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We have begun selling on Etsy, at     


and are finding it to be a great experience! Things have started selling and we are looking at some advertising on Ravelry which should bring many people to our shop. I am happy to say Kevin is selling his Nostepinne’s that he learned to make on his wood lathe. 

We jsut celebrated Mother’s Day with Laura and her Grandma, it was a great weekend although it rained all day on Sunday! It was one of those, blow your umbrella inside out, rains! We did take them Saturday to the Home Place Resturant on top of Catawba Mountain.  It was wonderful and we got right in, no waiting, of course we got there an hour before they ‘opened’ and they were already open, so beats me!  But it worked out wonderfully, and all had a great time.

Sunday Ani called and told her grandmother she had gotten engaged, to which her ‘memaw’ said finally! Now you will not be living in sin, and of course, she turned to us and said “well, you know Ani is an Artist”  I said, ‘Yes, I know, I are one too’ to which my husband of over 30 years relpied,’Well, why did we get married?’

Now we have one turning 30 this weekend and one 26, unbelievable! People told us the time would fly, and I prayed it would, now that I look back on those times, I think I managed well while we were in the Navy, and I was raising these young’un’s. At the time, I felt stretched to the limit, but I do believe that I needed a hobby!

The depression took over and there were weeks I did not leave my room, I just sat there and read books, now that I look back, I see all the symptoms.  I am on antidepressants now, a heavy dose but I still have times when I do not want to leave the house and I struggle with it daily. I used to be so funny and made everyone laugh and I had friends, many of them, was respected and loved by the whole Navy family for my help as an Ombudsman! I think when we left Mayport and went to an airdale community, I lost my way.  Nothing was the same and we were shunned by the airdales. After all, we were some of very few snipes (sea going rates-black shoes as it was). Kevin excelled there and got his wings and was the first sailor there to have both warfare, ship and air, pins ever.  Then he was transferred back to the ship and left us behind as he made Chief aboard the USS Vicksburg, CG-69! Wow, we were all so proud!!  We had a Navy Chief in the family, he had studied for over a year every day for 4 hours after work and made it first time up!

Now we are retired, living on pensions, I am making crafts to have mad money, which I love!! I just hate depending on it! Laura and I have started a new business of dyeing the yarns, and hand painting them and she is wonderful!! She makes the most beautiful combinations! 

I have happily been contracted  to teach for 4 weeks this summer at the

ALABAMA FOLK SCHOOL and am really looking forward to it! I am teaching first a week of clock building in Dad’s Memory. Then a week of Knitting Accessories, then Knit’n & Purl’n, and finally Paper Arts!

I am so excited, I will spend some time with Josh between weeks and some with Tana! It will be a great summer if we get enough enrolled, so I am going to advertise those classes like crazy!!

I am off to complete some pendants and make them into necklaces and put them on Etsy!! See you there! 




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Well, life goes on, doesn’t it?  I have had such a hard time with this loss.  I went to Laura’s to hide and not deal with it and guess what happened?  I made some wonderful new friends,  boy-oh-boy that really helped.  I sewed and knitted like a fool!! I had some very creative moments, sat at the Starbucks with the sweetest group of ladies, knitting our hearts out, and chatting having a latte, ummmm,  now that is living!  I recommend friends to everyone for a respite and support.  Laura is such a loving daughter, she is having a rough deal at the moment and we are all in serious prayer for her.  It is difficult to work in a oppressed atmosphere where everyone is afraid or angry.  I can hardly believe that it is coming up on the end of March and time to go to Florida. I have Dr appts and meds to refill.  I think Josh may need some support as well, he is trying so hard to get a good job in his field,  struggling with making ends meet, and missing all of his family.  I feel like scooping him up and bringing him here with the rest of us, but he feels out of place here, he has no memories to speak of from this part of the worls.  We joined the Navy when he was 5 and took off for parts unknown, so he has not got the roots here that Laura and her Dad and I have.  Mom is doing better than I expected, she is so sad and does not understand why but I have a song for her—– Farther along we will understand…….. I shall take her my Gaither’s CD with Ivan Parker singing that song.  Maybe that will keep her company while we are gone.

We leave Tuesday and take Sweet Pea to Laura’s, spend the night with her and see my friends! Then we will go from there to Tana’s and spend the night there, before we go on to Pensacola and Josh’s where we will lite for a couple of weeks!  I am ready, I need to walk the beach and clear my head, I need to smell the salt water and fish for oops……..gig for flounder with my son!  In that mean boat that threw me out and tried to pull my arm off! 

We have one set of trilooms left, 5 and a half foot with easel, I want to sell it and never see it again.  The looms kept us alive and Kevin busy, but now he has moved on to better and funner things that he can make with his wood lathe.  He has been making nostepinnes, he says ‘nasty pins’  and I won’t tell you what his next idea is spurred on by that!

