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Friday, June 26, 2009

Thursday in the park

On Thursday nights in the summer, the city offers concerts at the dam. So last night we took all three kids. The Monkey played on the playground. And took pictures.

Look a picture of mama knitting taken by Monkey:

A self portrait of Monkey:

What was I working on you ask? Here's a little better photo:

This is the left front of the Matinee Coat by Debbie Bliss. I have the back and the right front done already. It's being knitted in Knit One Crochet Two Baby Boo, in olive.

I hope everyone has great weekend. The weather here should be pretty good, some rain, but lots of sun.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Look what came in the mail

Wow I won another contest last week. This one came from Kristina over at Sew Domestic. I was so excited to have won. I called my sister and had to tell her. I'm thinking I should buy a lottery ticket, with the way things have going. I mean I never win anything. Then here I go and win two contests.

So what was in the box?

Well first up was copy of Kristina's quilt pattern:

And then came some gorgeous fabric pieces:

this one is all of it (sorry for the blurry pic. I think my Monkey was playing with the camera)

I just love these fabrics Most of them are so bright and fun. Kind of like her blog. In July she'll be hosting a studio tour, for people to share their creative spaces. If I'm to share I'll have to do some picking up :)

Wednesday, June 24, 2009


Well the weekend came and went along with half the week and I don't have much to show for craft progress. But some progress was made. I pieced another block for my 'Sweet Pea' quilt and starting on some of the stitching.

What I did do was read. I am an avid reader. And I'll read most anything, from children's books to sci-fi or fantasy to mysteries to romance. The plan is to keep the bookshelf over there with what is in my current reading pile. Two weeks ago I picked up four books from the library and last night I started the forth book. So I'll do a quick review of the three that I've gotten read already.

First up is Love's Long Journey by Janette Oke. This is the third book in the "Love Comes Softly" series. It was a very quick read. This book follows Missie's journey west with her husband, her pregnancy and homesteading. I'm liking this series so far. I started reading it after I found out the TV movie series was based off of this. There are several differences between these books and the movies, but not big major ones. Just enough to keep it interesting for me who has seen the movie. I'd give this a 3 1/2 out of 5 stars.

Next is The Burning Bridge by John Flanagan. This is the second book in the "Ranger's Apprentice" series. This would be a independent reader or young adult book (depends on the book store or library). In this book Will and his ward mate Horce, are making a diplomatic trip with Gillan a fellow ranger during the preparations for war, to Celtica. On the way they are joined by a girl named Evanlyn. I found this to be a great fantasy series. Definitely a book that the boys would read, but the girls might like it too. This series is going on my to buy list for my personal library. A 4 star book.

The last book that I finished was Knit Two by Kate Jacobs. This is the sequel to The Friday Night Knitting Club. We are brought back to the characters of the last and how they are still dealing with the death of Georgia five years ago. Another good light read. Also a 4 star book that will have to be bought for my library and to go with the first one.

Has anyone else read these books? I'd love to hear what you thought of them. Hopefully I'll be back tomorrow with some more crafty stuff. It'll depend on if I'm able to get in some okay photos.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Little work done

Well the weekend has started and nothing got done this week. What did get done was some work with the fabric that I cut out earlier this week. I got two blocks pieced for the quilt I'm working on.The quilt pattern is called Sweet Pea's Quilt by Cinderberry Stitches. I love Natalie's work. It's a little more whimsical then I normally like, but just wonderful.

Just I also got a pic of the rest of the fabric that I picked up the other Sunday.

There are couple projects planned with this. I'm thinking stuff for the kitchen. But that will have to wait. My craft corner needs me to finish some other projects before I start some more. Or I'll need to find a bigger space :)

Have a good weekend!!!!

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Just a quick thank you

Yesterday I won a sock knitting pattern from Irishgirlieknits. It's her new pattern Cotty socks. I can't wait to try it out once I empty some needles. So be sure and check out her blog We Do Not Have A Knitting Problem. She seems to always have some yarn or other knitting goodness to look at. So a big thank you for an awesome new pattern.

Start of a New Project

sweet pea's fabric, originally uploaded by afraenia.

I picked these fabrics up a couple of Sunday's ago. And yesterday I ironed and cut into them. The plan is to make a baby quilt for the littlest one. We'll see how that goes, I tend to take my time finishing projects. There are always more projects in my head wanting to get done, then time for me to work on them

Friday, June 12, 2009

Hello out there

Thanks for stopping in. It might be a while before i do a lot of posting. I'll be working on the lay out of this for now.