Thursday, December 25, 2008

Merry Christmas To All

"For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace." ~ Isaiah 9:6

Now, onto the continuing saga of the TSG Secret Swap Swag of December:

On the Tenth Day of Christmas my TSG Swap Pal sent to me...........

A cone of Peppermint cocoa!! Mmmmm!! Can't wait to drink this by a toasty fire. :)

On the Eleventh Day of Christmas my TSG Swap Pal sent to me...........

A miniature crystal bell that is now residing on my mantle. :)

On the Twelfth Day of Christmas my TSG Swap Pal sent to me...........

Two skeins of Laines Fonty Velourine yarn (54% cotton, 46% Viscose) in (what else....) red & white! :) You can be sure that I've already been on Ravelry researching what I can make with it! :)

This has to be one of the coolest swap packages I have ever gotten, for sheer creativity alone!!  Oh, I also got an envelope labeled "missing swap gift" (or something like that.... its in the other room right now) two days ago. It had the cutest little Christmas stocking key chain in it!! My secret pal said that it was accidentally left out of the original package. I'll snap a pic later. :) So, let me say:

TSG Secret Swap Pal!!!

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Sunday, December 21, 2008

Bet You Thought I Forgot Today....

Nope! Just was a very busy day. I opened my present this morning, before church, but didn't have time to off-load the camera until now. :)

On the Ninth Day of Christmas my TSG Swap Pal sent to me...........

Life-Saver Fruit Tarts. Mmmm... they really are tart! Yummy! I've never seen or had these before. I'm letting the kids have one each, but then they go into hiding! :) Hey, they get Easter & Halloween & Christmas stocking treats. This is MY treat. :)
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Saturday, December 20, 2008

Closer and closer....

On the Eighth Day of Christmas my TSG Swap Pal sent to me...........

A wonderful smelling bar of glycerin soap. :) Hmmm... Colonial Houses - Historic Lodging..... could this be a hint to my Secret Pal's location or just something she picked up in her travels? Ahhh.... quick Google search tells me this is from Colonial Williamsburg!! Ooh! I have always wanted to go there and hope to sometime next year. :)

Wonder what tomorrow will bring......
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Friday, December 19, 2008

The Return of Friday Fill-Ins and More Gifty Goodness

1. Said the night wind to the little lamb, I'm going to blow your fleece all the way to Cape Cod.
2. The first Noel, the angel did say, "The gold, frankincense & myrrh are great, but I would have brought some heavenly dark chocolate for Mary."
3. The alpaca are running amok, Over the hills and everywhere.
4. It came upon the midnight clear, that glorious feel of wool.
5. Have yourself a knitty little Christmas, Let your heart  yarn be light.
6. And the thing that will make them ring is the carol that you sing when your row is done.
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to a snowy night of knitting, tomorrow my plans include more yucky house cleaning and Sunday, I want to put up the Christmas tree!

On the Seventh Day of Christmas my TSG Swap Pal sent to me...........

A kit to make my own Jingle Bell Necklace. :) Its a cute little snowman with a hat & lettered necklace and googly eyes!! While I WOULD wear this as a necklace (hey, I'm a mom... I wear macaroni necklaces in public!!), I'll probably use it as an ornament, too. :)

Thank you, again, Secret Pal for making this so much fun!
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Thursday, December 18, 2008

Two for One Day...

 Couldn't find my second set of camera batteries yesterday, so I coulnd't take pics. Here is the 5th & 6th day together. :)

On the Fifth Day of Christmas my TSG Swap Pal sent to me...........

Pay no attention to the fact that this is obviously just a piece of wrapping with no gift inside... see the above notation about camera battery location issues. ;)

Dang flash.... A set of 3 Christmas music cds! There is one for Christmas Eve, where there are lyrics and then Christmas morning & Christmas Dinner both are instrumental for nice background music. We will totally be using these!! This is one of my favorites so far because it will bring joy to many. :)

On the Sixth Day of Christmas my TSG Swap Pal sent to me...........

I was actually unsure if this was 6 or 9, so I just guessed. :) Works
out either way since I'll be opening the other one in a few days.

