Friday, March 30, 2007

Ripple Anyone



Well I am having a blast working on my DD ripple - I am not giving it to her until Christmas - let's see can I actually wait that long to give it to her. I just know she's going to love it...nothing says love like something homemade and thankfully she has a real appreciation for that. I am now over 1/4th of the way done...woohoo! After this I think I'm going to make one for my ds - except his won't be nearly this bright. To give you a hint - his room is painted red with black trim!!! That will be a bit more challenging as it gets tiring to work with dark colors after a bit.

I hope this blanket will inspire some of you to consider crochet - many people who have joined the Ripple Along have never crocheted before. This afghan is done using Bernat Satin(for the colored yarn) and Phentax for the ivory - I used the same colour for my Irish Hiking Scarf KAL. I am using a 5.00 mm hook(Clover, which is an amazing hook).



My Irish Hiking Scarf - This was so much fun to make as I was able to do cables(which I love!!!).

Easter Egg Coloring


Ok all you creative cats! I'm interested in learning some different techniques for dyeing easter eggs. If you have a unique way to do it can you please leave me a comment or drop me a line at mrs_tea_mouse@hotmail.com .

Email me an idea and earn points for my upcoming contest.

Friday Feast One Hundred & Thirty Seven

Appetizer
What are you proud of?
I would have to say raising my family. We were married young and most people didn't expect us to make it. We did more than make it, we've been blessed with great children and a great family and this May we'll have been married 18 years. We raised great kids and I am so proud of that!!

Soup
What is the best thing you’ve ever won as a prize?
My husband! Yes really! I won some tickets from our local radio station to attend a dinner at a local restaurant. My friend and I were trying to decide if we should go or not and then we thought well we'll probably get a nice steak dinner for free so we went. We were being harassed by a slimy station manager when my husband to be and another D.J. decided we needed rescuing from Mr. Slime. Apparently the station manager was known for his escapades with young girls and everyone around the station was disgusted by his behavior. They needn't have worried I wasn't about to fall for Mr. Ed's moves....lol! That night when I got home he called me from the station and we stayed up all night with DH playing the longest songs so we could chat longer on the phone. From then on we were inseparable...so the ongoing joke is that I won him on the radio.

Salad
Name something you do that is a waste of time.
Browsing online for things I wished I could buy. I can spend hours doing this and I never end up buying anything. I may even get to the point of putting stuff in a cart and then when I get to the check out and see the shipping charges I gasp and move on to something else. I think shipping charges are so inflated!

Main Course
In what year of your life did you change the most?
I'm going to have to go with 1996. We had our daughter baptized that year and from then on our life has never been the same. DH went to school to get his Bachelor's in Theology and now we both work at church and our faith life has been completely changed. I never expected our life to change so much from one event, but God works in mysterious ways!

Dessert
Where is a place you consider to be very tranquil?
Our parish library, it's always quiet and no one ever goes there. Surrounded by all the books and the peace and quiet - I'm always relaxed when I'm there. When our son moves out in a few years time - I plan on converting his room to a library/prayer room. I've always wanted a room that would be a place where you could go to just be alone, pray and yes even read.

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Thursday Thirteen - What's going on with Idol



Although I am a Canuck - I am a big fan of American Idol. I think what is happening right now with these people who are voting the best off to mess with the show is just ridiculous. I've managed to find some funny clips of a parody and some clips of the ones who should have been around longer than Sanjaya. I hope you enjoy the little American Idol montage, of 13 different videos all with the same message - send Sanjaya home.



He really does sound this bad!



What is up with the voting - is it about talent are will you let it turn into a joke! Their are real people with REAL talent going home!



Just a little humour and maybe a bit of advice for all you men who wish you could sing but sadly cannot. If you want to make your dreams come true in the singing industry, you must check this out!



When will these people at Vote 4 the wwourorst . com (yes I spelled it wrong on purpose) realize that they are just hurting the contestants feelings. I am not a Malakar fan, but I don't feel that what they are doing to him is fair.



His original audition! What were they thinking. Near as I can figure, he was in with his sister who sang a lot worse and for whatever reason - slow day of good contestants or whatever - he actually sounded good in comparison.




