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 I originally made a granddaughter an outfit out of it but it was not well received.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.
Thursday, September 11, 2014
Tuesday, September 2, 2014
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
Sunday, July 6, 2014
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.....cutting.....
Now off to try and finish my knitting project for the fair. Wish me luck!
Thursday, June 12, 2014
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!
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.
Monday, May 26, 2014
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!
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.