Thursday, April 23, 2009

Swap Treasures

I was recently in a swap with Grace from Lovin Comfort Knits - she had so many goodies in the package. There was Jersey Girl chocolate bars(to die for)!, 2 teas(one bagged, one loose), Peach candies, calendar, a novel, two knitting pattern - the cozy one is amazing, stitch markers a few little freebies and of course 2 skeins of my absolute favorite dishcloth cotton - Peaches and Cream. The one colour Fiesta Ombre I have never had before so it was quite a treat.

Grace is a very talented knitter and she works a lot on designing shawls - I have to get the pattern and yarn as soon as I am off my 'yarn diet'! Pop by and see all her beautiful knitting - she has some free patterns available as well on her blog.

Then there were the cloths that she made me - so beautiful and she made me four!This one is Beeeeutiful! I love bees(well not real ones), but my name actually means 'Honeybee' so I thought this was quite special and of course it's in yellow which is my favorite kitchen colour. I'm about to paint my kitchen this spring, in you guessed it yellow.

A cute pink flower - a nice peachy pink.

A tulip - I love tulips, one of my favorite flowers!

And last but not least a green starfish!

Thanks so much Grace, it was so much fun swapping with you. I enjoyed putting together your swap parcel, it was so much fun!

Monday, April 20, 2009

Monday Ramblings

DH is home sick today - it seems that our DD had that lasted over 3 weeks hit him, not good as it's a busy work week for him. Thankfully he was able to stay home in bed today and look who HAD to join him, that's right - Oliver. It looks to me like he really didn't have to do much to get Oliver to snuggle with him in the big bed. He looks like he is in doggy heaven.

It almost makes me forget how he dove at my bowl of apple crisp last night - almost!

So I had a quiet lunch in the park. Well it's too cool to eat outside yet but I ran and got a Timmie's sandwich and a cool Iced Cap and sat and listened to an audio book(Sense and Sensibility) and did some knitting. The geese are out and about, a good sign spring is here. Lucky geese, I didn't finish my sandwich and I shared the rest of my bread with them. They seemed to really enjoy it. They were really cautious at first but once the realized I had tossed some bread out they made sure to enjoy it. Well, except for a few crumbs - they left some small crumbs that Ms. Sparrow thought were just her size and she cleaned up the rest. I wasn't expecting her visit so there are no pictures but she sure looked cute eating up the leftover crumbs.

Friday, April 17, 2009

5 Things

Grace tagged me with this Friday Meme
Friday's Question.....
If you had all the money in the world what 5 things would you do first with your money?
  • Pay off all our debts, mortgage etc. and help any family members do the same. Making sure my kids were set - buying my sister a House and a car, putting AC in my in-law's home and giving them money for whatever they need/want.
  • Select a village in need and foster-care for it until it was able to be independent. The dream would be to do many of these projects and raise funds of which 100% would all go toward the villages in need.
  • Create affordable housing by purchasing homes in older neighborhoods and get plans in motion to create a trust fund to fund the renovations - these homes would be offered to low-income working families who would pay a reduced mortgage and eventually own the home out right.
  • Buy a home in Lakeview(a nice area of my city) as well as build a log cabin nestled in the interior of Beautiful British Columbia. It would feature a loft bedroom, large kitchen that opened up to a big living room with fireplace. I'd love the furniture to also be made out of logs to give it a rustic appeal - the stove would be antique looking(I love the look of old stoves) - nice big porch in front and back to sit and drink my morning tea and knit - a nice big fenced area for Oliver to run and play, maybe with his friend Piper if we ever get him a new pup to play with.
  • Travel - oh to travel! There are so many places I'd love to go - I'd love to have vacation homes in my favorite places such as Tuscany, England, Ireland, Hawaii(perhaps - or somewhere tropical). I'd travel and shop for wool all over the world to bring back to sit on my porch with and knit, knit and knit!
  • Shop - I have to add shop, for new clothes, shoes and of course yarn and new furnishings for the homes listed above - maybe a makeover!
Oh - it is so fun to dream isn't it!

NOW your turn to answer the question I am going to choose 4 people ..YOU CAN CHOOSE how many people you want to do this. ~I have a hard time remembering who likes/doesn't like to do meme's, if you want to play along leave a comment and I'll pop by and see your list!

