If you want a golden rule that will fit everything, this is it: Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.William Morris.

Monday, December 16, 2019

Wonderful Weekend

It was a nice relaxing weekend for a change and boy did I so enjoyed myself.
I had intended to write this last night but I was just enjoying how relaxed I was. Enjoyed watching season 3 of Outlander and working on my Advent socks


 a new project 
started a shawl for one of my daughter for Christmas. It's a crochet pattern by Sandra Paul of Cherry Heart, pattern is called Linden Bee

So pretty....

Also was able to get to some sewing in weekend for the first time in quite awhile.

In fact you can see by my collection of plants that found a home on the sewing table that I haven't been doing much sewing lately.

They really do like it there, west facing window. But they were moved so I could dust off the machine do some sewing. 

I have been collecting projects and finally was able to get a few completed.

I finished up weaving on a few washcloths, so they needed to be hemmed.

 Nothing fancy here, As you can see they are not all the same size and I wasn't keeping track of length seeing how they are for me and just using up scraps of cotton yarn.

That was one WIP done 

then next, I needed to do was wind a bobbin for the dish towels I'm weaving on. 

 I'm trying boat shuttles and like using them a lot. It's a little tricky at times seeing how I'm using them on a ridged heddle loom and not a floor loom. A ridged heddle  doesn't have a base board (?) that the shuttle can slide upon. So I need to pay close attention but so much fun sliding them across.

Sunday I spent the afternoon making a project bag for the socks I'm knitting.

Turned out perfect, if I say so myself.

Stands up so nicely

Prefect size for socks

Love it.
stuff will not fall out now.

And a couple of weeks ago I ordered some needle cozy off a TIENenMIEP Designs, a seller on esty to use while knitting socks. DP needles have a tendency of getting loose and can be an issue at times and this is a great solution.

The needles slip inside and then you just snap it shut.
Don't know how long they been around but it's a new thing to me

Well that's all for now

Linking up with kathys quilts

love laugh quilt

Thursday, December 12, 2019

Countdown to Christmas

My goodness it's only 13 days until Christmas.
Have to say this year is a little different, we have had family coming all month.

My middle daughter and her family have been here already and  my oldest brother and wife will be here this weekend. Then next weekend my other daughters will be here.  

Everyone is here to share Christmas with Mom. She now has hospice and we all want to make the most of what time she has left here on earth.

Needless to say my time for a while now has been away from home and such but I have been taking still small hand projects to take with me when out on appointments and visits.

I started a pair of advent socks

It's been a few years since I've knitted some socks.

I debated whether I would use double pointed needles or circular needles and I went with the DP needles. And have no regrets.
I have missed knitting and I am taking it slow so my wrist doesn't act up.

I had already knitted 2 cowls. 

One for me

and the other for my youngest daughter 

Love the feel of the yarn, it's like rabbit fur, so soft.

I'm also still weaving on the latest set of dish towels and I'll get more into these in the next post.

Plus I want to share what I'm reading right now and it's a change for me and a fun read.

I learned about this book on Diane in Denmark's channel. She like me loves mysteries. Just couldn't resist reading this.

Has some very well know writers to pick from.

I feel that I will have a little more time to write in the future and look forward to sharing here again.

Until then,
take care

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Happy Thanksgiving

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I'm wishing all in the US a Happy Thanksgiving.

Take a little time to reflect on all you are thankful for.
I know I am going to.
And remember those you are missing or will not be with us next Thanksgiving.

God has given us many blessings each and everyday, big and very small.

Love you all and may God bless you

Sunday, September 22, 2019

Peaceful Sunday

It has been another one of those weeks.
Had family from out of state come to visit with my parents and which I was over at their house everyday and then Doctor visits Friday. 
My DS and I went to Pawhaska to Ree Drummond's Mercantile store and we were also able to go to the Lodge where they film her cooking show on the food Network
I wish I would of took more pictures but there was quite the crowd.

Love this huge fireplace.
FYI; every bedroom has its own full bathroom and there was 5(?) bedrooms
Yesterday needed to go by my parents house and deliver dinner for them. Tried out a new recipes they had printed out at the clinic that was low in sodium. 
Was pretty tasty.

I haven't been able to do any sewing but had started a new embroidery project 

 Halloween Journey by Crabapple Hill

I started this 2 weeks ago.

I'm using a printable sticky transfer that is water solvable by Sulky

Took 4 sheets to get all of the design.

I can use it with and with out a hoop.
Started with the hoop but now I'm stitching without one

Love the fall colors of the threads.

So far this is what I have done

I'm guessing about a third done.

I'm using a back stitch, the pattern did not suggest which stitch to use.

