Archive for August, 2007

August 31st, 2007

Mr. Dressup on DVD!

I didn’t grow up in Canada, but it was close enough that we got London, Ontario stations (CBC) on television. One of my favorite shows as a child was Mr. Dressup. The show was similar to Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood, but much better – in my opinion. Mr. Dressup was the main character, but his puppet friends Casey and Finnegan (a boy and his dog) lived in the treehouse in the backyard. Each day, Mr. Dressup would go to the Tickle Trunk in the living room to pull out a dress up costume and act out something related to whatever was in the trunk that day. He also sang songs, told stories, and did really cool crafts. I haven’t seen the show in a very long time, but talking with a new friend who also grew up near the northern border led me to see if anything was available on DVD. It looks like I missed the original releases, but there are plenty of copies of Mr. Dressup Tickle Trunk Treasures available on Amazon and Ebay. I think I’ll add that to my Christmas list…

August 31st, 2007

Happy 100th Birthday!

Grandmas and me

Today is my great-grandmother’s 100th birthday. That’s her in the middle – Hazel (or Grandma Pete as she is known to family). When I think about all the things she has seen in her time here, I almost get overwhelmed, but it doesn’t seem to be a big deal to her. I guess after 100 years, very little will surprise you. She still lives in the same town she was born in and lives in the house she and her husband built in the 1930′s. He died in 1970, which was six years before I was born, so I never had a chance to meet him. She has raised six children and has more grandchildren and great-grandchildren than I can even count. She keeps track of us all, though, which is more than I can say for myself.

In case you’re curious, she has this advice for younger generations, “Eat healthy foods, and don’t be afraid to work. Don’t be afraid to get your hands dirty.” Those are words she has lived by, too. She always has a vegetable garden in the backyard and makes a mean rhubarb pie. That’s healthy, right? I don’t know if she’s ever been to McDonalds. As for the hard work, she was the first employee at an electrical supply factory in town and worked there for 27 years. She’s never had a drivers license, though. That was one I never have understood – especially if you have ever been to Edinboro, Pennsylvania. She’s visited Japan and Korea and many states in the US, but has never had the desire to live anywhere but the town where she was born.

She likes to crochet, embroider, and sew and enjoys watching Lawrence Welk reruns on PBS. She also does the crossword puzzle in the newspaper every day. She used to go to the local senior center to play cards (canasta?), but had to take a break when she got frustrated with “the old people who cheat.”

I hope that on this birthday Grandma realizes how many people out there love and care about her. Happy birthday, Grandma!

August 23rd, 2007

Some finished projects…believe it or not!

I haven’t been highly productive, but I have managed to get a few things finished and some photos taken. The first was an embroidery project from this book. I intended to finish it all in one day, so I used a disappearing ink pen to trace the design. Of course this did not happen. When I went back to stitch the second day (or was it the third?), I had to try to line up the design with what I had already stitched. That didn’t work out so well, but I think I’m okay with how it came out. I’ll use the washable ink next time, though. I added a border of some fabric scraps and threw it in an IKEA frame that I painted black. It’s hanging in the kitchen now.

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The second project was a gift for Rod’s birthday last week. Alex made a drawing that I enlarged on the copy machine and made into a freezer paper stencil. It was a pain in the rear to cut it all out, but I’m really pleased with how well it came out. More importantly, Rod loves it and Alex smiles when he sees Rod wearing the shirt he “made.” Rod wore the shirt to a party with people he works with and they have all decided that they want shirts, too, so I need to find a better way to make that stencil…

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August 18th, 2007

Christmas Craft Ideas

I’ve been searching the internet for some embroidery patterns of bees.  I haven’t found any that I’m in love yet, but I have found some other cool stuff.  Check out these projects from Clover.  They’re in Japanese, but they are just like a lot of those great craft books and you can figure them out.  I love the Little Red Riding Hood ornaments!  That wolf is too perfect!

August 6th, 2007

So I have this idea…

and I’m curious if anyone else might be interested. As I’m sure I’ve mentioned before, swaps are one of my favorite things. I also love all things surrounding Christmas – music, food, decorations, traditions – all of it. When Ali pointed out that Christmas is just around the corner, it stirred something in my mind. I thought it might be fun to organize a swap with other bloggers (and non-bloggers, too!) with a holiday theme. We could put together our favorite decorations, music, sweets, stories, and traditions – or whatever floats your boat – and exchange them with someone in another state or country. I’ve noticed Christmas stuff popping up in my local stores, so I guess it’s not too early to start thinking about this stuff…

Obviously I don’t have the fine details figured out yet, but if you think you might be interested, leave me a comment. I’ll leave it open for two weeks – until August 20th – and see how many people (if anyone) are interested. If there are enough people to give it a go, we’ll do it! Since I’m a slacker with keeping this blog updated, I know there aren’t a lot of people who keep up with me. If you do happen to still stop by here and think this could be a fun idea, feel free to mention it on your own site to get more folks interested. The more the merrier, right?


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