12/29/2006

Sunday Scribblings

Yes I know this is late but here it is anyway...

Change...

I am actually afraid of change. I like to have a set plan and I like everything to go as I plan it. I know this doesn't happen though. I have many things that I would like to change. I don't really like to do New Years Resolutions but I do like to make a plan for the next year. Mostly what I would like to accomplish during the coming year. This coming year is going to be full of change and as much as I fear it, I am very excited too.

This year I would like to loose 20 more pounds and become more active. I want my muscles to feel like a 24 year old, not a 44 year old.

I want to transfer to a 4 year university. I will find out where I am accepted sometime in the Spring.

I want to get my home more streamlined. Less stuff. More space for what I love, less clutter.

I want to get Pumpkin potty trained. We are actually working on that now. She has been wearing big girl underwear for most of the day. I am trying to get her to pee in the potty but no luck so far.

I want us all to eat more healthy and I want to take care of and pamper myself more.

I want to get my finances in order and pay off some of my debts.

I want to get more adult time to myself. I am so involved in Pumpkin that I forget what being an adult in my 20s is all about.

I want to start taking more pictures and maybe start a food blog (I am thinking about it).
That's all I can think of so far.

12/25/2006

Tutorial Carnival 2

I thought that my Original Tutorial List was getting too long so I am starting Page 2.

Dec 25, 2006

Wristlet Tutorial by Your Only Bored When
Elf Shoe by Allsorts
Monogramming by Craft Apple
Fabric Flower by Heather Bailey
Kiddley.com is always updating their Tutorials

Jan 16th, 2007

Wall Garland by Your Only Bored When
Drawstring Bag by Happy Things

Jan 18th, 2007

Huge List of Clothing Tutorials from Craftster.org

April 1st, 2007

Pet Collar by Penny Sanford
Zakka Pouch by Black Dog Designs
Tube Skirt by Miss Twiss
Fabric Box by All Buttoned Up
Box Bag By DragoKnit
Front Zipper Pouch by Thimble

April 13th, 2007

Feltland's Animal patterns


Merry Christmas

I want to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays. I hope everyone has a happy and safe New Year! Love you all!

12/23/2006

Unexpectadly Blessed This Year

First I want to thank everyone for reading my blog. I really appreciate all of the comments that I get. Each one fills my heart. This year was a difficult year for my family. Money was tighter then It has ever been, but I have been blessed with many unexpected gifts.

I had a tenant move out of the complex I manage and she was moving across country unexpectedly. Well she couldn't take most of her things so she gave away everything in her apartment. Since I am the manager I get first pickings. I scored an awesome solid wood end table and a small solid wood dresser. Both are very antique-y with their old drawer pulls and hinges.

I got a BEAUTIFUL!!!!! handmade quilt. OH MY !!!!! This is the most beautiful quilt. I LOVE it. It is very romantic Victorian with roses, cream, and antique green. Beautiful roses and a curvy edge. I will take some pics of it as soon as I can. I am going to be using it to design my bedroom.

The best present is that my maintenance guy for my apartment used to be a commercial photographer. Not only did he fix my camera (its in testing phase to make sure its fixed) but her offered to help me with my skills. Said he would show me all sorts of stuff! That is the greatest gift I could have gotten.

Pumpkin got some toys from friends and a great blanket made by a good friend of mine. A new jacket and some other clothes. She got a tricycle from the woman who moved.

Cowboy got the least amount of stuff. I really want to do something nice for him for Yule. I am not sure what I can do but I need to think of something. Any ideas? I appreciate him so much and I want him to know how much I love him.

12/18/2006

Sunday Scribblings- Anticipation

When I think of anticipation I think of the physical effects of anticipating an event. My heart begins to race, my senses heighten, my stomach tightens, and if the anticipating lasts longer then a few day then usually I cannot sleep. Anticipating something is part of the joy in life. It is a hope that is soon to come true and who doesn't want to see their hopes come true? I love the waiting a bit less then the receiving but it wouldn't be the same event if I didn't get to feel excited by it.

Things I am anticipating
1. Moving to UC Santa Cruz next fall. If I get in (crossing fingers)
2. Finishing my AA in June.
3. Watching my 2 year old daughter blow out the candles for the first time.
4. Watching her eat the cake.
5. I can wait until my sweetie finally finds what he wants to do as a career, without his father trying to stop him.
6. Am I a bad person for anticipating the death of a person. Even an abusive person? I am sad that I feel this way but... there is no excuses I guess. I just hate the man. For more info see my rant.
7. Oh course I cant wait for Christmas!
8. I started the Cure on Apartment Therapy and I cant wait to finish! Buy the book! Its fantastic!
9. I started selling my extra books on Amazon.com and I already had one sell! I am hoping to thin out my collection this way and make some money on the side.
10. I cant wait to see my baby get bigger.... but at the same time I want her to stay this young forever.

On a side note I do enjoy baking and today I baked 4 dozen gingersnaps and made enough chocolate ganache for over 100 truffles and I finished 4 dozen of them already! I cant wait to start baking tomorrow! I still have chocolate chip cookies, peanut butter cookies, and sugar cookies to make, fudge, peppermint bark, and brownies to make too! So much to do! So much Fun!

12/15/2006

Fabric Finding

Isn't this a beautiful combination? It is destined to become a purse. I picked up the black at white at JoAnne's last week. I absolutely love black, white and red. Strange, because I don't like any of these colors by themselves.

I am not sure what kind of purse I will be making but I am fashioning a pattern in my head that reminds my of Audrey Hepburn. Simple, stylish, classic, but fun.

The blues are also going to become a purse. I am going to use the same pattern as the brown purse I messed up. The only differences are the D rings I will be using for the straps and the pin that will go on the flap. By the way, the solid colored fabric is 100% linen and it is not that dark. It is much lighter in person.

The pin is beautiful in person. The colors match the fabric beautifully and the shape brings out the flower shapes in the fabric.

This 100% wool sweater was a terrific Goodwill find. And I got it for 1/2 off! It is already partially felted. I need to finish felting it then it is going to become hot pads and pot handle covers. I knew this was for me. I was searching through all these 100% wool sweaters that were just huge, but ugly colors. Then I came across this one. $5 is not what I would normally pay for less then a yard of fabric, but then I noticed that it was 1/2 off white tags day and my sweater had a white tag! Oh it was meant to be!

12/09/2006

Recently Finished Projects

Finally I have the pictures which I will be sharing with you over the next several days. Here is what I have been working on lately. I absolutely love the tote! It looks even better in person. I am going to have everything on etsy so please check it out. The little bags are really cute too. I love the fabric on them.













