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About the Header Image: Idlebrook Wendy Darling Evensen "Wendy" one of our four Labrador Retrievers.

Thursday, August 6, 2020

Grand Kitty with New Toy

Good morning,

This is one of my three grand kitties with a crochet catnip toy that I sent to her. 

Son Don sent the image and says the three cats are each enjoying their new toys that I recently sent to them.  :)

Years ago when the kids were small we had kitties and I made so many cat toys I have lost count.  A little catnip inside keeps the little ones busy for a long, long time. 

So cute!

Lois



Wednesday, August 5, 2020

My View

Good morning,

So, yesterday afternoon I straightened up in the kitchen, put a batch of dishes in the dishwasher, then came into the living room to sit down for a few minutes and catch up on the news. 

My Lap Dog Elsa decided she wanted to watch with me so this was my view.  She didn't leap onto my lap.  She calmly climbed onto the extended foot rest of my Lazy Boy Chair, up into my lap, and turned around to face the TV.

I couldn't stop laughing.  It was pretty cute.

;),
Lois

Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Needlework and Wood Working Update - August, 2020

Good morning,

Another busy month has passed us by already.  This is the monthly update of all of the items Kjell has made in his wood workshop and I've made in my needlework studio.

Above is a beautiful engraved cross depicting John 13:34, Love One Another.  This is the second one Kjell has made for the shop after the first one quickly sold to a gentleman in the United Kingdom.  This one is available here.  $79. 
Kjell enjoys making patriotic items and this one is just beautiful!  What a perfect gift for a new citizen or military veteran.  $68.  More images and information here.
Kjell's newest bird house is in our garden at this moment.  He is testing the design to see how it weathers before he makes one for the shop.  So far, so good!  It's truly beautiful and a wonderful piece of art in our garden.




This is a sample of a custom order door sign that can be ordered through our shop.  It's a great memory of cruising as it was and fun to have when the world becomes normal again and we can all go back to sea.  $25.  More images and ordering information here
I wrote a post about this flag a few days ago.  This carving is a tribute to our All American Dogs that we have owned during the past 23 years.  It is intended to be the centerpiece in a wall display of the dogs' many ribbons, certificates, and titles as soon as we can sort them all out and find a suitable wall.  I think we need a whole new room for this.
This is another truly fun piece!  Our old sailor reminds us of old Norwegian stories of the sea.  What a fun gift for a captain or for a nautical-themed room.  $70.  More information and images here.
The Thin Blue Line carving is a tribute to our police and a way to show support for them, their families, and friends.  $115.  Available here.
 Kjell made this piece for a friend, but will be making another for the shop soon.  Stay tuned for this one!
This pretty little dolly and her matching baby blanket in bright and happy colors are new in the shop.  $50.  More images and information here.
The little turtle above and matching baby blanket were a custom order baby gift that has been shipped.  There is a similar one available in the shop here.
My son reminded me that I made cat toys for our many cats that we had when he was growing up.  We don't have cats here now, but son Don is making up for it with three cats that he has rescued.  I made three toys that I've sent over for them to enjoy.  Perhaps I should make some of these for the shop.  What do you think?
This is custom order that has been shipped and delivered.  Similar Cables and Filigree Lace Sweaters are available in the shop and we are happy to take your custom order in the size and color you would like to have.  Price depends on size and materials.
This hat has also been sold and delivered.  Similar hats are available here in a variety of sizes, colors, and styles.  From $8.
 These boot cuffs have also been purchased and delivered.  These will be so very warm and comfy when the weather turns wet and cold.  More are available in the shop and ready to ship.  $28.
This headband/ear warmer has also been sold and delivered.  More are available here in a variety of colors and styles.  From $8.
And, finally, a few more ear savers/protectors with personality and masks were made this month.


 This gray set was a custom order, but there is a variety of washable masks with disposable filters and ear savers available to ship now here. From $7.

Those are the new items we made this month.  Come see all the items we have available here.

We are blessed to have our own business that we can continue during the Covid-19 times.  We are following Center for Disease Control guidelines and are getting our orders of purchases of in-stock items into the mail within one business day.  Thank you so very much to everyone who supports us in the shop, on this blog, on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest with comments of encouragement, likes, favorites, shares, and purchases, too!  You are truly appreciated!

All the very best for a safe and healthy August!

