Tuesday, January 17, 2017


 It's not snowy here. It's just a bit chilly but this month's cards are all about the snowman.

 I bought that adorable stamp and die set from Penny Black at Christmas and now I am having fun putting him/her in different snowy settings.

See what I mean?

These two have their scarves and hats cut out from fancy paper.  It's like playing with paper dolls. The possibilities are endless.

Monday, January 16, 2017

I Have a Dream

When I was a teacher the name of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. must have flew out of my mouth at least once a day. He was such a hero in the eyes of the kids in my class that almost all discipline issues could be addressed simply by invoking his memory.

I never had to teach it. My first graders would usually come in with a good understanding of what he would expect in terms of their behavior and classroom performance. Those who didn't get it would get schooled on the facts but good by their classmates. He was better than Santa Claus no matter what color, size or shape the kid was. I know it's a minor point in the man's legacy but I'm forever grateful to him for making my job easier.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Sunday Soap

 I've still got that big bag of natural cocoa butter and a half pound of natural shea butter to use up. All that chocolate soap didn't finish it off. I had some fragrance samples I hadn't used before so I decided to see how cocoa smells with other scents. This is Love. It's a Lush scent knock off from Nurture Soaps. The mica colors are also new to me. I bought a set of pink samples. They are pretty but spotty. I've seen this problem before and I'm not happy. Maybe it was the dark cocoa butter or the dark shea? Whatever it is, I've got lots of spotty soap again. Ugh.

 Same issue with the set of green mica samples. Spots. This is Shampure which is an Aveda knock off fragrance. Sigh....it wasn't my day for soap.

 The Lavender Sage colors and fragrance worked nicely together so I did get one decent loaf out of the big mess I made in the kitchen.

 I had one fragrance sample left so the next day I used my new slab mold to see if I could pull off the fancy spin technique. The mold is sitting on my cutting mat that spins. You pour the soap in and then give it a few whirls and you are supposed to get something cool. I didn't. The soap got too thick too fast. I should have used a recipe with more soft oils and less colors so I could move quicker.

 I took a skewer to it to try to give the top a little more oomph. Oh, well...there's always next time.

It does smell wonderful. It's Dragon Moon also from Nurture Soap. I went ahead and made a regular loaf so I would at least have something to show for the mess. At least I hope so. Who knows what lurks beneath that mold since I can't cut it for a few days.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Delayed Gratification

 I was so excited. I thought I had finished my Cosy Stripe blankie.

I had been taking it to bed every night and hooking through an episode or two of the Gilmore Girls.

 I finished all my rows of colors and it reached my head.....

....and my toes. Done, right?

 Nope. And I'm not talking about all the loose ends. I'm talking about the border. Yes. There is a border and it comes AFTER I deal with all those ends. Arghhh....

In spite of my disappointment at not being done, I really do want the border. It adds a lot. Now I've got to figure out how to get a border out of these leftovers. I may have to get creative.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Big Stuff

 I came home from a trip to AC Moore's yesterday with something big .

 This chunky yarn was on sale.

You need big needles for what I am making with it. I needed size 15. I have size 13. It'll do. I usually have to size down anyway.

Daughter wanted Kitty Poufs for Christmas but I had no time thanks to yellow submarines and big buses. She wants a gray one and a black one-just like her kitties. In three weeks we are heading off to a skating competition in Ohio and I should have lots of down time in the hotel for knitting. Here kitty, kitty.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

THE Kitty Kat Hat

 You politically savvy folks know where this is going.

 I knit this in one sitting while watching Citizen Kane last night. It's pretty terrible. My seaming is awful. I was going to donate it but I think it's mine even though I look like a deranged Easter Bunny in it.

See what I mean? Oh, well, after yesterday's presser I can only imagine I'll have plenty of opportunities to put it on in the next four years. Meow.....

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Little Stitches

 Thanks for reminding me that I have a little project already in the works. I had moved everything around this summer and forgot all about it.

I wanted to make a set of these Santa ornaments but I haven't gotten very far on the one that I have.

I also ordered some new stitching toys and a Rosewood Manor pattern that I love, love, love. Thanks for the advice Liana! 123Stitch is my new best friend.