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I am a work from home, home schooling Mom who loves her Kids...yep, I think my kids are great. You will find me: Knitting, cross stitch, embroidery and working with felt are things I enjoy for fun. I also love to decorate and find deep satisfaction in decorating my home with great finds and my handmade items.  Gardening is one of my great loves, it like decorating outside!

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Thursday, January 27, 2011

Knitted Lace Pattern


I have a pair of pants that are floods and I never wear them.  So I decided to fiddle with my needles and come up with a lace pattern to attach to my pants.  And here it is...




Knitted Lace Pattern

Materials 
Cotton Yarn 4 ply Worsted Weight (I used Peaches & Creme Black)
Size 5 needles
Darning needle

Instructions
Cast on 5
Row 1: K1, yo, k2tog, yo, k2
Row 2 and every even row:  Knit
Row 3: K1, *yo, k2tog* repeat twice, yo, k1
Row 5: K1, *yo, k2tog* repeat twice, yo, k2
Row 7: K1, *yo, k2tog* repeat three times, yo, k1
Row 9: K1, *yo, k2tog* repeat three times, yo, k2
Row 11: K1, *yo, k2tog* repeat four times, yo, k1
Row 13: K1, *yo, k2tog* repeat four times, yo, K2
Row 15: Bind off 8, 1st on right needle, yo, k2, yo, k1
Row 16: Knit
Start over and repeat these sixteen rows until you reach your desired length then bind off and weave in the ends. 

I then attached the lace to my pants using cotton thread.   Adding over two inches to my pants.  I am flooding no more.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Wonderful Word Wednesday




Difficult times have helped me
to understand better than before how infinitely rich and beautiful life is
in every way
and that so many things that one goes worrying about
are of no importance whatsoever.
                                                    -Isak Dinesen

Monday, January 24, 2011

Easy Sweet Potato Pie Recipe

I am a Pie person.  They are easy to make, and easy to make healthy and usually make out of veggie or fruit.  So I usually have one sitting around cooling off.

Easy Pumpkin Pie

1 Cup plain yogurt
1/2 cup  date sugar (brown sugar if you cant find date)
2 eggs
1 t Cinnamon
2 medium sweet potatoes (boiled, peeled, mashed)

3/4 t nutmeg
1/8 t ground cloves
1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup molasses

Preheat oven to 350.  Mix ingredients and pour into a pie shell.  Bake 50-60 minutes or until a knife comes out clean.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Heart to Heart Book Marker

 This was an afterthought...but I still wanted to share the pattern.  We needed something other than a recipt or a torn piece of paper to hold our place in the evening read...not to mention the school work reads.  So there will be more book markers forth coming.

Heart to Heart Book Marker

Materials

Left over finger weight yarn
Size 2 needles
Darning needle


Instructions
CO 20
Knit 4 rows

Row 1: k7,yo,sl 2 knitwise, k1, pass the 2 slipped stitches over , yo,k1, yo,sl 2 knitwise, k1, pass the 2 slipped stitches over,yo, k6
Row 2: and every even row: k4, P12,K4
Row 3: k5, k2tog, yo, k3,yo, sl 1 knitwise, k1, pass slipped stitch over, k2, yo, sl 1 knitwise, k1, pass slipped stitch over, k4
Row 5: k5, k2tog, yo, k3,yo, sl 1 knitwise, k1, pass slipped stitch over, k2, yo, sl 1 knitwise, k1, pass slipped stitch over, k4
Row 7: k4, yo, k1, k2tog, yo, knit 5, yo, sl 1 knitwise, k1, pass slipped stitch over, sl 1 knitwise, k1, pass slipped stitch over, k4
Row 9: k4, yo, k2tog, k2tog, yo, k4, yo, sl 1 knitwise, k1, pass slipped stitch over, sl 1 knitwise, k1, pass slipped stitch over, yo, k4
Row 11: k6, yo, k2tog, k2tog, yo, k1, yo, sl 1 knitwise, k1, pass slipped stitch over, sl 1 knitwise, k1, pass slipped stitch over, yo, k5
Row13: k7, yo, k2tog, k1, yo, sl 1 knitwise, k1, pass slipped stitch over, sl 1 knitwise, k1, pass slipped stitch over, yo, k6
Row 15: k8, yo, k2tog, k1, sl 1, knitwise, k1, pass slipped stitch over, yo, k7
Row 17: k8, yo, k2tog, k1, k2tog, yo, k7
Row 18: k4, p12, k4

