WIP Wednesday

As I write this, Β the sky here is grey and cold with the promise of snow in the forecast. Hubby is at work for the evening and Christian is napping so it is the perfect time to curl up with a good book and some knitting (a cup of hot chocolate isn’t going to hurt any either). I am linking up with Ginny’s Yarn Along. You can join me by clicking the yarn ball below!
Yarn AlongI recently started reading The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie after some good recommendations from some friends of mine. I am not far into it yet, but I like it so far! Flavia (the main character) is an eleven year old girl who is thrown into a mystery she is compelled to solve. I used to adore the Nancy Drew mysteries when I was younger and this book reminds me of that time.

My WIP is a shawl/scarf for my baby sister. It is called Hogwarts Express and I can’t wait to see her wear it! Hopefully I will be able to get it done before Christmas. She knows about it so it will not be a surprise, but the sooner I get it done, the sooner she will stop teasing me about working on everything but her scarf πŸ™‚



20 Chore Tuesday – Oh the Places We’ll Go

Hey everyone! My 20CT list is a mixed bag today since Hubby and I are going to Augusta for the morning to run some errands. Since we have a bit of a ride, Β I plan on bringing some knitting and felt for the Christmas ornaments I am going to make for the tree today. The other highlight of my list is rearranging the living room furniture to make way for the Christmas tree! We don’t have ours yet, but I want to try out the new living room configuration for a couple of days to see if it will work for us before we have to move around a Christmas tree.

  1. Go to the dump
  2. Turn on heat tape at the in-laws
  3. Pick up garage door opener at Home Depot
  4. Return shoes at Target
  5. Exchange shoes at Dick’s Sporting Goods
  6. Get bowstring fixed at Audette’s
  7. Work on knit hat for Craig
  8. Cut out felt ornaments for tree
  9. Take pictures of mitts and shawl
  10. Rearrange living room furniture – We decided to put the Christmas tree someplace different so we didn’t end up doing this, but I filled the fish tank up the rest of the way instead so I am crossing #10 off πŸ™‚
  11. Vacuum living room
  12. Move extra stuff into the garage
  13. Dishes x2
  14. Wash kitchen counters
  15. Wash table
  16. Sweep kitchen floor
  17. Vacuum bedroom
  18. Scrub toilets
  19. Wash sinks
  20. Laundry x 2

As always, link up with me and my lovely friends at Joyful Abode to play along πŸ™‚


Update: It is almost 11pm Tuesday here and with the exception of the dump and the bedroom, I have a completely crossed off list! Yay!

Setting Goals Sunday

This week has been such a wonderful one, filled with lots of friends, family, and of course food! It has been a very busy week and I am really looking forward to the next being a bit more mellow. Here are my goals for the next week:


  • Carve out some unplugged time with Craig at least once this week
  • Be diligent to get back into the nap/eating schedule I had with Christian before the holiday craziness


  • Sit down to 3 meals each day this week
  • Get dressed in real clothes every morning
  • Read for pleasure twice this week


  • Clean out storage container cabinet
  • Pack away outgrown clothes and put in the garage
  • Rearrange living room to make room for the Christmas tree


  • Send out invites for cookie swap party
  • Make at least 10 felt ornaments for the tree
  • Post 2 discussion question responses before Thursday
  • Work on logo design for ATM

20 Chore Tuesday

20 Chore Tuesday

Hey guys! Today is the day that Christian gets his new big boy car seat so I will be cleaning out the car and installing that as part of my 20CT list. I’m not sure if I am ready for him to be big enough for a new seat, but apparently he didn’t get the memo about staying little forever πŸ˜‰ I will post pictures of him as soon as it is installed. I also get some extra help today with my list since Craig has the day off today! Here is my list:

  1. Wash bathroom sinks
  2. Scrub toilets
  3. Sweep bathroom floors
  4. Clear off bedroom nightstands/dressers
  5. Put away all of the laundry
  6. Vacuum bedroom
  7. Vacuum living room
  8. Pick up all the toys
  9. Wash kitchen counters
  10. Wash table
  11. Clear desk
  12. Sweep kitchen floor
  13. Clean out the car
  14. Install Christian’s car seat
  15. Block my beret
  16. Finish knitting my shawl
  17. Make felt ornaments for the tree
  18. Go to the library
  19. Grocery shopping
  20. Laundry x2

Link up with me and my lovely friends on Joyful Abode!

WIP Wednesday!

