Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Just thinking about my New Years Resolutions....

You know, I want for people to visit my blog. I do. More than that, I want people to ENJOY visiting my blog. I do not blog for money, I blog because I want to share with other knitters and other moms out there..I want to connect. This evening I have been perusing other blogs, trying to find one that I enjoy. One where I can relate to the blogger and I am here to tell you, it's HARD! I like reading blogs that are personal; one that makes me feel like the blogger is a personal friend. I also like reading blogs that have something for me; be it patterns, giveaways, tips, ideas....I want to feel like I am "walking away" with something. I DON'T like blogs that are hard to find my way around, ones that are too much advertising and not personal enough; I don't like blogs that aren't updated for weeks or even months. So herein lies my one and only New Year's resolution so far; I resolve to make my blog a place that is enjoyable to visit. How? I am going to work on being more personal...not just talking about myself but post as though I am talking to a dear friend. I will do my best to offer YOU, my friends something that you can "walk away" with, patterns, tips, links you will find helpful, etc. I will try to keep my blog easy to maneuver. I don't think there will be a problem with my blog being overrun by advertising, but I do resolve to keep that in check if it becomes an issue, lol. I also resolve to post at least weekly if not more frequently.

That is my resolution.
If there is anything I can do to help you enjoy your visits, please let me know!
Until next time...

Hubby's Birthday Present

Christmas is over and now we can breathe!
I hope that everyone had the most wonderful holiday this year, no matter what you celebrate. I did indeed have a wonderful Christmas!

I have to be honest and say that I was truly dreading it. We had an unexpected financial crisis come up and it has been slim pickins around here. The boys are teenagers now and their "toys" are getting more expensive. Guitars, amps, video game systems and games were among the wishes. For many years now, the kiddos have gotten three gifts each from us to represent the gifts brought to Baby Jesus by the three wise men. This has worked wonderfully in our family and is a blessing in more ways than one. I was still expecting some disappointment though when neither boy got anything that was on their lists. Jeremy got a pair of shoes that he was desperately needing, Damon got a hoodie with an electric guitar printed on it, they each got a pair of jeans (something both of them needed), and each of them got a king-size candy bar wrapped in a $20 bill. Let me now tell you how extremely blessed Wayne and I are as parents; neither boy showed an inkling of disappointment. None. They were both extremely appreciative and happy with what they got!

Now we have always tried to teach them to appreciate any gift that they receive, no matter what. It runs all over me to come across a child who complains about anything that someone was nice enough to give them. Regardless of whether or not is was something that they wanted, we tried to teach the boys that you are to be thankful for the giver's generosity and thoughtfulness. As parents you never really know if what you are teaching sinks in. Do they truly get it? When you see it in action, and you witness first hand that they have indeed absorbed what you have taught them...it truly warms your heart.

My knitted gifts that I made were all received well too, and my mom LOVED her headscarf!

I promised before that I would share pics of hubby's birthday present along with the link to the pattern, so without further ado...
I knit him this back & body scrubber from Mary Anne's free pattern HERE.
I used Peaches & Cream in Camel and Ecru. I was using scrap balls leftover from dishcloths I have made in the past, so I made "blocks" of the two colors instead of one solid color. I wanted to make sure that the colors that I used were not colors that would run in the hot water of the shower. He absolutely LOVED it. I mean it! He was really excited about it. It was an easy knit and I highly recommend it!

And now, it is time for me to get on with my daily duties.
Y'all have a great day!
Until I see you again,

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Some General Rambling and a freebie!

I don't mean to neglect my blog. Really I don't, but Christmas is only 5 days away....crunch time! I am almost done with my Christmas knitting, and then I will be more consistent with my posting I promise. I have been designing the patterns as I go along. I am so excited! I will be sharing them as freebies in the weeks to come, so keep checking in!

Speaking of freebies....I am all about FREE (have I mentioned that before???) so I really wanted to share this awesome freebie with you. Enjoy a 10 issues, 1 year, of More Magazine. No strings attached. You'll never receive a bill. That's what it says! I totally signed up.

Merry Christmas my lovelies!

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Christmas Knitting and Pattern Link

Hey guys!
I hope y'all are doing great this week.
Are you any closer to being ready for Christmas?
I am...a little bit anyway.

I frogged the hooded scarf that I was working on for my mom here.
As beautiful as the pattern was as I was knitting it, I just wasn't feeling it for Mom at all. For one I felt it was just too dense for her. Knowing my mom, I felt she needed something a little lighter or she wouldn't wear it. She has mentioned liking the old-fashioned headscarves and not being able to find anything close to what she was talking about in a knitting pattern, I decided to design my own! It is actually coming along quite wonderfully and I am very pleased with it so far. I am using the same yarn, as I needed something quick. After Christmas, I think I will work on knitting her a square headscarf like she is talking about...maybe out of sock weight yarn; we'll see. I ran out of yarn and will have to buy some more Thursday. Once it's all finished I promise to post it as a free pattern for y'all.

While I wait for Thursday to get here, I am working on hats for all of the men-folk on my Christmas list. Right now I am working specifically on my older brother's. I started doing a very basic 3x2 ribbing but wasn't sure how I was going to approach the decreases so I started doing some hunting on the internet. My research landed me here. I. Love. the way Stephanie worked up the decreases on this one!

Ok, I'm not getting my Christmas presents done. I'd better get to work!


Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Great Recipe and General Rambling

Are you getting geared up for Christmas?
We always put our tree up on the 11th. It has become our tradition to decorate on hubby's birthday. That's when I start getting geared up. I am still working on Christmas presents and have completed the second hat, another pair of socks, and am still working on Mom's hooded scarf. I have also begun working on one of hubby's birthday presents (I can't say what it is 'cause hubby peeks in on occasion ). I think he'll like it though and as soon as I give it to him, I'll share the link to the pattern.

What I can share with you now though is a great, super easy and inexpensive recipe!
I came up with this concoction for dinner tonight.

Mexican Casserole
  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1 can of kidney beans, drained
  • 2 cans of black beans, drained
  • 1 large can of corn, drained
  • 1 jar of salsa
  • Velveeta cheese (sauce or melted block cheese)
Preheat oven to 350°. Brown ground beef and drain. In 9x13" baking dish, mix all ingredients well, pop in the oven and bake for 40 minutes. Voila! All done and very delicious!

Ok, off to get some more knitting done.