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…

Exploring the Outah Banks, NC

Wright Brothers National Memorial, Kitty Hawk, NC- We don’t normally see that

See Things That You Don’t Normally See… that was my family’s motto after we went to the Outer Banks for my sister’s birthday weekend. We have the tendency to want to relax when we are together, especially when we are getting away from our normal, hectic day to day lives. But this trip, we powered through some sight seeing and were certainly better for it. I think that I will take that little motto on my daily excursions and might have a better attitude about getting lost or being detoured on a country road. I don’t normally see it; I should try to enjoy it.

The boulder signified where these dudes actually took off for the first time. There were the old rails and everything there. Certainly was pretty cool to imagine being there that day…

Believe it or not, it took us quite a bit of maneuvering to shimmy up on top of this massive metal structure all so my mother could have her picture.

Climbing to the top of this lighthouse certainly helped work off the seafood dinner we had the night before… but the view was quite worth it.
A family trip to remember… and we didn’t even fight once 😉
Exploring the Outah Banks, NC

Barb Fights Like a Girl

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. This is a cause that is near and dear to me. Having a grandmother that endured breast cancer was an eye opening experience. She was diagnosed in the mid eighties, when I was just a little kid. To think, had she not survived, I would have never known her. I am grateful for the chance to have her in my life and thank God she “fought like a girl” and booted that cancer out the door.

My mother tells the story like this. Her mother, we’ll call her Barb, well… because that’s her name, called her up one day. Barb said she had just returned from the hospital where she had one of her breast removed; she had been diagnosed with breast cancer. She was starting treatments. My mom was like, “whaaa whaaa whaaat?” My grandma dealt with it all on her own, not telling her children until she had undergone surgery. I can’t even imagine the strength that must have taken… what a real challenge that requires emotional and physical energy… she went through a lot… and this could explain her smidge of later in life curmudgeoness. 😉 All in all? She rocks. I love her. She makes me proud.


Barb is a “Crazy Sexy Cancer Survivor”

Because this cause has been close to my heart, I have tried to volunteer my time over the years/ do something to raise awareness/ much needed funds. When in college, my rugby team volunteered for the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer. We worked the registration before the walk began. This was my first taste of just how many people were affected by Breast Cancer. I will never forget for the rest of my life, one woman who was registered for the walk. She was late to check in and was concerned about being able to leave during the walk and then coming back (something that usually wasn’t allowed). She had to leave to attend her mother’s funeral. She had passed due to breast cancer just days before. The words I’ll never forget, “My mom would have wanted me to do this.”

Amplify that experience by 10 and you have the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer 3-Day. I raised over $2000 just to be able to participate (some of which I had to donate myself). The fundraising in and of itself was a job and took me nearly 5 months to do. I still maintain that the “Booze for Boobs” fundraiser was the best and was a major contributing factor in raising awareness among friends (shout out to John, Cristina and June for helping to throw that killer bash). Come time for the 3 day, 60 mile walk, I was by myself and afraid to spend 3 days walking on my lonesome. WAS.NOT.THE.CASE. I met Wendy at minute one. Jill and Heather shortly thereafter, Rachel and her mom after that. These were women who were a constant support even though we had only known eachother for a short time. The cause brought us together to a 60 mile, teary-eyed emotional roller coaster of sharing and caring… an experience I’ll never forget. I called Barb on my ride home to cry a little (you have no idea how emotional it is and how very tiring walking 60 miles can be) and just express my joy in her survival. I hope she got it. I love her and did it for her and all the other families that have dealt with this.

Breast Cancer 3-Day with women I didn’t know until we bonded over such an emotional and physical experience.

Barb has been in remission for well over 20 years, so now we can joke about it… joke about the dog dragging her gel breast insert, aka “chicken cutlet”, out into the living room, whilst also destroying tissues while he was at it. He obvi didn’t want her to stuff her bra. She has a great sense of humor, can totally take a joke and gives it as good as she gets it. Barb= Hot Ticket… and we are lucky to have her with us.


Me and Barb, August 2010, browsing used books

PS. Some of my favorite breast cancer awareness jobbies? Susan G. Komen for the cure, The National Breast Cancer Foundation,  Avon Foundation for Women, and Breast Cancer.Org.

PPS. Barb has given me many things in this life, love, affection, annoying email forwards (just kidding Barb, they’re cute) but the greatest gift that wonderful woman ever gave me… and my mother… and my cousin… were D’s and DD’s. Rock on chesty girls!

Barb Fights Like a Girl