Thursday, February 04, 2010

c'mon now


C'mon now. Why in the world are you still checking here? Don't miss the party. Join me over at my snazzy new place.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

You still here?

2010 new blog header

Just a little friendly reminder to update your bookmarks and feeds. please?

Monday, January 11, 2010


In with the new...

Check out my new digs.

Please update you feeds and bookmarks. Pretty please? I think you'll like it over there. Drop me a comment too over there so I know you got this little note.

I'll be talking to myself if you don't show up. :(

Sunday, December 06, 2009

Tree Hunting

tree farmStar on top decoratedWe headed out to the tree farm today. I think this was the fastest we've ever picked one out. We walked up to the very first tree we saw and all agreed. Even the farm worker was a bit surprised and commented how fast we were.

The last photo is out of focus. My camera doesn't auto-focus consistently (one too many drops). That is an example of my manual focus talent. It appears I'm in need of some stronger glasses. Bugger.

For those who got a Christmas card from us last year - I am sorry but we're not doing anything as fun or creative. We went to Meijer and picked a pre-packaged boxed card this year. I like them and hope you do too.

Saturday, December 05, 2009

Sunday, November 29, 2009


  • Best quote from last year's Christmas season:
    Mommy, I want you to get me a special surprise for Christmas. Something I don't know about and something I'll like...and I'm not talking about those special kind of surprises like a hug or telling me you love me.
  •  This year she wants a new paints, new books and a doctor's kit. 
puppy Jeff Vader
  • Jeff Vader (the dog) is doing well with obedience training. He's a funny dog. I've never seen a large dog jump like a toy poodle straight up in the air when excited until I met him. It's crazy. I need to get video of it.
  • Will my house ever be clean all at the same time?
  • I haven't started my Christmas shopping yet. Last year I was almost done at this time. I haven't done our Christmas card either and it's stressing me out. How do I top last year? I can't. What to do...what to do...
  • Next weekend we will get our tree. I have a goal to have the house clean and orderly by then. Why the house needs to be clean for the tree I don't know. It's one of my rules I made up in my head. 
  • I want to post more to this blog. Wanting to and actual doing can be two very different things. This randomized post is a start I suppose.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving!

We're hanging out watching Mythbusters on this fine Thanksgiving morning. Nothing like a lazy PJ day with the family. I'm not complicated.

This year I've learned to appreciate the basics. There is so much to be thankful for. God has given me a great life.

Hope you have a great day. Eat lots and lots! I plan to.

If you are interested I have reduced the price of my dolls as a special for the holidays.

gobble gobble

Thursday, November 19, 2009

2010 Fabric Calendar

2010 Calendar

Vote for my design! Please?? I entered a design in Spoonflower's Calendar challenge. Mine is a modern twist on the traditional fabric tea-towels. Go here to vote.

I think it printed up really nice - the colors are crisp and vivid. Great job again Spoonflower!

oval - seasons

Since I had the basic design I figured I'd make a basic repeat out of it. I ordered a test swatch. I'm looking forward to seeing how this one turns out."

The contest was to create a calendar to be displayed as a fabric wall hanging similar to traditional tea-towels. I wanted one that was more modern than typical tea-towel calendars so...that's what I designed. I think this would make a great gift, not that I'm biased or anything but I really do. The price is right at about $12. It is designed to fit a Fat quarter exactly so choose that option when ordering. You may need to sew a seam at the top depending upon how you would want to display it.

You can purchase it here.

edited: It's not quite ready to be purchased but it will be soon. EDIT #2 - It's now available. So, if you want a calendar for Christmas they're available.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Hand Stitched Embroidery Swap Finished

fish hoop swap

I'm late for the official deadline on this swap. Jeff Vader ate the first hoop.

This is my fish fabric design which you can buy here.

Monday, November 02, 2009

Hanging Out


Jeff Vader is settling in.

I've been sick with a cold for over a week. So annoying. It would be better to be sick sick and get it over with. I'm only getting the bare minimum done around here.

Tootie, however, is stepping up and being so helpful and grown-up. She's absolutely amazing and I can't believe I get the privilege of being her Mama.

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Happy Halloween!


Thinking Arby's and a cat.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Fishy Fish Fish

I've been busy creating fish fabric for the Spoonflower weekly challenge. Please watch on their blog for when it's time to vote for my fabric and vote for me! Pretty please?

repeat pattern circlesfishyfishfish
water  background

I ordered test swatches and once I proof them and make some tweaks then I'll have them up for sale.

Monday, October 12, 2009

New Dog, Big Dog. Jeff

outside clyde
Here he is, our newest member of the family. Tootie calls him New Dog or Big Dog. I wanted to name him Jeff Vader -- taken from this Eddie Izzard bit.

He looks like a Jeff Vader. He's very deer-like and fine featured and not at all ferocious. He is large, however, and it appears he is going to get much larger. Jeff is 11 months old now and is eye-level with the kitchen counter. He's built like a freight train -- his body seems to go on forever and there is a lack of communication between what his hind end is doing with the rest of his body.

He was terrified of the stairs at first so the past couple days we've been practicing very slowly, one paw at a time how to navigate them properly. His biggest problem was getting his hind end in control. He kept wanting to kick. As of today he is doing them solo but he still goes realllllly slow, as we showed him, one step at a time.

So now when I mention Jeff Vader (not really his name in RL) you'll know who I'm talking about.


The Winners Are...

If your name (from the comments in the previous post) is listed below you won a pin!
  1. Digital Misfit 
  2. Wendy 
  3. Regina 
  4. Janice 
  5. Jelabrilo
  6. Mary
Please email me with your mailing info. so I can send you your pin. My email is joybucket @ gmail . com (remove spaces).
Thanks all who played along with me!

Monday, October 05, 2009

Giveaway Goodies

fabric doll pins
I promised a giveaway so here it is...
I made some little kokeshi doll pins out of my fabric, see them above. I'm giving away 6 of them. If you would like to be in a drawing to win one of these little girls then write a comment on this post. If you write about this giveaway on your blog and link back to me and include the link so I can follow it in the comment I will enter your name twice. I'm doing it the old fashioned way with little bits of paper and a hat. I'll have Tootie draw out the winning 6 names. So, you got it? Leave a comment below and I'll enter you once. Include a link to a post (either blog or message board) inviting others to check it out I'll enter your name a second time. Happy days! I'm off to watch the movie Always with my hunky husband. OH, I almost forgot. The deadline for entering will be Midnight Sunday the 11th. I will draw names and announce the winners on Monday, Oct 12th.