February 18, 2012


I haven't had much to say lately, have I?  I guess that's because there just isn't much going on right now.
Winter is a slow time of year around here.  A time for resting...in between shoveling snow, feeding animals and hauling buckets of water from the creek. ;)
It's a time for curling up by the fire and reading a good book.  I've been reading lots of Nancy Drew and Beverly Lewis this year, a rather odd combination to be sure.  I also read the play The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde.  I LOVED it!  So, so funny!!  And I'm working my way through our A encyclopedia.  Someday, I'll have read them all from A-Z.  At least that's the idea;)

It's a time for crocheting or sewing like mad while watching an indecent amount of classic films. =)
This week it's been The Major and the Minor (so, so cute and funny!), Guys and Dolls (Frankie!!!), The Caine Mutiny (awesome performance by Bogie), On the Waterfront (Brando), The Guns of Navarone (Gregory Peck), and The Razor's Edge (Tyrone Power).

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I had a marvelous sleepover with Kellie in her wall tent the other day in honor of her 20th birthday.  We ate chocolate, drank chocolate mint tea, watched an awesome movie, laughed, giggled and squealed.  We may or may not have screamed a few times from sheer delight.  The little hoodlums (aka Kellie's younger sisters) were busy elsewhere, so we had the entire evening to ourselves. =)  The next day was spent driving up to Sandpoint for some window shopping and singing along to crazy songs in the car.  I might have some pics to share at a later date, but I'm not sure how many we actually got - having too much fun. :)

Speaking of Kellie...if you haven't already, then you really should go join in the fun over at her blog.
We're all having a simply marvelous time at the Literary Heroine Blog Party!
And you may be seeing some of my handy work over there sometime during the festivities...:)

I've been working on sewing a dress from the vintage pattern I bought.  I decided to make my first effort red gingham, like the one on the pattern envelope.  It's a pretty simple pattern, but I'm having some difficulty getting it to fit me correctly - thank goodness for Betty, my dress form!  I don't know what I'd do without her. :)

I'm planning a surprise for you all next month...but I can't tell you what it is.  I'll give you a hint though - it has to do with my Etsy shop's one year anniversary, my birthday and one of my hobbies.
Ok, so that was three hints.

As I was browsing through some of my old Wallpaper Wednesday posts, I decided that this wallpaper of Aragorn needed some help.  He looked rather green before...well, more green than he is now=)
Here's the updated wallpaper...

Much, much better! 
You can find this wallpaper, and over 40+ others designed by me, on the "for {You}" page.

And I believe that wraps it up - I can't think of anything else I absolutely needed to say.
Happy Trails, y'all!


  1. Nancy Drew and Beverly Lewis are amazing. ^^
    I watched The Major and the Minor last week...it's one of my new favorites! And now I'm aching to watch Guys and Dolls...
    Good luck with your sewing! I'm a little obsessed with gingham right now...(:
    And speaking of sewing, I'm kind of hopelessly trying to figure out how to make a circle skirt with the two half circles (to conserve fabric!)...do you have a pattern or tutorial that you recommend?


    1. I loved the Major and the Minor! It's one of my new favorites, too:)
      And I love Guys and Dolls (there are two of the musical numbers I skip because of content, just to give you a heads-up).
      I'm totally obsessed with gingham right now, too=)

      Oh, I guess I should have explained the skirt better - instead of cutting out a full circle for the skirt, you use 1/2 of a circle. It's not as full, but it's still got the look and feel. Of course, it's not the same as an actual circle skirt, but I love it:) I used this pattern - http://www.amazon.com/Simplicity-Sewing-Pattern-Pleated-Circle/dp/B004O1I7IS/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1329674344&sr=8-2

  2. I've been wondering when your birthday was....;-)

    Sewing can be rewarding, but the process can be rather bratty. :-P Best wishes for you to show yours who's boss!

    I forgot to tell you how much I enjoyed talking with you last week. It was truly a blessing, and I hope to know you better in future. :-)

    God bless,
    ~"Wild Rose"~

    1. Now you know;)

      lol. Same to you! I hope your sewing project is behaving better than mine=)

      Ah, I knew I forgot to mention something I did at Kellie's! I talked to you. For the first time=) I enjoyed talking to you so much, too, and I hope to meet you in person someday! I mean, we do live in the state and county;)

      Love and blessings,

  3. HI Natasha- Nothing like great books and movies to chase the winter blues awyay. speaking of fun series to read, have you read the Jan Karon books The Mittford Series with Father Tim? Oh my, we passed those around at the office like treasured chocolates! Sweet, funny, inspiring and full of hope!! You will love them, especially these days of stubborn cold and snow. And that red gingham dress? I can't wait ot see how that turns out. In my opinion, red anything is terrific and such a mood lifter, don't you think? Be sure to post pics. The Wall Tent sleepover sounds just too fun with Kellie. What an amazing best friend duo you two make! And keep us updated, we have been missing you around here in blog land! Have a super week.

    1. Hello Winnie:)
      Yes, reading and cold winter days seem to go together. I haven't read the Mittford series yet, but I've been planning to for a long time! My mom has the books, so it's just a question of me picking one up and beginning:)
      I will definitely share pictures of my red gingham dress!=)
      Hehe - we think we're a rather amazing duo, ourselves;)
      I hope you have a wonderful week, too:)



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