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Working myself to Death

Last Halloween, this lovely skeleton was hanging up in my husband’s office. This year I can relate to this so much!
I have taken on a second job, doing in bound sales calls from home for an awesome company. This job has really taken over all my spare time. I have been working anywhere from 20 hours to 30 hours a week. Let me tell you that doesn’t leave much time for spinning and painting yarn!
But, guess what? I finished my blanket! I know, I know…I actually finished a blanket. It’s a miracle.
Drew’s football games are starting to come to an end. It doesn’t look like his team will make the playoffs. Darn it! Also, on the football news, most of you know what a die hard Razorback fan I am. I scored some pretty amazing tickets from a person my sister works with for the November 1st game! Yay! I can not wait!
Hope you are having a wonderful month and enjoying the fall weather. Happy crafting!
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With the elections right around the corner, I am sure you are all as tired of these words as I am. Yes, the elections are important, don’t get me wrong. I am just so tired of hearing about voting.

But, this is a bit different. Guess what I am going to do…..YES, ask you to vote! But, not for our country…for a small country farm. Many times I have talked about Martha’s Vineyard Fiber Farm. You know how near and dear this farm is to my heart. I have been a share holder for over a year, and as long as Susan has it in her to offer the shares, I will continue to stay involved.

This is where I need you. The farm has been nominated to win a $5000 technical makeover. This is an amazing opportunity. With this money, Susan plans on using the money to update her computer and to set up a webcam system. She already does an amazing job of keeping us involved in her farm, but with the cameras, we can take a peek at the lambs anytime. Plus she plans on putting a camera in the lambing barn, so when the little ones are born, we can all take part in the joy.

So, here comes the request…please go VOTE! It is super simple. You do not have to register to vote or anything. All you have to do is click the “like it” tab, that’s it. She only needs about 400 votes to win and it goes until tomorrow night. When I started writing this blog she was at 1,152 votes.

Please CLICK HERE to vote.

Here is a video of Susan talking about her farm and showing off all the animals. There is also a birthing moment on the video, just wanted to warn you, if you are a bit squeamish.

Also, please, please, please pass this on! The voting closes tomorrow and it would just be awesome to see her win. Thank you so much! ♥

By the way, when I finished writing this, the vote count was already at 1,172! Go Go Go!

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Pamper Me Please

Sorry for the lack of posts over the last couple weeks. I could give you loads of excuses…I started a new job, I was in a deep depression over the Razorback-Alabama loss, followed by a Texas loss, and then topped off with a Florida spanking. Poor Hogs. Actually the list could go on and on…but I will spare you. With all this going on, I have been thinking about spoiling myself a bit with some pampering. Doing a search of The AREtsy Team items through Etsy (click here to search AREtsy) I noticed this really cool shop.

Today I want to focus on this seller on Etsy. Actually a husband/wife team. Melissa and Dave opened up their Etsy Shop PamperMePlease in February of 2008.


All of these yummy creations are actually bath and body products “Made just to Spoil you” Body washes and scrubs and tons of other items just to Pamper and Spoil the diva in all of us. They also offer some awesome cards, stuffed animals, and cute handmade gift boxes. I also love the baby shower items and gifts.

Check out their Etsy Profile to see the long list of sensation scents they offer.

Also, be sure to head on over to their BLOG to enter in to win some handmade soap and keep up to date on all their newest creations. Thanks Melissa and Dave for offering these awesome pampering creations in such a cool and unique way. I look forward to indulging in your products.

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Go Hogs Go!

Although, knowingly writing this post, I may have to eat my words to my dear friend’s husband…I still must write on. I am a DIE HARD Razorback Fan. It’s true. I am a knitter, spinner, and a huge football fan. These three things go together quite nicely in my world. Being the mother of three boys, I best like sports or I will be bored for many years to come. (below is a picture of a boars head on my dad’s game room wall)

This weekend, Arkansas plays Alabama. All of my family is from Arkansas and we moved here about a year and a half ago. I have always dressed my boys in Razorback gear, and raised them the right way. Arkansas Razorback fans are amazing. Most states have numerous teams to get behind and Arkansas only has one team that is nationally known, so the whole state is behind them.
I attended the University of Arkansas and it will always be extremely near and dear to my heart. My friend, Jeanetta’s husband, Ben, is a die hard Alabama fan. I am one of those who yell and scream and pace and curse (a lot) and tend to have too many beers during a game. How nice to find out, so does Ben! Which is loads of fun to be together during game time, but not this Saturday. I want to continue to be friends with him, therefore, he is not allowed in my home during the game and I will not be answering my phone when I see him on the caller ID.
I will maintain the higher ground and not rub it in too badly, if the wins comes our way, maybe just in a passive aggressive way, as Jeanetta describes in her blog about this same subject.
Dear Ben! Yes, yes, Alabama may have more national titles but Arkansas has it’s bragging rights. We now have three rookie starters in the NFL from just last year. Our own Casey Dick has back to back 300 yard games.
The Razorbacks have home field advantage, which has proven itself successful the last two times with us beating Alabama at home. We call those hogs loud!
Don’t be too confident…Arkansas has proven itself to be a strong second half team. Out of the 16 SEC meetings between the teams, 7 of them have come down to the final score of the game. 5 times that winning score actually happened on the last snap of the game. Two of the games have gone into double overtime. Needless to say, this should be a very dramatic and exciting game. Did you know, even your own senior center, Caldwell was quoted saying “It usually takes more than a day or two to recover from an Arkansas game.”
As always, positive outlooks bring positive outcomes, so I will continue to say “Go HOGS Go!” until the final snap and the clocked ticks zero. Good luck to all you Alabama fans!
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Still Knitting

I had to take a picture.  I knew you wouldn’t believe it unless you saw it.  Here, look:


This is the blanket I started last week.  Yes, last week.  It’s hard to tell from this picture, but it is actually as tall as me already.


There, for a bit of perspective, I put one of my shoes on top of the blanket.  Really, I know, you’re shocked.  I have one more skein of yarn to go and then I will be casting off my first blanket.  Finishing my first blanket!  Not a scarf, or a wash cloth, or a hat, but a blanket.  Come on, that’s commitment.

New listed items are in my Etsy Shop too.  It’s like I am actually becoming a responsible person again.  Believe me, the storms of my life have not calmed entirely, and most likely will not for a long time, but the winds are slowing enough for me to get a few things done.  Yay!

OK…so, I am queen of really lame jokes.  So here goes…What’s black and white and red all over? 


Have a wonderful day!