Wow, this week has flown by. Here it is Thursday and this is my first post of the week! I've been pretty busy taking new yarn pictures as I have been dyeing and working on the website and just like that...whoosh, the week has almost passed me by.
Today however, my back was squawking at me enough that I decided to listen to it and take the day off to catch up on office stuff and a few things that have been waiting in the wings for me to do. One of those things is the "One Little Word" project that I signed up for. I wasn't quite sure what it was all about, but when Carole mentioned it to me, I thought it might be a fun way to explore the word that I chose for 2015.
Today I finally found the time to listen to the January video and download the prompts and I think it is going to be fun. I am not super scrapbook crafty, but with some modifications, I think I can have fun with this and maybe learn something about myself along the way.
I also took a little time to get reacquainted with my Morning Coffee sweater. I have just finished my 4th headband this year and felt it was time to move onto something else for a little bit, so I dug down into my knitting bag and pulled this out. I quickly remembered how much I enjoy mindless stockinette knitting, so much so that I have almost completed the entire back. I did a lot of that knitting today listening to the One Little Word Videos, so even though I was not out in the shop working today, I feel as though I still managed to be a little productive.
Sometimes we just need to stop and listen to what our bodies are telling us to do and I am glad that I did just that today. I enjoyed the quiet time knitting and listening. :)
Last Saturday after our Tai Chi class, my friend, Donna, handed me a lovely hand made box and tucked inside were these beautiful nesting pins. She reads my blog and knows that my word for 2015 is "Sparkle", so she gifted me this special treat. OMGoodness!!, every day I look at these lovely art deco pins from the 1930's and I smile. Yes, Donna...you know me well!! I will treasure these forever!
Donna, who not only has given 3 of my dogs the most wonderful home, is also the person who introduced me to Tai Chi and for that I will forever be grateful for as well.
Today when I visited Facebook, I had a congratulatory note regarding this picture appearing on Chic Knits new Winter Newsletter. What??
I had forgotten to change my email address at Chic Knits, so I didn't receive my newsletter from Chic Knits today. Needless to say that I was beyond excited and flattered to have Bonne use this picture of Ashley in her lovely Elisbeth Headband! Thank you Bonne Marie!
As you can see in the first photo, tucked underneath those beautiful sparkly pins, is another headband heading out today for the very generous woman who purchased it during the auction I mentioned last week.
Two sparkles in one week that have made me smile big! If you look hard enough, there is always a little sparkle somewhere.
Ha...so much for an artistic picture...LOL. It's been one of those rush, rush weeks, so I wasn't surprised with the photography fail. It was a good chuckle, so I left it as it is. A slice of my life's ups and downs. :)
This week has been a week full of helping my parents, dealing with a snowstorm, all the while trying to maintain a normal flow, both with work and with life in general. In spite of the craziness all around me, I did manage to work on headband #3, made 2 loaves of soap and finished a bag protype that I am finally happy with.
The headband is finished and #4 will go on the needles tomorrow, the yarn sale yarns are all dyed and mailed and I actually managed to squeak in a Tai Chi class today...whew!
Thankfully these crazy weeks are not the norm here, but when they hit, it's like a whirl wind! I'm happy that it has quieted down to a dull roar. I enjoy the quiet now and then. :)
My walking sneakers...I am pretty picky about what is comfortable and keeps my shin splints at bay. Currently I am wearing Nike Fit Sole sneakers and my shin splints rarely bark, but they are wearing out, so I will be looking for something new come spring.
....and that's it. Even though there are only 10 listed, there are certainly more than10 pair in my closet. ;-)
I didn't get a chance to post yesterday as I was busy in the shop and had my parents here for dinner. Our weekend was spent watching this little cutie while his parents went to the Portland Brew fest. Such a sweet boy!
We also spent a lot of time helping my parents find a new car. One that they both would feel safe and comfortable in. The accident has really shaken them both up, but hopefully this will be the first step in putting it behind them.
I spent some time thinking abut how I would incorporate the word that I chose for this year into my life and decided that I would dedicate my Friday post to celebrate and share the word that I chose, "Sparkle". So, until next year, my Friday posts will have a little sparkle sprinkled in somehow. :)
I love this little encouraging post that I found on facebook a few weeks ago and thought it would be a nice one to start off with.
I hope that you all have a wonderful weekend and Sparkle On!
One of the things that I mentioned in a previous post that helps me get through the dark days of winter are flowers. Beautiful vibrant flowers...and maybe a little wine.
Something I have missed participating in during this busy season, is working with the skills that I took away from my still life class, Start 2 Finish, with Kim Klassen.
So today while the man who fixes my machines in the shop was occupying my space, I took some time to work in Lightroom and Photoshop. I don't want to forget what I have learned. It is so amazing what you can do and my knowledge of either of these programs is maybe 5%. I can only image what you can do when you really have a clue..ha!
