Monday, September 12, 2011

The newest addition!

Labor day weekend brought about a rather large change to my household and my lifestyle! I welcomed into my life a 7 pound baby named Beauregard, or affectionately called Beau.

He is a 7 week old Bernese Mountain Dog, and is giving me a run for my money already. He is just a like a baby in that we have been getting up multiple times each night to let him go out to the bathroom.

He is already spoiled seems he gets a new toy almost every day...I just can not resist bringing him home something new!

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Summer living.....

I have decided that I am moving somewhere that is summer year round! Having an absolutely great one!

Progress made on the bucket list....over 75% done with it...need to expand it I think!

I have been working on decorating the house a little bit more...finding accent pieces - tables, mirrors, pictures. Am putting my full stamp on it and making it mine.

Have also been car shopping...deciding between a camaro and a mustang....i want a second car for the summer / in-town driving, so why not a fun one right?

Been cleaning out the craft room. Found some unfinished projects....working on those a little bit....hope to start focused on them so I can get them done!
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Thursday, June 30, 2011

Crochet you ask?

Sigh that is right...this is supposed to be a craft /crochet blog, and yet lately, that has been far from my life.

I did buy a new book of crochet food....will be working on those shortly.

I've also started back on that darn star afghan...reminds me someone what I was thinking on this thing! Lol

Made another bead necklace and earring set....future owner uncertain, picture to come!

Happy crafting!
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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

The journey continues....

Everyday life continues to amaze me and change me in the process. 2 years ago I was starting to wrap up my life in Europe. I was already starting the packing process, saying good byes and looking forward to my journey back to the US and seeing what life had in store for me.

It's not been an easy 2 years.

As you know, I said farewell to the boyfriend of 3 years...emotionally difficult but what needed to happen for my own mental and physical health. Over the course of our relationship, I gained 60 pounds, mainly due to stress eating and drinking...its easier to keep a harmonious relationship when we are not stuck in the same apartment

I moved back to the US, and in that first year I lost 30 pounds, half of what I had gained.

I met Mike, and slowly went back into old habits when the relationship started to go downhill and he pulled away. I did not recognize it for what it was, but I gained back 8 of those lost pounds. I went back into focusing on an on-line gaming world.

Single now for 3 months, I have once again started to focus back on my health, and have lost those 8 pounds, plus another 7. I no longer play games on-line and my TV is rarely turned on.

I have another 30 still to lose. My focus is on health eating habits - no more skipping meals or eating junk food. With a focus on being more physically active - no more sitting on the couch at night watching TV.

The journey towards happiness continues....stay tuned....

Monday, June 13, 2011

Beading continues!

I continueto find time to bead...even if I rarely pick up my hooks and needles these days. Total lack of interest....I was in the middle of working on a set of play yarn food for the boyfriend mike's niece when he decided to split with me...since then no yarn at all....will start again I promise :)

Darling Vik is visiting from Buenos Aries...the necklace set pictures above will be returning with her to argentina as I gifted her the set. I hope she enjoys it!

No other news here...will be taking Vik shipping to come!
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Thursday, April 14, 2011

Summer of 2011...The Bucket List

So my summer is going to be filled once again with insane working hours.  Wanting to make sure I take some me time out of my schedule, I have decided to write a bucket list for the Summer of 2011 with everything that I want to do to make sure my mental sanity stays intact!
Here is the current list:
* Go to the Drive In Movies
* Go on a Picnic
* Watch the Sun rise over Lake Michigan
* Watch the Sun set over Lake Michigan
* Eat an Ice Cream Cone
* Drink a Glass of Wine on the Deck
* Take a Nap in the sun
* Swing on a Swingset
* Fingerpaint
* Run a 5 K race
* Go for a Midnight Slurpee run
* Build a sandcastle
* Bike ride up to Wisconsin
Additional suggestions gladly taken...leave a comment with what you think I should add to my summer list!

Sunday, February 27, 2011


Well I am out from under the rock...okay...back from the work trips to Tampa FL and San Jose Costa Rica. Busy 2 weeks in my world, but I was able to get some crocheting done...amazing!

A friend of mine is a board member for a not-for profit organization that deals with homelessness for Chicago area women. They are having an event this week and SiSi asked me to make something for their auction. After thinking about it, I decided to make up some play yarn food, and this is what I created for the auction:

Fried Eggs and a Fruit and Veggie basket. There were also 2 cupcakes that missed the photo shoot.

I think the boyfriend gave a cheer when he saw that I was using up some of my yarn stash....we will not tell him about the additional 2 balls that I bought this week to make a felted purse! Ssshhhh! lol If I put it up in the yarn room he will never notice right?

