Saturday, January 31, 2009
Master Closet Before
I did get around to taking some master closet photos. I just haven't done anything else to it since then. My wardrobe is in major need of an overhaul. Probably 1/3 of what you see here needs to be donated. It is either too big, too small, too short, or too ugly. I've got a few staple shirts and pants but even those are getting ratty. My favorite t-shirts all have holes in them. I've been wearing them anyway. I did buy some fabric for me to make a couple of new things. Now I just have to do it.
Friday, January 30, 2009
Voting took place all week. There is a winner. I also picked a winner from the blog posts.
If you want to participate in February's challenge, you need to purchase your packet at my etsy shop TONIGHT! If you don't have an etsy account but would still like to participate, email me at christy AT christynelson DOT net. I can hook you up.
I've got most of the supplies gathered to send out and it's going to be a great month! You won't want to miss it.
Thursday, January 29, 2009
Caleb turns six today. Because Carl is out of town, we celebrated his birthday on Monday night. I think Eva and I might go to school to have lunch with him today. Here are some pictures from the other night.
Caleb loved all his presents and had a great time eating pizza and cake! He is so happy to be six.
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
I knit up this super toasty warm cowl and finished it yesterday. I used up the leftover (precious) Malabrigo (color-Taureg) from my Bird in Hand mittens.
Let me take this opportunity to sing the praises of cowls in general. Many of you know that I HATE to knit scarves. Sure, I've done it before and more than likely I'll do it again. Scarves just happen to be my least favorite thing to knit. It's not like they're difficult. I think that is one of their problems. By the time I'm halfway through it, I don't want to do it anymore. Then by the time I'm finished I'm so sick of it I don't ever want to see it again. Plus, I don't like wearing scarves much anyway. They get caught in things and get lost.
Enter: the cowl. These knit up super quickly. I made mine in simple stockinette but you can do pretty much any stitch combo you want. You can even make one that wraps around and add a spiffy button so you don't have to pull it over your head. Mine is long enough to pull up over my ears, mouth, and nose. It's not too bulky so if I scrunch it down around my neck, it is comfy. The yarn is soft and warm. I love it.
I'm knitting another cowl for my knitting school knit-a-long over at christynelson.net. If you wish to experience the joy of the cowl, head over there to learn how to make one yourself.
Beware: It has come to my attention that if you decrease the number of stitches in your cowl to make it fit a little more snugly around your neck, don't forget to increase again before casting off. This could prove to be very embarrassing when you go to put your cowl on and it won't go over your big head. If you frog back a few rows and then do some increases, it will be perfect and will go over your head--no problem!
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
It was a good mail day yesterday. I opened a package that contained my preview copy of the He's Just Not That Into You Original Motion Picture Soundtrack. Also included is a box of promotional conversation hearts. I haven't decided if I'm going to open them or not.
The soundtrack will be released on February 3rd but you can pre-order it at Amazon.
This is my new favorite craft-a-long CD. With songs by Corinne Bailey Rae, Maroon 5, R.E.M., and The Replacements, it already looks a lot like my ultimate favorite playlist on my iPod. Throw in a couple of my favorite older songs, The Human League's "Don't You Want Me" and The Cure's "Friday I'm in Love", and you've got a seriously good mix of music. The last track, "Last Goodbye" is sung by Scarlett Johansson. It was a pleasant surprise and a good finish to a fun soundtrack.
New discovery: "Somewhere Only We Know" by Keane. I don't know if I've heard this song before but I absolutely love it.
Caleb's favorite: "Love, Save the Empty" by Erin McCarley
Eva's favorite: "Fruit Machine" by The Ting Tings
If how much I love the soundtrack = how much I'll love the movie, I'll probably fork over the money to see it in the theaters. That, and I have a major girl crush on Drew Barrymore.
Monday, January 26, 2009
What are you waiting for?????
Saturday, January 24, 2009
Friday, January 23, 2009
Exhibit A: Deb's husband sends her flowers.
Exhibit B: Wendy's husband went to ballroom dancing camp for her.
Exhibit C: Maren's husband made her birthday the best ever.
I was starting to think that I'm not appreciated and that Carl doesn't really love me.
Then I remembered our date last week.
Any man willing to paint a little bear, in public, and be videotaped for my blog (okay, I don't think he knew I would really post this) has got to be a keeper.
Thursday, January 22, 2009
2. Be awesome. I'm sure all of you are already doing this. It is just a friendly reminder.
3. Win something. You know how I have been winning lots of great prizes? Well, you can too. You just have to enter!
- Refibered is having giveaways all week.
- Picture My Camera is a great site about photography and they are having a contest. There are 2 prizes (worth over $250 total) and only 4 entrants so far. One of them is me so just because I'm telling you about this is me being awesome. Especially since I really want that external hard drive. Pay it forward, share the love, and what not. If you don't want to enter that one, you can still vote for me right?
