Monday, January 31, 2011

bad girl

This weekend Dean worked in New Orleans so after doing all the 'have to dos' on my list, I got to do this:

and yes, the book WAS good!

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Truth or Dare

obviously Matt chose DARE.......

Friday, January 28, 2011


This is what it looks like at 5:30 a.m. around here folks.......

don't you love her stripey sock?

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

little thief

I finally took down my Year of Enchantment tree this past Saturday.

And Suki helped.
Sort of.

First, she tried to squeeze her little body into the box with the ornament compartments. Even a wee little 8 pound cat can't do that!

When that didn't work, she started stealing the ornaments.

She stole them when ever my back was turned....and even when it wasn't!

She even stole them after I had wrapped them and put them in their box!

She stole this one and dragged it into her kitty lair.

Luckily, I was quick and got them all back before she did any damage. In retrospect, I think it was the 'stealing' she liked....not the actual playing with them.

Monday, January 24, 2011


Kaela had a friend spend the night Saturday night.

They disappeared into her room for about an hour and when they came out, Kaela looked like this!

See what a flat iron and an hour will do to curly hair?

Of course, Matt had to come out and 'pet' her hair since it was straight......which drove her nuts!

Thankfully, Kaela loves her curly hair so it didn't last long....but it was pretty while it lasted!

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Hangin' with my gnomie

Gunter and I shared breakfast this morning.

Nothing like kingcake and Starbuck's salted caramel hot cocoa to do a body bad good.

Gunter got the baby....which means he has to buy the next one.......for those of you who don't know the story behind the 'baby in the kingcake' and want to learn, click here.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Monday, January 17, 2011

Fun in NOLA

My sister and her husband came over for a quick visit this weekend. The weather was GORGEOUS so we went into NOLA to walk around and just hang out.
We had plans to go to the WWII museum but never made it there.

We got lucky and ran into a wedding party as they danced down the street on their way to the reception....

While waiting for lunch at the Gumbo Shop, we walked through bubbles someone had blowing from a machine on their balcony.

While in Jax Square, I did my January toy drop....a toadstool pencil topper. Click on the link of you want the pattern.

We saw all the 'metal men' that were out. There was one other guy but he wasn't ready for a photo and it was getting late so we moved on.

We ate beignets with hot cocoa at Cafe Du Monde (don't we ALWAYS?)

someone got messy!

Before leaving, we stopped and listened to Tanya and Dorise.....oh my gosh, these girls are talented!

They had their CDs for sale so I bought I wish I'd bought all four! My camera's batteries died as I was trying to zoom in to take this photo...oh well.

It was getting really cold so we went out to eat and then went on home.
It was such a great day....I was sad to see it end.

Friday, January 14, 2011

fun mail....

I got some fun mail again! I love it when I open the mailbox and don't cringe from stacks of bills!!!!

I was in Amy Lyons ornament swap and sent in a few of these ornaments seen here and here.

I got these in return...I left them in their packaging to protect them since Christmas is over so forgive the glare.

This one may be used in February...hmmm...

Too cute, with a little bell....

this beaded tree is a work of art and labor of love!

a cute angel....

and the favorite...twinkle bear! This ornament WAS wrapped in cellophane too....but Kaela ripped it open before I could stop her!

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

super easy crochet wrist warmers

I made these wrist warmers for Kaela for Christmas this year.

I chose a fluffy, warm yarn that covers mistakes well but you can easily do this with cotton or wool, just adjust the hook size accordingly.

You will need:

Lion's Brand Homespun yarn

Size "I" crochet hook.

Blunt tapestry needle


These directions are for small wrist warmers. They extend about 3 inches beyond the wrist bones and end at the middle knuckle on your fingers. You can make them shorter or longer, just increase or decrease the beginning chain. You'll need to hold it against your hand to get an idea of where you want it to end.

  • Row 1: Chain 25. This wrist warmer is worked length wise. BUT, you can easily work it width wise if you are familiar with crochet.
  • Row 2: Turn, in second chain work one double crochet (dc) and then work one dc in each chain across to the end. Chain 1, turn.
  • Row 3-? and edge: Continue working dc across as you build your rows. Make sure you chain 1 at each end and to keep the line even as you go.
  • When the wrist warmer is wide enough to go around your hand/wrist comfortably, it is time to work the little edge at the top. Do NOT fasten off.
  • You will have something that looks like a square:

I wanted the edge to be cute so I made one like this:
  • When you get to the end of your last row chain 3 instead of 1, turn.

  • Skip one stitch and then slip stitch into the next stitch. It looks like a sort of little bump.

  • *Then chain 3, skip a stitch, slip stitch into next stitch* across the top.
  • At the end, fasten off, and using your needle, sew in the end.
this is what the edge looks like once completed:

now to sew it up!

  • Thread your needle with 18" of yarn and starting at the bottom, make a knot with your yarn and then as you stitch up the side, enclose the tail of the yarn inside a few of the first stitches.
  • Continue to stitch up the length of the wrist warmer. You'll need to slip it on at least once to see where it hits your thumb so you can make a hole for it.
  • Once you are ready for the thumb hole, slip your wrist warmer on.

  • Make a little slipknot under the thumb as a reinforcement. The weave the yarn up to right about the thumb. Then stitch the hole around your thumb closed. I found it easier to do it with it on...see?

  • Once your thumb is done, take off the wrist warmer and continue stitching up the side.
  • At the top, fasten off and weave in the tail. Work second wrist warmer the same way.
  • At this point, you are done!  I didn't add a thumb for this pattern, but you can, just attach the yarn and sc around 8-10 stiches for 3-5 rows!

Monday, January 10, 2011

that darn cat

We took our Christmas decorations down yesterday.

Apparently, Suki felt that once the ornaments were off the tree, it was her's and she kept jumping into it.

She would NOT get out either........she was quite content, sitting in a fake tree, trying to chew chewing on the fake branches......

Here is the 'look' she gave us each time we tried to get her out!

Each time we pulled her out she would circle the house and jump back in.

Friday, January 7, 2011

Snow Fairy

I googled "Snow Fairy" for ornament ideas...

here is the photo that popped up....

Talk about getting a BLUE MOON! hahaha!

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

catching up....

I made the kids a few Christmas presents that I couldn't share before the holidays.....

I made Kaela some wrist warmers

and a sock monkey hat...

I made Matt a hat too.

The hat and sock monkey pattern came from the Happy Hooker crochet book....I just LOVE that book!

We made pet cozies and toys again this year for the local animal shelter. We cut it close to the wire this year and delivered them the 23rd!
We added some food and treats to round out the delivery before taking it by.

cat nip noise makers....Suki LOVED these. I guess I'll have to make a few for our own kitties.

tassel toys for kitties too...I came home from work DAILY to find these had been dragged out of the sewing room.

pull toys for pooches....Ginger and Mojo stole approved

The sweet animals are in desperate need of forever homes and no matter how hard I try, I always cry when we are there.

The time and effort we put into our meager donation helps us feel better since we can't possibly take them ALL home! (But if there is ever a hedgehog amongst the homeless, consider it MINE.)
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