What were Randy and Paula thinking!!!!! That's right, Sanjaya is being voted for by all the little teeny boppers of America - is he?



Could this be how?




Instead A. J. went home!



And Nick!



And Sabrina!



And Sundance!!!



And what happened with Brandon!


And even Stephanie - I'll admit her last performance was a little warbly - but that girl can sing!


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Wordless Wednesday - Rainy Day Reading

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Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Rainy Day and Tendonitis *sigh*

Gosh today is off to a bad start. We're having a rainy day, but that's not the worst part. Normally I love a good rainy day - it is a perfect day for curling up with tea and knitting or crocheting. Alas, as I type this I am in terrible pain, my tendonitis is acting up and the simplest things from blogging and knitting to doing my actual secretary work is very painful!

I got out my handy dandy brace and it's on - so far it hasn't eased the pain and it's quite bulky and gets in the way of typing and such. I refuse to take the anti-inflammatory drugs that are prescribed for my condition as they do terrible things to my stomach and it's not fun. So I guess I'll have to wear this horrible contraption, take my ibuprofen regulary and see what happens. When I was diagnosed with this a couple of years back the initial treatment was for anti-inflammatory drugs and 6 weeks of a wrist brace. It never really did go away completely but it goes through stages where it hurts more and then less again, depending on how I am using it.

Oh, don't worry - I am not about to stop knitting. I just can't give that up. I may have to slow it down a bit though. The funny thing is the thing that hurts me the most is using the mouse, and I even have one of those gel-pad mouse pads.....hmmmmmmmm! Maybe I need some time away from work.....lol! I don't think that will happen anytime soon as if I am ill, I have to have volunteers answer the phone but they aren't capable of doing the daily tasks...*sigh*. If anyone has any tips on treating wrist tendonitis - drop me a line at mrs_tea_mouse@hotmail.com

Monday, March 26, 2007

Thanks be to God

I just really want to thank God, for recently he's given me the strength and courage to break out of my normal comfort zone. I've had some serious fears of being able to Lector at our parish. I've been able to do it a few times - but if the reading is too long, my heart begins to race, I stop breathing and I feel like I am going to faint.

Well thankfully this seems to be getting better. This past weekend I was able to substitute on the spot for a reader who couldn't make it. This would never have happened even up to a month or so ago.

I'm so excited as I am able to participate in the Passion reading on Passion Sunday and during the Easter Vigil! I am so thankful to God for giving me the strength to do this. I have longed to read during Holy Week for some time!

There is nothing I cannot master with the help of the One who gives me strength. Philippians 4:13 The Jerusalem Bible

Sunday, March 25, 2007

Gratis Yarn!!

Well a little while back I was attempting to make myself a sweater. I went to my LYS to get all the yarn I'd need to make it. I began it and worked like crazy - soon it was time to change balls, wouldn't you know it the Bernat yarn I had bought all at the same time had a shade difference. This was no dye lot yarn so I was a bit confused. My sis in BC was making herself the same sweater and only had the neck to do when she ran out of yarn - she reached in to get her next ball and it didn't match. Thankfully for her, she found one more ball in her stash that did match.

As for me, I decided to contact Bernat as I've always enjoyed using their yarns and I wanted to know how to be assured of getting matching yarn to complete this project. Apparently they've had to switch suppliers and since then their colour matching has not been extremely accurate. It was suggested that I buy balls that all had the same number stamped on them, as this indicates that they were made the same day.

Of course I was a bit grumpy and decided to put away the project for now. I then got an email from Bernat telling me that they wanted to send me some complimentary yarn. I figured they'd send me a couple of different sample balls of their different yarns.....nope! They sent me in the mail 15 balls of the exact yarn I had a problem getting here in town. That is enough to make the entire project! I am thrilled to bits! I had always held out faith in their company and when I started the Ripple Afghan for DD, I did again buy their yarn, but this time it was their Bernat Satin. I have not yet been disappointed and after their wonderful customer service, I will continue to be a loyal shopper. I have had some time to think about my sweater choice and instead of doing the pattern that my Sis did, I am going to do the Einsten Sweater - as I've already made one for my nephew and I'm really drawn to that design.

