Friday, January 21, 2011

Still knitting here....

My pictures are lost.... I'll post one of the finished had when its done, I wanted to show you the before picture because it  looked like a hat covered in cow utters... no seriously!

I'm waiting for this hat to finish up in the wash.  I'm hopeful it will turn out the way I imagine it might.  Of course I could be way off base and this could be a real disaster, but that's the fun part.  Someone will wear it right?   It's a little on the bright side, but it reminds me of the red angora sweater I had when I was 18.

I was telling Thuy the other day I remember when my Baba passed away I flew out from Toronto to Ottawa to meet my family for her funeral.  I thought upon arriving I would be able to change clothes before heading to the funeral home, not the way it went....  I was wearing my new gear for my mom because I knew she would enjoy the secret messages in the clothing and I wanted to cheer her up a bit by putting myself way out there.

I had a bright red angora sweater, the same colour as this hat.  I was sporting a pair of wool, red plaid clamdiggers and bright red socks to match my top... oh did I mention the red beret?  My Scottish mum met my amazing get up with laughter and horror once she realized it was the outfit I would be wearing to the funeral home.  Although I felt extremely self conscious  obviously out of place, I  held my head high and said a proper goodbye to my Baba. 

Oh the secret... as a little girl I was not allowed to wear red, only green.  I remember always wanting red everything, especially shoes.  Red was banned from  my wardrobe because it was not proper for red heads and would clash in the worst way.  I was living on my own and could wear what I wanted, and red it was going to be!  Also the plaid pants were to inject a wee bit my Scottish heritage :) m Wish I had a picture to show you, I was quite the sight!  Blinding sight...

I always think of my Baba when I see this particular colour of red, knitting this hat brought back so many fond memories.

Life is Good!

Sunday, January 16, 2011


I hope you are having a great day and getting tea brought to you all day long!

Annie's sewing project

Lee here...on a snowy saturday Annie asked me to drag out the dusty sewing machine..she had seen some purple material in my stash and thought it would make a great Joker in the Joker from Batman. She literally worked on it all day...figuring out how to thread the machine with my help, and experimenting with different sizes for arms, way to attach the pieces etc. Please excuse the sideways photo!
Here is the finished project..the clothes were a little tricky but she made it work. The hair is green material sewn on. This was a real learning experience for her..she thought of other things she could have done...for next time:) She really has the brain of an artist. She can visualize something and make it happen..

The sewing machine is staying out for a while..we will have to do school work around it. I have some things I would like to make and I know this is a great creative outlet for Annie..and its nice to have it at the ready for when the inspiration hits!

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Happy New Year!

Lee here:) I feel that we haven't quite got back into the swing of things since the holidays...I am still watching too much "food network" since we got more channels for the kids over the holidays....I haven't called to cancel them yet. Annie hasn't started back with homelearning..we are still playing games and playing with lego. Maybe after this weekend.

This box is a cool .49 cent find from the Sally Ann when I was out with Zee. It is made from some sort of mache..similar to an april cornell box I used to have. I love the color and pattern..the inside is black.
I made gift tags with the Christmas cards from last year...for next Christmas.
Annie and I have been going to the she hopped on the treadmill for a photo op...she had already finished on the eliptical. Its a small gym but we go and crank the tunes, work up a sweat and have fun!

Thats all for now:)


It's Official!  The Girls are a layin'

Well today was the lucky day, 11th of January ~ more action in the hen house.  I though they might hold off until spring, but the -12 weather brought these on.  I wonder what's it's like for a chicken to lay her first egg?  What must have come over them.... Bob!  Terry! (our roosters) Something's going on down below, my lady parts are about to explode!  I'm sure Bob and Terry grimaced at the thought and just stood back.  I'm sure the coop dynamics will change as the rest start laying.  Life is Good

Chantecler Chicken


Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Gnome Hat

It's finished!

I did a li'll copper plate that I want to attach to it, that will get done later.  Here's a few pictures of the clan donning the "Hat"

Gnome Hats

I'm having tons of fun whipping up Gnome Gear.  I'm going to do a few more hats and then try some socks with a curl at the toe.  This is my wee gnome modeling my wears.

I've got one in the wash right now, hoping to felt it up just proper and end up with the perfect Gnome Hat for a medium size head.  Might be small actually, time will tell!

Here's what I've done so far

Almost finished knitting the hat.

Before washing and felting.

I'll let ya know how it turns out when it comes out of the dryer.

I want to sew copper tags on them that say Gnome Gear or something Kitchy, I was hoping for Gnome Domes.. but alas its already spoken for by two other sources.  According to the Urban Dictionary it's a sexual reference roflmao.. who'd a knew!

Zee here, and gone again!


A.K.A Flannel Bum Wipes

Just a decade or more in the making.  Talk about procrastinating.  One of my New Year's resolutions was to get them done and in service asap.  So here they are.. drum roll please

I have more than 100, and can make some more up in a pinch!  My septic is so excited, trees are happy.. and nothing beats a squeaky clean arse IMO

Zee here, over and out!