Thursday, July 31, 2014

Thoughts on a New Project and a Work in Progress

Last night around 1:30ish a.m., I woke up and couldn't get back to sleep.  

Does that ever happen to you?

So instead of tossing, turning and waking up the hubster, I went down to the computer, got on Ravelry and perused afghan patterns.

What else is there to do in the middle of the night?

I found one that looked like fun to make.

Isn't it cheerful looking?

Country Fresh Blanket
Patons - Yarnspirations.com

So, this afternoon, I started rooting through my stash to see if I had yarn on hand to make it.  

So close and yet so far!


These colors (RHSS) are the closest to the pattern, but I don't think I have enough to make the full afghan....

I could make a smaller blanket.  Or, I do have enough other colors, but it would be more "earthy" instead of fun; and I was looking for fun.

In addition to the yarn, I came across a work in progress from last fall.  So I pulled that out as well.


While I'm contemplating a new project, I'll work on this.  I'd say I was at the one-third point.  

What do you think of the Country Fresh Blanket?  

I REALLY don't want to buy any yarn.  If you saw the state of my hobby room right now, you'd understand why.  I really need to get that room organized.  

But I'll think about that another day.

Toodles for now,
Heather





Friday, July 25, 2014

Before and After

Blackie on a walk in the meadow
"Before"
07/24/14

We live in an area that has a high population of ticks.  Even with flea and tick medicine, we were constantly pulling ticks out of our pup's fur.

Last time we were at the vet, she suggested we get her shaved in order to see the ticks better.

This is what our sweet puppy looks like today after her grooming session.  

Oh, my goodness, it looks like she lost 10 lbs!

Blackie
"After" her grooming
07/25/14

She's still a cutie though and I imagine she will stay more clean this way.  At four months, she now weighs 22 pounds; a long way from the 5.5 pounds she was when we picked her up.

Hope you have a great weekend!

Heather

Granny Go Round-n-Round


Granny Go Round-n-Round

:-)

I finished up the little girly baby blanket for donation this morning.  I let dear son sleep in and the house was quiet as hubby had taken the dog to the groomers.


I had a lot of fun with this project.  From picking out the colors to playing with the border.


This is just one big granny square until the last three rounds where I started the border.  I did turn the blanket with each round.  I don't think there is a right or wrong way as far as that goes, just personal preference.

I added a little flower embellishment that I made up as I went along.


In hindsight, I would have placed the flower a little lower on the blanket, but it was sewn on and the ends all neatly woven in, I wasn't about to try to remove it and move it to another spot.


I'm not sure what's up next on the crochet front.  I was thinking of doing a boy blanket like this one, but I think I'll hold off on that for now.  I've got to get this washed up and put in the mail to Debi Y.  

I hope some new Mom will enjoy the blanket for her babe.

Take care and happy Friday!

Heather


Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Thunder, Lightning and Rain


We've been having rain, thunder and lightning all morning.  I'm not complaining though; grow grass grow!

:-)

I've been reading The Elm Creek Quilt series this summer; this is the third one I've read so far.  I really like them.  The main character, in this particular story, is trying to locate quilts her mother made in the 1900's that her deceased sister sold.  The author has woven in some historical facts into the story that I've found interesting.

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I'm almost done with the baby blanket and should have it washed and ready to show in the next few days.


Sorry for the dark photos, but today wasn't a day for an outdoor photo shoot with the t-storm.

We finished putting together all the furniture in the school room.  



Dear son and I put together the chairs while hubby put together the drawers for the 2nd desk.  I started unpacking the boxes, but still have a lot left to do.  I got an e-mail that our curriculum had shipped, so I'm excited to get that and go through our books for next year.  Dear son is enthralled with his swivel chair, hopefully he gets spinning in the chair out of his system before school begins.

:-)

Happy Hump Day,

Heather

I'm linking up with Ginny for her weekly Yarn Along.  

Monday, July 21, 2014

Work in Progress


Friday afternoon, our little family headed out to IKEA to get ideas for our school room.  
We didn't buy anything that day, but looked at the different pieces to see what would work best.


Since it was on my mind, and I had hubby's attention focused in that direction, we headed back to IKEA Saturday afternoon to make our final selections and purchase the things we'd need for the room.  

(As a side note, DO NOT attempt IKEA on a Saturday afternoon.  There were so many people there, I thought I was at an amusement park!)

We got most of the pieces put together yesterday afternoon and hopefully will get the rest set up this evening.  

I also have all these boxes of books (and other items) that are in the room to go through and unpack.


So, as you can see, I've got my work cut out for me.  

We'll be starting school in about a month, so I'm trying to get all my "ducks in a row" as the saying goes.

