Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Five Days Away...

Hello All!  My  goodness, I have been offline since last Wednesday.

Our computer was getting sooo slow even with one of the faster hook-ups we could get (Charter).  My husband was convinced we had a virus.  I just thought we needed more RAM.  He took it in last Wednesday and we got it back late yesterday (Monday).

Yes, we had spyware and some sort of malware.  Yes, we got another gigabyte of memory.  Now, it's just as slow as ever!  Checking the system settings says we only have one-third of the RAM we paid for.  My husband will have to open up the tower and see if the technician actually put the new memory card in!  The machine might have to go back to the shop today!

AAAAARRRRGGGGHHHH.  Bad timing, it's coming to the first of the month and bill-paying time.  I pay all my bills online.

Just-so-you-know:  Before the computer went to the shop, I had taken my Store page down to work on it.  So there is presently NO link showing because the page is back in Draft mode.

So I shall be back in touch when my computer situation is straightened out.  I can be contacted through my profile, if need be.

Have a good week!
Renee  :)

Monday, February 20, 2012

Give-Away at Crochet Concupiscence...

Hello One and All!

It's a chilly and overcast kind of day here in western Nevada.  But to brighten your week, Kathryn over at Crochet Concupiscence is having a give-away.  She's designed a car bumper magnet and is giving away 5 of them this Friday, 2/24.  The randomly selected winners will be announced on her blog on Sunday, 2/26.  You can get up to 6 entries, depending if you comment over on her post, tweet, Pin, Facebook, add to G+, or post on your own blog.

Here's what you or I could win:

Of course, give-aways are all about driving traffic to a particular site.  But the prizes sure are fun!  LOL.

If you've never been to Crochet Concupiscence, she has a lot of everything crochet!  Crochet fashion, news, yarn and book reviews, her own crochet projects, give-aways, you-name-it -- there's so much to read you could stay for hours.  Now you have a reason to go check it out.  So... GO.

Have a great rest of Monday or Tuesday.
Renee  :)

Thursday, February 16, 2012

My Shop... Hope You Like It

Something different from me today...

You've all probably seen the sentence in my profile about hoarding patterns.  Oh my, do I have patterns, so many I will never be able to make all of them.  And it's funny how my tastes have changed over the years, too.

It came to me the other day perhaps other yarny people would like to have a chance at making these patterns.  So, I am listing pattern books, pamphlets, old, new, you-name-it for sale.  I will probably list other things such as crafting kits or old doilies or thrift shop finds or..  you get the idea.

Please click on the link in my sidebar called "Shop to Your Hook's Content..." to see what's on offer.  If you see something you like, email me.  I will send you shipping costs (to anywhere in the world); and a Paypal invoice when you've found something you like.  Okay?  Ready, set, shop!  LOL Giggle.
Hoping you are having a great Thursday or Friday wherever you are!

Renee  :)

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Valentine's Day and... a Pincushion!

Happy Valentine's Day to everyone!  I hope you have someone caring and loving to be with.

I have my husband, who is my rock.  And my son, who is trying so hard to find his way (he's 16).  And, of course, my silly dogs and my crazy tabby cat.  This is an old photo, taken about 6 years ago.  NOT a good one as both guys have striking blue eyes.

Now onto Important Business.  Annette, over at My Rose Valley, has had a give-away.  And, GUESS WHAT?  I won the cutest, prettiest patchwork pincushion ever!  Annette is a wiz at quilting and crocheting, and makes gorgeous things.  A big thank you to Annette.  I can't wait.  :)

I hope everyone is having a safe Valentine's Day.  I am, if you don't count the whole cup of coffee spilled down the front of my clean robe this morning.  Oh well.  I washed it yesterday, I can wash it again today.  LOL.

Love,  Renee  :)

Friday, February 10, 2012

Yes, I'm Complaining...

I am in the middle of doing our income taxes.  I am bogged down, so I'm posting!  Taking a break as it were.

Plus, I am having to use Google Chrome to access the site where I do the taxes.  Don't get me wrong, Chrome is soooo much faster than Internet Explorer.  We are even thinking about using Chrome after I'm finished with the taxes.  It's just, just, just... I hate doing taxes.  And I especially hate it when nothing "flows".  You know, one thing after another has to be fixed or solved.  Yeah, I'm whining.

I'm going to go now.   Y'all have a safe and happy weekend.

Renee  :)

P.S.:  SIBOL's afghan sold for a nice price on eBay.  Check it out.

Friday, February 3, 2012

Your Chance to Have a SIBOL Blanket...

I'm sure most of you know about SIBOL and Mrs. Twins' mission to blanket the elderly in her part of England.  She often runs challenges to produce some amazing afghans.  A couple of those 'ghans have gone to raising funds for different charities.

The newest afghan making SIBOL headlines is now listed on eBay for your bidding pleasure.  The THINK PINK BLANKET is so pretty in pink.  (Original, I know; and yes, I do like Molly Ringwald.)  I have made a few bids and was outbid every time.  The auction runs for the next seven days.

So I wish a safe and relaxing weekend to all!

Renee  :)

P.S.:  Remember yesterday was the mailing day for Share A Square?  Well, it was also my 26th wedding anniversary.  You know what we did for that auspicious occasion?  That's right, we went to the Post Office!  LOL.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Share A Square 2011 - 2012... Last Deadline

Today is the last mailing day for the current Share A Square campaign.  Shelly Tucker, of This Eclectic Life, has done 3 different years of making 150 afghans for kids with cancer attending summer camps.  Let's do the math:  150 afghans x 80 squares each.  Each square is 6 inches.  That's a lot of volunteers making squares.  Shelly has a Facebook group and Ravelry group where most of the communication happens.

Shelly likes each afghan to contain only one square from each person, so only 150 squares to a person.  There is a way around that, of course.  Simply donate in the name of someone else.  I missed the first two deadlines, I am sending 50 this time.

Here are pictures of some of my squares.  I guess I accidentally deleted some photos of some squares, I guess.  Or maybe I forgot to photograph them to begin with.  I don't know.  I don't have Alzheimer's, I have Sometimer's.

Anyway...  good old granny squares in the first photo, Vintage Wheel squares in the next photo, and all 50 squares in the last one. 

In the last photo:  the stack on the front left is all Never-Ending Blanket squares,  The right front stack contains all the various squares that are not granny or Never-Ending Blanket squares.  I did make a couple using the Sunburst pattern that I also used for Debi's recent granny swap.  And a couple of my own patterns where I tried to "square the circle".  The two stacks in back are those traditional granny squares.  So, fifty in all.  I'm kinda over 6 inch squares at the moment.  LOL.

I hope everyone is having a great week. 

Renee  :)