Wednesday, January 21, 2015

YARN ALONG {and some organizing..cleaning}









Yahoo, it's yarn along wednesday!
a full week here at little house, more spinning getting done. i figure maybe 3 more spools and i will be done with this color way...;)
at a snails pace i continue to sew together my red and white quilt #2.
and i'm on a roll getting corners organized here at home! the above pics is the table next to my chair {before pics}, i totally cleaned it out: meaning it either found a place to live or the items were removed from the house. 
reading: 

Sunday, January 18, 2015

IT’S LIFE

before




after





not proud of my house keeping skills of late, but it's life, my life.
over the past month my husband and i have started doing a lot of DEEP cleaning.
each week we are pulling apart a closet, a storage area, or just a corner that has been collecting “stuff”.
so when down--to--earth put up the challenge to organize the food pantry, i jumped in with mr.p.
so these pictures are my before and after pictures. 
mr.p. and i stand before our pantry and glow with proud now, leaving the pantry door open so a glance can be thrown in it’s direction as we pass by the shelves. oh, i know the shelving is in great need of fresh paint, but baby steps here please, for us two full time workers.
not only was the upstairs pantry organized but the downstairs one as well. we cleaned out the food side and the storage side of that big room. Christmas boxes were gone through and several boxes of unwanted decorations discarded to repurpose facilities. it took all day it did, but at night, we retired with such a sense of accomplishment.
a side note about down---to---earth, i think rhonda’s blog was the first blog i ever followed regularly, and continue to read daily. she and i have the same philosophy of learning to do for one’s self, not falling prey to commercialism. it’s not a comparison thing since we both lead very different life’s, but more an attitude thing. i’m proud of all the daily needs of my house hold i can make myself with better results than the store bought items. i believe strongly. that many of the things i enjoy doing that cost a wee bit of cash, i am able to do because of all the areas i am careful with my cash, of course never creating any debt. thank you rhonda for your supportive blog, you are my number one resource for this life style i have chosen.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

THIS and THAT





it’s wednesday: which means YARN ALONG with ginny. Love that blog, her writing, the family life she and her husband are carving out for their 7 children, not to mention all the great knits and book recommendations. 

i joined a group on line called 15in15, which is a group that asks spinners to spin 15minutes each and every day in 2015. I can manage that;-)

louise- i am on the sleeves now, this knit continues to be a joy to knit. who couldn’t love knitting such a wonderful pattern using quince and co. yarn? I think MadderMade is now my favorite designer, I know my girls like louise.

pulled out the featherweight for some piecing, a red and white quilt that caitlin started maybe 2 years ago. yup, i’m finishing it. i really enjoy doing mindless things like easy knits, spinning, and strip piecing 
fabric. ok i love to “run fabric through a well tuned, humming machine....talk about getting into the zone, pure ZEN!

the photo of the moon i took on my way to work last week, yes that moon lit up the sky!

Saturday, January 10, 2015

JANUARY












JANUARY, one of my favorite months, next to February. why you ask,  because i’m an obsessive knitter in the winter. january and february are the two months of the year, where i live, that i can layer on all the hand knits and not be deemed a crazy lady. is not cold weather the reason knitters knit?

happenings during the past week:
: soup making-beef barley
: toasting cheese in new toaster oven;-)
: date with my honey-wings and a beer...yum
: knitting- louise
  and
: sewing- a new knitting bag { no pattern, from my head }. not just any knitting bag but one that will                    hold a sweater’s worth of yarn and instruments to complete the project. 
: fireside knitting with the puppies.
: photography- around town
                                                       
                                                     how was your first week january 2015?


Thursday, January 1, 2015

HAPPY NEW YEAR 2015


how exciting 2015, so much to look forward too and so much fun to do!
a few things on the horizon:
sewing, oh the sewing projects i want to master
quilting, have 3 right now to finish
knitting: my 2015 sweater is about half done and it is only Jan.1 !
but so much more knitting in my ravelry library
decluttering: yes mr.p and i are going to pick a spot, corner, closest, room, once a week and give it a couple of good hours and sort through stuff. { anybody need anything?, i most likely have it and will send it to you. puppies not included angie :) }.
meditation classes

my 2015 word is:
BREATHE

Breathe

By Leo Babauta
Breathe.
If you feel overwhelmed, breathe. It will calm you and release the tensions.
If you are worried about something coming up, or caught up in something that already happened, breathe. It will bring you back to the present.
If you are moving too fast, breathe. It will remind you to slow down, and enjoy life more.
Breathe, and enjoy each moment of this life. They’re too fleeting and few to waste.

i want to wish all who stop by here a very peaceful and productive new year! may she meet half the expectations that has been placed on her shoulders and the other half not met be positive learning/growth opportunities.
happy new years 2015

Monday, December 29, 2014

2014- COMING TO THE END







the weekend was spent casting on projects and getting sewing projects set straight in my head. sooo many things to do-soo little time, especially if one works full time, which i am doing. after an 18month interview i found out before christmas i got the job permentently. yea for me, i have never had to apply for a job before, say what?, yes it is true and what a bi...........those applications are, so time consuming!  nothing like working for the same people for over 33 years and when ask to name previous supervisors with their phone numbers i write in “ dead, check the cemetery for residency”, really ?, i have only ever been employed here, check the records! but it is over and life is back on the tracks, back to work this week too.
knitting rules is a great knitting book full of good hearty laughs and much needed knitting information. 
cast on: louise
may your finial week of 2014 be calm and fulfilling.

Saturday, December 27, 2014

CHRISTMAS AND KNITS








yes, it’s another post and so soon! i had to get past those bad christmas photos, really our christmas was wonderful not the at all like the poorly focused photos in the previous post.....sorry. 
since i am being totally transparent, i must confess i forgot to take pictures of all the sewing knitting gifts that were made this season, ( i might add without gloating, but they were all so very well received), and everything fit well with the exception of one shirt of Natalie’s.....sleeves need to be lengthen 2 inches. the bliss list included 2 tailored wool shirts for nathan, 3 corduroy tailored shirts for the girls, 2 pairs boot topers, 1 pair wrist warmers, 1 hand spun cowl, 1 hand spun hat, 1 alpaca hat, 1 pair wool socks and 3 pairs soft and cozy pajama bottoms...wow! 
and of all that i only have pics of the boot toppers and socks.
i really need to get better at documenting my sewing and knitting.






we had a white gift sent our way on christmas afternoon that lasted through the 26th, beautiful new white snow! mr.p got the chicago kids to the airport safe and sound though they were delayed an hour, everyone was home in their own beds friday night.
and i, i spent the afternoon cleaning up and knitting trying to keep the blues at bay. i am always a wee bit blue when the holidays are over, particularly when sending kids home so far away from me.
my three children are adults now and as it should be they have their own life’s to live and get back to it they must, though what wonderful memories we had here during the week of christmas!
today, i am cutting out fabric for mr.p and myself.
stay warm and safe!

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