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Thursday, December 13, 2018

Cincinnati Pops Christmas Concert

Good morning,

We love our Cincinnati Pops.  We finally are able to have season tickets again now that we aren't going back to sea every ten weeks. 

I took these pictures last weekend at the annual Christmas concert. 
Some special characters were in the lobby before the concert, too!  In the image above we spotted Rudolph...
...and Frosty is here, too!

Mr. and Mrs. Claus and several other important personalities were also strolling through the crowd.

Merry Christmas!  Happy Hanukkah!


Wednesday, December 12, 2018

High Tech Row Markers

Good morning,

Those are my high tech increase row markers on a sleeve courtesy of my friends Martha and Russell.  :)  They saw me using safety pins with my knitting and later brought me bags of them that they had collected from their dry cleaning.  I also use them to carefully attach identifying item number tags to some of my finished items.

It's the perfect Recycle-Reuse!  Thanks!


Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Sons of Norway Julefest

Good morning,

We always eat very well at the Sons of Norway Julefest (Christmas Party).  Of course, there are those trademark Norwegian meatballs in the foreground.
We enjoyed the party with nearly 100 others.  It is always good to see old friends here each year.
This was fun.  For those with any knowledge of Lutefisk, you'll get a kick out of this.  It was sung to the tune of O Tannenbaum.
There was serious Christmas music, too. 

It was a lovely evening.

All the best,

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