Saturday, April 28, 2007

Pleased as punch, I am :)

I traded this:




For this:




And I am so happy! It's a beautiful handcrafted lampwork bead pendant, made by a very nice Etsyan vendor, Carleen at Carleens Creations.

Oh, how I do love trading. It kind of takes you back to how things used to be, before the Federal Reserve got involved. You know, "I'll give you five chickens for that there goat," kind of thing.

Thursday, April 26, 2007

Cashmere Sale

FYI, cashmere yarn is on sale in my store for 20% off :)

Today In History

With all the work I've been doing lately, I haven't had a whole lot of knitting time, so I figured that I'd fill my blog today with interesting things that happened today in history.

1514
Copernicus makes his 1st observations of Saturn

1721 Smallpox vaccination 1st administrated
1865 John Wilkes Booth assassin, is shot dead near Bowling Green VA at 27
1906 1st motion pictures shown in Hawaii
1977 New York's famed disco Studio 54 opens
1982 Rod Stewart is mugged, the gunman steals his $50,000 Porsche
1990 Danny Wood of New Kids, steps on a stuffed animal & twists his ankle
1992 "Growing Pains", final episode on ABC TV
1994 1st multi-racial election in South Africa begins [3 days] Dr Nomaza Paintin in New Zealand is 1st black South African to vote

I wish I could take credit for knowing all of this...but I don't. I found it here.

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

In every aspect of your life…go cruelty-free!

Here's My PSA for the day from Bust.com.

Making a sink full of suds, cleaning the commode, hanging with your girls at a make-over party, or hittin’ the town with style, do it all with compassion!

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Tuesday, April 24, 2007

My Brother the Goat Herder

This is my brother in Tennessee:



And these are two of his new goats. When I say new, I mean this is his first go at livestock. I'm so proud of him!




It's a shame they'll be bald after I visit him later on this year...haha!! You CAN spin goat fur into yarn...right?

No worries. I'm just kidding...I think.

Moving Sale

Am I moving? No, but the lovely Miz Amber is and she's having a moving sale- lots of STR, Posh Yarns and *gasp* a first edition Starmore book, plus lots of other good stuff. Stop on over and help a sister out! You know I'd be shopping if I didn't have leprechauns on the brain :)

Monday, April 23, 2007

Some pictures from my backyard

And when I say backyard, I mean this really pretty park in Miami, called Pinecrest Gardens. It's one of our favorite places to go, and this is why: (not to mention the fact that it's also free, free, free!)





I love banyan trees.




There's also a lake here, which to me is the only thing that feels staged, but hey, they have iguanas on their payroll, so I'm OK with it :) Doesn't it look like you should be playing mini-golf here? All they need is a dutch windmill.




Now it's time to play count the iguanas...




A close-up of one of the little suckers...




There's also a small lilypond, which I thought was pretty.




But I think my all time favorite spot in the park is where the magical pink tree lives. This is a photo looking up into it.



And that's my little slice of paradise in Miami.

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Baggage

*grin* I've been sewing my little fingers to the bone over the past few days, and I thought I'd share a few pictures. The first bag is a custom order bag for Wendy aka skywitch, posted here for her perusal...





















I absolutely love this fabric- it is so "alive." I always love working with what someone else picked out, because I get to see a new perspective. It's kind of like looking through someone else's eyes. I can't wait to get it in the mail to her best friend!

The second bag is the first bag that I officially made for myself and didn't jut keep as an afterthought. I found a small amount of this fabric online and snatched it up right away. I do have a gnome obsession as of late, and this bag just scratches that itch.




This fabric is so representative of what I think I would see if I were ever lucky enough to happen upon the fey folk during a walk in the woods.... If you step back from the bag, it looks like a bunch of pretty colors blending together, kind of earthy. It's when you get closer, the details appear, and there they are hidden! Dragons, gnomes, fairies and elves...this fabric makes me soooo very happppy :)






















I do have enough fabric to make one more bag. If anyone is interested, let me know and I'll make it up and list it as Reserved just for you.

xo

Sunday, April 15, 2007

A Thought


I was outside this morning taking pictures for Etsy, and happened to look to my right and notice this one tiny yellow flower in a vast sea of St. Augustine grass. Something struck me as entirely profound about this little flower standing alone, waiting to be noticed. It seemed as if she didn't care, really, if anyone ever came along. Her existence goes on with or without us. Talk about doing your own thing!

I often wonder how many "little flowers" I miss, because I don't take the time to stop and really look around. Notice the little things. The details. I get so caught up in deadlines and worries and the mundane activities that fill up my waking hours. So much time is spent doing things for others, changing diapers, wiping noses, things I wouldn't trade for the world, mind you, but they do take up a great portion of the day...well, I could do without the diapers! :) I can't wait to get to Ireland, where I can just sit on the side of the road and watch the world go by.

