Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Getting to know you: Christmas Edition!

A fun little Q and A session to get us in the Holiday Mood!

Welcome to the 2007 Holiday Edition of Getting to Know Your Friends!

You know the drill Don't be a scrooge!!!

1. Egg Nog or Hot Chocolate? Hot Chocolate

2. Does Santa wrap presents or just sit them under the tree? Santa doesn't wrap presents, that way there is something to play with while you wait for all the slow pokes to get out of bed!

3. Multi Colored lights on tree/house or white? Multi Colored are my favorite

4. Do you hang mistletoe? yes

5. When do you put your decorations up? The day after Thanksgiving, I go shopping and then come home a decorate!

6. What is your favorite holiday dish (excluding dessert)? Stuffing

7. Favorite Holiday memory as a child: Driving around on Christmas Eve to look at the lights everyone had up wile eating popcorn and drinking cocoa in the car!

8. When and how did you learn the truth about Santa? I have always know that Santa is Real!

9. Do you open a gift on Christmas Eve? yes, it is always PJ's

10. How do you decorate your Christmas Tree? lights, ornaments that we have collected each year

11. Snow! Love it or Dread it? Love it!!

12. Can you ice skate? I have never tried, but, knowing my klutzy tendencies I would guess NO!

13. Do you remember your favorite gift? What year?? When I was 10 I got a Baby Heather Doll, I know that I REALLY wanted this doll and asked for it for months leading up to Christmas!

14. What's your favorite thing about the Holidays for you? Giving!

15. What is your favorite Holiday Dessert? Pecan Pie

16. What is your favorite holiday tradition? Christmas Eve. We go out to dinner , always Mexican, drive around and look at lights, come home and open up 1 present (always PJ's) get ready for bed, set out milk and cookies and read the Night Before Christmas.

17. What tops your tree? A Star

18. Which do you prefer Giving or Receiving? Giving

19. What is your favorite Christmas Song? O Holy Night

20. Candy Canes! Yuck or Yum? yuck, I am not a big fan.

Happy Holidays

Saturday, November 24, 2007


I have not done an AJ update in a while, so I thought today would be a great day to do so. AJ and my brother, Andy, were in the SLC Paper this weekend! My Sister in Law, Dannielle, owns a Dance Studio and they were in the Parade! The paper took a picture of Andy and AJ in the Parade. AJ Looks adorable and VERY healthy! Since the Photo is copyrighted I don't want to post it here. Here is the link to the picture taken by the SLC Tribune!

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend!

New Blog Header

So, I found these instructions for making a Blog Header! I had always wanted a new one and had no idea how to make one. Well, a little picture manipulation using good ol' Photoshop and I have a new blog header! I hope you all enjoy the new face of tamiknits! Let me know what you think! I love to have comments:)

Friday, November 23, 2007

Black Friday

I normally go out at 5am shopping, but, this year I am still at home at 7:47am. I am going out, there was just nothing I had to get up that early for to freeze my little tooshie off waiting to get into a store. I am disappointed in the sales this year. It seems like the deals are not as good. Or maybe I am just looking for things that are not on sale. Also, the things I did really want, I ordered online yesterday. That is the coolest thing retailers have done in a long time -- make the Black Friday Sale prices available online on Thanksgiving!

On another note, the mall here in Boise did this 1am Shopping thing. I thought about going for about 10 seconds, then decided that it would not be worth it. But the article the Local Paper wrote is Here. Talk about some CRAZY People. Spending ALL DAY on Thanksgiving waiting to get into a Mall. Crazy.

So, off I go to shop, Socks at Fred Meyer. You can't pass up on the sock sale every year!

Have a wonderful Black Friday!

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Advent Calendar

If you have never been to Splitcoast Stampers, you must go and go now! I was looking around their Holiday tutorial Bonanza and found this super fantastic Advent Calendar. I had to make one for our Christmas Decorations! I did a few things differently, such as the title is different and the Poinsettias at the top are not on the sample. The Poinsettias were lots of fun to make. The bottom piece is this tutorial for a Tag Punch Star. Instead of making 2 pieces, I made one and then put a cutout from a piece of patterned paper on top. I also used a little bling in the middle! I hope you all enjoy this, I had a lot of fun making it:)

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

It's Snowing!!!!!!!

Yes, 2 days before Thanksgiving it is Snowing!!!! I was trying to remember the last time it snowed this early in the year and I think I was 14. For those that don't believe me here is the photographic evidence:)
Since it is snowing, I have been working on some more Christmas Presents! I finished the purse I was making for myself! The pattern called for i-Cord handles, but, I ran out of the yarn. So, I bought some cute handles at Michaels to use and it looks pretty cute!

