Just for the Love of it

Love, Faith, Laughter, Friendship, Understanding, Inspiration, Kindness, Gratitude, Smiles and so much more, that's what it's all about!

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Last January post

Where does the time go.....I just don't know! I've been trying to post all week and am finally sitting myself down to squeeze one more post for January.

I have been sewing a bit lately and I have a huge surprise to show you. Something from my past and very dear to me, something I used all the time as a teenager, something I learned on, and something that has been put away for TOO long......I cleaned it up, dusted it off and gave a spin..........

Can you guess, probably not......so here it is in its glory!

                                                  BIG TEASE

                                       Notice the ladybug sticker, very popular in the 70's

                          This was my grandmother's Singer and she lived to 99 years old!!

                                I have all the attachments and oil and motor grease and manual!

                     I'm not sure I have the table, the sewing machine fit right into the top.

                                                  Nothing like this insignia, "SINGER"

So after I oiled it, played with the tension, and got rid of the dust and lint......what does one make to give the "old faithful" a spin?

How 'bout some pin cushions ❤️

Talk about fun, using up scraps and buttons and all your favorite embellishments, this is the right project. And addictive too!

                                                    I even have things on the backs!

I will be putting them eventually in my Etsy shop, what do you think?  $5-7 plus postage....I'm so bad at pricing.

It is bitter cold here and having snow fall everyday. But I guess that's what happens in winter. I have been hibernating a bit and not bored yet. Actually quite busy but missing my daily long walks, it's just so cold. Jack did beg me to walk him this morning, so I bundled up and now I have a headache from the wind chill. It's 1 degree F here and negative with the wind.....oh dear

 Here's my second sprout from this gorgeous Amaryllis, it will be a total of 8 flowers, these bulbs are so amazing

Thanks so much for popping in, it definitely warms my heart and I can use all the warming I can get time of year. Wishing you all happy and healthy days ahead!



Sunday, January 18, 2015

Could not resist posting

                    Just for fun............HAD ME CHUCKLING!  Enjoy and stay cosy

Love ya,   xoRobin

                                    Posted as "their motto" in the only store in my town

                                    Maybe we have a post office and book shop too...........

Friday, January 16, 2015

This n That

Lots of random things going on, some reading, "All the light you cannot see" by Anthony Doerr. It is an excellent book and very well written, I am 3/4 of the way done and can't wait to finish, although then I will be sad it is over!! (if you know what I mean)    I have been knitting a bit, it is perfect weather for knitting because it is so cold!!! Negative degrees most mornings and evenings, and highs of 19 degrees F during the days.
I finally finished a project, a lovely cowl, I will gift at some point. It's my second one in this pattern...I made it longer so it could also be used as a hood.

Take a look
                                                     I added 4 "

                                                     To get the hooded effect

                                           Love this yarn

Next up a lovely starry night picot dot wrap (ravrely pattern)...with hand dyed yarn 98% merino wool and 2% lurex fiber for the sparkle

Here it is so far

Unfortunately you can't see the starry part, hopefully when I am finished I can get a better picture.

I was gifted a beautiful Amaryllis for Christmas and here it is Day 1 of blooming

                                          It's going to be a beauty

Well, I guess that's all my "this n that"   my dear blogging friends, new and old, I cherish you all. Wishing you happy days and peaceful nights. Thank you for visiting and all you lovely comments.


  My 60th,  I have no idea what I'm laughing at, but it was funny.....probably mom being a nerd!!!

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

HaPPy NeW YeAr

So happy to wish you all a very Happy New Year full of love, faith, inspiration and laughter! Where would we all be without some of these things in our lives? I know I would be lost without my family, unconditional love, trust, faith, hope and creativity. We had so much of all of these things over the holidays! I feel very blessed and am so grateful!

I had a birthday, my 60th and it was the best. All my children, grandchildren, spouses, spouses to be were up. All except the Arizona kids but we had just spent some lovely time with them.
For my birthday my husband planned a dinner, in a private room, at a lovely restaurant, for all of us. It was so enjoyable. The company, food and conversations were the best. Everyone said something funny, loving, and typical of mom,  I just howled the whole time, mixed with a happy tear or two. My granddaughters even chimed in.....it was a glorious night and day.

We had a wonderful time in Arizona, the weather was in the 60's, much better than Vermont. We had so many great meals out, our B&B was so lovely and the inn keeper was so fun and talkative. (maybe too much, shhhhhh) Breakfast could last forever if she had her way, but boy did she know her history of Tucson. We visited  "The Sonora Desert Museum", saw owls, falcons, hawks and all birds of prey, Bobcats, prairie dogs, mountain lion up close, grey fox, Javelina (ugly gray/brown pig type animal) and so much more.
Here are a few photos

 Mountain Lion, right up against the glass  (this is not a cage but a habitat made like home)

 My favorite photo, can you see the little girl's reflection on the lion's head and then the tongue, yummy! (scary thought)

                                                   Prairie Dog, they are so cute

                                                   Standing up, looks like he/she is praying

                                                   Grey Fox, amazing to see

                                                    Barn Owl

                                          In flight

Another day we visited the Mission San Xavier in Tucson. The first Mission to spread religion to the Indians. It was a beautiful building, made of lime, sand, rock, clay and wood. It is still a working parish and school, 1st through 8th. You are allowed inside, everything is original from 1750's. It is considered to be America's finest surviving example of Spanish Colonial architecture. Statues dating 1750's, vivid late baroque altars, and original paintings adorn the interior. It is like walking into the 18th century.

                                                    Love this statue

                                                    Impressive and beautiful

                                                    Surrounding Mission

                                         They write messages with rocks in the valley

                                                    One of the many cactus

Well, that's just a few photo, hope you enjoyed them.

Our Bed and Breakfast in historic Tucson was so quaint, homey and floral, just the perfect spot to stay. We were so lucky because I only had a few to choose from, we were so happy with our choice.


                                                    Our room entrance


                                                   Another view

                                          Room decorations, so unique to the area

Well, this has certainly turning out to be a long post. We did much more, we visited an archeological sight and found many pieces of old pottery, with designs and paint. It was so much fun to explore and pretend to be explorers!!!!

Thanks for bearing with me, hope you found some things interesting. Many thanks for popping in to visit and thanks so much for making another year of blogging so enjoyable for me💕
                                                               "HAPPY NEW YEAR"


Grinding holes made from the archeological sight from repeated grinding of stone, tools etc.