Saturday, February 4, 2017

Where do I start!

What a month January was...I've seen the operating room at St Lukes hospital
more than I care to!
First I had a bone spur removed from my right ankle and 2 weeks later I was in there again for a broken first joint on my left index finger...that will be 2 weeks Tuesday.
I have 2 pins in the tip of the finger and a cast style splint higher up than mid arm.




So this ole gal is typing one handed.  Approx. 8 weeks like this....
so no sewing or punching and I'm going bonkers.
I try to do one handed cleaning - minus water because I can't wring out the cloth -
lots of organizing and reading.

But...I can draw so I have been doing some patterns designing.
Doug made me a really nice light box this week and it works great -
so that has kept me kind of busy.



A couple weeks ago I did finish my latest punch needle design
and it is available as a pattern on my selling site

This one was in the process - needs some yellow in the flower petals
yet but it will be quite awhile for that now.


Oh, I want to THANK EVERYONE for posting a comment on my last post - by disabling Google+ it cleared up the inability for some of you to comment.

Thanks for visiting!
Karen

Thursday, January 5, 2017

PLEASE HELP....THIS IS A TEST WITH GOOGLE+

I have been having a horrible time with GOOGLE and GOOGLE+

First off - I actually didn't know I was connected to GOOGLE+  -  and as of the last several months I do not get notified if certain people comment and I also know some people CAN'T comment.

SOOOOO...I did a lot of reading in the 'help' section and disabled GOOGLE+ comments.
That being said it should now take ANYONE'S comments, not just GOOGLE+.

If you would be so kind as to leave some kind of comment or even a one word comment so I know if you are getting through!
And I will hopefully see that you DID comment in my email notifications.

I thank you all in advance
Karen


Sunday, January 1, 2017

SO IT'S FINALLY HERE!

2017 that is!
A new year...new ideas...new goals!

I plan on getting some much needed painting done in the house this winter - the wood trim is badly in need of it.  Two winters ago when we redid our bedroom I planned on doing it all but ran out of steam and then last winter I was recouping from my back surgery and I really don't like to paint in the summer...so bring it on this winter!!!

But....to say a bit about Christmas....the only Christmas party we had was our annual 'cousins' get-together on the 20th.
Always a good fun time and this year my brother/SIL and step brother/wife got to join us....some cousins couldn't make it.

Christmas Eve afternoon our wonderful neighbors the Aldrich's made their annual cookie visit bringing again a wonderful tray of the best homemade cookies ever.
The dad and the girls do the baking every year....mom, not so much.
They were all dressed in Packer garb because there was a Christmas Eve Packer game.
I didn't get a picture of the cookies this year - 
but you can see part of the tray on the counter.
One daughter was missing (5 in all) because she was in PA for Christmas with the in-laws.

Zayne couldn't be here for the full time on Christmas day so we had our granddaughter Alex and him here the day after Christmas so he could open his gifts.






This winter I'm hoping I can get to work on some of my hooked rug projects that I have in the process and a couple I want to start.
Been working on this one for 3 years now - and one I hope to finish....it's really large so I guess that's the reason I can't seem to finish it (that's what I'm telling myself anyway lol).


I haven't even started on this one - when I see a neat pattern I just can't resist buying it
(along with all the wool of course!)
And this beauty...a beautiful early style Penny rug!


So that brings me to New Years Eve....we stayed home as usual and had our 'usual' dinner.
Doug had his (4 lbs.) crab legs and a T-Bone steak.
I had the tenderloin portion of his steak and some deep fried shrimp....and never saw the stroke of midnight....don't remember the last time we did...
we never stayed up when we were younger either.


Over on my selling site I put some Holly mats on sale
They are what is all that's left from the items I take to consign at the shops.


You can find this sweet snowman punch needle as well




So that brings me up to date!
I want to say to any one who has tried to leave a comment and can't - I am sorry - 
I don't know how to change it.  I've gone into the setting and just can't seem to 
find any thing different than before.
I know blogger has changed a lot of its inner workings and that has caused us problems. 
So if you really, really want to comment just send me an email...
you can find the link on the right side column.

Thanks so much for all your wonderful comments and faithful following over the past year(s) - I hope to continue blogging but we'll see.

Blessings and HAPPY NEW YEAR to everyone
Karen

Saturday, December 10, 2016

A bit of Christmas


Like everyone else out there we have been busy with decorating for Christmas and baking cookies.
Being we are only having one party this year we cut way back on the baking.
For sure we will make the traditional 'cut-outs', fudge and toffee bars.
Not sure if we'll do anything else.

My orders have slowed down and I'm happy for that - 
my fingers just can't do what they used to.
But I am finally getting around to gettin these items posted on my selling page:



You may have seen this one before - it was on a vintage bread board
but I re-worked it on this basket and I like it so much better

I did a second making of wool Christmas trees
The first 5 sold immediately - have a few left from the new batch


Christmas decorating was kind of a challenge for me this year.
You would have thought my heart would have been in it now that I feel good again -
last year I was less than a month after my back surgery when we decorated and I loved it...
this year, not so much.
Maybe because we 'switched things up' - and that threw me off some I think....I was going back and forth with this and that trying to get my head to say 'perfect' but it didn't happen so I just quit while I was ahead and said to myself 'enough already'...so this is all ya get this year folks.

We'll start with outside...we had the prettiest snow last week right after Doug got all the trees up in the corners - but we have nothing on the ground now.
But we are to get a good one during the night tonight.



~ KITCHEN ~




We found these sweet little orange cups in Ohio last month at Miller's Antiques -
wish we had bought more.
I filled them with fresh cloves and they smell so good!













~ DINING ROOM ~










~ FAMILY ROOM and DEN~










I didn't mention at the beginning of this post that along with cookie baking to 'eat' 
we also made Gingerbread men.
I'm going to put them on the kitchen tree to make the scent even better in the kitchen along with the oranges and cloves.
And I'd never be able to finish all that needs to be done without my trusty helper!!




Guess that's it for this week
Hope you all are having a wonderful weekend
Karen