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!

Friday, December 26, 2014

CHRISTMAS and some bad pictures














christmas 2014, two days of non-stop celebrating is behind us, chicago family to fly home today, ( if they can get out with all the christmas snow), and a house to put together this afternoon. such wonderful memories of a very christmas. 
{sorry about the pics, my house is nearly impossible ( for me ) to get good pics at night)

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

THE GIFT OF FAMILY






I have been immersing myself in my Christmas present this year.....all of us here in Colorado for the holidays. yesterday, for those that had the day off we headed up to Rocky Mountain National Park and of course their was a stop at the stanley hotel to walk around and get a few photos too. the weather was sunny and not so cold, just right, no wind, with snow, that beautiful colorado snow up at bear lake. it was all so beautiful and magical. 
i am soaking it all in, allowing the days and evenings to evolve as they will. no choreographing or orchestrating, just relaxing and enjoying each family member.
i am hoping, if it works out, a little yoga in the living room before the big christmas eve gathering tonight. 
oh december you have certainly delivered for me.
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays

Friday, December 19, 2014

I’LL BE HOME FOR CHRISTMAS






it’s official, christmas has begun here at little house! mr.p and i are off for the next week and the celebrations are about to begin. but first, we must get the house in order,  finished up gifts buying, ( not much needed here), food menu planning and then welcoming these two home for Holidays


yes, we will all be home for christmas this year.
nathan is bringing his soul mate home for the holidays, a special year for us.
natalie’s first visit to colorado to meet the entire little house family and relatives...we are all so thrilled to have her here. not planing much, just going to let the days evolve and soak up every moment.  of course we will have several visits of breakfast and coffee at me oh my pies and snow is in the forecast...christmas in colorado to show off!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

holidays









tis the time of year it’s hard to post all the sewing and knitting projects that i have completed.
so much “do it yourself” fun happening here, but since i have many viewers and not sure if any of the recipients of said projects are popping in on the blog....well, i will just have to wait till after the 25th before posting my busy november and december projects/gifts.
i can show you some small gifts that were tied up with ribbon and given to some very happy colleages. 
handmade dish/hand clothes filled with homemade soap; honey oatmeal bar and a lavender bar.
the day is approaching where family will be picked up at the airport, lots of soul warming food made,
talks around the table, movies watching, dinner out, and all sorts of family gathering for 2 days.
2 days i look forward to, it’s like making it to the summit. i really try to keep things calm and not commercial at all and for the most part i am successful.
i want this christmas to be even calmer, i want to savior it all, i guess  what i want is a slow christmas.
hope your holiday planning is meeting your’s and your family’s needs.
happy holidays.
ps: do you celebrate the winter solstice day and if so, what are some of the special things you do for this day?

ON A SUNDAY



on a sunday

:: early sunday morning sipping coffee
:: watching midsomer murders
:: knitting on a sweet baby gown
:: grey and windy outside the window
:: waiting and watching for the snow to start
:: midmorning chai at me oh my pie
:: sewing on the last of christmas gifts
:: a wee bit more holiday clean up
:: sunday roast in the oven, potatoes and corn on the stove
:: but best of all-spending a quit day with the one i enjoy the most....mr.p

( yup, I forgot to hit the post button, so you are getting this on Tuesday).

Sunday, December 7, 2014

BUSTLING SEASON














tis the season to have many projects in the works and even more in my head. i’m close enough to christmas to realize all those great handmade gifts in my queue that i really want to make for gifts are not going to be finished let alone started by christmas morning.
  knitting and chai on sundays at me oh my pies is where 2 busy elf s have been knitting away on soon to be gifted items for special people.
though i must admit between gift making and getting my house in order (clean) for holiday guest, i needed a break. what better way to take a break than a morning trip to a small mountain town having a christmas festival, food for the soul! driving up the long winding road through the narrow canyon, the higher in elevation and further from town the quietness consumes and calms every fiber in me. 
arriving at the end of the road i pull into a field to park, ( good thing i drove the truck) sit and take in the site. this is as close to an an “old fashion”  live christmas scene i have ever had the privilege to view. people bustling around bringing in their goods to show, beautiful food baskets lined up for auction, fresh, just the right size christmas trees lined against the fence, hand crafted real pine wreathes, a mountain bbq that smells like heaven and so many more crafted treasures for sale. all this takes place at the one room mountain school in stove prairie. {actually the school has been expanded to a four room school}.   the people, these are local people from stove prairie, talking and joking with their neighbors, greeting us townies to the community...it is a story book wonderment.
but i did have to get down the canyon road, mr.p and i had to get to the city {denver} for a christmas office party. two different worlds in one day, a small community with out even a stop sign to grid lock driving into the city from 30 miles out. we did have a miracle in the city...we got a parking spot in front of the restaurant, dead in front of the restaurant. we parked, got out of the car and checked all around for  a red curb, signs saying no parking, even asking “can we park here?”, but it was true, we were legally parked. i knew that magic christmas mountain community spirit traveled to denver with us!
i have a sweater i plan on starting early on the morning of dec.25th. i rarely use the yarn the pattern calls for but this time i ordered as the pattern instructed, even the same color way.
pattern:
i am over the moon with madder patterns. take a look at the shop and blog, i know she will touch a knitting fiber in you too

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