Thursday, November 29, 2007

November's Gone

Wow, I can't believe November is gone already, it just flew by!
Next Wednesday I'm going on my first business trip ever. I'm going to Minnesota for a class on Alan Block retaining wall.
(We sell landscape materials, like retaining wall and pavers.) Sounds real exciting huh? lol. But, I do get to go to the Mall of America, we'll be staying across the street from it. My boys are really jealous (about the Mall of course,not the classes). So I told them I'd take lots of pictures for them and maybe bring them something. I'll only be there 2 nights, probably not near enough time to see everything, but it will still be fun to get away. This will be the first time I've gone anywhere by myself for the last 24 years, kind of weird.

In other news I posted a new knitted scarf on Etsy and bought a showcase spot for tomorrow, we'll see how it goes.

See ya soon,
Tracy M.

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Back To The Grind

It's so hard going back to work after a long holiday weekend. I have so much Christmas stuff I want to work on and not enough time to do it. We had a nice Thanksgiving. It was at our house this year and everything turned out great. I took pictures of the pretty table and decor and was going to post them, but I didn't have the memory card in and will have to transfer the pictures later. We had a nice relaxing break ( no mad Friday shopping), saw the movie Enchanted, it was really cute, had a family breakfast on Sunday morning and went to some friends house Sunday afternoon to watch the Denver Broncos lose in overtime. I really didn't care, I'm not much of a football fan anyway. Then it was home to get ready for Monday, watch Desperate Housewives and hit the hay.

I also got my ornaments for the Pink Ornament swap shipped out today. I have received one from Courtney at Tokyo Bunny. Thanks Courtney, it's really cute.
I'm going to post pictures when I get them all. Can't wait til they all get here, should be this week. So until then I'll go ahead and post the ornament I made.

Hope you all had a Great Holiday,


Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Nothing New

I've been a bad girl,(or should I say boring). There is really nothing new. We have just been doing stuff around the house mostly to get ready for Thanksgiving cause it's at our house this year. So my Hubby is on the war path to make sure everything is perfect. (You'd think he was the wife.)
So therefore, I haven't got a lot of creative work done except a couple of scarfs I've been knitting to put on Etsy. (no pictures yet though).

Thanks to everyone who wrote and gave me some picture advice. I think I got some of the problem fixed. I found out I can adjust the levels in my photo program and it really helped so now I'm trying to change some of my not so great pictures with the fixed ones. It takes a lot of time, but things are pretty slow right now at my day job so I can do a lot of computer work there. Good thing I work for Family eh.

I also added the Blogs of my swap partners to my Favorites list. These are some really great and talented ladies. Can't wait to see what they all made for their Pink Ornaments.

Talk to ya soon.

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Fun Quiz

Here is a fun little Quiz I found. Enjoy

You Are Midnight

You are more than a little eccentric, and you're apt to keep very unusual habits.
Whether you're a nightowl, living in a commune, or taking a vow of silence - you like to experiment with your lifestyle.
Expressing your individuality is important to you, and you often lie awake in bed thinking about the world and your place in it.
You enjoy staying home, but that doesn't mean you're a hermit. You also appreciate quality time with family and close friends.

Pink Ornament Swap


I got my names today for the Pink Ornament Swap and I'm really excited! This is my first swap ever.
My ornaments are actually almost finished and I was going to post a sneak peak picture but I don't know if that would ruin the surprise to those receiving them or not.

I also got some pictures taken this weekend and got a couple of new items done for my Website and Etsy, so I'm pretty proud of myself right now. I'm having trouble with my pictures though, I just don't think they are very good. I need to make some kind of picture box or something for better lighting. Maybe someone has some tips?

Hope you all had a great weekend.

Friday, November 2, 2007

Day of the Dead

Hello and Happy Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) to you all,

In case you don't know, Dia de los Muertos is a Mexican Celebration today to honor and remember relatives that have have passed away. The ancient indigenous peoples of Mexico believed that the souls of the dead returned each year to visit with their still-living relatives to celebrate with food, drink and festivities at a family reunion.

sugar skull for day of the deadFamilies prepare shrines and altars in honor of the departed. They place offerings of food such as bread, beans, rice and chicken, (sometimes Beer or Tequila) lit candles, sweets - including skulls made of sugar - incense, yellow marigolds (zempasuchil), and a photo of the departed soul on a small decorated altar.

Day of the Dead celebrations include a day spent at the cemetary, cleaning and decorating family graves and decorating the plot or crypt with elaborate banners, votive candles and skeletons in festive colorful clothing posed at merrymaking. Often there is music and fireworks in the evening and families spend the entire night camped out in the cemetary, celebrating the deceased.

There are a lot of great articles and pictures available on the Web about Day of the Dead if you wish to read more about it.

In other news I am really trying hard to get in the Christmas Spirit and get some things made. I actually got some ideas sketched out and am going to work on them this weekend.

I hope you all had a Happy and safe Halloween!