They say times moves quickly when you have children.  Shoot!  I say it moves at warp speed.   Our little Ruby is 2 1/2 months old now.  She is now able to rock the dress and booties her mama knit for her.  To say this outfit makes me smile would be a big understatement.  I do believe it is the sweet little girl in it that has put a permanent smile on my face.

Sweet little Ruby Jane in her fancy knitted dress and Mary Jane booties.

Sweet little Ruby Jane in her fancy knitted dress and Mary Jane booties.

I knit the dress for her during the summer.  I have been waiting anxiously for her to fit into it.  During the wait, I decided she must have some matching shoes.  I was tickled pink when I discovered the Mary Jane booties pattern on Ravelry.  I love knitting for babies.  It is so quick and satisfying.

Ruby is not the only cutie in the house.  She has two very handsome brothers.  Her youngest brother, Ashton, decided to be James Bond for Halloween this year.  This may be the only time he will allow me to put gel in his hair.


The name’s Bond, James Bond.

Some of you may remember that I enjoy gardening and plant a garden each year.  I have discovered that when I am pregnant, I am not an avid gardener.  However, I did plant a small one this year.  And I did plant some potatoes in July.  Yes, I said in July.  I had purchased some potato seed and kept forgetting to plant them.  I rediscovered them in July and thought they would be rotted and unusable.  Yet when I opened the box, there they all were sprouting happily.  I figured I would put them in the ground and see what happens.  I harvested a third of the potatoes yesterday.  They are suppose to be bigger, but when potatoes are planted in July. . .well, we are fortunate to have any potatoes.  I am calling them baby potatoes or new potatoes.  I believe they will be very tasty roasted with some olive oil and sea salt.  I am going to leave the rest in the ground until we are ready to eat them.

Potatoes planted in July and harvested in late October.

Potatoes planted in July and harvested in late October.

Did anyone else ever plant potatoes so late in the season?



Ruby Jane

Ruby Jane

Sweet Ruby Jane was born on August 5th.  Labor and delivery were uneventful. . .the way I like it!  Recovery was a breeze.  *Thank you Lord!!*

This birth announcement is much too late, but perhaps you will forgive me.  I am mesmerized by my daughter.  She is such a happy baby.  She has the biggest smile that never fails to melt my heart.  She makes strangers giggle when she looks at them with her goofy grin and squeals with delight.

Happy baby

Happy baby

Welcome to the world Ruby Jane.

Where to begin, I suppose we should begin at the beginning.  When I last left you (which has been entirely too long!), I showed off some lovely Anna Marie Horner fabric.  That fabric became a lovely throw made just for me.  I bought the fabric and pattern instructions from Alewives Fabrics.


Pretty velveteen throw made just for me.

I finally got around to restoring the wicker furniture we got for free.  Our neighbors were moving and decided they did not want this lovely porch furniture anymore.  They were going to throw it away until I saved it.  You can see the two pieces that were finished and the one chair that was still waiting its turn to be refinished.  It shows a good contrast of Before and After restoration.  It took a bit of glue, and a few coats of spray paint, but I am happy to report that all the pieces are now finished and grace our front porch.


Table after restoration with chair waiting for restoration.


First chair and table after restoration, with a small glimpse of second chair waiting to be restored.

A few highlights from my knitting adventures – I made a baby sweater while taking a class from Gudrun Johnston at Squam.  She is a fantastic teacher!   This was my first completed baby sweater.


First baby sweater. No seaming was required.

I made a welcome baby package for one of the women I met at my very first Squam.  The sweater was a joint effort.  I knitted the body of it and my dear friend, Amy (who I also met at Squam) knitted the sleeves and selected the adorable buttons for it.  I had to throw in a few knitted washcloths because I was on quite the knitted washcloth streak for a time.  I thought a matching bib and burp cloth would round out the package nicely.  They were very fast, easy, and satisfying sewing projects.


Baby Welcome Package

I love Alicia Paulson’s blog, maybe a bit too much because I have been shamelessly doing some of the same projects she has done.  For example, this Retro Baby Smock is nearly identical to the one she made.  I even used the same type and color of yarn.  I can’t help it!  I love her style.  This pattern is oh so, easy.  I made it in one day.  I will be making another one soon.

Retro Baby Smock

Retro Baby Smock

And for my grand finale, I knitted the Clara dress.  I am so happy with how this turned out.  I have not blocked it yet, but I think you can still see the details and appreciate it.  I also got this one from Alicia Paulson’s blog.  And no, we still do not know the sex of the baby, but I can’t stop knitting baby girl things.

