Archive for September, 2008

Might be Kinkade for Christmas, or a leg lamp

Most years at Christmas time, I put together a Christmas puzzle with the kids. We glue it together and frame it and use it in succeeding years as part of our decorations. Well, beginning a few years ago. Except we didn’t get it finished last year, and I forgot the year before that. Okay, maybe I need to rephrase: I am trying to start a Christmas puzzle tradition with my kids, with greater or lesser success, depending on the stressors involved in the particular Christmas season. So. Anyway. Moving on.

I also have a thing for Thomas Kinkade, and I realize I am the only woman in America who enjoys his artwork (HAHAHAHA), but today I was looking for puzzles on Thomas Kinkade Christmas and I found this:
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It’s like a puzzle club, thing, where they send a new puzzle every month or so. The puzzles are 250 pieces, which is great for doing with even the younger kids. I only wish they were all available at the introductory price, ykwim?

overlayThis one on the left, however, is available for just 15.00 bucks, and that is do-able. I’ve never seen A Christmas Story, so it would be fin to watch it and then put the puzzle together, don’t you think? Although, with my luck, someone in this house would be wanting a leg lamp before it was over. And I’m with holding names on that one to protect all the guilty parties.

Online Craft Club #42

First of all, 42. I can’t believe I have stuck with this for 42 weeks! Wow. Really patting myself on the back here. Now, then, I haven’t finished anything this week except the jewelry I’ve already showed you. However, I am thisclose on the BSJ. How close is thisclose? If I were willing to make this post late tonight instead of this morning, then it would be complete! I am getting ready to start row 109, which is the buttonhole row. That means just 6 rows to go, plus seaming and adding buttons. I’ll be glad to see it finished, and then I will probably make a bunch more to use up the rest of my wool scraps!
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So what have you been making?

Take a picture of your current project, whatever that happens to be. Or maybe one you recently finished. Or the materials for the one you are about to start. Let’s say materials for a project in whatever state it happens to be in at the time you snap it. On Friday, post the picture and tell us about your project. What you did, or what you are going to do. How much you are enjoying it, or hating it. You know–show and tell.

Just copy & paste the code below the graphic and get crafty with me!

Be sure to come back and leave a comment so we know where to find you!

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Cass in the Kitchen: Great American Seafood Cookoff!

:kitchen: If you have been following my little Thursday series for any length of time, you know I love seafood. I especially enjoy local seafood, and living so near the coast, when I eat fresh, local seafood, it is FRESH! BTW, did you know that you can tell how fresh a fish is by looking at the eyes? As the fish ages, the eyes cloud over. Beware of buying fish with the heads cut off at a fresh fish market. That’s not how they usually sell it. Since they sell by weight, they make more if the heads are on. The only reason to cut them off is to hide something, and now you know what that something is. Also, even though you buy it head and scale on, they will usually clean it for you while you wait, or at least my local place will. Dang. Now I want seafood again. I might have to pay them a visit tomorrow night instead of just blogging about them today; I don’t have time to go get it and cook it before practice tonight, and I like to cook mine the same day I buy it. River in the morning, on the plate in front of me by dinnertime. And boy, did I ever get sidetracked there.

Back to the seafood cook off. Today, I visited the Great American Seafood Cook Off site, and voted for the Shrimp and Andouille Cassoulet by Louisianian Brian Landry. That was an easy choice for me because I love andouille sausage. The perfect hot-ness and the flavor, oh my! And also shrimp, but I figured that part might could go without saying. I like that I can substitute bacon or smoked sausage for the andouille, because I can’t always find that. But seriously, how could I not vote for a dish that looks like this?

I also entered the contest for a trip to New Orleans. Because. Hello! New Orleans! Only, please, after hurricane season. Geez Louise! And Gustav!

And yes, I am looking at Hanna, thanks for asking. And Ivan, too. And also, Josephine. Any of ya’ll live a little more inland, and want to host a family of NINE for a week or so?

Sponsored by Lousiana Seafood

Reckon I’ll knit

So, I was thinking yesterday: when was the last time I talked about knitting on my knitting blog? It’ been awhile, hasn’t it? I’ve talked about plenty of crafty stuff, but the knitting has taken a backseat lately. I plan to rectify that today during school.

