I Bet You’ve Wondered What Happened to Me!

Hey there blog friends!  I am sure you thought I had dropped off the face of the earth! For that I am sorry, and I am hoping to do better! 

Wow!   It’s been something like 10 months since I posted.  Hmmmmm… Those months were filled with wedding planning… work… dress shopping… knitting animals… dress fittings… trips to the lake… more wedding planning…  bridal showers…  Can you get the theme of the last 10 months?

Yep!  We had a wedding in the family!  My daughter Amy, married a wonderful guy this summer and we had the best time planning it and the day was just so special and memorable!  (Even though many moments were kind of a blur in my mind!)

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Trips to the lake this summer were great too!  We took a week of vacation and spent it there and the weather was PERFECT!  We had plenty of time for morning fishing trips, afternoon boating and swimming, and relaxing evenings.

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Bear had a great time too!

This past weekend was our weekend to put away most of our summer toys.  Always a sad time.  But we are planning a trip to New Hampshire in a couple of weeks so we have lots of things to look forward to, also!

In the mean time, I am back to knitting my animals and other items, and I am planning to get out the sewing machine again too.  I need to get some things in my Etsy shop for Christmas!

Hope you are all having a wonderful week and Happy Fall!

Family Christmas! and ETSY SALE!!

I am just cleaning up from such a wonderful Family Christmas, and thought I would also offer a Clearance Sale in my Etsy shop!  See below for the details of my wonderful Christmas, and the Sale details as well!

I spent many days before, baking cookies and shopping for food for the big day!  I was so busy but Mom was here to help and we were definitely in our “element!” 

So now as I am cleaning up, I still have remnants of a massive turkey dinner, 3 pies, 5 kinds of cookies, peanut brittle, fudge, and too many other goodies to mention!

But what a great time we had and I have so many fun memories!

Christmas Eve Service at our Church was wonderful as always.  I love the tradition of it, and the reminder of the Reason for the Season!

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After Church we drove around town to see the beautiful Christmas decorations and then headed home for snacks and fun.  Amy brought some goodies she had made at her house too!

Ham and Cheese Sliders

Ham and Cheese Sliders 

and

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Reindeer Chow

They were amazing!

(I love having a grown up daughter who adds her own touch to our holidays!)

On Christmas Day, we decided our theme for the day would be “Very Hairy Christmas”!  And the whole family joined in!  We had Santa beards, Cheetah vests, furry stoles, furry collars, hairy sweaters, dog prints, and even Harry Stiles!  I love how creative my family is and how they join in when we come up with these wacky ideas!  Lots of laughs!

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So now that I am Cleaning up from our festivities, I am also hoping to clean up my Etsy shop to make room for new items for Winter and Spring!

So from now through January 1, I am offering 30% off EVERYTHING in my shop!  Use Coupon Code CLEARANCE2015

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So stop by my shop Handmade At The Lake and see if there is anything you’d like!

Happy New Year!

 

 

 

 

Merry Christmas!

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The holiday season in full swing around my house! 

Decorating is complete (or as complete as it could be…  you never know..) 🙂  Coming home from work lately is so cheery!  We have candles in the window, and our decorated tree that I can see through the window.  It just seems so warm and inviting!

And in the spirit of Christmas, I am offering free shipping on all items in my Etsy Shop through December 18, 2015 with coupon code FREESHIPCHRISTMAS15

So if there are any last-minute gifts you need, hop on over to my shop and take a look!  And stop back, I might finish up a couple more goodies before the end of next week! 🙂

My Etsy shop is Handmade at the Lake (www.etsy.com/shop/HandmadeAtTheLake)

Merry Christmas!

A Fall Trip!

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Last weekend we drove out to New Hampshire to visit my brother and sister-in-law.  The leaves were amazing!  Lots of trees’ leaves were in full color and only a few had already lost most of them.  

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And the weather was really perfect for Fall.  We were able to take a long walk one afternoon with my sister-in-law and their dog Charlotte.  You walk along where an old train track used to be.  The rails are gone but a lot of the railroad ties can still be seen.  Being outside on such a beautiful day felt so wonderful!  We just walked and walked.  And Charlotte (my brother’s dog) could run off leash.  She would stay right with us on the path, then stop to sniff something as we walked past.  Then we’d call to her and she would run ahead and just sit down looking at us, as if to say, “Well..??? Are you coming??”  Ha! Ha!

Coming back to the house, this was our gorgeous view of their “back yard”! 

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And of course they treated us royally, to wonderful meals! (not the best picture… but hey!  I was in a hurry to eat it!  🙂 )

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It was only on the way home from our trip that I realized we didn’t get any good pictures of us together.  But I did get a great one of my wonderful sister-in-law.  She and my brother were such great hosts and we had a marvelous time!  I sure enjoy our chats as we are catching up on each others’ lives!

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And of course, on the way home I had plenty of time to finish up some projects to put on my Etsy shop!

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Next time I need to be sure to get some pictures! (of course the next time we are all together may very well be my daughter’s wedding!  So you can bet we will get pictures then!

 

I’m Starting Something New!

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Today I listed some new items on my Etsy shop, Handmade at the Lake.  Anyone who knows me knows that while I love to knit, sewing has always been one of my favorite things to do. 

I was first introduced to sewing (as most kids back in the day 🙂 ) during Home Economics class in junior high school.  As I remember, I made pillow cases (Yes.. very challenging!) But that summer, my mom enrolled me in a sewing class at our local Singer Sewing store.  There I really learned a lot about sewing and made a really cute skirt and peplum top. We even had a “fashion show” when the class was over where we modeled our finished items!  Later that summer, I also was enrolled in a “stretch and sew” class where I made several other clothing items.  Even a bathing suit!  I think Mom was trying to give me things to do that summer but she actually gave me much more! She gave me a hobby I still enjoy to this day!

Over the years I took quilting classes, and fabric applique classes too.  I made many sets of curtains, pillows, tablecloths, maternity clothes, holiday dresses for my daughter, and even dance costumes for her whole dance class!

Now that my daughter’s friends are getting married and starting their families, I have started to become interested in sewing baby clothes.  They are just so cute and fun to make! I love the prints and choosing cute color combinations! 

My first items have been listed in my Etsy shop.  They are 4 sizes (3, 6-9, 12, & 18 months) of a darling reversible baby girl’s jumper.  On one side it is a sunflower print and on the other side, a black and white gingham check with a pumpkin applique that is perfect for Fall.

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Next I will be making some cute boy’s overalls! 

I hope everyone has a wonderful week!