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Knitting Pattern Binder

One of my goals for this year was to get more organized, to have a place for everything and have everything in it’s place. Up to now my knitting patterns have been kept in several places, a folder on the shelf, a stack on the end table by the chair. When my mom surprised me with this binder, I knew exactly what I would use it for. She had the binder cover made with one of my Great Grandmother’s tablecloths and I absolutely adore it. It is perfect for storing my patterns all in one place, a front pocket for colourbooks and yarncards, even a little slot for a pencil or pen.Now all of my patterns are tucked away in this beautiful binder and it only take me a couple of seconds to find what I am looking for. Next, I need to go through my sewing patterns and figure out which ones I want to keep and find a great way to store them as well. This is what I really love, a beautiful, yet functional item that makes me smile every time I use it, thanks Mom! Have a great weekend everybody!

family, gifts, home, knitting, sewing • Saturday, February 19th, 2011 • 7 Comments »

Ordinary Moments

books, family, gardening, home, homeschooling, knitting, nature, Ordinary Moments • Thursday, February 17th, 2011 • 3 Comments »

Strawberry Barley Scones

Sorry to have disappeared for a bit. Last week I got a migraine that lasted almost three days before it started turning into a regular headache. Then the next few days were spent catching up on housework, laundry etc. Over the weekend we had to take our computer back to Denver to have a part replaced, so it has been a busy, and definitely not normal week. This week is off to a much better start. Yesterday we made these Strawberry Barley Scones from the book Good to the Grain. She does a great job of describing the unique flavours of the different kinds of flours out there, and I am really excited to make more from this book. These scones were really, really good. Since we first got married, every Valentines Day Hubby and I have always cooked together after the kids have gone to bed. It started out as a way to celebrate without spending a lot of money on eating out when we didn’t have any extra cash and it has remained our tradition whether times were lean or not. I love to cook with him and it’s nice to make a meal without any distractions. Last night we made this Sausage and Kale Soup. Absolutely delicious and another plus is that it made a rather large pot, so I don’t have to double the recipe to feed all of us. I wasn’t able to take any photos, but trust me, if you like delicious, hearty soups, try it. Well, the wind has been atrocious around here, but we have had a few warmer days, perhaps spring is on it’s way. Hope everyone has a fantastic day.

books, family, food • Tuesday, February 15th, 2011 • 10 Comments »

Weekend Refresher

A weekend at the cabin was just what we needed. Some beautiful scenery… With a growing love of reading, some time spent curled up in bed… Drying gloves and warming toes after hours spent hiking and playing in the snow… and plenty of card games as well. I hope everyone is feeling a bit rested and ready to hit the new week running. Not too sure I feel rested, but refreshed I do. Lots of plans this week, we’ll see how life cooperates. Have a great Monday everybody.

books, family, food, home, nature, travelling • Monday, February 7th, 2011 • 3 Comments »

Springtime Sketch

A sweet little sketch from my boy last springtime with our plans for gardening. Have a great weekend everybody! I’ll be back Monday morning with a little Valentine’s Day giveaway.

family, gardening, kid's art • Friday, January 28th, 2011 • 2 Comments »

Christmas Every Month of the Year

Every year Christmas seems to come up so quickly and we all try to fit in so many things that last two months of the year. I really want Christmas to be calm and peaceful and a time for reflection and family and friends. So this year I am prepared, or at least getting that way. I am going to work on a project every month to make next Christmas easier. I can see how this could very easily turn into making it more stressful by adding so many projects that it just gets out of control, so I am making an effort to keep this simple and remember my ultimate goal, simplify and de-stress Christmas. This month I started a small notebook in which to organize my thoughts and write down things that might be good projects or gifts for next year. I have the ideas and where to find specifics, if I’ve already found directions somewhere. I can gather info and as the year progresses narrow some of those things down as I decide exactly what I’m doing. Each month on the 25th I will share with you what my project was for that month, and have some giveaways along the way. I’m really excited about this as next December I shall be fully prepared (in theory) and on track for a simple, beautiful Christmas. I’d love for you to join me, it would be great to have a whole bunch of ideas on the 25th of every month. Even if you get one thing done during the year in preparation for next year it should be a help, no pressure here. This is absolutely not meant to be a way to overload and cause more stress. Ok, so laundry calls, have a great day everybody. I’ll see you in a few days with a fun little Valentine’s project.

