March 26, 2013


This month has been going by so quickly, and I'm finding it hard to believe that next Sunday is the last day of the month!  Wow.  Time flies when you're having fun, and believe me, I've been having fun.  Lots of it. :)

Last weekend was a flurry of Game Night (don't let the mean trees get you!), getting ready for our church's music night, and finally the music night itself.   Which went very, very well, despite the fact that I was so nervous I was visibly trembling beforehand.  I kid you not.  You may all call me Miss Stage Fright.  But minutes before it was my turn to sing the Lord gave me peace, took away the butterflies, and I was able to walk up without my knees knocking together.  And my voice didn't shake either, thank the Lord!  It was such a blessing to enjoy the others sharing their music, and to be able to share mine with them.

Spring has finally won up here, although we're still going a bit below freezing at night.  I can't wait till we can turn the water down at the sheep pens back on.  Carrying water by bucket from the creek is way overrated, folks.  I'm tired of pretending to be Laura Ingalls Wilder.

I began starting plants for my garden today.  My dad saw me pulling the plastic plant flats out of the garage and asked, "Does this mean it's spring?!"  Yes, nothing says spring like tiny baby plants lining the windowsills in our kitchen.   I love gardening.  There's something about being able to grow your own food, providing for your family.  It's wonderful.

Last week I got the spring seeding in the lower sheep pasture checked off my list.  Still waiting for the snow to melt off the shaded sections of the small sheep pasture and the orchard so I can seed those.  It's so good to get some outside work done again.  I love working outside, especially after being cooped up in the house all winter.

I'm not the only one seeing this, am I?  Andrew Garfield looks eerily like Anthony Perkins, and his acting style is so similar (innocent, naive, stammering, shy, etc.) it's just creepy!
Just look at them and tell me that's not creepy...

My sheepies should be lambing any time after April 9th.  I'm eagerly anticipating having little lambs running around again!  Hearing their little baas, seeing them wiggle their tails, frisking about with each other.  Yes, I love this time of year.  The Lord has blessed my flock these past few years, and I can't wait to see what He does with it this year.

Okay, loving this method of transforming a pair of jeans into an adorable skirt.
Totes adorbs!  Totally doing this!!

Speaking of things that are totes adorbs, the last few episodes of the Lizzie Bennet Diaries have been AMAZING!!!  Like, I almost exploded from suppressed squeals amazing.  Finally, they're together!!!  I'm heartbroken that this Thursday is the last episode.  People, please cry with me...I'll provide the kleenex.

Wool & What-not's Anniversary Sale ends on the 27th.  My blog readers will get an additional 10% off by using the coupon code MARCH1, just because I love you all!  Now's the time to buy if you've had your eye on anything in the shop. :)

I spent a most pleasant afternoon visiting some of my "older" friends who live close by.  I love talking to those who are older and more experienced than I am, learning from them, being encouraged in my faith.  These two special couples have been such a blessing to me.  I'm so glad they live close enough for me to pop in for a spontaneous visit!  I also stopped by the library (where I picked up the long awaited Decoy Bride - they finally bought a copy!!) and the Post Office where I mailed an Etsy order.  Then I rolled down the windows (it was 53*F today!!!), cranked up the volume on my iPod (which isn't saying much - my speaker system is rather pathetic, but hey, it works;) and sang my heart out all the way home.  Life is fantastic.

Tomorrow I'm heading to Farragut Park with friends for a picnic. It's supposed to get up to 60*F!  :D

And now I must leave you all to go finish watching Iron Man so I can start watching Iron Man 2.  I'm refreshing my memory, getting ready for Iron Man 3 in May. ;)

Happy Trails, y'all!
Question: what's on your spring checklist?  I want to know!

March 21, 2013

Wool & What-not // Anniversary Sale!

And so it begins...

Wool & What-not's 2nd Anniversary Sale // March 21-27 // 20% off
Find fantastic deals in the shop!

^ What do you think of the new shop banner? ^

After our sale week, keep your eyes open for fresh {new} items!!

March 16, 2013

Saturday Matinee | no. 6

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PG-13 | for sequences of action violence, and some suggestive content 
Fantastic 4 | After being accidentally exposed to a cosmic energy cloud while conducting a genetic experiment in space, Dr. Reed Richards, Ben Grimm, Susan Storm, and her brother Johnny, begin to develop superpowers.  Not accepting that this is how they will have to be for the rest of their lives, Reed begins developing a machine to duplicate the cosmic energy which he hopes will return them to normal.  Meanwhile, the fifth member of their space team, Dr. Victor von Doom, who unbeknownst to them was also exposed to the cosmic energy, begins to cultivate and embrace his new found powers.  But unlike the Fantastic Four, as they are now called, he intends to use those powers for revenge...on them.
I enjoyed this film, although not nearly as much as The Avengers.  The cast was very good with Ioan Gruffudd, Jessica Alba, Chris Evans, Michael Chiklis, and Julian McMohan.  I thought it would be odd to see Chris Evans in a role so opposite from Captain America, but possibly because they were so dissimilar it didn't bother me at all.  There were some scenes that were inappropriate for younger viewers, mostly because of modesty issues.  Some language.  If you've seen the other Marvel films, this one was most comparable content wise to Iron Man 1 & 2.  I think the PG-13 rating was appropriate.  Please watch after doing your own research and with caution.

