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Stuttering Shell: November 2011

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

scarves for sale!

please forgive me for not having these items listed on etsy or a separate blog. until my knitting takes off {read: becomes a somewhat viable source of income a.k.a. justifies my yarn & nail polish obsession}, i'm going to list the things i knit on my blog.

they make great holiday gifts. seriously, do you need a teacher gift? or, what about a stocking stuffer for your sister? and, you can't forget your dear, sweet mother-in-law! i'm just sayin'...


the scarves are $20 each. the price includes first class shipping.
if you want to get it faster, priority mail will cost you an extra $3.50.

want to buy more than one scarf? the first scarf is $20 and each additional scarf is $17.

just leave a comment about which scarf you want!
be sure to leave your email in your comment, please.
or, you can email me, too.
michellechissler {at} gmail {dot} com
scarves will be sold on a first come, first serve basis.

i'll send an invoice for payment.
pay promptly, so i can ship promptly!



scarves will be marked as sold as soon as payment is received.



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this is a yummy scarf.
grey shades of soft boucle yarn {97% acrylic/3% polyester}.
it is machine washable & dryable,
BUT
i suggest hand washing this baby.
it is an infinity style scarf {meaning the ends are sewn together}.
it is shown wrapped twice around my neck.
it will stretch with wear.
measurements: approximately 6" wide x 50"



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i jokingly call this the "oil slick" scarf.
it's nothing like an oil slick, though.
the color is called barrington which is a deep purple with teal running through it.
{98% acrylic, 2% polyester}
it is machine washable & dryable,
BUT
i suggest hand washing this baby.
it is an infinity style scarf {meaning the ends are sewn together}.
it is shown wrapped twice around my neck.
it will stretch with wear.
measurements: approximately 8" wide x 44"



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when i first learned how to knit last winter, i made four scarves out of this yarn.
the color is called edwardian {what's up, twilighters??}.
{98% acrylic, 2% polyester}
out of the four scarves i made, this is the only one left.
i wear one almost daily. the other two were gifted.
it is machine washable & dryable,
BUT
i suggest hand washing this baby.
it is an infinity style scarf {meaning the ends are sewn together}.
it is shown wrapped twice around my neck.
it will stretch with wear.
measurements: approximately 7.5" wide x 54"




i'm slightly obsessed with this particular brand of yarn {stitch nation by debbie stoller}.
this yarn is heavenly.
it's 80% wool, 20% alpaca.
the color? lotus.
this scarf must be hand washed {gently!} in cold water. lay it flat to dry.
it is an infinity style scarf {meaning the ends are sewn together}.
it is shown wrapped twice around my neck.
it will stretch with wear.
measurements: approximately 8" wide x 55"



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first of all, the scarf is not orange and neither is my shirt.
both are actually quite similar in color...bright pink!
but, this is what happens when you take pictures with a flash indoors at night.

take note, too, that this is not an infinity scarf.
it's a bit on the shorter side, but i think it still looks great.
anyways, back to the color...
it's called cheery cherry by vanna's choice.
{what? you didn't know vanna white has a yarn collection??}
it's 100% acrylic BABY yarn.

here's a color swatch so you can really appreciate the color:
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it is machine washable & dryable,
BUT
i suggest hand washing this baby.
measurements: approximately 6" wide x 56" long



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alas, my shirt really looks orange in this picture.
but,
that pretty gray scarf sets if off, don't you think?
this scarf is knit in the same pattern as the one above, but it's longer...much longer.
once again, i used a wool/alpaca blend {80% & 20%, respectively}.
the color? cobblestone.
this scarf must be hand washed {gently!} in cold water. lay it flat to dry.
measurements: approximately 6" wide x 92" long



and, just because, i'm adding the scarves from the other post just so they are all in one spot...


this scarf is approximately 7" wide & 60" long {yep, it's as tall as me! ha!}.
it can be stitched together to be worn as an infinity or circle scarf or left as is {it's a bit on the "short scarf" side if left as is}.
knit using a seed stitch.

made from 100% acrylic baby yarn
color: goldfish {a fun, salmon color}




not to be confused with the previous scarf, this one is orange.
pumpkin, to be exact. 
again, knit using 100% acrylic yarn in a basic knit or garter stitch.
it is approximately 8" wide & about 55" in length {before sewing the ends together}.
this scarf IS an infinity or circle scarf.
it can be worn as is or looped twice around your neck.
please note, the yarn will stretch over time so don't be discouraged by the size of the scarf.




