My 2010 Year in Blogging

I wanted to take a moment to thank you all for viewing my Blog! Please remember to go to my current blog to stay abreast of current posts and updates, as this one has been put on a back burner, for now.

Doing the Numbers Crunching:
A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 3,400 times in 2010. That’s about 8 full 747s.

My busiest day of the year was November 27th with 46 views. The most popular post that day was this one: Easy Turtleback Jackets : The Book.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010. You can see all of the year’s most-viewed posts and pages in your Site Stats.

1. Easy Turtleback Jackets : The Book~October 2009


2. Ostrich Plume Lace Capelet Pattern~November 2009


3. Cookie Bakeoff Completed | Peanut Butter Cookie Recipe~December 2009


4. Mojito Cake Recipe from Betty Crocker~May 2010
5. NO. 28—”HAT” PINCUSHION To Crochet” ~December 2009

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Some of my most popular posts were written before 2010, according to stats, so be sure and check out my archives!

Happy New Year and Blog On!

What's on your needles for 2011?


Elliott Hundley at Andrea Rosen, NYC (April 2010)

Check out this artist’s work; the collages are made using our hat stick pin blanks, thousands of them~

It’s been a busy week-we’ve begun to see a surge in sales, particularly in our Shawl Pins. I suspect people are already gearing up for the Holidays, stock-piling for the mad rush on winter accessories.

DH was at the dentist yesterday; our lovely favorite Toothpicker, D, was on hand to tell me about her latest Netflix craze, Dexter: Season 1…so I updated my queue to get started on them too, for my winter programs.

I’m so out of sync with my blogging, they may appear random. OH! I finally got a new Canon Pixma MP560 color printer for the office; now I can print color patterns out again~ {happy dance!}

S. has completed her 3rd chemo session, so this is her next Chemo Coaster:

Dainty Pineapples by Shobha Govindan

Chemo Coaster of the Month-Dainty Pineapples

Looks like rain moving in later tonight, 48 for a low, good sleeping weather. Tomorrow is suppose to be a mix of rain and…….whatever, so hopefully, I can get out and do some yard cleanup around my perennial gardens.

DH mucking through remnants of last Spring's thaw

Hope you have a beautiful weekend, Happy Fall Craftin’!

Find me your Tired, Worn-out Feet or How to Make Ho Chi Minh Sandals

This is a quick followup on yesterday’s Tire Episode.

Our neighbor was over today, and he was telling us about how the Viet Cong would recycle old jeep tires by making sandals out of the tread. They called them “Ho Chi Minh” sandals.

I looked them up on Yahoo search and lo-and-behold, there is a thriving market for these!

A fellow blogger even posted a blurb on how to make them

how to make ho chi minh sandals – Yahoo! Search Results

Nat went back and got her blown tire from Pete’s, in case the Rock company wanted proof. They called me today and requested a receipt for the tires, which I gladly emailed to them. We’re in hopes they will reimburse us for the one, we’ll see.

Here’s the Evil Rock of Doom~you can’t tell from the picture, but the dimensions are roughly 18″L x 14″ W x 10″ H and weighted approximately 60 lbs.

I’ll post a pic of The Tire later

Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes, and other blogs I have known~

I have fond memories of 1963 and Germany, when my dad was stationed in Stuttgart. Mom and I lived on base in some apartments.

Mom and Dad wedding photo, circa 1944

Wisconsin winters remind me of Christmas in Germany. Lot’s of snow, and pines that tower above the buildings where we lived for 18 months. On winter days, we kids would build snowmen on the hoods of the tenants’ cars parked in the parking lot out front.

In summer Dad would take me walking through the Black Forest which butted up to the apartments, and we’d go on “squirrel hunts”. I remember he and I would hunker down (I was tiny at 4) behind a fallen log, and he’d tell me to be very quiet and a squirrel would come out. It wasn’t long before we spotted one, most likely checking out the two silly Humans wandering in his neck’o the woods.

Dad  would take me to a Beer Garten somewhere at the end of our walk-we’d cross over a foot bridge that spanned a little pond and creek. I’d watch the swans and geese that inhabited the pond.

On Halloween, us kids would dress up warm and make ready to go Trick-or-Treating in the complex. Mom made me eat a bowl of chili for dinner first, which I wasn’t too fond of. She wanted me full so I would be too full to eat candy when I got back.

That Christmas, Santa came through our apartment complex, sitting on the back of a Cadillac convertible. He waved at the kids in the parking lot, and I think he saw me from our upstairs window as I waved at him passing by. I was with a babysitter that day-I don’t know where Mom was, but I was in the middle of nap-time when the Babysitter got me up to come to the window to see Santa as he passed by.

