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MIA?

I'm still here.

Simply been busy teaching here.

And here.

Writing this.

Keeping track of these.

AND creating in my new crafty space when I get the chance.

(There's been a bit of knitting mixed in there too of course!)

Last week at the shop we announced our Holiday Stocking Challenge and of course, I can't back down from a challenge. (Even though employees can't win anything.) So I've been working on making this...


into a lovely holiday stocking for our display window. I am almost finished, the bead embellishment (something new to me) is slowing me down a bit.

I also cracked into my mini Moda HoneyBuns (a gift given to me by my dear friend Jen last spring) and whipped together this little bag to hold all my knitting notions.


It ended up being a little bigger than I expected, but bigger just means I have room in which to grow. (Tee Hee.) I also love that every time I grab my scissors or stitch markers from under the flap, I think of Jen and her friendship. That is truly a gif…

What to Eat, or Not...

Is anyone else totally frustrated with the current state of "our" (collectively) relationship with food these days?

That might be somewhat of a rhetorical question considering all of the books and documentary films hitting the market these days on that very topic. Currently in my bedside reading table...The Omnivore's Dilemma.

On one hand it is so interesting to learn how we have gotten to the place we are in America's food culture. On the other it's down right frustrating trying to sort through it all and figure out the healthiest way to feed one's self...not to mention a growing family.

For the most part we eat pretty simple in our family. We try to stay away from highly processed foods, though you will still find a few boxes of crackers, snack bars, store bought cereals, and a loaf of store bought bread next to the name brand peanut butter in the pantry. (Not to mention my weakness for Pepsi.) I try to make sure we are eating fresh when we can and opt for the…

Changing My Spaces...

My creative juices have kicked into high gear lately, what with all my knitting and the work I'm doing for the quilt shop. So once again our office has gone from office + spare bed to office + creative space.


A much better use of the space...in my opinion.

(I've posted some additional pictures of the space over at Namaste & Knitting.)

The iron is heating, my fabric strips are ready...I'm off to get crafty!


peace

Creating a Space for Creating...

We live in a small 3 bedroom house. Even though we have 2 kids, they thankfully are happy to share a room, leaving our 3rd bedroom to serve as an office-plus. The "plus" part has changed over the years from: "room in which we pile crap we're too lazy to take downstairs", to sewing room, to spare bedroom, to once again...sewing room!

We've been busy around here the past 2 days creating a little change. Thanks to furniture moving help from my hubby and fabric sorting/folding help from my oldest daughter (whose growing interests in all things crafty makes me so proud), the spare bed now occupies the space in our unfinished basement where I had set up a dedicated craft space last fall. In exchange a good portion of my work surfaces and fabric goodness has has moved in to our warm, cozy little office that has a WINDOW TO THE OUTSIDE WORLD. (The biggest draw back to the basement...no real windows. Well that and no real heat and concrete floors...but that's no…

Thinking Small...

As some of you know, we here in our house welcomed the week with a change. What we hope to be a change for the better for our family. And while I fully expected to sit down today and write about the details of that change, for a variety of reasons I am not ready to do so. There have been a few twists and bits of info along along the way, that today I find my gut feeling a bit uneasy. Whether it be simply my own resistance to change, or something more, for now I feel like the best thing to do before sharing details, is wait it out until I can be sure it is indeed good news to share.

The twists and turns of this transaction, combined with other events happening in my life right now, has me pondering...

I've had several "dream" professions over the years. Some that will probably always simply remain a dream. Some which I fully believe are obtainable endeavors. From owning my own coffee shop, to owning my own quilt/yarn store, to being a massage therapist, to freelance work, t…

Fall Clean-up...

After filling 15 paper lawn bags with leaves, we decided to rake the other HALF of the yard's leaves into a giant pile in our little garden plot. With it being 70+ degrees today, it was a lovely day for yard work...and for playing in the leaves...


Barefoot and carefree...


I will forever cherish these moments when I get to watch my kids just be kids.

The yard has been mowed one last time. (We've been saying that for the past 3 mowings...but I think this time it should be true. It is November 8th after all!) The flower beds are ready for their winter sleep. Even the not so little Sand Cherry bush that I got for Mother's Day the first spring we lived in our house has had a fall trim. I will be eagerly awaiting the first days of spring when everything comes back to life again!


peace

Unexpectedly Frogged...

