Friday, April 11, 2014

Happy Weekend

A couple little smocked bishop dresses and matching bloomers I completed and mailed this week.
The dress pattern is here and the bloomer is here.
Two of my favorite patterns ever. :)

Have a wonderful weekend!

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Sweetpea's Senior Prom

Wow!  That was a fast 18 years!

They're off to a senior pre-prom dinner at the country club, the actual prom dance, and then the fun lock-in post-party at the YMCA where they'll play games, win prizes, and will be served breakfast at 3 a.m.
Lots of safe, alcohol-free fun!!

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Hodge Podge

I don't know what else to title this post as I've been away from this little spot for so long now.
Yes, I'm glad Winter is over.  It was too cold.  
We had to put the A/C on last night.
Soon I will be saying it's too hot.

The winter might have been long and cold, but inside there were lots of fun things happening to keep us warm.
On the sunny days, we ventured out to the garden for goodies.

Pic heavy post to follow...

the little combo pattern outfit mentioned in my last post,
Children's Corner Taylor and Becky

The 14 month old ham bone who keeps me hopping.

He's currently decreasing naps from two per day to one...
extra hopping now.  
He's off of formula and bottles, loves to be outside, read to, loves oatmeal and banana for breakfast and spaghetti for lunch. 

My stove/oven looks like this everyday as he is captivated with opening the oven door.
I've never seen a child who loves the oven door like this sweet boy does.
He also loves kitchen drawers as you can see.

My Sweetpea posed for graduation photos.
She has eleven actual class days left...we are counting down.
Soon those plaid uniform skirts and white oxford shirts will disappear from my laundry pile foreva.
I might just miss them for a day or two.

She brought me roses for St. Valentine's Day.
That made Prince Charming (hmmm) very happy...cause he didn't bring me anything for St. Valentine's Day.

Our winter garden was so wonderful!
We have eaten lots and lots of beets, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, chard, kale, lettuce, and spinach.  
The winter crops are pretty much all done now and we're getting ready to prepare the beds for our early summer garden of beans, cucumbers, okra, peppers, squash, and tomatoes.
And zinnias...lots of zinnias!

We didn't eat the lizard.

Inside on cold days and nights and long car rides, I knit garter stitch after garter stitch to make this baby blanket.
 I set a completion goal for the beginning of Spring.
I loved working on this. 
 I always imagined I would enjoy knitting...I just didn't realize how much I would enjoy it.
I didn't finish by the first day of Spring...but did finish by the first weekend of Spring.
Close enough.

Upon completion, it received a tepid wool-soak bath and was blocked on my craft table.

I gathered pretty goods for ironing board covers and hope to have these in the shop before toooo long.

More fabric goods for two little smocked dresses...currently in progress.

I knit some little leaves in order to practice increasing/decreasing stitches.  I need practice following row by row directions and keeping my place.

roasted lots of chicken...I love roasted chicken

and washed lots of dishes

hemmed a senior prom gown for this Saturday

prayed lots of rosaries asking 
Our Lady Undoer of Knots
to intercede to Her Son
on behalf of my son.
There's one in every family.

Drank lots of tea

and swung lots of kettlebells.

I've also had fun with the camera. ;)

I think I'm caught up now!
I'll try and come back much sooner than two months next time. 
Much sooner. 

Friday, January 31, 2014

Thawing Out

 I would love to just declare "winter over!"
It's been a tad cold in my neighborhood this week.
We even had sneaux flurries.
They were so tiny my eyes crossed trying to focus on them.
And I was cold standing back into the warm house with the hot tea.

On Thursday morning, I was very happy to see sunshine pouring into my kitchen window!

Uncovering the garden after two days wasn't very pretty.  
I'm wondering if some of my greens will recover.
The leeks did well, even growing a bit under the cover.


Inside, we ate good....roasted tomato soup and this Tender Focaccia herbed flatbread.
I made this bread recipe twice...oh, so good.  
The recipe is actually in my King Arthur Flour Baker's Companion along with 600 other delicious recipes to enjoy.

Now that the thermometer is rising, it's back to green salads, especially after enjoying the yummy bread.
Eating salad when it's 23 degrees makes my teeth and bones hurt.


Before little man wakes from this position, I will sign off,
hoping you all have a wonderful weekend,
and thanks to Dear Roxy 
for such a nice blog post about her new ironing board cover and all the sweet friends she directed my way.
Thanks, Roxy!

Sunday, January 26, 2014

On A Sunny Sunday Afternoon

in the middle of a cold winter,
the weather warmed up enough for me to plant eighty leek-lings that arrived last Friday.

My main gardener helped with the watering and mulching.

Checking on the carrots, I pulled on one that looked nice, and look what I pulled up.
It was over an inch in diameter and six inches long. 
And here all this time, I wondered if they were doing anything?
Firstborn washed it at the faucet and ate it...saying it tasted "alive."
I pulled another, washed it and ate it.  They weren't sweet enough and need a little more time.

Back inside......

I completed the first birthday outfits I had been working on, wrapped them up and gave them away.

The blue twill Children's Corner Baby Bubble pattern.

The very manly camo Children's Corner Johnny shortall pattern,
lined and piped in hunter safety orange of course.

What?  You don't take pics of your pin cushion? ;)

The next little project on my craft table.
Two Children's Corner patterns combined baby bubble idea from facebook that had me curious from the get-go.
I combined the bubble bottom of the 6 mo. Taylor pattern with the top of the 6 mo. Becky pattern.
It will have a little sleeve ruffle and button up the back like the Baby Bubble pattern.

If it comes out cute, you'll see it finished and if not...oh well, you'll never see it. :)

Oh, and that trip to the yarn store a couple Saturdays ago...
I had the boyfriend scarf pattern on the brain and bought accordingly.
It was on sale and by the time I knit it up, it will be considered stash...
and we all know stash is "free!"

For now, I'm working on my baby blanket, here and there, when I have enough time to finish a row or four.
I've just added the fourth "cake" of seven, a lovely robin egg blue.  
I tend to make mistakes when I put my piece away mid-row.
Mistakes lead to wailing and gnashing of teeth and such.
The blanket is now as long as my lap and gets warmer by the row.

I think that is all for now -
Hope you all have a wonderful week!
It's hard to believe the end of January is already here...gosh, the new year just started.