Thursday, May 31, 2012

PREVIEW - KISS Fox & KISS BFF

You've waited so very patiently - since these 2 will be available tomorrow, I wanted to show you the 2 newest doodles.

The KISS Fox has just finished it's "Testing" phase and will be ready for release tomorrow.


and the Re-Release of BFF (Bear's Frightened Friend) as a single will also be available.


Still more to come...

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

New Patterns Coming SOON!

There are several patterns which will be out very soon including a *NEW* Handful :)  (I am waiting on Mother Nature to get her emotions under control, to get some great photographs together for you!)


But until then, I wanted to share some photos with you of Memorial Day 2012 and let you know I am still busy at work to entice your doodling fingers!
The Memorial Day Parade - beginning at the Church and marching down 'Main Street' to the Cemetery and the Civil War Memorial.


Hanover FD

The Colors leading the Parade

Hanover High School Band





Hanover PD

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Thank You!

Tomorrow, we celebrate Nationally here in the United States - Memorial Day 
Previously known as "Decoration Day", it was set aside to honor the men who lost their lives in the American Civil War (1861-65).  A war that fought to end slavery in America.
Now, however, this day honors all Americans who have died in any and all US Wars.


Photograph: Tomb of the Unknowns
Arlington Cemetery -Arlington, VA


While many associate this National Holiday with bbq's and sales - I choose to remember those who fought and who died.  For me, it is not a day of celebration, but a day to give thanks to those who fought in the name of freedom, justice and honor.

Photograph: Arlington Cemetery - Arlington, VA

I tend to celebrate not with parties and cookouts - but with reverence and giving.   
Each year, I take the kids and we plant a tree or a flowering plant - it varies as to the "where" as often times planning and permission has to gained before just covertly sneaking into some park and plopping down a seedling...
but giving life back, is how I choose to celebrate "Memorial Day".

And each year, since I am so far away from where my own family members grave markers are located - we pay respects to a local veteran, whom we've never met, by leaving flowers at their grave site.

Thank you for your service.  Thank you for your honor.  Thank you for your selflessness.  Thank you for your sacrifice.




Thursday, May 24, 2012

Stupid Computer!

While we are de-fragging and de-cluttering the silly ole computer.. (grumble grumble grumble - the Hub swears that he doesn't know how my computer works half as well as it does with all my multi-tasking.. having 2 different internet browsers open with .. oh 6 tabs open in each... and 4 notepad pages.. and... 2 image softwares running... and Adobe.. and Word... and the online local scanner... ... ... okay.. okay - so maybe he's got a point..)

Well, while we are cleaning up the ole' puter - I thought I would post an amusing little post.. that may be helpful?!  Well, basically because I can do this from my phone.. 


I've had 3 people now, comment on Ice Coffee..
and the most interesting of the comments was asked of me "doesn't the ice-cubes water the coffee down?"
Now this was said with all genuine sincerity.  
Most likely, when one tends to think of coffee - they think "hot".  After years of television commercials for Folgers and Maxwell House with steam rising from a mug and some wintry scene for a backdrop - it's natural.  (it's called subliminal advertising... and it sticks)


But it reminded me of a trip home to Maryland a few years ago (like 12) - in fact, the Hub's first trip to Maryland... and we stopped into a local DD and he asked for an "Iced, light, 2 sugars"...
For me, the counter girl's face gave her away; she had no clue what an "Iced" was, let alone how to go about making one.  

But the Hub, being oblivious to dumbfounded looks (oh, he's used to the "are you serious" and "you wanna rethink that" looks - but dumbfounded.. not so much); just nodded when she repeated his order back to him, just as he had said it. 
She was hoping that he had made a mistake when ordering and would correct it.  When he didn't, she moved down the counter and began to whisper to her co-worker.  
I KNEW what was going on.. but this was just a bit too funny with the Hub thinking that "MD was the 'Boondocks' anyhow".  Besides he would have just ignored me anyway had I tried to intervene - "they know what they are doing" or some other lame 'Man Comment' that translates into - 'you might be right, but I am not going to admit it and just hope it all works out'.
The co-worker peered over the tops of the coffee pots and shouted to the Hub "Sir, Coffee right?"
to which he replied "Yup. Light, 2 Sugars. Thanks."
..

yeppers.. she brings him a HOT COFFEE.

