Sunday, March 31, 2013

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Three Favorite Things

Number one:  A visit from a friend.
 Number two:  A lovely stitched pillow.
 And number three:  A lamp decorated with pretty crochet trim.
One of my very best friends arrived from Lebanon on Thursday, so in addition to fighting a cold this past week, I was cleaning and preparing for her visit.
Mona is a wonderful artist -- she can draw, paint, crochet, cross-stitch, sew.  And most of the time she does this without patterns.  I'm always amazed with the beautiful work she does and grateful that she bestows me with her wonderful handmade gifts.
Of course, more than anything, I value her friendship.
Today I am joining Claudia at Mockingbird Hill Cottage for A Favorite Thing.
Have a great day!

Wednesday, March 27, 2013


“Quiet is peace. Tranquility. Quiet is turning down the volume knob on life. Silence is pushing the off button. Shutting it down. All of it. - Amir” 
― Khaled HosseiniThe Kite Runner



Sunday, March 24, 2013

Stash Busting Sunday

The butterflies continue to multiply.
And a skinny scarf is in the works.
 But the weekend got busy so there wasn't much time for crochet.
Our beautiful Spring weather turned to clouds and a bit of drizzle yesterday.
Today we have dust.
So much for all that cleaning I did. 

 For more stash busting projects and ideas, visit Linda and Ana
Best wishes,

Friday, March 22, 2013

A Sunny Spring Day

Science has never drummed up quite as effective a tranquilizing agent as a sunny spring day.
 ~W. Earl Hall
I am going to try to pay attention to the spring. I am going to look around at all the flowers, and look up at the hectic trees. I am going to close my eyes and listen.
Anne Lamott
It was such a spring day as breathes into a man an ineffable yearning, a painful sweetness, a longing that makes him stand motionless, looking at the leaves or grass, and fling out his arms to embrace he knows not what.
After a week of all kinds of weather, today is absolutely beautiful.
There was much to see and hear as we wandered along on our morning walk.
Birds chasing butterflies.  Dragonflies and flowers.
Even a rooster, chicken and a duck.
To everyone surrounded by snow, I'm sending warm Spring wishes your way,

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Stash Busting With Bits

A little bit of yarn goes a long way when crocheting butterflies.
Pattern can be found here.
Hope you are having a happy day in your corner of the world.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

What a Difference a Day Makes

Weather is much improved today and so is my mood.
Upon reflection, the accident is not as bad as it seemed yesterday.
The boys and I are absolutely fine.
Yes, there is damage to both ends of the car but it's minimal.
My husband has had conversations with the woman and her husband.
Apparently she spoke highly of the way I composed myself.
And my husband has invited her husband to have coffee at his office.
Ha!  The irony!
All's well that ends well.
We can't control the actions of others but we can control how we handle ourselves.
There are swarms of butterflies all over the place right now and the birds and kitties are having a field day chasing them around.  It's so cute to watch all the acrobatics involved. 

I made a pineapple upside down cake using this recipe.  
And plan to have another night of happy crochet time.
 Have a terrific Tuesday!

Monday, March 18, 2013

Multitasking Doesn't Work

The weather has matched my mood the past two days.
Yesterday morning it took us an hour and a half to get to school.
It's normally a 20-30 minute drive but an accident on the highway backed up all the roadways.
This morning, we were the accident.
I could see that the lady behind me was looking way too comfortable behind the wheel.
Coffee cup in one hand, iPhone in the other.
She should have been home on her couch.
Traffic was at a standstill, but next thing I know, she hits the gas and slams me
right into the car in front.
 I shouldn't let it bother me.
A co-worker had to leave with his family last Wednesday night to South Africa because his father was killed in a car accident.
But I'm really tired of people thinking they can multitask in their car.
Especially when they are taking their own children to school.

This evening I gathered my supplies together.
 And crocheted the night away.
It takes about 2 hours to make a bunny.
But so worth it and just what I needed.

Blessings to all,

Sunday, March 17, 2013

St. Patrick's Day Stash Busting

Happy St. Patrick's Day!
We don't really celebrate around here and I don't eat corned beef,
but I did have cabbage for dinner.
I like to just boil it a little bit and then drizzle with white vinegar.
One of my favorite meals (though my family totally disagrees).
Sadly I have little to show for stash busting.
Over the weekend I managed to crochet a few shamrocks using this pattern.
Then made a card for a friend using the Irish Blessing graphic on the front and attaching a shamrock to the inside.
I also made another baby washcloth using an organic cotton.
It's a very pretty shade of green though it's not looking that way in the photo.
Linda posted last week that the stash busting challenge was actually mentioned in Let's Knit magazine.  That's pretty cool!
On my to-do list is another bunny.
In fact, I'd like to get several made before Easter rolls around so I'd better hop to it!
Have a great day!
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