I also started Larry's Fingerless Mitts He requested! I am already done with one, only one more to go:)

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Sock no 2

I finished the 2nd sock!!!! Yeah! I am so excited. I figured I was doomed to forever have 1 knitted sock to put on, now, I have 2!

Even Better, they are both the same size and fit pretty good for my first ever pair!

Also, the 2nd sock knit up way faster than the first. So, my next pair should go super fast:)

Monday, November 12, 2007


EEK... It has been 9 days since I posted!!!

Well, we have been busy.

I have gotten a lot of knitting done for Christmas.
I knitted 2 versions of the Fall Foliage hat from Knitty.com and I LOVE IT!!! The First one is a gift for a friend and the 2nd one is for me:) I am also knitting one for my SIL for Christmas!

Other than knitting, Hannah and I had a fun girls day out this weekend with shopping and then lunch at the Olive Garden.

Anders and Hannah also had Teachers conferences this last week! They are both doing great, Hannah just needs a little help with reading!

Saturday, November 03, 2007

The Bee Movie

The kids and I went and saw the Bee Movie today, so cute, definitely worth seeing if you have the chance:)

I also went to check out FUZZ today! It is a way cool yarn shop in Boise and I love it -- another new place to get yarn.

Friday, November 02, 2007

Larry and I....

We went to a Halloween Party last Saturday night and Here is a pic of our costumes:

I am Mama Cass and Larry is Denny from the Mama's and the Papas!

Thursday, November 01, 2007

Chunky Cable Scarf

My First Knitting Design, So exciting:)

Chunky Cable Scarf

Yarn: Wool Ease Think and Quick in Black
Needles: Size 15 Straight Needles
Gauge: It's a scarf so gauge is not important
Notions: Darning Needle and Cable Needle

Explaniations: Cable 6 means to put 3 stitches on Cable Needle and place in front of work, knit 3 and then knit the 3 stitches off of the cable needle.

Cast on 10 Stitches

Row 1: Purl
Row 2: Knit
Row 3: Purl
Row 4: Knit
Row 5: Purl
Row 6: Knit
Row 7: Purl
Row 8: Knit
Row 9: Purl
Row 10: K2, Cable 6, K2

Repeat rows 1-10, 13 more times.
Row 141: Purl
Row 142: Knit
Row 143: Purl
Row 144: Knit
Row 145: Purl
Row 146: Knit
Row 147: Purl
Row 148: Knit
Row 149: Purl

Bind off All stitches

Surprise and other things!

Yesterday as I was getting the kiddos in their costumes, the UPS man stopped by and there was a box for me. It was full of...............YARN!!! I had ordered some Peaches & Creme a few days ago along with some mystery grab bags from their factory and I was super surprised in what I found in the box:)

Not only did I get what I ordered -- the 3 skeins of Strawberry Cream and the 3 skeins of Rose Pink.
But, I got a whole bunch of other stuff in the 2 grab bags I ordered! There is a ton of cotton mill ends, most are enough to make cloths with. 2 full balls of cotton, Victorian Christmas and Potpourri. A small cone of honeysuckle Yarns Cotton. And then a whole bunch of various yarns, crochet cotton and something called Article 65?

Well, Halloween was also last night, the kids had a ton of fun with Tricker Treating at Larry's work and then that Harvest Festival. They has pony and horse rides, a camel and a petting zoo, obviously way more fun than candy since we ended up with almost nothing in the candy bags at the end of the night!
I could tell that Anders is growing up, when we walked past the "big Kids" area (i.e. teenagers) he looked at me and said "That looks like fun, can we go there?"

Anders was a race car driver and Hannah was a ballerina. I have always bought their costumes at Costco because they have the warm furry ones that are super cute. Not so this year -- they had dress up stuff being passed off as costumes and it was not very good either -- Hannah's dress ripped off half way through the night!

In other news.... Last night after the Harvest Festival, I watched Ghost Hunters Live, which I am glad I tivoed it since I fell asleep before it was over! Anyway, while I was watching I cleaned out my Craft corner and took some pictures so I could show all my friends my craft corner that will very soon be gone and I will have my own office/craft room in the add on we are building!
This is a full view of my craft corner.

My book shelf with craft magazines, craft books and completed scrapbooks!
My knitting station, the Rubbermaid tubs hold yarn, I need to get another one, and the basket on top has WIP's and notions!

This is my work space, normally it is covered in projects I need to finish!

This is the TOWER!!! It has all the little tools and pieces need for crafting. On the top is a accordion file I keep memorabilia in until I am ready to use it!

Inside and on top of the armoire! EEK!

Have a glorious first day of November!!!