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Monday, December 10, 2018

Couch Friend on a Cold Winter Day

Good morning,

This is my view of Wendy when she climbed up on the couch next to me on a cold winter day just after I had started a fire in the fireplace.

So sweet!


Sunday, December 9, 2018

Cake and Roses

Good morning,

There was snow on the ground for my birthday this year, but it was warm and wonderful inside.  Pretty red roses courtesy of My Honey and...
a Raspberry Chocolate Chip Ice Cream cake from Graeters courtesy of our daughter, Catherine.

I'm such a lucky lady! 


Saturday, December 8, 2018

Client Gift Baskets

Good morning,

It's that time of the year again.  Catherine gives gift baskets to clients at this time of the year.  That means...
...lots of assembly and bow-making happening in our dining room. 

This year the theme is fresh fruit so we are making them only a few at a time as she is able to deliver them.

This is a fun tradition around here and I think the recipients enjoy them, too.

I hope your holiday preparations are going well!


Friday, December 7, 2018

Ivy in the Autumn Sun

Good morning,

Our year-round ivy continues to shine in the cold Autumn sun. 

Our ground cover continues to move around our property and keep it green.  Sometimes it gets carried away with itself, though....  ;)

Happy Fall,


Thursday, December 6, 2018

Birthday Dinner

Good morning,

Last weekend a good friend took a group of us out to dinner to celebrate my birthday.  Just looking at this picture of the steak I enjoyed makes my mouth water.

Thanks, Bill, for the lovely dinner.


Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Catherine's Texas Chili

Good morning,

It was Catherine's turn to cook again and this dinner was a big hit!

This is her Red Texas Chili recipe.  There's nothing better on a cold winter day.

Thanks, Catherine.  Yum!


Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Work in Process - Wool Intarsia Hat

Good morning,

Here is one of my current projects.  This is a Scandinavian Intarsia design hat in gray, white, and tan. 

I just love designing these hats and the wool blend yarn is so soft and warm.  It softly slides through my fingers as I knit and is delightful to wear.

 This hat will be finished sometime today and available in the shop here:  EvensensProductions.com.  $40.

All the best,

Update:  This hat is finished and available in the shop here.  

Monday, December 3, 2018

Penny in the Snow

Good morning,

We had a light snow that produced quite a pretty picture of Penny when the security lights came on while we were out for a late night walk in the front garden. 

She's such a lovely old lady.  


Sunday, December 2, 2018

Daddy's Stew

Good morning,

Kjell, Catherine, and I take turns cooking and it makes for quite a variety of excellent meals.

Pictured is Kjell's beef stew made in the crock pot.  It was excellent cold weather food! 



Saturday, December 1, 2018

Needlework and Wood Working Update - December, 2018

Good morning,

We have quite a few items to show you this month.  These wine bottle and wine glass holders are a delightful gift idea for Christmas, New Years, Weddings, Anniversaries, and yourself!
We have them engraved with "His" and "Hers" and...
..."Stay Calm Pour On."
These are available in fine furniture quality Cherry and Maple in the shop, $28 each.  Sorry, the wine and glasses are not included. 
This Mini Plaque is perfect for that small place on the wall within a group of pictures or alone, on or over a door, or on your desk.
We have them available for Ohio and Texas.
These engraved three dimensional Galloping Horse and...
 Eagle in Flight are also available.
 I made a hat similar to this one last month and it sold within a couple of days of being in the shop so I made another to restock.  These are gorgeous, soft wool.  $40.  At this writing it is still available in the shop.
This was definitely the month for hats.
 These are all made to restock the shop. 

 I'm working on other things, too, of course.  In the works are a Scandinavian Intarsia Knit sweater in Blue Heather with White and Pink accents as well as a Large Afghan Blanket in Pinks, Black, and Green.

That's this month's update!  We hope you'll come over and see what we have in the shop while you are doing your Holiday Shopping!  We have more than 330 items that are ready to ship world wide.  Gift wrap is an option at checkout and orders to USA addresses over $200 ship free.

All the very best,

Hand Crafted Original and Traditional Designs

Friday, November 30, 2018

Look Mom!

Erik:  I'm a Dalmation!

Mom:  No, Erik, you're a very handsome Black Lab with snow on your back.

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Riondo's Ristorante Bar & Grille - Galveston, Texas

Good morning,

'Tis the Season!  This lovely tree is in Riondo's Ristorante in Galveston,Texas.  We are told by Martha and Russell, our friends who sent us these pictures, that the tree stays up all year.
This lovely place comes highly recommended by our friends.
What a lovely place!
 We will definitely dine here the next time we are in Galveston!

Thanks, Martha and Russell, for sharing your images with us!


Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Solarium and Artwork - Symphony of the Seas

Good morning,

The artwork on board Symphony of the Seas is beautiful and dramatic.
This is the pool deck and Solarium.
 What a terrific ship!


Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Pool Deck - Symphony of the Seas

Good morning,

Happy Birthday, Martha!  And, thank you for all of the pictures of Symphony of the Seas. 

Today's picture was taken on the pool deck.  Every time Royal Caribbean builds a new ship, more and more is added.  It would definitely take more than a week to fully explore this week.

All the best,

Monday, November 26, 2018

Hooked Restaurant - Symphony of the Seas

Good morning,

Today's images are more from Royal Caribbean's new ship, Symphony of the seas, courtesy of our friends Martha and Russell.

This is one of the on board restaurants, Hooked Seafood.

Many of the specialty restaurant themes are used on more than one of RCCL's ships, but this one is totally new to me.

 I'm sure the food is a good as the restaurant is beautiful!
 This would definitely be a favorite for us.



Sunday, November 25, 2018

Wendy the Wall Walker

Good morning,

Wendy is walking the stone wall between the upper terrace and lower part of our back yard.  Since the wall is covered with ivy, it appears she is walking across the top of a hedge. 

In the lower left part of the picture is the huge tree that is down and still needs to be cut and split for firewood, 

The firewood is being put to good use now that it is so cold outside.

Happy Fall!


Saturday, November 24, 2018

Happy 80th Birthday, Aunt Carol!

Good morning,

Aunt Carol was truly surprised (that wasn't easy!) at her 80th Birthday Party this month.
Carol's daughter, Rene, did a fabulous job of pulling off this surprise without Carol knowing anything about it.
I took quite a few pictures and will just let readers scroll through them.

So many friends and family!  How did all these people keep this secret!

 I was a little late getting a picture of the cake table.  The cake was already consumed, but a few cupcakes were still there....  ;)
 The luncheon was delicious and the company delightful.

 We had so much fun!
 Happy Birthday, Aunt Carol!

Love you,