Thursday, May 28, 2009

The Physical Therapy

We walk in and there is this huge room with people doing all kinds of workouts. Several therapists walking around talking to each person. Molly looks at me and says "I do have a female therapist right?" aaaaaaa, I have no idea. Girl behind desk: Okay, you two can go sit over there, Bill will be right with you. Oh no - that better be short for Billie Jean. :O) So, here comes Bill - I think he may be all of 20 years old! He was a doctor, so clearly he is older than he looks - but I was thinking - you don't go by Doogie Howser do you? :O) Do you remember that show? Molly didn't know what I was talking about. She was wearing Yoga capris and the first thing Bill says is "can you roll your pants up above your knees?" because he wanted to look at her butt and her legs while she did all these crazy moves. Poor Molly, she was like - can this get worse? Oh yes, I think it can. Ol' Bill comes in and after talking to Molly and making her do all the things he says "I see that the specialist wants her to have two sessions a week for two weeks. That's not nearly enough therapy for her condition. I recommend three times a week for AT LEAST four or five weeks. I'm going to rewrite this prescription for that okay?" Absolutely Doogie, as long as we aren't breaking any child labor laws with you here that much. :O) Molly was not a happy camper! "Moooooom! I thought I was only going to have 3 more times! Now it's 14!!! With HIM!!!! Oh God!" So to make Molly feel better we went over to the store and bought her some cute workout clothes 'cause....yeah...you don't want to work out with the cute doctor in shabby sweats - am I right? I was explaining to Mark about our detour after therapy and he laughed - yeah, absolutely. I can see how that would be a necessity, you have fun with that. - So we did! :O)

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Totally Random...

This is how we watch TV in my house - with 150 pounds of hot, snoring, love cuddled up with us...
It's been crazy here - My life is not my own right now - very busy with the kids so I haven't much to say, but this morning I was thinking about some things from when I was a kid and decided to tell you about it (even if it makes me look like a nut! :O)

Kellie is like me in so many ways it's scary -- although she's not a morning person! definitely NOT! And I love early morning and late at night - it's the in between that bites! :O) Anyway, she loves all things tiny. She collects everything. She is just like me. So It reminded me of when I was little. In the town that I grew up in (completely unrecognizable now, unfortunately) there was a tiny, dirty, dark little shop between the little neighborhood grocery store and the tiny amazing bakery. Oh those cupcakes - no one sells cupcakes that theirs. hhhh. So in this tiny little shop they sold big bags of Barbie accessories - remember the days when you bought A Barbie and then you bought dresses and accessories to go on her - unlike today when you buy a Barbie for every dress you want until you have 40 Barbies! I loved those bags of accessories - the little shoes, record players with tiny records, sunglasses, etc. I was crazy about all those tiny little things for my Barbies.

Kellie has been playing with her doll house a lot lately. I love doll houses. When I was around 8 years old I begged and begged for a doll house. There was a toy store in Columbia, Maryland (at the mall) that's entire front window display was a huge doll house. They sold real china, gorgeous furniture, food, tiny porcelain animals, EVERYTHING - (and none of it plastic) you could possibly want for a doll house along with doll house kits. Oh how I begged for one. So Christmas morning...There's a doll house for me. Was it one of the pretty kits I had shown my parents about 5,000 times? NO. It was this giant out of proportion monstrosity that my father had whipped up from whatever wood he could find. Now before you think I'm being a brat let me explain something - the kits weren't all that expensive, but even so - my father had amazing talent when it came to woodworking and painting. He really did fantastic work - but only when he wanted to. Clearly from the look of this house - he didn't want to! :O) It was so big, and so ugly! It could not have been farther from what I had wanted. To say I was disappointed is such an enormous understatement! It was ALL I wanted! I wanted to have a pretty doll house and to gradually fill it with all the pretty things I had seen at the store. I didn't want it to be full of stuff - that was the point - I wanted to collect - even if it took years and years! They didn't understand that. I think it's just one of those things that people like my parents, who grew up during the depression, just don't understand - they are just too practical and frugal to get it.

