Annnnnd…We’re Live

First, in knitting news, I have finally started knitting my wholesale order for 100 ornaments of various sweaters, hats, mittens and scarves.  Here is #1:

Only 99 pieces left......

Only 99 pieces left......

I also have snuck in making a 2nd set of Stitch Makers:

The 2nd set of Stitch Markers I've made.  These, I'm Keeping...

The 2nd set of Stitch Markers I've made. These, I'm Keeping...

In bigger news, we have an addition to the family.  No, I’m not pregnant….  We got a 2nd dog from the Animal Shelter on Sat. June, 27th.  He’s a 6 year old Choclate Lab named “Browning.”  The transition has been seamless.  He’s laid back, obedient, amazing with kidlet and the two dogs get along wonderfully.  It’s truly a match made in heaven.

Our New Dog, Browning

Our New Dog, Browning

Kidlet, Rowdy and Browning

Kidlet, Rowdy and Browning

2 Amigos-- Browning & Rowdy

2 Amigos-- Browning & Rowdy

Smile!

Smile!

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Pics of Summer Randomness

Just thought I would write and catch up on all the goings on around here.  Of course, this is on the eve of the day where we have lost both Farrah and Michael Jackson.  Quite a day.
The news around here is far less earth-shattering but is good.   June 13th, we hit a craft sale and had a good day as a family.  June 20th, we took kidlet swimming only to find out that she wasn’t all that interested in the water.  However, we ended up meeting my sister-in-law and her kids at the same lake where they had their jet-skis and we had a blast.  Kidlet got to go out on a raft and splash around with the family.  It was the best day we’ve had in awhile.
Despite the cold temperatures we had this spring our garden is doing well.  This is the first year we’ve planted in the raised beds after having built them in the fall:

Our veggie garden 2009

Our veggie garden 2009

Kidlet too, is doing well:

Smiley!

Smiley!

Rowdy and his beloved ball

Rowdy and his beloved ball

Also, I’ve started making stitch markers:

1st Set of Stitch Markers I've Made

1st Set of Stitch Markers I've Made

I guess that’s all from here at the moment.  There is knitting to be done!

I Did it!

After a lot of nerves yesterday, I’m glad I did it….the tattoos that is.  These are my first marks not easily hidden and I really had reservations, but in the end I couldn’t be happier.  Here are the long awaited pics!

The 2 together :)

The 2 together 🙂

My Left Wrist

My Left Wrist

My Right Wrist

My Right Wrist

Getting them didn’t hurt nearly as much as I expected.  The shoulder and my lower back still take the cake are far as the most painful tattoos.  Today, they just feel like bad sunburns, and so I’m busy “gooping” 6 times a day for 4 days.  Small price to pay. 🙂
Otherwise, not too much new here.  Camp opens Sunday but we’re taking kidlet to the lake swimming tomorrow so that should be fun.   I still have A LOT of knitting to do.  At least now I have the ink to keep me motivated. 🙂

Knitting+Jewelry=Hell Yeah

I’ve been needing stitch markers for awhile now and have been searching high and low for a set that was “distinctively me” and even after the incredible section on http://www.Etsy.com, I couldn’t bring myself to buy.  So, while searching yet again yesterday, I came across this blog post and got inspired: http://www.wormspit.com/stitchmarkers.htm.
So, my new mission is looking for various charms, etc. so I can make my own.   I thought it would be a nice addition to the business…especially seeing I bought a lot of jewelry making supplies last year and still have yet to use them… I’ll let you know how they turn out.
That’s all I have for the moment.  I’m really under the weather today and just need to hope that tomorrow will be better.

Inky

As of late, I’ve been restless.  Ink restless.  And there’s been a few tattoos I’ve been wanting for awhile, and having been living knitting lately, I thought it was time I committed to my love.  I spent nights searching and searching knitting tattoos and nothing took my breath away until I came across this gem:  It was love at first site:

(Minus the flowers) This will be the new addition of ink.

(Minus the flowers) This will be the new addition of ink.

Upside down, obvioulsy it reads "Purl"

Upside down, obviously it reads "Purl"

I’m taking the plunge this time because I will be getting these (small!) on my wrists in brown.  One arm will read “Purl” and the other “Knit.”  I say taking the plunge, because my other 6 tattoos are all strategically placed so that they can be easily covered.  These will be my first marks away from that, and after hard consideration, I’m okay with that.  Nothing that brings me true joy in life involves me sitting in an office (unless one day it’s my own) and I hardly consider these marks “offensive,” so, here we go!

