Thursday, May 21, 2015

Simple Pleasures...

Time spent with family is always a pleasure... My brother, Jeff, and his wife, Brenda, have been in East Texas the past couple of weeks.  We spent one whole day in Gladewater, the self-proclaimed Antique Capital of East Texas, gathering supplies for this simple project.

We searched high and low for the "perfect" little soap dishes... and scented soaps...

I was excited to find this Hoenig of California Pottery apple from the 1950s for one of my dishes.

Brenda and I made simple crochet wash cloths from cotton yarns...  pattern here.  I tried several and this one was the one I liked best (for my tension and the way I crochet) ... so far.  I didn't do the edging (put it in and took it out... I just like the VERY simple look of this cloth).

These soaps were particular favorites because of their packaging as well as their scents... Green Leaf Market.

Each one has a scripture printed on the side...

These soap dish sets were such fun projects to gather and make with Brenda.  Simple pleasures...

We have so enjoyed their visit!!!

"Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest." 
Matthew 11:28

LOVE these Rolling Retirees!!

Until you come again.... love and hugs dear brother and sis-in-law!!  Thank you so much for rolling through with us!! 

blessings ~ tanna

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Quotes... Happy Colors... and Good Food

We all know how I love a good quote!  Consider me absolutely SMITTEN with the wall hanging I found last week at Laurie Anna's Vintage Home at the Canton Trades Days (you can order from her shop online, too).  I'm easing closer to being satisfied with the dining room... just taking my time.

And, oh, how I can lose myself in color... love. love. love. playing with it!  Color. Texture. Design.  Good stuff!

This big bag is a combination of three patterns... details and links here on Ravelry.

If I did it again, I'd work the base in an oval shape.  But, it is going to hold lots of yarn and projects just as it is.... until it gets to go to the beach one day!

I can't say I've lost a single pound recently... but, we are enjoying good food and the exercise is making me feel WONDERFUL!  (after I'm done!  hehee)

I hope each of you get lost in something you love this week... and find yourself there, too.

blessings ~ tanna

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Busy-ness and The Bracelet Bandwagon

Things have been busy around here.  Good busy, but busy.  Sometimes a simple, quick project is just the thing to soothe.  I actually finished these a few weeks ago and never got around to sharing them.

These were made with the same pattern I used before:  Rustic I-Cord Wrap Bracelet by Elizabeth Murphy.  Or on Ravelry here.

This one was made of worsted weight cotton scraps versus the sock weight for the other two (too fat for beads).

AND, I made a smaller version of the free pattern for Wrap Around Bracelet by Yuli Handmade.  Really like the smaller beads and yarn much better.   I had to go back and take away all but one wrap of the bigger beaded one!  Too much for this ole gal.  ;) 

They make good Fitbit Camo.  Heehee.

I hope if your days are crazy busy, too, it's the good kind of busy.  And, if you need a quick, easy soothe... hop on the bracelet bandwagon with me.

"The really idle man gets nowhere.  The perpetually busy man does not get much further."
~ Sir Heneage Ogilivie

Keep on keeping on...

blessings ~ tanna

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Cotton Candy, Farmer's Market and Good News

I finished this shawl last Sunday evening.  I wish you could feel it... so soft, so light, so squishy!  Details are here on Ravelry:  South Bay Shawl

One of my knitting friends, Becky, had these wonderful soaps and knitted cloths for sale at the Lindale Farmer's Market.  The soap smells heavenly and she has done such a nice job of packaging them, too!!  A fun little prize or gift.

My Beloved and I celebrated news of some good test results!  Good health is deeply appreciated these days.  Especially for my Beloved. 

Hope each of you have something wonderful to celebrate this week...

"To be kind to all, to like many and love a few, to be needed and wanted by those we love, is certainly the nearest we can come to happiness." 
~ Mary Roberts Rinehart

blessings ~ tanna

Monday, April 27, 2015

Muddy Fields and Sweet Victory

I can't begin to tell you how much MORE rain we've had than USUAL... EVERYTHING is muddy!  Our sweet Karsyn is not much for getting dirty...

But, she pressed on valiantly!  You can tell this was early in the game... Most of her uniform is still green.  ;)

Miss B and Daddy watched intently from the sidelines...

Mostly, she was just happy to be in her favorite spot in the world (though when her Noni sat the camera down she did steal some sweet snuggles and sugars).
I love small town Texas life... In the end, sportsmanship trumps. 
blessings ~ tanna


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