Monday, December 22, 2014

All Soaped Up

 I talked The Mister into making soap to go with all those dishcloths he had me make for his family.

 He didn't know what he was getting into. He spent the morning chopping and stirring.

 He got a little crazy. I knew he would. He never does anything half way.

 We made a big loaf of layered coffee soap.

We used our Starbucks Holiday Blend.

 We also got rather inventive in order to make some very unusual individual bars.

 The big coffee loaf took the whole day to harden. It was hard to wait.

 When it was done it looked good enough to eat.

 The Mister was on clean up duty thanks to my bum thumb. Lucky for me it's a pretty easy chore or I'd never heard the end of it.

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Busy Hands

 I've got too much to do. My thumb and I had to come to an understanding.

 Even though it's making me cranky to be so clumsy and slow, stuff is happening.

 My other fingers are stepping up.

 The Mister has also come to my rescue with some serious hardware. I'd never get those bobbins wound by hand.

I had a late night date with Mr. Scrooge and my Christmas towels are finally in production. Will they be done in time? I doubt it but I'm going to give it my best shot.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

ISO: Light Gold

 Even before the thumb smashing, I had run into trouble with the sampler. I had goofed up the counting on the top row and had to pull it all out. I didn't think it would be an issue because I had bought another kit just in case I ran into trouble.

The problem was that the used kit I had bought was missing the light gold I needed also.

Contacting this company (Sunset) for color information has been impossible and they use a code for colors instead of just coming out and saying which brand they use. I picked up every possibility from several craft stores and so far nothing is making me happy. I need a sunny day and some quiet time to sort this out so it's going in time out until after the holidays.

Friday, December 19, 2014

Jingle Bells

 The Mister's been helping me deck the halls.

 Pup was not liking all that crawling about on the roof he was doing to get the lights up and neither did I. I didn't need another trip to the ER.

 We got the new Ikea "kitty" tree up. All the ornaments are shatter proof. It's taken one hit already and survived so I think it's a keeper.

For some reason I can't explain, I decided to put tinsel on it. It's pretty but now I have tinsel all over the house.

Since I am hosting Christmas Eve this year, I also put up my little vintage pom pom aluminum tree which has all my precious glass ornaments on it. So far, so good. I tied it to the railing so it won't go completely over but I'm sure some naughty kitty is going to figure out how to get an ornament off sooner or later.

Thursday, December 18, 2014


A few days before the thumb incident, I was putting it to good use. Just look at it using those scissors....sigh. 

 I was never so happy to see the back end of a project. These blue and yellow dishtowels almost did me in.

 Now that they are history, I like them. I really like them.

 They were a bit beyond my skill level but I went the distance and I'm glad. They could have gone in the trash several times but I stuck it out and learned a lot from the whole disaster of a project.

 I had already begin winding the holiday warp a few weeks ago but I ran out of the green cotton. Of course.

 While I was waiting for a yarn delivery, I warped a small sample of some cotton I found packed away from ages ago.

 I thought I had a single towel's worth warped but it's more like a napkin's worth. Oh, well....

I have plenty of this cotton and the pattern is pretty so one day I can start all over and make a set of towels to match my napkin-when I have a working thumb again. I never realized thumbs were so damned important.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Sagittarius in Mass

We've got a slew of December birthdays in the family. Mine was yesterday, Son's is today. His dear wife's is the 19th and Grandson's is on the 21st. Yikes. That's a lot of candles between us.

Last Christmas I put together an album of all the holiday pictures. I have all the December holidays and birthdays now in one place.

That includes my precious collection of Santa photographs. That's today's birthday boy showing Santa how to lay his finger aside of his nose. Ahem...

 Santa pix were a big deal back in the day.

 The lines were long but the wait was worth it.

Here is birthday boy and the soon-to-be two year old birthday boy last Christmas. I'm still waiting for an official Santa pix of Grandson for my collection but until then this one will more than do. There's no better Santa than Daddy, is there?

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Happy Birthday to Me

My goal was to have my Jingle socks finished by my birthday and it was mission accomplished. Last Thursday when I still had a working thumb, I finished one sitting out in front of a Dunkin Donuts during our first snowy day.

This is what snow looks like around here. It was coming down white but melting upon landing. I'll take what I can get in December.

The second one was finished at an IHOP where Daddio was putting away his favorite 2x2x2 breakfast with a side of hash browns and I was nursing a pot of tea after a round of doctor visits. When my thumb is able, I'll weave in the ends and have them on my feet on Christmas Eve-baring anymore catastrophes.