Saturday, August 29, 2015

Then Tll Now

Bill cut down the big Camphor tree stump!  The whole front yard smelled of Vicks Vaporub! 
The table runner is bound and finished! 
I made a batch of peppermint goat's milk soap. 
And some more lotion while I was brewing in the kitchen.
I wanted to bring some soap and lotion to Caleb and Cassandra in Fernandina Beach.  She had recent surgery and hasn't bounced back because of complications....with two little ones, there isn't much rest time.  I told her I was impaired, too, so between the two of us, there just might be one whole person to keep up with things! 
To make it interesting, there is a hurricane on the way!  This was the sunrise this morning...it is windy but beautiful for us right now. 
To the southeast, there are magnificent clouds gathering! 
Someone else is stocking up for stormy weather!
I am having fun with their baby Conure, Kai.  He is so curious and smart!
He pulls my french wire earrings right out of my ears and tosses them to the floor!  He thinks they do not belong and frees me from them!  Too cute!  

Monday, August 24, 2015

An Inauspicious Beginning

I am not moving in my usual speed as another UTI has moved in for a visit.
I wanted to be upright for a while before the drive to the doctor's so I loaded the table runner top on the frame for a bit of light quilting. 
I have just a few detail stitching left to do. 
I joined a KAL for this sock pattern.  It is making good progress considering I had to tweak the pattern so I could knit it toe up!    I passed the heel and now it is time for bed!
Here's to the blessing of the antibiotic for my body.....

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Farewells and Arrivals

Goodbye until later;  see you in the winter! 
My nieces came to send me off with love, too. 
The sky reflected my emotions beautifully. 
I had several delays and lots of knitting time.  The socks for my grand daughter were finished and
so were we....we didn't get home until 3:30 am.   
I had a bit of recuperation necessary to be my old self.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Slow Times

This is a house by Lake Ontario that I saw the other day and forgot to include.  Isn't it just a fairy tale beauty?!   I have long admired it. 
Here are my four 'treasures' from the shore! 
We had fun with some tie-dye again!   
We did some 'frosting' of these glass candle holders-it is Elmer's glue and some food coloring painted on the glass! 
Mom and I are knitting little dolls from this booklet from knitting friend, Sharon!  It's just what we needed for using up those little balls of yarn......except we had to go to the store to buy 4 skeins of colors we didn't have!!!!  Doesn't it figure!

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Garden Guru

My Dad has a green thumb.  He loves to garden and is a great garden-tender.
I am going to give you a view of what's in bloom that are especial favorites to me.
These are about 1/4 of what is now blooming in the yard!
Roses! 
Begonias 
Dahlias 
Gladiolas 
Hydrangea 
Hydrangea 
Impatiens 
Heliopsis 
Heliopsis are about 6' tall! 
Yellow Begonias

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Annual Cousining

The mittens are finished!  I kitchener stitched the thumbs in place after removing the waste yarn-simple!  I am ready to try the two color pattern from the top down again! 
Mom got an Accuquilt and we dug right in to make some blocks!
We will be doing some sewing on Monday! 
All four of my cousins, with spouses, met us at Lake Ontario at Oswego for lunch and a good catching up.  It was wonderful. 
The shore is all rounded , washed rocks.  My sister-inn-law, Shelly, is a wonderful artist who uses these rocks for painting critters.  I have painted rock frogs and turtles from this exact spot! 
Today the water had a beautiful turquoise hue.  It was hot out but the lake breeze made it a perfect temperature.  I love to visit here!

Friday, August 14, 2015

Being Northern Again

 I had a good flight to Syracuse;  it was good flying for knitting and reading!
 The scenery was brilliant.  Full of clouds and sunshine.
My sister and her daughter had time off from work so we could play!  We made bracelets from soda bottle plastic and painted them with fingernail polish. 
Another project was a beginner watercolor class to make a card!  We're all Rembrandts! 
Here's a close up of the bracelet I made. 
And my card.  We sure do know how to laugh while we play! 
I have a pair of.........no, not socks.  I am learning how to make mittens from the tip down to the cuff.  I will add the thumbs today.  It is going to be a good exercise for me.  Now that I have an idea of size, etc. I can work on fancy two color mittens this way.  (I am being inspired by Magnificent Mittens by Anna Zilboorg's book!) 

Monday, August 10, 2015

Up, Up and Away!

The little baby set is complete!  Felici yarn looks good no matter what you make with it! 
I have been busy filling this.  I am leaving for 9 days to spend time with my parents and family in NY.  Bill will be holding the fort here. 
I have packed the essentials.....!tr

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Studio Saturday Pre-Recliner

I started with this little pile of shapes and did a bit of piecing this morning! 
I only need 12 blocks so I am getting close! 
This is a finished project;   
we bought this fabric yesterday and I thought of Will for when he gets a big-boy bed!
I am going to look for more fabric to make pillowcases for the other grands.  I forgot what fun it is to make these! 
Here is another fabric we bought yesterday.  I couldn't wait to turn it into a table runner for Marsel.  I cut out the triangles to make the ends all fancy but it didn't look right.  Then I ripped it all apart and sewed it again!  Fourth time's the charm!  How long have I been sewing?!!!  I blame it on the angles but I have the bugs worked out of this now!  I tried this before but didn't have the patience to work out the problem but I was determined to find the solution today!  Ha!  Conquered! 
I have to work on the backing but that will wait for me!  I ran out of gas! 
I knit the cats some wool mousies to  play with!  Even Big Grey played like a kitten with them! (pattern from Wendy Johnson here)
(I will let you in on the secret ingredient but don't tell Nyki I cheated!) 
One wee sock finished!  It is so soft and just right for his little foot!  Now to find the right spot on the skein to make the second sock!