First baby dress.

First baby dress.


How have you been?  Knitting or sewing anything you would like to share?  I have one week and 3 days before my due date arrives. . .so I am still waiting.

Today is the first day we have weather that resembles spring.  It is 52 degrees, sunny and oh so pretty outside.  Unfortunately, we are suppose to get about 5 inches of snow tomorrow morning.  So what do you do while waiting for the real spring weather to kick in?  I’ll tell you what we did.  We brought out all the garden seeds to see what we still need to order for this year’s garden.  We definitely need some new melon seeds and some green beans.We tentatively planned our first camping trip for the year.  My husband bought some magnifying glasses to use to start a fire while we camp.  The boys are going to love this one.  We took a family walk while the boys rode their bicycles.  I can never get enough of these moments.  And this morning, we polished off the last bit of last year’s peaches.  This makes me a little sad.  I did not can enough peaches last year.  The weather was crazy and the peach crop came in very early.  It caught me off guard.  I will not let that happen this year.  Our home canned peaches are from our Farmers’ Market.  My husband says it is like eating peach pie right out of the jar.  Never again will I can so little.


Last can of peaches from last year

Last jar of peaches from last year.


Kyland enjoying the last of the peaches

Kyland enjoying the last of the peaches.

Ashton eating fruit without any threats or bribe

Ashton eating fruit without any threats or bribes.

Trying to keep up with my original commitment at the beginning of the year of finishing two projects per month, I have a report.  I finally finished the baby cardigan.  It was super easy and I am very happy with it.  The pattern I used was a free pattern from Ravelry called Newborn Vertebrae.  My very first cardigan!  Hooray!!

My first knitted cardigan.  I have yet to block it.

My first knitted cardigan. I have yet to block it.

I think I may go for a really easy project to complete one more before the month is out.  I will not tell you exactly what it will be, but here’s a glimpse of the fabric.  Can you guess what it wants to be when it grows up?

Lovely Anna Maria Horner fabric

Lovely Anna Maria Horner fabric.

I hope today you are enjoying some sunshine and spending some time with loved ones.




It has been a long time, I know.  I apologize for leaving everyone hanging, particularly after the scary prenatal test.  One day before I was suppose to have further testing, a nurse called me to let me know that someone had transcribed the test results inaccurately.  My test results were completely normal and I have no greater risk for any craziness than the next person.  I promptly cancelled my next test because I had quite enough stress for one pregnancy.  As of today, all systems are running properly.  Whew!  I am very happy that is behind me.

So what have I been doing since my last post?  Lots!  There has been the homework with my boys.  Paperwork, registration, and meetings to move the boys to a new school next year.  We started looking for a new home, but that is now put on hold due to the “sequestration” of the government in their lame attempt to save money.  Who came up with that stupid term?  Sequestration?  Let’s just call a spade, a spade shall we?  It is really a forced reduction in pay for thousands of employees and sadly for some, it means they have lost their job.  I really do not care what side of the political spectrum anyone falls under.  I am not interested in blaming any side or party in particular.  Washington is failing in a very big way.  You know if they “sequestered” Congress until this problem was sorted out, they would arrive at some agreement rather quickly.  But enough of that nonsense!

Let’s talk about old hobbies that were forgotten and rediscovered.  For me, it was cross stitch.  Look what I found in one of my bins as I was cleaning.



It was like  finding an old friend.  I have been working on it every day.  I am enjoying it so much.  I want to hang this in my kitchen when it is finished.   The pattern is from Janlynn it is called Herbal Window.

How have you been?  Have you rediscovered any old hobbies during this winter season?


With only 3 days left in the month, you may be wondering if I am going to meet my goal of finishing 2 projects per month.  Well, I am only too happy to announce that one project is off the needles.  The never ending Noro Scarf is finished!!  I was and am so happy it is done.  I appreciate mindless  knitting, but there is a point where enough is enough.  I had most definitely reached the limit with this scarf.  I used 4 entire skeins of Noro Silk Garden.  Despite the deathly boredom towards the end, I am very pleased with the final result.

Noro Scarf

Noro Scarf

The baby cardigan is going to be close, but I am not scared.  The back is finished.  The sleeves will now begin.

Baby Cardigan

Baby Cardigan

Oh, in case you are wondering, the apple butter muffins were de-li-cious!  All of the remaining apple butter was used.  Not one drop was wasted.


Have you finished a project lately?  Or have you started a new one that you are excited about?  I would love to hear all about it.

