It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Hanukkah!

…oh wait. That’s not right.

Happy Thanksgiving and wooo hooo for the outbreak of Christmas 2011!


The few weeks since my last post have just flown by with way too much going on to accurately document.

So here are the highlights:

Wilson took miss Ellie of Elliana & Adria’s blog for a walk on the Friday after Halloween. Yes, in costume. Don’t think they were this well behaved though. Most of my pictures look like this:

Fun times.

While I’ve been slacking as of late (more on that in a moment), I did start off strong for NaNoWriMo and have already written 12,000 consecutive words for my new novel. That means I’m not skipping ahead but trying to write sequentially as much as possible. And I found a cool image art for the book since it is, after all, a novel on serial killers:

This week I was honored to record an interview for entrepreneurs with the site Mixergy on outsourcing, systems and how every single owner can begin this process. The interview will be up soon and I’m so excited to see it live!

Once that was recorded I jetted off to Boston for the week so I could spend a day with my wonderful mentor and coach, Fabienne Fredrickson, and so many inspiring entrepreneurs.

The location couldn’t have been more beautiful in sunny but cold Stamford (hey, I’m a CA girl!) but we did enjoy the view of the harbor and the awesome fall colors:

Since I’ve been Jack Kerouac-ing it I have fallen dangerously behind on my noveling. As in, if I don’t catch up my legions of NaNo Buddies will hunt me down and beat me. So I will be catching up this weekend (promise!) and hopefully reaching my next goals expediently. In fact, I’m going to stop writing here so I don’t burn out my writing brain.

p.s. While I’m in Boston there’s just no way I’m skipping Cheers!

Pinterest Hints

Someone asked how to move pins so I wanted to post this for everyone 🙂 I have these two boards so I can track the projects I still want to complete:

Locate thy pin:

I selected the pin I wanted to move and found the Edit button at the top of the pin.

This menu pops up and you can select any other board or create a new board to move your pin.

Easy peasy.

There’s also a button to delete the pin if you decided that drunk pinning is a bad idea or don’t want to be faced with the guilt of not completing a pinterest challenge.

… not that I’ve done that.

So you want to see what’s next for me?

using this pattern I’ll be finishing up the rag rug I’m weaving for the house!

And since you know I can’t do just one here’s the second project:

I better get crackin’ before the next challenge sneaks up on me!

Pinterest Challenge Numero Two

Oh, so apparently we’re going to throw down on the challenges 4 times a year, eh? I must have glossed over that in the original post from YHL but I sure picked it up last week in this post!

So here we go, I have a dilemma.

Aside from the dresser which came from family and I need to ensure does not have any deep, historical value to it – I don’t have much furniture/big projects to finish. So, once again several small projects will have to do!

Besides it means I can move more pins from the “Make These Things” board to the “Made These Things” board.

So, be inspired by the small stuff:

Chalkboard placemats

Inspiration here:

This project actually was a near miss because I almost donated this set of placemats when I cleaned out the dresser. But, finding this pin, I decided to rescue them (from the box in the garage) and create a fun project.

for those of you unwilling to destroy a nice placemat, don’t worry about these. They’re Ikea circa 2009 and probably cost $2 for all 6. Easy to paint!

Here we are after one coat. Pretty pathetic looking. I keep the layers thin so there’s no blobs and after 3 coats I was done!

Once the paint has completely dried you can use chalk in any color to leave a message. These will be share with Miss Ellie who loves to draw so I created one for her:

Of course I had to add a more honest one from my house:

Since I got so much paint on the backside of these, I’m going to make them double sided. And, a fun challenge if you try this and have kids. Go ahead and write chores on the back like ‘wash the dishes’, ‘clear the table’ or ‘sweep the kitchen’ and then set the table as normal. Each person must do the chore on their placemat and it’s “fair”.

Finally, before I left for my late Halloween party I used one of these for the ole candy bowl:

Now, before I go on to the last project….

IF YOUR NAME IS THE STATE YOU WERE BORN IN STOP READING NOW. Unless you want to ruin your birthday surprise which is, incidentally on its way to your house.

Christmas ornaments in confetti

This is the box currently speeding its way to my best friend’s house (the same one who inspired this blog) for her birthday.

The “confetti” is actually construction paper run through the shredder but the important stuff is under the paper:

My inspiration came from here:

And no, mine do not sparkle. a) I didn’t cut up a Twilight book and b) glitter is the herpes of the craft world. That shit is never coming out of your carpet.

So there you have it, two Pinteresting projects and I only have about a dozen more in progress for the next challenge! Don’t forget to pop in on my Pinterest page if you like to see what inspires me or follow my ongoing projects – but if you want to see the ones I’m actually doing you should probably just subscribe to the blog…