Friday, January 28, 2011

School's back

You can deffinitely tell I've been hitting the books and not the crafty ones... I have not knit in two weeks :-(
the upside to this being that all my homework for class has been done ontime, and often ahead of schedule... the down side being that, I have projects I NEED to finish!!
The only crafting I've done this past two weeks has been some painted picture frames. Our hallway is getting full!! but i want to pull them all down and make them level with eachother... project for another day...
while painting the frames I also painted a shelf for the picture frames that don't hang on the wall. When it gets put up I will post pictures. Until then, I need to shower before class, final packing, load car, go to both classes, then pick up the boyfran and away we go!!
Its our mini-vacay!!! since we work all holiday weekends, this is our special own holiday weekend. planned: hotel with swimming pool, Johnny Carrino's Italian Grill, movie; the Fighter, and LOTs of relaxing :-D

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Christmas pictures, and updated stain glass

So, I promised an update after Exams were done, well here it finally is!!
and with a super cute little Santa guy too :-)
My Christmas crafting consisted of making ourselves a place for the cards we were beginning to receive. I bought a pack of 4 square cork boards, and some ribbon from Hobby Lobby, it was tricky, and I think if I were to try again I would do more, but the final look was ok. It sat above our tree in the living room, and worked well... but was a little smallHere's how the tree looked too:
cute right? Also from Hobby Lobby was our tree topper, doesn't light up, but is super shiny
So those are the Christmas pictures I never put up. Nothing too exciting, but felt I should at least post them.

Now on to the knitting updates. All the pieces for the stain glass lapghan were knitted, so the dreaded finishing touches of sewing had to be started. Here's a pic of the black edging all the pieces received:
And the finished, finally sewn together pieces!! No, it was not done Christmas morning, sadly I still haven't mastered that... but I did get overtime at work the week before, so have a GREAT excuse :-\

Next step to the lapghan is the fun finishing touches, MORE knitting!! the two black trim pieces that will sandwich the final product. I decided to knit them at the same time since I had two balls of black anyway. Plus they will absolutely be the same length.
I've nearly reached the halfway spot with knitting, so hopefully before Valentines Day the Xmas gift will be in its giftee's living room.

Other fun Xmas info. Got a cute bag from sister #3 which I already shared with the ladies of DTDLcrafters. And "Knitting Socks from the Toe Up" from sister #1. I'm very excited to knit some socks, its something I've always wanted to do, but been scared because I'm a corner cutter and don't check my gauge (I know, shame on me) so my few sweaters have not lived up to my expectations. Its one of my many irony/oxymoronic natures that I am a perfectionist who wont take time to make it perfect.

But I'm going to do socks right! I'm not allowed to buy yarn until the lapghan is done, so I'm knitting quickly and trying to be good. Gift card to Micheal's from Momma will make it easy to buy some starter yarn to practice with.

OK, well its time to get some homework done, and pay some bills before work tonight. Thanks all for reading my blog :-)

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Also in knitting news...

the stain glass afghan/lapghan may be completed soon!! even though I forgot my yarn when I went from work to knitting this afternoon. Worked on it this evening and I'm getting close. Sewing is so boring, I can't wait until it is done and I get to start a shiny new knitting project.

Got gifties from sisters for Christmas that will be the start of new projects!! :-) excited

Resolutions cont...

I was told this list comes from BBC and that they believe most people have only read 6 items on the list, I shrank the ones I've already read, and will edit as I follow my new year's resolution:
1 Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
2 The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien
3 Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
4 Harry Potter series - JK Rowling
5 To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
6 The Bible
7 Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte
8 Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell
9 His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman
10 Great Expectations - Charles Dickens
11 Little Women - Louisa M Alcott
12 Tess of the D’Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy
13 Catch 22 - Joseph Heller
14 Complete Works of Shakespeare
15 Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier
16 The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien
17 Birdsong - Sebastian Faulk
18 Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger
19 The Time Traveler’s Wife - Audrey Niffenegger
20 Middlemarch - George Eliot
21 Gone With The Wind - Margaret Mitchell
22 The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald
24 War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy
25 The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams
26 Brideshead Revisited - Evelyn Waugh
27 Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
28 Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck
29 Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll
30 The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame
31 Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy
32 David Copperfield - Charles Dickens
33 Chronicles of Narnia - CS Lewis
34 Emma -Jane Austen
35 Persuasion - Jane Austen
36 The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe - CS Lewis
37 The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini
38 Captain Corelli’s Mandolin - Louis De Bernieres
39 Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden
40 Winnie the Pooh - A.A. Milne
41 Animal Farm - George Orwell
42 The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown
43 One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
44 A Prayer for Owen Meaney - John Irving
45 The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins
46 Anne of Green Gables - LM Montgomery
47 Far From The Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy
48 The Handmaid’s Tale - Margaret Atwood
49 Lord of the Flies - William Golding
50 Atonement - Ian McEwan
51 Life of Pi - Yann Martel
52 Dune - Frank Herbert
53 Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons
54 Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen
55 A Suitable Boy - Vikram Seth
56 The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon
57 A Tale Of Two Cities - Charles Dickens
58 Brave New World - Aldous Huxley
59 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time - Mark Haddon
60 Love In The Time Of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
61 Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck
62 Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov
63 The Secret History - Donna Tartt
64 The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold
65 Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas
66 On The Road - Jack Kerouac
67 Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy
68 Bridget Jones’s Diary - Helen Fielding
69 Midnight’s Children - Salman Rushdie
70 Moby Dick - Herman Melville
71 Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens
72 Dracula - Bram Stoker
73 The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett
74 Notes From A Small Island - Bill Bryson
75 Ulysses - James Joyce
76 The Inferno - Dante
77 Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome
78 Germinal - Emile Zola
79 Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackeray
80 Possession - AS Byatt
81 A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens
82 Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell
83 The Color Purple - Alice Walker
84 The Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro
85 Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert
86 A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry
87 Charlotte’s Web - E.B. White
88 The Five People You Meet In Heaven - Mitch Albom
89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
90 The Faraway Tree Collection - Enid Blyton
91 Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad
92 The Little Prince - Antoine De Saint-Exupery
93 The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks
94 Watership Down - Richard Adams
95 A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole
96 A Town Like Alice - Nevil Shute
97 The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas
98 Hamlet - William Shakespeare
99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl
100 Les Miserables - Victor Hugo

ten books - 1-4-2011
twelve books - 7-12-2011
23! 7-12-2014

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Happy New Year!!

* put more money in Savings account, not just spend wisely, but actually move it away from accessibility.
* read the classics. Sure I've seen the movies but I've never actually read Oliver Twist, Little Women, Pride and Prejudice, etc
* take more time for me. It'll help reduce stress and maybe the relaxed me will be able to pass (Ace) classes happily :-)

Happy 2011 everyone, hope its the best one yet