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WIP-it Wednesday, New Year style...

...so I've been thinking about making a resolution or two for the new year. Mind you, I don't usually make resolutions, but sometimes they are useful. And I need to seriously do something about the state of my various craft stashes!

I spent a good deal of yesterday trying to get my spinning fiber stash under control. I'm vacuum sealing some of it to reduce the amount of space it takes and so that I can actually sit at my sewing machine! Well, that led to taking pictures of what was getting stored. It's then I realized just how much spinning fiber I have...believe me, it's a lot!

And then I looked at the fabric...and the yarn...let's not even think about the cross-stitch materials that are already stored away. I have some serious stash. I need to get this under some semblance of control!

So my WIP for today is New Year's Resolutions for my crafts.  Here we go...

In 2010, I resolve to:
Avoid buying more fiber until I have spun at least 10 of the tops/roving that I…

and...I'm back...

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...Christmas baking and activities kept me pretty busy.

Today, I packaged up the boxes of cookies and biscotti to mail and took them to the Post Office. There are a couple of gift bags to be delivered, but we're pretty much done.

Here's a sample of the biscotti portion of my gift bags:



The cookie and biscotti baking really do a job on my hands. Couple that with the intense mousing I did to complete projects before vacation and my hands are pretty trashed. It's taken me a couple of days to get back to normal; I've caught up with some sleep and my hands aren't nearly as sore.  I even did some knitting.

I finally finished the little lamb I was making for a friend:



Specs:
Started 12/8/09
Finished 12/27/09
Pattern: Fuzzy Lamb by Fuzzy Mitten
Yarn: Lion Brand Nature's Choice Organic Cotton in Almond and Macadmia
Lion Brand Vanna's Choice Solids in Cranberry

I love making these toys...it's such fun to see their little personalities develop.

I have the rest of the week …

Merry Christmas to all!

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...everything is made and most of it is packed. The presents are wrapped and under the tree. My house is as clean and decorated as it's going to get.

I'm just relaxing a bit before I start working on the cioppino for dinner. I'm looking forward to watching some Christmas movies tonight while I wait for Santa!

Here's our tree this year:



Wishing you all the merriest of Christmases!


Yeah, I'm still around...

...just running like crazy trying to get things done. Quick hits:
The cookies and biscotti are baked and packaged.The Amaretto nuts and Grand Marnier nuts are made and packaged
The chocolate bark is made, but not packaged.Christmas gifts have been purchased, but not wrapped.
The truffle ganache is made, but not rolled or packaged.My house is half clean...the rest will happen in the morning. The tree is up and decorated, but I still haven't finished the rest of the living room,
Still haven't done my cards or Christmas letter. I bought the stamps...does that count?Need to shop for Christmas Eve dinner and the Christmas day lunch.ACK! I have a lot to get done in the next 30 or so hours...I better get to it!

Sky Candy Friday, one week befroe Christmas...

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...because I have nothing else at the moment!



I haven't had time to take any more cookie pictures, but I hope to catch up with those over the next few days.

I made two double batches of biscotti last night so I could include them in my office gift bags. I delivered 6 of those this morning. I still owe one person a dozen Chile-Chocolate Truffles, but I haven't had enough time to make them yet. They will be her "Happy New Year!" present.

This is my last day of work for the year (yay!) and I have a bunch of things to do. I have a project to finalize and send out.  Backups to make. Timecards...clean out my drawer in the fridge so nothing goes bad while I'm gone...things like that.

Up this weekend: biscotti, truffles, get somebody's box ready for shipping, decorate the tree, and keep my fingers crossed that e-Santa delivers on time. I only have a few packages to wrap, mostly for the Daughter. (The Husband and I decided we didn't need give each other much after the…

Whoops! Wednesday flew right by...

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....busy day over all! But the best part of it was the Daughter coming home for Christmas! I picked her up at the airport last night in my new car.

You heard that right...my new car!  Here's what Santa brought me for Christmas:



A Honda Fit, Sport version (bow courtesy of Picnik)...I'm having such fun driving it!

So the only WIP I was going to show you yesterday was this:


Our Christmas tree is set up now, but needs some serious decoration. I did manage to get the lights on it last night, but no ornaments yet! I'm so behind on decorating!

it's looking like a bakery in here...

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...the weekend tally is 705 cookies. Whew! Except for frosting the sugar cookies, I'm done with the "cookie" part of the baking. Next is the biscotti and while they are also cookies, they require double-baking, which puts them in a separate class as far as I'm concerned!



The cookie exchange at Spin-In was fun! It's nice to be able to enjoy someone else's baking for a change. My contribution was Mexican Wedding cookies...a long time family favorite. While there, I made good progress on the Fuzzy Lamb I'm knitting for a friend. I have to finish the body, stitch it together, and embroider the face. Then I need to knit a little sweater for it.

