Tuesday, September 28, 2010

mice, catnip and stuff......

I have now been working for a month and the feet are doing better...I have lost two more pounds and weigh in again tomorrow for the third week. Don took a picture of me bending over picking apples, a nice butt shot, (leave it to a man) and I see where I can lose a few more pounds. I will spare you the picture however.
We went in to Best Buy a couple of weeks ago and I got a new phone. An LG Android...I am just now figuring out how to use the darn thing. There was quite a crowd around the phone counter when I announced that I needed a phone with the internet "so I had something to do at work." Everyone got a big laugh at that one. Furniture sales is either busy or it is not and what a great way to keep up with blogs. If you get a comment on your blog and there are spelling errors, I am at work on the phone......pathetic I know. I must have called thirty people by accident before I figured out how to lock it. So the phone thing is all good.
I actually have been making a few things upstairs. Tonight I even made something quilted, but I cant say yet, cause it is a surprise. It felt awesome. Oh how I miss sewing........
The first little package I put together was for Elizabeth who won my little giveaway...I made her a lavender filled heart with lavender from my garden. The theme was violet so I made it in purples.








I also used catnip from our garden that I had dried and made a toy for her best friend Bluebeard. I was worried that it wasn't strong enough so I put it on the floor and Joe Bobbins pounced on it. It was in his mouth and he was running for the attic to store it like the little magpie he is. I caught him by the tail. I think the catnip will be a hit. It is funny, because I didn't smell it at all....I put in some fancy tea cookies and Lavender Earl Grey because Elizabeth always participates in Teatime Tuesday....The cookies looked really good, especially for someone who loves cookies and is not able to eat them.....you know, because my butt is too big.











I also sent out a package to my friend Gin, who was my partner for the Enchanted Ornament swap. This month the theme was mice. I got some fimo clay which I had never used and made these little mice ornaments. I made a cheese ornament too. I really liked using the fimo and it bakes up hard. I used paper clay before which you air dry and it falls apart.















These mice are way cuter than a mouse who might crawl in a hole behind the dishwasher and the cupboards and have little baby mice. This might have been a traumatic event for someone I know......
Gin sent me the cutest chrocheted mouse for my tree...in pink of course... Look at this fun package!
































Today it was 91 outside....I had cutback my flower planters thinking I might be lucky enough to get a second bloom before the cold...They have gone banannas......I am loving it and it is only fair since we had snow after Mothers Day!










We also took five gallon buckets and went in the garden to HARVEST! I love that word....I was THANKFUL too...For a first year garden, it was amazing...We pulled carrots and beets and dug potatoes. I cant wait to make purple mashed potatoes. I just wish my little Andrew was here to enjoy his garden treasures. He loved the garden. I still have zucchini, green beans, peppers and tomatoes going...The only thing that did nothing is the pumpkins...I planted them from seeds and they are so behind. I may purchase a pumpkin plant next year to give it a head start.









I have baked a ton of zucchini bread...in fact, I am going to bake a couple of loaves now so I better get off this computer...Happy Fall......

16 comments:

Rannyjean said...

Love the pictures. Utah has been good to you my friend and I am so blessed when I hear how God has blessed you. As much as I love Westport & Washington, life doesn't seem as green now that I am here as I remember! But I love your crafts!

Julie Harward said...

I'm glad you are liking the job, I know they do a lot of running in those big stores! Looks like you have been busy making cute stuff too! :D

Laurie said...

All so cute Melinda! You've been busy!

Miss 376 said...

The lavender heart is lovely. Enjoy your baking, it's great when you can use produce from the garden

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

What an adorable post. First, I loved that you have lost more weight. Great news. You will take that prize home, yet.

I was blown away by my heart and Bleubeard's gift. You are too, too kind. What a sweetheart you are. I know he will love it, too. And that tea will be high on my list to use one of these Tuesday's, that's for sure.

My garden is dead, done for, burned to a CRISP. Even the flowers are dead, or never bloomed. This has been the WORST year. Glad to see someone still has a productive garden. If I had zucchini, I would be steaming it, rather than making bread. But you are the baker and I am NOT.

Thank you again, dear friend. Your gift will be treasured and loved forever.

Robin (rsislandcrafts) said...

Your garden did amazing for its first year. Our dirt (or should I say sand) is rotten down here. I tried working in some good stuff but it did nothing for our garden. I think I will try container or raised beds at the next house.

roc said...

omg melinda...you make me giggle. leave it to men to take a photo of our butts! haha congratulations on the weight loss. that is always a nice side affect if we have to work! haha and i gasped out loud when i saw those mice ornaments!!!!! made me relieve memories of my rats i had as pets. if you ever sell those let me know! loved 'em! can't wait to see what quilting project you are working on. i know it will be fabulous!

Pat said...

WOW...what a busy bee you are (at home...not so sure how busy you are at work since you needed an internet phone to make the time pass there for you!!! LOL) Love your flowers and veggies and the packages you showed are great, too. Your clay work is so cute! I wonder if I could do that and have anyone recognize what I'd made? Probably not.....hehehe

Little Messy Missy said...

Boy you are busy!!!! I love the heart and mice!! What kind of chickens are you planning on getting??? Can't wait!

Colleen - the AmAzINg Mrs. B said...

How nice to catch up with you! Wow- you HAVE been busy! I wish I could retire so I could enjoy all my crafts and stuff, but that's not in the cards ..YET! Hmmm..someday :-)

Your creations are adorable..no surprise. You are an amazing crafter all around.
Have a great week :-)

Pam said...

Love your mice swap. The mice are so cute. I agree that they are not so cute when they are in the house. We've had one in our vacation home in Kentucky and I freaked out. Friends told me they had never seen someone get so upset over a mouse. Seems they come with living in the country.

So glad your feet aren't hurting anymore and that your job is going well. Good luck with the new phone. I'm glad it will help with your blogging.

have a great week.

Elizabeth Golden said...

You have been busy! Congrats on the weight loss. I have been trying to shed a few pounds myself. Your mice are adorable. I cracked up when I read you had made them some cheese. I loved the crocheted mouse. I am still trying to learn to crochet.

Elizabeth Golden said...

You have been busy! Congrats on the weight loss. I have been trying to shed a few pounds myself. Your mice are adorable. I cracked up when I read you had made them some cheese. I loved the crocheted mouse. I am still trying to learn to crochet.

GARAGE SALE GAL said...

Hi BUSY working Gal!!!
You are getting LOTS done and still working! I'm impressed!
The heart pillow and little mice are so sweet!
My cell phone is OLD..and I don't think I could use a new one!
Warmly,
deb :)

gin said...

you've been busy, girl!! I love my cute little mice. The whole package was super. Thanks so much.

Patty said...

As usual you've been one busy girl. The flowers look great and what a harvest, just goes to show ya what a garden of love reaps. Glad to hear that the job is working out, it does take up a lot of your life doesn't it?