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Tuesday, January 29, 2008

The pinky toe wins!!

I have tossed thoughts around for a while now about maybe possibly submitting one of my designs to a publication but of course had absolutely no idea how to go about it so I left it on the back burner...wayyyy in the back.

Of course, the very first thing I'm proud of designing is my Apple Tea cozy and that really got me into doing things on my own. How does this work? How does that work and so on? Then the cardigan I made for Drew (TheCrochetDude) Emborsky came out. I remember how interesting it was working on it. Soooooo......

I asked Drew a few questions and told him I had recently dipped my baby toe into the designing pool. The first tip he gave me...join The Crochet Guild of America because is the hub of all things crochet. And one of the best parts of joining is their mentoring program.

To make a long story short Drew (hangonasecondwhileIsitdownandshakethemarblesinmyhead) offered to be my mentor. CAN YOU BELIEVE IT??? Sorry for yelling, I just can't contain my enthusiasm. I'm just so excited about it, I can't tell you!! He's already been such an amazing help to me and giving me tips that are invaluable for someone starting like I am. I mean, I admire him so much and what he's been able to accomplish and now here I am with him in my corner... wow....that's all I can is WOW!! I just hope I don't disappoint him.

I also have to give a shout out to Kathy at Crochetmania. She is the one who encouraged to start designing my own things. She always had faith in me and pushed me to do it. She knew it before I did........thanks so much Kath!! get the rest of my foot wet.....................

Sunday, January 27, 2008

Presenting: Ribs & Scallops Cardi by The Crochet Dude and crocheted by ME!!!

Here it is!! Presenting the 'Ribs and Scallops' Cardi. I crocheted this for The Crochet Dude in late summer but couldn't tell anyone because of publication rules. But now I can shout it from the rooftops!!

This was such a nice cardigan to crochet. It was made with Red Heart Soft in Seafoam Green.

The picture on the left is that actual publication photo. That is the actual sweater I made in the photo. So cool! On the right is the sweater before I mailed it off to Drew. The lighting makes the colors look different but it's the same one.

It is available for purchase at Wal-Mart, Hobby Lobby and Michaels for sure....according to Drew. Or online at the Coats and Clark Website. I haven't got mine yet but you know I will have to get one of my very own!! If you see it anywhere let me know please!

Edited...picture on the dress form donated by TheCrochetDude aka Drew Emborsky. Thanks Drew.

Here is what the cover looks like.....

Friday, January 25, 2008

The sun still shines....somewhere

Another dreary day here in Texas....cloudy, rainy and cold but somehow I can still smile. Putting on a happy face is not that hard to do today. Hubby has been gone for a couple days and he's on his way home now...should be home in about 6 I'm happy about that, I actually missed him while he was gone...go figure.

Also, I talked to someone on the phone who I hadn't spoken to in .... hmmm... this might give away my age... 25 years. He was actually my grade 6 boyfriend...the man (well, a boy at the time) that I got my first kiss from. You know how girls are....that kind of thing we don't forget. We just found each other again on the internet (isn't it a wonderful thing, this thing we call the world wide web?) and have emailed for about 2 weeks and now have been able to talk on the phone. You know, through the years I've always thought of him and wondered how he was and what he was doing and, frankly, if he ever thought of me. Even though that is all irrelevant, it's makes you feel good in your heart to know that you made a difference in someone's life, whether you were trying to or not. He actually told me he thought I was brave for liking him when we were young.... while it made me go 'awww', at the same time it made me glad to know that I had made a difference in his life when he needed it. I guess it's the whole 'it's a wonderful life' thing. You just never know what you mean to people. It warms my heart.

See, I'm the type of person who will give you a second, third, twelfth chance and then be ready to give you another one. My hubby on the other hand is a 'you burn me once and I'm done' kind of person. I'm not saying he's right and I'm wrong or vice versa but I wonder about what an empty place my life would be if I had just cut people out of it the first time they crossed me. I can remember my mother telling me one time that she didn't understand where my 'feelings' came from because she nor my father are like that.....must be from one of my other

Too trusting? Maybe. Do I wear my heart on my sleeve? Definitely. Do I get hurt because of it? Of course. Do I regret it? Not one bit. All I can think about is what I would be missing out on if I closed my heart away from everyone. It's just not worth it for me. If, for every time I get hurt I can feel love from someone, it's worth it. Naive? Possibly. Will I change? Not on your life!!

Thursday, January 10, 2008

It's Grey's night....fingers crossed

Well, tonight's the night. Grey's Anatomy night. Thursday January 10th. Let's hope the sweaters don't end up on the cutting room floor. Wouldn't that be just the most embarrassing thing EVER!?!

Just wanted to show you something new I've made. I kinda think the sunflower is too big but I did sell it so ...... I do think I'll make one with a smaller flower though, to see how it turns out.

I'm going to be making a bunch of different cozies ..... my own cozy

I know I'll be sitting, with the rest of my family with my eyes glued to the screen tonight when Grey's Anatomy is on. Who made it? How does it fit into the story line? Who's having a baby and why did it HAVE to be yellow?? So many questions, the will hopefully be answered tonight. Fingers crossed!!

Friday, January 04, 2008

Resolution schmesolution...

Here it is, 2008.....hard to believe.

Of course, like everyone I've been asked if I've made any resolutions for the new year. Nope, not this year. HOWEVER....

I was watching The Biggest Loser the other night, as I have for most of its 5 cycles, usually while eating a snack...and something flipped the switch. I started to cry, how sappy is that? I am so sick and tired of being sick and tired all the time and the reason for that is my weight.

As I told my husband, when I was 9 months pregnant with my son 8 years ago, actually right up to the day before I went in to be enduced, I walked 4 miles a day (1 there and 1 back twice a day) to my kids school. (BTW, my hubby and I don't have any biological children together). Now, I get all huffy and puffy walking 1/2 mile up to the dock near our home.

So that was it for me. For some reason it's there, it's clicked. I told hubby (who is diabetic and smokes) that I would love for him to do it with me but I didn't NEED him to. I've started walking the dogs every night to the dock so that's a mile (there and back). I'll walk that for about a week and then put the 'marker' farther up and so on. DH did walk with me last night but not the night he's trying a little bit anyway.

It's time..........
What about you?