Saturday, December 13, 2014


Yesterday started with a phone call from my mother that you can never be prepared for.  My sweet father passed away in the night.  My heart broke in a hundred million pieces and feels as though someone is stepping on it.  This was the man that unconditionally shared his heart and love with us.  Who was there for us no matter what.
Tomorrow I will travel to be with my mother and sisters in Florida.  To comfort, grieve and celebrate his life.
Love with all your heart.  It's something you can be proud of.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Wednesday, December 10, 2014


 I work a couple of days a week in a beautiful clothing boutique.  24 really cute cowls arrived and sold out in two days which inspired me to try to make one of my own.  It didn't turn out exactly like the one in the shop, however, I was pretty pleased with the results.  And I absolutely love the stitch.  (Although, I still don't know the name of it.)
I'll put it in a pdf file so that you can print it.  I'll let you know when I do.  Until then, here are the simple directions.  (Check your stash for a bulky yarn!)


2 skeins Wool of the Andes, Bulky (137 yards each.  This is wallaby.)
Size 13 needles
Crochet hook

Cast on 80 stitches loosely.

Row 1 :: *k2tog, yo 2x, k2tog repeat from * to end
Row 2 ::  *p1, (k1,p1) into yo, p1 repeat from * to end
Row 3 ::  k2 *sl 1, k1, psso, yo 2x, sl 1, k1, psso  repeat from * to last 2 sts, k2
Row 4 ::  p2 *p1 (k1, p1) into yo, p1  repeat from * to last 2 sts, p2

Repeat these 4 rows until piece measures approximately 14 inches ending with row 4 of pattern repeat.  Bind off loosely.
Using extra yarn cut approximately 80 pieces of yarn measuring 11" each. Using a crochet hook, attach fringe along cast on and bind off edges. (As much or as little fringe as you'd like.)  Sew together along side edge.

If you get knitting you can have this finished in no time for gift giving!
(Feel free to email me with any questions.)

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

we're ready

Grateful to have a fireplace that burns real wood.  And a man that builds unbelievable fires.

Monday, December 08, 2014

Sunday, December 07, 2014

still no tree but...

We went a few years without making houses.  It feels so good to have a couple back in the house.

Saturday, December 06, 2014

Friday, December 05, 2014

Thursday, December 04, 2014

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

on or off?

Suzanne made me giggle when she commented on my last post, "shoes on or off?". 
I prefer to have my shoes "on".  But feel free to take yours "off".  Andrew is the only one that usually walks around without his shoes.  So when you come in, just be careful not to trip over his.  His 10.5 size shoes end up just about everywhere.
I'm not exactly sure what this stitch is called.  (Does anyone know?)
I made up a little cowl pattern using it.  I'm gonna attach some fringe and then I'll show you.  Hopefully it will be cute and you can make one, too!

Erin is joining me in taking photos "all around" for the month of December.  Feel free to play along!