Friday, December 31, 2010

She's here!

Tuesday was some day!  We had Fred's side of the family coming to our house on Tuesday afternoon for a belated Christmas celebration.  We found out just a few days before that Kaylee was going to be delivered via C-section that afternoon as well!  That meant that Jen and Josh were at the hospital while there were nine of us here, having a somewhat rushed opening of gifts, then niece Sarah and I headed to the hospital while the rest of the family stayed here to enjoy the meal that was ready for them (I hope they enjoyed it, although I came home later to find that they didn't touch the dessert!). 

We waited in the family area with Josh's parents, sisters, brother and brother-in-law and my parents, most of us standing in the hallway because it was quite a busy place that afternoon.  Soon several of us began to get text messages with this picture attached....

Kaylee arrived at 4:20 p.m. CST, weighing 7 pounds and 7 ounces and measuring 20.5 inches in length.  That's the same birth weight as her daddy and her grandmother (me)!  Almost immediately after hearing of her arrival, another family received the news that a boy had been born with the exact birth weight, so we all wondered if the scale was stuck!  Kelli, Josh's mom, thought that this picture looked like Jennifer, while I thought it looked like Josh.  We both agreed that she had quite a worried look on her little face.  Perhaps she was wondering what she was getting herself into!

We had a lot more waiting to do, but we were soon joined by the rest of the family that had been enjoying themselves at our house.  Before Jen was moved to a postpartum room, we learned that Kaylee had been moved to the nursery, so we trooped down the hall and oohed and aahed over her through the window until they shooed us back to the family area.  I was able to snap this picture on my phone....

Lots more waiting, although Josh was able to go to the nursery and got pictures of Kaylee's first bath.  We all laughed at this one of her head covered in shampoo!  She looks like she's enjoying a spa day!

Most of the family left for home, while Josh's parents, sisters, brother and I finally made it to the postpartum room to see Jen.  We were finally rewarded with Kaylee's return to her mommy's arms....

Then the baby-holding began!   I got the first turn (thanks, Kelli)!!

Kelli was next, but Josh somehow managed to grab her before I got a picture, so here's Kelli taking a pic of Kaylee in Josh's arms....

Lot's more holding and picture-taking ensued, before we all headed out to give the new family some rest.  I came home to pack a bag and head off to take care of Kaylee's dog family for a couple of days.  Kaylee got to meet Harley and Shiner yesterday afternoon when they arrived home from the hospital, so they're already practicing guarding her....

Yes, indeed, I think this grandmother gig is going to be the best ever!  Be prepared for lots of Kaylee updates.  Maybe I should change the name of my blog to "Pear-Shaped Grandmother"?

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Treasury Tuesday

I wasn't planning a pink treasury today, but then we got the news that granddaughter Kaylee is coming today via C-section, since she's breech.  I went looking for something lovely and pink to celebrate her arrival and found one created just yesterday by Cookieletta.  Be sure to visit her lovely shop filled with knitted and crocheted fashion accessories.  I'll be back later in the week with an update on Kaylee's arrival!

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas!

Ruby guarding the card from my uncles Larry and Mark....isn't it silly?  That's Larry in the picture, as both Hagar and can click on it to enlarge.  The inside of the card has a picture of their dog also dressed in a "Viking helmet".  I love it!

Have a very Merry Christmas, everyone!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

It's a wrap!

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The tree is still undecorated and the house isn't clean, but I've finished all of my Christmas shopping....hooray!  And in spite of appearances above, it's all wrapped except for one large item that's still in hiding and two small items that are still in production (well...there is that one that was ordered in November and still hasn't shown may be a New Year's gift if it arrives at all!).  Now I have three days to do all the tedious stuff.  Looks like the Christmas tree is last on the list, but I'm sure Ruby will be happy to help with that, too.

Treasury Tuesday

A triple treat of treasuries for Christmas!

First, a lovely starlit treasury by isamocrochet to remind us of that star in the east!

Here's a joyful treasury by Ironside

And even though I hope you don't have a blue Christmas, I couldn't help but include this brilliantly blue treasury by nikkoblue.

May your holiday be bright and joyful and may Santa be good to you!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Much to do about something.

The rest of the year just chugs along, then here comes December and suddenly it's flying by at warp speed.  I know it didn't do that when I was a kid.  Back then, December was at least twice as long as any of those other months, except maybe the ones that fell between May and September.

Here it is, December 15th, and our Christmas tree is standing naked and forlorn in the dining room, gifts are purchased for only two of the nine recipients on my list, the Christmas cards are still in their box and the house is a mess.

The dining room is also the current resting place of an unassembled crib, waiting for a mattress and bedding and a spot in the master bedroom.  The excitement of granddaughter Kaylee's imminent arrival has me wanting to run out the door and purchase every baby item a grandmother's house should have.

