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Saturday, April 23, 2011

Oscar and the Easter Menagerie

Oscar the office cat, has an official Easter Outfit, as you see below.
One of my co-workers has been gifting me with Easter critters for a few years and they keep Oscar company atop the big filing cabinet behind my cube. Sadly, they do not have names.
I believe the first one she gave me was the Easter Chick dressed as a rabbit (note the floppy ears) and bunny slippers. The green/yellow bunnies and the springtime chick followed.
I recently added the wooly friend to the menagerie. Perhaps we'll name him "Simon"?

This morning, my best friend and the DH and I attempted to try Creme Brulee French Toast for breakfast before the DH had to go to work. However, we were foiled by the Restaurant in Copper Country Antiques opening at 11. {rats - we'll try another day...)
But I did snap a picture of "Fred" the buffalo atop the store in his official Easter Outfit and colors:
As I recall, the owners of the shop have a small herd of buffalo. "Fred" gets painted and decorated to celebrate various holidays. The Bunny-ears over his horns and Buck-teeth affixed to his muzzle had us giggling and taking pictures like tourists.

Bonus! Just in time for Easter, a new Simon's Cat entry: Hop It.
Hoppy Easter to you all! 

Sunday, April 17, 2011

De-stashing with a Charitable twist

Ok, not a lot of de-stashing occurring - just a couple o'skeins. But every little bit helps and these skeins had greater effect as they left my hands.

A la "Ma Cobb", I knit two more Jayne hats to donate to our local Arizona Browncoats group. They picked them up last week for their table at the Phoenix Comic Con next month. I'm awaiting word on the final plan for the hats, be it raffle, display, or auction.

A VERY belated update on the fate of the Entrelac Scarf I donated to the Academy for Cancer Wellness Confetti Gala last October.

I heard that the Entrelac Scarf I donated was sold at the silent auction for $65.00! However, the most gratifying part is: the woman who bought it - pulled it out of the bag after paying for it and ***put it on*** right then and there! She stated she loved the colors in the scarf and she wore it home! That is an amazing compliment and I am ever so pleased!!

Destashing with the help of Ravelry:

In January, I had been pondering a random skein of purply-pink Filatura Di Crosa Centolavaggi lace weight yarn in my stash. Frankly, I was wondering what I would do with it. The pink aspect of the yarn seemed much more prominent to me than it had when I purchased it.
Oddly enough, a few weeks later, I was contacted on Raverly by a young lady who had found the yarn posted in my Raverly stash. She was in need of that particular shade of lace yarn to knit a shawl for a friend's wedding. A friend who's wedding colors were that exact shade of purply-pink.
In trade, she offered me a lovely royal purple shade of the same lace yarn that suits my color preferences much better!

About the same time, I was again found on Raverly by someone who also needed some random yarn.
I'd picked up a ball of Blue Crystal Palace Yarns Puffin Print for a baby project that did not come to fruition.  
However, a woman on Raverly needed one ball to finish a Blanket Buddie for a friend who was having her first baby. She offered to pay for the yarn and shipping, but I had a stray thought and asked that she consider donating $10.00 to $15.00 to Knitters/Doctors without Borders. She had never heard of  Doctors Without Borders or what they do. And - she indicated she thought the donation idea was a good one and would follow through with payment to the charity!

It would appear that sometimes I might "randomly" buy yarn for a purpose...someone else's purpose, perhaps?

Friday, April 8, 2011

Found some old Gryphon "baby" pictures

Back in 2009, we inherited Gryphon as a 5 week old kitten who, even then, was rambunctious, energetic, mischievous, and charming. As soon as he was allowed loose in the house, CooPurr pretty quickly became one of Gryphon's favorite toys.
CooPurr's old escape technique from non-stop kitten attention isn't as successful as it once was.

Today, I tripped over some "baby" pictures showing our gentle silver-gray giant, CooPurr, giving the little near 3-month old Gryphon a bath and I thought I would share:

"Hold Still..."
"Now the other paw..."
"Gotta wash your neck..."
"Missed a spot..."
"Almost done..."
They looked adorably sweet, didn't they?
(Trust me, they were just recharging...)