Giggles and Laughs

If you’ve got a little over 1 minute, you should watch this funny video.  It will put a grin on your face!  We took Luke to Barnes and Noble and found this squirrel puppet.  Len doesn’t take very good pictures for some reason.  I occasionally will get a good photo.  Len looks good here.  What woman doesn’t make googlie eyes at a man when they are playing with her children…  I’ve watched this video about 20 times so far.

I’ve actually cleaned up my knit space this morning as my bulky yarn afghan is completed!  I’m off to block it now.

I’ve cleaned up my photos in my last post so you can see my knit space  in the clean organized manner it’s supposed to be.  So, if you’ve read my last post, check out the pics again.  I realized my photos “as-is”  was like going to Wal-mart in your pajamas so I cleaned up a bit and updated the blog post.

Here’s updated photos of my knit space cleaned up.  I told my husband the other day that I think we like the sunroom so much, because it’s like a tree house fort.  It’s rustic and completely surrounded in stained cedar, even the ceiling.  We have 4 huge windows (it’s a sunroom after all) and plants everywhere, outdoors and indoors.   I was looking around and realized it’s our tree house fort for adults, just not in a tree.   Cool.

 

I hope you have a smile on your face from Luke and Len and the squirrel puppet!

Happy Knitting friends!

Tammy

 

 

Mom’s Birthday

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We celebrated my mom’s birthday this weekend.  Many of you know her, but if you don’t, her name is Joy and she has a popular sewing blog: Joyful-Expressions.  She is a talented seamstress.  She makes her own clothes and she loves quilts like I love knitting.

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Lauren made Mom’s favorite cake, Boston Cream Pie.  She brought it to the restaurant and arranged for them to bring it to our table after dinner.  Lauren has never made this before.  It was amazing!  I think that is one of the sweetest things I’ve ever seen anybody do for a present.  I would never have thought to do that.  Red Rock Canyon is a nice restaurant, kudos to them for letting her do that.

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Len and myself at Lake Hefner.

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John, Lauren, and Luke

John is my oldest son.  He was the first out of three.  Do you ever look at your kids, and be amazed at how beautiful they are?  It never gets old.  From the day they are born, up util the present day, I’m always grateful and amazed at how beautiful they are. (Although, Luke slapping his spoon out of my hand and throwing baby food across the kitchen wasn’t so beautiful.  But that cute little grin and he’s immediately beautiful again).

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Dad, Mom, and Luke

Here’s my dad and mother and Luke.  Luke was super tired.  He had a big day out.

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John and Luke

You can’t see it here, but John has 2 crowns on his head.  That swirly part on the top back of your head.  You can clearly see one of them here in this photo.  His hair is laying over the other crown.   First thing I noticed when Luke was born was his double crown just like his dad.  I have no idea where it comes from.  John’s dad doesn’t have it.  No one in my family has it.

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Both John and Lauren have gone back to work since Luke’s been born.  I’m watching him now during the days.   Hence, a big reduction in my knitting time.  All perfectly fine with me.  It’s so hot here in OK.  August can be brutal for us.  We have to spray the concrete with water so it doesn’t burn our feet.  We were washing the car here and playing.  See, beautiful. 🙂

Happy Summer friends.   It’s been raining for hours and should continue for a while.  What a nice break from all this heat.

Tammy

Chicks that don’t knit.

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Black Cherry with her new hatchlings.

A part of “A Chick that Knits” comes from my love of animals.  Not only am I a chick (woman) that knits, but I love chickens.  We have a chicken coop and chickens.  My husband calls me a “slab baby” because I grew up on concrete (the city).  The first time I’ve ever seen a real chicken was when I was dating Len and he showed me his mother’s chickens.  That was only 14 years ago.  I was 35 years old.  I was so awed and impressed.  Have you ever looked at a chicken close up?  It’s really neat how the feathers grow in from their skin.  I was just amazed.

I had no idea how many variety of chickens existed.   Yes.  I’ve seen the rooster on the Kellogg’s Corn Flakes cereal box and I’ve seen white chickens on TV, but, that was it.  That was my experience with chickens.  There are ALL kinds of chickens!  They are so beautiful.

Len built me a chicken coop and we purchased some chickens.  I picked the pot luck fancy chicken collection.  I had such fun watching those chicks grow up.  We even went to farm auctions to add to my chicken collection.  We bought these huge orange fluffy chickens at an auction once and were so excited for them to lay eggs.  After 3 years and no egg laying, we finally figured out they were roosters.  To be fair to ourselves, they didn’t look like roosters.  One of those bad boys was my first attempt to make chicken and dumplings from my own flock.  (The one and only time we ate one of our chickens)

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Our chicken coop in the back yard along with a smaller portable one for the babies.