Well, when I was older, like maybe 18, I still thought about that doll house that I had wanted. It really bothered me that they didn't even try to make one even remotely similar. (It was like when I was 13 and begged for a 10-speed bike for Christmas like all my friends had and they bought me a 3-speed bike because 'girls can't handle a 10-speed')mmmm. So I joined a doll house furniture club. Each month they sent a box with a piece of furniture that needed to be put together and stained. The pieces are exact miniatures - even the drawers open and close. My oldest brother Ken likes to build model ships so he volunteered to make the furniture for me. He still gives me one finished piece each Christmas. I love that.But here's the thing....Mark wanted to get me one a few years ago because I have A LOT of furniture boxed away. I told him no, I really want to wait until Kellie's a little older because I want to do it with her. I want her to help me wall paper it, paint it, etc. She totally gets the real china, the silverware, the point of collecting over time, all that. She gets it. I found the perfect one - it's exactly what I want - front opening, Georgian, etc.

Enter Christmas ... Ken hands me my gift - A HUGE box. What in the world? Open it - a doll house. Giant, back open, VICTORIAN. LOL :O) I know I'm heartless and ridiculous about this, but I was so upset! Outside: OH MY GOSH! KEN THIS IS FANTASTIC! THANK YOU! Inside: I wanted to cry. I did cry to Mark on the way home! I was so frustrated and angry about it. I know it doesn't make any sense - I'm 43 years old for God's sake - but it made me crazy that once again after all these years of me talking about wanting a FRONT OPENING GEORGIAN MANSION that he would give me a GIANT BACK OPENING VIC-FRIGGIN-TORIAN?!!! LOL! I know, I'm ridiculous. But I didn't get anything even close to what I had wanted as a kid and now that I'm an adult I can get exactly what I want. I had planned to get the house soon because she is now 8 years old. And now for the second time in my life - After talking about it for so many years - I still don't get the right one?! I know it doesn't make any sense. I'm a tad old to be upset about this. Get over it already, right? but it has become like this cruel joke! :O) Like they want to see just how many wrong houses I can get! And Kellie - she was like "that's not the right house!" shhhhhh, we'll talk about this later. You really need to see the picture on the front of the box to get just how wrong it is! It's like hot pink and purple with so much gingerbread all over it - it's crazy! And Mark said : just do this one with Kellie and then you can get the one you want. huh, here we go again - The Point Is To Take Years To Do It And To Do It RIGHT! hhhhh. And I can't just push it aside - that would hurt Ken's feelings. Very frustrating. So that's what I have been thinking about today as I cleaned up all the tiny pieces of stuff from Kellie's doll house - my doll house nightmare - such a cruel cruel world! :O) Aren't I an idiot about this? I know. :O) Have a good day friends. I'm taking Molly to her first physical therapy session today. They said it would be about 2 hours - that's good times.

Friday, May 22, 2009

Funny Teen Drama...

So there is this boy...he's a friend of Jason's...Molly and I are pretty convinced that he likes her...A LOT of texting going on between the two...A LOT of flirty things being said by this boy (nothing inappropriate, trust me!, just silly, goofy, boy testing the water before asking out girl kind of stuff.)

Mark was out tonight so I took the kids out to eat, shopping, and then to the dairy for ice cream. While we were eating our ice cream Molly says:

So Jason, what would you do if one of your friends said to you "boy your sister's hot!"

I'd say here comes my fist.

LOL! It was hilarious! The look on Molly's face. She said "you wouldn't really be angry if one of your friends liked me would you?"

Jason: Oh fists would be flying Molly!

Poor Molly. She really likes his friend and from what I've seen he really likes her too! Oh the drama of it all. dun dun duuuuuuunnnnnnn. Stay tuned for the continuing saga.

We don't have any plans for the holiday weekend - I'm glad. I hope you enjoy your weekend. See you Tuesday. Happy Memorial Day.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Good News For Molly

Thanks for all the nice messages -- you're awesome -- and thanks for putting up with my wallowing in my bad mood for a few days. As expected, I'm over it. So moving on...

Molly's appointment went really well. She has what is called Snapping Hip Syndrome. Not really a big deal. NO SURGERY! She needs to take some meds and will need Physical Therapy for a few weeks to learn how to stretch at home and as long as she remembers to do the stretching they teach her every day, everything should be fine. Big relief! We all feel 100% better with that good news.

