Amusing MySelf

A-muse v. To entertain in an agreeable, pleasing way;to make mildly or temporarily happy.

Couple of Contest links

NH Knitting mama is having a contest

The “Candy Bag” contest goes like this:
1. Knit the candy bag
2. Post a pic of your candy bag on your blog and let her know about it (with a link to the blog post!).
3. Your name will go into a drawing FIVE TIMES for some swag!

Don’t want to knit Mandy’s Candy Bag? That’s okay! Put a link on your blog to the post so others can see the pattern, let her know about your link, and she’ll enter your name ONCE for the swag. (If you link it, then knit it and link it again, you’ll get SIX chances! – just let her know so she will know you did it!)

Next contest I found was over on January One. Leave her your favorite bee story – whether it’s a bee sting, a honey recipe, anything goes, and she’ll choose a winner at random on Tuesday. Please, one entry per person. You will receive the Buckwheat Honey yarn and the Bee Fields Pattern. Entries will be accepted through 11:59 PM Monday, July 30.

Kathy B. loves to get postcards.
Leave a comment with her, and she’ll send you her address.

So be sure to stop by and check them out.

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What a relief.

Well we heard from the bank on Wednesday and they are going to let us refinance. Let me tell it was a huge relief. It felt like a big weight was lifted. I wanted to cry when I was talking to the guy at the bank but I kept my calm and finshed the conversation. I feel so much better than I have in the last week. Sure finances will still be tight for a while but now we can see a light at the end of the tunnel.

Also I went to my friend Kathie’s House Wednesday and as a celeration she took me to the Dairy Queen. It was nothing fancy but hey what did I care as long as she was buying I was happy. She also bought me this cute little pixiePixie. I think it is adorable. It was made by a high school student. She has had no training and took no classes on how to do this. I am very impressed. It is made from polymer clay. I am seriously considering buying more.

Also while I was there she let me go thru her fabric and here is what I came home with.  I am working on a new handbag design and I think these fabrics will look good for what I have in mind.

Fabric

Thought I’d share another pet picture with you.This is my dog Grunt. Fat little pooch isn’t he. He’s part beagle and part basset. He already had the name when we got him so we didn;t change it. But believe me it fits him because he does alot of grunting.Grunt

I’ve been doing some thinking, Ya know I’m ok with the fact that not everyone leaves a comment. I’ve done some blog reading and haven’t left any comments so I am guilty of it myself.But I know poeple are reading because I would not have 1, 776 or so hits and my comments have reached over 100 so hey I’m just going to stop worrying cause I still know others are reading. So read on folks but don’t forget to say Hi once in awhile.

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What house are you?

The sorting hat says that I belong in Ravenclaw!

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Said Ravenclaw, "We’ll teach those whose intelligence is surest."

Ravenclaw students tend to be clever, witty, intelligent, and knowledgeable.
Notable residents include Cho Chang and Padma Patil (objects of Harry and Ron’s affections), and Luna Lovegood (daughter of The Quibbler magazine’s editor).

Take the most scientific Harry Potter
Quiz
ever created.

Get Sorted Now!

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Garden grows wild.

Sorry about the down troden posts the last couple of days. My finanical situation just got to me but I’ve decided I’ve done all I can do for now I just have to wait for the others to do their part and then we will go from there and what will be will be. I’m done feeling depressed.

And so with that said I wanted to share some picture of my garden.Gardengarden

 I call it the RUN -A -MUCK garden because Wayne just didn’t think it through very well when he planted it.

I’ve got squash coming out the wazoo. acorn squash squash

This is the first time we’ve ever planted squash- acorn and one other varity but I forget the name.

I like squash and all but what am I going to do with so darn many? I do have a few recipes I can try and I was even thinking about trying to make it up like you would pumpkin bread.

Speaking of pumpkins here is our very first white pumpkinwhite pumpkin

and out first orange one. pumpkinYa can’t tell it will be orange yet but trust me it will be. Can’t wait for them to be ready I love making pumpkins rolls.YUMMY.

Here is my cuddly lion aka Border Collie Titan.Titan He keeps watch over our garden. as you can see he wants to plays. He loves to play fetch. And tug of war with his shirt. Yes he has an old shirt that Wayne was going to throw away well Titan decided he wanted it instead and now he wont let anyone have if they try to grab it. Pets are funny in what they like to play with.

Tomorrow I’ll show you our other two dogs Grunt and Rocky but for now I leave you with a parting shot of my cat Scooter.ScooterScooter

Til next time Happy Knitting.

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Contest Link and wondering

We all love contests, right?! Well, pop over and check out this one. I found it via another blogging friend, so I hope you’ll visit them both too. It’s a point well-taken; if we don’t leave comments, most bloggers don’t know we’re reading.

