Monday, August 31, 2009
Monday, August 24, 2009
Last Wednesday afternoon, I found myself watching the Wee Ones and even their antics were not able to keep my eyes opened. My mum suggested I take a nap. Normally, it's something I don't like to do because I feel like I'm wasting the day, but I took her up on her offer to keep and eye on the busy boys. For some reason when I was at that stage when you are just coming out of sleep and are still in that dreamy state, I found myself imagining a bird pincushion. A whimsical one. Made from calico maybe, something bright and cheerful.
I felt compelled to get up and create such a pincushion. And did just that.
Well then came the dilemma of where this little birdie would sit. Hmmmm.... It would look very cute sitting on a shelf next to the knitting supplies. Yet no shelf was there. My mum remembered we had an old wood box and maybe that would suffice. But it didn't look good next to the picture we had hanging. For some reason, the patient window sprang to mind. Yes, but what to do with it? I decided to do this.
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Here are some of the prize possibilities:
So head on over and join in on the fun. You can tell her that either Darcy or I sent you.
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Now I just have to adapt to the early to bed and early to rise thing. Because when I get home I end up feeling tired and sleepy by about 10 am. Not such a great combination when dealing with the Wee Ones.
I have also been searching for some deep red fingering weight yarn. I want to knit a lacy scarf. It's amazing how hard it is to find the right color red. I want it to have a substantial amount of yardage, over 400. I looked on etsy and found a few yarns that look nice. My only dilemma is that I don't have the money right now. Well actually I do but I need to use it for bills, blast it! So if anyone knows of a garnet, deep red fingering weight yarn for me to check out just let me know.
Monday, August 17, 2009
Hopefully my body parts and I will be on speaking terms by tomorrow morning. Wish me luck negotiating a truce with them.
Friday, August 14, 2009
I don't have equal numbers in all the squares, obviously. Not too bad of a collection of coordinating fabrics for diggin' through the ol' stash. I will just need to get fabric for the border, if I do one, and for the back.
I think I'm coming down with a bad case of the quilting bug, because I am already planning my next project. Now there is optimism for ya. The are so many beautiful fabrics out there. I have been looking at Charm Packs. These are pre-cut 5" squares. I even found a store on eBay that is selling two charm packs and a jelly roll, this is 40-2.5" strips 44" long, together for a decent price. Then I stumbled across this site, Pikku-Ketta. How cool is that. What I appreciate about this quilt is the fact that it's simple in structure, but striking in look. You want to see something on her blog that literally made my jaw drop? Check out this link. To me that is some serious quilting dedication and talent. So impressive. I ended up poking around her site and found out that the author is on ravelry and appears to be a very talented knitter as well as quilter. Also, while looking around her wonderful blog I discovered this blog. Again what I'm loving about these quilts is the simple cuts to the pieces making up the quilts. While I appreciate intricate quilts, I don't have any delusions that I will do that sort of thing. I just don't have the patience. Seeing these quilts with the simple blocks and use of white really appeals to me and gives me ideas for my own quilt(s).
The eating cheese aspect of the post title comes from the Queso Fresca that my sister, Yanez Farms sent to us. It is so delicious and has fantastic texture. It was great knowing that the milk to create this cheesy goodness came straight from her own cow. I really love it. If she decides to sell this, whoever buys it will be spoiled and never want to buy store bought again.
Thursday, August 13, 2009
So I'm going to try quilting. Yes, I know just what I need is another hobby. What inspired me to try a quilt was Miss Posie gets Cosy. Her quilt is so lovely and dreamy. I could just imagine being snuggled under it reading a good book, with a lovely cuppa and maybe a little something to nibble. Yeah I know I live in LaLa Land right next to a quaint place called De-nile. Because we all know as soon as I began to snuggle under any blanket I would have the Wee Ones trying to pounce on me and heavens forbid there would be any hot liquid sitting near by, for I would certainly be wearing it. Let's totally forget having a little something to nibble, because the smallest Wee One more than likely would be walking off with it. But I can dream. So I searched through my small fabric stash and was actually able to find some fabric that coordinated, red, black and cream. I found some black fabric that I had had for sometime. I can't even remember what it is left over from or where I got it. I decided to wash it in case it ran. Well the color did run and so did the strength.
I have never seen a fabric disintegrate like this. It was very strange, but I'm so glad I washed it before I used it in the quilt. Hey maybe this was at some time stored next to asbestos....no, guess not. (shrug)
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
I then finished the "representational figure" that I started for my DFaN's son. Since he's 9 I call it that instead of a doll. His name is Oliver Graham, or Little OG...
Then last night I get a call from my sister. She has been trying to set up a website for their farm. Being the oh so hip and savvy younger sister that I am, suggested a blog. Yeah huh. Real cool. I ended up staying up to 2 am setting one up for her. I kept fighting with the code for the button to her website. It was mocking me, I just know it. But today between arguing with the Wee Ones, the smallest one growls at me now when he disagrees with what I say, and watching my DFaN youngest, Princess Persnickety, I was actually able to whip that code into shape and let it know who was boss. You all should go over and show her a little comment love. Yanez Farms. It's a simple design, but I like the way that the banner and her button turned out, even if I do say so myself. Cuz, yup you know it, I'm cool like dat. (grin)
Monday, August 10, 2009
So out they ran. Catch me if you can!
Well looky dere! It's a tractor working on the road Momma.
Now let's run back.
