Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Mini and Not so Mini Reversible Duck to Bunny

When I first saw the Mini Reversible Duck to Bunny on a forum on Ravelry I knew I just had to knit it up and quickly. So I waited not so patiently for Susan B. Anderson to post it on the Spud and Chloe blog. And here is the results I got.

Spud and Chloe yarn happens to be one of my absolute favorites which is why I am raffling off 10 skeins to raise funds for my Breast Cancer 3 Day Walk. I want to share the squishy love!

Who can resist these adorable faces!

(Knit in Spud and Chloe Sweater Weight)

Not so Mini
(Knit in Spud and Chloe Outer)

These were both an absolute breeze to knit up and the kids adore them. The Fish keeps asking for which ever one is hidden and loves to play the game of hide and seek with our new little friends. The girls both adore them and keep asking if they each get one of their own. My bestie has even put in her request for a mini, and I am wondering if I should hide this post from her because I have a feeling she will be asking for a not so mini too! Tomorrow we go on a 2 hr car ride, I have a feeling I will be whipping her's up on the way.

If you have any questions on how I adjust for the not so mini please let me know, it was super simple to do.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Spud and Chloe Yarn Raffle for a Cure

From now until April 16th I will be hosting a raffle for Spud and Chloe yarns in order to raise funds for my Breast Cancer 3 Day walk. The winners, yes I said winners, of the raffle will win 5 skeins each of the wonderfully smooshy Spud and Chloe yarn. The person who makes the largest donation will receive 5 skeins of outer and then one other random donor will receive 5 skeins of sweater. If on the off chance that 2 or more people tie for the largest donation there will be a drawing between those folks as well. The minimum donation to qualify for the raffle is $15. For every $15 you donate you get one chance to win. I will be keeping a running spreadsheet of donations and will select a winner via random number generator on April 17th. Each prize is worth $55+

UPDATE: 14 Entries at last count with top donor of $100. (4/14/10)

Donations can be made by going to my Breast Cancer 3 Day website.

Please remember that all donation are tax deductible and are going to a great cause. If you have any questions please feel free to let me know and pass the word on to all your knitty friends.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

40 in 40 update

It's me again and I am here to update my progress in the 40 bags in 40 days Challenge.

Day #14

Today I cleaned out the entertainment center where we keep the Wii games and decided that we didn't need the huge plastic containers game are kept in and moved all the games to a CD case, I did this for our CD's/DVD's years ago but figured the games could be kept the same way. I did not however touch Paul's PS games because that is his deal and I don't go messing with that!

Day #15

Today Ky Guy and I went through his closet and a bookshelf and got a bag of stuff to go to goodwill as well as a bag of books to be donated. He had an old sleeping bag that probably goes up to his waist, shoes that he has long outgrown (he now fits in the hubs' shoes), some pants and coats too. Donating books is always hard for me and I don't know why, I guess I see all the memories in them and I just hate to give them away, but in my quest to purge I am trying to think of all the memories they will bring others! In the past I would have just given the books to a younger sibling but their shelves need to be gone through as well so we just donated them this time.

Day #16

Today I helped the girls go through their closet and let me tell you that is not an easy task. Their book shelve are in there and the rule in this house is one book at a time, and so far it is NEVER followed...I need to get on the ball and make shelf markers so that they can put them in when they take out a book so they know where to put it back when they are done, because I am also anal about how bookshelves are kept, I just wish some of my analness would rub off on my children in this area. So the girls and I went through their books and donated MANY, they decided they were a little too old for Dora and Care Bears which makes me sad. At least we were able to cut way back and their shelves don't look as though they are going to fall due to weight. We also found a few extra backpacks in their closet in which we donated as well.

Day #17

The girls and I continued working on their closet and found some coats and a huge bag of trash to throw out. I don't know how they can store so much crap in their room, it is just absurd. I try to trust that they are cleaning their rooms when they say they are but I guess I need to go check more often.

Day #18

Today I sat in my room talking to the hubs while he cleaned out his dresser/closet and donated a huge bag of clothes. He also was able to clean out a bunch of junk that needed recycled or thrown away. So he made great progress and we were able to get rid of 2 more bags (well one was a box) today!

Day #19

Today was the day it took 2.5 hrs to clean my hardwood floors, so no bags today.

Day #20

Today I didn't make any progress on bags due to the fact that I had a full day at work, a dr. appt and Ky had a double dual for wrestling meaning we didn't get home til late. But because I am way head on the bag count I figured I could skip one day!

