December 30, 2008
Since I don't take any "real" time off during the summer (I work for the school department but I am management which means I work year round), I decided to take Christmas week off. So my vacation officially started yesterday. So I am planning to post everyday this week. Kinda like a chronicle of my vacation...
I dropped Zaria off at daycare because I need to get my house back together from the holiday mess. SIGH!!! I returned home only to clean the kitchen and sort laundry and then I did something that I knew I shouldn't have done...I checked my blog. Once I saw Christina's chocolate chip cookies, I just had to make some. So, I did. Once I made the cookies, I decided that I should try to complete the gifts for Zaria's daycare family (mainly her provider and her oldest daughter AKA Grandma Brenda and Auntie Sandra). Notice no cleaning getting done. There's always tomorrow (hey wait...that's today...LOL). I ended the day by visiting my grandmother and two of her friends (Auntie Joni and Auntie Bev) who brought gifts for the little monsters. Thank you Aunties. We love you.
DAY TWO - Today
I dropped both of the children off today. Zaria to daycare and Juwan to his afterschool program that is open from 9 - 4 today and tomorrow. I have been very productive this morning. I have already washed 4 loads of clothes (this included some blankets) and folded them. Small steps to victory. I also organized the computer center which is why I am currently blogging...So, back to cleaning.
December 23, 2008
So, I did as instructed and I would like to publicly say THANK YOU to Cece. She tricked me into going bowling with her and a few of her friends (soon to be in-laws). My little sister tagged along and we had a blast. I promised them that I would go out more often. We already have plans to go bowling next Monday and we're bringing Juwan and a few friends.
Thanks again Cece. Love you much...
December 22, 2008
December 20, 2008
Oh yeah and then there are the Angels that need to be put together for the GODMOTHERS (all 4 of them).
I have a lot to complete....
(I am sure there will be an update later today. Stay tuned.)
December 18, 2008
December 02, 2008
November 20, 2008
I have been steadily working on Christmas gifts for family and friends (and some orders) and wanted to see what type of things people are gifting these days. This weekend, I need to crochet some items (10) to donate to my son's school. They have a Holly Fair every year. The gym is set up like Santa's Workshop (including elves) and the students come down to shop for gifts for their family members. Last year I made scarves. Oh yeah...there is usually an age group and gender assigned to each class for donations. This year, we have teen boys/girls so I am wondering...do I just make some fun colored hats? Feedback will be very appreciated.
November 18, 2008
Onto Christmas gifts...
November 05, 2008
October 29, 2008
October 16, 2008
Last night (while I was suppose to be crocheting) I watched a new movie that I had been bugging my friend to get for me. Well, he brought it to me before I left for my trip and I thought for sure I would bring it with me. Too bad I left the house and forgot the movie. ANYWAY... If you haven't seen A Family that Prays (Tyler Perry's new movie). I highly recommend it. I will be adding it to my list of favorites. Mr. Perry, you are moving on up. Kudos!!!
Now that I recommend something, I need your help. Remember the giant granny square poncho from the last post, I need to work some decrease rows around the neckline (trying to tighten it a bit). I will take all recommendations for this task.
Hook with you later...
October 14, 2008
Real quick. I traveled to Dover, Delaware this weekend for the 1st District YPD Meeting (AME Church). So, of course I planned on bringing my hooks and yarn problem was, I didn't actually pack until 3 am Friday morning (leaving at 4:45). So what is a girl to do? You got it. Grab enough yarn to complete the current work in progress. So I did. I was working on a granny square poncho (was suppose to be completed before the trip so the director and I could wear them while there). Green and white yarn in bag, hooks in bag. Off we go. Here's the completed poncho.
I know, a little big. I told her that I would work some decrease rows around the top so it would be a little tighter. What do you think???
The plus to this project is that people actually loved it. Someone said, "Oh girl, way to bring crochet back." I received a few orders so I will be crochet green and white ponchos for the rest of the week. Of course, I am still working on hats and scarves.
