Tuesday, April 28, 2009

My newest little pouch thingy! This one is a combo coin pouch/ID/picture wallet with a card pocket. I am still considering putting the card pocket on the inside though. We'll see. I am finishing one up in plum and forest green suede and another in grey and black.

Monday, April 27, 2009

My Sister's New Shop!

She just started a cafepress shop called punkoweenshop. She has a couple of really cool designs to offer right now and will be adding more soon. I am saving up my money so I can get myself a maternity tee and a cool little onesie from her. Congrats on your new shop Kiara! Much success to you:)

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Travel Wallets and Little Pouches

I am taking the day to sew a couple of them up. I haven't made any travel wallets in a while. I am excited to get back to them. I am working in springy pastel colors for the most part with a couple of pouches in darker greens, black, and plum. Should be fun! Then we are off to find Mr. Ciaran a little table and chair so he can graduate from the little bouncy seat that he no longer fits in. Wish us luck:)

Friday, April 24, 2009

Snoring Contest Round Two!

So I woke up in a panic this morning because I thought Mark was having some sort of horrific asthma attack. I would hear SNOOOOORRRE, SNOOOOOOOOOORRRRRE, SNNNNNNOOOOORRRRE, then GRRRRRRRRRR, GRRRRRRRRRR, GRRRRRRRR. As it turns out Mark was just snoring but Ciaran who was awake in his crib was growling in an imitation of the noise his daddy was making. Mark would snore and then pause for a few seconds then Ciaran would growl for a few seconds and on and on. Too funny!

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Not Much To Say Today.

Because I am slightly overwhelmed at the moment. Nothing horrible, just an angry urge to set someone I have never met straight, so they stop causing very much unneeded stress and hurt for people that I love and care about. Hearing of this person's antics makes me want to be the best possible person I can be to my family and friends, but, I just can't help thinking that if this person were to disappear off of the face of the earth, it might not be a bad thing. Sorry, but being intentionally evil to other people just pisses me off.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Play in The Dirt!

Ciaran and I went for a walk yesterday and it kicked ass! The day was beautiful, sunny, and warm. I actually had a little bit of energy and felt alright so that made all the difference in the world. Ciaran loves to walk in the field behind Pacific Union School, so we headed down that way to spend some time together in the sun. We said "Hi!" to the neighbors' sheep, the alpaca and goats down the way, and the chickens at the farm on the field. Then we sat down and just played in the dirt. Ciaran with this little matchbox racer and me with a stick. It was so nice just to sit in the field in the sun and play. I forgot how much I like to play in the dirt. I am glad Ciaran was there to remind me.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

The Wasps Have Gone Bye-Bye!

Well for now, thank goodness. I watched one start a nest yesterday, actually very fascinating to watch. It broke my heart to pull it down and spray our eaves with yucky stinky stuff to deter them but I have no choice. I am very likely allergic to their stings and can't take the chance on getting stung or my little guy for that matter. He seems to be much more like his dad where these things go, but why take a chance. I just wish I had gotten a picture of the queen wasp and the start of the nest before they were both gone. The wasp was HUGE and lovely and the nest was just this beautiful delicate paper flower looking thing. Amazing creatures they truly are! I still only want to admire them from afar though.

So now it's back to hand washing my winter sweaters, finishing up some overdue projects, cutting out and sewing some maternity clothes, and experimenting with new cuffs and collars. Which feels good, since now I have a little extra energy to do it all! Yay!

Monday, April 20, 2009

There is just not enough!

I keep going from being sick to my stomach to feeling like there is just not enough food in this world to keep my tummy full. Such a weird feeling! I just made myself a HUGE bacon, lettuce, and tomato sandwich and I am still hungry! Eek! I know that the second I eat something else, I will feel sick to my stomach full so I am trying to distract myself with other things for a couple of minutes while my sandwich makes it way to my stomach. This is going to be an exciting adventure!

Sunday, April 19, 2009

What a Beautiful Day!

