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Long time, no post…

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Yeah, it has been a really long time.  I haven’t been feeling well for about that long….  Fibromyalgia is sucking the life out of me.  I need to put up more of a fight.

I think I’ll get back to writing here because I need something to keep me going.  I’m working on getting back into reading too.  I didn’t read much at all last year.  It is so hard to focus and I find myself reading the same line over and over again and forgetting what I read.

Anyway, when I went to the doctor last week (I think it was) I had planned to do something before and changed my mind.  Whenever I leave the house in the winter the cold makes me start to hurt all over.  Usually, my husband drives me.  He picks me up in a warmed up car and drops me off right at the door so I spend as little time as possible in the cold.  Well, something came up and I ended up driving myself.  So, forgetting that I can’t do what I used to, I planned some other stops along the way.  Once I left the warm garage though and the cold air started seeping into the car I quickly changed my mind.  Instead I stopped into the Literacy Council’s used book store which is close to the clinic.  I picked up two books: The Inn at Rose Harbor by Debbie Macomber and Spirit Walker, a beautiful book of Indian poetry and artwork by Nancy Wood with paintings by Frank Howell.  I bought a copy of Spirit Walker for my mother in law and read it before I gave it to her.  I started tagging the poems I really liked with sticky notes and realized I had nearly tagged the whole book.  I was so surprised to see that book there so I bought it for myself.  The artwork is beautiful!  I saw the Debbie Macomber book when it first came out in hard back and decided to wait for it.  I finally found it in paperback and because my punch card was full I got it for free.

After my appointment I stopped by Joann’s to get some stuff to dress up a wallet box left over from Christmas.  I have grand ideas for this box.  I also joined this group on facebook called the Craft Hole that has challenges and swaps.  One of the challenges is “trash to treasure” and I signed up since that is right up my alley!  I’ve been sick with a cold though so I have’t been able to work on it.   I was getting worried I wouldn’t finish before the deadline which is the end of the month.  I’m feeling a little better though, so I started working on it last night.  So for I’ve just been painting it with gesso to cover up their logo and all the orange inside.  So it looks rather ghostly at the moment.  I’ll make a post later for that.  I’m still not sure exactly what I’m going to do next.

Anyway, I think it was Wednesday when I slept all day and woke up when my husband came home from work.  I wasn’t feeling well because of the cold but I wasn’t as achy.  I realized I was feeling more clear-headed so I decided to try reading the Debbie Macomber book.  I read several chapters and Ahhhhh!  I sure missed reading.  I even did 10 minutes on my stationary bike while reading since my doctor wants me to do at least 10 minutes of cardio a day.  Reading sure makes it easier and I managed to get through it without too much pain.  Hopefully I can continue doing that.

American Idol started Wednesday also and I love that show.  I didn’t love it as much last year but I’m loving it this year.  Harry is great! Adding him as a judge was such a great choice.  No more drama or cat fights between judges.  Maybe this year the show can actually be about the contestants.

Okay, back to work on my ghost box.

~ D

My online store

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I am very excited to finally open up my own Etsy store.  I just added a button on the right side of my blog.  I am working now on making more inventory.  I really enjoyed making my latest dishcloth set which I called Sunshine & Rainbows which includes a starfish dishcloth and a dish-urchin scrubbie.  I used fun colors and sewed on little tags that can also be used to hang them on a hook.  This picture isn’t very good and hopefully I can get a better one tomorrow when the sun is up.

My store is called Creative Aspirations by DJC Stitches.  I am really enjoying the process of getting the store set up and dreaming and scheming up things to go in it.  I am concentrating on getting some dish cloth sets up and then I’ll work on some tatted items.

This is giving me something positive to focus on when I don’t feel well.      And this winter I wont be able to get out much since the cold weather always causes me to have more pain so I tend to stay inside all warm and cozy.

This is one of my Twenty Wishes too.  When I read the book Twenty Wishes by Debbie Macomber I started making a list too.  I haven’t actually gotten to 20 yet but I have achieved one of my wishes already which was to start my own craft store online.  I thought I would have to do a lot more work to get started but it was easier than I thought it was.  Now I am working on spreading the word.

