Sunday, January 10, 2010

TA DA! My new Fancy Kitty Drum Carder has arrived!

Yay, I had my brother call me when it arrived and sure enough it was right on time, friday afternoon! I didn't have anytime available to use it though until after 11pm because friday also happened to be the first night of skiing and snowboarding for the boys at Timberline. Dana, Anthony and me and the boys all rode up together. The boys had such a great time and us as parents did too! It is so gratifying to see your children with smiling faces as they learn new things. I had a chance today to play with it more today and here is a photo of some of the batts. I am very happy with the results!

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Happy New Year 2010!

We have made it through another year!!! Yay me, another year with me, the boys, two cats, a boyfriend and family! I celebrated my first year as being a single homeowner and my five year anniversary with my job as a sleep specialist. The year has been great and somewhat chaotic for me as I feel myself starting to realize my age and the responsibility that comes with being a single parent and provider. I have strengthened my bond with my family and friends and have come to realize that it is okay to count on others in times of need. That has always been a tough one for me! The kids are growing up quickly, my oldest is a junior in high school and my youngest in third grade. Quite a difference in ages, but I am happy with that. I can only handle one teenager at a time! I hope to have Quinn and Kel conditioned and well trained by the time they hit the teens so the drama will hopefully be less. On the crafting end I have expanded my interests to include fiber spinning. I never thought I would have enjoyed it as much as I have, but I find it to be very relaxing. Jen has been a great help to me and i have been able to learn from her experience. I was able to pick up a used Ashford Spinning wheel over the summer and I am anxiously awaiting for my Fancy Kitty Drum Carder and mill end fiber to arrive. I am expecting a friday delivery and this date also happens to be my youngest ninth birthday and the first night of skiing and snowboarding at Timberline. I will have to find a way to get the kids to leave early so I can rush home and play with my carder! Oh, I have also finished my first ever sweater for moi! From blending the fiber, spinning it and knitting it I feel pretty proud of my accomplishment. I don't think it is ready to be worn to work, but I will wear it proudly here at home so I won't have to hide the crooked seams! I was so excited to get it finished I whip stitched it up quickly. I have managed to learn a few other crafting techniques as well. I picked up a solder iron from Michaels and was able to make a few photo charms and I have used the Cricut to make some really cute cards. The scrapbook of my Dad and his family is almost complete.... If only there was more time and more space I'd be crafting 24/7. As it is now I get too overwhelmed so I end up starting many new projects and finishing few. This leads me to my New Years Resolutions:

Just to name a few:

For my health: I will dust off the treadmill and get to walking again!
Increase h20 intake and decrease soda intake
It's time to drop the excess weight I have been carrying around

For my sanity: Take time for myself without feeling selfish
Read at least three books this year and actually finish them!

For my career: Work on punctuality and continuing education

For fun: Craft,craft,craft! Make all my cards for the years occasions,
knit and crochet at least one more sweater for me. To start
early on Christmas gifts, everything will be handmade. To promote
and profit from Ebay and Etsy for additional income. Blog regularly!
For family & friends: To be the best mom, sister, daughter, aunt,girlfriend and
friend that I can be!

A wish for a happy and healthy New Years to everyone! P.S. Here are some photos of my carder that I am getting and my completed Mint Chocolate Sweater!