Thursday, October 9, 2014


My niece Eleanor loves dress-up, not just her dressing up, but anyone and everyone else dressing up also. She wanted me to dress up as Santa and play with her, but the suit wasn't big enough for me, so her mom did it instead.

At first Santa was like "no paparazzi!", but she eventually conceded.
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Making sure all is right.
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Love this one!
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It takes deep concentration to figure out what one should ask for Christmas.
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A video of Eleanor asking for Christmas gifts, not only for herself.

A video of Eleanor and Rhoni-clause signing Rudolph!

Thursday, October 2, 2014


A few landscape pictures from my trip to Washington State. I definitely missed it.

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I loved being barefoot!
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Monday, September 29, 2014

Doll Clothes to be

When I was out in Washington State it was made clear that my niece Eleanor could use some more clothing options for her babydolls, so this fabric is destined to be some doll clothes for her.

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When I was about 13 my great great grandmother passed away and I received some of her doll clothing patterns and I think some of them will work well to make some clothing for Eleanor's dolls. In this way she can have a craft from me and in a way her great great great grandmother!

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Sunday Inspirations

Recipe Inspirations:

I saw an article about Martabak on the Serious Eats blog and immediately thought it sounded yummy, I want to try this Martabak recipe/tutorial.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

John's B-day Socks

You guys didn't get to see me start these, I started the late Spring this year, when I wasn't blogging. I just pulled these back out about a week ago to start working on them again. Each year I knit my brother-in-law, John, socks for his birthday. Last year I made matching socks for his daughter, Eleanor. This year, John, Eleanor, and my sister/his wife, Rhoni, will all get socks for John's birthday. All matching, Rhoni said Eleanor, she's 3, loves it when they wear their matching socks! So I thought this year it could be a family thing!

I think both of these first pictures are from May.
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I'm just a couple stripes pass this now, since this photo was taken a few days ago.  Heels are done, forgot to take some pics of them, will make sure next post includes more detail pics.
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Each stripe is a different color, so yes, I will have lots of ends to weave in, but there is a reason I did it this way. One, so I could have so many different colors. Two, because I want to try to scale each pair of socks so they are the same, so smaller stripes for each of the girls, so hopefully all 3 socks will match up with their stripes.

Unfortunately these colors have been discontinued, which is a huge shame! Love them and would definitely buy them again, if I could!

Yarn: Knit Picks Stroll Brights
Colors: Vibrant Violet, Snapdragon, Sour Apple, Razzleberry, Pucker, Hot Tamale, Electric Blue, Pickle Juice (from toe up)
Content: 75% Superwash Merino Wool, 25% Nylon
Care: Machine Wash and Dry
Needles: US 0 or 1
Pattern:my own

Friday, September 26, 2014

Lace and Cables

Still working on the test knit cardigan. I finished the body and am now working through the sleeves now, two-at-a-time so they are identical. After the sleeves I just have the button bands to do!

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I am still enjoying knitting on it and am considering knitting a second one, we shall see!

Yarn: Eternal Arts and Crafts
Color: Bubble Gum Twist (Variegated Pink)
Content: 75% superwash Merino and 25% Nylon
Care: Machine Wash and Dry
Needles: US 3
Pattern: Test Knit
Size: Children's 6 - I am knitting this size and will probably give it to my niece Vera for her birthday next year.
Modifications: None

Thursday, September 25, 2014

The house that Grandpa built...

When I was out in Washington State, my sister Rhoni and I went out to see what had happened to our grandparent's house. They passed away quite a few years ago now and their estate wasn't handled well and in legal battles and all that mumbo jumbo. Due to this reason no one has lived there for a while except squatters who ripped things out and stole some stuff. The inside of the house just isn't the same any more.

I should have take more pictures of it while I was out there as it seems that it is likely because of the above reasons, it is likely to be torn down when the land is sold. I completely forgot to take any pictures of the outside of the house or workshop.

Laine was my biological father's name and this is where at one point he carved his name into the wall.
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Layers of flooring from many years.
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My sister, Rhoni, on the phone in Grandma and Grandpa's room.
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My Grandpa Gilbert built the house that he and my Grandma Eve lived in and carved their names and the date into the fireplace. (Gil-Eve-Dec-1961)
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My Grandma's kitchen. Rhoni and I looked through the whole thing and it's still in such good condition.
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Grandma's cellar where she kept all of her canning. It seemed so big and scary when we were kids, we would refuse to go down there!  Now it was awesome to see.
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Grandpa also had a workshop.
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With some of the weirdest stuff tied up in the rafters, like this bike, there was also a raft, a sled, some skis and some other things we couldn't identify!
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They had 19.5 acres of land for their home.
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When we were there our Uncle Ron let us look through some of their old belongings. Like the ration books from my Grandpa and his family:
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And we got to take a few things, like a couple plates from Grandma's china plates she collected. The cross-stitch on is my favorite, she was wonderful at cross-stitch, her back and front looked the same.
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I also got a carved wooden box that my biological father owned, but that will be a different post. It was nice and sad to go down memory lane while I was there.