Saturday, January 29, 2011


Hello! It's about halfway through the weekend. I hope ya'll are having a great weekend! Quent and I watched a couple of movies tonight while I knitted. I finished Quent's first slipper and worked on my shrug. I only have 8 rounds left of the shrug and then I can sew the sleeves on and then I'm finished!!! Whoohoo! Now I'm in the mood to scrapbook, but my eyes are feeling tired.

Here's a page I scrapped a few days ago:

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Thursday, January 27, 2011

Keller Family

I didn't mean to have so many days in between posts, but I was too lazy to turn on this computer, which is the home of my digital scrapbooking. So what have I been doing? Working, napping, exercising, eating, reading, and well...that's about it.

Here's another page I created last week. I'm slowly finishing up scrapping the pictures I took when I was in Michigan last spring.

In my last post I said I was hoping to finish Quent's first slipper. Um...that didn't quite happen. Without realizing it, I skipped a small portion of the pattern, so I had to go back and redo that. How did I miss that? And then it took me a long time to figure out what they meant by picking up stitches on the inner or outer sole. I think there should be more pictures for a visual on the pattern instructions. And then after all of that, I realized that I wouldn't have enough yarn, so...I ordered more yarn and I'm waiting for that to come in the mail. And lucky me, I get to do all of this over again for the second slipper. Yippee. (Do you sense the sarcasm there?)

In the meantime, I'm dreaming up more projects to knit while I need to finish the ones I'm currently working on. I have to remind myself that I only have two hands. But how can I help myself when I find sweet looking ORANGE yarn?? After I saw the yarn, I went to Ravelry to look up the projects used with the yarn. And then I found a project I can make someday as an excuse to have some beautiful yarn. I love Ravelry!

Tomorrow is FRIDAY!!!
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Sunday, January 23, 2011

Knitted Gifts

For Christmas I knitted a few gifts.

The first gift was hat. Quent was my model for this picture. He said it was really comfortable. It was really stretchy and soft. I followed a pattern from a book called More Last-Minute Knitted Gifts (which is my favorite knitting book so far!), but I had to make some adjustments to the pattern since I needed to make it bigger. It was a perfect fit, so I was really happy about that! You can look at the details more here on Ravelry (if you have an account there). It's free, if you don't!

Next was a pair of felted ballet slippers. I made these slippers for myself a few months ago, but I already wore through one of them. *sad face* I really like them and they are super fun to slide on with our Pergo flooring! We have a long hallway and it's fun to get a good running start and slide! Anyway... The person who was gifted with these asked if I could make some straps to help hold them I need to consider making that. More details can be found here at Ravelry.

And lastly, I knitted this beautiful bulky lace scarf. I fell in love with the picture in the book (same book as above). I even used the exact yarn and color that was in the book. Super pretty yarn! It wasn't as soft as I would have liked. The pattern was really easy to follow. I completed the project in a day. I like it so much that I'm making an orange scarf for me, except with super soft yarn. I can't help it, I'm a yarn softy!

Yesterday I accomplished a lot of knitting on Quent's first slipper. It's hilariously huge! Felting will take care of that. I love watching the little projects take shape. Often I wonder how the pattern could possibly take you to the right finished product, but soon enough you begin to take the correct shape taking form and it's exciting. I'm hoping to completely finish the first slipper and start on the second one today while Quent is watching football.

I've also been looking at yarn colors for a baby blanket I want to make for our little Smith baby (due August 21st). I'm drawn to orange (obviously) and cream, but I want to throw some turquoise in there, too. We do want to find out the sex of the baby as soon as we can, but I think it's interesting that I'm more drawn to the 'boy' colors. I like bright pink though.... Hmmm... So I'm trying to think of neutral colors, but it's hard to do that. I know red is a color that can go either way, but I'm not fond of red. I know it doesn't really matter. Quent said that the baby isn't going to care. He's right! He said I should just do what I want. So I think I will... Speaking of which, we picked up some paint chip colors from the hardware store this morning. Would you like to guess the colors?

Have a great rest of your weekend!
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Friday, January 21, 2011

Our Funny Faces

Happy Friday! I love Friday! Sleeping in...being lazy...whoohoo! I need this break today! I'm going to the salon later for some pampering...*relaxed sigh*

My mom will probably want to beat me if she ever sees that I put this page on the blog, but I just love it! It's so colorful and fun! Get this, the other day I scrapped 3 pages! That's a record for these days!

I'm hoping the circular needle I ordered for the rest of Quent's first slipper comes in the mail today so I can knit more this weekend. I ordered it from I like that site because it's so bright and colorful, not to mention the awesome items they have on there, but they are spendy, so I don't order from there very often. I also have only 12 more rounds to go with the shrug. Yeah!

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Tuesday, January 18, 2011


Hello! Just wanted to share that I was published in Creating Keepsakes again. I'm so excited! One page is in the special issue called Scrapbooking Everyday Memories. And the other page is in the February issue of Creating Keepsakes. Whoohoo!