finally, something that is not an infinity scarf!
it was supposed to be, but i ran out of yarn. whoops!
it's approximately 9" x 45".
i'm 5' tall & i have a short torso, so when this scarf is around my neck the ends come to my hips.
perfect if you're looking for a shorter scarf or great for a young, tweeny girl!
the color is gorgeous. it's called mermaid.
the yarn is 55% viscose from bamboo & 45% wool.
the scarf was knit using the seed stitch.



make me a happy girl...buy them all! 

and, i must give photography credit to my 10 year old daughter, malia.
it's all basic, i know, but as i get better at this knitting thing, so will the pictures of my finished products...promise.

remember, scarves are first come, first serve.
they are $20 each {any additional scarves you buy are $17}.
i'll invoice you via paypal.

have any questions or want to commission me to make a custom scarf? 
just ask.

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i am thankful for...

i know, i know...thanksgiving was last week. but, that doesn't mean you are only supposed to be thankful one day of the year.

today, i am sharing with you all the essay my son wrote in class last week. {i'm typing it "as is" including aidan's flagrant use of commas and misspelled words.}

I'm thankful for...

I'm thankful for my family, because my dad always helps me fix my bike when the chain brakes.  My sister helps me when I get hert she also plays with me.  I'm thankful for my mom, because she helps me when I'm hert also my mom also helps me with my homework.  I'm thankful for my two crazy dogs Frisco and Buxton, because they help me stay active.  Mom and dad thank you for my close and sheleter because without it I would not have a place to live and something to keep me warm.  Thank you sis because I would be lonly and not have someone to play with.

surely your heart melted. maybe not nearly as much as my heart did, but come on. there is something magical about children's writing, especially when it comes from the heart.

{his sister totally slicked his hair down for our family photo shoot...ha ha ha!}

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Monday, November 28, 2011

bah humbug & all of that crap.

i thought about subbing shit for crap in the title, but figured i should keep things klassy. ha ha ha.

anyways.

thanksgiving is over. that's a good thing, too, considering i'm already over the leftover turkey & all of the other side dishes that are still sitting in my refrigerator.  by the end of the week, my refrigerator will be cleaned out & december will be in full effect. so, in honor of november's end {and the fact that it's a crummy monday}, how about a little brain dumpage?

  • i still need three people to participate in a children's book swap. please leave me a comment with your email if you want to participate. 
  • there will be no thanksgiving recap on my blog because a) i didn't take any pictures, b) it was uneventful, and c) i just don't want to recap it.
  • our house has been "ho ho ho'd." we put up our tree on saturday. adam put up the outdoor lights yesterday. i need two green pillar candles {hello, walmart!} and some hooks for our stockings & i think our mantle will be complete. {we have stocking holders, but they are heavy & i don't want to use them this year.}
  • i also finished a christmas rag wreath for our front door. i'm not sure if i should add a "merry christmas" bunting. i was thinking it would look great with a big, glittery "c" in the middle. or, it's kind of nice on it's own. what do you think?
  • i'm making three more {i've already made one} rag wreaths for teacher gifts except they'll be smaller than the one pictured above and the colors will not be holiday related. i also made one the same size as the christmas rag wreath, but in purple, as a gift for a family member.
  • speaking of making things, i have a few scarves for sale. i was able to knit over the weekend. i finished three scarves and started working on two more scarves. it seems that i can't just work on one thing at a time. i'm listing more scarves tomorrow, but here's a sneak peek {the color is not as dark as it seems}:
  • the end of the semester is rapidly approaching. in fact, one of my classes ends this week. i'm looking forward to the break. next semester is going to be crazy. crazy, but worth it.
  • family visits are weird. no, it's not weird when my mom & dad visit. we love them to bits & pieces. but, it's weird to visit with family that you haven't seen in a while. and, when i say a while i really mean YEARS. and, that is all i will say about that.
  • i saw a commercial for ntelos wireless & it mentioned something about buying out your current mobile contract if you switch. i don't know if this is a gimmick, but i'm looking for any reason to leave t-mobile.
  • as a result of entering ap's giveaway, i stalked the red envelope site for a little bit this morning. on my wish list? i'll need two of them, but i want need this:

{you can buy me this here}
  • speaking of dogs, remember how i told you that our christmas tree is up? yeah, well, one of the dogs peed on it. now i have to wash our red tree skirt. fabulous.
  • as much as i want to participate in cyber monday sales, i'm not. our budget said no. that's cool.
  • oh, i went shopping on black friday. never again will i go to walmart on black friday. what an experience that was! who knew $2 towels would cause a fight that required a police escort?! and, never mind the comment made in the paper about how a car payment would be late because getting a $199 television was important.
how is your monday going? 
are you ready for hanukkah & christmas? 

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Thursday, November 24, 2011

gobble, gobble.

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i am thankful that you allow me to share
bits & pieces
of my life with you.

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i am thankful for the
camaraderie
that only bloggers seem to know
and appreciate.

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i am thankful that somewhere
someone
is touched by something i wrote.


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i am thankful for you.

i wish each & every one of you a very
blessed & joyful
thanksgiving holiday.

cherish your family.
cherish your friends.

and, remember...

keep an attitude of gratitude!


{i know, i know, it's easier said than done sometimes!}

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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

PRODUCT REVIEW: creating a memory with LiveOn...

recently, i was given the opportunity to "test drive" the website a company that is dedicated to creating memories by preserving memories...


the idea behind LiveOn is to allow users to create an account where you can upload photos from your computer or facebook {how clever!}, create memories {aka slide shows} with ease & publish those memories to your timeline. you can even create a time capsule that will only contain the memories you wish for it to contain. honestly, i was a bit hesitant at first about reviewing LiveOn because i thought to myself, "do i really need to join another photo hosting site?"

the answer? yes!

why?

first of all, LiveOn is easy to navigate. i created an account, watched a short introductory video & created my first memory in minutes. MINUTES, y'all. i've played around with other websites & programs before and none have been as easy as LiveOn. want proof? click here to view the slide show i created. you can include text, videos & music in the slide shows, too. i was pleasantly surprised at how user friendly LiveOn's website is & creating my first memory was super easy...i can't wait to create more!

LiveOn allows you to pick & choose what to share and who to share it with. you can build what LiveOn calls a tribe. it's basically a list of followers who are viewing your timelines & memories {i've been calling them slide shows}. you can also narrate for people. this is a neat feature because it allows you to create an account for a friend or loved one who might not be able to, as LiveOn says, "tell their own stories."

i love that LiveOn also features "life questions." you'll see different questions pop up in little windows throughout the site. these "life questions" get you thinking...and you'll soon realize that this website is so much more than just creating & preserving memories. LiveOn is allowing you a place on the internet to journal, if you will, and create a keepsake that will last a lifetime.

i'm sure you're wondering...LiveOn is free. there is a paid option which grants you access to the premium features. the nice part of the paid option? you can choose it for one memory OR you can choose a monthly, yearly or lifetime option. but, don't worry about your memories...whether you are accessing LiveOn for free or paying for premium access, ALL memories stored at LiveOn are safe & secure and will be on LiveOn forever. Seriously, forever. That's LiveOn's promise to you.

even more exciting? there is an option for folks who have video tapes, film, older forms of media or physical pictures {you know, like 4x6's and polaroids} to preserve their memories, too! LiveOn Rewind is the site that handles the processing of all physical media into digital memories. your pictures, videos & other precious documents are safe & will be returned to you. if you're interested in this option, you simply choose a package to get started. {psst...and here's a 20% off code for LiveOn Rewind: cgc47}

y'all, check out LiveOn. the holidays are here. thanksgiving is tomorrow. get your camera out & take some pictures so you can get started on your own timeline at LiveOn. and, when you do, be sure to add me to your tribe so we can share our memories!


thank you to LiveOn for this sponsored opportunity to blog about storing and sharing my most important memories with those closest to me.  although story ideas were provided, all thoughts and opinions are my own.  please click here to learn more about storing and sharing your most special memories.  


i was selected for this sponsorship by clever girls collective.  all opinions expressed here are my own.

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Tuesday, November 22, 2011

ten on tuesday: thanksgiving edition.

y'all, i'm taking a break from the "plenty to be thankful for" posts and linking up with roots & rings for a little ten on tuesday fun.

today's series of ten questions is all about the gobble, gobble.