Now me, I am sitting there with that "I told you so" grin on my face..  and he politely tells the girl ..
"I asked for Iced Coffee, you know, with ice in it?" 
NOW he was catching on... but not quickly enough!
Marylanders.. don't drink Iced Coffee (yet!!)


She turned around and proceeded to pour the piping hot coffee she had just made for him, into a large plastic cup filled with ice...
You're not in New England anymore honey.
Yeah.. sadly, it doesn't quite work that way.. 
This was years ago though - Iced Coffee is about as familiar now as Coke.. er um. . . tonic.. ... pop... oh whatever!


Iced Coffee is so 'big' here, we've got BK & Mickey D's fighting for that beverage dollar with their own blends of Iced Coffee (which I heard totally sucks!); in addition to MaryLou's, Honeydew and Starbucks versions.  And DD hosts an "Iced Coffee Day" each May.  (at least for the past few years)...
We've had celebrities on commercials - like Rachel Ray with her Iced Coffee.. and the Bruins, Celtics, Pats and Soxs have all "Run on Dunkin (Iced Coffee)" and even New England states themselves :)


but my all-time favorite...



It is often hard to remember that not everyone does things the way you do them locally.  You just take for granted that what you are familiar with in your 'home range' is readily available no matter where you go.  



I drink so much Iced Coffee, I would be broke trying to purchase it, each and every time I have a craving for some... so I make it at home (seems like by the bucket most days!!).
It is really easy.  Brew your coffee as you normally would  (for the serious, serious coffee drinker, you might want to add an extra teaspoon or so - it will dilute eventually just as any other beverage that you add ice to).
I usually brew a fresh pot of coffee at night before I go to bed - for the next day's coffee needs, (okay, who am I kidding? - I brew 1 at night, 1 around 3pm and THAT fulfils my 'daily needs' - most days)  - point being, now it's sat long enough to cool and is at about room temperature.   :)

It might take you a little bit of trial and error to get all the measurements hammered out - but basically, you fix your coffee the same way you would if you were going to drink it hot.  If you like your coffee with 2 sugars, add 2 sugars.. if you are a monster like me... you add MORE :)  
You are dispersing the liquid over ice and in a glass - so some fine-tuning may be needed - this is a personal thing, so I really can't help ya on that!  
But seriously, in the Wintertime, I will often take the hot coffee I was drinking (after it's sat for a while and gotten luke warm anyways), and throw it in a cup with ice.  
Yes!  I drink Iced Coffee all year round!

Now here comes the difficult part.. at least where some of my family and friends from home were concerned... 
Home, it was 'Non-Dairy Creamer' (powdered stuff in a plastic container - yeah, I know - to my New England friends turning their noses up at this very moment!)... many others use 'milk", skim - soy or otherwise (save that for your tea)... the best Iced Coffee uses Light Cream.

oh okay.. you don't HAVE to use light cream, BUT cream gives it a richer, creamier flavor (more of that 'sin factor' - like how you feel sneaking in that bon bon while you are on your diet!)
Of course, you can use whatever you normally use - it is, after all, just chilled coffee.



Then there's the ICE!  I happen to like only a little ice in my coffee..  The Hub likes it about half ice and half coffee.. again this is a personal taste preference.  Remember it will melt, it will water down your coffee - so select the proper setting for your ice usage - hot hot hot days, load it up with ice - your Iced Coffee is gonna be gone before the first cube melts *wink*
warm days on the hot side, where you are not drinking your beverage so quickly, you might want to use less - you'll figure it out :)

That's basically it...
So, the next time you have a chance - stop in a Dunkin Donuts and get a small Iced Coffee to try it out - if you like it... well, now you know how to make it at home!


.. huh?
Oh the flavors?

hee hee - that's why man invented such wonderful treats as Coco Real (which is meant for Pina Coladas) and Hershey's Chocolate Syrup .. 

