Sunday, May 21, 2017

Picture Hanging, Shabby Chic Curtains and knitting

Every time I move, it takes a while for me to choose the home for all of my pictures. This time was no exception. :) You would think, after 16 different moves, that I would be able to move a bit quicker, but no.  Actually, this time I thought I had made quicker choices and had hung up quite a few pictures, but they just weren't working in their new homes. So, I spent the greater part of this week taking down some of what I had put up and then rehanging them.
Here is what I have come up with.
Above is the dining room. We have my grandfather's clock on the china cabinet and sconces made by my dad on either side. Pictures on the wall are of sheep, which were taken of different American sheep farms and purchased by my hubby and framed by him, just for me. :) I love wool and I love sheep. I love him.  :)

This photo is of the door from the kitchen eating area to the living room. So, you see the brick work of the fireplace and part of the treadle sewing machine. The photo on the brick, is no longer there, but has been moved. Now, to the kitchen wall. I found the two small rectangular trays at Canton First Monday trade days. The round black one, is of Connecticut. If you know me, you are asking yourself, Connecticut???? Why??  My dad was born there and my mom gave that tray to me years ago, so I wouldn't forget where he was born. Hahaha! 

I love this quilt. We had hung this quilt on another wall when we moved into the house. It wasn't receiving enough light to do it justice. So it was moved over the weekend and now it can be seen.
On the opposite wall from the quilt, I hung these three folk art type farm pictures, more sheep.

So, here I step out onto a limb. :) I took down blinds. I am not a fan of blinds, especially in the dust bowl that Texas can be. I have been looking at curtain ideas on Pinterest and in magazines. Then I  thought,  "I have linens, that I can hang at my windows." So, here is my attempt at the Shabby Chic look for curtains. Only thing purchased were the rods. After the hours it takes to make trips to many stores and then not finding my rods, I ended up having to order them on-line. It took 5 minutes to order them on line and they were delivered two days later.......

I love hanging towels and thought that I would make some for myself using my stash cotton yarns! This is my first one.
Above is my new pattern, named Springtime Fling. I have knit it a couple of times, sold the selling rights to Fiberlady for their Hemp Fine yarn. But, I also plan to list it for sale on Ravelry soon!!
'til next time, Be Blessed and have Good Days!

Monday, May 15, 2017

Crochet English Cottage Tea Cozy

When my friend, Sharon, was moving away to another state, I decided that I wanted to make something for her. We had often gotten together for tea and I thought this would be a good opportunity to make a tea cozy! I have always want to make one that looked like a house.

I went to Ravelry and found this pattern. I loved the house and decided to purchase that pattern and the knitted pattern as well.

Also, I decided to use stash yarn.  I still have shelves and shelves of yarn.......
Sharon's was a teal house, with a tan roof. Teal/aqua are her favorite colors. Unfortunately, I didn't get a picture of her cozy!

BUT, I decided to make a cozy for me too. It isn't as if I don't have the yarn for it. hahaha!

 Here is the first attempt at my cozy. First you crochet two rectangle pieces and then I did the embroidery. After the embroidered embellishments are finished, you then attach the rectangles at the top and crochet the roof.
When I was done with the roof, I didn't really like it. I didn't like the color, actually. So, I ripped out the roof and started over with a silver gray yarn.  Picture below.

I also added some more flowers to the front.  The pattern called for the windows to be worked in intarsia. I did that for Sharon's, but decided to make them separate and then stitch them onto my cozy.
The roof is different too. I decided rather than a round roof, I wanted it to look more authentic, like an actual house roof. What I have is a wonky roof, but I love the character it adds! :D

This is the back of the house. It has to have a back door and flowers too. I used a green yarn to attach the bottom of the two rectangle.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Dunkin' Donuts and Finished Project!

Our new home is close to a Dunkin' Donuts! I have fond childhood memories of Dunkin Donuts. To me, as a child, they were a coffee shop that sold donuts! As a family, we didn't really eat a lot of donuts for breakfast, they were more of a dessert item, so Dunkin Donuts was open all day. You would see people in there all day, taking a coffee break and eating a donut.
Now they have sandwiches too and in some areas they have ice cream.
Once in a while you can find us in there eating a breakfast sandwich, drinking coffee and a having a donut for dessert.  :)
Do you ever look up and notice lamps in restaurants? I have started doing that. Here is one of the many in our Dunkin Donuts!  
An orange donut! Cute!
I have finally finished a knitting project! I am still knitting from stash. This yarn is some Madelinetosh yarn that I purchased at DFW Fiberfest several years ago. The pattern is my original pattern, named Nicole. Here is the link to it on Ravelry.

