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April first was my birthday however I just haven’t had a moment to blog so this is just a few weeks late. I had an awesome birthday with friends and family, and received some fantastic gifts, so I wanted to share them with you.
Heffalumps

This is my pair of Heffalumps, theyre "tie dyed" elephants. In the movie "The Fifth Element" theres a tie dyed elephant alien thingie. I want one! My husband loves me so much he got me this pair of lovely elephants so I could have my own tie dyed aliens.

Cupcake-Notepad

Cupcake Notepad

Crochet-Kit

Crocheters Handbook, interchangeable crochet hooks and beautiful ribbon yarn from Lion Brand.

Crane

My lovely daughters friend made this beautiful orange crane for me, isnt he great!

Fabric

Green fleece and bulls eye fabric to use for making Ultra Terrestrials, I cant wait!

Tie-Apron

I finally have an apron! My friend made this out of some fabric off the scrap pile and a tie she found. The colors worked beautifully together and Im so excited to have an apron for crafting and cooking.

Tea-Pot

This tea-pot came from my sister-in-law in Guam and is so beautiful that I dont want to use it, I just want to display it. Im already figuring out how to decorate my kitchen so I can find a prominent place to display this.

Envelope

Inside this envelope is a gift from my daughter that she made especially for me.

Koi-Painting

My husband is going to paint me a large version of this prototype to place in my office at work. The prototype turned out beautiful, I cant wait to see the full size version and take it to work!

I have the best people in my life. I am so fortunate to be surrounded by such loving and giving people and I am incredibly grateful to each of them. Thank you my dear friends!

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I want to make Bloggie or is it Bloggy?? (anyone?) friends! So I’m joining the Ultimate Blog Party 2011.Ultimate Blog Party

The idea is simple and genius. So how could I not participate? I’m going to share a little bit about me, and then I’m going to share my blog post with the rest of the Ultimate Bloggers and voila, I will make new friends!

The first thing you should know about me is that I used to be so shy, that I was too afraid of interacting with people, that I wouldn’t even go up to a fast food counter to ask for my ketchup with my fries.  I can’t even believe I used to be that shy! Now I’ll tend to be the quiet one in a group, but I’m definitely not afraid of people anymore.

I started blogging because I had to build a blogging system at work for our clients to use and I had so much fun building it that I had to start writing blogs myself.

I started crafting because, well, because I was born into it I think, and more importantly because crafting makes me HAPPY. My dad is into woodworking – he made the most beautiful hand-made and hand painted dartboard cases when we lived in England. My aunt (Dad’s sister) as well,  she made more traditional wood crafts, mostly I remember cookie jars with interchangeable hand painted lids for the holidays, though these days she’s moved on to quilting. Their mom was into ceramics and porcelain, I have at least half a dozen handmade porcelain dolls from Grandma. When I got married, it turned out that my husband’s mother was also a crafter, and she loves to cross stitch and quilt, though she’s dabbled in a few other crafts as well. His father was into creating furniture, and we are blessed to have a home filled with hand-made beautiful art from all of our family!

The first craft I remember is making a God’s eye from scrap yarn and shish-ka-bob sticks. I probably made crafts before that, but I can vividly remember the Girl Scout meeting and making those God’s Eyes. I’ve tried more crafts than I care to admit, and have so many craft tools and supplies from all my experimenting that I believe I will be able to craft for an entire year without having to purchase many new items at all!

Right now I’m crafting other people’s ideas, like the pieced jersey pants from KojoDesigns and the Angry Bird collection from Care at Obsessively Stitching. There are so many amazing ideas out there (for example, see my to do list page) I don’t know if I’ll ever have to come up with my own ideas. But I want to give back to the crafter community and share some fun ideas with them, so hopefully some day I’ll get there and be able to give back.

I work full-time, and I’ve learned that crafting is a full-time job, so I take much longer to get a project done than I expect when I start out. I am so ambitious that I will sometimes think I can finish half a dozen projects in a weekend, and then I realize the weekend is gone and I have finished one project and haven’t done my laundry, gone grocery shopping, or come up for air the whole time!

I am married to a triathlete (as in swim, bike run) and I support him and his efforts in any way possible. I’ve learned how to take my portable crafts to his races so I can use my time wisely, and usually I get my crafting done and still get to take pictures when he races by and at the end when he gets his award. I’m so proud of him and the fact that he competed at the National level last year and is competing in the World’s championship this November! Can you talk Team USA crafts? I know I can. 🙂

I have an 18-year-old daughter who is in college and finding her way in the world. She’s not into crafts, but she talent in the arts and often relies on that talent when gift giving.

I’m enjoing exploring cooking and I consider that a craft too, so don’t be surprised if you see an awful lot of food crafts as posts on my blog. One of these days I even hope to home craft some beer with the Lizard Hunter

Apparently, if you give me the chance, I’ll type your eyes off, but don’t be surprised if when we meet in person I have very little to say, especially if there is more than one of you at a time. It’s just the way I am.

 I look forward to meeting you and hope you’ll forgive that my posts are irregular and that I have to deal with my day job before I can get to the fun!


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