For England. I’ve tried to type the proper words but could not.
My mama’s old stationary box houses my embroidery thread. You may or may not remember how beautiful stationary used to be when it came in such a box; back when writing to friends and family was the least costly way to stay in touch. Stationary boxes were often given to my mom for Christmas and birthdays, and even though this one is tattered, the box behind the wrapping is still sweet. She stored her embroidery thread here too. I knew when I came across the box, I’d continue to use it for the same sweet purpose.
I’ve been working on some embroidery for the Etsy shop opening in June, and dividing my time between working on projects for the shop and a little knitting.
There is something about embroidering that brings back precious memories of happy times in my childhood. Perhaps that’s because the quiet moments it brings with it, reflect the times when I was most comfortable as a young girl.
A new knitting project has been started as well. I was feeling the need for a new color on the needles. I’ll share more about it tomorrow, (we are heading to the last violin and piano lesson before summer.) I promised myself picnics this summer. I started this morning. The air is brisk and the sun shining. I did need to go back in for a sweat shirt though.
Fabric is waiting to be sewn into projects bags.
The food we have been enjoying lately has been simple. Yesterday my son made this for lunch. I can honestly say it will now be my favorite lunch! We enjoyed the crispy bread, topped with avacados with iced, sweet green tea. The second sandwich, is lightly buttered bread, place butter side down on parchment paper, lightly spread with an olive bruschetta spread (bought in a jar), and sprinkled with gorgonzola and parmigiano cheese, then baked at 350 until crispy. Yes please!
Sending you all love during this incredibly sad time. May the simple comforts of home, quiet crafts, family, good food...a picnic… may it in some way comfort you. Love, Jeannine
Hello! It’s almost the weekend friends!
I have a cold and allergies trying to keep me from doing all that I love this week, but I am pushing on regardless. Today will be very windy, so I’m out in the yard early and plan to spend the afternoon indoors.
To build the cottage life that I love here at home, there is a need for simple and pretty things, both inside and out. One of those things, is the beauty of fresh roses. Did you know that roses all have unique names almost as lovely as the blooms themselves? Yesterday roses were planted throughout the yard...Fragrant Clouds, Cherish, Mister Lincoln, and First Prize. Queen Elizabeth was planted earlier this spring, and more just like her are waiting patiently.
Herbs are ready to be planted as well. A trip to the market is on the to do list, in search of a large pot. I’m suddenly becoming fond of the pots I’m noticing everywhere. Pots can be simple, pretty, and I find the arrangement possibilities enchanting.
I’ve made progress on my Day to Remember shawl. With busy days and so much to do, I’m focusing on one knit at a time at the moment which is quite relaxing, even if there isn’t a lot of knitting time each day.
So I can do the things I enjoy, like knitting, and creating a loving, cottage style home for my family, I want to find ways to be more frugal. One change I have recently made, is to use my local library more, instead of buying books that I typically end up giving to resale shops after reading. When the boys were small we went to the library every week, but I stopped going when they grew, and when Amazon allowed me to purchase any book with the click of a button. I had a few minutes to run in the library last week, and if you haven’t visited a library lately, there is a particular feeling there, I have to say, that Amazon just doesn’t offer. Trust me, I love Amazon, and a week doesn’t go buy that we don’t use it, but browsing slowly, through hundreds of books, finding authors you love, learning something new, and leaving with something free…it’s all quite wonderful I think. So the other night, as I came across a Susan Branch book on her blog that I’d like to read, (love her!), I resisted the urge to hit click, to purchase, and instead headed over to the library’s website, reserved it from a library far away, and asked them to ship it to the one close to my home. It was done just as quickly as adding it to my cart on Amazon and hitting "pay now". Who knew? I’ll look for more ways to save, but this change is one I was happy to make.
The Etsy shop I’m starting this summer will have a few baby dresses available. The first is ready to cut. I hope to take simple patterns and add something a little special I have in mind, to make them extra sweet, and create an item that isn’t found in a store bought dress. I’ll share more as it comes along.
Flowers I planted from bulbs the week we arrived here, are blooming and bringing joy to the yard and my heart.
The Queen Elizabeth rose. Rose petals are such an amazing creation…and the scent! Wow! I’m thankful today for the Queen Elizabeth Rose... and for you dear friends! Thank you for visiting. Have a beautiful week. Love, Jeannine
Yes. That is my laundry in the picture! Ha.
Hello Dear Friends!
Has it really been ten days since my last post? Seriously, I don’t know where the days go! Simply put, the days are still busy. This week I found myself knitting quite happily on my most recent knit, A Day To Remember, only to find myself a little too comfortable with the easy pattern, continuing to knit through hearing the boys daily adventures, planning dinner, helping with math, and a host of other aspects of daily living, only to count stitches inches later, and all of three times, there has been an extra stitch. Oh, I know you are undoubtedly shaking your head and saying, “Oh yes, been there, and done that!" I’ve frogged several inches each time, and now a couple extra stitch markers are placed to hopefully help.
I took a break from counting pink stitches, to start the button band on my Anna Vest. It’s finally off the needles and ready to be sewn together.
A surprise will be coming this summer! I’ll be opening an Etsy shop. There has been a lot of planning happening. My shop will feature hoop art, hand embroidery, project bags, and baby items. I’ve been practicing, working on ideas, and collecting supplies. I hope to have it open near the end of June. You may see hints of the offerings here in the coming days;)
We rush through tests, concerts, and lessons, but know we are about to transition to the beautiful, slower days of summer. We’re almost there! There has been band and orchestra music filling the house and this never gets old. Sweet boys, sweet music. I’m so so thankful for it all. At last night’s final concert, the musicians filled the auditorium by lining the steps of the audience for their final song. Seeing their talent, and knowing how hard they have worked, fills my heart each year. The music though…I’m still amazed, and I hope they know, that I considered it a most precious gift.
Wouldn’t it be fun if we could all gather for a concert…and knitting? Next time I listen, I’ll imagine you were all there.
I hope you enjoy Central High's final song of the 2017 school year. The Pirates of the Caribbean. Love to you! Jeannine
Hello! Happy May! Has it been raining cats and dogs in your part of the world? There has been crazy amounts of rain here, but today it has stopped for the time being.
This morning I looked through a cookbook by Tea Time magazine, and decided to try the Caramelized Shallot and Blue Cheese Honeyed Swirls.
I mentioned on a previous post, that when I was too busy to actually do the things I enjoy, like baking and the like, I started making a list in the hopes that when things returned to normal, I would fit something from my list of loves into each day. Recently, I’ve been doing just that, and oh, finding time for what one loves, does make life sweet.
I didn’t forget to add a little cleaning schedule to my planning, since I know to truly enjoy doing the things I love, the house needs to be on the tidy side. (psst..most days I don’t get it done, but it’s always good to have a plan;)
I love to make things at home, that make an ordinary day just a little more special.
I’m still working on my two shawls, Shaelyn, and A day to Remember, both easy and relaxing to knit. Also, earlier this morning, a certain knitted vest was rolled in a towel, and is waiting to be blocked. More on that soon.
There were mostly rain puddles and tall grass on the nature walk this morning, but these little beauties don’t seem to mind the extra water at all.
Have a lovely day friends. I hope this week offers you time for the things you love most.