We got our Christmas tree on Sunday morning. We went to Lowe's and Home Depot, but were not impressed with any of the trees there. Part of the problem is that they don't have them standing up...you can't easily see what the tree looks like on all sides. Plus with the rain, the trees were all wet, so moving t…

I've been a little MIA lately...

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...things are busy and way out of the norm. I can't believe it's the 11th and I have no cookies baked yet! SO behind!

Today's Eye Candy is brought to you by the rain:



And while this isn't a great picture, this gives you an idea of what our LED icicle lights look like:



These puppies are bright! (Still need to master those night shots...)

Work was a little intense this week...as a result, I didn't have a lot of energy for baking this week. However, I make my Amaretto-Cinnamon Walnuts and Grand Marnier Pecans—about 12 cups of each. I also started a knitted gift for a friend's new grandson. It's another Fuzzy Mitten lamb [Ravelry]. Since this is for a boy, I'll make a sweater for it instead of a dress. I love knitting toys because they go so quickly!

Up this weekend: I have Spin-In on Saturday and we're doing a cookie exchange. So I'll have to bake cookies for that (go figure!). I may just make a batch of biscotti because they are easy to make and a do…

still way busy...

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...and cold! Ok, not as cold as people who live in snow areas, but it's darn cold for the Bay Area. 

This is not something I see very often around here:



Frosted over plants. Poor things!  And my car was wearing a new coat this morning:



It was not fun scraping frost off of my car at 6:20AM just so I could drive to the gym. Way too cold to ride my bike!!

I haven't had a chance to do much baking the last couple of days...I pretty much crashed when I got home last night at 8pm.

More when I get a chance!

hold, please...

...a little busy at work today. I hope to do a post later in the day!

Eye Candy Friday, December style...

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...yup, this month it's either cookies or sky pictures. The garden does not have a lot going on that is picture-worthy and craft projects are pretty much on hold (except for the gift ones, which I can't show yet!).

This was taken earlier in the week, when there was actual blue sky in the morning. The last few mornings have been foggy and overcast, so not much to see. There was some sort of aircraft leaving trails in the sky. If you look hard at the bottom right of the picture, you'll see a small, bright white plume that I think is the plane.



I finished the first round of ingredient shopping last night. I now have everything I need to get started baking.

Up this weekend: Baking!  First, I'll do the  fruitcakes, pumpkin bread, and gingerbread loaves, which will all go in the freezer. Then. I'll make the cookie dough that must be chilled, followed by the drop cookies. In between, we'll go out and cut our Christmas tree (before the rain starts on Sunday!) and attend a…

November 2009 Recap...

...and another month with not a lot finished. Maybe January will be better for crafts, because I usually don't finish anything other than cookies in December.

Finished:
11/14/09 River Rocked Shawl [Ravelry]Started:
NothingWorked on:
Rusty Dahlia socks (knitting) [Ravelry]Simpatico Falkland yarn (spinning) [Ravelry]Paint It Red (quilting) Queen Mermaid by Mirabilia (cross stitch) Works In Progress, did not work on:
Happy Pumpkin Scissor Fob by Shepherd's Bush (cross stitch)Wisteria Angora-Merino top from Tactile (spinning) [Ravelry]Sea Foam Wrap (knitting) [Ravelry]February Lady Sweater (knitting) [Ravelry]Corrugator scarf (knitting) [Ravelry]Morning Surf Scarf (knitting) [Ravelry]
UFOs:
Black leg warmers in Caron Simply Soft yarn (knitting)Angora Cottage 70% Merino and 30% Silk 4 oz.roving in purple [Ravelry]Cascade Fixation anklets (knitting)Central Air socks (knitting)Chasing Rainbows Heather--one Merino-Bombyx (2 oz) and one Merino wool (2 oz) (spinning)Dogosaurus Rex sweater (kn…

WIP-it-to-be Wednesday...

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...as promised the last 2009 installment from the Blue Moon Fiber Arts Rockin' Sock club is behind the spoiler picture.




Let me just say that I love this yarn! I haven;t had a chance yet to read the pattern, but I generally love Cookie A's patterns. (Not so sure about the Christmas Sticking pattern...not my style.) I will definitely be knitting this project!

Now that it's December, crafts will be taking a back seat to baking, so be prepared for cookie pictures!

I've been in list-making mode...lists of cookies to make, ingredients to buy, gifts to give, and so on. (Being Virgo means I'm Queen of Lists! ) Now I just need to use a couple of those lists to buy cookie ingredients!

(Oh, and the November Recap will follow when I get a minute.)