Friday, December 31, 2010
My friends at Monthly Adventures have a Block of the Month KAL that goes on all the time over on Ravelry. I have tried several times to join mid-stream, but it never seemed to work out. I have decided to join the KAL in January and follow it through the year on my blog. This will be such a fun thing to do, and I may have a contest or two along the way, so stay tuned.
Listen ya'll, there is some real talent in this group and if you are looking for a fun KAL, this is it. Of course, you have to be on Rav, but then, isn't everyone?
The 2011 KAL starts tomorrow so I need to print the pattern and find some yarn..
Thursday, December 30, 2010
I have so many projects that are either started or are in my head that I want to complete and I can't wait to get to them. I have not done any quilting in quite some time and I want to get back on it. Here is my list of To-Do's.
1. Finish Dresden Plate quilt.
2. Organize all my yarn.
3. Make stitch markers
4. Make bracelets
5. Start scrapbooking all the stuff I have saved
6. Frame family pictures
7. Get back working on my Grandmother's Flower Garden quilt
8. Make more soap
9. Organize my books
10.Finish some sewing projects that I have in the works.
Quite a list, I know, but I am excited to try and tackle it.
Happy New Year Everyone!
Wednesday, December 29, 2010
Eyelashes in Lime - This is a scarf that I made for my DIL, and it turned out great!
Reading Mitts - These are so soft and warm. I just love them. They are made from Malabrigo Silky....yum!
I have so many plans for 2011! I love the beginning of a new year. It seems like you are receiving a fresh start and a chance to make things better in your life. I intend to take full advantage of that opportunity this year. Randy and I have been working on my studio/office/craft room and it is looking so good! I am going to be so organized that I won't even recognize myself.
This is my year to make more, do more and really make my life good! I have a set of goals for 2011 and I look forward to marking them done, one at a time.
Sunday, December 5, 2010
One of my goals is to finish projects that I have started. Here are a few that I have finished in the past couple of weeks:
Saturday, October 16, 2010
1:55 PM - Update - I went to the shop and it was beautiful! Oh, I wanted to make every quilt in the place.....I have definitely got the quilting bug again! Yummy fabrics, lots of new patterns....nice people. I enjoyed the visit!
Tuesday, October 5, 2010
Saturday, October 2, 2010
I have been trying to find some variety in our meals lately and I started thinking about things I used to make when my kids were home and I cooked alot. We had family dinners on Sundays for years and they were always at my house. My whole family came over and we had the best day! I have several of my own original dishes that I made and I thought I would share them with you from time to time.
I will post the recipe and a picture of the dish.
Last weekend the babies were here and we took them to the park. We had fun until Brian was stung by something. We think it was a yellow jacket. He cried for a long time and the next morning his hand was really swollen and purple. I cried too.
Friday, October 1, 2010
Thursday, September 30, 2010
Sunday, September 26, 2010
I have several projects going on right now, knitting and otherwise and I am always trying to find a way to stay organized as I run 100 miles an hour everyday. I thought that when I became an empty nester, I would have all this free time to sit on the deck and drink lemonade, but I am just as busy as ever, maybe more so.
Brian and Anna are getting so big and Michael is in college! Benjamin is in high school and playing football. They are all so sweet! I am one lucky Nanny/Mommo!
Monday, June 28, 2010
Saturday, June 26, 2010
There is much to be said for middle age though. Lots of things change, some better, some not so good. Your body doesn't cooperate with you as it once did and somehow, I keep finding pounds I would prefer to leave where they are.
The good parts of middle age, in my opinion, most of the time, outweigh the bad. The kids are gone, the grandkids come to visit, and your daily responsibilities are not so bad. You can eat when you want, sleep when you want, and generally be lazy or productive, your choice. You have more time to do things that you want to do, as well as more time to give back to others. I do more things at church now, see friends more often and can help my children with more things.
I think I like middle age.....
Saturday, June 5, 2010
Thursday, May 27, 2010
I have decided to give up the shawl for now. I have too many projects going on to spend so much time on the shawl. And speaking of projects, I have started 2 new sock projects. I started this one on Monday. This is a new yarn that I bought at the Yarn Garden and it is so pretty! It is called Zauberball from Schoppel Wolle. I am making a simple sock to show the graduation of the colors. I think it is so interesting.
The second sock project I just started last night and it is called Mock Croc Socks. The pattern is from Knit Picks and it is a nice lace pattern. I will post a pic tomorrow. I am making it in a really pretty yarn that I got a few months back. The yarn is from Punta Yarns and it is called Merisock Hand Painted. Here is a thumbnail of the color:
This little thumbnail does not do it justice, but the color is almost spot on.
