Monday, January 31, 2011

I'm So Excited

Exciting news has hit our area.  This wonderful store will soon be coming to our area.  Needless to say I am thrilled beyond words.  There is one in Boston but now this new store will practically be in my backyard.  Thinking of all the dreamy displays, the amazing clothing, the luxurious bedding.  The grand opening is February 25.  I am counting down the days!!

Some of my favorites:

I would love to serve dinner in this beautiful apron.

 Love this mercury glass candle.
Perfect mirror 
 Love this skeleton key bottle opener
 Anthropologie has the absolute best dish/tea towels.  Love them all.

While I wait for this amazing store to open I am finishing up some projects.  I completed this hat for my daughter.  I used this great pattern from Vickie Howell. I first saw it on One Pretty Thing.  It is one of my favorite sites.  There are always amazing projects showcased.  I find more than I have time to accomplish.

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Thursday, January 27, 2011

Outside my Window

This is what we see today.  Snow and more snow.  We are running out of places to put it all.  There has been a snow storm every week since December 26.  Not small ones most nearing a foot.

I am thankful for this that keeps us warm.  It has been working overtime with our temps plummeting.

With the fire leaving ash everywhere and this cutie living inside due to the cold and all the snow

This is what we get everyday~a fine layer of fur, dust and ash on every surface no matter how many times I wipe them clean.  Now it's just time to look the other way.

 Our bush does not enjoy this snow.  The extra weight is doing nothing for its shape.
 What little melting occurs, refreezes and we get these long icicles and layers of ice everywhere.
 It's beauty is not lost on me.  The covering of white
 fresh, crisp, clean

But now we are clearly longing for spring. 

 The sky looks beautiful, causing me to hope for sunny days and slow melting.  

There has been more snow this year than I can remember in a long time.  The first year we homeschooled the kids were longing for a snow storm.  They wanted to go outside and play, build snowmen, sled, and chase the dog around the yard.  It never really snowed.  We had one storm that gave us maybe two inches.  They spent hours outside.  They carted all the snow to one location to build a snowman.  Their joy was evident as they completed it.  Now a few years later we are overwhelmed with the mountains of snow we have accumulated. The season is still young.  I am eagerly anticipating some warmer days without shoveling.  Soon our fence will be completely covered with our snow mound.  Home Depot has sold out of not only snow blowers but also shovels.  They can't keep them in stock.  There are no snow blowers to be purchased not only in our state but in the surrounding states.  

In all honesty I wish I was here.  Meeting wonderful blogging ladies like this sweet lady and this sweet lady along with many more.  But I am here and I will try to be content, staying warm indoors and not peeking outside.  Resting my weary muscles after a morning of shoveling.  Drinking a whipped cream covered latte, reading a good book and crocheting.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Out With the Old

I have had this snowman picture in the basement waiting for a new life. I liked the frame and the grapevine on it but not the rest.

  I decided to give it a new life with some spray paint and embellishments. At this stage I already love it.
 I used a small can of Krylon white spray paint and gave it a couple of coats.  I pulled off the yellow wooden star and the rusty snowflake.
 I added some scrapbook paper to the inside of the frame
 and used these scrapbook keys I picked up a while ago at Joann's.
 The final piece.

I am so happy with how it turned out.  Notice our two tone walls.  That is from the enlarged opening to the kitchen.  We are planning on repainting the living room. I am trying to choose the right color.  I picked up hundreds of color swatches at Home Depot.  I am looking forward to the completed room but not the painting.

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Friday, January 21, 2011

Let it Snow! Let it Snow!

We are once again packed in with snow. Usually New England has 2 or 3 snow storms in a season but this year we have already had four snowstorms.  We are creating giant snow mountains and running out of space to put it all.  This weekend we will hit some very low temps.  The highs only in the teens, Monday we will be frigid at a high of 13.  Our son has snowboard lessons on Mondays for almost two hours.  We have purchased all the gear to keep him warm but I hope to find a spot in the lodge to stay warm.  I don't think I will survive two hours in that cold. I can just imagine the news headline now "Mom is frozen solid while watching son snowboard".  LOL~ I am not looking forward to it.

A taste of our weather

While we are hibernating inside trying to keep warm I have been working on some fun winter decor projects.

I love this idea with the epsom salt on the votives.  I added some "snowballs" and crocheted snowflakes I had made.

 Here are some more "snowballs."
 This pinecone was actually a Christmas ornament I picked up at Walmart.  I love the glittery blue.

Winter is the best time to sit and crochet.  I have been working on a scarf for a dear sweet friend.  Trying to get a couple more things finished and I can send off my package. I have two more scarves to finish before I send it off.

I love this pattern.  It is a fun scarf to make and to wear. 

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Wednesday, January 12, 2011

First Project of 2011

We have been hit with our second big snowstorm here in the Northeast.  Just when the previous snow was all melting we accumulated another foot of snow.  While the weather outside is dreadful we stay indoors trying to keep the house warm.  I have been busy working on some crochet projects.  I have three scarves to finish for some friends.  My dear daughter wanted a new hat.  So the hands have been going as quickly as possible.  Of course, all of these enjoyable projects would be completed much sooner if it wasn't for the everyday fun of laundry, dishes, meals, vacuuming, and of course schoolwork. 

 The hat I completed for my daughter.

 These are a couple of afghans that I completed as Christmas gifts.  I love the cable pattern.  It was my first time working with this pattern and it was so easy.  It is actually from a book on baby afghans but I just used a thicker yarn to make them bulkier and warmer.  I made these for my great neighbors.
 Isn't this pattern beautiful.  I am thrilled with the crochet cables.

I am hoping to finish a few more projects this week and posting them ASAP.  Now if all this housework would just go away.  Maybe some cleaning fairies can invade my house.  LOL

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