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Wednesday, August 21, 2019

This Week's Sweater Progress

Good morning,

The back is finished and the front of this sweater is well on the way.  That's good progress this week considering all of the other things we have done.

This sweater is a custom order so will go to the buyer as soon as it is finished.

I enjoy my cables and lace patterns.  This one is different from any I've done before because of the different size sweater I'm making.  When finished, I'll be sure to include it in the monthly Needlework and Wood Working Update.

What are you making this week?

All the best,

Come see what else we have made!
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Hand Crafted Designs

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Mums in the Sun

Good morning,

These beautiful yellow mums are one of a pair that grace our front porch.

These are exactly the colors I've used to make afghans.  I've sold the last one of the yellow flower on dark green afghans and have another on my "To Make" list.  I can never go wrong when I use colors I find in nature when designing needlework projects.

So pretty!


Monday, August 19, 2019

A Beautiful Wedding

Good morning,

Last Saturday we attended the wedding of the daughter of our friend, Bill.  I'll share a few of the pictures I snapped with my phone camera.
This is a classic, isn't it.  The flower girl decided to exit and the ring bearer just put his pretty white satin pillow down when she did.
A little help from Dad helped the flower girl down the aisle.
Here are Bill and his gorgeous daughter.

Thank you, Daddy.

The ceremony was beautiful and according to script.

 Man and wife.  Beautiful!
 This is the gift that Kjell made and we gave the newlyweds. 

What a joy it was to attend their wedding.

All the very best,

Sunday, August 18, 2019

Fattening Up the Fish

Good morning,

We truly enjoy our goldfish pond.   Catherine purchased these goldfish for me for Mother's Day.  They were tiny feeder fish when we put them in the pond.
The fish grow quickly on all of the yummy bugs they find in the pond.
The sun on the water provides some lovely reflections, too.

Retirement is good.  We are able to be home to enjoy the garden and so many other things at home.


Saturday, August 17, 2019

Butterfly on a Log

Good morning,

We still have plenty of logs to split in the back yard.

I'm enjoying all of the critters that are on and around the logs.  We have lizards that scurry from one to another and butterflies that seem to like to land on them.  I used all of the zoom I could to get this image.  I quietly walked around the car and through the parking area and almost got a close up, the that clever butterfly immediately flew away.  Maybe tomorrow.

Happy Summer!


Friday, August 16, 2019

Go, Penny, Go!

Good morning,

At 14.5 years old Penny still enjoys her walks so we take her whenever the weather is cool enough.

I took this picture of her yesterday evening as we walked around our front yard.  The front of our property isn't fenced so we leash walk her there.

Penny is still a happy girl.  She softly wags when we talk with her and pet her.  To see her excited though, just pull into the driveway while she is outside at the fence.  When she recognizes the car, she gets so excited, hops around, and can't wait for us to come inside.  She acts like a ten year old!

Go, Penny, go!


Thursday, August 15, 2019

Catherine's Rice Pudding

Good Morning,

Last night our son, Don, and grandson, Alex, were here for dinner.  Actually, they brought dinner from Marco's.  It was some of the best pizza and salad we've ever had.

The finale was our daughter Catherine's rice pudding for dessert. 

What a fun evening with family and yummy treats!

Thanks, everyone!


Wednesday, August 14, 2019

This Week's Project - Cables and Lace Sweater

Good morning,

Here's this week's newest project.  It's a Cables and Lace Sweater that is a custom order.  Although similar to sweaters I've made before, this is a size I haven't made before so I've designed a new pattern for it. 

These unique sweaters take more planning, time, and concentration than most other designs, but the results are truly worth the extra work.

I love hearing about and seeing what you are doing, too.  What are you making, baking, and growing this week?

All the best,

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Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Hibiscus by the Pond

Good morning,

Today's image is of the hibiscus blooming beside our gold fish pond. 

Such pretty blooms!


Monday, August 12, 2019

Sleeping Sweetheart

Good morning,

Sweet Elsa is seven months old already. 

Sound asleep.  So sweet and innocent.

Elsa is a good puppy.


Sunday, August 11, 2019

Needlework and Wood Working Update - August, 2019

Good morning,

This has been a busy month for both Kjell in his wood workshop and me in my needlework studio.

