Sunday, February 9, 2014

I'M BACK!  Took a bit of a hiatus,  but I have so much to tell you!  What a journey the past year and a half has been!  So stay tuned and buckle yourself in!  The ride starts tomorrow!


Monday, October 8, 2012

I'm getting my Knit on!
 
Come see me on November 10th at the Rigby Jr. High for the annual Craft Fair.  I will have oodles of stuff, mostly handknitted, for you to buy.  Here are a few examples of the toys I will have available.


I will also have my spinning wheel and will be doing demonstrations during the day!  I will also have a few items exclusively made out of handspun yarn!

Watch for more pictures over the next few weeks! And look for The Corner Cupboard at the craft fair!


Chris

Monday, June 4, 2012

Life's Changes

Okay, so it's been awhile since I posted.  Many, many things have happened in the past 6 months and this blog had to be on the back burner.  Life happens, right?

First of all we had a wonderful Christmas with our family surrounding us and our youngest daughter informed us that she was getting married.  At that time my focus sort of narrowed and I became obsessed with everything wedding.  That is until January when tax season started and our schnauzer, Toby got hit by a car and almost died.  He spent 6 days at the vets before coming home and many more weeks recuperating, but I am happy to report that  everything is fine now. 
So we persevered through tax season, and made decisions about the wedding.  Then when we hit April, we started talking about we should get another dog for Toby to have a companion,  because he still missed Missy so much.  We thought it would be fun to get a white miniature schnauzer for something different, since Toby is black!  A true set of salt and pepper, you know.  So we began searching the internet and finally found a couple of candidates.  The first one in Utah, wanted $1600, which was a little pricey.  The second, in Montana, wanted 2 references and a background check before they would sell you a dog!  Really?  But then I found Trish Buhmann in Evanston, Wyoming and I instantly knew we had found our little puppy!  She had 7 of the most adorable white schnauzer pups you have ever seen.  We exchanged pictures and personality descriptions, wants and desires, until finally we decided on this puppy.


Meet Angel Snowflake, although the angel part is a little misleading!  We have had her for about 6 weeks and she is permanently engrained in our family!  She is now Toby's favorite playmate, tormenter of my cats, and our little girl!   Although I am dealing with something I have never dealt with before, a chewing puppy!  She chews everything in sight, and is know to pull books and newspapers off tables and shred them to pieces and I won't even try to tell you what she does to a ball of Yarn!

Now on to the most life changing event this year.  Our youngest daughter, Chelsea Mariah Scott, got married on Saturday, June 2, in our back yard to Ronald Beaman, a wonderful young man!  We woke to clouds and rain, but it all cleared in time for our 12:00 ceremony.  Afterwards we had a luncheon for the guests and then later a reception at the church.  We are still gathering pictures, but here are the first few of our new couple!



Ronald Beaman and Chelsea Scott Beaman
June 2, 2012



This picture was taken a few moments after the ceremony, across the drybed, on some of our property.  It turned out perfect!

Lots of emotions have been flowing at my house for the past several months.  We officially became empty nesters last summer when Chelsea moved out on her own.  It was a lonely quiet time at our house.  This past Saturday just kind of finalized what I knew would eventually happen.  After 34 years of raising children, we are officially done, officially empty nesters!  There are moments when that is really a scary thought!  On the other hand, for the first time in 34 years, I don't have to take care of, be responsible for, or make arrangements for anyone else but Gene and I.  Kind of nice.

Lastly, are changes to my blog here.  When I started this blog several years ago, my main purpose was to share my scrapbooking.  However, you will notice that I strayed onto other things and really this has become a journal of our life, sort of.  I have shared with you, ups and downs, and epic events in our lives.  It really is about my corner of life.  And the corner has turned a bit. 

I have always loved to knit.  I was taught by my primary teacher when I was 10 years old and have continued on ever since.  When I pregnant with my oldest daughter,  I was bored, so I took a Family Circle pattern for a baby sweater, used size 8 needles I had since I was 10, bought a ball of yarn, then sharpened a pencil on both ends to use as a double pointed needle, and I taught myself to knit a cabled sweater for my unborn baby.  I was hooked and continued to learn about textured knitting, which I love.  Every member of my family has gotten, sweaters, aphgans, slippers and any number of items from me over the years.  It brings me joy (see the cartoon)


About the same time as I was learning more about knitting I wanted to learn to spin yarn.  My husband promised me that someday he would get me a spinning wheel!  Well last summer he did!  My love for him and my fiber knew no bounds!  This winter I acquired another spinning wheel, a travel wheel that can go camping or where ever with me.  My hopes are that some of my family will have a desire to learn with me and I will get a spinning buddy or two!

