Stamp-n-Knit

Friday, December 09, 2005

Long Time NO Blog...

It's been a while since my last post! My Secret Pal has actually written me wondering if I've fallen off the face of the earth! I assure you that even though I'm a full-time Stay-At-Home (yeah, right) Mom, I'm busier than ever.

But first - check THIS out! This is the second package from my Secret Pal.


This AWESOME gal sent this to me to "tide me over" until the last package. WOWZA! TWO, yes TWO balls of Rowan Tweed. Yes, I said ROWAN TWEED! Okay, let me tell you now that I have NEVER set foot inside a real yarn store. NEVER. I know - shoot me now. So the only luxury yarn I've gotten has been after hearing my fellow knitters RAVE about it and I ordered it online. I was SO excited to get this yarn, though. It is absolutely YUMMY and can't wait to make it into something for MYSELF! :)

She also sent bath stuff (yummy chamomile scent) that I have been enjoying. When I get out of the tub my daughter tells me that I smell like her student teacher! :) I don't care WHO I smell like - it's the luxurious feeling of being spa pampered and scent of relaxation to me! LOL!

Then this afternoon, I went furniture shopping with my kiddos. Yes, my darling husband is getting me a new living room suite for Christmas - complete with end tables, coffee table, lamp, couch, loveseat and chair.

Hmm...I must have been extra good this year! ;)

Well, when I got home, I found THIS on my porch!


Yes, within a week's time I got two, yes TWO packages from my Secret Pal. I had to post this so that she could see that I got it because in her note she said she would REVEAL her identity to me when I got the final package! I can't believe everything that she included...

1. Candy (that she said I could share IF I felt like it) - too bad my kids were right there at the kitchen table when I poured out the box. LOL! They have already put dibs on their favorites. Would it be THAT bad if mommy hid it from them? Hmm...
2. Purseonalities BOOK! WOOHOO! And I have to tell you, SP - this came at the PERFECT TIME! I made some purses for my sister-in-laws a while back. They have been carrying them and yesterday I got an order for SIX purses before Christmas! I can't wait to try some new designs from this book!
3. TWO, yes again, TWO skeins of Noro KUREYON! WOWOWOWOWOWOWOWOWOWOW!!!! I'm so excited! The colorway is GORGEOUS! Can't wait to use this stuff up for MYSELF. Maybe a new purse from the book! :)
4. Sticky notes with the heading, "Don't Forget". Can I tell you HOW much I needed these? Maybe I should stick one to my monitor that says, "Don't Forget to BLOG every once in a while!"
5. Mistletoe Magic Lip Balm for "Kissable Lips"! WOOHOO! I'll have to give this a try tonight and see how kissable they are after my hubby hears how much the new furniture is...LOL!

Okay, so I've blogged AND I've bragged about my Secret Pal. So...who are you? :)

Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Update on Recent Job Post


Doesn't this card (made by my good friend, Carol) say it all? It's definitely a card you won't find at your local Hallmark store! LOL!

Well, it wasn't so much a firing OR a quitting, but the fact that I FINALLY stood up for myself and corrected my mean old bosses' misperceptions. He didn't like it so he's touting it as a Lay Off. He actually told our office manager to send me to the unemployment office. Hmm...could it be that he realizes I was right?

Anyway, I will NOT be going back no matter how much $ he offers me. I am so happy at home - and my kids are so happy! I went up to the schools here in town on Friday and told them I was back to substitute teaching. I've already been called for two days.

AND I can concentrate on my Stampin' Up! business again. I had a show last night, one tomorrow and one Thursday.

Now for the knitting content...I have ALL KINDS OF TIME TO KNIT! I'm so excited - I'm whipping out the moccasins for Christmas. WOOHOO! Here's a pair for my niece, Riley. She will be one in November.

Thursday, October 20, 2005

Susan Needs...

I've been seeing this on all sorts of blogs and every one of them just cracks me up. So, of course, I had to jump on the bandwagon.

You google "{insert your name here} needs" and post a few of the funniest ones. I know you want to know my top 10.

