Saturday, November 29, 2008

Somebody watch my back!

Is your cat plotting to kill you?


I saw this quiz over at If Ponies Could Knit and just couldn't resist. Mainly because we know Red is plotting to kill us all. :)

Monday, November 24, 2008

New haircut!

After going a while (too long) without a haircut, I finally got one! (I think this is the most recent before shot.) It has been an ongoing fiasco to find a stylist I like after my favorite of all left town over 2 years ago. I bop around to different places that have been recommended and just haven't really clicked with anyone. Tonight I tried out a friend from work and I will certainly be going back! Check me out!I went in with a picture from a magazine and a vague idea of what I wanted. Really I just needed something! A style of any kind! Just in time for Thanksgiving!
Let's hope it looks good under a Turkey Hat!

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Last dog show of 2008


Our dog show season for 2008 has wound down to its close. This past weekend we were at our local club for their AKC rally and obedience trial.

Friday Night:
Rally Excellent B- perfect score! We were handed a second place ribbon. But, oh tragedy or tragedies, they had forgotten another person with a perfect score and better time than us so we exchanged it for a third place ribbon. Fine by us! A Q is a Q! Easy course, quick times. Friday is always casual and it was a nice time.

Saturday Morning:
Rally Excellent B- Not so perfect score but there were NO perfect scores in that class that day! 96 or out 100, not bad, but not good enough for a placement. I won't tell you the story from Saturday because it is a not-so-nice story about the judge and I don't want to sound like a grumpy Guss. A green ribbon is fine with me! Tougher course and the honor was in the MIDDLE of the ring, surrounded by the working dog's path!

Just one more leg to our RE title. Sully has to be in the B class because he already has his CD title. Therefore we are up against all the dogs that mainly already have their RE title and are working toward their 10 double Qs for their RAE. We aren't in any regular obedience anymore, mainly because I'm lazy and haven't started any distance work or retrieving. Our goal for next year will be to enter the Graduate Novice class at our Corgi Specialty. That may or may not happen though, depending on what Sully feels comfortable doing. It's not of great importance to me to continue on in obedience with him so if he doesn't like dumbbells or directed jumping, we might just skip it.

Ornament quilt blocks


I joined a quilt block swap over at Quilting Fiesta for these adorable Christmas ornament blocks. The top two are mine (I had to make myself 2 since I was getting 7 in the mail and I want to do a 3x3 wall hanging). The others are from the other participants. Aren't they awesome? I'm just waiting for one more but I couldn't wait to show them off!

Monday, November 17, 2008

Mocktails


So, the holidays are just around the corner and that means parties! But a lot of the time, parties mean alcohol. What if you, for one reason of another, don't drink? Mocktails! If you're hosting a party and want the atmosphere and fun of mixed drinks without the alcohol, mocktails are perfect. Your teetotaling guests will thank you! If you're attending a party at someone else's house and can make your own fun mixed drink with simple ingredients, you'll feel a lot less out of place with a fun drink in your hand. You may even find a new friend that wants one too!

I love mixed drinks (non-alcoholic), they're fun and colorful. Be sure to serve them in fun cocktail glasses, garnish them with fruit, fun swizzle sticks or rimming sugars! Mocktails aren't just Shirley Temples and they're not just for kids. Here are some of my favorite recipes that use many common ingredients you'll have around your holiday house.

Cocktail shaker drinks

Mai Tai
1/2 cup pineapple juice
1/4 cup club soda
1 tbsp grenadine
1/4 orange juice
1 tbsp cream of coconut

Shake all ingredients and pour over ice.

Flamingo
4 ounces cranberry juice
2 ounces pineapple juice
1/2 ounce lemon juice
2 ounces club soda
1 lime wedge

In shaker half-filled with ice, combine and shake all but soda. Strain into glass and top with soda, garnish with lime wedge.

Champagne
1 qt apple juice
2 qts ginger ale

Mix, serve cold.

Lime Rickey Cocktail
1/2 cup fresh lime juice
1/2 cup sugar syrup
1/2 tsp bitter
3 cups club soda

Mix lime juice, syrup and bitter. Pour into 4 ice filled glasses, top with 3/4 cup club soda and garnish with lime wedge.

Blender drinks

Pink Lady
1 1/2 cup milk
2 tbsp lemon juice
1 tbsp grenadine
1 tbsp sugar
6 ice cubes

Blend until smooth.

Orange Julius
1 can frozen orange juice concentrate
2 cup milk
1 cup water
1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla
5=6 ice cubes

Blend until smooth. Makes 6 cups.

Strawberry Spritzer
3 ten-ounce packages of frozen strawberries
6 cups white grape juice
1 28-ounce bottle carbonates water

Thaw strawberries, blend in blender, mix with juice and water.

More resources:
About.com mocktail recipes
AllRecipes mocktail recipes
Drink Recipes-virgin recipes
Bacchus Network PDF recipe book

Monday, November 10, 2008

Tagged

Pam, of the awesome Pass It On Plates and her blog, tagged me.

So, I'm supposed to share 7 things (7!) that you didn't already know about me. I can guarantee at least some of you knew at least some of these things already but maybe you'll find a couple that are interesting new facts.

I may appear relatively "in the know" about technology. I can use a computer, I have to know HTML for work, I can handle a multi-line phone. But I am actually very terrible at anything with buttons. Mike takes care of the Tivo/DVD/etc. and I basically just watch whatever he puts on. Good thing we like a lot of the same shows! A friend from high school finally convinced me to get on MySpace so if anyone wants to be friends, that'd be cool. And the one people can't believe when I tell them, I don't have a cel phone.

