Monday, January 24, 2011

Little Mouse Pattern.....


This picture is from Stag Lane Primitives

Dearest Readers,

I thought you might like to make a few wee mice for yourselves so I wanted to give you the link to this pattern from Stage Lane Primitives over at PatternMart.com. 

I warn you....these sweet little mice are just like potato chips....you can't have just one!

Yours kindredly,
Shan


Sunday, January 23, 2011

My "Tasha" Bowl...and other musings....


Dearest Readers,

You can imagine my delight when I was selected to receive this beautiful "Tasha" bowl as a gift from the lovely ladies of the Corgyncombe Courant! What a truly wonderful gift! A very large hug to my dear kindred spirits, Diane and Sarah....your blog is so very inspiring and charming.  Thank You.

Life continues here at my beloved Honey Hill at a gentle pace...tender care taken to make each day thoughtful and productive.  The house is back to its usual self as all of the Christmastide decor has been stored away for another year.  It took about 10 days to for me to un-decorate, pack, clean and re-decorate each room.  I always remark each year about the abundance of Christmastide decor here in our home, but I truly love to decorate and wouldn't have it any other way.

What else?  Ah yes, we are going to expand our garden the whole length of the Eastern side of our yard. Our plans include a new raspberry patch along with a potato patch, a better place for the compost area and...keeping my fingers crossed.....a GREENHOUSE!  We will build it ourselves (we have oodles of recycled glass and lumber) and I have been studying ideas and plans for the better part of the year.  I think we will be building a solar pit greenhouse with a small pellet stove for heat during the winter...the thought of a lovely ripe tomato in the middle of winter is almost too much to consider.  I will keep you posted.

I have three more jumpers to make out of winter weight material...I will post separately about the jumper as it is a new pattern.  I want to show you a photograph of yours truly in the jumper but I would like to purchase a tripod so that I can take my own "self portraits" and not have to bother Dearest. My old method of using the self-timing feature with the camera "propped" precariously on a piece of furniture...well, let us just say that someone or something was going to suffer the consequences.

Other than making a grocery list for the week, and folding a little laundry, I think that I will spend time today making a few more wee mice (see photograph above).  I just love adding a bit of whimsy here and there...and nothing is more whimsical than a cute mouse in an unexpected place...a la Tasha style.


Yours kindredly,
Shan

Monday, January 3, 2011

Soapbox Clean....



Dearest Readers,

Not only will January be the month to scrub, tidy and shine my dear little Honey Hill, it is also the time of year to clean, scrub and straighten my sweet little home here at Blogger.  I hope everything is displaying correctly...I added little scrolling soap bubbles, but Dearest isn't seeing them over on Firefox.  (He was seeing html for a while...I hope it is fixed.)  Would you be so kind as to leave me a comment if you see anything amiss?  Some of you use different browsers and may see my blog in a whole different manner.

Meanwhile, enjoy "The Happy Working Song" and "Spoonful of Sugar", two songs that will make you want to fill a bucket with hot soapy water and clean something....anything! Of course, if you find them distracting, please feel free to pause them.

Now, where did I put my scrub brush.....

Yours so kindredly,
Shan

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Pursuits in the New Year.....


Dearest Readers,

I wish all of you greetings from our little home here in the foothills on this fine New Year's day.  Isn't it delightful to think of a whole new year standing before us....fresh and brand new....without any mistakes, full of possibilities?

This year my pursuits will include...finishing 3 more jumpers (I will share a new pattern with you)...being brave enough to wear more Victorian fashion in my everyday clothing....making my own sweaters and shawls from a wonderful new crochet pattern book....more scrap booking...and beading my own jewelry (as I have acquired quite a "stash" and it is still in my work-basket). Oh, yes, finishing the 11 mice that are already about half done....one cannot have too many stuffed mice about (and my Darling Girl would like a few for her little home as well).

Of course, there are always the usual homekeeping needs, but I would like to pursue my home organization with even more vigor and determination.  I am purposing to keep only those things I truly admire and adore and all other fluffery will be donated to charity.  Even though the Victorian "look" is always portrayed as "more is more", I like to keep my home with the attitude that only the dearest items should adorn shelves and walls and collecting frippery just for its own sake seems a bit silly, not to mention unwise for my homekeeping ledger. 

Moneywise, I relish the challenge of continuing to manage the affairs of our home with a penny-wise attitude and keep the old adages of frugality and re-purposing close to my heart and my pocketbook.  I do pray before entering any store and ask that I will be led to make wise decisions and not let the temporary desires of my heart lead my spending in the wrong direction.  If you do not do this yourself, Dear Reader, I encourage you to start...you will be amazed at the difference when you take the Good Lord along in your shopping basket.

The garden and our dear old home are always in need of attention and shall receive loving care in the due course of the year.  We especially want to add a greenhouse to the garden area and Dearest will make winter storm windows in his shop this summer....our old house is awfully drafty in the winter months. There is also the matter of painting some weather beaten trim near the roof line...we may hire that done however, as our house is VERY tall and we would have to rent scaffolding or a lift to get to the worst spots. I am a coward when it comes to very high places and would rather pay someone to do that job then have to take medication to do it myself!

I hope to condition my heart to offer more hospitality to others and not let unfinished projects and the attitude that "all must be perfect" before I can have a guest over rule the day.  This is terribly hard for me, but I am making headway and "heartway" in this area.

Most importantly, I want to encourage the Fruit of my Spirit and would like to spend more time reading my Bible, along with a few spiritual books that have been recommended by other bloggers. I will share those titles after I have read them and can give an accurate accounting. I pray that I will be a blessing to all those who I encounter and offer kindness and thoughtfulness each and everyday.

I offer you my heartfelt prayer that you will have Peace and have a multitude of Blessings in this lovely New Year....I have been humbled by your comments and delighted by your friendship.

Yours so kindredly,
Shan