Saturday, November 1, 2014

Post Halloween Post

I hope you had a great Halloween.  It was so nice for parents and their offspring that it landed on a Friday night.  I was really surprised that I only got 2 trick or treaters though.  Last year I got so many I almost ran out of candy.  It was quite cold here though compared to normal so that might have been why.  Or the others outgrew it.  The 2 trick or treaters that showed up were a "frozen" princess as in the movie and "frozen" because of the temperature. The other was the cutest little pirate who was so proud he made it up the steps that he forgot what he was there for! LOL!  Too sweet!
 Here is a part of the Halloween letters I sent my grandboys.  I'm trying not only to not "buy" things and make them instead but also to exercise my "creative" muscle which is very weak.  Most of all though, I want  to give my grandchildren things to make them feel how special they are to Grandma Sam, especially since I don't get to see them very often.
 I had fun with colored markers and a few scrapbook items I had and some stickers and some just items I cut out of magazines.  They're young and 2 are just learning to read so I printed hoping that might help.
I have a little Mary Engelbreit scrapbook kit but rest assured I am NO scrapooker! LOL!
It's gone from Summer to Fall overnight it seems.  The colors.......

the weather and temperature...we had our first freeze last night and it's predicted again for tonight.
The wind came through the other day and really took anything that wasn't attached....leaves, dead branches....Mother Nature doing some Fall cleaning.  I'm sure she'll be back again.
I have that nesting urge to clean and make the house ready for the Winter months....I guess I'm not the only one, see that big nest in the tree...............
Stay warm dry and get your shots...I had my flu shot, my pneumonia shot and I was a good week!   Happy Trails!

Friday, October 31, 2014

Happy Halloween!!!!!

Today I am bringing you a look and link to a very talented lady whose creativity and love for Halloween I just have to share with you.  Her name is Isabella Abbiati and she is the owner of The Primitive Hare, a blog and online shop featuring her primitive cross stitch designs and so much more!
 I admit I have not ordered any of her patterns......yet but she is pushing me over the edge! LOL!  Especially with her latest SAL below...........

 She not only has original designs which you can purchase and download but all the neat accessories to go with them; charms, frames, aged linen, and stitching accessories.
even Casper.............

Here are just a few of her unique designs.........

Today she has a free Halloween design on her blog that you can download and while you're there take a look at all her other designs in addition to her "witchy" ones.  If you plan on joining her SAL "On Wednesdays We Stitch Black" please let me know as we could start a regular group that I could feature on my blog for showing all your black stitches!  Happy Halloween everyone!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

I was doing so good until.............

I blogged every single day last week until Monday.........I was trying to get the grand children's Halloween presents in the mail and if anything could have gone wrong yesterday it did!  First, I forgot to take pictures, then I had made pumpkin bread to mail......not a good idea!  Do you have any idea how heavy pumpkin bread is?  I swear it drove the cost of shipping right out the window!  Then I was out of boxes so I had to go to the next town to get boxes and stand there in the post office trying to put them together and get everything in the right size box.  At least I brought "filler" and tape and had the labels all made out already.  From now on they'll be getting light weight cookies! LOL!     
So, I broke my perfect record of blogging..........I was exhausted but they're in the mail!  I did some more decorating............
See the lights?   They look better at night........
It rained this morning and the colors are really changing fast now.........
 Not sure it's going to be the prettiest though....we'll see
This cloud looked just like a witch flying on her'll have to trust me as it faded when I ran for the you see things in clouds?  I'm always looking at them...I've seen many things over the years.
I finished the 2nd Christmas present today of I can't remember how's too frightening to think about! LOL!  
Of course Grace had to be there for the photo session..............
Other that, I changed sheets, did laundry, bread is being made in the bread maker and I ironed.  that's all for now folks!  I'll be
catching up with you all tomorrow hopefully!  Happy Trails!

Sunday, October 26, 2014

YOP Week #17

 Creepy picture of the day...........getting you in the mood for the big night!  Halloween!
 For those of you who follow my blog regularly there is an update to the new neighbor.  I went out to get the mail and there she was!  I told her to "wait please" as I had something for her.  I ran into the house and grabbed the bread and dishcloth and ran back out before she could disappear!  Whew!  She said she had been gone all week entertaining some out-of-town guests and hadn't been home much.  I had met her before and really liked her.  She appreciated the bread and cloth and gave me a big hug.  I think she will be a great addition to this neighborhood and I'm very grateful to have another single gal around.
Also, I am repeating this for my YOP visitors as I had posted it earlier this week.  I finished my little ghosts and I think they turned out so cute!  I hope the grand boys like them.  The Halloween packages will be getting wrapped up today and mailed out tomorrow hopefully.
It's been so beautiful and cooler here that I haven't spent a lot of time inside but today is in the 80's so not a problem....too hot for me especially since my work is on the Southern side of the house.
 I got 2 of the 5 preemie hats done for October.  There will a set of 4 for a boy and one more for a girl.  I alternate sets of 4 for a boy and a girl.
 I didn't quite finish Sam's hat but I did get one ear flap done.  When the other ear flap is finished then I will make 2 tassels that go on the end of the i-cord that you see there.
 I've been working fairly steadily on my daughter's scarf but had a terrible scare the other night.  I was turning it to do the next row and there was a big hole!  How? Why?  What happened?  On further inspection, the yarn had broken!  I quickly tied the 2 ends meanwhile thinking it was probably a goner and who knows how many stitches got dropped as it was quite a few rows down from where I was working.  Well, the knitting angels must have been with me that night because so far so good and I see no dropped stitches....nothing's unraveling!  I am blessed!  I'll be done when the skein is done.  Scarves are funny.....when you're working on them they seem so long but when you try them on they're not.   One skein will make a perfect length and that's exactly what the label stated!  This skein was a gift from my friend Sue, the book fairy.  Thank you again, Sue, as this will make a lovely present.
 I mentioned last week I had picked up a size 7 circular at Walmart but the cable was too long.  What was I thinking?  They only had one size 7 and I just grabbed it. was 29" long.  I needed a 16" but once again the knitting angels were helping me and the next morning I found my size 7 16" circular!  I still need more though.  You know, for casting on a zillion more projects!  LOL!
This is my SIL's Kinnick Jersey #24 Iowa Hawkeye hat to be.  The pattern is loosely based on the Fibonacci sequence.  I love me some math! ( I'm a retired computer scientist/systems programmer so I really do love math.)
 That's all for this week.  Happy Trails!
I'll be around later after I get those packages wrapped up! And some pumpkin bread made and.....LOL!