Sunday, October 26, 2014

Here again...

Hello Girlies:

After many months, I'm back--maybe, hopefully.

Had many, time consuming-full of red tape, and stuff-upon-stuff obligations.  I am hoping that most 'stuff' has quieted, and 'normalized'.  By God's grace I should be able to resume posting, such as it is.

I can tell you that I was very content dwelling under my rock, and I love it here.  I am a home body-to the Nth degree.  So...I'm minding my own business, looking at youtubes about knitting, crocheting, and practical, albeit crafty things, and BOOM, out of nowhere comes the thumbnails about journaling.  (What in the world is 'journaling'?) a good little techno-girl, I googled! and found MILLIONS (slight exaggeration) of MANY TYPES of journaling.  There is: regular journaling, smash journaling, art journaling, junk journaling--that I have found, there must be more.

These people are so clever (I know the rest of us are clever as well) in how they compile, record, organize, and assemble these MANY MULTITUDES of journals.  I have gotten acquainted with Hobonichi, and Midori, as well as the already 'old hat' Filofax and Moleskine.  (Those avid users will correct me, as to the age of each).

Of all the girls I've watched--and one guy: Victor from Ukraine, I have some favourites.  If you want to check them out I'm giving you the "shout out' (new term I've learned) used to be called a list...but who am I to be static--come to the 21st Century, as my children say!
My favourite by far is Shannon Green.  Then;  Pocketfullofvintage, next there is MissVickyBee,
and also Jennifer of ChicSparrow. 
Those are only a tiny portion of what's there to inspire you in whatever your hobby may be.
Pocketfull of Vintage has a pen 'collection'--cool!  Miss Vicky has many journals.  Victor makes stuff and stuff.  Shannon makes art journals that do not look like anything pretty--during the process--but the end product is quite something!  I have used a couple of tips from Shannon: one is using deli paper and glue stick to mend a torn Bible page.  The repair is barely visible, sooo cool!

I have watched these amazing artists while I do my knitting, and crochet.  It is calming...which I needed over the last months. pictures this time, but I hope you enjoy the links.  I've almost forgotten how to blog...besides the fact that 'they' have changed matter...I'll get caught up soon.

Hoping to see you again soon,

I'll leave you with this:

"Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest."   Matthew 11:28  In His hands,


Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Orange Scones and a crochet pillow

Hello Girlies,

It just seemed right to make some orange light and flavourful.
 had a little extra glaze, a little drop for each of them.

 The inspiration for the pillow comes from  Coco Rose Diaries scroll to the bottom third of the her post.

 The inspiration for the crochet flowers and leaves from Attic24

 The Hawaiian panel--still not finished--was inspired by Elizabeth Akana's quilting program on PBS--several years ago.

This crochet pillow is the first one I've made.  The form is a recycled pillow, very lumpy, but will do for this one.  Finding that I could have added a couple of rounds to the piece, would have made it less tight.  I shall make another one to prove to myself that 'practice makes perfect'--at least in pillow making.
I'll leave you with this:
  "But now, O LORD, thou art our father; we are the clay, and thou our potter; and we all are the work of thy hand." Isaiah 64:8

In His hands,  ^__^


Sunday, February 2, 2014

Crochet blanket and some baking

Hey, girly girls,

I did make my 'famous' Sour Cream cake from this cookbook

 Although it is technically a chocolate cake, I always omit the cocoa. It is very moist and it has a large crumb. 
For example:  When using a boxed cake mix, the resulting cake has a fine crumb. But, this cake is moist, very moist. Which we like.

Ignore the top part of the picture, it is the description of the previous recipe.
I have used both lard and butter; but, by far, the better flavour comes from the butter.  It seems that the lard adds its own flavour which takes away from the sweetness and softness from the rest of the ingredients.

A few days ago I make an apple cake, here is a picture.  It was so yummy.
Also made Mr.PeasantHouse's favourite baked butter squash.  Very tender.  Always add water to the bottom of the pan and the rind/peel will peel off like paper. ta-dah!


A friend is expecting a baby boy in March and I made this ripple blanket for her baby boy.
It is a mixture of Attic24's ripple which I love and have made several, and others.

So comforting, in this frozen-sheet of ice over the 2 inches of snow-weather.  Albeit, the sun is shining after several days of being cocooned in clouds.  We could have some sublimation of the ice crust. 
No use shoveling, giant ice picks would be necessary to get through the diamond hardness.  Ok, I exaggerate.  But, the car did not leave any visible tracks, and the mailman must have floated over, since there are no signs of footprints...

Better go,

I'll leave you with this:

"Sanctify the LORD of hosts himself; and let him be your fear, and let him be your dread." Isaiah 8:13 

In His hands,  ^__^

Saturday, February 1, 2014

While we are iced over with crunchy water...

Good morning girly girls:

Most of you have crunchy water.  Ice or snow, or sleet or freezing rain; we have some of the above.  Not too much, but enough to make everything look picturesque. It will be a good day for making my most famous Sour Cream Cake.

Plough just went by and sprinkled a generous amount of sand and salt on the road.

Knitted a blanket for a baby boy, 3h.  Medium gray, with a fluid drape and soft and cuddly.

 Sorry about the blur...
Knitted a triangular shawl for a pastor's wife we know.
I modified the Stonington Shawl--Elizabeth Zimmerman's--to make the triangle instead of the square.  The border is the same one as the full shawl.
Used the picot bind off at the top (long) side of the shawl so it would be more supple and easier to wear.  This is iknitwithcatfur youtube channel.  She is very good in her demonstrations.

 the point of the shawl came out more rounded than angular.  Next time I make a shawl with a lacy border, I will start with many more than the typical 3 sts.  It seems that 6 or 8 sts for the first row will make an easier 'corner to turn' when knitting the edge on.  I really like the rounded effect much better than the sharp 90 degree angle.

OK, I'm off to bake and other less fun stuff--laundry.

I'll leave you with this:

"He divided the sea, and caused them to pass through; and he made the waters to stand as an heap." Psalms 78:13 

In His hands,  ^__^


Monday, January 27, 2014

Some knitting and some crochet

Some days ago I finished knitting DH's aran cardigan.  Now, the buttons and we're done.

Then I made a pair of 'wristlets' because it has been so cold.  Today 9F

By the way, I had not shown you the EZ pie shawl...

It is very warm, all 100% wool of unknown provenance...a garage sale find.  I have a suspicion that it may have been a warp yarn.  It is rough.  I washed it and air dried it--on the carpet.  It got a little bit softer...since it's worn over clothes it is not bad. 

More to come...

I'll leave you with this:

  "Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord." 2Peter 1:2

In His hands,


Friday, January 24, 2014

Crochet Blanket for Little Cousin's Baby

Well, finally this Catherine's Wheel blanket is done.  Must send it soon, before the child goes to school.

I so enjoyed crocheting this blanket. The stitch is so rhythmical, and it went very fast, relatively speaking.
 My hope is that she enjoys it as much as I did crocheting it!

I have lots more to show you; I have not been idle.

I'll leave you with this,

"Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth." John 17:17 
In His hands,


Friday, January 10, 2014


Hello Girlie Girls:
I know that 'ev-e-ry-one' is posting about temps...the extremes...the arctic blast...unprecedented lows...blah...blah...blah...
Here are some of the doodles that God did on one of our window panes...
And the actual extremes...last summer 108F...(don't miss that!)

 Last week's temp -4F at noon...

That's all...

I'll leave you with this,

"But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus." Philippians 4:19 

In His hands,