Merry Christmas!

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The holiday season in full swing around my house! 

Decorating is complete (or as complete as it could be…  you never know..) 🙂  Coming home from work lately is so cheery!  We have candles in the window, and our decorated tree that I can see through the window.  It just seems so warm and inviting!

And in the spirit of Christmas, I am offering free shipping on all items in my Etsy Shop through December 18, 2015 with coupon code FREESHIPCHRISTMAS15

So if there are any last-minute gifts you need, hop on over to my shop and take a look!  And stop back, I might finish up a couple more goodies before the end of next week! 🙂

My Etsy shop is Handmade at the Lake (www.etsy.com/shop/HandmadeAtTheLake)

Merry Christmas!

A Fall Trip!

New Hampshire
Last weekend we drove out to New Hampshire to visit my brother and sister-in-law.  The leaves were amazing!  Lots of trees’ leaves were in full color and only a few had already lost most of them.  

New Hampshire 3

And the weather was really perfect for Fall.  We were able to take a long walk one afternoon with my sister-in-law and their dog Charlotte.  You walk along where an old train track used to be.  The rails are gone but a lot of the railroad ties can still be seen.  Being outside on such a beautiful day felt so wonderful!  We just walked and walked.  And Charlotte (my brother’s dog) could run off leash.  She would stay right with us on the path, then stop to sniff something as we walked past.  Then we’d call to her and she would run ahead and just sit down looking at us, as if to say, “Well..??? Are you coming??”  Ha! Ha!

Coming back to the house, this was our gorgeous view of their “back yard”! 

New Hampshire 1 New Hampshire 2

And of course they treated us royally, to wonderful meals! (not the best picture… but hey!  I was in a hurry to eat it!  🙂 )

Lobster

It was only on the way home from our trip that I realized we didn’t get any good pictures of us together.  But I did get a great one of my wonderful sister-in-law.  She and my brother were such great hosts and we had a marvelous time!  I sure enjoy our chats as we are catching up on each others’ lives!

Deanna and Charlotte

And of course, on the way home I had plenty of time to finish up some projects to put on my Etsy shop!

Overalls Black Cat

Next time I need to be sure to get some pictures! (of course the next time we are all together may very well be my daughter’s wedding!  So you can bet we will get pictures then!

 

So Is This What It’s Like?

New dressesYou would have thought when I semi-retired that my life would have gotten less busy… But NOT SO! Don’t get me wrong! I am loving every minute of it, but I have sure filled in my idle time with lots of other activities. Never a dull moment for this girl!

Originally when I changed to work part-time I thought of the list of things I would do with my “free time”.

  1. Volunteer at my daughter’s school
  2. Knit more
  3. Take up more sewing/quilting
  4. Play the piano
  5. Blog more
  6. Learn more about photography
  7. Spend more time at the lake
  8. Do some major house de-cluttering
  9. Read more

Well, I have found time to do some of each of these things, but not to the level I expected (as evidenced by my blog entries being sporadic at best!)

What I can say, is that I am loving my life!  I may still not have the cleanest house on the block, or find time to knit much more than I did when I was working full-time.  But I have been able to play the piano, which I hadn’t done in 20 years! And my trips to the lake are not as often as I’d like, but I have hauled out the sewing machine and started making use of it!

A few weeks ago one of my daughter’s friends contacted me to ask if I would be willing to help her out with some sewing for her Etsy shop.  She is such a sweet young mother who is so busy with her little one year old daughter and had designed these darling vintage inspired rompers that she was receiving so many orders for, that she couldn’t keep them in her shop.  So I started doing a little bit of that sewing for her, and I can tell you, these rompers are darling!  You can see them by searching hashtag #mellyful on Instagram, or visiting her Etsy shop here.

Also, I have been busy knitting a few sizes of the really cute dress I made for that baby shower earlier this summer.  I am listing them on my Etsy Shop today!

And next up on my knitting needles is a newborn (0-3 months) knit dress, to appear in my shop in about a week or so.

New dress on my needles

 I hope everyone is having a fun summer!