Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Cable Scarf for Him

My hubby never asks me to make anything for him, but this year he had a request.  He asked for a scarf.  I wanted to find a yarn he would like and match it up with the perfect pattern.  I knew he didn't one a super chunky yarn and wool is too itchy for him.  So I chose this yarn and found this amazing pattern for free.  I am so thankful for all the amazing patterns that you can find on the web.

The completed scarf
The pattern was very easy to follow
I had learned this stitch previously from a book on baby afghans
The pattern and yarn are a good match

One day I will learn to knit cables but for now I am pleased with the outcome.
I am much more comfortable crocheting and reading crochet patterns.
I had not planned to start any new projects but hubby never makes requests.  I have a few projects to finish and a couple I planned some time ago.  Those will be next.  It may take some time with our new furry friend.    But I am trying to complete all my unfinished projects.
The last week and a half have been a blur.  
This little guy is so cute but quite the handful.  He is a terrier and has quickly earned the nickname terror.
We have to watch him every minute he is out of his crate.  But what a sweet little guy he is.  
Trying to keep him on schedule and homeschool has been quite a project. Our husky has also been sick and she has developed a cyst like last year.  I am not sure what causes this but we have to wait until she is better to address the cyst.  In the meantime she is determined to tear the cyst out herself.  She is currently wearing the "cone of shame" backwards to block her from that site.  It is quite a sight.

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Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Furry New Baby

We had a very fun weekend!!  Saturday we went out for a wonderful breakfast to celebrate my sister-in-law's birthday.  Then we visited the pet store.  I can't believe that it happened but a little puppy won my heart.  He is just so sweet and lovable.  Here he is sleeping in his crate with his toy.
He is a cairn terrier.  The same kind of dog as Toto on the Wizard of Oz.  We were trying to keep him out of the way and used a laundry basket but it wasn't working.  
He is so tiny.  Just over three pounds.
We had to get the little guy a sweater because he was shivering.
The transition has been tough.  He cries and barks in his crate at night.  Last night he was going crazy and not resting at all.  But look at this little face.  Isn't it precious???  Wouldn't his little face just win your heart??!!
So tiny but so full of energy.  We are working to crate train him and maybe he will settle down for the night.  Any and all tips are appreciated!!

Other than this little fellow the weekend was pretty quiet.  We watched the Patriots game on Saturday night and it was great.  
Sunday was a quiet day.  
Monday we took the holiday off from homeschooling.  Unfortunately, our son was sick, too.  Later in the evening our husky got sick.  So now we had to quarantine her so the other doggies don't get sick.
Today no school work as our son recuperates.  I feel like I'm coming down with something and haven't gotten much sleep the last couple of nights.  
Never a dull moment.
I'll keep you updated on the little guy's progress.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Snowmen and an Upcycled Frame

This week we had my nephews over for some fun time. 
The weather here has been very unseasonal.  Last year by this time we had over two feet of snow.  This year the temps have been staying near the 40 mark and we've had tons of rain.  I don't mind the higher temps but it is not good for my son's snowboarding classes.  They can hardly maintain snow.
But we'll make snowmen anyway.
We made these cute treats while my nephews were here.  They had fun.  I let them add whatever they wanted to their snowmen.
Pretty cute idea.  I saw it on Pinterest.  I haven't even started my own account yet but I can't help looking through all the fabulous ideas.
I upcycled a frame for my daughter.  We found this for $2 at a thrift store and I knew it would make a great jewelry holder.  She has a ton of jewelry.  I used some puff paint and added a design to the open space.
Then I dry brushed it with some black paint.
With E6000 glue I glued some fabric to plastic canvas.  
This fabric was a little remnant and although I wanted to center it, there wasn't enough of it.
Completed and stocked with jewelry.  I added some hooks on each side so she could hang her necklaces.

She loves it because now they are on display.

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Thursday, January 5, 2012

2011 Top 5

My favorite project of 2011 was the hutch transformation
This hutch belonged to my parents and I was so happy  to give it a new coat of paint and make it gorgeous.
Number 2 on the list is the Burlap Bulletin Board that had been on my to do list for far too long.
Number 3 is the fabulously spacious desk in our son's room.  

Number 4 is the incredibly ruffled skirt for my niece.  It was so sweet and I had fun making it.

Number 5 is the PB inspired bed for our son's room.

I would love to hear which one is your favorite.

As I went back through the posts for 2011 I was elated at the number of projects I completed this year.  It was a productive year and I'm looking forward to more in 2012.

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Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Twelve For 2012

Happy Belated New Year!!

I'm excited at the prospect of a new year.  A clean slate, a fresh start!!  

These last few years have been trying on our family.  We have suffered through a few difficult family losses.  Now the past is behind and I am looking forward to the new year with fresh eyes and excitement at the endless possibilities ahead.

I was inspired by Edie's post on reVolutions instead of resolutions. I am always inspired by her posts.  Who isn't??!!

~Here are my revolutions for this year~

I decided on twelve things for the year 2012

2012 Resoulutions

1.  Read at least 30 books~including 10 classics

2.  Exercise 4x’s a week

3.  Finish all the unfinished projects I have started~this will be a big one but one by one I will try

4.  Have more game time~not electronics

5.  Host some fabulous dinner parties~I have a couple of ideas swirling in my head

6.  Grow a larger garden this year and can at least one thing from my garden

7.  Grow flowers so I can fill my home with fresh, beautiful flowers

8.  Paint my mom’s kitchen cabinets

9.  Learn Tunisian Crochet

10.  Make lists each day to help keep me focused before the day gets away from me and I don’t know what I’ve accomplished

11.  Purge~clean out all the extras that clutter and are not needed

12.  Revamp our living room~it is in need of some help~new paint, rearrange our furniture, new window treatments.  This will be a big project that I will need to tackle in little chunks.

I realize that I may not accomplish all of these goals but it's a start.  A plan for the upcoming year.  A place to start, a vision.

I am beginning today with some purging and there are three bags on their way to charity. A good start for this new year.

If you haven't read Edie's amazing post please stop by.  You won't regret it.

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