Sunday, December 1, 2013
I am a huge copycat, aka: I am also a plant poacher, aka: If I do it in the name of Christmas, it's okay, right?
The Christmasy box on my porch that you see above is shameful for two reasons. The biggest would be that I totally ripped off the idea from a box arrangement my next door neighbor purchased while out and about the other day, as seen here:
When I saw her porch, I just had to have a fabulous Christmas box too. HAD. TO. How could a person look at an arrangement like that and not fall in love? Especially since I knew I had two or three old wooden boxes to choose from, and a buttload of pinecones, because man do I love pinecones.
To complete the mirror effect, I propped up my old sled (which has been a beloved holiday decorating staple for me for many years now) on our side of the railing.
Now. The second part of my shame is that, with the exception of the holly clipped with permission from an across-the-street neighbor's tree, the plant bits were all brazenly stolen from a parking lot down the block. It abuts several back yards, many of which have truly lovely conifers on their property lines that lean over enticingly -- irresistibly even -- and one which sported those phenomenal red berries that were too perfect to pass up.
What can I say? I ought to be ashamed of myself, but I'm not, and I'll probably do it again next year. (You know, as long as I don't get caught.)
After sticking a few inside things around the house on Friday, putting up our usual outside stuff yesterday, and doing this today, I am now absolutely brimming with Christmas spirit. We're hoping to get our tree next weekend, and I am extra super looking forward to cookie baking this year since all three kids can be really involved in both the making and eating thereof.
Everything about Christmastime has always been magical for me, and having young children in my life right now definitely makes it all the more exciting.
Well, that and copying other people's awesome decorating ideas. ;)
Friday, November 29, 2013
Since I still hadn't decided if I was tired of listening to my inane drivel and seeing my same pictures over and over again here in my little corner of the internet, I decided I must not be, and that I would just keep plugging away.
Things have been... What's a nice word for, "Lydia is getting a good jump on the terrible twos and is practically unbearable to be around one moment and full of heart-melting amazingness the next?" Then there's the trying to keep up with all the boys' school stuff, and bill stuff, and money worries, and worry worries, and me getting overwhelmed (shock!) and questioning every major life decision I've ever made, and all the while continuing on my never-ending and seemingly fruitless quest for better mental health -- well, somehow we keep on doing our thing, and each day fades into the night without any major damage.
So really, the word I am looking for is just "life."
(Despite the cold snap, we had quite a few things still growing throughout most of the month.)
So there I am. Wandering around my increasingly dormant back yard, and knitting. Always knitting. Well, when I'm not tearing through some exciting house project (hint: no more carpet in the upstairs hallway or on the stairs).
But yeah, mostly a lot of knitting.
Monday, November 18, 2013
Long time no see. Again.
I can't seem to decide if I am still a blogger or not. For the past few months, I have been mostly "not," but I have been knitting.
This sweater (Bláithín, by Kate Davies), was blogged about in six different posts on the Juniper Moon Farm blog and finished promptly (for me anyway). I was very pleased with it, but had quite a shock when it was featured on the front page of Ravelry for a few days with a group of incredibly lovely sweaters. If that burst of excitement didn't further fuel my current knitting frenzy, then I don't know what did. Because certainly it couldn't be my natural and unfortunate tendency to do, oh, everything obsessively...
With that project completed, it was time to back up a little and finally dive into the two beauties from The Shepherd and the Shearer.
(That is Mr. Ambry's and my queen size bed, just to give you an idea of how much yarn is all laid out there.)
As I already have a cabled pullover in a natural white, I decided to use the lighter yarn for my Shepherd hoodie.
And the (undyed) colored flock share for my Shearer pullover.
I started the Shepherd first and haven't had a ton of time for it, but it's creeping along.
Another almost completed work in progress is a Bláithín (junior) for Lydia, although I made it in a larger size to use up the rest of the white yarn, so it may not fit her this year.
And for the times I need something a little simpler to work on, a Charlie pullover for Lydia.
That's about it. I knit when I can grab a few minutes between Lydia wrangling and attempting to complete the necessary housework. Out of all the things I like to do, knitting is probably the easiest to pick up and put down with a million interruptions.
So for now: knitting. And maybe blogging. Or maybe not. Guess we'll find out. ;)
Saturday, September 7, 2013
I have so many thoughts in my head lately, but not too much of a desire to try and sort them out enough to write anything down, so instead, come take a quiet walk through my yard with me on a perfect weather day. (Some things are from my neighbor's yard, but she doesn't mind when I lean over the fence and annoy her plants with my camera.)