Friday, January 25, 2013

The Life of Riley

I've been living the "life of Riley!" I decided to take a couple of days off just for myself and boy oh boy, it has been great! A little time was spent on work and taking care of some business, but the bulk of the time I have enjoyed playing homemaker like in the "good old days."  Even laundry and cleaning are more fun during the day!  In between..............................

I finished this book, and it was a wonderful read.  Written by D.E. Stevenson (from Scotland, Anna!) and originally published in 1936, it was the author's second book.  She wrote sequels, which I fully intend to find.  If you're in the mood for a light-hearted, well written story, this is the book for you. 

My hair got a much needed trim today, and I sewed the little inside pillow for my flower accent pillow.  I'm trying to decide if I want a ruffle or not.  I'll let you know next time..........

Like many of you, we are having a real cold snap here.  So much so that Pumpkin gets her coat put on every time she goes out.  I think she likes it.........:)


I'm off now for a date with hubby.  "Playing homemaker" should probably include cooking dinner but, hey, let's not go crazy.  I'm sure he'll enjoy a steak out all the same.  I've really just been too busy to cook!


Sunday, January 20, 2013

Windy City

Hello again.  Thanks for the sweet comments after my last post....I'm doing much better and enjoying the beautiful sunshine today.............along with some wind.  If the temps were (a lot) lower it would be almost balmy here :)

Our holidays were nice but like so many others I'm happy they are done and we are moving on to the new year.  Hasn't it been flying by?

I am attending a knitting circle at a LYS with my friend, Sherry.  I picked their "Summer Flies" shawl in Rustic DK yarn. It's a nice knit and so squishy.

I love it.....but it's not a good project for all the gabbing going on (lots of counting).  So the shop had a sample of a sweet little neck wrap crocheted with motifs. I switched over to that for when I'm there.  I love making it and see another one in the future.  I'm using Lang's Mille Colori Lace and Sock yarn in three different colorways.....so luxurious, with just enough fuzz for that lovely "halo" effect.  My picture doesn't do the colors justice, they are vivid and beautiful!
Some time this year I'd like to spruce up my bedroom.  Maybe a paint job and new window treatment.  I have an antique fan-back chair from my mom next to the bed, so this little pillow will find a home there.  All I've left to do is make the inner pillow and crochet a ruffle around the edge. 
I think I might add some little buttons to the flower centers, too.  What do you think?

I'm off now to hopefully finish up a little baby gift I started several weeks ago.  Blue and white plaid polar fleece jacket and matching blanket or overalls, I haven't decided. 

Have a nice week, and if you're in the midwest like me, stay warm. Weatherman is saying very cold Monday and Tuesday!