Above is a favorite Large Flower Garden Afghan Blanket. $155.  Click here for more images and information.
Here's another Large Afghan Blanket completed and sold this month.  I love these colors.  Have I mentioned I love blues?
I made the wool blend cloche hat above and

this non allergic acrylic cloche hat to restock the shop this month.  Dozens of cloche hats are available from $8.  Click here and scroll down to see them all.
Kjell has made some absolutely incredible wood carvings this month!  Above is Poseidon and the Vikings.  $88.  More images here.

This companion piece to Poseidon and the Vikings is titled "Vikings are at the Roots of Our Family Tree."  $88.  More images here
Kjell has made two Equestrian pieces this month.  Both the horse artwork and the frame are engraved.  This is a larger piece, approximately 21" x 15".  $148.  More information here
This is a slightly smaller piece, Mare and Foal.  $128.  More information here.
The wood art above can be hung on a wall or displayed with our stand sold separately.  The two Equestrian pieces require a larger stand than we have available for other, smaller items in the shop.  This larger stand is available here.
Here's something that Kjell made for us.  This is so much fun!  I did a separate blog post about this and included a video so you can see how it works.  Here it is.
Kjell made this for us.  It is mounted on the gate across the driveway to the back of our yard.  He engraved the wood and hand painted it.  Classy!  Think that's a clear message? 
And, finally, I made several more sets of Luggage Identifiers in a variety of colors.
These certainly are terrific to have on your luggage when trying to find your own among the thousands of others at a cruise or airport terminal.

$5 for a set of 6;  priceless when you travel.  See all the colors currently available here.  Of course, if you want a different color, just let us know.  We'll be happy to make up a custom order for you.

That has been our very busy month!  We both have a number of other items in the pipeline that we'll show you next month when finished.

We truly do appreciate your likes, shares, favorites, and purchases. 

All the very best,

Come see what else we've made!


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Original and Traditional Designs

Saturday, August 10, 2019

Camping in the Living Room

Good morning,

We have the queen size airbed set up at the end of the living room so that someone can be with our 14.5 year old Labrador Retriever, Penny, overnight on the first floor.  Penny isn't able to climb steps any more as she had done all the years of her life to sleep with us upstairs.  She was very distressed when she couldn't go up, so we have arranged for one of us to be downstairs with her each night.

Penny has a special low, comfy bed on the other side of the airbed that you see in the picture.  Erik and Elsa have moved on to the airbed to make this one big sleep party.

These pups are the best!


Friday, August 9, 2019

One of My Favorites

Good morning,

This is one of my favorite "toy stores."  OK, I don't get toys here, but I get the same enjoyment out of what I buy here as I did toys when I was a kid. 


Thursday, August 8, 2019

My Happy Place

Good morning,

My Honey had shelving to the ceiling built into three walls of my craft room.  I found plenty to put on those shelves.  

My Honey is such a sweetheart. 


Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Erik and Mr. Hoover

Me:  Erik, I need to vacuum the carpet. Would you like to move?

Erik:  That's OK, just work around me.

Me:  Ok.  (So I did.)

Our pups aren't afraid of the vacuum sweepers.  Erik was perfectly fine with me sweeping around him as he just watched.  He's a very relaxed kind of guy.  ;)

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

New Gingerbread for the House

Good morning,

We are having our 100 year old house painted again and it is quite a process.  When we moved in 40 years ago one of the "flowers" was missing beneath one of the windows.  See the image above.  We've had the house painted several times in those years, but never had anything to replace the missing flower.  Above is a "before" the power washing and re-painting picture.
Here's a close up of the "flower" that has not weathered the years well.
When the piece was removed, we discovered
it was made of plaster.  A common method of holding plaster together in the last century was by adding horse hair to the mixture.  We attempted to count the number of layers of paint, but weren't able to get an accurate count.  This piece of plaster had been held in place by one nail for more than 100 years.
My Honey engraved new flowers of wood to replace all of flowers.
He has painted them with primer
and here are four new ones mounted in place after power washing off the old paint and with the new blue paint and white paint on the house.  The flowers will get another coat of white paint.  There are three similar windows on the front of the house.

We are having the work done by our friend Bill's company this time.  This time it is being done right!