The Blue and Brown leaf bag is my own pattern (so are the small paisley bags). Its a medium sized clutch. Cute isn't it. I was pleased with how it came out.

The brown bag is my new favorite pattern. My sister bought this really cute little purse and I created my own pattern from it. It is different from her purse but I love how it came out. I made the pattern my own. I have made 3 more purses from this patten which I don't have pics of but you will see them soon. I am soooooo mad at myself about this particular purse. I screwed it up majorly. It is made of embroidered moleskin and I had a brain fart and ironed the flap to close it. Here is what happened. I cant believe I did that. Anyone have any ideas on how to fix it? It is right on the top of the bag where the flap folds. I haven't figured anything out yet An applique is my only option, I think and that will be difficult. Let me know if you have any ideas!

12/08/2006

Holiday Hospital Visit

I would like to express my sorrow that James Kim did not make it back to his family. I am thinking of them often and I sent my well wishes for them. I think of my little family and I am so happy that we are all safe at home tonight. Especially since we took pumpkin to the ER last night to get stitches in her forehead. My poor little baby was playing with a frisky puppy and it bumped into her and she fell into an unfinished concrete step. She looks like she was in a car accident. She has two, well... holes in her forehead that the doctor stitched closed. Plus a long scratch down her nose to her lip and several cuts around her right eye and cheek. I could not believe how much blood there was. It was awful and it wouldn't stop bleeding. All of you with boys are thinking that this is nothing aren't you? Well it was our first major injury. Hopefully there will not be anymore.

I should be getting my pics tomorrow. Hopefully I will have much stuff in the shop for Christmas gifts (sorry for the shameless self promotion but, I have a lot of great creations I want to share with the world... okay okay, my hubby thinks I spend too much money on crafting so I need to support my habit).

12/05/2006

Since I quit my job I have had some extra sewing time on my hands. I made a new pattern for a purse which has turned out 3 great purses! I also made another adorable tote and I have fabric ready for several more purses. One of the purses I made I am keeping. It matches my red and cream wallet that I made a few weeks ago.

I also made some zipper coin pouches and make up bags. They look okay. I will be giving the fist several I make away until I feel that they are good enough to sell in my store. I am pretty picky about what is good enough to go to my store.

I took a bunch of pictures today. I probably wont get them up for a couple of days but they are worth it. I will also be adding a bunch of items to my etsy store, just in time for Christmas.

Speaking of Christmas... I am so jealous of all of you bloggers with snow! I cannot wait until I move to another place that has snow every year. Not much but something! Something that sticks! It probably wont snow here again this year. It has been below freezing but the combo of wet weather and freezing temps doesnt happen very much around the desert.

Actually Cowboy and I have been talking over the last year about where we will eventually want to settle down. We have both decided that this town is NOT where we want to stay. What we are looking for is a smaller town, open minded, with character, friendly people, on the West Coast, it must have all 4 seasons, it must be green (I have lived in a desert my whole life), good schools, safe, beautiful. Does this sound like your town? I am looking at Northern Ca, Oregon, and Washington. I have been to WA and I loved it. I stayed in Bremerton when my boyfriend, at the time, was stationed at the Naval Base there. Everyone was so friendly. I hated So California when I came back. I never realized how rude people are here. I am not saying that everyone is rude here, just that it was very different in WA.

I will bring you picks of what I am working on soon!

Check out the Tutorial list. I have updated it a bit.

12/03/2006

I Did It!!!

I haven't really complained much about my job on this blog due to the fact that people have gotten fired because for writing about work on their blogs, but now...I QUIT!

Spontaneity...

About 2 months ago I asked for 4 days off at work. Not 4 days in a row... 4 days during the next month. Suddenly I check my schedule and I was given the whole month off... I begged and pleaded to get my hours back because there was some mistake. I got about 15 hours back combined. Since then, I was taken out of my department, without asking me. They cut my hours per week in half. And they started scheduling me on times and days that made it difficult for me to get to work. I asked every manager in the store and the store manager to fix this but everyone seemed to think there wasn't a problem. Well I was having trouble keeping food in the house so Yes there was a problem!

This morning, I Quit. I have been completely stressed out about this for months and this last weekend I could hardly sleep. Last nights post sealed the deal. It was unhealthy for me to continue working in that environment. I didn't need that stress. I have applied for another job that I will probably get and I am not worried. Cowboy is working and things have been getting better. I have been living with a sporadic paycheck from my work for months so we have found other ways of making ends meet.

I am so relieved. I am afraid that the main manager is going to call me later. But I plan on being honest with him. I can be a brutally honest person sometimes. That is also something I gained with Motherhood. I am no longer afraid to speak my mind and stand up for myself and my family.

Sunday Scribblings

In the last hour...

I contemplated my life before I became a mother. I was more of a rebel. I miss that. I miss dying my hair burgundy and planning my next tattoo. I also miss being skinny. I never realized I was skinny until I gained weight while I was pregnant. I decided that perhaps a weight loss blog would help. I could post about my progress, how I eat and exercise and perhaps some motivations I find across the Internet. I developed my new blog called 16 to 7. Please visit it for me and give me some support. Thanks!

I also decided that I am going to dye my hair again. I haven't dyed it since I got pregnant. I am going burgundy again. I always had lots of compliments with it and I am hoping it can help jump start my transformation by inspiring me every time I look in the mirror. I have also become less spontaneous so I am going to try to bring more spontaneity into my life. Wish me luck!

12/01/2006

Looking Up

The last couple months have been a bit rough... but things are starting to look better. We have more money coming in and I am on my way to getting a new, much better, job. Sometimes when I really start to worry I think about where I was at this time last year. I know exactly what I was doing. I was cleaning today, one year ago, getting ready for my dad to visit. I hadn't seen him in 6 months and he had only seen my daughter once. I was really excited about his visit... which never came because he had a heart attack and died the next day. Very unexpected... very ...how do you explain the feeling of loss and the feeling that you have been cheated. I had been begging him to visit for months and the day he was supposed to come...

Well it has been one year, almost, and things are better now. Cowboy and I are getting along great, money is not as good as last year but getting better. I think we are definitely happier this year as a family. I think our outlook on life is better and we are spiritually in a better place. I am looking forward to next year. It is going to be a year of great change for us.

I will be graduating from AVC and transferring to a UC Campus. We will be moving probably far away. But I think we will be happy still. We shall see where the world takes us.

