Tuesday, January 31, 2012

A special occasion

It's the anniversary of me not posting in this blog for a whole year! Wow. Time flies when you're procrastinating. Well, I reopened my Etsy shop, so you can go check that out. My Facebook page is still there, it's been a little quiet, but that's because I haven't been there running my big mouth as I usually do. I've been quiet on Twitter, but that's because I forgot to update Tweetdeck.
I hope you all still love me. I'm here, I'm just busy. The kids are good and I'm doing well after my surgery in Nov 2010. When my doctor said a year recovery, he wasn't kidding. I am in good shape now, though.

I promise it won't be another year before I update. I swear! If you get bored, you can go check out my youngest daughter's Facebook page where we post all of the weird stuff she says. It's good for a laugh or three.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

I won, I won!

 First of all, I WON, I WON! I won ten free patterns from Gulf Coast Cottage PDF !!!

I know I haven't been here a lot, things have been a little crazy! I had another spinal surgery in November so I have been dealing with that, plus my crazy kids. I've had my Etsy shop closed up for awhile, but i should be back up and running soon.

In the meantime, I entered a giveaway for the awesome Gulf Coast Cottage PDF Etsy shop, where you can find totally fabulous felt patterns to make toys for your kids (or even yourself!). It was a giveaway for TEN awesome pattern, free!
I was thrilled to get a message from Jen today telling me that I was the winner! I'm so excited! I've been cross stitching more for family and friends lately rather than to sell, and I picked back up on knitting some toys. This will be a perfect way to spend some of my recovery time! The patterns are Gulf Coast are great. I got the toaster pattern last year and it was great.
You can make toys for your kids that they will love and you don't have to worry about lead and other yucky things because you know what they're made of.
These are my ten picks:

Easter Basket pattern

Italian Feast

Peanut butter and jelly lunch

Candy Coated House and Gingerbread Family


Pizzeria Fun

I can't wait to get started on these neat patterns. My kids will be thrilled! So will I. I can't lie. I enjoy the toys...I might even make an Easter Basket for myself, too!

Thanks to Jen at Gulf Coast Cottage PDF for this great giveaway! It totally made my day. :)

Wednesday, July 14, 2010


This past Sunday, Ryan August was on his way home from Atlanta with his son Declan. During the trip, a storm caused his car to slide off of the interstate and strike a tree. Declan was in the back fastened in his car seat and survived with minor cuts and bruises. Ryan died on impact. He was 34 years old.

His wife Sarah, one of my oldest and dearest friends, is now facing the unfathomable task of dealing with this tragic loss. One can only wonder how you cope with something like this. I don't have any idea.

Ryan was a kind and gentle soul who loved his family intensely. He was a quiet man who cherished his wife with a passion and thought his son hung the moon. He was a talented artist who was admired by a huge social circle both online and in life.

A PayPal account has been set up to accept donations for his wife and son. If you would like to send a donation and message of support, please send it through PayPal to ryanaugustdonation[at]gmail.com.
If you would like to help but do not have PayPal, please contact me at magpienight[at]gmail.com.
Ryan designed the cover art for the 7 inch that my husband Sean's internet parody band put out last year. Ryan screen printed each cover by hand with help from my husband and Declan. The records features guitar by Stephen Egerton of Descendents and ALL. The proceeds from the sale of the remaining records will be donated to the fund set up to help his wife and son. Find out more at Masters of Punk Rock. If you make a purchase, please note that it is for the Ryan August Donation Fund.
The sales proceeds from this art print will also go to the donation fund.

I wish I could write a more fitting and eloquent tribute to him but I am at a loss for words other than what has already been said. You can follow this facebook page to share memories of Ryan and find out ways to help his family.
You can see Ryan's work here at I Want Your Skull and on his website, ryanaugust.com. A thread on one of the message boards he frequented has grown to more than 20 pages of posts about him. A friend has written a beautiful blog post about him. Another blog post features artwork in his memory. A post here shows an example of Ryan's generosity in his support of artists. I'm sure there will be more to come. Right now we are just trying to help Sarah and Declan with the struggles they face, and holding them in our hearts as we remember a man who was taken from us too soon.


