Saturday, March 17, 2012

Happy St. Patty's Day....

I hope you celebrate by having some GREEN beer today!! Whoooot!! :)

So it was an expensive day in the Costa household yesterday!!! We left the house at 7:00 a.m. and headed to the coast.  Roads were pretty good - a little sketchy up top on the summit but that was to be expected!  Got to Abbotsford just before noon where Wayne and Brayden dropped me off at Fibers West.  I ran into a few people I knew and spent the better part of three hours perusing all the fibery goodness.  It was about what I expected it to be....and I came home with this lovely goodness:

A couple of batts of fiber (over 8 oz. each), some silk hankies, 6 new skeins of yummy yarn, some earrings, the new cubics double point needles and some new dyes to try out - yeah...I think I did okay! :)  

Even though I dropped a few hundred dollars, that's NOTHING compared to what Wayne spent when he bought this:

Oh yeah!!!! I can't WAIT to take this baby on the road!!! 2006 Harley Davidson cruiser!! I'm stoked!! I think this will be MUCH more comfortable than the old bike, which I always though I was going to fall off of everytime he hit the gas!! No...this will be MUCH better!  Now if we could just get this snow to stop!!! GAH!!!  Anyway, it was a great day and we got back home last night just after 9pm.  Today, Wayne is out washing his new toy and seeing what was all in the additional boxes of "stuff" the gal threw in.  It's like Christmas around here!! :)

Well, I hope you are having a GREAT weekend...I know we are!! I'm gonna go and spin something!! Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Another FO!!!

That's "finished object" for those of you not in the knitting world!! :) 

Here she is - my Hitchhiker:

What a fun knit!! I'd definitely make another! :)  Can't wait to wear this baby tomorrow when we hit FIBERS WEST!!! Whoooot!!!  Wayne wants to go to Abbotsford to look at a bike and I wanted to take in this festival.  Win-WIN!!! The only thing that sucks are the roads but we'll take it easy.  Hopefully the worst of it is over now and they'll have it all cleaned up by tomorrow.  Traveling this time of year is always dicey but thankfully we don't have to "be" anywhere urgent and we can just take our time.  Wayne says....well, I might have to leave you there, ALL DAY!!! Yeah-like THAT's going to be a problem!! Tee hee.  I can hardly wait.  Have Mastercard...will travel!! :)

Anyway - on another note - I got my first Scentsy recruit today!! YAY me!!!! I'm off and running with an actual "team"!! LOL!! :)  This gal is from Red Deer so not so much one on one..but I'll do my best to ensure her success.  She's already got her first party booked!! Soooo thrilled for her!  Well, and ME!!  :)

Oh...and to make it an even BETTER day ..if that's possible.....I got my box from Curry's Art store.  My Pan Pastels and sponges arrived.  Watch for some cool artwork in my future!! Perhaps there's a mixed media artist somewhere buried deep inside that I didn't know about.  Can't wait to see what will be unleashed NEXT!! :) If nothing else, it will be fun to get all chalky!

On the crafting front, I made these little goodies and sold them all on TopHatter Auctions these past few days.  Who knew my little note cards and stitch markers would be so popular!!! FUN times!!

Now those were my sold items...I won't actually tell you how much I have PURCHASED but needless to say...I have some fun items coming!! :)  Can't wait till they arrive and I can start creating more fun stuff!!

Have a great day everyone...and thanks for stopping by! :)

Sunday, March 11, 2012


Spring Break.....

Yep, that's right - two glorious weeks of Spring Break!  ....and I'm SICK!!! SICK I tell ya!! I haven't felt this crappy in a LONG time!! What gives???  Just a simple head cold but the fog that it brings with it is enough to drive me around the bend.  I don't mind being sick normally but when I get the pain and stuffiness of a sinus infection - that really throws me for a loop.  This is day 4 and I am hoping that this is the last of it.  Either that or I'm going to have to check for bed sores cuz I haven't moved from my bed or the couch in days!! Thank goodness for Netflix and three seasons of Dexter to keep me occupied - well that and my knitting needles although at times I can't even be bothered with those! :(

Sooo...what have I been working on??? Well, there was a charity drive for some Snuggles blankets.  These are little blankets that are donated to your local shelter that are used as security blankets for new arrivals.   The information is here:

Snuggles Project

Anyway - I crocheted three of these little guys and the nearest local shelter involved in the program is in Lillooet so that's where my blankies will go!  They're kinda fugly but the animals won't mind and it was a good way to use up some of that acrylic yarn that has been languishing in my stash!! :)

Then my girlfriend who is starting her own business making dolls asked me to do up a sweater for her so she could have a prototype for her doll clothes.  I was happy to help and hence made this:

Hopefully it will fit as she wants to commission me to knit a whole bunch more.  You know how I feel about commissioned knitting so we'll see!! :)

As I may have mentioned, I joined the 12 in 2012 Sock Club this year, which means I need to knit 12 socks  in 2012 (notice I said 12 socks and not 12 pairs of socks! Tee Hee).  Of course I am going to attempt pairs...but well, you know how it goes!    Anyway, here is my first pair (yes, I might be a little behind already!!!)

Pair #1
and here is my second pair.

Pair #2:

Okay - yes, these are baby socks and I know I'm pushing it a little but sheesh....they still count okay!! :)  My GF just had a little baby boy and this is my little giftie to her! :)  Cute eh???

So what else have I been working on???? Well, I'm in a KAL (Knit-a-long) for the Hitchhiker Shawlette so I have until the end of the month to complete that.  With this downtime being sick, I am making fairly good progress on that:

It's a nice mindless knit - lots of garter stitch - perfect when you're brain dead!  I don't think I'll have any problem finishing it in the time alotted.    I haven't done much spinning this month but do plan on getting back to my wheel in the near future.  I am taking an Art Yarn Spinning Course in April so I can't wait to attempt that.  I normally spin a fingering weight so creating a bulky art yarn will definitely be stepping outside my comfort zone!  I can't wait! My teacher is fabulous - very talented girl! :)

So other than that - not much else going on around here.  Hockey is winding up - one tournament to go and then Spring Hockey starts.....oh, and soccer.  Yes, we've put Brayden in both this year so I am enjoying this little break before it all starts up again!

This week's goals are to get back to the craft table and hopefully get some paper crafting done.  I haven't touched my desk in weeks.  Oh, and I'm taking two more online courses...the first by Tim Holtz - Creative Chemistry 101 where he showcases all his products and what makes them work! I LOVE Tim Holtz and am excited to learn more about the chemistry in his fabulous products.  The other class is again really stepping outside the box for me.  It is a pastels art class by Donna Downey!!  I have ordered my supplies and am anxiously awaiting their arrival! ACK!!! Mixed media???? ME??? Yikes!! Well, we'll see how it goes!! If anything, I'm adventurous!! :)

Well, that's about all that's happening around here!  A long post....but it's been a while! I'll try to get on this a little more frequently....goodness knows there's always SOMETHING going on around here!!

Have a great weekend everyone! Happy Spring Break! :)
Lisa :)