11/28/2006

Christmas is Coming

The holiday bazaar went pretty well. I sold 3 pain pillows, 2 scarves, a coin purse and a reg purse. I was very nervous when I set up and for about the first hour, but after a while I wasnt so nervous. There was another woman there who was selling the same stuff I was. She brought a lot more and her purses were great. I think my pain pillows are better though and my purses were a different design. Hers were very nice though.

My friend sells partylite candles and she finally convinced me to sell them with her. She makes pretty good money doing it and she has loads of free stuff. I love partylite stuff too. I have another friend who sells it and the two of them are competitors. I hope she isnt mad for me signing under my other friend. I really hope she isnt mad.

Anyway, I have been thinking about Christmas decorating. Last year I had no decorations whatsoever. I had to buy everything so I only bought what we needed for our tree. This year I want to make some decorations but also buy some things that I cant make myself. Joanns has some great sales on decorations coming up soon and as long as I have some extra cash I am going to splurge on some. I am thinking of putting lights up around my window in the living room. Stockings near the fireplace, but I want some more.
Maybe I will make Christmas potholders to replace my everyday ones...
hmm... anyone have some other ideas? Maybe I will prowl Craftster for some inspiration.

11/27/2006

Tutorial Carnival

Hello everyone! I have been searching craft blogs lately for tutorials and I think that they need one place where you can find them all at once. So I have created the Tutorial Carnival. Good luck finding what you need!

Please let me know if you have a tutorial you would like to add to this list.

Doggie Leash by Anna Maria
Chenille Backed Blanket by Craft Apple
Corkboard Wall Pocket by Craft Apple
Patchwork Notebook Cover by Craft Apple
Quilted Cards by Craft Apple
Purse Organizer by The Giving Flower
Tutorials by Creative Little Daisy are found here -a craft apron, belt, purse, pillow, and keychain
Headband by Heather Bailey
Bittie Booties by Heather Bailey
Yo-Yos by Heather Bailey
Continuous Quilt Binding by Heather Bailey
Stuffed Mouse At Sewing Stars
A Cat Basket by il Bloggo
Pointy Kitty by Wee Wonderfuls
Pocket Bag by JuJu Loves Polka Dots
My Little Mochi Tutorials -Pincushion, kitty and rabbit, plus more
One Hour Craft has a lot of tutorials
Whipup.net has a long list of honored tutorials
Mundane Superhero's Tuts
Kitchen Cozies and Fabric Flowers at Wise Craft
Soft Tree Pattern from Little Birds
Blinds Tutorial by two straight lines
Molly Chicken's Tutorials
Craftypod Podcasts
Craft Sanity Podcasts
Apron Patterns at tie one on
What The Craft has a list of Tutorials
Craftster.org Purse, Bag, Wallet Tutorials List
Bubble Bag Tutorial
Pleated Tote Bag Tutorial
Mini Duffel Bags Tutorial
Camera Cozy Tutorial
Christmas Ornaments Tutorial
Stuffed Felt Monster
Stuffed Elephant
Vintage Plushie Patterns

New Added 11-29-06
Craftlog has lots of tutorials
Allsorts has a few tutorials
Apron Thrift Girl has a cool banner tut
Cloth Shoes Tutorial from Stardust Shoes
Blanket and Bags Tutorials from Happy Things
Shoulder Bag Tutorial from Tiny Happy
Tissue Holder from Whip Up
Zipper Pouch Tutorial from Twelve22

New Added 11-30-06
Origami Advent Calender by My Little Mochi
Create a Mantle Village via Kiddley
Actually Kiddley has quite a bit of various craft tutorials


Added 12-02-06
Tonia Cape via Craftzine
Hat by Curiously Crafty
Felt Garland A New Tutorial by Anna Maria

New Added 12-05-06
Front Zipper Pouch by Thimble
Personalized Labels
Installing an zipper pocket inside a purse
Flower Pincushion
ipod Cozy Tutorial from Julieree
Notebook Pencil Holder by One Red Robin
Jingle Bell Slippers, thanks to Martha Stewart
Make Up Bag Tut by Abyquilt

New Added 12-07-06
Christmas Crafts by Crafty Chica
Pocket Scarf by Cutting Edge Mag
Long List of Tutorials by Thimble
Gift Idea Tutorials in Craftster
List of Tutorials by Not Martha

Added 12-08-06
Owl Ornaments by Anna Maria
Placemat Pillows by Creative Little Daisy
Make and Grow a Loofa by Groovy Green
Yo-Yo Christmas Tree Ornament
Lots of Free Patterns at Sewing Stuff
Patterns for Period Clothing
Reversable Placemats from Martha Stewart
Strawberry Pincushions from Martha Stewart
Roving Angel by Echos of a Dream
Natural Dyes by Echos of a Dream

Added 12-09-06
Fabric Clockface by Creative Little Daisy
Felt Ornaments by Sunshine Creations

Added 12-15-06
Modge Podge Presents by Anna Maria
Santa Lucia Dolls by Posie Gets Cozy
Puffy Poppy Tutorial by Juju Loves Polka Dots

Thats just the tip of the iceburg. I have many more to add soon. Enjoy!

11/26/2006

More Finished Stuff

I have more stuff finished! The Red and White wallet I am keeping because I love how it came out. I am not sure if I want to keep the brown and blue one or if I want to sell it. Didn't they come out great? The purse I made to sell. I am taking it to the Holiday Bazaar at my friends house tomorrow. What do you think?











Holiday Bazaar in Lancaster, Ca

Everyone is invited to a Holiday Bazaar tomorrow in Lancaster, Ca. I will be selling my handmade goodies there. I have been sewing like crazy since Friday. I made 5 large and 5 small pain packs, a couple purses, 4 clutches, a wallet, 5 tissue pouches, 3 coin pouches, and assorted other goodies. Whatever doesnt sell is going on Etsy. I will post pictures of the event later. Leave a comment if you are interested in coming and I will email you the flyer.
Monday Nov 27th at 530-9pm. See you there!

Happy Thanksgiving

I wanted to wish everyone a happy thanksgiving! Ours was lovely. My family got along great, the food was terrific and we had a ball playing TriBond after dinner. I am thankful for everyone who enjoys my blog and all my family and friends. I hope we all have Happy Holidays!

11/21/2006

Thanksgiving Cleaning is Spring Cleaning's Nightmare

This past week I have been so busy. I havent gotten much sewing done at all and I have a holiday bazaar I am selling at on the 27th to prepare for. For the last few years Cowboy and I have argued about where to go for the holidays so we decided last year that this time we are celebrating the holidays at our house. If people want to visit us for Thanksgiving thats great, but we are staying home. My parents are coming, but of course Cowboys family is not. Thats what I preferred anyway.

