Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Clothespin Doll

Clothespin Doll
Originally uploaded by Corgipants
If you all haven't bee over to Shannon's most awesome Bloggy Giveaway Carnival yet, you should check it out! The most giveaways ever!

This is a silly clothespin doll I finished up. Crochet dress, brushed wool fiber beehive!
A silly picture for ...and the rest is history.

Sunday, January 20, 2008

Let us revisit my old blog.

I have been tagged by Miriam/Crafter by Night for this meme about archived blog posts. Here's the low-down:

Go back through your archives and post the links to your five favorite blog posts that you’ve written. But there is a catch:
Link 1 must be about family.
Link 2 must be about friends.
Link 3 must be about yourself, who you are… what you’re all about.
Link 4 must be about something you love.
Link 5 can be about anything you choose.

Post your five links and then tag five other people. At least TWO of the people you tag must be newer acquaintances so that you get to know each other better.

Since this blog is relatively new, I am taking some posts from my older blog, Weddedblog.

Link #1-This post may not look like it is about family at first, but I love it because it includes pictures of my henna'd hands, which I did for our anniversary that year. There are also a LOT of pictures of swap items, etc. so overall a fun post!

Link #2-Maybe it's because it's nearing Valentine's Day or our Anniversary but this post about my very best friend, my husband, fits the bill for #2.

Link #3-A little story that really sums me up.

Link #4-I love dogs! And this post about the dogs that have come and gone throughout my life gives you a taste of that obsession.

Link #5-This post about the SwapDex reminds me that I have a few new items to mention! Gracie reviewed the SwapDex on her blog, Sew Swank. Lots of people have added the button to their sidebar and this month, several nice people like Sue and Alice have blogged such nice things about it!

And now, to choose 5 people. Mind you, do not feel obligated to blog this, it's just a suggestion. I tag: yourstilniagarafalls, Anne, Julo, Bertha, and thequeenv.

Saturday, January 19, 2008

Thank you!

Thank you so much to everyone who has congratulated us on the new house and wished us well! We are through with the majority of the stressful processes (mortgage applications process, price negotiations, inspection, more negotiations, bank appraisal) and if everything goes as planned, we have a sub-letter lined up for our rental house! We will most likely be moving closing up to the end of January instead of February, so soon!! So, we are busy choosing paint colors, furniture arrangement and we should probably step up the packing so that we will be ready to shuttle it all over as soon as we've got the walls painted in the new place! So exciting!

Here are a couple of giveaways I recently entered. You can win a $25 Target giftcard over at Coolest Furniture, which is a nifty webpage anyway! And put your name in the hat for one of four book and tea packages Chyrll's Corner.

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Another great day!

Originally uploaded by Corgipants
An update on the house-buying! The bank's appraisal came in and it was higher than our offer so we are good to go!

Closing date: February 29

I've started packing non-essentials like books, DVDs and knick-knacks. We have had a couple of realtors and a few individuals call about our place, which we need to sublet until the end of our lease in July.

And since this is house news, here is another house picture, the living room!

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Our new home!

Our new home!
Originally uploaded by Corgipants
Here it is! I am so happy and relieved to be able to tell you that the inspection went SO well! Better than I could have dreamed! So this is our new house! Very Mid-Century Modern, beatnik, early hippie, earthy, organic. The inspector does not think any changes have been made to the floor plan, which is unusually open-concept for a house built in 1956 so we thank the architect who designed it for being so forward-thinking! I bet it was the place to be back when it was built, really swinging and groovy. Far out! This house makes me think of Allen Ginsberg, Neal Cassady, Ken Kesey, all my favorite people back when I was in high school and was obsessed with The Electric Kool Aid Acid Test.

Excellent points:
LARGE windows
HUGE backyard
VERY minor repairs suggested by the inspection, nothing major!
Lovely brick patio with lovely plants and (my favorite) moss between the bricks!
Two bathrooms! Count them, TWO bathrooms!
Closets galore!
So many cabinets in the kitchen that I will not need a sh**ty IKEA storage unit just to have a place for my pots and pans!
One year home warranty!
My new laundry makes me look forward to my very first load of laundry in the new house! Goodbye cold, cobweb-filled basement every week for laundry day! Hello bright, cheerful laundry room with cabinets and utility sink!