I still have a BJ and a Wonderful Wallaby in the basket under my desk. And a ball of sock yarn for good measure. And 2 solid hours of narration to listen to today ;)

Last night, I went over to Mama’s, as I do almost every Wednesday. We ate, then cleaned a bit and then we beaded. I got most of this necklace finished, and completed it when I got home. There will be a bracelet to match before too much longer, and then I will talk about it a bit more and tall what materials I used. For now, consider it eye candy.

The Wednesday Stocking: Pink Jewelry Set

Well, Ang. says she doesn’t wear jewelry. And Mama says my vision was different from her’s and so she bought another set of pink beads to make up for herself. That means these pieces that I showed you yesterday are for sale.

Here is a view of how the necklace looks on my back. It goes too low to show on my front, LOL! Do not laugh at my moles, or my freckles or my lily white skin. Or my sunburnt neck, It is forbidden!

You can click these pictures to make them big, and then click again to make them huge, so you can see a very detailed view. The necklace is 24 inches long, triple stranded and the price is $24 for it. The bracelet is 8 inches double-stranded, and the price is $7. The set can be purchased for $30, and I can make matching dangle ear rings if you’d like for an additional $7. Shipping is an additional dollar for each piece, and I will refund the difference if the actual shipping is less than the cart calculates by more than $1. I will use USPS first class shipping, with a padded envelope.

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Feel free to ask me any questions, and I’ll leave you will a little glimpse of what I am working on later tonight:

It’s going to become a custom set, and I will be listing some custom jewelry slots after I get this order filled.

Some beading up in here, ya’ll

So yesterday, I hurried through my work, because I wanted to spend some quality time with my beads. But after I showed you all that new stuff, i actually worked with these:

I ended up making a three strand necklace and a 2 strand bracelet. The bracelet was 3 strands, too, until one of the strands slipped out of the knot. It was the strand that was made solely of seed beads. Of course. Here is a rough picture:

Let it be known that I do not have one of those fancy hook needle thingies, and I placed all those seed beads by hand.

I haven’t decided what to do with the necklace yet, but I am pretty sure the bracelet is going to Ang. I guess I should say that Mama hasn’t decided about the necklace yet, because she bought these beads for me to make up for her. If she likes it, it’s hers, if not, you will see it again on Wednesday, with better pictures, for the store. I can’t take those by myself, see, LOL!

Also, I learned something! Even though these beads are mostly acrylic, I think they look really nice with the seed beads. You may recall I ranted a little bit about that set of red plastic beads the other day. I’ll try working with those again, and using some of my growing collection of seed beads with them to see what I can come up with.

Menu Plan Monday 9/1/2008



This weeks menus are made, and I thought I would share. Sometimes I get to it too late to post! We’ll be having

  • fried chicken
  • chicken and rice casserole
  • chicken and pastry
  • manicotti
  • pork roast
  • BBQ sandwiches
  • sloppy joes

Lots of quick and easy, because, HEY, football!

S.E.X. with my mother

How many hits will I get off that, I wonder? You crafters know exactly what this post is going to be about, but the rest of the perverts don’t. Traffic is traffic, though, isn’t it? Sorry, Mama.

Mama and I squeezed in a trip to A.C. Moore yesterday. She’d been trying to whisk me off to town for several days, but it just didn’t work out, what with this appointment and that meeting and ALL. THAT. FOOTBALL. Oh my word, the football. Let me say that there is beat, and there is beat up, and at our last game, we were the latter. One bloody nose, and TWO possible concussions later, I was kinda glad my scrawny little Stuntman had not made weight! That is a heart in your throat feeling, to be standing there, toe just this side of the field markings, holding the first aid kit, while the player just lays there. And lays there. And still lays there. We all walked away, though, so it was a good day.

Now, back to that S. E. X., which we all know means stash enhancement expedition. Here’s the big picture, and I will be listing the individual shots on the stash page.

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Some of this was purchased to go with stuff I already had, and some are complete sets in themselves. Umm, not sure that last sentence was completely necessary, LOL, but there it is. And with this mega purchase, bead buying stops until we get some stuff made. Yes, we. Mama has about this much, too! Her stash is all different black, red, white, clear and frosted beads.

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