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

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Tuesday, May 11, 2021

I Want to be Alone

 As Greta Garbo said, "I want to be alone."

We leave kennel doors open here so the pups can retreat to a personal space to take a rest.  It's funny that Wendy opened her eyes to see what I was doing when I got my camera out to take this picture.  I took the picture and walked away.  She didn't move and soon started snoring again.  ;)





Monday, May 10, 2021

The Kids Have Been Shopping

 Good morning,

The girls are checking out their order from Chewy.

Hmmm.  I wonder what they bought now!



Sunday, May 9, 2021

Happy Mothers Day!

 Good morning and Happy Mothers Day!

Our "kids" went shopping (OK, I helped a little) and bought this T-shirt for Mommy Catherine (they have two Mothers - I'm the other one) to wear at the dog club.  

We wish all Moms and special women a Happy Mothers Day today.  

All the best,


Saturday, May 8, 2021

Fellow Shoppers at Meijer

 Good morning,

As I  came out of our Meijer store with my groceries this week, I saw another couple on the way in to shop.  Well, at least they were in the parking lot.

What is scary is that they seem to have no fear of the people and cars.  They are short enough that they could be missed by drivers.

Very cute, though.


Friday, May 7, 2021

My Nap Buddy

 Good morning,

When I lie down on the bed, Miss Elsa is immediately next to me.  It takes her about 30 seconds to fall asleep.

I think Elsa is the most cuddly of all the dogs we have ever had.  




Thursday, May 6, 2021

Honeysuckle in Bloom

 Good morning,

The Honeysuckle is in bloom here.

 I took these images of blooms near the ground.

 We have a great deal of Honeysuckle in our garden so the bees just love visiting here.  There are so many of them we can hear the "hum" when we are outside.  We don't bother them while they go about their business of collecting and pollinating.  



Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Ivy Taking Over Our World

 Good morning,

The Ivy at the wall in front of our porch has had a very good Spring!  In fact, it reminds me of "The Blob" taking over the world.

Yes, some trimming is in order before the house disappears under the Ivy!



Tuesday, May 4, 2021

Needlework and Wood Working update - May, 2021

 Good morning,

This month both Kjell and I created new items in our respective areas of woodworking and needlework design.

Kjell designed and created the Greek Urn-style lamp above for our living room.  I am thrilled with it!

 He also made this Light House lamp for our Schooner Bar Recreation Room.  This image was taken before the final cots of finish.

 This is a test item he made this month.  The finish is yet to be applied.

Kjell is currently working on some custom order kitchen items that are just gorgeous.  I'll leave that as a tease.  I'm sure they'll be finished in time to be included in next month's Update.

 I've been working with different stitches and color arrangements this month.  This generous size lap blanket is also beautiful as a baby or crib blanket.  $75.  More information and images here.  Only one available.

This one is also $75 and available here.  It's lovely for a Mother's or Father's Day gift. The texture is beautiful and it feels just wonderful to run your hand over it.
Here's the same stitch in another color arrangement.  This one sold shortly after being listed in the shop.

 And, finally, this is the fourth blanket I made with this stitch this month.  This one also sold shortly after being listed in the shop.

I love making these lap blankets so there will be more to come!

 I was also working with this pattern stitch this month.  This scarf is a fashionable touch of color.  More information and images here.   $32.

Of course, I had to design a seamless hat to match that pretty scarf.  $24.  More about it here.

This cloche hat also is excellent as a chemo cap.  It is made of a blend of cotton yarn for softness and polyester for durability.  It's oh, so soft and comfortable for summer.  $10.  More about this tan and gray tweed hat here

And, finally, these two hats were custom orders and have been delivered.  The slouch style hat is made with bamboo blend yarn;  the grey hat is made with cotton/polyester blend yarn.  Both are wonderfully comfortable for summer.

We are all caught up for another month!  Both Kjell and I have new items in process now so there will be an interesting update again next month.

Come see what else we've made!  Thank you so much to everyone for your encouragement, comments, likes, favorites, and purchases, too!  

All the very best,



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Monday, May 3, 2021

Daddy in the Kitchen

 Good Morning,

Kjell took over the kitchen and made dinner last weekend.  

On the cooktop you see peas, potatoes, sauerkraut, and pork meat cakes with yummy spices.

It's always fun to have Chef Kjell in charge.  






Sunday, May 2, 2021

Work in Process This Week

 Good morning,

This is my Work in Process at the moment.  I'm loving how the colors play against the creamy white.  The colored yarn is a cotton acrylic blend with a little texture to it.  It turns out looking very lacy inside the cream blocks.  It's fun to work up different effects with different types of yarn.

I plan for this to be a rather large blanket so it'll take awhile.

What are you making, baking, growing this week?

All the best,



Come see what else we've made!

Evensens Productions, LLC

Original and Traditional Hand Crafted Designs


Saturday, May 1, 2021

Barrel Herb Garden

 Good morning,

The herbs in the barrel garden on the patio made it through the winter nicely.

 The mint looks wonderful and smells even better!

 The rosemary is strong and green 

 And, I'm thrilled to see the lavender is returning again this year.  At one time, years ago, I had very hearty lavender on the patio, but wasn't home all the time (we were at sea for hubby's work for months at a time) to tend it properly and it didn't survive.  Now I'm trying to get a healthy strain of lavender going once again.  

What is growing in your garden?

Happy Spring!