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Sunday, August 20, 2017

Progress - Waiting Room Knitting

Good morning,

Here's the progress on the Waiting Room Knitting Project. I am only working on this project while sitting in waiting rooms. It is a small project that fits into a small tote bag that I can grab as we walk out the door.  It's amazing how much gets accomplished!

This is an intarsia knit hat that will go into the shop when complete.  

I love intarsia knitting on small projects such as this.  I make up the patterns as I go along which makes it fun.  On larger projects, such as sweaters, I have to develop a consistent pattern for front, back, and sleeves.  That's fun, too, but doesn't feel quite as fancy free and "doing my own thing" while knitting a hat.

I have several other projects in process, too, that are larger and that I work on at home. 

What are you making now?

Lois

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Crock Pot Ribs

Good morning,

Do you ever wake up in the morning and start to ponder what you'll make for dinner that evening?  It happens often here.  Ha!

Well, I knew I had a package of four country ribs and plenty of time, but didn't know exactly how I wanted to prepare them so I made up something new.  The crock pot was a good idea because I planned to spend part of my day re-potting plants and draining the fish pond, so I didn't want to spend much time in the kitchen during the afternoon.

I started loading the crock pot with a layer of carrots and onions all chopped into fork size pieces.  I added a bottle of beer, then the four large ribs arranged on top.  I put dabs (a technical cooking term according to my mother) of citrus jam and crushed garlic on top and added pepper. 
I wanted something "tomato-ey", so drizzled some catsup over the top.

I put the lid on the crock pot and set it on high for the first three hours, then down to low for the next four hours. An hour before serving, I removed the ribs to a flat corning ware dish and drizzled another bit of catsup over them.  I popped them into the oven for that last hour so the most recently added catsup glazed on the top.
The house smelled fabulous all day and the ribs were delicious.  I served them with the carrots and onion from the crock pot, steamed cauliflower and broccoli, applesauce, cottage cheese, and pickle.  I've been serving extra veggies instead of potatoes recently. 
For dessert we had banana bread that I made in my Mom's old Sunbeam Mixmaster.  Does anyone else remember when entire kitchens were harvest gold color?

The banana bread was delicious.  By the time I downloaded these pictures about 48 hours after I took them, the banana bread was gone so I missed taking a picture.  It was pretty.

All the best,

Lois

Friday, August 18, 2017

Exceedingly Hardy Hibiscus

Good morning,

This little Hardy Hibiscus is exceedingly hardy!

It is growing from a crack in the curb in our parking area near our garage.  When we've pulled the cars in too far, it has pushed the curb slightly out of place and this little plant found that spot to grow.  I cut it back often and need to get out there and dig it out, but now I think I'll just let it grow for awhile.

We'll be having the blacktop replaced soon anyway so we might as well let this little blossom have its day in the sun. 

Lois





Thursday, August 17, 2017

Waiting Room Knitting

Good morning,

While we are waiting for routine doctor appointments, I'm knitting in the waiting room.

The project in the image above is a hat that is my current take-along project.

It's amazing how much knitting gets done during these waiting times!

Lois






Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Wendy's Weekend Haul

Good morning,

Last weekend, Wendy and Catherine competed in AKC Agility Trials in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Wendy competed both days in various events and brought home the ribbons you see above.  The First and Second Place Ribbons on the right were won during agility runs.

The two Title Ribbons are in recognition of two new AKC Agility Titles now belonging to Wendy.

We are so very proud of our Wendy and Catherine!


:),  (proud Mommy smile)
Lois




Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Bagel and Coffee!

Good morning,

It seems to be time for a good food post again.  :)

My Honey and I were our running errands when we stopped at Bruegger's Bagels for a bagel with salmon and cream cheese.  Bruegger's House Blend coffee completed our lunch. Although we drive by several times a week, it has been years since we've stopped for a bagel treat.

My goodness, we'll surely do this again soon!

Lois

Monday, August 14, 2017

Snowball Flowers

Good morning,

I took today's images across the street from our home at one of Xavier University's buildings.  The building is a home that has been converted to university offices.  It is not uncommon for deliveries to come to our home instead of the XU office.  I was delivering a package we received by mistake when I stopped to take these pictures.
When I was a child we called these snowball flowers, but I'm sure someone will tell me their correct name. 

So pretty!

Lois

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Stunning Marigold

Good morning,

This brilliant Marigold bloomed in a pot on our front porch.  Someone must have bumped into the plant because this one was broken so I brought it into the house.

I took the photo in natural sunlight.

Wow!

Lois

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Blueberries!

Good morning,

We enjoy eating the fruits and vegetables that are in season and this is one of our favorites.

I bought this five pound container of blueberries and we ate them all in two days. 

So good!

;),
Lois

Friday, August 11, 2017

On the Needles Now

Good morning,

On the needles now is the beginning of a boot cuff in bright sky blue.  It's a custom order to match a sweater already purchased.

The safety pins on the side are row makers for the cable stitch pattern.  My friends call these "Lois pins" and they have supplied me with many, many of them.  So good to have!  Thank you!

