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Sunday, July 17, 2016

Road Trip!

Most of our hydrangeas have started to turn bronze from the heat and lack of rain, but I still like looking at them.

My sisters were here for a visit, recently, and we had a great time visiting several yarn shops.  Don't worry, I won't take you along to all of them.  Smoky Mountain Spinnery* in Gatlinburg, Tenn. is the coup de grâce when one is shopping for fiber related items so here's a little tour.

It's just off the main thoroughfare in Gatlinburg. The entrance...

Aren't these sheep the cutest.  We thought they were concrete, but they're not, they're resin and a bit pricey, but in case you're interested,  Plow & Hearth carries them. 

The Spinnery has some of the best sheep-y decor I've seen...

All manner of tools for knitting, crocheting, spinning and weaving are available, of course.

Handspun yarns were hanging nearly everywhere we looked.
Look at the gorgeously dyed roving.  I was tempted to buy them all to spin into yarn, but I was able to resist that notion, somehow.  o.O

They have several spinning wheels and looms, too.

More sheepy decor.

There were all manner of creatures sporting spin-able fibers. o.O

Some can spin yarn with their toes...evidently.

And some demonstrate how to use a loom.

I found several skeins of off-white & purple baby alpaca on sale.  The Turquoise yarn is for a nifty winter hat.  After touring the shop and finding our treasures we were ready to head to the checkout.

Look at their beautiful, old cash register!  It's an antique, of course, but it still works and brings back memories of days gone by when other stores had them.  If you're a knitter/weaver/crocheter/spinner and are going to be in the area, you'll definitely want to visit The Spinnery.

I'll leave you with a look at our "Black Iris" (that I forgot to share when it was in bloom.)

*No affiliation, just my favorite yarn store.
Have a great week Y'all!

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

June in the Foothills

Hello from the warm and humid foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains!

(fyi:  my camera died so I wasn't planning to post until I decide on a new one, but that may be a good while;  I'm so indecisive.  In the meantime I'm using pics from my phone, and the spaces between the pictures are trying my patience so bear with me or I'll be tempted to just scrap this post.)
Our hydrangeas have been amazingly abundant this year.

We've enjoyed bouquet after bouquet of them. This one is keeping company with a little creamer that I found at an estate sale.  Youngest painted those flowers on it for me.

Love the purple hues in these below.

I've been knitting, but took some time out from that to sew a few project bags to keep my different projects in. I really like this upholstery print from Walmart. 

I may have gotten a little bit carried away making bags with the pink floral Oriental print fabric.  Is four too many?  I don't think so.  o.O

This polka dotted interior fabric is also from Walmart.

I'll leave you today with a look at the thickest kombucha S.C.O.B.Y. I've ever seen. o.O
(Kombucha is a probiotic health drink that can be easily made at home.)

Hope you're having a great summer!

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Neighbors, Flowers, Socks & Food

Hello from the hills, where spring rains and blooms have been abundant.

The azaleas are bloomed out now, but they were profuse in April.  Can you believe it's May already?

We have new neighbors.  A nice quiet family moved into the cedar house under one of our Sugar Maples.

The mom is really quite the homemaker.

And the dad is an excellent provider.  They're expecting five little ones any day now.

I finished the socks.  The yarn is really nice, superwash merino.

What's for dinner.  Homemade Chicken Taquitos with sour cream and salsa.  They're delicious and much better for a body than the ones from the store.  Have you noticed the ingredient list on those boxes is about 2 inches long?

Hold That Tiger Iris

I'm not certain, but this may be the African Princess Iris. 

Hope you're enjoying Spring so far.

The Art of Home-Making Mondays,  The Maple Hill Hop