Thursday, December 27, 2012

Bag Lady! Crochet Bags GIVEAWAY

"Bag Lady you gone hurt your back ... dragging all them bags like that..." 
Do you know that song? By Erykah Badu. 

****Before I go on and on and on if you don't feel like reading all this just skip to the bottom and enter my giveaway so you can have one of these nifty bags!  They're great for shopping, carrying your books and most importantly for transporting your wine. imjustsayin****

That's all I could think of while I've been hooking these past few weeks.

I had the grand ol' idea to make BAGS for my friends for the holidays.
I thought it was a nifty idea seeing to how I get TONS of comments on the bags I made for myself awhile ago (remember THIS post).

As I go around giving out  this holiday season with these bags I'll use my Oprah voice saying "YOU get a bag and YOU get a bag!"

What do you think?

Do YOU want a bag?
Enter my giveaway so you can win one.

a Rafflecopter giveaway 

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Easiest Crochet Scarf ... EVER

OMG people...O  M G.

While working hard the other day ... I mean while sitting on twitter I saw someone tweet something about THE easiest crochet scarf. And I'm all like "psh. whatever. it probably involves front loops, back loops, double crochet, half double crochet and tons of slip stitches." AND "it's probably ugly."

(YES-I had this whole dialogue with myself. Don't act like that never happens to you.)

I took a look at it.
I pinned it.
and I walked away. 
(okay I rolled away, my chair has wheels. Not only do I talk to myself but I'm lazy). 

Last night after I finished making my last holiday gifts for friends & family (yay!),
I decided I needed something for myself (but of course). So I revisited this "easiest scarf ever" BS and got to work:

And the verdict is: 
AND it was superdeeduper easy.

Even if you have never picked up a crochet hook in your life you can make this beauty. 

I'm wearing it proudly today.
I will now shamelessly accept compliments:

Oh wait....let me tell you where you can get the pattern from. Visit Ashley at HiddenDaisyy.

or just repin this:

and get to it later.

What do you think?
I love this so much I may even make another :)


Grow Your Blog - Blog Hop

Good morning and welcome to the Grow Your Blog Blog Hop! This blog hop is all about networking and building your blog.  Each week from Thursday through Sunday Julie from This Gal Cooks will host the Grow Your Blog link party, along with a few co-hosts (Like Moi!), in order to promote blog networking. 
Why is blog networking great for you? Simply put, it increases readership and traffic to your blog. How do you network? Visit. Comment. Invite. Communicate. These are key to growing your blog. 



When you link up to this party:
  • Follow your host and co-hosts.
  • Visit and follow other bloggers. 
  • Comment to let them know that you stopped by and how you followed their blog (GFC, BlogLovin, etc)
  • Invite them to visit your blog (be sure to leave your blog web address - too many times have I seen bloggers comment and request a visit to their blog without leaving their blog web address
  • Communicate with them about what you like on their blog. Let them know you are interested in their blog. USE THEIR NAME! A simple "I'm so and so stopping by. I followed you please follow me." just isn't going to interest someone into visiting your blog. Sure, you can request a visit to your blog or a follow along but engage in some type of conversation first. 
  • Grab a button and promote the party! The more participants, the more bloggers to network with!
Contact Julie at and she will schedule you!

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

oOo How Pinteresting and What I'm Loving Wednesday!

Hey Hey Hey!
It's Wednesday ... alll .... day ... long.
Who's excited?! 

Let's link up with Michelle and Jamie

I'm LOVING that I got 5 bottles of wine from World Market for just $26. I looked like a complete wino checking out - but I don't care! I got my wine. So I'm good. 

I'm LOVING that Christmas is next week AND I have 4 days off from work. WOOT (x4). OMG I'm so excited. I can't wait for chow and gifts!

I'm LOVING that I know who Gossip Girl is now - FINALLY after all these years! LOL.

I'm LOVING that I'm almost ready to announce my giveaway! 

as always:
 I'm LOVING Pinterest!
Follow Me on Pinterest

Source: via Kayla on Pinterest
Source: via Jenna on Pinterest

What are YOU LOVING this week?

