Sunday, December 14, 2008

Oliver had a bad day...

Oliver was a little crabby today. Do you think it was because I dressed him in argyle and dressed him like a reindeer (Nicole bought him the antlers.)? Or maybe because it's -8 degrees and he's been shivering all day...or, it could be because I tried to trim his nails. Or maybe Oliver is crabby because Bob's flight was canceled and he is not in Denver yet!

Dachsunds like to burrow and makes nests - I get the quilt and Oliver gets this blanket. I'm going to use my heating pad tonight.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

The next bestseller?

Let me start by saying that I have the best boss ever! She also happens to be brilliant. She's made me really interested in becoming an academic librarian. Her new book came in the mail today, so we all celebrated at work. I offered to bake her a cake in the shape of her book (a rectangular cake - that is radical, Mary). I worked with Debbie on her index and I read the book several times to look for publisher errors, etc. So, if you're bored click here and in the little box search "Mary Olson" and then click "Front matter" and you can read the little shout-out Debbie gave me. I hope no other Mary Olson's try to take credit for my work.

Speaking of Mary Olson's...I like my name of course, but I'm having the common names blues today -
1. I got an e-mail from a random person who found my e-mail on the Iliff website and thought I was a Mary Olson that he knew years ago. He was hoping for a reunion...sorry.
2. I went to the library and I couldn't find the books that were waiting for me because they were mixed in with another Mary Olson's books!

Don't forget your trunks, Bob.

I booked a nice little suite at the Embassy Suites for Dad's overnight in Denver. Here's a little preview. Hopefully that freaky pug-like dog doesn't come with the room! Yikes. But, since it's "pet-friendly," maybe Oliver would like to have a sleepover. (evil laugh).

Monday, December 8, 2008

Dear Santa,

Dear Santa, I am so in love with these monthly journals from Pottery Barn. They almost made me faint. They are sooo pretty and I know I could fill them up with exciting stories from my exciting life in the big city.
I've been very good this year.
Love, Mary Ida

These remind me of dad's old date books - but girly.

Saturday, December 6, 2008

The Nutracker

Last night Marie & I ate at a cute new restaurant across my our apartment, Citron Bistro before we went to the Colorado Ballet's production of the Nutcracker! It was so stunning. The sets were gorgeous and the costumes were perfect. There were a lot of really sweet little girls that played the sugarplums. Only one thing really creeped me out - little kids wearing wigs - not just any wigs - old lady wigs. Anyway, it was great!

photo from the Denver Post

We took the light rail downtown to save time, money, hassle, etc. and I get a free pass for being a DU student. Well, on Thursday I noticed that my pass had expired and I needed to go to the parking office to get a new sticker, but it was storming so I decided not to get the pass and risk getting a warning. I've only had my pass checked a few times since I've lived here, but of course last night was one of them! The light rail was mass chaos! There was a Broncos game, tons of events at the center for performing arts and light parades, etc, which all happened to get done at the same time. There were guards checking each persons' ticket and I almost made it through, but he made me go back to buy a ticket.

Well, we finally made it on the light rail and three adorable little kids sat across from us. Their parents weren't really paying attention to them and Marie noticed that the littlest one had a little accident. The little girl looked at me and kept saying to her mother, "I don't feel very well...I don't feel very well." I was so terrified - I wasn't sure what was about to happen, but they got off at the next stop - Phew.

Check out this article about North Dakota in yesterday's New York Times called "North Dakota Asks, What Recession?" Click on the title to read it.

It was 60 degrees today! Oliver & I had a nice walk in the park. I LOVE Colorado weather!
Oh, and I am almost done with Katherine dress. yay!

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Can you keep a secret?

I've been a busy bee preparing for Christmas, etc. and I have so many surprises up my sleeve that I just have to let one free. So, you can continue reading if you promise to keep my secret and not tell my little niece Katherine about this! If you cannot keep this secret, stop reading and check out another blog. Okay, that was harsh, but here goes. Meet "little mommy" (shown above). She is so cute and could pass as Katherine's baby, right? My plan is to sew Katherine a cute little dress and then sew a matching one for her new little baby.
I have a few different pattens that could be cute, but I think I've settled on the one below, but it needs a little something extra. I still am not sure about fabrics and I've included three below - I'm thinking about mixing and matching.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Wish List of my Wildest Dreams...

Hello all - Due to popular demand, I've published a wish list of a few things I've had my eye on...just to give you some ideas...I've been doing a lot of sewing, but I can't post anything because Christmas is coming up and...well, that would just spoil everything, wouldn't it?

I've been sewing like a mad lady lately, and I'd love a machine with a few more features (or any features at all). The one I have is very basic and I have loved it, but I can't buy any attachments for it and the invisible zippers I make are anything but invisible. I'm not too picky, but I've found this Singer Curvy sewing machine that I really really like. I found it on and (home shopping network). There are a few features I'm in love with such as no-touch threading, zipper foot and other "feet", drop in bobbin, buttonhole maker. It's also available at Joann's, but for $100.00 more!

