Sunday, November 30, 2008

Christmas Creations Part I

I am furiously working on Christmas gifts! All the kids in my family will be getting a softie pet from me this year. Martha Stewart featured the book "Sock and Glove" by Miyako Kanamori over the summer and I absolutely fell in love with the little dog they made on the show. The book is available on Amazon ( and I highly recommend it!

You don't need a lot of sewing expertise and there are 13 different projects in the book.

Here are my first set of softie dogs.

Tomorrow I will be working on a Panda Bear and cat!

Other projects I am working on (and will post instructions for) are photo transfer tiles with a crackle finish, place mats made from hand dyed fabric (much easier than it sounds!) and a holiday throw pillow with a cute felt applique!

So check back each week to see which project I am working on - - all of my projects can be created in a weekend!

Sunday, November 23, 2008

The cast of characters....

So that you can all keep up (because I do refer to them all a lot), here is the run down on the animal members of my household.

Please note that at any given time, we may also be harboring furry guests for vacationing friends & family.

Elephant the Cat

Named by my niece, Kayleigh while she was going through a very “concrete” period in her young life when it came to naming things...Elephant was born grey – hence Elephant. His littermate was striped – was named Tiger. And then there was her turtle – Green Apple. I believe this concrete period coincided with the period in which she asked my sister to have her name changed to “Rainbow Fish”.

Elephant was MY cat until I started dating my now husband. Now, if Danny is around – I am invisible.


Emotionally, very needy. He is a momma’s boy. He also has a severe “cookie” addiction.
It’s a problem.

HATES it when we dog sit!


Peetie’s littermate. She is a very sweet, lovey little girl. She only has 3 legs and she always has a look on her face like someone just yelled at her or beat her - - but that is the look she has always had – even when she had 4 legs.
She is a Daddy’s girl.
Her nickname is "CRAZY!"

My husband’s prized German Shorthair Pointer. This is definitely a man’s man dog! He hunts with my husband and basically worships the ground he walks on - - following him everywhere around the house and even waiting for him outside the bathroom door.

LOVES it when we dog sit!

Sheldon the Wonder Turtle

My 9 month old Red Ear Slider - - my newest obsession! Turtles ROCK!

Monday, November 10, 2008

Welcome to My World, Won't you come on in...

Welcome to my world

Won't you come on in

If you don't immediately recognize, immediately smile, and immediately start singing this song, you are really, really young, or are just not a fan of Classic Country. Google Jim Reeves or Tammy Wynette. Better yet, just download it from iTunes. I'd have it playing on a playlist that automatically starts when you open my blog, but I really hate that about blogs. Mostly because when I am trying to be sneaky at work - - and I open a blog at my office and a REALLY loud, inappropriate rap song starts blaring from my computer, well, it's a little more than annoying and embarrasing.

Miracles I guess

Still happen now and then

Yeah, so I started blog.

Step into my heart

Leave your cares behind

Welcome to my world

I am an emotional, (super) opinionated person.

Built with you in mind

um, not so much.

Knock and the door will open

Seek and you will find

Ask and you'll be given

The key to this world of mine

I'll be waiting here

With my arms unfurled

Waiting just for you

Welcome to my world

What to expect from me....posts about my scrapbook layouts and other crafty things, posts about my pets and their care - - especially look for updates about my RES Turtle tank improvements, LOTS of pics of the Big Ass fish I catch, and I guess I'll have to give "props" to my husband and Larry - who I fish with. Sometimes I might even post about the words I think I make up to fit in the daily crossword puzzle that turn out to be real, and correct. I will also post updates about the things that I find amusing and interesting happening with my family.


"Fasten your seatbelts, it's going to be a bumpy night!"

and please don't admit to me that you don't recognize that quote!

Reel Girl