Thursday, September 11, 2014

I finished up some cute, and fun things.

It's that time again over in the IBK group on ravelry.  Time for the Advent Swap.  I think it's been going about 5 years now?  I almost didn't join in the fun this year.  It's a time commitment and I always seem to be late and you can choose to spend a bit.  After the sign ups were closed I lamented in the group that I'd missed them and Mel, the hostess with the mostess, offered to squeeze me in.  I couldn't refuse.  It's a secret swap and I don't think my swap partner reads my blog anyway so I'm sharing a few things I've made for it.  There are 25 things to be included and a list.  Some are must includes and some are open to interpretation.  For example, on one day you must include something red.  I haven't decided if these are for the red day, the "include something Christmasy" day, or even the white day.
 We had to include a project bag, made or bought.  I'm going with almost all made from stash this year since finances are tight.  I've had this fabric for about 8 years.  I bought it in a quilt shop in Joseph when we were camping at Wallowa Lake.  I originally made a granddaughter an outfit out of it but it was not well received.  It was too bright in the opinion of the parents.  So it's been sitting.  I loved it and it was an "aha" moment when I pulled it out and decided to make it into a project bag for me so I could look at it often.  There was enough for two project bags.  I  hope my swap partner likes it.
 A washcloth was a requirement.  I've wanted to knit this pattern for some time.  It screams home for Christmas to me.
 Another requirement was a dish towel.  I saw this gingerbread towel some time ago on pininterest.  It fit the bill!   I think I need to make another for my house.
 In the nick of time I finished up some baby gifts for an upcoming shower.  The shower is Saturday and I can't go but I still wanted to send some gifts.  Send being the operative word.  I stayed up until well after midnight last night finishing the sweater and was up at 6 this morning to put my go to gift for baby showers together..bibs.  Bibs that slip over the head and cover well.  They were born out of necessity 7 years ago when our grandchildren were born and there were 3 of them.  Three littles wanting to be fed and time was a wastin' tying or velcroing bibs.  Eventually the velcro wore out.  We were using towels anyway to cover what the bibs didn't.  Ta Da!  An idea for bibs was born and I've been making them for every baby shower since.
 One of my favorite baby girl sweater patterns:  the Tulip sweater from Dream in Color.  I haven't knit one in awhile but it sure made me remember why I have a stash of Dream in Color yarn.  The colors!  The softness!  I didn't do the seed stitch border along the front  or the i cord along the hem since I ran out of time but it's still cute.  And washable, and warm, and I hope Mommy is as pleased with it as I am.

I may have to make another.  My granddaughter wants one.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Take it away school!

It's over.  Summer vacation is over.  I feel like crying.  There has been a noticeable absence from this blog because the summer was packed.  That is as it should be.  There was also a noticeable absence from sewing, knitting, crocheting, or any other handcrafts.  That isn't as it should be but it is what is.  When there are children here almost everyday and as many as 7 of them, there is no time for sittin' and knittin'.  I did miss sitting in the  yard and doing that though.  Our yard is secluded, shady, and perfect on even the hottest days to sit and enjoy.  Ahhh, well, the kids are only young once.  I did sit in the yard but more as a peace keeper with the sprinkler and hoses going.  As I said the summer was packed.  Below are a few of our adventures:                       
                                      Trips to the local water park

Time for napping
            Somebody turned two!  That was just one of the 10 birthdays we celebrated this summer!
                                             There were blue ribbons won at the fair!

                                     There was soap making
                             There was the family campout to Ft. Stevens.  The weather was perfect for playing on the beach, swimming in the lake, and riding bikes.
                           There was some Nonny cuddle time with a book.
                         What would camping be without hot dogs?
                     There were visits to the Battery for hide and seek and photo ops.
                  There were baseball games and routing for the home team.

                 There was painting in the yard and then sprinkler play to wash off.
             On a really hot day, inside play at Pump It Up was great fun.

                      There was one last trip to the water park.
                     And the last day before school starts, a trip on the rails, complete with a hold up.

Yep, summer was FUN!  And PACKED!  There was time for learning too.  We watched the entire series of Liberty Kids from OPB in half hour increments each day.  We all came away with a knowledge of the Revolutionary War.  I did manage a few sewing projects in the last week.  Little ones that will eventually make it on the blog but for now, I'm reliving summer and my eyes are misting over.  It went way too fast.  9 months until it's summer again!  In the meantime, there is fall and winter and spring fun to plan.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

The sewing venture for the fair

Several of the grandmunchkins wanted to enter the fair this year as they have seen their Mom and I do for the past several years.  The entries were online this year and two weeks earlier than normal...yikes!  With VBS the second week after school and the fair entry the very next week we had to jump on it.  Jump we did.  Three entered sewing projects and one, having tried sewing in the spring, wanted to do a bird house in wood.  We convinced him a bird feeder would get more use.  So away we went.....
                                         more sewing.........
                                         more sewing.........
 TA DA!  A finished bird feeder.  Despite Graypa being very sick, he sucked it up to help get the project done.
 And when the sewing machine wasn't humming, the garden was getting some tlc.  I must admit it one pretty garden.  And the first zucchini found it's way to my lunch plate today.
The kids weren't the only ones sewing.  I dedicated an entire weekend to the sewing room to get the traditional 4th of July shirts and dresses done.
Now off to try and finish my knitting project for the fair.  Wish me luck!