I have been cleaning the house for most of the day. I set up our fish tank, vacuumed every tiny crevasse in the Dining room that my hubby and I organized last night. I still have several loads of laundry to put away, a bathroom to clean, bedroom to clean, kitchen to clean (the kitchens the worst off). So I have much to do.

I am sewing up some cute paisley clutches. I will post pics soon.

11/10/2006

A Moment in Time

I adore photography. Especially nature photography. There is something about capturing just the right moment in time, capturing it forever on film (or on a card nowadays). I have had my moms camera for the last week and I haven't had much time to go picture taking however when I went to the library I did take this photo which I am very pleased with.

Now this type of tree coloration is not common where I am from. The city recently started planting more colorful trees as part of their beautification project. I think this is indeed beautiful.
So is this.



My little pumpkin playing in the leaves. She is... I love her. I hope everyone is blessed with a child they love.

11/07/2006

Quilts in Progress


I finally got the pics I have been taking on disk. First I will start with a quilt top that is still not quilted but the quilt top is finished.

Isn't it beautiful! My very first quilt.

It isn't very big. Its the size of a larger baby quilt. I did this one without a pattern. It obviously wasn't hard. Its a simple block quilt, but I am very happy with the results and I cant wait to finish it.

I was thinking of my mom when I picked out the colors. Her favorite color is purple. I know that she is going to try and snag this quilt from me. Thank god I didn't make a purple pair of slippers.. My mom is a slipper thief. As soon as you hear those words, "oh I like these, they are so comfy", you know that your slippers will be gone by the next morning.

I am in the process of another quilt top. This one is black and white patterns with Turquoise patterned fabric. It is a Rail Fence quilt that I got out of a 100 Rotery Cut Quilts book from my trusty library.




The last pic is where I am at now. All the strips are sewn together and cut into squares. Now I have to sew the squares together. I have a friend that saw this quilt in the making and now he wants one. Same colors and everything but he wants his about twin sized. That's fine with me but I am not going to make it a Rail Fence quilt. I am not a patient person so I am going to make his a block quilt. What I will probably do is use 2 or 4 different fabrics and make a 4 square block. Something like that. I told him that he would have to buy the fabric because I am poor. I cant afford to get that much fabric at once.

I enjoy making quilts. I am rather impatient when it comes to crafts so I like things that I can finish quickly. Quilting is not finished quickly but small quilts are so varied in the patterns and there are so many steps that you have to pay attention to that I don't get very bored. I have plans for my next quilt already. I am a little afraid of how it will come out though. I am going to make that 4 square block I mentioned before with pick brocade. I know brocade is so slippery so I am worried it will come out strange. Its for my daughter though. She isn't going to care if the sewing isn't perfect.
The fabric is so shiny that it is difficult to get a decent photo of but trust me, it will be beautiful.

Please Excuse the Ranting

AHHHHHHHHHHHHH! I HATE MY INLAWS!!!! My father in law and my sister in law! I wish they would drop off the face of the planet! Cowboys sister has her mind so filled with crap from their father that she is convinced we are taking advantage of him and being mean. The man is like Hitler! When I was pregnant with Brae he was cruel to me. Absolutely cruel. I had horrible morning sickness. I had to take medication so that I could at least hold down water. This lasted the entire 9 months. He would boil chicken, the smell made me puke and he knew it, every day. He ruined an entire set of my brand new pot by using a hammer in them to try to break up rock solid chicken breasts. He criticized everything I bought from the store, and then ate it all within 2 days and refused to allow me to buy more food. Hello! You just ate the only thing I could keep down you bastard and you have the nerve to ridicule me for buying it again and again! I hate you!
My poor husband has been helping his father, instead of getting a full time job, because he claims that he cannot do anything himself. BULL SHIT!!! I have seen you make your own food, drive yourself to the store. You are not an invalid. It is not Cowboys responsibility to help you until you die. I would gladly help you right into your coffin!
He claims that Cowboy doesn't have any goals. How can he! Everything he has ever wanted to do you have stopped! He wanted to go to LAW SCHOOL BUT YOU REFUSED TO LET HIM GO TO COLLEGE. What sort of parent refuses to allow his child to go to college. "Carry on the family business that you hate".
And his sister, who Cowboy had not seen or heard of in almost 20 years suddenly shows up and has the audacity to tell Cowboy that I am controlling him! No I wont let him drive 30 min. one way 2x a day for nothing when gas costs $2.50 a gallon! I make the damn money around here and I have more important things to spend it on... like food for my daughter! Yes Cowboy is going to celebrate his birthday with me because that's what he wants to do. You didn't even remember the right day! And yes some of my stuff is in the garage but you can throw it away, it is trash thanks to the thousands of mice that he refused to put traps out for and now the cat piss that is on everything. Throw it all away.
She is so misinformed she looks like a fool. And, like a fool, she doesn't even realize it! My religion is my business, my family is my business, my choice of school is my choice, everything in my life IS MY CHOICE and I don't give a rats ass if you don't like what I do. I DON'T CARE!!!
Take a hike off the cliff and take your psychotic father with you! AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!

Ok I feel better. Anyone want to adopt an aging psychopath and his fool of a daughter. Please I will ship them to you... on me.

11/03/2006

Martha Is a Crafty Genius


Cowboy and I dropped Pumpkin off at Grandma's last night and went to our favorite relaxation spot, Barnes and Noble.
Which is where I came across Martha Stewart's Holiday Handmade Gifts Mag Special. It is FABULOUS!
Now I was never into Martha very much. I thought that she should have gotten off on the prison mess, all the men do. But after looking at this magazine I have decided that the women is a genius (where the hell have I been?). The stuff in here is so great! And its so simple to make.
I was looking at the Better Homes and Gardens Holiday Craft Magazine and I couldn't find one easy thing to make, or even something I wanted to make.
I was completely out of cash last night so after I cash my paycheck today I am going back to buy it.

11/01/2006

Started A New Quilt

I bought fat eighths from Joann's the other day and began a rail fence quilt. I picked 7 patterns in black and white and 7 patterns in turquoise. I cut them into 22 in strips and I arranged them randomly into 3 strip blocks. I have about 4 strip sets left to sew then I can start cutting the blocks. Its looking really awesome. I have been snapping pics on my moms camera all day. I have a lot of sewing pics coming up.