Now our chicken coop is old and needs some work.  It’s still a great coop.  We made it from fence panels.  We drove by a house that was getting a new fence and they gave us the old fence panels.   We turned them on their side to make walls.  We also bought the door at a garage sale.  Len did buy the materials to make the roof.

We used to come sit outside and put our feet in a bucket of water and watch our chickens grow.  Once you have eaten fresh, organic, home grown eggs you will never want to eat grocery store eggs again!  I’ve gotten so much joy from our chickens.

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Black Cherry just hatched a flock of chicks!  These chicks are one day old.  Black Cherry is a black Cochin and is a great mother hen.  Our rooster is an Americana so our baby chicks are all mixed breeds.  We’re hoping for some interesting egg colors with the Americana and our various hens.

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Bella is mother hen to our last hatch of now “teenagers”.

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Harry Connick Jr is our rooster with his head down and plumes in the air on the right.

 

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I’ve been working on designing a blanket.  This is one of my gauge swatches.  I only have so much of the yarn I’m working with, so my blanket dimensions have to fit in with my yardage on hand.  The yarn I’m using has been discontinued, so I can’t just go out and buy more yarn.  I’ll post my pattern when I’m done.  It’s still in it’s creative process.

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This is the yarn I’m using for the blanket, De Aire by Plymouth Yarn, but in a different color.   This is a practice gauge to see how much an actual skein of yarn knits up.

I bet ya’ll have been missing Max.

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Summer Days

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We are at that point where we are trying to survive the hot days of Summer! 112 degrees the other day and several more 100+ days to follow.

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We are playing “If you’re happy and you know it, clap your hands.”

I’ve put the current scarf I’m working on aside.  I’ve come to a place in the pattern that doesn’t make any sense to me.  We are also expecting a new grand-niece soon, so I’ve got to get a baby blanket done in the next few weeks.

Now that the kids are gone and we are empty nesters, I’ve decided to paint the bedrooms different colors.  My husband is a retired Fire Fighter and he had an “off-duty” job of painting houses.  He used to paint for Oklahoma University before he became a Fireman.  He’s in a contest with himself to get the best paint job done.  He is very good.  There are tricks to the trade as in every profession.  He can lay a super smooth line across the baseboards. (the secret is applying a thin line of caulk on top of the tape. When you remove the tape, it lays a perfectly straight line at the edge.)

So, we’ve been busy with babies and painting.

Len just got home with lunch and Luke is napping.  Keep cool friends.  That heat can be cruel!

 

Tammy

 

Leather Accents

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Good morning!  I’m still working on a few knit things that need to be finished, so I don’t have any show and tell for my knitting.  I do want to point you over to my step-daughter’s, Bailey’s site, for these adorable leather accents she makes.  I’m telling you this kid is so talented.  Her creativity never ceases to amaze me.  Above is how you find her on Facebook.    She is under Moose Creek Boutique.  It’s her online store out of Wyoming.  Here are a few of her latest creations.

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I love the floral one in the front!

She didn’t like her iWatch so she made herself one she likes.

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Oh my gosh! Look how pretty! I love it. Now this one is my favorite!

This morning, I see she has made a little collar for a kitty.

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How cute is that!?

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I captured the cutest picture of Jourdyn, my granddaughter.

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I sure do love this little girl.  She will be artsy too.  She loves to do crafts and paint.  She was painting a little candle holder here and I asked her to turn around for a picture.  This look is her turning around and thinking, “Not another picture Gugga, I’m busy”.  But look at the love in her face she has for me!  This little girl and me are like peanut butter and jelly, we just do well together.

 

We’re getting back some cute pics from our puppy owner’s.  The chocolate pup on the left is an Aussiedoodle.  The pups in the middle and on the right are Goldendoodles.  They are so cute!  I will own one myself one of these days.  When Brodie is ready to retire.  He’s got several more years though.  Brodie, our Standard Poodle, is one of kind.  I will for sure want one of his kiddos!

We’re going to the local pool park today with the grandkids.  Hopefully, we won’t melt in the heat.

Have a great day!

 

Tammy

Om Shawl and Cousins

Om Shawl by Andrea Mowry

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Whatcha think?  I’m happy with it.  My primary goal is to use yarn from my stash.  I think I will get a lot of use out of this in the Fall.  It’s made from Cascade 220 yarn.  I’m a primarily jeans type of girl and this will go great with jeans.

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I think this celery green color will look better in the Fall.  Currently it’s steamy hot, smack dab in the middle of Summer!

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Soooo much green!

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I love these buttons.  I got them in an assortment from Amazon.

