Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Finally in print!!!!!

I finally got my collection of bracelet patterns in print!  The actual writing was finished in March but the last few months I've been dealing with create-space to format the darn thing...So there are no random words in weird places.  I spent lots of time fiddling with pictures and photoshopping.  Made some changes after reviews by my proof reader Joanie Culverhouse.  
Overall I'm happy with the results...although I'm not sure the increased distribution is worth the irritation of formatting. However it looks awesome! Here it is on Amazon and the kindle version will be available soon.  
I've ordered a few copies to bring with me to Palmetto tat days and the Fringe tat days in September.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

There and gone

It's been a wasteful few weeks.  On Canada day I signed an agreement to purchase this house:
So I thought I was moving and got my house ready to sell.  When  we did the inspection there was asbestos in the attic.  No worries though the seller agreed to take the cost of the remediation (removal of the asbestos) off the cost of the house.  So I would hire and oversee the removal once I had the house.  I also agreed to take on the cost of re-dry walling the ceiling that would have to be removed to get access to all areas of the attic.  This put back my moving schedule a few weeks but I was gonna roll with it...Until...They asked for more money when we went to do the final deal!  I wasn't okay with that new wreck.    Seriously, in big picture it's not a lot of money but for me it's a lot. It turns out the realestate agent had other people interested and felt free to try for more.  Considering the state of the house I was surprised there were multiple offers but the location is prime.  I'm going to watch the area for another to come in the market over the next few years.   In the meantime I'm sad about losing a potentially great house.  (Although it's awful right now)

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Hosta Heavan

On the weekend I found myself at a loss trying to find unique Hostas.  So I finally googled ottawa garden centers and found the Rideau Woodland Ramble.  They have 100 different varieties of Hostas.  It's a great place to not only purchase perennials for their garden but also to see them growing.  There's a collection of paths that take you through the woods and along a pond.  It's a beautiful experience even if you aren't looking for plants.

Light Pull

I used the glass beads shown in the bead shop post to make a light pull for my ceiling fan.  I often leave the fans running but turn off the lights.  It helps with the climate control in my house.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Visit to bead store

Is a trip to the bead store a decision to spend money?  I went to check out a few things at Canada bead supply and walked out with more than intended.  You see Canada Bead Supply shares an entrance with the Glass Shoppe Studio.  This is where they make all kinds of glass beads.  So I ended up getting the beads pictured below.  I left behind a lot of georgeous beads but you can only use so many beads...and I can always go back!

Sunday, April 26, 2015

While avoiding my taxes....

In canada taxes are due on April 30th so I've been finalizing my taxes.  Of course some avoidance is happening.  I keep finding "urgent" stuff to do.  There's just a few more details I need to call about tomorrow then I'm done.  I don't like the final number but what can you do?  I'm an independent contractor so I make payments but often I owe more.  
On a happier note I've been working on Karey Solomon's Turning Year Doily.  I've finally finished May!  Now I'm onto June.  I'm using size 20 thread dyed by Karey.  It currently measures just over 7 inches across and I've still got the rest of the year to go!

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Some stuff I made

My sister delivered her second child over Easter.  They had to do an emergency C-section since the baby decided to be breach.  Everyone turned out okay and baby is growing. 

I crocheted a few things for baby in March to match some of the decorations in the baby's room.  The blue elephant below is from All About Ami (link below picture).  It was fun to make.  I didn't add eyes to the stuffed elephant cause I kinda liked it without.  I made a 2nd elephant from the same pattern in the yellow that is the edging on the comfort blanket in the picture below.  The comfort blanket pattern is from Look What I Made (link below picture).  My mom felt the comfort blanket elephant needed eyes and sewed on eyes using pink thread....I guess its an albino elephant?

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