Monday, March 17, 2014

Happy Day?!

Do you ever just have a really Happy Day and you can't figure out why you are so happy?  I have a bounce in my step and I can't give you a specific reason.

I had an amazing weekend.  I was productive and I rested.  I talked on the phone with good friends. I had beers with good friends.  I read with my babies and snuggled.  I put them to bed last night with full tummies, homework done, stories read and wet hair from the bath tub.  I fished a dead fish out of the fish tank before it turned into a science project.  My taxes are in the homeward stretch.

Yes, I am calling this a success and today a good day.  AND the sun is shining.  I truly can't ask for me.  I hope you have a great day too!  So... How was your weekend?

Friday, February 28, 2014

hump busting!

I have been busting my hump and makeing sure I have my things in line for the new Usborne Connect 4 Challenge.

Our Usborne Home Office offers us some amazing challenges to help get our businesses going and to reward us with fabulous prizes.  We have earned a 42" TV, an iPad2, and a free trip to Convention.

Here is what I am working on now:

I have completed the "Start Now to Earn More!" portion and the February Requirements.  I want the ENTIRE ENCHILADA!!  

On top of those cool things I earned the January Home Office Challenge I and II.  Yeah!  Who loves fun, free stuff!  Fun Flashlight and a Clock/Picture frame to put on my desk.  (I really need to clean my desk off!)

January Home Office Challenge I and II

AND February Home Office Challenge I and II.
A great wipe-clean book to add to my inventory and a $50.00 Land's End Gift Card for some new Logo Clothes!! :)  Some new Polo Shirts would be great!

Here is what I am working on for March.

  A $50.00 iTunes Card really floats my boat!  I want it! All of this just for selling the amazing books that I truly love!

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Finally.... Hemlock Ring

When Jerrod Flood published pictures of his Hemlock Ring Blanket I immediately knew I wanted to knit it.  I doubted my skills though.  I haven't done a ton of lace knitting.  I know I searched for it several times and had printed out the pattern more than once.


I took a break from knitting for about a year.  I have an addiction problem with projects.  Once I start something it is literally all I want to do.  That's it.  I think about it all the time.  Especially knitting.  I long to sit and knit.  I think it's the repetitive movement.  It is very calming to me.

I have started knitting again.  Sparingly.  Especially if I know I will have long chunks of time available to me.  Going to a Conference?  I'd never be able to sit still through long meetings without something for my hands to do.  Must stay busy.

I finally found the pattern I had printed and the yarn I felt would be perfect.  Here it is:  In it's glory!!

Crazy Book Lady - Hemlock Ring Blanket
Pined out on the floor Blocking

Crazy Book Lady - Hemlock Ring Blanket
Beautiful Center

Crazy Book Lady - Hemlock Ring Blanket
All the pretty points

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Book Fair Fun!

Today we kicked off Lutheran School's Week at St. Paul's Church.  It was a great service and the kids sand beautifully.  Jacob is always a little hesitant to get up and sing in front of the congregation but he did just fine.  I was very proud.

Tomorrow we kick off all the fun at School and start out with VIP Day.  The book fair starts bright and early.  The book fair runs Monday, Tuesday and Thursday during the different events of Lutheran School's Week.  Read about all the fun we had at the last big book fair here.

Interested in helping to support St. Paul's and their wish for new books?  Shop at and be sure to click St. Paul's School.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Getting Ready?

I love the holidays.  Each of them individually... Halloween... Thanksgiving... Christmas....  As much as I love the Holidays themselves.  I love preparing for them.  I love thinking about spending time with my loved ones and preparing gifts for them.

Amanda and I have started coloring Christmas Cards for her teacher and dance coaches.  I'm teaching her to think about each person as she creates their master piece.  What colors will they like?  Hope each master piece makes them smile.  
Hard at Work

Finished Master Piece
Maybe you'll be lucky enough to get one of her hand crafted Master pieces.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Author Spotlight! Sport Stories!

Author Spotlight:
Richard Torrey

Richard Torrey was born in Los Angeles, CA. where he began doodling as soon as he could hold a crayon. In third grade, Richard showed a picture of a horse he had drawn to the legendary comic strip creator, Charles Schulz. Schulz drew Snoopy on the back of the picture, inspiring Richard to follow a similar career path. 

After graduating from Allegheny College with a BA in Psychology, Torrey created the first of two successful syndicated comic strips; Hartland (King Features), followed with a sports strip, PETE and CLETE (Creators Syndicate), both of which appeared in hundreds of newspapers around the world.   

Since then, Richard has been an author, illustrator, and editorial cartoonist. His list of clients includes Highlights MagazineKidCity (a Sesame Street publication), The National, and Inside Sports. For the better part of two decades, he has been the creator of a top-selling line of greeting cards for Recycled Paper Greetings Inc. 

More recently, Richard’s interests have turned to children’s booksA Baseball StoryA Hockey Story and the popular series, A Football Story all give new-to-the-game players detailed, child's-eye view of each sport on and off the field.

The son of Hockey Hall-of-Famer, Bill Torrey, Richard lives in Long Island, New York, with his wife and two children. His preferred medium is Peanut butter and Jelly and failing that, Watercolor/Pen and ink and acrylic.