Saturday, July 31, 2010

A Little Sewing, and a Sale

I've been on the slow side with my sewing. I did, however, make a new purse for myself. And then I decided that I needed to do some house cleaning. So I'm having an auction on my Facebook Page, selling some of my personal - new and gently used - sewing projects. Check it out here. And here are a couple of pictures of my new bag. I picked up this super cute fabric while in Utah. I made it wider than I normally do, because I tend to over stuff my purse and it tips over.
For the inside I just used some remnant tan that matched the light colored dot on the outside fabric. I did a double layer of pockets on one side.And here is the bow. I really love this style. My favorite color is green, and I like the squareness of the bag contrasting with the femininity of the bow.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

The Usual, Plus a Little Adventure

Not a whole lot changes around here. We still have chickens, ducks, rabbits, and a garden. But this month we decided we needed a little excitement. We took a 'working' trip out to Utah. Hubby worked most of the week, and then we visited our families on the weekend. We went to a wedding. Oh yeah, and I turned the big 3-0. And then we brought back a little brother (Hubbies), for a few weeks. Now come the pictures (Y'all know how much I love pictures).We were able to fly out of Branson, Missouri (which is a little over an hours' drive). The above is a picture of what the airport looks like. We are in the Ozark Mountains, so, they had to make some flat land. It was pretty neat. The seating was made to look like log furniture, and there was only one restaurant and one shop, to go with the three gates and one baggage claim.Here is Mount Timpanogas Temple. We were lucky enough to stay about four blocks away. We were only able to go once. Hubby had a lot of work to get done. We have learned to appreciate the opportunity when we do get to go.Here is Hubbies, oldest of the little brothers, and his new wife. We were so glad that we were able to go and support them. Their wedding was beautiful and they both looked so happy.

Also while in Utah we visited with Hubbies family after the wedding and half the next day, then we went up to my Dad's and spent time with my family for my Birthday. No, I don't have any pictures. Turning 30 for me was hard, so my normal exuberance to take pictures was nonexistent. On Sunday Hubby and I made dinner for my family. We showed them what we'd done to a family recipe and I think that everyone was pleasantly surprised.Here is a view from my window as we were descending into Branson. It was raining, but it was so green.
Wanting to share cooking skills, Hubby showed Little Brother how to brule' bananas and strawberries. They were very careful and Hubby even pulled out the fire extinguisher "Just In Case".

Back home, we got back into the swing of things.
Before we left, we transferred all the babies from the brooder to the white house. Well, we decided that they were old enough to range. They mostly keep to themselves, and some don't even leave the house. The babies are in the background and the big chickens are in the foreground.
Here is Little Brother out picking corn. It was all done when we got home, so we wanted to preserve some of it. He picked a bushel and I got about 12 cups, that I blanched and froze. Little Brother has been a great help. We've given him some chores, like chickens and garbage. Here are our little watermelon. They were about 4 inches in this picture. We found about 3 or 4, but I'm sure there are more.I also found a couple of 1 inch fuzzy cantelope. I'm looking forward to these.We've also been getting a lot of tomatoes. The peppers have suffered with the over growth of the tomatoes they aren't getting very much sun. Here are the 'Duckens'. Big Red as begun hanging around with them. I think he just likes the new hens.The ducks and new hens have began to lay eggs. They are laying in weird places so we don't always get them. They are very white and the size of the big chickens eggs. The new hens eggs are small still, but they'll get bigger.
We've got some projects in the works and are always busy with something. Hopefully I won't take so long to post again.

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Knitting Up A Storm

About a month ago, I decided to learn to knit, and it's been so much fun. I finally finished a project, and have started on my third. (I'm still working on the first one.) Here is a sneak peek, since it's for a friend, and I want them to be surprised. Several people have been generous and have given me some old supplied: needles and yard. I have a plastic tub I've been putting everything in, but it if gets tipped over, everything scatters. So one night while Hubby was working, I put together a needle case. It was fun to pull out some scraps and come up with something beautiful.
I did crazy/string quilting on one side, and the other is just a solid piece of tan canvas. I made it 24 inches square, then folded over a 5 inch flap for the pocket and a 3 inch flap for the tops. I tacked some ribbon on to tie it shut, and I think I need to add some elastic or something to hold the longer needles in the case.Here is the inside. I have 11 spots for straight needles and a larger pocket for round needles. Most of the pockets can fit more than one set of needle, except the larger sizes. I don't have a full set yet, but I make due with what I have.Here is my current project. It's a log cabin style afghan for my couch. I'm not sure how it's going to work out, but I'll keep you posted. I've been working on it for about a week, and I'm already about 24 inches on the longest side. Just incase there are some knitters that want to know details. I'm using a us size 11, 17 inch needle and just alternating rows: knit one, purl one, with the exception of the dark brown where I've been randomly adding several rows of knitting to give it some interest (you can't tell from the picture, but it's there).