Working out so far.
The leaves will be wool and appliqued on and do need to fill in the spiders still.

But I figure at the rate I've been going I hope to have it done a few weeks before Halloween

I'll plan to keep you posted.

I wanted to write this past week about it being National Indoor Plant Week.

I have a good collection of indoor plants and wanted to share photos but that just didn't happen. Maybe someday I can.

Till Next Time


Linking up with Kathy

Thursday, September 5, 2019

Thursday Throwback .... 6 things I've learned about blogging

I have been busy again with my parents, Mom is back in the hospital with CHF so I hadn't the time to write so I went back to see if there was an old post I could share again. Came across this one I wrote 8 years ago and it just spoke to me.
All of the six things still resonate with me but after 8 years and the changes in my life I feel like I can add more. I am going to put the additional thoughts in red   
So here goes with the post from September 2011

These are a few things I have learned in these short few months since I started blogging.

1. Have fun. I am really having a lot of fun keeping a blog. I have been keeping a journal (diary) since I was 12 years old and this is so much more fun. I think you have to have fun doing this because it takes  time to write and figure out all this stuff.
This is all still so true

2. Be yourself. I had read this somewhere else and thought about it and realize how true that is. The hardest part for me is being able to express myself in words. My middle daughter is the writer and makes it look so easy, so writing this for others to read, not like my journal, has been a challenge getting it to sound like I think it should. Who knew I should of been paying more attention in my English classes.
I have to admit it is still a challenge but has becomed easier and I am faster. Besides being myself I have always and will continue to keep this about me and not my family. Which I mean I keep their names private and for the most part very limited pictures. I figure if they want to be public they'll do.

Laura Ingall Wilder's place

     3. Write about what you know and have a passion for. Now that has been easy and sometimes I have so many things I want to share and I have to decide what I will write about. Otherwise I would be posting (time permitted) many times a days, you would be saying to yourself that lady needs to get a grip on things.. I can have so many things going on that I have to choose and stay focus. Which has been a good thing for me, I have gone off in so many directions that it takes me a while to complete some of the projects I have started. (Mainly my quilting oh ya embroidery, but then there is my knitting and I can't forget, heck you see what I mean.) 
Boy this part has not changed, maybe my interests but not the wanting to share. My only problem is at times getting writers block or like now which is dealing with my parents and their health issues. There has been so many times a week I say I need to write that down and share but something will come up that I need to deal with. But I have learned not to be so hard on myself and just do what I can at this moment. Life goes on (God willing) and situation will change. And THANK YOU all for still taking your time to read this. Time is so precious.

4. Find your time.  I have come to realize that I write better posts at certain times of the day. I seem to be more direct and less creative when I write late in the day. So I do better in the morning but getting to have time to write then is my biggest hurdle. So my goal for myself is to do more of it. I think you would enjoy it more too.
All I can add is, this has not change at all for me. I am a morning person and mornings are just not long enough to do it all.

5. Use lots of pictures. Nothing works better than being able to see it. What's that saying, "A picture is worth a thousands words." I love taking pictures but I really do need to invest in a good camera. And pictures of pets, animals and kids (baby picture) you just can't go wrong.
Still believe it and I have to say I've been trying to learn how to make videos. I give my grandsons credit for that.

6. Add food.  Whether it is recipes, pictures or whats good, food is a winner. Who doesn't like food and the more yummy it is the better. This is something I love to do and sometimes I get so wrapped up in the process and eating I forget to take a picture and all I have left to show is crumbs. I will get better, work on will power and at least get a pic before I dive in.
Believe that still.

Well that's it but I bet if I had the time to think about this I imagine I could add more but I'm short on time again. Need to give Dad a ride to Tulsa to go Visit Mom in the hospital. I will write again as soon as I can.  Take care of yourself.

Till next time

Thursday, August 29, 2019

Sew a Cat Nipper

It's is Thursday.....Throwback Thursday
I thought I would try something new and republish an older post.
This was first published August 6, 2011

Hope you enjoy and can use this pattern

OK, I know this looks strange but this is Pete yawning after playing with his toy I made. Poor thing just wore himself out. He goes totally nuts over it, it could be the catnip in it, YOU THINK!

They are really easy to make and your cat will love it, mine do.

You'll need a scrap of fabric 2 1/2" x 10"
Also small amount of poly-fill stuffing and catnip

Sew 1/4" on one end and the side

like so

You need to turn it inside out. Then add stuffing and catnip. Mixing it by putting in one then the other, alternating as you go. Does not need to be stuffed to firmly. You want it sort of flimsy so you can tie it in a knot

Now its time to just let the cat have his or her way with it.

Eventually it will look like this one. The end chew off and all the catnip is gone from that end.

Till next time
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