Friday, November 19, 2010

Holy crap! I'm renovating!

I am so tired, I can barely type.  On Monday night I started a bathroom renovation.  I watch enough HGTV that I figured in 30 minutes, 60 tops, I would have a fabulous new space.  Something that buyers could take a cue as to the potential that laid beneath my 1960's Brady-fabulous home.


So I have slaved, literally nearly every waking moment this week, in order to surprise my husband.  I haven't blogged, haven't made it in to the office, and honestly, haven't even showered in 2 days (because the plaster was curing, the paint was drying and I need a new shower curtain.

But at last, I am clean, the room is renovated and WOW -- it is amazing!!!  I do not

have a before photo, it was hideous and I was embarassed.  I do have a few "in progress" photos on my phone, but since getting my phone would involve moving and moving isn't on my agenda ever again, you will have to wait to see those later.

So, before I go all fetal position or my hands cramp up and refuse to work, I give you.....


It's not 100% finished.  Alex is still doing some finishing of hanging towel racks & such, but at least my portion is completed.  I am incredibly thrilled.  

I stripped 40 year old wallpaper, applied an artistic plaster layer over all the walls, primed, painted, retextured & repainted the ceiling, filled about a million holes, sanded till I couldn't move, painted the mirror, hung a new picture, installed new towel holders, fixed the light fixture, removed and spackled the old towel holder places, took apart my toilet and cleaned every single piece and put it back together, hacksawed bolts, covered said bolts with appropriate bolt covers, installed a door bumper and basically scrubbed everything cleaner than it has ever been in the 14 years we've lived here.  

Yes, I am excited.  Now, off to go curl up in a ball for a few minutes before the boo gets home and terrorizes the rest of the house.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010


I got these when I worked at Borders.  They are approx. 12" x 12" square on heavy poster board.

I have two complete sets, although the one Jar-Jar may be a little scruffy on the edges.

$40 per set OBO

Monday, November 15, 2010

DESTASH: Coney Island -- part II

Same rules apply as on the first post.  Forgotten already? Refresher!

In all seriousness, this orange color is stunning.  It is a deep rust that is hard to capture; it just glows.  As you can see, there is some fringies; I would think that is just on the very outside in that one spot, but I cannot guarantee the quality of this cone.  As you can see, the two black companions are in great condition.  Price: $20

The green color chenille is simply stunning.  The bright one is, well, bright.  True story, one time I wrapped a package up with a bit of the bright one.  Customer wrote to me asking how much of the bright chenille I might have in the stash & would I sell it to her.  She wanted to make a sweater out of it.  I will sell it to you, but only if you PROMISE to NEVER make a sweater out of either of these.  Price: $17


Three more super sparkly cones of wonder.  A beautiful gold, not a scary lame gold, but a rich, warm glowing gold.  In the middle, a true electric blue and finally, a sparkly black evening number.  Again about a bajillionty yards here.  You could weave or knit along with this for a year and not use it all up.  Price: $45


Three cones with amazing texture.  I have no idea what the blue one is made of, but I love it lots & if no one buys it I will secretly be very happy.  The middle one doesn't have a ton of yardage but it is rich, vibrant & nice and squishy soft.  The tan has tons and tons of character with a very nice hand.  It's much more fluid than it looks in this photo.  I always imagined this as a summer crochet cover-up or a woven sunhat or bag.  The possibilities are endless!  Price $22

Two gigantic cones.  The white stuff is, well, odd.  But in a good way, like Aunt Gerturde after her second cosmo at thanksgiving.  It reminds me of cording for jewelry.  It looks like it should be elastic & stretchy, but it's not at all.  I have crocheted with it before and it looks great worked up.  The brown is, well, like Uncle Frank, Aunty G's reliable husband.  You can count on him to dd her home and even though he isn't flashy, he has a soft side when you get up close.  Price: $13


Three cones (ignore the others on the edges, I was running out of room)  I love, love, love the orange cone. Hmmm, when I say "orange cone" that makes me think of a highway cone.  Trust me, this is nothing like that at all.  This is a slinky, sexy, shimmery orange that would be amazing as a lace wrap.  The other two, well, that's where the clowns are, I suppose.  The one of the left is bright and sparkly & loads of fun.  Back in my spinning days This was one of my favorites & it was used often as a base for core spinning or as a ply for fun stuff.  And then there is the big tall asparagus looking cone.  It is a gorgeous color.  I bought it online and about peed myself over the color.  But it is NOT next to the skin soft.  I've only ever used it once, in a skein of yarn that also contained mood rings crocheted in at various intervals.  Yeah, it's that kind of cone.  Price: $24

Three more stunners.  All have a boucle type texture to them.  The blue and cream are very soft.  The gold is rich and vibrant.  There is a bit of dirt on the very outside few wraps of the golden cone.  I could just unwrap those few yards and you would never know, but depending on how you are using it, you might not care & it might wash off, so I leave it to you to decide.  Price: $23

Okay, that's it for tonight.  Need to go watch some Monday Night Football; apparently the Eagles are already up 14-0 in the first few minutes.  

