Busy Busy Busy!!

Life has been hectic around here! But I guess that is the usual around this time of year. I’m sure you’re all wondering what I have been up to these past few weeks… well, here it is…

On December 15th, Jake and I flew to Phoenix, Arizona on behalf of Petsense… we were invited to their Christmas luncheon in which they asked Jake to make a surprise visit as Ace Ventura. We had such a great time with everyone in the corporate office… they are all SO NICE!! After the Christmas luncheon, “Ace” and I spent some time with a couple others in Old Town Scottsdale, and then at Glendale Glitters (a Christmas lights event). While we were at Glendale Glitters we weren’t able to walk a few feet without someone asking if they could get their picture taken with Ace Ventura… he was a huge hit (and of course he LOVED all the attention :)). We even had security walking around with him! It was so much fun and we had a great time with everyone at Petsense!

While we were in Arizona, we were able to spend some time with my big sister, brother inlaw, and 2 of my nieces. It was so great to see them after not having seen them for a couple years!! And I was able to give my nieces their Christmas presents that I made for them… which they were absolutely in LOVE with! It melts my heart to see how much they love something I made for them :).

On Christmas day, I had to drive down to Sweetwater, TX so I could pick up the boys on the 26th… it takes about 9 hours to drive down there, so I have to drive the day before and stay in a hotel. I will tell you, it was NOT fun!! We had had some bad snow storms go through the whole state of New Mexico and I was really worried about having to drive through it! So I took the main highways, going through Amarillo, which was probably a huge mistake, because I drove right through a snow storm!! That was the worst part of the trip, the rest of it was pretty uneventful. When the boys and I finally got back home on the 26th, we had our own Christmas… the boys loved all their presents! I loved all my presents too!! And not to brag or anything, but Jake is the best guy ever!! He got me a really nice camera and an AWESOME sterling silver skull necklace :)… he knows me so well!! And from my parents I got some much needed new pots and pans… they are awesome!!

All in all, we had a great Christmas! And I hope you all did too!! Have a very Happy New Year!!

  This picture was taken Halloween of 2010, but this is Jake dressed as Ace Ventura. I made those pants for him :).

 

 

 

 

This is what I made for my niece, Ashtyn :)… she LOVES reptiles! Unfortunately, this was the only picture I took of all the niece and nephew gifts I made.

I Heart Free Patterns

I have only been crocheting for a short while, but have really been enjoying making new things. But in order to make pretty much anything, I need a pattern to follow! I know there are a lot of great patterns on etsy that I could buy, but I would much rather follow a FREE pattern :). I have found some great sites that have some awesome and easy patterns that are free, but I have to say that my favorite site is Caron. They have both crochet and knitting patterns! There are so many patterns I would like to try out, it’s hard to figure out where to start! And best of all, this website uses my favorite type of yarn… Simply Soft!!

  This is a pattern for a super cute hat that I want to try making… cute right? I think this one will be my next project… maybe once I’m finished making it, I will post the result on here :).

If anyone has any other websites you like to use that has free patterns, please share them in the comments. I’m always up for more free patterns :).

 

Infinity Scarves

When Jake and I were in Arizona last week, we had made a stop at Goodwill (shocking!!) and I had found some beautiful jersey knit fabric with an Asian floral design on it. I’m not exactly sure how many yards I got, but it only cost me $2!! I’m not sure which fabric store it originally came from because there was a Michael’s, a Hobby Lobby, and a Joann’s all in the same shopping area as Goodwill!!

Anywho!! Of course I just HAD to get the fabric and my first idea I came up with to make with it was an infinity scarf. Now I don’t usually make infinity scarves because there are many people on etsy who do sell them… and I personally know someone on etsy who sells them too… and I don’t like to feel like I copy other people’s ideas. So I tried making just one to see how it does…. it sold within the first 30 minutes I had it listed!! I think that’s a record!! So today I used up the rest of the fabric and made two more. I’m hoping they sell just as quickly.

So if you want one, you better get one while you still can!! I only have 2 left!!

