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Huge Mary Kay Sale!

I seriously need to move some inventory so I’m having a big sale.

Here’s the deal… anything that I have in stock is 50% off. That’s right, HALF OFF!

Anything that I don’t have in stock will be full price since I’d have to order it and pay shipping etc.

Go to my website, and make a list of what you want. E-mail me the list ( kelliej at marykay dot com) and I’ll check it against my inventory to see if you get the discount or not. If I don’t have something and you decide you don’t want to pay full price, no problem. But if you want to go ahead and get something at full price, that’s cool too. 🙂

Sound like a deal?

If you have any questions about products, please let me know. 😉

Now go shop! 🙂

Please note: Prices listed on the website are not sale prices, they are the normal full price.
Another note: This discount does not apply to purchases already made, sorry!

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I’ve been thinking a lot this week about how weird is is that knitting makes me so happy. I mean, when you really boil it down, I’m just playing with sticks and string. Granted, I’m an easily amused gal, but come on… how can something so plain cause so much joy? How did I turn into this person who always has at least one project going and generally travels with said projects? All I know is that it’s a fairly easy craft once you get the hang of it, it’s not horribly expensive (until you become a Yarn Snob which I haven’t yet), and it feeds my everlasting need to be creative as much as humanly possibly every day. I honestly think, that if I could work in a yarn shop part time it would be like a bit of personal sunshine shining down on me. I’m just as happy browsing yarn as I am browsing books and drinking coffee… plus, Knitters generally rock. 😀 To be surrounded in people who rock is like my dream job (not to mention wearing blue jeans daily… that’s another dream). 🙂 Screw the two degrees I got in college, let me immerse myself in yarn! As long as it still pays my mortgage of course. LOL

Anyway… I really logged on to post some more pictures.

Here’s the sock I began the other night. Technically it’s not just one pattern. I used the Magic Toe Up Toe from Knitty and now I’m kinda sorta following a pattern I had laying around Pom Pom socks, but I’m not making these into Pom Pom socks, I’m just following the directions to turn the heel and then I’ll finish the socks as normal full length socks, not short anklets. The yarn is from ThreadBear and I bought it forever ago and don’t know the brand or the colorway anymore, but it’s pretty isn’t it?

Mine!

And, my felted bag is dry. 🙂 Here’s an up the skirt shot of the inside…

Ooh... felty...

I can’t seem to get a good picture of the outside yet. Maybe in the daylight. 🙂 I’m thinkin’ that this bad boy could be a great knitting project bag. This one is mom’s though… I’ll make another one for me. 🙂

And just because… Devvie-Doodlebutt himself. 🙂

Devvy Doodlebutt

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I bought some wool back around mothers day in anticipation of making my mom a Booga Bag. I started one and then decided I didn’t understand the directions so it sort of just sat there for a while. Tuesday night while I was deciding what projects to take with me to Knit Afternoon and Knit Night on Wednesday I had an idea… Why not use the wool on my Knifty Knitter to make a bag?

So Wednesday evening at Shawn’s I started a bag. Last night at my mom’s, I finished it.

Before Felting…
Before Felting

After Round One…
After Round One

After Round Two…
After Round Two

Blocking…
Blocking

Look Ma, I made you a perfect cozy for the sharps container! Hahaha… It’s currently in the window drying. I haven’t decided what to do about a handle/strap yet, but whatever. FYI… the sharps container is for Katie, the dog. hehe… she’s allergic to everything and has to have regular allergy shots.

In other news… I love my knitting friends. LOVE them.

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I’m still around, really. I’ve even done some knitting. Not much, but a little.

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More socks… this time for me. I’m using the same pattern I used for my HP socks (although I’m considering ripping it out and doing a toe up sock), and yarn from Wool Girl (stitch marker from there too… so cute, it came free with my purchase). The yarn is Ravenclaw colored yarn by VanCalCar. I also have the Slytherin colorway too because it’s pretty.

I’ve been beading too. I made this set for my mom.

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And, one of the final gifts I made for the HP swap… magic scissors with a beaded handle that matched the stitch markers I made.

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That might have to be an Etsy project… They’d be easy to make in bulk, but something that is useful. :op

Harry Potter #7 was brilliant and I loved it. And The Order of the Phoenix movie… FABulous.

