Wednesday, February 24, 2010
I was at a big box bookstore the other day searching for the latest copy of 'Artful Blogging' magazine when I came upon 'Alabama Stitch Style'. It called to me, I sat and looked at the images it contained for a half an hour in the bookstore coffee shop. The best part--all of the patterns are contained in the back of the book, so the projects inside actually seemed feasible.
I had to have it, but the price tag exceeded my budget. I sat down, pulled out my Blackberry and went to Amazon.com. I found the book for much less than the cover price, ordered it and am sitting here now happily waiting for it. I felt a little guilty about this covert bookstore activity, but I did purchase 'Artful Blogging' on that visit, and a cup of coffee to sip while doing my browsing. I think everybody came out a winner in the end.
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
If you would like a few miniature terrariums of your own to help you keep an eye on the weather, you can get yours where I got mine at one of my favorite etsy shops Tortoise Loves Donkey, go check it out!
Does anyone out there watch Jersey Shore? Most of you know, I am a reality show junky but I just don't get this one. Let me know if I really am missing something. Rose, Jack, Eddie? Comments, opinions?
I can't wait to see 'The View' tomorrow. The OCTOMOM is on and you all know how I feel about that!
*diclaimer---I am a 'View' brand ambassador and will be receiving View branded merchandise for my participation in this program.
Monday, February 22, 2010
How do I fit into all of this? In order to spread the word about the show. Bloggers were chosen to watch the show and then chat about it on their blogs. I watched the show everyday when we lived in England as it came on a day late but at 7:00am so I could drink my coffee, watch 'The View' give a shout at the TV or cheer the ladies on and then get the kids off to school. I really enjoy the show and am happy to be an ambassador for them. SO....I will be chatting a few times a week for the next month or so about what was on 'The View' on certain days. I ask you dear readers to join in with the discussion, even if you haven't seen the show but have an opinion on the topic at hand, leave a comment! Be heard...and if you can take a little time to enjoy 'The View'
*disclaimer--I am an ambassador for 'The View' and will receive View branded merchandise for participating in 'The View' ambassador program.
Sunday, February 21, 2010
Friday, February 19, 2010
After enjoying Avatar last weekend with my family, I found out why I liked it so much. Anti-cooperation not anti-military. That is what View guest James Cameron says and I for one believe him. It was also really cool to hear about how they captured the actors performances to enhance with animation.
It's not all perfect. I cringe as notoriously skinny Posh spice tells us that designers shouldn't use super thin models on the runway--what? Has she looked in a mirror lately? I am however very impressed by her new clothing line they showed a few peeks of and I am in love with her sideways teardrop neckline on the red dress that she wore on the show. Mary J. Blige and Jennifer Hudson were also shown wearing her designs and they looked normal sized and beautiful.
I enjoyed the feeling of sitting around with friends and chatting. Yes, I do talk to the TV. Anywhere I can weigh in on American Idol....I'm there.
disclaimer: I am a participant in a Mom Central campaign for ABC Daytime and will receive a tote bag or other The View branded items to facilitate my review.
Thursday, February 18, 2010
I remember when Debbie Matenopoulos and Barbara Walters had their infamous falling out (more on my up close and personal Debbie Matenopoulos experience later) I remember when Rosie and Elisabeth had their knock down drag out. I watched Elisabeth on Survivor Australia. I have been there since the beginning with a few breaks along the way. Every morning in England (they came on at 7:00am there, only a day late) I had my coffee with the ladies. I laughed, I cried, I agreed, I disagreed but they helped keep me in touch with the good ole U.S. of A while I was living abroad. I love Whoopie. I'm getting to know Sherri and she is hilarious. I love Joy and wish I had time to watch her new show. I grew up Barbara Walters specials and can't imagine Oscar night without one!
All in all this is one opinionated outspoken group of ladies and now that I can call watching them "homework" I have no reason not to indulge, so for the next four weeks look for updates from the show and my humble opinions and reactions to what goes on at the table with the women of the "The View".
As promised I will fill you in on my Debbie Matenopoulos experience. Not all View watchers even remember Debbie but she was one of the original cast members. She also happened to be one of my brothers platonic housemates in Hollywood about a decade ago. On a visit to my brother, I had the opportunity to meet Debbie and was instructed by my brother to "under no circumstance bring up Barbara Walters" I did as instructed and enjoyed spending some quality time with Debbie helping her pick out an outfit for an "80's" party she was going to. Boy do I feel old.
All that being said have a great day and "Take a little time to enjoy The View"
*I am a participant in a Mom Central campaign for ABC Daytime and will receive a tote bag or other "The View" branded items to facilitate my review.
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
How adorable are these cupcakes? One of my flickr contacts christyberkhouse made them for her daughters Charlotte's Web Fair at her school. Poor Jane would probably be sent in with a tupperware full of spiderwebs I managed to pull down off the ceiling the morning of the fair! I am motivated by this momma's devotion!
But thank goodness Fairfax county public schools came to their senses! And....
Friday, February 12, 2010
Two days. That is the number of school days my girls have had in February. Home schoolers and unschoolers, I don't know how you do it...I am obviously made of weaker stock. I realize how much "alone time" I need as a person when I am trapped in a house with my family for a week.
I used to have this fantasy of being snowed in and using the time to read all of the books in the pile next to my bed. I dreamed of finishing knitting projects left unattended for months on end. I was swept away by visions of new recipes to try and movies to watch. I now know, this is only a dream. A dream where I don't scream at my family for breathing too loudly. A dream where wet, snowy, sweaty, stinky clothes don't cover every inch of floor space in the family room. A dream that I have abandoned, never to be fulfilled.
Maybe if I got the flu I could get some "alone time"?
Jim claims Jane and I made a "snow Liz". While I can see the similarities I don't think I look quite that good in an apron! I'm glad our girl enjoyed one day of glamourous splendor before round two of the blizzard hit, as after that she lost all of her cache!
but you would too if you were trapped in a snowstorm and made of ice! At least she is still rocking her red cowboy boots! Just think how easy it will be for her to loose the weight when the sun comes out! Bikini weather ahead!!!
Monday, February 8, 2010
I long for days with nothing to do but knit one, purl two. I have realized snow days are not those days....my house is full of people looking for things to do or needing help with projects they are already working on. Dogs want to be walked. Kids want to sled, then eat, then sled, then eat, then fight. Even Jim needs to be entertained. I just want to knit...
Yes, I really should be knitting as Jane has been posing as the one and only fingerless gloved Michael Jackson of Waynewood Blvd. The sadness in those eyes kills me. I can't wait for this kid to win her Oscar!
No this is not staged. Grace made cookies during the Superbowl last night and I left the dinner dishes to cheer on the Saints before dragging myself upstairs for a post Superbowl slumber.
Sunday, February 7, 2010
So many soups, so little time.
Tuesday, February 2, 2010
I have been trolling the etsy studios group, looking at and lusting after everyone's studios. Mine is still in flux (I like description better than the reality which is complete disaray). Right now it is a cold unheated room full of junk. In a couple of weeks it will be the warm bustling home of Libby's World. Follow my progress here..... for a start I will share a few of my inspirations.
I think I will put all of these photos in a little flip book so when it is all clean, organized and painted I could flip through it and it would look like it happened in NO TIME!!