2012 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 8,600 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 14 years to get that many views. <<<— This was fun!

Here’s hoping that 2013 will be an even better (and more active!) year in my crochet ventures. I have lots of plans, so wish me luck!

Click here to see the complete report.


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Yep, that’s my name on the magazine stand!

Interweave Crochet Accessories 2012 came out this week so I made an excuse to do a little yarn shopping and went out to check the stands. Hurricane Sandy delayed the distribution in some places, it seems, so I wasn’t sure where I’d be able to find it when. JoAnn’s and Barnes and Noble were the spots, though! It was so neat to see my name in print – in public!!

Happy Halloween and Happy Samhain!

happy halloween

No, I didn’t get all dressed up this year, but I still tried to be festive with a little black and orange today! I also took the opportunity to add a splash of crochet with the scarf. ;) I hope everyone has a very safe and fun holiday, however you choose to celebrate.


New Photo Prop!

So I found this AWESOME new photo prop on Craigslist. Okay, well I guess that means it isn’t new, but it’s still in great shape and I am SO excited about it! I’ve been wanting to get a cradle for a while now but they’re so dadgum big! I couldn’t resist this one, though. I love a nice cherry wood finish and most of the cradles I’ve seen are those crazy sliding mechanism things – just waiting to pinch some fingers if you ask me. I wanted a solid design. I kind of wanted a white one… It seems like it would go with more, but I just can’t bring myself to paint over this one just yet. Maybe one of these days when it gets more banged up, as I’m sure is inevitable with all the moving the Army will have us doing.

And maybe, just MAYBE, it will also see some more functional use in the next year or two… Hint, hint. ;) Meanwhile, I’ve got at least two blankets lined up for a photo shoot, as you can see by all the stuff in it already! I just need to find a good backdrop – like a California king flat sheet. It was a lot bigger than I expected it to be. I think probably because the only cradles I’ve actually been around are newborn or doll sized. :- / But it’s totally worth the space it takes up, I think, and I really really do hope that we’ll get to put it to a more practical use in the relatively near future. :)

What a wonderful wedding!

I just returned from marrying off my youngest sister and as exhausted as I am, I have to say it was an absolutely beautiful wedding. One of the best I’ve been to, actually!

It was held in the rock amphitheater of the city park in our home town and with the leaves turning colors and gently falling around us all, it was stunning. The minister conducted a simple, Celtic inspired ceremony that made me wish I’d been able to have a similar service for my own wedding! My husband’s only request was that ours was in a Catholic church, as that’s how he was raised, so I could hardly disagree. Here’s a picture I took there last fall:

I DO wish we’d been able to go to the park for pictures, but there just wasn’t enough time, especially with our photographer being from out of town. My sister’s photos are going to be amazing, though, and I can’t wait to see them! One of our cousins recently started her own photography business, so of course, she got the job. *smile* You can check out some more of her work on her facebook page, but here’s the first sneak peek she shared with us:

They had a fabulous fall theme and her colors were red, orange, and yellow (simply put – I won’t get into the “technical” color names!). Each of the ladies in her wedding party wore a different color and of course the decorations at the reception were similarly colored. She had the cutest idea of using a ribbon wrapped pumpkin as the ring bearer’s “pillow” and I also incorporated them into her garter.

This isn’t the best picture, but I had to snap one the night before the wedding just to make sure I had one before I gave it to her! It’s actually the garter I crocheted for myself, just redecorated for her. So I reckon it’s well on its way to becoming a family heirloom now! Along with my father’s Father of the Bride hat, apparently. He insisted that I take it to add to the “collection” because he refused to wear it again. So I guess it will belong to whomever happens to be the next father of the bride in our family. With only one of us grandkids left to tie the knot and no plans to get married anytime soon, it could be a while before the next wedding. Shame, really – I do enjoy a good wedding! Of course, the great-grandkids may well start getting married before we know it!

Wow. I haven’t been over here in ages! I’ll have to try to remedy that. :)

It seems like things have been hectic since summer began. We did some traveling and oh! the weddings! My little sister is actually getting married this weekend, so I’ve been busy with that, too. Exhausted these last few days! But it’ll be fun and I’m looking forward to it.

Patrick will be training for the next month, too, so maybe that’ll give me time to settle back into a reasonable routine, to include more frequent blogging! Then it’ll be time for Thanksgiving and we’re hosting this year, which I’m really looking forward to. I just need to make sure I get everything planned out as best I can ahead of time so I’m not stressing too much. Pie crusts made in advance – I’m going to try freezing them this year. Turkeys bought soon. Patrick wants to fry one this year, so I also need to find a fryer. Any suggestions??? I’m a little nervous about it, but I’m sure they’ll be careful with it. I hope…

I feel like I’ve been slacking on the crocheting this year. I think I’ve just been too distracted with other things. I’m now a Mary Kay Consultant, too, so that takes some time away from my crocheting. As does trying to keep up with the housework. :- / NOT my favorite pastime. That’s my goal – I want to make enough money between my crocheting and Mary Kay that I can hire someone else to clean my house! Is that lazy or what!? But I really, really hate cleaning.

Okay, I’d better get back to the pinata I’m making for my sister’s bachelorette party – talk about a crafty adventure! ;)