Thursday, June 11, 2009

New Stash!!

We got a small order in today. Bent Creeks The Branch and The Brown Dog. Too cute!! I'm anxious to see the rest of the charts for the The Branch. But, as cute as these are, I was more interested in the other charts that arrived because they were mine....ALL MINE!!! After my last post, I'm pretty sure this addition to my stash will cement in everyone's mind that I must be doing drugs, or I'm certifiably insane. We all know I'm already going to spend the next 30 years working on the 12 Dancing Princesses but today I added some inspiration to my collection! This beautiful chart is not new but when I ran across it in a blog somewhere, and for the life of me I can't remember where I saw it (must be the drugs) I knew I had to have it. Isn't it gorgeous??

Ahhhh, but that's not all I added. No, I couldn't stop there. That would have been the smart thing to do. But not me, nope, I had to REALLY screw with my mind and order this little beauty too.

30 pages of insanity. JUST.FOR.ME.

Now before the men in white coats come to get me, I need to say thanks to all those that have visited my blog and left such nice comments. I'm as happy as a pig in poop that people I didn't bribe or threaten have enjoyed my posts. :) And those that I did bribe and threaten I really am sorry about that. I'll try never to do it again.....until next time anyway!

One other thing, as you know, I love to watch TV and one of my favorite shows is So You Think You Can Dance. This year is going to be the best yet! Last nights show was so good! If you haven't ever watched it, you should give it a try. These kids are so talented.

I think I see the white coats headed this way so I best skedaddle on out of here. Have a great night everyone!

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Popcorn Balls, Books and a WIP

I took the day off today. We were in desperate need of groceries, a clean kitchen and fresh sheets on the beds. Knowing there wasn't much going on at the shop, I called the boss and asked for the day off. The worst that could happen was she'd say no. But she didn't. Thank you Mary Ann! It's not the nicest day outside today, cloudy, cool and at times rainy so after the grocery shopping, the laundry and the kitchen cleaning, my mind turned to comfort food. The bag of marshmallows was calling my name. L.O.U.D.L.Y! What's a girl to do? She makes popcorn balls! I only make popcorn balls once or twice a year. Dan shouldn't eat them and I certainly don't need them. But today I couldn't resist. Don't they look yummy?? They taste pretty darn good too even if I do say so myself.

Of course comfort food got me thinking about other things to do on a cloudy cool day in Nebraska and that led me to thinking about all the good times I had reading books to the kids when they were little. This is our library. We love books. Except for Dan . He hates to read. Remind me again, why did I marry him?

Before I turned them on to the book The Sword of Shannara by Terry Brooks, they each had their favorites. Mine as a child was The Three Little Horses at the Kings Palace.

Adam loved Where the Wild things Are by Maurice Sendak. He loved it so much that it's falling apart at the seams and even though he's 24 I can still recite the book word for word from memory. That's quite a feat considering I can barely remember my name most of the time! When I ordered checks the last time I saw they had Where the Wild Things Are checks and I just had to order them! Too cute! Amy, the youngest of the three kids loved a book called We're Very Good Friends, my Grandma and I by P.K. Halliman. She and Gram are very close and Gram read that book to her all the time! Then there is Abby, the middle child. Her favorite was The Twelve Dancing Princessess by Ruth Sanderson. She loved that book so much that when she saw this pattern

by Heaven and Earth Designs she begged me to stitch it for her. Never having stitched or even seen a HAED before I said sure, I could do that. Stupid stupid stupid! What the heck was I smoking??? 59 pages long, 28 count over 1 and lots of black. Lots! Okay Julie, you can do this, it's just one stitch at a time right? It's no harder than any other chart you've stitched. WRONG! I set my original goal at 1 page per month. At that rate, in 5 years it would be done. I started this in January. I have 1 page and a bit of another done. Well, technically, even the one page I have done isn't done but that's a whole nother can of worms! I'm now operating on the 30 year plan and I can almost bet money she won't even want it by then!! Shoot me. Just Shoot Me. Now. This is what I have done so far.

So what book was your favorite as a child and what book is your childrens favorite? I have a 3 year old nephew so I'm always on the lookout for new books to buy him. Can't wait to see what you come up with!

Amy is telling me it's time to watch some 24. Maybe that will put Dan in the mood for another covert op so I can take close ups of the stuff in the window for Chella. We'll see....

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Last night, after watching a couple episodes of 24, Dan and I set out on a covert operation. I needed to take a picture of the new window display and you can't get a good one if it's light out. But I always feel like I'm doing something wrong when I go at night and take pictures of the shop window. Like I'm casing the joint or something which I know is silly since I have the key and the alarm code but nevertheless I always am fearful the cops will show up and arrest me and since we already had covert ops on our mind after watching 24, that's how we referred to our outing. We told Amy we were heading out on a mission and we'd be back when the world was safe once again. We received an eye roll for that one! Kids, they have NO sense of adventure! Dan wanted to blacken our faces so we wouldn't be seen, but I nipped that idea in the bud real darn fast! That would be a tad bit hard to explain if the cops did show up. Add in the fact that secret agents don't carry any i.d. (oops! we both forgot to take our driver's licenses), and we'd have really been in trouble! Lucky for us though, the mission was a success and we didn't see hide nor hair of a cop anywhere. You're probably wondering why I'm telling you this story. Well, remember my last post where I said I have another finish to share? While I was in the midst of the covert operation, I slipped inside the shop and took a picture of it! So without further ado, here is Just Another Button Company's July Cup O' Tea!

I didn't like the original location of the white star buttons, they were supposed to be on the blue part. I prefer them on the red. Frame is by Zaps Frames.

And just in case you want to see the window I did, here's a picture of it. With the exception of the wedding dress and the brass candle holders, both purchased at Goodwill, we didn't spend any money for props so I had to make due with what I had. I think it turned out quite well, don't you?

That's it for today. Thanks for stopping by! And if you comment, thanks for that too!