Archive for January, 2009

I am just thrilled! When we bought our kitchen dining set, we loved everything about it, except for the fabric on the chairs. Well, I finally recovered them today. They went from a boring beige pattern to crimson red with caramel stripes. I was very lucky and found the fabric on a price reduction for $20 a yard at JoAnn’s and then it was on sale 50% off! I was able to pay just over $20 to recover all 6 of our chairs. I don’t know why I waited so long, it was fairly simple to do, and I couldn’t be happier with the results.  Here are the before and after pictures.




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It is amazing how a simple night out can be just what you need. Last night Chris and I went out to dinner with our friends the Browers and the Smiths. We went to Red Robin’s and had a great time! We shared stories, ate, and spent most of the night just laughing as we learned more about each other. I came home feeling like I could take anything on again, it is wonderful how a simple break from the normal and taking time out for yourself can rejuvenate ones spirit.

Today I feel like I can get so much accomplished. I woke up to a sale on Etsy, and I can’t wait to go and make more things for my store. The house is relatively clean, and I think I can squeeze some torch time in today in between loads of laundry.  I really want to make the kids their worry stone hearts today.  I have many already made, but I want their input on their own hearts, and if they want to brave the cold garage, I will even let them help make it! I really want it to be special for them, as I told some friends; I want it to be a tangible reminder of how much they are loved.

Later on tonight, I think we will go and rent a fun movie to watch with the kids, or just have a family game night with them. They have been good kids, and I think they deserve a reward and I think that kids need to be reminded that they are loved and appreciated just as much as their parents need to hear that as well.

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One of the greatest things to come from making jewelry and beads, is the fantastic friendships I have made with ladies from all over the world.  Most of us met online at Lampwork Etc which is for me kind of like the office water cooler. It is a place to share, learn, and yes, just chat and share our lives. One of these friends, Lisa Liddy won!

Her entry in the Hearts category of BeadingDaily.com’s contest received First Place. I am so thrilled for her. Lisa is a very talented jewelry designer who has a fresh and unique approach to her own style. I am always excited to see what she has come up with.  Here is a picture of her winning design, it is simply gorgeous!  Here is the link to her blog post where she announced winning the contest.


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Well, it has been a week since I set my goals for the year, and I thought I would see how I am doing.  So far so good, except I didn’t list anything new on etsy last week. I did reopen my store though since I had it in vacation mode while I was busy in December with all of my shows, and had never gotten around to reopening through the holidays.  So that is my main goal this week, to list in my etsy store. I listed 2 fun frog pendants today, and I have a boro set, and a Valentine Viking knit bracelet all ready to go tomorrow. I even have the pictures done for a bracelet for my website! Woohoo! Progress!





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Date Night

Last night was Chris and I’s  first date of the New Year. We also had  decided that on one of our bi-monthly dates, we should invite another couple to go with us. Tonight the Martinson’s were able to join us and we had a great time. We went to this little Mexican restaurant in Sumner called El Charro. I love their food especially since they currently don’t use any peanut butter in any of their sauces, I am allergic and you would be surprised how many places do! We then came back home to check on the kids before heading back out to their house to watch Eagle Eye and have some chocolate creme brule that Jaque had made, so yummy!  It was a great movie and we hope there may be a sequel, they left the possibility open at the end of the movie. Overall though, I think the best part of the night was just getting out of the house, and getting to know friends better. I do have to say that my favorite part of the night was when their daughter decided that she was a “Kari fan,” and then cuddled up with me for a bit. I have to say that I am a Morgan fan as well. 🙂 Oh, and I can’t forget about when Tyler called us to see when we were getting home. I thought we were the parents, do we have a curfew we don’t know about? LOL!

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Northwest Flooding

I am grateful that I am not in danger of any of the flooding. My heart goes out to all who are having to flee their homes to get to safety. While I can’t do much, the girls and I made over 200 cookies tonight to take to our Fire Station for all of the emergency workers. It is so little, but it warmed my heart especially as the girls talked about how they are thankful for all those workers, and that they hope they will like their cookies. Daylyn even said maybe she would grow up to be a dispatcher so she could help more. I am hoping that by having them help in this small act of service, I am helping to teach my kids gratitude to all of those first responders whose job it is to help us, and who do it so well.

Here is a link to the story.

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Our Holiday Baking

I know this is late, but what can you do. We had a lot of fun baking this year. We made gingerbread, chocolate Rolo, chocolate mint, and of course sugar cookies. Last year I also discovered a great caramel recipe and we made lots of caramel as well as gourmet caramel apples that were dipped first in caramel, then white chocolate, and then sprinkled with cinnamon sugar. They were sooo yummy! The kids gave those to their teacher for Christmas presents. It  was a lot of fun baking with the kids. They all were involved from cutting out the cookies to decorating them. Of course their favorite part is still eating the cookies, and I have to agree with them! It also felt more festive this year as I had just painted the kitchen red 2 days before Christmas! Here are some of my favorite pictures.





p1180203The cookies!

p1180164The Gourmet Caramel Apples for gifts

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