Tuesday’s Talent – D’Lites by Dorene

Sorry I haven’t posted for a week!! Jake and I had gone to Arizona last Thursday and didn’t get back until Sunday night. We did have a blast while there though! But more on that later… today is Tuesday’s Talent 🙂

Today’s etsy shop choice is DLitesbyDorene. Dorene makes some wonderful smelling candles! I am a fan of hers on facebook and she has a drawing each month for those who “like” her and the winner receives a free candle!!  Well, I was the winner for this month… YAY!! I love winning stuff! Of course, who doesn’t love winning and getting free stuff??

I received a variety pack of tea light candles with the scents Cranberry Pomegranate, Coconut, Strawberries & Creme, Blackberry Tea, Mimosa, and Sea Breeze. They all smell wonderful, but I have to say that my favorite is the Blackberry Tea.

Please be sure to check out Dorene’s etsy shop, add her to your favorite shops, and then be sure to “like” her facebook page and maybe you will get to be a winner too!!

Tuesday’s Talent – Fruitloopgirl’s Designs

Today is Tuesday’s Talent day!! The etsy shop I have chosen today is Fruitloopgirl’s Designs.  Her name is Shari, and I also met her through the BNS’s on etsy. I was checking out some of the shops I’ve gotten to know and to invite them to a BNS and when I landed on her shop, I got to reading her profile and I came to find out that she lives in the same exact town that I grew up in… Lynden, WA!! She did not grow up there, but she moved there for her husband. So of course, I had to send her a message to let her know that I grew up in Lynden and how it was so crazy that she lives there and I didn’t even know it!! So we have decided that the next time I go visit my family in Lynden, we will go and have some coffee :).

Shari also crochets… like I do!! I personally have not had the pleasure of buying anything from her shop, but the items she does make are very pretty! In her shop, she has crocheted items such as coffee cup cozy’s, dish cloths, scarves, and hats… she also has cards and photo cards in her shop. So please go check out her shop and add her to your favorites… or buy something from her if you want :)… I’m sure she won’t mind!

My Weekend Update

Since my weekends seem to always be really busy, I probably won’t be blogging on those days! So I guess you’ll just have to do with sitting on the edge of your seats anxiously waiting for me to post a new blog on Monday’s :).

On Saturday, I took the boys to the airport so they could fly to Dallas to spend the next 2 weeks with their Nana Jody. It was their very first time flying on a plane and they went by themselves! They were very excited to get to fly on a plane and they were very well behaved… according to the stewardess, they were the best kids on the plane!! I guess with me telling them to be good a million times before they got on the plane actually worked!! Anyways, when I pick them up again, I will have to do what we call the “Sweetwater Run”… that’s when I drive 8 or 9 hours to Sweetwater, Texas and Nana Jody and Papa Todd drive 2 to 3 hours to Sweetwater so we can meet up and hand off the boys… sounds fair right? NOT!! The thing is this time, they want to hand them off on Dec 26th, which means I get to drive all day on Christmas! Yippee!! 😛

So far I have been thoroughly enjoying being kid free! I can sleep in… although I don’t think waking up at 7 a.m. is sleeping in. I don’t have to worry about feeding them breakfast, lunch, and dinner. And most importantly, I can RELAX!! I will make the best of this little vacation :). What I’m really excited about is getting to see my older sister and 2 of my nieces soon!

Today, I have been busy finishing up making some Christmas presents… only one more to go!! And I spent some time wrapping some presents. Now I’m just waiting for the FedEx truck to get here with a package so I can run to the post office to get some things shipped off! Maybe while I’m waiting, I’ll get some more skull rings made since I got some more ring blanks in the mail today :).

Just a reminder… I’m still having my Christmas Sale going on in my etsy shop… just use coupon code CHRISTMAS for 10% off your purchase!

Give your coffee mug some style!

I am always trying to come up with new ideas and products to add to my etsy shop. My newest item I have been creating are coffee mug cozy’s. And instead of having just a plain old, simple cozy, I decided to add a cute little bow! So why not dress up your plain, boring coffee mug with these cute cozy’s?

