Monday, October 20, 2014

Well, I'm back.

As I explained over on A Creative Slice, I got homesick. So I came home. You're seeing 51 new posts over here because I imported all of the posts (plus comments) from the new site back over here to the old one, so no one will be missing anything. I do apologize for the inconvenience and annoyance!

Off to the races

This week is going to be BUSY. I'm going to try to post one or two items in the Etsy shop every day. The Greek Fest at our parish is on Saturday and I'm in charge of the baked goods (plus, I have a lot of things to bake!). I'm also helping with the decorating and will be working on that with the help of the girls and others.

Then we have the usual: homeschool, grocery shopping, cleaning, cooking, and taking care of a very-fussy baby (whom I think is teething again... poor timing).

But it's lovely weather and it's going to be like this all week! We've had windows open and there's a delightful chill in the air, at least in the mornings and evenings. We've done some cleaning out and I've taken yet another load to the thrift store this morning. I'm having a hard time keeping the children on-task enough to get their work done because everyone wants to be outside, understandably. Thank the Lord for nice weather! I've heard it said that fall is the Southerner's reward for surviving summer.

I hope everyone has a great week!

(Just for fun, here are some random pictures from the past several days:)

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Introducing: Cozy House Curios

I can't believe it, but I FINALLY opened the Etsy Shop

I had this nice banner all worked out, then I found out that the banner had to be 760 pixels wide by a mere 100 pixels tall.  o.O  Gracious. So I redid the banner but kept this anyway. (c:

Let me know what you think! I'm really nervous and would welcome any suggestions. (Also, I'd welcome any publicity too!)

(I know there are only a handful of things in the shop right now, but I've been advised that it is better to open that way and then post something new every day. So keep checking back!)

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Aaaaalllmost there...

The shop is almost ready! I made a light box today for photographing items. Then I finally got the first round of items photographed. I've got the shop more or less set up and I'm slowly getting the first items listed. I should be able to open it tomorrow. I'll save the details until then, but here are a few sneak peaks:

More tomorrow!

Friday, October 17, 2014

Stop the Hysteria

Please pass this along and share with others. I'm SO glad he had the guts to say all of this.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Yarn Along: Toasty Toesies

 I haven't done much in the way of knitting lately. I've been doing some sewing but since that doesn't come under the category of "yarn", it will have to wait for another post. :)

Miss Moppet needed some booties that fit and wouldn't come off her feet. I made these from superwash wool and added ties. They stay on! The pattern is very easy. If you want to knit some booties and don't want to use double-pointed needles, these are perfect. You just have an easy seam when you're done.

Ravelry link

Because I can't leave a pattern alone, I decided to try altering the pattern to do it in stockinette instead of garter stitch, and to do the cuff in 2x2 ribbing instead of garter stitch. I made the same size as the ones above (12 months) but out of thinner yarn so they're a bit smaller. That's why there's no modelling photo. I'll sell them in the shop (as soon as I make the other one). The designer of this pattern states that it is fine to sell items made from the pattern as long as they're credited. 

(no ravelry link yet)

Below is the book I got for my birthday from two of the children. They know me so well! I've watched every single episode of Air Crash Investigation on Yout*be while knitting. It's a great book. Very much textbooky. 


The next few books I picked up at the thrift store when I went on my birthday. The first is rather sappy, but I tend to collect vintage nursing fiction, so I snagged it. 


These I enjoyed thoroughly! I love Garrison Keillor's books. And two in one visit! Hardback!


I have others of Noel Streatfeild's books and since I collect vintage children's fiction I hopped on this instantly. I haven't gotten a chance to read it yet but I'll do it soon.


Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Wave of Light...

A Touch of Fall

 It's not easy to decorate for fall when everything in your yard is a lush green. But you can hunt around, be very selective, and come inside and pretend.

Remembering our Lost Little Ones

Today is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day. It is celebrated in many countries around the world although not entirely internationally. You can read a history of the day here.

It is believed that at least one in four women have lost a baby through miscarriage, stillbirth or neonatal death. If it has not happened to you, then you almost certainly know someone for whom it has. I can almost count on one hand the number of friends I have who have NOT experienced it. Despite the overwhelming prevalence, it is a subject that is not often discussed publicly. Women who lose babies tend to suffer in silence. At a time in their lives when they desperately need support, advice and love, they hide away, ashamed and suffering. This is most true of miscarriage. Many in the medical field reinforce the common belief that miscarriage is not a big deal, not much of a loss, especially when it takes place early in the pregnancy. I am here to tell you that it is not the case. I suffered greatly over each one of my losses. Every one is an immortal soul, created by God, and a unique person. They are much-loved members of our family, even though they never drew breath.

I invite you to participate in the International Wave of Light from 7 PM to 8 PM your local time. Light a candle or candles in memory of those who have departed this life too soon. Say a prayer for peace for the grieving friends and family. 

Here are a few things you may want to look at or ponder today:

Lost Innocents: For Friends and Family (good advice)
Faces of Loss (putting a face on miscarriage, stillbirth and infant loss)
Solace from Silence: Comforting the Bereaved (on the site, Naming the Child)
A Hidden Community (by Jennifer Hock on OCN)

Free e-books available today:

Losing Alex: the Night I Held an Angel
Sunshine After the Storm: A Survival Guide for Grieving Mothers

May the memory of the babies 
who passed so soon to heaven be eternal!

In addition, just to let you all know (especially those who have asked me about it), I contacted Fr. John Matusiak about the memorial service for pre-born infants approved last year. He was given the job of editing and formatting it and will send it to me when it is done. I will post it on Lost Innocents.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

One of those days

 It's been one of those days. Stuff that can knock you down. Hard stuff.

Which voice do you listen to? Force of habit, the sweet temptation to blame yourself, or the harder voice of God that asks that you accept hard things without trying to place blame?

One day perhaps we'll face the big one, the gun to our head, the demand for us to deny Christ. Or not. We're in the last days but we won't all face the sort of thing that Christians in other parts of the world face on a daily basis.

In the meantime, how do we expect to respond when it comes? Listening to the seductive voice of Satan? Or, with spiritual muscles grown strong from constant exercise, automatically choosing the hard path?

Sometimes the hardest thing to do is to quietly accept the hard thing and not look for reasons, not look to place blame, not take refuge in anger or despair.