Lois

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Monday, August 3, 2020

To salt or not to salt?

Good morning,

When you were a kid did you put salt on your watermelon?

I remember sitting out on the back porch with my brothers, big chunks of watermelon, and a salt shaker.  We'd shake salt on the watermelon before eating it as the juice ran down our arms.

I haven't put salt on watermelon since then.  How about you?

Lois




Sunday, August 2, 2020

Smoked Pork Belly

Good morning,

We had quite a treat yesterday!  My Honey smoked a pork belly.

Yum!

Happy Summer!

Lois

Saturday, August 1, 2020

A Very Special Flag

Good morning,

My Honey made a very special engraved wood "flag" for our All American dogs.  The engraved names are the five Labrador Retrievers we have had during the past 22 years.  Christopher has crossed the rainbow bridge, but the other four are still with us.

The heart paw prints in place of stars complete the special work of art.

This is intended to be the center piece of a wall display of the titles, certificates, and ribbons all of the dogs have earned. 

How very unique!

All the best,
Lois



Friday, July 31, 2020

Norwegian Beef Stew

Good morning,

My Honey made Norwegian Beef Stew this week and it was delicious.  The sauce is extremely thick and rich with a fabulous flavor.

I'm told the recipe is a secret. ;)

Lois




Thursday, July 30, 2020

Elsa and Lizard Yoga

Good morning,

Elsa and her Orange Lizard are doing their morning yoga together.

So cute!

:),
Lois

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Wild Morning Glories

Good morning,

The wild morning glories are pretty from a distance, but can cause havoc in the garden as they cover other plants and flowers.  It seems the tiny black ants are enjoying this one.

Back in the old days of a healthy back, I spent plenty of time in the garden pulling out unwanted plants and grooming those we wanted.  Now I sit back and appreciate almost all of them as they help themselves to my garden.

This particular critter has latched on to a rose bush.  I'll surely cut this wild morning glory back.  It will be good to get a few cooler days so I can spend some time outside.  I'll just let the flowers do their own thing while the temps are in the 90s.

Ah, Summer....

Lois

Monday, July 27, 2020

New Flags

Good morning,

We noticed our flags were worn so it was time to get new ones.  That's an Ohio flag flying under Old Glory.

Also, our flag pole was a telescoping type which made it very difficult for anyone other than Kjell to put flags up and down.  Kjell converted it to a pole with ropes so that we can raise and lower the flag without bringing the pole down.  This also allows us to fly the flag at half staff when necessary which we couldn't do earlier.

Part of the new configuration was purchased;  Kjell designed and manufactured the rest to make it work perfectly.

It is good to have an engineer in the house.  ;)

Lois

Evening Sky

Good morning,

This was the view of the evening sky from our patio after a heavy summer rain.  The sky was clear and the air was fresh. 

So pretty, calm, relaxing.

Happy Summer!
Lois

Sunday, July 26, 2020

Picture Perfect Bread

Good Morning,

Today's bread came out so pretty I had to take a picture.

This batch is egg and cottage cheese bread.  The cottage cheese in the dough gives it a light creamy texture. 

Yum!

Lois



Saturday, July 25, 2020

Penny's Checkup

Good morning,

Our sweet senior, Penny, visits the vet every six to eight weeks.  Penny will be 15 and a half at the end of this month and is still enjoying life.  Above you see her resting in Catherine's lap as they await their appointment time.  Catherine holds Penny because she slips and slides while walking on tile floors.
We didn't wait long before Alicia came out to get us.  Alicia not only works at the vet, she is Penny's fantastic breeder. 
Dr. Gaston also personally owns Alicia's dogs who are related to Penny. Visiting the vet is like visiting family.

 Penny gained .2 pounds this time which is excellent.  She had been losing weight regularly when she decided she didn't want the diet she has had all of her life.  I started making her "Penny Hash" by warming most of her usual food slightly and adding a few more of her favorites. 
Since Penny is no longer eating a raw chicken neck every day, Dr. Gaston added these supplements to her diet. 

 We made an appointment in September for her next checkup.

 Penny is such a sweetheart!

:),
Lois

Friday, July 24, 2020

In The News

Good morning,

This has been in the news lately.  We tried to buy some last week, but the shelves were bare.  This week we scored two cans.  We can make chili again!

;),
Lois


Thursday, July 23, 2020

Cover Girl?

