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About the Header Image: Idlebrook Wendy Darling Evensen "Wendy" one of our three Labrador Retrievers.
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Wednesday, February 28, 2018
This is my current "waiting room knitting" project. I love the freedom of being able to work on a small project while away from my home studio. I create the designs as I go so there's no pattern to drag along.
It's amazing how much I can accomplish in waiting rooms. I guess I could play games on my phone while waiting, but this is so much more productive. That doesn't mean I don't play games on my phone once in awhile. ;)
When this hat is finished, it'll be available in the shop.
Do you take portable craft projects with you when you're on the go?
All the best,
Tuesday, February 27, 2018
Our grandson, Alex, loves our dogs. He's a little shy in this image, but he sure is having fun with two of our three dogs on our couch with him. Our third Dog, Penny, is about as close as she can get next to the couch.
Monday, February 26, 2018
Sunday, February 25, 2018
Another patch of flowers is blooming to become a new afghan blanket. This one will be a Blue Woodland Flowers design, reminiscent of blue flowers covered with dew and blooming in a woodland meadow.
This is so much fun working with colors and designs to create new and different items!
Saturday, February 24, 2018
More beautiful signs of Spring are appearing daily.
We are having tremendous amounts of rain here in Cincinnati and the Ohio River is climbing out of her banks. The rain and warm weather are bringing the Spring flowers very quickly.
Friday, February 23, 2018
This is our Wendy enjoying the warm sunshine and temperatures in the 70's F after a week that included an ice storm and snow.
For Wendy this was a day to enjoy the warmth and sunshine.
What a pretty girl.
Thursday, February 22, 2018
This week the warm weather brought the first crocus blossoms, a sure sign of Spring!
All the best,
Wednesday, February 21, 2018
Tuesday, February 20, 2018
I made a large Black and White Afghan Blanket this winter and it sold out immediately after it appeared in the shop.
So, I've just finished another in this raised circle textured design. This design in black and white is so very classy and eye-catching!
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All the best,
Original and Traditional Hand Crafted Designs
Monday, February 19, 2018
Catherine made crepes for brunch yesterday and they were wonderful! The crepes were "dessert" after delicious omelettes.
We "rolled our own" crepes at the dining room table. I took these images as Kjell made his. That's peach filling on a very thin warm crepe.
This was marvelous! :)
Thank you, Catherine.
Sunday, February 18, 2018
Here's Erik trying to look like a Dalmatian. He is an interesting study in black and white, don't you think?
Erik was sorry the snow wasn't deeper and didn't last longer.
I think he really likes to go out and get wet in the snow and rain because he knows I'll give him a rub down with a big towel when he comes in.
Erik is a smart guy.
Saturday, February 17, 2018
Friday, February 16, 2018
This is the lovely blue orchid that is a Valentine gift from My Honey.
The blue is created by adding coloring to the roots that is transported to the flowers when watered. The result is quite pretty. It will be interesting to see how much blue remains after a few years and the next blooms appear.
Thank you, Sweetheart. What a lovely gift.
Thursday, February 15, 2018
Last weekend our Wendy participated in Canine Performance Events (CPE) and made a sweep of ribbons! Out of eight events she took first place in six and second place in one.
Congratulations to Wendy and her trainer, Catherine!
We are so proud!
Wednesday, February 14, 2018
Tuesday, February 13, 2018
Our Sweet Wendy is watching winter from the inside. I love this image of her in the sunlight.
All the best,
Monday, February 12, 2018
We recently had an ice storm that looked quite pretty, but also dangerous for anyone who wanted to walk or drive.
Stay warm! Spring is on the way!
Sunday, February 11, 2018
Miss Penny retreats to one of the kennels from time to time to take a nap. She's curled up with the giant tug rope toy that all three pups can enjoy at the same time. She looked so sweet I had to take her picture.
We have always kept open kennels available for the pups when they want to "get away from it all" for awhile, especially when the grand kids are here. The kennel doors stay open and the kids know to let the dogs have their space to rest whenever they are in there. When the pups emerge, they are ready to engage and play again.
Soon Spring will be here and they can spend more time outside playing, too!
Saturday, February 10, 2018
My Honey got a new CNC wood working machine and he is having a marvelous time with it! Computer (or computerized) numerical control (CNC) machines are used to create parts of tools by utilizing computers to precisely machine materials into desired forms.
The machine came in pieces...
I'm looking forward to all the beautiful things he will make with this.
Friday, February 9, 2018
A few days ago I was moving chairs around so I could vacuum the living room. After moving this chair I turned around and suddenly Wendy was sitting in it looking at me as if to say,
Yes, Wendy, you are beautiful.
Thursday, February 8, 2018
I get so excited about our plants, especially when they bloom. This is an orchid stalk getting ready to bloom into it's glory.
I got a text this afternoon from Aunt Carol that her kalanchoe (rooted cuttings I gave her for her birthday last November) is blooming with beautiful red flowers. Because of an accident in the dining room, my "parent plant" was knocked over and some of the pieces broke off. I rooted them and gave them for Carol who now has a beautiful blooming plant, too. Lovely! The parent plant continues to grow. Now if I could just get it to bloom again! ;)
How are your house plants doing this winter?
Wednesday, February 7, 2018
Our pups are modeling their new collars so I can take pictures before they go to the dog club to play for the evening. Above is Wendy wearing her new Lady Bug collar.
Tuesday, February 6, 2018
I've just finished another afghan blanket for the shop. This time, I took pictures while I was assembling it to document the process.
Above you see stacks of 20 different colors of "flowers" for this stained glass design. There is a total of 80 squares.
The listing is here with more images.
On to the next project!