Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Knitting Work in Progress with Starbella Yarn

Today is Wednesday and Shelly and I have quite a few works in progress!

Share this tip and Starbella yarn:
We have been knitting up a storm while I'm here for Christmas week.  This is the Starbella yarn that Shelly picked out for daughter Kyra and I got to knit it! It's my first time knitting with Starbella yarn but Shelly made everyone scarves for Christmas and could have sold each one twice while knitting in public. 

You need fast projects when you're just visiting!  It's fun and pretty easy knitting with Starbella as it's so unusual.



THE BEST TIP 
about using Starbella is before you start your project, open the yarn and wind it around a tube like I have shown here.  I used a paper towel tube that I cut to size, you can use a toilet paper tube, a stiff piece of cardboard or even a rolled newspaper.  It is much easier to use when the yarn is already opened and flattened.  It's tedious but once you begin the project you can complete it in just a few hours, it goes that fast.



Have you tried this yarn yet? Or Red Heart's Boutique Sashay Yarn?

It's easy to buy authentic Starbella yarn on Amazon.  They offer it at a better price and more colors than local yarn shops.  The Amazon link below will take you directly to the Starbella Yarn.




Also feel free to ask me questions about Starbella.  It's so easy to knit or crochet with!

Joining the knitting party at Tami's Amis

Monday, December 26, 2011

Thrifting Friendly Village by Johnson Brothers

Friendly Village by Johnson Brothers was my mother in laws china pattern.  She has been gone for many years and her dishes went to her daughters home.  So I was happy to find two plates, in this china pattern both like new,  on plate hangers to warm up our new home for my husband.   Friendly Village is a comfortable pattern and will be friendly and homey for all the kids and other family members when they visit also.   I've always loved dishes by Johnson Brothers and have to resist collecting more than one pattern. 

Linking to Coastal Charm's Nifty Thrifty Tuesday...see link on the sidebar to view other wonderful thrift finds last week!

And Thrift Share Monday

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Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas Eve

 A short road trip up the coast
 Over some rivers and though the swamps of Florida
To our daughters house we go!  

 Shelly and Michael on Christmas Eve
And Kyle and I.  Kyra was camera shy.  We took three pictures and  Kyle blinked in every one.  (!)

A full day and then party food!  Shelly fixed guacamole, salsa, tortilla chips, barbeque pizza, quiche, pizza, french dip hot sandwiches, potato chips and dip. 

New P.J.'s were opened..
...and admired!
There was much intense competition and hilarity

The serious player...

...and the player who just likes to play...


And guess who won both games?  

Did you even question it?



Shared with Homemaker on a Dime

Monday, December 19, 2011

Thrifting Treasures

I have a few things to add to the thrifting parties this week.  It's hard to get out there with all the Christmas shopping I had to do and Christmas mailing.  

This was quite an interesting buy:  It's a lowball tumbler from Ralph Lauren.  The polo players are etched and the glass appears to be lead crystal.  It looks blue but is actually clear. 

 They are sold in sets of  two and are quite pricy!  Not all are signed, but this one had an etched signature!
$0.75 

 A PartyLite candle holder in a blue swirl glass was a no brainer.  I loved it.  I have a thing for glass, and especially colored swirled pieces.  
$.0.79

$0.25

A vintage  pottery candle holder from Rowe Pottery.  Part of the "A Country Home" collection.  I guess 1987 is vintage.  It's almost a quarter of a century old.  Still looks new, but I love salt glazed pottery pieces and the hearts are so nice.  It's a nice addition to Tortoise Cottage.   I'll be looking for hurricane glass now. 

    Looks like I'm in my Blue Period, but  actually I'm happy as a clam!

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And Her Library Adventures Flea Market Finds 
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Saturday, December 17, 2011

The Nutcracker Ballet

The Nutcracker Ballet is a holiday tradition for many but it was a first visit for Mom.  She had her 83rd birthday on Thursday and since she had expressed a desire to see it, my sister and I decided we would take her this year.  We surprised  her last night at her birthday dinner when we presented her with tickets for the show tonight!   It was a perfect evening!




The poster in the lobby

Seats in the second row, we were brimming with anticipation! Michael and Bill were seated on either side, but not pictured.  It was a fun group!

The opening party scene.

The final scene.

Curtain call

The end of a perfect evening.


It was a perfect evening and a great finale to the two day celebration of Mom's birthday!

Friday, December 16, 2011

Angry Birds, The Red Bird

 The Red Bird from Angry Birds

I haven't done any crocheting since I learn to knit, aside from one easy project.  I have never followed a pattern, cold.  But my grandson asked me if I could make him an Angry Bird from the Angry Birds game and I blithely said I could.  Sometimes my positive nature gets me into trouble.  We looked together on Ravelry for a pattern.  The Red Bird was the one he picked out and it wasn't until I began to read the pattern it that I realized it was crochet!

Crochet patterns have always confused me so much I never made anything from a pattern.  I just crocheted scarves and blankets all my life.  So I studied the Angry Birds pattern diligently.  I can do this, I can do this, I muttered as I decided to take it step by step. 

So I was very happy to find that I could complete this cute The Red Bird from Angry Birds.  I didn't wait until Christmas to send it.  Sometimes it is just fun to get a box in the mail when you aren't expecting one.  He sounded very happy and pleased when he called and said "Thank you Grandma!" 

I say thank you back.  Now I know I can follow a crochet pattern as well as a knitting one. That means I struggled, but it turned out reasonably well, despite my mistakes!