The first quilt I ever made was something I made up. Its a simple block quilt using several purple patterns. I have the quilt top done. I need to figure out how to do the rest. I am planning on taking it to Bolts in the Bathtub and asking them what to do next. I have the batting for it, but I still need the backing fabric and I need to figure out what I want to put on the edge. I was tossing around the idea of a simple solid purple bias binding. I was also thinking of using a bias binding that matched the fabric I used on the back. Or maybe I will have the sewn edge and no binding. I don't know...

Yesterday was my daughters first time Trick or Treating. We had a great time. I was exhausted though. After standing at a register for 8 hours I raced home 30 min late popped two Extra Strength Pain Relievers and a large cup of steaming Mango Black Tea (fully caffeinated) and raced back out the door. Cowboy, the big child he is, also went trick or treating. Yes he dressed up and collected candy with all the other kids, with a 4 day beard growing. I really tried to ignore it but for some reason it bothered me. I haven't figured out why... perhaps I feel like he needs to grow up in many respects. That probably has a lot to do with it. We had fun yesterday though.

Stay tuned for pics soon!

I am also working on a blog carnaval. I think they are a great way to share great sites with others. I have also become addicted to many awesome blogs and I want to share them with others.

10/25/2006

Funny, I Have Been Thinking of You!

This is what my husband wants to do once we get a front yard. Right now we are in an apartment complex and we manage it so if I want to keep my job I cant do these sorts of things.

Isn't it funny though!

Today I ran into my best friend from high school and her mom. I have hardly seen either of them for 2-3 years. When I became pregnant with my pumpkin she sort of disappeared when I needed her most. She actually had a habit of doing that. Her mother on the other hand was the most wonderful women. She was like a second mom to me. I have been thinking of them often over the last couple weeks. The Celestine would say that there is some reason why I ran into her and I have been thinking of her. They invited me over to their house so I may stop by for a visit tonight. If not tonight then later this week. There must be some reason for my running into her. I wonder what it is??

I haven't been able to sew much in the last couple of days but I have done a lot of thinking about sewing. I had some brocade fat quarters that were laying around so I began to cut them up into 3in squares for a small quilt for my daughter.
I also went to the library and checked out a 101 quilts book. The name escapes me at the moment. Anyway, I came across a log cabin quilt in really ugly colors. I used my imagination to substitute the ugly colors with black and white patterns and blue mixed in. Just black, white, and blue. Its going to look really neat. Log cabin quilts are supposed to be really easy so I should have fun with it.

I am going to borrow my moms digital camera and take lots of pics of what I have made in the last few weeks. There are a few purses and some other neat stuff. I am begging Santa to bring me a new camera for Christmas. That's the only thing I want. And If we happen to be rich this holiday, a new computer would be nice.

10/19/2006

Mood: Leaves Much To Be Desired

Today wasn't a bad day. Neither was yesterday, so what is with my funk? I have no motivation to do much of anything. I have a huge craving for chocolate and I am feeling fat. Ok, yes I know what the problem really is but I still don't have to like feeling this way.

I feel like I am full of toxins. My body feels heavy and clogged. Maybe I should do a cleansing fast for 2 or 3 days. Just water and fruit a little bit of light soup. I have some Tomato and Red Pepper Soup in the fridge from Trader Joe's. I think that this is a good idea.

Tomorrow I am hosting a drumming with my old religious teacher. Cowboy is actually an Indian so every month or so we have our drum teacher come and drum with us. Its fun but sometimes it is more of a chore. Then on Sat I get to go hang out with my girls for the evening. There is a meteor shower on Sat and Sun night, if you are interested. We will be ridding ourselves of unnecessary junk into the cauldron. My excess weight and laziness will be sacrificed this time. We will also be preparing for our annual Samhain celebration. Its pretty fun. If you don't know what Samhain is, I don't blame you. Many people have not heard of the roots of modern Halloween. If you would like to know more then clink on the link.

I was able to make a purse today. I bought some Amy Butler fabric yesterday when I went to Bolts in the Bathtub. Its a nice store. Except, you know how when you walk into a room you suddenly feel unwelcome or under scrutiny. That's how I felt the whole time I was there. It wasn't a pleasant feeling. Perhaps it is because I look young. I will still go back. Mostly because its the only store in my area that carries designer fabrics. Perhaps after they get to know me as a regular shopper they will lighten up.

Anyway I will post a pic of the purse I made today. Its a Jordy Bag. I followed the pattern from Craftster but I don't think I like how the strap turned out. It looks nice but too wide. I also added Velcro this time and triple stitched the whole bag for extra durability. I think I am going to start making some things for myself. I need to be a little more selfish. First I need a new purse. Maybe a tote. Then I want to get some good white towels and line them in some pretty Amy Butler fabric. I am copying her pattern from her new book, In Stitches, for the towels. Its a great book, by the way, on my with list.
I will post more pics soon of what I have come up with. And I have been working on a Sewing Blog Carnival so stay posted for that.

10/18/2006

Wonderful New Fabrics Coming

I just discovered this fabulous designer, Heather Bailey. She has a line of terrific new fabrics coming out soon. They are bright and clean. I cant wait to check some out!

Also look at her upcoming pattern for a halter apron. Its super sexy.

10/16/2006

Finally Photos!!! Yeah!!!

I finally have pics of what I have been working on. This is a set of fabric coasters that I made yesterday. I am going to put these up on my Etsy site.

They were easy to make. Cut 4 squares 5in by 5in. Cut the same of another fabric. Sew edges right sides together, but leave a hole to turn. Turn and iron flat. Tuck seam in hole and topstitch around the whole coaster. Make 3 more and you are done!




I made this handbag of blue corduroy and a red, white and blue plaid Cotton lining. There are pockets on the inside.

See to the right. Pockets and interior. This one is also going up on Etsy.





This is a cute purse with a bad picture. I have a better one. Basically it is sort of made like a Jordy Bag. The A-line one, without a flap. Its completely reversible and made of Dark denim and Cotton. Its pretty cute.







Betty Boop Bag


This one I wish I made with heavier facing. I haven't sewn the lining closed so I might go back and fuse some on. There is also going to be a big White button sewn on as the closure. This bag reminds me of Betty Boop goes to College.
Its very roomy and has a cute pocket.



These are my works in progress:



I was working on the one to the red one today. I was inspired by this great bag made by Creative Little Daisy who makes beautiful stuff. Please check out her site.
I am going to add a Denim Band and handle at the top. I am not sure what I am going to line it with yet. I am getting impatient with my fabric and I am itching for a fabric shopping spree. However I am poor right now. I might be able to stock up soon though so I am keeping my shopping list going.

