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About the Header Image: Idlebrook Wendy Darling Evensen "Wendy" one of our four Labrador Retrievers.
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Tuesday, April 30, 2019
The weather is SO pretty now that we are spending more and more time outside.
I have small projects that I take along when outside and it's amazing how much I get accomplished. This will be a cloche hat for the shop.
I hope the weather is beautiful where you are right now, too!
Monday, April 29, 2019
Sunday, April 28, 2019
Saturday, April 27, 2019
There is nothing like the aroma of bread baking.
My bread recipes are here on the blog if you'd like to take a look. Here's the bread making tab. Help yourself! Be sure to click "read more posts" at the bottom of each page. The recipes are scattered through this section going back through 80 or more posts.
Friday, April 26, 2019
Our little Elsa is always ready to go! She is the sweetest, smartest little darling, full of fun and curiosity.
Look how tall she is now! She has a larger kennel in the car now and loves to ride with us.
Having a puppy is so much fun!
Thursday, April 25, 2019
These are our two Millstone Labradors, Penny (left) and Elsa. Penny is Elsa's great, great, great aunt.
Penny's wisdom of age and Elsa's curiosity of youth are so very obvious when they are together. They are each a joy to know and love.
I just wonder what they could be saying to each other.
Wednesday, April 24, 2019
We recently enjoyed our last Cincinnati Pops Orchestra concert of the season.
We are so very fortunate to live where we have such a fabulous orchestra.
Tuesday, April 23, 2019
It's such fun to watch Elsa explore her world.
For those concerned, the log pile is very stable and we had no fears of it sliding while Elsa was on top.
She's such a sweetheart.
Monday, April 22, 2019
Here's another portrait of Elsa in the Spring flowers.
Sunday, April 21, 2019
Happy Easter and Happy Passover to our family and friends.
The images are of our red bud trees from both inside and outside the house.
Spring is so lovely!
Saturday, April 20, 2019
This is our sweet Penny, now 14 years old, over 100 years old in people years.
Penny is enjoying the buttercups that cover our back yard in the Spring.
We are so fortunate to have our Penny.
Friday, April 19, 2019
I've had this African Violet for so long I don't remember when I got it. It's always such a pleasure when it blooms and here it goes again.
This flower was the inspiration for the Royal Purple Afghan Blanket that I have in our shop. I often get my designs and color combinations from the wonderful examples Mother Nature gives us.
Thursday, April 18, 2019
Wednesday, April 17, 2019
Every day more flowers bloom here. We just love Spring!
Oh, how I love this!
Tuesday, April 16, 2019
We have a wonderful milestone to celebrate and share! We have now surpassed 1,000 sales of original and traditional design hand crafted items since we opened our on line shop, EvensensProductions.com eight years ago.
Thank you to our wonderful supporters who encourage us! As we neared retirement from our professions a few years ago, we were delighted to have more time to enjoy our hobbies that have now become our retirement business. Your positive words, ideas, and purchases have made our retirement dream come true. A huge THANK YOU from both Kjell and me!
We have quite a few lovely new items from Kjell's wood workshop for this month's Wood Working Update.
This plaque is above entitled "Vikings are at the Root of our Family Tree." A similar plaque sold very quickly when I listed it,so he made another for the shop. $68. Click here for more images and details.
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Click here to see the large variety available.
Tissue toppers are available in a variety of colors here - click the link and scroll down.
There is a very good reason why this has been a quiet month in my needlework studio. We have a wonderful new puppy who has stolen our hearts and taken a great deal of my time. I don't allow the pups into my needlework studio which means I wasn't in there much this month either. Our sweet little puppy, Elsa, is quickly growing into a wonderful dog and I'll soon be back on my usual production schedule.
A little inside information: I have a large afghan blanket in colors of the sea nearly complete and will add it to the shop soon. I also have an almost finished basket weave sweater that has someone waiting to receive and wear it.
We hope you will visit our shop first when looking for truly unique items for yourself and for those who are special to you.
See you here next month with the next Update!
All the very best,
Original and Traditional Hand Crafted Designs
Monday, April 15, 2019
Is that a sweet face or what!
When we brought Elsa home about a month ago, we set up the air mattress in the living room so Catherine could sleep close to the door to let Elsa out at night. In the image above I've stripped the sheets off of the mattress to wash them. Elsa finds the air mattress quite comfy!
Elsa is old enough to make it through the night now so we've just put the air mattress away.
In the day time Kjell and I are making sure Elsa gets outside often and has plenty of play time inside and out. With the beautiful Spring weather, it is so much easier than a month ago when it was still cold and wet outside most of the time.
Elsa is a very good puppy and learns very fast.
Sunday, April 14, 2019
A sure sign of Spring here is the blooming of the Tulip Magnolia.
Saturday, April 13, 2019
How many of you had this while growing up?
When I saw the red creme soda at the grocery, I had to get it, then immediately swung around to the ice cream section to get some vanilla bean ice cream.
Serving it in a Ball Jar made it taste better, too.
Friday, April 12, 2019
Our pups, especially Wendy, love to relax on the couch. When Catherine gets home, they generally let her join them there.
Thursday, April 11, 2019
Here's something a little different.
These are oven baked glazed pork chops baked on top of potatoes. It's so easy it's impossible to make a mistake.
Cut up enough potatoes to cover the bottom of the baking dish. Add 1 tablespoon oil and salt and pepper to taste. Toss it all to cover the potatoes evenly.
Bake 15 minutes at 400 to give the potatoes a head start. Remove from oven.
I used six pork chops and had to overlap them a little. Or, just use enough to cover the potatoes. Mix up your favorite barbecue sauce (I make my own) and drag your pork chops through it (love that concept) to cover evenly before placing on the top of the potatoes.
Bake 20 minutes, then remove from oven and add more barbecue sauce, bake another 20 minutes and add even more barbecue sauce. Repeat that a third time and you've baked your chops at one hour at 400 degrees. Now turn on the broiler and broil another five minutes.
Your tender chops will be thickly glazed with sauce and the potatoes will be fabulously delicious after baking under the chops.
Wednesday, April 10, 2019
Wendy and Elsa are so darling together.
Still, they are like carbon and copy, frick and frack, me and mini-me.
Tuesday, April 9, 2019
This ivy is growing on a tree next to our driveway.