- Don't forget about the Crafty Nation giveaways too.
5. Go to bed early. I'm not talking about 8pm early. Just early enough that your body will thank you in the morning. I'm shooting for 10:30pm this evening. I'm getting sent an organic pillow to review for my blog so sleeping has been on my mind.
Have anything you'd like me to do for you? Leave me a comment and I'll do my best.
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Word is starting to get out because on Friday night I get to be a panelist at the sitewarming party for CraftyNation.
Get all the juicy details here. And, don't forget to enter the giveaways (click on the sitewarm link in the post about the panelists).
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
We were going to the car and we heard a dog bark. Eva said, "That sounds like our dog!". I said, "We don't have a dog." In her best 3 year old way, she yelled back, "YES WE DO! In the backyard!".
There is a small chain link fence dividing our yard from our backyard neighbors. They have a dog that apparently Eva thinks is ours.
Good enough for me!
Now, it's almost noon and I was supposed to pick up Eva at 11:30am. That would have been no problem except Caleb was freaking out from 10am-11am so I put him to bed. As soon as he got under the covers and stopped screaming, he went right to sleep. After an emergency call in to Mary, she walked over with all the kids she was watching today (six of them!) to pick up Eva.
Now I find myself in a rare situation. Eva's at Mary's. Caleb is asleep. I dream about time like this all the time and now for the life of me, I can't decide what to do.
Monday, January 19, 2009
Saturday, January 17, 2009
The main thing I wanted to accomplish was find a way to store my jewelry. My jewelry box was overflowing and not that great. I needed more room for necklaces and a way to find my earrings without scrounging around one little box for the mates.
Here was my jewelry solution:
I bought screw hooks for my necklaces. I got white vinyl covered ones (7/8", I believe). Carl drilled some holes and I screwed them in.
I really love how it turned out. I also got a clear craft bin to store my earrings. Eventually, I'd like to collect some cool little bowls to set out and place my jewelry in. But, for the time being, this is working well.
Did you notice I got my digital coin counter? My mom got it for me for Christmas and made me a happy girl. The horse bank was given to me by my grandma when I was little. I'm going to give it to Eva soon and make her a happy girl.
Friday, January 16, 2009
Remember back in October I asked you all to pick out my next knitting project? I'm finished! All I can say is thank you. It was a great project and it turned out nicely, if I do say so myself.
Thursday, January 15, 2009
Speaking of spotty service, I spent an hour in Joann's today. I waited 20 minutes for them to cut 1 yard of fabric. When I got in line there was only one person in front of me. While I was waiting, I got my book out of my bag. I'm reading, The Year of Living Biblically by A.J. Jacobs. He spent a year trying to follow the Bible as literally as possible. He also wrote, The Know it All (which I loved, too), where he chronicles his time reading through the entire Encyclopedia Britannica. They are both fun books to read and it made me not mind so much that I had to wait so long (and endure a lady cutting in front of me) for them to cut a single yard of fabric. If A.J. is reading this because he got the Google Alert, HI!
In the few minutes it too for me to type this, my internet connection dropped again. And again. So much for the rebooting. I'm going to publish this now while I have the chance.
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
When I was at WalMart, I went to the clearance Christmas section to see if there was anything fun I could get for future craft challenges or other projects. Instead, I found these pants.
They are the perfect lounge pant and marked down to $2.50. They also came with a gift box and a good size strand of ribbon. Bonus.
Oh, but there's more. They light up.
They have a lot of different styles available (also shirts and hoodies all for $2.00-$2.50). You know you want some.
I put them on last night and it was all I could do not to dance around the house a la Will Forte in this SNL Skit.
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
Monday, January 12, 2009
My laundry room is in our bathroom. I usually fold the clothes on top of the dryer and *maybe* put them away. The cabinets above the dryer are hard for me to reach without a stool so I usually just chuck stuff in there and hope for the best.
My major problem area was on top of the dryer and I think I came up with a good solution. I like to keep the kids underpants in the laundry room because they use that bathroom in the morning. So, when they are done using the bathroom they can get their underwear without having to go all the way back downstairs to their rooms.
I decided to get a bin for each of them. The yellow bin is for socks or other stray items that are waiting for their match.
The kids like their bins and I like the fact that I'm "forced" to put the laundry away quickly because there is no space for it on the dryer anymore.
I also organized the cabinets. The upper shelf is full of light bulbs and stuff that Carl uses. On the lower shelf, I cleaned out the junk and organized the cleaning supplies. I can reach the items closest to the front so I made sure the ones I use all the time are placed there. Novel concept, I know.
You can read more about the Clutter Diet here.
