Saturday, March 26, 2011

Another CREATIVE giveaway going on!

I have been following Christy's blog now and just love her creativity!  There's a very special giveaway going on now to win one of her online classes - She Had Three Hearts!  Check out Courtney Walsh's blog to find out how to enter.  

This would be a great class; looks very inspirational!

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Good Clean Fun!

It all started with this fun little package!  I won this from a giveaway on Rhythm of the Home blog.  Smallthings was giving a felted soap making package away and I was so happy to win!  My youngest son and I set everything out.  We admired the wool, squished it in our hands, smelled it and looked at all of the pretty colors provided.

Ryan unwrapped the bar of Dr. Bronner's soap - love those products - and began to come up with a plan for wrapping his soap with the wool.  He started with the brown as his base and made sure to cover all of the soap bar.  You can see he didn't leave any white soap showing through.

He then took the colorful bits of wool and began wrapping, and wrapping, and rewrapping.  At this point he wasn't so sure we were up to.  The wool is still soft and not sticking to anything.  I kept telling him, trust me once we put some warm water on it, you will see.

 So we took our softness to the bathroom sink and began running the wool-wrapped bar underneath warm water.  He squished and rolled and pressed and mashed and reran the bar under more water.

He squished and rolled and pressed and mashed and reran the bar under more water UNTIL...

VOILA!  A beautifully wrapped bar of natural soap.  We set it out to dry.  
He couldn't wait to try it out in the tub. 

It was a lot of fun and I would definitely do this project again.  Thanks again Ginny for the giveaway.  
My son and I were able to try a new project and spend time together doing something new.

Good.  Clean.  Fun!

Friday, March 18, 2011

Sometimes you feel like a nut...

 If you look very carefully at what the squirrel is holding in his hands, you'll see my point.  We have the sweetest mail lady who always leaves a treat in the mailbox for our yellow lab, Zoe.  Well I put Zoe's treat out on the deck for her to get later - a little surprise you know.  Well if I didn't hear some noise and look out the dining room window to witness this!  The squirrel has her treat!  He smelled it, flipped it around and examined it, and then finally took a nibble.  One nibble led to another and then he ran off with it.  Hmmm...  My youngest son thought this to be hilarious and wondered if he went home with a mouthful and the momma squirrel asking, "Where have you been and what's that you're holding in your hand?"  So now I know to always give Zoe her treat directly and try not leaving little surprises for her.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Knitting Along with smallthings

Another chance to view all of the wonderful projects out there at smallthings blog.  

Still working on my socks from last week.  I have made it past the heel and am working on the foot length now.   

Have many scarves on the needles and am finally finishing up with my youngest son's stripey afghan.

Here's a close-up of the edging I'm adding on the last round.  It's a 5-stitch picot.  All rounds are single crochet except for the last round before the picot which is a double crochet.
I'm helping mom purge her huge stash of yarns.  I know...someone's got to do it right!  

I'm still working through my oldest son's old theology book, "Blest Are We".  

I have been focusing on Psalm 51:11-14.

Have a great Wednesday.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Yarn Along

Yarn-Along with us at smallthings blog.  I just love seeing what others are working on.  I have never linked to the yarn along, but thought there's no better day than today, right?  So here goes...

I am currently working on a pair of socks for myself.  I received the cutest pair of black maryjane shoes for Christmas from good 'ole mom!  I just knew what to do with this Knit Picks sock yarn I had stashed for quite awhile.  Hope everyone has a great Wednesday.

I found the pattern (So Simple socks) on Ravelry.  I am now at the heel and am enjoying the pattern.

Knitting today will be a nice quiet way to reflect on the season of Lent.  I am reading one of my son's old theology book (Blest Are We) from grade school.  I am working on the chapters pertaining to Lent and Easter.  Sorry, I do not have a picture of the book.