Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Still Organizing

I feel like my craft room is a continual work in progress... Upon reorganizing the last few days I decided some attention was needed in the pattern area!  In other words I had so many loose patterns that I had gotten online or had copies from Knit Shops... So I bought a binder and page protectors and now can find any pattern with ease!  I finally finished my little owl hat... what do you think?  I kind of like the little guy and think he would be cute in numerous colors!  I actually came up with this pattern on my own!

May God Bless each of you on this cold Wednesday!


Monday, January 16, 2012

Before and After shots of the Craft Room

I discovered that my original post of my renovations of my craft room had disappeared from my blog so as I was taking pictures of my newly organized craft room.  Which is a bummer because in it I had described everything we did to this room!  So since it had disappeared I decided to repost the before with shots I took of what it looks like today!  Hope you enjoy!

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You cannot read what this says on the bottom but the last person whom wallpapered had written on the wall in pencil how much wallpaper you needed to buy for the walls and dated it April 19, 1956!  Wow that wallpaper was on a very long time and it was soooooo lovely!  I am sure someone thought it was lovely back in the day!

I decided to hang the wreath I had made back in the summer on the door to the Craft Room....  So come on in and enjoy!

Yes, I have lots of stuff..... I sold Stampin Up! for twelve years... and I have way too much stuff.  Plus all of the yarn!

I have been busy the last few days, organizing my craft room, which is a craft in itself!
I know I have just overloaded you all on pictures, but thought some of the close ups would help you see just how I have stuff stored.....

I think the pictures pretty much explain themselves!  If you have any questions ask away!

Happy Monday to all!

I linked up to Met Monday at Between Naps on the Porch

I also linked up to one of my favorite Blogs Shine your lights Before and After Party
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Friday, January 13, 2012

My personal Review of Yarn Shops and umm reorganizing my STASH!

The Craft Room hasn't been feeling too crafty lately....
WHY you might or might not ask?  Because I have accumulated just a wee bit too much yarn!  How could this have happened?  I love Knit Shops!  You walk into a shop and hopefully you are warmly greeted by a smiling face, hopefully this shop is a place that makes you want to just pull out your latest project and start knitting!  Most Knit Shops that I go to are just that way warm, friendly and inviting!  

One of my favorites I found a few years ago and I occasionally stop there to see what's new is in Morton, Illinois "EweNique Yarns" is a neat shop, and on any given day you will find Grandma, Daughter and Grandaughter all there working on some neat new project!  I love the variety this shop carries!

Of course back when I lived in Robinson, I loved to frequent "River Wools" in Terre Haute, IN and there you would find Martha always willing  to help you find the perfect yarn for your project! I miss going to that shop and all the classes they offered....

Another shop I love here in the Quad Cities is "Serendipity" in Muscatine, Iowa ..upon entering this shop you will find a really unique building in the Pearl Plaza with old wooden floors and lots of fun fibers!  You will be greeted by Francie or maybe Marie depending on which day you might go in the shop, but you will always feel a warm welcome to sit down and join in knitting at their large table!  If you feel the urge to have your favorite brew or a sandwich you can go to Elle's just behind the shop for something delicious!

Then onto Eldridge, Iowa you will find "365 days on a Farm" Knit Shop you will be instantly welcomed by Tammy or maybe her partner Scott!  What a sweet gal she is and so willing to help you with anything you might be thinking of knitting!  They are striving to carry only American made yarns, and they have lots and lots of wool, alpaca and spinning supplies galore if you have not checked them out you need to!  They also have a couple of knit groups, one on Wednesdays from 3-5 and Thursdays 5-7... and lots of specials nights on their calendar for all to enjoy!  While you are there you might want to go next door to the "Buzz" they have a great latte!

One of my other favorites is "Sit and Knit" in Knoxville, Il just past Galseburg!  Maureen is one sweet gal and talk about a ton of yarn, you want it she has it!  She is quite helpful with her ample supply of yarn and knowledge!  If she doesn't have it in stock have no fear she will order it for you!  She just makes you want to knit something!  I make frequent stops at her shop coming to and from my daughters house in Fairview!

Another shop that I like is in Galesburg, IL "Knit 102"  is a warm and friendly place, the owner Sally is quite helpful and if you are looking for a sewing bag she carries "Namaste" which I consider the best!  I bought a Red Hermosa and love it!   Her prices cannot be beat!