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Virtual Coffee

Hi! Guess what time it is?!

Time for Virtual Coffee - woot!
Which means I'm linking up with Amy @ Lucky Number 13.

Would you like to have a sip with me?
But get your own cup. I'm not sharing mine.
That's just gross.

Today I'm just having a K-Cup Special: Cafe Mocha w/peppermint cream. 

Not my first choice ... but since we're 4 days away from payday - it's my only choice!
It's pretty tasty with the peppermint cream tho.

If we were REALLY meeting up for coffee today, I'd share with you ....

...I really enjoyed my two days off last week. I kicked up my feet, did some hooking and watched a lot of TV (including 6 hours of Two Broke Girls -- have you seen that? It cracks me up!). Good Times people. Good times I say!

...Speaking of hooking - I'm almost done with my handmade holiday gifts.
I hope people like them. I always feel lame giving out something I made but I'm trying to get over that hump.  Here's a peek:
any guesses to what it is? 

...yesterday morning as I was driving into work I was behind this:
I think it was a sign. I need Corona at 8:30am EVERY morning. Especially on days that looked like that!

...Christmas is just a week away (yikes!). I still need to get one more gift for my mama and something for the girls. Anyone have any suggestions on what to get two little girls (ages 11 and  8)? 

...lately I feel like I'm in need of an extra Thank You here and there. Do you ever feel like that? or am I being needed? I just want one good heartfelt thank you. Maybe I should go out and buy myself a Thank You Gift. LOL. Just Thank myself for being soooo awesome most some days. 

anyhoo....THANK YOU for stopping by my blog.
If we were really meeting for coffee today...what would you share with me?


Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Ooh, How Pinteresting & What I'm Loving Wednesday!

Happy Wednesday Bloggy People! 

Let's link up with Michelle and Jamie

I'm LOVING that I'm going to have a FOUR day weekend this week! Woot!

I'm LOVING that I found a 2013 Reading Challenge that I might actually be able to complete in the New Year! Now ... I just want to find a good Crochet-A-Long  then I'd be happy happy. 

I'm LOVING that I pinned some yummy things on Pinterest that I might actually make:

I'm NOT LOVING the fact that Stitch {the cat} seems to think the Christmas Tree is some fancy new toy for him! I come how to see the tree knocked over and ornaments all the way in the kitchen and under the furniture! 

 I'm LOVING Pinterest of course!
I've spent a lot of time these past weeks pinning my a$$ off! 
Follow Me on Pinterest

Source: via Patricia on Pinterest
Source: via Shelby on Pinterest
Source: via Liz on Pinterest

What are YOU LOVING this week?

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Virtual Coffee ::: Caramel Vanilla Cream. Yea Gurl!


It's been a long time ... but I'm linking up with Amy @ Lucky Number 13 for Virtual Coffee
Would you like to have a sip with me?

This morning I don't have anything fancy -- just hooked up my travel coffee mug with the super sweet, super yummy - Caramel Vanilla Cream Coffee {and I use fake sugar AND vanilla creamer .... do you have a cavity yet just from reading that}?


If we were having coffee today I'd tell you...

...I'm very tired today. I don't think this one cup of coffee will be enough.
I was up crocheting last night til about 11. Troy [this morning] suggested I give myself a cut off so that I'm not so tired in the morning.  I think that's a very good idea! lol.


...I'm trying to finish up a couple homemade gifts this year...and I have to admit I just started them on Sunday. I know. Terrible planning. I think I need to start my handmade holiday gifts in June! That way I don't have to crawl into the office in the morning from exhaustion.


...I'm debating if I should change my handle on Twitter to reflect my blog name. My friend made a good point that I probably should but I dunno. What do you think? Right now my handle is @pjiddy530. Should I switch it to @talesfromtrish ...which is kinda long? but it would make sense to do so.


...I'm excited to see that I'm just THREE followers away from 500! I hope I can reach that mark before the end of the year! I'm going to do a giveaway soon. I promise!


