Saturday, October 14, 2017

Winter Link Party 2017

As always I'm late to the party.  I'm happy to join Jennifer with her Winter Link Party.  I hope to finish the Cozy Stripe blanket this winter and to continue to use the abundance of acrylic yarn I have in my stash.

Little progress was made on it during the spring or summer months.  I wasn't sure if I'd even try to finish it.  When I started this blanket I planned on making it for my son.  After having worked on it for awhile I've realized it's just too colorful for him.  He's a much more muted color kind of guy.

Another reason I haven't been so excited about it is it's a very stiff blanket.  I am using a G hook and I'm a very tight crocheter.  I do wish I would have used an H hook but live and learn.  I'm not sure what I'll do with it when it's finished.  I guess first I have to finish it before I should worry about that aspect of the project.

It is nice to see the blanket growing in size.  It has out grown the tote bag on the right and now is  happily housed in the blue chevron one on the left.

I have a thing for tote bags.  I have two knitted and one crochet cowl in the bags by my chair in the family room.  I think I'm always surrounded by projects and animals.

There could be much worse things surrounding me :)

Thanks for stopping by for a visit, Lisa

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Random Sunday Things

After getting Lindsay off to college and the great house declutter project of August all I want to do is sit and knit. With the help of my sister via FaceTime and slow knitting videos on YouTube I am knitting a cowl.  I cast on all by myself, which is a huge accomplishment for me, and have been slowly knitting.  I've even taken this with me to appointments and on long car rides. I am so loving this project and learning something new.  The pattern is the Easy Peasy Cowl.  It is free on Ravelry. The yarn is by Dragonfly Fibers.  It is Traveller, Winter Woods.  Both the pattern and the yarn make me happy.

But all I've wanted to do is knit.  My other projects linger around me neglected.  There are two cowls and the Cozy Stripe Blanket that I haven't done much with since early August.  

I saw a post on Instagram showing this new to me magazine/Lookbook.  It is called By Hand: making communities.  They are almost like a travel guide for crafty things and makers in certain areas.  The first issue is the Portland, Oregon area.  The other issues are about different making communities around the United States.  There are articles about different artists, patterns, and recipes.  I am finding them very enjoyable.  It does make me want to travel to all of the places.  If you're interested the website is:

Maybe Instagram is a bad influence.  I saw this book on a post.  It's called "Dot journaling" by: Rachel Wilkerson Miller.  I don't think I'll do a full out Bullet Journal but I am hoping this may help me be w tiny bit more organized with my To Do lists.  Probably just doing things on my list would make me feel better.  I'm very good at making lists, not so good a doing the things on them. :(

Thank you for stopping by for a visit.   Lisa

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

August happenings

I probably have said this many times before but it seems time is racing by.  This summer feels like I've been running a never ending marathon.  It's been a good marathon but there are still so many things I want to do.

For brief moments the upstairs bedroom looked like a normal functioning guest room.  It didn't stay like this very long.  We are in the process of painting my son's room.  It's now holding things that have been moved from his room to make painting easier.

Picking the right paint color is never easy.  Our laundry room is the testing area.  It's fun to see what colors were used and which ones were just wrong.  One day our rainbow room will be all one color.  

This patch of sun is great for a nap but napping cats are not helpful for painting a bedroom.  I promise there are plenty of other sunny patches through out our house for a good nap.  Of course those sunny spots would not be as interesting as this one.

The hallway is being used as storage for all the college dorm stuff.  This pile is only half the items my daughter will be taking with her.  I'm trying not to think about how quickly her move in date is approaching.

Between shuffling junk and painting I finished my summer blanket.  I love it!  It is the perfect size and weight for when the air conditioning blows cool and I get a chill.  I'm still working on the Cozy Stripe blanket.  It is definitely a long term project.

We've been playing board and card games this summer.  One of our new favorites is Rummikub.  I really like this game.  It's easy but makes you think and is rather addictive.

Bru is convinces the tiles are chew toys. He tries to get as close as possible to steal one or two.

True confession and full disclosure - One reason the upstairs bedroom looked so tidy was I moved the junk from it down to the basement bedroom. This is now the sorting area.  We have a charity pick up scheduled.  I hope to have most of this stuff out and waiting to me hauled away.

Thank you for stopping by for a visit.  Lisa

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Things here lately

Summer is progressing nicely, if not a little too quickly.  My husband and son are at the National Cubing competition in Fort Wayne, Indiana this weekend.  My daughter and I stayed home this year. She has work and I've kept the animals company.  

