Black Friday shopping

We didn't have to get up early
on Black Friday and fight the crowds.

There were none in Lake Placid, NY,
unless you count the three guys carrying snowboards.

Instead, we had fun looking at the quaintly decorated windows.

And making a few new friends.


Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your families!
We hope you have a wonderful stress-free day.

We are heading to Lake Placid in the morning
for dinner with my sister and her family.

We expect it to look a bit like it did last year.
Maybe we should go there for Christmas instead....


Clearing even more out

I brought a big plastic bin back from storage last week and it was like having Christmas a month early. Even though I only packed it up six months ago, I forgot most of what was in it.

It was all fun to look at and photograph as it will be going up on Etsy soon too. Now if I could only find the one box I was specifically looking for.....

Here's a preview:



Don't forget to enter my drawing here!!!!

Others who have done so already are:


Some sewing and lots of crocheting

My father-in-law has move back home after a hospital stay and the boys and I wanted to make something for him to have on his bed. I think the color combo is bright and cheery.

This was very easy to make. I bought two remnant pieces of fleece. The blue one was big enough for the body of the blanket. With the red I just cut 4 long strips from it to make the border.

Good practice with the zigzag stitch, which apparently I need to practice more with. Hopefully people won't be too inclined to look very closely. (Reminder to self, actually pay attention to the tension. It might help.)

I want to use the same idea to use fabric to trim my collection of old wool blankets -- like this one was done.

I finished up another custom earflap hat for my son's friend. The recipient has a bigger head than my model here so it doesn't look like a bucket on him, lol.


Here are the goodies!!!!

Come on people! Who wants to win these goodies? I know y'all were just waiting for me to post pictures before committing to linking to me on my blog, right?

Actually (my 2yo's favorite word, BTW), it is probably since I have been so remiss in reading and commenting on other blogs lately. I checked some out this weekend and realized it has been months since I peeked in. Shame on me! I promise to make more time for y'all in the future. I forgot how much I missed seeing what everyone else is doing.

To get your name in the drawing, just mention this blog and it's links to my Etsy store on your blog. Make sure you come back here and leave a comment to let me know you've mentioned me. Thanks a lot!

Two ladies who have left links to my blog and Etsy store are Trisha and Columbia Lily. Thank you ladies.

And now for the official goody unveiling:

A tomato pincushion.
A sewing kit which I think is military given the thread colors.
A woven sewing basket full of buttons, trims,
a fabric tape measure and misc. other little treats.
"Sewing is Fun" a book for girls.
A needlecase with cool vintage graphics.

A chiffon half-apron in white and green.
A baby pillowcase with ruffles.
Two linens with cream-on-white embroidery,
one with daisies and the other daffodils.
A round tablecloth with crocheted trim.

A piece of ecru crochet with arrows.
Hairpin lace (I think) with a leaf motif.
Round doily with bright crewel-work roses.
Three small whisper-thin crocheted doilies.

Big bunch of white pompom fringe.
A crocheted bookmark and a triangle piece.
Set of three pastel-embroidered dresser scarves.
Big stash of small crocheted rounds and squares.

All of these supplies are perfect for reuse in your projects. If you win, what will you do with them?