These sweater slippers look so amazingly cozy! They are from the Gap. I wear a size 8-8 1/2 shoe, but I don't know how that translates to Small, medium and large. Roey, you could test them out for me.. I really like the "dove white" color, but I also like red, green, etc, etc.! You can click here to see them better.

This sweater is from the Gap....size large in "ivory frost." It's perfect. click here. I also like the gray or honey brown sweater.

I love this watch! Very modern - It's a Fossil. You can get a better look at it by clicking here.

Finally, I am in love with this's from a UK designer Orla Kiely. I would love anything with this design..the journal is shown above, which of course, I would love, but this also comes in purses, wallets, mugs, light shades, etc. Her stuff is very pricey, but some aren't too unreasonable. You can see the journal by clicking here. And if you click on her name, you can see her whole website.

I love these leggings. They are from urban outfitters. You can look at them here.
I've wanted a (fully loaded) spice rack for awhile. I'm not picky, but I like the look of this one. It's the "Trudeau 16-Bottle Spice Rack - Chrome Accents" from Target.

Autumn in New York
Big Fish
Definitely, Maybe


Marie's birthday was on Monday and she has been reading the Twilight series by Stephanie Meyers and really really wanted to see the movie. I'm taking a young adult literature class starting in January and since these books are cataloged YA, I've thought about reading them. Side note: I have to read 40 young adult books in 10 weeks, so I'm starting early!
Anyway, the movie was so great and I'm already almost done with the first book and Marie has book 2 on standby for me. I can't stand how much I want to read these books, but I have a lot of sewing to do before Christmas. I've read 2 hours already today, so I'm going to sew tonight and then read more before bed.

Saturday, November 29, 2008

the view

Oliver isn't allowed in the front seat anymore, so this is his new favorite spot (second to having his head hang out the window). He gets a good view from here.

View from my apt building.

Snow, snow!

Photo from: Loveland

Denver has snow! It probably won't last long, but nevertheless, I'm excited. Oliver woke me up really early this morning - I think he wanted to check out the snow before any neighbors dogs were awake.

My List Today:
1. have breakfast
2. sew, sew, sew
3. bring back books to the library (I can't wait to see what the mountains look like this morning)
4. nap
5. sew, sew, sew

And that's everything on my agenda so far....
Oh, this morning I found out I got a 4.0 last quarter. What a relief!

Friday, November 28, 2008

Black-eye Friday

Nicole & I had a nice little Thanksgiving. We ate a lot of goodies and a lot of wine, beer, Bailey's, and regular coke! Perfect. We went to bed early to prepare for Black Friday. I woke up @ 4am to prepare Oliver for our departure and we were on the road by 5am. The lines for the registers at Kohl's wrapped around the entire store, so we ran out of there and went over to Target to wait for the opening. The Target employees made sure no one budged and they were on top of everything.
I got so many deals (that I can't disclose to you all). People were a little wild and crazy, but I didn't get hurt and I didn't get in any brawls and for that, I'm thankful.
We finished shopping at around 11am, had lunch and a nice long nap.

Thanks to Nicole for making me a super cute new blog header! I love it so much.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

I want a Ukulele!!

I can't explain it, but I've wanted a ukulele for several months! It is so cute and I love the uke sound. I've been listening to ukulele music on youtube all day long.
This one is on ebay - click here to see the auction.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Step away from the space heater...

The heat in our apartment building went out Thursday night, or maybe earlier, but we haven't needed it until now. It was really cold on Thursday night, so I bundled up and it wasn't so bad. Little Oliver was shivering though and he ended up sleeping under all of my blankets near my feet.
So yesterday, Xcel was supposed to come and fix the problem, but they didn't, so the maintenance guys came around and gave us little space heaters until the problem was fixed. As you can see, Oliver hogged it almost the entire time. Luckily, the heat was fixed today (even though we didn't need it today - it was in the 60s).

Oliver & I went to the dog park today with my friend Emily and her dog, Sally. I think Oliver liked the people better than most of the dogs. There was a man sitting on one of the benches and Oliver jumped up on his lap to say hi I guess. One man was pushing his dog in a wheelbarrow because his paw was hurt. The same man had another dog that had recently had a stroke, so it had a training wheel / walker type thing to help it walk.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Can't wait to make this!

Top image from, bottom from

This is my next project! The skirt is from Stitch magazine, designed by Jenny Gordy. I got a navy corduroy to use, which I think would look so great with ivory tights or an ivory sweater. I might not work on for a bit - my first priority is anything for Christmas!

I tried to get Roey to take an impromptu trip to Denver for the weekend, but she can't..she's going to Neal Diamond. C'mon, Roey!

