Raiden – You found a hill covered in snow and all you wanted to do was jump and slide.


Sylas – You definitely did not want to help with firewood…you wanted to play with the puppies.

I’m joining in with The 52 Project over at Practising Simplicity. A portrait (or portraits) of my boys every week in 2015.




I lay down on the floor in the sunshine and asked you two to lean over me and make faces at the camera. This is the best I got. I don’t know how you managed to pull off sunshine and gloom so well in the same picture. Sylas you look so neat and tidy with your new haircut. Raiden, I love you so much and that lump on your throat is terrifying me no matter what the doctor says.

I’m joining in with The 52 Project over at Practising Simplicity. A portrait (or portraits) of my boys every week in 2015.


Week2I tried so hard to get a picture of you two last week. This morning I woke up early and wandered around doing chores for a while. When I went back into the bedroom you two were cuddled right up face to face. I suppose that getting up at 5am from time to time is worth it.

I’m joining in with The 52 Project over at Practising Simplicity. A portrait (or portraits) of my boys every week in 2015.


Week1I though I would start this off with a portrait of the boys and the dogs sitting nicely together, but when I went through all the pictures that I took this one was my favorite. I’m not sure what they were looking at, but whatever it was, it must have been serious!

I know that I said Thursday was the day for this but I took this picture and here I am.  I’m joining in with The 52 Project over at Practising Simplicity. A portrait (or portraits) of my boys every week in 2015.

A Blogpost in Black and White.


I was wandering around the grocery store this morning. By myself, which these days is a bit of a luxury. Anyways, being by myself I had time to ponder while I wandered and suddenly a realization hit me. The kind of realization that stops you in your tracks and a very nice elderly old man has to try to reach around you to get to his nutritional shake type drinks because you are standing there like a mong. I realized that I have become one of *those* people. The people who have a fully stocked pantry. The people who never run out of mustard because as soon as they put one bottle out they pick up a new one. The people who are prepared for an emergency.

camo hatted boys

Now I’m not saying that being a prepared type of person is a bad thing to be. Because it is actually a very good thing. And I have very good reasons to want to be prepared. It is just that I never saw myself as being one of those people. I get a certain comfort and sense of security from knowing that my pantry and freezer are full, that every year I do my best to preserve what I can. It is a nice to know that even if for whatever reason we aren’t able to purchase groceries, we don’t have to. We have what we need to last us quite a while. And right now if something comes on sale I will keep stocking up. Especially on Cadbury Mini Eggs. They are on the shelves right now you know, we are on our third bag :)

dog in gray

I like knowing that I have my crafty skills. I know that if push comes to shove I can crochet a blanket, knit a sweater or sew a pair of pants. I also have a rather large stockpile of the materials needed to do these things. Plus I like to do it, and I love to see my family decked out in handmade or wrapped up in one of my blankets. And I like pretty decorative things, because who doesn’t.

cat in gray

It also bothers me that I have one area where I know that I definitely lack the skills that I want to have, which is gardening. I am working on it though. This year I am planning to start with some small steps. Last year I was all about going big with the garden and it really didn’t work for me. At all. It was a pretty spectacular fail.


So what are you? Are you all out prepared for the end of civilization as we know it? Or do you go about your day, buying only what you need? Is it a space thing? If you have enough room to start collecting food do you just do it because you can? Is it something to do with small children and never wanting them to go without? Or is it just something you do for no reason? Is having too much something to be avoided? I really want to know because this seems to be this totally unexpected trait that I have found in myself and I am curious.


I have watched/listened to Frozen about 4 times in the last 24 hours. Who knew boys would like it so much too, I mostly bought it for myself.

Tonight dinner menu is ham, scalloped potatoes and caesar salad. Yum!

Still working away on joining Raidens blanket.

There is mud EVERYWHERE and today was not a good day to wear new shoes.

I have a giant pile of denim waiting to be cut up into squares and I can’t wait to dig into it, but I seem to have misplaces my quilting ruler. Have you seen it?

Alexis, your package is on its way.

Banana-oat-chocolate chip-fruit cookies. Need I say more? 3 bananas from the freezer used up!

Don’t look to closely at this next picture or you will see evidence of my terrible photoshop skills.

colors in the yard copy

It’s the first day of Spring! We all win! (Also I picked a winner.)

plant and bowl

I knew I could find an appropriate container of names holding thingy for my giveaway! Or a little orange pot as I shall refer to it.

There was a little bit of a argument as to who got to do the actually drawing of the name between my two boys and my niece, but in the end Sylas just went for it and grabbed a name. I was barely able to get an action shot.

action shot

And the winner is….

*pause for anticipation*

winner heart

Congratulations Alexis! She said “I have twin boys who just love caribiners!”

