1. Blog more regularly. My posts for November and December are the lowest they've been all year long.
2. Finish up that contest I started months ago. I have a whole pile of goodies ready to go and I just have to pick the winner.
3. Become a faithful reader again of all the other crafty and creative bloggers listed to the right.
4. Redesign the blog, along with the rest of Red Hen Studios, so I can have a more professional presentation.
5. Figure out how to improve the readership here -- specifically things like ping, digg, furl, reddit. trackback, squidoo. All of which I have notes about but have no idea what exactly they are, lol.
I hope you have a prosperous and creative New Year!
Hope, my youngest and I went to school
for the holiday concert and to visit the first grade classroom.
from the classic green water fountain
that is just his height. (She's wearing the hat I made her.)
for my father-in-law's funeral the next day.
Since the weather forecast was so bad,
we stayed two nights in a hotel. Hope joined the fun!
She arrived via the US Postal Service
from Canada one afternoon last week.
Her name is Hope.
She was made in North Carolina
by my Collage-mate Annette from Wool Creations.
I thought the boys wouldn't be too interested in her,
but they immediately took her out of the box,
checked out all the goodies in her suitcase
and dressed her in her pj's.
of course there is a train under the tree --
and Hope was sent for a ride.
and has already gone to first grade
and visited with many of our cousins and friends.
She will be included in all our Christmas festivities
before visiting other families.
here on her very own blog.
I now have a good stash of crocheted items, so my first goal after the holidays is to get them listed in my Etsy store. It's a little thin on handmade items right now.
I also plan on writing out and sharing directions for the hats I've concocted. I find them just as easy as crocheting straight lines now, as long as I don't get distracted from counting the stitches.
It's my husband's grandmother's silver tinsel tree, covered in strands of cheap green Mardi Gras beads and vintage poinsettia lights.
The kids have since but a Nativity calendar next to it and are placing the little book ornaments from it on the tree each day.
Instead of a pony (or chickens), I now want an alpaca for Christmas.
Many more photos over on Flickr.
Had my last craft show of the season yesterday and it was a bust. I didn't even make enough to cover my table fee.
For those keeping track that makes one successful show and two not-so-successful shows.
While it is a nice way to spend the day away from the kids, meeting new people and other vendors, it gets frustrating to put so much time into making things and setting them out only to have to pack almost all of it up at the end of the day.
At least I had another successful Etsy day, so all wasn't lost.
wanting something special done with her late dad's neckties.
She accepted my bid to make scarves from them.
She paired them up and here are the results.
She made some great combo choices
and I must say I love the finished pieces.
This will be great for Christmas...
... and this one almost stayed here with me, lol.
I've had these hats to share with you for awhile now and finally got around to photographing them. I got tired of waiting for a sunny day, so I did the best I could with my less-than-willing models.