Friday, April 9, 2010

A Wonderful & Exciting Week!

I'm not by nature a depressed type of person. I'm usually happy most of the time: always joking, always smiling, always laughing, but sometimes life can really get to you. Especially if you are experiencing hard times--which I have been. Through it all I have tried to remain optimistic and my usually jolly self, but it has been harder and harder to accomplish this. I know I am certainly not the only one to have problems and feel down sometimes, so I know most people can relate to what I've been going through.

After two weeks of feeling depressed because of financial reasons, I have finally had a wonderful week. I cannot tell you how much it was needed. The first thing to happen was that I got a call from the Census Bureau asking me if I was still interested in a job. Since I haven't worked in over a year, the answer to that was, "Um, YEAH!". So I start training on the 27th. It's only temporary (maybe a couple of months) but it pays well and I REALLY need the money. So it is certainly good news.

The second thing that happened was that I received a $10 gift card in the mail from JoAnn's! Yes, I know, that sounds pretty silly, but I believe all my crafty friends can relate to how exciting this is lol.

The third thing (and don't laugh) was that my hot chocolate man of Wednesday night's "Criminal Minds", Shemar Moore was on Ellen. Oh YUMMY!! I truly enjoyed that! And best of all--he was on Weds afternoon so I got to see him TWICE that day!! Woo hoo! Hey, it's the simple things in life.

Now ALL that happened on Weds. Now let me tell you what happened last night. As I was coming in from outside, I noticed a HUGE hole in the old maple tree stump (if you can call it a stump since it's 5' tall) with a bunch of "shavings" on the ground below it. Naturally, I thought "WTH"?? I asked Mike about it and he said he noticed it when he came home. I of course wondered what in the world could've done that. My first thought was "pileated woodpecker". Ooooooo--more excitement! Let me tell you, I have been waiting for 10 YEARS to see one of these! We hear them across the road in the woods all the time beating on trees but had never seen one.A few minutes later, I had gone into the kitchen to finish my womanly duties (i.e. wash dishes) when Mike called me into the bathroom. Lo, and behold there it was--a pileated woodpecker!! I cannot even BEGIN to tell you how excited I was!! Mike had tried to take a picture of it from the bathroom window but the screen was on and all he got was, well, screen. So he took the screen out of the bathroom and bedroom window so we could try to get a decent shot of it. Naturally, it had flown away by then and night was falling so I didn't think it would come back again that night.

But TODAY--there he was in all his woodpecking glory! And I managed to get a few decent shots!! Hey, what did I say earlier about the simple things in life?

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

The Winning Bag

And here it is, the winning bag from my bag naming contest! Linda chose a celestial fabric I had in stock and I used a purple fabric with swirling starts for the lining and handles. I think it's just the neatest bag I've ever seen! Linda plans to use her X-Factor bag for her knitting projects! Congrats again, Linda and I hope you enjoy your new bag!

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Tutorial Tuesday

For this tutorial Tuesday, I have a video link on how to make a customized card using a paper napkin. This is so neat! Will have to try it myself. If you make any of these, would love to see your creations!