I Bet You’ve Wondered What Happened to Me!

Hey there blog friends!  I am sure you thought I had dropped off the face of the earth! For that I am sorry, and I am hoping to do better! 

Wow!   It’s been something like 10 months since I posted.  Hmmmmm… Those months were filled with wedding planning… work… dress shopping… knitting animals… dress fittings… trips to the lake… more wedding planning…  bridal showers…  Can you get the theme of the last 10 months?

Yep!  We had a wedding in the family!  My daughter Amy, married a wonderful guy this summer and we had the best time planning it and the day was just so special and memorable!  (Even though many moments were kind of a blur in my mind!)

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Trips to the lake this summer were great too!  We took a week of vacation and spent it there and the weather was PERFECT!  We had plenty of time for morning fishing trips, afternoon boating and swimming, and relaxing evenings.

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Bear had a great time too!

This past weekend was our weekend to put away most of our summer toys.  Always a sad time.  But we are planning a trip to New Hampshire in a couple of weeks so we have lots of things to look forward to, also!

In the mean time, I am back to knitting my animals and other items, and I am planning to get out the sewing machine again too.  I need to get some things in my Etsy shop for Christmas!

Hope you are all having a wonderful week and Happy Fall!

Where is the Summer Going???

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Tomorrow is July 1st… and my brother’s birthday! (Happy Birthday to him!).  I really can’t believe that June is over.  We’ve already had our longest day of the year and July 4th weekend is upon us.

The reason it hasn’t felt like we’ve had that much of a summer so far is that the weather has been cooler with lots of rainy weekends.  So I can’t believe July is upon us and I haven’t even gone for a swim yet this year.

If I were searching for a silver lining to all this non-summer weather, I think I could say that the added indoor time has allowed me to try knitting something new.  This past winter when looking through patterns on Ravelry, I came upon a wonderful website called Mary Jane’s Tearoom.  The doll patterns sold here were so wonderful, I became obsessed with the idea of making some of them.

Years ago, when I was growing up, I loved Joan Walsh Anglund dolls and collected several.  The dolls from Mary Jane’s Tearoom patterns, reminded me of those.  I couldn’t wait to try one.

So this summer, one of my projects has been making this adorable doll I call Emmeline. 

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The pattern was not that difficult but the results look so professional, I think.  As soon as I purchased the pattern, I got an email from the shop owner telling me that if I had any questions, to not hesitate to email and I would receive help promptly.  Due to the well written and illustrated pattern, I never needed any outside help.  I especially liked the fact that each body part also had measurements when stuffed so I was easily able to tell if the pieces I was making, were stuffed the right amount. I think the finished doll looks very much like the pictures that were on the pattern. 

And I can hardly wait to make another one!  Emmeline will be appearing on my Etsy shop in the next couple of days if anyone is interesting in “adopting” her!

Oh!  And after the nearly tropical grade storm we had last Saturday, we were able to get out on the lake Sunday and enjoy some boating!  Thank goodness!

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I hope everyone has a wonderful July 4th weekend!

God Bless America!

What a Nice Winter Visit

MKAL Week 3Happy Weekend everyone! (Even though it is almost over…) 

I finished my Week 3 clue of the Downton Abbey Knit along early this week.  It was pretty much 20 more rows of the same thing we had been doing, with the stitches per row increasing.  Now I have almost 300 stitches on my needles.  But it is really pretty, and I love the texture and softness of it!

So with Saturday looking like a pretty nice day, Pat and I decided to head up to the lake to visit mom so she and I could compare our knitting progress!  We actually chose the same colors of yarn, but I chose to use the variegated color as the main color with the solid color as the alternate one.  She chose the opposite.  They look really different but I love them both!  When we are done we will have to share them back and forth…  (at least I hope so! 🙂 )

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The day was not really pretty but it was neat to see the lake iced over and snow-covered.  The last time I was there, it just had a really thin layer of ice so this was a big difference!  I did get a couple of pictures of the lake and the sun did peek through the overcast sky just a bit yesterday.

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Brrrrrrrrr…  but still pretty in its own way.

We took Mom over to Potawatomi Inn for lunch. They have this really neat restaurant at the Inn with great views of the lake. 

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As we walked out of the lodge, we saw all these families sitting around the fire, doing puzzles and warming up from their outside activities.  Some had just come in or were all dressed to head out to the toboggan run!

I posted pictures of the toboggan run a couple of years ago and since yesterday wasn’t as pretty I didn’t take any pictures, but here are pictures from two years ago!  I also found this cool YouTube of  the toboggan run to share (thanks to CLP Marketing, Angola, IN).   I know I sure enjoyed it when I was in college and our whole family used to go on Thanksgiving weekend!  I am thinking we may need to plan this again soon!

This is definitely a great family vacation spot if you live anywhere near the North Eastern Indiana area!

One of my favorite things about the lake area is enjoying ALL the seasons!

 Anyway, we are back home and I just printed off Clue #4 for my KAL.  Only 14 rows this week and it looks like it is going to start some new patterns in the knitting  I can’t wait to get started!