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For anyone that might still have me bookmarked, I am going to attempt to ressurect my blog.  It has been over two years since I have last posted, but I haven’t given up crafting.  In the last two years, I have bought a house and had my first son.  I am now a stay at home Mama to my little man.  I keep busy chasing him and keeping up with my creative pursuits.

In any case, here is a sample of my most recent projects:  Placemats!  The pattern is my own design.  The fabric is Alexander Henry’s the “Ghastlies.”  I had seen a former co-worker use the same fabric for placemats, and wanted something similar, but a with a unique style.  The pink, black, and grey makes for a unique take on Halloween colors.

Hi Everyone,

I’m off to Disneyland for the weekend with Mr. Nemesis and his sister! One of the side benefits to living in California for 5 months is the opportunity to hit all the tourist attractions. I haven’t been to Disney since I was 11 or so which is further back there than I care to remember at the moment.

Hope all of you have an awesome weekend! I’ll be back with some pictures of my haul at Michael Levine’s (fabric Mecca in the LA garment district) next week.

Hi everyone,

I’m still in San Diego…..Its been a while since I have posted. I have had a bit of a roller-coaster of family things to do, so I have really been laying off my knitting for a bit. I’m still cranking along on my cedar creek socks and the scarf that I’m working on. It’s so hard to get in that groove when its 90 something in October. I’m definitely not used to this type of weather.

I have finally been to a couple knitting shops in the area. The Black Sheep in Encinitas was lovely with a wide variety of novelty yarns and a whole section devoted to cloth doll making, and using the yarns for wearable arts. The other shop was Knitting in La Jolla, which was another neat little shop. I saw my first Malabrigo in its natural habitat 🙂 It was lovely, but I managed to get out without spending more than 10 bucks…..so I was happy. I may head back before I leave.

In other news I was privelaged to attend the baptism of my niece. It was a meaningful service, and I’m happy for her that she is progressing and growing up to be such a sweet girl. I had a great time with my sisters and brother in laws…..who are all great fun to be with.

I finally spent some time swimming our apartment. I can’t believe I haven’t spent more time doing it. Despite it being 98 degrees today, the pool was frigid…..They definitely don’t heat them down here.

To wind things up here is a shot I took recently. I have some more to download from my camera, and need to take a few more shots.

San Dieog Wild Animal Park 101

To wind things up, I was honored that my friend KissmyKnits nominated me for a blogger award…..Makes me feel so guilty for not blogging more lately! I do have new stuff coming….I promise

blog award

So the rules of this award are:

1. Please put the award on your blog.
2. Add a link to the person who awarded you.
3. You must nominate at least 4 fellow bloggers for this award.
4. Add links to the recipients.
5. Leave a comment so the recipients know they have received an award.

So my favorites (this is hard to come up with, because I read so many, and so many have already been nominated)

Spindles and Spices Who has a real flair for dressing her pets that I can relate to!

Octopus Knits Who has lovely creative projects and appreciates a cephalopod as much as I do.

Dandelion Mama A mommy blogger who writes so incredibly well that I love to read all her posts. Also a creative soul who shares her lovely paintings occaisonally.

Scribbet Another mommy blogger who shares a little of her life in the last frontier. She has a lot of contests and give-aways and such. Also has a lot of fun recipes

The Pioneer Woman Who has an absolutely enormous blog with several sub-sections. She usually has a contest a week or so, and has an awesome recipe section. I can vouch for her recipes…..tested and approved. She can have upwards of 14000 comments on her contest posts.

So enjoy

Sewing Room Faire

Kitsap County Clothing and Textile Advisors
8th annual Sewing Room Faire
Friday, September 12th, from 12-6 p.m.
Kitsap County Fairgrounds Event Center, 1200 Fairgrounds Road,
between Bremerton and Silverdale.

Featuring free demonstrations, educational displays, pattern selection and fitting help, fantastic bargains on fabrics, patterns, notions, craft supplies, yarn, and all kinds of sewing-related items. Fabric will be sold by the piece, pound, or “how much can you stuff in a bag?”

The Sewing Room Faire is a fund-raiser for the Kitsap CTA organization which provides educational workshops and programs for youth, adults, and low income families, youth scholarships for sewing-related activities, and cash awards for prize-winning entries for youth and adult exhibits at Kitsap County Fair.

The Kitsap County CTA’s are a great organization who promote sewing to the community-at-large. Please help out by coming by! The fabric and craft supplies are a great deal, and you can feel proud of yourself by helping to recycle stuff that might otherwise end up in a landfill. Sewing supplies as well as craft supplies are all sold. I understand that this year, a very large batch of yarn was donated, most of it cotton yarn.

If you are looking for affordable supplies for charity projects, this is your place! Plus the Sewing Room Faire is a great way to stretch your crafting budget during this lousy economy! Last year I scored several yards of a great knit that I have been working off of all year for less than 5 bucks.

Come on by and check it out!

Happy Thanksgiving everybody!  I wanted to take a moment to remember and be thankful for all the lovely women and men in my life who have taught and supported me in my hobbies! 

My mom and dad who tirelessly supported me growing up, and taught me that it is Not a shameful thing to craft, either in fabric, words, or pictures, or the kitchen. 

 To my husband who loves and supports me and motivates me to finish projects. 

To my sister who has provided a lot of motivation and incentive over the years to hone my skills, and to Tana who encouraged me to start blogging so I could share my work.

 To all the other people who have supported, encouraged, educated, and dreamed with me. 

THANK YOU! 

To my readers; what are you thankful for?

Yesterday, while I was on a hunt for pattern at JoAnn’s using their $4.00 Vogue Pattern sale, I took a look through the book rack.  I don’t normally really find much at my local JoAnns, since their selection is pretty slim (there is a fairly decent JoAnns Etc. a little further afield that is a little more stocked). 

But low and behold on the bottom of the bookshelf, in the back corner, hidden behind six other books,  I scored a copy of Victorian Lace Today for $14.00, after using the Colombus Day Sale coupon for 50% off.

Victorian Lace Today

I find this is a great way to add to both my sewing and knitting reference library.  JoAnn’s routinely sends out 40% off coupons in their fliers.  I don’t always have anything that I really want to get, so a lot of times the coupons go by unused.  I have been able to pick up several good reference books, usually stitch dictionaries, or how-to guides….but occaisonally a gem like this pops up and I snap it up.

 For those of you on a budget, keep an eye out at your local big box fabric and craft stores and use those coupons to stock your library!

What is your favorite knitting magazine and why?

 I am currently subscribed to Interweave Knits, which I love.  I am on the lookout for other great magazines.  What I’m primarily interested in is something that also includes plus size patterns, up to 22-24 women’s at least, and with more contemporary styles.

 So what say you knitters?  Name your sources and inspirations!

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