Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Wool And The Gang

 Thank you again for all of your heartfelt words, thoughts and prayers about our sweet Trouble.   They mean the world to me.  A piece of my heart is missing.  I just can't believe there hasn't been a single sighting.  But, I will not give up hope.
We have done everything that I think is possible.  Hikes, posters, Facebook, contacting all the authorities, clothes hanging in the yard that may help her smell her way home.  But, now I think we just have to rely on someone else.  That someone will spot her and bring her back home.  The middle of the nights have been hard.  When I lay there and wonder where she is. Is the storm that is passing through scaring her?  Is she is hungry?  Is she looking for us and can't find us?  Then I think about other possibilities.  Is she stuck on something in the forest and can't get free?  Does someone have her and is trying to make her their pet?  Has she been hit by a car?  However, she has tags and is microchipped.  Those are the two things that keep my thoughts positive.
It's the not knowing that is the hardest.
Remember our trip to London?  And our family fun field trip to Wool and the Gang?
I was in awe of their inspiration wall.
That's me and the amazing Ali.  Who graciously showed us around their awesome space.  
 Wouldn't you LOVE a job like this!  Oooooh, yes!
 I just had to get my hands on some Jersey Be Good yarn.  It's made from fabric roll off-cuts from fashion factories in turkey. The local women take the unused ends of the rolls and make them into this yarn.  It could have gone into the landfill, but instead we get to have some fun.  So grateful for that.
The zig zag shopper.  A simple, super fast project, with a big, bang of fun!

Thursday, May 21, 2015

an empty bed

I can't even begin to thank you for all of your kind words, thoughts and prayers.  I am completely grateful.  I truly have hung onto every word and every bit of hope for Trouble's safe return.  I also would like to apologize for not getting here sooner.  Please know, that as soon as I know anything, I'll  let you know.  I do get to instagram a lot more often than I do here.  And, I will post instantly as soon as I know something there.

Your stories about your pets safe returns have kept me hopeful this past week.  I have loved reading all of your comments.   I can't believe how this is affecting me.  I am completely distracted and consumed with thoughts of her.    It is a bit frustrating that there hasn't been a single sighting.  Hopefully, she is just having a grand time deep in the forest.  We live in a deeply wooded area.  So, finding her could be difficult.  I like to think that an angel will be hiking and at least spot her for us.  Then we can pinpoint a certain location to make the search a little easier.  But right now, she is a teensy, tiny needle in a very large haystack.

I just keep reminding myself how lucky I am to have been given the gift of a pure, unconditional love.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

our sweet trouble


We had some new furniture delivered yesterday.  I can only imagine that when Trouble saw those french doors wide open, with delivery men coming in and out, how her heart started to race.  Space.  Wide, open space.  It's too bad that I wasn't home.  The guarder of all doors.   "Close the door!"  "Did you lock the gate?"  "Who left that door open?" Cause if I would have been, I would have kept her in a closed room.  However, I wasn't.  And, off she ran.  To the wide open space that she sees only in her dreams.
 I can also only imagine how fast she was running.  How the muscles in her legs stretched into spaces they never had.  And how her senses were exploding with all of the wonderful smells.  Never once looking back at the walls where she lives.
I hope she ate a mole for dinner.  And chased a bunny down it's hole.  I hope she chased the deer and when she was tired stopped.  I hope she dug the deepest hole in the earth and covered her sweet body with the forest.  But what I hope most is that she senses our hurt hearts and she comes home to us, today.

Monday, May 11, 2015

mudders day, 2015

This may have been my favorite Mother's day, yet.  
A jeep ride to the nursery with Steve and two of the kids.  (Andrew was playing in a golf tournament.)
The vegetables were purchased for the vegetable garden.  Look at all that lettuce!
 Dandelion love was spotted in the grass.
Those three blessings prepared a delicious vegetarian dinner.

And served it outside.  Thankfully, I knew just were to sit.

Now if someone would just please tell Andrew that we don't need an official "Kids Day".

