Thursday, October 31, 2013

Mind Wanderings

I'm still studying like a mad woman, 
but I take a little break and my mind wanders to three things....

(Pillow from this post, rose blanket from this post, and bobble zigzag blanket from this post.)

(There were six, but by the time I retrieved the camera....)

the last of the flowers from our garden for a friend's birthday.
(Recognize the bachelors buttons from this post?)

I hope all is well with each and everyone one of you!

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Quick and Easy Autumn Treat

It's all about quick and easy lately. 
So here's a treat that follows that theme.
Two ingredient Pumpkin Donuts.
Really delicate and yummy!

Recipe found here at The Girl Inspired website.
I had a craft store coupon so I opted to purchase a donut pan;
 however, they were sold out of all but heart lucky can a girl be?!?!

Thank you all for you wonderful comments during this "hiatus" of sorts.
 I will be around to check on you soon!
In the mean time - 
I hope you are all experiencing the beautiful Autumn weather
 that we are so fortunate to be enjoying, here!

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Hiatus Rose Project

Just poppin' in to say "Hi, I miss you all!"

Since we spoke last I:

1) Resigned from my job.
This is the first time I have not worked (nor had an income) since I was 14 years old!
I think I am going to like it.

2) Enrolled in an MBA Financial Accounting course.
Goodness gracious, it's grueling. 
Today I finished the mid-term exam; hence, the break to write a blog post.
The course will be over on November 27th
 and then I am planning on taking a 100 hour nap;
the kind of nap one needs after 40 years of working,
and an accounting class...

3) Got braces on my teeth!
I will be 55 when I get my braces off.  haha. :-D

4) Am planning, tracking expenses, budgeting and cutting back like crazy
 to see how long I can afford this mid-life crisis break and still have fun.
It's been fun so far, I'm even thinking about a whole new blog about it.
Hmmmmm...what do you think?
Would you read it?
Any suggestions on what I could call it?

 and last but not least, for sure,

5) Started another crochet rose project:

 It's going to be a rug of all white roses!
I'm not sure how I am going to join them...
What do you think?
 Very simple. 
I've made so many of these darn things in the past six years that they crochet up so quickly
 and maybe even with my eyes closed!
I need simple right now.

They are made with three strands of white Red Heart Super Saver yarn,
 the HUGE crochet hook I used for the rag rugs from here,
and the rose pattern that can be purchased with an instant pdf download from my Etsy shop here.
I will post more details upon completion i.e., joining, border, etc.
 as I have not yet decided what to do.

This rug is for my new "at home" office:
It's really the dining room that I have converted into an office. we will begin to dine at the kitchen counter.

As you can see the office needs a rug.
So that's what I am working on in between debits and credits, EBITDA, FIFO and LIFO.

This new "office" is where you will find me most of my waking hours.
It's a sunny spot with a big window and that's a fireplace on the right. 
The fireplace will come in handy once the cold weather sets in.

Many items have been moved in here from my former office:
And this beautiful Italian heart paper weight was a retirement gift from a dear colleague.
(Flowers are from our yard and are courtesy of the holding Autumn weather in our parts.)
Ooooooo...and I can't forget the white stapler.

I'm still on hiatus but could not resist the excitement of sharing the rug project. :-)
I hope all is well in your part of the world.
I hope to see you soon.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013


The only constant thing is...change, right?
Lot's of those going on in my world right now.
And feeling a bit overwhelmed.
So I am taking a blogging hiatus,
but will leave you, for now, with a little freshly picked leftover summer.
Thank you for the splendid associations,
they have truly warmed my heart and put many a smile on my face.

See you soon!

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

My CAL Homies Part Huit

I am pleased to show off two more projects made from the Granny Rose:

Judy over at CJ's Stitching and Blooms made these adorable pin cushions.
What darling gifts and stash-busters too!
(Oh, and how about those cute little critters?)
Be sure to visit Judy, she has a heart of gold and posts about all kinds of lovely things.

And check out this beauty:
Cheri made this for her secret sister. 
She joined the squares with a flat braid.
Cheri would like to make one for herself but she is busy spreading her crochet love to others, at this time. :-)
Cheri does not have a blog but kindly shared the photos with me. 
Thank you Cheri!

I have added these projects to the CAL page with many other projects made by lovely bloggers. :-)