Tuesday, December 21, 2010
good friend this week by making her boys some stockings to hang for Santa. I had been making mittens using old felted sweaters and this fantastic free tutorial from Five Green Acres ( and Mary Jo's old sweaters too! ) . These stockings were simple to make using the scraps from the sweaters. I used an old stocking as a pattern and than cut it into 5 pieces. Using the pattern I tried to make a white, blue & green stocking each embroidered with the sweet boy's name. I like the cozy handmade look of them, maybe I'll make some for my boys next year. there's always next year rite?!
Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays to you all.
Friday, December 10, 2010
Here's a simple homemade gift for your neighbors & friends.
Hot Cocoa mix:
1 cup cocoa + 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
or if you like it a little bittersweet reduce the sugar to 1 1/4 cup.
We mixed them together with a whisk and carefully packaged them into jars as gifts.
Add one tsp cocoa mix for every cup of milk, heat, serve & smile.
here's to getting a bit of the holiday spirit,
lily & oscar
Sunday, December 5, 2010
|knitting for my dear sisters|
|Advent candles, one for each boy, found them .here|
|recycled sweater tree garland inspired by meg|
|Simple snowflake ribbon wrapped around a wreath.|
|I found this amazing vintage felt appliques thrift shopping, I'm happy I got to finally use them.|
|Finally a tree for the boys room. I think this is the year they will reallllly get into the holidays.|
Sunday, November 21, 2010
'Strega Nona the Musical' today, a favorite book.
( felix 2 months old & me 26)
Tuesday, November 9, 2010
Our good friend Steffan Jonsson from Sweden. He came this spring to pick up a guitar made by another friend Devin. As always in our home, a safe haven for musicians, a shop party in their honor made for some amazing music. Here's a taste. Have a great week.
Thursday, November 4, 2010
my first try at a hat, a teeny tiny hat. I modified this free pattern on ravelry called swell. Since my kids arn't surfers I thought an acorn pattern would be cute. Even though they look more like Chinese lanterns than acorns I'm happy with the result. And while there's no one in our home to fit this tiny hat I'm sure I can find a little person to give this too before the winds blow.
Now to cast on for one double this size for my guys.
acorns again? we'll see.
Saturday, October 30, 2010
here's the quick update:
-made this cake for my mom & LOVED IT!!
-got a new job at my old job, hopefully leading to a less hectic life
-the show was a great success.
- I wrapped myself into a bunk bed frenzy but now it's up & I can move on to sewing new curtains.
- I've got the knitting bug, badddddd. But not in that sweater or sock kind of way, I'm going for the simpler quicky kind of way. My first project is this cowl last week, and I absolutely adore it. I made it using a cheapo cotton & acrylic yarn I got from Michaels because I liked the color so much. On the needles now are some hats for the boys.
I hope to be back sooner rather than later, oh & I've missed you too.
Thursday, September 23, 2010
whoa. getting ready for my opening next week, tending to the tomatoes that need to be canned, laundry, apple butter, building forts & working FT, let's just say I'm totally overwhelmed.
Be back soon with links, updates, photo's of squaredances & the like.
Monday, August 16, 2010
It's always been in the back of our minds to redo the back porch/deck/jail cell one day. So we designed, talked to friends and started to hoard materials. A few bricks here, some flagstone there, and what seemed like a snails pace project now is DONE!!! Take a look see.
The old, thankfully rotting, deck. With it's high railing and small stairway oriented not to the yard but the driveway instead. Sure we had fun out here, and it was functional but it always seemed apart from the yard rather than an extension of it.
This is the new patio & deck ( sorry for the dappled light, it's just been so damned sunny lately) We built a cedar landing with wide large steps, going to a brick & flagstone patio. We wanted it to act as a space where kids & friends could come & go. Eat, play music & shuck corn or have coffee on those steps. Be in the yard. Here are a few more in shots of the progress
designing the shape & size the materials we had would allow.
Another reason I love my handy & patient husband, he built the stairs on the nights that I worked. That means these two were happily helping out too.
Friday, August 6, 2010
Some simple shots of what's happening in our neck of the (vary mosquitto'y) world.
I have a piece in a group show that is at our local botanical gardens, we went to see it this last weekend with my mother in law. It it a magical place every season of the year, especially this one.
Growing, picking, eating, preserving, storing. We asked for it and we got it. I just heard a 'clink' from a jar of pickles sealing in the kitchen, sigh of satisfaction.
Treasure hunting today led me & Oscar to a crazy place we would go before we had kids ( because it is FILLED with junk.) But within that junk there were treasures. A handmade quilt, a wooden tricycle, leather log carrier, black metal lunchbox, large tin serving platter ( seen under those green tomatoes) and ....
Heading to a dance tonight and camping after , crossing my fingers that we don't get eaten alive. No twirly skirts for this dancing gal, long pants and socks I'm afraid. ta ta for now.
Friday, July 30, 2010
Found myself by myself today, odd. It is amazing how alive your house can be one day and how quiet it can be the next, still, almost waiting for them to come home. While I do miss them I have been using this time to work on some paintings for an upcoming show in October. Here's a sneak peak.