1. Susan needs a set of t-shirts graced with silly cliches. (Wonder if this would count for office wear?)
2. Susan needs to understand that she needs to be building up her language production. (Um...I was a speech and journalism major in college - do I really need to build my language production?!?!)
3. Susan needs to ask herself this, "Is my goal realistic?" (Hmm...)
4. Susan needs to succeed in the face of and despite this madness.
5. Susan needs help. (Sheesh - that's a nice one!)
6. Susan needs $57602 from her retirement savings. (Okay, if I even HAD that much in retirement savings! LOL!)
7. Susan needs to wear a bra. (See previous post - this is one of the funniest ones!)
8. Susan needs to get over it. (I'll see what I can do!)
9. Susan needs to slow down to increase her quality of eye hand foot control. (Did my hubby write this one? He seems to think I'm the clumsiest person he knows!)
10. Susan needs to work on writing better songs. (Perhaps I missed my calling?)

And I couldn't resist adding these:
11. Susan needs all your love and money. (Though not necessarily in that order!)
12. Susan needs to quit injuring people.
13. Susan needs to leave early to collect her daughter from school.
14. Susan needs to take penicillin for the rest of her life. (Silly me - I thought I was ALLERGIC!)
15. Susan needs to get off this "enabler" kick.
16. Susan needs to get laid! (Okay, now I KNOW my husband is writing these! LOL!)

What Religion is YOUR Bra?

A man walked into the ladies department of a Macy's and shyly walked up to the woman behind the counter and said, "I'd like to buy a bra for my wife."

"What type of bra?" asked the clerk.

"Type?" inquires the man, "There's more than one type?"

"Look around," said the saleslady, as she showed a sea of bras in every
shape, size, color and material imaginable. "Actually, even with all of this variety, there are really only four types of bras to choose from."

Relieved, the man asked about the types.

The saleslady replied, "There are the Catholic, the Salvation Army, the Presbyterian, and the Baptist types. Which one would you prefer?"

Now totally befuddled, the man asked about the differences between them.

The Saleslady responded, "It is all really quite simple...

The Catholic type supports the masses.

The Salvation Army type lifts the fallen,

The Presbyterian type keeps them staunch and upright, and

The Baptist makes mountains out of mole hills."

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Have you ever wondered why A, B, C, D, DD, E, F, G, and H are the letters used to define bra sizes?

If you have wondered why, but couldn't figure out what the letters stood for, it is about time you became informed!
(A} Almost Boobs...

{B} Barely there.

{C} Can't Complain!

{D} Dang!

{DD} Double dang! !

{E} Enormous!

{F} Fake.

G} Get a Reduction.

H} Help me, I've fallen and I can't get up !

They forgot the German bra.
Holtzemfromfloppen!

Tuesday, October 04, 2005

Yippee - SP Package!

I'm so excited, but have been really busy the past two days. I GOT A SP PACKAGE YESTERDAY! You guys, whoever has my name is the sweetest person ever. Here's a picture of my goodies.

In case you can't see in the picture, but that is a BEAUTIFUL PURPLE skein of virgin wool. Um...can't WAIT to knit this up! And in case you're wondering, purple is one of my favorite colors! There is also a cute little notecard with the BEST message EVER written in it. I'm telling you - this SP is the BEST! Then there is a book FULL of things (crafts, recipes, etc.) for me to do with my kids. My daughter saw this and flipped! My son even took a break from "Crusty Steve" to check it out! And finally, tucked inside the book was the pattern for the ONE SKEIN WONDER! Can we get a little WHOOP WHOOP? Oh...and here's a closeup of MY WOOL!


Now, here are the scrapbook pages for our trip to the pumpkin patch. All images here are copyright Stampin' Up!



Okay - I'm off to watch the Longest Yard with my hubby. Oh...and get some knitting done! :)

Sunday, October 02, 2005

Knitting Update and "Crusty Steve"

Okay, before I get on with the knitting update content, I have to tell you the story of "Crusty Steve." My son is a HUGE army guy/cowboy fan. He loves to run around the house pretending he's an army guy/cowboy. Well, this weekend he was an army guy/cowboy with a horse. He kept running around saying, "Look at my Crusty Steve!" and "Here I come to save the day on my Crusty Steve!" It took me a while to figure out what he was talking about. I thought maybe he named his horse "Crusty Steve". He ACTUALLY meant to say "TRUSTY STEED". I thought this was one of the funniest things I have heard from him lately and wanted to share. I still haven't corrected him - I think it is just too cute! :)

Onto the knitting content...I kept hearing how everyone was finding YARN at TARGET! So I took a trip to the local Target (30 miles away) and got me some of that there yarn! Here is what I've done with it so far. I'm only into the first skeins of both of these and the scarf is pretty good size. It should end up a nice size when I get through the few skeins I got! :) The yarn didn't originally look FABULOUS together, but it is turning out really nicely!



