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Friday, January 20, 2017

Five on Friday - Happy Birthday Pa!


Tossed salad
Zuppa Toscano soup (I have a great recipe)
Texas garlic toast
Spaghetti with marinara sauce
Meatballs in sauce
Baked Ravioli
Pies (Dad's Birthday, Dad's choice!)
His birthday was last Sunday, but I'm just now getting around to posting pictures. 

We had Dad's birthday dinner at our house.
And it was just our immediate family.  17 people is enough to cook for, don't you think?
I don't know how Ma Walton did it!

We enjoyed some relaxing and catching up on each other's lives. 

Just to prove I was there!

This little guy was asking Mom what he should call them!  They are his Great Grandparents!

He looks all sweet here, and he is,
but he is also ALL BOY!

Happy Birthday Pa!
81 years young!


I gave my brother the hat I made him!  I think he liked it.

And I gave my sister the scarf I made her, and I think she liked it.
She had been asking for a scarf to wear to her daughters soccer games, in their school colors.


A lot of people ask how I have the energy or time for entertaining. 
So, here is how I personally do it. 
I plan and prepare ahead. 
I'm a list maker.  And I love pretty pens and papers and notebooks. 
And I like to plan.

I bought this little notebook holder last summer in Nashvville, IN at the Mulberry Cottage. 
It's a very artsy town and this is a hand-made fun little arts- craftsy notebook holder. 
 It holds those mead size notebooks.  I'm not advertising, I'm just showing you what I use for planning.  It keeps everything together and there are pockets for pens and papers on the inside.
 I don't know about you, but if I don't write it down, I tend to forget!
Look at this notebook.  Looks like an old McCalls pattern!  I use it for crafty ideas.

So, back to planning.....
*I clean house at the beginning of the week, and I touch up at the last minute.
*Mom and I went grocery shopping on Thursday evening.
On Friday, I dug out some of the pans, bowls, and glasses that I will need for Sunday
And on Saturday, I did any cooking that could be done ahead of time.  For example, I fried the sausage for the soup and ravioli sauce.  And I would have actually made the soup on Saturday, if we weren't waiting to see if we were going to get an ice storm. 
(We did not get it by the way - but I will show you what we did get in a later post)
So anyway, you get the idea....plan ahead, do what you can ahead, and enjoy the day!
I also set out what I will need ahead of time. 

afterwards.....relax!  You deserve it!

We've been fighting off colds/flus etc. and I just haven't felt like doing much this week, including getting on the computer.  So for those of you who have left comments, I really do appreciate it, and I am going to spend some time in the next few days visiting your blogs.  Thank you so much.

And after I visit your blogs I'm going to go visit blogs that have participated in Amy's FIVE ON FRIDAY!  You should too!   There are some very creative bloggers out there!


Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Crochet and a book!

I got a text from someone I know that said she is going to have a market in May.  She asked me if I wanted to participate.  And I happen to have some yarn that I bought years ago to make a blanket.  It's cotton and it's ocean/nautical colors.  And since the purchase of that yarn years ago, I no longer make blankets out of cotton. 
 So the other day I got that yarn out, and started on a bag. 
I'm thinking beach bags, out of cotton, nautical colored yarn.  What do you think?
 I started it over a few times, trying to decide how to go with it.  I have plan A, B, and C on it in this picture below.
 B won
I'm sort of winging the color pattern.   And if I don't like it, hopefully someone will.  I plan on making each bag different, until I run out of this yarn.   And then I'll feel good for using up stash!  (hopefully I'll get it used up before the new yarn we all ordered comes in.   I saw this quote tonight somewhere and I like it.  " I have a yarn stash and I apologize to no one for having it! It brings me joy!)
 I'm using the pattern from Lucy at Attic 24's blog.  I've made a few of these bags so they are kind of easy for me, which is why I feel comfortable enough to change the pattern a little bit.  And I do enjoy making them.  It felt good playing with this yarn and this comfortable bag pattern.  It's summery and I AM A SUMMER GIRL! 

And I have LOVED this book.  Little Beach Street Bakery  by Jenny Colgan.  It's the first time in a long time that I have read a book and will be sad when it's over!  I love the characters in this book.  It's about a young lady who has a business with her boyfriend and it goes belly-up. Her boyfriend breaks up with her and she has to start her life over, from nothing.  She ends up moving to an island town, in a run down flat, above a decrepit bakery.  I love islands, harbors, baking, and there is even a beekeeper in this book! However, do not pay attention to the beekeeping terms the author uses....for example you do not "card the combs" to get the honey out of the hive.   And really, I can't imagine the main character in the book doing everything she does and still having time to sleep, let alone have a life.  HOWEVER!  Get past that's a's fiction...just get to know the characters and enjoy!  I am!