Monday, May 31, 2010

Who I am celebrating this Memorial Day

My great aunt, Juanita Redmond.

She was an Army Nurse who served on Bataan in WWII. She wrote a book about her service, I Served on Bataan, which was made into a movie, So Proudly We Hail. She was captured during the war and escaped during the last few days before Corregidor surrendered. I am lucky enough to have a copy of her book, which has been out of print for years.
She is pictured here on the left, giving new bars to a fellow lieutenant.

An award is given in her honor. The Juanita Redmond Award is given to an Air Force nurse who provided significant contributions to the health care of an Air Force individual or family, demonstrated excellence in critical nursing or accomplished a special achievement resulting in the improvement of nursing care.

She died at the age of 66 in 1979 and is buried with full military honors at Arlington National Cemetery, in Section 21, Grave 769.

Her obituary:

(Lt. Col.) Juanita HIPPS
The Times and Democrat, Orangeburg, SC
Wednesday, February 28, 1979
“Juanita Hipps, Heroine of Bataan, Dies”
St. Petersburg, Fla. – Lt. Col. Juanita Redmond Hipps, a former Army nurse who served on Bataan and Corregidor in the early months of World War II, is dead at 66. She died Sunday at her residence. Col. Hipps, then Lt. Juanita Redmond, was author of the book, “I Served on Bataan.” It became a bestseller in 1943 and served as the background for the war movie “So Proudly We Hail,” the story of Army nurses. Col. Hipps was a native of Swansea, S.C., and received her nurse training at South Carolina State Hospital. She entered the Army Nurse Corps in 1936, was transferred three years later to Manila and served in hospitals on Bataan and Corregidor and later was evacuated to Australia. She was one of eight nurses to escape just before the surrender of the Philippine Islands. Upon her return to the United States she was featured on an Ed Sullivan Show as one of the outstanding heroines of the war. She also was a cover girl for a national magazine and was among the first nurses to earn her golden flight wings. She assisted in establishing the U. S. Air Corps flight nurse program and retired from the Army in 1946. Among her many citations are the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, three Presidential Unit Citations and U. S. and Philippine campaign ribbons. Funeral will be in Arlington, Va., Thursday, March 1, at 2 p.m. in the Fort Myer Chapel with full military honors. She is survived by her husband, Gen. William G. Hipps of St. Petersburg, Fla.; son, William G. Hipps; grandson, William G. Hipps, III; granddaughter, Abigail Hipps of Dayton, Ohio; sisters and brothers, Mrs. Henry P. Moore, Jr. of Orangeburg, Robert P. Redmond of Barnwell, Helen R. Campbell of Columbia, Rose Lynn Ulmer of Walterboro and Peter L. Redmond of Westchester, N.Y.; and a number of nieces and nephews. Family and friends are being received at the home of Henry P. Moore, Jr., 2068 Hydrick in Orangeburg.

Thanks, Aunt Juanita. You kicked some major ass.

Friday, April 30, 2010

April 2010 Free Pattern

Don't be surprised that it is the last day of the month and I am just now putting my free pattern up. You know me too well to even fake it.

This month's pattern was inspired by a commercial that I am pretty sure you've all seen by now. You're probably having naughty dreams about the actor, too. What? I know it's not just me. Admit it. You are. And if you're not, you should be. T-t-tasty!

Here it is!
I'm on a horse! Click here to download.

Tasty man on a horse! You wanna see him in action?

My kid on a horse! She's crying.

A monkey on a horse! Creepy.

I'll just leave you with that. Sweet dreams!


April 2010 Featured Etsyblogger

This month's Featured Etsyblogger is Pam of Magdalene Jewels! She has two Etsy shops full of goodies. Sweet knits and sparkly jewelry!

Her knitted and crochet items can be found here at Magdalene Knits.
Look at this super cute baby boy sweater set! How adorable is that?! I love the color.

Pam's other shop is full of awesome jewelry and can be found here at Magdalene Jewels!
I love this carnelian gemstone bracelet she has. So pretty!

