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Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Just had to share....

I got these in an email and just thought they were too cute....

What ingredients are mothers made of?
1. God makes mothers out of clouds and angel hair and everything nice in the world and one dab of mean.

What does your mom do in her spare time?
Mothers don't do spare time.

What's the difference between moms & dads??
Moms have magic, they make you feel better without medicine.

If you could change one thing about your mom, what would it be??
1. She has this weird thing about me keeping my room clean. I'd get rid of that.
2. I'd make my mom smarter. Then she would know it was my sister who did it and not me.
3. I would like for her to get rid of those invisible eyes on the back of her head.


Thursday, October 16, 2008

Crochet Dude's Designs for Guys has dropped!!

At long last, here it is!! I got my pre-order in the mail yesterday from and let's just say I was not disappointed. Ok, I've seen many designs by Drew (aka TheCrochetDude) so I was expecting great things but that was even an underestimation of this book.
Would it sound condescending to say I'm so proud of Drew for this book and the patterns that are in it? I hope not, because I don't mean for it to be. He has just so outdone himself, you'll be surprised too.
There are a number of things in here that I have plans to make. There's even a hoodie that I just L.O.V.E. so much that I'm going to make it for myself.

If you click on the picture of the book it will take you right to the page on Amazon where you can buy this book.
I highly recommend it.

By the way, the book has a lot of Drew's humorous personality in it as well, but there is a spot in there where he talks about his mother and dedicates the book to her. It will touch your heart.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

I'm officially published!!

Ok, ok, I do know how long it's been, trust me. I've been so busy doing a crochet dress for a yarn company that I let everything else go. I just finished that dress on Monday and am getting things back in order again. Then yesterday I got this by UPS (dontchya just love UPS??). I was so surprised. Well, I knew it was coming at some point but did not know when exactly.

And here it is....drumroll please...
Blings & Things for Dogs

My designs are as follows.....
Top row middle
Blue & White 81 jersey
Colorful sweater to the right of that
Bottom right pink outfit.

There are some very cute designs in here. Just click on the link above if you are interested.

Oh yeah, something else happened while I was away......I've lost 50 lbs. Please don't try to find it, as I'm not looking for them. I don't want them back! I'm feeling so much better in my own skin now, even though I still have another 50 to go. Heck, if I can do the first 50, the second half should be a breeze!!

I promise I won't wait so long next time to make an entry. I'll get on here at least once a week, if it kills me!!!

Friday, July 18, 2008

It's been a while

Yes, I guess I've been slacking but I have a good reason...well, really I don't but it's an excuse. It's summer! Howdyalikethatone? With the kids home I've barely had more than 5 minutes in a row on the computer...and even then I always here "mom are you done yet"? I swear!

I haven't been doing a lot of crochet for the past month or so, just been so much going on with the kids at home.

We went to the Dallas Zoo a couple of weeks ago and that was a lot of fun. The kids are going with our neighbor to Hurricane Harbor (HUGE waterpark) this coming week, which works out great because dh has this week off. It'll be nice for it to be just the two of us alone all day...what a concept!

I've lost a little over 30 lbs now...and counting. SparkPeople has really been a blessing for me. If you are wanting to lose some weight I highly suggest it. I love it!! It's been making this so much easier for me....really!

On that note, I'll let you go for now. As usual, I have a child over my shoulder asking when I'm going to be done...I swear!!!

I hope y'all are having a great summer so far!!...................

Friday, June 27, 2008

Woman Challenge

WOMAN Challenge - Women and girls Out Moving Across the Nation

This is great for anyone who wants to 'walk across America'. I've joined it. I've become much more active as of late and am hoping to walk as far across America as I can!!

Not a lot has been going on around home. The kids are home from school for the summer so of course it's more hectic around here. I don't get a lot of computer time because they monopolize the computer the entire time I'm awake pretty much. I know I could kick them off, but to be honest with you, it's much quieter when at least one of them are doing something on the computer.

I've lost 25 lbs so far so I'm feeling pretty good about how things are going as far as that goes. I'm still working on crochet stuff too, it just doesn't take up my whole entire day anymore like it used to, which is good and bad.

I hope everyone is having a great summer so far. If you need any heat sent your way, just let me know. We've had our extreme fair share around here (Texas) for over a month now. It's not been out of the mid to high 90's (or higher) since mid May. I am not looking forward to July and August, I can tell you that much.

K, have a great weekend everyone. Don't forget to leave a comment to let me know how you are doing. Have a good one.

Saturday, June 07, 2008

Samantha has graduated

My baby girl is no longer a baby girl. She graduated high school today. The ceremony was relatively quick and at times, emotional. I got through it without crying though..Imagine that!!!

Sam walking down the aisle to get her diploma

Me and Sam after the ceremony

Jamie, Sam and me after the ceremony

Austin and Sam after the ceremony

Congratulations baby girl....momma loves you!!

Monday, June 02, 2008

Been a while, my bad

Wow, hard to believe it's been 3 weeks since I've posted here. Sorry 'bout that. I have lots of pictures to show you.

On May 12 was Austin's 9th birthday. Here he is just before blowing out the candles.

