farmer’s market

On Sunday, the hubby and I took a took a trip to a local farmer’s market, where everything is either grown on-site or sourced from local farms. We brought home a small bounty of goodies for the week:

I love how the cantaloupe looks like crocheted lace, don’t you?

We plan on tossing those beautiful baby potatoes with salt, pepper and olive oil and grilling them to go alongside some gorgeous NY strip steaks. Fresh off the grill, we’ll top the potatoes with some fresh Amish roll-butter before serving:

What’s your favorite thing to buy at the farmer’s market?

more stitching

{image via poise gets cozy}

Alicia over at Posie Gets Cozy has me completely hooked on cross-stitching. I just finished her Winterwoods sampler and my fingers are already itching to start another. Thankfully, she recently designed this sweet summer sampler, complete with red, ripe strawberries and a little bee hive!

{image via poise gets cozy}

This pattern is PDF only, not a kit, but luckily there is a tiny embroidery shop tucked away in a farm house nearby that sells the variegated floss used in the sampler. It would be nice to have a gallery wall of these pretty samplers in the knitting room, don’t you think?

The pattern is $6 and can be purchased in Alicia’s shop. Happy stitching!

around the house…



Wishing I could be home, puttering about the house, working on little projects…

the weekend

Well, hello! The hubby and I are getting settled into our new little home…the past few months have been a whirlwind of moving, working, and lots of little league. Things are finally starting to slow down, and we’ve been able to explore our small town. There is a sweet little main street with a cheese shop, a seafood market, an old-fashioned movie theater, and an irish pub. This weekend, we stopped into the local Amish farmer’s market, where we bought fresh veggies and ate delicious pot roast sandwiches. They had an entire bakery onsite, so we took home mini lemon meringue and chocolate cream pies:

Things are finally starting to slow down, and I’ve been slowly trying to get back into the creative swing of things. I’ve been working on a few little projects here and there, and I can’t wait to show them to you! This weekend, I decided to work on this wool blanket, which has been hibernating forever:


It feels good to be  knitting. And blogging. I hope you all have a wonderful week!


Lately, I’ve been obsessing over the perfect shade of blue-gray-green for the new knitting room and dining room. Farrow & Ball has some of the prettiest shades, so I ordered four sample pots. Above is the Light Blue, which looks a little green on the chip, but in the room appears a soft, springy blue.

Skylight reads more blue-gray than green, but the color reminds me of the sky on an overcast day – this is definitely a cozy color.

The Blue Gray reads neither blue nor gray to me – more like a rustic sage. The website says this color will appear bluer in well-lit rooms. I was a bit intrigued, which is why I ordered this pot.

Finally, the Green Blue Рthis is the most saturated of the four colors  Рand while I think it may be too strong for the walls, it may be a good color for an old wooden coffee table that needs a little refreshing.

Other contenders:

What are your thoughts, dear readers? Your suggestions are more than welcome in the comments!

nearly finished.

The Shaelyn shawl is coming along quite nicely…only two more repeats of the main lace chart are left before the edging.

Look how beautifully the cotton yarn catches the light…

It would be fantastic if I could have this finished by Easter, so that my mother-in-law could wear it to church.

I promised myself I wouldn’t work on it until I am finished knitting my sissy’s Hermione socks. Maybe this weekend I will wind the second ball of yarn…that doesn’t count as cheating, does it?

start and end.

Trying to adjust to daylight savings seems extra difficult this year, so yesterday I tried starting the day with a little bit of glamour…

…and ending it with a bit of cozy chamomile. It’s the little niceties that make a day special, don’t you think? Hope you are all having a lovely week!