Friday, July 18, 2014

July is a blur

This month is flying by.  I can't believe I haven't posted in so long. And I haven't visited you either....sorry! 
I have my family from Vermont for the month. I've been working and driving back and forth from the beach.  I've been spending time here


Such a pretty beach, isn't it?   And I've been eating lots of this type of stuff


The Sandpiper restaurant fried clams  -  I will go out on a limb here and say there are the best....anywhere!  There's also been a few feeds of lobster and mussels 


We have even been entertaining a daily visitor. 


He is so cute and tame.  If we are late in putting out the peanuts, he jumps on the deck railing and chirps!  Lol

And it's 12 days until moving day!  I've been planning, organizing, etc.  Almosy everything but packing. Lol. It's true, I haven't packed one thing yet :(.  But I did go to a lovely House Warming Shower hosted by my friends.  I got so many lovely things. I can't wait to show you once I'm settled.  

I ordered some new furniture today. It will all come together. Hurry up Closing Day!!

Tomorrow night I get to have dinner with the lovely Jen Manuel from Fish Eye Rugs.  She's in town for a workshop at Deanne's.  I can't wait to catch up with her.

So that's what's happening here in Crazy Town and why I've been MIA here on the blog.  Once I get moved and settled I'll be back more regularly and checking in on your posts. 




Saturday, July 5, 2014

Hello Arthur

Tropical Storm Arthur has introduced himself. (Not that anyone really wanted to meet him)


Overall he hasn't been as nasty as predicted.  A little rain all day and is just now getting heavier.  The winds picked up speed a few hours ago.  I see the occasional tree branch blow down the street. I hear a few town trees are down but none so far in my neighborhood.  And although the power has flickered a few times, we still have power.  The news is reporting over 140,000 customers are without power in the province so I am counting my blessings not to be one of them.  (yet!)

Not much to do but batten down the hatches, sit tight and ride it out.  I've been knitting my way through the day.


I hope everyone else in the storms path stays safe.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Lists, lists, and more lists


My life has become swamped in lists.  The end of July will be here quickly and I need to outfit a house! I have lists of budgets - plan A and plan B.   I have lists for each room and a budget for each room.  I have a "need" list.  I have a "want" list.  I have a "someday" list.   Soon I will need a list for medications I will need to take if I don't settle down.  Lol  

I am going to put a self-imposed ban on Pinterest because it's just confusing me with ideas.  I have been looking at furniture and have some basic stuff picked out but I will wait until closer to the end of the month.  (Mainly because I keep changing my mind). And I want to arrange another visit inside the new house to measure things again. 

So if you see a crazed woman running around clutching a fist full of lists, relax it's just me.


Thursday, June 26, 2014

A big step


There has been a lot going on in a short period of time.  But hopefully in the next few lines you will understand why I've been quiet in blogland recently.  I have had a lot of major life changes in this first half of 2014 and I'm about to take another huge step towards change.

Huge is an understatement perhaps.  


YES.....I have bought a cute little bungalow for myself.  The mortgage is in place, home inspection complete, insurance has been quoted, lawyers have been hired and the closing date is July 30th.  

Eeeeeeeeeeee!  A new adventure!  Pictures will come later.  It needs a little updating inside but I'm in no rush. I want to live in it a few months before I decide on paint colors etc.   it even has a little den which I have already labelled as my hooking room.  But I'm really excited and a little terrified but I think every first time home buyer feels that way.  

Once things settle down a bit here I will be back to visitng around your blogs.  Right now I'm a little overwhelmed and my head is spinning.  

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Is it lucky?

I've always heard this was a lucky sign.  Part of me hopes it really is true......the other part of me just thinks it's gross


Yes, this afternoon while sitting poolside at a friends house, some rude bird decided to relieve itself ......on my foot!  I am grateful it was just my foot and not my head.  But still, who wants bird shit on any part of them?    I am continuing to tell myself it's a lucky sign.  (If you know different, please don't burst my bubble). Lol 

There has been lots going on but not blog appropriate so for now I will just show you my little finished chair pad.  