                ___+________________________________________________
                                
                                       MOUNDS FLAVOR'D ICED COFFEE


hee hee :)


Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Palmer the Bald Eagle

Being a city-dwelling East Coaster for 90% of my life, large birds of prey are not uncommon - but it's mostly hawks, and owls - rarely ever have I seen a Bald Eagle.  
But, for the years I lived in Alaska, these beautiful and majestic skydivers were bountiful! 




Little Palmer takes exception to being called "bald".  His white snowy hairdoo is in fact, very full of feathers, and no where near close to bald - but a name is a name.  
Perhaps the forefathers of science, who originally came up with the title; with their failing eye-sight, were bald?




Palmer loves being the U.S. Mascot... er um... "National Symbol"... but in reality he cares very little about politics or country boundaries.   Palmer just loves fishing along the coast line and feeling the winds beneath his wings.  If being the National Bird frees him up to fish in peace - then he's all for it.



This little eaglet wants to help you celebrate the patriotic holidays, honor the military member in your family or just befriend a bird lover (with lots of fish).  
Although smaller than his wilder brothers, Palmer is still out to impress, at nearly 15 inches in height. 


15 pages of detail oriented photographs, tutorials and written instructions, help you to create this easy "Sculpt-Gurumi" friend for giving, sharing or just showing off your Patriotic Pride.  BONUS United States Flag pattern accompanies Palmer.


Purchase Palmer the Bald Eagle on Etsy.com

**DEDICATION:  Palmer takes his name from a man who should be remembered for his bravery, his fearlessness and his dedication to saving the lives of others - a beautiful heart and majestic soul, that represents the best in each of us.  A man by the name of Orio Joseph Palmer. Battalion Chief Palmer died at 9:59 EST as the South Tower of the World Trade Center - collapsed moments after he reached victims on the 78th floor - He was the first one to the impact zone.

Pattern:
 

Materials Used in Model:


Red Heart® Classic® WW 4-Ply Yarn in 0311 White, 0365 Coffee, 0320 Cornmeal, 0321 Gold and 0312 Black 
*additional colors needed for Bonus: 0319 Cherry Red and 0387 Soft Navy
poly-fil fiberfill
Size US G6/4.25mm crochet hook
Crochet Needle for sewing
Long Straight Pins for positioning

This pattern is written in English, using US Crochet Terms.
For your convenience, this pattern has been made an "Instant Download" from Ravelry.com. You will need an Adobe Reader, or like software to view written materials.  You can visit http://get.adobe.com/ to find out more about Adobe and it's products.


By ordering any product from FiberDoodles by K4TT, whether by clicking over the internet, telephone, facsimile or otherwise, you agree to the Terms and Conditions of the FiberDoodles by K4TT End User Licensing Agreement or qualification.
Purchasers may not redistribute, resell, and/or translate pattern into another language for reselling. Questions regarding sale of finished items is answered on this FiberDoodles by K4TT Blog, under the heading of EULA.

Please note that there may be certain orders that FiberDoodles by K4TT is unable to accept and must cancel. We reserve the right, at our sole discretion, to refuse or cancel any order for any reason. FiberDoodles by K4TT may also require additional verifications or information before accepting any order. You will be contacted if all or any portion of your order is canceled or if additional information is required to accept your order. If your order is canceled after your credit or debit card has been charged, we will issue a credit to your card in the amount of the charge.

Due to the format and ease in reproduction, patterns are non-refundable.

All patterns are sold in good faith. Every effort has been made to ensure that all instructions are accurate and complete. FiberDoodles by K4TT cannot, however, be responsible for human error, typographical mistakes or variations in individual work. If you should find any errors that you feel need attention, please notify me.

All patterns purchased from FiberDoodles by K4TT are protected under Federal copyright laws. Reproduction/distribution, in part or in whole, is strictly prohibited unless specifically authorized. This includes, but is not limited to, any form of reproduction or distribution on or through the Internet, including posting, scanning, "Crochet-A-Longs" and/or eMail transmission. Each pattern is encrypted with identification unique to each individual purchaser.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

In-Formal Introduction to Palmer

Palmer has been hanging around my house for about 3 weeks now (the first 3 photos/collage are from May 6th).  There was just something about him that wasn't right and it just had to be corrected before he could make his official debut.