Don’t like coffee? (I will have to add that I will think you are weird for not liking coffee, but anywho!!) Maybe you have a friend or friends that do like coffee! These make great gifts… or you can put one in a stocking!

I only have a few in my shop at the moment (only 2 have bows on them), but I’m planning on making more and I have lots of color choices of yarn you can choose from… or you can let me know what colors you like and I’ll see what I can do :).

Peanut Butter Balls!

I remember when I was younger, my Mom would make Peanut Butter Balls at Christmas time every year. They were my favorite Christmas cookie of all time! Now that I live far, far away from my Mom (sniff… tear!), I make them for my own little family at Christmas time. And every time I do make them, it just reminds me of being a kid again :).

I was roaming around Walmart today and was looking in the Christmas aisle and was thinking that I should probably get something for the boys’ teacher… as I was thinking about what to get, I saw some Christmas tins and it suddenly dawned on me… Why don’t I just make some peanut butter balls and put them in this cute little tin? BRILLIANT!!

Low and behold… Peanut Butter Balls!! And the tin was only a DOLLAR!!

Don’t they look delicious? Is your mouth watering yet? Cuz you should know… they ARE delicious!

Ok, ok… I’ll share the recipe 🙂 But ONLY cuz I’m nice! Haha!

Peanut Butter Balls

1 cup creamy peanut butter
1 cup margarine or butter (DON’T use tub margarine or light margarine~doesn’t work)
4 cups powdered sugar (that’s one 16 oz. box)
1 cup graham cracker crumbs (that’s approx. 18 squares or one package out of a box)

Mix all the above ingredients together.  Roll in small balls and refrigerate for at least one hour.  If it seems too dry and won’t roll well add and mix in a little more peanut butter.

Melt in double boiler: 1 (12 oz.)  package chocolate chips and **1/2 square paraffin.  Keep warm on stove.  With tooth pick dip balls in chocolate mixture, hold over pan for a bit so the excess chocolate drips off and refrigerate (add a little dab of chocolate to top of each ball to cover the toothpick hole…do this before you refrigerate).

**1/2 square of paraffin measures 2 ½” x 2 ½”  OR use half of a 5” x 1 ¼” squared cake of wax.

**I like to place the rolled balls onto a baking sheet with wax paper on top of it… the wax paper works great for keeping the dipped chocolate from sticking to the baking sheet too.

**If you’re like me and don’t have a double boiler, you can use a large pot with a little bit of water with a smaller pot inside the large pot.

So there you have it… the best Christmas cookies/dessert you will ever have!! 🙂 Enjoy!

 

Christmas Sale!

Guess what! I’m having a sale!! Christmas is fast approaching, and I’ve been working on making Christmas presents for the nieces, nephew, and working on some custom orders for a family member :).

Use the coupon code CHRISTMAS and get 10% off your entire purchase!! I ship most of my items by First Class mail which only takes a few days to get to you and in time for you to get it under the tree :).

Most of the items in my shop are already made and ready to ship… I do have some that are made to order, which I will need a few days to get them made. So if you want something to be custom made, please get those orders in soon so I can get them made and shipped off!

Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas everyone!!

Tuesdays Talent

I love etsy! There are some great shops and great people that I have met during my time on etsy. I met this girl through etsy’s BNS’s (if you don’t know what a BNS is, I’ll try and explain it some other time). Her name is Michaela… I know her as Buttons :). Her shop is AWESOME!! If you ever get a chance to check out her shop (ButtonsandYarnOhMy), you should! The stuff she makes is awesome and very well priced too :).  She has a blog too that you should check out as well!!

She knits scarves, cowls, coffee cozy’s, dish cloths, bracelets, and headbands! Here is one of her items she has in her shop now…

So be sure to check out her shop! I know she has some awesome deals going on right now too, so if you see something you just can’t live without, you can get a great deal!

I am going to try and feature an etsy shop every Tuesday… hence the title “Tuesdays Talent”.