We are blessed with a very sunny and warmish day today. Not only that but my honey has a car for the week and will be taking us on a little adventure later. What fun! So far I have spent my day deterring a wasp from starting a nest under the eaves of our apartment, hand washing my few pieces of clothing that fit right now, and deciding on what type of swivel clips to buy for my next round of wallet making. Now I look forward to finishing up a couple of projects and getting ready for a little adventure. Today will probably be a little drive to the coffee place for a cookie and a warm and slightly jittery beverage for me and the boy and then a drive through the bottoms to say hi to the cows. Always fun:)

Saturday, April 18, 2009

My Newest Cuff

I finished this one up yesterday and now I have the bug. I want to make a lot more, similar in design and detail. My next will be another merperson theme cuff with lots of blues and greens and some little green and blue beaded accents. Yipee! Here is to having fun!:)

Friday, April 17, 2009

Strange Little Bees

We have a little mystery in our house today. I have noticed some little tiny blackish, goldish bees(at least they look like bees) on our kitchen floor, always in the same spot, on their little backs wriggling around. They all appear to be dying and harmless but they are still freaking me out! I don't know where they would be coming from. We have checked all the cabinets, light fixtures, door frames, etc. and can't find any noticeable hole or way to get in. So I guess for now, we just have bees. I am used to bees because I grew up in a house where one whole side was a gigantic beehive that exploded with honeybees every couple of years. It got so bad at times that we had honey oozing from cracks in the walls, our wall constantly buzzed, and the little suckers made their way through nail holes, light fixtures, etc. It was a nightmare for me, only because I am allergic to the little boogers. Otherwise, a very interesting experience. I just want our new little friends to stay on the outside. As much as I love bees and the good things they do, I only want to appreciate them from afar.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

The Island of Misfit Cats

So, I am getting an order ready for a friend of mine to pick up today. As I am walking over to the window to shed some natural light on the wallet to make sure it is all perfect and ready to go, I step in something funky and wet. I look at the bottom of my foot to realize that I just stepped in cat puke............ew. This seems to happen a lot in my house. Little bouts of puke taking everyone by surprise. It was a lot worse when there were three misfit kitties terrorizing us with their many physical and mental problems.

You see, we have a habit of adopting special needs cats. Whether they are considered special needs by their veterinary doctors or specialists in the field is besides the point. We live with them, we see what goes on. There is Yui, the huge tabby, scared of his own shadow, a diagnosed epileptic and hairball thrower-upper. Then there is Mac who thinks she is rabid, acts like she is rabid, and I would say "Yes, she is rabid, don't touch her, she'll bite!" but she has been like that since kittenhood and remains "rabid" twelve years later. Not to mention Ms. Humbug Beazus, who passed away in January. Ms. Humbug was not only allergic to fleas, she spent most of her life bald from the belly down. Her little tail looked like a truffula tree. She also suffered from kitty dementia, and a little problem with um "odor" here and there. She also puked almost everyday from kittenhood. Despite all their problems, we love them, and couldn't ever think of life without them. We could do without the puking and the grouchiness though. Oh, and the climbing in the trash, licking the counters and the butter dish in the middle of the night, climbing into my scrap leather box and pushing all the scraps on the floor, sleeping on the clean laundry, opening all the kitchen cabinets in the middle of the night, scrunching up the bath mat and peeing on it..................all this and so much more. We love you anyways misfit cats.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

New Designs or More of the Same?

That is what my dilemma is this week. I am all done with crazy paperwork stuff and moving on to some intensive sewing projects. Mainly for me, I am in desperate need of bigger, stretchier clothes these days, has something to do with that whole being pregnant again thing. (Yes, I finally get to spill the beans! thirteen and a half weeks and excited, nervous, happy, overwhelmed, and of course sicker than a dog:) So I will be making a couple of skirts for myself, and a top or two. Should be fun. I miss sewing for myself. So, finding the time to sew for myself on top of stocking up my shops, and coming up with new designs is a bit much right now. I am pretty happy with the designs I have established already, but I always want to challenge myself more. So I continually think of improvements or new designs. It's driving me bonkers! I guess I will take the day to clean-up, organize, and get those thoughts all put in place in my head. I am sure I will eventually come to a decision..............and then I will probably change my mind...........again!

Monday, April 13, 2009

Forms, Forms, and more Forms

Today is my form day. I have forms, upon forms, upon forms to get done, copied, approved/and or mailed out. Somehow, Form Day is not very exciting. I wish it was but it's just not keeping my interest. I sure will be happy when the forms are all done though!