MORE STUFF I THOUGHT OF;  If you see it here, it's still available.  Cross-outs will happen when stuff is sold.  Everything is sold AS IS, but if you are truly, deeply unhappy with something let me know and we will work something out.  I really don't want returns, given that I am moving, but I absolutely wouldn't want anyone to be unhappy.  However, I can't imagine you not loving these as much as I do.  It is killing me to give them up, but really, how much can one girl use?

Now, go shop & when you are done shopping, spread the word so your friends can join in the fun too!  

 Oh, and most of all, THANK YOU!!!

DESTASH: Coney Island -- part I

Let the massive destashing begin!!!

I already sold my Lendrum DT. That one never even made it to the blog -- follow me on twitter for the early announcements:

Also, twitter sales get a really nice discount since I don't need to do the work of listing it here.

Okay, on to the good stuff....

Today we have more cones than you can shake a stick at.  Not that you would shake a stick at the cones, but.... nevermind....

FLAT RATE SHIPPING $5 PER LOT -- and these are heavy cones in most cases, so that is a HUGE savings for you most likely.  FREE SHIPPING for orders over $100!!!

Prices are for the entire lot, NOT per cone.  Yes, I am selling these crazy cheap but I just won't have room for them in my new home.

For reference I have included a six inch ruler/needle sizer in each photo.  I have not taken the time to figure out fiber content, weight, ypp, etc on any of these.  If you are seriously considering making a purchase but need that info, comment me & I will do my best to answer your questions.

4 cones of chenille in golden colors.  First cone is thicker than the other 3.  That one also seems to have a few loose ends.  Price: $28

2 cones of blue chenille.  Similar gauge and would look amazing woven together.  Price $15

4 cones of 4 slightly different types of yummy, dazzling silver sparkle.  Literally thousands and thousands and thousands of yards here.  Price: $60

Two of my favorites; I used these a lot when I was spinning designer yarns.  Both are identical save for the color.  I think they are a cotton-ish blend and they are very soft with great texture.  Price: $18


Three very different and yet harmonious cones in this lot.  The gray is light & lofty but not a lot of yardage there.  The silvery purple has about a billionty yards and has an amazing sheen that shows through in the photo.  The pastel blend has great texture and stunning colors.  Price: $16

More lots coming

Monday, November 08, 2010

Seven Things That Make Me Happy

Since I am officially done my month  -- okay, six weeks, but whose counting -- of mourning for the passing of my grandmother I have decided I will devote today's blog post to sharing a few things that make me happy.

1) I am an eternal optimist.  I always see the glass half full.  Sometimes even 3/4 full.  My husband's favorite phrase is "Murphy Says" as in Murphy's Law.  This obviously puts us constantly at odds.  But you know what, I LIKE being an optimist.  I like believing the best in people; that my team will come from 21 down to win (WE ARE......); that most people are intrinsically good; that the toast will land jelly side up and that the tickle on my upper lip won't turn into a cold sore.  I want to look through my rose colored glasses and see the world as a pretty place.  And I don't ever think that will change.

2) I like twitter.  Using the fun page, How Long Have You Been Tweeting, I discovered that I've been tweeting since March 6, 2008.  That's 977 days.  Wow.

3) Baubles make me happy.  Shiny, sparkly, blingy things make me smile.  So much so that I started making my own jewelry.  Like for real this time, not just a one and done thing.  I'm starting my own line, to be called, "BIG GIRL BAUBLES".... primarily bracelets, the bane of every big girl's existence.  You know, the cute stretchy kind that, if not large enough, will cut off the circulation in your hand or leave really attractive squeeze marks on your arm, or worst of all pop scattering all your pretty bling to the four winds.  Links to the new store coming soon!  Meanwhile, here is a tiny sneak peak....

4) I like when the clocks change and it gets dark early.  Makes me feel all snuggly inside.  And candles with autumn scents; pumpkin, spice, cranberry, sage and all those other warm earthy scents.  Yum!

5) My job makes me happy.  I have the most amazing job in the entire world.  If someone told me to write down my dream job description I would  say "Social Media & Marketing for a Yarn Company".  How many people get to live their dream? Seriously?  I am incredibly lucky to have the opportunity I have been given and I hate the fact that sometimes I take it for granted.  Bad, bad me.

6) My Zune makes me happy.  I like that I don't have an iPod.  That I am not one of the pod people.  That being said, I do have serious iPad envy.  But I am especially happy that The Mighty Mighty Bosstones "The Impression That I Get" is playing right now as I type this.  I LOVE that song!

7) And last, but never least, my family makes me happy.  My husband is the most amazing provider in the world.  My kids make me smile, make me laugh and make me feel loved.  Even when I want to strangle them on occasion, they fill me with an indescribable joy and I am incredibly proud to be their momma.

So, what makes YOU happy?

p.s. Counting Crows "Round Here" just started -- my absolute favorite song ever.  See, happy.

