2013 in with a bang

Happy 2013! I realize January is almost over, but better late than never for a New Year’s wish, right? I ended 2012 with a bang and clang whose ring keeps echoing. While crafting clever plans for home projects, craft projects with my little one and other fun stuff, I got hit by a ton of bricks. On 12-12-12 (yes, one of those famous-impossible-to-forget-dates) I was informed that my workplace is being closed. I’m about to join the unemployed, and I can’t say this is easy news to accept. It’s hard to stay excited about my fun project plans when I now have to update the resume, work on job searching, come up with a new budget for my little family, make decisions about my little one’s daycare, etc, etc, etc. I’m afraid that first day ‘home’ will be hard and I won’t be sure what to do with myself. I’ve literally never taken a ‘break.’ I’ve always been one of those types that plows into the next thing. I went straight from high school to college, college to grad school, grad school to post-doc and post-doc to job. I only took 2 weeks off when we moved across the country! I will either love or hate this. Any bets which?

Looking forward

So, I’m making plans again. I feel I need to capitalize on this opportunity. I hope to do those house projects, do a lot of baking, and PURGE PURGE PURGE and ORGANIZE my house!!! This could get interesting!



Hello there Oktober

Pumpkins, ghosts and witches, oh my! Living just minutes away from Witch City means you’re never bored and you get a big heads up when Halloween rolls around! October is considered its own season around here and the decor is popping up all over the place. I’ve even seen a few leaves falling and I just got word today that the Connors Maize Maze (this year styled after Clint Eastwood. Not kidding! Click the link!) is opening up. All this can only mean one thing OCTOBER IS NEAR!!!!

I’ve been extra absent lately and that is because of the preparation, whirlwind tour and recovery from my fabulous vacation to Germany!! While pictures are forthcoming from my photographer hubby (don’t worry Facebook friends, I promise they will appear one day!) I did manage to snag a few, BWA-HA-HA! Hence the title of this post, refering to Oktoberfest!!!

Did you know:

  • Oktoberfest is the world’s largest fair?
  • The celebration is watched over by the statue of Bavaria?
  • Oktoberfest is an anniversary celebration?

I sure didn’t, at least not until I went! And this year is extra special because it’s the 200th anniversary of the marraige of Crown Prince Ludwig (later King Ludwig I) and Princess Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen (namesake of the Theresienwiese festival grounds). Well there you have it.

It just so happened that DH and I were in Munich for one last hurrah (after visiting the Bavarian Alps and Prague!) before our flight back to the US. It also just so happened to be the opening day of Oktoberfest! What luck?!

View from the ferris wheel
One of the gorgeus horse-drawn beer wagons
Enjoying a coffee at the end of the day
Terry had one too 🙂

And, of course I couldn’t go on vacation without a travel yarn project! This time I packed up some crochet hooks (they tend to get through the airports a tad easier than the pointy metal sticks knitting needles) and worked on a cardigan:

The sleeves are being a pain, so I’m currently considering making this more of a vest. It is asymmetrical (I’m sure you noticed….) and I plan to attach a pair of ties at the top. I’ll also be adding more edging to the front because right now it doesn’t close (size small = 36-in bust my booty! I totally should have made a medium, or even a large for a big floppy sweater, but alas, we’ll go for mini-cropped cardi).

I’ve also been working on my handmade item for the tea/coffee swap I’m currently participating in. For that I embroidered these flour sack towels and embellished them with vintage plastic buttons. LOVE how they came out!

So that is the update here! Hopefully now that things have settled down again you’ll hear from me a little more often!!!

Puppy Pillow Bed

A few months ago we bought the puppies a nice big floor pillow to share as a bed in the living room. They loved it!! It was a nice green and blue plaid that matched our decor, the cover was removable and machine washable….it was heaven in a $20 floor pillow. (Note all the past tense there.) They in fact loved their pillow so much that they discovered the zipper. They then chewed the zipper. The zipper is no more and the original pillow case was thrown away.

Fast forward a month or so to today!!! A nice lazy boring rainy Saturday. I decided today was the perfect day to make the replacement pillow cover. A few weeks ago I hit a fabric sale and bought some cute fleece (since their fleece blankies they came home with when we got them have proven near indestructible!!

I got Velcro to use for the closure. I double-stitched all the seams with a straight stitch and then an interlocking stitch as ‘back-up.’ My measurements were perfect! Construction…sturdy! The fit….flawless! I rushed to show DH this wonder of a perfect pillowcase I made!!

Pupppy pillow 1

Everyone was rightly impressed with the back. Next, onto the cutesy front!!

Pupppy pillow 2

Oh it’s so soft!! Oh it’s so squishy!! Oh it’s so………backwards?

Pupppy pillow 3

I checked the fleece and both sides were printed. I took this to mean that there was no ‘right’ side and just sewed, sewed, sewed. Boy, was I wrong!! Now all my “puppy love” is “evol yppup” ::Le sigh:: this is the kind of thing that is pretty typical for me.

I pouted for a whole 15 minutes. My perfect scewed-up creation 😦

But, then I decided….the great thing about puppies is, they don’t care. They can’t read. They still think it’s the greatest thing ever. Jasper took a nap on his new squishy pillow for hours today. He’s happy, so I’m happy!!