Sunday, September 28, 2008

Student of the Week

Houston is the student of the week this week at The Blake School. Click here to see. We are so proud of him! :)

Saturday, September 27, 2008

National Alpaca Farm Day

Today is National Alpaca Farm Day. Find an alpaca farm near you and go check out some great animals. Here's the one we're going to.

You can find a farm here:
Alpaca Nation

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Rocket Yarn

There's a bunch of Rocket Yarn at Hanks and i've also just listed a bunch in my Etsy shop. Go buy some! :)

Here's the yarn I dropped off at Hanks ...

Two Shuttles

A friend from my NASA days sent these to me. This may be the last time we will ever see two space shuttles on the launch pads at one time. Go to spaceflightnow for more info.

Monday, September 15, 2008

Ike's Sadness

For those of you who don't know, Brett and I used to live where hurricane Ike hit. We've been watching the news over the weekend and can't believe our eyes as we see places we used to shop and go out to eat and work either torn up or under water. The saddest thing to me is the Kemah Boardwalk. This was just a few miles down the road from our house. Brett asked me to marry him at the top of the ferris wheel at the Kemah Boardwalk and we were married in the Kemah Community Center. Here is a video that shows the destruction in Seabrook and Kemah and at the boardwalk. My heart just sinks watching this. I've been in touch with a few of my former coworkers and it sounds like many have left the area for the time being. My thoughts and prayers are with them during this terrible time.

I feel so helpless in this situation. I want to be out there with my friends and coworkers to help them pick up the peices but I can't do that right now. If we didn't have kids I think Brett and I would both be on our way out there with our working gloves on. I've been working on an idea for a way that I may be able to help. If anyone knows of a non-government organization that proved to be efficient and helpful during Katrina that will be helping in the Houston area, please let me know. I have to figure out the specifics but I'm working on a way to raise some money for them. It may not be a huge amount but it will be something and it will be more than we can give by ourselves at this time. More details to come ...

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Sock Yarn

Finally got a chance to work on my sock yarn again last night. This is roving I dyed in my MOTHER EARTH colorway but my green turned out a bit darker than normal. I think I like it that way though.

I figured out my issue with over spinning. I learned to spin on a single treadle wheel. Well my Julia is a double treadle that practically spins itself. I had to move the band to the biggest whorl and really slow down my treadling. Wala! I also just finished spinning 4 oz of lace that requires a lot of twist so I had to turn off the autopilot mode I was in and pay more attention to what I was doing.

Started plying once I finished the second single but couldn't finish it up last night. Started doing the head bob falling asleep ... not so good for even plying. ;) And as you can see ... I wasn't moving the slidy things either so the yarn is all hanging out on one end of the bobbin.

I'm really happy with how this yarn is turning out. I thought it was going to be too thick but it's actually shaping up to be just what I wanted it to be.

Loving the Vibe

We've driven close to 300 miles since we bought this car last friday and I still have a 1/4 tank of gas left. And it only cost $35 to fill up. Yippee! :) The only thing I miss so far about the Pathfinder is the volume control for the radio on steering wheel.

Rocket Roving

Rocket Roving on Etsy

Feltable Wool in MOTHER EARTH - hot poor method for slightly muted colors
3 of these, 4 oz each

Wool/Nylon in PURPLE HAZE, 3.625 oz

Wool/Nylon in MOTHER EARTH - cold poor for more vibrant colors
3.5 oz

Monday, September 08, 2008

Crafty News

So i've been racking my brain lately trying to think of something I can do to supplement our income while waiting for business to pick up. We have enough work to keep Brett busy 40+ hours per week but not enough to keep me that busy. I figure while Brody is at daycare and Houston is in private school I better find a way to bring in some more cash. Thing is, I don't want another "career". I don't want something I have to dedicate a lot of time and energy towards just to quit when things pick back up. I considered waiting tables just because it's easy, i've done it before, i could work a few lunch shifts a week and still do all the "mom's taxi service" stuff. That would also leave me a couple of days to be in the office doing the things I do. I could do some teaching or tutoring but with that comes a lot of preparation and time that I don't really have for the money I would make. So long story short ... Brett and I talked about what would be the best thing and we came up with something that we think will fit our life pretty well. See I already have the skill and talent to dye yarn and roving that other people like enough to buy so why not step it up a bit? That's where the title of this post comes in ... Rocket Yarn has always been a side thing that I do when I feel like being artistic. I just pick colors as they come to me and don't worry too much about producing lots of stuff. Well that is about to change. I have lots of exciting ideas and i'm looking forward to seeing how they pan out. I'm going to dedicate one (maybe two) days a week while the kids are away to dye up yarn, roving and project bags. I have a website in the works too. And to get things started I put some things I already had on clearance in my shop and managed to sell most of them over that past week. Hopefull that's a sign of good things to come. Now I just have to figure out all the technical things like getting a wholesale license and stuff like that. Anyone that has experience/advice ... i'm all ears!

The Vibe

I so love the new car. It's a 2004 Pontiac Vibe with 59,000 miles. Not too shabby for $9,600. No more Pathfinder payment and now have a car that gets 30+ mpg. Yay! :) It figures after having the Pathfinder for sale for over two months the calls would start coming in the week Houston started school. One vehicle for this family is no fun! We fixed that though. I knew I wanted a Vibe after doing a ton of research over the past couple of months. It's a joint venture between GM and Toyota. It's a Toyota on the inside (drive train) and a Pontiac on the outside. They get great reviews on all the car review websites (cars, edmunds, kbb) and won an award for being a used car "best bet". I think Dave Ramsey would be proud.

Friday, September 05, 2008

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Bye Bye Pathfinder

She's on her way to Valdosta, GA. She was a good one and I'll miss her but I won't miss the payment or the gas mileage. :)

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Houston's First Day of School

Last night as Houston was getting ready for bed he said "Mama, I'm so excited about going to my new school tomorrow". He was busting at the seems. He had a hard time falling asleep and kept asking me to talk about what was going to happen on his first day. I laid with him scratching his back while telling him how it was all going to go. After lots of tossing and turning and me going through the story from us "waking up before the sun" to pulling up to the front door of his school where his teachers would get him out of the car about four times, he finally fell asleep. Then this morning I went in to wake him up and he popped right up and started talking about how excited he was. He was such a trooper. He flew right threw the morning routine and got all dressed up in his dress blues. I wasn't sure how the drop off was going to go but he hopped right out with the help of his teacher and walked right in to school. They do what they jokingly call their "valet service" which is really nice. I did pretty good too. Only cried a little. :) I hope he has a great day.