Thursday, February 26, 2015

Indulging Myself

Looked out the while chopping veggies for chicken noodle soup and could not believe what I saw........
The ducks were walking on the lake.......  From the float to our yard for their breakfast........




Yes, it actually froze enough for them to walk across....  Of course within 3 hours it had all melted again but I so have a picture to prove I was not dreaming........



Yesterday I indulged myself..........  Finished one slipper for my Hobbit slippers.... You can find the pattern  HERE.....  Yes it will have to be felted so I am going to knit a few more for friends before I go to Marilyn's and ask to use her washing machine......  She has a top loading one......


And a new shirt for Wade Hamilthon.......  I thought this fabric was just right to make him a new shirt......  The buttons are just the right touch....




He too is glad his mother is a quilter....  They are so nice to curl up on.........





Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Snow Day


The best part about snow in Eastern NC is knowing that it will not last long....... 

Birds have almost emptied the feeder...... I will need to hang a full one tomorrow morning.........



This isn't sand on the beach but snow................  In about 6 weeks we will be sitting out there enjoying our morning coffee............



I did get two bags completed.......  the other four are ready for handles and lining.....  There seems to be a light at the end of this tunnel......



Spent most of the morning in the kitchen.  Chicken noodle soup.......  Spaghetti sauce........  and homemade bread.......... 

Hope wherever you are you are warm and well fed..........





Monday, February 23, 2015

Still Making Baskets


Productive weekend..........  I finally got all the baskets pieced and stitched to the batting.....



Next was to sew the sides together............



After that I sewed across the corners to give them a bottom............



Voila.............  Now on to the handles.........  Lets see, 24 baskets with two handles each equals 48 handles.....  Basket tutorial can be found HERE .  Well, I know what I will be doing this week.......  Must pause for a wee bit of house blessing today and one more Dr.'s visit today for Lem.............


I did get all of Elsie's scarves finished this weekend...........



And the last of Cassie's scarves made.........  The last hat using that skein of yarn.........  Found a large jar to keep the odd balls in.......  Yet one more thing to crowd into this wee room........




For more ideas and inspiration go to Patchwork Times HERE







Saturday, February 21, 2015

While the Weather Keeps Us In

I have been finding recipes for the crock pot on Pinterest......... 

Last night Beef Stew..........  It was good.......  And enough left for another meal...........  Served with homemade cheese biscuits...........  I use Southern Biscuit Mix and use the entire bag of mix at a time.....  Then fast freeze them, put them in a ziplock bag and bake them as needed...............


Tonight will be chicken and dumplings...........  It is assembled and should start making the house smell delicious soon............  


While dinner is cooking away I will be working on the little bags I need to make........ 

The blocks are sewn together and attached to the bottom of the bag.........


Now I am adding batting..................


Looking forward to a day sewing..............

Friday, February 20, 2015

Off the Needles Friday

One more hat and yet another scarf............  Did a bit more this week but I have already posted those pictures........

I am trying to get the last of the scarf yarn knit and gone and also a few more hats........  Georgina took two of them yesterday........  Fun and easy to make and a great thing to give...........  Maybe the next ones will make it to the shelter...........


Check out Patchwork Times to see what others are making....... HERE


Made Pasta Fagioli soup yesterday from a recipe found HERE...

It was great........  More for lunch today......  Used sea shells because I could not find ditalini ...........



If all goes well I will be working on my basket project today.......




Thursday, February 19, 2015

How We Sparkle

My wee Pin Oak that I found when it was 6 inches tall and brought home for the yard.....  My neighbors got a few chuckles over my little tree......  Now it is 4 feet tall and if it survives the winter I think it might live to a ripe old age.


It did finally warm up enough yesterday to free the trees from their icy coat..........



But looking out the window yesterday it was a lovely site......


Even the shrubs were ice coated............


Finally warmed up enough for us to get to the grocery store ...........

Now I am off to make a pot of Pasta Fagioli...........  Temps are low again today.....  A cold 28...  Not complaining because I know how much others are suffering with weather much worse.

Perhaps today I will get my baskets done.........

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

THE SUN IS SHINING.......

Worked on the wee baskets yesterday.........  I have all the one and one squares sewn together......  Today I hope to sew them into two by six panels.........  I only need to make 24 of these darlings.......