Saturday, January 10, 2009
1. I knew that Angelina Jolie had been married to Jonny Lee Miller, a British actor.
2. I knew that Jonny Lee Miller played Eli Stone.
Yesterday I realized that the Jonny Lee Miller that plays Eli Stone is the same Jonny Lee Miller that was married to Angelina Jolie. I think it was the American accent that threw me off. He does a great American accent.
I can't tell you how happy I am now that this information is where it needs to be and I can promptly forget about it until I have to kick your butt at some Pop Culture game.
Friday, January 09, 2009
This year I get to indulge in more than one Girls Weekend! My first one will be with Deb in Houston. We both won tickets to attend and will be living it up with all the Kirtsy girls and lots of fun bloggers at this swanky hotel attending the Mom 2.0 Summit.
I'm a little more than excited about this trip. Parties. Social Media. Door Prizes. Houston in February. Having fun with Deb. Meeting other blog obsessed people. Buying some new clothes. Parties.
If you want to join us...there is another contest going on. Here's what you have to do for a chance to win:
1. Take a pic that represents one of your resolutions.
2. Upload the pic to the Mom 2.0 Summit Flickr pool or email the pick to email@example.com
3. Tag the pic: "show M2S your resolutions"
You have until Jan 15th. You can enter as many times as you want with different resolutions.
If you don't win and want to come anyway, we'd love to have a roommate or two. You can register here.
Thursday, January 08, 2009
Wednesday, January 07, 2009
Tuesday, January 06, 2009
You can order online here.
Items retiring from the Fall-Winter 2008 Idea Book & Catalog:
|Item||Page||Description||Regular Price||Discount Price|
On Board 9" x 9" clipboard
On Board Bitty Book
Mellow Moss 6" x 6" Linen Post album
Real Red 6" x 6" Linen Post album
Bold Bright buttons
Double Circle punch
Country Living Holiday Collection Stampin' Kit
*Items available while supplies last; page numbers refer to the Fall-Winter 2008 Idea Book & Catalog
Retired items from the Spring-Summer 2008 Idea Book & Catalog:
|Item||Page||Description||Regular Price||Discount Price|
Blue Bayou Classic Stampin' Pad
Groovy Guava Classic Stampin' Pad
Purely Pomegranate Classic Stampin' Pad
River Rock Classic Stampin' Pad
Soft Sky Classic Stampin' Pad
Wild Wasabi Classic Stampin' Pad
On Board Ginormous Pieces
Beachfront Ribbon Originals
District Ribbon Originals
Fairy Tale Ribbon Originals
Jersey Ribbon Originals
Sherbet Ribbon Originals
Theater Ribbon Originals
River Rock double-stitched ribbon
Wild Wasabi striped grosgrain ribbon
*Items available while supplies last; page numbers refer to the Spring-Summer 2008 Idea Book & Catalog
Current products appearing in the upcoming Spring-Summer 2009 Idea Book & Catalog:
|Item||Page||Description||Regular Price||Discount Price|
Tangerine Tango 8-1/2" x 11" card stock
In Color (2008-2009) 12" x 12" textured card stock
Fire Circle Rhinestone brads
Fire Square Rhinestone brads
Ice Square Rhinestone brads
Styled Silver Hodgepodge Hardware
Styled Vanilla Hodgepodge Hardware
20th Anniversary Embosslits die
*Quantities at reduced price are limited; page numbers refer to the Fall-Winter 2008 Idea Book & Catalog.
Monday, January 05, 2009
Today I've got a special video I did for a website called Purple States. It was really fun to do once I got over the fact that I shouldn't care that I'm not a size 8 anymore and my house is a mess.
So, if you don't mind seeing a video of me talking about the economy, food storage, and my crafting...head over there and watch it! There are a lot of videos posted from other states as well and will continue for the next few weeks.
Saturday, January 03, 2009
If you do click it, you'll be treated to the awesome piano stylings of 5 year old Caleb and his version of Joy to the World/Three Blind Mice. I'm pretty sure you won't be able to see this anywhere else (except YouTube and my living room). Enjoy. Or not.
Friday, January 02, 2009
I weighed myself to assess the damage and get my baseline for the new year. I lost 9 pounds. Hmm. Same scale. Same time of day.
Guess I didn't eat as much Almond Roca as I thought!
Now I'm even more motivated to get this going again but probably not for the reason you may imagine. I figure that if I'm so big that I can't even notice a 9 lb. difference, I better get to work!
Thursday, January 01, 2009
Today also marks the end of some big projects. I'm not holding myself to the picture a day requirement I had in 2008. I'm happy to hear that some of my blog readers will be doing it in 2009. I look forward to seeing those Project 365 posts! I've also been blogging daily for over 2 years. This one might be a little harder to give up but I'm going to try every once in a while to skip a day.
Just for fun: check out this post from Brenda about our trip to Norman.