Pins I’ve Made: Warm and Cozy Cowl

It has been cold and snowy here lately and so I wanted to make something for me that was warm and cozy.  Plus I just wanted to make something for me, since I had spent the months before christmas making things for everyone else.  I saw this and knew it was perfect.

                                               Source: oneflewover-oneflewover.com via Kirstin on Pinterest

 

I loved it! So I found the pattern here. It was really easy.  I altered the pattern a little bit partly because I had a heavier weight of yarn than the pattern said and I also didn’t have the same size hook required.   I also decided the detailing at the edge was pretty so I repeated it at the end so that it matched.  I like symmetry.

I love it. The wool is soft and cozy and it is very versatile.  It is wide enough that when it gets really cold outside and I have to shovel or walk somewhere I can pull it up to make a little hood to cover my ears.  I also love the colour, I am not a grey person but there was something so wonderful about the colour of the wool, it made me smile (and it was on sale half price, you can’t beat that!).  So that is my Pin of the week, is there something you are working on?

Next week: something to keep me organized!

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Photo a Day: Jan 31 Me Again

Smiling at the baby in hopes she stops screaming!

I can’t believe it is the end of January already! It went by so fast.  This month has been tons of fun.  Over this past month I have managed to start and finish a number of different projects.  I am really good at starting and not so great at finishing!  Over the month my hair has also changed, it started off nice a long and a hazard for the baby.  With all the post-partum shedding (it is astonishing the amount of hair that can come out of one person’s head with out them going bald!) and a grabby baby I thought it best if I chopped most of it off! I love it, it is so much easier to deal with, not that it was hard before.  When it was long I would get out of the shower and put it up, and of course at bedtime it would still be wet.  Now when I get out of the shower I can pin part of it up or leave it and it dries in less than an hour!

I had lots of fun this month and I hope you will stick around and join me for February which starts tomorrow, crazy!

Photo a Day: Jan 30 Nature

This morning was bright and sunny. It was such a nice change from the grey days we have been having lately.  We got a fair amount of snow last night and everything was bright and sparkling.  On my way out to the garbage I snapped this picture of my chive pot.  I have a garden of herbs that grows close to my back door so that I am able to run out and grab what I need.  At the end of the summer I will grab a bunch and bring them in to dry them.  My herb garden isn’t very big, it has sage, oregano, thyme and lemon balm and I have a pot of chives close to the deck.  I like things that are easy to tend to and since the garden is in pretty much perpetual shade they need to be pretty hardy plants.

This summer I am going to attempt at a garden. I do not have a green thumb and I have a slight tendency to kill plants.  But I am hoping to plant some cucumbers and some other veggies.  I have no idea what, if you have any ideas feel free to pass them on.  I would love to plant some green beans but for some strange reason the leaves of the plants give me hives, but there is nothing better than a whole plate of green beans in the summer.  I guess as spring is getting closer I should really start to think about what to plant!

Gratitude*Sunday

G r a t i t u d e  *  S u n d a y
{Sunday’s heartfelt tradition. A time to slow down, to reflect, to be grateful. A list of gratitudes.} 
Today I am linking up with Taryn at Wooly Moss Roots
During a week where it would seem like everything went wrong, it is nice to pause and reflect on what went right! This week I am grateful for:
  • My grain mill, nothing feels quite like grinding my wheat and then working the grains with my hand to make a wonderful delicious loaf of bread for dinner.
  • Wonderful friends and their beautiful children.  There is nothing quite like having a house full of happy playing children, you can’t help but smile at their antics.
  • The toddler’s wonderful imagination. She makes up the most delightful stories and songs, each one makes me smile and laugh.
  • A beautiful new (to me) lambs wool sweater that I have been reclaiming the yarn to make something beautiful for me and my girls.
  • The words of Proverbs 4:23 “Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life.” A nice reminder to not dwell on negative and harmful words and continuously check my own attitude and heart.
  • Friends who spark passionate and interesting conversations. There is nothing quite like learning something new or learning how to disagree in a way that isn’t damaging to the conversation or friendship.
  • My wonderful cookbook that is teaching me to look more at what and why we are eating what we are.  It is also giving me a chance to try out some new recipes and over the last week or two several of them have become a morning staple!
  • Family that lives close by that is always willing to lend a hand, whether it be to watch the toddler for a little bit while I spend some time with baby or to lend us a larger car so we can run some errands to pick up some items that don’t fit in our tiny vehicle.
  • A baby who enjoys co-sleeping (the toddler HATED it). I am able to feed this ever hungry little person while still getting some sleep.  She is currently eating every 1.5-2 hours which if I had to get up would be so exhausting.

Those are just a few of the things that I am thankful for this week. What are you thankful for?

Photo a Day: Jan 29 Inside my Fridge

Tucked away in the back of my fridge are jar and jars of bone broth.  I use these jars all the time.  They are the base for soups, gravies, stews, sauces and add flavour to casseroles and other dinners.  I have bags of bones in my freezer so when I run out I just haul out one of the bags and cook up some broth.  It really is super easy and has wonderful flavour, I also love that I am in control of the ingredients so I know exactly what is in my stock!

Photo a Day: Jan 28 Light

This little light means that the oven is warming up to bring me something delicious (I hope). In this particular case it was a tasty tray of chicken wings.  I don’t have a fancy oven, in fact it doesn’t even have a clock on it, most of the time I have to guess that I am getting it at the right temperature but I love it nonetheless.  I use my oven at least once a day, if not more whether it be for baking a loaf of bread, some crispy crackers, some warm gooey cookies or just supper, it has to be one of the most used items in our house and I love seeing that little light winking at me!