Not as excellent:
One car garage
Older water heater
Will need roof resurfaced in a few years.
Small shed that will need torn down (scary looking Hansel and Gretel house-type)
Basement smells like cat pee, so I will be doing some major airing out and scrubbing with bleach! Wish me luck!

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

2008 Plans

I didn't make any resolutions but I've got some big plans for 2008! Grand plans!

Buy a house-We are well on our way, with the inspection tomorrow afternoon. Cross your fingers and hope it goes much better then the last time we went through this process. If all goes well, I will post a few pictures of the new place tomorrow!

Make friendly with new neighbors-Our neighborhood now is not very outgoing. I want to really try and meet the neighbors at the new place and get to know people a little more than we do around here. It's not as if we don't get along with the neighbors here, we don't even have a baseline knowledge of them.

Have a sleepover-I'd like to finally have that girl's craft night I brought up with the craft group over a year ago. With sleeping bags and ice cream and lots of time to craft our hearts out!

Use my crockpot more-I feel like I don't get the full use out of my crockpot since I don't eat meat and crockpot cooking is generally meat-based. So this year I'd like to focus on learning knew recipes to help me use it at least once a week.

Host a blogoversary event-I will have had this blog 1 year in July so I'd like to have some sort of giveaway/blog party/shindig to celebrate!

Host another Drop In & Decorate event-Probably at work but maybe at my house, not sure.

Finish a sock-I started a knitted sock way over a year ago and I'd like to finish it! Maybe not the pair but at least one sock!

Get my wedding band resized-I don't know why I put this off. After loosing around 50 pounds, my wedding ring slides off my finger about once a day.

Some of these things will knock a couple of items off my 43 Things list. I've never had 43 things on my 43 things list, how many do you have?


We had our family portrait done before Christmas. Here are a few of my favorites:

Classic Christmas card shot

Loves his mommy!

Happy family!

Rainy and getting colder!

It's been rainy here in central Illinois. Sully has been getting some use out of the TWO raincoats he got for Christmas, one from his grandma and the one he is modeling here from his Mighty Mites Secret Santa.

Speaking of Christmas, I was richly rewarded this season by my wonderful husband who might have left shopping to the last minute but really pulled through with some great stuff! Getting the most use have been my new mixing bowls and cooling racks, great for making batch after batch of cookies!

He also got me more kitchen stuff, a wonderful fluffy robe with a heart pendant necklace in the pocket and some great artwork from my DeviantArt wishlist!

Of course, I deserved all these wonderful gifts for all the amazing things I do! Like fixing the dryer! I took that dryer apart like I was some sort of fix-it man sans sagging pants! And put it back together again so well that it stills works! With no squeaking!

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Goodbye 2007

2007 ornament
Originally uploaded by Corgipants
Happy 2008! My goal for today (one day at a time!) is to get Christmas taken down. This is the Christmas ornament I finished shortly before Christmas, just in the nick of time. And now I have to take it down!

But I do get to leave some decorations up! I leave the red and white lights up around the window, replace the lit snowflakes with hearts and viola, it's Valentine's Day! Our anniversary is shortly after Valentine's Day (not planned, that's just the day the court house gave us) so we celebrate a week long event called Valentersary. This year I bought tickets to the Valentine's Day Symphony! Should be fun!

Over at the SwapDex, Valentine's Day swaps have been rolling in. I think people are winding down from all those Christmas swaps and are jonesing for a new swap to get started on. I wish I could participate in them all but I am really trying to limit myself in accordance with our new frugal plan, aka operation don't spend every single penny of your disposable income. So swaps are on a limited budget and dog shows are also being quite reduced this year. Which is fine with me, I was trained from an early age to make do with what your have (and to be subordinate but that doesn't really apply here since I'm the one forcing the frugality!).