Wednesday, May 06, 2015

getting outside

I hope you are having the same awesome weather as we are.  It practically feels like summer!  The flowers are going in, and we have big plans to get the vegetable garden planted this weekend.  I have even bigger plans to finish the first sleeve by Sunday.  And, I've given myself till the end of the month to finish the sweater.  Fingers crossed.  My toes are crossed that I don't run out of yarn.

Friday, May 01, 2015

after school spread

No one liked the dough.  I almost didn't bake them.
However, I didn't like the thought of wasting the ingredients so decided to give it a go.  
A little less sugar for my lovelies and they never knew it.  They were a hit! 
 Ever since I traveled to Greece I have been a big fan of Tzatziki.  I forgot for a while but as soon as the thought entered my mind, I had to make it.
 Served with baked pita chips, carrots, broccoli, red peppers and those gluten free cookies.
It all made for a perfect after school snack which still just happens to be one of the best parts of my day.

Happy weekend friends!
{We will be celebrating the Derby on Saturday and Andrew's confirmation on Sunday.  Yippee!}

Thursday, April 30, 2015

a different thumb for toasty

Have you ever been somewhere when your pattern calls for you to place live stitches on a holder and you don't have the correct materials to do so? Ya, me too.  And that is pretty much why I did this thumb and have grown to like it.  Not that I won't sometimes go back to the other thumb.  But, this one just works, too.  So, I thought I would show you in case you would like to give it a try.
And for my visual friends (Hi Barbara!) I thought I'd not only tell you, but show you.

The pattern is Toasty.  Remember there is Toast, too.  No thumb to even knit in Toast!
There is also always a link in my sidebar.
After 7" of working the pattern in the round, start working stockinette.  Purl a row, Knit a row.
Work for 9 rounds.  Thumb opening will measure 1.5 inches.
Join to work in the round again and knit until above thumb opening measures 2-2.5 inches.
Bind off.
Pick up 15 stitches around thumb opening.
Knit for 5 rounds.  Bind off.
Sew in your ends.
Wave to your friends.

Hi friends!

Cast on again and repeat.  :)

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

our favorite pant

Well, that was a quick but lovely trip to Florida.  We refilled our tanks with quality family time.  I feel completely blessed.
Whenever my sisters and mom and I get together, we pack "party favors".  It's fun and exciting.  Most of the time my sisters give better gifts than me.  And they did again this time, but I was feeling pretty good when I passed out my gift. 
My old little Kenmore and my beloved serger.
It had been a while since I pulled out the sewing machine.  And even a bit longer since I made us new lounge pants.  The pattern is in Amy Butler's In Stitches Book.  I couldn't love this pattern more.  
I shop for 100% Cotton, Vintage sheets that cost a few dollars.  Or raid the linen closet with sheets that haven't been used in a while.  (Shhh.) Using a sheet is such a great thing because of the amount of fabric and the finished edges.  
I use the top of the sheet for the bottom of the pant.  It acts like a great cuff.  Just measure the inseam you need and put the bottom of the pattern on the "cuff" of the sheet.  No hemming!  
 And I snip off the top of the sheet for the draw string.
A tank top from Old Navy and you have the most comfy lounge wear you have ever worn.  Honestly. (I made myself a pair, too!)
It takes me about an hour from start to finish to make a pair.   It truly is a gift that keeps on giving!

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

our amazing planet


Greetings from the beautiful state of Florida.  We met my mom and sisters for a few days of family time.  What a gift.  And, what a amazing world we all share.  SO grateful.  
I've been sprinkling a bit of sand into my Princess Fiona.  Finished the front and am onto the sleeves. 
And just like last year, I'd like to celebrate by offering you all 15% OFF your order of the chalkboard place mats.  It's an earth friendly product, made in the USA, that helps celebrate life.  Use them over and over to leave love notes, practice school work, play games decorate for the holidays.  It really is the gift of green.

Enter the coupon MIRACLE to receive 15% off of your order at checkout.  Coupon will expire on April 27, 2015.  Coupon code is good on either site.

Have a super beautiful Earth friendly day!

Thursday, April 16, 2015

getting there

Some weeks just call for these brownies.
Especially when you are trying to finish the body of this sweater.

Happy weekend friends!