Sunday, December 27, 2009

If you click on the card to make it bigger I think you will see it says Merry Christmas on it. These are tatted ribbon bows that I made to help my grandson Timothy decorate a pine weath he made in school. Right now I don't have a picture of the actual weath but I did take this scan of them and thought it made a festive looking picture.

Wow Where do I start??? Well first I hope you all had a very nice Christmas.

Santas, secret or those of the friends and family were very good to me this year. I guess that means I must have been a very good girl. Can it BE??!!

Here is a picture of my family. They really hate it when I want them to pose for the family picture...but they do it anyways.

My little movie star Girly Girl is now walking. She turned 10 months on Christmas. Here she little movie Star Kiara. This other picture of Kiara is so cute too...I don't think she likes the flash from my camera.

Everybody here knows I love the "Wizard of Oz" movie and I like to immitate the wicked witch around here. Of coarse if you ask Gary my husband he would tell you there is NO immitating of the witch...I am the witch. But from Chrystal and Gary ( her significant) I got the "Wizard of Oz" musical snowglobe with both the good witch and the bad which I have been heard to be saying "Am I a good Witch or a Bad Witch. I love it.

This year must have been the year of the hats...look at the pictures and you can see why.
Michelle got me this very nice hat,gloves and scarf. The hat reminded me of a hat that I saw Sue Hanson wore when she came to my house years ago. It kinda looks a bit Brit to me. I also posed with my head down like Micheal Jackson did in "Billy Jean" music clip so you could see the top band of my hat better. I love it and my kids actually thought it looked good too. I wonder how it will look with my New Jets Winter Jacket though...LOL

But I am in another hat......WHAT!!!! A witches' hat on Christmas you say....but I got this hat from my friend Carol Amich this year. I had mentioned I didn't have a witches hat....can you believe immitating the Wicked Witch of the West without a witches hat...well that will no longer be the case....Here I am posing again in my very own Witches Hat. And take a look at my shirt. It is a skeletal person walking a skeletal doggie and it says Happy Halloweenie.
Now this leads me to my other Christmas exchanges presents.
From Carol I got this really cool and I mean cool Christmas witch that she named Chriselda. Isn't she cool??? I told Carol she needed to make me the Christmas elf too that she sent to Karey for her exchange so I could play the "Odd Couple."

Here she is!! And I love the fact she used a plastic Christmas bulb instead of a glass one. I don't have to worry about it getting broken. She will be out and about all year and not packaged away. I keep my gifts that are hand made out all year in displays for I so enjoy looking at them.
As I mentioned she also sent me the cool Witches hat. Here is a picture showing whatelse Carol sent to me. Take a look at the hedgehog ring and the heggie squeeky toy.
Thank you so much Carol for my lovely fun Christmas package.

Then from my Secret Santa exchange from the Tattinggoddess list I got this pretty beaded glass ornament. In the other picture you can see what else my Secret Santa sent to me. I also like that she sent me a chocolate box to store the ornament in...but I will be keeping the ornament out year around. I know I will enjoy the Christmas CD since I am a music lover and the earrings will be fun to wear...and oh I forgot to add the White bark Pepperment bar into the picture...but she also sent me that. I haven't eaten it yet...but I will. Have no fear when it comes to chocolate and me. I wish I knew who she was. All I know is her return address is Everett, Wa.

And yesterday I got another surprise in the mail. A box from Tatman. Wow was I surprised. Anyhow...Here is what she sent to me. Isn't the penquin cute? I have to admit when I first saw the little box I was wondering what that was ontop of the box...and then the lightening bolt hit me right in the hear and turned my hair all which and more wiry than usual. It was the little Christmas tree that he tatted out of that tiny itsy bitsy thread he likes tatting with. So Ha Ha...I have the little tree. HEHe. But seeing a Zales box...I was wondering...does Mark actually shop at Zales...I myself stay very far away from Zales. I can't afford anything in that store...but when I opened the box inside was a cute leaf done in bobbinlace wire. Mark mentioned on his card that he should do more bobbinlace wire...and you know I should too. But I so need more time in my life. I really do!! Mark said I could wear it as a pendant. We will see...we will see...If I had another one like it I could have a pair of earrings. I am also showing close ups of the leaf pendant and the tatted half ring Christmas tree. Thank you so much Mark.

I have been doing some Cross Stitching and I made these ornaments up for my kids this year. I was gong to put tatting around the outside but I just couldn't find the time to do it. These are all Pairaie Schooler designs. They are alot of fun to stitch up. I plan on doing more of them.