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Max is an indoor/outdoor cat.  We hang outside a lot and Max insists on being where we are.  Sometimes, he will be indoors and just lay in the windows close to wherever we are on the patios.  Well, he has been staying out longer and longer.  I used to call for him whenever it was time for bed, and he would come running home, and run to the bedroom for bedtime.  We always played catch the finger under the covers before bedtime.  It was his favorite game.   Not anymore.  He was gone for 2 days recently.  We were so worried.  Don’t forget, he recently had a BB we had to get removed from him getting shot.

I’ve tried to keep him inside.  Yesterday, I was sitting outside the patio door and Max wanted out so badly, he jumped through the screen door.  He went right through it!  He was just hanging there, caught in the hole he created, diving straight through the screen!  What’s a cat mom to do?

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This isn’t Max, but it looked just like this.  Silly kitty was just hanging there in his hole he made jumping thru the screen door to get outside.

We had the grandkids this weekend.    Xander and Jourdyn come walking into the sunroom looking for Max to play with.  These cool kids even have a little laser pen to play with.   Why on earth would Max not want to come home?

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What kitty cat on earth would want to be gone from these two?

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I love this picture!  Those expressions!  She captured them well!

Have a good week friends.

Tammy

Princess party

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Jourdyn had her 6 year-old  birthday party.  I made those tutu’s and hats for party presents.  Each guest had a solid color tutu and Jourdyn’s tutu was a rainbow of colors and glitter since she was the birthday girl.  Each girl got to take her tutu and hat home.  Her mom had it set up that they could decorate their own cupcakes.  A baker came over and brought all the supplies.  It was awesome!  She will remember this party forever.  I know I would if I were her.

 

 

I learned to make the tutu here: Crochet headband tutu tutorial. It is easy and there is no sewing.  You will not need a needle and thread at all.  You need 2 rolls of tulle to make one skirt..  Then use what you have left for the hats.

I found the party hats at Hobby Lobby and cut the tips off.   I tied a few strands of tulle together and tied a knot at one end.   I pulled the tulle through the new hole in the top of the hat.  The knot prevented it from pulling all the way through.

I love making special childhood memories.

One of the little party goers told me of  something I forgot.  She wanted to know where her wand was.    I  made cookies, shapes of a star, and found how to make a wand, but I ran out of time.  I made all those 5 tutus in one day.  It took all day.  I had to take some Alleve in the middle of the night because my forearm muscles were aching so much.  I should have made the star wands….  A little girl called me out.  She knew.  Wands were needed.

 

 

Photos are from Pinterest.

 

 

Earthship in Taos, NM – Oddhouse

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My husband, Len, has always been interested in self reliance and making homes self sustainable and off the grid.  We stopped and looked at these “Earthships” one time during a vacation in Taos, NM.  He seemed really impressed by it so I found a few for rent on Airbnb.  This one is called the Oddhouse

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This is what greets you as you drive up and pull into the driveway. The green domes, in the upper right, have open windows for fresh air and a breeze.  You walk down the stairs and are greeted by the front door.

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It’s unusual, artsy, whimsical, and charming.  It felt like we were staying in a real Hobbit house!

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When you walk inside, you are treated by an atrium and the kitchen.  The atrium has this beautiful tree along with flowers and lavender.  It’s beautiful.

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Below is the living room.

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Here is a video of a run through the place if you’re interested.  I’m an amateur videographer!  Next time, I will remember to go slower!  Hopefully, you won’t get vertigo!

 

Len and I are both glad we stayed here.  We can say we’ve stayed in an underground home.  We had a few crickets in the house and outside the house.  There is no air conditioning.  You can’t use a hair dryer, curling iron, or electric coffee maker because it may use up all the battery life.   The open shower (shown in the video) is interesting.  You are standing butt naked in front of a window with no shower curtain as the place is made of concrete and the water won’t damage the floors/walls.   One morning, we walked out onto the patio, me in my nightgown and Len naked, and someone waved at us looking for his dogs.  Len got busted naked!  It looks like a barren desert, but, it’s not.  It’s a community of Earthships.  Your neighbors are far away but you still have neighbors out walking their dogs and such.  So learn from our mistake if you venture out there!

I felt like we were camping luxuriously.  The outdoors actually indoors with you.  It was hot.  We both slept nearly naked on top of the covers to try and cool off.  There was a fan there to help.   Reminded me of camping when I was a kid.  The crickets sang all night long.  We left the front and back doors open to catch a breeze through the house (which he learned to do from reading the various earthship books throughout the house).

I’m glad we visited here.  I recommend it.  We stayed 2 nights.

Next, I’ll tell you about the yarn stores in Taos!

Tammy

Sugar Cookies and a Yarn Baby

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Henry in my basket of Hexi-puffs for my Beekeeper’s Quilt.

