Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Coffee Exchange update

I joined a Coffee exchange but have not heard from my partner. She maybe MIA. I will wait until next week and then I will let the exchange hostess know.

The exchange hostess asked everyone to share their favorite coffee mugs. I have two. One I have only had a few months but find I use a lot now and the glass one I have had a very long time. They both keep the coffee nice and hot. The brown and blue one is about to take a trip. I am being sent to work in Lousiana on Sunday so this cup is packed. I hate the plain cups in the extended stays we are housed in.

Also, we were asked to show our favorite coffee spot. I live in a town with one stop light, a blinking light at the end of my street, a grocery store, and 2 pizza shops. They also have 2 coffee shops that are as different as night and day. One is a combination religious gift shop and coffee shop. They have a comfy sofa and lots of chairs and tables. They have a few pieces of dessert and bagels if you get their early. Every time you go in, there is a different person working so you never get to know the staff.

The other shop has one table and two chairs, lots of delicious desserts and of course, coffee. This second shop is called Main Street Sweets and is owned by two very nice ladies, Wendy and Jennifer.

I truly like the atmosphere of this shop, it is a 5 minute walk away and you can buy bite size desserts for 50 cents. So if you have not guessed, my favorite shop is Main Street Sweets. I went down to take these pictures today and get a cup of their Gingerbread Latte and found myself walking back not only with the Latte but a piece of some delicious pecan something. Made the trip worthwhile.

The exchange also asked that you complete a questionnaire on your blog or the exchange blog.
Here is the answers to my questionnaire:
1. WHOLE BEAN OR GROUND: ground. It is easier for me since I am in hotels most of the time.
2. FULLY-LOADED OR DECAF: Fully loaded of there any other kind?
3. REGULAR OR FLAVORED: I prefer Flavored.
4. HOW DO YOU DRINK YOUR COFFEE: Lots of half and half with Splenda
5. FAVORITE COFFEE EVER: Creme Brulee..Unfortunately, I have not found a place near me that sells it.
7. FAVORITE TREATS TO HAVE WITH YOUR COFFEE: Oatmeal or Peanut Butter cookies
9. YARN/FIBER YOU LOVE: Natural fibers
10. YARN/FIBER YOU HATE: Synthetics
11.WHAT'S ON YOUR NEEDLES: I have three projects going, socks-fingerless mittens-a purse
12. FAVORITE COLORS: Everything
14. ANYTHING YOU REALLY LOVE, REALLY DON'T LIKE, OR JUST NEED TO GET OFF YOUR CHEST: I have to go back to work and it is not fair. I will have to fight with the masses to fly home for Christmas and then back to work the day after New Year.

Also, I am looking for a wife for my son...he has a great job, loves to travel and have fun. No stuck in the muds need to apply.

Until next time...have a great day

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

More Christmas Village Photos

In the previous post, I posted a few pictures of my Christmas Village. Here are a more.

After reading the post from Monte on the Dept. 56 newsgroup, I will be running out to get some baking or pool soda to make my snow. His looks so realistic.

I have a meeting to go to on Thursday (work), so I will have to stop working on my Christmas gifts. Work always seems to get in the way of fun.

Monday, November 13, 2006

Merry Christmas

I am in the Christmas spirit. I just finished sewing a present for my daughter and it is wrapped. I am in a chunky book swap and my pages are finished. YEAH!!!!!

The theme of the Chunky Book page is that you have to use a picture of you with Santa. Well, I do not have a picture of me with Santa but I do have one of my daughter with Santa. I just put my face over hers and I was set. I just put the picture in an ornament and decorated. You were asked not to leave the back of the page plain. I decided to use the Sports Illustrated cover because I thought I made a great cover girl. LOL

Next I finished up my Christmas Village. It was so hard to decide which village pieces that I was going to use. I really wanted to use all but would have to move out all my furniture.

I will have more pictures in my next post. I was only able to put a few on this time.

Just have a couple more sewing projects to finish and of course some knitting and weaving.

Wait until my son, daughter, and son-in-law see the gift tags I have made. I may be banded from the family. I will show you some examples later.

Isn't Christmas fun?

I really do not have much shopping to do because I buy all year round but I do like to make things and usually get right up to Christmas before I finish.

See you later...

Friday, November 03, 2006

It Is Almost Christmas

First I would like to thank Vicki from Canada again for my purse and gifts. from the International Tote Exchange that ended October 31. I had meant to show you how nice it was in my last post and deleted the photo by mistake. Thank you Vicki, I love it and have used it often, the cellphone holder really comes in handy. I have been wearing the nice and soft.

I have started on Christmas. The table is up in the living room for my Christmas Village. You will see the progress as it I get things done. It takes me a couple of weeks to get it like I want. There probably will not be a ski lift this year. I can not figure out away to add it.

I basically start with a few houses to decide on the layout and lighting, then the hard part of deciding which houses and stores I have room for. I collect Christmas in the City and Snow Village from Department 56 as well as the great houses from Ace Hardware. In fact, I love the Ace lighthouses so much that I am trying to decide where to put them so that I can have a fishiing village as part of my Christmas setup.

Since the Christmas in the City pieces are smaller, they go toward the back that makes it look like the city is in the distance. That is where my park is also located. The train station is in trouple as to whether it will be added this year. Not sure how people get in and out of town. I might leave the bus station since it takes up less room, we will see.

I have purchased a few Christmas presents but I have cut out fabric for items that I am making for my daughter as well as myself. I want a new coat this year. When I was at the fine art craft show in Annandale, VA, I saw the perfect coat but it cost so much. I am trying to make one that will satisfy that want/need. Anyway, the fabric is cut out for all my projects and now the sewing begins.

There are are few people that I want to weave some gifts for. I promised a scarf to one friend and a throw to another. Oh, and as for me, I wove some fabric that was suppose to be a shawl but now will be panels in a jacket just have to weave the fabric for the main part. I will show you pictures of all the projects as they are finished.

I do not send many Christmas cards but the few I do will need to be designed in PSP (Paint Shop Pro), use my embroidery machine to make free standing lace ornaments to put in the cards and somehow get them out in time. I did not send out any cards/ornaments last year and I have one friend that told me that she has a blank spot on her tree because I did not send her one last year.

Oh, I have some socks and mittens/hats to get knitted.

Time, Time, Time, is there ever enough in the day.