books, family, food, gifts, green, home, knitting, sewing • Tuesday, January 25th, 2011 • 8 Comments »

Road Trip

Well, we had a whirlwind trip that included going from Wyoming through Utah, Idaho, and then to Oregon. We took a week and a day and what fun we had. We saw some of the most gorgeous scenery… We had some real highs (elevation 8,664)… …and some real lows ( -13° F) Ate some of the most gorgeous food… and had my first fancy latte (I have had lattes before, just never one that looked so pretty) We had such fun with my brother, we can’t wait to go back and visit again. We made it back although a few of us caught the sniffles. This last week we have tried to get acclimated to the wind (we did not miss that one bit) and our regular routine. I’ve got so many things going round and round in my head and lots to share with you all this year. I hope to be post a little more often than I have been, but we’ll see how it goes. Hope everyone is settling into the new year, it’s nice to be back.

family, food, travelling • Tuesday, January 18th, 2011 • 5 Comments »

Candy Cane Playdough

Well, Christmas is almost upon us, and my gift making days are just about over. Here is my last gift to make and encourage you to make. I saw this post yesterday and knew this would be perfect for keeping my kiddos occupied up at the cabin. If tempers start to flare and it’s a bit too cold to go outside, I am going to pull this gorgeous peppermint scented, candy cane striped playdough out and let the kids go to town. This was really easy to make, inexpensive too, and it made a huge batch in all less than an hour. If you have some kids that you need a quick gift for, this is it. Do try it, it smells divine. I want to thank you all for popping in and saying hi to me this year. Tomorrow we will be leaving for our Christmas celebration and then next week we will be traveling out to Oregon to see my brother, so I will be back sometime in the second week of January. Have a great Christmas everyone!

family, gifts, green, kid's art • Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010 • 4 Comments »

Tis the Season

Receiving brown paper packages tied up with string Reminding my children that my mama made these ornaments when I was still in her belly Tucking into the most gorgeous oranges that Grandad brought back from a business trip to California Seeing all the beautiful handmade ornaments that hang on our tree Hanging our super-bargain $1 handmade winter wreath I found at a thrift store last year We’re very much getting into the Christmas spirit around here. Packages are being assembled to ship, sweet treats are being made, bowlfuls of hot soup are being devoured and Christmas music is playing. We’re also making plans to go visit my brother in Oregon after Christmas, which has all of us a little giddy. Hope you all had a restful weekend and are remembering to be still and breathe in a season that can quickly become overwhelming if we let it. What are your favourite Christmas traditions?

family, food, gifts, home • Monday, December 13th, 2010 • 5 Comments »

For The Little Ones

I love this gift idea for the little ones. Turn one of your favourite children’s books into an audiobook with a familiar voice. Whether it’s for your grandbabies, nieces and nephews, your friends’ children, or even your own little ones, grab a copy of a much loved book and record yourself reading it. If you have the means, you can make an audio cd or just grab a tape recorder and cassette. Send the book and cd or tape all wrapped up and I guarantee it will be a hit. What are some of your favourite children’s books? I hope everyone is staying warm. Despite the fact that it is still technically autumn, it has been snowing every day for the past week here. We are firmly into winter mode, trying to stay warm and happy with four children who have to spend the majority of their time indoors. It’s a little adjustment but we’re getting there. I’ve got some more high impact low budget gift ideas coming soon, hope you enjoy this one.

books, family, gifts • Monday, November 15th, 2010 • 6 Comments »