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September 16, 2014

yarnchick40:

Hey y’all, this is as good of a time as any to introduce you to my friend Jennifer in the great northwest of the US. If you haven’t met her yet, stop on by because she is incredibly smart, funny, talented and I might add, INSPIRING!

Originally posted on Two Frogs and a Grasshopper:

I know, I find it a little shocking myself, but occasionally people tell me this. And to you people I say, “Thank you.” Specifically this time to my blogger friend, Elle of Erratic Project Junkie, who nominated me for a Very Inspiring Blogger Award. Not only did she nominate me, but she did it in the midst of my blogging slothdom. I hardly felt inspiring at that moment, but it was a good catalyst for getting back in the game. So I owe you two thank yous, Elle — one for the award and one for the kick in the pants. If you like my blog, there’s a pretty high likelihood that you’ll like hers as well. She is also eclectic in her craftiness, plus, she and her stepson are voracious readers and post some entertaining book reviews. Go check her out!

And now on to the award stuff…

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food:: frozen or dried herbs?

September 14, 2014
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It’s time to harvest my herbs from the garden and I can’t decide what to do.

Freeze them or dry them?

basil

 We came incredibly close to our first frost this weekend, so I MUST CHOOSE WISELY ASAP.

crochet:: hooker storage

September 5, 2014
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My friend Jane over at Rainbow Junkie Corner makes these great crochet hook cases and shared a free pattern recently.

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As we all know  I love rainbows of yarn, so when I saw it I knew I had to make one.

As we all know also,  I have way too many WiPs going on to make the rainbowy one for myself so I made this one for Martha’s birthday.  She loves all that is blue &white.

Yeah, I was entirely too lazy to fill it with hooks for a photo shoot.  I need to work on that.

hook case 2

A BIG THANKS goes out to Jane ~ fun, quick & easy pattern for a lovely useful object :)

crochet:: an update and the next big thing

September 2, 2014

As I near the end of Frankie’s Amazing Technicolor Dreamghan…

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of course I have to find another massive project to fill my winter months…

glider

Yes, I saved this glider from the dumpster.  I really need to quit doing stuff like that.

Frank helped me cut out the old seat webbing, and get it all cleaned up.

Now it’s time for me to design some yarnbombing.

I’m currently undecided if it will be acrylic yarn or nylon cord.  I’m leaning towards nylon cord for longevity, but the color choices aren’t as fun as I’d hope.  Hmmm, sounds like I need to do some retail therapy :)

Make today ridiculously amazing!

crochet:: husker football season is fast approaching

August 21, 2014

I’m working on ideas for my annual Husker hat design.

husker flap hat 1

~not 100% sure this is it yet, it’s just not edgy enough…a little too sweet~

husker flap hat 2

Miss Cortini, my second model wants me to add some Blackshirt detail.  I think she’s right.  They deserve a nod…they always deserve a nod.

Go Huskers :)

crochet:: calm amidst the chaos

August 19, 2014

Gotta love Miss Cali.  No matter what mess surrounds a cat, they can always nap.

WiPs crochet

All the while I am stressing that I’m in the middle of 7 WiPs that really need to get finished up.

My she-cave was commandeered by a weight bench & a treadmill.  I just keep making the living room a stronger and stronger case for the boys to give up the rec room downstairs to make into my studio.

life:: sometimes you just can’t go home

August 17, 2014

Sometimes revisiting your old stomping grounds can just make you sad.

Recently, Frankie had to go home to Ohio for a funeral and like every time we go home, he stopped by to see our old house.  We lived there for a very long time and it was our safe place, our hideaway in the woods, our place to find peace from the chaos of the world.  We lived in Shawnee State Forest in the foothills to the Appalachian Mountains and it was a haven for too many reasons for me to blather on and on about.  Suffice it to say, it was where we healed from very traumatic events in both our lives and became the best of friends and learned to move forward.  ‘Nuff said there.

Our beautiful 20 acres was bought by an entrepeneur who saw the potential we always had, but he had the money to make it happen.  He turned our corner of the world into a beautiful wedding garden and reception hall and threw outrageously fabulous weddings.  FYI, we got married in our front yard 10 years previous to that, and the photo ops were stunning.

Our old farmhouse always stayed as the caretaker’s home behind the scenes.

Fast forward 10 more years later, and the entrepeneur lost his millions in the Great Recession a few years ago and now has all but abandoned the business.  Our old property is on the market again for many 100’s of thousands of dollars more than we sold it for back in 2002.  Although we would love to buy it back, we are love rich and cash poor.

So back to his stop there last month…

He took gobs of photos, but they are so incredibly sad.  The old place is no longer as we remember it…overgrown…falling apart…totally neglected.

I went through all the photos over and over and decided to only keep the not-so-sad…the ones that can still remind me of home.

old house 2014

~from this angle it’s not quite so bad, and my Granma Amy’s snowball bush is in the foreground and flourishing~

our creek 2014

~our mountain runoff creek is still wild and sun-dappled and just as I recall~

loveseat 2014

~and my ‘loveseat’ rock that Frankie hoisted up & out of the creek to sit and contemplate life, while extremely overgrown, is still there on the creek bank~

 Edited to add::

After writing this post, I needed to see some shots of my old life in Ohio.  This is how I remember our creek and our loveseat.

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Think happy thoughts and make today ridiculously amazing!

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