This past weekend we went to Tyler State park. It was so much fun!

Here are Samantha and Austin having watery fun!

Sam, with the lake in the background, and Austin looking cute!

You know it was a good day when...........

And some bird pics.......
Inca Doves doing, I don't know what and a Scissor Tailed Flycatcher

I'm fascinated by this beautiful bird. It's a Painted Bunting. So pretty!!

I promise I won't wait to make my next post. With Samantha's graduation next weekend it will have a lot more pictures, I'm sure.

Sunday, May 11, 2008


To all of us out there that are mothers and that have mothers, I hope you have a fantastic day!! My children spoiled me with breakfast in bed and a lovely card...I feel loved....and to be honest, with them being teens I actually get a great breakfast now, not just a overflowing bowl of cereal!!


My mom and my daughter

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Life Adjustment

I know I have talked about losing weight before on my blog, don't know when know but just know I must have. I seem to acquire the resolve and then after a week or so I putter out. This time I've started something different that I'm hoping will stick.

First of all, it feels different this time. I feel like I'm ready to put the demons away that have contributed to my weight gain and get on with my life....never had that before.

The Biggest Loser....yes, a tv show is helping my resolve this time as well. I watched it all the time when it was on and kept saying 'if only I could get on that show, I know I could lose weight'. Ok, so why do I need to use that as an excuse? Good question!! I don't...that was silly. Instead I bought The Biggest Loser workout dvd and I've been using it....nearly every day for the last 2 weeks. I've also just bought The Biggest Loser Power Sculpt and am just waiting for it to come in. Let me tell ya, the workout dvd sure gets your blood going. I even walked a 15 minute mile last night...first time I'm proud of myself!!

Also I found this great website (thank to DogwoodKari) that helps you track EVERYTHING. It's awesome. It's called SparkPeople and it fantastic! It really helps when you can see everything in front of's sure helped me. I plan all my meals the day before now, that way it's a no brainer and I can make smarter decisions. Oh, by the way, if you decide to take a look at SparkPeople and you decide to join, look me up. My user name on there is...surprise...jchllm!

Anyway, I've lost a few pounds already and I feel like I'm finally getting things under control. It's about time!!

I hope y'all have a fantastic day and thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

The Crochet Dude's Designs for Guys

Just a little advertisement here. Our favorite Crochet Dude, aka Drew Emborsky, has his very first solo crochet book coming out in the fall. You can preorder it now from Amazon by clicking on the picture...I know I did already.

I helped him out a bit with the book by crocheting something for him so I'm excited to see how it looks in print.
Congrats Drew! And I hope this book makes you rich rich rich!!! ;)

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Doggie Sweaters going to be published....

With permission, I can show you the doggy sweaters I'm having published. I'm very proud of them, if I do say so myself. These will all be published in a book of Dog Clothing coming out in the fall 2008 by Annie's Attic.

First, here is what I called a 'Pet Pillow' and as you can see, it passed the test. I barely had enough time to get my camera and Romo was sleeping on it when I got back.

Here is the 'Doggy Football Jersey'. Of course it is in Dallas Cowboys colors and I just had to put my favorite player (Terrell Owens) number on the back of it!

Next is a sweater called 'Handy Dog Sweater'. It is handy because it has a detachable hood and pockets with velcro on the inside to carry those dog biscuits.

And last, but not least, is my favorite.... 'Dreamy Dog Sweater'. It has a detachable hood, booties and rhinestones galore. I just think it's so darned cute. I know I shouldn't toot my own horn, but hey, what the heck?

I will keep you posted and let you know when the book is coming out. Let me tell ya, to be just starting out like I am, to have these accepted has given me confidence to keep going. I'm excited!

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Crochet to the rescue

Yup, it's storm season in Texas. There are 4 seasons here.....Summer, Fall, Winter and Storm Season. Right now, it's storm season.

The last few days we've been getting a lot of storms, but this morning we had a 'whopper'! As soon as it passed through, then the power went out. It was 6am. Time for dh to get ready for work and the kids to get ready for school. And when 2 of your kids are teenagers...mirror time is important.

No problem, I'll just get the candles. Ok, where are the candles? I found 1 candle. ONE stinkin' candle!!

So the boys go to the bus, fussing because they couldn't see anything but then 'the girl' gets up (dh drives her to school) and all H-E-double hockey sticks, breaks loose. NO LIGHTS? WHAT DO YOU MEAN NO LIGHTS? HOW AM I GOING TO GET READY?? All of a sudden a crochet hook popped into my head. Trish got me a lighted crochet hook for a swap a while back so I got it and gave it to my daughter. The little sucker actually lit things up quite well. When placed in front of a mirror it really lit things up. Whodathunkit? A crochet hook saved the day!

Of course, she more or less opened the door to leave and the power came back on. Too funny.

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

It's official!!

Well, I feel like I can actually clarify it.....dh says it's official....I'm a crochet designer!

I just got a call from my 'person' at Annie's Attic and they want 4 out of the 5 patterns I submitted for dogs. I'm so thrilled, you just can't imagine.

I would post pics but I haven't made them yet, just the schematics.