Thanks for being a member of Etsybloggers, Pam!


Monday, April 26, 2010

Rooooomba, woof!

I have been really horrible at blogging, yeah? I have a carnival due this week and also the April featured Blogger post to write, not to mention all of my blatant self-promotion...what's a girl to do?

Post a picture, I guess.

New vacuum cleaner:

His name is Trooper.
Yes, these pictures were taken in the late afternoon and my kids are still in their pajamas. Adelaide's don't even match. At least the dog is clean. He is being offered a bib.

I'll come back and post something more interesting later. In the meantime, go buy something.


Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Featured Etsyblogger March 2010

This month's featured Etsyblogger is Vicki of DizzyDragonflies!

She has two Etsy shops for her knitted items and dyed yarns! You can find them here and here!

Look at this delicious Tropical Waters dyed yarn:

And what about this Spicy Mama dyed yarn? It must have been named after me. ;)

Vicki has quite an online presence and you can find her many places:

Wow! No wonder she's dizzy...she's all over the place! Check out all of Vivki's links and get to know her. You'll be glad you did. :)


Saturday, March 27, 2010

Stitching With The Stars

If you're smart, by now you know that my fierce lady Niecy Nash is on this season of Dancing With The Stars. In honor of her appearance and OBVIOUS WINNING SKILLZ, I have created this magnificent cross stitch pattern with a lovely picture of Ms. Niecy with her famous flower. When she wins, you can hang this piece on the wall at the victory party you'll be having.

This pattern can be downloaded for free, but I ask you two things:

-Vote for Niecy on DWTS.
-Put down your needle while she's dancing. All eyes on Niecy.

Thank you, my friends.


Friday, March 26, 2010

Gardening for Lazy Dummies (like me!)

I don't know a damn thing about gardening. I wish I did, but I don't! Almost every houseplant I've ever had has died. The only things I've ever been able to keep alive have been my bamboo plants, and even they are starting to look kinda sickly. Or maybe they're just lonely.

I see all of these gardening thingies (I call them thingies because I have no idea what they actually ARE) and I want them. Sometimes I think if I had these nifty little gadgets, I could grow stuff. If you have known me for more than five minutes, you know that I am not an outdoor person. Although the idea of gardening sounds fun, I am way too lazy for it. Also now that I have an awful back, I'd never be able to bend over and do all of that work on the ground. What a...bummer? I hate hot weather, too. I don't like to sweat. People that have to be close enough to smell me don't like it when I sweat, either.

So instead of giving gardening tips like I am some sort of expert, I decided to show you all of the thingies that seem like they could turn me into a quasi-gardener. 
This, my friends, is how I prepare to garden.

First, I would buy an AeroGarden. This thing looks FUN. Like all I would have to do it open up the box and pour some water on it and voila! I'M A GARDENER.

I also like the fact that it looks kinda like a UFO, and the top part appears to be hovering. I think maybe I just want this to be in my house because it's neat looking. They have them in different colors. Some of them grow tomatoes!

Speaking of tomatoes, I saw this Topsy Turvy tomato thing on tv and I wondered if it would really work. I tried to grow tomatoes once, and I ended up with a pile of tangled weeds. My grandfather had a tomato garden when I was a kid and those fresh tomatoes were so yummy. I wanted to have fresh tomatoes all the time! Now, with this jacked up windsock, it might be possible!

Then I found out about these things. They look like alien pods. I am fascinated. I think they are sort of like automatic plant growers. Could I screw this up? Possibly. Will they look cute on my countertop? Absolutely!

They make this thing, too! It's professional.

These things seem like they could really help me become a real gardener. Like stuff someone who knows what they're doing would buy. It's almost like buying them would make me credible as a botanist!

And that's how I prepare for gardening in the spring. I'll buy stuff like this that'll make it easy! Or maybe I'll just buy a bunch of seeds and throw them in the yard. Sort of like grab bag gardening. We'll just wait and see what pops up. I left our jack-o-lantern from Halloween 2008 by the mailbox so long, it sprouted and now we have a lovely vine on the mailbox. Turns out my laziness is good for something, sometimes!

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