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Monday, January 17, 2011

50 Years

Hello! Did you have the day off of work today for MLK? I didn't. I came home from work and I had to decide between taking a nap or scrapping...I chose both! Ha!

I got caught up on a bunch of things this weekend. I cleaned up my craft area (which is shrinking), so now it looks much better! I finished scrapping the pictures for this project I started way back when. Now I have all of the pages waiting in Shutterfly, hoping they will have a super awesome sale pretty soon. I'm SO glad that project is complete. I felt bad that it took so long. Another thing I did was had the rest of the 2009 pages uploaded to be printed, along with what I have completed so far for 2010. I'll talk about printing later since I went with a different company this time. I still have many pictures to scrap for 2010. I would really like to get caught up before the baby comes. We shall see...

I believe I'm still working on scrapping my spring Michigan photos. These pictures were next:

I had so much fun creating this page! I used my Love Hearts kit.
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Saturday, January 15, 2011

Knitting projects

Happy Saturday! Thank you so much for your kind words and congratulations! Quent and I are both so excited about having a little one!

I thought I would blog about some knitting projects I'm working on (or still working on).

For Quent's Christmas present I am knitting him slippers. The colors are orange and brown, with orange being the main color. We both really like the color orange, which makes me happy because I love working on projects that have orange in it. I started working on it yesterday, January 14th. They are felted 'clog' slippers. Already I have to start over because I realized that I was using the wrong color for the sole. I was supposed to be using brown, but I didn't realize that until the last row of the first part of the pattern. Oops! So I will pull out the yarn and start again. I'm ok with that because now I'm more familiar with the pattern. I'm using Cascade Yarn 220 for the project. I bought one skein of the brown, not realizing that I would need to use double yarn throughout the whole pattern. (That's what I get for not reading the pattern all the way through). So instead of buying another skein of brown, I decided I would wind up the yarn from both sides and just cut the yarn in the middle so I would have two balls at the end. It worked perfectly. And the cats helped me (cough) this morning as I did that. I don't mind winding the yarn by hand, but I have to say this time I am now tempted to buy a yarn winder. Right now I just put the skein around a chair and unwind. I'm hoping these slippers will be done before spring. Hee, hee. As Quent keeps on saying, "The check is in the mail." Yeah, yeah...

And then there's the Francesca Shrug I'm still working on. I have the good excuse that other projects took priority over this one, but now I'm working on this again. I did bring it with me on our flights to Michigan and back, but I didn't get as much done on it as I thought. I'm halfway through the last part of the pattern. It's hard to see what it looks like from this picture, but the top is the collar/neck. I'm working in the round right now. There are 408 stitches in one round, and I have 34 rounds to complete. I have 17 completed so far. Whew! Even though it's tedious work, it's rather relaxing. After this part is over then I get to sew the sleeves on. I'm really hoping that part goes well. (I'm not sure why the first picture of the shrug looks so blue, but it's probably my bad photo editing skills. It's more gray than blue.)

And of course Tigger had to come check everything out when I was taking pictures. Funny kitty!

After I complete the slippers for Quent, I have plans to make another pair of slippers for myself. And then I want to knit a bunch of baby stuff, like little booties, a blanket or two, etc. I can't wait!!
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Saturday, January 8, 2011

Little Word for 2011

Yes, it sure does look like it's been exactly a month since I've posted. A lot has happened in the last month, but I'll get to that...

The last post I talked about my little word for 2010. Around the beginning of December I started to pray and think about my little word for 2011. I knew it would come to me, so I didn't focus on it. And then one morning I was on my stationary bike watching Joyce Meyer on tv when the word came to me. And it was quite a word. At first I was like, "No, that can't be it." (That's what happened last year when God showed me that 'discipline' would be my word). I tried to push this little word out of my head, trying to convince myself that I was just imagining things. But the word didn't and wouldn't go away.

So what's the word?


Yes, that's it. PRUNE.

Not the fruit.

Definition: to cut off or remove dead or living parts or branches (of a plant, for example) to improve shape or growth

Sounds like fun, right? (Don't worry, it gets better--lots better!)

So once I swallowed my pride and was convinced this was the word God picked for me, I began to ask why. What needs to be pruned from my life? Why? I was clueless.

I have to admit that I still hoped that I was imagining all of this and that a much better, newer word would appear later on. Ha! (little did I know)

So...on December 15th my little word for 2011 started to make much more sense. That was the day I found out that our lives are going to change for forever. We are going to have a BABY!

*tears of JOY*

I've waited 7 years for the fulfillment of God's promise that we would have children (more on that later). So now pruning doesn't sound so bad. So much will change. I'm so EXCITED!!

This is definitely going to be a year of pruning, of growth, of making time for more important things (like cuddling with a little one). Maybe it's hard to see the correlation here, but I totally see it. I get it now.

August 21st cannot come soon enough!