Day #21

Today I finally conquered the filing cabinet. I HATE paper, with a passion. I don't like dealing with all of the mail that comes on a daily basis, it sucks. I try to do it before I even come in the house but it doesn't always happen when you have a 2 yr old in one hand, a purse on the shoulder and grocery bags hanging everywhere. So paper piles up and is soon overtaking my desk, so in a rush to make the desk look descent I was throwing the extra papers in the back of the 1/2 empty filing cabinet drawer, yeah bad me. So the first picture shows what I pulled out and the next two pictures are what I able to recycle and give away. The smaller bag is just magazines that I will be once again donating to Lippy Lou's teacher. After getting that top drawer cleaned up I went through the remaining drawers and sorted them out too. It feels nice to have that organized as well!

40 in 40 total climbs to 29

And like I had guessed in the beginning it is getting harder and harder to find places to get bags from. I think tomorrow I shall tackle my yarn stash *cringe*

Monday, March 8, 2010

Today's Goal....

Today's goal was to clean the hardwood floors.

On the way to get started I had to use the bathroom and noticed it was dirty.
So I cleaned it.
On the way to get started I noticed that the front of the appliances were dirty.
So I cleaned them.
On the way to get started I noticed the grate on the front of the fridge was dirty.
So I took it off and cleaned it.
At which time I noticed under the fridge was dirty.
So I cleaned it.
At which time I thought that under the stove looked the same.
So I cleaned it.
On the way to start the floors I saw how dirty the cupboards were.
So I cleaned them.
On the way to start the floors I noticed that the rug needed washed.
So I started a load of laundry.
And was finally able to start the floors.
And I got the kitchen done.
On the way to start the dining room I noticed a dirty table.
So I cleaned it.
Again on the way to start the dining room I noticed the dirty chairs.
So I cleaned them.
In the middle of the dining room floors I smelled a poopy diaper.
So I changed it.
While continuing on the dining room floors I heard the washing machine beep.
So I changed the laundry over.
And then I finally finished the hardwood floors....2.5 hrs later.
And my husband thinks I don't WORK.

There are often days I wish I had a 40 hr a week job that took me out of the house so no one was home to make a mess, that is until I look into those 2 year old eyes and realize how lucky I am. I am truly blessed to have a WAH job where I can enjoy my kids to the fullest. Days like today make it hard to see just how blessed I am, until I take a few moments to sit back and think and I realize it is all worth it in the end. Because someday I am going to miss this.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

40 in 40 Update

Well so far so good with the decraptifying and getting rid of 40 bags of "stuff" in 40 days. I am feeling great about the purge and getting this house in order before we are packed up and moved to a location that aren't sure of just yet. **Please be Hawaii, Please be Hawaii**

Day #6

Today I cleaned out all of the "someday" magazines and took them to Lippy Lou's teacher as she said she could alway use them for projects in class this year and beyond. I am starting to realize if I keep saving things for someday then someday I am going to end up on a show called Horders.... so here's to NOT being on that show!!

Day #7

On day seven I cleaned out my bathroom cabinet and got rid of more someday crap. It was great to throw out all those things I thought I might use someday that have been traveling from house to house with us for way too many years!!

Day #8

I moved on to the kids bathroom for day eight and got another huge bag of stuff to throw out and it felt equally as good as day seven!

Day #9

Today I dove into my desk in my craft room and threw out all of the stuff that had been sitting under there for years and years and years because I just didn't think it was quite time to part with it. But in all reality it was just bringing me down. So I once again purged and freed myself!

Day #10

Today I started cleaning out my dresser and ridding myself of drawers that I could barely shut and for no other reason than the fact that I didn't want to clean it out. So I got a huge bag the first day and was even able to start on a second.

Day #11

I continued to work on my dresser and even moved into my closet on day 11 and was able to purge even more crap. I plan on purging 30-40 lbs in the next year and will reward myself with new clothes when I do!

Day #12

On day 12 I continued work in my room and was able to finally unpack the last of the boxes from the Big Move of 2009, yes one year ago this week we moved into this house and I JUST NOW unpacked the last of my boxes that were hiding in my closet. I got one box/bag of donation items from this purge and one bag of trash. YAY for unpacking in a year *rolls eyes*

And Today Day, Day #13

Today I cleaned out the entertainment system in the family room and was able to purge 3 bags of movies/books. I drove them over to the donation center today before picking up the girls from school and it felt GREAT!

Grand Total : 18 BAGS!
Almost 1/2 way there and feeling great!