I ordered a rubber stamp for making cards and tags for my items.  It has a really pretty filigree frame and has my shop name and website.  I’ll be able to use that on all my packaging and business cards.  It looks so professional and artistic.   I looked at several websites selling rubber stamps for that purpose and I just didn’t like any of them.  I ordered this one from another Etsy shop and all of her stuff is fantastic, not to mention less expensive.

Well I better get to sleep and tomorrow I’ll start working on more fun stuff for my shop.

Multitasking

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Or attention deficit disorder?  I think it is the latter with me.  I can never seem to focus on one thing.  I am sewing the details on a crocheted blanket for my great nephew, I have a tatted bracelet with beads that I’m working on for a friend, and I just started to knit myself a scarf with cables.  Oh, and I’m going to the library tomorrow to pick up a book I have on hold so I’m going to be very busy.

I never did learn how to cable in knitting.  I guess it looks so complicated so I am intimidated.  I don’t like to fail so I don’t try things unless I can visualize how it is done in my head before I start.  I always put off the cable thing because I didn’t get it and didn’t come across it in something I really wanted to make yet.  Well, I have been still reading through Debbie Macomber‘s Blossom Street Series and the next book is Summer on Blossom Street.  In the front of the book is a pattern for THE CABLE SAMPLER SCARF.  I haven’t really knit anything for myself so I decided to make this for me.  I wanted to knit it in a pretty shade of pink but had a hard time finding the right yarn locally.  It calls for DK weight yarn which is a light weight yarn.  I really wanted my scarf to be a little smaller than the ones I saw on ravelry.com.  It seems incredibly wide.  So I looked at Joann’s for what seemed like forever and the scary voice started screaming for everyone to get out because they were closing….  so I ended up grabbing a ball of Patons lace sequin in aquamarine.  I figured I could test it out and buy more if I liked it.  It is really pretty yarn and the sequins are tiny and very pretty.  It isn’t something that could be taken out though.  If this doesn’t work out it will just have to be trashed.  I knit up a little bit of a gauge swatch to see how it would turn out as far as size and then unraveled it and I had to sit there and pick the area’s with sequins apart from where they slipped into the middle of another area of the yarn.  So I’m talkin… between fibers of a fuzzy lace weight yarn.  UGH!  Anyway, at least I just knit a few rows so there wasn’t much to pick out.  I was just about to chop it off but was able to get it undone.  I got it knit up to the point  where the pattern calls for moving stitches to a cable needle and went to youtube to conjure up some knowledge.  I found this video and they make it look so easy.

After watching that I realized my yarn is probably not what she was talking about.  It probably isn’t a yarn that would show good stitch definition so you could see the cables better but I don’t care.  It looks so pretty and lacy.  I think I will be very happy with it.  I am using one needle size larger than the package calls for this yarn since I usually knit tight and that is one size smaller than the pattern calls for.  So it will be just a little smaller than the pattern size but that is what I wanted.  From looking at the pictures on ravelry it looks big enough to cover a twin sized bed!  The pattern says it is 8 inches wide and 60 inches long but I am betting that some people used worsted weight yarn instead of DK weight so that’s probably why some of them look so huge.  I’m not a giraffe though so I would prefer less material to wrap around my neck…. and pretty sequins.

I’ll take a picture of my scarf soon but first I have to see if I can do the cable part.  I just realized I don’t have a cable needle.  I have these big things that look like safety pins that are for holding stitches for making cables but I don’t have one of those crooked needles.  I think I’ll just try doing it without and get some tomorrow.  Wish me luck!!

My 18 year old son just told me that these are technically not “cables”…. he said cables are something that transfer something…. blah blah blah.  He made it sound very technical and all.  Hey, I’m just following the pattern.  I wasn’t on the committee that named these things – thank God.

Rain and good books

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It is almost 1:30 am but I don’t officially switch to the next day until after I wake up.

Today was a beautiful day although not everyone thought so.  I loved it!  It rained pretty much all day but it was such a fresh rain and some of the time it was actually sunny and still raining.  I actually listened to some CCR – Have you ever seen the rain on a sunny day?  Yes, I did today!  I had the windows and backdoor open and sat on the couch with a blanket and read and watched the leaves glittering in the wind outside my window.  The clouds were huge but moved so fast across the sky.  I finished one book and started 2 more.  Now that I have all of my books organized and posted on goodreads so I can clearly see what I have I just want to read everything.  I’m not that good at multi-tasking though.

