Monday, November 24, 2014

Moody, Musical, Mandala Monday

Sky watching, like bird watching, is much better than anything you can find on tv.
Our weather was very moody today ... from cool to warm with puffy white clouds and stormy dark ones.  
We even had a little rain which made the plants very happy.
Seeing as I haven't watched tv in a year and a half and am totally out of the loop on so many things, I had not heard of Pentatonix until I saw a post on Catherine's blog.
I've just spent the whole evening listening to their songs on YouTube.  Their voices are incredible and harmonize so well together. 
This first granny mini-mandala was finished last week using a pattern from Zooty Owl.
I like these colors a lot.
 But not so sure about this one.  
A true stash-busting project if I ever saw one.  

Have a great week.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Stashbusting Sunday: Giant Granny and Little Leaves

A giant granny square is my most recent project.
Some of the yarn was bought 2 years ago by my husband while on a business trip in Bangkok.  I figured it was about time I put it to good use.
 With the leftover bits, I've made a few Autumn leaves.
Which have then been used to embellish gift bags.
You can find the leaf pattern here.

If you enjoy fiber art and learning about different cultures, then you should visit Around the World in 80 Skeins,a blog tour of fiber art designers. Maya at Little Treasures recently participated and shared her beautiful country of Macedonia.

Thanks, Linda, for hosting the stash-buster party.
Best wishes,

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Feathered Acrobats

Yesterday morning after the drizzly rain, the bulbuls were putting on an acrobatic show as they tried to get to the juicy brown dates still clinging to the palm trees.

While the doves just sat by quietly ... 
watching ...
 as still as could be.
I am feeling very tired after 4 hours of cleaning so plan to sit here quietly for a while visiting all of you.
Best wishes and blessings,

Friday, November 21, 2014


A 6:30 a.m. drive to the cemetery this morning.
Where we placed rocks on the graves of my mother-in-law, father-in-law and a family friend who passed away a couple of weeks ago.
On the way back we stopped for plants.
And bought falafel for breakfast.
It's been a dark and gloomy day.
 With drizzly rain a few times.
Perfect weather for soup.
Spicy lentil & spinach with pumpkin sage biscuits.
And a whole lot of nothing else.
Happy Friday to all!

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Using the Good Camera

I was very disappointed recently when the house across the street was torn down and all the trees surrounding it were removed.  Huge palm trees and another big tree that have been there since we moved here 13 years ago.  There's a lot of building going on right now, and unfortunately, people seem to think bigger is better.  They don't care to leave room for green spaces which to me is very, very sad.
I am so grateful that I have two balconies that allow me to surround myself with greenery.
 Jingles is very happy, too, as she gets to explore and enjoy the great outdoors.
Thankfully, we still have some trees in our block.  Early morning and just before dusk are my favorite times of day for one of my favorite activities ... 

The birds are at their liveliest then as it is the best time for them to find food.  They are fascinating to watch.

It's also about the only time I actually use my good camera.

Now that the winter months are upon us, it gets dark very early.  My body has yet to adjust.  The sun sets at 5:00 p.m. and by 7:00 p.m. my brain is telling me it's time to go to bed.  
I wish days and weekends lasted a whole lot longer.
Hope you are enjoying yours!

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Stashbusting Sunday: Pumpkins and a recipe

'Tis the season for pumpkin everything.
I crocheted these little pumpkin embellishments last month but never had a chance to post about them.
Pattern can be found here.

And made a little jack-o-lantern treat bag for Halloween.
With Thanksgiving a few weeks away, there's still time for more pumpkin making.
I used one of the pumpkin embellishments along with free papers from Mollie Makes to create a simple little gift tag.  
After posting it to my Instagram account, I was contacted by Mollie Makes about the possibility of it being used as a diy on their blog.

   The pattern for this stuffed pumpkin can be found at My Merry Messy Life.
So quick and easy to make.
I did less rows for the smaller one.

And finally, vegan pumpkin beer bread.
A versatile, very moist bread, a little sweet, a little savory.  I had it for breakfast with coffee and also with curried vegetable soup for lunch or dinner.
Recipe is from The Frosted Vegan.

Linda's Crafty Corner is where you can find more stashbusting posts.  Linda recently informed me that my flower mandala coasters was the most clicked post in September.
Thanks, Linda, for hosting.


Have a great day!
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