From Gary and Chrystal I also got the chart called "Paradise Lost" designed by Paulette Stewart of Plum Street Samplers designs. I am going to so much enjoy stitching this design. I love all the cute elements of the design. Like look at the birds in the leaves of the one tree for instance. Paulette also design the "Tis Halloween" design that I changed into "Tis Christmas" that I gave to Carol Amich and since then I have just finished another one. This time I used metallics in my snowflakes and did the lettering in red and green...then I was thinking I could also do the snowflakes in red and green. I have to say this is one of my favorite designs. IT is so much fun. So here are more pictures.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Can't let myself get too stale huh??? I have got to write once in awhile ...Right? So here I am writing ...but I don't have much to write about....but I do have a picture to share. I have been working on cross stitch and tatting ornaments for my children this year. This design is by Country Cottage Needleworks and ws in 2008 Just Cross Stitch Ornament Issue. The edging on the cross stitch piece is "Black Magic" design by Mary Konior.This is slow going...for I don't have a ton of time. ....Yeah...I know I am home 24/7...but I watch my grandchildren almost everyday...and that takes time....and lots of interruptions.

Christmas is coming...are you ready?? I am not. Since we are so broke right now because of my husband being out of work since April things have been really tough this year...but we are surviving. My husband has found a new job. Isn't that great news. He has just started so not too sure how things will go...He will not be making what he did at his old job,but at least he doesn't have to drive about an hour one way to get to work like he did with his job of over 30 years. Now it takes him an half of the hour so we will save some money with him not driving and burning so much gas getting to work.

I did get a surprise in the mail today. Some cross stitch charts that the designer was so nice to send to me as a gift. I couldn't believe it when I got them. There were five in the envelope. And I really wanted these patterns too. What a shock!! They certainly brightened up my day. I got the envelope this afternoon but I was really busy today and so I decided I would wait to open it (though I didn't know what the envelope was) after I got my work done and the Grandkids when home so I could have my cup of International coffee and put my feet up and sigh...and then open the envelope. So I am in a pretty good mood still. :)

Earlier this week I also received two packages. One is from my Secret Santa from the Tattinggoddess list. I picked it up...not too heavy, I do hear a bit of rattle when shaken...but I didn't do that too hard...and I have put it by my Hershey Ornament tree that I have sitting up on my husband's old fold down or rolled down desk that his father made when he was very young. I think that desk means more to him than anything else in the house.

I also got a package from Carol Amich. Carol and I always do exchanges on Halloweenie...and Christmas. That Package is also next to the Secret Santa package under the same tree. This is a shoe size box. Nothing isn't too heavy but I would say heavier than the Secret Santa one...Yup...I compared the two as far as weight goes....LOL...

Christmas is coming and we haven't even started our Christmas shopping though we do have one gift for my youngest son...otherwise...nothing has been bought and I don't know where we will get the money to buy anymore gifts but we will do the best we can.

Christmas will be at my house for the family celebration as usual. I always make Christmas cookies...and HOmemade and I mean yeast and dough rising Cinnamon rolls. Both of these goodies have become a tradition. I did say that maybe I wouldn't make the rolls since it takes me all day and I end up with flour in my hair to got with my already gray hair. I do need to get the dye in my hair again....but it is finding time to do it...Of coarse besides the goodies I will bake...I always do the dinner too. I will do the dinner always though if that means I can get all my children and grandchildren here...I BRING out the food and they come.

Now I will leave you with just a couple pictures. One is one of ornaments I made and in the other picture is a picture of me and my youngest Grandson Peyton at Eastview Mall. Chrystal wanted me to come with her to the Mall but Peyton just wanted to go home. Come to find out he has another cold and pressure behind his ears. I took him to the Doctor's yesterday morning for Chrystal since she had to work.

Enjoy the pictures.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Hiya everybody in Cyberland. Not too much to report here except to say...I have been really, really busy in getting stuff done for my exchanges. Busy...busy...busy....but I did take some time out to do this cross stitch picture. The design is called "Tis Halloween" and it is done by the "Plum Street Sampler by Pauline. ......OH did you get the name...but it says Christmas in the picture doesn't it. know me....I always like to do something different. I love this picture design. I love the witch in the sleigh going along and take a look at those those are what I call different looking snowflakes from the usual ones you see cross stitched. Check out those colors too...Anyhow...this design was originally for Halloween. It was done on orange color linen and it did say "Tis Halloween". Since I am so poor these days...I took a piece of scrap evenweave material. I don't know if it is linen or cotton. Anyhow...I painted it green, red and a sprinkling of gold to get that Christmas look and then I changed Halloween to Christmas. I love this design and I think I will make it again down the road. Check out the other Plum Street Sampler designs. I want to do "Paradise Lost" eventually. It is a sampler and a really cool and colorful one at that.
Right now I am thinking...what should I do with it...any of you got any suggestions out there in Cyberland.

I have also finished my one square knitted shawl from Goddessknits

My shawl was a Kal a group of knitters on Yahoo groups. This shawl might even be one of the shawls she is selling the pattern for now...but I don't know what she has called it. Anyhow...I don't have a picture of that shawl yet. But I will hopefully soon. I am really happy with the way it turned out.

I can't show anything else right now is all a bunch of twinkling secrets right now.
Until next time...keep dreaming those wishes.