I spend time on the house blessing and sewing in the morning.....  In the afternoon I sit with Lem and we watch television together till time for me to cook dinner.......  That gives me time for machine work and hand work.........



A friend asked for scarves to sell at a fundraiser........  I have three finished and plan to make one more...
I will soon have used all the yarn I bought when this product came out........  They ran a big sale and I went berserk purchasing.......  I still have some to make for Elsie and some to make for Cassie and there is even a basket that I have with yarn for me........
To date I do not have one but maybe soon it will be my turn........


Another mindless hat........  Still finding partial skeins here to use up this way.......  I never know where they will end up.......  I just make them and God finds a home for them........  I am hoping to get some made for the shelter in Richmond, VA.......  We shall see.......


We are blessed here with reasonable weather.....   It has been cold and I dread to see the light bill but we have stayed in and warm.......  Our area has not been as overwhelmed as many others.............  We were iced in all day yesterday........  Jason made it by here and got the mail for us........

It is supposed to be in the forties today so we will take this opportunity to get to the grocery store and then back home for the next wave of cold weather.........
    
I found a recipe today on Pinterest for chicken and dumplings HERE... 

Dinner tonight is leftovers again as I am trying to clear out the refrigerator but I plan to give that a try tomorrow......  I will let you know how it is..............

Have a good day and stay warm and dry........

Monday, February 16, 2015

Design Wall Monday


Busy weekend........  Bitter cold here in Eastern NC.......  We are so very blessed to be snug and warm and have things to keep the hands busy...........

I finished 6 hearts for a project for next Valentines Day.........  I will now put them in the Valentine box and move on to the next holiday.  St. Patrick's Day....



Made the white hat that Donna had requested then picked up a skein of yarn and made another one......  There is a smaller hat almost done....  I will finish it tonight.........



I am also working on a project for a friend.......  I am helping her to make party favors.......

I made one basked......then the large Hen Pincushion....  It is too big to fit in the basket so I made a smaller one.....  I will keep the big one for myself.......  I also whipped up a thread catcher.........  There is one more item I want to make but I plan to finish these first........



The basket pattern is quick and easy and can be found HERE


The buttons are pinned on and this is the easiest thing ever.....  You can find the Thread Catcher pattern HERE



Amazingly easy......  The Wee Hen Pincushion.....  If you want to try one or two or twenty you can find the pattern HERE



Now on to making these things......  But first I have to stop and get the studio all Shipshape and Bristol Fashion.   If you don't know what that means go HERE... 

You can see that it needs help.....  Well, after all, I was in the throes of a creative  adventure..........



For more fun go to Patchwork Times and you will find other fun thing to view.... HERE

Friday, February 13, 2015

On the Needles Friday


Here is a basket of fun..........  I made some puff hearts for friends to add to the Cup of Chocolate I assembled for them for Valentine's Day..........  Easy and fun to make.......  No one can make just one....

Already have an idea percolating for the coffee table for next year.....

You can find the pattern HERE  or if you prefer a video HERE...  I prefer the beginning method of the written pattern but we all like different things so you can choose the one you prefer.....


The white yarn is going to be a hat........  I found this Ann Norling hat pattern years ago and it is perfect to use up those odd bits of yarn from other projects........  They are easy to make and work up quickly...  Yarn is put to good use and I just give the hats away........  Found three in the attic and a friend admired two of them.......  She gave one to her daughter and one to her grandson........  He said that he would like a white one so I went to the Store in the Attic and found a skein of white yarn.............  If you are interested in the pattern you can find it HERE...

Other fun ideas are awaiting you HERE at Patchwork Times...  Judy hosts this every Friday so that we can share the fun............

HAPPY KNITTING........

P.S.  Ordered a new knitting needle today.... It is square and made in the USA....I found them HERE but I ordered them from Amazon...............Really enjoy being a Prime member and taking advantage of the Free Shipping........




Thursday, February 12, 2015

The Sun and the Moon


Quite foggy this morning but the sun has burned it off now..... 


And the moon was out at the same time......


Wade had a spa day yesterday and now he is wearing his new red and white pinstriped shirt with red trim....


The bed is made, the laundry done, the dishwasher is unloaded and I am going try to see if I can make order in the studio.........


I am really not sure how this happens but it does.........  Now to uncover the surfaces and bring order to chaos............







The Thread and I

Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, Do it with thy might.

Ecclesiastes 9:10