Friday, February 25, 2011

This Moment :: Remembering...

So this is a little bit of a cheat.  This picture was taken probably 4-5 years ago.  I was being all nostalgic last night as I fell asleep.  How things have changed in just a few short years!  My girls now are becoming teens and tweens.  Emotions run high, fights are common.  All too common.  They used to be so content with just each other.  No TV, no phones, no homework (those are remotes you know!).  They watched Mr. Rogers and dressed up and made lots of things from paper.

As I looked to find this picture I saw SO MANY pictures of the three of them together.  Many more that showed how happy they were together.  I never had a sister.  Don't know how these relationships are supposed to work.  The pictures don't tell the whole story.  I know that about right now.  The big one doesn't want her picture taken most of the time.  I totally understand that.  I don't want my picture taken most of the time.

I'm looking forward to summer when they are all together again.

Joining SouleMama.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Sewing Bee :: Exibit A

So here it is:

(The mess behind it was in it.  Oh, and the carpet is always crummy.)

This is my knitting basket.  My husband bought it off of eBay for me for Christmas.  I *love* it.

  BUT, look:

And look:

And look at that crusty old browning piece of plastic!:

So you see my dilemma.

I found one post on the internet about redoing a basket like this but no tutorials or anything.  I did see on her flickr account that she took the frame apart.  My frame is really sturdy and I don't want to break it so my plan is to make a bag that fits on by velcro-ing around the top dowels.  Oh, and maybe snapping on underneath (there is that flap of fabric that goes around the bottom dowels too).
So I need your help.  ANY advice will be well taken.  I'm really not that much of an experienced sewer so don't think that I already know what your are going to say!  What fabric should I use?  Any pretty ones out there that would look good?  Any advice on the construction of the thing?  I took some measurements and I don't think I have any fabrics in my stash that are appropriate and large enough. Hmmm....

I'm excited to get started but also a little scared!  Yikes!

Joining Julia's Sewing Bee.  Would love to have a button but I don't know how to get it.  hee hee.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

This Moment :: Camera Play

{this moment} - A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.

Joining SouleMama.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Yarn Along::Calorimetry calamity and other hat failures

Joining Ginny in her Yarn Along again.  She has a giveaway this week too.  Talk about a hank of yarn making my hart pitter patter.

So I saw this pattern on Ravelry.  I thought to myself, "Wow, that girl is cool.  I'd love to have a headscarf thingy like that.  I DO have a problem always having to wear my hair down and then suffer through hat head the rest of the day..."

And my hands were itching to knit something.  Something fast and fun and something for me.

Well I have to say that I am not as cool as that girl.  Especially when my Calorimetry scarf looks like it belongs on Laura Ingalls.  For some reason it is way too wide for my head.  I checked my gauge and it was pretty much right. But alas... 

I've had this problem with sewing stuff for me too.  I can never get it to look like it does in the picture.  Humph!

I also made and almost finished a Thorpe.  I posted about that a while back.  BUT  after I was done with the double points I transferred it onto a size 10 needle and not a 9 like I was supposed to.  I was being cheap and not buying what I needed.  Well, I'm about to take it all out and try again.  All is well, I just need to get too it before all the snow melts.  (I don't have too much to worry about since we have almost 2 more month of it!)

Right now I am reading  "Expressions: Taking extraordinary photos for your scrapbooks and memory art."  I saw on Mt. Hope Chronicles this book but the library only had one that looked different.  When I click on the "look inside" the book on Amazon it takes me to the book I have.  So... maybe I do have the right book.  I like the one I'm reading none the less.  I still need to take a class on photography someday.  I just got to the chapter on lighting.  I'm hoping I'll have a few tricks to try tomorrow!

Monday, February 7, 2011

Once upon a time....

... there were two little girls.  They came to the first day of school quite nervous.  One because it was the fist day of a new class, the other because she was always such a nervous girl.  They both dressed their best because that is what you do on the first day of school, they both sat up straight and both listened very hard to what the teacher said.  It was an ok day.  This year might not be so bad.  Things looked bright and then something happened that made everything even brighter.
  One girl said to the other, "I like your dress."  

That was just the beginning.  Little would they know that in the many years to come there would be girl scouts and sleepovers and youth group retreats and summers at the beach and youth shows and lockers and yearbook and deaths and a divorce and boyfriends and prom and college....

(look at our grins!)

A little less then 30 years later, the two little girls aren't so little anymore.  They both have husbands and they both have children.  They both have had a lot of years apart.  They made some wrong turns along the way but have found each other again.   Is is really true?

I can't wait until we have a new picture:  Two grown up woman together again.

I'm so thankful for:

6.  A friend that bridged the gap
7.  A God whose plan is good
8.  Facebook (hee hee)
9.  Rachel