Thursday, September 11, 2014

from the 1930's to present day~

the hubs & i went to a household auction last summer
& scored this 1930's dresser for $14.50


it's steel & except for a few blemishes on the paint,
it is in great condition!

 

it has all the original hardware including the rolling casters


during the remodel of our kitchen, we replaced our portable dishwasher with a built it
while we love the new dishwasher,
we were now short a work surface!

we looked at different options & decided on this...


after lots of stripping, sanding, cussing....yep, lots of cussing
we now have just what we were looking for!
not only a great work surface, but extra storage
and when you have a little kitchen, you're always looking
for ways to increase storage...cause ya know, i need a place for all those kitchen gadgets!

the hubs made a cutting board surface from the cutout of the sink area
of our butcher block counter top

it's perfect!


Monday, September 8, 2014

hello fall hello sock wearing season!

ta dah!!!!


oh happy day, a finished project!

loved this pattern & yarn

details...


yarn: malabrigo sock gifted by the lovely ellen

needles: addi turbo #2

it's fall here in ohio which means

leaves & temperatures start falling
&
it's pumpkin EVERYTHING!

a festival of some sort every weekend
next weekend is the wool gathering...my favorite fall festival


there's yarn...soooooo much yarn
fiber, spindles,wheels,patterns, jewelry,
cows, goats, alpaca's llama's, border collies,sheep
crafts for the littles, food for all, demonstrations,
even a barrel ride!
really, what more could one want?

do you have a favorite fall festival?

Saturday, August 9, 2014

off & on the needles~

off the needles....yeah!!!!! :)


ravelry notes: lala shawl

this was a fun knit & i'm anxious for cooler weather to wrap myself up


i purchased the yarn while vacationing on lake erie


it will always remind me of riding around put in bay on a golf cart with the hubs
 falling off bicycles
 & camping in the rain!
we haven't been camping or on bicycles since 
ha!


my on the needle project began with this fun package that arrived in the mail
from ellen on ravelry and the author of the sweet blog the ellen report 




madeline tosh sock yarn, dark AND milk chocolate & two lip balms
i enjoyed a piece of the chocolate everyday till they were just a memory :)
what a sweet treat~
the lip balms remain my favorite! 

thanks ellen  xoxo

the mad tosh yarn is yummy as are all mad tosh yarns

i chose the diamond rib pattern from designer Kate Lore aka Knittergal on Ravelry
it's the perfect combination of yarn & pattern
i love when that happens!
 a fun pattern & very well written~


because i spend more time knitting than painting my toe nails
i cropped my toes right out of the picture....
i couldn't figure out how to fix the the wrinkly feet 

that's whats going on in my little corner of the world
what's going on with you?
have you finished a project, started a new one, painted your toe nails?

~*~

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

dirt, seed, water & voila!

this is our first year with our raised beds
the hubs has plans for two more by fall


the bed on the left was mowed down by rabbits
the hub replanted & fenced the bed



i see eggplant parmesan in our future :)

 

i canned 7 pints of green beans yesterday
and we have many more to pick :)


tomatoes glorious tomatoes
the hubs can hardly wait! :) 


and the kale is plentiful :)


if you look closely, you can see a little itty bitty broccoli  :)


cabbage.....sour kraut or cooked cabbage with bacon hmmmmm :)



the beds haven't been without difficulties
in the first few weeks the rabbits ate the swiss chard & beets to the ground!
the hubs put up fence and problem solved until....
the deer moved in & reached over the fence and ate our beans!
he put a wire around the entire exterior and again, problem solved until...
the bugs moved in!  they started with the kale & ate their way to the beans
we mixed up some pepper garlic spray and as you can see
everything is thriving
until something else finds our garden of eatin'

one battle at a time :)

~*~


Sunday, July 6, 2014

goodness from the garden~



kale & lettuce, both second cuttings

green beans, first picking

i see a yummy dinner this evening

are you picking any goodness from your garden?

~*~

Monday, June 30, 2014

keeping secrets....

dang! it's been awhile since i've posted

we've been busy with life, garden, flower beds, grandkids & vacation

all good things :)

as the title suggest, i've been keeping a secret
(i'm not very good at but i did hold it in much to my daughter in laws surprise)

we're gonna be grandparents again!!!!

this little one is gonna have a brother (they think) 


congratulations doug, ashlie & iris! 

~*~