Friday, April 13, 2007

Lost and Found

I've had some amazing lost and found experiences within the past few days. Thought I'd share them with you. This may take awhile, so pour yourself a cup of coffee, and get your comfy sweats on :)

I was walking down the street one day and I said, "Universe, I really need a pair of sunglasses. It's so bright here..." A few days later, the DB took wee man to the playground and he found these:




I'm a dork, you say? Why yes I am! Thanks for noticing! These sunglasses are soooo not me, but you know what? They were free and I'll wear the crap out of them! ...well, maybe not in Ireland. They may think I'm some huge famous rockstar or something... :P

I also found these earings that were lost...under a bunch of junkmail on the dining room table...it's so hard to find good help these days...wow, I really do live in fantasyland...rockstar, maid, what's next? Anyway, my bestest friend in the whole wide world sent them to me last week. They're stirling silver with Tiger Eye and Moonstone- my favorite :) She found them in a vintage store and knew they belonged to me...isn't she brilliant? Thanks Misty!




Two days ago, I opened my mailbox and found these inside.



They're stroopwafels from Holland. A very thoughtful knitter who has stopped by my store a few times, sent them as a thank you gift for shipping international. Wasn't that thoughtful? I will totally work for cookies! They're like little waffles with caramel in between. Eli reeeeeally liked them. Pay no attention to the blue spot on his nose...he got into my nailpolish that day...Thanks so much Jenneke!




I also found this in the mail:




What traveling sock knitter would be complete without it? *grin*

Last but certainly not least, I opened up my door yesterday and found the most awesome box of goodies that my KTC swap partner sent me. This was such an awesome surprise! Before I list the items, I must first make mention of how well Sarah did putting this together- she covered all the bases and then some- Inside I found two books, yes folks, two books- The Squires Tale by Gerald Morris and The Secret of Jin-Shei by Alma Alexander- the spooky/funny part to this is that a few days ago, I told myself I needed to find two books to bring with me to Ireland. Now that's covered! I also found a GORGEOUS skein of recycled sari silk from frabjous fibers. This was so cool to discover!! I have yet to work with sari silk and now I get the chance! There was also a tin of ginger-lime tea which is supposed to make a wonderful sun tea (she definitely sent it to the right place!), a package of currant scone mix, Patchouli soap in all these cool swirling colors (good call!), a tin of tangerine lip butter, a pack of book plates, a small pad of paper, and the most perfect gift in the world for my little guy- a retractable sewers tape measure...whew...I think I covered it all! Note: not all items are shown in photo, because they mysteriously became the property of the little man and "moved"...Thank you soooooo very much Sarah- you really outdid yourself and I hope you enjoy your package as well!




OK, I think I'm up to date- have a fabulous weekend!

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

The Results Are In

Thank you to everyone for the well wishes regarding Eli's CAT scan. He did really well on Monday, the little trooper that he is. It was a long day, but we made it! His surgeon called this morning with the results, giving us good news and bad news. The good news is that he doesn't have a ring of cartilage in his esophagus, requiring surgical removal. The bad news is that he was diagnosed with Esophageal Dysmotility, which he will have all of his life. Arrrgggg....frustrating...To break it down in laymen's terms, think of how in elementary school, we were told that if we hung upside down and swallowed food, it would still go up to the stomach- well, if Eli did this, it wouldn't work, because he doesn't have the capability in his esophagus to contract and move the food to the stomach. The only way to correct this, is to perform an aggressive surgery, transferring part of his colon into his esophagus, and that simply is not gonna fly. No way, no how, would I put him through something like that at the stage we're in. He's thriving, gaining weight, etc., he's even taller and heavier than a lot of kids his age.

Soooo, I'm starting to save up for The Magic Bullet, which his father has been coveting for months! :) (what is it with men and this Magic Bullet thing-a-ma-jig?) This thing is cool, though. It does all kinds of amazing blender tricks! It even does your laundry...just kidding! Eli will never be able to enter a pie eating contest, but he will learn to adapt. I just want him to have a normal life. The surgeon told me to treat it like a food allergy. Lots of people have different diets, things they can and can't eat. I know things could be much worse and am thankful that he is doing as well as he is, frustrating as it may be to us.

Muchos gracias again, for all the kind emails, comments and support- It means so much to me :)

Thursday, April 05, 2007

Pink!

Some random pinkness...

I just custom dyed this skein of lace weight merino for a lovely lady who stopped by my Etsy store, and I don't want to part with it... *sobbing*




Eli and I on South Beach a few days ago, on our way to becoming pink :)...




A new colorway for the summertime...Bewitched...





I do believe I'm falling in love with pink!