I'll post some photos once the room is complete.

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On the crochet front, I'm still working on the girly baby blanket for donation.  I have about 6 - 8 rounds left and then should have it complete.  As you know, with the big granny's, the outer rounds take longer since there are more stitches to cover.

I'll leave you with some balloon photos.  

The hot air balloons, that take off from the little airport by us, always bring a smile to my face.



Up, up and away in my beautiful, my beautiful balloon!


Happy Monday,

Heather

Monday, July 14, 2014

Big Granny


I've been trying to decide what to work on with little success.

I started an off-white summer blanket for the foot of my bed, but wasn't happy with it.  So, I've put that project on hold and will likely come back to it at a later date.

So, for now, I'm making a big granny square baby blanket for donation to Debi Y.'s Guardian Grandma Program.  

(I put a link to her site, if you aren't familiar with it.)  

She takes baby blankets and layette items to one of her local hospitals that she has either made herself, or received as a donation from various ladies in the group.  
You don't have to be a grandma to donate (I'm not yet, but hope to be someday).  


I'm using these "girly" berry colors from RHSS.  I had the colors in my stash.  If it works up quickly and time allows, I'll see if I have some boyish colors to make one in as well.


Not much else going on here.  
I'm playing catch-up on laundry and picking up around the house.  
My sister-in-law and brother-in-law were here for an over night visit on Saturday.  She was on her way to babysit one of their granddaughters and stopped here first for a visit.  
It's been great to catch up with family the past couple of weeks.  Hubby has five siblings, so we are hoping to see more of the family this summer or fall.

Hope your week is off to a great start.

God Bless,

Heather




Thursday, July 10, 2014

Neighborhood Bike Ride


Dear son and I took advantage of the low humidity today and went for a nice long bike ride.  

I had spied these pretty flowers on one of my numerous walks and got a few photos today.


I love how these domestic flowers got mixed in with the Queen Anne's Lace.  

Must be the handiwork of a neighborly bird.  

Looks like snapdragons?


My son had peddled on ahead of me and wanted to know why I'm always taking pictures.

I told him, "You have to stop and smell the roses to fully enjoy life."


While Queen Anne's Lace may not be a rose, it has a beauty all it's own.

We rode past one of the ponds in the neighborhood.


This is on private property; isn't is well kept?  They have a little boat dock that I've seen them fish from.  Looks like they use some sort of chemical to keep the alga under control?  I've also heard there is a type of fish that can do that too.

We rounded the corner and did some "loopty-loops" in the cul-de-sac, then home again, home again, jiggity-jig.


I'm off to do some work around the house, but that's no fun to write about.

:-)

Happy breezy day,

Heather

Monday, July 7, 2014

4th of July Visit


My father-in-law and his wife were here for a visit over the 4th of July weekend.

It was nice to see them and catch up.  Things were busy while they were here, but it was nice to have family in town for the holiday.

We went to the Air Force Museum while they were here.  My FIL served in the Air Force during the "Cold War" and he was able to see the series of airplane he worked on at the time.


We spent some nice cool afternoons and early evening out on the deck enjoying the view.



Our puppy, "Blackie", enjoyed the company too.

(She is finally housebroken, but we've got to get through the biting stage.  
For some reason she thinks hands are chew toys.  
Those puppy teeth are SHARP!)


Hubby, FIL and dear son worked on picking up rocks in the yard.  It's hard to grow grass with all the rocks and our Ohio clay soil.  

For some reason we have brown stripes in the yard.  

(Our grass isn't doing very well even with all the watering.)  


We had such a nice visit and hopefully, the next time, the house will be more settled and we'll have (all) green grass.

Hope your 4th of July weekend was great!

Heather

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Finished! My Pineapple Shawl


Yah!  

I finished the Pineapple Shawl!

I blocked it first to get the pineapples to really stand out.  

(My son says they look more like strawberries.)

:-)



They are a little difficult to see against the wicker chair.  
But everything is so wet from last night's rain storm, the front porch was the best place for photos.


It was a really fun project and I'm glad I made it.

I used Lion Brand's Wool Ease in Chestnut Heather.  
Since I used a wool blend, I'll be setting this aside to use this fall.  Even though it is an open weave, it is heavy and warm.

The free pattern can be found HERE.

I have a new project on the horizon.  It is a variation of a traditional square.  I'll share more on that later.

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My father-in-law and his wife are coming for a visit.  
I have much to do to prepare.  
I need to finish cleaning the house and do some cooking.  

I've got a pesky summer cold; cough, congestion, etc.  I'm hoping it will hit the road soon and I'll be back in full swing.

Happy Independence Day a bit early!

Heather