Friday, December 14, 2012

Final class!

Finished with the beginners level if wilton is my final masterpiece!  Thinking about taking another course, but with a new job and the wedding I do not know where I can find the time!

Sunday, December 02, 2012

November catch up

December already? Missed a few days, but that was mainly due to travel and crazy work schedules once again. Went back to michigan for thanksgiving and had a great time. Made a birthday cake for Steve's brother Sam who just turned 7. Did the wilton pan spiderman and it turned out awesome! 

Sharing as well my Thanksgiving Turkey Cupcakes and ntt Wilton class #3 cupcakes which had some issues due to the frosting I choose to make.

Crafting you ask? Worked on some snowflakes as well as more poinsetta coasters for my Mom.

Happy crafting everyone!

Monday, November 19, 2012

Wilton Decorting Class # 2

Well here it is!  Had the second Wilton Cake Class this past Wednesday.  We continued to learn new skills and iced a cake.  My design?  A Cupcake Cake!  It turned out super cute and had lots of compliments from everyone at work the next day - yay!

Went today back to JoAnns for a Cookie Blossom course with Steve and Zori who is visiting from Argentina.  Made Christmas Cookies for a Cookie Blossom - circles and gingerbread men which all turned out adorable!  Forgot to take pictures - oops!  Just picture perfect cookes and those were ours! lol

With Thanksgiving, we have an off week, but will be back the week after for our next lesson - cupcake decorating!  Fun!

Happy Crafting Everyone!

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Tis the season!

Slowly starting to get out and organize my christmas decorations. With every box I open I find memories of my grandmothers. This box contained some of my Dept 59 houses...this one bought by my Grandma as a christmas present back in 2002 right before I moved to Belgium. Oh what memories these boxes contain....since I did not decorate last year inside, Steve has no idea what is in store lol

Baked my cake tonight for tomorrows decorating lesson....looking forward to it!

Happy Crafting!

Monday, November 12, 2012

Wilton Cake Class #1

I survived the first class...did fairly will if I say so myself lol  The class is small - only 3 people which is nice. Spent most of the class talking about different methods and tools, but at the end got to practice stars and decorating! I won a carrying caddy for all my tools....will be able to keep evening organized and in one place now!

I have a few pictures to share from week one. Excited for this wednesday as we will be decorating a cake and learning more techniques...will be good to see how much I progress each week through these classes!

Happy crafting!

Wednesday, November 07, 2012

Let them eat cake!

Well if you are going to let them eat cake, it might as well be decorated prettily right? So to make my cakes pretty I have signed up to take the Wilton Cake Decorating class number one at my local Jo Ann's!

The class starts tonight for 2 hours and then also for the next 3 Wednesdays! Super excited about making my cakes pretty! What fun!

Anyone taken these courses or have any advice to impart other than to practice practice practice?

Happy crafting...and decorating! :)

Monday, November 05, 2012

Christmas Lights and Stockings!

Spent the weekend back in Michigan helping my Dad put up Christmas lights. For those who do not know, my father fell off his roof back in April and has slowly been recovering. Knowing that he should not be on ladders and the roof again, we packed up the car and away we went. The dogs had great fun spending the weekend at my parents - lots of spoiling!

I also started work on my next project...a christmas stocking for Steve! Not sure if I will 1. Get it done by Christmas or 2. Ever get it done, but will have fun with it in the mean time!

Happy crafting!

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Two for twins!

Finally finished both baby blankets! Only took 4 months lol One is done using caron simply soft, the other Bernat Baby Coordinates. Both are  granny squares with different color patterns and a simple shell border.

Hopefully they like them! We are going over tomorrow to see them so will try to take pictures then.

Have a great night everyone!

Monday, October 29, 2012

Weekend Update

I finally have both blankets finished!  Yay!  All that is left to do is weave in the final few ends on the second blanket and then run them through the washing machine to make sure they are all clean and ready to be used by the girls.  Can not wait to give them to them on Wednesday when we go over for dinner.

Had a Halloween Party last night that we went to, which made it a 2 am morning with a 6 am wakeup!  No idea why I woke up so early, but was wide awake and bushy-tailed all day long to the dismay of Steve who had 7 hours of sleep and was struggling all day long!

Off to bed - may everyone have a great crafty week!

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Back to crocheting!

It seems strange to have been away from the crafting world and not keeping up on all the hot "you must make this" patterns.  What are they now?  Anyone made anything recently?

I still have on my list of things to do is cleaning out the yarn stash, crafting accessories and book library.  I know I have lots of knitting magazines where, lets be honest here, I will NEVER find the time nor patience to make any of the plethora of sweaters and socks that they contain.  Will keep you all updated on this one!

I do want to start using up some of my yarn stash that I am not going to get rid of - mainly my cotton - any great dishcloth patterns you have come across recently?  I have done many of the hot patterns in the past - ballband etc and am looking for something new to try!

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Road trip crocheting...

On our way back from a week in Florida. Had a great time...did all the parks - Universal's and Disney's.  Been working on the second blanket for the twins...might actually get it done brigitte we get jones later today - yay!

Brought my snow flake materials with as well but so far none made...tis the season though! :)

Monday, October 08, 2012

Living Life.....Loving It!