On Christmas Eve, it was customary for the children to put a shoe outside their bedroom door. It was our hope that if we were good little boys and girls, Santa would leave us candy in our shoe (ewwwwwwe) and if we were bad, he would leave sticks. I was so happy to find candy in the morning, I was a Good Girl!

I was visiting a blog this evening, and in my search for a reference to Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes, I ran across a recipe for Brotchen (little breads). They are little crusty rolls, which we ate for breakfast, with real churned butter and jelly.

I ended up bouncing from post to post, reeling from my new discovery-recipes for Artisan Crusty bread abound! You absolutely MUST check the brotchen blog at at Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes. If you are into real crusty bread like I am, you’ll be hooked too!

Note to self: Must find Danish Dough Whisk.

Thanks, Virginia for starting me on a new pathway of  Bread Baking fun and for helping me to revisit some of my fondest childhood memories once again!! 😀

A Ballerina in FlipFlops~

okaaaaaaaaaaaay….I can work with that.

Taken from the Urban Dictionary:

A strong name for a strong woman

A Sandra, especially one born under the star (sun) sign of Aries tends to be intelligent, witty, extremely open, honest & passionate and will do whatever it takes to uphold her morals. While these are extremely admirable traits, they also mean that they should never be crossed. Hope you are paying attention, you have been warned!!

On the flipside, if you do the right thing (and why wouldn’t you?) a Sandra will go out of her way to make your life beautiful.
While fiercely independent, a Sandra has both a strong sense of community and family and will do whatever it takes (regardless of personal cost) to defend and protect those that she cares about.

Do yourself a favour – find a Sandra; stocks are limited and they are (rightly so) in high demand.
A Sandra is known to have striking intelligent features. Tends to be the bravest In a group of people. Although clumsy at times, always recovers from a stumble Like a ballerina in flip flops.  Actually I’m a Taurus, so would that make me a Bull in FlipFlops?

The name sandra is derived from alexandra and it also means the queen. Also means kindness, love, peace, & helper of mankind –

Need a friend?
Look no further than Sandra

Dr. Strangelove Or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

~the most odd movie, but a classic!

Current Mood:  Organize (pattern books) NOW!

I want to get all my knit and crochet patterns together in a file cabinet, in hanging folders. Maybe there will be room in the bottom drawer for WIPS, and sock yarn.

Currently, I am using a file cabinet as a mouse table next to my computer,  it sits between my chair and Mike’s. Since I always bring my knitting to work with me, I would love to have everything right here at my fingertips~ when I print off a pattern, I can just pop it in a clear page protector, and drop in the top drawer. Most of my patterns are in flat plastic storage boxes, but the lids are getting brittle from age, and they are all collapsing in on themselves…

I’m always searching through volumes of booklets, printouts, leaflets, and books, for this or that doily, sock or whatever. Like just now. I had to find a sock pattern for a fellow knitter, and after tearing the Guest Bedroom apart, I finally found it,  in a binder beside my side of the sofa where I knit on Sunday’s. I almost forgot that was there!

Yes, Virginia, it’s time to ORGANIZE!

Back to my movie, blog ya latrz!

Pizza Weasel Strikes Again…

Some things just need to be blogged.

DD18.99999 and I were sitting at the breakfast bar, just talking about life choices in general. Well, it got a little more than just general. It started out with what-if’s, then when-did’s, to why-for’s.

We had a good talk, things needed to be said. This is the second time in as many weeks. Just last weekend, her older sister called and we had a good heart-to-heart. Things needed to come out, it was a good talk.

We wrapped things up when Igor had to go potty. Plain and simple, it was his turn. After he did his thing, DD18.99999 and I got to talking about pet antics again, and Pizza Weasle came up. I thought I’d blogged it, so we came down to look up the post. Nope,  didn’t happen. That’s why we’re here now 🙂

DH and I were in Garage World, as we were often found, solving the problems of the world. We had just polished off a Jack’s frozen pizza and there was a piece I had left sitting on the pizza peel.

I know this is embellishing the blog to the max, but would you still be here if I just posted the pictures haphazardly, with no embellishment, probably not. So I embellish. Done.

Let the pictures speak for themselves:

Stalking teh Pizza…….
The Plan….
The Execution.

Did we come away with anything of value here-not that you can see, on the surface.

The important thing is to talk with your kids. Sometimes you can’t say everything you need or want to say, right now, today. But eventually, yes  you can. If you care at all about what they think, and are not trying to be their “friend”, then talk now. Talk a lot, spill it out. You’ll know  when the curtain falls, when their eyes gloss over and the cellphone they have discreetly tucked away, comes back out, when the next text message comes in.

Then let them go, and you can finish your pizza~

Have a beautiful day!


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