Saturday, March 24, 2007

Popped and popping mad!

Firstly I am just thrilled as I a little blogger can be check out J's Thoughts & Musings to see why. Thanks Jenny! I'm glad that my blog is somewhere you want to visit again. I am very thankful to Amy for her contest - it has helped me get out and find more wonderful blogs to read.
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After 30+ years I've discovered something so easy I should have been able to figure out -but I never even knew it was a possibility.

What is it, I hear you all ask in excited breaths?

Well silly, it's microwave popcorn that is made without buying the fat filled convenience packets that you buy at the store. Yep, I'm not even joking. Who knew it could be so simple. If you like making popcorn in the microwave you should give this a shot. You place 1/4 cup of popcorn(any kind you normally buy) into a paper lunch bag - fold the bag over a few times and put it into the microwave. Now some microwaves are conveniently equipped with a 'popcorn' setting. In my machine it took 2 min 2 seconds - you also get more of the popcorn being popped than in the store bought packets. You can melt a bit of butter or whatever you like to use and top with salt or some flavored seasonings.
Now I can't take the credit for this, I had the time to read a Canadian Living magazine while I had my hair done, this tip was in their April 2007 issue.

Hair Experience
Well I am having a nice Saturday. I finally caved and went to the Salon and had my hair colored. I haven't had a regular stylist since I had a falling out with my old one over my daughter's perm incident - let's just say it was a bad experience and I had expected a bit more professionalism from her. Sooooooooo, I want to have my grey washed away before Easter and I don't really want to continue to go to the bother of getting a home kit and having DH help me. As I'm excited to have it done by someone else and I don't really know where to go with last minute notice(I'm spontaneous like that)! I meandered down to First Choice Hair salon - it's kind of a discount super cheap hair cut place, but I figured they'd have the space with short notice. Oh they did have the space. First I was subjected to a strand test to make sure my hair wouldn't spontaneously combust, with all that store bought color on it. After signing my life away that I wouldn't sue them if something like this should happen - she assures me I'll be ok!

I sit in the chair sweating bullets as she began the two step process to give me some nice brown hair and a few tiny blonde highlights. Each step is explained to me in great detail, from the reason she is doing the foils in the way she is to 'I'm just going to clean this color of your forehead ears'. I felt like I was at a hair seminar. Well she finally finished it and gave me a 'slight' trim. It's now time to pay - keep in mind that I am leaving the salon with my hair still wet - no style or anything and I got about 6 - 8 foils put in - the cost at the end of it all a whopping $96 smackeroos! YOWCH, I painfully passed her my Visa - signed my life away and drove home wondering what on earth I had been thinking. I know the cost isn't high for the work done in a salon - but sheesh I could have gone to any other salon and I would have at least left with my hair styled. Thankfully it was a nice hot day here and not 40 below 0!

Note to self - find a better hairdresser that you can trust and make sure it's an all inclusive kind of deal.

Friday, March 23, 2007

Friday Feast #136

Feast One Hundred & Thirty Six

Appetizer
Who is your favorite news anchor/reporter?
Seamus O'Regan, he has great charisma.

Soup
Name 3 foods that are currently in your freezer.
Whole Chicken, Flour and Boboli Shells

Salad
If you were to have the opportunity to name a new town or city, what would you call it?
Narnia, I loved the series by C.S. Lewis and I love the name Narnia.

Main Course
What will most likely be the next book you read?
Anne Rice's - Christ the Lord out of Egypt. Both my husband and my pastor have recommended it as a good read. I've not been a huge Anne Rice fan and I wasn't going to read it until we all discussed it a few week's ago.

Dessert
What's the first thing you notice about the opposite gender? Facial expression(smile, eyes twinkling) and how they carry themselves. You can tell a lot about someone by how they carry themselves. That and personality of course! A person doesn't have to be model perfect in looks but if they have a great personality they are immediatley beautiful. True beauty comes from the inside.

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Thursday, March 22, 2007

Thursday Thirteen - Facts about me from 13 years ago...


