Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Purses Everywhere

There are pros and cons to the way I work. I tend to start several projects at a time and work on them as the mood strikes me. This allows me to start things as I am excited about them and doesn't force me to work on something just because that is the project going right now (which never works for me). I find that not forcing any one piece of work makes for a better (and quicker) end result - at least that is what I keep telling myself anyway. Just about the time I am ready to scream because I haven't finished anything in SO LONG, I have 5 things all finishing one right after another, and I have to say, it is quite gratifying. Of course, it doesn't bode so well for blogging - I am still working on the process.

I made these felted bags for a woman in MI - a VERY PATIENT woman. They ended up a bit different than she asked for, but as I worked on them my functional and artistic sides had a meeting and out voted me 2 to 1. The handles and attachments are different - they seemed a bit more appropriate texturally than the acrylic ones.

I also opted to line them. Not only did it give a more finished look, it gave it more structure and stability - particularly to the bottom. Now the lining will hold the weight instead of the wool (which will stretch).

Now, if you have one of these purses and it was made without a lining and it has stretched, you can reshape it. Completely wet the bag, roll in a towel and squeeze lightly to remove excess water and re-block it. I somehow didn't think sending instructions with the bags was quite appropriate though - call me crazy.

SO with the bags all done (and yes there are more already started - and one in my Etsy shop too), I am trying to clean the house up to get ready form the New Year. The Chinese have a custom during their New Year (later in the year) that I like to follow. They clean the house and "sweep out the past ill fortune to make room for future good luck". Whether it is ill fortune, bad energy or bad luck, I say good riddance. And, if you don't believe in ANY of that, well, a good house cleaning never hurt anyone and if China saw the state of my house lately, they would move their New Years up too, just to make sure I got it all done.
Of course, no post is truly complete without the obligatory kittie picture - and this one couldn't be more appropriate...
Because "The Boys" always have to be involved with what I am doing every minute of everyday, as I was taking the trash out, Hanz had to get in and inspect my can and liner to make sure that it was clean too. You know what they say about "everything in its place" - I think it is now, I just need a lid to keep him in there!
I wish you all MANY BLESSINGS this coming year!

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

A gift to you...

20% OFF
all store purchase through the end of the year.
There is not a lot of new stuff in there right now but if you have been looking at it, now is the time to treat yourself. Keep an eye open too...
I have some new things going up for the new year. If they happen to make it up before the 1st, they are 20% off too.

I pray that your holiday season is happy and safe and that balls of your favorite yarn dance in your dreams like sugarplums.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

The things kids keep from their parents.....

I have a pellet in my butt cheek.

It was middle school, circa - ok, never mind when, - EVERYONE had BB guns and pellet guns that they got for Christmas. Everyone except me. Now, THAT didn't bother me so much, I got a stereo just like I had wanted but was too afraid to ask for - Santa just knew. What bothered me was that my mother told me I couldn't play with or around them at all - meaning I would have to play by myself because the whole neighborhood was "hunting each other". I am sure that I am not the only one to have gone through this - my mom wanted me to be safe and knew that no matter how careful you are, kids have accidents.

The pellet in the butt was not an accident. Against my mother's discretion, I was running around with everyone else - I figured that I was behaving because I didn't actually touch any of the guns. My friend came up behind be, put the gun to my hip/butt cheek and said "Hands Up, Too Late" and shot. No one expected blood, they were bouncing off everything else - of course they weren't holding the gun up against everything else.

Now, when your mother tells you explicitly not to do something, you do and it all goes wrong, you do everything in your power to NOT tell. Well, I didn't. That was 15 years ago and I still haven't. It healed, the scar is gone but the lump is still there. But, even after all of that, I wouldn't trade the fun of that day. I think my friend got the worst of it after being bombarded with pinecones.

With Christmas approaching, I can't help but think of those days and how much fun we had... if only we could have that kind of fun without the injuries.

WAIT! WE CAN! Introducing the Mini Marshmallow Shooter!!

Made with lightweight PVC, this shooter fits mini marshmallows only. Even if you were able to fit something else in there, chances are, you wouldn't have the air pressure to get any distance (I tried). This said, the marshmallows go 15 to 20 feet on the average puff of air. Since the marshmallow loading hole and the blowing hole are different, there is no chance of inhaling the marshmallow by accident.

This shooter also has extra ammo storage in the handles - just twist the handle off. These can be used individually or

insert the handle into the loading hold and you have AUTO FIRE! All of the marshmallows come out at once.

Voila - BB Gun for Christmas without the trip to the hospital (or lying to your mother)!

Now originally, I had intended to offer these on my Etsy site but finding boxes big enough proved to be more difficult than expected. SO, I am offering them HERE ONLY and to only San Diego readers (unless someone from out of town wants to pick them up). The $12 price includes delivery. If you want them for Christmas, they MUST be ordered by the 20th, however I do have them available for immediate purchase now. I can also take your order and hold them for delivery as late as the 24th if you have prying eyes peeking for presents.

Get your kids outdoors this year. Have some old-fashioned SAFE fun. Oh, and by the way, your husband wants one too!