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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Festive Days are Here

Good Morning my lovely blogging friends! Time is going so quickly and the days are so full, 'tis the season they say! We have the white stuff in Vermont and have had it on the ground since Thanksgiving! It is so pretty, but it was a bit too early for me, now we will have winter until April, oh dear, let's not think about that now!  Christmas is coming, I'm all bought, wrapped, decorated and ready for family. I do need to bake and cook, but first a trip to Arizona to visit a son and daughter-in-law who can't make it for the holidays. So off we will go, hopefully to some warmer weather and fun.

Now time for Christmas cheer in "our home"


                                         Christmas bunting up on the Kitchen window




                                                   Advent calendar opened everyday, always a treat




                         New outside Holiday slate for side door, bought at a local Artisan shop




Family room mantel, I love lights, really make things festive




                                                                     A little closer




                                                    Homemade holiday wreath for indoors




                                                    Ominous sky's and weather here in Vermont




                                            "Our Tree" all in its glory and smelling delightful




                                       Mini Norfolk pine tree, it has grown since last year!!!




           Living room mantel, the faithful nutcrackers all in a row, descending of course




                                                       Another lovely hibiscus bloom




 My bunnies all set for Santa and best of friends! Thanks to lovely Mia and Vivienne



Well, my lovelies, that's my story and I'm wishing you all a wonderful holiday season in advance! This is just in case life gets so busy I can't wish you Merry Christmas as it gets closer! I cherish all of you and am so happy I have this blog. It is an honor to have met all of you kind, sweet, creative and caring friends. I would love to meet so many of you and who knows, maybe it could happen someday. One never knows!  In the meantime, enjoy the holidays and be well!




xoRobin




   Mother Nature, confused I think......6 degrees outside, cloudy and a rainbow!  ???  !
                                                                    Love this photo

Monday, December 1, 2014

Happy December

How can it be??? December 1st and Thanksgiving over, although I am barely recovered. Oh it was fun, but lots of shopping, cooking, preparing, bed making, laundry BUT so worth it! And I would do it again in a second. Now Advent calendars have been opened "1st" and cards purchased, decorating to do, packages to buy, wrapping to be done and things to be posted. December is a busy month, but I do try to enjoy it as much as possible. We are going to Arizona mid December to see a son and his wife. That will certainly be a nice break and so exciting too. Back for Christmas and then shhhhhh, my birthday and It's a BIG ONE! Yikes.......

Here are some pics of Thanksgiving, I wasn't really into photos as much this year BUT I will share what I have



                                          Place settings, Abby (8) made turkey napkin folds!!



                                                                     
                                                                      Turkey Feast



                                        Adding my hibiscus photo, oh how I love this plant!




I made these two hamsters for the girls as a Thanksgiving treat and sewed a cape for them!!! They did love them : )








Well, that's all folks! Smile lots, enjoy, BE KIND AND GRATEFUL. Thanks for visiting, I'm thankful for all of you!


xoRobin



Thursday, November 20, 2014

My Little Girls

I was lucky enough to spend some time with my two granddaughters to help out mom while their daddy is on a business trip.
So what did we do on everyone's day off.......We went to the American Girl Doll Store and had a fabulous girls day!

We had lunch there, with the dolls of course! Lizzy had an appointment for her doll "Emily" to get her ears pierced.....oh yes they do that and a beauty parlor also where you can have your dolls hair done up. (french braids, undo's best) We didn't do that this time. But boy was it fun, let me show you with some photos


The first picture is of Abby in the matching sweaters I made for her and "Ivy"





                        Up close, don't think I ever showed the finished sweater for Abby


                                            Then of course there is Miss Lizzy, my cutie pie!



                                                           Ready for the Adventure



                                   The place is huge and so inviting and OVERWHELMING
                                          (I guess not as huge as NYC)


                                                             Mommy and little girls



                                                    Oh yes indeed we all sat for lunch!


                                                                         "Emily"



                                       Look what a good time they had.....I was smiling too!



If you have daughters, granddaughter or want to adopt one for the day, I highly recommend a day at the American Girl doll store!!! Even if you didn't buy anything and just looked it is amazing and like "Disney".  They even have dolls for people who don't have their own to have lunch with, really sweet.  AND to top it off the food was even good!


So that was one day and then it was back to school and normal everyday life. I got to take the girls to school and do pick up. It was so fun to be part of their day. Abby had a musical concert where all the 3rd graders sang American songs in honor of Veterans Day.  It was a treat to see and hear.

                                             Can you see her second row, 4th from right side




                          And then there was special Art Class in the evening, Abby is quite good for 8 yrs old





                               The newest member of the Family "Dumpling" the crayfish



 So here's the story, the class was asked who wanted to care for a crayfish, well of course Abby raised her hand as did many others. But it was an adoption for life. So $100 later and my daughter setting this all up, they now have "Dumpling"   Welcome home surprise for Daddy!



And this is what you have to do if you have two working parents and two busy kids!!!
So organized this family and I'm very proud. Of course not all goes as planned but such is life.

So hope I didn't bore you but I just wanted to share my time with all of you. This was just 3 days out of a busy families life these days! Yikes!


I'm home and busy getting organized myself for Thanksgiving. Little bit of knitting in there also.

       Working on a cowl with Eco Cloud yarn, merino wool and alpaca, very soft!


Thanks for visiting dear bloggers. I love your visits and comments and hope everyone is enjoying whatever you are up to and finding time to just be!  


xoRobin


                                                                    Cold Vermont

Friday, October 31, 2014

Foxy Lady!


Scarf that is!!! Fooled you, I bet.


I've been working on this for the past week....way too long. but I ran into problems with the pattern : (

It was originally Finnish and translated to English and I may have either done it incorrectly or who knows?!  So after some frogging and lengthening I came up with my Foxy Lady scarf! Here is the pattern http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/fox-scarf-3  If anyone is interested in my changes just let me know, I will be happy to comment on my changes.


                                         Way to short according to pattern.......





Frogging.....................................and starting again



                                                    Foxy Lady Scarf was born




                                                   Kinda fun.....I can see gray foxes too, in the future!
                                                   And modeling a completely difference top



That's it for now,  Happy Halloween to you all out there!  Be back soon  :  )




xoRobin


The Skies are alive


Wednesday, October 29, 2014

they're on the loose


Look out! They got out! I was walking Jack and soooo happy I had my iPhone to catch all this fun!


I thought I saw a big pig on the road. Walk walk walk, I do see a pig and another and Wait some piglets! Who let them out? I don't see the farmers......oh dear, they must have escaped!

                                             

                                          Photos in the succession of Jack and I approached  


               (the whole time I am holding Jack's collar, we don't need leashes where we live)



                                                    They see us too!




                      Getting closer, piggy to piggy, what do you think, are they friendly?



                                                    Hmmmm Don't know?



                                                     You go, I'll wait here!




                                                    Ok ok, I'm coming, we're in this escape together




                                                                             HI




                                                 Aren't we cute......don't tell anyone about this!!




                             One close look at Jack and they were off and running, to this guy




                                                                             "Help"



                            Oh, don't worry, this human and hairy thing are here all the time!




                                                  See, I even let the hairy thing sniff me!





That was our big adventure down the dirt road! BUT it was a bigger adventure for the Piggies
Hope you enjoyed, I'm just so happy I could capture it!



Thanks for popping in dear bloggers. Love your visits and all your comments, always a treat to read and see that I have new comments.


Have a great middle of the week day and hope you have some adventures too!



xoRobin and Jack, (the hairy thing)

                                                                            BOO!