Good morning,

Catherine received a request from the agency that books pups for photo shoots.  Cath snapped this image of Wendy and submitted it to be used on the front of a box of well known dog treats.  We'll see if Wendy gets the call for a photo shoot.

Such a pretty girl!

;),
Lois

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

This Week's Work in Process

Good morning,

I'm moving along on the current custom order Cables and Lace sweater. The front, back and first sleeve are finished.
The second sleeve is on the needles now.  I write my own patterns so when I design the sleeves, I use Excel to work out the increases row by row to match my gauge.  Every twelve rows is a pattern repeat so I place a safety pin at the side of my work whenever the pattern repeats.  It makes all kinds of sense to be able to check off each row on my chart and only have to count to 12 to know exactly where I am so all increases are exactly in the right places.  Similar sweater in the shop here.
This is the beginning of a baby blanket that is also a custom order.  Similar baby blanket in the shop here.
And, this baby blanket that I started last week is nearly finished.  This one will go in the shop when finished and I've made a doll to go with it.  Similar blanket and doll in the shop here.
Catherine brought me this yarn this week.  How nice!  I'm not sure what I'll make with it yet, but I'm sure I'll come up with something fun.  The face masks and ear savers are very popular and every time I turn around I need more of them either for the shop or for someone here in town.  Most of this yarn is great for those.  Face masks and ear savers are in the shop here.

The cream colored flowers I showed you last time are still waiting for me to spend more time upstairs to work on them so that I can get another afghan in the shop.  We spend most of our time downstairs now because our fifteen year old pup, Penny, can't climb stairs anymore.  Instead of her coming upstairs to be with us as she did for so many years, we are hanging out downstairs with her.

 What are you making, baking, growing this week?

All the very best,
Lois

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Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Wendy's Turn! Different Dog, Different Title

Good morning,

Two days ago I showed you a picture of Elsa and her new title. Today's image is of Wendy and HER new title!
Wendy's title is Dock Senior Excellent!  Yay!  Congratulations to Wendy and her trainer, our daughter, Catherine!

:),
Lois

Monday, July 20, 2020

Perfect Fortune Cookie

Good morning,

Catherine brought home Chinese carry-out on Sunday after the dock diving for the pups.

She got this fortune cookie, but said it was surely meant for me, the bread maker around here.

Do you believe in coincidences?

;),
Lois




Sunday, July 19, 2020

Elsa's New Title!

Good morning,

Our baby Elsa has a new title!  She is now AKC Senior Dock Diver as of last Friday.
 These are the ribbons the ladies brought home the first evening of the weekend trial.  Two of the blue ribbons are Wendy's, two of the blue ribbons are Elsa's, and that big title ribbon in the center belongs to our baby Elsa.  :)

Congratulations to Elsa, Wendy. and our Daughter, Catherine, who is Elsa's and Wendy's trainer.

We are so very proud!

:),
Lois

Saturday, July 18, 2020

Sleeping Beauty Buddies

Good morning,

Sometimes, it is just more comfy to sleep next to your bed instead of in it. 

;),
Lois

(That's Elsa left, Wendy right.)




Friday, July 17, 2020

New Real Estate Listing - Winged Applicants Only Please

Good morning,

We have a new rental property in our front garden.  ;)

Kjell just finished this darling bird house!  We had to keep the first one to enjoy ourselves, but eventually, he'll make a similar one for the shop. 
Kjell's design is genius for security for the winged family and the ability to clean between rentals.  Above you can see how all parts come apart for cleaning.
The floor slides into place.
The front slides down from the top.
 This is an image Kjell took while the birdhouse was still in the workshop.  It is the inside of the front of the house showing the "ladder" grooves so the baby birds can climb out when it is time to fly.
Here's an image of the inside of the roof showing how it will stay in place when slid onto the house and until it is time for cleaning.
So here it is waiting for a new family.  We have it mounted where we can watch from our living room french doors.
 One more important feature:  The roof is constructed with plugs, no nails, so rust will not be a problem.

I'm really excited about this!  This test house is mounted lower to the ground than it will eventually be in its permanent spot in our garden.  Right now, Kjell wants to monitor the weathering of the wood so has mounted it where he can check it regularly.

Come see what other wood items he has made and are available here.    I'm looking forward to seeing the next wood creations from Kjell!

 Happy Summer!

Lois