The other one was inspired by a 20s style clutch I saw surfing the net. I am going to be adding a band an a magnetic closure on that one. Probably a flap too. I think I flap would make this bag pop.

Other things in the making? I made a wallet today that I liked so much I am keeping. I forgot to take a pic of it though. I am also working on another set of coasters that are Denim and the same plaid material that is lining the corduroy bag. Those ones I am thinking of embroidering with something country, like a cowboy hat and boots.

Hopefully it wont take so long to take pics next time. Let me know what you think!

10/14/2006

My New Etsy.com Store



Hello!

I am so excited to announce my new Etsy store! I have been making bags, belts, I-pod covers, Laptop bags, and much more. Nothing is in the store yet, but they will be there this week. Wish me luck and tell everyone to come check out my new store!

http://scentofraindesigns.etsy.com/

10/11/2006

Happy Birthday To Me



Twenty Four years ago on this day, in 1982, my mother was in the hospital delivering the new life that became me.

Yes, its my birthday. Not the exciting milestone that a birthday was when I was a child or even a teenager. Its just another birthday to me.

What am I going to do today? Well I really don't know. This morning I am going to go fabric shopping with my mom. That will be fun. I am also going to pick up some free curtains from a guy who said I can have them. Great for me! Maybe we can go thrift store hunting. There is a thrift store down the street I have been wanting to visit. Everyday he puts really neat things outside in the front of his shop and I find myself slowing down traffic so I can see what he has out.

After fabric store shopping I don't know what I want to do. I originally wanted to go to Exposition Park to the museums for my birthday, but alas we were counting pennies out of my purse to buy diapers last night. Cowboys birthday is tomorrow so we wont be doing much for his birthday either. We decided that we will celebrate our birthdays at a later date. Then we can go do what we want to.

Wish me a good day today. Many happy sales.

10/10/2006

Coffee With The Boss


Tonight I am going to spend the evening having coffee with my (and Cowboys) very influential boss. AHH! It gets worse. Apparently he has a business opportunity that he has been involved in as well as a couple of his other employees. Last night I am talking to this guy that introduced my boss to this opportunity and I asked what it was about. Of course, like every businessman he says "why don't you come over for coffee and we can chat about it". I am stuck. My boss has been wanting me to come for almost a year and its a great opportunity to get to know him better. We (Cowboy and I) are great at getting people to love us, but I hate these things. To me they are all scams. I am gullible too so I have to have my shields up and my awareness heightened. I will have an opportunity to practice some of the Celestine's principles. Haha one of which is to be more open to new opportunities. I guess I will have to see how I feel about it. I hope it goes well.


What am I going to wear? Casual or Business?


Photo of the Day

Seriously crafty

I have recently become addicted to:








And also:


What terrific sites! I have had so much inspiration from these two sites in the last few days and I have hardly scratched the surface! I also think everyone should check out Etsy. We should support the people who make things by hand. These people are seriously talented and you get quality work for great prices.

I am really hoping to have an Etsy site up soon. I have to get crackin on making stuff. Although I just added the Christmas Critter swap and the Ornament Swap to my list of things to do.
I was coming up with some ideas last night while I was laying in bed trying to calm my mind enough to sleep.
For the ornaments I came up with 3 ideas. I need 5 ornaments so I am almost there if I get all these done. I want to make a mini patchwork quilt. Just basic squares or bars. Something easy. I was thinking of using some scrap Christmas fabric. Joanns has all of their quilting fabric $1 off right now so I might go hit them up for ideas. I was going to use some ribbon for bias tape around the edges.

The second ornament might be too heavy for a tree, but I think it will work if I make it small enough. I was going to mosaic a small bell.

I have been thinking a lot about paper mache lately. I used to do it a lot when I was a kid. Its the fun messiness of it. Anyway I was thinking of making a paper mache ornament. I haven't come up with a shape. Then I would paint it.

I was contemplating sewing a little felt ornament and beading it too.

I better stop. Pumpkin isn't feeling well and she is pretty clingy today I am trying to get her to eat but she wont. I hate it when kids do that.

10/06/2006

Bringing In Beauty and Peace


The last couple of weeks have been very tight, money wise. I usually freak out when we get low on cash, I hoard every last penny, I eat very little (saving food), but this time I have been better. Today I woke up and I was overcome by anxiety and fear about money. I don't know if it was my dreams (which I don't remember) or maybe I just woke up on the anxiety side of the bed. However I have been reading The Celestine Prophecy and doing the workbook and today I used some of the strategies in the books to help get me out of my funk. It worked!

If you haven't read the Celestine Prophecy go to your bookstore right now and buy it. It is a wonderful, eye opening book. Today I was working on the 3rd Insight which focuses on the energy that connects all living things with the universe. It talks about how your thoughts are part of this energy and therefore you can affect your life by changing what you think about. The perfect example is my mom. She is a very negative person and I keep telling her that if she would only change her outlook that new opportunities would open up. I was talking to her on the phone today and the conversation was going fine until she started ranting about my stepfather and all of there problems. She never admits that any of these problems began because of her. I had to tune her out to deflect the negative energy that was pouring through the phone. I ended the conversation pretty quickly.

This morning I used this concept of absorbing energy from the universe and changing thoughts to improve my life. I have realized that I talk about being secure and wealthy as though it is far off in the future. What I need to project is that I am bringing in money now from different sources, this money is increasing and I need to take advantage of it. I am improving my life and I welcome more opportunities to improve my financial situation. That is a positive affirmation! I meditated on this concept for a few minutes. I was on my bed with the window open and the sun bathing me in its light. I absorbed the energy the sun gave me and I focused on my affirmation. I felt much more energized and positive after this.

The second thing I realized today is that my home and my life lacks the beauty I used to surround myself with. When I was younger my bedroom was a haven of books, artwork, statuettes, and the walls were painted a brilliant blue. I had trees right out my two large windows facing a view of the 1 acre property my parents owned. I loved my room and I spent most of my time there. Since I have been moving all over the place I have lost or damaged much of my belongings to the point that I don't have many beautiful things anymore. I have had a depression of sorts. I don't like most of the furniture in my apartment and there are only a couple small pieces of art on the walls.

So, today I made some small changes to make my bedroom more inviting and beautiful. I have a poster print of a Van Gogh painting that I like which I have been meaning to frame forever. Well today I thumb tacked it up on the wall. Not classy but better then nothing and it makes a difference. I also hung up a large scarf that has a really nice pattern on it. I have a throw that is brightly colored in blues and yellows which I covered my bed with.
I bought a bouquet of lovely yellow flowers (The ones on the left)and 2 more potted plants ($8.00 total) to bring more life into the house (plants have great healing energy). These things have definitely helped.

