Friday, October 31, 2008
Thursday, October 30, 2008
Craving chocolate, but trying to stay out of the kids Halloween candy? Here's an easy sweet treat to try. Wash and dry a bunch of grapes, allowing them to sit at room temperature so they're completely dry. Snip them into tiny bunches of 2 or 3 grapes per stem. (Any type of grapes will do.) Melt a 1/2 cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips or any other of your favorite chocolate (I love Ghirardelli semi-sweet). Dip the bottoms of the grapes in the chocolate and place them on waxed paper to cool. Let sit or refrigerate to set the chocolate. Let the kids help. They can have the individual grapes that fall off to scrape out the chocolate bowl at the end! I like to make these at Thanksgiving. They make a fun addition to a fruit tray and having the little stem makes them easy-to-grab snacks. Enjoy!
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Woke up to snow on the ground this morning! I am not complaining, other than it does get me a bit prematurely-excited for the season! LOL
Special thanks to Valerie Tyler for including my capelet in this lovely list, perfect for a chilly day in Northeast Ohio! Treasury expires 5 pm Friday, Oct. 31st. Stop and check it out!
Monday, October 27, 2008
Any chance I get to pick up a cool button, I grab it. I made lots of button scarves last year and intend on making lots more. Some buttons will wait until the perfectly matching yarn or fabric appears. It's great having a wide selection of big buttons to choose from.
Here are two new scarflettes that I'll be adding to my Etsy shop. The blue/green yarn is called Lagoon. It reminds me of the Loch Ness monster, so I added a picot edge and a celtic-style carved bone button. For the soft, creamy homespun, I added these faux bois toggle buttons.
I also finished this wrap over the weekend. It is knit from handspun merino wool in a wonderfully soft Terra Cotta. The buttons are 3" in diameter, handcarved from Argentina. I knew I had to create something special to use those spectacular buttons!
Be on the lookout for more button designs in the LazyTcrochet Boutique!
Saturday, October 25, 2008
Friday, October 24, 2008
I'm not much of a story-teller, with words anyway. I do love taking pictures and often-times people might wonder "why is she taking a picture of that?" Here's why. If I hadn't grabbed my camera and went out in my pj's on this cold, dark morning, I wouldn't have captured this spooky sky.This one is from last year. The kids were outside playing with the camera. They caught this picture of their breath on a cold night.
For a fun time, visit the M&M's Dark Chocolate website to play "50 Dark Movies, Hidden in a Painting." My kids cheat every year, but it is fun! Google the answers if you want to cheat too.
Thursday, October 23, 2008
I finally dusted off my running shoes and made it to the trail yesterday. My husband showed me a different trail network and I allowed him to take off without be because I have to go at my own pace. It was a beautiful, secluded woods in maple-sugar country. The leaves were crisp and noisy on the trail, but at least they weren't wet and slippery. The loop was short, so I pushed myself to do three rounds. The difference between the trails is intense because of the hills. Previously running on a flat rail bed, my behind was not at all used to it.
Anyone who has read previous "Notes from the Trail" might recall that I have a Nike+ gadget in my shoe that tracks my pace, distance, etc. through my iPod Nano. In the past I've received post-run congratulations from Lance Armstrong or Paula Radcliffe, marking various milestones and achievements. While the run ended silently this time, I was half-expecting a voice to say "Where the #### have you been, you fat #####!"" LOL Silence is kind. It felt great!
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
The ClevelandTeam on Etsy is having an Orange and Black Challenge. Stop by the Cleveland Handemade website to vote for your favorites!
Vote HERE thanks!
And, don't forget that you can search ClevelandTeam on Etsy for all items from our amazing team!
Friday, October 17, 2008
I was so surprised to receive a note from Charmaine at High Desert Diva saying that I won her blog giveaway! Yay! That really made my day.
She is sending me this package full of fun things... "Coming your way: a hot air balloon collage, bookmark, vintage hanky lavender sachet, refrigerator magnet made with Cicada Studio fabric, and a quilt scrap framed in part of a clock case."
Thank you so much! Everyone do stop by and visit her gorgeous design blog.
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Seeing so many gorgeous RED items on Etsy lately, I was anxious to use some vintage Italian kid mohair yarn that I found.
A little bit of luxury that I couldn't wait to work with, ended up into these fabulous long-style arm warmers or fingerless gloves. I designed them to be long at the fingertips as well so they can keep you warm, or wear them folded.
Stop by and take a look.....and give me a heart while you're there?
