I started a little crochet project last weekend... and I'm almost finished! I just need to dash out and buy one more skein of yarn and a large button. I've been working from this cute pattern called the Baylie Bear Cowl by The Velvet Acorn. It's a fairly easy and quick project, it's very satisfying to finish something so quickly. I still have four unfinished blankets piled up in my house. I'm going finish them. I will.
The workers have returned and are finishing the shelves and preparing to paint. Rumor has it they may be finished tomorrow. I can't wait. The new oak floors are finished and beautiful. We love them. Klaus loves them.
My holiday cards have arrived and I'm so pleased with them, though I'm still not sharing. They reminded me of these old photos that I took when my children were very small. You'll see.
I've been thinking about my sweet niece a lot this week. She's in the hospital and recovering from a six-hour spinal surgery to straighten her scoliosis. The surgery was very successful and she's so happy with the results. Now she just needs to get through the healing process. I love her so much.
I managed to squeeze in a bit of hike the other day while my daughter was at a birthday party. I pulled into the park in the late afternoon, just before dusk. There was a fine mist in the air that brought out the greens and the blues in the woods.
Guess what? I won another giveaway... and another gorgeous calendar. Yay! Maybe I'll be more organized in 2013?
This one was designed by the very talented photographer, Beverly LeFevre. I love her whimsical photos, especially this set of carnival shots. So beautiful. I think I'll need to frame them at the end of the year. I love them so much. Beverly is also the crafty maker of the tiny bunting. So cute. Thank you, Bev!
In other news, there are workers working in my house... transforming the playroom/back room/awkward addition into a beautiful room with dark hardwood floors. I can't wait to see how it will all turn out.
My little girl seems to be loving school. She has really sweet classmates and amazingly energetic and creative teachers. This fall, a lot of time and care was taken so that she'd know how to write the alphabet in script. And now that her handwriting skills have been perfected, spelling studies and spelling tests have begun. So very exciting. You would think it would be something that she would dread, but she loves it.
In the afternoons and on the weekends and in restaurants and, really, anytime she has a spare moment, my seven-year-old is often working on some sort of little book with illustrations and words. It's part of my routine to hear, "How do you spell... ?" And I usually spell the word out loud, sometimes taking a moment to write it down on another piece of paper, but it often gets confusing when I'm trying to get dishes and dinner finished with my four-year-old in the mix, too. I thought it would be fun to paint letters on smooth pretty stones, and that these alphabet stones would help her to spell out words and to figure them out on her own.
I decided to use acrylic ink, recommended by Geninne. I've made one set of stones in turquoise, but plan to make a couple more sets using white ink and another shade of blue. I've admired Geninne's beautiful hand-painted stones so often, and would love to make some for myself. This project has been in the works for some time. Last spring, I recruited my very patient father to gather smooth stones from the shores of Lake Superior. It took half the summer before I was finally able to retrieve them from him. And then they've just been sitting in a basket waiting. And they're still waiting. I ended up using much smaller stones leftover from planting paperwhite bulbs, that I bought at Target or a craft store.
I'm hoping my dad will plan another trip to Minnesota soon, but in the meantime, I'll be treasuring this collection, and hopefully, making something soon. Hmm....
P.S. The tiny blue and white bunting was a gift from my talented friend, Beverly LeFevre... more on this later.