Saturday, August 5, 2017

Learning to Sew Again

It's been quite some time since I learned to sew and whipped up just a few little things.  Making this bonnet felt like learning all over again, but it was almost like riding a bike and quickly came back to me.  I have been eyeing Briar bonnets ever since I first saw them, but haven't had the money to spend on them for my fast growing little boy.  Instead, I found a free tutorial over at Purl Soho and made my own using some organic cotton bought with a coupon at Jo Ann Fabrics.  Not quite the same, but still oh, so sweet!   As you can see, I hadn't pressed the finished product (I didn't have an ironing board at the time), but it's still pretty darn cute.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

While I Was Away

It's sad to say, but in the busyness of divorce, marriage, baby and three moves, I mostly gave up crafting for a while.  A handful of baby things is about all I have to show for the last three years, but boy was that sweet little babe worth it.

The project pictured here (photos by Stephanie Crawford Photography) is The Kumfy Schlutti gown along with The Small Things Bonnet.  Both are knit up in Little Fox Yarn in Vulpine DK in the colorway Nightfall.  A couple of darling little chicken buttons were the perfect finish.

Project page here. 

Sunday, July 30, 2017

A Wedding

December 11, 2016.  It wasn't an extravagant, expensive wedding full of guests on the edges of their seats. The beautiful wood benches in the old church sat empty that day.  It was just the six of us - Sam and I, our dear friend the preacher, my sister with a camera, Mom sitting in the parking lot, and God with us in spirit.  There were wormy chestnut walls, a few pretty flowers, icecicles on the mill and a chill in the air.  And love... there was so much love.  It was a perfect wedding, followed by a quick trip to the ocean and a few months later, a sweet baby boy.  We are so blessed.

Saturday, July 29, 2017


Photo by Stephanie Crawford Photography

Sometimes things happen in our lives that we never anticipated, both for the good and for the bad.  I never thought I'd come nose to nose with divorce.  Never thought I'd remarry a man more than twice my age (or anyone for that matter).  Never imagined we'd have such a beautiful baby boy.  Of course there are regrets, labels and shame, but this is what my family looks like now and for that I am so very grateful. 

Friday, April 24, 2015

Hunting for Miracles

The redbuds are blooming, the May apples are up and that can only mean one thing - the miracles are just waiting to be found!  For those of you who aren't familiar with miracles (merkels/morels), they're an elusive but very delicious breed of mushrooms.  Yesterday we rounded up the family and went out searching.  It appears this year is going to be a good one for miracles - we went home with a good sized mess of mushrooms to fry.  If you're lucky enough to find miracles large enough to stuff, they're absolutely delicious stuffed with a mixture of hamburger, sausage, cheese and onion and then floured and fried.  I can't wait to eat these yummies tomorrow!

Side story... One of my first dates with the farmer consisted of bear hunting on this farm known as The Finch Place.  When I went home and told Daddy about our date, he realized that the farm we went to was my Great Great Grandaddy's home place. Small world!  Someday the farmer and I hope to build a house on the Finch Farm that resembles the old Finch farmhouse and make our homestead there. 

I tried to gather some of this pink trillium to take home, but they wilted too soon.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Meeting Leo

My baby Annabelle had her baby this week.  Meet Leo!  He got off to a very rough start, but is showing progress little by little.  My sister chose his name and while it isn't my favorite, her reasoning fit. Leo means lion, and this little guy needed a strong name .  When we arrived at the farm today to meet Leo for the first time, he was sprawled out on his side and appeared lifeless. It was a heartbreaking sight.  Though my farmer had tried and tried to get him to suckle and stand, it had made no difference. I always tell him that a little lovin' and a reason to live can make a huge difference in the life of a suffering animal, but he always dismisses me as a crazed animal lover. Well, this little 30 lb. fella is living proof!  Not 30 minutes after some neck scratches and forehead kisses, this little guy  not only stood up, but started (wobbly) chasing my sister across the lawn and head butting/sucking on anyone he could catch! My hope is that little Leo will soon be well enough to be reunited with his Mama. As we prepare to build a fence and put a gate on the shed to house these two sweeties, my dream of having a family milk cow seems closer than ever!  Without further ado, little Leo!
I just love it when he wrinkles his sweet little nose!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Yarn Along

Joining with Ginny at Small Things for today's Yarn Along!

I'm still working on my test knit of Portage from Dandilion Girl Designs.  It's going to be a Christmas gift for my sweet sister and it suits her perfectly.  The deadline is a week from today, so I hope to have finished object photos by then!  I'm just so glad to be finished with all that honeycomb/ribbing and working on garter/stockinette so I can catch up on some Christmas movies & BBC Masterpiece Classics whilst knitting.

I also started a little chicken jumper for my sweet hen Plucky who has a bare butt.  Poor girl is at the bottom of the pecking order and refuses to stand up for herself, so I try to take extra good care of her.  

Not much in the way of reading for me as of late.  Mostly job descriptions and applications.  I do, however, plan to grab a copy of Ann Voskamp's Advent Devotional pronto to read through December.

The gorgeous plum skein in the first photo is next to be cast on.  It's destined to be another Mullspice hat for my dear friend Mary.  Since I never blogged that one, here's a photo of my first version:

I'm pretty sure I'll be giving it to my sis (the model) because, seriously... look at how well it matches those gorgeous brown eyes!? Sigh.  Maybe I'll make one for me someday :)