Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Cool Socks

I cast off on Joshua's socks and they really look cool.

Striped Socks

Self striping yarn makes it look like I put a lot of work into them when I really didn't. :)
I love the colors and Josh seems pretty happy with them too. He said he wants to wear them to school tomorrow. I'm going to make sure he wears them a lot since they fit perfectly now and I didn't allow for any growing room.

Stripey Socks

I made them shorties so he won't look a total dork wearing them with his shorts. :)

Monday, November 28, 2011

New Things

I'm  venturing into another project. This is a 365 project and even though I have a plan, I've already bent my rules. Anyway, please take a look.

Taking the Plunge.

Food Food Food

This Thanksgiving weekend was the time for cooking and eating. Lots of it. We spent Thanksgiving Day at my cousin's new home where we had a potluck. Nothing like turkey and Chinese food. The day after, I made our own turkey in the rotisserie which was awesome and I'm not lying either.

On Saturday, I made a rib roast...again awesome! Saturday night I used turkey leftovers to make a pot pie/shepherds pis of sorts. I used cornbread stuffing as the crust and filled it with turkey, gravy, peas, carrots, corn topped with cheesy mashed potatoes & french fried onions. Freakin awesome.

Sunday I didn't make anything but I went to brunch at Marie Callendars by LACMA with Kat and her family which was delicious. Oh my, every day was filled with great food and I still have leftovers.

And of course, I don't have pictures because I was eating...

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Finished Goodies

Yay, more projects to show off!

First, I will present my Dead Simple Lace Socks. I used some mystery yarn that I remember buying in Victoria, BC and lost the label (very annoying) but the socks are very pretty.

Dead Simple Pose 4

Dead Simple Pose 2

Dead Simple Pose 3

I used my remote shutter for pics propping the camera up on the floor with a video game to level the lens. I probably could have elevated it a bit more but still the socks look good. :)

Next up we have the Waffel Hat. Again using the remote shutter with the camera on the dining table. Very stretchy hat which is kind of big on me but doesn't slide down past my eyes. I'll make mods the next time I knit this to fit normal people heads. :)

Waffel Hat pose4

Waffel Hat pose 3

Time to celebrate Thanksgiving and enjoy/appreciate all that we have. Give thanks and hugs to those around you! :)

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Fall Tuesday

It's chilly for SoCal and we also got our 1st storm. I don't really know if it's our first one of the season but I'll just say first for November. It rained for about 8 hrs off and on and stopped in time for the MLS championship soccer game. Yay for the Galaxy!!

Took a couple of photos, still trying to work out the logistics of my 365 project. For me, I'll still post a pic a day although I'm still batting around the taking a photo a day which is a huge difference.

Anyway, ignore my internal struggles...

Fall Leaves by the curb

Leaf Pile Up

Yellow Leaf

It's a leafy kind of day...

Friday, November 18, 2011


Sorry for the lack of updates...Tyler was sick for 2 days, and I've been kind of blaise about the whole posting thing. I have been knitting and finally finished a pair of socks that I started in July(?). It's already November and I really need to find my gift pile and figure if I have enough items.

I also was busy making my 2012 photo calendar which I've been doing for about 4-5 years and it's actually done. I've been holding off on it from sending the order button to make sure I order the correct number since I usually have 2 or so leftover. At least if I need more, I can order it since it's saved on my Costco account.

I was also contemplating some photography ideas to challenge myself in 2012. I'm toying with the idea of a 365 project which I've started a couple of times that never took so I just need to commit and do it. I don't know if I should add another blog just focussing on the 365 project, what do you think?

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Kindle Fire

Hector bought this as an anniversary gift  and it arrived this morning. :) Josh spotted it on the porch as we were leaving for school. I think he thought it might be his LEGO package but I could see the Amazon Kindle labelled on it. Joshua said he expected dad to give me yarn which was really cute.

Kindle Fire arrives

Simple packaging that is the Kindle and the charging cord. That's it.

Fits nicely in my hand

Fits comfortably in my hand too. Kind of hard to take a photo of it while holding it though.

Kindle Fire

Turned on right away and everything was simple after that. It was already loaded with our Amazon info, asked for wifi connection and registered itself right away. A few more minutes and all my books are on here.

Web browsing is easy and I already practiced downloading a knitting pattern on here so I can access it easily. Cool.

Kindle Fire

Even videos are nice looking and easy to access. So far my impression is that this will be a great tool/plaything for me. I wanted to store my knitting patterns on something so I don't need to keep printing them out which I tend to misplace eventually. Patterns don't take up much room so I can try uploading them to the Cloud and see how that works.