That’s all for now… tendonitis is yelling at me because my mom and I pulled up the carpet in my dining room last night. Ouch. Must rest hands so I can knit with the girls on Wednesday.

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Accio Socks!

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I finished my HP socks… whoot! The three needle bind off method was SO much easier than that weird chimney method Lucy described in her book as her preferred bind off. I’m SO glad these socks are done and they look good. 😀 They’re purposely not “perfect” in matching up the stripes, because I don’t believe in doing that. 🙂

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Ironically, I was watching Mr. Potter himself (aka Daniel Radcliffe) on Conan O’Brien while I finished the last sock. What a freaking cutie. I can’t WAIT to see the movie… but of course I have to because I’m not going without Shawn. Therefore, Sunday when I get home from Florida, we’re off to the movies… wee!

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The socks are going to Animal Kingdom with us for some photo opps… hehe

~ Edit ~
Now that the socks have been sent and received by my pal, I can show some of the pictures that I sent in an album for her. 🙂 The birth of the HP socks…

Cast on… Lansing, MI
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En Route to Cedar Point… Sandusky, OH
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Almost to the toe… Lansing, MI
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World Wide Knit in Public Day … Comerica Park, Detroit, MI
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Sock #1 Completed! Crystal, MI
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Knitter Weekend… St. Joseph, MI
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The Tree of Life… Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Orlando, FL
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Asia @ Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Orlando, FL (Mount Everest)
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St. Joe, part 2

Kristi mentioned the singing in her recap of our road trip weekend and well… digital cameras are the BEST. hehe…

*runs away giggling and hides*

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I figured that since tomorrow starts another vacation for me I better get the last road trip documented finally so that when it’s time to blog about Florida I’m not behind. :o)

Our Knitters Weekend to St. Joe was simply wonderful. 🙂 We met at ThreadBear at 6:30 on Friday evening and once we finally figured out that Emily was waiting for us to pick her up at her house, we all hopped into Sue’s truck and hit the road. Well, after Captain Safety made a visit to the car and we pulled over before even getting out of the parking lot because Kristi couldn’t find her seatbelt. hehe…

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We all oohed and ahhed over Emily’s garden when we got to her house, and I of course snapped a picture of the pretty. :o)

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Before long, we were finally on the road and Kristi and I both whipped out gifts. 🙂 Kristi gave us each samples of her crafters hand balm that she makes, as well as a tub of chocolate body butter that smells so good you’d want to eat it. 🙂 I then gave each lady a set of stitch markers that I made up the night before.

Sue got the Sunflowers:
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Laura got the Yarn Ball charm:
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Emily got the Yin Yang because she mentioned wanting a Yin Yang tattoo like mine:
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And Kristi got the Dog charm because of Otis. 🙂 :
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Somewhere along the road Kristi lost her row counter which led to the first reoccuring theme of the weekend which was “Validate me!” We all had fun validating Kristi’s frustration instead of trying to solve the problem for her, and all weekend long we valadated each other on countless items. 🙂 (The elusive row counter was found, and lost, and found, and lost, several times through the trip… hehe)

As we passed Battle Creek, we got to see the hot air balloons launching at the air show…
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Kristi, Sue and I are all naturally dirty minded, so it wasn’t a big shocker when the dirty comments started flying. Sue served up an amazingly dirty one during dinner at Clementines (Best Onion Rings, EVER) which I won’t repeat because it was just that good. :o) Several memorable quotes were collected throughout the weekend though but I’ll save those all for the end of the post.

We made it to the hotel around 11 (I think) and used not one but two of the rolling cart things to take all of our stuff up to the suite. It’s quite amazing how much stuff five women can manage to pack for a weekend trip. 🙂 We then all found our cozy spots in the room and stayed up until about 2 or 2:30 knitting and talking before we all decided we needed to go to bed.

