon, the Sun (it keeps the Earth alive afterall), the Earth (let’s take care of her), Indian Food (mainly Chicken Korma), Grapes (to make wine with), Cookies, Fabric Stores, Twitter, Electricity, Clorophyl (more like Borophyl), Ibuprofun, Conan, Sleep and the list could go on and on…

We must not take things for granted. Life is too short to not be thankful for what we have… whatever it may be.

   

As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.
-John Fitzgerald Kennedy

Happy Thanksgiving, People!

Bag de Lindsey’s 21st…

So I have started working on the tote bag for my sister’s 21st birthday… and no, I am not worried about her seeing this because, let’s face it… it may or may not turn out alright. In any event, she is really supportive of my crafty goodness. My grandmother taught me to sew and taught kid sister to knit. Of course, I wanted to knit too but did not have quite the knack for it that Lindsey (kid sister) does and so I quit (I am not usually a quitter). Anyhoo, I know Lindsey would want to see the transition from mere fabrics to a finished good, so here I am… mayhaps I should think about Scotchguarding it in case she spills wine coolers on it. (winky face)



Starting off with the above fabrics… may not use them all but I really thought they all sort of went together… really feeling anything bird related these days, birds, feathers, bird cages.. just not their poop.



In my last batch of dyeables

Strips for… wait for it… Smocking

I love to smock things…



So this is what I have so far for the front of the bag. I am undecided about which way this bag will go whether it be messenger-baggy-esque or tote-baggy-like but I guess I will just have to see how this takes shape.

Bag de Lindsey’s 21st…