Tuesday, December 21, 2010

making a bit of christmas magic for a friend.

Hello all you holiday makers,  we're gearing up just like you are for all the festivities later in the week. While my lists are done,  I got a chance to help a 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. 

Cheers,  Lily

Friday, December 10, 2010

homemade cocoa

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

after the first snow

knitting for my dear sisters
Advent candles, one for each boy, found them .here
recycled sweater tree garland inspired by meg
 We Wisconsinites got our first snowfall yesterday.  It was perfect,  only 4 inches or so and on a Saturday.  I had been thinking about starting to unearth the Christmas box and this snow storm completely got me into the holiday spirit.  Here's some views from around our house this weekend.
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

and he is 5

 This once tiny boy is 5.  We had a very full week with new work and preparations for a celebration.  For sanity's sake ( yes, she flew over the house for a moment last week) I did NOT do the crown, the hobo lunches, the t shirt or a  extravagant cake.  Without intending on having a theme it turned into a circle party.

 Vanilla cupcakes with vanilla frosting and sprinkles,  I was told that is what kids have at their birthdays, not cakes.   I did make hobo gift bags filled with dollar store gifts.  They were simple and fun,  a simple place mat construction with loops on 3 sides and a long rope on the 4th.  Polka-dots were on the outsides of all, in case they take them to ride the rails.

 We made pizza's, ate a ton of veggie sticks and cantaloupe.  The kids ran wild & the adults drank too much coffee, it was a nice party for a Saturday afternoon.  To finish off the birthday weekend we all went to 'Strega Nona the Musical' today, a favorite book.

When I get a moment to reflect on it all I am astounded at this past 5 years, I can't even fathom what is next. 

( felix 2 months old & me  26)

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

a musical break

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

tiny acorn hat

Ta Da!!
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

stone cowl

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

until next time

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. 

ta ta

Monday, August 16, 2010

deck to landing : before & after

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

summer treasures

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 ....

  this awesome awesome basket.  all for $60.  can't beat that

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

a quiet day

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.