We have been loading yarn, pendants, bags and goodies on etsy, now I am ready for a vacation.  I look forward to that nasty smell we used to complain about when we crossed the bridge into Mayport, you could smell the bog, the swamp there, but it meant we were home for so many years when we were stationed there.  Now I look forward to that smell as we hit the Pensacola coastline!  White sands and margaritas, ya ya!  We will see about those margaritas when we get the results of my blood sugar tests from the Dr. I hope that he will increase my metformin, then I can eat a little more. 

Yoo hoo! That is all I hear now that Zorro has moved into the sitting room from my craft room.  He does not like to be alone, but I will bring his play stand back this trip and he can come in here with me.  He really likes to “help” by eating whatever I am working on!!  At least he has learned to say ‘thank you’ which alerts me to his having taken something!  I am off to make some clay pendants and beads and eat some lunch,

Let’s make a pact! Let’s all agree to smile no matter what, it is so hard to be sad, mad, upset, aggravated or bent out of shape with a smile on your face……………….and you just might help someone else who really needs to see that smile!   Happy day!

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Dolly BabyIris Civil War ShawlAs we were discussing the day and plans, ideas for this week coming up, DH (depending on the day: dear, darn, dratted, dirty husband) asked what’s selling on ETSY?  For many years he has taken a lot of pictures and I have sorta sorted them, then added them to boxes to be scrapped someday when I am sitting around.  He has always been very talented at this and made some awesome pics.

My reply to him was ‘prints’. Of what?  Strange things, I says.  Like two birds sitting on a barn roof, this seller has sold 23 of them, 8X8 for $10.00 each.  The look, honestly, the look as he calculated that, I had to crack up.  There is another seller, I says, selling 1″X1″ picture pendants for $4.50. That’s cheap he says. Well, I says, she has sold over 7000 of them this past year, I am watching that calculating in his pea brain! That, he says, requires a calculator, which means, you need to get busy and start making these tiny treasures!

So, there are two new streams of income in the first week of the year.  Did I tell you our goal this year was to add one stream of income per month?  I had to put a damper on all this creativity very quickly or we might reach our goal in the first week of the year, so I says—

Need a new lazer printer, gonna cost a lot! Need to get these prints to look professional, wanna guess the rely? Call Tana, she gets her prints done at Walgreens for 19 cents each, and doesn’t use up her own ink. Silly man, I do not want 4X6 pictures printed, I want PRINTS on archival paper with style to sell.  Then he turns in circles twice, I do think he is part dog–that is another story– and says where are all those barn pictures you took 2 years ago to make calendars? On a disc. Let’s start with them, he says, and just use elements of each one, in circles, or squares, or ovals, or………………….Does anyone see where this is going?  Sure enuf, the next words out his mouth, ‘you have a master’s degree in this computer stuff, you know what to do!!!’

I think I will call Laura and see if she wants to dye some mohair, or some wool when I get back, that I am familar with, this is scaring me, too much creativity, imagination, and far too many ideas for the 5th of January, 2008!!

I did put up some Google ad sense ads on my pages, hoping someone will click on them and that would be stream of income number 3! I think I shall work on expanding that stream through out the year.  I am sitting in the warm breezes of Pensacola, Fl and watching Zorro preen, Sweet Pea nap, Dolly study her Papa outside trying to figure out what he is doing–he is cutting down Josh’s tree, we will see how that goes over!  The sun is shining brightly and the cars are flying by on Fairfield, I had forgotten how noisy it is here! Dolly and I both nearly lost it early on Wednesday morning when the Blue Angels went practicing over the house.  I had not remembered how much I hated that!  They are not my friends, as they fly very early and make much noise, I know, I know, everyone loves the Blues,  let you in on a secret—-NOT everyone!  Hockey game tonight,  Josh will be making coffee, and I am going over to Joan’s and finish the jewelry I was making.  Maybe, maybe in the morning on my way to Tana’s.  I am so looking forward to seeing my girls and Rog! Very happy to head to their house.  I have my scrapper’s tote full to over flowing with goodies and ideas! I want to make Josh a new clock since he is not fond of the caffeine kitty!  I love it and will take it home with me, but he does not love it, so I will make him a life clock.  I have it all planned out, with little aircraft carriers, florida tags, flip flops, police badges,  baseballs, softballs, basketballs, footballs, skim boards, coffee cups, all that symbolize who and what he is!  I hope he likes this one,  Mr. Picky!!  I found Tana’s Christmas presents from 2 years ago that I had misplaced and been hunting ever since, in a gift bag, under the cardboard bottom, in the closet in the camper!  Do not have a clue why I did not look there first! Just like when Josh needed his birth certificate and paid $50. to have it sent asap for his state trooper application and it was in the box marked ‘ important documents’ in the camper.  Doesn’t everyone use their camper as a safe???