I haven't read any books yet but I might stick to my original Kindle as it will be easier on my eyes but the potential for travel worthiness is wonderful. I know it's geared to Amazon content but that works for me. I'll have to re-evaluate again in a month...

Monday, November 14, 2011

This n That

Nice to have a long holiday weekend and give a special thanks to my veteren hubby and to all who serve our country(past, present and future)! Our weekend was filled with hockey themed events. A great hockey game Saturday night and then Tip A King on Sunday.

Pictures later but I feel really tired lately...T-guy got sick last night so I kept him home from school. He is pushing hard for the Xbox 360 but he's been told that he needs to earn the $ from his grades and whatever he can scrape up either by gift cards or extra chores. He is trying to find loopholes in our agreement  so today I drew up a contract explaining in written terms how this is to be done. So far he has calculated about $208 towards the system. If he does manage to pay for it early, the actual play time on it is really restricted to more good grades etc and I can adjest that accordingly. :0

Wednesday, November 09, 2011

!5+ years of Tru Wuv

15 years ago, Hector and I were married. We met in 1991, dated for 5 years and got married in 1996. Hector proposed March 20, 1996 (funny how that date sticks in my mind) and I put the wedding plans in motion.  Time has flown by as it always has with us and I look forward to spending the rest of my life with this wonderful man! :)

Monday, November 07, 2011


Here is SoCal, the weather drastically changed in a matter of a day. Hot one day and then a drop of about 40* along with rain for good measure. It was nice to have that cooler temp and of course I had to add to it by visiting a couple of ice rinks. One was to watch the Kings practice on Friday & on Staurday to take Josh to his ice hockey session. :)

On our way back, Josh sees a package on our porch. Hmmm, Hector was expecting a package but it's addressed to both of us. A mystery since it's from the Vermont Company. I open it up and this is what is revealed....

The Royal Wedding (present)

Whu-uuuut?? A commemorative tin of shortbread cookies with the Royal Couple. Okkkaay. Oh, my mom sent it to us. Known for her unusual and often quirky gifts, I didn't know what to make of it. Why?

It turns out that she sent that for our anniversary (November 9th) which is kind of funny. And sweet in her own weird way. :) My friend Kat already claimed the tin since she totally digs this kind of stuff. I guess I'll have cookies with my tea...

Thursday, November 03, 2011


Aviatrix hat

Last night I knit a cute little baby hat called Aviatrix. The yarn is a mystery since I lost the ball band long ago that my cousin gifted to me. A nice multi-colored yarn with a soft feel to it.

The pattern is super easy and cute. I really need to find a doll to be a model for my babywear although Torchic is very cute, he doesn't fill the bill. But you get the idea...

Aviatrix Hat- modelled by Torchic

Aviatrix Hat

I need to find some cute buttons to attach the strap. Fun project!

Tuesday, November 01, 2011


Kitty buttons

Finished another project that was started a while back, picked up again where I saw glaring mistakes so I ripped it back to my first panel and restarted. Much better.

The completed project is so cute. Too bad I didn't knit when my kids were babies, I probably would have kept having more to get my baby item fix. :) Um, okay maybe not but I have friends & cousins (much younger than me) that can benefit from baby knitwear. :)

The yarn was perfect for California winters too, a cotton blend with nice pastels. I found some really cute kitty cat buttons to sew on and just need a real baby to model it.

As you can see, I had to come up with a way to photograph the sweater and here is when your kids old craft projects can be very handy. Josh decorated a photo frame for Father's Day a while back and it worked pretty well as a hanger. :)

Cute Patches Baby Sweater
Too cute.

Patches Baby Sweater
Josh got the likeness of Hector down pat. :)

Happy Halloween

I was seriously lagging with Halloween decorations this year along everything else that goes with it but I did manage to do all that I wanted to do, just scaled back a tad.

I made 1/4 of Josh's costume and ordered the rest online. I can't believe how much a simple kids' Yoshi costume cost and it wasn't even well-made. So I found a Yoshi hat which is really cute along with a green sweatsuit (that can be worn later) and bought some green felt which I hot glued together & stuffed with polyfill for the tail. Josh really was happy with it even though it didn't have all the details on it, he was perfectly fine with it.

He got to march in the parade at school and then have a fun Halloween party in class. Tyler didn't get really involved so much but wore a skeleton T shirt  with some skeleton gloves & Jack Skellington mask for trick n treating. I only managed 1 blurry pic of Tyler so you have to make do with Josh's.

Yoshi costume

Yoshi : side view

Pumpkin decorating with food.