Tuesday, August 18, 2009


I hate getting ready to go camping. And I hate cleaning up after camping. But I LOVE camping!

Especially when there are nice surprises. There are three campgrounds within 1 1/2 miles of each other along the South Santiam River. We had previously camped at two of them and enjoyed ourselves very much. So it was with some fear and trepidation that we started noticing campgrounds with full signs as we headed up the mountain! And sure enough, our favorite campground was full.
Now we had a decision. Drive further, to the third campground and risk finding it full, or drive back 1/4 mile to the first campground of the three (which we had never been to) and see if there was room there.
We drove back and found one. empty. campsite. ONE! So we set up camp. And now I have a new favorite campground. It was absolutely perfect. It embodied all the reasons I love Oregon! Really, one can't ask more of a campground than that.

Thursday, August 13, 2009


Meet Echo.
. . . and Faery Mae.
It goes against principle to make a doll and not make dolly friends. So - even though my girlies are too old for dolls. They each got one all the same. Echo is Sunshine's new friend and Faery Mae is Cheerleader's companion. Good thing I had girls, I feel sure that boys would object to all the doll making and giving that goes on in this household!

A group picture before the orange friend is wrapped in birthday gift wrap and mailed to the big birthday girl!

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Birthday Doll

My dear friend's little girlie is turning 3 on the 19th. I thought this doll from Stitched In Time would be the perfect gift for her. After getting started, I noticed a theme. For her first birthday, I bought her a Tigger suit - orange and black. Last year, for her second birthday, I made her a retina burning baby doll using Hunter Orange Polar Fleece (I am sooooo frustrated, I know I took a photo of the doll, but I can't find it!); this year, I am making another orange doll. I hope the little darling likes orange! I'm already planning next year's orange doll!!!!

Saturday, August 8, 2009


Ah, isn't it lovely?

I did it! From a stash of extremely ugly yarn, I created a warm, functional, rather beautiful blanket!

Truly, sometimes the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. I followed Lucy's (of Attic24) pattern for the floral squares, but varied the sizes and I also used her pattern for the scalloped edge. Thanks Lucy.

It isn't large, because even though I had plenty of some colors left, I had run out of others, but it is perfect for what it was intended - cool evenings on the patio.

Now, since I have such an embarrassing wealth of ugly yarn, I have decided to learn how to knit. It's frustrating for me as I have spent hours and hours and hours . . . crocheting, so that it is as easy for me as walking or breathing. This knitting thing, though! It's like learning to juggle while learning to ride a unicycle.

Friday, August 7, 2009

Happy Birthday Sunshine!

My baby is 14!!!! How did that ever happen?

She usually asks for this cake for her birthday and I have to admire her taste. That is pure Semi-sweet Chocolate Ganache poured over the top and sides of each piece of decadent chocolate cake. Way back when I used to have a cake business, this cake (in its regular incarnation, not gluten-free) was my biggest seller. I used to sell whole cakes, plus individual slices at the Corvallis Farmer's Market and the Monmouth Tea Festival (before it ended).

Today is also my dad's birthday. Happy 76th Dad! It took a little engineering having Sunshine on my dad's birthday, but where there is a will, there is a way!

Here is a picture we took in Aigues-Mortes, along the Mediterranean in France. This was the prettiest shop I have ever seen - all Nougats, Meringues, and darling cookies and candies. Looked like a never-ending birthday party.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Impediments to Crafting

The dog isn't the only trouble I have when it comes to crochet. I sat down at the computer for FIVE MINUTES to figure out how I wanted to edge the Babette Blanket. I decided on a simple granny stitch with a final shell stitch. So, to get on with it . . . where did the blanket go? I had it spread out on the floor awaiting my final decision? Oh. Cheerleader is trying to squeeze in a nap under it. And look at Ripple! It really ticks her off when someone else is in her favorite spot on the couch and hogging the new blanket, to boot!

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

All Things Floral

So . . . much crocheting this week. I must admit, I am very pleased with how this is turning out. Just shows you shouldn't judge yarn for being ugly and nasty - it may have something beautiful inside just waiting to be released . . .

People have been walking past commenting on the sunflowers in the vegetable garden.

This is the view I see when I look out the bathroom window. We didn't plant any sunflowers this year - just so you know. The bounty is 100% thanks to the scrub jays who call our back yard and garden home.

These are my current favorite flowers. Kent Beauty or "Hop-Flower" Oregano. Aren't they lovely!?

Back to the hook and yarn. I'll keep you updated as the Babette style, join-as-you-go, garden flower blanket progresses.