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PG | for suggestive content, language, and some rude behavior

Bride Wars | Friends since childhood, Liv (a successful lawyer) and Emma (a school teacher) do everything together.  When their boyfriends propose to them on the same day, they immediately set in motion their lifetime goal - to be married in June at the Plaza hotel.  But when their weddings are accidentally booked on the same date, things start to go out of control as they go from best friends to enemies.  Who knows the best way to sabotage your wedding day?  Your best friend, of course! Dance lessons gone wrong, blue hair, too many sweets, threats, insults - could things possibly get any worse?  Will they both make it to the alter...alive?!
I laughed until my stomach hurt watching this film!  So, so funny!  Anne Hathaway was her beautiful, charming self as always, and Kate Hudson was hilarious as her best friend.  Just watching it made me think of my own best friend and what would happen if we ever became enemies.  I'm doubting that that could ever happen, but if it out!  Hehe.  There was some objectionable content, one scene in particular, and some language.  Also, both girls are apparently living with their boyfriends before they are married.   A PG-13 rating would have been more appropriate, in my opinion.  The laughs definitely outweigh the bad in this film, but please do your own research and view with caution. 

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And that's all I have time for this week - would anyone like to see reviews of O Brother, Where Art Thou?  and Nanny Diaries next week?

Tonight I'm headed to an evening of Bluegrass awesomeness at the INBA Showcase in Spokane.  The fabulous Panhandle Polecats are playing!  I can't wait!! :D

Happy Trails, y'all!

March 12, 2013

A Week of Deduction | Sherlock Blog Event & Giveaway

Are you SHERlocked?  
Then you won't want to miss out on this fabulous blog event and giveaway going on at The Golden Road!

I'm not gonna lie - I really, really, really want to win this giveaway!
Because I want this t-shirt and the Season 1 soundtrack CD...

I can't wait to see what else Rose has in store for us this week!


it's okay to mix fandoms, right?  right.

March 11, 2013

{Fantastic Giveaways!}

Hey there!  Just popping in quickly to share a few giveaways that I know you all will want to enter...



Have a loverly day, everyone!

Question: are there any fabulous giveaways that you've entered that are still open?  Share the love and leave a link in the comments!

March 10, 2013

New in the Shop | Vintage Miscellany & Gift Cards

There we were, driving to church, enjoying the beautiful early spring weather, when a horrible thought struck me - it was daylight savings day, and we were late.  Very late.

Yes...42 minutes late, to be precise.  Since we were already well on our way to town, we decided to just go to church anyway.  No reason to miss out on the good fellowship afterwards, right?  
I'll admit to calling down a few "curses" on Ben Franklin as we drove along.  Some classics like, "May he grow like an onion with his head in the ground!"  And a few Tasha originals like, "May the sole of his left foot itch for one thousand years!"  Okay, so it wasn't actually implemented during Franklin's lifetime, but he did propose a similar suggestion to DST in the 1700s and I blame him.  Ahem, yes.  
It made for a very odd, disjointed day I can tell you that!

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However, the purpose of this post is to share what's been going on in my shop recently not to bash Ben, as fun as that is.  This past week I've been busily editing and listing vintage hats, gloves, and handkerchiefs!  A small sampling below...

Yes, I've been a busy little bee this month and as a result Wool & What-not now accepts Etsy Gift Cards! *confetti*  And not only that, she's turning two on the 19th! *more confetti*  Keep your eyes open for an anniversary sale {and maybe a giveaway, too??) next week and new spring items later this month!! *still more confetti*

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Have a lovely week, y'all! :)

March 9, 2013

Saturday Matinee | no. 5

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Get Smart | It's Control versus Kaos in this show from the 60s.  Tag along with Maxwell Smart and Agent 99 as they solve crimes and prevent Kaos.  Whether by design or accident (more often than not), the fight for niceness instead of evil always prevails.
This is 60s TV at it's finest.  Hilarious dialog, great catch phrases, and humorous spoofs, not to mention some great comedic acting!  I rarely think about it, but Don Adams and Barbara Feldon are quite possibly my favorite screen couple ever.  Really, the chemistry between those two at Max and 99 is fantastic.  And who can resist a great spy show?  I love how classy 99 is - what a style icon!  
My mom grew up watching Get Smart, and has passed on her love for this show to my brother and me.  I find it hard to believe, but it's even funnier now that I'm an adult!  I get a lot more of the jokes, and the ones I did get as a child are twice as funny now.  There are a few episodes with content that my mom didn't let as watch as children.  Watching it now, it's completely harmless.  I guess I'd give this show an overall PG rating.  It's well worth watching!