Otherwise, there hasn’t been much news here.  Still long hours for Hubby but hopefully that will improve next week with the start of camp.  As for the floral shop, we’re still waiting for the true “Gardening Rush” as the cold weather has post-poned that.  I’m thinking this week (being our first of warm weather and non frosty nights) will be it.

Oh, and also we have bears.  Not that that’s big news living in 1100 acres of woods, but when we saw this cubby up a tree by our yard, we got the point.  At least he was cute!

Cubby!

Cubby!

Luckily, no signs of Momma!

Luckily, no signs of Momma!

“Kate’s Grace”…That implies I have Grace LOL!

I apologize greatly about the unexpected hiatus I ended up taking from my blog.  Nothing devastating or tragic has happened to cause it, but I have found that in the phases of parenting, the months of  “I can get away with multi-tasking” all too quickly turned into “What are you doing?” “What are you into?”  “Get that out of your mouth!” and even a lingering stare in the direction of my laptop during kidlet’s waking hours leads to her asking “Up?” (meaning sitting on my lap) and that’s completely unproductive.
Thus the days of RL have completely taken over, and honestly by the time I get some time at night to think about getting on-line, I’m too tired.  Yes, that is an admission that I’m getting old.  Don’t tell anyone. Thank God Blackberry has entered my life!  At least that way I can still keep on-top of e-mails and try to keep up with Twitter, so I’m not completely gone.

What has happened since I’ve been gone?  Well let’s see….I completed the local “Biggest Loser” program at the YMCA and to date have lost (and kept off) 24 lbs.  I’m still working on more, but getting the gym seems harder.  Lol.
My husband and I also looked into buying an existing Coffee Shop in our downtown, but it took us 2 weeks of homework to discover the owner lied to us and only made $7,000 last year being open 6 days a week year-round.  Yeah, no thanks.  Luckily we found out all of that before ever spending a dime.
In the meantime, my knitting has exploded.  I knitted a hat for kidlet in Feb. and when the girls at the shop saw it, they put in a combined order for 10 of them.  Not only that, but I also have a wholesale order through the floral shop I work at for 200 hand knit ornaments by Oct.  Thus, this has all turned into a small business I’ve named “Kate’s Grace.”  I”ve gotten clothing labels, hang tags and business cards to tie it all together.  I’ve also gotten as far as establishing a business e-mail but no on-line shop (yet).  I have to fill these orders before I can knit inventory for the on-line market.  My biggest fear is that I won’t complete the wholesale order in time, even though I know I will.  There’s a lot to do!

These are the last 3 hats I knit for my order of 10.  Only 4 more to go!

These are the last 3 hats I knit for my order of 10. Only 4 more to go!

The Hang Tags I Have for My Knitted Pieces With my Logo and Info on the Back

The Hang Tags I Have for My Knitted Pieces With my Logo and Info on the Back

So, the nights after kidlet goes to bed, going on-line also takes 2nd place to the knitting needles.  I already have a feeling that when these orders are done, I’m going off the deep end creatively knitting to change things up.  This should be considered a warning to my friends and family come Christmas.  If I knit you something, just smile and nod no matter what it is.  Deal?
On the Orchid front: They are doing WONDERFULLY!  I have a mini Catt in bloom, another in bud and 2 full size Catts in sheath.  I’ll make sure to post pics as soon as they bloom!
And kidlet:  Oh, kidlet…she’s doing amazing!  She’s starting with full sentences, she calls our bluffs, and relevantly chimes in on conversations between hubby and I in the car.  We took to the zoo last weekend and out of all the exotic animals she saw, the big, black ugly pig was her favorite.  That’s our girl!  Here are some pics:

Kidlet's Favorite Animal at the Zoo...Go Figure

Kidlet's Favorite Animal at the Zoo...Go Figure

Us Girls at the Zoo

Us Girls at the Zoo

It Was a Good Day at the Zoo.....

It Was a Good Day at the Zoo.....

So, I guess that wraps up life here at the moment.  Both Hubby’s and my jobs are crazy right now, but that’s the same story every year.  Spring means prepping camp to open and Gardening Season at the shop.  Hopefully, we’ll be back to normal soon.  Wait….us normal?  Nevermind!