I had a peek through her blog Cob Cottage Craft and I have to say I am extremely impressed by her lace knitting skills and also very very jealous of her lovely spinning wheel! Everyone should go look immediately.

Thank you so much to everyone who entered my giveaway and Alexis, you can be expecting an email from me shortly!


A Cold Day in February


Its cold. Like -12˚C cold. There is this crazy wind blowing too so I am sure it feels more like -20 out there. We have been burning through firewood like nobody’s business. Sylas and I are hibernating. I am ignoring the fact that I have to go to work later tonight. Most of my days lately are spent toting around this  basket of yarn and squares, hooking up rounds whenever I get the chance.


This is going to be Raidens blanket. He insisted that I had to make him one, and I am a sucker for those big brown eyes of his… and Sylas’s… and Jasons… so basically I am screwed whenever the boys in my life want anything. But I am okay with that.


I have 18 colors of Stylecraft in total and 3 shades of gray. So I have 5 more sets of colors to go after I am finished the one I am working on now, then I will join them all in the darkest shade of gray using the granny join as you go method from Attic 24. That is my plan at the moment anyways. 049

I also baked bread today, mostly because I wanted some buns to go with soup for dinner. I tried using vital wheat gluten for the first time. I haven’t tried them yet, but I am really hoping that it will make my bread hold together better so when I am making sandwiches for lunches they are a little bit easier to eat and less crumble-and-fall-aparty. Does anyone else use vital wheat gluten when they make bread? Do you get good results? Cold Day February

This kid. I have tried to donate those clothes to the gleaners like 5 times, they are way too small. I put them into the bag and he takes them out and we just go back and forth. They are some of his favorites apparently. He also likes to wear shorts all the time… but being my wonderfully quirky little son if he is wearing a pair of shorts they have to match his shirt. It is the cutest thing ever. Seriously. Also he just bit the corner off 2 pages of a board book. Yeah. He’s a monster.

Wanna Pop a Wheelie?

Here is your warning in advance: I found it really hard to photograph this blanket.


Here it is! My dirtbike wheel blanket for my nephew to be, which I have now named the Wheelie Blanket.  I am really pleased with how it turned out, and I am thinking about making a tutorial for the block for my own reference more than anything, but if someone decided to make one, that would be cool too.


The finished blanket measures about 48″ x 48″

I used 4 skeins of Lion Brand Amaze in Glacier Bay, 1 skein of Bernat Baby One Pound in White and 1 skein of Red Heart Super Saver in Soft White….because I ran out of the other white before I was finished the border….


My brother-in-law and his fiancée are coming into town today for Easter, so I can give it to them in person instead of having to mail it.  I really hope that they love it.


On a side note, if my neighbors happened to be looking out their window they were probably thinking I was insane…tromping around the yard in my pajamas with and old headboard and taking pictures of a blanket.


Ariel just thinks that she is not even going to look at me until I put that blanket down on the ground for her to lay on.


This picture really shows how my whites didn’t match, so I had to crochet them in stripes to kind of make them blend a bit.  That totally looks like it was done like that on purpose…right?

Anyways, that is my Wheelie Blanket in all its full glory, except not, because the colors are so much more bright and pretty in real life, I could just not make my camera see that.


Both the boys got a haircut the other day, well all three I should say because Jason got one too.  I cried a bit inside, I really like their long hair, but that is one thing that me and Jason will never agree on.

I Knit A Sweater!


I am feeling quite proud of myself! And Raiden loves it! This was another test knit and I am really happy that I did it.  I like this pattern so much that I am thinking about casting on another one for Sylas right away.  The only thing is that I am not sure if I got the button placement quite right, or else it needs a snap or something in the space between the top button and the first button spike.  It gapes a little bit.


He is really not too pleased about posing for these pictures, all he really wants to do is drive around in his John Deere Gator.  Just seconds before I took this picture his little brother almost drove it into the ditch and he figured that he needed to take over.


We have been working like crazy around the house.  Raking, pruning, weeding, burning, tilling, planning, and we have finally unpacked a bunch of stuff from the garage that should have been  brought into the house a long time ago.


All we really have left to do is deal with our vegetable garden….which we may be somewhat avoiding.  We probably won’t get to it next weekend, since it is Easter and all, but the weekend after I hope.  We just picked up a bunch of seed starter trays so we can start growing tomatoes, cucumber, peppers, and I don’t know what else.  We also would like to find time to have a garage sale at some point.


I think one of my favorite parts of this sweater is the mismatched buttons.  When Raiden told me that he wanted to use this as a work sweater I cringed, and then decided that there was know way I was going out to buy buttons for it, so he gets what he gets.

Tomorrow I have to start washing a bunch of the stuff that we unpacked, it is pretty musty.  Any big plans??