February 24th, 2014

Ellie’s Birthday happened For Reals with cupcakes at school. It also happened with all of her grandparents the weekend before and AGAIN at Build-a-Bear on Saturday. The Build-a-Bear party was really nice – engaging, sweet and the Party Bears (folks who work there) throw a great party. Even better than I expected.

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That bear’s name is Rosie. She’s getting dressed.

So it’s back to normal.* I’m working on Easter orders and trying to get a couple toys (cats and elephants) back in the shop. I’m also working on a little surprise for y’all!

Has anybody played LittleBigPlanet 1 or 2? Ellie and I started a game in 2, but the levels in the game progressed beyond her gaming experience pretty quickly. Game play is a good fit for us because if she can’t make it, she can just wait for me to get to the next way point and reappear…but for many of the levels (with the grapple especially), she’s waiting for me a lot. I hope that some of the user-created content will more suit her style (which revolves around sticker placement, jumping and dressing our characters like cats).

*famous last words

February 17th, 2014

Birthday Preparations are underway.

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Cupcakes for school!

They have belly buttons because I decided to make mini cupcakes out of the rest of the batter instead of eating it and opened the oven halfway through baking. Frosting will cover that right up.

February 6th, 2014

The sun came out yesterday afternoon! It was a crazy time. Even with all the help I got from my good friends, I did get the tentacle connection pictures finished.

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Y’all. I’m trying to work.

Now I just have to beat the test knitters to the next stage of octopus construction that needs visual aids. And hope for nice weather.

I think that’s called a ‘long shot’.

February 4th, 2014

I’m way past ready to finish up the Octopus pattern for my test knitters. If only the sun would come out so I can take a decent picture of all these legs getting put together.

I’m working on an Elephant in the meantime and I though I was going to run out of yarn but I knit real fast and didn’t.

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I finished a rooster.

Every time I knit a chicken, I think about how I could really improve that pattern. It was my very first complicated toy pattern and I do so many things differently now. Maybe I’ll spruce it up one of these days.

Also, I am contemplating a Four Seasons Swap series. We are finishing up winter…so I’m thinking of spring ideas. Is this intriguing for anyone?

We’ll have a a little bit of a swap round-up towards the end of the week. A couple boxes experienced weather delays so I want to give them a little time to catch up to their recipients. I really want to hear about what book/movie folks sent! Security is a nice long ‘To Read’ list. Don’t tell me yet – wait for the round up!

January 31st, 2014

Michael and Ellie made a little video about our Winter Weather.

Why yes, we DID wear pajamas all day Tuesday. Didn’t you?

PS If you don’t have time for the whole thing, skip to the end to see Ellie driving her pink Jeep that Santa brought.

January 31st, 2014

Mail service has been restored! Look what they brought me:

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Swap box!

Isn’t it fun when stuff happens at just the right time? We’re melting and Ellie is back in school today. It’s a perfect day to make a Sparkle Collar (Polaris by Rozetti – it’s got sequins) and start a new book! “The Gerbil Farmer’s Daughter” – I flipped through and there are pictures of gerbils! I can’t wait!

Thank you so SO much, Donna (in Wisconsin, where they take cold seriously), you made my snow day.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I have 120 stitches to cast on.

January 29th, 2014

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It looks all snowy and pretty, but y’all, it’s all ice. I didn’t even leave footprints.

No school tomorrow because that mess isn’t about to melt with two hours of above freezing.

But it’ll be 70° this weekend!