Sometimes I wonder if anyone does read my blog.Well I know a few do cause they leave commemts and I think you for doing so but when I see other blogs with 10, 16 or even 20+ comments I wonder what I am doing wrong.It’s a good day for me if I reach 5.

I sometimes wonder if my blog is just to boring or maybe I just am not writting about things others want to read. What can I do to make my blog better? What kind of posts do others like to see? I just don’t know what more I can do if no one lets me know.

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I’ve been reading

Non-knitting content, Gasp! Can you imagine!

While I was getting ready for bed last night the TV in our bedroom was on the local PBS station, Wayne likes to watch The Red Green Show on Saturday nights but usually falls asleep before it’s over. He is not a night owl like me. Any way they showed a preview for a moviecalled The Civil War. It look pretty interesting. I love anything from that time period. It was on at 1p.m. today so I asked my mom to record it for me since I had to work.I am anioux to see what it is all about. I’ll let ya know if I like and maybe you’ll want to watch it too.

Also they had a preveiw for an Agatha Christie Movie Miss Marple:Nemesis 

It looked pretty good. It is on at 9p.m tonight so I think that’s where I’ll be be a nice cuppa tea with honey and if I like it I may have to read the book.

Speaking of books my library list keeps growing. Right Now I am reading Laura Childs Tea Shop mystery book series. I’m currently reading book number 2 Gun Powder Green. I tend to read the series backwoods. I’ve all ready read books 6,7,8 and 1 Chamomille Mourning, Blood Orange Brewing, Dragonwell Dead and Death by Darjeeling. All very good reads. I have enjoyed them so far and I feel as if I personally know the characters.

Next on my to read list is the Anne of Green Gables series by Lucy Maud Montgomery.

Katie also has a few books listed on her blog that I want to read. on is “84, Charing Cross Road” and Rhonda had one listed the other day that I have also added to my list.”Faeries of DreamDark: Blackbringer
by Laini Taylor.

While I’m on the subject of books, you have to read one of my favorite authors Anne George. “Anne wrote a wonderful series of ‘cozy’ mysteries, more popularly known as The Southern Sisters Mysteries.I have to say these books are laugh out loud funny.These wonderfully wacky Southern Sisters stories are what introduced me
 to the work of Anne George, and made me a mystery fan! ”
as quoted from the website. I agree 100% with what this says I love these books.

Geeze between all my reading, knitting and sewing I just don’t have time to go to work. HA! Don’t think I can really get by with that though. Really do gotta pay those bills but I just can’t understand why all those companies think they need my money- what little there is of it. HEE HEE.

Let me know if you’ve read any good books lately. I’d love to hear about them.

Happy knitting and reading to you.


 

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More Yarn.

I got more yarn in th mail today. It’s always a good day when I get yarn.

Grace sent me this,

Knit Picks yarn in colorways Star Gazer, Mesa and New England Foliage(my fave) in exchange for these.

Aren’t they just the cutest. I love making these little frogs.

It’s one way I can get yarn and not hurt my budget. Since my fabric buying delimma was solved maybe I can find a way around yarn buying. Maybe I can barter with others who are willing to part with a skein or two.

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Depressed

I’m feeling a bit down today and here’s why. The trip to Virginia had to be canceled for financial reasons.

Then I was planning to open and Esty shop so I could sell my  handbags, stitch markers and homemade paper. But that idea is out because I don’t have a credit card.So now I have no idea how I am going to sell my stuff if I can’t set up shop online.

I think my computer is on it’s last leg. It’s making strange noises. I know it’s bogged down but right now I just don’t have the extra to get it checked out.

We had to go today to see about refinancing the house but we wont know anything til Monday. I hate playing the waiting game.

How can a person get ahead when life keeps giving them a kick in the pants and knocking them down.

Yarn and Fabric buying are pretty much at a stand still for now due to penny pinching til finances improve. I guess I need to make sacrifices somewhere. Thank Goodness I already have the yarn and things for my swaps.

So as you can see it’s not been one of my better days. However there were a few bright spots so I can’t say it was all bad.

I got this in the mail today.mail goodiesMail goodies

2 skiens of cotton yarn- one Cascade Pima Cotton and one Sugar and Cream ,an M&M”S note pad and a yummy orange scented candle.But I’m not sure where it came from there was no note telling me wether it was from a secret pal or from the dishcloth exchange contest I won.All it had was a return adress from Alanta, GA.

Next my friend Kathie called me to say that I could have all the fabric I wanted from her stash. She has bolt upon bolt left over from when she owned her shop(now closed). I don’t have to give her anything. So that was one problem solved. I will be able to make my handbags for very little out of pocket expence. Isn’t she the bestest pal a girl could have.

