Thursday, December 30, 2010

New Hoops

I recently found a great tutorial on how to make wonderful hoop earrings. I love these hoops! They're simple and sturdy and have a great clasp on them.

I played with some designs of what I could do with these hoops. I love these earrings, how simple they are but how they also look kind of fancy. I'm going to make several more pairs with all different gemstone beads

The tutorial for the hoops is here. http://etsywag.blogspot.com/2010/09/free-tutorial-basic-hoops.html

Monday, December 27, 2010

Snow Day

New Jersey was under a state of emergency today, so that meant no work. We got about 2 feet of snow. So how did I spend the day? I started creating my minion army!!!


I love this guy!! I want to make him a friend, shorter and with one eye. And now of course I really want to see this movie again haha

Here's the pattern I used. It's surprisingly simple, you only really need to know single crochet.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Christmas Menu

Luckily I have Friday off so I can pull this off.

On the menu for Christmas eve we have planned...
  • The 23 pound turkey that I got from work for free (WOO FREE STUFF)
  • Parmesan mashed potatoes
  • Stuffing
  • Spinach puffs
  • Garlic rolls
  • Mixed Berry Pie
  • Key Lime Cheesecake
  • Sangria with fruit
Must go grocery shopping!

Friday, December 17, 2010

More handmade gifts

Everyone except for my father in law is getting handmde gifts this year. This is what I made for my brother in law



He just recently took up golf so I found this lovely pattern for golf club covers here https://www.lionbrand.com/cgi-bin/register.fcgi?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.lionbrand.com%2Fpatterns%2FL0142AD.html  (You just have to register real quick to get the pattern)

The pattern itself isn't that complicated. This would be a great project for a beginner.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

ButterBeer

A little while ago, hubbs and I decided to watch all the Harry Potter movies. After watching them I was really curious about the delicious looking butterbeer that they were drinking. After a quick online search I came across this article which has a recipe on the bottom

http://www.foxnews.com/leisure/2010/07/02/harry-potters-butterbeer-recipe-uncovered/

Here's our attempt at butterbeer


When we made it, we did cheat quite a bit. To me it seems that the first half of the recipe describes making butterscotch syrup. So I decided to try just buying some premade syrup. And we added a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top. YUM!!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Peanut Ball

We threw a blanket over our couch the other day because the leather tends to get very cold, and the blanket makes it feel so warm and cozy. Well Peanut definately approves of the idea.

I just love when she rolls up into a little ball. It's so cute!!!

And of course not long after Kara had to come over and join her. She just loves to bug Peanut.



Aren't they so cute together

Monday, December 6, 2010

Finally

I finally took the plunge and bought some bulk shipping supplies. I've been putting off doing this for a very long time. I was terrified that the minute I bought some shipping items in bulk that I would be jinxing myself, that I would never have another sale again.

But I finally did it, I bought some and so far the sales are still slowly trickling in, so maybe I didn't jinx myself afterall *crosses fingers*

My favorite thing that I bought is the sticky labels to print my paypal shipping labels on to. I know it's not the most exciting thing in the worls, but I'm excited about it, look how nice and professional my packages look now.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Pretty!

We put our Christmas tree and lights up on Black Friday. It took me a while to get some pictures, and they came out kind of  bad. But here's our tree


And of course the kitties use the tree skirt as a cat bed



Kara learned a new trick with the tree. She quickly learned that if she jumped up and tried to knock off an ornament that she would get yelled at and have things thrown at her. So now when she wants to knock off an ornament she climbs inside the tree and reaches her little paw through to bat at the ornaments. On the one hand I'm mad that she's trying to mess with the tree, but on the other hand I have to give her credit for figuring out a way to keep doing it but in a way that I can't throw things at her