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Hello Summer!

I cannot believe the school year ended today.  Now the crazy really sets in.  Keeping 6 or 7 children busy and having fun.  We're going to study the American Revolutionary War this summer which should be fun?  I'm working on some things, knitting, sewing, and crocheting, to enter in the fair but they are either complete and I haven't got modeled shots yet (due to the models being in school) or they aren't quite finished.  Next post.  Fingers crossed.  The scrapbooking is completely caught up, or rather was, until there was a t ball game, so there is more time for crafting.  We do start our birthday season next week so we'll see.  
 This is my Mom with 2 of her sisters.  One older, one younger.  One suffering from alzheimers.  Three of my Mom's five siblings suffer from the dreaded mind robbing disease.  As did her father.  Her youngest sister died a few weeks ago at the young age of 69.  She had alzheimer's.  I firmly believe in my own mind that it robs the body as well.  It was a hard memorial service but made me very thankful for my mom and that her mind is intact at almost 80.  Sure she forgets things but don't we all.  She has to have a list.  So do I!
 Do the crime and do the time at my house.  These little "criminals" wrote on my car.  I am grateful it was with the end of a jump rope that was wrapped in duct tape.  It was first mentioned it was sidewalk chalk!  It came right off but they had to do the washing.  I supervised.
Our garden looks mahvelous!  We've been ahead of the weeds so far and anxiously awaiting harvest.  Especially the tomatoes and cucumbers.  I have bacon in the freezer for the BCT sandwiches.  I'm drooling thinking about them.  As you can see below the beans are up.  What kid doesn't like to drink from a hose?  We didn't have a hose per se going but the soaker hoses were on so getting a drink from them was the closest he could come to drinking from a hose.  I'm not sure how much he got.

School is OUT!  Bring on summer!  We had 3 first graders going to second grade, a second grader going to third, a seventh going to eighth, and a freshman going to sophomore.

But the one that got the most attention for the end of the year is the sixth grader finishing elementary school and heading to junior high.  This one made me tear up.  I remember him in kindergarten just yesterday.

The fair entries are due in 2 weeks and I still have 3 projects to get ready.  I didn't realize it was so soon.  I may not enter for the Niftiest Needler after all.  People, not things or hobbies so if my time is taken from my hobbies to study the American Revolution and make rootbeer or take trips to the library for special programs or play with origami with the kids, or, as in today, play paper be it.

Monday, May 26, 2014

Where have I been?

Whoa....It's been over a month?  Really?  Where has the time gone?  Hmmm, take a walk with me over the last few weeks.                                                     
Yep, every Tuesday night and Saturday morning we're at the ball field.  I LOVE baseball games.  Especially at this age.  Three of our grandmunchkins are playing t ball and the games are guaranteed entertainment.  Last week our granddaughter scooped up a ball from her position in left field with the mitt on the left hand.  Her right hand was clutched in a fist which presented her with a dilemma.  She shook the mitt off, scooped up the dropped ball with her left hand and threw it in.  Her right hand was still clutched.  Her Mama and Daddy told her to put the rocks down!  It wasn't rocks.  It was a ladybug!

 Ball day competition yielded a winner in running the bases!  She had the fastest time for her age group.

 One morning, before school, actually, on our way to school, the little 2nd grader begged me to come have lunch with her.  There is no way I'd pass that invitation.  So I rushed home, and the 3 year old and 1 year old and I baked cookies for our lunch.  We headed up to the school for the supposed 11 am lunch date.  Turns out lunch for 2nd graders is at 11:10 so we had plenty of time!

 The garden is in!  It meant a few trips to the nursery for plants, but I made sure there are plenty of "duck" tomatoes this year and we were only a week late getting the garden in.  Our target date is Mother's Day weekend.
 I've been spending time on pininterest looking for new ways to fix salmon.  Because there has been salmon almost every weekend coming home from the river and the bay.

 I was also invited to be a parent volunteer for my grandmunchkin's field trip to Ag Fest.  They have been studying farming and agriculture in their first grade class and the local high school FFA was putting on an Ag Fest .  Mommy and Daddy went on the other field trip and couldn't go on this one.  Imagine my delight when they got in my car waving permission slips and begging me to go.  I could have cried and there was no way I was saying no.  Our son, bless him, took care of the little ones and our daughter so I could go.  I am so blessed.

 Good things end in the spring.  Discovery Bible Club ended last week with car races and then a fire out back for roasting marshmellows and making s'mores.  The kids had so much fun and we had so much fun watching them.  It's been a wonderful year of learning and Bible memorization for these kids but a break over the summer is nice too.

 I can't decide if spring or fall is my favorite season.  It's a toss up.  One thing for sure, they are both busy and full of good things.  Spring is full bird baths and bubbles and playing in the water and planting gardens and t ball games and end of the year field trips.

 I did finish a wonderful knitting project and a rainbow swap.  This is Rays of Gold, an Elena Nodel pattern and it's knit from her yarn as well, Colour Adventures Glacier in Girly Fun DK.  All the details on my ravelry page.

Now you know where I've been!  I hope to be here a little more often but it is spring after all!  I do need to do a post about the wonderful rainbow swap we just finished up in the Itty Bitty group.