Darren, reluctantly posing for a picture.

While they've been away I've been keeping myself busy with different little projects.  The weather has been lovely so I've been doing some much needed yard work.  We finally had some rain which makes weeding the flower beds a breeze.  It's a shame the wild bunnies refuse to eat the clover.  I wish our investments grew as quickly as the clover.

I've also been working on my summer blanket.  It is very close to being finished, maybe it will be completed before August.  Bru has to wear the cone of shame till his allergy medicine kicks in.  He has seasonal allergies and is licking his paws raw.  We go through this every summer.

The guest bedroom is back to being a staging area for decluttering.  The endless cycle of going through closets and book shelves.  I'm always shocked at what I've squirreled away in this house.

I know I'll never be finished decluttering because I can't stay out of the shops.  Although I am much more selective about what does come home with me, I still shop.  I stopped by a thrift store on my way to the public library.  I found a cookbook and a pottery pot.  The cookbook looked interesting but once I've read it I doubt it will stay.  The pottery pot on the other hand might be here awhile.  I've always wanted a lidded pot and this was such a bargain :)

The book I got from the library is by a local author.  My neighborhood book club is trying to arrange for her to attend one of our meeting.  So far I'm enjoying it.  It's an easy read, perfect for summer. The story starts with a tragedy and follows the family's struggles as they cope with the aftermath.  

The other book I picked up at the library is "Goodbye Things."  Doesn't it look so pretty next to my new pot?  I've actually listened to this book on Audible.  Since I listen while driving to and from work, I wanted to reread a few of the chapters.  I know I will never be an absolute minimalist and that's ok.  I find the minimalist movement fascinating and inspiring.  I like things but I'm learning that my things don't define me and it's ok for them to come and go.

Thank you for stopping by for a visit.  Have a lovely week,  Lisa

Monday, June 26, 2017

Looking for the perfect summer read

I've been in a major reading slump for almost a year.  I work in a library so you'd think I would be able to find something to read.  I bring books home, start reading, and then stop reading. Nothing seems to holds my interest.  Books that everyone else enjoys I'm only so-so with them.  My night stand looks like a mini library.

This past weekend there was an enormous used book sale held at one of the local middle schools.  I love going to this event.  The building is filled to the brim with books.  It is  fun to browse all the tables full of books.  After the time I've spent purging clutter, I am much more selective of what comes home with me.  Most of what I do buy I will re-donate for next year's sale.

The Martha Stewart book and the Still Life with Chickens will be passed on to my sister.  I think the book that has the most potential to stay for awhile is the Wildflowers guide.  It is in great condition and even had a bonus of a pressed leaf.

I'm going to clear off my night stand and only leave the books I want to try and read on it.  Hopefully I will find that one book where the characters become my best friends and I never want the story to end.  I think that's part of the issue, my expectations are too high.

At least the crocheting hasn't hit a slump like the reading.  I'm still working on my summer blanket and I made a set of 4th of July coasters.

I've made this pattern before and love it.  It's on Ravelry - Ombre Crochet Coasters.  The cotton yarn helps soak up the condensation on cold drinks.  Plus crocheting coasters is so satisfying, a quick project I can finish!

Well, summer is in full swing at our house.  So far I've not been able to rally these two to do a summer purge of their rooms.  They don't get as excited as I do with the clutter clearing.

Thank you for stopping by for a visit, Lisa

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

normal life shall resume

Oh the end of the school year, it's always a crazy time.  This year was filled with banquets, award ceremonies, senior prom and then all the activities for graduation.  I'm not saying they weren't fun but I will admit to being extremely tired.  Ok exhausted is more accurate.

Lindsay, Dan, and I the afternoon of prom.

my graduate!

Lindsay's school is the oldest in our county.  If weather permits the graduation ceremony is held on the front lawn of the school.  The ceremony was at 8am in the morning and it was perfect.  We were finished before the heat of the day.  The front of the school makes for a lovely backdrop for graduation.

Bru has the right idea.
I started some cosmos from seed this spring.  It's nice some of them survived Bru's attempts to un-plant them.  He can be such a rascal.

When I haven't been too brain drained to concentrate I've been working on a summer blanket.  I wanted something to throw on my legs when I get chilled because of the air conditioner.  The pattern is Triangles & Stripes baby blanket from Ravelry.  I adjusted the size to be a little larger.  It's an easy and fast pattern.  Hopefully I'll finish it before cold weather.

Thank you for stopping by for a visit.  The plan is to post more frequently during the summer months.