I played the glockenspiel in school band. I quit because the instructor also made me learn snare, bass and tympani drums. Damn it, woman, I just wanted to play my tinkles!

I can never remember the titles of movies. You can talk and talk about movies and unless you go into the plot of each one, I will have no idea what movies you're talking about. I remember the movies, it's not that I don't remember what happened. I just don't retain their titles.

I have sort of a thing for socks, especially knee highs. I just spoiled myself at Sock Dreams, including these delicious thigh high striped ones.

I LOVE reading in the evenings. But our living room furniture is more for tv watching and chatting than for reading. So I just put a recliner in my craft room. I'm creating a reading nook. I'll be adding a nice lamp on my bookcase and a magazine rack nearby.

What am I reading right now? Why, a Little House on the Prairie book, of course! The Long Winter. And the latest issue of Quilts and More!

I wear no makeup. None. This weekend I went to a Pampered Chef party and wanted to look a little more "weekend" since it was hosted by a coworker so I put on Burt's Bees tinted lip gloss. I think that doesn't even count, though.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

New additions


I completely got wrapped up in Halloween and forgot to mention that the NEW fall issue of the Make-Do Mail is available in the shop! Full of great fall tips, recipes and projects!

And you'll also see there's a new section of the Make-Do Mercantile called The Corgi Shop. Two new corgi items and both are customized to your preferences! And there will be more soon!

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Thank you, everyone


A BIG thank you to everyone for your support and caring comments on the loss of Roswita. I was so overwhelmed and comforted by all the stories of pet fish that were truly cared for and loved. On the same sad day, my mom had to put one of her little rescue pups down. Skeeter was a miniature poodle that came to mom with a broken jaw (an old wound) and was so malnourished the bone was basically mush. After what seemed like months in a wire and plastic brace screwed to his face, he lived out the rest of his life with half a bottom jaw and no teeth. He thought he was tough though, his growl was still fierce! Skeeter was one of my mom's many forever-fosters, dogs that come in through rescue but it becomes obvious they can never leave due to medical problems, mental problems (a yorkie she has now is completely senile) or incurable lack of social skills. My mom is such a caring person, she gives feeds them, cleans them and provides them the best life they've ever known for the rest of their natural life. I'm so grateful to have her as my mom!

I also want to send out a great big thanks to Lydia at Drop In & Decorate who is a superb person! And she interviewed me over at the DI&D blog! I hope it inspires at least one person to host an event, decorating cookies is fun!

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Year's end is near-Resolutions

I know, I KNOW! New Year's Resolutions are NOT a good idea. But that's only if you half-heartedly make them and don't have a plan. I have a plan!

My one big resolution as this year comes to a close is to keep up with mailing birthday and anniversary cards. Now is the time when I sit down and add all the birthdays and anniversaries to my new calendar. And in past years, I have let so many of those milestones slip by without even a call, let alone a nice card of gift. So this year I will be sending for each and every single one I put in my calendar. Do you want a birthday card next year? Anniversary card? Does your dog want a birthday card? Or a gotcha day card? Maybe you'd like an Arbor day card! Well, let me know so that it goes in the calendar. If it's not in the calendar, you will definitely NOT get a card!

I love to shop for stationery and cards, I love to MAKE cards! So I should USE them! I'm looking forward to getting back into the swing of correspondence!

Besides that, my only other goal is to make more quilt blocks. I would like to commit to making one a day. That would make QUITE a few quilts in 2009! But I just don't think that is realistic, so I'm going with one a week, which will still finish up quite a few in-progress projects and start a few new ones. :)

Naughty or Nice?


It may behoove you to check your status with Santa since Christmas is right around the corner! Luckily, I am sweeter then ribbon candy!

Monday, November 3, 2008

The last of the Halloween pictures


At work, we take Halloween seriously! Yes, we do a holiday party around Christmas time, but Halloween is the REAL party! The library is host to a trick-or-treat party for parents and kids, complete with goody bags, apple cider, and picture-taking station. Then the kids go around to everyone's offices to fill their bags with even more candy!

And I am right at the epicenter as my office is IN the library! That also means I get to help decorate, which is tons of fun (and tons of work). My friend Jay created this creepy monster bookcase. I decided to create a few new projects this year. This is my spooky jar display. Some of the jars include: egg capsules and their resultant mucous (fake plastic grapes in green water), sample taken from lycanthrope den (the contents of my vacuum cleaner after doing the living room) and maggots of flesh eating flies (plastic stuffing pellets suspended between oil and red water).

This big plastic bag spider was also new. He's stuffed with crumpled newspapers, which we always have TONS of at the end of each week when we recycle the old newspapers.

This week is always festive at work and people wear their costumes on Friday! Here's my Punky Brewster costume.

I did lots of spirderwebs this year, I think it added an eerie vibe without being ogry. (I made a promise to a few people at work not to put the dead bodies/body parts/gory stuff out this year since some kids got scared last year.)

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Bloggy Giveaway winner!

Random.org generated our winner this morning. (You can thank my husband for reminding me to do it because we are both terribly sick with colds and I would have been happy to drink tea and watch tv ALL DAY!)

Our winner of the pattern of her choice is:
Mudpies and Mary Janes

Congrats! I'll be emailing you shortly.