Right now I’m working on re-reading the Blossom Street books by Debbie Macomber.  I love that series but I stopped reading it when I realized I’d got the books out of order and missed a few.  I’m really crazy like that.  I have to read things in order even when they say it doesn’t matter and Debbie Macomber likes to write side stories that tie into the series but are not really considered part of it.  So I started over.  I usually don’t re-read books but I guess I’m old enough now that I can because I don’t remember them.  That is bad but true.

I really like that several of these books have knitting patterns in the front of them.  The books where Lydia who owns the yarn store called “A Good Yarn” and is teaching a knitting class, the pattern the class is working on is included in the front of the book.

So I have found the right order on Debbiemacomber.com of all places.

The Shop on Blossom Street (Blossom Street #1)

A Good Yarn (Blossom Street, #2) 

More Than Words, Volume 2: What Amanda Wants/The Yellow Ribbon/The Way Home/Shelter from the Storm/Into the Groove (Debbie wrote “What Amanda Wants” which is the first story.  It ties in right after Book #2)

Susannah’s Garden (Blossom Street, #3)   So far this is my favorite book

Christmas Letters  (This is a hardback Romantic Comedy that ties in right after book #3) This is my least favorite book!

Back On Blossom Street (Blossom Street #4)   – This is where I’m at now.  After this book there are four more.

Twenty Wishes

Summer on Blossom Street

Hannah’s List

A Turn in the Road

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So 5 of those books are leaving my house and making room for others.  This is a good thing because I still have some in the garage that can’t fit on the shelves yet.

I am also reading The Purpose Driven Life: What on Earth am I Here for?  You are supposed to read this over a 40 day period so I’m going to try to.  I’ve got the journal to go with it.  I started it before but never got very far.  This time I’m going to finish it but the question is whether I can stick to only reading one chapter per day so I have time to “think” about what I’ve read.

Change of season, change of pace

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As the leaves start to turn and the air gets cooler I am feeling a change in myself as well.  I find myself wanting to stay indoors snuggled up in a warm blanket with a good book or drawing, painting, crocheting, knitting, sewing or tatting.  I wish the yard would clean itself up.  I’ve been so tired lately.

I have already read a few books and I even organized my bookshelf somewhat.  It still needs some work but I went through and found some duplicates and purged some books so they at least all fit on the shelves.  I had stacks of books and patterns on the floor and I didn’t want them to get wet once people started tracking in snow.  I actually added all of my books to goodreads.com (well, not counting the books in the garage) so I could be sure of what I had and what I was looking for.   Now I have decided to read some of my precious books instead of just hording them.  There are certain books I know I really wanted to read because I had multiple copies of them.  Right now though, I really want to re-read the Blossom Street series by Debbie Macomber.  I read several of the books a few years ago and then I realized I had them out of order and that there were a few side stories that tie in with the series that I’d missed.  So I stopped reading and went looking for the rest of the books.  I really hate to read books out of order.  I have re-read the first 3 or 4 and I’m now reading a Christmas story that tied in with the series.  So far I’m not loving it but we will see…. could be that it just isn’t Christmas yet.  I also read the first book in the Fablehaven series and it was REALLY good.  It’s written for kids aged 9-12 but I loved it.  My husband read it too.  Now I can’t wait to read the next one.

Today is Riley’s 1st day of high school.  I know he’s excited because he’s taking Japanese.  He’s been waiting all summer.  I can’t wait until he gets home and tells me how his day went.

Yesterday was the first day of a diet I’m doing.  When I was going through my books I found one for a 10 week weight loss plan.  It’s called Kathy Smith’s Fitness Makeover.  It has pages for writing in what you eat and for noting the exercises you do.  Each week focuses on something specific and this week is fat and abs.  So now my fat on my abs is sore.  I am very weak so hopefully this will help me build up some strength.  The information in the book does not seem outdated at all.  The toning pages tell you what exercises to do and in the back it explains how with a picture.  This book was published in 1997.  I’m pretty sure I haven’t had it that long but I think it’s funny that it is coming in really handy for me now.

Okay, I’m going to take a short nap before I have to wake Riley up for school.