So, I did what I always do - I gave it 24 hours..
and then .. 48..
The poor guy has gone through 3 names ...
but I sent off the pattern to my associate for testing.. but told her.. don't finalize.. there is something wrong with Palmer.. 
and then it hit me..
and then Palmer became a reality!


In the pouring rain this morning - I snapped a few photographs of this majestic bird because, I had to have his introduction done and ready by 9:59am Easter Standard Time - TODAY. 


Palmer the Bald Eagle will be available to YOU, either tonight or first thing tomorrow morning - I am just needing for Mother Nature to cooperate a little bit to finish up with the tutorial photographs.


and then Palmer (seen here) will get a larger flag and take a trip down the East Coast, to his forever home.


Saturday, May 19, 2012

Formal Introductions to Mizithra the Mouse

Mizithra is a little mouse who's Mom is from the Island of Crete.. So proud was Momma, that she named her baby boy after her traditional homeland treat.


Now Miz... oh that's what his friends call him... "Miz" 
is looking for his own little space and hoping you're heart is just the right place.
A warm and wonderful spot for him to call his own, away from his Momma and away from his home.


This little mouse is guaranteed not to have anyone jumping up on chairs in fear, but at nearly 18 inches in height, he might just have a line of people ready to give him a big ole squeeze.

13 pages of detail oriented photographs and written instructions, help you to create your own little cheesy friend for giving, sharing or cuddling.


Order your own sweet little mouse today and he'll bring smiles (and flowers) and hold a sweet spot in your heart in no time!  



Purchase Mizithra the Mouse on Etsy.com

** WARNING ** Young children, toddlers and infants should ALWAYS be supervised when playing with this toy. There may be small pieces that a child can dislodge and there is potential for ingestion or aspiration injuries. Check all toys periodically for breakage and potential hazards. Broken toys can develop small parts which may present the potential for ingestion or aspiration injuries. A toy that cannot be repaired should be thrown away immediately. Please remember to use a yarn which is safe, as young children are likely to put toy in their mouth.

Pattern:
 

Materials Used in Model:

Red Heart® Classic® WW 4-Ply Yarn in
0341 Light Grey, 0724 Baby Pink, 0319 Cherry Red, 0311 White, 0400 Grey Heather and 0774 Black  - for bonus flower: 320 Cornmeal and 0668 Honeydew
Size US F5/3.75mm crochet hook (US)
Crochet Needle for sewing
Long Straight Pins for positioning



This pattern is written in English, using US Crochet Terms.
Patterns are sent in PDF form as an attachment to the eMail address that you have on file with PayPal, within 24 hours of your payment. You will need an Adobe Reader, or like software to view written materials.  You can visit http://get.adobe.com/ to find out more about Adobe and it's products.


By ordering any product from FiberDoodles by K4TT, whether by clicking over the internet, telephone, facsimile or otherwise, you agree to the Terms and Conditions of the FiberDoodles by K4TT End User Licensing Agreement or qualification.
Purchasers may not redistribute, resell, and/or translate pattern into another language for reselling. Questions regarding sale of finished items is answered on this FiberDoodles by K4TT Blog, under the heading of EULA.

Please note that there may be certain orders that FiberDoodles by K4TT is unable to accept and must cancel. We reserve the right, at our sole discretion, to refuse or cancel any order for any reason. FiberDoodles by K4TT may also require additional verifications or information before accepting any order. You will be contacted if all or any portion of your order is canceled or if additional information is required to accept your order. If your order is canceled after your credit or debit card has been charged, we will issue a credit to your card in the amount of the charge.

Due to the format and ease in reproduction, patterns are non-refundable.

All patterns are sold in good faith. Every effort has been made to ensure that all instructions are accurate and complete. FiberDoodles by K4TT cannot, however, be responsible for human error, typographical mistakes or variations in individual work. If you should find any errors that you feel need attention, please notify me.

All patterns purchased from FiberDoodles by K4TT are protected under Federal copyright laws. Reproduction/distribution, in part or in whole, is strictly prohibited unless specifically authorized. This includes, but is not limited to, any form of reproduction or distribution on or through the Internet, including posting, scanning, "Crochet-A-Longs" and/or eMail transmission. Each pattern is encrypted with identification unique to each individual purchaser.