Wednesday, December 20, 2006

The LIST Revised...

As I was making out my list for the children of who gets what and from whom, Christmas Eve v. Christmas Morning, etc. I realized that if I stop right now that they are even and we might possibly avoid the "gimme gimme" glut. To that end - I have removed three children's 'make' items from my list, which gave me time for a long bubble bath last night - aaahhhh!

We did finally get the tree decorated Sunday night and I've wrapped most of the gifts (need to dig out more paper) and things are looking rather pretty. I still wish everything had been completed two weeks ago, but... Just a little more sewing, a little more knitting, a little more wrapping and all will be finished.

My craftroom is a disaster and my work area in there keep shrinking, but I'm managing and I'm almost through. Thanks to all for cheering me on and I'll have more pictures after Christmas as I realized (only just now as I'm typing) that I've boxed everything up to wrap and have no pics yet - oops!

I can't wait to be finished and able to think about and concentrate on new projects with more distant deadlines!

I'll keep you posted!


Monday, December 18, 2006

Just Keep Sewing, Sewing, Sewing...

I'm getting there. I can finish everything by tomorrow evening, but I'm not sure I'm going to. I have to evaluate # of gifts/child so I may eliminate an item or two from Anna's list. Everything is cut out and ready to sew - just in case!

I did add one thing, a requested hat for my Daddy, and have finished it already. Gotta run - I've got sewing to do!

BTW - Andrea - I found this just for you!

I'll keep you posted!


Friday, December 15, 2006

Dad's Gift in Jeopardy

We had his great idea, Casey and I, to buy my Daddy a new digital SLR camera for Christmas. It turned out that just after we decided this his old (really old) manual Minolta 35 mm was stolen out of his van so it seemed the perfect idea yes?

Well almost... We found a GREAT camera at an even better price and ordered it - the Nikon D-40 - brand new on the market and with all the options we wanted. We ordered it and it arrived quickly and safely Wednesday afternoon. Casey opened it up to check it out and learn a little about it so we can train my father - that's when the trouble started.

Casey had the camera in his hands for about 5 minutes before he called me at the shop and said only this "NO." Immediately I knew we were in trouble and I relayed to him that no matter what - Daddy IS getting the camera for Christmas; he reiterated only "NO."

I came home ready to make my case and stand my ground, after all it's my Daddy's camera right? Then Casey hands me this exquisite piece of machinery and I was in love. The Nikon D-40 is a beautiful thing - it takes GREAT pictures, is super easy to use, is digital (which means I can shoot as much crap as I want) AND it makes the noise! You know - the 35mm SLR noise, a noise that I grew up with and love.

So now I have a problem. I intend to give the camera as a gift as planned, but I REALLY want one for myself. In and of itself that's not a problem - I'll get one, the problem is I don't want to wait. Quite a predicament, guess I'll practice my patience.

My pics from yesterday were taken with the D-40 as was this one:
That's Pokey

That's my Pokey - she's a silly beagle and a Mommy's girl. We love her!

I'll keep you posted!


Thursday, December 14, 2006

Photographic Evidence...

I have photos (some are crappy - bad light, no time, etc) of several of the finished items from the LIST.

Here goes:

I'm still working. I've got lots of sewing to do today and I'll be able to mark off a bunch of items tonight. I'm having so much fun - I hope you are too. Thanks for all the great comments and continued encouragement through my craziness!

I'll keep you posted!


Friday, December 08, 2006

I Think I Can! I Think I Can!

I am well on my way to finishing my LIST. Check out the crossed off items - not to bad huh? I'm not sure how many I'll mark off tonight as we are doing the last of our actual shopping (as opposed to virtual shopping) tonight and it will be a mad dash indeed.

Thanks for all the supportive comments and stay tuned to find out "Will she make it?"

I'll keep you posted!


Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Can She Do It?

Hey check out the "Between Now and Christmas" list over there on my sidebar. I'm taking bets on getting all those things done. I need your encouragement (and maybe prayers) to get through it all with my sanity in check, at least as in check as is possible for me.

What do you think? Can I do it?

I'll keep you posted!


Friday, December 01, 2006

Truant Blogger...

I've had the blogging blahs for the last couple of weeks. While trying to pinpoint why I realized that there is no ONE factor keeping me from the keyboard, but there are many. I've taken on more at work and that takes time and lots of mental energy, homeschool is in (almost) full-swing, I'm stressed about holiday crafting (moreso about holiday getting off my ass to do the crafting, but...), and November was just hard for me this year in ways that I did not expect.

My Mother's birthday was yesterday and I had planned a touching and charming post about lessons learned, examples of love, and whatnot, but when I sat down to write - I couldn't do it; words would't come without tears so... I'll file the idea away for another time.

Thanks to all who are bearing with me through this. I so enjoy the blogging community and want to get to know you better, please give me just a little extra time to get back on my feet.

I've got major sewing,knitting,crocheting, and crafting to do over the next few days and I am looking forward to finishing projects. I'll be back to crafty posting soon and have pictures and all that good stuff too. Until then, this made me laugh:

Toby Corner

I'll keep you posted!