Look in your own home and see what small things you can do to make it more beautiful.

10/03/2006

Fall House Cleansing

Ever feel like your house is a never ending clutter box? No matter what you do with it, the clutter is always coming back?
Well its driving me nuts. I inherited my fathers white glove cleaning habits, but since I had Pumpkin and moved to my apartment its been a huge project to clear out. Cowboy and I would like to do a little entertaining this holiday season but there is no way I am inviting people over with the house like this.

I just don't know where to start! I mean the kitchen needs organization. I cant fit the microwave anywhere except where the phone has to be, so its shoved next to the fridge and its a huge pain to use it.

My dining room/library is horribly ugly. The books are piled on plastic white utility shelves. The only thing available when we moved in. I do have one good bookcase that I painted wine and shabby chic green. Wine is on the inside of the shelves. Now I am not sure if I like it. My tastes change quickly.

There is a window in the dining room/library that is covered with a book shelf. Besides the fact that its bad juju to block windows, I would like to have the light.
There is also a bunch of crap piled up under the table. The table has no chairs and I also use this room as my craft room so all of that stuff is in there too.

My desk is a mess of papers, office supplies, Cd's, pictures, and other assorted things that don't have a home elsewhere.

I have a lot of work to do! Wish me luck. If anyone has any suggestions please let me know! I may be putting stuff up here that I want to get rid of so keep a lookout for it.

9/29/2006

Like I Said Before

I LOVE THE FRENCH

This is an advertisement in France. Isn't it great! Thank you Petite Anglais for your humorous post this morning!

I Have Been Quoted Yeah!

The Million Dollar Club Quoted me. Check out the post here! I am so excited! I have never been quoted before.

9/28/2006

The Million Dollar Savings Club

I have just joined The Million Dollar Savings Club. Its another blog where you put 3 dollars a day into savings. One dollar each for Savings, Investment, and Give Away. Check it out Here.

Saving money is so hard for me. But this guy is right. It needs to become a habit. I have also heard about the Latte Factor from another financial guru I cant name of the top of my head. The concept of the Latte Factor is that if we invested the $3.50 or more a day that we spend at Starbucks we could all retire in 10 years. Its true add it up. I found out that I was spending almost $75 a month on frappacinos! No wonder I cant pay my credit card bill. I was also spending $5-$9 a day on food. That's about $100 bucks a month. Yes I know I have to eat but that sandwich that I spent five bucks on, I could have made it at home for $.25! Probably would taste better too.

So join the Million Dollar Club. Check out the rest of his site too. Its full of great tips!

Live happy and be RICH

9/25/2006

Revenge of a Middle Age Women Review

Since I am such an avid reader I am reviewing each book as I finish. I have been sick with a cold for the whole weekend so I was able to start and finish Revenge of the Middle Aged Women by Elizabeth Buchan.

This is about a women who is happily married to a good man then suddenly he decided that he has fallen in love with another women. He moves out and she is left to cope.

I think this would be a great book for any women going through a breakup. Rose, the main character, loses everything and still picks up the pieces of her life and moves on to become a better and happier person.
The beginning of the book was slow and there were other parts that were a little slow but overall I enjoyed this book and found it inspiring and entertaining.

Next on my list is Under the Tuscan Sun by Frances Mayes

9/22/2006

Inspiration From Song

Today I was listening to a song on the radio and as I listened to the words they really hit home. The song is rather popular now but the singer's name has escaped me and my searches on the Internet.
Anyway, she sings about how her life is a book and everyday is a blank page. Instead of allowing others to fill her page, she does it herself. She fills the pages of her life with happy things. She takes risks, embraces simple pleasures and unexpected happenings. At the end, her life will have been an interesting adventure instead of a book that is never read or quoted.
Life should be lived this way. Too many people sit around and complain about their situation instead of taking the initiative to make it better. Even if a situation seems out of your hands changing your perspective can make a huge difference and perhaps even provide new solutions. Change your perspective today.

9/21/2006

I Love To Sew

I am almost finished with my muslin skirt. McCalls Pattern 3341. I am having so much fun and its not that hard. I cant wait to finish and start a new skirt. I have so many ideas now. My mind races all night with inspiration. As soon as I figure out what to do about pictures then I will post some of what I have sewn.


Here are some pics I got off my moms computer yesterday.





Cowboy and I about 3 years ago. Don't I look terrific! Wish I knew it then.





This is my princess playing in the mud. She is having a grand time.

9/18/2006

Hottie Husband


This is my hubby shooting at a native american archery demo. Isnt he handsome with a bow and arrow? Thats one of our horses, Trouble. Yes he is Trouble too. Damn thing threw me a couple months ago and I couldnt walk for a week. The funny thing about horses is that when you look them in the eyes you swear that they are speaking right into your brain. Telepathy? Maybe. Honestly I think that its entirly possible. I mean we only use 10 % of our brains right? What does the other 90% do?

Ok trying a Meme

I have never heard of Memes until tonight, but I figure its a great way to get to know more about me so here are some Meme Questions.

1. Take a walk through your kitchen. Come up with at least seven appliances or electric gadgets that you'd hate to be without when you have kitchen duty for any reasonable length of time.

For me this would include:
1. Can Opener
2. Microwave
3. Old fashion teapot
4. Dishwasher
5. Fridge
6. Garbage Disposal
7. Stove

2. You've chosen to open a mini-version of Baskin-Robbins. Instead of thirty-one flavors, you're limited to seven. Which favorite flavors would you choose?

1. Mint Chocolate Chip
2. Fudge Brownie
3. Cookies and Cream
4. Chocolate Chip
5. Raspberry Sorbet
6. Germanchokolatecake from Coldstones Ice Creamery
7. Vanilla Bean

Ok now its really late and Cowboy is fast asleep on the couch. I think I will read a bit of The Shadow Sorceress and then go to bed.

9/17/2006

Late Night Bordom

I am still having problems with my camera. I have to call tomorrow and see if customer service can figure out the problem. If not I am going to have to give it to someone because Target probably wont accept it back.

On another note, I bought some batting for the purple quilt I am making. I just have to figure out what I want the back to look like. Then I can start quilting. I will post some pics as soon as I am able. I think I will borrow my neighbors camera. I also bought a new book called Sew U. It is a really great book and it is written in a fun and easy to read format. Its the first sewing book that I have really liked.