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Pampering the Kitchen & Bath

These are some of my bath pampering washcloths. The top one is the Not Your Average Washcloth, the pattern is in the 100 One Skein Wonders book. It calls for using Rowan Handknit Cotton, which is just wonderful. These make cloths too soft for the dishes so they are washcloths, the best part you get 2 for each ball of cotton which is a great deal. The others are made with different bamboos - although I just realized the pink one has some acrylic in it, I'm not sure how that will work - we'll see. The mini cloth is my facial scrubbers. There is usually enough leftover from making a washcloth to get at least one or two of the mini cloths, they are great for night time cleansing rituals.
These are two I made for my MIL - the first is 'Gift of Time', I love the open lace middle - just a beauty of a cloth and would make any kitchen happy - this is also special enough to become a facecloth with the right cotton of course. The second is the 'Yarn Over Cable Cloth' and I have to say not only is it pretty but it is also one quick cloth to knit up, in just over an hour you'll have a pretty cloth to use in the kitchen or bath.

Tuesday, April 07, 2009

My Vineyard

This cloth was so much fun to make and with only 2 repeats of the pattern it seems to knit up fairly quickly as well. I think the colour really suited the pattern. I'd like to try it in other colours as well. This one is for the dishcloth bundle I am knitting up for my mother-in-law to match her kithen colours.
NOTE: The link for the pattern doesn't work in Firefox you need to use Internet Explorer for it to open up, then there is a window on the sidebar, select Vignes(the first part is all in French, but don't worry they translated it into English at the bottom).
Happy Knitting
See it on Ravelry

Monday, April 06, 2009

Feeling Inspired

What do you do when you can't sleep and it's 2 a.m. and your DH is away for the night? Well read and discover new blogs of course! The only down side is I was reading on my blackberry in the dark so leaving comments wasn't possible - but I did find a couple of new blogs to read. I love to find blogs that inspire me to be more domestic. Ok, I do knit a little lot but I am not that domestic in other ways.

I love reading blogs with recipes and seeing beautiful decorating and craft ideas. When I'm bored of where to go next and I've read all the blogs I know about I start stalking looking at my friends blog lists and it never fails that I can find some great reads.

I stumbled upon a Friend to knit with and she is great to read - not only does she have her knitting to inspire me but great cookie recipes posted regularly and some sewing. Recently I've discovered a burning desire to start sewing again. I haven't sewn in years. I used to sew all the kids costumes and make them some outfits, not to mention barbie clothes - oh the barbie clothes!

Even though I didn't get to sleep until 3:30'ish thanks in part to my DD wandering around the house asking to switch loads in the laundry at 2am and discovering she'd been talking at the phone at 1:30 a.m. - then Oliver whom I love to death woke me up at 6:30. So considering that I think I was pretty domestic.

I went through and gathered all the recycling that had piled up over the cold months and hauled it away. I wish we had all the receptacles in one place. I had to drive to one spot for milk and it's not that close, there are paper recycling bins everywhere! Ok, then I gave the kitchen a good clean. I'm trying to maintain a clean stove top - I can't stand when the stove looks dirty and when the kids are in charge of dishes/clean up they barely do the dishes properly. I actually enjoyed the dish washing by hand and tidying. I put a loaf of multi grain bread in the bread maker and sat and did some knitting.

We are finally starting to see signs of spring and it's such a nice treat to have the windows open and get the fresh air inside. It really changes the outlook as the weather warms up. Now I have made plans to paint the kitchen. I want to go to a buttery yellow colour - then it will be new curtains and new linens for the table.

I just cast on for another dishcloth. I am making my MIL a half dozen cloths to give to her at Easter and this one really is quite pretty. I did make a small mod to it and only cast on 38 stitches as I think the cloth would be too big for me and my gauge with 53. So far I am really enjoying it. In the meantime I am working on this afghan as an anniversary gift for our 20th. The dishcloths help break up any monotony I may feel with a long term project like a knit afghan knit all in one piece(oh but the end will be so worth it when it comes time for finishing)! ;)

Now I am scouring the internet for Hot Cross Bun recipes and Easter egg decorating ideas. Tonight we are making homemade mac & cheese with a recipe given to me from my SIL - it's not so much a recipe as a 'basic how to' so I'm excited to try it. For some reason I've been craving this since yesterday. If it turns out I'll put up the recipe later this week.

On another note, we rented 'Marley & Me' and it was an awesome movie. The book, which I had started reading but haven't finished has much more detail of how much trouble Marley got into but they did a great job with the movie. I actually got the whole family to sit and watch it and that is saying something as usually one or both of the kids ditch us part way through.

Thursday, April 02, 2009

Could have been a Wordless Wednesday

Taken on my way to work this morning. There was really slow traffic on Broadway Avenue. We were patient and waiting to see what the trouble was and as we waited first a big truck and then this minivan pictured here went up onto the sidewalk to get around the traffic problem.

It turns out a young girl had stalled - instead of asking if she needed assistance these 'men' decided to do something really stupid and drive along the sidewalk.

This is probably one of the stupidest things I've seen someone do - thank goodness for my cell phone camera - now I can share it with you!