Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Antsy Pants

I've been getting antsy about The Great Granny Square Swap! Normally I NEVER finish anything on time, just ask my friends still waiting on wedding quilts, graduation quilts, sugar skull quilts, etc. But I finished all my squares for the swap kind of early, because we don't swap til mid April. To cure this antsy-ness Karla over at The Itsy Bitsy Spider asked if I'd print a few crochet pattern booklets for her. She put together a 24 page booklet full of completely awesome crochet patterns! Go to her blog to download it! She asked Stephanie, if she could use her incredible illustration for the cover, and of course she said yes!
So go download it! It's for beginners too, it has the basic granny square pattern in there! Below are 2 squares from the Itsy Bitsy Spider!
Since this swap is almost over, Amber (our wonderful leader of the swap) was wondering what kind of swap we should do next! A few ideas - Maybe doing a color swap.... assigning a partner and then we would have one color and you would craft/buy/create within that color scheme. Maybe a Spring accessory swap? Small crochet item swap?
Any ideas? Leave em in the comments!

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More Slide Scanning

I was looking for a stapler at my parents, because I couldn't find the one I already borrowed - Yikes! In my stapler search I found MORE SLIDES! I was stoked!

This time there was only 150 as opposed to the thousands I scanned before Christmas.

These slides were taken by my dad right before I was born and right after I was born.

I also found this Pana-vue slide viewer, but the tiny light bulb was burned out. I'm going to look for a bulb that may work with it, fingers crossed I find one.
I bet this was a pretty fancy, high tech thing to have back then ;)
So I got my ImageLab Instant Slide Scanner out and scanned all the slides. If you want they are all here on my flickr. Like I said these slides were taken by my dad. I love that he took a zillion photos of his dog at the time - guess the apple doesn't fall far from the tree ;)
Here are just a few of the slides I found!
What's that song? "First comes LOVE, then comes MARRIAGE!"
Here's my parents - so sweet!

"Then comes the fattest BABY in the pool?"
Oh yes that is me! Geez! Rolls all over!
This is my favorite of the bunch, it's my Papaw (grandpa) and his macaw.
Look at those sideburns! The stories I've heard about him are wonderful. He had EVERY hobby in the world, including raising birds. I wonder what crazy hobbies I'll have as I get older? Raising birds will not be one of them lol but you never know!
If you're thinking about getting a slide scanner I really like the ImageLab scanner. It's super easy to use, you just need any SD Memory card and it saves the slides as high rez JPGs. It also scans negatives. I haven't tried the negative scanning, but it's basically the same as the slides. I love old photos of my family, and this is a great way to get them all on to the computer and share them with everyone! Sounds like a commercial lol
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Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Conflict Free

My best friend, Kris recently had her 27th birthday! I bought her a conflict free diamond - kinda! I'm not a jewelry wearer at all. I love jewelry on other people, but just not on me - no real reason. I'll wear a wedding ring (conflict free) one day I'm sure, and I wear my name plate my mom gave me. (Mags, I do wear it, I love it) You jewelry gals out there should go take a peek at Anirtak's etsy shop.
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Monday, March 29, 2010

Giveaway Winners!

Spring Giveaway


Miss Aubrey from A Daily Obsession won both the apron and the postcards.
And Eden from Minnesota Girl won the postcards!

I want to thank everyone for entering! Plus I got to look through some very awesome blogs! By the way go take a look at both Aubrey's and Eden's blogs - they are wonderful!
I cannot believe my Strumpet's blog has 275 follows! That's nuts! I remember when I was so stoked to get 20! Now 275!! Nuts! Thank you so much! It means the world to me!!

Excuse the chipped nail polish and sleepy voice ;)
If you knit or crochet you know it's impossible to keep nail polish on for more than a day or two! Thank you all again!!
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Spring Weekend #2

Thought I'd share my weekend with you! Zero crafting took place, but it was a ton of fun. This was the last weekend for the Tampa Bay Renaissance Festival, so we went! It was a perfect day out.

We of course ate first thing!

My sweet friends.

