Hello Autumn <3

I just love the Fall, everything about it just speaks to my soul. The crisp air, the smells, the leaves falling from the trees. I love apple picking and cider, hot cocoa, and when I could eat them, donuts (I will find a way!!!!).

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The last month has flown by so fast with homeschooling and dance class, the flu made it’s way to our house, I was down and out for over a week and Leif followed suit. Toph and Lorelai managed to escape without so much as a sniffle, Leif was better with in a matter of days, but I still have this lingering cough that is more annoying than anything.

I was hoping to knit during my downtime, I got a few things done, but mostly I had to restart a mitten twice. The first time I lost track of how many rows I had done, and the second I used the wrong size knitting needles, making the mitten an entire size smaller than the first.

When I was able to finally move about and do other things, I made spaghetti sauce and salsa out of the 54lbs of tomatoes I purchased the day before I started to feel horrible.

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During my second round of what I like to call my failing immune system, I was able to working on another project, as I only had a sinus infection, and so my hands worked just fine.

IMG_4609.JPG a friends little boy just turned two and I thought being a fall baby, that a pumpkin hat was appropriate.

I also had the chance to make two wildflower crowns for a friend and myself, using the lovely pattern from Tiny Owl Knits

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Now for some furry news

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My husband happened to snap a picture of this brand new highland calf, some friends of ours up the road have a whole herd of highland cattle and they are just some of the most beautiful animals I have ever seen, I just fell in love with this little fella.

We’ve been working in several things for homeschooling, including our attempts at paper mâché for a social studies project on ancient China
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As well as crocheting a scarf. I now understand crocheting a little better and may even attempt to do more crocheting because of it.

We’ve been learning about the five sense and how to play the recorder. Lorelai and I can down play a recorder and guitar duet of a Mary had a little lamb.

As I said Autumn has arrived, one day we had several leaves on the ground and the next we woke up to this

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We have been preparing for the cold winter months, which includes and new hutch for Carrick, thanks to our neighbors. They raise rabbits and offered this hutch to us.

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Well folks I will leave you with a picture of the lovely sunset I took in my backyard last night, have a great day!!

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Cough cough hack

We started school this week, so far so good :-) both kids started dance class on Monday (creative movement for Leif, ballet for Lorelai), Tuesday Leif started preschool, Wednesday Mama got a sore throat and BAM I’ve been down for the count ever since.

I tried working on projects this week, I got half of a mitten finished before I realized something wasn’t right and had to take the entire thing out.

I did manage to slightly accomplish (with help from a lovely lady I met at the local yarn store), teaching Lorelai how to crochet

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Have a great weekend folks!!

It’s beginning to look a lot like fall!

The leaves are changing colors early, the apples are dropping off the trees, and the delicious aroma of changing weather is in the air, that’s right folks! My favorite season is headed are way full force, Autumn!!! I love everything about Fall! It’s just beautiful and it makes me smile :-)

We had a fun time at the wedding last weekend, I also had fun at the bachelorette party/bridal shower a couple of weekends before. Did I finish my dresses? Almost, I got stuck on the zippers, but I was further then when I wrote about them.

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The maid of honor and myself, I’ve known her since she was 9, she is now 22…I feel so old…and short, you can’t tell it here, but she is almost a foot taller then I am.

We stayed at a wonderful inn the night before and night of the wedding. A charming place in South Berwick Maine, called Academy Street Inn. The room was beautiful, the breakfasts were delicious, and the company was perfect! I even met a woman who asked for my address so she could send me a few books on fiber!

Now we are home and I am recovered, until this weekend when my handsome nephew comes to visit. I’ll be chasing around two 4 year olds!!

I of course have been working on a few things

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A cowl for my friend

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A Christmas bulb

A custom sweater for another friend, though I’m still having slight issues with it, so you will see a picture at a later time.

Leif’s doll, and a scarf, and another glove, and another mitten, and 355,535,834,935 other things.