Here is a link to see the rest of the Angry Birds I crocheted since this one:   MORE ANGRY BIRD TOYS


It was a free pattern from Ravelry but some of them had to be taken down with copyright issues.   If you can't get it, leave a comment and I'll send you the pattern I used.

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Wednesday, December 14, 2011

December at the Beach

You may remember last week I promised myself we would give ourselves a beach day before the end of the year.  Having been in Florida since July 31 we only had one short beach visit the first week of August albeit we have had several drive thru's looking for good beaches.  

We discovered a nearby beach in Hernando County last week but, alas, it was coldish, after six PM and the beach was closed.  After boldly driving though the exit to view it, we decided to come back as soon as possible.  I checked weather.com for a good day and promised myself Tuesday would be our beach day.
It was, as promised, in the upper 70's and blazing with sunshine but the beach was practically empty!  
I wore my bathing suit, a floral cover up purchased here back in September, black Van's flip flops.  And my thrifted floppy hat I bought here in October that fits so snugly I don't have to hold it in the breeze (but I do out of habit). 

The Mister carried in the beach chairs

and I carried the towels and "lunch" in my bag that I repurposed from a thrift store blouse:

The breeze kept us from getting too hot while soaking up the Vitamin D


But it also kept us from doing any actual swimming. 


Not from wading though and walking and exploring the whole beach area..  I went along the beach  to the point and back and then the other way to the end of the beach and back.  The longer I was in the water, the warmer it got.

I wouldn't have been the only ones in the water, had I decided to dive in...the jet skiers were out.


We didn't arrive until 3PM so our "lunch" was a refreshing Florida tangerine... 

...and it was!.  I didn't think to bring a beverage of any kind, I'm new at this beach business.

We toasted in the sun, waded, ate and read for almost two hours.  The Mister said this was the most relaxed he felt since moving here.  He was as reluctant to leave as I was. 


This is gonna be a great winter!

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Sunday Services

Another Sunday and we have visited another church here in the area in our grand search for a church home.  Since it's the Christmas season, I wore my version of red and green.   I tucked my little white snowman with the green jingle bell into my scarf to keep it in place and I felt quite festive.

This time we went to a really large church that had a school associated with it and a fleet of busses.  Again we were a tad bit late and the service was in full swing.  As I stood in the lobby I looked in vain for a seat for two and finally spotted one about half way up the right aisle.  

Confidently we entered just as the prayer ended and all eyes watched us enter and discover that there were Bibles, notepads and pens left to hold those places.  I hated to turn around and walk out and a desperate glance spied two spots in the middle of a pew two rows up.  That necessitated the man on the end having to stand up and step out into the aisle and we scootched past the lady who stayed seated and finally after all the commotion settled down and we hopefully became invisible again. 

The hymns were carols, but obscure ones that I liked.  The message was interesting.  I was a bit off put that he read most of it, but I felt the words were uplifting and worshipful. Not everyone is a Billy Graham!  Bill was not happy the choir was robed.  He feels that is too churchy for him, but our petty fault finding was only because of our search to feel at home.  

I noticed in the bulletin that they were having their special Christmas musical program and drama in the evening and we both decided we wanted to go.  After church was over (no one spoke to us except the official greeters at the door who while shaking my hand somewhat pulled me forward out the door as he wished me a good afternoon.  

We stopped and asked mom if she would like to go and she said she would love too. So she came over early and we had supper and then left in good time to get a seat.  I wasn't going to have the same problem this evening!  
Mom was a confection in red and white and I donned a cathedral length jacket over black with white beads.  My antique red ice skate pin was hidden in the busy pattern. But Mom's sparkly Christmas tree was just right for the occasion.  

We loved the music and the drama

We found a good seat and really enjoyed the program.  It was well presented, all the choir in period robes and it ended in a candlelight moment that was beautiful. We were very glad to have been a part of the audience.

Later we drove around and looked at lights in the nearby neighborhood


It was fun for all of us and a very nice ending to the evening.  

We will still continue our search, but haven't ruled out any of the churches we visited except one.  

I have found it's harder to find a church home when two are deciding.  


My question:
When you first visited your church home did you feel immediately drawn it it or did it grow on you? 




Monday, December 12, 2011

Thrifting in December

I have been really enjoying my new local thrift shops.  This week's treasure hunt yielded these gems.

 A Fossil bag that looks unused but probably is.


I'm not familiar with them and didn't notice until I peeked inside that it was special. I caved and spend $10.00.

 Digging a little further I found this gem for $6.99

It probably is a knock off, but it says it was made here :-)
 
Seventy five cents for this sweet little Cloisonne' Teapot.  It is only 3 inches tall but it is a working pot, someone used it for spices.  It's quite heavy for it's size.

The lid is separate and you can pour through the spout. I love the teacups and checkerboard trim.

A stunning embroidered pillow that caught my eye.  I didn't know where I was going to use it, but had to have it.  When I tossed it on the bed, I saw it matched the embroidered flowers. 

A couple of felted gift bags for a quarter!  I love the bucket, which I actually picked up on another trip, but the tall one with the jingle bell in the center of the snowflake called my name too. Homemade wrapped goodies could be tucked inside.

We are doing  "thrifted only" stockings this year so I can't reveal the special finds I picked up for those right now, but will post them before New Year's.... I hope.  I'm so excited with what I've found!


Women are so easy, but the men and teen guys can be tricky!  Suggestions? ( I always love comments!)


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