Well, it seems that fall is officially upon us. The chilly weather has put me in the mood for getting my Christmas gift list tackled but that is making it difficult for me to stay motivated to finish my canning and harvesting……especially with the beautifully icky weather. I just want to sit and knit or crochet or sew but I know I must instead go to the produce stand to get apples for applesauce and pick what’s left of my beans and zucchini to put up. It was not a good bean year for us. That cold snap in June really made some of our stuff come on late. I’m not sure if my corn is going to make it. It’s holding on for dear life but I really don’t know if the rain and wind we have been getting are going to allow the ears to mature not to mention the mini-frosts we had last week that destroyed my dahlias and my beautiful squash plants.

I haven’t been absent from the crafting dept however. I grab moments in whatever spare time that I have.I have completed several small crocheted animals and a baby hat for baby shower gifts (would the women in my church stop having babies already so I can get caught up on my gifts!) Both the hedgehog and the bunny were from this book which I love but I also made the hippo from this book and love it as well. The projects are so simple and quick. Amigurumi is one of my new favorite things. That and nutmeg in my mochas and cappaccinos.

I made a pair of baby shoes from this pattern. I loved how easy these were to sew and they came out so doggone cute! I just used fabric scraps that I had from other projects and the corderoy soles were from an old pair of pants. I’m going to try to enlarge the pattern so I can make some for Jack since one of his loves are things on his feet.

And speaking of Jack, the little guy had a birthday on Friday. I can’t believe he is a year old already. In the last month he has gone from baby to little boy in leaps and bounds. We made him a truck cake for his birthday.

It’s not perhaps the prettiest cake by far but I had my reasons for not going all out as this was its demise.

Happy Birthday Baby Jack!

I’ve had my coffee and the fire is crackling away. Now on to that Christmas to-do list!


Keeping up with this blog it turns out is not my forte. I think about posting often but it’s always for “after I finish folding the clothes” or “after I get this diaper changed”, etc. Obviously that never happens. It’s been a busy couple of months around here. I did get the sweater I was talking about on my last post done but no pics because I finished it at the baby shower. Cut that one close! I put on a baby shower for my sister and her new baby boy and these are the invites that I made.

I cut a triangle out of cardstock, folded it into a diaper shape and snipped the corners off for the leg holes. Then I punched two holes in one fold of the diaper and inserted a diaper pin. The invitation is printed on paper and glued to the inside. They were super easy and I really like the way they turned out.

Planting peas with Henry

We have been doing a bit of gardening around here too. Henry and I planted peas a month or so ago (only 4 plants made an appearance so I think the birds liked them. I have since replanted.)

I had another baby shower to attend in May for my sister-in-law and I actually finished this gift in time. The booties are the Classic Cashmere Booties (not made in cashmere) and the hat is the Baby’s Beanie Hat both from my standby baby gift book, Simple Knits for Cherished Babies by Erika Knight. The butterfly is from a hand sewing pattern purchased from Hilary at Wee Wonderfuls (they changed wordpress and I can’t figure out how to add a link but she’s one of the blogs on my sidebar).

Today is nasty and rainy and my son is stir crazy so in between loads of laundry, he and I did a bit of crafting. He is really into David when we read him his Bible so we made masks for him to be a lion, the sheep that the lion is going to eat, and David when he fights of the lion.

He wanted to make and ark and Noah but I didn’t have it in me so we improvised. We had some stickers that Henry got for Christmas from his cousins in France so we made and ark and I let him put the animal stickers all over it. He is super fascinated with animals right now and loves the Planet Earth series, which I don’t feel quite so bad letting him watch since it’s educational. He was going to get glue everywhere if he tried to play with the masks so I deterred him with an “animal movie”. He clutched his Noah picture and took it with him to the couch.

His request was the episode where the lions kill the elephant. Should I be worried that my son is morbid? I guess he’s just a boy! I gotta go fold clothes. Boys go through so many clothes and I know this is only the beginning. I remember the mud caked jeans that my brothers used to bring in……uggh!

Another great knit

January 25, 2008

I love to get good mail. That’s one of the things I love about the Christmas season is that you never know what you are going to find in your mailbox. Cards, letters, and packages are such a welcome relief to the seemingly endless junk mail and bills (especially post baby and gallbladder surgery). Yesterday, we received a package from my good friend Deborah down in LA….a sweater for Jack. It just fits him and with perfect timing since we have had freezing weather the last several days. My camera doesn’t do good close ups so I can’t get a good shot of the details. It has a great diagonal line on both front panels that comes to a V when it buttons where the stitch appears to switch directions. Anyhow, very cute, warm, and the charcoal color really brings out his bright blue eyes.
My camera doesn’t really do it justice but here is a picture of Jack modeling it.

Christmas is coming

December 12, 2007

Christmas is coming and I have so much to do.  I am feeling tons better from my surgery though still sore and a bit slow in the AM.  I guess since I am only 5 days out I’m doing really well.  We have been extremely blessed to have family and friends offer meals and to have had two meals in the freezer leftover from an extra large soup I made and a dinner someone brought to me post-baby that I couldn’t eat because of the gallbladder (which I now was able to eat).  I haven’t felt much up to cooking yet and it’s very nice to not have to worry about it.  Today I ventured out of the house to my Grandma’s to let Henry play with his aunt and uncles (my youngest sibling is the same age as Henry) so I could just sit back with Jack and knit Christmas presents.  It was nice.  We just sent our Christmas package off to Jim’s sister’s family in France which feels like a huge load off my shoulders.  Now I am just (ya, just) working on getting out Christmas cards, finishing up a hat for my little sister, making some paper dolls and a ballet bag for my niece, a gift for my in-laws (which may or may not happen before Christmas, they may end up with an IOU),  a hat and slippers for my little bro,  a gift for my husbands bro and his wife, cookies, and I would like to actually make something for my sons…..we’ll see what I get to.  Here’s the pic we took last night to put in with our Christmas cards.



Aren’t they precious?  Which reminds me, I need to order those now.  The Costco website was too slow last night and wouldn’t let us order them.   I better get going!

Handknit baby gifts

November 11, 2007

Here are some gifts that people made for baby Jack.  First a great sweater made by my mother-in-law.sweater.jpg

A giant elephant made by my sister-in-law and a cuddly teddy bear made by one of my piano student’s aunts.


and an adorable hat made by the same piano students mom.