Archive | October 2010

Fall Fob Giveaway Winner

So… I’m a day late on this!  Its been a crazy couple of days! 

The winner is…  Cheryl

I don’t know how to show the actal graphic from www.random.org… so I’ve just copied and pasted the results below.

True Random Number Service

List Randomizer

There were 9 items in your list. Here they are in random order:

  1. cheryl
  2. jo
  3. missy ann
  4. jenjen
  5. cymberleah
  6. kmaurer
  7. susan
  8. blu
  9. mary jane

Timestamp: 2010-10-27 17:33:50 UTC

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Fall Stitching and a Giveaway!

I just got started on the Sweetheart Tree Halloween Pumpkins biscornu.  I’m not a huge fan of halloween stitching, but I do like pumpkins… so there you go.

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I also stitched up a couple of little autumn scissor fobs. This is a freebie from the Drawn Thread and is about 1.5″ x 1.5″. Super cute, easy, and fast.  They are lightly stuffed and weighted.  I just used thread from my stash as I didn’t have what the pattern called for and I think it turned out OK.

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I stitched 3 of these, but am showing two in the pic so that you can see what the back looks like. Leave a comment to be entered in the drawing which will occur on Tuesday, October 26. Scissors not included. 😀

Happy Fall Stitching!

grrrr… Allstate Commercial

Isn’t there a reason why teenaged BOYS have higher insurance rate than girls?  The fact that a MAN is playing this role pisses me off even more.  The little wink he gives at the end… is that supposed to make me feel better?  I’ve been to the Allstate web page, trying to lodge a complaint, but you have to call their 800  number and get a username and password to contact them by e-mail.

Video link below… am I over-reacting?

Parental Visit

My parents, now retired, split their time between my home town in NY and the town in Oklahoma where they moved my senior year of high school.  Since they were driving, they took a little detour to spend a day or two with me before they continued on their way.  It was nice, as it was only the second time since I’ve moved to Indiana 6 years ago that they came to visit me, rather than the other way around. They were really only here for two nights, we hung out, ate out, and did some shopping, but there were two things that really stood out for me.

A few weeks ago, my father called me to tell me that my grandfather was joining my grandmother at the nursing home and that they would be cleaning out their house to put on the market.  He asked me if I wanted anything, and after puzzling for a moment, I asked if there were any of the felt ornaments around that my grandmother had made over the years.  Apparently, in her younger days, she was an ornament making machine, as every year a new felt ornament would be given to her kids’ families.  So, all through my youth, all of the Christmas trees in the family would look very similar, decorated with all of these hand made ornaments.  I had a couple, but knew that there were many more than I didn’t have.

So, the ornaments that she had on her tree were found and split up between me and a couple of the other grandkids who had expressed interest.  My parents brought them to me and I was thrilled to get what I did!

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There were also a bunch of other plastic canvas ornaments that she did in her later years. One of them had a magnet on the back so its now on my fridge. 🙂

The other fun thing, besides just hanging out and talking with them, was that my mother taught me to crochet a granny square. I can crochet, but whenever I’d tried to make one of these from written instructions, I’d end up with a tangled mess of yarn. I understood what I needed to do, but actually executing it just never quite worked. So.. now I know how to make a granny square! Here’s my practice one that she helped me with:

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So all in all, a fun visit!