easing back in……..

easing back in.......

easing back in.......

easing back in.......

easing back in.......

easing back in.......

easing back in.......

easing back in.......

This time of year is my favorite. The quiet after the busy-ness. The tree made it outside the day after Christmas, but the rest of the holiday decorations are still being enjoyed. I even splurged on some garland for the windows when the craft store had a 70% off sale. I twisted pine-cone and glittery beaded garland (floral items) together to make a really lovely wintry decoration. Red berries and lights for the sunroom. I really could leave some white lights up in the kitchen year round. And my kitchen tree! That's her at the top. A cast off branch at the farm where we got our tree. The kids had one in their room this year and I got one for the kitchen. I think I might need a kitchen tree from here on out…..

It was nice taking a break these last few weeks. Tell me, how was your holiday? What have you been up to?

Ours was lovely and quiet. Luke spent the entire day building legos. I really do see a budding engineer in that boy. There has been coffee with homemade irish cream. Knitting. Tidying and reorganizing, which always seems to happen for us the week in between Christmas and New Years. For the third year in a row we rented a night of karaoke for New Years Eve. The kids love this. The little ones tried so hard to make it to midnight but were fast asleep in my bed before eleven. Next year though, they say they're making it all night!

We have been busy with some projects I can't wait to share and the little ones have accompanied Joe & I on many outdoor adventures in the cold. Lots of very good on-goings, for sure. Speaking of cold….. we had subzero weather late last week and TEN inches of glorious snow. Luckily, Joe & I think shoveling is great fun. At least the first few times anyway. Looking outside back door is like looking into the pages of one of our favorite books. It's a winter wonderland for sure…….

It's good to be back…..

xo~

s

 

21 thoughts on “easing back in……..

  1. Love the kitchen tree. I think I need twinkle lights to continue into January, even though the rest of our decorations have been put up for a week now.

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  2. aw…love the tomten…and the images of a quiet, still, snow-covered farm. ah…the agrarian life. your days sound lovely. it’s great to see you back. we’ve been busy doing the same sorts of things you mentioned. a little bit of outdorsy stuff, little projects around the house, and a little bit of cleaning out/reorganzing. ’tis the season!

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  3. I have the same scarf pattern out to knit…..are you using smaller needles than the size 17 in the book? I am tring to decide how many stitches to cast on if I use a size 13 circular instead….it is cold here….I don’t want too much air getting through the scarf! 😉

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  4. Oh, I love these days, too! Of course they don’t last long enough, but if they were longer they wouldn’t be as precious.
    I say you should keep the white lights up; I have a string in my kitchen, and Julia likes to turn off the kitchen light when they are on “to make it look pretty.” She’s all about the ambience, that one… Happy new year to you. xo

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  5. Welcome back, and Happy New Year! Fresh new calendar, new projects and dreams, renewed energy! Missed you. I don’t comment often, but read everyday.

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  6. Hi Sheila. I’m using a slightly lighter-weight yarn than the pattern calls for. It’s Springvale Bulky by Three Irish Girls. Here is the label information :: “Knits up at a gauge of 2.5-3.75 stitches per inch on a size US 10-13 (6-9mm) needle.” I went with the size thirteen and I love the way it’s knitting up!

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  7. My kids have spent lots of time with legos since we got home from our holiday travels. Love the fun creations they come up with! Happy New Year!

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  8. The scarf pattern looks like the just the project for the cold weather days ahead! I used to go buy houseplants when I took the tree down, because everything looked so empty! And I left my wreaths over the fireplace last year until Easter. I like swags and lights all year. I have a skinny tree that is up all year, just has different stuff or nothing but lights on it the rest of the year.

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  9. Your blog brings my heart rate down. Literally. Have you considered a Tutorial for the pinecone wreath? It’s gorgeous.

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  10. Oh thank you, I'm glad you enjoy visiting here. I bought the pinecone/seed-pod garland as is, and simply wrapped beaded floral wire around it. So it might not be much of a tutorial 🙂 I think it's lovely too. I'm not ready to take it down yet! 

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  11. My youngest is really obsessed with legos. He will spend hours building. He'll build the set and then it never lasts more than a day or two before he constructs something new from his imagination. I really love watching what he comes up with. It makes stepping on and picking up all the runaway legos so worth it 😉

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