...Have you seen this photo yet?
It's of Mario Lopez. It makes me laugh. Mostly because I think of how his daughter is going to feel when she's older and looking back at this moment. LOL. Like: "My daddy walked around in his red underwear, this is why I am the way I am".
Would you want to see your dad in his tight red underwear?!
Didn't think so.


...Anyhoo. Thanks for stopping by and having coffee!
I hope yours was as tasty as mine :)


If we were having coffee today....what would you share with me?
Gimme some good info!


Monday, December 10, 2012

Thank Yooooou Pinterest....

...for another nifty idea. 

I <3 me some Pinterest
and I'm glad the hours and hours I've spent perusing the site has inspired me to make yet another thing.

I now present you my Wonderful Christmas Centerpiece:

isn't it preeeeettty?

I can't find the pin I got the idea from {because it's something I saw on Pinterest a YEAR AGO! Luckily my mom had printed the pictured and saved it with all the Christmas decorations from last year--she made one of these too}.

What do you think?

I'm just going to go ahead and say it:::

He's thinking it too.

Are you making anything off of Pinterest this Holiday Season?


Friday, December 7, 2012

Follow Friiiiday

Q: Activity! Who do you want to be? If you could choose any character from a book. What do you think that character looks like and what do you have in common?

So you're going to think I'm sooooo lame for this but...There's nobody/not one character that I would want to be.

Nobody comes to mind. Weird right?! Not even one!
From the books I read the characters are either bad ass {and I'm too lazy for all that} and/or they experience some heartache {and I'm not really into that either}.

I'd be Oprah for a week or so though if I could choose 1 real life person! :)

What character would YOU want to be?


Thursday, December 6, 2012

My {crochet} Blocks Made it to the UK - I'm so cool

I'm cool.
I'm so cool.

I'm HAPPY to report my blocks for the BBB13 made it alllll the way to the UK to Jill's mailbox!


Check out her post HERE:


can you tell I'm REALLY excited about this :)

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

2013 Outdo Yourself Reading Challenge

2013 Outdo Yourself Reading Challenge hosted by The Book Vixen

Ooh, yea. 
this is right up my alley.

First of all...I'll just admit it:
I've FAILED at my 2012 Reading Challenge.

2012 Reading Challenge

2012 Reading Challenge
Patricia has read 14 books toward her goal of 30 books.
That's right. You read it right.
I'm 46% BEHIND in my reading for this year.
By the end of this month ... I HOPE to have finished my 15th book (chances are I wont BUT I'm trying to be optimistic for your sake). 

So I'm happy to see The Book Vixen Hosting 2013 Outdo Yourself Reading Challenge.

Cute Right?

"The goal is to outdo yourself by reading more books in 2013 than you did in 2012."

Simple. I think I can handle that. 
Soooo my goal for 2013 is to read 1-5 more books than I read this year.
Which puts me at the lowest level she's offering:

 Getting my heart rate up – Read 1–5 more books

Hey! That's the best I can commit myself to do for now! 
aaaannnd to be fair - it's 1-5 more books starting at the 14th book because Game of Thrones is going to take me forever + a day to finish. 

So what do you think?
You gonna/wanna join in on this challenge?


Ooh, How Pinteresting & What I'm LOVING Wednesday!

Happy Wednesday People! 

Let's link up with Michelle and Jamie
And I'm joining in with Wednesday Walkabout with Jamie @ Handling with Grace

I'm LOVING that I have MENTALLY finished my Christmas Shopping. Now I just need the $$ to go out and get the gifts! 

I'm LOVING the book Game of Thrones. It's going to take me FOREVER and a DAY to read but it's good. And I'm SHOCKED that I'm liking it as much as I am.

I'm LOVING that last week I managed to NOT buy lunch or coffee for all five days! Packing my own lunch and making my own coffee every morning is quite an accomplishment for me. I'm super proud. Let's see if I can do it for  two weeks in a row.

I'm LOVING that after all these years Stitch is FINALLY using his own bed {he would sleep on the dog bed instead of his own}:

I'm LOVING Pinterest!

Source: via Melanie on Pinterest
Source: via Patricia on Pinterest
Source: via Patricia on Pinterest

What are you LOVING this week?