Wednesday, November 03, 2010

Careful, wouldn't want to knock yourself out now, would you?

I found out something incredibly interesting yesterday.  It is possible to accidentally make your own chloroform.  Guess how I figured that one out???  Word of warning, when cleaning the grime off an old brass table lamp with acetone, should you find yourself in need of a little brush to get into the crevices, be certain that it is NOT the toothbrush you last dipped in bleach to clean the crevices in the bathroom sink.  Just sayin.

I got all woozy and loopy and then had a mother of a headache for the rest of the day.  Not fun.

Although it is fun to tell people you accidentally choloformed yourself and then watch their reactions.

I also learned a great way to get out really, really stubborn carpet stains. Spot Shot and a scrub brush (and no, again, NOT the bleach brush).  While the directions advise you to wait sixty-seconds for tough set in stains, they obviously do not have carpet in a house with four men, five if you include the cat.  I also disregard the advice to not saturate the carpet.  I soak the hell out of it, wait about 2 minutes and then attack with my hand-dandy scrub brush.  Nary a stain in sight, even those that may have been on the carpet a scary long time.

All this cleaning and prepping to sell the house has left very little time for crafting.  I will give you a quick glimpse though of some of what has been happening...
 My laundry room got a much needed cleaning & makeover.  See, we don't have a basement or a garage (just outbuildings) but we do have a HUGE laundry room.  Like 8 x 12 huge.  So I took one entire wall and Man-Caved it.  It turned out awesome!

I also cleaned out the boys game closet, which was affectionately referred to as The Cupboard Under The Stairs.  The allocation of games will begin shortly.  I cannot fathom we had so much junk wholesome family fun stuffed down there.  

 Speaking of "junk", Chumley (nee Luna) got his junk chopped off this week.  He is still a bit ginger, but he is recovering.

I did manage to get a bit into the harvest spirit.  One very inexpensive autumn wreath was made using nothing but a wicker woven wreath from the dollar store, 3 strands of dollar store wreath garland and 2 bunches of dollar store flowers.  No glue, no wire, no nothing else.  All that for just $6 and about 4 minutes of work.  Amazing.

 Oh, and Chum helped.
 And on a final purging note I am offering 20 xbox games for $100 or best offer.  You can see them all here (there are a few not in cases) as well as a memory card.  If you are interested, please let me know.

Happy Wednesday!

Monday, November 01, 2010

GIVEAWAY: "All I Can Handle" by Kim Stagliano

I don't read "autism books".  Having spent every day of the past five years dealing with autism, thinking about autism, living with autism, the last thing I want to do in my free time is read about autism.  However, as with everything in life, there are a few exceptions.  I do take the time to read medically based books if they come with strong recommendations from my fellow moms dealing with the A word.  The other exception is books with a sense of humor.  First and foremost among those was Jenny McCarthy's Louder than Words.  It blew me away and when I passed it on to my in-laws in completely changed our relationship.  They suddenly understood better what I was dealing with on a day to day basis.  The challenges and fears that accompany parenting  a child you can never begin to understand.

But then there are those people who I can't even begin to fathom what they have to deal with on a day to day basis.  Those that whenever I feel sorry for myself I say, "Hey, at least it's as bad as ___________"  Today, I want to introduce you to one of those amazing warrior moms who I fill in the blank with.  Kim Stagliano has not one, not two, but THREE kids with autism.  And three girls to boot.  Normally when someone tells me they have three daughters, me, mother of 3 sons, jokingly says, "I'm so sorry."  But can you imagine?  Three sets of raging girl hormones.  And autism to boot.  Good Lord!

Kim has shared her journey in a fantastic new book, All I Can Handle: I'm No Mother Teresa (A Life Raising Three Daughters With Autism).  I've often flirted with idea of doing a talk or presentation on "The Lighter Side of Autism" or something along those lines.  Kim does something similar in her new book.  You will laugh along as she describes her dirty little Howard Stern secret.  You will cringe as you travel the painful path with her of missed signs.  You will experience the frustration of "normal" test results, well-meaning but clueless friends & families, undertrained teachers and a myriad of other experiences.  

If you are an autism parent like me, a parent of 3 kids (also like me), someone who is dealing with job insecurities and relocations (yup, we are three for three) or just someone who enjoys a slice of life look at a life less typical, you are sure to enjoy All I Can Handle.

I just realized I keep calling Ms. Stagliano by her first name, Kim, but that's because after reading her book, her blog, her website and being facebook friends for the last few months I feel as if I know her.  Not only do I know her, but I like her too.  And apparently she likes me a bit as well.  Why?  Because she gave me a copy of her book to give away to one of you!

Just leave a comment to this post, be sure to give me a way to get in touch with you, and on November 13th (Sparky's 40th birthday!) I will announce a winner.  No special requirements, but I would love it if you would hit up one of Kim's sites and give her some love.  Because she is no Mother Teresa, but she is a fellow autism mom and we could all use a little more love in our lives.