I was thrilled to find out this week that there is a new shop opening up in Bettendorf, Iowa at 3359 Devils Glen Road, " The Knit & Knot"  their grand opening is coming up this Tuesday, January 17th.  The shop is on the north side of Devils Glenn in a strip mall by a Family Credit Union and near the Coffee Hound.  I happened to stop in the other day and Joy seemed like a real sweet gal and I wish her the best in her new endeavor!

Okay so that is my review on my favorite shops that I sometimes frequent!

When we are traveling in a new area you can just bet that I am keeping my eye open for a Knit Shop, I love seeing the different things that each one carries on their shelves!  I found one in Myrtle Beach that the minute you stepped in the door they were introducing themselves to you and inviting you to come on in and make yourself at home.... they certainly had a way of giving everyone who came in a warm fuzzy feeling, Julie was with me and I am surprised they didn't pursued her to start knitting!!

So is there any doubt why my stash of yarn has grown, I go into these awesome shops and before I know it I am walking out with a bag of softness just waiting for the right project to come along to use it on!

Without further ado I will show you some pictures of some of my organization.... maybe before the weekend is out you will get a full tour! :~)

I had previously had most of my yarn sitting in baskets, but I decided my stash was probably collecting too much dust that way and decided only the yarn that I could see all the time (from my desk) would be out in the open for me to see and to touch!  I think this will make me a happy and I will be really happy if I can complete this organizational project this weekend!!!  Hope you have a good one!


Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Knitting is one of my Loves.....

Yes, I love to knit and I am trying to get some things knitted up to sell to benefit my daughter's family as they embark on the adoption of a baby!  So here are some pictures of my latest projects!

This scarf is made from Katia Rizos yarn a fun ribbon like yarn with loops at the top!

This chunky scarf is made on size 35 needles with Berroco Link yarn!  I love the muted colors!

Monday, January 9, 2012

Sweet Sweet Baby!

Can you just tell from these pictures just how happy they are to be home with a healthy baby?  His name is officially Jamen Cade.....  a change in spelling!  In these pictures big brothers were still napping and big sister was getting in some serious loving on her baby brother... she wants to take him to preschool with her!  So cute!  I think she will be the protector of this little one!  Thank you so much for your prayers!


Friday, January 6, 2012

A new life has been added to my family!

We have had a new life added to our family!  My daughter and her husband had a baby boy Jamon Cade pronounced "Jaymen" on Wednesday January 4th!  The delivery went pretty smooth after all it was her fourth!  They all have "J" names!  No they are not trying to imitate the Duggers!  :)  which I actually like the Duggers!  Oh sorry back to my new grand baby.....  Jamon Cade weighed in at 8 pounds and 9 ounces with a head of dark hair!  He has had some difficulty breathing as he was born with some fluid in his lungs... as of last night he was still in a isolette in the nursery.  Please pray with me that this will clear up soon!  It is hard on Mommy and Daddy when they cannot have the baby with them to hold and to love on!

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Happy New Year!

The decorations are put away, the cookies are almost all gone, the house is somewhat back to normal,  all of our Christmas Celebrations have taken place, and we are now in a new year!  A year that I hope brings much health, happiness and joy to all of you!  I am anxiously awaiting the birth of my 7th grandchild!  Seems like I went from One to Seven in no time.... well it did take a few years they are all under the age of 5 1/2 not all in the same family!  Jala is about to have child # 4 sometime tomorrow (if it doesn't come before) and Jala and John's four will all be under the age of 4 1/2!  His name is to be Jamon unless the sonograms are all wrong then who know what J name she would get!

We just had our Christmas celebration on Saturday and had a really great day and I do believe we were all sad to see the day end!

If you have a chance to say some prayers please pray for a safe delivery for Momma of a healthy baby!  AND while you are at it say some prayers for a dear friend of mine, Charlie who is going for a second opinion tomorrow!  They would sure appreciate your prayers more than you could possibly know!

The following pictures are from our Christmas gathering on Saturday

Jagger is opening his gift of "Percy" Pillow Pet and you can imagine what he said.... Percy doesn't quite come out right and the following pictures are of hysterical laughter!  I thought sure it would throw Jala into labor!  I love it when my kids have a good time together!

Wishing you all the best!