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craft show & goodwill

Saturday, I had another craft show. It was busy, but slow for me. If that made sense. The lady next to me, with her knock off Coach & Gucci purses, made a killing. I sold 2 fingerless mitts, a pumpkin hat, two pixie adult hats, and I got a custom order for a newborn baby set. Not too bad, but I spent all of my profit on some alpaca wool at a different booth. Ack, I am such a yarn freak! Here’s my blurry shot of my booth:


I learned a bunch this past weekend. Mainly,
1. Get up, don’t knit, talk to the peeps. They’ll buy more!!
2. Try & focus your efforts on 3 things. Having too many different items is overwhelming. I think I’ll keep diversity in my shop, but for shows, I’ll focus on streamlining.

Oh. And I was thinking, ‘everyone knits.’ Right? So, I think it’s high time I started to learn how to spin & hand dye. And also, I need to get all of my patterns written down. I’ve started taking photos of complicated things I do, so I am getting there….


Today, I went shopping at Goodwill. I love Goodwill. I haven’t had me a good trip to the Goodwill in a while though. I decided I have enough vintage sheets – and anyway, they’re starting to charge 5.99 and upwards for them – so I made a bee line for the dresses. And wouldn’tyaknowit, I ran into someone I knew. So, we gabbed and gabbed and gabbed some more. All gossip about the school system. See, once you become a parent, that’s just what happens. You gab and gossip about the whats and whys and doings of the school system, because you pay taxes and your kids go there doggonit, so you’ve got a say. RIGHT? Right. Anyway, the conversation got me all charged and ultimately gave me some good Goodwill juju.

I ended up with a Bitter coat (by SJP – that line is no longer available, so this was a major FIND!!), Gap jeans, and a Target sweater. All for under 20 dollahs. So, here I am modeling it for ya:


Tomorrow, I take the test for the city clerk position. I am so nervous!! I went to the library and got books on grammar. I’ve taken the sample tests and it isn’t looking good. I’m just not a test person. I panic. I sweat. My hands get a clammy and my mind goes blank. So, wish me luck for tomorrow.

โค mommarocks


Life lessons & cool photos

I’m baaaack.

Last night, as I lay my head to sleep, I was thinking about this lil ol blog. How I’ve neglected it for so long. And I couldn’t wait to wake up to post again, to give this blog some lovin’. But, as it turns out, my daughter had a temp and I kept her home from school. So, this is my first chance to write somn’ (she’s napping).

What I was thinking about is that I want to start keeping a log of things that I’ve learned in my life. You know, leave a little legacy for my blogworld. So, without further ado, here’s what I came up with last night:

Life lessons number one:

1. Never, ever, ever buy a used vacuum cleaner.

Now, ponder that whilst I show you my photos of what I’ve been doing for the last few weeks:

We went to the drive in with some buddies:

L had a fashion show with a friend:

L got her ears pierced:

L has been obsessing about American Girl. These dollies are filling that void until she gets one for Christmas (which we never promised, but she seems to think so):

I had a crafting/ice cream party:

I finally wrote down one of my knit patterns. And two of my friends test knit it. Here’s my version:
(but check out my friend Kristy’s

I had my first craft show of the season (there’s tons left…it’s only October!!)

I went on a date night with my man. This is where we had dinner. They had a mashed potato bar. YUMMMM

and this is where we headed after that:
(pic from the rooftop bar at Crave in downtown MPLS)

I had chai with my friend:

And then took photos at Lake Calhoun:


Another friend bought a custom order of my very own pattern – in teal. And I crocheted a flower. I must say, it is pretty dang cute!

This crow was in our backyard for a few days. Really creeped me out.

And since I didn’t do justice for our Winnipeg Photos, here were my favorite two from our trip:


And that’s it in a nutshell.

Good day. The sick one just stirred….

Hello beautiful day.

Good day y’all. The weather has been fabulous. My body was getting used to being cold, so now that we have this heat spurt, I am having hot flashes. Either that or, like a fellow mom at my kid’s school seems to think we have in common, I must be starting menopause. (which I am NOT! Thankyouverymuch!)

I got out the good ol’ cammie and took some Fall photos.

sleeping gnome


Hello, it’s me.

Hey homies. I love summer!!!! I am not going to count the days until the end. Oh no. I am going to keep on keeping on….
Here’s what’s been goin’ on:
*It was our turn for Cooking Club. (Our theme was a Luau. We even did the LIMBO!)

*Doesn’t this look yummy?:

*We had the kids over, too, this time.

*I put some new items in the shop.

*DS’s baseball team all of sudden got really good the last couple of games. We won this game. The coach is pointing to all of the kids who made awesome plays. It really was exciting. They made it to the game before the championship game. But that was still pretty good. (considering the season. shh, I didn’t say that.)

*My niece came to one of the games. I think she was good luck. Here she is with DD:

*I have been working on my own knit designs. Here is a simple harter top. I am going to add fabric to make it into a little hippie top that can be a dress for a toddler and a top for older kids.

*Of course, I have been working in the garden. Does anyone know what this succulent is called (1st & last pic)? It started as just a little succulent close to the ground and then boom this year it is tall. I hope it does something fun next year, too. (I hope it doesn’t die.) (p.s. middle pic is lavender.)

