Carla's Life~Random Thoughts~Crafting

My adventures in knitting looms, knitting with needles,crafting and the sanity of single parenting and raising my boys!

Monday, June 26, 2006

My Birthday 39

OH MY GOSH! In a few hours it will actually be my 39th birthday! I can't believe it! I don't feel that old, hell I don't even feel 29 half the time! I have thought about it all day, and I have to say, I have changed so much in this past year. I have really done some soul searching and feel like I am the person I use to be before my marriage, but wiser..hehe...I will be working tomorrow and a friend has offered to cook me dinner and a cake, hey don't too get excited, it is a girl friend, not guy! Maybe some day, my perfect gift would be some wonderful guy on my porch with flowers and tickets to the Dave Matthews Band Concert in the Gorge on labor day weekend. Oh, well, maybe next year!I have been trying to get pictures to post through blogger and still no luck, i will keep trying as I want to share with you some photos of my knitting and the little guys. I am thinking about selling my DA extra fine gauge knitting loom ,it is a size 9 (for the socks). There is nothing wrong with it, I just don't like working with the gauge that small. I will even throw in a few skeins of yarn. Email me if anyone is interested. After I sell it, I will then try one of their adjustable looms. They do beautiful work. Oh good, it is working, so here is a hodgepodge of photos,I have to get them up while I can. Here it goes, my bags, Kel doing his awesome moto tricks, my bracelet my sister made me and the matching anklets we bought on her visit here and my new curly doo, it is natural, who knew?

Sunday, June 25, 2006

Schools Out

Yes, school is out,(well it has been out for three weeks) so the kids are excited! See how long it takes me to getting around to doing things! Connor is very excited, he now gets to sleep in and that is good because he really does need it. He plays baseball four nights a week so that is tiring. AND---TA DA-he made the A honor roll! I am so proud!!!! Q and K still have daycare and they won't admit it, but they like it. They always get to do special things in the summer, last friday the daycare took them to see "Cars" and since they are always the last ones to be picked up they get to take home the left over snack! So let's see, the last three weeks in a nutshell, and it is a BIG nutshell:"Schools out+ Q gets strep throat+ k gets the stomach flu=I miss a week's worth of work. I am running out of sick pay, but find out that I have "float" holidays available so I use them. (Tip: check with your employer about float holidays, they usually aren't listed on your paystub until you use them) Once again, skimming by on the seat of my pants! Which gets me to thinking I should change my theme of the blog from loom knitting to single parenting, but thought what does it matter, no one reads it anyways! HEHHE, okay so back to looming, I did felt my two bags, and I love them. I don't think I got the handles right on the beige and red one but it works. I snuck a peek at the demo one on display at the coffee shop I visit after work, and it looked a little different. I will use it regardless, I love my knitting! I also made some earrings this week, I really enjoyed that, talk about a quick project. So, this leads me back to the single parenting thing. You see that and crafts really do go together, here is my analogy. For those of you who know me, I went through a divorce this past year, and in an effort to keep my mind busy I started knitting. So that is it, advice number one when going through a trying time, pick up a new hobby, it doesn't matter if you don't have the time for it, MAKE the time! You will reap the benefits of you knitting by meeting some really cool friends online or in real life(hehe) and you will have so many neat projects to show from your work(therapy)!
On the social end: We sooo have a dirtbike obsession! I found out about Craigslist and started looking for dirtbikes. By the way, here is another tip; is fantastic! It is an online advertising system that you can find in about most major cities. It is free so there are a lot of ads. I found my little suv by using it and the new Yamaha PW 50 that I got for the boys. I am now searching for a bigger bike for me an Connor, if we get our way we will find a Yamaha TTR 125 that is in our price range. We have two bikes from last year that I bought at Schucks, but I will tell you, it wasn't a very good investment. Connors bike is falling apart,but Quinn has held up fairly well so that is why we need the new ones. See how I justify that?
Well, it is hot here almost 100 and that is unheard of in Oregon! I have to do yard work today too because it is sooo bad. The grass is so high in the backyard Q and K thought they would go looking for snakes! EWWW, not liking the sounds of that! Okay, off for now, wish you all a good week or two of summertime play!
I don't know if the photos are going to come up, I think blogger is being weird again. I will have to try again later.

Monday, June 12, 2006


My WIPS as promised. The cute hats and booties done for a gift. The little hats were made on the KK blue loom and the booties were crocheted from a free pattern here

Next I have the brown and blue bag that needs to be felted and the cranberry/brown bag on the yellow loom. Not quite finished yet. Also, the EFG with barely a few rows on it, I will have to get my glasses out to work on it,but I am determined to get it conquered. I saw that Tracey is doing it successfully here, so she is my motivation! I found these bags at the dollar section at target, I picked up two thinking I could use the handles for a cable bag. I priced the handles at the craft store and was suprise at how much they cost. Lastly is my newly started bead colection. I did make a name tag lanyard for work with tigers eye and mixed brown and crystal beads. It is at work, and really pretty. I love it but I am afrad I am going to get it caught on my desk. Oh, I also made a really cute anklet with blue,silver,stars and moon beads. AND, I lost it! HMM, I guess I didn't have the clasp on right. There is a lot to learn! Well, gotta go for now, take care and happy crafting!

Cancer Horoscope

I am one of those people who read their horoscpoe daily, if you do too, then you know what I mean! I fit pretty well into my "Cancer" profile, or maybe it is just because I read it daily, I have transformed myself! HA, anyways, I stumbled upon, (not really it was in my email) and low and behold that is exactly what I am doing today, cleaning up loose ends! I am taking the day off with Kel, poor little guy, he has a cold so we will be home today. I will post photos of my projects today and mop my floor! Oh, also a tidbit to share with you, I registered at the Bath and Body Works website adn you can get a free mentha lip balm just for doing so. They will send you a coupon by mail. It is great stuff, I had my neice pick me up some the other day and some lip exfoiliator too. Gotta keep that smile great, I may have someone to kiss someday!!!! HEHEHEHEH You can find the link here Bath & Body

Date of Birth: 06/27

Today is a good day to take out old projects that you never quite finished and get them done, Carla. Metaphysically speaking, it's hard to attain success with newer projects as long as the old ones are still sitting around. This might not be as much work as it seems. Remember that completing these projects could mean nothing more strenuous than looking them over and determining that they no longer have any value. Go to it!

Sunday, June 11, 2006

I am still here!

I am still around, although I think the kid's baseball season just about got the best of me. Who ever thought it could be so hard trying to be everywhere at once! Quinn and Kels games are over and Connor still has about a month to go. I am playing hooky today and didn't go to his tournament game, Kel's coughing kept me up and his asthma was bothering him. I managed to get C out the door at 6am, yes, i am a good MOM! I watched "The Family Stone" today. It was good, i didn't kowo what to expect but did enjoy it, I really like Diane Keaton. Life with the X is a pain,"shaking my head" he annoys me greatly, I had to take my boys to another of Connors tournamnets in Bend, OR, where he and his girlfriend live. Yuck, they were there and I had to be a nice girl! Let's just say I had to visit the christian store for some inspirational reading to get through the long three day weekend! I am still knitting, just haven't figured out the extra fine sock loom yet. I made two super cute pink hats for a baby shower and crocheted some booties. I don't have my cranberry bag done yet, but hope to finish it soon so I can felt it. Oh, did I mention jewelry? My sister came to visit and made me this really great bracelet. I love it and now I am trying my hand at jewelry making. I will have to get some photos up soon. in the meantime, here we are:) Blogger is being weird again, I'll get back to you on the photos......Lolly aka..Carla