13 Facts About My Life Thirteen Years Ago:

1. I had our second child our DD - who turns 14 next month!

2. I was a SAHM(that's what they call it today). I was referred to as a housewife. I spent my days cleaning and taking care of the kids. I had a clothes line and I would hang my laundry outside in the spring/summer and fall.

3. I had just learnt how to crochet and made my first afghan. It was one big granny square. My birthday gift that year was a basket of yarn in different colours and some crochet hooks, from my mom.

4. My hair was dyed red, I hate myself in red haiar now.

5. I drank 2 pots of coffee a day - by myself.

6. My car was a AMC Renault - it was parked more than it was driven - it made a good parking spot ornament.

7. I never drank water, but I drank about 2 litres of Pepsi a day.

8. My DH and I would play cribbage or rummy in the evenings - we had no computer.

9. On my television were: Law & Order, The X Files, Empty Nest, Mad About You, Seinfeld, Murder She Wrote, Full House, Barney & Friends, AMV and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

10. Music I enjoyed on the radio: Ace of Base, Great Big Sea, Shania Twain, favorite song Cryin' by Aerosmith.

11. The authors I was reading were Stephen King, John Grisham, Danielle Steel and Lavyrle Spencer. I usually got the newest Danielle Steel hardcover book as a gift for Christmas or my birthday - they're both in the same month. A clue - I was almost named Holly!

12. I had a small vegetable garden and we enjoyed growing radishes and tomatoes. In the summer of 1994 we experienced a Plow Wind and all of our tomatoes got pock marked from hail so we made salsa. I haven't had a garden since that time, not because the plow wind but we've not had a yard for it up until now.

13. My 4 yo DS was asked by his dad what did he want to get me for Christmas - he grinned and said a 'diamond ring'. Well bless their souls - he and dad went shopping and found a nice ring with a little diamond chip(this was a time of not much money), and I was so surprised on Christmas morning to find that he had bought me a ring for Christmas. I'll never forget that big smile on his face as he watched excitedly as I opened up the gift from him. I still have that ring and I still love it!

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Parenthood

Do you realize that becoming a parent transforms your entire life? I don't think I fully comprehended that until the first time I held my DS in my arms. You are emotions are overflowing and you can't imagine that something so precious has been entrusted to you.

When my kids were small I thought life was hard. There was after all the terrible two's, potty training, teaching them to ride their bike, read and so much more. I loved every minute of it. There is nothing like the curiosity of a three year old as you go on a nature walk - they notice everything and I mean everything. Many discussions will come from why the worms are on the sidewalk after a rain and why do the leaves change colour in the fall.

At the same time there is this feeling of momma bear that kicks in once you have children. You are trying to protect them from the world, prevent all the owchies. The house becomes 'child proofed', all to prevent needless accidents; and when they get their first owchie it's a big event filled with crying and hugs and kisses. We teach our children about safety and not to talk to strangers. There is a lot of worry on a parent to keep their child safe, but at this young tender age you feel that you can prevent most of them and if you can't they can hopefully be fixed with a little TLC.

When I look back now I see that these were the easiest of my child rearing days. Now when my child is hurt it's generally not something that I as a mom cannot 'fix'. I'm there for a hug and a shoulder to cry on when they come home from school crying because they've been called some terrible name. The world is a harsh place sometimes and it's hard to see your children subjected to the cruelty of others. Gone are the days when a simple 'band-aid' and a Popsicle could fix the problems. How do you explain to a teenager that they are beautiful, when the rest of the peers tell them otherwise - just to be cruel? I long for the days when the problems were a fall of a bike or a nightmare at 3 a.m.

After a lengthy discussion with some older ladies I know I came to the realization that I am not yet in the most difficult path of a parent. No, it would seem that it never ends for us parents. Eventually the children are older, teens and young adults finally - they are making their own decisions now. As a parent you are there to offer your advice and as good as it is and as mature as they are - they can now choose to listen or to do things their way.

How then, do you help the child who is now dealing with their own 'big problems', divorce, death of a child, financial hardships and more? I've watched some people dealing with these situations and from a parent's perspective - they feel totally helpless.