Pardon my bad photography. I can't seem to get good closeups with flash. Especially on shiny, crystal snowman ornaments! :)

I didn't realize right away that it had a little switch on the bottom!! Look what it does!

Stay tuned tomorrow for # 7. :)
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Tuesday, December 16, 2008

I Have the Most Awesome Traveling Scarves Secret Swap Pal!!

I came home from bringing Sarah to the orthodontist to find that the mail had come!! There was a big Priority box marked "Secret Swap". At first, I thought it was my final SP 12 package, but then I remembered that my moderator is handling my final package (I got flaked on) and would have no reason to be "secret". My address was the return address, so that wasn't help. Then I realized, "duh!" it is my TSG Swap for December. I was expecting a much smaller package for that!! WOW!

I opened it up to find it full of smaller wrapped gifts with a letter:

The letter explains that it is a "12 Days of Christmas" deal. :) Each present is numbered from 1 - 12 (two #12s) and I am to open one per day until Christmas. :)

Since I was to start on December 13 and today is the 16th, I got to open 4 today. :) So.....

On the First Day of Christmas my TSG Swap Pal sent to me...........

Adorable hand painted (possibly by my pal??) pins! A Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer and a snowman. :)

On the Second Day of Christmas my TSG Swap Pal sent to me...........

I had a very curious, very eager to help 3-year old, so Michael got to open one while Molly looked on.

Fresh Friends air freshener in Winterfresh Pine scent! This is so cute and now resides on my mantle. :)

On the Third Day of Christmas my TSG Swap Pal sent to me...........

A red jingle bell ornament. :) This baby will be going on my tree as soon as we put it up (most likely this weekend). I let Molly (9 years old) open this one since Michael got to open the last one. :)

On the Fourth Day of Christmas my TSG Swap Pal sent to me...........

Teeny glass snowman earrings! These things are just the cutest, teeniest glass items. They must have been very carefully hand crafted because the loop on top of each snowman is a loop of glass, too! I can't wait to wear them. :)

So, thank you so much, TSG Secret Pal!! I will be posting each of the remaining days as I open them. It is taking a lot of restraint not to dig into them all right now. But then I think about the fact that there are bound to be some down days coming and having these little treats to look forward to each day will be such a bright spot. Wow... I'm actually getting teary thinking about that. Thank you again!!!!
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Sunday, December 14, 2008

Santa Came Early for Me!!!!

And I must have been a really, really good girl (or else the old guy's memory is slipping.....)! Look:

My sweet, sweet husband procured this from eBay for me. :) It is a hand built drum carder. There is a small brass plaque engraved "Lorraine Carder #22 Crafted by R.L. Stuntz 1979". I've tried Googling it, but nothing. Even the engraving is done by hand, in handwriting as opposed to professional lettering. I love it!!!

The only issues were the rubber feet were disintegrating and there was no drive band. A quick trip to The Evil Orange Box produced identical rubber feet for $1.95 including tax. The drive band proved a bit tougher. No vacuum cleaner belts were big enough. My Babe drive band, doubled on itself, was the right size, but wouldn't work because it is round. My ever-resourceful husband came to the rescue!! An automotive serpentine belt:

So, of course, I promptly began my own little carding party!! Some time ago I purchased a large lot of dyed fibers from someone on Ravelry. These blue locks are a gorgeous color, but very, very greasy still and with some VM (some thorns even! Ouch!):

I fluffed it out by hand and sent it thru the carder 3 times to get this:

I decided it was still too rough & greasy by itself (yes, I know I could have scoured it before carding, but there's just enough to make some nice, water-resistant yarn). So, I had some bare Corriedale roving that I decided to blend it with. Since it was nice, smooth roving I only put it thru the carder once to get a nice batt:

So.... onto blending it all together! I had already carded half of the fiber before I took a pic, thus the fiber already on the drum.

and stacking.....

And here is my wonderful, FIRST BATT after 3 passes thru the drum carder:


Okay, now here it is spun up on the drop spindle:

I am so freakin' excited (you couldn't tell, could you??) about this!! "I don't wanna play, I just wanna card on me drum all day...........". :D

Okay, you may stop drooling on your keyboard now! Come over and play fiber artist with me!!

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