Here is an ongoing project, that I do need to get back to. It is called Two Way Wrap Cardigan. Here is the link on Ravelry. I am using Brown Sheep Lamb's Pride Superwash Worsted Weight.
You start by knitting a giant square and then fold it and pick up stitches for the sleeves. I do have the square done(Even though you don't see it in the picture). Now I need to fold it and pick up the sleeves. Then I will have to knit the collar.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Caramel Cookies Recipe

I love cookies! I have been having some fun going through my mom's recipes. One of the items I brought home with me, from her house, was her old cookbook. It is the book that I remember her using the most while I was growing up. I found this cookie recipe in that book. I am sorry, the title of the book escapes my memory and the book is so well used, that the covers are missing!! :)
Caramel Nut Slices
 1/2 cup soft shortening(I used butter)
1 cup brown sugar(packed)
1 egg
1 3/4 cup flour
1/4 cup salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 finely chopped nuts(I wasn't in the mood for nuts and left them out)
Mix shortening(butter), sugar, and egg thoroughly. Sift together and stir in flour, salt, baking soda. Blend in nuts.
Form into two log shaped rolls, 2 "  in diameter. Wrap in waxed paper, or parchment paper,  and chill overnight. Heat oven to 400 degrees F.  Cut slices 1/8" thick; place a little apart on ungreased baking sheet. Bake 8-10 minutes, until set but not hard. About 6 doz cookies.
Note: I didn't use the nuts and cut my cookies a little thicker. I ended up with 4 doz cookies.
Hope you enjoy these as much as we have!!!


Saturday, February 18, 2017

Galveston and Knitting

When we went to Galveston last month, I took some photo's of things we saw and places we have visited so I decided to share some of them here.
As we drove out of our hotel parking lot, this was the first thing we saw! These beautifully painted homes. We saw a lot of homes painted in these and other pretty colors. What a joy and inspiration of colors!
We have been going to Galveston since 1991, but this is the first time we visited the Moody Mansion. It is an amazing home and was a great experience getting to see the inside. We didn't get to tour all 28,000 square feet of it, but we did get to see 2 of the 4 floors. This structure not only made it through Hurricane Ike, but made it through the horrific hurricane in 1900. Yes, it sustained some damage, but it was all repairable.

This picture, below, is of the bathtub in the master bathroom. The silver colored container was the gas hot water heater, so they had hot water to take their baths, or showers!! I had never seen a hot water heater like this before, have you?

One of our favorite things to do in Galveston is to walk along The Strand. Little shops and boutiques, as well as some eateries, line the street. We love to go browsing and to also buy some homemade fudge in the confectionary.


Our hotel room view was spectacular! It was windy when I took this picture and had actually been raining. So, the surf was a bit rougher than it normally is. The amusement park in the back ground, is built on a pier over the water..... It is actually the site where a hotel used to be built. The hotel was on a pier, out over the water and in that same location. During Hurricane Ike, it and the pier were damaged so much, that they had to be torn down.

My KNITTING!! I have finished my Kwoosh! I love it. The yarn looks beautiful and was a joy to work with.
I love how the automatic striping design worked in this project.

One thing that I realized when I finished, was that there wasn't one knot in the skein of yarn. It is very hard these days, to find a yarn that doesn't have a knot somewhere in the skein! Many thanks to Schachenmayr the producer of Regia -The Sock Wool, for producing a wonderful yarn.

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Happenings and Knitting

Hello February and hello 2017!
We have had an eventful end to 2016 and I am still catching up! Maybe that is how life will be for a while, playing catch up.  But, I am catching up and that is a good thing, I  think.....

First off, last summer we decided to down size our home and move closer to work. So, we listed our house in the woods and it sold quickly. Then, we went on a hunt for a new home.  Wow! Talk about an emotional roller coaster..... There is a housing shortage in north Texas, so it was difficult to actually get a house.  We found plenty of houses, and we put in many offers on different homes, but there were usually at least 5 offers on the same house. The sellers don't take the first offer in this current market, but look at the offers and then decide which one they like the most. Great for the seller, but not so easy on the buyer. Our realtor actually told us to get prepared to make offers on more than one house at a time! We didn't actually have to do that, because we finally "won" this house. :)

We actually lost this house twice, before our offer was accepted! We love our new home and Jeff's commute is so short, that he calls to tell me he is on his way home and as I say ok and we hang up, he is here!