This is my last day off during the week and starting next week I will be back to working 5 days a week like a normal person. I am so looking forward to that, as well as this new job. It is almost like a dream come true for me. The title "Policy Clerk" is music to my ears……..
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Thursday, May 20, 2010
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
The shawl is on hold since I can't figure out where I am in the pattern. I am going to the shop tomorrow and see if Marcia can help me. Darlene may be able to meet me there, but if not, I know that Marcia can figure it out. I am trying to have patience and learn the lace as I did socks, but I am getting so easily frustrated with it. And, on my best days, I have zero patience, so I don't really think that is going to work out. I think that until I learn how to know where I am in the pattern by looking at the work, I will never get the concept of lace. I have been thinking that I need to make a practice swatch and knit it over and over until I get it. Who knows??
Monday, May 17, 2010
Beany had his birthday party at school this past Friday and it was a great success! The kids loved all the snacks that his Mom made and brought for the party and he seemed to really enjoy the party too!
His Mom took these pictures, and the one that I think is so cute is this one:
He looks as if he might kiss Miss Allie any second, or she might kiss him! All in all his birthday was a big success!
Wednesday, May 5, 2010
Tuesday, May 4, 2010
I have been looking at right and left brain information and I can't decide which I am, though I am leaning toward left brain. The characteristics seem to match me in more areas than right brain, although I have some right brain characteristics as well. It is interesting to study. Will post more when I know more.
My garden is just beautiful! All the new perennials are thriving and the veggies are blooming and starting to produce. I hope that I will get veggies all summer....ah the taste of home grown tomatoes...my most favorite food. I know that they will be on the menu everyday in heaven.
Saturday, April 24, 2010
It will be tons of fun and you will get so many ATC's! Come on join us!
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
I am off today and I am so glad. The shingles have literally kicked my butt to the moon and back. I don't recall ever having anything that was as painful as this. I had to work on Monday and Tuesday because there was no one to cover the office. Today I am planning to take it easy and nap all day.
I am also working on a plan for my studio/office. Right now it looks like a storage facility, but I have big plans for that room and I am excited! I might post the progress as I go along with pictures......
It seems that I can't finish a project before starting another one. Shame on me
Monday, April 19, 2010
On a happier note, I am working on several projects and I am trying to get things organized to make the project bags and a tote that a friend of mine designed. I have been working in my yard and in the gardens. My border is looking great! I love gardening, it is my favorite pastime and I just don't get to do it as much as I would like.
Friday, April 16, 2010
Thursday, April 15, 2010
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Sunday, April 11, 2010
Saturday, April 10, 2010
Friday, April 9, 2010
I have been working on several projects and I am pleased with the progress that I am making. This is my own pattern for a scarf. Nothing fancy, but still my own.
This scarf is Carol Siegrist at the Yarn Garden's creation. It is so pretty and the design is spectacular. I am doing it with Zitron Life Style. It is heavenly to knit, so smooth and silky. She is so talented.
And finally, this is a blanket I made for my friend Marie's new Grandson, Baby Parker. He is due May 15 and his Mommy and Daddy are so cute, so I know he will be. This is the 8 Hour Baby Blanket Revisited and I did it with Plymouth Encore.I am still doing socks and my second shawl, still an easy one. I am about to make project bags, I have this great pattern and I am going to make them from quilt fabric, which is 100% cotton so they will last for a long time and be easy to clean..........
Thursday, April 8, 2010
I had all the tests that the doctor said I needed and I got a clean bill of health! Thank you my Lord! Because of this, I have decided to change my priorities and make a richer life for myself. I have already started doing some things and today I resume blogging and visiting my friends blogs. I have been very lax in my blogging for quite some time now, and I enjoy it so much. I have not participated in a swap for such a long time and I have not posted pictures of my latest creations, projects I am working on, and just the great things that are going on in my life and in my friend's lives. So today, I start fresh!
Monday, February 15, 2010
It isn't that I have just become a couch potato who eats thick crust pizza, drinks beer and never exercises. It is that I have not exercised as I should, and I have not eaten as I should all the time, and so now, I am trying to get redemption. I have improved my eating habits and have lost a few pounds, but I still need to lose more.
On a happier note, my projects for the Ravelympics are going very well, and I am thinking I might just finish both of them before the flame goes out. Woo-hoo!
Sunday, February 14, 2010
Wednesday, February 3, 2010
Yesterday, I finished my first Noro project. It is a self fringing shawl and I made it with Kureyon. The colors are just breathtaking and I can't wait to wear it. (It is blocking).
I also have several UFO's that I need to finish and get off the needles, including 2 pair of socks, a baby blanket and a scarf.