Progress continutes on the new Star will be posted next time!

Have a great week every one!

Monday, February 14, 2011

Valentine's Day Already??

Sunday, February 13th...time approx 9:20 pm....26 hours and 40 minutes until the pain of yet another Valentine's Day is over with....can someone please tell me why no matter how hard I pray this day always seems to come?

I hinted to the boyfriend that I would have to work super long tomorrow as we were on vacation all last week and I am only in the office 2 days this week as I leave Tuesday on a business trip. His response...we'll work something out...I am not going to not see you for a week. I forgot to give him my usual "I hate Valentines Day" speech that I have given every other boyfriend....not sure why I did not...perhaps I was trying hard not to think about the upcoming day of doom.

Yep, Day of Doom. The stress and pressure of this one little day is enough to ruin relationships, marriages, name it, it can be destroyed on this one day. This holiday puts WAY too many expectations on the other partner, and I do not want that kind of stress!

An example......The search for the perfect card:

Awww, this one is cute...oh god, its too cutesy hes going to think that I am an empty headed bimbo if I pick this card.

Okay, here is a humorous one....ha ha ha..that's funny....oh wait! He won't think that I am taking our relationship seriously if I give him this card!

Aha! This one says it all.....spending time together....finding the perfect guy.....ARGH!!!!! Now hes going to think that I am way into him.....what if hes not that much into me as well? He'll feel sorry for me....tell his friends that I am making a fool out of myself over no. no.

That's it. I won't give him a card..... but what if he gives me a card...I won't have one to give him.....he'll think that I am not interested in him.....AAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!

And anyways, this can't be a good brings out way too many of the deadly sins....

Wrath - How dare you forget to buy me a card and flowers?!?!?
Lust - Ooohh Baby!!!! You be looking gooooooooooood...I'm gonna get me some!
Greed - What else did you get
Envy - Mary Jane's boyfriend got her a new necklace...I want to be her
Gluttony - That's it - only one more chocolate....well just one more......
Sloth - Yeah, I'll go get her a card.....maybe tomorrow (the result - see wrath)
Pride - I am the best one is better than me....

Okay....I stretched it a bit on finding an example of Pride...but the others are all ones that happen!!

So join me folks on my mad dash for the hills as I try to avoid yet another appearance of this holiday that causes relationships to break down, single people to develop severe depression, marriages to falter, sins to appear and insanity to develop on the card aisles as people start talking to themselves and screaming as they quest for the perfect card!

(Psst - if you've been a follower of my blog for a while, you are not going crazy, the search for the perfect card and the seven sins are a repost from 2006...why re-write what is perfectly written right???)

Thursday, January 06, 2011

New Year....New Resolutions

Tis a new year….and I am already breaking my resolutions!  Every year I make them with all the best intentions in the world…lose 5 pounds….ok 50 to be honest, craft more, blog more often and even stay in touch more with friends.  And then, every year I start to break them right away….at least I am consistent right?


Okay, I've not broken all of them….yet.  I stepped on the scale this morning, saw that I had gained 8 pounds over the past 6 weeks.  Darn trip to Belgium…WAY too much good food there…then add in all of the holiday eating…well it's no wonder I went backwards on the weight loss!  But at least I know where I am starting the year at and I know that I can lose those 8 pounds again…the other 42 might be more of a challenge…well….really the last 12 will be the challenge…lots of running in my future I think!


Blogging more…well this one is always my challenge.  Best intentions in the world aside, I just don't have the time to spend on the computer once I am out of work these days.  Okay…spend on the computer blogging that is.  I spend plenty of time on facebook which is how I am trying to stay better in touch with more friends…I can cyber stalk everyone to my hearts content.  What did we do before Facebook?  Oh, that's right, letters and the age old process of gossiping…so did you hear about so-and-so?


Crafting you ask?  That's right, this is a crafting blog!  I continue to work on a doily I started in Belgium…talk about procrastination right?  I actually am making progress on it though!  Over the holidays I made up some knitted Korknisses (Christmas Ornaments made from Wine Corks) and crocheted Snowflakes although I never did find the time to block the snowflakes!  I started finally the Star Afghan again for the Family Room in colors to match the couch.  I am also in the process of starting to make lots more yarn food.  Decided that I needed a collection for my house and that the boyfriend's niece will soon be old enough for her own collection of yarn food!


Pictures?  Right…ummm…will see what I can take the next few days and find some time over the weekend to post them up!


Happy New Year to all of you!