No what I realize now is that the worry of a parent is never ending and that the love you feel for them the first time you held them in your arms will never fade away. Instead just like the love I feel for my husband it grows stronger and stronger each day. No matter how bad things get or how horribly my teenage kids sometimes treat me, when they are hormones are raging - I LOVE them.

Being a parent isn't an easy task but as much as it is filled with worry and concern it is also filled with joy and happiness. You will be blessed with God's abundant blessings each and every day. From the excited joy of a three year old exclaiming at the site of a caterpillar to a teenager who wants to be with you on New Year's Eve having a family game night instead of out partying with friends.

I'm writing this after having a bad morning with my 13 yo dd, whose hormones were sky high and tempers flared and many hurtful things said. I have faith in God and in her that this too shall pass and one day she'll grow into a wonderful lady and perhaps a mother herself. I found this poem on the Internet and it is Author Unknown so I'll share it with you.

From God with Love

~Author Unknown~

Children are a blessing sent from God above
For us to care and nurture and most of all to love.

God calls us to be parents and gives us all the tools
And when we feel like giving up, our strength He will renew.

Children are a gift from God that He so freely lends
To make it through the childhood years, on Him we must depend.

He must have a presence, you see it must take three
The parents, child and Christ at the center to be a family.

From childhood days to a child full grown
Their joys and hurts are a parent's own.

Times of joy and laughter and those times of tears
The times spent raising a child are surely the best of years.

There comes that time in life when a child will leave the nest
We must send them off with love and a prayer and leave to God the rest.

We've have shared the Word of God, we've taught them right from wrong
Now it's time to let them go and let them write their song.

The faith instilled, the examples lived, and the lessons taught
All gifts that we've given our child, which will never be forgotten.

There are many paths a child can take, right or wrong will remain unknown
But rest assured that in the end, they all lead back to home.

Monday, March 19, 2007

Rippling my way to peacfulness...

that's what I intend to do in the next little while. I've joined up at the Ripple Along and I plan on making a ripple afghan for my daughter. She loves outrageous colour combinations and she's asked me for an afghan that had many colours. I think she'll love this - I'm going to start in April and have it done for her by Christmas. I'll have to work in secret, because as soon as I pick up a ball of yarn both my 17 yo son and my daughter ask me what I'm making. I'll post pics after I get it started, I'm excited to see the progress and how creative I can get to make it pop for my 14 yo DD...lol!

Just yesterday evening I was rolling some yarn into a nice convenient ball and my DS came into my room and he was wondering what I'm doing and why it was that I felt the need to roll the yarn since it's already in a ball. I explained that it's much easier to use it when it's in a round ball rather than the skein they come wrapped in. That seemed to satisfy his curiosity - as for the project I told him my usual secretive response of 'oh I'm just fiddling around'.

One year I knit his Christmas scarf each morning as DH and I drove him to school each day. He was clueless, but it's not always that easy to surprise loved ones who live at home with these little treasures.

I still want to work on my knitted towels and of course my dish cloths(those things are the best ever). I've never had dish cloths last like these ones do, and they're so pretty. I need to have several projects to keep me busy and interested and of course I need my travel projects of which the dish cloths are perfect for. I love to knit on my lunch break and in the car. I'm still pretty excited about having a contest to give away a set of a kitchen towel and dish cloths. Don't forget to leave a comment if you're interested in participating. The contest will probably be pretty simple but I haven't thought of what to do yet - I'll even take suggestions of that as well, don't be shy!

Here is a picture of my first ripple that I did. I made it for my queen size bed and somehow I got the measurements wrong and it really only ever covered the top. Oliver is snuggled up to it, he loved that blanket....so much so that he chewed a hole in it Twice! He's lucky that it never fit perfectly as it took me ages to work on as it was all done in single crochet. I guess after I finish up with my daughter's I'll have to make one for our bed again. He's a pretty spoiled pup and he didn't even get scolded for his mistake - I mean look at him, he's so adorable!

Saturday, March 17, 2007

Handknit Kitchen Towel - Contest?