Now he says, they will send me to Miami, I do not want to go. So he is applying here at the ECSO and Pensacola Police.  Is it legal to hit a 26 year old male type son over the head with his own baseball bat?? How do you get him to understand there is more to life than playing ball? When will he realize that a job with health insurance comes before a flag football tourney?  How does a Mom get these things across without being a nagger?  WOOOOOT! That was close!  Almost a slip of the finger!!

Today I start my Civil War Shawl, using Jaggerspun Merino Top from Australia, which I got from www.sarahsyarns.com  and it will look like this when complete, except in a vivid purple! 

Civil War Shawl     Civil War Shawl Angel    tshawl3.jpg    Spin

I am very excited about starting the shawl, it is so large, we plan to work it as a KAL and it will take until June to complete as the last rows have over 1200 stitches per row! It is so beautiful! I have some socks on the needles, some cowls, finsihed Tana’s and it is beautiful, will get pics up before it is gifted!  I am making some now to sell on Etsy, and procrastinating about the marvelous mitts (http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5154376 ) because I really want to make some other things, like socks! I have some great yarns we got when we went to Hillsborough, NC- Laura & I- and I am anxious to get thru with present knitting and hit it for myself!! Selfish, huh?  Sorry, I deserve it, I am special, I am in the positive zone and no one can make me come down, I will not let it in! I shall accomplish things this year that no one has imagined, I am tired of sitting around waiting for it to come to me, I shall go and get it……………………………..what is ‘it’?

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As the new year begins, what shall we do?  Shall we start a new shoppe, a new craft, a new idea?  Shall we build on what we have started?  Shall we make a business plan, ah ha! Now, that is where I think we should start this year and begin by forgiving all the sins perpertrated against us in the past, and start anew, personally, professionally, physically, mentally, emtionally and just plain let go and let God take over. 

I was watching Joel Osteen last night as I surfed the channels, and his message was to have a free and clean spirit and be blessed double.  I like that idea, do not dwell in the past.  Get over it and rise above it, he said!!  Greg Bishop, Command Master Chief of the USS Saratoga (CV-60) out of Mayport Fl in 1989-1990 passed those words on to his Ombudsmen at every meeting we had.  Rise above it, forget it, it is in the past.  Help those in need now and move on, never give up and never forget to be positive. You can do  and be anything you want bad enough, if you don’t suceed, according to Billy Joe Shaver, Try and Try again!!  No where in his music does it say to give up or to quit.  Build a dream and go after it.  I want to be able to go grocery shopping on the last day of the m month, buy anything I want to eat & not have to look at the price tag, use my debit card and not have to be concerned if it will ping! 

That, my dear fiends friends, is my idea of wealthy! Rich beyond compare. Able to have any food I want! This is not the end of 2007–it is the beginning of 2008.  Looking forward, being positive, creating new and beautiful items, sharing with my dear ones, learning something special to keep the old brain from deteriorating; keeping on spinning, knitting, cropping, beading, traveling, smiling, and using up all those lamp parts!

I am too tired, needing my meds refilled, and chilly tonight to enjoy anything, so I think I will knit this Tudora for Tana and go to bed early on the first day of the year. I have spent the last 3 hours trying to add an rss feed button to this blog so that I can send it out–and the widget has kicked my butt! But guess what??  Tomorrow I will be widget proof and kick it’s butt!

Then you can subscribe and read all my rantings, therfore; there will be no question as to where I stand.  I stand on the rock!!

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We have been moving from Florida to Virginia and have made 7 trips in the horse trailer so far!! We are here and ready to get back into creating beautiful items! See? Even Dolly is settled in on her windowsill! She is so happy to be out of the truck!

We are re-creating the tri looms that we have happily made for so many wonderful people in the past as well as (and have a patent pending on) our easel for holding them readily while under the greatest pressure from pulling that yarn on through there!

We have for sale the following looms with or without easel:

7′ tri loom: $185.00 Set (with easel) $275.00

Easel alone for 4′ looms and larger: $149.00

Easel alone for under 4′ looms: $75.00

6′ tri loom: $165.00 Set: $250.00

5′ tri loom $135.00 Set: $225.00

3.5′ tri loom $85.00 Set: $145.00

2′ student tri loom $55.00 Set $110.00

2′ Square Loom $75.00

Building right now ………..Rectangle 4’X6′ $199.00

Rectangle 2’X4′ $99.00

Here are some pictures of our work and looms:

More to come as we discover where the picture discs are!!

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