So today is looming before me (no, wait, I haven't even been to bed yet!) with so much that I need to do and a definite need to prioritize. 
  1. go to bed as soon as I've finished this post
  2. get up and dressed again
  3. have tea and breakfast and check email, but stay away from the games on Facebook :)
  4. photograph and list earrings on Etsy
  5. have lunch
  6. clear out the corner of the bedroom and vacuum
  7. wash dishes
  8. have another cup of tea
  9. shop with Jen if she feels up to it after work
  10. have dinner
  11. shop online for crib bedding
  12. sadly deactivate the coupon code in my Etsy shop and consider whether I will ever try it again
  13. figure out how to turn off this list feature on the blog editor
Okay....long list, but no room for tree decorating or house cleaning that is not in the bedroom.  And look, it's already Christmas! 


Well, not really, but that's how slow I am, so it might very well be Christmas before I finish the list of chores for today.  I wonder if I could just hang a really big photo of last year's tree in the living room.  Do you think anyone would notice?

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Treasury Tuesday

A Christmas theme with a different color scheme!  This fresh and festive treasury was created by BdayWishes.  So pretty. 

(click the image to be taken to its page on Etsy)

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Don't leave comfy things on the kitchen counter....

especially if you have a cat.

Treasury Tuesday

Time to start getting into the Christmas spirit, so please pass the eggnog! 

This intoxicating treasury was created by MullishMuse, who very nicely included my Eccentric Circles necklace.  Be sure to visit her shop to find....celebrity finger puppets!  And be sure to note that they can be converted into holiday ornaments, just in case your tree needs a tiny Justin Bieber, or perhaps you're more the Hunter S. Thompson type. 

As always, click the treasury image to be taken directly to its page on Etsy, since I know you want a better look at my necklace!

Monday, November 29, 2010

Silver bells, silver bells, it's almost Christmas time in the city!

And that means I'm having a 20% off sale in my Etsy shop!  Just type the code SILVERBELLS12 in the new coupon code box when you check out.  I've got a bunch of new items to add, too, so check back often during the sale period....oh yeah, that's today, November 29th, through Wednesday, December 15th.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Treasury Tuesday

I loved the look and the title of this treasury created by Imali.  In fact, it reminds me of her Etsy shop, filled with beautifully photographed fabric creations including home decor items and fashion accessories.

And dear Hagarae featured another of my items in the following treasury last Button Up Bracelet in Lime!

Have a very happy and tasty Thanksgiving!

Monday, November 22, 2010

Will success spoil jgrumbling?

Here I am, back to report that the Spectacular Fall Bazaar was a success!  I took an inventory of forty-six items and sold nine, which I think wasn't too bad for a rather small show and my first show experience.  I just got an email from the organizers saying that they also considered their first bazaar a success, with twenty-five vendors and approximately 150 visitors in six hours.  I hope they'll invite me back if they do it again next year!

I really want to thank my dear friend Kathy for coming to help me at my table, as well as all the friends and family who came and not only shopped at my table but at those of the other vendors as well.  I bought things from seven of the other vendors, myself.

Here are a few pictures from the show...

My table, with my awesome custom banner from JumpUpAndDown.  I need to find a deeper-toned tablecloth and hang the banner so that the M and B don't overlap next time.

That's Kathy sitting at the table. She was wearing jewelry that I'd made for her, even changing earrings and bracelet midway through the day!  She did a great job chatting up the customers, as I knew she would.  

I used a black iron fruit basket filled with (fake) pears to hang some of the necklaces and a black iron plate rack (need to find some pear-themed plates with the right diameter!) to add more height and display a few items. As you can probably tell, pears are us me.  And look at the great lighting at Kaye's table next to mine (that's Kaye in the blue shirt).  I really think I got lucky in the placement of my assigned table, since it was on the far wall directly across from the entrance, with Kaye's lights drawing the eye of so many visitors that came straight across the fellowship hall to start their browsing, with my table being the first in line and Kaye's second.  Kaye makes lovely stained glass crosses with vintage bottles as their bases (Witt's End Stained Glass Crosses, email, so they were shown off beautifully, and both my jewelry and the vintage jewelry of my friends Janey and Dianne at the table beyond Kaye's benefited from the added light! 

There's Dianne at the top with her vintage jewelry selections.  She shared a table with Janey (that's her in the center picture looking toward the camera while our friend Shirley browses the table).  The bottom photo shows Janey's great selection of Christmas pins.  Be sure to check out her huge collection of vintage jewelry on Etsy.  Her shop is called BroochOnMyBack59!

I hope to try my hand at some more craft shows, so I'll be sure to bug you all mercilessly about them when I do!

Friday, November 19, 2010

Tomorrow, tomorrow, I'll see you, tomorrow's only a day away!

*Excuse all the "rick-rack" underlining!  I didn't take the time to figure out how to get rid of them in the original Word document before I saved it as an image.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Treasury Tuesday

Today I'm thankful that I can bring you two lovely treasuries.  The first will get you in the mood for Thanksgiving, compliments of beesters.  Many of the items shown have sold, but the composition and theme of this treasury is so eye-pleasing.  And they got me with the inclusion of the vintage Scrabble board.  Be sure to check out the super cute stuffed stuff in their Etsy shop at the link above.