Saturday, April 11, 2009

A Little Time Alone!

My two um "latest" billfold designs that I accidentally forgot to list way back when, hope you like them!

Mark took the kiddo to run errands so I get to hang out and relax for a few. I have decided to split my time between making a new cuff and perusing Etsy for new tee-shirts. I am itching for some interesting clothing right now! I hope I find something I can't live without. I hope to have the new cuff up and listed by Monday. I am really having fun with it:)

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Can I Go And Play Now?

I got all of my chores done.......well, the ones that I needed to get done today, and I feel o.k. today. So, can I go play now? A walk, a trip downtown, a trip to the coffee place, a trip SOMEWHERE, ANYWHERE! I need to get out of this chair and out of the house. Doesn't matter that it is pouring rain and I can only find my sandals. I just need to get out! Gonna bundle up the boy and hit the road. See you all after my adventure!

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

peanut butter and celery

Best snack ever! I used to hate to make it when I worked with the kids at the center. I would get peanut butter everywhere and smell like it all day long. It was quite a chore to make for twenty something kids. Now I can make it at my leisure and just sit and enjoy the whole thing without smelling like peanut butter all day. I have come to depend on peanut butter to sustain me through the day. It used to be bread and things like that but now I just want peanut butter! The celery is an added bonus, it's crunchy goes with the gooey and it's just perfect! I am going to go make some more!

Monday, April 6, 2009

A Nice Long Walk

We took a nice long walk through the fields behind our house today. It was surprisingly warm today, in the 70's and beautiful. We spyed lots of pretty birds, dandelions, berry brambles, two horses, and many, many other things. I hope it helped Ciaran get a little bit of that stinky energy out. I needed to put my thoughts in order so I could come home and relax. So now here I am, back at home, with super swollen hands, getting my plan into action. Do I finish my taxes first, my custom orders, or do the dishes? Hmmmmmmm, the only thing I really want to do is work on is my custom orders, but I also want my taxes out of my hair, and a clean kitchen. Maybe I will just make a quesadilla and let the swelling go down, and then put the dishes and the taxes off until tomorrow.

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Snoring Contest!

I am a proud finalist in a week long snoring contest being held between Mark, Ciaran, and myself. Last night I was definitely the loudest. Sorry neighbors.

Saturday, April 4, 2009

They Left Me Here All Alone!

Which I love, but I am supposed to be napping. I can't nap, I can't eat, I can't do much of anything at the moment. I had to leave my good friends baby shower way early because of my ongoing yuckiness. So, I sit and watch T.V. and play on the computer. I could finish my taxes, but I don't have the stomach for that right now. I could vacuum, but I just don't feel up to it. I could start my newest custom order, but I just feel like sitting and not moving. That is about it. I did manage to find two billfolds that I hadn't listed in my shops yet. It was nice to list a couple of new things. I can't believe I missed two items! I found a cuff too, but I am going to wait until the light is better in here to snap some pics. Must have been the few things that I was going to list right around the time I was struck with vertigo. Well, off I go to become part of the couch again. Have a great rest of your weekend all.

Friday, April 3, 2009

The Haircut That Took All Day.

I gave my son a haircut yesterday. Poor guy couldn't see anything at all. Mix that with broken shoes and you get a whole lot of tripping and boo-boos. So I borrowed some real haircutting shears from my mom and sat the boy down in front of cartoon hour on this or that station, and started clipping away. The back always goes well, because he can't see what I am doing but get to the sides and the front and all goes haywire! He pulls away, pushes the scissors, puts his head down, screams in my face, etc., etc., etc. So we ended up with crooked bangs, uneven sideburns and sides to match, and a little tail in the back. At least he can see now though.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Well, There you go!

Terrible two's have hit hard. I think most of it is from not being able to get out as much with for walks and play lately. I feel awfully guilty but hopefully this will all pass soon and Ciaran and I can once again be adventure buddies. So, my amazement at having a calm, peaceful two year old, has become amazement in the screaming, stomping, "no", melting to the floor and kicking creature I see before me. Truly a sight to behold! He is still calm and peaceful when he is sleeping or eating a cookie, but that is about it.