We’ve just said goodbye to Bailey and Henry.  They came down from Wyoming for a visit and we are sure going to miss them.   We plan on seeing them in the Fall.

I’m on this new kick of making sugar cookies.  Thanks to Craftsy!  I signed up for Craftsy Unlimited and started watching some cookie decorating classes.  Who knew!  There are secrets you need to know to do this right.  My experience with icing comes in little short round plastic containers at the grocery store.fullsizeoutput_1f66

I’ve told you Bailey is crafty!  My cookies are the plain ones.  Bailey gets ahold of them and look what she does!  Chickens, cactus, black stripes, colored dots… She picks up an icing bag for the first time and just goes.   We discovered black icing turns your teeth black.  So FYI, use the black icing sparingly!

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Bailey joined me in my cookie frenzy and she is headed home to make up a bunch of her own.  I can’t wait to see what she comes up with.  Meanwhile, back here at home, I will be practicing my Royal Icing consistencies and practicing with my many new tips!

I’ve also found a great recipe for sugar cookies that I’m going to share.  I’ve tried two recipes so far and I made a mistake in the second recipe which I actually really like!  So I’ve written the recipe with my mistake. ( I used butter instead of shortening ).  This makes for an incredible sugar cookie!  The evening Bailey was here helping me decorate, half the batch of cookies got eaten before we could get our hands on them to decorate them!

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If you want the icing recipe, I would suggest Craftsy, Pinterest, or Youtube for instructions.  Just type in “Royal Icing” in your search bar.

Happy Knitting.

I’m looking for a new project for our road trip.  I’ll let you know what I find!

Tammy

Subscription Boxes

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I’m checking out subscription boxes.  I’ve signed up for FabFitFun and StitchFix.  Any recommendations for other subscription boxes?  Let me know if you’ve tried one and liked it.  I was working as a nurse until a few months ago and my closet was half filled with scrubs.   Now that I no longer wear scrubs, my wardrobe needs some attention.  Not to mention, I still have clothes that I had 15 years ago.   I’ve done a huge closet purge.  I can’t help myself.  I still kept a few things that are over a decade old.  You never know when you might need that sheer cheetah print blouse!

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We nurses often work three 12-hour shifts, especially in the hospital.  Some work 9-5 Monday thru Friday.  Nurses wait on people, hand and foot, all day long.  We do things to people, you would never imagine.  It’s constant serving people.  Not to mention, the stress of preventing people from dying or even reversing it when people are actively trying to follow that darn light.

When I got home from work, I didn’t want to do anything.  I didn’t even want to talk to my family.  I wanted to zone out and be quiet.  After 3 -12 hour shifts in a row, you are a zombie the next day and don’t want any stimulation!  You wouldn’t believe the weird family dynamics you have to deal with as a nurse.  You are a teacher, a counselor, a security guard, a diplomat, a housekeeper,  a mental health professional,  a biohazard specialist, etc etc. (many similarities to a mother)  It’s exhausting.  It’s also amazing, and I don’t regret a minute of it.  ( Maybe the day I was spat on my face I could forget! Getting that loogie dangling from my bangs and smeared across my cheek was gross.)  (Is that a TMI for my blog?)  My closet was the least important aspect of my life.  So, now that I have tons of time on my hands, I’m paying some attention to myself.

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Nursing graduation photo 1996

I signed up for FabFitFun because it often has something from Tarte Cosmetics in it.  It’s worth the price for the Tarte items alone!    Actually, Tarte is having a great Memorial Day Sale at their website.   I’ve discovered from Rodan and Fields (which is amazing skin care!) that I’m allergic to gluten.  They have certain products that would literally paint my face red when I applied the product.  After some research, I discovered the products that were turning my face red had gluten in it.  Tarte cosmetics are gluten free so I’m going to dive in and try the Tarte skin care regimen.  I’ve got a skin care travel pack in the mail.

If you want to try FabFitFun use this link: FabFitFun Discount to get $10 off your first box.  I will get $15 off my next box if you order.  You can get the same discount too if you refer a friend.

Let me know if you have a subscription to a box club that you like.   My dad even has a box subscription membership!  He gets a box of fishing stuff once a month.  It could be my son, John, that has that subscription, maybe both of them do!  I’ve had a YarnBox subscription myself.  It’s wonderful getting a surprise in the mail every so often.  Especially YARN!

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Jourdyn, playing dress up.

It’s Memorial Day and I’m hanging out with Jourdyn.  I’ve been working on a perpetual yarn purge and will work on it again today.  I’m going to have a yarn give-a-way soon! Yep!  A free to you yarn give-a-way.  I’ll tell you all about it in my next post!

Happy Knitting

 

Tammy