Here is my second Clapotis. I'm doing it in some alpaca blend yarn from Mystical Creation Yarns. It's soooo soft and yummy. I have to work on it in spurts, though, so I've only dropped two stitches so far.


And here is the Picovoli that I've been working on. I'm getting bored with it - I'm into the boring old stockinette stitch. :) I'll pull it out between the Clapotis and Christmas presents!


Um...after posting these it seems I have quite a newfound fetish for ORANGE! I certainly didn't realize this until now. Maybe I should start something in a new color group! Sheesh! :)

Saturday, October 01, 2005

Beautiful Day

Ahh...today was a great day! I got up early to go yard sale-ing with a friend of mine. My kids stayed home with their uncle - I could shop child-free! I got my son a ton of play clothes. Since he goes out and works on the farm with his dad all the time, we needed some things he could get down and dirty in!

Then my daughter and I had a Girl Scout activity at the pumpkin patch. I wanted to share some of the sights I saw today.

First is a shot of the lake we live near. It is the largest man-made lake in Illinois. That white dot is a sailboat - it was just gorgeous, but since I was driving while taking the photo, it's not the best shot.


Next is a photo of the pumpkin patch. I am working on a scrapbook for the brownie troop, so this is a great shot that will be included.


This is a picture of me and my daughter at the patch today. It was so fun. All together there were over 100 girls there today. Our group had six girls and each had a parent. We went through a corn maze that was 3 miles long. I have to tell you - it was pretty scary in that thing! I didn't know it would be so tough to find all the points. There were 10 stations throughout the maze and we had to each stamp our papers with the numbers at the station. When you were done if you got all 10 stamps you got a button that says, "I completed the 2005 Corn Maze!" We also roasted hot dogs and marshmallows. Also got a few pumpkins for the front porch decorations. :)


Finally, my daughter was invited to a friend's house for the night. While I was taking her out there, this is what we saw. I think this is a planet. It was the only thing in the sky and looked so pretty against the sunset.


Okay - just wanted to share with you some gorgeous sites of Illinois! Anybody else ready for fall?

Friday, September 23, 2005

My So-Called Life

Okay, I'm all for this J.O.B. thing, but here's the update.

I work at a small business. There are four of us in the office including the boss. It's my job to find work for us to bid on - which is especially crucial since we are almost done with what we've been working on and out of work. So...this guy from a large corporation called yesterday and asked to talk to Clark (the guy that had this job before I did). I told him that Clark was no longer with us and was there something I could help him with. He said he wanted to talk to a MAN that KNEW WHAT HE WAS TALKING ABOUT!!! Okay, I am a college educated woman and this offended me to no end. I told him that IF he wanted to talk about a bid, he could talk to ME. Well, the boss heard me saying this and immediately called me into his office when I hung up with this chauvenist pig. Here's what happened:
Boss: It's your job to kiss ass when I'm almost out of work.
Me: If you wanted someone to kiss asses, you hired the wrong girl.
Boss: Well, you're gonna kiss ass if I tell you to.
Me: If you want someone to kiss ass, call Clark back. He's not doing anything. Ass Kissing is NOT in my job description. (And I turn and walk out of his office.)

Okay - so I was pissed. Then later yesterday afternoon my boss yelled AND cussed at me regarding the thermostat. Yes, you read that right - the thermostat. I had enough at that point. Grabbed my purse (knitted by me, of course!) and hit the road. Contemplated not coming back, but decided to come back in today and see if it was cold enough in HELL for the boss to apologize. Well, I was REALLY hoping he would tell me to get my stuff and leave. Unfortunately no chance of that - and I was hoping to tell him to kiss MY ass. Today he will not talk to me OR look at me. Can we say IMMATURE and UNBELIEVABLE? I mean, I am NOT going to voluntarily come to a place where I am disrespected by the boss AND his associates.

Okay - off my soap box. But Chauvenist pigs really are unbelievable in today's society. Back to the KnitPicks box - as you can see it was a welcome sight! LOL!