Not my birthday

but this happened.


Due to schedules and budgets and things, my new spinning wheel arrived a month early.  I just finished waxing it and putting it together last night. I have to adjust the drive train (I need a third hand to do that) and then it will be ready to test out!

I still have copper and gold on the old wheel, so I will finish that up before I start a real spin on this one, but I have some little batts I have been saving to learn the new wheel. Plus Ashford nicely sent a few balls of fluff to practice with. Then I expect to be flying high!


A’s Birthday Friday List

Today beloved A is celebrating her 52nd birthday.  She thought long and hard about what she wanted her birthday excursion to be.  If you remember, last year we combined our excursions into a real vacation to Charleston, SC.

This year, she set her sights some lower.  After much thought, she decided she wants to go to Bangor, to Harbor Freight, and wander the aisles, picking out some treasures. Then she wants to have supper with her sisters at Uno’s. All I can say is that it is her birthday to do with what she will.  And I thank goodness there is a Christmas Tree Shop right next door to Harbor Freight, so I won’t go out of my mind.  🙂   (Just saying that my birthday excursion will be more fun – I am headed off to Monhegan Island with Mom and company in June.)

So, this morning I will bake her an angel food cake, and then we will head up to the big city for the afternoon.

I’ll have my knitting with me.  And my creative brain, because Christmas Tree Shop always has just the perfect thing if only it were a bit different.


Saturday the kittens turned one year old. We had an impromptu party for them – A’s sisters and brother-in-law came over for waffles. Zumba was very social, but Allie hid under the bed covers. Afterwards, she apparently felt like that gave her some special rights.
it's my birthday

She was wrong, and immediately after this photo was taken, she was chased off the counter, and the drying mat went off to the laundry. Really, it did!

Today I spent some time in the craft room – besides the kittens, we have three important March birthdays, so I had some cards to make. Assuming that the recipients don’t read this, I’ll share them here with you.

This one is for my sister-in-law, who has a birthday on Tuesday. It looks harder than it is to make this one – the hardest part was finding colors of double-sided paper that I liked. BoBunny came through for me with this nice paper, striped on one side, and softly shaded colors on the reverse. Then I used my Cuttlebug and a set of Spellbinders dies to make the medallion.


Then comes my brother-in-law, who will be 50 on the tenth (the inside says “Welcome to the your 50’s!”) It was the easiest card I have ever made, as it is just a fun sheet of word paper and a sticker. But I think it says it all. 🙂


The last one is for mom, who has her birthday on the 12th. It’s hard to get a good photo of iridescent chalk, but trust me, it looks soft and shimmery. The background paper is from K and Company, and has a nice embossed texture to it. The oval is once again cut with a Spellbinder die (remember, A got me a bunch of them? I love them!) the stamp is from Hero Arts. I used a glue pad, so that the chalk would stick to the image, then I brushed the whole thing with a soft gray shimmer chalk, and highlighted the scallops with the same blue as the stamped image. It looks a whole lot different without the glue to hold the chalk. Sealed the whole thing with fixative, then used foam squares to stick it to the card base.

And now all there is to do is remember to mail them off in a timely fashion! And of course, start planning for Easter cards and the April birthdays.

Road trips!

A wants to go to Boston for her birthday. I want to go to Monhegan for mine.

We are doing both – yippeeeeeeeee!!!

Made the hotel and train reservations for Boston last night. Can’t wait for April!!

Working on figuring out who is going to Monhegan with us, and how long they are staying, and then I will make those arrangements too. Can’t wait for June!!

I LOVE road trips, and I love having them out there, all arranged so that they can be anticipated with out being worried about.

Weekend! Love’em. Want more of’em.

Even when they suck, they are great!  This one will be filled with family – knitting day with “the girls” (mom, sister, sister-in-law, a niece and maybe a cuz) tomorrow in Portland, summer family birthday gathering on Sunday – AT OUR HOUSE!  So cool that everyone is willing to make the drive. A wants lobster, and it is cheap as can be right now, so we are having that for those who want it.  For the rest of us, lots of cold salads. and cake.  yummy.  I am trying a new gluten-free mix, I hope it is good, since it is better for us than the traditional cakes.  I haven’t been wiling to do gluten-free from scratch yet, but I found mixes at King Arthur Flour ( and so will try one.  Of course, I will make homemade butter cream frosting for it – no gluten in sugar and butter!  I’ll let you know how it goes.

As for knitting – I’ll bring along the shawl to show off and brag about, and maybe the new lace scarf I am working on now.  I think I have figured out the pony tail hat pattern, though, in my head, so I might bring that along to try it and see if it works as I think it will.  If this works, and I can write it down so it makes sense, this could be the start of my knitting pattern empire! I have asked TWO teenaged girls if pony tails and hats cause them a problem in the winter, and received a resounding yes.  Both are willing to try the hat and provide feedback.  And they aren’t even nieces, so I am a bit excited at the prospect. Just have to knit the hats!

Naturally, Saturday will be filled with cooking and cleaning, and getting the pool nice and clean for everyone. I have vacuumed it a few times this week, gotten lots but not all of the sand out of the bottom.  Not sure how it gets there, but it does. Of course, the weather is supposed to be nasty until Sunday, and Sunday is debatable, but that is OK.  We will still have fun.  Niece E will go swimming with me, if it isn’t freezing out.  She won’t even care about that, but her mother will.  🙂

And we will see how the kittens do with a house full of people.  I predict Allie will hide all day, and Zumba will come out after a while because she won’t be able to stand not knowing what is going on.

Oh, I am so glad the weekend is finally here, and so glad I have Fridays off and so glad that I have a fun family.