I went out to lunch with my friend Cornelia the other day. She just came back from Spring Quilt Market. She had some really great stuff to show me. She brought back a few of these wool sample packs so I immediately purchased one from her. Doesn't this look fun?
Tomorrow I'm going to see the girl who does my hair. She had a baby girl 6 weeks ago. I had a lot of fun shopping for the baby! I know, I know, I didn't make anything - I didn't feel like it. I was much happier making the purchase. I bought her this cute little dress with a top and leggings...
this is a mint green outfit...(can't tell from this photo)
this little one piece has ruffles on the butt! I love that!
two little dresses with matching diaper covers...
and of course a little cardigan and some crib shoes that are soooooo soft to complete the outfits.
I wanted some little white socks with ruffle trim but they didn't have any in size 3-6 months - dang it! Oh well. I hope she likes what I bought, but I did get a gift slip just in case. Baby's are so fun to dress! hhhhh, almost makes me want one - almost. And Molly and Jason - I'm NOT ready to be a grandmother just yet so you better remember our talks!!!! :O)
And Kellie cracks me up! The local grocery store has a really good bakery. Sometimes they sell this cake that is just amazing. It has a layer of chocolate cake, a layer of chocolate mousse, a layer of yellow cake, a layer of vanilla mousse, and then a thin layer of chocolate on top decorated with chocolate shavings. Yeah, it's awesome! So anyway, I bought one the other day. Oh boy Oh boy. I pull it out of the fridge, take the lid of the box...
WHAT THE HECK HAPPENED TO THE CAKE?!
Kellie: Oh, I dropped it upside down on the floor. I was hoping you wouldn't notice.
Oh no I wouldn't notice - who would notice that the cake looks like it had been thrown against the wall. :O)

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Good Morning.

I just wanted to check in and say hello. I didn't have a very good weekend - nothing big just some stupid things said to me that have put me in a funk. I'll get over it - I always do - but it makes me wonder - does anyone really know me? does anyone really pay attention? take the time to get me? I'm beginning to think the answer is no. Oh, I think they hear me (and I'm not talking about my kids here) but they really don't take the time to understand me. I have family and friends who just don't seem to get what I'm about - but they are convinced that they do. And I have family who say things to me (again and again)- because "they're just kidding" mmmm, well, you're not funny. And then because I'm a housewife they seem to forget that I had a career. I had a very good job. I had an office with a door and a window. But that has all been forgotten. Because I've spent the last 17 1/2 years of my life as a housewife -trying to make everyone happy- I've somehow become the person who doesn't earn a paycheck and therefore the person of less worth. My goals - never going to be reached because others come before me - I know that, that's part of being a wife and mother - but does that mean they don't matter - does that mean I don't wish to reach those goals for myself? do those goals become less important than the goals of the rest of the family? not in my mind. I know I haven't wasted my time at home. I know I'm a good mother. I know I am. If I weren't my kids wouldn't be such great kids. They wouldn't talk to me the way that they do. Even Jason. I know he doesn't tell me everything, but he does tell me things that I don't think many 17 year olds would talk to their mothers about. I don't feel like I'm wasting my time - but I do feel like I'm not - I don't know - not understood? not valued? not seen for me? I don't know what it is - but whatever it is it has put me in a total funk. So I don't know when I'm going to post again this week. Tomorrow is Molly's appointment with the orthopedist about her hip and that's going to be an all day adventure. I haven't done any crafting this week - absolutely no desire to even look at anything. Maybe I'll feel better after tomorrow. I think it's definitely adding to me mood. Anyway, sorry I'm not very friendly today. I'll be back soon - back to me. gaaah! I'm a mess! I need to take a shower and get out of here. I'll feel better soon - I know I will. See you soon.

Friday, May 15, 2009

It's Friday - Digital Painting and Birthdays!

Today is my Mom's birthday!She's 83 years old today. She's amazing, really. She does a T'ai Chi class once a week, Yoga classes, she meets with her friends to play Mahjong and go to lunch once a week. She belongs to book clubs and is very very social. She still works one day a week at the front desk of the Senior Center in town. Last Christmas Mark and I gave her the Wii Fit. She told me the other day that her Wii fit age is 42! She has amazing balance - it's all that T'ai Chi and Yoga she has been doing for years. So anyhoo, Happy Birthday Mom!

I've been playing around with the drawing tablet on my computer.and playing with all the different tools for coloring/painting. These are some of my experiments. Lovely drawings huh? :O)

and these are the extra paint brushes I bought...I haven't messed with those yet. It's really fun. It's hard to get used to though. You drawn on the pad but the image is on the computer screen - that was tricky at first for me. You can work with pen, pencil, watercolor, oil, crayon, marker, and pastel. You choose everything! You can create your own palette, mix colors, etc. It's very cool. I still have a lot to learn, but I'm having fun just messing around with it.

