The guest bathroom walls have been barren since we moved in, and I’ve itched to find something (or make something) nice to hang in there. I came across this cross-stitch kit in Wal-Mart many months ago, and finally determined it was just the thing.
Started — November 10
Completed — December 3
999-2017 Four Seasons Birds
Manufactured by Janlynn
This is another simple cross-stitch kit from Janlynn that comes with 14-count Aida fabric, 6-strand cotton floss, pattern graph, and a set of instructions. This one was a little more difficult than the Collecting Shells design I’ve stitched previously–this bird design had many more colors and involved a lot more back-stitching.
I framed this design very simply with a plastic black frame from Wal-Mart. I was surprised to find a size frame that would work because our store is not “super” and has a very, very small selection of frames. The design finished at about 16.5″ x 7.5″ and is framed to 17″ x 10″, I think.
washed and pressed
my favorite season
hanging in the guest bathroom
This is baby knit #2 and was another very fast project. As is, this hat looks masculine, so if we find out we are having a girl, I will probably crochet a pink bow or flower to attach to the front to spruce it up.
Started — November 18
Completed — November 18
Basic Baby Hat by Heather Tucker
This is a simple baby hat. I knit the newborn size and incorporated a white stripe pattern because I did not have enough of the gray yarn.
Knit Picks Swish DK
100% superwash merino wool
0.36 skeins = 44.3 yds used
Bernat Baby Sport Solid
0.02 skeins = 21.5 yds used
When I finished this hat, I was left with less than 1 gram of gray yarn left! Cut it quite close, but I love using up leftovers… and what better to go with a sweater than a matching hat?
Things to Do With Your Husband #12: Yard Work
Whether it is landscape planting in the spring, mowing and weed-pulling in the summer, or leaf-raking in the fall and winter, yards require a lot of maintenance. This is work that can be fun if you have a little company. We have two very large oak trees in our front yard (and something like five in the back) that color beautifully in the fall.
Living among the gorgeous oranges, yellows, and reds is truly amazing. I am reminded each time I look or step outside that God is the greatest Artist.
Those painted leaves turn brown and crunchy, and a chill north wind blows through…
… and then I am reminded why we call this season
The leaves have begun to fall. And when these two huge white oaks drop leaves… they really, really drop them!
Nate and I decided to tag-team this job. One of us raked and piled leaves while the other trekked to and from the burn pile in the backyard with the wheel-barrow. We swapped roles as my back started to hurt from raking, and then my feet tired of wheeling.
We raked and hauled fire fuel for about 6 hours that day… and only cleared the front yard of leaves!
The work was tiring, but enjoyable. We whittled away the time chatting and laughing as we plowed our way through the blanket of fallen leaves. There is something about hard work that does a body good.
And there is something about working together towards a common goal that does a relationship good.
The front yard looks again as if we never spent those 6 hours out there. Guess we need to do some more good, tiring work.