I now want a hula hoop! I'm really good ps. I had one when I was little, it was purple. I could spin it around my waist, arm, neck, and leg. Just hula hooping for a few minutes made me realize I should probably go to the gym lol

Best $10 I've sent - EVER! This is a homemade wooden marshmallow catapult!
After the festival we had a big family dinner and shot marshmallows at each other all night. My brother is such a sport, because he was the target for most of the evening!
You can buy one of these guys here.
Here is my fox!
My uncle, Robert Michael Fox, was this very amazing person, who would give you the shirt off his back if you needed it. He was very successful and very generous and very kind. He had this awesome excitement for life. He and his wife weren't able to have kids, so he would take us (his nieces and nephews) on all these once in a life time trips. I saw snow for the first time with him and then he threw me in it! He was only 35 when he passed away from a heart problem. I didn't tell you this story to make you sad! I love talking about him! Recently I saw a fox going through a parking lot, where I was stopped checking directions (because I was lost). Other people in my family have seen foxes too and we say it's Robert looking after us.
I hope your second weekend of Spring was great too!
Still picking the giveaway winners tonight!
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I know I said I'd pick the giveaway winner yesterday, but I made a big dinner and started to relax after a long ,very wonderful weekend and just couldn't half hearted pick a winner. So tonight I will! You can still enter now! Hope you had a great weekend!
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Friday, March 26, 2010

Sorry... advance, because you'll want all the fabric that is on sale at!

They are all so cute! Enjoy!
I hope you all have a fantastic weekend! Remember the giveaway ends Sunday!
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Thursday, March 25, 2010

One Strumpet's Spring Giveaway!

Hello! Here is my Spring Giveaway as promised!
Thank you for always visiting my blog and always leaving very lovely comments!
I love that the craft blogging community is so encouraging! You all so great!
Here is my thank you!
The first place winner will receive this spring cleaning apron made by me and a pack of sugar skull postcards (8 - 4x6 postcards in a pack). There will be a second place winner and you will
receive a pack of the sugar skull postcards.

Here's how to win:
1. leave a note in the comments about your favorite Spring event!

2. follow me with Bloglovin or the Google Friend Connect thingie

3. blog about this giveaway on your blog :)

Anyone can enter!

I will pick the winner Sunday evening the 28th, so you only have a few days!

Ok ready, set, go!

More photos here.

ps: if you want the postcards now, visit my etsy shop!

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Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Stay Tuned

Tomorrow I will be posting my giveaway - Finally!
Speaking of finally, this weekend my dear, nutso friend Andrea is coming to visit. I feel like it's been FOREVER since I've seen her! Also my one and only brother Danny will be coming down to Tampa as well! I can't wait to see you guys! Maybe it will be warm enough to go to the beach!
What are you looking forward to this weekend?

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Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Etsy Update!

Hello! I have updated my Etsy with aprons and custom items!
Please take a peek!
There will be a few more updates through out the week, plus a Spring Giveaway at the end of the week! I hope everyone is having a lovely week so far!
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Monday, March 22, 2010

I made stuff.

This weekend I was determined to make stuff and I did exactly that!
Tomorrow I was be updating my Etsy shop! Here are a few peeks at the items in the update!

Proud as a Peacock giant granny square blanket.

Custom Sugar Skull embroideries.

Alice Apron.

Owl Apron and more! Hope you like everything!

Along with making making stuff I finally got a hair cut! Betty bangs? They're okay for now, but I'm sure they'll get old quick. What did you all do this weekend?
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Friday, March 19, 2010

Dear Spring,

You'll be here tomorrow! I'm very excited! I'm expecting alot from you this year, I hope you come though! I'm very tired of the cold weather and I'm ready for some sunshine!
Days like these!
So hurry up and get here. I promise to spend more time outdoors, maybe running, maybe not(who am I kidding), going to outdoor art shows, festivals, reading in the hammock, going to the beach, you name it!
Love, becky

When Spring finally shows up, how are you going to spend it?
Have a wonderful start of Spring!
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Thursday, March 18, 2010

Painting, toys, & tee, Oh My!

Yesterday this painting was waiting for me at home! Painted by Squink!
I found his work on flickr and just loved it so much! I need to find a place for it!
For now it will be held up by fabric and vinyl toys. Pretty precious right?
He makes custom dunnys too! I like each and everyone of them so much!

If you're interested in his work just visit his shop.
So along with Mickey's green hair, here are my green rice crispy treats for the work folk.
They love any sweets especially green rice crispy treats! And in St. Patrick's Day spirit I wore a green tee from Skunkboy Creations! You can get one too!
Even though the work week has been a short one for me I would like the weekend to hurry up and get here quick! I want to MAKE stuff and after work I'm too tired. So hurry up weekend!
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Animal House

A few pretty animals that fill up my house.
Two little deers! Tiny, but super cute!

A paper crane from Miss Janel!

A little push bunny from MyPaperCrane.

Little Lamb tape measure from Tea Time Quilting & Stitchery in Breckenridge.
Mickey thought it was a toy for him and about ate it!

My Panda Protected sewing machine thanks to

Not in my home, but wouldn't it be neat if it was?
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Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Happy St. Patrick's Day

From Mickey!
I couldn't help myself. I was making green rice crispy treats for work and Mickey kept begging for food as my fat puppy does. I grabbed a paint brush and the extra green food dye and here is the result! My green Mick! I wonder how long it will stay this way?

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