As promised in my previous post here is a pic of the hanging kitchen towel that I made. It is done in a simple diamond stitch and it knit up quite nicely. Since then I have made another one from Dishcloth Boutique and I'm working on a second one. These I have been knitting up in some pretty bright colours, Peacock blue and bright pink. I wanted something really bold for my bright buttons that I found at Michael's. The yellow one I made myself turned out great with the little pink flower button. Guess who is painting her kitchen this spring, yes it will be yellow and very similar to that color of yarn. I think I will go with a pale yellow. I'm very excited about that.

Let me know what you think of the towel. I'm thinking of doing my own contest soon. The winner I'm guessing would receive a hanging towel and 3 dishcloths in the same colour scheme, and you'll even be able to choose the colour that is right for your kitchen! I'll post on that all later, but first I want the input from you the reader if you think it's a good idea. Leave me a comment with your input. If there is enough interest I'll proceed with this sometime in April.

Friday, March 16, 2007

Dreaming Big

Over at Amy's place she's been posing a question of the day. Today was if you could be in the Guiness book of world records what would you be in it for. That's a very good question, and I of course dreamt big with my reply.

Speaking of dreaming, I tend to strive to reach for what always seems like the impossible. When I was first introduced to the internet I met some lovely people who taught me how to use Paint programs to make my own custom Avatars! Wow, that was something. That was my first foray into the www land, chatting on Excite.

Since then I've always seemed intrigued with the next current thing. For a long time I made my own Outlook stationery and I had a couple of websites dedicated to this hobby. I enjoyed it thoroughly, I love playing with Paint Shop Pro. In my dream world I would be trained as a Graphic Artist, wow that would be something.

Well It's been just over a year now that I've been in this blogging world. I never, ever thought I'd be a blogger. For a long time I had no idea what it even was. Then I saw DH blogging and I began to read other peoples blogs, and then I was hooked.

So now that I have really gotten the hang of blogging it's time for me to once again stretch myself. I now have to figure out how to get a fancy shmancy looking blog. I know I can teach myself how to do it, after all I didn't let now knowing HTML prevent me from my previous hobbies of stationery design and making my own web page - however archaic they seem nowadays!

So folks I am going to dream big, I'll work hard and hopefully within the next few months I'm able to pull off some fancy shmancy looking blog page. That's my goal for the spring/summer months.

P.S.
I've decided to use a free skin for now from Free Blogger Skins. Hopefully I'll be able to design my own.

Thursday, March 15, 2007

Thursday Thirteen - Signs of Spring!

Thirteen Signs that you're sure Spring is just around the corner!

13. Hubby loads his golf clubs into the trunk of the car.

12. You actually want to wash windows, dust every nook and cranny. Death to all the dust bunnies!

11. Every where you look, Puddles!

10. Ants, yes ants, I just had one in my office!

9. The teenagers are now wearing their summer clothes.

8. The delicious aroma of bbqing!

7. And to follow the bbq, some ice cream! Yes my fav ice cream place opens each March. This is a real sign that spring has arrived. Mmmmmmmmm ice cream!

6. The parks are filled with people of all ages walking, even though there are puddles everywhere, and the dog needs a bath each time we go out.

5. Rain, yes rain! It wouldn't be a good spring without some rain.

4. Bike Riding - on my Classic Schwinn! I'm such a geek.

3. Puppy Love - it's everywhere believe me! Everywhere I go couples are walking hand in hand or while cuddling - it's so cute!

2. Garden shops are open in all your favorite big box stores. It's time to plan out the flower beds and buy the latest in outdoor accessories.



1. And finally - Spring Flowers!!!

Happy Spring Everyone! I hope this got you all excited for the coming changes in weather. I know I for one can't wait to get the bbq out and have my first glass of wine cooler in the back yard!

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Wordless Wednesday



In response to Open Letter. Here is a photo to keep the LW content. I'll try to hang back, but I have to tell you it isn't easy with such a gorgeous woman like that. ~ Johnny

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Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Honestly how honest is too honest?