So the focus of this blog changes a little yet again.  Not so much scrapbooking, but occasionally the bug still bites.  Still about my family, because of course they are my life.  I will continue to share recipes from time to time too.  But now the main influence on this page will be my knitting, crocheting and spinning!  I will share with you as I continue my journey to perfect my art and learn about fibers and such!  I hope you enjoy the journey with me!

Have a an awesome Monday and do something that makes you smile!

Chris

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Spinning!

This past month my husband gave me the most wonderful gift, a spinning wheel.  I have wanted one for 30 years, but it always got put on the back burner.  Here its is -

She is an Ashford Traditional, single drive, single peddle.  I love her!

This is what I have made with her so far, some Romney wool (the scratchy kind)

and 100 % Merino wool (so soft)


Right now I am trying my hand at spinning Merino/Silk blend, that has already been dyed.  This yarn is looking so good and is consistant enough that I think I may be able to make socks out of it. 

Now I haven't forgotten my first love, knitting.  Here are some of my latest projects:

 These mittens are for me!  I love them!  They are knitted out of 100% Merino Wool, and the pattern I found on Ravelry.com
 This is my own pattern for baby socks.  They fit newborn to 9 months and are really stretchy!

this is also a pattern I made for mittens!  If you like the socks or mittens, come visit me at the Rigby Jr High Craft Fair on November 12th!  My booth is the Corner Cupboard and it is filled with yummy yarn goodness!  Everything from mittens, to slippers and socks, to blankets, dresses, hair bows, hot pads, dish cloths, and more!  All made from yarn!  We have something for everyone!  I only do one of these a year and I bring everything I have worked on during that year.

And this year I think I will bring my spinning wheel, so come and watch!

Have a Yummy day!

Chris

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Recounting

So fall will be here tomorrow.  A time when my garden starts to peter out, my yard doesn't need to be watered as much, the kids are back in school and the neighborhood is quieter.  It is also the time when I start to recount what I accomplished during the summer and make plans for fall and the holidays.  A re-counting of sorts.  Of course my to do list and my completed list are very lopsided.  I am usually running this way, a day late and a dollar short.  Lately I have been on a knitting jag and have accomplished so many things, but have a large list of things I still want to do.  What is it about women that make us make such huge goals that we can't finish unless we become 10 people?  Oh well.

On the other hand, I got to go to a wonderful class reunion this summer and connect with so many old and new friends.  Family reunions were always fun and having our grandkids around is always a blast!  Our youngest grandson, Tyson, starting walking (or I should say running) this week and it makes your heart smile to watch the look of wonder on his face as he accomplishes each new thing.  And he is only 11 months old! 

Best of all, our huge garage is making progress.  We just finished the roof.  Next will be the garage doors, probably around Christmas.  Then a break to next spring and the final push to get it sided and the floor poured.  And we will have a wonderful new garage!  This has been a huge undertaking for my husband, but it is really turning out so wonderfully!  I am really proud of him!

Just to let you see what I have accomplished lately, here is a shawlette which is my first attempt at knitting lace and a knitted purse that I did as a challenge on Ravelry.  It actually was kind of fun, which I never thought I would want to do, but now I have plans to do another in the near future.  Guess another item just got added to the to do list!


Thursday, September 8, 2011

Cindy

My cousin Cindy Olsen Starr died last Saturday.  She was 56.  I haven't seen her for years, but it really set me back.  When I was growing up, Cindy was 3 years older than me and I looked up to her and wanted to be just like her.  Later on we went to high school at the same school, Bonneville.  She was a senior when I was a freshman.  Around this time she started having some health problems and she had struggles over the next several years.  She married, had kids and tried to do everything right.  Sometimes she did. Sometimes she didn't.  But she never gave up trying.  That's what I remember most about Cindy, when she set her sights on something, nothing would stop her.  So rest in peace now, Cindy.  You can quit trying so hard.  You are in a better place and I look forward to the day when I see you again, free of all the things that weighed you down in this life!  Love you Cindy!

This is a link to obituary if you would like to know Cindy better.
 http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/postregister/obituary.aspx?n=cindy-starr&pid=153499077&refsvce=google#.TmmktfzPpYg.google

Chris

Blogging issues

I have been trying to log on for two days to make an entry, but have had issues with my blogspot account.  Found out tonight that Google is changing from Google Page Creator to Google sites and that in the process you have to have a new host for your third party widgets.  I just spent 2 hours going through the steps to get this done.  Apparently, when you enable third party cookies and delete the history under Internet options, it is not making it through to AOL.  So I have yet another program that I have to log onto using the internet explorer.  I just thought I would let you know in case you are having the same problem.  I have made Google aware of it, but who knows when they may address it. 

On an up note, I am glad to be back!

Chris