Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Forgetting a Loved One's Birthday...

I have to tell you, forgetting a loved one's birthday has to be the absolute worst feeling in the world. My step-mom is a wonderful woman to me and my whole family. She always gets us presents for multiple occasions. We have been blessed with such a neat and creative woman in our family. And guess what? I go off and forget her birthday! I just feel awful.

Things have been crazy lately, I keep saying I have so many irons in the fire it is unreal. This Saturday is my sister's 21st birthday (hopefully I will remember it!) I agreed to be her designated driver for the evening. Being the driver of a Tahoe, I can fit her and six of her friends in the vehicle. My sister is 11 years younger, so I figure, at least this way, I know she is safe. We live in a "dry county". No alcohol is sold in the county. So, that means I will be driving a bunch of crazy kids to Little Rock and back on Saturday night. Pray for me, PLEASE! LOL

Also, my sister has requested a BEAR costume for Halloween. Guess who is making it? Yup! The kicker is, she needs it by Friday Night...THIS FRIDAY!!! I have the material and the pattern, I just have to somehow being able to bend the laws of time and put it all together in three days. Fun....yeah right. I will be sure to post pictures of the process.

That's it for now, off to cut out pieces of the bear...bleh!

Sunday, October 21, 2007

AREtsy Team Chat

We had an amazing chat last night for our Arkansas Etsy Street team...I loved it! Those girls rock when it comes to ideas about getting the word out about Etsy and our own stores too! What an amazing group of women! Really, I can't say enough nice things about them!

I have so many irons in the fire right now. Boy, so many awesome things are on the horizon! I just can not wait to get to all of them. Slow down and focus on one thing at a time (I hear my mother saying) LOL

Have a great Sunday, I am off to church!

Friday, October 19, 2007

Twisted Christmas

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas...well...not really! But it is beginning to look a lot like Christmas Craft season! Yay! It the most wonderful time of the year. Everyone starts thinking of the great things they can make for all the loved ones in their lives. I just made this Twisted Christmas Colorway and put it on Etsy...it has already sold. It went with a custom order for an extra amount of twisted red yarn for a trim. I will be painting more of this Christmas colorway, just not in the "twisted" yarn. I will post a picture so you can compare!

Continuing with the Christmas type theme here is some "Candy Cane" ish roving. It was fun to paint. It is for sale now on Etsy.
Next week is going to be awesome. I am going to go into my dye workshop and will not come out until I have a ton of yarn done. Been especially inspired lately, I have been writing tons of colorway combos in my notebook and I can't wait to get to them. Many more Christmas Colors and loads of wintery and fall colors. I am finally kicking this darn cold and am feeling more up to painting. Hummmm...I may just have to go do some now.

OH!!! I got my raverly invite FINALLY!!! frecklegirl has invited you to Ravelry! I am so excited. It looks like such an amazing community! I can't wait to dive in. After I dye some yarn that is.

I hope it is as beautiful day in your world as it is here! Have a great one!

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Big Sigh

What a week! Man, I have been hit with a nasty cold or something. I was in bed for a couple days, well, not really in bed...but definitely couch ridden! Above is a picture of the gift basket I put together for Susan B Anderson. She is such a sweetheart for taking the time to come to Arkansas and help with Knitting For Noggins and the Arkansas Children's Hospital. Unfortunately, due to being sick, I was unable to personally meet her. I was so disappointed. I even had bought a new outfit, so I would look extra spiffy. LOL BUT, in the process of getting dressed I just about passed out and figured being as sick as I was, it really wasn't fair for me to go share my germs with all the nice folks at the Knitting for Noggins meeting. Bummer! My friend from Bella Lana, Margie Pulley, took the basket and presented it to her for me. So, she did still get the basket.

My beloved knitting shop is closing *sob* October the 27th, is the final day Bella Lana will have it's doors open to the public. Margie and I do have many plans for the future. She is helping write a sock pattern for a soon to come sock kit. Also, we are going to be starting a knitting group through New Life Church in Conway. Super Fun!!!
But all is well in the central Arkansas knitting world...rumor has it a couple of nifty ladies from Russellville may be opening up a knitting store! Super exciting! I will be sure to post more, once I get more information. I did have the chance to meet the ladies today. I expect great things from Russellville in the near future.

So, things have been a blur. I got my new yarn from my new yarn distributor. I am very excited to start dying again. Things are crazy, crazy! I will have to post some nice pics soon. Hope all is well in all of your worlds. By the way, Daisy Mae, our new puppy is finally coming home today. So, quite certainly the next few days will be more of a blur. I leave you with a funny quote I heard today:
"If yarn was crack, I'd have no teeth."
Isn't that the truth!

Saturday, October 6, 2007

Knitting for Noggins

This is a photo of yarn I dyed in Bella Lana the other day. It turned out lovely! This yarn goes to three shades of blue light, medium and dark. I have a passion for boucle yarns. The very first time I ever saw hand painted yarn, it was a boucle painted by Cherry Tree Hill. From that moment I was in love!

Things here have been very interesting. I just got a new yarn vendor and the yarns at my disposal now is phenomenal. Really! I have never seen such an amazing array of fibers. It was like Christmas morning. Wool, alpaca, silk, kid mohair, angora. Yummy goodness! I can not fully express my excitement! On Monday, my first order will go in and I will have tons of new fibers for my customers.

I am getting ready for Knitting for Noggins on October 14 at the Arkansas Children's Hospital.
Susan B. Anderson, author of Itty Bitty Nursery and Itty Bitty Hats, will be at the event. I am excited about the opportunity to meet her. To many things to do today, and there is never enough time! Hope all your crafting excursions are bringing you joy!