Thursday, April 26, 2007

See You Soon!

I am happy to say that I will be on vacation this week. I can't remember when I needed it more. We are going to Abaco in the Bahamas. We go there every spring to just decompress and veg out. Very low key vacation. Lay on the beach to tan, read a book, long walks, waterfront dining and not much else. Sounds like heaven. There is a lot going on at home right now and I am having a hard time just letting go but sometimes I have to put myself first.

Have a great week all. I hope to bring back some nice pictures.


What a surprise when I walked out my door !!! Are these wild turkeys on my lawn? But why? I don't exactly live in a rural town. My grand daughter was delighted and wanted to keep them. I had to hold her back because I don't know if they are aggressive or not. They hung out for a while. I stepped away for a few minutes and they were gone. Do these birds fly? I think I will have to do some research.

Monday, April 23, 2007

Happy Birthday Pumpkin

Yesterday was my grand daughter's birthday. Three years old already! A little gymboree party with her friends and cupcakes. Life is good.

Sunday, April 22, 2007

Some Pictures!!!

I finally was able to upload some pictures from my camera. I want to share some things I have finished. Although, it has been so long since these were done, it almost seems silly to post now! The first is a Baby It's Cold Outside sweater. These are so fun to make.

The next one is my first attempt at a ripple afghan. I did not use a pattern for this. I used the stitch encyclopedia as a guide and stopped when I felt it was a good size. My next one will be for a ripple-along and will be multi-colored stripes.
And last but not least is my round ripple I made for my grand daughter. She uses it to watch tv on the couch or to cuddle with nana in bed. I love making these! They are fun and go really quickly. I plan on making a couple to save for the next baby gift I need.

Friday, April 20, 2007

Welcome Sunshine

The sun is out today and weather is warm. My basement is almost dry! It should be a beautiful weekend, weatherwise. I feel as if the fog is clearing. So many things have happened; in the country, to my family, to my house. I think we can all use a pretty spring day to forget and heal.

Tomorrow is my pumpkin's 3rd birthday. Very low key this year. Gymboree for the little ones, coffee and cake for immediate family. She is so excited, it is a pleasure to watch. Life is so simple when you are 3. It warms my heart.

I have joined a ripple along and I am very excited to start a project with no deadline, that is just for my enjoyment. So excited that I ordered $120 of yarn yesterday. It was so much fun to pick the colors. I am making it very colorful! This will be a comfortghan for myself.

My swerve shawl is going to the frog pond. I substituted Lion Woolease Chunky yarn and the gauge was way off, so instead of a shawl, it is more like a curved scarf or a large collar. I love the yarn and the color, so I think I am going to try the half moon shawl.

I also received my Edgeroo, ordered some fleece so I can't wait to try it. My only concern is that the instructions say you should do it on a ceiling tile because you need something to cushion when you punch holes in the fabric. That never occurred to me and I don't have or want a ceiling tile. I will just wing it, or maybe ask around and see what others did.

I order a couple of scrapbooks and am getting closer to actually creating a layout page for some of my photos.

As you can see, I practice retail therapy. I also have crafting ADD. My daughter is always asking me why I can't wait until one project is done before I start another. I don't know why. Sometimes I think the planning and the shopping are more fun than the doing. But this is it for now. I will not plan another project until these are well on there way.

I hope I can post some pictures soon. I think the reason things are not working for me on my computer, is that I have the new Vista OS. I have heard from others that there are a lot of bugs in it. My dh comes home this weekend (he travels a lot for work) and hopefully he can make it work.

Have a great weekend all. Those of you that have this beautiful weather, I hope you get to enjoy it. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you that have lost a loved one.

Sunday, April 15, 2007

Life Goes On

A lot has happened since I last posted and unfortunately not all good. Out of respect for the privacy, I cannot share the details. But we suffered a loss on Easter Sunday. The cold dreary weather was perfect for us, because we were so sad. We are now healing and moving forward.

I still have not had time to upload pics of my fo's. One day I will figure it out and post them all (it's not that much really). For now I just want to share a few things that I am doing to keep my mind occuppied and my fingers busy.

I finished the two toddler ponchos and the two baby sweaters that were commissioned by my sister's co-workers. I am so glad to be done with them! Nothing stresses me out than working on something that I have to charge for. I never think it is going to be good enough. Of course, they loved them. So much so, that in addition to paying me, they gave me a gift certificate to Lord & Taylor. I thought that was really nice of them. I never got to take pics, so I asked for the moms to send me some of the babies wearing them. Hopefully, I will be able to post them soon.

I was feeling a little burned out from churning out one project after another. So I thought I would take a little break. As soon as I decided that, I start finding things I want to make. I am making this cute little doll outfit that for my little pumpkin's doll. I am really enjoying making it and now I want to make a whole doll layette with all my scrap yarn.

While watching "All About My Mother" with Penelope Cruz (which I highly recommend), I fell in love with a shawl she was wearing while sick. It seemed soft and warm and very comforting. I spent many hours trying to find a pattern similar to it and the closest I could come was this one from Moda Dea. The bottom of hers was like this, but the top was more solid. Almost like a blanket. As I was making this one, I really started to like it. I did not use the yarn suggested, I used this in Deep Rose. It is fun to make and goes really fast. I can't wait to wear it and will probably make another one if I can find the right yarn. It should be very bulky and very soft (sounds expensive!).

I have been restless lately and when that happens I tend to shop. My latest obsession is scrapbooking. So far I have not made any pages, just bought supplies! I really want to do this but I am a little intimidated. But I am getting there.

Then while reading the 'ville I found this free baby blanket pattern, which I love, love, love. I have to make it and put it away for a future lucky baby.

Now this blanket led me to this blog. And then I saw this ripple blanket and it was love at first site. I love the simplicity of it and the beautiful use of colors. So now I have to try and make one for myself, with my own choice of colors. I want something that will go with the colors in my house which are more earthtones.

I also bought and EdgeryDoo because I want to make some fleece blankets with crochet edges.

So now it looks like I have my projects lined up for a while. Time heals and life goes on. Thank you for visiting :)