Truly how honest is too honest? Do you correct the clerk if he/she gives you the incorrect change, even if it's in your favor? If you get charged less for a dinner out, do you mention it to the waiter/ress? Have you ever got home and found something you didn't purchase by mistake and had to take it back?

Sometimes I often wonder what people think when you do some of these things. As a clerk from the past, I would always appreciate someone mentioning if I had given them the wrong change, especially if I had given them too much. That plays a huge part in how well I am doing as a cashier. I don't think it happened more than once to me.

Well the other day I had an interesting situation. I had gone to FabricLand to buy buttons for some hanging tea towels I am currently knitting(pics to follow). Now they were crazy busy as it was a Saturday and everyone seemed to be out shopping.

I spent a few minutes looking over the options they had for unique buttons and eventually I settled on a pair of gold colored teapots and some plain pink ones. There really didn't seem to be a whole lot of what I was looking for.

As I stood there trying to make other buttons appear that would be of more interest, I had a couple of ladies pass by. The aisle wasn't that spacious and I ended up bumping into the button rack and causing a package of buttons to fall off the rack. I quickly put the package back and proceeded to the cashier to pay for my tiny purchases.

Well I ended up feeling a little sheepish yesterday morning. I was cleaning out my purse to find some tissues and lo' and behold I find a package of buttons at the bottom of my purse that I didn't buy! They looked familiar from FabricLand, that's when I remembered being bumped into and things falling...oh my! I now had items that I didn't pay for.

As you can guess I hightailed it back there after work yesterday. The whole time I'm trying to think how I can do this without looking like a fool. So I spend sometime preparing the perfect speech in my head. Somehow that all left me when I was standing at the counter trying to explain to this less than interested cashier as to why I am bringing back buttons. All I could come up with is "I found these in my purse, I didn't mean to buy them. They must have fallen in my purse so I am bringing them back". I barely stammered these few words out so I could quickly make my great escape!

Back in my car safe and sound, I asked DH if I did the right thing. He assured me that I did, but why did it feel so weird?

Anyway, I ended up heading to Michael's and do they have buttons - boy do they ever! You can get all kinds of buttons - watering cans, corn, baby booties and so much more. I picked up the cutest buttons - they are all flowers and I think a package of 8 cost me $3.49, so they were a lot cheaper than those at the fabric store and they were exactly what I was looking for.

Thursday, March 08, 2007

Thursday Thirteen - International Women's Day


In honour of International Women's day - I've included 13 facts about this spcial day - why it was created and what it has become. I hope you learn something, I know I sure did. Happy IWD to you all!

1. International Women's Day observance began early in the 1900's. It was a time of drastic growth and increased radical thinking.

2. In 1908, women were becoming more outspoken about their inequality. In 1908 15,000 women protested in New York City for better pay, hours and a right to vote.

3. The first National Woman's Day was on February 28. It was held on the last Sunday of February and continued through until 1913.

4. In 1910, At a Socialist International meeting in Copenhagen - an International Women's Day with no exact date was proposed. Over 100 women from 17 countries voted in favor of this proposal. Later 3 of these women were elected into Parliament in Finland.


5. In 1911, after the decision reached at in Copenhagen, International Women's Day was honoured for the first time in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland on March 19. Over a million women and men were in attendance. Items of discussion were women's right to vote, to be trained, to hold public office and to end discrimination. Not more than a week later a tragic fire in New York City claimed the lives of over 140 working women. This tragic event drew more focus on the work conditions and labor laws.

6. The eve of World War I saw women campaigning for peace. In Russia women observed their first International Women's Day on the last Sunday in February of 1913.

7. Since the beginning of the socialist movement. IWD has grown into a global day of recognition. IWD continues to grow annually. In 1975 the United Nations designated it as ‘International Women's Year'.

8. Government organizations throughout the world have been observing IWD annually, by holding events to honour the advancement all while reminding of the need for continued action to ensure that all women receive equality.

9. The IWD now sees men honouring mothers, wives, girlfriends, colleagues with tokens of their appreciation. Some countries see this day as equivalent to Mother's Day.

10. There has been a huge change in attitude shifts since the millennium, both about women's thoughts about equality and emancipation. Many of the younger women feel that the battle has already been won, while many feminists of old, know too well that this will be a continued concern for sometime.