Repeat rows 1-18: 3 more times

Next: k 4 rows and bind off.  weave in ends.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Wonderful Word Wednesday

Perhaps if one really knew when one was happy 
one wold know the things that were necessary for one's life.
                                                              -Joana Field

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Guess Who is Home

CASPIAN!
Thank you all for your prayers, good vibes, positive energy, love and well wishing...it really helped.  He looks like a rag muffin.  But he is eating, drinking and he even worked up the energy to wash his own face.  Most of the time he sleeps.  We are hoping for a full recovery and are very happy to have him home.  Poor thing doesn't like his new food and the other cat is suffering through it as well.  But Lucky gets up early with me and I sneak him into a room that I can close the door and give him some special cat food.
As you can see (from the fat gut) he is suffering from it.  He is much bigger than this photo...this was taken in the summer when he looses the gut.  He fattens up in the winter.
But we are happy to have Caspian home so we can love him.




Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Chain of Love Scarf Pattern

Check out my new pattern Chain of Love Scarf Pattern just in time for Valentines day and the one you love



Wonderful Word Wednesday

Advice From a Tree

 Stand Tall and Proud!

 Think Long Term

                                                       Reflect the Light of your own True Nature!                                                                                                    
Go out on a Limb

Sink your Roots Deeply into the Earth
                                                                  Remember your Roots

Seek Nourishment from the good things in life
Remember you place among all Living beings
Embrace with Joy the changing Seasons For Each Yields its own Abundance
The energy and Birth of Spring! 
 The Growth and Contentment of Summer 
                                    
 The Wisdom to  Let go like Leaves in the Fall

            The Rest and Quiet Renewal of  Winter          
                                                                                                              
                                                                  Simple pleasures
                                                                         Earth,  
                                                                       Fresh Air,                                    
                                                                         Light.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            By: Ilan Shamir                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Yummy Sanwiches

I wanted to share one of our favorite lunches...lunches always seem to be the hardest to get creative with.  Especially when you are trying to keep it healthy and tasty for a six year old.  Alex will eat about anything...thank goodness.

Hummus Veggie Sandwiches

Hummus
Cream Cheese
Carrot cut into matchsticks
Cherry tomatoes
Cucumbers
Mixed green Salad
Goat Cheese, feta or mozzarella
Pita bread or tortillas for roll ups



Spread hummus on one side of pita and cream cheese on the other, stuff with the veggie and top with cheese of your choice.  Serve cut up veggies with the hummus.

Monday, January 10, 2011

SNOWED IN IN THE SOUTH

Alex wanted to put food out for the birds...he made a mad dash out and back in...in his red jammies...he is going to kill me for this one.
 This is the view from my kitchen window...I saw him going out and I just couldn't resist...such things I see when I am making bread.
 Trinity headed out with her brother...she was in charge of the back yard stash of snowballs...
 They are going to get Daddy out this afternoon and unleash their snowballs...still getting a great view from my kitchen...hopefully they will get him outside my window...if I don't join them.

The birds have been grateful for the extra food...they even liked the left over pancakes.  We have had so many different birds...they look like ornaments.

Friday, January 7, 2011

Prayers for Caspian

Our dear sweet Caspian is in trouble again. 
 
 We are not sure what is going on.  I had been treating him for ear mites (he had black goo in his ears) to no avail, so I took him to the vet.
 
 They said he had allergies, gave him a shot and gave me ear drops.  His head started tilting and he had trouble walking, he quit eating and drinking. 
I took him back to the vet they said he was having a reaction to the medication and was dehydrated.  He has been there over a week now.  He has an IV for fluids and they have started force feeding him.  They have been running test and cannot find what is wrong with him.  They are going to give him an appetite stimulant to see if he will eat on his own. 
Prayers, positive energy and love...for our dear Cat are greatly needed.  Prayers for the vets to find out what is going on with him as well. 
He is such a dear boy, everything we do for him he has been so grateful for.  Relishing in our love, attention and a soft warm, safe place to sleep.  He was adopted by a rescue shelter who rescued him from a bad shelter, who got him off the street.  
 
When we adopted him he had sadness in his eyes...we loved that right out of him. 

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Wonderful Word Wednesday

...in a time lacking in truth and certainty and filled with anguish and despair, no woman should be shamefaced in attempting to give back to the world, through her work, a portion of its lost heart.
                                                                                                                            -Louise Bogan