Look we have a guest coming to visit.
A grasshopper on a string next to the backdoor. He had the coolest back legs. The upper part were black and white stripes with the lower part being a wonderful lime green. He was a very smartly dressed hopper. I kept thinking of Tim Burton every time I looked at him.
I held the yarn the yarn parallel to try and get a better photo. Obviously it didn't work.
Then the boys remembered the tomato plants.
Little tomatoes waiting to turn red.
Here are some more Momma.
My own cute tomato.
Geez, that was some adventure. I think I'll just have a quiet interlude. (sigh)
Thursday, August 6, 2009
We are on a buying moratorium. Mostly because we are casse (french for broke), but also because we are implementing a plan to save money for moving. I'm glad my Dh finally decided to make the decision to become serious about moving. But since we have already not been able to indulge in little extras, making this plan to really buckle down, has me trying to come up with alternatives to sooth my creative beast. I recently read Posie Gets Cosy blog and it inspired me to want to try a similar quilt, only in lap blanket size. Plus my mum would also like to be able to work on a quilt. A project we could work on together.
I'm not whining but this really sucks not being able to purchase supplies for crafting. No yarn, (gasp). No fabric, (gasp). No other crafting supplies (gasp, gasp, gasp!). I feel like I'm going to go through withdrawals.
So now, I'm turning to you out there in the ether world. Maybe you can think of a new way for me to either pimp the bags or a new way for me to make $100 or so. Any ideas?
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
I happen to know a little about some constellations but really nothing else. He has been reading about novas, supernovas, nebulae and dark holes. Every once in while he comes and tells me something he has read and I end up looking at him like he's speaking some foreign language.
So this evening, using this website , we went outside when it got dark and looked at the stars. He was trying to find Andromeda. Well I could find Cassiopeia and from there we tried to find Andromeda. But there was too much light and we weren't sure if we found it. Looking at our SkyMap and then looking up at the sky, we found Cepheus. I had no idea who or what Cepheus was. The Boy looked it up on Wikipedia and we learned that Cepheus was the King of AEthiopia, Cassiopeia was his queen and Andromeda was their daughter. How cool is that. This is how the constellations were positioned.
So we learned something new. How about you? What did you learn today?
Saturday, August 1, 2009
I can see a backyard suited for sitting. I can see it with a garden, an area for the children and dog to play. I can see a table with comfortable chairs and one of those decorative fire pits as well as a BBQ. During the day you would be able to sit out under a large umbrella or awning to hide from the glare of the sun. At night you would be able to sit out and look at the stars and speak in hushed tones as not to insult the night's display. It would have a strong, patient, sturdy tree planted in one corner. The kind that will allow you to play hide and seek or a magical place for the boys to climb. There would be soft green grass. The kind that invites you to lay down and look at the ever shifting shape of the clouds as they make their journey across the sky. Chimes would be hanging near by. When the wind blows they would tell tales of a time when magic was carried on the breeze. The garden area would be home to herbs and spices and sassy little perennials. There would be quaint re purposed garden decorations and maybe even a fairy dwelling or two.
The house that guarded this backyard would be like a dear old friend. The type that welcomes you with open arms and is glad you are there. It would have enough rooms to make everyone comfortable yet not so large as to be daunting to keep neat and clean. It would have hardwood floors and a fireplace. The windows would be just the right number to allow in the maximum of cheery sunshine without making it feel like you were residing in a fishbowl.
As you entered this home, from the backyard, you would be greeted by the mud/laundry room. It would not be a large ostentatious space but large enough to comfortably house the washer and dryer as well as a place to leave up the ironing board and store the shoes.
Then you would find the kitchen. It would be the kind that would make you feel the confidence to try wonderful new recipes yet be happy to just have a simple meal prepared. It would be big enough to hold friends having a interesting discussion about the current day politics or to just have the children be able to play on the floor and not be worried about being trod on by an inspiring chef.
There would be a dining room that held a table that would be grateful for having a family gathering seated. Or be just as content having it's surface being used as a launching pad for some new artistic creation.
The living room would be just for that. Living. It would house comfortable furniture that just begs for you to put your feet up and stay awhile. It would be the place that the family gathers to celebrate, discuss, love, laugh, cry and relax. We would warm our chilled appendages by the warmth of it's fireplace, and place our proud portraits on it's mantle.
The house would also have a den that would serve dual purpose. It would allow a place for computers to happily hum as the boys battled with imaginary foes and explored unknown regions. But it would also be place for craft items to sit and wait while they were called to duty.
The bedrooms would allow each of us a place of our own. A place that we might be still and quiet. A place to rest our weary heads and dream.
There would be two bathrooms. Each with a small window to allow for the escape of swirling steam from a shower or to allow fresh air in.
This lovely house would also boast a front covered porch. It would be large enough to allow the boys some place dry to play on a rainy day. Or allow you to sit and just watch your neighborhood go by. It would hold the jack-o-lanterns at Halloween and the twinkling lights at Christmas. It would welcome your guests and be a place for strangers to wait before being granted entry.
I might not know all the details of the house or it's current location, but I see and feel it. I see it waiting for us patiently. Wanting us to come and reside in it. To be happy and share our family with it. It would protect us from wrongs and give us loving solace at times of sorrow. It would take care of us and we would gladly take care of it. Our family home.
*Sorry to bore you all with this but, felt compelled to write this. So I went with the feeling.
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