While going through the move out of the woods, we went into a hotel. It was our home for several weeks, before we could get into our new home, and I did have a chance to knit!! These socks are finished, but here is the picture of them in progress. I love these new socks! I knit them from the toe up and used the magic loop technique, instead of double point needles.

 My birthday was in January, and this year Jeff decided to take me to Galveston for my gift!!!! I love Galveston and I love the beach. It was a great trip and a wonderful gift. We left late on a Tuesday evening. We drove down I45 all the way onto Galveston Island.  Before we arrived in Galveston we had to drive through Houston.  When we made it to Houston, it was dark and this was our view of the city as we arrived and drove through. Isn't it gorgeous, lit up against the cloudy sky with the moon poking through?
A friend of mine was able to take a trip to Austria this fall and when she returned, she brought a gift to me!!! What do you buy a knitter and crocheter? Yarn! I love this yarn. I did start a pair of socks, but after talking to my friend Debbie, she suggested a Kwoosh which is a free pattern on Ravelry. You can click on the word Kwoosh and see the pattern. It is a scarf, and I am less likely to wear out the precious yarn wearing it as a scarf, as opposed to socks.

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Sewing, Knitting, White Fluffy Things

Living in Texas, I have been appreciating lighter weight woven summer clothing, linen being one of choices. I was out on etsy looking for handmade linen clothing and found a beautiful jumper. It was designed to be worn with a tee shirt and leggings, and was darling. It was more than I had at the moment to spend, but one of my friends gave me the challenge of : "you can make that, you sew." :) Nothing like a challenge to get the creative juices flowing. I have several A-line dresses here and laid them out on the table, on top of some paper. Traced them, added a seam allowance, increased the size of the armhole, made a V-neck, added a pocket, and an asymmetrical hem. I went to JoAnn's Fabric and found linen, it was on sale and I bought it for a great deal of $17!!!

As I was getting ready to cut the dress, I had a thought, "maybe I should do this first from a sheet?" Good idea! So, I went scrounging around the sewing room, decided not to use the sheet, but to use a piece of white shirting. I didn't care, at that point, about it draping, it was after all the prototype.

I did get it sewn and the pattern did work, with a few tweaks. Then, I looked in the mirror and thought, I look like the Michelin man in this thing! The fabric had enough polyester in it to cause it to stand straight out from my body! I had to fix this.........Mind you, this was only to be a prototype.

So, I sewed on some doilies, thinking that would help, adding weight to the fabric, maybe it would hang instead of sticking out. Nope. Then in the middle of the night, when all people are to be sleeping, I was thinking of this thing(no longer jumper). I decided to dye it purple, I had cotton dyes! It became purple the next day, I also added tie dying to the effect. WELL, I knew this might happen, hoped it wouldn't, but it did.

The sewing thread was polyester......... It stayed white. My doilies took the dye beautifully, but the white thread looked terrible... Groan... visions of seam rippers danced in my head and it is just a prototype....... 

I thought about using a sharpie marker and coloring the thread. Hahaha!  I thought about leaving it, I thought about tossing it in the trash, or wearing it inside out, :)  and I thought about fixing it right. :) Even though I will probably only wear it at home and it is THE PROTOTYPE. Haha!

The next day, I went to the store and purchased purple thread and came home and started ripping and ripping and ripping and ripping, did I mention I used a zigzag stitch? I ripped out the center of each doily first and then replaced that portion of stitching with the purple thread. Next I ripped out the outer portion of stitching and replaced it with the purple thread.

I have to admit, the hours and hours were worth it. I have made the real one now and am enjoying wearing it.

I am taking part in a knit-a-long on Ravelry, with the Curly Girl group. The project has to be something for your head, hands, or heels. I have had the pattern for the Sheeps Heid pattern on Ravelry sitting on my desk for several years. The pattern is written by Kate Davies, here is the link.

This photo is from Kate Davies Ravelry listing and it is a Kate Davies Photo.  It is a picture of her, and her beautiful hat, not me or my hat. :)

Here are my little bags of yarn. I purchased Madeline Tosh yarn for the project, they had mini skeins available in their store when I was there one time with my friend, Debbie. 

Now this picture, below, was taken at Barnes and Noble, in the CafĂ©. We will go there to get Starbucks sometimes. We did that on Friday, because the drive thru and parking lot at the regular Starbucks was closed, they had just resurfaced it. 

Anyone have an idea of why there are these white balls, that look like they are handmade from cotton balls, hanging from the ceiling?  They look like giant snowballs, but it is 100F outside. Are they helping us cope, reminding us that winter will return? Hmmm.........