Sunday, November 30, 2008

I write.

I write.
I write because of the journey.
The path of ups and downs.
We all travel its one-way streets,
Only to find, at times, we wanna turn around.

I write because it feels good.
I write because its free.
The keys clickety clacking,
The release of emotion and meaning from me.

My words are human: flawed as they flow.
Ideas and concepts a twirling,
What's 'round the bend who knows.

The path I take is narrow.
Few passer-bys I see.
Our heads up nods and glances
Is the vulnerability of letting thoughts go free.

A pen and paper.
A mouse pad and keys.
Therapy. Expression: My mind's revelry.

Topics as skim as milk.
Or thick as butter fat.
My brain does the cooking.
My fingers stir and keep track.

I am a traveler.
A vagabond of dreams.
On the road to tell my story,
Inspiration is my gasoline.

The company I keep is you.
Whether you're in plain view or not,
I thank you for your companionship.
Your visits mark my travels sought.

I write to connect.
I write to create.
This path I take is full of surprises,
For that, I celebrate.

.mac :-)

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Winner, Winner Turkey Dinner!

For all of you who entered my snazzy little giveaway let's pretend it's Friday, shall we?

Awww, come on. You can't be mad. I had lots of good things going on in my "Save the neck for me, Clark." of the woods.

I truly did have every intention of revealing our winner on Friday and then this girl showed up:

And well, when the 2 of us get together...nothing but good times happen. Good times and no punctual giveaways, huh?

You see my last name is Cobble. And when Kenny and I got married we wanted to have an annual celebration at our home that fell on the same day every year and involved all of our family coming to do nothing but celebrate being family.

And you know what rhymes with Cobble?


Thus, the Cobble Gobble was born!

This past Saturday our family just celebrated it's 6th Annual Cobble Gobble.

Allow me to provide you with a walk down Gobble lane...

Cobble Gobble 2003. We started off with just inviting our immediate family.

Cobble Gobble 2004. We decided to invite everyone as last year was so much fun! Here I am pregnant with Eli.

Cobble Gobble 2005. Check out that cute little E man!

Cobble Gobble 2006. Here I am pregnant with Casey face. Apparently, I enjoy wearing elastic top pants to these gatherings.

Cobble Gobble 2007.

Ta Da! Cobble Gobble 2008

This celebration comes complete with uniform! We purchase shirts every year and they are wrapped all snug in brown paper bags with little leaf name tags. Your job is to put your name tag on the tree once you get your shirt. Yeah, they're made out of construction paper from the ole school house. Not sure she would approve, but hey, we're green. That's right each year these little tags are re-used. That's got to count for something.

Remember our Cobble Welcoming Committee? Meet one of our November employees. Uh-huh. That's a fake turkey on the top.
Here's our other November door greeter:

We have a tournament round of Cornhole double elimination style. The winners each year get their name put on a plaque that stays at our home. Check out this year's champs:

Larro Samsel of Tennesse and Joanna Cobble of Delaware. Congrats guys!!

And we are all about improving and making better what is already the best too. Hence, our new additions...

A little Rock Band action!

Miss Mollye bear celebrated her first Gobble!

Jonathan and Melissa got married!

They opted for a quiet ceremony back in October on the beach, but who says you can't have the reception at the Gobble?!

And we added sidewalk chalk for signing in!

Here's Kenny in complete turkey frying uniform. Isn't he cute? His brother, Kevin, thinks so!

Each year Kenny deep frys 2 of these bad boys and they are gobbled up to say the least.
Now add in some spirits with this grub, lots of laughter and snuggle time, and the Gobble is complete...

COMPLETE with one HUGE finishing touch,the Grand Gobbler. Kenny and I along with the previous year's Grand Gobbler select a person we consider the MVP of the day. The best of the best in attitude, eating, playing, and pleasure. They receive a trophey to take with them while their name is placed on a large turkey trophy that stays at our home.
Drum roll, please....

Meet Larro Samsel, our 2008 Grand Gobbler. He has a mighty fine victory dance! Kenny's step dad made the most of his winnings by announcing to everyone as he was exiting, "The Grand Larro" is leaving now.

So, please forgive me. I was all caught up in happiness. The happiness that comes from just being yourself with the ones you love the most. There's nothing more real and more heart warming than enjoying the gift of family with nothing in return. For this, our family has much in which to give thanks.

Perhaps this post will help spark some more great comments on this gal of mine's holiday project piece.

I also must say a special thank you to Mrs. Munsey for this award:

As for who I plan to give this award to...hmmmm. I'm going to do some thinking about this and then pass out the hardware.

Oh yeah, the giveaway! I got all wrapped in family fun and awards that I almost forgot about the goodies!

Red Rover, Red Rover, Ashley B. Mosley come over!!

You have one yourself one sweet Pretty Ditty!! Let's talk fabric collections, shall we?

Thanks to everyone for playing. I plan to do another one VERY soon so be on the "read out!" Only this time, I think I will be punctual about my rewards...sound like a plan?

Gobble, Gobble, Gobble...

.mac :-)

Monday, November 17, 2008

Bottoms Up

Yes, a glass of wine is in order.

This is just a portion of what this mama has been doing for the past 5 weeks in her sewing lair. There are many other custom designs that I have completed, but being that a whole lotta people have hired me to give their loved ones a k.Mac Christmas, I must conceal these precious goodies until I hear that jingle-jangle from Ole St. Nick!

Miss Merry Mac Pack

Miss Merry Mac Pack

Havana Hobo






Ribbon burp

Tic Tac Tote

Pretty Petite

Heart and Soul

Inside the Hipster


And last but not least, there's a new kid in town!

k.Mac blog friends this is our Pretty Ditty. Pretty Ditty meet the k.Mac blog friends.

k.Mac blog friends: Wow! Well aren't you just the cutest?

Pretty Ditty
: Awww, thanks. I am kind of cute aren't I?

k.Mac blog friends: Yes, yes. You are! What all do you do?

Pretty Ditty: Well, I am technically a wallet, but I prefer to be called a classy catch all for cash and keepsakes. But you can just call me Pretty Ditty. I have a section to house cash money, a zipper pocket for coins and loose items like the earrings that lost their backs while talking on your cell, the 4 leaf clover you find, or even for the tweazers you like to have on hand for stop lights when you can best see those black sparatic hairs growing on your face. I also have a tiered section for cards of all sorts, and even a built in pouch for my coordinating sidekick, the checkbook AND a snazzy place to keep your pen!

Yes, my friends the Pretty Ditty is out and a big hit it seems! These 5 stack up with everything from custom monograms, ribbon zipper tags, surprise money inside, and some even are graced with a cute vintage accessory button straight from Madrid, Spain!

I am loving this new design from k.Mac. I see in the future this little guy getting some detachable straps or even a wristlet loop so the Pretty Ditty can be worn across the shoulder or around your wrist to your most favorite craft shows and yard sales....eeeerrrrruuuhh...I mean your really hip parties and cocktail hours.

k.Mac blog friends
: We want a Pretty Ditty!

.mac: You do?

k.Mac blog friends: Yes, pretty pleeeeeeeeeeeaasssse!

.mac: Well, if you insist! Just leave a comment on this post and I will use the random number generator to select which of our lucky blog friends will be the recipient of one mighty fine Pretty Ditty! I will announce the winner this Friday!

Now where was that glass of wine?
Oh, wait. It's Monday morning.

.mac :-)
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