Thursday, May 4, 2017

Hello May

Hello May, but where did April go?  It zoomed past with a whirlwind of filled days.  April started with a visit from my sister.  There are so many things we want to do while she is here.   No matter how long she stays, it's never long enough.  We did spend a day in Washington D.C. doing our touristy things.

We saw the Lincoln Memorial from a distance.  After walking around the National Mall we went to the National Postal Museum.  It is located very close to Union Station.

There were mailboxes of all shapes, colors, and sizes.  I always thought it would be fun to have a mail slot in our front door but we have a box at the curb.

We had such a fun time there.  There were so many fascinating stamps to see.  I enjoyed trying to find stamps I remembered using as a child.

These are enlarged stamps on the ceiling of the museum.

We giggled like teenagers making our own personal postage stamp.

It's a shame you won't find these issued by the United States Postal Service anytime soon.  I'm sure they would become quite the collectable!

After our trip to D.C. we spent the rest of her visit close to home.  My daughter had to have her ACL repaired.  The surgery was a success but the recovery is slower than she would like.  I miss her ability to drive.  She's only had her car since the fall but how quickly I came to rely on that independence.

We were able to manage a trip to Barnes and Noble bookstore and the local yarn store.  We both made a cowl from this book.  I wish I had taken a picture of her cowl.  Hers was a blueish color, very pretty.  I am really enjoying this book.  I haven't bought many crochet books for a while.  This one has such lovely and easy patterns.  There are two cowl patterns, slippers, a blanket, and many other things.  I bought the yarn to make the second cowl.  It's a chunkier weight yarn and will feel so cozy.

Yes, that is a hot dog in the lower right corner.  It's a pencil pouch I use to hold my hooks and scissors.  It has a little weight due to the hooks and such so it's also used to hold open pattern books.

The weather has been very bizarre.  It snowed on my daffodils and then we've had summertime temperatures.  We are behind on our rainfall but tomorrow there will be thunderstorms.  The poor plants don't know what to make of all the craziness.  It was nice to see a few pink bloom in the front flower bed.  However the weeds are thriving, ugh.

Thank you for stopping by for a visit.   Lisa

Sunday, April 2, 2017

So many projects

I took a picture of all my current works in progress.  The crochet blanket and the hexie quilt are long term projects.  The hexie quilt wouldn't be that long term of a project if I'd take the time to read the instructions and find out the next step.  The knitting in the lower left corner needs to be frogged and restarted.  It's a cowl and I want it longer.  The way it's turning out now it would be a choker.  I know I won't wear it at the current size.  The orange snowman looking thing is suppose to be a scarecrow cat.  I started this back in October.  All I need to do to finish it is close the bottom and make a hat.  I did the hardest part of sewing on the nose.  No progress has been made on r2d2.  I was going to make spring coasters for our kitchen table.  I have one and it's not finished.  I've used this pattern before but for some reason this time it's much larger.  I will probably frog the coaster and try a different pattern. The gold yarn in the upper right corner is a cowl I will wear to work tomorrow.  I need to wear red and yellow, it's a school thing.  I don't wear much yellow.  It's not a color that looks good on me.  I'm hoping gold is close enough.

I love this yarn and I like knitting the cowl.  My sister will be visiting the week before Easter.  I hope she will be able to help me restart it.  We may have to make a trip to the yarn store to seek help from a professional.  : )

Gardening always gets pushed to the back of the home projects.  I always have high hopes but life gets busy.  This spring I was inspired by the new Taproot magazine to try planting cosmos.  The seeds were planted last weekend and they are already growing.  I hope they survive once I plant them in the flower bed.

I'm still trying to understand our DSLR camera.  I have a new smaller camera bag, a new camera strap, and two books.  So far I've not taken any pictures I've liked.

I've been obsessed with reading this journaling website/shop Jenni Bick DC.  The store is located in Dupont Circle, Washington D.C. I have lived in the Washington D.C. area for twenty years and I've never been to Dupont Circle.  To say I want to go is an understatement.  I am already plotting a trip for when my sister is visiting, lucky for me she enjoys shops like this one.  I hope we won't be disappointed.  Do I need a new journal? NO! Do I want to go look at pretty journals? Yes!  Just so you know, I am in no way affiliated with this store.  I happened upon it via Instagram and thought it looked like a place I would love to explore.

The day I took this picture of Avi I had a headache.  I could totally relate to wanting to sleep in this position.
Thanks for stopping by for a visit.  Have a lovely week,  Lisa