  1. what are you doing for thanksgiving this year? i'm hosting which means there is an 18 pound turkey currently defrosting in my refrigerator. it also means sitting around the living room balancing a disposable plate on your lap. i don't do formal dining nor do i decorate with centerpieces & fine china for the holidays. you get what you get & you don't throw a fit, people.
  2. what are you most thankful for this year? staying afloat. it's not easy living off of one income. and that, my friends, is that.
  3. do you have any traditions on thanksgiving? the parade? football? long naps? the parade is always on while we prepare the turkey. always. other than that, the only other real "tradition" is making sure the pantry is stocked with jellied cranberry sauce {mama likes eating leftover turkey sammiches smeared with the stuff!}
  4. is it called stuffing or dressing? is it in the bird or a separate dish? it's dressing, y'all. and, it's never in the bird. it's always on it's own, in a dish and made, preferably, out of corn bread. 
  5. do you cook? yes, i do. my husband takes care of the turkey {he mans the fryer}. i handle most everything else. this year, my plan is to prepare most of the sides on wednesday night so all we have to do is heat everything up when it's time to eat on thanksgiving day. by the way...we eat early on thanksgiving. earrrrrrly. i think it helps maximize the leftover turkey sammich opportunities. 
  6. what is your favorite dish? sweet potato casserole with extra marshmallows {the more burned, the better!}. i also have a soft spot for jellied cranberry sauce {yes, shaped like the can}, but that's not really a dish, is it??
  7. what is your dessert preference? i don't really have one. i love to bake, but - surprisingly enough - my family doesn't have much of a sweet tooth. in the past, i've always baked my heart out for thanksgiving only to have to throw out desserts a week later. this year, i took the easy way out & ordered two ice cream pies from coldstone {hey, it benefits the p.t.a. at my children's school!}. i'll also make a {from scratch} pumpkin pie with freshly whipped cream. you know, to make up for those two ice cream pies. 
  8. what is your favorite thanksgiving memory? how about the year we ate chinese food for thanksgiving dinner because we were going out of town & my mother didn't want to deal with preparing a big meal OR leaving it all in our fridge for a week. smart thinking. a close second would be from thanksgiving years ago...we just found out a few weeks prior that my mother was diagnosed with breast cancer. i'm happy to say that this december she'll celebrate five years of being cancer-free!
  9. do you plan to shop on black friday? yes. but, target had to go & jack up my plans by opening at midnight instead of 4am. oh, well. i'm only going because i have gift cards to burn & it's less than five minutes from my house. i'll shop for everything else online...on cyber monday. 
  10. what are you most dreading about thanksgiving this year? nothing really. we've hosted family holiday dinners before, so it's not a big deal. i think the only thing i am regretting this year is not being able to travel with my parents {after thanksgiving} to visit my sister in boston.  

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Friday, November 18, 2011

children's book swap - please join?

y'all, i'm participating in a book swap & i'm holding up the line, so to speak, because i need to find THREE people who are willing to participate. {why that many? because both of my kids are participating which means double the work.}

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who wants to do this with me?

it's easy peasy & it's been a success for a lot of people so far. and, no, we're not swapping kids for books. ha ha!

you send a book to the kid in the #1 slot. you can either buy the book & send it via media mail or just ship directly from amazon or anywhere else you can get a great deal on little to no shipping.

after you ship your book, move the child in the #2 slot to the #1 slot and put your child's name in the #2 slot. then, forward that information {via email} to six other friends.  the idea is that you'll receive 35 books in return for sending one. like i said, this has been a lot of fun for a lot of moms out in the blogoverse & twitterland.

and, it's open for any age kiddo.  you specify their age on the form.

not a parent, but have a special kiddo in your life?  you can participate, too!

this is a great way to build up your child's library. 

do it. reading is fundamental,  yo.
{yep, i went there.}


if you are seriously interested, please leave me a comment with your email & i'll forward the form to you so we can keep this book swap show on the road. 

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plenty to be thankful for...THE 21st CENTURY!

i'll start off by saying that i am not {contrary to whatever my husband might think} a high maintenance girl. sort of. 

i camp. i get dirty. i wear chipped polish. i don't always shower daily. i don't always wear makeup. i am sloppy...sometimes.