Soon though, most of that will have to take a backseat. Today we received our curriculum from http://www.OakMeadow.com

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It is a distant learning school and left me just tell you folks, I am absolutely thrilled with the material. You can use the program in two ways
1. You buy the curriculum via the bookstore and do it as a homeschool
2. Enroll and you get the curriculum, as well as teacher support and they deal with the school district.

We did option two, I am not sure who is more excited, myself or Lorelai!

Have a great Labor Day weekend folks, remember if you plan on drinking, please get a designated driver. I lost a great friend to a drunk driver 5 years ago last March, and I cannot stress how important it is to not drink and drive.

Good night!

Overachiever

This morning I awoke at 5:30 and just knew in my heart I had to make the other dress.

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Within 3.5 hours, I had the pattern, & fabric cut and the dress pinned together.

I was hoping to sew it up tonight, but then this happened

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ok I lied, I recut the top last night
This happened tonight

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I am hoping to have at least ONE finished by tomorrow afternoon. Bachelorette party starts Friday, so we shall see which dress will be the winner!!!

Have a nice night folks!!

Oh dear

Sometimes we all have bad day, sometimes when you are having a particularly bad day, you should set all craft items aside…or you will end up having to make an whole new top for the dress you have been working on.

Yes my friends, in the middle of the last arm binding, things accidentally got ripped. I was already having a no so hot day and then bam, rip. In trying to fix this rip I only made things worse until I eventually gave up and tossed the unusable dress top into the trash.

I cried, a lot. I blubbered like a big old baby. Then I took a deep breath. You know why folks? I’ll tell you why. I always buy an extra yard if fabric just in case.
So tonight ( this happened yesterday and I’m in a far better mood today), I’m going to recut the top pieces, and I am going to get a good chunk of my dress top sewn up. You know why? Because I don’t give up ( okay, sometimes I do, but not this time).

I will be wearing this dress Friday night (buying another dress just in case).

You know what I did finish today?

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This lovely owl mitten, I have more more to go!

We had our first ever family pictures done this past weekend and received the pictures in the mail today. I thought I’d toss a few up here.

Have a nice night folks!

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Mommy had a meltdown.

Well folks, I have been getting a lot of spam comments, and when I say a lot, I mean 5-10 a day and it is starting to just get on my nerves a bit. So I read up on it and saw I could add a captcha plugin. Cool, great, lets do it. Well I didn’t realize that when I installed wordpress onto my computer it was .org and not .com. I saw the “Create a welcome entry post” and my heart started to race…

Did I screw up my blog?! Where did it go?!, it was then I realized my mistake. Not even sure that I want to yet again move my blog from one place to another. I guess I’ll have to figure out another way to keep the spammers at bay. I wonder if I just go back and delete the one blog they keep commenting on, if they will stop, alas that is probably just wishful thinking.

I worked on my dress a lot yesterday, I had never done a neck or arm binding before, so I am pleased with the current turn out.
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I did have a bit of a panic attack yesterday, or as Toph would call it, a hysterical meltdown. You see, I have lost a lot of weight since I got my dress form and I guess it slipped my mind that my dress form is a bit bigger then I am. So when I slipped that dress on the form yesterday and couldn’t get the back close enough to where there would be enough room for a zipper, well yes, I had a meltdown.There were tears, hysterical sobs, lots of “WHHHHHHHHHHHHY”, and quickly searching on Amazon for dresses to ensure I would have something to wear next weekend.

I found nothing to suit my style, it was resolved (after Toph shoved a bunch of chocolate in my directions) that I would need to go try on a dress somewhere. I vowed however, that I would finish the dress regardless of whether it fit or not. After half an hour, I slipped the sleeves over my arms and sure enough the dress fit.

Will I finish the dress? I sure the heck will. Will I have it finished by next Thursday…that depends on the weather but I am hoping so.

Well Folks, I will leave you with my latest knitting project. My Pal Shanna (Who just moved back to the land of snow) asked me to make her a pair of mittens. This is the first.
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