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Starting with skirts, I found this fantastic Snow Skirt from fantasyworldheroes. The She's Got Moxy Snowskirt's gray tweed is lined with red satin and has a black faux lambswool trim.
This girl's skirt from AtelierSusan, "Aude" is light brown with olive green English lambswool tweed.
A handmade vintage find... Red Plum Vintage Tweed Full Skirt from dlittlegarden.
From sewlutionsbyamo - Ashley Reversible Neck Warmer Tie Scarf - Golden Glitter Tweed.
Charcoal Gray Steampunk Recycled Tweed Bag from ouno.
Sunday, October 12, 2008
Thanks so much to storybeader for sending me this screen shot of the front page! I am so grateful that my Mobius Wrap sold today. It is amazing also that I came home to 10 convos and over 40 new people that have favorited my shop! Thanks to sarawearsskirts for choosing my item for the team article in The Storque. That is the list that made the front page today.
Hooray for good vibes, great friends, and a great place to do business!
Saturday, October 11, 2008
No...I haven't been to the trail in weeks! I thought maybe if I put up my "Notes from the Trail" post it would help get me motivated to do so later today. So...I'll update with real notes from the trail later to prove that I actually went.
In other news, I am finally allowed to use these old wool trousers that have been hanging in the back of the closet for many many years. He hated to part with them, but they are thread bare in places and don't fit anymore. Ha! I don't have any specific plans for them yet, but the classic wool has lots of recycle, reuse, upcycle potential!
Today, I'll be enjoying the kids' last soccer game of the season, making applesauce and an apple pie, and finishing a purse I've been working on.
I'll leave you with this fun bit....from drunkcyclist's blog:
"If you bought $1000 of stock a year ago, you would now have:
$91.28 if you bought Washington Mutual
$37.50 if you bought Neomagic
$21.29 if you bought Freddie Mac
$20.79 if you bought Fannie Mae
But, if you had purchased $1,000 worth of beer one year ago, drank all the beer, then turned in the cans for the recycling REFUND… You would have $… 214.00 in cash.
So the best investment advice is to drink heavily and recycle.
It’s called the 401-Keg Plan"
Friday, October 10, 2008
I got an email from the gaming site, Pogo, announcing that you can play some premium games for free this week. One of my favorites is called Lottso! It's kind of like a scratch-off lottery game, but fast and fun. Club Pogo lets you play without seeing the ads, but it is a bit expensive. If you are really into gaming everyday, that may be just for you.
At Pogo you can play lots of classic board games like chess or backgammon, card games including many forms of solitaire and poker, casino-type games, puzzles, and word games, including Scrabble and Pogo's famous Word Whomp. They have some fun Halloween slots and other holiday-related games and contests.
You can have free access to some Club Pogo games now through October 20th. The membership fee for access to all Club Pogo games is $39.99 a year. I'm not there very often since this is the start of the busy season for my boutique, but you can add me as a friend if you'd like. My screen name is triciah20_ (that's twenty underscore). If you're friends with someone, you can see what game they're playing and even join them in that particular room.
Another fun gaming site is BingoNet. I used to play bingo every day for hours...yes, really I did! It costs $34.95 for three months of play. You get a $10 Walmart gift card for signing up. They have a lot of fun flash games to choose from, plus tournament play for extra prizes. You can cash in your winnings in exchange for gift cards. It has been a long time since I've played there, but it looks like it's still going strong. It is fun if you like bingo.
I still find knitting relaxing, but sometimes, when I'm knitting for the shop, it's more like work. Online games can be fun and give you a chance to meet new people, but they can also be addicting. I just might pop in to Pogo and play Scrabble for awhile (a short while).
Thursday, October 9, 2008
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
Onomatopoeia Beach Stone Earrings from Stonz
Black Onyx Crochet Necklace from LeahAnaDesigns
Glam Punk Necklace from ValerieTyler
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
I've been blogging for a year and a half...or so. I haven't kept track of how many times I have been "tagged" by other bloggers. Lately, though, it has been a LOT!! The EtsyBloggers street team has been having a lot of fun playing tag. To play, you post six secrets, or things people don't know about you, then you are supposed to tag more people and so on.
Ok....I'm finally going to play. I don't like tagging other people, though, so feel free to play along if you wish!
#1 - I'm a foodie. I learned to cook at a very young age and picked up all the best baking secrets from my Grandmother, Beatrice. Basic comfort food and recipes were from my Mom, Judy. Barbecue secrets and all things meat were thanks to my Dad, Fran. (Both Fran and Judy are former BBQ champions and have their own brand of sauces and seasonings.)