Today was one of those beautiful, relaxing days.  I took the day off from work to nurse a cold and stayed indoors to knit, dream, and watch a little Downton Abbey.  Seriously, this show is awesome!  Does anyone else watch this????


I made some wonderful progress on my knitting.  The back of the baby cardigan is nearly finished.


The Noro Scarf seems never ending, but I am encouraged when I look at the remaining blobs of yarn to be knitted.


I also found a very, very old cross stitch pattern I never finished.  I believe it will have to join the other projects and hopefully become one of the finished ones.  The creases look formidable, but I am sure they can be taken care of.


I was reading a post at Thousand Island Mama, and loved Kelli’s opening line, ““Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without”.  Such a great reminder and motivator.  I hate wasting food.  I try to use up what I buy, but there are times when I forget about something and it spoils.  This drives me a little batty.  I really enjoy freshly made apple butter, but I never use it all.  I bought some apple butter last year at a fundraiser at the boys’ school.  I saw it in the refrigerator yesterday and I knew that I would never use all of it by simply spreading it on bread.  A quick search on the internet and I have decided to make some apple butter muffins.  I will let you know how they turn out.


What did you do today?   Do you have any tasty ways of using up apple butter?

I hear it is a new year.  Many people are making these things called resolutions.  I, for one, have never been big on making New Year’s resolutions.  However, I do enjoy setting goals in order to maintain focus and provide direction at times.  So with this in mind. . .

The baby is due August 5th.  From this month until July, I would like to finish at least two projects a month.  The projects can be knitting, sewing, or something in the general arena.  I have a cross stitch sampler that I hope to complete sometime soon.

Let me show you a few things that are currently in the works.

First up is the Bias wrap.  I have had this one on the needles for a while.  I have never done a wrap and I am excited to see the finished product.  I fell in love with this yarn a long time ago.  I happened upon a stash of it in a yarn store near my work and bought all the remaining skeins.  It is from Cherry Tree Hill.  It’s a Glitter Alpaca in Java.  This photo does not provide much detail because it is still 3 balls of yarn short and it will most definitely need a good blocking when finished.



Next up is the infamous Noro Scarf that I could not put down before the holidays.  I did stop knitting this after the holidays for a couple of weeks.  I am determined to see it to the end.




And last, but not least, the project I am super excited about – my very first cardigan!  It is a baby cardigan.  I chose a very simple pattern to ensure success.  I cannot wait to finish this one.  It is moving very quickly.  The pattern can be found on Ravelry here.


For January, I am placing my bets on the baby cardigan and the Noro scarf.  Do you have any goals set for the new year?  Any exciting new projects?  Do share!

Hello everyone!  It’s been too long.  The dust has settled from the holidays and the knitting is taking off with a renewed energy and focus.

I have much to share, but thought I would first introduce you to my newly designed blog.  I have been eagerly awaiting this change.  The very talented Mrs. Rebecca Ritz of Bauerhaus Design is responsible for this new look.  So take a look around and tell me what you think.

I hope you are well and look forward to hearing from each and every one of you!

It’s coming folks!  Big plans and dreams for the garden.  Gorgeous, colorful catalogs of vegetables, fruit, and flowers waiting in my mailbox nearly everyday now.  It makes me all giddy inside with the planning for this year’s garden.  I am definitely going to try something new this year.  I have always wanted some fruit trees, but we are planning to move in a couple of years and our space is very limited.  However, we can try our hand at dwarf fruit trees planted in containers.  On my list for the year, 2 cherry trees from Miller Nurseries, and one Meyer Lemon tree from Four Winds Growers that will be brought indoor for the winter.  Yes, that’s right!  A lemon tree in my house during the winter.  I cannot stop smiling.


Meyer Lemon Tree

Meyer Lemon Tree

This year I will try growing a different watermelon.  We have been growing the heirloom Moon and Stars watermelon and we have harvested approximately 2 watermelons a year.  They are so tasty, but we haven’t been too successful with them.  We grow them along the side of our house where they have space to spread.  The soil is getting better with each year, but it still has a ways to go.  This year’s watermelon will be the Sugar Baby from Annie’s Heirloom Seeds.  Some call it the refrigerator watermelon because it is smaller in size and can fit inside the refrigerator easily.  I may even can some pickled watermelon rinds again this year.  They are deceivingly named because they do not taste anything like a pickle, they are actually quite sweet and yummy.

Sugar Baby Watermelon

Sugar Baby Watermelon

Are you starting your garden planning yet?  Are you sitting as mesmerized as I am looking through those glossy catalogs?