Thursday, January 29, 2009

Crochet pineapple doilie

Just finished this one! WHEW!! It took longer than I thought it would but I love the end results.
It measures 18inches wide. I used ecru colored and size 10 thread.

Close up of one of the corners.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

My daughters first snow day from school!!!!

Oh my did they have fun!!!! My oldest was disappointed that she didn't get to go to school but when I told her we would go play in it later she was happy. LOL We don't get snow very often here in SW Oklahoma, and when we do we try to make the best of it.

"S" eating the sleet (or sleek as she calls it).

Trying to catch it on her tongue....

"M" eating the sleet.

"M" telling me her nose was cold. LOL

"M" yelling at "S" to stand still so she could throw sleet at her. LOL

They had a blast and I froze. LOL It was still sleeting while we were out playing and they didn't even seem to mind it at all. Me? I was plastered as close to the south end of the house as I could get to get out of the sleet.


As parents and concerned citizens I’m sure most of us at one time or another have been confronted with the question of lead poisoning. But have you asked yourself what your government is doing to protect your children from lead contained in toys? The answer? They're banning toys, taking books from schools and libraries, hurting low income families, killing entrepreneurial spirit and risking putting the economy in an even greater depression than we've seen in decades. I'd like to introduce you to their solution: the CPSIA.

Do you know about the CPSIA? No? Then I ask you to take a few minutes to find out about it.

The CPSIA stands for Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act, a new set of laws that will come into effect on 10 February, 2009 and will impact many, many people in a negative way. Make no mistake, this is very real. View it for yourself. If Forbes, the American Library Association and numerous other media are paying attention, perhaps you should too.

How will these new laws affect you? Well, here are a few examples:

To the Parents of Young Students:
Due to the new law, expect to see the cost of school supplies sky rocket. While those paper clips weren't originally intended for your student to use, they will need to be tested now that your 11-year-old needs them for his school project. This law applies to any and all school supplies (textbooks, pencils, crayons, paper, etc.) being used by children under 12.

To the Avid Reader:
Due to the new law, all children's books will be pulled from library and school shelves, as there is no exemption for them. That’s okay though, there's always television. Our children don’t need to learn the love of reading after all.
Article from the American Library Association

To the Lover of All Things Handmade:
Due to the new law, you will now be given a cotton ball and an instruction manual so you can make it yourself since that blanket you originally had your eye on for $50 will now cost you around $1,000 after it's passed testing. It won't even be the one-of-a-kind blanket you were hoping for. Items are destroyed in the testing process making one-of-a-kind items virtually impossible. So that gorgeous hand-knit hat you bought your child this past winter won’t be available next winter.

To the Environmentalist:
Due to the new law, all items in non-compliance will now be dumped into our already overflowing landfills. Imagine not just products from the small business owners, but the Big Box Stores as well. You can't sell it so you must toss it. Or be potentially sued for selling it. You can't even give them away. If you are caught, it is still a violation.

To the Second-Hand Shopper:
Due to the new law, you will now need to spend $20 for that brand new pair of jeans for your 2-year old, rather than shop at the Goodwill for second hand. Many resale shops are eliminating children's items all together to avoid future lawsuits.

To the Entrepreneur:
Due to this new law, you will be forced to adhere to strict testing of your unique products or discontinue to make and/or sell them. Small businesses will be likely to be unable to afford the cost of testing and be forced to close up shop. Due to the current economic state, you'll have to hope for the best when it comes to finding a new job in Corporate America.

To the Antique Toy Collector:
Due to the new law, you'd better start buying now because it's all going to private collection and will no longer be available to purchase. “Because the new rules apply retroactively, toys and clothes already on the shelf will have to be thrown out if they aren't certified as safe.”

To the American Economy:
Already struggling under an economy that hasn’t been this weak in decades, the American economy will be hit harder with the inevitable loss of jobs and revenues from suppliers, small businesses and consumers. The required testing is far too costly and restrictive for small businesses or individuals to undertake.

To the Worldwide Economy:
Due to this new law, many foreign manufacturers have already pulled out of the US market. You can imagine the impact of this on their businesses.

If you think this is exaggerating, here is a recent article from Forbes

And for those of you prepared to be stupefied and boggled, The New Law

Did you know? If this upsets or alarms you, please react.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Crocheted 3 pineapple bookmark

I know it isn't a very good pic of them. The left one is made out of multi-colored pastel thread and the right one is made out of lavendar colored thread. I haven't blocked them yet but I kinda like them the way they are. I think I will go ahead and block them and I might list them in my store. I was thinking maybe $5-$7 each? What do you think?

The next thing I am working on is a doily. I am working at it little at a time.

Saturday, January 10, 2009

My baby turned 3 today......

I can't believe that just 3 years ago I was screaming my head off at the doc to get her out. Now I have a beautiful girl to show for all the pain and agony she put me through. I was so sick with her and she loved kicking my ribs everytime I would sit down. My DH said she was ornery and she sure is.
See what I mean..........

This is a better smile......

She sure had fun at her party. She is so into Tinkerbell right now that nothing else matters. She got the prized Tinkerbell doll. She had seen it when we went Christmas shopping and she loved it. She was so upset when she didn't get it for Christmas. She got it for her birthday and some of the other fairies from the movie Tinkerbell.

The prized doll........

Thursday, January 8, 2009

New law taking effect on Feb 10th SUCKS!!!!

According to the new law coming into effect on Feb 10th, I will no longer be able to sell my hairbows without having them tested for LEAD. This will cost thousands of dollars and I just don't have that kind of money laying around. I will be closing my shop on February 1st. So if you want any more bows from me then hop on over and get them while the law still permits me and you to buy and sell them.

I am not very happy with this new law. But I will be starting to sell other things. I love to crochet and am seriously thinking about selling what I make. Of course, all items will be for people over the age of 12. I will be making anything from doilies to afghans, to possible prayer shawls to wash rags to anything else I can come up with or make and sell......

So keep checking back and I will post about each item as I make it.

Sunday, January 4, 2009

A Poem I Got At Church Today.......

Christian New Year's Resolutions

How can I us the New Year
to better serve my Lord?
I'll read my Bible every day,
and be more in accord.

I'll find more ways to serve others;
I'll love my neighbor, too.
I'll focus on "give" instead of "get"
in everything I do.

I'll forgive the people I'm mad at,
angry feelings I'll discard.
I'll try to love my enemies,
even though it's hard.

In the new year, I'll lift people up,
instead of putting them down.
I'll fill my heart with love and joy,
and never wear a frown.

I'll let go of y worries,
I'll put it all in His hands.
I'll repent and try to sin less,
and obey all His commands.

These new year's resolutions
are difficult, at best,
but there's something I can do each day
that will put my soul at rest.

I'll love my Lord with all my heart,
with all my mind and soul,
and if I do that essential thing,
all the rest will be in control.

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Wishing you a Happy New Year!

Happy New Year and may you be blessed with many more blessings this year than last year.

Be Safe and Have Fun!!!!!!