Brrr....It's cold outside

photo by idandersen via flickr

I've been feeling nice and warm down here in Denver...until this morning. I usually take Oliver for a morning run, but I kept my slippers on because it was still dark at around 6:15. We live on the 2nd floor and we have outside stairs and poor little Oliver slipped down a few of them. They were pure ice! We walked for about 5 minutes and headed back up the stairs and Oliver couldn't make it up and slipped down, so I carried him up the rest of the stairs. He doesn't have the advantage of holding on a railing like me I suppose. It's 27 degrees. Time for my winter coat.

I bought this hat yesterday from missindie, a seller on etsy, which is a website where people can sell their homemade things. It's called the "park bench hat," which is so adorable. I have the large Olson head (not as big as Bill's, but...), so hopefully it looks good! I can still have a cute crocheted flower while I learn to make them myself. The flower is removable, which I like.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Electra love

I've been bike shopping for awhile and I'm convinced that this is the perfect bike for me! I found it here. It's called the Electra Amsterdam Classic 3 Yellow Tulip Ladies Bicycle. Sooo cute!

Okay, this is hard.

Crocheting is hard! Above is a photo of some of my first, sad, attempts. I tried to follow basic directions and then I started to follow the directions to make a flower. I think I finally got the idea, but I will need a lot of practice. I like crocheting - it's relaxing.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Crochet Flowers

I would love to learn how to vintage crochet flowers like this. Elizabeth Seratzki taught me how to crochet a long straight line, so maybe that was my first step towards something grander. This website said it's a good starter project for children - I like the sound of that. I'll let you know how it goes.

Cutest Wedding Pictures...Ever.

The photos are from Brooklyn Bride.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Baby Quilt is all done!

I finished the baby quilt tonight. Oliver was gracious enough to pose next to it so you can see the scale, etc. It's not huge, but I put in a double layer of batting to make it extra soft and warm. I used a jersey type of fabric for the backing which I probably won't do again. It's very very soft, but I don't really have the skills yet to work with it. I made a two inch pink border on the front, but it looked so bad - it was bunching and icky, so I took that off and I like it a lot better. Now I can start my next project, which is yet to be determined.
Tomorrow is my first day off where I don't have to be doing homework! We're supposed to get 2" of snow and it's supposed to be very windy, so we'll see. I have nowhere to go!

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Procrastination Sunday

I went to JoAnn Fabrics yesterday and got the backing and batting for the baby quilt. I got a fun bright pink (shown above). Perfect for a baby girl. I acutally did laundry yesterday and when I was folding my clothes, I found a teeny tiny baby sock. The person who did laundry before me must've forgotten it in the dryer. I guess that's one explanation of the "missing sock" problem.

I got my mini book in the mail. It's fun. It looks like I need to re-paint my nails. The print is really little, but I can still read it pretty well. Marie pointed out that it would fit perfectly in my librarian action figure's hand. How cute.
You can get a good look at my messy studying desk. Diet coke, water, gum, my glasses, my ipod, Strangers with Candy TV show (season 1), nail clippers, nail polish, headband, a book and a notebook - oh, and sewing machine is set up to my right and my computer is set up to the left. Marie got this librarian action figure for me for Christmas last year. It's Nancy Pearl, a famous librarian from Seattle, WA.

Friday, November 7, 2008

My Day Off

I finished the main body of the quilt this morning. I might add a border to the outside to make it a bit bigger. I'm planning on getting a cute pink fabric for the backing. Hopefully I can finish this up and get it mailed by Monday.

Oliver has been tuckered out today. I took him outside this morning and he kept sneezing. It was so cold! Our neighbor has a mini dachsund and, this morning, she was wearing a little jacket. It sort of looked like a mini-mini horse blanket. I think Oliver will have to survive with the fur God gave him.
It looks like I need to wash my pillowcases today, but isn't he just the cutest?

I'm working on a "New Testament Study Tools" guide for my Internet Research class. I also have to finish up my Technology final and polish a paper about teaching senior citizens how to use health websites. I think I'll be able to finish all of this today and tomorrow.
I have class on Monday afternoon and I present the New Testament guide on Tuesday and then I'm done, done, done!

I love my days off. This morning I had ice cream and a diet coke for breakfast. I can't sleep in, so I woke up at 7am, but I could take a nap right now if I wanted.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Quilt progress

I've started my 2nd quilting project. This one is definitely on a smaller scale - it's for my friend, Lori's new baby girl, Marin Marie. I ordered the pre-cut squares from ebay. They are by Amy Butler (the same as my first quilt). They all have peach tones. Not my favorite color, but it's growing on me. I haven't decided on a backing yet.

I only have one week left of classes! Whooo-hoooo. Then I can start making Christmas presents and I can sew and take long naps and do anything!

This past weekend I ate at New York Deli News. I can't believe I didn't go there sooner! It's right down the street. They had a bowl of pickles waiting on the table when we sat down...perfect! I love pickles...a lot!! We had the sweetest waitress ever!