Friday, October 02, 2015

{from our travels} ~ Lovely moments along the way

1. knitting in various places is a lovely art
2. swimming pools are lovely to knit by
3. found these lovely wooden birdhouses at Michael's and 
loved what Mamabird Emma's three children created with them!

Thursday, October 01, 2015

{from our travels} ~ The Best Ice Cream

Chocolate scoop and cinnamon.
So good.
From The Blue Scoop in Delaware! 
Some of the best ice cream I've ever had!

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

A Variation on the 9 Patch

Still knitting various dishcloths as far as knitting goes!
Reading for the liturgical year in the lovely Synaxarion,
which is a year round story of Saint's lives.
I learned a new quilt technique,
which explains the lack of new knitting,
though the dish cloths are part of my continued efforts in
Christmas Crafting! 

I had a lot of help to get this far in doing a new quilt block!
I will write up more on how I did this and what I learned soon!
What are you reading and creating?
Yarn Along with us!

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

{local adventures} ~ NYC in mid-September

It was a good but full day.
Lunch with husband, breakfast at a diner,
shopping for trip away to MamaBird Emma and other things.
I found a new white blouse....
The Micheal's in NYC is most unusual in it's sudden high windows
and I am guessing apartments above it.
Trader Joe's I am thankful to esp. for having French Vanilla Ice Cream
which my local grocery stores seem to have stopped carrying.
How anyone prefers the other Vanillas without the creamy French taste
of French Vanilla is yet a mystery to me!

Monday, September 28, 2015

Simple traveling mercies along the way

1. A new hat, gotten in NYC days before our travels
2. A lovely lovely basket for my knitting and bags, a name's day gift!
3. A new knitting bag, that I keep in the car for those times that I have
forgotten my normal knitting bag!
4.Many wash clothes made!
5. The best knitting sign! 
I knit and I don't kill people 

Friday, September 25, 2015

Our travels and time away

Our travels ended up being
a perfect time of those things that give me rest...
being with others who love beauty,
seeing the beauty that dear MamaBird Emma puts
in her home, discussing art, books, beauty,
homemaking, being a woman and loving it...
It came in the midst of some homemaking changes for me,
that began when we hosted the Labour Day Open House Party...
I cleared off our 'Island' counter,
moved the stereo to a small table in the living room,
and reinvented it.
The gift of a pretty glass decanter,
a new blue and white salt cellar and a pretty English tray,
two IKEA white place-mats and an overhaul
of our kitchen drawers
began the change.
I purged my bookshelves of cookbooks that I did not need,
put the new cookbooks up and revisited many old cookbooks.
I have so many recipes to choose from;
I am hoping to do more baking.
Autumn is a very busy time for me, if not the busiest time of the year.
I want to devote more time to baking, cooking, quilting and the 
work I do for my far away church (Sunday School, church book store), as well
as apple-sauce making this year...
and continuing to build my community.... and continue to be stable in
the spiritual life practices that I have as an Orthodox Christian...
This means I may not blog as frequently for a bit; but don't worry
I am just busy trying to set better routines and learn new 
homemaking skills ~ cooking, baking new things,
making new things ~ it seems like it is time...

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Traveling Knitting + 3 Vintage Cookbooks

Mr. Husband and I went to visit dear friends!
I did a lot of car knitting, all dish or bath cloths!
A quick and easy gift is to have
new nice hotel soaps with some handmade bath/wash cloths,
a bag and you're done!
I've been reading some lovely things...
all 3 from the daughter of the Matushka who passed away about a year ago.
There are so many recipes I want to try!
These cookbooks are all hardcover and are such enjoyable reading!
I have ordered some mylar dust jackets and look forward to 
making these cookbooks usable and with protected dust jackets!
I find that I am drawn to all the creative arts,
culinary arts, knitting, quilting... 
so much joy to be had.
I am dreaming of serving more meals to others!
And of knitted things for Christmas gifts! 
My stash is slowly growing!
What are you reading and creating?
Yarn Along with us!

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Many squares, NYC and The Castle of Llyr

 I went to NYC yesterday!
The real reason was mundane (routine dentist visit)
but I had a lot of fun along the way!
I am getting a much better sense of a small area in Manhattan and 
brought my knitting with me!

I have a small 'treasure chest' at home that is storing my knit squares and
wash clothes.  As you can see, I am slowly amassing them!
The many coloured blanket is going to be really fun to put together!

I am so happy it's Autumn now!
I am looking forward to this season!
And am loving seeing my knitting sitting 'around the house' 
as it were... 

Am reading The Castle of Llylr from Mr. Husband's book collection...
he used to have the whole set but is guessing in one of his
library purges he gave these up 
(if he had kept all his books, we would have an impressive library by now,
but probably no room from anything else, like dishes or clothes! :) 

 Other than this reading, I did a cookbook purge this week.
I am getting ready for that set of cookbooks that I was given recently
and have been having fun reading through various books...
I really hope to make more use of the many cookbooks I have 
and make some special dishes this fall! 
What are you reading and creating?
Yarn Along with us!

Monday, September 14, 2015

Teaberries ~ a high tea with a friend in July

 I realized in the hecticness 
of life itself that 
I never blogged about a lovely 
high tea I had with a church friend
from our far away parish!
It was a lovely time!

French onion soup... and tea...

 Delicious sandwiches!

 Scones with clotted cream and jams!

It was such a pretty and peaceful place!

Most of the desserts I took home and shared with Mr. Husband!

I do hope to do this again one day!
It was delightful!