All the best,
Lois

FYI:  There are similar boot cuffs available in the shop in tan wool - ready to ship.

Hand Crafted Original and Traditional Designs 

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Trumpet Vine Takes Over the World

Good morning,

OK, the title is a little misleading.  The Trumpet Vine isn't taking over the entire world, just our part of it.

These pretty flowers are wonderful for attracting humming birds so I planted the vine against the base of a tree in the back yard about 35 years ago.  The vine is performing as advertised and then some more.  It has climbed more than 60 feet up the tree and is now spreading across the lawn.  It would normally be cut back with the lawn mower as it grows across the grass, but we have quite a few large logs in the back, waiting their turn to be split into firewood.

Those logs are now covered by Trumpet Vine and My Honey thinks that is a sign they don't have to be split.

Saved by the Trumpet Vine!

;),
Lois

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Wendy's Turn

Good morning,

The past two days I've featured our other two pups, Erik and Penny.

Today is Wendy's turn.  I took this picture when she appeared at my side while I sat at my computer eating a banana.  Of course, those eyes were telling me she hadn't had anything to eat for "weeeeeks!"

Yes, she got a piece of the banana. 

;),
Lois

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Is it dinner time?

Good morning,

I'm convinced our dogs can tell time.  This sweet face appeared in my lap yesterday evening about 4:30 PM.  There was no mistaking the question:  Is it dinner time yet?

Erik is such a sweetie. 

;),
Lois

Monday, August 7, 2017

Penny In the Sun

Good morning,

Penny, our senior lady, now known as "The Queen" looked so pretty in the afternoon sun that I came out to take some pictures of her.
Penny was busy inspecting the wood pile where we are sure there are critters living.
Penny does an excellent job of tracking any critter who may have walked across our property.  It's an important job and she is very good at it. 

;),
Lois

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Wood Worker Extraordinaire

Good morning,

Here's a peek into Kjell's wood workshop.  He's working on two new boxes, his original designs, for the shop.
The beautiful finish hasn't been added yet, but you can see the gorgeous corners of this box.
There will be a surprise to the design inside, too.

These two boxes will be available in the shop soon.

In the meantime, come over and take a look at all the gorgeous items available to ship today:


All the best,
Lois

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Eye Candy for Knitters

Good morning,

This is just a little eye candy for Knitters and Crocheters.

I took this picture of a box of yarn colors I had put together as I was designing a custom order patchwork sweater.  The colors sparkling in the sun were just so pretty!  The finished sweater will be featured in next month's Needlework Update.

I get great pleasure from simple things.  Life is good.

;),
Lois

FYI:  There are more ready-to-ship patchwork sweaters in various sizes available in the shop now:

Original and Traditional Hand Crafted Designs

Friday, August 4, 2017

Fungus Among Us

Good morning,

Here's another Fungus Among Us that I spotted on an old tree trunk in our back yard. 

I'm not a student of fungus so can't identify them, but I do find them very pretty.

Lois

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Another Little Lizard

Good morning,

I was pulling our trash can to the street this week and this fellow was watching me from the top of one of our driveway lights. 

If you're a fan of lizards, this guy is very pretty.  If you're not a fan of lizards, I guess he's creepy. 

;),
Lois

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Needlework and Woodworking Update - August, 2016

Good morning,

What a busy month it has been!  Today's Needlework and Woodworking Update features the items we have created in the past month. I always surprise myself when I see how many items we have completed from one month to the next.  Take a look at EvensensProductions.com to see many of these and other items available to ship today.

Above is a Big Blocks Afghan Blanket that will brighten any room.
These two Tactile Reptiles have already been delivered to a beautiful baby girl. 
My Honey was busy in his wood workshop this month, too. 
These two beautiful boxes are available in the Hand Crafted Wood section of the shop.
 Here's another tissue topper to restock the shop, too.  What a pretty way to keep an extra roll handy.
Three more Find It Keep It Baskets came off the crochet hook this month, too.
These baskets have a loop in the top so they can be hung directly on a door handle so you can have your keys, cell phone, glasses, and other important items at your fingertips when you're ready to leave the house or office.
 These baskets also look great sitting on a table where they can be used to contain a variety of small items.
 Also to restock the shop, I made a few more Luggage Identifiers.
 I have personal experience with these when looking for our luggage in cruise and air terminals.  It's amazing how all luggage suddenly looks alike until you look for your own luggage identifiers.
 This cloche hat was a special order...
 ...and I made this one to restock the shop.

So, that's it for another month.  We're still working hard to fill custom orders and to keep the shop stocked.

We hope you'll think of us first for baby gifts, back to school, birthdays, holidays, and other occasions.  Click the link below to come over and take a look!

Thank you!

We now return you to our regularly scheduled blogging.  ;)

Lois

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Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Chicken ala Lois

Good morning,

This was our dinner recently.  We had two grilled chicken breasts so I built the meal around them and it turned out quite nice.

Under the chicken is fresh spinach, mushrooms, garlic, and onion.  On top is freshly made bacon.

So simple and so delicious!

Yum!

Lois