So, if you don't hear from me in a while, you'll know why. I'm crocheting my fingers off. I have until April 20th to get it ALL done.............. can you say 'overwhelmed'?

YAY ME!!!!!!

Monday, March 24, 2008

I am going to be published!

I'm so thrilled. I am going to have 2 of my patterns published in a book. My 2 Tea Cozy patterns (along with matching coasters) are going to be in a book called 1, 2, 3 Skeins to Crochet by Needleworks. I'm not sure when it is coming out as it is still in the stage of verifying patterns, but you can be sure I will let you know.

Here they are.....

And to think. This whole design thing started because I couldn't find an apple tea cozy anywhere. Well, cheers to my son for saying 'mom, just make one.' Easy as that, huh?

I am just so excited!

Friday, March 07, 2008

I miss her already

What a time we had when mom was here. She got in on her birthday 2-26-08 and stayed for a week.
Of course Sam was the first one to get to her with a big hug!
Here we are waiting for her bag. This was her very first flight and, can you believe it, her luggage was lost. However, they did deliver it to her the very next morning, so that was good.
We went shopping and my mom bought Sam her prom dress. Keep in mind this is not as good as it looks, or as good as it's going to look. Would you believe that THE dress was actually the cheapest and she can also wear this for graduation, so two birds with one stone. How often does that happen?? It looks great on her though.
I have more pics of her stay but Photobucket it co-operating right now!

We got some snow here this morning too. A lot of the Dallas area got a bunch yesterday but we got ours this morning. It's still cold and icy but it's going away.
Here's another pic. Now, if I remember correctly, this is why I DON'T live in Canada anymore. Don't like the snow. Oh well, I'm sure it will be more Texas like on the weekend....let's hope.

Monday, February 25, 2008

Spring has sprung!!

I know a lot you are still under snow but here in Texas the flowers are starting to bloom and they are so pretty. In my yard I have a couple of Daffodils coming up, one's that actually did not bloom last year but I cut down a couple of shadowy dying trees so now the flowers are seeing new light, literally.

The turtles were taking full advantage of the warm sun too. I just think it's so cool how they line up, nearly on top of each other, to sunbathe.

My last nature picture is a quintisential Texas picture...well, one of them anyway. Vultures in a dead tree. I thought it was cool, even though they are likely one of the ugliest creatures I've ever seen in life!!

On a design note, here is a closeup of something I've just finished. I like the colors of it. What do you think?

31 hours until my mom lands at DFW airport. I can't wait to see her! "Miss ya mom!"

Sunday, February 24, 2008

Save Friday Night Lights

Sign's Petition to Save Friday Night Lights

I don't do this often...or ever as a matter of fact but SAVE FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS!! Sign the petition to save the show. It's the only show my husband really loves!!! So click on the picture and sign a petition to save it!!

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

It all starts somewhere.....

Well, I was looking at the patterns on Crochet Pattern Central at the 12" squares and lo and behold...there was mine! Ok, maybe to others it's not a big deal, but to me, it's certainly a start. I'm very proud to be on thank you CPC, for adding mine to the other great patterns on your site!

In other news, I"m counting down the days until my mother gets here....6 days and counting. I can't wait.

My cat had 6 kittens yesterday too but one was still born. That was sad. The others are doing very well and, of course, so cute!

I got my copy of C&C's Wrapped in Soft, in which I crocheted the Ribs and Scallops Cardi for TheCrochetDude. It looks awesome and I'm thrilled about it.

I've been working hard trying to come up with new things to design. My son says I'm a bit OCD when it comes to things and that it's like I get obsessed with the things. Well, I don't know about being obsessed but I do know I put my whole heart into whatever I do and I hope that will help it pay off in the long run.

Have a bright day everyone and thanks for stopping by!!

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Nothing like it.....

First, you hear the beep of the UPS lady (I have a lady, not a UPS guy). You go out and get a box. Bring it in the house. Kids yelling 'ooo what is it? what is it?'. Me yelling...'it's mine, go away'. I open the box and what do I see? YARN!! Ahhhhhhh, there's just nothing like it, is there?

I bought some cotton yarns NY Cotton and TLC Cotton Plus because I have some ideas floating around in my head that I NEED to get swatches for. And the RH Soft for something else I have in mind. I got them all from I just love them!!

After reading The Crochet Dude's blog this morning and he was singing the praises of the 365 Crochet Stitches a Year: Perpetual Calendar

It is a great place to get ideas for new things, and the awesome catalog of stitches is .... is....well, it's awesome!! I have it littered with bright pink sticky-notes with all kinds of new ideas floating around in my head. Hmm, I'm guessing they want out because floating around in my head can't possibly be a safe place to be...yikes!

On a very happy mother called me yesterday to tell me that she is going to come down for a visit, by plane, on her own, and stay for a week. Now, this may not seem like that big a deal, but 1. keep in mind that my mother has never flown, and 2. and an ever bigger deal, is that mom has never been away from my dad for this long in over 40 years. Dad can't get away from work but mom is missing us (we miss her big time too) so much because they weren't here for Christmas because of her hip replacement surgery. She is arriving on Feb 26th, which happens to be her birthday. I can't wait. I really need some mommy time!!