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And that's all I have time for today...which is ood, I mean odd considering I haven't really left the house this week.  Okay, so I'm lazy. ;)  Anyone want reviews for Bride Wars and Fantastic 4 next week?

Have a blessed Sunday, everyone!

March 8, 2013

Treasured // Springtime

Here in the mountains of North Idaho, a battle is being waged.  Spring so desperately wants to make an appearance, but Winter keeps sticking her tongue out and holding Spring back.  On Sunday everything was melting...then it snowed again...and melted again...and snowed again...right now it's melting...again.  
I can see dirt and it's 40*F outside - keep on fighting, Spring!

In the midst of this struggle between the elements, this lovely treasury was like feeling a sweet spring breeze.

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Purple, Grey & Mustard Granny Square Laptop Sleeve // Wool & What-not


If you're thinking that I stole this fantastic treasury idea from Kellie, then let me tell you something...
You're absolutely correct!  But she doesn't mind me stealing her ideas. ;)

March 6, 2013

Fun and Games

Our last Game Night was waaaaayyyy too much fun!

We started things off by singing Happy Birthday to Brett, Alex, and Kellie.  Emily and Mandy made super yummy birthday confetti scones...or something like that.  Whatever the technical name is, they were super yummy with dollops of whipped cream on top!

With all of that sugary goodness - plus chips and dip - to fortify us, the games began...

I temporarily "stole" Algy from Kellie, so this game night was rather well documented.  They started out with a new game which I wasn't interested in playing, so I ate chips and took pictures instead.   It all worked out rather nicely, I'd say. :)

After a few rounds of the new game (something called Signs, I think?), we played Mafia.  Let's just say I really, really, really LOVE playing that game.  Okay?  Love it.  Our moderator changed the setting to the Old West.  There were towns people, two bandits, and a spy.  Everyone thought I was a bandit, possibly because I kept yelling, "Lynch him!  Lynch him!  Let's get this necktie party going!", and similar phrases.  Can't say I blame them, but I was actually just an innocent towns person...okay, a bloodthirsty innocent towns person.

Someday, I'm going to kidnap Algy.  I really enjoyed getting to use "him" - thank you, Kellie dear! :)

This is where certain people started getting a bit, shall we say, loopy?!

Brett...I, uh, never mind.

Can anyone spell "crazy"??

And I'm just here, being completely normal...for now. ;)

After calming everyone down, we decided on Pictionary for our last game of the evening.

And then everyone went home...and so began the "after party".

I missed out, but the after party involved two cars sliding off of our driveway.

Apparently, they had a lot of fun pushing them out of the snow and back onto the driveway.
This is Idaho, after all. :)

Happy Trails, y'all!

March 2, 2013

Saturday Matinee | no. 4

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1967 - G
Thoroughly Modern Millie | She's fun, feminine, and she's modern.  Millie (Julie Andrews) is on a mission.  To land a job as a stenographer and marry her boss.  Simple, right?  Wrong.  Between white slavers trying to kidnapMiss Dorothy (Mary Tyler Moore), an elevator that won't run unless you dance in it, a laundry hamper with squeaky wheels, and Jimmy Smith (James Fox), there isn't much that can't go wrong in 1922 New York!
One of the wackiest, silliest, corniest musicals ever, but I LOVE it!  With Julie Andrews, how could you go wrong?!  It's rated G, but I think PG would be appropriate.  Some more mature content, although most would go right over younger children's heads.  I'd recommend this for young ladies 16 and up...although my bro certainly enjoyed watching the last 10 minutes with me.  He was laughing harder than I was, and that's saying something. ;)

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1966 - Not Rated
How to Steal a Million | Nicole Bonnet's father owns an impressive art collection.  And he paints.  He's an art forger, actually, a very talented one.  His collection includes Monet and Van Gogh, all fakes, and a sculpture of Venus by Cellini, which is also a fake.  Bonnet loans the Venus to be put on display at a museum despite Nicole's protests that he risks being found out.  Everything appears to be going well, until Bonnet signs a document insuring the Venus for $1,000,000, unwittingly giving the museum permission to have an art expert inspect the sculpture.  There's only one thing to do - steal the Venus!
One of the most delightful comedy heist films ever!  Who knew a boomerang was a tool every burglar should carry?  Snappy dialog, great chemistry, and an excellent supporting cast.  However, some would have a problem with this film for one reason - the Venus sculpture, which figures prominently in the story, doesn't have any clothes on.  Not a thing.  As far as naked statues go though, it's not too bad.  There is no other inappropriate content.  You have been warned. ;)

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And that's about all I watched this week...well I did watch The Dirty Dozen, too.  But I'm not sure what I think of it, and I certainly don't feel comfortable recommending/reviewing it here.  It was good, but also disturbing.
Anyway...I hope you all have a blessed and restful Sunday!

Question: What movies did you watch this week?  I want to know!