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Saturday morning we slept until like 11:30 (well, all of us but Laura who got up an hour earlier and went down to the gym) thanks to Emily telling us the night before that we’d want to close the curtains so no light would wake us up in the morning. I don’t know about anyone else, but if I’m in a dark room, I’ll sleep all damn day. 🙂 Apparently Kristi felt the same way. 😉

We finally got up and dressed then walked next door to have lunch/breakfast at the Cracker Barrel. After lunch we were on a mission to find the grocery store that had a Starbucks in it. Yum. We found it, got coffee, and also picked up sun screen, magazines, and I got a notebook because I needed something to write down all of our memorable quotes in. 🙂

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After the store we eventually made it down to Silver Beach which was sooooo pretty! I’d never been to St. Joe before but I’ll certainly be going back, it’s a beautiful place right on Lake Michigan and the beach is wonderful. We plopped ourselves in the sand and spent several hours lounging around reading, talking, knitting, and people watching. All of us except for Miss Emily actually went into the lake too which was SO cold that by the time I got out (which wasn’t very long) I couldn’t feel my toes! I sent my mom pictures of the beach with my phone and she called me a brat then sent me pictures of Devin and I called her a brat. 🙂

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This can’t be the body of a woman who was pregnant with triplets seven months ago… 🙂
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Knitting on the beach… I wonder if this is what made Kristi’s back give out?
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When we finally couldn’t go any longer without food, we packed up our things and headed into the city for dinner. We walked around town for a little bit (and bought fudge at Kilwin’s… yum) while waiting for our table at Schues (sp?). Dinner was outside on the patio where we got to watch the sun start to set over the lake, watch people crusing with their fancy cars, and general people watching which is always fun. We’d planned on watching the sun set after dinner, but several people were cold so we just went back to the hotel instead.

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Our original plan was to hit up the hot tub when we got back to the hotel, but it was out of order so instead we took hot showers to warm up. hehe… Then it was time to knit and drink as many bottles of wine as we could. Kristi, Emily and I had killed one bottle on Friday night, which left four other bottles to drink on Saturday. Kristi and I made it through three before finally going to bed early Sunday morning. Let’s just say that we were a little tipsy. 🙂 And what’s really bad about me knitting while drinking isn’t that I mess up my knitting, but that the alcohol numbs my pain so I have no idea how bad I’m annoying my tendonitis until the buzz wears off. I got a ton of work done on my HP sock #2, but literally woke up that night/morning and couldn’t move my arms because they hurt so bad. I then stumbled to the bathroom and took some pain killers and even ran my arms under cold water to try and numb them up a bit so I could lay down and hope to get back to sleep. Once the drugs kicked in, I was much better, but man oh man… no one is allowed to let me knit for so many hours straight anymore ever again, especially if I’m drinking. 🙂

Laura as seen by Kristi through the empty wine bottles… LOL
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Sunday morning we got up and managed to pack the car up with all of our shit again. We headed back into town for lunch and wound up at the same restaraunt that we had dinner at. It took FOREVER to get our food, but it was good food. Then Emily needed ice cream so she and Laura went to Kilwin’s while Kristi, Sue and I went to the bead store called Just Bead It. 🙂 We all bought stuff even though I said I wasn’t going to buy anything. I got a ring that I love, and some memory wire for making rings with. 🙂

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HP Sock at lunch!
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HP socks in St. Joe!
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After that, we hit the road again to get back to Lansing. We knitted, laughed, and talked our way back to town and had a great time! I now know more about my weekly knitter buddies (including one of the coolest losing her virginity stories that I’ve EVER heard) and am so blessed to have them as friends!

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Haha… I love this picture… Poor Kristi. This was at a rest stop just outside of Potterville.
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L to R: Me, Sue, Kristi, Emily & Laura
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Memorable Quotes and Moments

~ Kristi’s Skank of Yarn
~ “Hold it so I can put it in…” – Sue to Kristi
~ “I have access to fingerpaint dust…” – Kristi to us all when discussing who’d stolen her row counter
~ Sue: “Yeah I bought this car from my son in law…”
Kristi: “And what does he do?”
~ “It should have been beautiful… but it wasn’t.” – Emily
~ Emily speaking about someone’s Elfin husband… hehe
~ “Did you just call me a cracker?”
~ Sue: “Is she needy?”
Emily: “Yeah, her tank isn’t full… but she loves her mother.”
~ “I’m at the end of my skank…” – Sue
~ “I don’t like my shorts wet!” – Laura
~ “I quite enjoy the elevator…” – Emily to the front desk guy at the hotel when we were checking in
~ “Everyone has a little asshole in them…” – Laura
~ “I think I already peed on myself…” – Kristi
~ “Once you get the main part in, it’s all about rolling and stuffing, rolling and stuffing…” – Kristi
~ “I’m already in the Book of the Dead…” – Emily

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