Happy New Year Greetings
Hello everyone, I hope this new year is off to a good start for you! I am so happy to be sitting here writing to you with a hot cup of tea nearby. This handcrafted cup and saucer was a Christmas present. Our 'green' Christmas was a very good one, and with three grandchildren aged 3 and under there was never a dull moment. In those quiet days between Christmas and New Year's I was able to get a few pictures to share.
Before Christmas, was filled with the usual rush to bake, clean, buy and make presents and decorate, besides babysitting the grandchildren. I sewed a leather tote bag and crocheted dishcloths to gift.
My hopes for the new year, as always, are to complete many of the projects I have in progress...a sweater and scarf to finish knitting, my embroidered tablecloth to catch up on, a needlepoint project, a blouse and skirt to finish sewing, and several zipper pouches and tote bags I have all cut out and ready to sew. There are actually more works in progress I am afraid to say....
As always, I am looking forward to a new year in the garden. Last year I was able to can and freeze the most food yet, since we've been in our new home here. We were able to harvest some peaches off one of our trees, and hope for apples and cherries to start producing soon.
Last summer, we also put in a stone patio ~ my husband, I should say ~ and it was a lot of back breaking work for him. It wasn't completed until late summer, so we look forward to using it more this year. There are also steps from the house to be built and some trellis/arbors to be added.
And, what I am most excited about is our plan to build a small greenhouse using recycled windows. It will be so good to have a warm place to get plants off to an early start!
Recently I have been overhauling the living room...some deep cleaning, moving furniture around and hanging pictures. It seems that time of year to purge the excess and get organized. In the kitchen I hung a small pot rail to hold my thrifted copper cookware.
In the background below, is a thrifted wicker bottle that I finally made into a lamp...
I hope you are all well, and thank you for stopping by to visit. I would love to hear from you in the comments.
Mary Lea Lepke
1/19/2022 06:59:14 pm
Hi Debbie. It is so great to hear from you. It sounds like you and Mike have been very busy this past year. I am hoping you both stay safe and sound through all these winter storms. Thank you for the update.
1/27/2022 02:40:28 pm
2/3/2022 08:04:48 am
It's always good to see you post. Your decorating is so beautiful.
3/23/2022 07:43:23 am
Hope to see more posts from you this year! Love to see your projects!
4/12/2022 01:17:45 am
Hi! I'm a "new" friend. I'm not really sure how I stumbled upon your site months ago, but there was something that drew me back again and again. I even have kept the tab up on my computer so I wouldn't forget you! :-) I haven't gone back and read everything, but I did read a lot. Maybe the part that is attractive is the way that you seem to have found a good balance. To be a producer, but not produced. Does that make sense? :-) You seem to enjoy life and this(business/website) is an outlet, but it's not your life. It's where I'm trying to stay as well. Enjoying doing, learning and creating without it needing to be for something! Anyway, just wanted to say thank you and I've enjoyed getting to "know" you just a bit! May you have a wonderful rest of Holy Week!
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