*Look, my little baby is this close to riding a bike without training wheels.

*And look at this – she also finished T-ball this week. Her team won. So did the other team. (That’s how T-ball rolls ’round here.)

*We went to Valleyfair. (Amusement park)

*DH is the only one that rides the rollercoasters. The rest of us ride the kiddie rides:

*I made chalkboards for the kids. This is my new (& brilliant) chore chart idea.

*And last, but not least, I sewed a table cloth. It is custom fit and with ruffles! I am oh so proud.

**********That’s all dudes & dudettes. I’ll be back again soon….. xxoo mommarocks

who’s that hottie?

This is me & my main squeeze in the photo booth (our bedroom, on the mac):

and for good measure (to make up for my last picture in my last post (because I still can’t stop hating it)); me:

Although I still do look a little freakish.

But guess what!!! Good news… I lost 4lbs last week. I am just over the moon about this. I feel like such a fatty lately. Technically, I am overweight. It just isn’t a good feeling. especially when I have muffin top going on. So, I joined Jenny Craig as a desperate measure. And I managed to lose 4lbs my first official week. wooot wooot. If I keep this up, I’ll be at my goal (30lbs) by mid summer. And myabe, just maybe I’ll wear a bikini (nah, kidding!)

But, but! There’s always a but. It’s also hot dog stand season and hot dogs are my favorite. So, I’m going to need all the will power I can muster…

See ya, mommarocks

Mothers day with my peeps.

Today is Mother’s day. I always feel like it’s a bonus birthday day. I always get a present and I always get to do what I want for the day. And I wanted to go to the Shepherd’s Wool Festival.
I was so giddy.
And overwhelmed.
And it was weird, but I felt like I was with my “peeps.”
I’ve never felt like that before.
I’ve never been so ‘into’ something before.
I’ve always been a dabbler. I’ll probably always be a dabbler.
But now I am a full on KNITTER.
Yo knitters, represent.

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Now, I must get back to knitting the sweater pattern I just started. It’s something I am actually making myself. I hardly ever.
Happy Mother's Day!

Hi blog, it’s me.

Remember my New Years Resolution? To blog every Tuesday? Well, I DON’T WANNA. I don’t know why. Maybe I feel too much pressure. Maybe I just want to blog whenever I want to blog. Maybe I like being undependable spontaneous.
Anyway. Which by the way, I’ve had so much time off work lately (between Spring break & then Easter vacay) that I’ve been watching a lot of Ellen and now whenever I think of “anyway,” I think of the credits on Ellen. (it’s her saying for her production company or something like that, don’t quote me.)
So, anyway, I haven’t been working, but I’ve been “working,” meaning I’ve been slaving on the knitting needles and on the sewing machine like a mad woman. My benefit craft show is this coming weekend. Eeek. I still have so much to finish.
Here’s a teaser:

Whew. I hope someone buys at least something from me ๐Ÿ˜‰ (link to event page)
Well, it’s been about two weeks (almost) since I last wrote anything. Here’s what else I’ve been doing:

We got a new hermit crab. And it’s a girl. Her name is Bow. As in Bow in your hair Bow. This hermit crab is tinier, yet more playful, than the other hermit crab. I got her at the Mall of America, of all places!

We went to my niece’s dance performance. (She’s on the far right)

Spotted an upside down rainbow.

It snowed the next day.

Went to the Twins game only to find out it had been canceled (it was so cold and rainy).

Knit some bunnies for the kiddie’s Easter baskets. We didn’t celebrate Passover this year, which made me kinda sad, because I was at DS’s school the other day and there was a Japanese visitor talking about the Atomic Bomb and she had asked if anyone was Jewish and my son said, “meeee.” But, technically, he can’t be, because I’m not. Oh and obviously the Japanese guest was not randomly asking kids if they were Jewish – she had a point, but I don’t want to get into it.

I always get religiously thoughtful around Easter. Y’know, Jesus rising from the dead and all. But it’s weird. I am married to a Jewish man, my mom gave up on her Catholicism, I work at a Lutheran church preschool, and my dad is agnostic. So, I guess it’s kinda cool to get all of these different perspectives. I was talking to my dad on easter and he told me – and I did not know this before – that Easter falls on the first Sunday after the first full moon after the Spring Equinox. I mean, isn’t that totally hippified & new ageish? I like it. But please don’t tell me you already knew this!

I used up all of my tax return on a Nook Color (and some really expensive wrinkle creams). And my friend, Kristy, made me a Nook Cover. Awesomeness. I gave her a vintage sheet bag, which I will also be selling at the craft fair this week.

Spring is officially here. Wait, I didn’t say that (might jinx it). We’ve had two whole days of perfect weather. Two days! And so the kids have been outside playing. They got a ball stuck in the lilacs.

And speaking of Lilacs. I was testing out my macro knob on my camera. it works swell catching these tiny buds, wouldn’t ya say?
That’s it, dudes & dudettes. And to my husband; he’s been a little irked about my blog absence. Kinda funny, right? You remember when I deleted my blog? Well, let’s not go there again ๐Ÿ˜‰
Peace out y’allz. I’ll be back when I’m back …. till then… keep on rockin’.