#2 - I worked as a Roving Reporter, summers during college. I would ask current-events questions, record the answers from people on the street, take their picture (and develop my own black and white film). Not my favorite job, but I suppose it helped break my "shell." I was caught once saying "nucular" and learned my lesson then!
#3 - I used to play the trombone. As much as I love loud, alternative, modern rock (Rob Zombie, The White Stripes, Saliva), you'll find me blasting a big band station and listening to Jack Teagarden, Count Basie, or Dixieland Jazz. Yeah, I enjoy a wide range of music, Beatles to Bing Crosby. I love Bluegrass, but not so much modern country.
#4 - I LOVE SNOW!!!! There's nothing more peaceful than a pretty snowfall. I love to ski cross-country and ski out the back door when there's enough snow. I don't do down-hill.
#5 - Give me a good cup of coffee and I'll love you forever. I like beer too.
#6 - I sometimes catch myself watching Sportscenter with Mike and Mike in the Morning. I know, I know. He leaves for work and leaves it on and "ooh Steeler highlights!" Oh yeah, I should turn it off. I'm not a sports geek, but I like Mike....and Mike.
Monday, October 6, 2008
We went to Homecoming at Clarion University of Pennsylvania's Autumn Leaf Festival. My college roommate now lives in Clarion with her family and we got to tour her beautiful house! She runs an antique shop with her Mom and Dad. It is located in a renovated fraternity house, so at homecoming it gets lots of visitors commenting how beautiful the house is now. Here's a picture of Jennifer and me in front of the Fulmer House. (That's me in the shades.)
The parade is one of the largest I've ever been to. The floats are sometimes quite extravagant. Here are a few favorites...
And Franco Harris was on an Obama float! The crowd was cheering the former Steeler. I heard that Lynn Swann (another former Steeler) was on a McPalin float, but I must have missed it.
We took the kids on a quick tour of campus and the book store. Some gyros, cheesecake on a stick, and typical fair food topped off the day.
Saturday, October 4, 2008
I came across some highlights of Japan's Fashion Week and found these designs by Aya Furuhashi of fur fur. All the little buds and flowers mixed with textures and flowing, drapey fabrics makes such an earthy boho look. I envision new crocheted jewelry and scarf designs!
Visit the Fashion Directory blog for more. (Photo source http://www.jfw.jp/en/)
Friday, October 3, 2008
I never thought I would call a spider cute, but what a great idea this one is! Fambee has Anansi the Spider Pin Cushion. I love how it can hold the thread and many other things too!
Thursday, October 2, 2008
Jen says "Each Baby Friendly Beads nursing necklace is carefully designed and created to help entertain and occupy babies, particularly while nursing. This is especially helpful with older babies who scratch or pinch or are easily distractable while breastfeeding.
Baby Friendly Beads are the original, adjustable-length, one-piece design for nursing necklaces. Because there is only one, continuous piece of cord used in my necklaces, there is no risk of the pendant breaking off and scattering beads everywhere.
I created my innovative, adjustable-length design so that it does not require a clasp, because the clasp is often the weakest part of a necklace. All of my necklaces and bracelets are one of a kind -- while you may find attempts to imitate my necklaces, no other breastfeeding jewelry is quite like Baby Friendly Beads!"
Another innovative design from bfbeads are the Reminder Bracelets. "Reminder bracelets are used to keep track of which breast was nursed on last during a feeding (or which breast needs to begin the next feeding). Simply wear it on the left or right wrist and switch as needed! The beads are strung on memory wire, so the bracelet can be easily switched from one wrist to the other. There are no clasps to fuss with (or for baby to break)."
Jen also says to use common sense and that "Nursing necklaces and bracelets should never, ever be used as teethers or toys. Baby Friendly Beads are made to be strong, but they are not indestructible. Remember this is jewelry, not a toy. Always use under adult supervision, and please use common sense when wearing and using the jewelry." Please see bfbead's profile for more information.
Bfbeads also makes a Stuffy Puffy pendant and has custom birth stone beads available also. Stop by and visit bfbeads and pick up a gift for a nursing Mom!
Jen also has a shop at mamasmagicstudio.Etsy.com and you can find her blog here at MamasMagic.blogspot.com.
Anyone interested in joining the EtsyBlogger Street Team, please visit EtsyBloggers.com for more information. And, you can also search "EtsyBloggers Team" on Etsy to see all our amazing items!