October 08, 2008
September 17, 2008
Over the weekend, I made my second diaper cake. Here's some pictures. The happy couple (not smiling) is Nick and Ashley. Congratulations to you both. Enjoy Ms. Ariana.
All week I have been trying to figure out how to let two people know that they inspire me to continue crocheting. These two ladies are always working on something and I am always amazed at how fast they both complete their projects. So, how does one show her graditude???
A public acknowledgement of course. So to:
Lesa over at http://www.lesalicious.blogspot.com/ and Christina over at http://craftychristina.blogspot.com/
I want you both to know that I appreciate the work that you do. I have never been excited about my craft. By reading your blogs, I realized that there are people out here who appreciate handmade gifts. THANK YOU!!!
September 16, 2008
Just wanted to quickly share a couple of new pictures of the kiddies. Yes, I know they are growing up so fast.
Juwan and Zaria. Sometimes they love each other so much. This was one of those times and luckily, I caught it on camera...Juwan is now in the 4th grade and he is into skateboarding, mohawks. and wrestling...Zaria is becoming such a girly girl. I LOVE IT!!!
This is Zaria...Age 2 1/2 going on 21...LOL
This pose was encouraged by her 17 year old auntie (it figures, right???).
September 11, 2008
PEACE and BLESSINGS to all.
September 10, 2008
2. The little ones are doing great. Juwan started forth grade and Zaria is growing like a weed. (New pics tonight).
3. Like last Fall, I have returned to my life on a budget. I am hoping I stay on track next Summer (that seems to be when I fall off).
4. WORK has changed for the better.
5. HIM...what is there to say. I am still madly in love with HIM and I am just now starting to admit to myself that there will never be another HIM for me. IF you are reading this, I LOVE YOU more than I ever that I would.
That's it for now. Tune in tonight or tomorrow for the full update.
July 02, 2008
1. My Light 'N Lively Tank is still coming along. I think I need to purchase more yarn to complete it.
2. My Godson's (arriving sometime in August) blankie. I know I said it would be cute to do something with duckies and water but I don't think his mommy will use it so instead a baby blue ripple was started. I have made ripples before but this time I am making a ribbed ripple. I know big change...all you do is work in the back row instead...
3. Squares for Lesa.
That's it for my crochet projects but I think that is good for right now.
Even though today is Wednesday, here's my plans for the weekend...
Thursday (vacation day from work)
Do my errands
Prep for the 4th (includes packing the arts and crafts, making potato salad and baked beans)
Friday (4th of July)
Familly cookout at Grandma's
Hanging out with Juwan (maybe we will go to the movies again). We saw Kungfu Panda last weekend and it was pretty good. I am still in awe of how wonderfully animated the fight scences were.
Happy 4th of July to all.
June 20, 2008
June 19, 2008
May 28, 2008
1) What crochet hook size do you find yourself working with the most without even thinking about it you find yourself picking up the most?
H - hook
2) What is your favorite thing to crochet the most?
Right now, I love to make afghans from charts (thanks to CrochetKim)
3) What would you like to crochet that you never crochet before?
Something that I can wear - a sweater, tank, cardigan, wrap, shawl; you name it, I want to make it LOL
4) Do you think you will pass down your love of crocheting down to your kids/nieces or sisters?
I hope so. I have a few girls who have tried it but haven’t stuck with it.
5) What is the craziest thing you ever heard someone say to you about you crocheting?
I thought old people did that. OR My mother used to do that when I was little (the majority of these people are way older than I am).
May 27, 2008
Today is my 30th birthday. Yeah me. I never thought I would be excited about turning 30 but I am. This past weekend was busy. My bestfriend had a graduation party on Saturday, my Aunt had a small cookout on Sunday for her birthday and yesterday, my grandmother came over to hang pictures (now my apartment looks like a home).
As for the crochet front...
