Friday, July 28, 2006

It didn't felt.....

That hat that I crocheted, extra large, because I was going to felt it....well it didn't felt. No matter how hard I tried. Now this is because I'm a little s..l..o..w and should have read the yarn package...DUH!! It's a wool blend, but it's machine washable....oh well. Live and learn. The sandals I made are too floppy on the sole so I'm trying to figure out how to stiffen them up, but my boys love them and all want a pair, not in my colors, of course, but something manly. They stitch up really quickly too.

Today is a perfect glass day but it looks like I may not be able to squeeze it in. I have to finish up some exchange (clay) items and then I need to hit the grocery for Jimmy. He's out of his night time treat and he goes into withdrawl without it.

Have I filled you in on his habit?? He used to eat 1-2 Hershey Symphony bars every night (the 8 ounce ones). But after awhile he wasn't feeling well (I can't imagine why??) plus it was leaving what I refer to as "poop smears" on the bed. Icky!! Now keep in mind that he works construction and his metabolism processes it very well. He looks great for his 43 years. Well he decided to switch when he tried some of these jelly candies that I got for the kids. They are a close out item at the local Grocery Outlet. He wants me to head out today and buy up whatever they have because it turns out that they aren't availiable locally. In fact they are very popular in the U.K. and way too expensive to buy outright. The bummer about these at night is that they are sugar coated so they leave "sand" in the bed. Arrrggg!! I just can't win! To make a long story short (well maybe a long story longer), I'm going to start buying "test" candy to see if I can find him a new favorite that doesn't bother me in bed and cost a small fortune.

Sooooo I hope to squeeze in some glass sometime today......well see. We have friends visiting tomorrow and Sunday we may go to a car show so the weekends booked. Not like I ever had time on the weekends anyway, but as the Summer begins to wain it seems I have less time than ever.

Time to get on with the day. TGIF!!

Tuesday, July 25, 2006


WOOO HOOOO!!! My daughter got a job at Starbucks! I cannot tell you how happy I am. I have been nagging her for the last year and a half (since she turned 16) to get to work. I think it's important for kids to experience the work world along with going to school and it's excellent that she got on at Starbucks because they have an excellent reputation when it comes to kids working and school. It has been a battle with her for the last year and I think she's finally going to pull things out. She will be a senior and she has credits that she's going to need to make up in order to graduate. I'm bummed about that but I'm hoping she's getting a grip on what she is going to need to do to make it in the world. Her classes next year are mostly honor classes and she's really going to need to bust her butt. She's also talking about going to college. Most likely somewhere local so she can live at home, work & go to school. I have very few complaints about her & last year was a bummer because she found her passion in debate but blew off the rest of her classes for it. I'm hoping she can find a balance this year because she's very smart and on the verge of adulthood.

I'm back to the torch tomorrow. It's finally cooling down enough to make it bearable. I finished a crocheted hat yesterday and I'm pretty pleased with the results. I will get a picture up soon. I now have to learn how to post pictures on this site. It can't be all that hard so hopefully in the next few days. I'm also working on some crocheted sandals. I love the idea, so we'll see how they turn out. I'm finally back to creative mode. It felt like everything was on hold while I decompressed after the camping trip. I will be taking the little guys to the ocean for a week at the end of August but my daughter and honey both have to work. I should be fun anyway & I always tend to drop a few pounds from walking on the beach which is a total bonus. Deep down inside I'm an ocean person. I absolutely love it!! Did I mention that I collect dolphins? Do you see the connection there?

I have a couple of things in the works so I'm excited to be updating on a more regular basis. Thanks for sticking with me.

Take care & enjoy your evening!

Monday, July 24, 2006


They are now saying we won't be cooling off untill next week. I need to start getting up earlier to squeeze in some lampwork befor it starts scorching. Yesterday I worked up a sweat giving buzzes to the boys. Today I wan't to get in some clay work. We went down to our shop and dug up this big fan we've had for awhile. It helps curculate the warm air and it did help to cool it off a little faster after nightfall. I feel like I'm stuck in a rut with it so hot but I'm working on getting out of the that today. Jimmy keeps talking about AC but in this mobile it just isn't worth it. When we get around to building a new house we will have it installed but in the meantime we'll just have to wait. It isn't exactly hot here year around so it's not a neccesity.

Can you tell I'm just rambling today. I think it's the heat. Sorry about that. I'll stop dragging this out for the day & try to get back here tonight with something a little more interesting.

Saturday, July 22, 2006


I love how easy it is to log in here! I hope to be posting a lot more. Today I'm taking the kids down to my parents for swimming. If you haven't heard, this part of the country is having a heat wave right now. Yesterday we were in the mid 90's and today we will be in the low 90's, so I figure it can't hurt to spend a day at the pool. Besides it gives me a good reason to crochet. I'm working on a hat (cowgirl) and will (hopefully) be whipping up a pair of summer sandals. Yes, I'll post pictures when I'm done. I've already (almost) finished a hat. The hat part is done, but now it needs to be felted. When my 3 year old puts it on it hangs down past his chest. This will be the first time I've wet felted anything & it should be easy since I'm doing it in the washing machine. It was crocheted first in a cream color wool blend yarn that has a boulce texture.

I might pack some beading too. Just some quick spiral stitch that I've been working on. It's a cool color combo of teal and purple. I'm thinking I have to translate that into glass. I haven't had any time at the torch since the weather heated up. Today it dawned at 80 degrees in the house. The temp is supposed to start dipping again after the weekend so I should be back at it then. The temp even makes it harder to work with polymer since it softens it up a little too much.

I have to add another tea flavor to my rants. I know in my other blog I was filling you in on tea that I love. Well I found one at the local Freddy's. The flavor is Raspberry Earl Gray. It's made by Zhena's Gypsy Tea & boy is it good!!! I could drink it all day! Here's their website link YUMMY!

I'm outta here for the day & I should be posting more with the ease of signing in. Thanks Blogger!

Enjoy your Saturday! :)

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

I'm back to blogger!

This is a quick post so that you know I've made the switch back. I should be around more often now that I don't have to try and log in several times before I get here. I'll continue on my adventure. Thanks for your support & I should be back tomorrow.