Wednesday, December 31, 2008

busy, busy...

Tagged!

Phew...it has been a really busy week since Christmas. Our Christmas was wonderful, lots of happy kiddos, lots of family, lots of food, lots of love. I hope yours was wonderful, too! Two days later, I photographed an outdoor wedding......really beautiful (the photo above is a sneak peek) and I'll have more photos of that to share soon. Then, a day later.....the worst, worst, worst stomach bug ripped through this family of 6 without mercy! Uggh....the last few days have been rough for us all and after another very long night last night, I think the worst of it is behind us. We're all feeling better this morning and hopefully we'll start the new year off on the right foot.

I was tagged for another meme recently on Flickr by a couple of my contacts and finally participated this morning....if you want to read 16 random things about me, come on over :)

Hope your New Year's Eve is a great one!

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

a new project

on the needles....



I'm trying to figure out this knitting thing. I have previously used all cotton yarn and things went pretty easily. However, I used an acrylic yarn for the red scarf that I spent way too much time trying to make. The acrylic just did not knit very easily. It was always snagging and seemed to "pull" too tightly as I was stitching along and every stitch took a concentrated effort. Although I finished it and the color was great, I wasn't very thrilled with it.

So, after getting over my slight bit of knitting discouragement, I decided the best thing to do would be to start another project, maybe a little easier, and see how it goes from there. I had already knit a dish cloth a few weeks ago and it has quickly become my favorite. So, I decided that I'd try to make another from this gorgeous aqua colored cotton yarn. I cast on the stitches and found myself shocked at how incredibly easy it was to knit. Then I thought about the yarn difference and realized that this must have been the problem with my last project. Maybe??

Maybe the acrylic yarn would be better used with crochet instead of knitting since you'd be dealing with a hook instead of needle - I'm not sure. I just wish there were actually choices in the stores where yarn is concerned. In all the major stores in my area, the only option is acrylic. I have heard of a small yarn store in town that I still need to check out and I'm hoping she'd have some natural stuff....otherwise, it's online I go :) Either way, I do know that I'll be paying much closer attention to the yarn I choose for my projects from now on.

I want to start a hat project soon, so do any of you awesome knitting ladies know of a really easy beginner hat to start with? I saw a beginner one that simply said "take measurements, knit rectangle, stitch seam, and gather top. " I can figure it all out except the "gather top" one, lol. Where do you gather it and where does the gathered part go? Hmmmm....I've got lots to figure out here!

On a different note, did you notice I had a little too much fun with my photo for this post? When I noticed the aqua yarn against my red mug of afternoon coffee yesterday, I reached quickly for the camera and had a long photo session with this little piece of a dish cloth, lol! I even took down my little vintage Santa header in exchange for my aqua and red photos....they're my favorite colors and I couldn't resist! :)


Happy Wednesday!

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Works in Progress....

red scarf...

I've been knitting this scarf for Ethan for what seems like forever, lol. I knitted my first scarf almost effortlessly, however this second one has taken much more effort! I had it half finished about a week ago, then realized that I somehow added 3 extra stitches at some point, making it resemble a triangle more than a rectangle. Then, since I wasn't too happy about my first few rows of stitches to begin with, I just unraveled the whole thing to begin again. So, here it is again, hopefully to be finished in the next couple of days as my girls and me join the guys at the hunting camp.

The hunting camp is not my favorite place to go. It's definitely a man-place and generally kind of boring while they are all out hunting and we girls must remain vewwwy, vewwwy qwwwiet, hee hee! But, Emma is absolutely determined that she is going with daddy this time.....so, I found myself backed into a corner. However, maybe the slow and quiet is just what we all need - whether we think so or not. I typically love slow and quiet...just in my own home :) I'm bringing along a stack of dvd's and a few balls of yarn to try and finish the scarf and possibly start a new project....we'll see ;) Of course I'll have my camera to play with.....who knows, I may never get around to the scarf if there is anything photo-worthy around the place!


quilt in progress....


The quilt I've been neglecting will hopefully be worked on these next couple of days, as well. Everything is prepared....the quilt top, the backing, the batting, and even the binding. I just need to put it all together. I'm hoping that by next Monday this quilt will be wrapped snugly under my tree....fingers crossed ;-)

Happy Thursday!

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Tagged!

I have been tagged by Amy over at Daily Pleasures for this meme to re-post a photo from my fourth post four months ago. I found the photo and the short, but meaningful verse that I chose to put with the photo. It speaks pretty loudly to me right now, so I thought I'd re-post the entire thing. It may be what we all need to hear right now :)

Happy Tuesday!


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Strength....






I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.



~Philippians 4:13


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So, if anyone else is interested....please join in and let me know if you do. I'd love to see yours!

Sunday, December 7, 2008

jutting diversion....

jutting diversion...




"Though the circular round-and-round of routine be the bulk of life's affairs, make an occasional jutting diversion - of fun, love, or something that will outlast you - so the shape and motion of your life shall resemble the round lifegiving sun with bright rays shining forth from all directions." ~Destin Figuier




Are you shining with bright rays from all directions?? Do something fun today....do something you love....take time to live in the moment.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Because you were curious....

Christmas stockings


These are the Christmas stockings peeking into yesterday's post. I had several requests to see them from my Flickr contacts and my blog readers, so here they are! These are stockings that my mom made for me from an old quilt top that my grandmother never finished. There was just enough to make these for us and I couldn't have been happier with them. I embroidered our names on them and they are, by far, my most favorite decorations every year.

one for each of us......

This year, the kids decided that every winter and Christmas figurine had to be displayed on the mantle...together, lol! I kinda like it now that they're up on the mantle and not scattered around the entire house cluttering up every table top and empty space.

This is the one time of year that I am so very happy with my wood walls and dark, cozy colors. During the spring and summer I long for yellow walls and big windows covered with soft, flowing white curtains filtering the sunlight, but in the fall and winter, I love how these rich pine walls and dark fireplace make the house so warm and cozy. I especially love it when we pile on the Christmas decorations ;)

What are some of your favorite Christmas decorations?

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Slow

taking it slow

"Slow" is the new theme at Self Portrait Challenge and I thought this was a fitting time of year to focus on slow. I am a person who loves a slow pace. I don't like excessive busyness, having my plate too full, losing my focus, not taking time to breathe....

I love this time of year because I love the reason we celebrate, not the hustle and bustle, shopping, wasting precious time in stores searching for gifts that honestly, most of us don't need. I love the little moments of decorating, baking cookies, smelling the Christmas tree scent cover the house, enjoying the fireplace warmth every night while the kids play in the family room, listening to Christmas music almost exclusively, watching a few good Christmas movies that are shown only at this time of year, and taking time to absorb all the good stuff.


Jotham's Journey


This year, we've added a great Advent storybook to our Christmas celebration. We'll be reading Jotham's Journey over the next few weeks and I think we'll really enjoy it. The first two nights were very interesting and the kids are waiting for the next part :)



what it's about



After our story, we stayed quietly around the fire while my boys practiced their guitar playing. They are doing really well with their playing, learning more all the time, and the best part is that they love it. They love practicing and figuring out the chords and they are sounding so good lately. :-)


at home....



I love these slow times. I love the memories made and the togetherness of family that being slow brings. I hope you too, can find moments of slow in your everyday lives this month.