And my recipes are getting out of control. My recipe box is overflowing and then I have this stack that has become a total mess...
so yesterday I went to Target and bought 4 binders, dividers, and sleeves. I'm going to get organized with this. I'm going to type all of my recipes up from my recipe cards, print them, and organize them in these binders along with all those pages from magazines that I've been saving.
I don't want them on my computer. I like to have them in print so I'm hoping these binders will make it easier for me to find the recipes when I want them.

Howard turned 2 on Thursday - Happy Birthday Howard. He got a new necklace...his very own birthday cake dog treat... a birthday cake to share with friends...and of course there are some of his favorite pies...
and my sister also brought a dozen dog cookies...These cookies smell so good - Jason was seriously thinking they might be good after school!
Howard also got a giant ball which I would show you - because I'm sure you want to see it! :O)but as soon as I go near it to take a photo Howard goes insane because he thinks we are going to play. Kellie wanted to sing Happy Birthday to him around his cake. ooooookay, I'm sure Howard will sit calmly next to his cake while we sing...not :O) Howard is pretty lucky having a dog bakery/toy store owner in the family!

It's slow here this week. Nothing crafty going on right now. I'm having my hair done today - going back to brown. This copper color fades too fast and with summer coming I'm giving up on the copper. So that's it for me this week. I'm looking forward to the weekend. Happy Friday! I'll see you Monday.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Oh Happy Happy Day!

When Molly got home from school yesterday I said "so Molly, did you have a little trouble with my camera?" No. Why? "well, because I went to download all the photos of Kellie and they were gone!" Oh, that's because I put them on the desktop computer and then deleted them off of the camera. "I checked the desktop - they aren't there!" yes, they are. OOOOOOH, she hid them under the title KELLIE'S FIRST COMMUNION. No wonder I couldn't find them. LOL :O)she wasn't too crazy about the ceremony, but she made it through with only a few dozen tears. :O) Remember this post? When I totally lied to her without even realizing it? Well, I told her that there would be at least one other child getting their first communion with her because the church said they wouldn't do it during a mass with only one child. We get to the church, the man in charge of all the first communion ceremonies turns around and says "HI KELLIE!!!" I'm thinking, wow, how did he know her name - I guess she's the only girl today - the rest of the kids must all be boys. He shows us to the seats in the very very front of the church. I say "so how many other children will be sharing the ceremony with Kellie?" oh, she's the only one today. WWHHHHHHHAAAAAT? Kellie looks at me like she's going to be sick. Then he starts telling her all about how she will be walking into the church at the start of mass in the procession alone with the priest. (OMG!) Then she will be carrying something during the offertory - alone (OMG!) Then she will be walking up the steps to the altar ALONE to receive her first communion. IN FRONT OF THE ENTIRE CONGREGATION --- A L O N E!!! (O O O MG!) I said, aaaaaa, when my other three children did this the family went with them. Not anymore. We've changed that. Well, by now Kellie is crying. I calm her down. Mass is about to start so the man comes and gets her to take her to the back to get in line with the priest. I look back - she's crying, her Sunday school teacher just happened to be at mass so she's back there talking in Kellie's ear and hugging her. She gets her calm and Kellie walks down the aisle. Then she's next to me crying because everyone was looking at her. So I tell her to do deep cleansing breaths to calm herself. It sounded like she was in labor! :O) Okay, that's enough of the deep cleansing breaths! LOL So I whisper - it's no big deal. Just carry whatever they give you - keep your eyes on the priest as you walk - the minute he takes what you are carrying, turn and come sit down. Oooookay. sniff. If you cry people are going to look so don't cry. oooookay. sniff. She gets through that. Then it's her turn to walk up onto the altar A L O N E - she did it - all the priest got was the top of her head and a small nod and a mumble. I guess it was good enough for him because he let her turn back and sit down. :O) I can't tell you how glad I am that that day is over! It was pretty touch and go there. :O) After, I told her she was my hero and the bravest girl I had ever known - AND that her brothers would have been hiding under the seat crying! We would have had to drag them screaming up the aisle. She got a good laugh over that.
She was sooooo excited about this charm bracelet! It has all of her favorite things on it...a great dane, a muffin, an art palette, a sewing machine and of course the first communion charm (although I wouldn't really call the first communion experience one of her all time favorite things :O) ).

