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About the Header Image: Idlebrook Wendy Darling Evensen "Wendy" one of our four Labrador Retrievers.
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Monday, December 31, 2018
Sunday, December 30, 2018
I believe I took piggie's picture a couple of years ago when we went to the meat store to buy our meat for Norwegian Jule Ribbe. I snapped this picture when we were at Stehlin Meats to purchase our standing rib roast for New Years eve. Oh, my, so much good food this year!
Such fun and so yummy!
Saturday, December 29, 2018
Here are number one son, Les, and his lovely wife, Diane, modeling their Christmas hats.
Les was exhausted after driving for 20 hours, but managed to sit up and eat dinner with us before collapsing for the night. It was a last minute trip for them to be able to be here for Christmas and we are delighted that they could come!
Happy New Year!
Friday, December 28, 2018
The tails are moving so fast here it's hard to see what is going on, but Sophie and Sarah are distributing the dogs' gifts and they are so very excited to get them!
Of course, Santa remembers the pups and they just love opening their own gifts.
Thursday, December 27, 2018
A week or so ago I showed you this sweater (not quite as far along as pictured above) and told you I expected to have it finished in a couple of days. Well, those couple of days have stretched out to at least a week or more. We were happy to welcome more family members here for the holidays so my knitting time was cut back drastically! :) Not a problem.
Now the guess is to have this one finished, photographed, listed, and available in the shop within the next week.
Someone asked the size of the sweater. It's a 34-38 inch (86-96 cm) chest size.
All the best,
Update: This sweater is now finished and available in the shop here.
Wednesday, December 26, 2018
Tuesday, December 25, 2018
Monday, December 24, 2018
We are celebrating Christmas all week! Different parts of the family are traveling at different times so we are having more than one holiday dinner. It's so good now that we are no longer at sea for weeks and weeks at a time so can be home for all holidays, not just some of them.
In the image above are from the left, Kjell, Catherine, Bill, number one son Les, grand twins Sophie and Sarah, daughter-in-law Diane, and Aunt Carol. How wonderful to have everyone here! Oh, yes, that's me behind the camera. ;)
We hope you're having a wonderful holiday season, too!
Sunday, December 23, 2018
Wendy and Erik are so tired after patrolling the kitchen to be sure nothing landed on the floor while the humans were cooking all day long!
Catherine started in the morning marinating the steak for tomorrow followed by Daddy who made the meat cakes. Then, when this image was taken in the evening I was in the process of making the cranberry sauce and liver pate for tomorrow and dinner for tonight.
If only I could teach the pups to load and unload the dishwasher! They have offered to lick everything clean enough so I can put it away in the cabinets. Uh, no, I'll use the dishwasher....
Saturday, December 22, 2018
The Christmas foods are now rolling out of the kitchen!
Above you see medisterkaker, Norwegian pork meat cakes. They have special spices that bring the aroma of Christmas to the table.
More to come!
Friday, December 21, 2018
Catherine and I made quick work of this plate of sushi last night. Daddy was with us, too, but he had a large bowl of seafood soup.
Tomorrow will be a busy day in the kitchen preparing food for the holidays.
Thursday, December 20, 2018
Son Don and Grandson Alex were here for dinner last night. Alex called Wendy to get on their laps and she obliged very quickly - probably more quickly than Alex expected. Erik followed, too, but I missed that picture. It got very busy on that couch!
Alex's exams are finished and he is now on Christmas vacation. We all had fun last night having dinner (thanks, Catherine!) and watching Christmas movies.
I hope you are enjoying the holidays as much as we are.
Wednesday, December 19, 2018
There is a whole lot of holiday food going around these days at parties and at home.
Last night we opted for a picnic - indoors where it's warm and there are no ants. ;)
It was quite refreshing after all of the holiday treats. There is plenty more holiday food coming this week, too.
Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah everyone!
Tuesday, December 18, 2018
On the needles now is a steel blue sweater with white and pink intarsia stitching. Gorgeous!
I hope to have this one finished and listed in the shop in the next couple of days.
All the best,
Original and Traditional Hand Crafted Designs
Monday, December 17, 2018
This bundle of love landed in the middle of our bed at exactly 5:00 AM this morning when she and Catherine arrived home from Orlando, Florida. They had driven all night and it certainly was good to see them and have them safely home.
Wendy didn't win any ribbons this time, but she is still new at dock diving. She had a fabulous time, though, and learned a great deal for the next time. It was a great trip!
Sunday, December 16, 2018
Sadly, that image above is not clear, but I'm delighted to have it. That's Catherine with our Wendy and our friend Erica's Tumble in Orlando, Florida, at the Dock Diving Invitationals. We are delighted that Wendy was invited to compete. We are so proud of both Catherine and Wendy.
Look carefully to see that huge inflated Black Lab behind Catherine and the pups.
I don't have results yet! This is so much fun. Daddy and I are home with Penny and Erik so are getting our news of these great events by phone and text.
Other AKC events are happening here, too.
All the best,
Saturday, December 15, 2018
Friday, December 14, 2018
Thursday, December 13, 2018
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.
Mr. and Mrs. Claus and several other important personalities were also strolling through the crowd.
Merry Christmas! Happy Hanukkah!
Wednesday, December 12, 2018
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
We always eat very well at the Sons of Norway Julefest (Christmas Party). Of course, there are those trademark Norwegian meatballs in the foreground.
It was a lovely evening.
All the best,
Monday, December 10, 2018
Sunday, December 9, 2018
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...
I'm such a lucky lady!
Saturday, December 8, 2018
It's that time of the year again. Catherine gives gift baskets to clients at this time of the year. That means...
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
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.... ;)
Thursday, December 6, 2018
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
Tuesday, December 4, 2018
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
Sunday, December 2, 2018
Saturday, December 1, 2018
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!
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