BUTwould i survive if i was suddenly transported back to, oh, the 1800s? um, probably not. why? because i need my 21st century conveniences, yo.
  • i'm probably the only person on the planet who does not have an iphone {no, wait, my husband doesn't have one}, but i do love my smart phone. i also hate my cell phone carrier, but that's for a different post. looking back to my early cell phone days, i don't know how i lived with a phone that didn't take pictures, send or receive emails, allow me to check the twit or facebook. yeah, enough said.
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  • the internet. why use an encyclopedia or a dictionary when you can just google it? 
  • the dvr. remember when you had to program your vcr to record stuff? ha ha ha. 
  • the keurig. because brewing coffee one cup at a time is smart. of course, this doesn't keep me from going to starbucks. 
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  • the basics...you know, electricity, running water {hell, how about some HOT water}, toilets that flush, the stove, the microwave, my hair dryer, the television {ha ha ha!}.
  • my computer. because without it, i would not be writing this post about 21st century conveniences!
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there's more. i know there is, but you get the gist of it, right? while it would be neat to travel by covered wagon {okay, maybe not} or travel by paper map {a paper map doesn't scream, "recalculating!"}, i'm certainly thankful to be living in a time that can offer so much. yes, some of our conveniences are born out of laziness, but let's just marvel at the technology of it all {you know, while being lazy}.

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Thursday, November 17, 2011

plenty to be thankful for...THE BLOGOVERSE!

i started blogging during the summer of 2007. i blogged previously on my myspace page. ha. do you remember that little gem? everyone had tom on their friend list...he got around. anyways...
this blog - stuttering shell - started because i needed to vent. in the beginning, i was writing for me {because it's easier to type out your feelings than write them down, i think}. my early blog posts were so lame. seriously. they were pretty awful. but, it's whatever, right?

now, here i am over 900 blog posts later, and i consider my blog to be one of my favorite places on the internet. in addition, blogging has given me so many opportunities to collaborate with other bloggers and some pretty fabulous companies. and, most importantly, blogging has blessed me with a network of friends - both in real life & in my computer...ha! it seems crazy to say that you met someone on the internet, but c'est la vie.

without blogging, i would not have met these girls:

october 2011
{from left to right: rosalyn, ang, a, me, the beach bum, whitney, lis & j}

this isn't everyone because one local mama had a previous engagement & three others from our group all live out of town. i miss d, rachel & lesley!

but, here are some pics...you know...just because...

from october 2010 - i miss my hair!
{from left to right: me, whitney & the beach bum}

from october 2010
{d & rachel}

summer 2011
{standing: me, the beach bum, whitney, d & j}
{seated: lesley, ang, katie & rachel}


my husband still chuckles about how i came to meet these ladies. yeah, it's silly, but it just goes to show that blogging is so much more than just hitting "publish post."

and, i'm grateful for each & every one of y'all, too. i blush every time someone says they love my writing style or they appreciate my honesty. i'm not a writer, y'all, but i do speak from the heart {even if it's not so nice sometimes}. i don't post on my blog and hope that i'll gain new readers or suddenly become famous. no, i do it - first and foremost - for me. if i can speak to a person's heart in the process...wonderful.

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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

pizza is a vegetable & scarves.

really, it's true...because congress said so.

and, that's as political as it will get on stuttering shell, okay?

we have more important issues at hand like:

* how i'm stressing out about school & my practicum. y'all, the semester is three weeks away from being over!
* how i finally registered for my last spring semester of graduate school {yeah, yeah, so i still have to take summer classes & i student teach in the fall, but still}.
* how i'm suddenly craving pizza {i know, i know...i said no more political talk}.
* how i should be studying for an algebra test instead of writing this blog post.

but, instead, we'll focus on something that i know at least one of y'all has been waiting for...

scarves!

i'm only putting up five for right now. i have a few more that are ready for delivery, but i don't have them photographed just yet. besides, i'm not really happy with how i photographed the scarves i'm about to post, but considering i'm at home with a sick child, well, i had to improvise.



the scarves are $20 each. the price includes first class shipping.
if you want to get it faster, priority mail will cost you an extra $3.50.