What could be better...
a new beachy color coffee cup
beach bags in ocean/nautical colors
an island, a harbor, baking, beekeeping = A Good Book
Oh, and bonus!  The book has recipes in it!
And it's hump day!
Joining Ginny at Small Things Blog for Yarn Along.

Now I think I'll go bake something!  (kidding - gonna get the pjs on and crochet!)


Friday, January 13, 2017

Crocheted hat and other stuff because it's Five on Friday!

Hey it's FRIDAY!!!!  YAY!!!!! 
Time for Five on Friday with Amy.

ONE - I made a hat!
I've made a lot of hats but never one of these.
For the last three years at Christmas my brother has  mentioned he wants one of those hats that I had back when we were little with the long tails on it.  I decided this year I was going to try to find a pattern.  And I don't have any pictures of the progress but, the pattern can be found on Two Little C's Blog.  Click here if you want to go to the pattern. 
 I did make a few changes.  For one, I always crochet my hats too loosely and have to make a few decrease rows to tighten them up.  In this pattern that was fine because my brother is tall, so it just made the hat longer.  Then I decided to tighten it up a bit more, by changing the band.

The pattern calls for front post back post for a few rows at the end.
I did all front post.  That seems to tighten them up a bit more.

You can see the difference in this picture.  Doing this does change the inside of the hat, but it works out OK.  He can actually roll the band up if he wants to.
So here is the finished project before the pom pom.  Another thing I changed was I didn't make stripes.  I thought he might prefer plain.

Pom Pom making
I decided to get my pom pom maker out, rather than use the old cardboard method.  I actually watched a video on you tube to make sure I was using it correctly.  It comes in four pieces.  You can see two of them below.  You put the two halves together and wrap yarn around each half.
Like this...

Then you snap those two halves together to form a circle, and start cutting through the channel provided with the pom pom maker.

Cut all the way around.  I know, it's a bit intimidating because you have all of these loose threads just hanging, but it will be ok.  It takes a lot of yarn to make one of these.  You want to try to keep count of how many times you wrap each side, because you want the pom pom to be even.  I sort of lost count but it was somewhere around 200 or more, on each side!
(and I ended up going through a little more than one skein of yarn for this hat)

After you get the pom pom (pp) cut, make sure your pp maker does not come apart, you cut a long piece of yarn, wrap the yarn around (inside) the channel (where you  just cut the yarn) and tie a knot.  Make sure you get the yarn tightly around the loose strands because this piece of yarn holds the pp together.  I tied it once, then turned the pp over and tied it again on the other side, then double, or maybe triple tied it on that same side to make a tight knot.

After it's all secured with your knot, you start pulling the pp maker apart.  Gently...


I evened it up a bit.

Sew it on the end of the hat...


Here is the finished project!

I think it turned out great and I can't wait to give it to him.  I love it!  I laughed when I put it on!  I don't think anyone in his family reads my blog which is why I went ahead and posted it.  I'm hoping to see him Sunday.
Thank you for the pattern Chassity, from Two Little C's  blogspot. 

We are supposed to get together this Sunday for our Dad's birthday, but there is an ice storm heading our way.  Praying for warmer temperatures everywhere!  Last I heard it is about a 1000 mile long ice storm which could do a lot of devastation to our country.

I've been wanting to show you the carpet bag type purse my mom got me for Christmas.  She drew my name, and I found this at a First Friday event, at a booth at our local art center.  I told her she could get it for me for Christmas if she wanted to!

 I'm trying to decide if it's too big to carry as a purse/bag.  I'm a big bag person. 
Or do I want to use it for little crafty projects.  What do you think it was used for in it's original purpose?  It has a lot of pockets and zippers inside.  And it's in great shape.  My nephew's girlfriend gasped out loud when she saw me open it on Christmas day!  I'm the oddball in our family that likes stuff like this!

and FIVE...
because I don't really have a five, I'm showing you this adorable picture of my boy.  He is so stinkin' cute!

That's it.  Happy Friday!  I'm joining Amy with Five on Friday.  Don't forget to go to her blog and check out what others are up to and
 Have a great weekend
and please....
No ice ice ice storm..
(people are still cleaning up from the August tornadoes!)