Tuesday, June 30, 2015

A Blog for Knitters

Here's a shout out to a great

It has lots of designs,
patterns and informative articles.

Today, blogger, Teresa has a great post about
different types of stitch holders,
all of which can be found in various 
Etsy shops.

If you knit, it is well worth your time
to check out this blog!

Happy Knitting!

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

From My Book Shelf

Just finished this very interesting book.
The premise explores the 
different paths life could take
if we were able to keep repeating
it (life) until we "got it right."

Monday, June 15, 2015

What Can You Do with an Old Sweater?

Specially, what can you do with an old
Laura Ashley sweater?
This is one I picked up at a thrift shop
during a visit to Florida last winter.

You can make a really sweet set of
The larger pillow is from the sweater's back
and the smaller, with the original crocheted 
button band and shell buttons
is made from the front.

And what about the sleeves?

Well, for me,
little sheep ornaments are ALWAYS
an option!

Waste not, want not!

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Pizza Love

This morning is pickup day for recycling on my street.
As Daisy, the dog and I took our morning walk
I noted that every recycling box
we passed except one, 
had one or more take out pizza boxes in it.
We, and I am certainly no exception,
love our pizza!

Saturday, May 16, 2015

New in My Shop - Knitter's Tools!

 If you haven't visited my shop lately,
you haven't seen some of the handy
Knitting Tools I have recently added!

 One of my all time favorites is the 
a nifty little counter to help you
keep track of rows, stitches, repeats, etc
when knitting.
I actually have 2 or 3 of these
so I can always put my hands on one.

All knitters know what a hassle
a slippery yarn can be when knitting it.
"Yarn Bras" are the perfect tool to keep
them upright and perky!

I have even selected the ones I consider
absolute "essentials" for any knitting bag
and have them available in a 
pretty chevron Accessory Bag.
Wouldn't this make a great gift
for any beginner knitter?

Happy Weekend!
You'll find me on the porch knitting!

Saturday, February 14, 2015

A Little Pop of Color

I know why Valentine's Day
comes in February.
It's because most of us
need a little pop of red
during the cold and dreary 
month of February.

My little pop of red color 
wasn't a Valentine gift.
It was actually a gift to myself
during the Christmas holidays.

After Christmas, during a day trip to
Asheville, NC
I found it in a gallery there.

It's by Susan Stanton,
a North Carolina photographer.
I am normally not an impulse shopper,
but as soon as I saw it,
even though I had no idea 
where I would put it,
I knew it had my name on it.

It found a home hanging just inside the front door.
It's the little pop of red I needed there!

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Good Things Come to Those Who Wait...

...and wait...and wait.

I have been looking for glass panels
since I moved into this house,
what nine years ago???
Finally, HERE they are!

I wanted them to hang in the two windows on either 
side of the fireplace.
I replaced the windows soon after moving in and
purposely had solid glass installed,
knowing I wanted hanging panels,
but could never find exactly 
what I wanted.
Then last fall, while hanging out on Pinterest,
 I found a look I loved,
in which the artist incorporated
vintage plates.
The pin took me to an Etsy site,
and within a few days,
my order was placed for 
two custom panels.

Within a few weeks a specially made, wooden crate arrived.

Barbara is an expert glass designer and craftsman,
but almost as important,
she KNOWS how to ship glass
and have it arrive intact.

Once the top was off the crate,
there were polystyrene sheets and bubble wrap.

Finally, a first view of my new panels!

Sadly I can never get a nice clear picture of this room,

but I'm sure you can see what an excellent addition
my new panels are to it!
SO happy I waited until I found exactly
what I wanted!
(Thank you Barbara!)

On another note,
but the same theme,
about good things coming to
those who wait,
last summer I fell in love with this fabric.
I had an upholstery fabric that 
coordinated with it
 with the chevron as a lining for a knitting tote.

Alas, I don't pay $50.00 a yard
for ANY fabric, no matter how perfect,
no matter how much I'm in love with it!

Can you believe the very same store
had it marked down to $10.00 a yard
for their MLK Day Holiday Sale last week?
I bought all they had and have 
happily been sewing on it since!
Although the upholstery fabric
I originally planned to pair it with
is now gone,
I never have a lack of 
things to sew!

New this week in my shop
are a great new selection of
hanging needle and crochet hook organizers!

Good things REALLY do come
to those who wait!

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Burrr...It's Cold Outside!

Keep yourself warm!

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Is this not a cute idea?
It is from 
via Pinterest.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

2014 Holiday Show and Sale

We've done it!
Another Buttermilk Cottage Holiday Show & Sale
has come and gone.
Our SIXTH one!!!
Here are some highlights...

This year's show was a visual feast and I wish I 
were a better photographer because
my pictures do not do it justice.

It takes about 3 days to completely set this show.
Once it's over, it takes about an hour
for all the vendors to pack their
things and go!

The party's over...
All done except the clean up!
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