I have been working on some lovely things lately, and I just can’t wait to share with you all πŸ™‚ I am linking up with the Small Things blog where there are lovely knitted and crocheted things to be found everywhere! You can link up with us by clicking the little yarn ball below.

Yarn Along

First up is the Rustling Leaves BeretΒ from Coastal Knits. This book is near and dear to my heart since it features beautiful knits from my home state, Maine. I am using some luscious Wollmeise in Dark Magnolie and I am in love with how it is turning out!

Rustling Leaves Beret

I can’t remember a time where I did not have multiple things on the needles so the next pretty bit I am working on is Marin by Ysolda Teague. I have always been a fan of hers and have knit many of her shawls. This one, I think, is my favorite! It has worked so quickly and has been so much fun! This is knit with Rio de la Plata sock yarn.



And the last one I have on the needles is a lovely and addicting sock called Nutkin. The pattern is memorized almost as fast as you can read it the first time. It is pleasurable to knit without being boring and the self-striping Regia yarn I am using makes it that much more fun to craft πŸ™‚



Thanks for peeking in to see what I have on my needles! I would love to hear what you have on yours!

20 Chore Tuesday

20 Chore Tuesday

Hey everyone! It’s that time again πŸ™‚ I didn’t get to do this last week so I’m playing a bit of catch-up. Here’s my list!!

  1. Towel laundry #1
  2. Towel/kitchen laundry #2
  3. My laundry
  4. Wash bathroom sinks
  5. Scrub toilets
  6. Sweep bathroom floors
  7. Scrub shower/tub
  8. Make supper
  9. Dishwasher load #1
  10. Dishwasher load #2
  11. Sweep kitchen floor
  12. Clear off table
  13. Clear off counters
  14. Pick up the living room toys
  15. Vacuum living room
  16. Vacuum bedrooms
  17. Read Networking journal articles for school
  18. Post bio in classroom
  19. Doctor’s appointment
  20. Go over to in-laws and tidy up/turn up the heat

That’s it in a nutshell! What’s on your list? Link up with me and my lovely friends at Joyful Abode to share it with us!


Update: The in-laws surprised us by coming a day early! That threw the chore list off track a bit, but I’m still plugging away at it πŸ™‚

Resetting my vision and setting goals…..Monday!

Last week was just crazy and I missed getting to set my goals for the week. It probably was for the best because the way it went, I probably wouldn’t have gotten them done anyways. But the wonderful thing about time is that it passes and we are given the opportunity to begin anew. Last week I read a post by the lovely Erin that really made me think about my priorities, relationships, and really just reset my vision. Seriously, it rocked my world and you totally need to go read it!

The long and short of it is First Corinthians 13 all the way. All of our goals and plans are meaningless clanging bells without love. Erin said that she does not want to teach the people around her that tasks are more important than relationships. I have struggled off and on with trying to figure out how to do it all (mother, wife, student, freelance designer, oh yeah and just me as well) and I know that there have been moments where my need to complete tasks have gotten in the way of the relationships that I am doing these things for. That is where the vision reset has really focused me. Rather than getting annoyed that my son won’t go down for his nap so I can load the dishwasher, I am choosing to take that opportunity to give him my full attention (really, it’s not like the dishes won’t still be there) and play with him until he is ready. Rather than being frustrated when my husband asks me to go out and watch him shoot his bow or sit down and watch TV with him when I have 5 million other things I should be doing, I am choosing to be blessed that he is seeking time with me.

The crazy thing about this is when I choose relationships over tasks, the tasks manage to get done anyhow and I am have a lot less resistance when I ask for help with them. It is a powerful lesson the God has been teaching me this last week and I am grateful that I get to share it with all of you πŸ™‚ My goals for this week are simple and with God’s help I will get them all done with lots of time for play, snuggles, and laughter in between!


  • Make a point to notice and document what love is looking like in my house a few times this week
  • Read a story to Christian every day


  • Take my pills each day – I know this should go without saying but I am really bad at remembering them sometimes. I think I am going to put them at my place at the table each night after supper so when I sit down to breakfast they will be right in front of me
  • Get out and walk 3 times this week
  • Get dressed (before noon LOL) in real clothes that make me feel good about myself every day


  • Load/start the dishwasher, and clear off the table and counters before bed at least 3 times this week so I will wake up to a clean kitchen
  • Find some new healthy/yummy recipes to have for suppers next week – my in-laws are coming up on Wednesday so we will probably be over at their house for suppers most of this week πŸ™‚


  • Continue coding the PNE home page
  • Add individual and group project school assignments to my calendar
  • Make template/outlines for school papers and put them in Dropbox