3 Oct 2014

Good morning! It’s so very peacefully quiet in the house right now. It’s 6:30 in the morning… my husband has already left for the day and the kids are still sleeping… most of them in their own beds, one of them in ours.

Our nights are short… some shorter than others, depending on how many times Michael wakes up… but I enjoy getting up early and being able to spend some uninterrupted time with my husband. It’s only a for a few minutes while he drinks his coffee and I attempt to get the sleepies out of my eyes, but I savor those few minutes alone… just the two of us. Once he leaves, it’s just a matter of minutes before one of the kids wakes up, usually waking the others in the process. This morning though… it must be the rain that’s keeping them in their beds…

The weather here has been a bit crazy the past few days. One day it’s warm and sunny, and then the next we’re turning on the heat and hiding under warm blankets. When I look outside, signs of fall are all around… the trees are changing colors and the leaves are falling. The grass is now covered in an ever changing patchwork blanket of bright yellow, orange, red leaves. Fall is definitely here… in the air, in the plants… and both I and our friendly neighborhood squirrel know it.

October squirrel mess

Our squirrel and I seem to have an on again off again relationship. He’s a cute little critter and when he’s good, I don’t mind that he suns himself on our back deck or chooses to eat his pinecone on the railing (and leaving the mess for me to clean up… just like a child!). The problem is though, that he’s not always good. He’s pretty greedy and likes to just take and use things that don’t belong to him. For instance… my tulips. I planted them so that we have something nice to look at in the spring. Mr Squirrel sees them as tasty little treats that I buried just for him. My flower pots on the back deck have become his own little food storage spot as well.

October squirrel mess

This plant is usually inside, but I moved it onto the deck when I noticed that some mites had decided to start a community in its leaves. Mr Squirrel must have seen this move as a super special hiding spot… too bad he didn’t clean up his mess, because now his food is mine! (insert evil maniacal laugh!)

Much like our squirrel, I’m embracing fall and starting to prep for the upcoming winter. I’m taking advantage of some downtime from the shop to work on a few personal projects that need finishing, to clean and organize the house (again), and to work on some new items for the shop too.

What are you doing now that the days are getting shorter?

14 Aug 2014

Big Belly Ellie by Noby Designs


Big Belly Ellie is here and she’s ready to conquer the world! She’s was a little shy up until now, but has decided that it’s time to make some new friends!

Oh how I loved working on this pattern! it was so fun watching her come together… row by row, and then piece by piece.

Her pattern is now available for purchase in my Etsy shop. As I mentioned in my last post, I’ll be donating 10% from every pattern sale made between now and the 31st to the Wildlife Conservation Society. I would love to send them a nice sized check, and would appreciate your help in spreading the word!

I hope you are all having a great day! I’ll be back soon with some more updates and a few little tips and tricks. =)

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