I have been super excited to start my first pair of socks with "knitting season" in full swing. So I ordered some a whole set of sock sized double point needles (DPNs) and sock yarn. By Thursday night I couldn't wait any longer to cast on...yes, even with 2 other projects currently on the needles. Variety is the spice of life.

Do you want the good news or bad news first?

The good news...things seemed to be going well after I finally decided on which basic pattern I wanted to use. Size and stretch seemed appropriate and I LOVE the plum tweed Stroll yarn from Knit Picks that I decided to start my sock knitting adventure with.

The bad news...my new 4 inch DPNs and I were not getting along. I've knit most my projects on DPNs thus far, but 6 inch DPNs. What I didn't realize is how the shorter needles would rest IN my palm rather than along side. A fact that soon resulted in little sore hot spots in my palms. Not cool.

So, today I mailed back my set of tiny needles.


And I f…

Substitution Saturday...

I missed posting for Fab Friday.

But I have a perfectly acceptable excuse.

I was too busy having fun with these two...



And what a great day we did have! Slept in a bit. (No school for my oldest thanks to parent-teacher conferences.) Yoga with my lovely senior class. Then BEAUTIFUL weather meant we could enjoy traveling by foot all around downtown. We visited our NEW AMAZING community library. Followed by a stop at our favorite coffee shop for milk, biscotti, and a latte. The girls read their books while I worked on some webby stuff for the quilt shop. After some lunch at home and play time over at a neighbor's, said neighbor asked if we would join them at the park...and how could we not. My hubby got to leave work early on his last day (new job starts bright and early Monday morning) which meant he got to spend a little time enjoying the nice weather too before we all went out to celebrate his great new change at our favorite local deli and pub. A family movie, Disneynature'seart…

Yarnica!

What is Yarnica you ask?


Well, last year, after receiving my first yarn order from Knit Picks, I decided to declare yarn delivery days as their own holiday...and Yarnica was born! The cool think about Yarnica...it can happen several times a year, at any time. Celebration is not tied to a month, a day, a date...budget allowing you could celebrate Yarnica every week if you wanted. (OK, that might be a little over the top....maybe.)


Some of this yarn is bound for Christmas gifts so I can't really reveal it's envisioned purpose yet. (That is, my PLAN is to use it for Christmas gifts...we'll see if I can successfully knit that much with only the 7 weeks or so that is left before the big day!)


I'm guess you knitters out there can make a guess at what some of that fabulous wooliness is destined to become...



Aren't they pretty? (And so tiny. Yikes!!!)

I have a hard time ordering yarn without a book...or two. My picks this time did not disappoint. I'll post some reviews in t…

Look at this one...

Is there anything more fun than a pile of leaves?


I think not.


peace

Halloween 2009, Check...

I have a confession...I have a love-hate relationship with Halloween. Love it because it's the one time of year I regularly get to put my crafty skills to work for the enjoyment of my girlies. Hate...because I have to put my crafty skills to work for the enjoyment of my girlies...and there is a deadline involved. (Which, honestly, is a good thing or costumes would never get finished!)

Out of the 13 combined Halloween costumes the girls have worn, I have made 10 of them...by my choice. OK...more like by my insistence.

The exceptions:
There was the year that our oldest used a store bought costume gifted to her by her grand-parents.
Last year our youngest recycled this costume which I had originally made for our oldest. (It is by far my FAVORITE costume creation thus far.) This year we borrowed the monkey costume as it just seemed like the smart thing to do on so many levels.
Some years I'm so excited to figure out how to put together whatever is requested by our brown-eyed girls. Thi…

We Bring the Zoo to You...

With not a moment to spare I ironed on the final tiger stripes, the girls dressed, and we head out the door for the fun that is Trick-or-Treating in our neighborhood. I will admit...I am super glad we were able to borrow Brea's monkey costume as it was challenging enough this year to find the time (and desire) to get Lexi's tiger put together. Some years I can't wait to make costumes...this year was not one of those. BUT the important thing is our 2 girlies were super excited about their chosen costumes and we now have a stash of candy from which Scott and I can sneak chocolate for the next several weeks.







Hoping your Halloween was a hauntingly good time too!

peace