Thursday, November 20, 2014

Yarn-Along: Toy Censer and Mitford

 After a bit of a delay, I finally got the younger-child's version of the toy censer done and listed it on Etsy.

I have a feeling there's going to be a bit of a demand...

I have so many things I need to make that I'm a tad overwhelmed. It's been difficult to get everything done lately. Philippians 4:13!

P.S. - A HUGE thanks to Michelle for sharing the knitted acorns on her blog, Be As A Light! 

I started rereading the Mitford books by Jan Karon the other night. Not "great literature", but very comforting and funny. A lovely bedtime read. I'm currently about to get Out to Canaan off the shelf. :) I've been so exhausted, what with mild illness and working on the shop, that I haven't been able to get started on The Natural Family (mentioned in last week's post). I'll get on it soon, I hope!

Monday, November 17, 2014

Cold and Cozy

Such a lovely cold and windy afternoon we had today! The wind blew all the clouds away and was so fresh and brisk. It was delightful while I was out photographing the newest additions to the shop: knitted acorns.

I went shopping with Duchess afterward for her 14th birthday. The house looked so warm and cozy when we got home in the chilly twilight. Many years to her today!

Sunday, November 16, 2014

New Items in the Shop!

 I think every Christmas needs something handmade in it! I just added two sets of Christmas ornaments to the shop listings. (Here and here.) From my shop description: "These sweet little ornaments would look darling on your tree, but think of the other possibilities: Use them as gift toppers, stocking stuffers, hostess gifts, teacher gifts, St. Nicholas Day gifts, string them on ribbon over a window, or attach them to a wreath! They're one of a kind and would be perfect for ornament swaps."

I also added another quilt and pillows set!  I love the colors on this one.

Follow the links to see more pictures!

Friday, November 14, 2014

Cooking 101

This is too funny not to share.

Ginger has decided that he needs a hobby (outside of drawing comics and playing with legos). He settled on cooking. Specifically baking cakes.

No, I don't know why either.

So he's reading cookbooks and clearly thinking about baking and ingredients for the first time ever. He decided on a lemon cake (picking the most complicated recipe in the book, naturally) and settled down to read through the list of ingredients to see if we had everything.

"Six egg whites..." [peers into egg carton] "...oh no, we only have brown."

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Yarn Along: Christmas Ornaments

 A day late, but hopefully not a dollar short! I've been trying to make some Christmas ornaments for the shop this past week. I haven't had much time to get things done, but here are a few things I've finished:

Needless to say, better pictures will be taken for the shop!

 I'm thinking about making sets of three ornaments to sell. Thoughts?

I'm going to make a few more before adding them to the shop listings.

I made a sweater like the one below while I was waiting at the doctor's office yesterday. Which tells you a little bit about how long I was there. I gave it to the office staff as a token of my appreciation.

This is the first time (I think) that I'm posting about a book I haven't even looked at yet (beyond the table of contents). Father got it recently and assured me that it's right up my alley. It looks great. Has anyone else read it?


It's cold out. Such a shock to the senses as it was 80 degrees less than 48 hours ago. The cloud ceiling is low, the wind is blowing, and leaves are skittering around. The cats did NOT want to go out this morning and one had to be assisted with my slippered foot. When Genevieve came back in she gave her winter spot on the back of the couch a miss and went straight for the heating vent where she promptly sat down. Smoky came in so fast he skidded around the corner. At least I don't have to leave the house today. My sick self appreciates that.

I'll put together a yarn-along post later today after my second cup of coffee. I feel like I haven't gotten much done on either the blog or the shop front lately. Miss Moppet has demanded considerable attention and it just seems like life has been full. More about that below.

The Japonica camellias are starting to bloom which always reminds me of Andrew. They were blooming when he died on November 30th and I put them on his grave when we buried him December 15th. This reminds me of a story I've never told you.

My parents visited three days later and drove by the cemetery on the 19th. I had wanted my father to take photos because I felt I hadn't done a good job taking photos at my own baby's burial. It occurred to me rather too late that the flowers I had put on the graves would be brown mush by then and would look awful in the photos. Those camellias don't last more than two days when you put them immediately in water and I knew they'd be horrible just sitting out in the freezing temperatures. My mother is a dependable cleaner so I figured she'd move them off before my father took pictures though.

I saw the photos later that day:

There are the flowers. I had picked the most perfect ones I could find on the day of the burial and they still look perfect, more than four days out in the cold. I cried when I saw the photos because I realized it was a miracle. It points to a larger truth: my four babies' physical bodies may be corrupt in the grave, but their immortal souls are incorrupt and whole in heaven.

Yes, four babies. You know about Innocent, Andrew and Gabriel, but there was one more. Demetrius.

I haven't talked about Demetrius.

Demetrius was our tenth baby. He or she didn't live very long, only six weeks in the womb. I went into labor three weeks later, the day after our Greek Fest, and delivered here at home, just as I did Innocent and Gabriel. We hadn't told many people and we didn't tell the children. I felt like they had grieved so much over the other three that I just couldn't drag them through it again. I don't regret that they knew about the others (as if we could have hidden it anyway...) but being that it was so early this time, I had the option to spare them just one thing. Later, sometime, I will tell them. We didn't exactly name the baby Demetrius, especially as we couldn't know the sex, but gave him the patron St. Demetrius since he was born on the feast (October 26th). He's buried under the same stone as Gabriel.

It's been rather difficult, grieving in silence. It's a relief to get this off my chest. As I said, a few of you knew and I appreciate your love, support and prayers so much. For those of you who are local or are family, if you would be so kind as to avoid mentioning it to the children I would be grateful.

May Demetrius's memory be eternal!

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Grey Ruffled Doll Sweater

I finished this adorable little sweater yesterday, but it was too dark to take pictures. Then we had to go to Vespers. Anyway, I just finished taking all the photos this afternoon out in the yard and listing it on Etsy. It's so cute! I need to make some in other colors. Next time I think I'll make some notes so I'll eventually be able to write the pattern (it came out of my head).

Friday, November 7, 2014

It's Daylight SAVING, not SAVINGS

Miss Moppet Miscellany


2. Miss Moppet doesn't understand daylight saving time. Mama is getting to enjoy some one-on-one time with baby for two hours before anyone else is conscious. Baby is sneaky and has energy for things like this while Mama is staring blearily into the dregs of her second cup of coffee:


3. Miss Moppet had her one year check-up and now weighs a hair over 19 pounds and is 29.5 inches long. She can walk a bit, waves, helps with the hand motions for "Itsy Bitsy Spider", says, "Na na na" (No), "Mama", "Ah tah" (All done) and "HEY!!!" (Where did my adoring fans get off to??). She goes potty but only stays dry about 10% of the time in between. Her favorite food is cardboard and paper.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Yarn Along: Cozy Doll Sweaters

 I've been making an effort lately to go ahead and get items into the shop to represent all of the categories I want to offer. The first doll sweater to be featured I already posted about, and in fact, it's headed to the post office today! This is the second. I worked on it in the car on the way to and fro St. Francisville yesterday for a funeral.

I hope I can finish it today.

And, in keeping with my extraordinary taste in books, I picked this up at the library on Monday:

 Yes, the Bermuda Triangle. (I like how the two photos above both have similar triangles. (c; )

This is not a sensationalist book but an exhaustive work by a reference librarian to gather all of the reliable references he could find (no mean feat in pre-internet 1975!) and collect them in one place. In doing so, and in examining what facts we do know about the incidents, he shows that there really isn't anything mysterious about it at all, but a legend that people enjoy perpetuating. Plus, I just enjoy books about shipwrecks and such. :)