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I couldn’t resist when I saw this! Totally using this for my first project…possibly starting it tonight. All depends on what time I get home from Girls Dinner!

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So I came across a sample of Handy Hands Lizbeth Thread that I ordered awhile ago. So I figure why not practice with it. I am rather impressed with myself!!! 

I decided moments ago on what my 1st project is to be. I am going to make a pair of hand warmers. I ran into this idea  by looking at Purl Bee’s website:

http://www.purlbee.com/the-purl-bee/2011/2/13/whits-knits-crocheted-striped-hand-warmers.html

This week I taught myself how to do a foundation chain and how to single crochet. I have to admit I am pretty darn impressed with myself. I am planning on starting this project tonight. Now to go upstairs and see what kind of yarn I have in the house. 

So now that I am getting into crocheting I was wondering where you buy your yarn at. I have a JoAnn’s and Hobby Lobby nearby. I was considering looking online but that could be a tad overwhelming so that is why I am asking.

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I started working on a chain this evening. I was impressed enough with the first 50 that I thought I would share.

I think spring is FINALLY in the first here in Western New York.   It was a cold brutal winter and I look forward to Warner days. That is probably one of the reasons I am so excited about Easter this year.
In general I am not a holiday person. I believe that has more to do with not having children than I care to admit….until now. I am looking at this as a celebration of Spring and ask that brings. I have a delicious meal planned for the two of us.
After a 1 1/2 hour hunt for a ham for two people I refused to accept failure–I was not willing to spend $8 on said ham. I settled on a 7 lb spiral ham. Talk about leftovers. Ham in hand I headed home to decide the menu and this is what was decided on:

Spiral Ham
Parmesan Smashed Potatoes
Bacon & Shallot Green Beans
Roasted Spaghetti Squash
Beets & Horseradish
Purple Eggs (pickled)
Pumpernickel Bread
Cupcakes with Chocolate Frosting
Raspberry Jello with whipped topping

Wonder if I have enough food….lol

I came to the realization that I have spent little time on learning to Crochet. After thinking on this a bit I learned something….I am too tough on myself. I wanted to learn new things and that spiraled out of control. I was trying to do too much. So I decided that if the only be thing I work on for this year is Crocheting that is okay with me. So I gathered my supplies and will be spending time learning this weekend. Mid May I have a meet up with needle crafters. I am looking very forward to this.
I also learned that trying new things whenever the opportunity arises is my new look on life. I feel like I didn’t pay off the day spring cleaning my mind. lol I feel recharged and refreshed.
May you have a bright and cheery spring!

The cookies are a huge fail for me. The first batch never formed into a dough. I thought I followed directions closely. Noted that maybe I did not cream until fluffy enough. So in the 2nd batch I Really made them fluffy. Thought I may have added the flour too quickly. So the second time I added only 1/4 cup at a time. Dough seemed to come together a bit until I added last 1/4 cup flour. Went right back to coarse crumbs. Switched from my kitchen aid stand mixer to my breville hand. mixer using the dough hook. Added tablespoons of water noticing it coming together. I went back to the kitchen aid adding more tablespoons of water. Finally emptied bowl onto floured surface attempting hand kneading. Rolled out terribly…sticking to rolling pin and surface no matter how much flour used. Tried a semi cooled cookie and wow is it ever tough.
So discouraging when this happens….and seeing I was so preoccupied by the cookies I failed to notice the time and realized just now I have nothing planned for dinner. Shit.
So I have terrible cookies, no idea for dinner and a dirty kitchen. However the sun is still shining!!!

Made a run to Joann’s for a couple yards of muslin, a flower cookie cutter and some pink fabric. I stopped at Starbucks on the way home…for a Trenta Orange Spiced Iced Coffee. Anyone available in a bit to scrap me off the ceiling as I already have had a large coffee and a Grande Iced Skinny Vanilla Macchiato but one  needs fuel for cookie baking and sewing today.

I am making this cookie recipe[e I came across yesterday: http://bakingbites.com/2014/03/thick-cut-out-sugar-cookies/   Seriously a sugar cookie that does not require refrigeration. I am totally there. I will also be working on making another Comfort Pillow this time making some alterations to the original directions. I will also be adding some lavender to it. This is for my niece Anna. I think every girl/woman needs one of these for that time of the month. sewing, menses,

Sunny and Blue Sky here…enjoy your SUNday!

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Posted on: 2014/04/02

JDRF Fundraiser

I really thought long and hard on if I was going to blog this. Well I decided why not.

JDRF is my charity of choice as it affects someone very near and dear to me. Also that I am a Medical Assistant in a Pediatric Practice I see the struggles daily. I do the Walk for The Cure Diabetes. This year the local walk is in June. So my team decided to collaborate with Yankee Candle and do a fundraiser. This is an amazing opportunity as 40% of the cost of each item goes directly to JDRF, If you are interested in ordering you will need a little information: 

My Seller Id is: Marie Drewitt 
Group Number is: 990063604
Group Name: JDRF

I please ask you to at least consider making a purchase. 

 

 

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A picture of Heather with the Comfort Pillow I made her…she really liked it. 

 

So this past Sunday I met Heather Wardell at a local Starbucks. As I consider her my favorite author I jumped at this opportunity when she suggested it. How often does one get the opportunity to meet their favorite author and talk to them for nearly 3 hours? I would think not often. 

A little about Heather: 

“Heather is a natural 1200 wpm speed reader and the author of fourteen self-published novels including the free ebook “Life, Love, and a Polar Bear Tattoo” which has had over 375,000 downloads.

She came to writing after careers as a software developer and elementary school computer teacher and has no plans to leave it.

In her spare time, she reads, runs, swims, crochets, takes care of her aquarium and her cat Trinity, and plays drums and clarinet. Generally not all at once.” This information is taken from her website: http://www.heatherwardell.com/index.shtml

One of the reasons I love her is that she really talks with her readers. She can be contacted on Facebook, Twitter or email and she will respond to you. No one does this for her it is really her that your communicating with. 

For many years i avoided Women’s fiction as I thought it was all harlequin romance type stuff. Girl was I wrong there. See this author changed my thinking there is always depth and humor in her books. She covers a wide range of topics: Amnesia, Winning the Lottery, Marriage, Car Accident, Restaurants, Hockey, Art, Running, A Cruise, Pop Stardom, Teaching, Kuwait, Assault, Reality TV. Pretty much something for everyone. 

I am a member of her Street Team. Which basically means I am always trying to recruit new readers. So of course I would be esctatic of just one of my readers/followers checked her out. 

So we met and talked for hours. So much fun. We talked about books, movies, weight loss, tattoos, things we would like to do/ or have done in this lifetime. There was an incident (choking) that kept us laughing. No one was in danger of needing medical attention so it was all good. I walked away with some autographs. 

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I took this book with me as she mentioned me in the acknowledgments. I hoped for an autograph and I was not be disappointed

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It is truly okay that I like when she cries as this is something she does right before the book goes to the editor.

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She also gave me this tote bag which she wrote a note to me on!  How exciting for me!

Days later I am still in awe of this experience.  Only think that would have added to this experience is if I had been happy with how I looked in the picture of the 2 of us…oh well. I really do photograph well I will get something on here soon to prove it. lol.


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