Sunday, August 29, 2010

I'm Back To It....

I've been busy. Last vacation of the summer, getting ready for school, but also busy with sewing, clay, knitting, and baking. Remember when I went on and on about this book? Well, I made the basic bread again but this time I added thyme and rosemary to the dough.So so good! It's crunchy on the outside and soft and yummy on the inside. I love bread dipped in olive oil with some spices and this bread is perfect for that. Yum.
I also finished these gloves and I love them. They still need the ends sewn in and they need to be blocked, but I like the way they feel on.
I'm now working on the next pair and as soon as I am finished knitting all three skeins into gloves I will be listing them on etsy.

I have also been working with clay. I've made a bunch of little items.I'm going to glaze them this week with the new glazes that I bought. I can't wait to see how they turn out.

This clover is for me, but I am making one for Molly too.
This cupcake pendant is for Kellie
Kellie loves turtles so this will be a pendant for her as well.
I love these little earrings.
I have been piecing small quilts too.I'm going to do a lot of hand work on these - embroidery, applique, beading, quilting, etc

We had a nice time at the beach. The weather wasn't as nice this time as it was in July. We ended up coming home a day early because after two days of rain we were pretty bored.

Howard loves to go out with us. As long as Molly gets in first Howard will sit very nicely on his seat instead of taking over the entire thing...We did get some fun time at the beach. Howard stayed a safe distance from the water, but he had fun meeting lots of new friends on the beach.But for some reason, when it was time to leave the beach, Howard decided to sit on Molly's lap. I really don't understand why he did that, but every time she tried to push him off he would just lean against her more so she gave upAnd we discovered yet another of Howard's phobias. On the way home from the beach Mark stopped for gas. While we were waiting Mark decided to use the squeegee thing and wash the windshield. Howard was petrified of the window washing procedure. You just never know what is going to scare this dog. Poor Howard...
So the kids will be back in school tomorrow morning. Jason starts college on Wednesday. And I'm ready to get back to the school year routine. Summer was fun, but I'm ready for fall.

Friday, August 13, 2010

So Far So Good...

I like how it's looking so far.Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Hooray! The Wool For The Gloves Came!

The wool I was waiting for to make gloves came today! This first one is my favorite...You can't really tell from this photo, but this one is more of a very light yellow
I immediately wound them into balls...
Don't they look yummy?
So as soon as I finish the gloves that are currently on my needles I am going to get to work on that blue. So so soft. I can't wait to see what the gloves look like with this!

I have another Ryan story to tell you...

About a week ago Ryan came in and asked if he could take our old keyboard to his friends house for the band they are starting.
Me: yes, but who will be playing it?
Ryan: I will.
Me: but you don't know how to play the keyboard.
R: I know.
Me: who else is in this band? what instruments are they playing?
R: DJ is playing the drums and Will is playing the guitar.
Me: do they know how to play their instruments?
R: no. We're just doing whatever we want.
Me: mmm.

On Saturday Ryan was talking about his "band"...
R: ...we're getting really good too. Today a bunch of people were standing outside the garage watching us.
Me: wow, that's great.

LOL, I just bet they were. What could be more interesting than three 13 year old boys playing their own original songs on instruments they have no idea how to play!

Monday, August 9, 2010

Hello again. I thought I would stop by today and show you the mittens and gloves I've been knitting. The yarn I used for these mittens is sooooo soft. It's a blend of 70% Merino and 30% Angora hand spun and hand dyed that I bought at the MD Sheep and Wool Festival.It's so soft I think I might have to make some for me! These are Kellie's Nintendo DS gloves that are in the works. I still need to sew in all of the ends. She likes that she can still use her fingers to play her DS in the car. And these regular gloves are almost finished too. I bought some really pretty hand dyed yarn over the weekend to make gloves to list on etsy. I can't wait for that to come. It's a blend of 80% lambswool, 10% dehaired angora and 10% cashmere. It should be beautiful and super soft.

Mark doesn't understand my crafty crafty ways. If he sees me sewing or knitting or beading or whatever he calls it playing even if I'm working on something I plan to sell - which I can tell you makes me nuts because it immediately makes me feel guilty. I was raised in a house where my mother was a cleaning fanatic. Fanatic! She looked at quilting/sewing as play time. It's crazy how hard that idea is to get over. If I'm cleaning I get cranky because I want to make something. If I'm making something I feel guilty because if I have time to play I have time to do something important like clean. You know what I mean. So even when I am making something that I am thinking of selling I still feel incredible guilt over taking the time to make it. It's crazy I know but boy is it hard to change the way I view these things especially since Mark doesn't really see it as anything but goofing off. Anyhoo, Mark was reading the newspaper on Saturday and he always reads our horoscopes ---

Mine: Concentrate on creative pursuits this week and perfect your craft.

Marks: To be happy in your relationship this week you will need to keep your mouth shut.

LOL! How perfect was that! We laughed and laughed about that.

Have a happy Monday!