I purchased yarn to make that tank top that I wanted last summer but didn't think I could make it. So far so good. Here's the link http://www.lionbrand.com/patterns/60485.html?noImages=
It is working out nicely, if I say so myself. The only problem is it will definitly need to have a built in bra and it will need to be lined. I don't sew so, I'll have to ask my daughter's daycare provider (Ms. Brenda). I will a picture of the WIP this evening. Also, I want to make the Sweet Sweater http://crochetme.com/sweet. It is supposed to be really easy. First I need to have my measurements taken. I will try to get this done this week (thanks Ms. Brenda). Then, my godchild will need a blanket when he arrives (early August). No need to make him a sweater set because he will live in onesies and pampers for a while. Now if I could just decide on the pattern for his blanket. Duckies or Teddy Bears??? I know I want the blanket to be blue, white, and yellow. So maybe I will do both duckies and teddy bears. I'll keep you all posted.
Peace and blessings.
April 30, 2008
First let me apologize for the long absence. While I haven't posted in a while, I have been crocheting. This will be a short post because I am at work. So, here we go.
This past weekend I attended a friend's baby shower. I've only been waiting for her to have a baby for nearly three years. So, of course, when I found out she was expecting, I started crocheting (not really but you know what I mean -- the thought was there). As soon as I found out the sex of the baby and theme of the room, I started my project. If you haven't heard yet, I am obsessed with cross stitch crocheting projects right now (see personalized afghans post). So, sailboats is the theme of the nursery. Here's the finished project.
Isn't it cute. I created a pattern using Excel and then worked the pattern square by square. A few whipstitches later...an adorable afghan for my good friend.
I have a few other projects on my hook, but the pictures are on my home computer. I will post again later.
Thanks Google for password assistance.
Peace and blessings.
March 07, 2008
Tonight - Movie night with the kids. Because money is tight, I am making burgers, fries, and slushies (Juwan's favorite). Of course there will be popcorn. What movie you ask??? Bee Movie. After I watch the movie with the kids, it's time to crochet some quick squares for a little girl blankie. This blankie will complete the order for a baby set (hat, sweater, and booties already completed).
Tomorrow - It's supposed to be a wash so I plan on working on more newsboy hats, finishing up a blanket that I started a while ago, and working on my poncho.
I have already decided that I will need new sweater (cardigans) for next fall/winter so I guess I can start on those too. I can at least look at some patterns and wish...
I'll update you all as things are completed.
March 05, 2008
2. Just in case you missed it before...I LOVE him. We have spent so much time together (with the kids) and things just couldn't be better. RIGHT? Wrong. Even when a girl thinks things are going great, he starts saying things that makes her wonder if she is wasting her time. Does he want to be apart of her life? He says yes, but then starts talking about how she will always be his homegirl. WTF...Homegirl??? I thought we were working on something else. Maybe I was wrong. I still LOVE HIM, but I think I may have to walk away again...
Thanks for listening to me rant and rave but I had to get it out.
Write later. Here's a few new pictures of Zaria. She always makes me smile.
February 26, 2008
I know I have been MIA for a little while now so let me give a quick update.
1. I am still a crochet maniac.
Once a mastered that Newsboy Cap pattern, I was on a roll. I have sold about 20 hats (I still owe a few to some people).
I started a poncho for me. Yes, that is right, something for me. The problem is everytime I look at the yarn I chose, I think of fall, which would be fine if it wasn't winter... I figure I will complete it and save it to next fall. Do you think poncho will go out of style by then??? I sure hope not.
I also purchased some yarn to make a forest green sweater for myself. I chose the side to side cowl neck sweater pattern from Lion Brand. I've had it for awhile just haven't started it.
2. The craft room...
Well, the craft room never happened. It became a very organized storage space. I guess that is not so bad, but what about my craft space!!! I guess I will have to resort to the couch and bed to work on my projects. But, at least my yarn, candy making, and baking supplies have a home now, that doesn't clutter up my apartment.
I am sure you all remember HIM. Well, I am not exactly sure what is going on between us. We both know that we want to be together (we've talked about marriage) but he is not where he needs to be in his life. I totally respect a man who can admit to this. He wants the whole package and he knows that in order to do that he needs to have his stuff together. God I LOVE this man. So, keep us in your prayers. Who knows maybe this time next year we'll be talking about crocheting some wedding things (maybe the favors)...