And I finally got my invite to Ravelry . I signed up on May 30th so it took about 6 weeks which seems to be about what everyone else that I heard from said it took for them. I am excited to see what all the fuss it about. So if you’re over on Ravelry look me up my scren name is rubyjune.

Well I think I’ve subjected you to enough of my depression. Hope you had a better day than I. Happy Knitting.

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Finally Done!

Zig Zag Socks

My Zig Zag Socks are offically finished. It only took me a month, not because I am a slow knitter but because I set them aside for awhile to do some sewing. I sat down today and decided I was not stopping until they were finished. I am very pleased with how well they turned out and they fit perfectly.

I have already started casting on another pair using the Socks that Rock yarn that Emily sent me back in June. I am making a pair of Broad Cable socks for the books More Sensational Knitted Socks for Mom. I am going to give them to her for Christmas.

Yes I said Christmas. I have offically started my holiday knitting which will be a first for me.I usually wait til the last minute to do things. I also have plans for another pair of socks for my brothers girl friend and then some hats for the boys.All of which I will be sure to post once I am done.

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Yarny Goodness

Look what I got in the mail yesterday.

Sock Yarn

Yep it’s yarn. Yummy sock yarn that is. The card says Sunshine Yarns and the color is “It’s Cold Outside”.

I had made some of the Purl frogs for another blogger, Bertha and her daughter June and in return she sent me the yarn. I just love trades like that. It helps me build my sock yarn stash since my budget is pretty much nil right now. Every penny I get is going toward my trip to Virigina. Can I interest you in a trade? LOL

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I won a contest.

Over on Dog Days of Summer They held a scavenger hunt. I went searchiing for the answers to the questions and found what was needed and then I posted it here on my blog and guess what I was one of the winners. WOO HOO I certainly never expected to win. I have never won any contests before so I am excited and can not wait to see what the prize will be.

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Sad day.

Harley

Yesterday was a sad day. My mothers Jumbo Doberman Harley passed away. He was nine years old in dog years he was about 71 acording to the vet. He had an enlarged heart however we had only just learned that yesterday morning when my brother took him to the vet we certainly didn’t expect him to pass so soon but on the way home he just laid down and went to sleep and didn’t wake up.Most likely the journey was just to stressful on him. He had orginally been my brothers dog but when my brother moved away from home he was unable to take Harley with him so for the last 6 years he became like my mothers child and best friend. They pretty much did everything together.He was always waiting at the door for her when she came home from work. Harley was a beloved member of the family and will be greatly missed.

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Wow I’ve hit the mother load.

NSFY Secret swap

Look what I got yesterday in the mail. My NSFY Pal Katie sent me lots of goodies. She went way beyond what was required of her. All we really had to send was a single skein of yarn. One for June and one for July but both times she just spoiled me and sent more. I think she was just the best pal ever(By no means am I snubbing or overlooking my other spoilers. I have had some AWESOME pals, and have received wonderful swap boxes). We chatted quite alot through email and I really enjoyed getting to know her.And we have so much in common that it’s just scary. I hope we stay in touch for a long time to come.

I love the yarns which are 100% Bamboo from South West Trading Company and Rowan Denim that is 100% cotton. I love the feel of these yarns and can not waitr to start knitting with them. 

My favorite item though was the Blue Floral mug. I absolutley love this mug.I am such a tea junkie and can never get enough tea or mugs.  And of course she sent me some yummy tea also , Vanilla Caramel Truffle by Lipton and honey sticks from Trader Joes. I love honey in my tea. She also sent Russell Stover’s new international chocolates. Oh so yummy! My two favorite’s Tea and chocolate oh it’s Heavenly.

I don’t want to forget the size 5 DPNs and a couple of patterns and note cards with a fall type theme which just happens to be my favotie season.

Thanks Katie for everything. You are awesome and I love it all!

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Unexpected

Seems I need to get with the program and join the Esty generation. I have several inquires about my purses. But I’m a little illiterate when it comes to setting up shop.I don’t have the first clue about what to do so I guess I need to get ahold of my friend Donnely and have her help me, she used to have an Esty shop so she will know what I need to do. Then of course I will need to sew up some more purses so I will have something to sell. I sure didn’t expect anyone to want to buy them off the Internet. Yea I know I included an actual price in my original post about them but I have to confess I haven’t actually sold any, most of them I have made so far have been given as gifts. I just never expect the response I have gotten to them. So I better get busy and sew, sew, sew.

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Dog Days of Summer Scavenger Hunt

This post is for a contest over on Dog Days of Summer Dishcloth Exchange

  • Someone who crochets –Madonna B
  • Someone who’s never made a dishcloth before – Diane C.
  • Someone who has been knitting\crocheting for less than 2 years-Holly W. has only been knitting since January.
  • Someone who has been knitting\crocheting for more than 5 years-KT
  • Someone who is from a non-US country- Barb N. lives in Canada
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