I am planning on making several of the patterns that are in the book. It comes with a skirt, shirt, and a pant pattern. Then she has directions for several variations of each. I want to start on them but I need to wash the fabric.

I think I will go read the pattern again and maybe cut it out. I don't know if I want to do it tonight. Its almost midnight.

Camera Problems

I am upset. I bought a camera yesterday at Target. Its a cheap $20 digital camera for taking picks for this blog. Well everything went fine until I tried to get the pics off the camera.It keeps saying "camera not found". The camera recognises that it is plugged into the compute but the program doesn't find the camera. I cant figure it out. I had a similar problem with my mouse a few months ago. I have had so many problems with my computer. I want a new one.

And to finish it off, our VCR broke today. UGGG

9/16/2006

Fabulous Fall

The last few days the air has been cooler and crisper. The wind is brisk with occasional gusts. The humidity has been higher then normal, which is welcome in a desert climate. My plants started to droop and I had to bring them inside to save them from what??

FALL!!!

I adore fall. It is my favorite season of all seasons. I can break out my soft sweaters, hot cocoa (sometimes with Baileys or Schnapps), I can turn on the fireplace and watch the clouds roll in another thunderstorm. Growing up in the desert makes a person love the rain. I worship every drop of moisture that falls from the sky. The scent makes my body tingle with anticipation and excitement builds until I hear the first crack of thunder and a massive forked bolt of electricity arcing across the sky and often hitting the sun baked earth. Usually one or two, very necessary, fires start this way.

In the mornings I have been treasuring the smell of the air. I wrap myself up in my wine red cardigan and sit on the porch with some earl grey, absorbing the smell of fresh air, damp earth and the quiet sounds of the morning.

I have to work today. Not until 5pm though. I plan on going to Target and shopping for an inexpensive camera for blog picture taking. I miss taking photos. Especially in fall. Fall is my most favorite time for photographs.

More updates and hopefully photos later.

9/15/2006

Excitement and Ideas

I went to Hancock Fabrics today and the McCall's patterns were $.99! Can you believe that great deal! I also got some great fabric that was on sale as well as batting for the quilt I am working on. I got some Charcoal cotton/poly blend fabric for a skirt, a Victorian flower print. Ivory with tiny rose colored flowers on it. I am making a button down shirt with that. Its going to look so cute!

I have an idea. I guess there is a way to sell stuff on blogger. Well I am going to make clothes to sell on blogger. My own designs. I have been designing clothes in my head and in drawings since I was little. I remember designing dresses and shirts when I was about 12. I love it. Oh I cant wait to get started!

I am also going to be buying a small camera so I can put more pics on this blog. I am going to need on for selling and I want to put some of my beautiful photography on the blog.

Lastly, I had a terrific conversation with a co worker today. He is a total gym rat and has been training as a personal trainer for a while. He is willing to help me get back into shape. I need to get a membership to his gym, but its not that expensive so I don't think it will be a problem. I miss going to the gym. It wasn't all the sweaty bodies, or even working out that I liked. It was a time where I could do nothing but think. I relaxed, got into the rhythms. About 5 years ago I went to the gym 4 days a week. I did yoga 2hours 2 times a week and I did cardio and strength training. I loved it. I felt great and I was happy. I want that back.

Today was an exciting day.
I cant sleep.. its 2:09 am. I am going to read a bit and drink some tea. Maybe that will help.

9/12/2006

Knitting for Like

I like to knit. I dont love to knit. I actually kinda hate to knit. Its my contradiction. I love reading about knitting, I love shopping for the projects, I love feeling the yarn. I like starting to knit but I get bored and I stop. Then I don't want to start again. I would rather go find new yarn for a new project. Is that bizarre? I have a large stash of yarn that I would like to give away, but..... I cant let it go. I start touching the soft mohair, warm wool, crisp cottons and I cant let any go.

The new Knitty Fall 2006 came out today. I really like this online mag for knitters. It has great modern patterns for young, old, skilled, and beginners. I think it is a wonderful resource. I want to try Intolerable Cruelty, an absolutely to die for skirt. Lizard Ridge, an afghan that has the most beautiful color patterns and I would adore looking at it for the rest of my life. Sox on 2 Stix, because I will never figure out socks on five sticks or two circs or anything other then 2 sticks (and it looks fast). Finally Back to School, because it introduces me to a washcloth pattern that is modern and not boring (shhh also because I seriously miss being in school and I cant wait to transfer). Unfortunately I will probably never do any of these projects. I don't have the patience. I have the same problem with sewing projects.

Life has been decent lately. Money is not tight, birthdays are around every corner in my family. I have been able to collect a few side jobs around my apartment complex to earn me extra money and I might go and pick peaches for a dollar a box. That will probably be my communion with autumn.

I love fall
Ciao

9/10/2006

Been a While

Hi All!
Its been a while since I posted. I am going to try to post more since writing is pretty relaxing for me. I can spill all of my loves and frustrations out on paper. Right now I am kind of upset. I had to meet some friends today at 10am (its now 10:15am) and at the last minute my fiance decided that he needs to drive 25 min (one way) to pick something up. Its not something he needs, its not important, and he could pick it up later, but no he wants it now. So we argue, he says I am being selfish (I am being selfish???)... Anyway then he tells me that he needs to buy cigarettes so I said fine. The Cig store is a block away. He has been gone 20 minutes. Where is he? He went to go run his errand and I am going to be late, again.

Not only that but I have a very full day today. My moms birthday was yesterday and I was so busy that I couldnt go 15 min away to say Happy Birthday. I called her twice and I am going there after I get off work, I still feel guilty. I also havent really gotten her much. I got her a really cute bear statuette that cost five bucks. Thats it. The thing is that she is very hard to buy for. She never seens to like anything I get her and I cant get her a gift card because it is "not personal" and she will never use it. It will get lost or something and it will be a waste. I dont even have time to go shopping for her because I am going to be so busy today.

Work is going well. My boss likes me enough. Mostly becauase I do my job and I rarely complain unless someone else isnt doing their job. It helps that the other people who work in our department are not doing their jobs. They are lazy and young (just out of High School). I'm sure some of them think I am a bit of a brown-noser, but thats not quite true. I do things that keep me on my boss's good side. They take little effort and they make me look good. It helps my boss out and I become the favorite. That comes it handy when you make a big mistake. A boss that likes you is going to ignare mistakes much more then a boss that is irritated with all you.

I am going to get going for now. I will write more soon.