11. Today women are still not paid equally compared to a man in the same position. They aren't represented in areas of business or politics and worldwide their health and violence against them is worse than that of men.
12. Women are beginning to inspire through some amazing achievements such as female astronauts, prime ministers. Women are now proving that they can have a family and a career. Today women have many choices before them, of what they want to do with their lives. We have careers and families, we are in public office and much more.

13. Annually March 8 is a day where thousands of events are held around the world to both inspire and celebrate achievements made by women. It's a day to inspire and celebrate.

Take some time today to let the women in your life know how special they are to you, and each year make sure to honour them in a special way and allow International Women's Day to enrich all of our lives.

Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Who knew I was strawberry, what flavor are you?

You Are Strawberry Ice Cream

A bit shy and sensitive, you are sweet to the core.
You often find yourself on the outside looking in.
Insightful and pensive, you really understand how the world works.

You are most compatible with chocolate chip ice cream.

Monday, March 05, 2007

Beach Party

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Well in my last post, I gave you a delicious treat - I hope you didn't eat too many as it's time to break out that swim suit and go to the beach! I figure we've all probably had enough of winter by now. I know I sure have - it's still freezing here and it's already March....so let's warm it up a bit.
Now for that perfect swim suit - my vote is for.

Now that we have a swim suit let's buy some shoes - I love a good reason to buy some shoes.

These will do the trick, a nice pair of Skecher's. I'm going to need a pedicure for sure!

Now the bar is open what would you like to drink?Long Island Iced Tea


Margarita

Strawberry Daiquri

Pull up a chair
Enjoy that ice cool beverage the cabana boy just brought you, grab your favorite book

Make sure you use some sunblock the forecast for today is a balmy 85 degrees!


Thanks for stopping by the beach to say hi, I hope you had a great visit!

Friday, March 02, 2007

Blog Party Extravaganza



Let the Blog party begin!

Thanks to 5 Minutes for Mom for starting the party rolling. I'm looking forward to meeting new people and finding new blogs to read - I am addicted to reading blogs. Make sure to stop by their site and add your blog to the linky to be added to have your name drawn for some amazing prizes. There are so many great people out in the www, and I love getting to know you all. I hope you enjoy my blog.

Some of my posts that may be of interest are: My soap Bag(a pattern for a knitted soap bag for the bath or shower - that I designed).

For your sweet tooth give this recipe a try - CAUTION - may be tempting to eat more than 3!
Black Bottom Cupcakes:
1 8oz. pkg. Cream cheese
1 egg, slightly beaten
1/3 c. sugar
pinch salt
Combine all together and add 1 6 oz. pkg. chcolate chips...mix and set aside.

Mix:
1 c. sugar
1/2 tsp. salt
1 1/2 c. flour
1 c. water
1/2 c. oil
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. vanilla
Fill muffin cups to 1/3 to 1/2. Drop spoonful of cream cheese mixture on top. Bake at 350F for 20 - 25 minutes. Yield: 18 cupcakes.

These are easy to do and very delicious, they can be frozen and used later. ....but I'm sure they won't last that long.

I'll be digging up some other great recipes and ideas to share with you throughout the week so check back often for updates. Enjoy the party!

Thursday, March 01, 2007

Thirteen items on my desk


1. Snowglobe with pics of my daughters friend.

2. Palm Creations strawberry/coconut candle that is all burnt out.

3. KFC flyer - and this is making me hungry!

4. Flower Coaster

5. Pink Nalgene bottle of water.

6. Empty containe
r of Juicy Fruit gum.
7. A car, yes that's right a car - and I have no idea why it's on my desk.

8. Winnie the po
oh pencil case.

9. Bottle of Ibuprofen - perhaps I
am expecting the worst today.


10. Staedtler pens in a rainbow of colours:
yellow, pink, orange, red, lime green, green, baby blue, blue, brown and black. I'm a pen freak!

11. Empty bag of cashews.

12. A convenience size of Vaseline, what can I say it's a dry climate.


13. Skittles - a big bag!