On my way home from Tai Chi today, I stopped in the market and picked up a bottle of red wine for the pot roast that is now in the oven filling my house with such delicious smells and I grabbed a bouquet of flowers to brighten up a spot in my kitchen that I walk by every day.
My photoshopped picture is not bright and cheery, but rather moody and mindful which makes a beautiful picture, but today I am happy to look at the cheerful version in my kitchen too! Enjoy your evening!
I bet you couldn't tell how much I enjoy making these headbands. They work up quickly, are warm and fun to wear.
Remember the sad rescue situation that the Cavalier World witnessed in Alabama that I wrote about? Well...one of the Cavalier Rescue groups ran an auction as a fund raiser to secure the funds to get the dogs out of the auction house. I donated as much as I could afford to financially and then offered the only thing I knew that might raise additional funds in the auction....my knitting skills. 4 of these headbands will be keeping ears warm and the funds helped to keep our sweet Cavalier sweeties out of the Amish puppy mills and into loving homes.
For someone who hates to knit that second sock, I really enjoy knitting these headbands. Bonne also has a beautiful slouchy hat in the pattern booklet that I am going to knit next...it's lovely! Thank you Bonne for your beautiful designs!
Carole's prelude for this week's Ten on Tuesday is one I really agree with. I am not always successful, but I do try to be mindful of of finding a little sparkle in the midst of challenges . When life is hectic and crazy, when work is stressful or overwhelming, it really helps to focus on the good things that are going on. Honestly, it’s always helpful to focus on the good things and that’s why this week’s Ten on Tuesday topic is 10 Things I’m Happy About Right Now.
Finding quiet time for the creative side of me. Sometimes it is Spinning or knitting. Sometimes it is learning in photography classes and sometimes it is just playing with color. These things make me happy, especially during the long days of winter.
My family, but you already know this about me. Our 2 new grandbabies just make me smile. I love all of my grandchildren so much and now that I have a little more time in my life, I really enjoy the time I have to spend with my grandchildren. They are great kids!
Sunday mornings ~ Sipping coffee on the sofa, watcing shows that I enjoy, knowing that I really do not have to jump up and get dressed for the day. Sunday's here are slow, enjoyable days and always have been. I love Sunday.
Football...especially this week! w00t! Go Pats!
Tai Chi makes me happy. I think that all of my years of reading Deng Ming ~ Dao has led me to this form of expression. I have so much to learn...learning to be quiet, to listen, to watch and embrace. You know how hard that is for an ADD person, but the challenge of learning quiets the ADD. It makes me happy.
Pulling up the shade in the morning and being greeted by an awesomely sunny day. It's amazing how much that sun helps to set my feet in the right direction.
Working on the downstairs bathroom. Each painful step is bringing me closer to a soak in a tub that I have not enjoyed in 10 years and if you know me at all, you know how happy I will be!
Frosty mornings...I love them. The temperatures are going to be favorable all week, which means I can get out and do what I love to do ~ walk. I love to walk in the beauty of the place that is my home and walking in the cold, crisp air while listening to tunes that motivate me on....makes me very happy!
Having the tedious parts of my new website finished. Very happy!
Listening to my husband who gently snores as I type this. I am not always a fan of the snoring, but I do love this man who supports me every single day. He makes me happy.
What a weekend up here in New England!! The weather was icy, but the game was hot, hot, hot!!
The last 2 weekends we have spent watching the game at my oldest daughter Stacey's house. Last weekend her husband Jeff was excited to find Gronkowski shirts at a local store up here and even more excited to give Ken one of them. Watching them do that "superstitious guy" thing with their shirts was too funny! They started out with their shirts on like this, and then switched the shirts inside out to rally, then Jeff tossed his in disgust, but Ken turned his around backwards to turn the game around...and we won! Ha!! Guys and football just make me laugh. This week the shirts stayed on just as they are here. So excited to see our team advance to the Superbowl!
Of course with any play-off game, there are lots of good things to munch on as we cheer our teams on. Jeff made a very very good pot of chili and Stacey made an awesome guacamole. I brought one of my favorite desserts. Blue cheese and crackers with some Fig/ginger preserves and a bottle of moscato d'asti. Normally I hate sweet wines, but with blue cheese, it's pretty darn good.
We also spent time with our little guy. The lighting wasn't good in this picture, but you can see his little personality shine here., We always enjoy a chance to spend time with Asher. He is such a happy little soul, even though I can see a little bit of the challenging two's starting to rear it's head..LOL. He does make us laugh!
I did manage to squeeze in some knitting on another headband and ran a sale on our new website, www.thewoolenrabbit.com Yes, a shameless plug, but I worked hard on the new site learning a new platform software and am happy with how it is progressing. Still a lot more to do, but the hard part is behind me...now I get to play more on the creative end of it, so it's all good, right?