Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Busy has robbed me

How is it possible that it is Thanksgiving already?  Anyone else feeling that way?  I was talking to Andrew (freshman at Wichita State) yesterday and realized that he's almost finished with the first half of his freshman year.  How does this happen?  I went to bed early last night  reflecting on that question as I fell asleep.  I woke up this morning with an answer - BUSY.  Could the answer be that simple?  Have I been too busy to notice the trees show their glory?  Have I been too busy to notice that Matthew's school pants need the hem let out about 2"?  Have I been too busy to get the oil changed in the van even though the light has been blinking at me for a couple weeks?  Have I been too busy to greet you in the shop? Have I been too busy to give you the attention you deserve?

Busy has been robbing me of joy and friendship.  Busy is the cause of my anxious gut.  Enough! 

Since I'm pretty sure Busy is also robbing you of "me" time, I invite you to claim some "me" time this weekend.

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Are we there yet?

That phrase you know you are going to hear on a car trip with the kids.  On our trips to St. Louis, Marc and I used to bet how long we would be in the car before we heard that question from one of the boys.  As they got older, we could get to Columbia, then we could get to Jonesboro, and now they say it just to annoy us.

In the last couple of weeks, all I could think about is, "Are we there yet?"  Lets get this election over so we can get back to normal.  And now that it is here, I am filled with thankfulness.

I am thankful that the election is finally here.  I am thankful for the opportunities I've had with my big boys to talk about values and how to make decisions about candidates.  I am thankful that tomorrow we will know the direction of the journey our country will take for the next four years. I am thankful that my phone will stop ringing.  I am thankful that the most annoying TV commercials will be about siding your home. 

Aren't you glad to be back to normal?

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Our Place

Tax Season marks the beginning of the end...the end of school that is. It is also the green flag for “get those summer plans wrapped up. Kids to summer camp, car trips to the National Parks or your favorite beach. Every family has that “Place” that defines their summers spent together, that is the cradle for years of family time. Ours is Lake Vermillion, MN.

Our first trip there was in 2005. Matthew was only 2 ½. I remember being scared to death that he would end up in the lake and drown so he was not allowed out of the cabin without wearing a life jacket. 


Early on, Marc and the big boys would spend two days on the lake with a fishing guide, catching all the walleye they could. 

 Matthew and I would stick together at the cabin; stabbing crawdads with a stick, digging giant rocks out of the earth, searching for frogs. 

He got his own kiddie fishing pole and I taught him how to put worms on his hook. Really, I put them on and he said, “Ooooh, gross, Mommy.” But he eventually started doing it for himself and could sit long enough on the dock, leading to his invitation to the boat. 

This left Mommy at the cabin by herself for two day. Poor Mommy ------ Are you kidding – lets do the happy dance. Two days of hearing the lake lap on the shore. Two days of watching the loons. Two days of lake air. Two days of knitting, needlepointing and spinning. Ahh, heaven.

Hoping you will find a spot this summer where you will experience a little bit of heaven.

Your summer journeys might require a new project. We've put together some needlepoint canvases that are travel related - places, animals and beaches as well as a couple yarn projects. The knitting project is a little girl sweater that Cindy knit up called Helena. It only takes 3 skeins of Co-Ba-Si to make a 12 months size. Heading to Baltimore, check out this super cute crochet top.

PS - These pics are from 2008.

Saturday, April 16, 2016

I delight in the days when babies are in the shop. I am a baby nut and have been my whole life. I am the oldest cousin on both sides of my family and loved getting new cousins. I even have cousins the same age as my oldest two sons.

One of my fondest memories of my childhood is the family baby showers. All of the ladies in the family would gather to celebrate the new life in our family. I felt like such a big girl to be included in these gatherings of the wisdom and support. Often it was the only opportunity for me to get to know my parents' cousins and my great Aunts. And of course, I delighted in the crazy shower games and butter mints.

I treasure the special hand made gifts of crochet blankets, embroidered burp towels, knit hats that I received as gifts for my babies and the special hand written notes that accompanied each gift. "Baby Shower Season" is upon us and I thought I would share with you some of our ideas for this season.

is fluffy, soft and absorbent, a quick-knit microfiber yarn perfect for washing, drying, cleaning and more! The ball band includes two patterns - one for a cleaning mitt and one for a basket weave washcloth. But our favorite pattern is Squeaky Clean Toddler's Hooded Towel. Lynn loved it so much she knit up a sample in 24 hours. It took every inch of 2 skeins.

Cuddle Bunny Blanket is an awesome
quickie for crochet.

Needlepoint offers some birth announcements, baby sleeping signs, and
1st Christmas Ornaments and other canvases for Children.

Baby Showers are the perfect opportunity to create memories with those you love.

Friday, January 29, 2016

Back in the Saddle Again

It's been a while since I taught a class at The Studio.  I think a combination of events lead me to burn out a little.  For one, I was teaching lots of classes and putting in lots of hours at the shop, and secondly, I realized my kiddos were becoming men right before my very eyes and I was missing a lot.  I decided to scale back so I could spend more time with my boys.

Well somehow two of my boys have become adults (at least by birth years) and baby Matthew turned 13.  How in the world did that happen?  This has freed up some of my time for teaching.

I have always loved to teach - even way back when I was in Girl Scouts.  I would teach knots or orienteering or a craft.  I was a teaching assistant for Biology lab in college.  I am intrigued by how people learn, how the brain creates memories, how muscle memory works, and how ideas and skills are communicated to create a learning experience.  Teaching brings me joy and gets my endorphins going.   

With that, I am announcing my first class...

Martin Story Afghan KAL 

Thursday nights 6:30-8:00 

Feb 4, 11, March 3, 17, 31, 

April 14, 28, May 12, 26


Sign up here or call the shop


Here's what Martin says about this afghan...
“For my second KAL in the Pure Wool Superwash Worsted, I looked to the motifs, textures and colours of our Northern European knitting traditions - the knitted textures and fairisle patterns of the Shetland Isles; the Faeroe Isles; Norway, Denmark, Sweden and Iceland.  This is a look which is currently very popular in interior fabric, wallpaper and fashion design.  Unlike my first KAL, the knitter can now choose from four, classic tonal palettes, chosen to fit in with most popular, interior colour schemes. A very soft and natural palette: a calming, blue palette; a fresh green and a zingy, spice palette.  Whichever colour suits your mood and interior.“ 

There will be eight square release stages in total, with the final and ninth release on 12th May 2016 featuring the edging design.

Here's a link to the official announcement page 

Here is a video of Martin talking about the afghan project

And the Ravelry Page 

Can't wait to see you in class