Thursday, June 23, 2011

Count the Happies!

I have a stamp that hangs out on my desk where I can always see it that says "Count the Happies"!  I bought it at hobby lobby one day and although I have not used it yet it always brightens my day.  So today I am going to start a post that I will be repeating on a regular basis called Count the Happies!

1)  My new cook and serve dishes!  The perfect size for one person in wonderful colors!  I have looked high and low for pans like this and was so excited when I found them last night :)

2) My dog Kip.  He is always ready to hang out and cuddle with me when I feel not so great.  

3) Tickets to the antique road show.  I know I'm a nerd but I am also a very excited nerd!  I get to go in July to the Tulsa event.  I am ready to see how my chairs work out!

4) Having enough money to pay the bills.  I am thankful I am past the point in my life where I am barley breaking even pay check to pay check.  I know that I probably will be back there sometime but I am working towards making sure that does not happen!

5)  Allergy medicine!  I am so happy that I get to live when we have modern medicine!

6)  No mosquitoes!  I know the lack of rain is reeking havoc on the land but at least we don't have to put up with mosquitoes too!

7) My family!  I love that my family is not just my blood relatives (although they are pretty great) but also include close friends.  Even though we have not had a ton of "real" relatives I have never felt like I was missing out. 

Join me and Count your Happies below!

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Badly done, Emma...badly done

Ok so you may know from the title of my post that I have been watching the 2009 version of Emma.  That one quote has been stuck in my head for over a week now!  I absolutely loved the miniseries it is so funny!  This fun movie came all the way from Wisconsin with my cousins as they settled in for a long visit.

I thought I would catch you up on my crafting since it has been so long. 

Knitting

I have finished a washcloth.  I knit it in I Love this Cotton that I picked up at Hobby Lobby.  It was a white with flecks of color.  So much fun and so soft. New dishcloths are on my list to make for my own kitchen.

I have started another project.  It is the Robbin Hood Hat by Grace Akhrem.  So much fun so far.  I had an extra skein of Cascade 220 Tweed and this is the perfect project for it!  I had tried several different things but none of them worked out.  Sometimes you just have to listen to the yarn.

My afterthought heel sock.  Well I have not yet tried to put the heel back in but I think I will be brave enough quite soon!  I got some fantastic advice at the knitting group I attend so hopefully I will be done with this sock soon and can start the next one. 

Embroidery

While my wonderful cousins were here we went to an estate sale and found the most wonderful embroidery transfers!  My favorite are the fairy tale book ones.  I am going to attempt to work them as pages of a soft book for some special little ankle biters! 

What are you working on?

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Books Books and more Books!

I have been on a sappy romance kick for awhile now.  When trying to pick out books to read during the 48 Hour Book Challenge I went for Young Adult fiction.  Seven pages into my first book I realized that if I was reading for the fun of reading I was going to just go for complete potato chip reading and started looking for some romance books to read.  I decided to go ahead and read in order the Arcane Society series! 

This series is a bit different from other series because it is written by one author with three pen names and it skips from historical romance, current day romance and futuristic romance with each book.  It is also the best of all worlds as it is a paranormal romance mystery series.

So I thought it would be fun to do a list of fun potato chip books to read. 

  • Arcane Society -- By Amanda Quick, Jayne Ann Krentz, Jayne Castle
  • Percy Jackson Series --Rick Rioridan
  • Any of the historical fiction by Ann Rinaldi
  • The Time Travlers Wife -- Audrey Niffenegger
  • The other books written by Sophie Kensella that are not the Shopaholic series
  • Dirk Pitt Novels -- Clive Cussler
Did I miss any fun series that you can just sit down and read one after another?  Or any stand alone titles that you just think gee that was fun when you get done?  Let me know!

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Time and ideas

48 Hour Book ChallengeIf you know me personally and have been around me this week you will have noticed that time is a fuzzy concept in my head. When things get busy and I get off track it takes awhile to find my way back. I think I am doing good now that I have untripple booked myself for this evening. (apparently making appointments for tomorrow, Thursday and a week from today does not work when they all mean the same date) 

With that in mind I would like invite you to join me as I participate in the 48 Hour Book Challenge! I am excited to participate and have a bag all ready to go back to the library so I can get some fresh ones.  Let me know if you join in!