I made this pasta salad for the party too and it was good so I thought I would give you this recipe too...
SHRIMP SALAD


Mix:

1 lb Cooked Shrimp

1 1/2 Cups Shell Pasts (obviously I didn't use shell pasta :O) )

4 ounces of American Cheese Cubed (1 cup)

1/2 Cup Celery Chopped

1/4 Cup Green Pepper Chopped

2 Tbsp Onion Chopped


Blend:

1/2 Cup Mayonnaise

1/2 Cup Sour Cream

3 Tbsp Vinegar

3/4 tsp Salt

Dash of Tabasco Sauce


Mix and keep in refrigerator until ready to serve. I doubled the recipe for the party.
And yesterday a package came addressed to me. Oh boy! Is this the gift from Jason? Is this the brushes I ordered?? What could it be??? :O) :O)
aaaaaaaa.....not really what I was expecting! :O) hmmmm, I think I need to ask Mark about this?

apparently he placed an order for HIMSELF - thank you very much - but just left it under my name. mmm hmm. Good save buddy!

Monday, May 11, 2009

Happy Mother's Day

Happy Mother's Day! I hope you had a wonderful weekend. Kellie's First Communion went well. I wish I could show you how cute she looked but someone (Molly) apparently accidentally deleted all the photos from the morning that were of Kellie at home and at the church. So. No photos of Kellie's big day. When she gets home from school I'm going to have her put the dress back on so I can at least have that photo. Very sad about that. Feeling sick about it actually. But as for the rest of the weekend...

On Saturday the mailman brought me this...
it's a fabulous camera strap from this amazing gal. Love it - and love her blog. And then on Sunday Molly gave me these flowers. Beautiful.
and Jason gave me this giant card...
when you open it it plays the song You're Unbelievable. Very funny. And apparently there is a gift of some kind coming in a few days. exciting. And Mark, who knows just how to make me happy, gave me this new toy...
and this book to go with it...
I know Molly will have fun altering photos through photoshop with it, but I'm planning to draw and paint on the computer and then print it out onto fabric to stitch. Pretty excited about this thing. I'll let you know how well it works after I have time to play with it.

Friday, May 8, 2009

Another Recipe

The kids have been asking me what I want for Mother's Day. Molly wants me to get a new camera because she wants mine...ah, not going to happen. I just got my camera last Mother's Day. Kellie wanted to know if I wanted breakfast in bed. Now, breakfast made by ANYONE but me would be very nice indeed, but in bed - no. I never understood the appeal of that. I get the whole romantic idea of it, but in reality - really? eating in bed? trying not to spill the coffee/tea, the crumbs? I'm not feeling the love for that. Now granted, I am a bit tainted on this because I spent 6 weeks in bed when I was pregnant with Jason because he thought 30 weeks was enough baking time and my doctor wanted to try to hold off to 36 weeks. We made it - they took me off the medication to stop the contractions on the day I hit 36 weeks and he was born the next morning. Anyway, stuck in bed for six weeks watching nothing but bad daytime TV and eating my meals in bed made me a bit C R A Z Y! so that could be why I shudder at the idea of breakfast in bed now. But, seriously, anyone who would like to fix my breakfast -- I'm happy with that!

Speaking of food, I have another recipe for you. This one is an old one from Better Homes and Gardens (it was re-printed back in 2003).

So Easy Chicken Breasts
Start to finish time 30 Minutes. Serves 4

1 6-ounce Package Long Grain And Wild Rice Mix
1/4 Cup Thinly Sliced Green Onions
1 Cup Broccoli Florets
4 Italian-Style or Butter Garlic Marinated Boneless Chicken Breast Halves (about 1 pound total)
(now, I have no idea what that means! :O) So I use skinless, boneless chicken breasts and marinate them in Italian salad dressing - tastes great.)
2 tsp Olive Oil
1 Medium Tomato, Thinly Sliced and Halved
3/4 Cup Shredded Mozzarella Cheese

1. Prepare rice mix according to package directions, adding green onions the last 5 minutes of cooking. Meanwhile, in a covered small saucepan cook broccoli in a small amount of boiling water about 3 minutes or until crisp-tender; drain. Return to saucepan, cover and keep warm.

2. In a large skillet cook marinated chicken in hot oil over medium heat for 8 to 10 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink, turning once.

3. To serve, put a portion of rice on each plate, top with chicken, tomato slices, broccoli and sprinkle with mozzarella cheese. very good.

Have a great weekend! See you Monday.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Recipe

Because Randi is having one of her Thursday recipe swaps I thought I would participate...


This Sunday is going to be beautiful here in Maryland and since I am having a party for Mother's Day and Kellie's First Communion that day I thought I would have a cookout. One of my favorite things to make is this salad. It seriously goes really well with both beef and chicken. Very yummy...


