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Christmas in January

Christmas in January


Posted on Jan 24, 2010

I just received my Christmas present from my cousin.  While it is a fair bit past Christmas, he was more on the ball than me.  He should receive my present in hopefully 10 days.    Now that holidays are over and we've all returned to work, life is back to normal.  That's why a package in January is so great!  It is the perfect way to get just a tiny bit of the holidays back and add joy to a...

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Xanadu

Xanadu


Posted on Jan 23, 2010

Being a child of the 80's I grew up with Olivia Newton-John rollerskating her heart out in the movie Xanadu.  Yes, it's not the best movie ever, but it's campy and fun.  It was also the last film my hero Gene Kelly starred in.  Check out Gene on roller skates. Last weekend, I saw the play Xanadu.  It was part off our Broadway play season tickets.  I must admit, I wasn't terribly excited to...

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2010 Handmade Olympics

2010 Handmade Olympics


Posted on Jan 14, 2010

Fun! The rikrak studio is now taking submissions for the 2010 Handmade Olympics.  There are 8 events total and lots of great prizes.  For every event, each person can enter themselves once and also nominate someone else once.  Check out all the great events. I can't wait to get my nominations...

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Christmas Presents – Craft Fairs

Christmas Presents – Craft Fairs


Posted on Jan 13, 2010

Here are some more lovely Christmas presents I purchased at craft fairs this year.  It's just such great fun to see wonderful crafts and meet nice folks.  Even the fairs where I purchased nothing were worth attending.  It's the best way to see and purchase affordable art.   The M is from Crafty Wonderland. Bargain Hunting 101 Handmade NW Crafty Wonderland Handmade NW Mulino Elementary...

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Bike Craft

Bike Craft


Posted on Jan 6, 2010

Who knew Portland has an annual bike craft fair?  I didn't. I was intriqued when I saw the notice for Bike Craft V on the DIY Alert calendar. I must say that I'm extremely impressed with this fair.  There were a large number of vendors with a great variety off products.  I'm looking forward to this show next year. I had already procured this Queen Bee wallet for a friend at the Bargain Hunting 101 and...

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Christmas Presents – Smartwick

Christmas Presents – Smartwick


Posted on Jan 4, 2010

I'm so blessed to have super crafty friends!  Smartwick knitted this hat for me for Christmas!  I just love it.  It's super soft and a great color for me.  The hat pattern is from Our Favorite Knitting Teacher, Laura Irwin.  You should buy her book  Boutique Knits, if you haven't already.  I'm realizing how great of a pattern writer she truly is which is hard to find in the...

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Project 365

Project 365


Posted on Jan 2, 2010

My husband sent me the link for the Project 365 iPhone app, because he knew this was so up my alley.  I love taking pictures with my iPhone (it's so convenient) and this gives me a goal to take a picture a day.  I decided to start this on January 1st and so far so good.  I am such a visual person, that having a diary of images is so great to look back on.  I like that you can select a picture from your...

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2010…Finally

2010…Finally


Posted on Jan 1, 2010

Let's face it, last year was a bust.  It was the hardest year of my life.  It was also the most un-crafty year I've ever had.  I completely neglected my blog with only 21 posts in all of 2009.  Crafting is such a big part of my life, that I missed it when it was gone.  But sometimes in life, you have to buckle down and take care of other priorities first.  I've been looking to 2010 as a...

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Padre

Padre


Posted on Dec 21, 2009

This past year has been the hardest year of my life.  The main reason for this was my father-in-law's battle with esophageal cancer.   He was diagnosed just about one year ago.  His battled ended on December 2nd.  This loss has been hard for me.  I've been a member of my husband's family for 16 years; pretty much my entire adult life.  My father-in-law was truly my father figure in...

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Chapman Swifts

Chapman Swifts


Posted on Sep 19, 2009

I first saw the Vaux's Swifts back in 2005 when my cousin was visiting.  It was a very serene peaceful evening of about 30 people watching the birds retire for the evening.  This year I got to see them again and it was a very different experience.  Each September the Swifts sleep in the old chimney at Chapman Elementary School for a few weeks.  We are one of their many stops on their migration trail. ...

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