Monday, December 22, 2008

Dog Play

My two doggies: Sunny and Moose

Anyone with dogs and kids knows that when your kids are young they go through a phase where they act like the family dog. At least, I hope other kids do this! lol! Sunny barks and licks. She even barks at and licks Moose. Moose doesn't like this. She looks at Sunny like she's nuts.

Moose has her own story. When she was a young Moose she was tied to a satellite dish in someone's backyard all day long. They kept her tied up even in winter, which is really hard on a Boxer since they have very little hair. Luckily, one day Moose's owners decided she was too much hassle and decided to take her to the dog pound. That's where we found her. Now she has good food, a warm bed, and three little kids who love her to death. She was work in the beginning, though. We rescued her before we had kids; I don't think we could have kept her if we had kids then because she had issues. She almost completely ripped Buddy's ear off...twice (Buddy is our other Boxer). Luckily we already had a really good relationship with our vet and he didn't report us for dog fighting or something. After months and months of work with Moose she blossomed and decided to trust that we loved her and wouldn't ever tie her to a satellite dish in our backyard. She also learned that other dogs aren't necessarily a threat (poor Bud! She's glad her ears are safe now!). Moose turned into such a great, loving dog. When they end up in the pound, dogs know something is rotten in Denmark and things don't look good (I think the tag that states the euthanasia date is a clue...they can read, you know...). Conversely, they know when you rescue them and they know when they are loved. The only thing that never changed about Moose is: she's camera shy!! We love you Moose!

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Fun With Stickers

Elle loves stickers and Band-Aids and since I have nothing crafty to show, I thought I'd post Elle's craftiness.

This one is my favorite. Nothing like stickers on your butt...

A while ago I was posting about my sewing center dilemma. This is how I've solved it for now. This was my desk. It used to have shelving in it, but I took it out and put a bulletin board and some peg board in it for my sewing notions. That leaves the table top free for my sewing machine. If I had more space I'd buy a really nice sewing table, but I don't. So this is it for now. I really like it. For now.

I'm hoping to finish up some things this weekend. I was working diligently on a quilt for my mom, but I accidentally sewed two long strips together that weren't supposed to go together and it bummed me out. So, I'm still working on ripping the stitches out. ARGH! Plus, I've got a scarf and three hats on the needles. I've also decided to rip Sunny's hat back to the decreases to add an inch. I think it needs it. The good thing is that Luke is going to a birthday party tomorrow afternoon. Now if I can get my MIL to watch the girls while he's gone I'll have some time all to myself. Wouldn't that be something?! I'd probably take a nap. Ha!

Happy Weekend to All!

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Did You Know....?

That there is an online library with vintage sewing books you can read for free? Its at Vintage Sewing Info. I love this site. The photos are not always good, but its a great resource to check out when trying to do a sewing technique you are not quite sure of and don't have a book on hand.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

The Sunny Bunny Is So Darn Cute!

I love that Sunny likes to have pictures taken of herself. When I point the camera at Elle she makes horrible faces and yells at me!! Yikes! So if you see pictures of only Sunny in things I make it isn't because I prefer her. Its because Elle rips hats off her head and throws them on the floor before I can take a photo and she practically growls at the camera. Sunny is a little ham and loves to model. Actually, she loves to see herself on my computer. Anyway, here's a hat I knitted for Elle, but Sunny is modeling it for her:

Its the Rib-A-Roni hat; a free pattern on I love this hat and am making two more, one for Luke and one for Sunny. The one Sunny is wearing now is great, but I think I'm going to rip it back to before the decreases and add half an inch or an inch. I'd like it to be a little lower so it covers her ears better. I used Red Heart Kids yarn on 16" size 7 Addi Turbo circulars. The yarn felt really scratchy to me at first, but after I washed it it softened up a bit. Sunny wore this hat almost all day long, so it must not be itchy.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

My Fugg Uggs

Uggs are Fug if you ask me. But, I can't deny their warmth so I gave in and bought a pair. I do a lot of walking here in the city, so I really need warm boots and among all the boots I tried on at Erehwon, REI and Moosejaw, these are the warmest and most comfortable. I don't like that the photo makes it look like I have cankles, but whatever. Cankles Shmankles. At least now when I walk from Luke's preschool to yoga class or to my bootcamp workout class I'll be warm!

Monday, December 15, 2008

Felicity, the Hat.

I finished this on Saturday...

A fellow knitter, Ellie, who blogs at Elliebelle finished one of these and I liked it so much I thought I'd cast it on. I love it. The style is different, so I wasn't sure I'd like it on me or be able to pull it off (being the old dog I am), but its a great hat. Warm. Very warm. If you're a Ravelry freak, do a search for "Felicity" and the pattern will come up. Its free and its cute!

Thursday, December 4, 2008

I Love the Library...

I'm trying to find some quick knits for gifts..... the library is such a great place to look!

PS: I messed around with my blog today...if something looks bad, let me know...please! Thanks!

Tuesday, December 2, 2008


Well, I didn't pick up the sewing machine in the cabinet. It was a Singer 201-2 and it was in good shape, but the cabinet was beat up. I really wanted it for the cabinet because I planned to put my 301 in it. I considered buying it simply because the machine was in good shape, but I didn't feel like loading the whole thing into my van just to take the machine out at home and leave the cabinet in the alley. I didn't come home empty-handed though. I got this one for decoration:

I know...decoration? It was too pretty to pass up and it was only $11.00. Its missing a piece (the slide plate...or is it the throat plate?), but it does work. Once its cleaned up it should look great. Hopefully I can find a replacement for the missing piece.

I'm off to do some sewing. I was on a massive cleaning spree all weekend, so now I can sew and feel good about it. There's nothing worse than trying to sew when there's a messy house on your mind.


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