Broccoli/Cauliflower Salad

1 Head of Cauliflower cut up
The same amount (or a little more) of Broccoli cut up
1 lb Bacon - fried crisp and crumbled
1/2 Onion - diced
1 (8-ounce) Package Shredded Cheddar Cheese

Mix above together

Sauce


1/4 Cup White Vinegar
1/2 Cup Sugar
3/4 Cup Mayonnaise

Mix and toss with vegetables. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

F O C U S ... not.

I have been hit - yes, hit- with ideas at the craziest times lately. And then I have to run - yes, run - like a crazy person looking for something to write on and then to write with. What is wrong with you?! aahhh! need a pen.....have an idea....can't lose it! okay... (thinking - yeah, you're a whacko). But seriously - bombarded with ideas lately. It's definitely a good thing, except that I want to do them all NOW! not one at a time. So needless to say I'm bouncing all over the place and not getting much finished. I make myself crazy when I get like this. Thank God for sketch books or I would forget half of the things I want to do!

And then there is the woman at Joann's. She made a major blunder while ringing my sale. She voided my 40% off Michael's coupon BEFORE she scanned it and then proceeded to tell me that coupons from Michael's can't be used on books! ME: Okay, and you have voided it so now I can't use it at Michael's. IDIOT: hahahaha, gee, sorry about that. ME: (thinking)Back up people...I'm going to have to do some amazing karate moves on this woman and I wouldn't want anyone else to be hurt. Instead of amazing maneuvers designed to impress I settled for giving her my expressive eyeballs. VOIDING A 40% OFF COUPON???! hhhhhh, there should be a law about people like her! :O)

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

I finished this little picture yesterday...I like it, but I think I will redo the blue background - it's too overpowering for the flower.

I did a little antiquing. I really have no idea what I will use these spoons for...They are salt spoons, but we don't use salt. I just thought they were so darn cute that I had to have them. They are sterling silver and I really like the patterns on them. I also purchased these...They are tiny salt dishes to go with the spoons for the salt that we don't use. brilliant. :O)

Kellie and I are having some ... issues. She and Molly are complete opposites. Molly couldn't wait for her First Communion. Had to wear the dress immediately the day I bought it and kept the dress on all day after her church ceremony. She would have slept in it if I had let her. And she loved the veil. Then there is Kellie..."hhhhh, I'm not wearing that dress!" oh.yes.you.are! "well, I'm not wearing any stupid veil." hhhh. you don't have to wear the veil. "how long do I have to wear the dress?" until I say you can change. "what day is my First Reunion?" COMMUNION! Your First Communion! "hhh, whateverrrr." mmm. This is fun. I think it's the - I don't want everyone looking at me thing, but she's making me a bit nutso with the attitude. I started out trying to be understanding of her not wanting to be the center of attention, but I'm getting past that and am now quickly approaching the anger stage.

Monday, May 4, 2009

Gettin' Beady Eyed Today...

Last week was one of those crazy weeks. Sheesh, glad it's finished. This week seems like it will be a little more low key until the weekend. This weekend is Kellie's First Communion so we will be having a party on Sunday to celebrate - and to celebrate Mother's Day.

Anyhoo, the Maryland Sheep and Wool festival was this past weekend. My niece Amy and I had it all planned that we would meet at the gate at 9am for a day of wool purchasing fun. Then the weather man was saying it was going to rain all day Saturday. Hmmmm, we decided to go Sunday instead. Saturday turned out to be great and Sunday was a complete rain out. rrrrr. So this was the first year in many many years that I missed Sheep and Wool! rrrrr. Not happy about that at all!

So since it was raining all day Sunday I decided to bead all day. I pulled out all of my size 13 Charlottes. Charlottes (if you aren't familiar with them) are tiny seed beads that have one flat side. It makes them catch the light and makes whatever you have made really sparkle. This is what I worked on all day...It measures 1.75 inches x 2 inches. I need to put a backing on it and then bead the edge. It's such a relaxing thing to do. I really love just beading beading beading. No real plan - just beading for the fun of it. I also started this one...This one measures .75 inches x 1.5 inches. I'm a little obsessed with this right now. Have a lot of ideas in my head. I'm not really sure what I want to do with them when they are finished. They could be brooches, necklaces, or mounted and hung. I'm not really worried about that right now, just having fun with the process of beading them. So, that's what I'm doin' - what are you doing today? Happy (rainy) Monday.