"Strawberries To Go" is a Red House Wool Studio pattern.  It just love the little hanging strawberries.  I also have a 2nd chair pad hooked but not bound so I'll share that one when it's finished.  

Summer is here and tomorrow night is my last evening meeting until September.   Eeeeeeee - happy dance!  

Hopefully soon I'll be able to share more exciting news.  (And hopefully it's not related to bird poop)


Sunday, June 15, 2014

A Berry Quiet Weekend

Not much exciting happening here this weekend.  You could probably tell that from my lack of a creative title to this post.   Sigh....some weekends don't provide much blog fodder.  

The weather suited my mood this weekend, grey and rainy but on the bright side, that's perfect hooking weather.  I did a little chicken chair pad a few weeks ago and still had some room left on the burlap.  Just enough to add another chair pad.  

This one is a pattern by Red House Wool Studio.  I love Cathy's patterns.  And it's almost strawberry season so it's perfect timing.  Almost done


Still figuring out what to do with the border.  Cathy's design used a hit and miss around the edge but I'm not sure if I'm going that way or not.   

Hope you all have a great week.

Friday, June 13, 2014

2 versions

The hooking is complete.  The hook-along has ended and here is the reveal of 2 versions of this pattern.   Yvonne Buus of Vintage Heart Primitives designed this sweet pattern - "Hand Dyed Woolens".  

Here is her version.  She did an outstanding job!  Her hooking is wonderful and her little pieces of wool attached just make this so sweet


And here is my version.  (Yes, I know, it's not bound yet.....you know I hate that part)


I decided to hook-in my clothesline but I really like Yvonne's attached wool better.  But it's fun to see it done both ways.  

I want to thank Yvonne for allowing me to hook along with her on this fun project 


Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Hook-along progress

My little hook-along project with Yvonne Buus (Vintage Heart Primitives) is coming close to an end.  I will show you our work to-date, starting with Yvonne's piece


She has tweaked the original design a bit and she will be adding pieces of wool to the hooked piece, hanging off the little girls stick and on the clothesline 


I'm anxious to see her finished work.

Now for mine. I'm still not happy with the lady and I may change her a little at the last minute. Nothing major, a little tweak here or there 


I decided to hook-in my pieces on the clothesline (as opposed to Yvonne who is adding hers after). 


A bit more hooking along the bottom and then we will both do our final reveal in the next few days. 




Saturday, June 7, 2014

Hooking with Yvonne

A fun new project is underway.  A few months ago I connected with a wonderful pattern designer Yvonne Buus from Vintage Heart Primitives.  She designs lovely old fashioned themed patterns.  I've hooked 2 of them so far and just love them.  

Recently she offered me the opportunity to "hook along" on her newest design "Hand Dyed Woolens". We are hooking it together and sharing our progress online.   

I started with the sheep


And then I hopped around to the little girl


Here is Yvonne's progress. Yvonne is a more focused hooker.  She stayed in one area.  Lol


Now, since this afternoon I started hooking in some of my sky and now I realize I need to change the lighter blue in the little girl.  It blends right in.  Not sure where my head was when I picked that color!  Guess I was just so excited to start, I wasn't thinking.  

It will be fun to watch the two versions take shape.  Stay tuned. 




Thursday, June 5, 2014

The Loot


Here's my wooly goodness from the wild weekend.  Really, the Dorr Woolen Mill was sensory overload.  The colors, the textures, the massive piles of wool.....it was so hard to choose.  But I did....



And when I arrived in Maine to meet the girls, they had gifts too.  Cathy gave me this bundle of wool - some of her own dye work and a scented candle


And Donna made us each these sweet beachy coasters 


And this sweet little concrete planter filled with succulents.


And this little planter turned me in to an accidental smuggler.  When I left I put it on the floor of my back seat.  I headed to Vermont for 2 days and completely forgot about it.  When I crossed the border, the guard asked me if I had any plant-life with me and I said No.  I forgot about this in the back seat.  If he had looked in my car I would have pee'ed my pants!!  Ooooops ;)