just leave a comment below about which scarf you want!
be sure to leave your email in your comment, please.
or, you can email me, too.
michellechissler {at} gmail {dot} com


i'll send an invoice for payment.
pay promptly, so i can ship promptly!

scarves will be marked as sold as soon as payment is received.


this scarf is approximately 7" wide & 60" long {yep, it's as tall as me! ha!}.
it can be stitched together to be worn as an infinity or circle scarf or left as is {it's a bit on the "short scarf" side if left as is}.
knit using a seed stitch.
made from 100% acrylic baby yarn
color: goldfish {a fun, salmon color}




not to be confused with the previous scarf, this one is orange.
pumpkin, to be exact. 
again, knit using 100% acrylic yarn in a basic knit or garter stitch.
it is approximately 8" wide & about 55" in length {before sewing the ends together}.
this scarf IS an infinity or circle scarf.
it can be worn as is or looped twice around your neck.
please note, the yarn will stretch over time so don't be discouraged by the size of the scarf.





another infinity scarf!
{clearly, they're "my thing"}
this one is a rich, deep purple color.
knit using the knit or garter stitch on a really big needle so the stitches are more "open," if you will.
again, 100% acrylic yarn as used.
this is approximately 8" wide & 68" long {before sewing the ends together}.




SOLD!


this scarf is short & fat.
i really like it, too. {i'll have to knit myself one, huh??}
it's another infinity/circle scarf.
this one measures approximately 11" wide & 39" long {before the ends were sewed together}.
knit using 100% acrylic yarn in a basic knit or garter stitch.
this would look great as a cowl.
again, it will stretch out with wear.
the color? oh, it's called mustard. {the photo, clearly, does not do the color justice.}





finally, something that is not an infinity scarf!
it was supposed to be, but i ran out of yarn. whoops!
it's approximately 9" x 45".
i'm 5' tall & i have a short torso, so when this scarf is around my neck the ends come to my hips.
perfect if you're looking for a shorter scarf or great for a young, tweeny girl!
the color is gorgeous. it's called mermaid.
the yarn is 55% viscose from bamboo & 45% wool.
the scarf was knit using the seed stitch.



i am a novice knitter.
really.
i learned how to knit last fall.
but, i really enjoy knitting & learning new stitches.
i'm currently working on two scarves {while juggling grad school, my kids & other life demands}.
i'll post more scarves as i get them ready.
if you would like a custom scarf, please let me know! we can talk pricing, colors, etc. via email.

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plenty to be thankful for...MY HOMETOWN!

i should start off by saying that i'm a former navy brat {read: i don't really have a hometown}.
i was fortunate that - while growing up - the navy moved my family only a handful of times. i switched schools twice. yes, two times. 

i currently live in the same city the navy moved my family to back in 1986. so, i think it's safe to say that virginia beach is home. after all, i've been here since i was eight years old {minus the three years i lived in northern virginia} ...


i have a love-hate relationship with my area. why? i'm not really sure. i think part of me is yearning for a new adventure in a new place, but another part of me just can't bring myself to leave. my husband is a local. he was born {in his uncle's bed at his grandparent's house near pembroke mall...for the 757ers who read my blog} & raised here. his family is here. his life - both good and bad - is here. 

virginia beach may be the largest independent city in virginia, but it's a very, very, very small world, too. trust me.

but, i digress...
virginia beach.

where else can you find a mix of urban, suburban & rural living? it's true...we don't have a true downtown area, but we're trying. sort of.


i love that i can go from the hustle and bustle of interstate traffic to a scene like this all within a thirty minute drive {the drive is even shorter if i'm leaving from my home}...


my city's highest elevation is a hill that used to be a pile of trash. true story.


i live in a city {well, an area} that thrives on tourism. i guess it helps that the atlantic ocean & the chesapeake bay are two of my area's "backyards."


another amazing fact about my area? we love jet noise! {well, except for some poppy heads who just don't seem to appreciate the sound of freedom.} the military is everywhere in my area. i live within five minutes of two naval bases. 


there's a lot to see & a  lot to do in virginia beach. the area is steeped in history. we are a relatively young city, too. and, we're one of many cities that makes up the greater hampton roads area. so, as much as i might lament about wanting to move away, i am definitely thankful for all that i have to see, do & discover right in my own backyard.

