Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Ten On Tuesday- the LIST

Sorry to sound like Captain Obvious, but yes, it's Christmas Eve tomorrow, and when I got up this morning, indeed, I had a list.

1. Drop off gifts to those I won't be seeing over the holidays, and the smile I got today was totally priceless and better than anything I could get wrapped up.

2. Pick up any food that I will be needing, as I hope I won't have to go near a store for several days. It's crazytown out there.

3. Make the potato casserole, and the stuffing.  That will be done tonight.

4. Put the turkey in the fridge.

5. Set the table (it would help if I cleared it off first.)

6. Watch "Black Christmas" again- it's my favorite.

7. Do laundry.

8. Dust the living room, and all areas that catch the sun.

9. Put gifts under the tree-(FC got a new ornament- a Dalek)

10. And lastly- wish all my blog friends and readers a joyous holiday, wherever you are, whoever you're with.

I cleaned the basement and found about 30 toy mousies , but of course, Tino and Howard decided to fight over the same one.  I tried to explain that Santa may be bringing more mousies, but they weren't having any of it.

If you don't believe, you don't get.

Have a great time, and see you next year.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Ten On Tuesday- 10 More Days To HoHoHo

I was sick all last week with a horrible cold/flu thing.  FC is still coughing, but I was in bed like a stuffed up slug, so I lost a week.  Oh well.

The tree (23.00 at Target) is denuded of decorations, due to the fact that Tino jumps up and gets them for Howard to play with. So the only decs are on the top third. It looks a little strange.

I also won't be sending out any cards this year, as they were supposed to go out last week.

However, I did get all the wrapping done yesterday. As I was doing it, I was thinking about 2014 and all the things that happened.

1. I went alot out of my comfort zone in some ways.  I gave a presentation to a local guild in May, and faced my fears of public speaking.  I'm still terrified, but glad I did it. It was alot of fun.

2. I started knitting toys, but sophisticated ones.  I said I would never do this.
Laura's Sugarplum Ellie.

3. Got interviewed for television for Wool Week (doesn't seem to have been aired....)

4. Organized my stash into proper bins, instead of plastic uglies.

5. Spun a number of different fibers- Masham, Wensleydale, Finn, BFL/Nylon, and some others I can't remember.

No, none of these things will make a difference to the world, but they did in my world.  I have some things I would like to do in 2015 as well.

I am going to bake cookies (Ginger Molasses, Candy Cane and Lavender Shortbread)- but I have to clear off the counters and clean all the surfaces first.  I enjoy the quiet time before everyone is home for the holidays.  I even have my turkey and food all tucked away, and the only thing I will buy next week is dessert and the celery.
I hope to sit down this afternoon and finish spinning this- Rainbow Reindeer BFL from Blue Moon Fiber Arts.

Tino is starting to worry that he has made the naughty list.  Is there still hope?

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Ten On Tuesday- 10 Favorite Stores

Now we're talkin'- though I am not the shopping fiend I used to be, I do love a good snoop- (I'm a browser on my mother's side)

1.  Has to be Say Tea.  I grew up in Bloor West, and I remember the first owner, who devoted a whole store to tea.  The original tin ceilings are there, as well as a beautiful display window with all manner of china, and high quality stuffed toys.  It went through a few changes over the years, and now the current owner has brought it back to it's original spirit, and it's better than ever.  My favorite tea is Blue Lady, but Monk's Blend and "Falling for Walnuts" are excellent. My Kingdom for Emma Bridgewater, and they let me know what's coming.

2. Williams-Sonoma.  I have a passion for beautiful kitchenware, as well as utensils and linens, but I will say that I only buy on sale, and you have to know when to hit (after the major holidays).

3. Roots.  Originators of the "earth shoe", they make the best exercise pants (not that I exercise) but high quality cottons and leathers.  They are not made in Canada, which is a huge disappointment (Russell Athletics and Tiger Brand were the makers) but still, it's what I live in.  Again, shop the outlets (Roots 1973 is slightly different) and the sales.

4. Sephora.  It's like a cosmetic wonderland, and I love Urban Decay and a newish brand of lipstick to me, Kat Von D (the scent is creme brulee)- my daughter and I lose our minds in there.

5. Eddie Bauer.  I am a slave to their Boyfriend jeans, as well as the flannel shirts.  I buy all FC's non work clothes here.

6. Romni Wools.  If you live in, or have heard of, Toronto, then this is the yarn lover's Mecca.  I buy my needles (Addi Rockets are a new favorite) as well as basic worsteds.  The bargain basement is not to be missed, because you just never know what you'll find.

7. Hudson's Bay.  Also known as "The Bay".  For some reason, Canadians don't do department stores well, and this is now owned by Americans.  But they still sell the iconic Fur Trader's blankets, but for sales on shoes and things, it's pretty good.  I do miss Eaton's and Simpsons.

8. I know it is supposed to be bricks and mortar stores, but the last three are for fiber purchases.
Fat Cat Knits- a spinners freakout online.  Ginny is a true dye artist, and pretty much anything you can dream up is there.

9. Three Waters Farm.  Love MaryAnn's colour sense, and there is always something new and exciting.

10. Blue Moon Fiber Arts.  I have been a loyal customer for years, Socks That Rock and now I have tried the fiber.  She also does seasonal colorways which are amazing.

So that's about it.  Other than the grocery store, which I guess I live in, these are the stores I shop in.
If I come to your town, I would not be adverse to you showing me your favorites.

I made a series of Fox Isle hats, as I had alot of yarn leftover.
Alex calls Tino "Atinna the Hun" and he's not far off.

Fleece Out.