Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Monday, November 17, 2014

in the house, on the needles & around the hill...

in the house was this little one for her very first overnight


we roasted marshmallows & hotdogs
nibbled on popcorn and m&m's 
and watched charlie brown thanksgiving

the next morning
the cousins & auntie joined us for
pancakes with chocolate chips & holiday bazaar shopping


oh those little faces  :)

on the needles
in the making is the softest ever little cocoon
waiting for the arrival of the newest little
due december 26th


baby alpaca


my make-do yarn swift when the hubs isn't home


yarn winder found at the flea market for $2.00!


and on the hill in november we are blessed with beautiful sunsets


what's making you happy?

~*~

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

it's that time....

we are having a beautiful fall here in ohio but

the dipping temps are a reminder that winter is just around the corner

our primary heat source is wood & while i love the coziness of a fire,

it is messy & loads of work for the hubs



we've had the same log carrier for 10 years


it serves the purpose of carrying in logs,
but it doesn't contain the mess
and wood is messy

soooo, i started searching online for something more efficient
i found several options but all expensive...$60 & up for a canvas bag plus shipping
i had an idea....
i used duck cloth & dowel,
 broke 5 needles & spent the better part of a day
making a pattern
but....
i only spent $6.00 on fabric,( joanns had a 60%off coupon) $2.00 on dowel & $5.00 to replace needles
the thread i had : )


it is exactly what i had in mind!

~*~


Thursday, October 30, 2014

two post in one week???

i attribute it to over an indulgence of halloween treats :)

i've been reading about natural silver cleaners & since i'm out of my tube o chemicals
i thought i would give one of the mixtures a try...


hideous i know



the ingredients are vinegar, baking soda, salt, hot (boiling) water & foil


this is the result


the two knives on the right are uncleaned as is the fork on the right
big difference!


side by side

all in all this solution worked well!
i used a microfiber cloth as it suggest but still had a slight filmy look 
so after drying with the microfiber cloth, i used a jewelers cloth & that produced a nice shine
one other note....
as soon as the solution cooled down, it no longer worked :(



my daughter babs gifted the hubs & i with the coffee spoons for our anniversary
every morning i'm reminded of her sweetness :)
the teacup was a gift from my bestie...it's my absolute favorite!
everything taste better out of a pretty cup don't you agree?


tea anyone?

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

has it been a month?

yes, it' has been a month since my last post!
sheesh, rather than getting better with this blogging business
i am getting worse :(


i have been getting some wip's off the needles while not blogging
and that's always a good thing!
i've also (while not blogging)  cast on several projects & frogged others

i'm working on socks for the hubs...


i don't remember when i started?
did i enter the info on ravelry?

clearly i'm struggling with technology & the ability to keep things up to date...
my ravelry project page is no exception


the pattern is the hubband sock
# 2 addi's, magic loop, toe up
malabrigo in #858 arbol 
beautiful yarn but maybe not a great choice for durability on socks...we'll see




happy halloween!

~*~

p.s.  i did enter info onto my ravelry page...sept 3rd was the start date
almost two months ago , hmmmmmmm

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

welcome fall~

we are enjoying fall in every little nook & cranny


the sunflower field is in full bloom & bee's are buzzing


both food & drink fill the air with pumpkin spice everything


 my knitting has a fall look about it too :)


fall is quickly taking over our back yard & woods


what does fall look like in your little corner of the world?

~*~


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!