Thursday, December 27, 2007

jingle bells, ho ho ho, santa clause, and presents to pretty girls...

I hope everyone is having happy holidays. So far we have consumed massive amounts of sugar, ripped pretty paper off of boxes, and exchanged some sweet gifts. Then we snuggled on the couch and watched movies. To quote Monkey: "This is the best christmas EVERRRRR!"

This is our official holiday photo for 2007. No, it is not photoshopped! I physically coerced the felines into sitting nicely in front of the tree... magic...

It took several photos to get this one. You can see the out takes in the Picasa photo album.

But christmas is not over! Tomorrow we are abandoning the furballs for some holiday cheer in Cincinnati.

Friday, December 14, 2007

Christmas Dreaming

I know this is a little late to be posting since I am celebrating christmas with my mom and dad this weekend.... but I thought it would be fun to post my wishlist.

- needle holders for straight, circ, and dpn knitting needles. I like these ones:

- patagonia jacket - I have been wanting one of these for a long time, but have been too poor.
I like the following
W's Free Box Jacket in Spiderline:Poppy Fields size Medium
W's Retro-X Jacket in Pale Blossom size Medium
W's Synchilla Windzone Jacket in Teakwood size Medium I like this one the best!

- juicer/citrus reamer
- ice cream ball: it's a ball that you roll around and make ice cream in
- headphones: Bose like these or something else that's nice... maybe the kind that go around the back of the ear to stay secure
- a better radio and/or cd player for my kitchen (I currently have an alarm clock that was $4.99 at Target)
- dust buster: not a crappy one... I just threw that one out
- bigger computer monitor

I also have an Amazon Wishlist - click here

I would also love contributions for the following items:
- external hard drive
- bed
- tv (we already bought this and are paying it off)

These are good too:
- Target gift card
- Best Buy gift card (probably where I would buy a hard drive and/or monitor)

Okay now it's time to wrap the gifts I bought for OTHER PEOPLE including parents, sibling (because I only have one - who will be 20 yrs old on Monday - sister), and other loved ones, and pack my clothes so we can hit the road!!!

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Homey for the Holidays

(I'm using homey as an adjective here...)

The holidays are in full swing around here with decorations, shopping, christmas parties, and lots of knitting of course! This is the time of year when daunting deadlines prevent sleep and I could practically start a fire from the friction of my needles.... why metal needles are often a good option. I feel like I have a pretty good handle on things, and since our family events are spread out I'm not freaking out.... yet....

Since this is our first christmas at home, and since we have a faux fireplace, I'm making our stockings. Here are the first two. The red one is Steve's and the green is mine. I'm pretty happy with how they are turning out. I'm just using basic sock style proportions and I've charted out my colorwork designs. Originally they were all going to be the same design, but (with some prompting from Steve) I decided to make them unique. It's more fun that way, right? I still have to design two smaller stockings - one for each cat. And I may have to make a third one in case we have someone visiting for christmas. This year it may be Steve's mom.

Still have to do the loops.... I'm thinking i-cord but I will welcome other suggestions.

Here are some detail shots:

We took a big road trip for the Thanksgiving weekend making stops in Covington KY, Cincinnati, and Toledo. Visiting relatives is always fun.... so is the food! Here are my four uncles with my dad and Granny.

The following weekend my mom visited us and we bought our christmas tree!

She also helped me rearrange the furniture and finish the couch cover - a 2+ year project!!! finally accomplished. If you can recall, it used to be a nauseating red country plaid.... and it looked horrible underneath Steve's large orange toned piece (my fave). So now it's a nice almondy-wheat color and the fabric is a microsanded duck canvas... very soft and durable. However, when the couch was by the windows the room seemed a bit too creamy, but this arrangement breaks up the plain areas with the orange chairs, and now the couch is across from the fireplace. Plus, everyone likes to see a tree lit up in the window, right? You will also notice our new TV!!!! - an early christmas present from ourselves and Steve's dad. It's AWESOME!!!! click on the photo to see more.

Last, but certainly not least, our tree! We only have about ten ornaments but I know we will accumulate them over the years. I also won a set of tree toppers on ebay, which should be arriving soon. We bought the tree from the guy in the lot on Sheridan Rd. We walked in a he sold us this one. I was a little skeptical to take the first tree he showed us. It looked nice but I wasn't so sure that many people used spruces for christmas trees. It's been dropping needles like crazy even though I've been making sure it has plenty of water.... next year I'm going with a frasier fir.... But I still think this one is pretty despite that there are needles everywhere. One of the cats will walk by and you will notice about fifteen tree needles littering the fur on their back... evidence? Well at least so far none of the presents have been chewed on.