Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Yarn Along

{ Yarn Along } 

I have had a knitting dry spell over the last few weeks. I will look at yarn and patterns but never commit to anything. I think it might be the warmer temperatures or the fact that I have been working on a counted cross stitch sampler (the first one since I was in middle school. yes, I was the weird kid who did cross stitch at 13 years old thanks to my Home Economics teacher). 

I missed out on the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival this year which bummed me out so I decided to finally use the yarn I have been saving from last year's festival for just the right project. I decided to start work on another shawl. It is a light weight yarn with a fresh colorway so I figured it would be good for summer knitting. 

Yarn: Chincoteague Colors- Oyster Bay bought from Carodan Farm

I am reading Cranford by Elizabeth Gaskell. I got it out of the library because I didn't think I owned a copy but lo and behold I did. (problems of a woman with too many books) This copy is much prettier than mine so I am reading out of this. It also has some fashion plates in the back that are great illustrations of the attire mentioned in the story. I had a little bit of trouble getting into it but now the story seems to flow. I realized that lately I have a harder time reading the classics and I am wondering if it is because I am in the generation that reads everything online in short blurbs. So, I have decided to devote part of the summer to retraining my brain and weaning it off of internet reading. 

Happy Knitting! xo. 

Joining Ginny of Small Things in her weekly Yarn Along. 

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Around the home on this day

{ Around the home this day} 

The warmer temperatures have helped us spring into so many activities around our house these days. It is nice to get out of doors and play. We planted some lettuce and spinach in our garden because I am in complete denial about moving in the summer. I cut the first crop of the mixed lettuce today and it just looks beautiful drying on my counter. I also planted flowers in all of our pots because I can't live without flowers in the lovely spring months and they are flourishing in the sun. 

 Bread has been rising on the counter this afternoon and my new baguette pan is awaiting use. 

We did our lesson this morning and spent some time with classical music and paint. 

Then spent some time outside with play dough and little bits and baubles for decorating and making art.

A quiet afternoon with some craft space organizing and fabric washing and ironing to make a few new skirts for myself since I have such a hard time finding the right kind of skirt. I found that Oliver & S company had a pattern for an everyday skirt. I am continuing work on My Sweetiepie ABCs cross stitch sampler. I haven't done any type of counted cross stitch since I was in middle school and I forgot how fun it is to complete each letter and see the progress.

Tuesday is a day for creativity in our home. Just allowing the flow of the day to take hold and let us create, play, learn, and be is fulfilling. It creates a sense of calm, peace, and security.  

Monday, May 18, 2015


{ Weekending }

:: Friday night dinner of grilled chicken and fresh salad from the garden
:: sewing and listening to Billie Holiday Radio 
:: Saturday morning breakfast and making plans for the day 
:: haircuts for a little boy 
:: making Limoncello Tiramisu
:: making an DIY play tent for the backyard 
:: naps 
:: pizza night with my parents 
:: slow start Sunday morning with coffee and breakfast 
:: a trip to the National Shrine of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton for Mass and a visit of the grounds
:: milkshakes
:: visit with my grandma and dinner out with the family 
:: quiet night before the start of a new week

Joining Karen of Pumpkin Sunrise