The second treasury provides a nice contrast to the first....and it just happens to feature my Baby Gems necklace!  Thanks so much to Hagarae and be sure to visit her shop to see her amazing fiber art jewelry.  And don't be surprised if you see more of her beautifully curated treasuries featured here in the future.  

As always, just click on the treasury image to be taken to its page on Etsy.

Now, just a little more business to attend to (I hope you're still reading!).  Remember that I told you quite a few posts back that I'd be participating in my first craft show?  Well, it's almost here!  So if you are anywhere near the Fort Worth-Dallas area this coming Saturday, November 20th, be sure to drop by Everman United Methodist Church at 530 Townley Drive* in Everman.  Their Spectacular Fall Bazaar will be open from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and admission is $2, benefitting various church programs.  There will be a variety of vendors (me, me!) selling their wares...perfect for checking off all the recipients on your Christmas list or picking up that last-minute birthday gift for ME....and I'll be happy to point out everything I like, if you're not sure what to buy ME!   Hey, it's all about ME here, okay?  :)

*Yikes, I keep putting the wrong address for the church everywhere!  It's been corrected above.  You'd think I can't read or something!

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Treasury Tuesday

As promised, another beautiful treasury from HPerl ....such lovely colors and a lovely variety of Etsy goodness!

Be sure to click on the image to be taken directly to its page on Etsy.

Monday, November 8, 2010

A tree grows in Fort Worth

As I mentioned in my last post, I've been working on a project for my granddaughter's nursery.

I started by painting two 3'x3' canvases to match the wall color.  A very thin, brush-stroke-y coat of the very pale blue looked like sky, so I decided against a second coat.

Since I wanted to paint the sides of the canvases, cat food cans came in handy for elevating them off of the newspaper-covered dining table.

Then I started sketching in the tree.  I cut out four leaf shapes to trace around, so I could position them where I wanted without sketching and erasing constantly.

The bird did require quite a bit of sketching and erasing before I had it to my liking.  This is the third bird I sketched and the first I didn't erase.  You can still see some of the un-erased outlines from the first two.  The tree trunk also got a lot of adjusting before it was just the right width.

The painting begins.  Jennifer had the idea for the initials carved painted in the heart.

The bird required outlining so that the wing and other details would show up well when the painting was complete.

Two days of painting and it's done!  The colors were chosen to match those in the nursery bedding and other elements in the room.

And since it was Sunday evening and Jen promised chili for dinner, I headed over to hang it in Kaylee's room while the leaves were barely dry!  We actually used Velcro to attach the canvases to the wall.

I love the way the nursery is turning out.  Just a few more touches and it will be complete.  I can't wait for sweet little Kaylee to arrive so she can move in!

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Save some daylight for me.

Tonight's the night...that we lose the light.  Ugh.  I want daylight savings time to stay forever.  I hate when it gets dark early.  Winter seems like the time when we should stay sprung forward, doesn't it?   Maybe that's why the time legislators keep shoving those dates later in the fall and earlier in the spring.  By the time I'm so old that I want to just go to bed, we'll have daylight extending until nine p.m. in January.

Much going on here, so all my best-laid plans for blogging keep getting pushed aside.  Today Jen and Mom and I are off to a bridal shower.  My nephew Sean is getting married in January, so we're pretty excited to finally officially welcome Marisol into the family.  Next Saturday is Jen's second baby shower, hosted by four of her friends, but held at her house.  Naturally she is anxious to have the nursery ready to show off, so I have been working to finish one very large element of the decor.  I'm taking pictures of the progress, so I can post the results here in a couple of days.  And two weeks from today, I'll be participating in the Spectacular Fall Bazaar at Everman United Methodist Church.  That means I've got to make a LOT more jewelry between now and then.

I hope you're enjoying my Treasury Tuesday posts.  I was excited to see that the last one brought 49 visitors to my blog, including 32 from Israel!  HPerl, the artist who created that treasury, lives in Israel and promoted the post on Facebook and on Etsy's Israeli members' forums.  And she was very nice to include me in another of her lovely treasuries, so here it is...

Many thanks to HPerl....and be sure to check back Tuesday for another of her treasuries.  Meanwhile, have a great weekend, and don't forget to fall back if you're in a locality that participates in this time-changing foolishness.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Treasury Tuesday

I bet you'll never guess why I love this treasury! 

As always, click on the image to go to this treasury's page on Etsy, and come back next week for another lovely treasury from HPerl...too many lovely choices to pick just one!

Monday, November 1, 2010

Orange marmalade

Lots of mentions from online friends about the beautiful sunsets the past few days, so I headed out to take a look this evening.  There are so many trees to the west of my house that I had to cross the street to get a good view.

Now, if you want to see some really beautiful photos, check out the link to Cat's Wanderings in my favorite blogs list on the right.  Ms. Cats lives on the shores of Lake Michigan, so she has lots of amazing photo ops.