Monday, December 26, 2011

A Belated Merry Christmas

So I know Christmas was yesterday, but we were off at family celebrations on both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.  I hope everyone who celebrates had a wonderful Christmas, and for those who don't celebrate, I hope you had a fabulous day.  Here are a few highlights of the yarnhoardinmama family Christmas.

What, no bickering between sisters?

A fun game for everyone.

Lucy got a new bed, complete with a bone toy and a fleece blanket.

A new outfit for her doll.
Let me defend my mom from that evil camera strap!
 It was not all about the gifts, but of course that is what we took the most pictures of.  We enjoyed times with both of our extended families as well. 

In other news, I'm working on knitting up a new toe-up sock design of my own.  The pattern is just going through the tweaking stage as I re-knit to make sure it came out clearly.  More news coming soon!

The free shipping sale is over at my Etsy shop, but there is still so much great handcrafted stuff for sale, that  I think you should still check it out.  And that concludes my shameless self-promotion.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas

We all know it is that time of year, whether you celebrate Christmas, Hannukah, Kwanzaa, or none of the above.  My family and I went to the West Michigan Whitecaps' home, Fifth-Third Ballpark, to see the Nite Lites Christmas light display.  It was really cool.  We drove our Blazer through over a mile of Christmas lights displays, many of them animated, and we got to go through it twice for one price.  The kids adored it and my husband and I enjoyed it too.  These pictures don't do them justice.

 Another pair of socks off the needles today, this one being Repeat Performance by Michelle Hunter.  Love these toe up socks!  Pattern is easy enough to follow but not boring.  These are in Shelridge Farm Soft Touch Ultra.  Very nice.

Just a reminder, it is not too late to take advantage of the free shipping in my Etsy shop, good through December 24.  You can still order in time for Christmas if you live in the U.S. ( I don't think many international orders would have time to arrive before Christmas.)  Enter code SHIPONME11 at checkout to take advantage of this offer.  

What is a large pot of avocado trees good for?

Thursday, November 17, 2011 and adorable kitty

I just wanted to let everyone know about a cool site that lists freebies from any kind of place you might like.  The site is and I have my free shipping offer for my Etsy shop listed on there.  I thought I would share the site so people could find deldel other giveaways that interest them. 

I leave you with a gratuitous cuteness pic.  Our newest kitty, Rocky, who showed up under our house one night in the freezing temperatures, and cried (LOUDLY!) until we rescued him at 2:30 am.  He was about 4 weeks old, and decided that my non-lactating Jack Russell (Lucy) is his mom and best playmate.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Free shipping in my Etsy shop!

Now that Halloween is over, a lot of us are thinking about Christmas and holiday gifts.  I am providing free shipping in my Etsy shop now through December 24, 2011.  You MUST enter this coupon code at checkout for this offer to be valid:  SHIPONME11.  I will ship purchases directly to gift recipients upon request.  Now for sale are several soap and washcloth sets, many types of dog biscuits made fresh to order, chainmail bracelets, PDF knitting patterns, woodworks, and handknitted garments.  Come on over and check it out!  Happy shopping!

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Emergency sale for new transmission

The transmission went out on my truck yesterday.  I am having an emergency sale at my Etsy shop and my Ravelry pattern store.  I am also selling some handmade soaps for $4 each plus shipping, or if you buy 3 or more, they are $3 each.

Also a set of handmade erasers, 5 in a set, for $5 plus shipping.

Thanks for shopping!  If you are interested in anything on the blog, leave me a comment with your email and I will get back to you.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

A new family member

I know, I know, it has been FOREVER since I last posted.  I started a job in May that wound up being 7 days a week, although it is not 8-hour days.  I planted and am watering and weeding the flowers in a local city's parks and downtown area.  Those flowers don't know it is the weekend; they still need water. lol 

In other news, we have a new family member, a baby bunny rescue.  You can see how little he is compared to the guinea pig, who he has adopted as his mama, and he has already about doubled in size in the week we have had him.  Of course, the girls adore him, as do I, and he is doing well being a little house bunny.  And now I must tempt you with adorable bunny pictures.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

American Girl Kanani doll giveaway

This is a bit off topic for me, but I wanted to let everyone who loves American Girl Dolls know about a Kanani giveaway.  Kanani is the new Hawaiian doll, with hazel eyes and gorgeous long brown hair.  I have three young daughters, and they are all in love with these dolls.  If you know someone who loves these dolls, even yourself, you may want to enter this giveaway.  It is open only until February 28, 2011 for U.S. residents.  Check it out!

Monday, January 17, 2011

Etsy sale on chainmaille bracelets

I just wanted to announce a sale in my Etsy shop.  All chainmaille bracelets are currently $10 off regular prices.  Sales prices are as listed.  These prices also apply to custom requests on chainmaille, such as colors or sizing requests.  While you are there, take a look at my new line of handmade soaps!  Happy shopping!

Sunday, January 9, 2011

What to do with the extra frosting?

Yesterday we decided to use up the last of the candy canes from Christmas by making these cupcakes.  Ok, ours don't look as perfect as the Soap Queen's, but the girls and I had fun and they turned out pretty good.  No need to adjust your television set, the candy canes really were blue.  I omitted the peppermint extract from the frosting and just made it vanilla because there was already peppermint in the cupcakes and the candy canes.

 So we had these yummy cupcakes, but we also had a ton of leftover frosting, and well, we can't let all that creamy homemade frosting go to waste now, can we?  What to do?  Today we made these lemon drop cookies, added lemon extract and a tad of yellow food coloring to the vanilla frosting, and glazed these tasty cookies.  Very messy dripping the glaze on warm cookies, but so much fun.  The waxed paper under the cookies contained the mess.

Be aware that a 9-year old may enjoy dripping the glaze so much that it may start pooling around the cookies. lol  We are not all about appearances here, we just enjoy the taste.

Thanks for stopping in, and don't forget to take a peek at my Etsy shop.  I have added some new soaps to go with the chainmaille bracelets, handmade wood products, and knitting patterns and knitted objects.