Really? Nothing posted since February?? Wow! All I can say is that I have been so happy and so busy that blogging has been far far far from my mind! So to catch everyone up...Steve moved in with me beginning of March. The dogs have gotten along fabulously and so have Steve and I! We spent the summer bowling on a league together with 2 friends which was great. Then on August 4th, the direction of my life changed with one question to which the answer was Yes! So come September 14th of next year I will be marrying my best friend. Here is a picture of us taken last night at Steve's cousin's wedding.
Might get this blog back on its original craftiness track one of these days....just need to find the time to finish some of my on-going projects! Talk to you all soon!!

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Date's hockey time!

Hockey tonight with Steve for our date night this week. Came to see minor league hockey - chicago wolves vs grand rapids griffins...I'm cheering for g.r. since they are from michigan about 30 minutes from where I grew up.

Valentines yesterday was great..very low key - Steve cooked dinner for me at home. It was yummy!

I'm still working on the blanket...need to hurry since baby Alyssa is now a week old! :)

The dog's are getting along great. Beau is now about 80 lbs and a total lap dog lol

Have a wonderful week! Happy crafting!

Wednesday, February 08, 2012

Pizza making!

Had great fun last night making pizzas. We made our own dough, and then loaded up the toppings before throwing it all in the pizza oven! Both of our pizzas turned out great, and we had fun making them together! Can not wait until our next date night out!  Attached are pictures of our masterpieces!

Forgot to mention yesterday...I entered a cake into the office superbowl dessert contest and it won first place!  I made my grandparents lemonade cake...yummy! One of my favorite non-frosted cakes.

Have a wonderful wednesday!

Tuesday, February 07, 2012

Tuesdays are for pizza making!

Happy tuesday everyone! Tonight me and Steve are heading off to pizza making class! Signed up for a lesson in groupon...should be fun learning something new with him!

Things are going great between the two of us! Steve is officially moving in the end of the month when he can terminate his apartment lease. He and Lil' Bear haver been here now since new years without any issues. A smile is constantly on my face these days! :)

I am still working on the baby blanket. Finished 2 more squares last night...slow but steady! Need to think about what my next project is going to be!

Still have not organized the craft room and books...focusing on other areas of the house which need it more....i.e.last night I cleaned out the closet and dresser, getting rid of junk and garbage including 6 parties of old shoes...I told steve to hurry and throw them out before I changed my mind!

Have a wonderful tuesday everyone!

Wednesday, February 01, 2012

February already?

The year is flying by once again! Then again it usually does when one is happy and keeping busy!

Beau is keeping me busy, along with Steve's dog Lil'Bear...I will not say they are best buddies, but they are getting along...more so now then at the beginning!  Having 2 dogs makes me almost want a third one...will wait though...Lil'Bear is 14 now, so in a few years will most likely pass away...will consider getting another dog then!

Crafting right now consists of working on a baby blanket for a co worker who is expecting a little girl soon. making a simple squares blanket, 2 sets of basic squares and then a third set of squares with a star pattern on them...pattern from a ball band.

I leave you with 2 of the squares, and one of Beau! Happy February!

Monday, January 23, 2012

Winter Getaway!

Hello from the land of cheese...aka Wisconsin for all my non-us readers :) Came up for a long weekend with Steve you escape the winter blahs - at the Wilderness indoor water park. Had a great weekend so far - riding water rides and floating in tubes on a lazy river.

Spent the drive up working on a baby blanket for my co-worker Lorinda who is expecting a little girl. Steve made me promise to leave it in the car once we got here lol

Been thinking about getting rid of some of my stash of craft books - knit, crochet, needlepoint, cross-stitch etc...will let you all know once I sort them all out! :)

Beau is getting too be huge! At 5 months he is already 70 pounds! Will attach a recent photo - he is an amazing dog - great personality and super loving...also a guard dog...he has a stranger danger bark when someone he does not know is outside...does not bark at any of the neighbors though!

Sunday, January 08, 2012

Happy 2012!!

What an exciting year 2011 was with lots of ups and downs! I started out 2011 with such happiness and expectation...only to have it all come crashing down on me in March. I honestly thought my heart was breaking and that happiness was not going to be mine.

I picked myself up, dusted myself off and made a decision to continue to live life for life itself. I made a bucket list of summer things to accomplish and made myself complete them all! That included making sand castles, running through the sprinklers, dancing in the rain and flyin a kite!

September saw me take my first flying lesson which was amazing! I so loved being up in the small airplane - it was like nothing else!

Then on Labor Day weekend I made a purchase which changed my life! Yes, Beauregard has changed my life for nothing but the better. My heart was full again of love and I had something wonderful in my life. He has been an amazing addition to my household. His personality is great and he is always so happy to see me. He's not a big fan yet of knitting or crocheting...he keeps trying to eat the yarn that is hanging between the project and ball!

During all of this time, I've started dating again and have met an amazing guy! He is super wonderful...he makes me laugh and smile, lets me torment him with "tickling experiments", takes care of me when I feel like my head is going to explode and is an all around nice guy! We will see how this relationship hoping for the best! :)

As for crafting! I've made some more bead items, and have finished some snowflakes and a few more of Mimi's Poinsetta Coasters for my Mom after she realized she did not have enough! I'm also making headway on my next Star Afghan....spent a few nights working on it on the couch.

Okay - time to let the boys out (I have Beau and Steve's dog Lil-Bear here this weekend}

More to come soon - I've missed blogging and my blogging friends!