Friday, December 16, 2011

Baby Doll

a baby doll for the baby. and one for her cousin. (since they are only seven weeks apart.)

the velour was a little tricky for me to work with on this size doll. she measures just under 12 inches.

but oh, how i love their sweet faces!

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Pecan People

{by isaac, age 10}

i love the things children create.

Friday, December 9, 2011


it's been awhile. i'll bet you are famished! (i was supposed to post these pictures before thanksgiving. it just goes to show that i am busy making, right?)

my boy, isaac, loves chicken legs. hopefully, even the crocheted variety.

the patterns are from the book tasty crochet by rose langlitz. i also put it on ravelry.

Monday, November 14, 2011


now that we've had some breakfast, how about some lunch?

the choice is between peanut butter and jelly or salami and swiss on wheat bread. enjoy!

Monday, November 7, 2011


less than 7 weeks before December 25. time to get busy!

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Birthday PowWow

they were supposed to turn out like these cupcakes. they did not.

probably because after i demolished all but four sugar cones, and then having those four sugar cones topple over in the oven, i was done. so they turned out like this:

luckily, the headbands turned out.

and the rock painting.

happy birthday, my brave.

Fall Break Painting

remind me that when i get the idea to let my children help me paint something in our home i need to:

1. not think i can paint at the same time
2. not answer the phone and talk to my sister

i decided to paint a wall last week while the childs were home for fall break. the inspiration for the workroom is this photo. i am loving yellow.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Solid Granny Square Pattern

this project is kind of a make-up-as-i-go-along sort of thing. so i'm not quite sure on the yardage just yet. or the exact number of solid squares i will be crocheting (right now, i'm figuring 126 solids). my intent is to make up a formal pattern when i'm completely finished. my pictures show a left-hand view.

you will need:

size j crochet hook
worsted weight yarn 

beg = beginning
ch = chain
dc = double crochet
sl st = slip stitch
sp = space

here's how i crochet them (and i will warn you this could get messy):

Ch 4, join with a sl st in first ch to form a ring.

Round 1: Ch 3 (counts as first dc), work 2 dc in ring, [ch 2, work 3 dc in ring] 3 times, ch 2. Join with sl st to top of beg ch 3.

Round 2: Ch 4 (counts as last dc and ch 1 sp for this round), [in next ch 2 sp work (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc, ch 1)] 3 times for three corners. In last ch 2 sp work (3 dc, ch 2, 2 dc). Join with sl st in the third ch of the beg ch 4.

Round 3: Ch 3, in ch 1 sp work 2 dc, ch 1. [In the next ch 2 sp work (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) ch 1, work 3 dc in next ch 1 sp, ch 1] 3 times for three corners. In last ch 2 sp work (3 dc, ch2, 3 dc) ch 1. Join with sl st to top of beg ch 3. Fasten off.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Granny Squares

i'm starting a new project. this one may take awhile.

i'm planning on making enough granny squares for an afghan. not all white though. some of them will have color.

Sunday, October 2, 2011


my sister, my husband, my mom, and my brother all ran 26.2 miles over the weekend. AMAZING!

we also spent time listening to this.

Thursday, September 29, 2011


we took a little trip to the lake today. (or the ocean or the pond.)

we went looking for driftwood. so that we could paint it.

it was a great end-of-september day.

inspired by this photo.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Wood Gathering

our wood pile is growing.

after a few truckloads and a couple of failed attempts, we're hoping to stay nice and cozy this winter.

p.s. i was reading designmom today, and a sentence from this post jumped off the page, right into my heart.
"sometimes, all you need is a person to bounce ideas off and respond with confidence."

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Fingernail Fun

we've been collecting nail art as of late. and the resident twelve year old is painting up a storm!

photo courtesy of

aryn found a fun site on youtube with lots of tutorials. she even talked me into letting her paint my toenails... after watching this one:

we didn't have the orange color, so she used purple. it didn't quite turn out like the video, but i think she had fun practicing!

Friday, September 16, 2011

5, 475

gene and i celebrated 15 years of marriage on wednesday.
this weekend, we are going to sneak away for some time together.

did you know there are 5,475 days in 15 years?

Friday, September 9, 2011


sometimes... when the house is full, i like to go outside. to be by myself.

to think and to water the garden.

sometimes... that doesn't last very long.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Wild Turkeys

these are the wild turkeys that have been roaming our neighborhood.

early in the morning, we usually get to see them in the horse field on the way to school. later we see them running through the different neighbors' yards.

it is such an unexpected treat to see. (this is the first year since we've lived here that we've seen the turkeys.)

i think it's a mommy with nine not-so-little babies. it causes me to reflect on my own five wild turkeys!

and i just want to share a wonderful blog i've been reading since april...Schlitzohren. i love her beautiful style.


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