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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

plenty to be thankful for...YOU TUBE {and other internet fun}!

seriously, where would we be without the interwebs?

i, for one, know that i would probably be a whole lot more productive if there was no internet. maybe. i don't know. it's a blessing & a curse all rolled into one. you know what i'm talking about...

it's great because you can google just about any damn thing {whatever you do, however, do not try to diagnose yourself via the 'net...it's just going to tell you you're dying}. but, it's such a time waster, too. five minutes can quickly turn into three hours when you're pinning on pinterest. true story.

i don't frequent you tube often. my 10 year old does. that sounds terrible, doesn't it?? but, she is watching {with my permission & supervision} make up, nail art, or hair videos. really. me, on the other hand, i go for more mindless, amusing stuff. you know, like this...



yeah, that dog dances better than i do. a lot better than i do. i'm not ashamed to admit that i'm slightly jealous...of the dancing, not the outfit.

other internet fun?

facebook {eh. there have been too many changes lately. plus, it can be down right depressing sometimes.}
speaking of facebook, have you liked my blog's page yet?
the twit. {yeah, it's kind of so-so, too. the twit always seems to be broken, but maybe it's just me.}
pinterest. if you haven't chugged the kool-aid that is pinterest i urge you to either take it to the head or pass the cup.

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Monday, November 14, 2011

plenty to be thankful for...GUILTY PLEASURES!

i'm participating in a blog challenge {and swap!}, so get ready for two weeks worth of thankful posts.  if you want to participate, please feel free to do so! just link up with any of the hosts like meghan at the perfect compilation tape.


Manic Mother

today i'm thankful for some guilty pleasures. oh, yeah. you know you've got some! i'm not ashamed to talk about mine...

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beverly hills, 90210. that's right. i'm not talking about the cw remake either. no, i'm talking about the original.
watching re-runs of 90210 on soapnet used to be the highlight of my day until they changed the time. 
but, that's my dvr is for, right? 
and, yes, i still get tears in my eyes when donna & david get married during the series finale.
oh, and in case you're wondering? yeah, i'm on team dylan. 

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seriously, y'all, i need an intervention. 
the picture isn't mine, but i'm sure i own that much nail polish, if not, more. 
zoya, opi, essie {which isn't my fave}, julep, orly...
reds, pinks, grays, greens, blues, nudes...
glitters, mattes, glow in the dark...
{yes, glow in the dark!}
fortunately, my 10 year old daughter shares my obsession, so i can justify this guilty pleasure.

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spam fried rice.
yeah, go ahead and scrunch up your nose and say, "ew!"
a) i'm half-chinese. i'll probably be buried with my rice cooker.
b) i was born in hawaii & lived there {off & on} until i was eight. they eat a lot of spam in hawaii.
c) this is my comfort food {espesh if my mom is the one making it, although adam makes a mean fried rice, too}.

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harry potter.
need i say more?
yes, yes, i should.
i own all of the books. i own all of the movies.
i will never get tired of them.
and, just so you know, r-pat will always be cedric diggory to me, not that edward cullen dude.
{i know some of y'all might be surprised, but twilight just ain't my thang...sorry.}

live music.
i've been to quite a few concerts.
but, one of the best i've seen?
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that's right. 
new kids on the block.
and, no, i'm not talking about seeing them when i was in junior high school.
no, i'm talking about the time when i saw them a couple summers ago.
you might want to cover your ears.



and,
here's a sneak peek of our photo session with leah from silly little sparrow photos.


i can't wait to see more.

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Saturday, November 12, 2011

who won?

i don't normally post on the weekends, but i'm sure you're all dying to know who won the 50 free photo cards from tiny prints, right?

no? well, shame on you for not entering.

there were 17 comments, but 15 entries. make sense?

i entered each name, in order of comment, into excel & used handy, dandy random.org to generate the winning entry number...


and the winner??


congratulations, jayme! i will give your email to my contact at tiny prints who will then email you about how to redeem your 50 free cards. basically, you'll place an order, but alison from tiny prints will pull your order by your email. make sense? probably not. but, just know that alison & the rest of the tiny prints staff will take good care of you.

thank you to all who entered! i wish i could give all of you free cards this holiday season. definitely keep tiny prints in mind...their customer service is superb {and what other company will mail your cards for you??}.

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