Friday, August 26, 2011

Link Love...

It's that time of year again! One last week of fun in the place we've been traveling to for thirteen years. Looks like we may have a rainy start to the week, but the ending looks fabulous. Hoping all my east coast readers and friends stay safe.
See you all soon!
What a great and simple idea for spicing up a brown paper wrapping project. Might not work if you are in a hurry...which happens to me a lot!

I plan on making this as soon as the boys are back to school.
This coop makes me want to have chickens!
I have a lot of peaches sitting on my counter. Making these today. Will be eating them by the lake tomorrow.
Why did I find this at the end of the summer? A great activity for older kids!

Enjoy the weekend everyone!

Wednesday, August 24, 2011


I bet you thought I wasn't a knitter anymore. It seems like forever since I last posted a project. So here is:

All important details can be found over at Ravelry.
I love this Quince yarn. It's soft and lightweight. It is their sock yarn so just imagine how long it took to knit this little number up.
I will wear this sweater a lot this coming fall. It's perfect for that slight chill in the air kind of day.
However, if I were to do it again I would make a size up or maybe two. For once this pattern was true to size. A XS is really tiny (or maybe I've just grown and don't want to admit it) and would love to have it a bit more slouchy.
The arms are a bit tight too. A light tee is all that could be worn underneath.
The pattern was well written and easy to follow. I was worried I wasn't going to have enough yarn, so I made the arms 3/4 and probably could have knit the body a bit longer.
I also used the stockinette side whereas, the pattern called for reverse stockinette.
It sounds as if I don't like this sweater, but I really do. It will receive heavy rotation in the coming months as the cold settles in.
Now on to two baby knitting is never ending!

Monday, August 22, 2011

5 things....

Whoa, alittle more than two weeks and we will be back in the swing of things. We are about to have a taste of what's to come, as it is 7 AM as I write this and I need to go wake my oldest for cross-country practice, which is at 8AM. He is NOT going to be happy.
We are savoring every last drop of summer and will finish our last week in the Adirondacks. I'm thinking it will be a bittersweet ending for all this year. The weather, activities and yes, for the most part, behaviors have been wonderful. See, the bad stuff is already fading from memory.
So, five things....mmmm, what am I thinking about?
1. I finally found the small, vintage club chair that I've only been dreaming about. Perfect for a bedroom corner and in great shape.
2. The light is changing as well as are the morning smells. It's dark when I get up in the morning. This makes me a bit sad...summers fly by now. I hope my boys still think they last forever.
3. Trying to push the boys outside more. And in doing that, I've become more active. Yesterday it was a visit to the Art Park.
4. Thinking about projects that I want to attack once the boys are back in school. Both of their rooms are on the list. It's time to get rid of some stuff.
5. I've been reading a lot. Watch for an update in my sidebar. Or, find me at Goodreads. It feels good again to have my nose in a book.

enjoy your week everyone!

Thursday, August 18, 2011


to enjoy the day.
Painfully aware that this glorious weather won't last forever.

I think Mama deer knows too.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

I'm here.....

but busy!
Checking off all the things we want to get done before school starts again.
Yesterday we traveled to here. Pretty cool stuff!
Two restaurants need to be eaten at and some school clothes to be bought. Then we finish out the summer in the Adirondacks.

Enjoy the last few weeks of summer!
I made these for breakfast the other morning. One liked the other didn't. They are very egg-y. More like a popover than muffin. Fresh fruit would be a great on top!

Friday, August 5, 2011

Link Love...

Friday already!
This week included:
worries about the boys,
worries about our nation
a new knitting project
and an old one almost done.
A trip away for the boys for the entire day-thinking I would have the day to myself
and then my husband came home.
It's not that I didn't want him home (really!),
I just had the day planned...for me.
oh well...
On to what spurred my interest this week!
Need a last minute invitation. Or, maybe just a few. Check out these cute invites. Now I need to have a party!
I am in love with this site. It just makes me smile. And with raising these two boys, I need all the smiles I can get!
I have two of the three bags on this page. Of course they're in blue! I knew if I kept something long enough it would become popular again! I'm officially old!
Sweetest tablecloth that I ever did see. So easy to do too!
This just brought back so many memories for me. We used to have a small table in our kitchen for the boys. It was always stocked with homemade playdough. I can still picture the boys, shirtless with it all over their hands, bodies and of course in their hair. For those of you with little ones...go make some right now! Ignore the mess, you will be longing for that mess faster than you can believe.

Monday, August 1, 2011

5 things...

The dog days of summer have hit and I hear cries of "I'm bored" mostly everyday. I've had to limit screen and xbox time, but I think they are even getting tired of the technology.
August is one of my favorite months. I love the colors, the light and the approach of Autumn. Yes, it is the beginning of the end of summer vacation, but I know that by the end of August we will be ready for routine.
1. I am glad that Matt made a few honors courses, but I don't like hounding him to do his summer work to prepare for them.
2. The heat has fried my garden. I'm hoping that some of the new perennials will survive until next year. I'm relying on wildflowers by the side of the road and the farmer's market.
3. We had a small gathering for a group of women that live in town. There are thirteen of us that live here, all different ages, yet connected by the small, local sorority that we all belonged to while attending college up north. People change-the stories never do.
4. Blueberries are in and we went picking. I have about five quarts that I'm going to freeze or make into a pie...etc. I will go back this week.
5. My husband and I have started watching the show Damages. We have only watched two episodes, but we're hooked.

Enjoy the week everyone!