The flowers and plants are growing like crazy. A knitting friend, Marsha, gave me lots and lots of Iris bulbs a couple of years ago. They are in full bloom and so pretty. There are so many that I'll have some to share this fall. My Peonies are in bud and I can hardly wait until they pop open! Love the pretty frilly petals and their wonderful rose-like fragrance.
We're finally getting around to landscaping the other side of the house - front and side. It's been two years since we did the other side and I have some things to move from the old side to the new side. I hope they do okay. Lots of boxwoods and some perennials to transplant along with some bulbs. I'll also need to buy a few foundation plants like I planted on the left front to tie the new in with the old.
Andy rented a sod cutter last weekend and it rained like crazy! He got it all cut but it was just too wet to move it all. We have some plumbing issues underway, also. Last year, I found a hole in the ground near the side of the house. Andy dug it out a bit and left it. He said it was a sink hole from the builders not doing a very good job of backfilling. Well, in doing the sod this weekend, he dug the hole larger and discovered a broken sewage pipe that has been sucking dirt into it. Andy said that it's probably been broken since they built the house back in 2003. He said the only thing that would break it like that is running over it with a bulldozer, tractor, or something. So, now he's fixing it. Very thankful that he's able to do it and we don't have to hire someone.
Mary, Karen, Mom, and I went to the Upper Valley Fiber Fest yesterday in Troy, Ohio. We had a great time! The show is very small but the people are so nice and I always find something that I can't live without. Yesterday was no exception.
Now for the haul!
At Katherine Break Pottery - kind of ironic name for a pottery saleswoman, don't you think? - I purchased a flower vase for a Christmas present. Perfect colors for the recipient - hope she'll like it. I have a love for pottery. I love the texture, the colors, the shapes, and the functionality. Mom bought one of her very unique necklaces. In talking with the potter, we learned that she is also from Virginia and went to Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond. She moved to Ohio for her husband's job like we did. Small world.
Paper Alice was there again this year. I purchased her paper making supplies several years ago. It's SO much fun!!!!!!
You know, packaging isn't everything but it's a lot! The Knitting Goddess, Elizabeth Ley O'Brien, has evidently heard that, too! One table in her booth had a
riser that was stacked with these great little bagged kits. I bought one to do a shawl, two for mitts for both Mom and me, and one for a pair of socks. She had a beautiful sweater on display knit with some very cool beaded yarn (shades of purple and brown). It looked GREAT on Mom! So, I bought the yarn to make her the sweater. Now, we're on the hunt for the perfect button! I also purchased some yarn (black, gold, hot pink, and turquoise) on sale to make a cute little sweater for Raleigh. And, a skein of Lorna's Laces Laceweight finished me off in that booth! I can hardly wait to get started!!!!!
At a booth whose name I can't recall, I picked up two skeins of a silk and merino sock yarn that is destined to be knit into a shawl and two skeins of sock yarn. I also HAD to purchase this pair of Serendipity Knitting Needles!!! Now, take a good look at these needles. Robin. Robin's nest. Now you understand why I HAD to have these! When I was a teenager, I wanted to open a craft shop one day and name it The Robin's Nest. Well, I've always worked full-time but did open and still operate The Robn's Nest as my fiber studio and added Bird Bath Essentials to the piece when I started making soap. So glad my parents named me Robin!!!
The next booth that wowed me was The Rabbit Hutch. Terri McGill, the owner, couldn't have been nicer or more helpful! I spotted something I've long wanted to learn how to do. Kumihimo - Japanese braiding. Years ago, one of the rug hooking teachers I invited to teach for me at Blue Ridge Rug Camp, Beverly Conway, taught this in an afternoon class. I was fascinated. She had a stand, weights, and lots of examples. Well, The Rabbit Hutch carries a portable - very portable - "frame" for doing Kumihimo. I bought the supplies to do a braid and Terri gave me a 5 minute lesson and I was off and running - or rather, braiding! It's SO cool!!!!! This is a great way to use up bits of yarn, too. You can make braids of any thickness. I have several pendants that are too heavy to wear on a regular chain and these Kumihimo braids are just the perfect thing to put them on. And, the super thing about this is it's portable!! Did I mention that already?
After we left the show, we headed to Coldwater Cafe in Tipp City, Ohio. This is an EXCELLENT restaurant! Situated in an old bank building, the ambience is great! Perfectly decorated with a very warm and cozy feel, they feature a menu to match. Between the four of us, we ordered the Bacon Quiche (served with bread and fruit), a Reuben, and a Chicken Salad on Croissant. Then, we had dessert!!! Bananas Foster Cheesecake, English Tea Cake, and Cherry Almond Bread Pudding. OH MY GOODNESS!!!!!! Everything was SO good! The founder, Betty Peachey, operates an adorable bed & breakfast in the area - La Bastide Bette. There were Virginia ties here, as well. We met a couple of people who were traveling from Virginia to Ohio for special events - one from Virginia Beach and one who used to live in Northern Virginia - and the founder went to school in Virginia. The chef/owner of the restaurant was a Top 20 finalist in the Johnson & Wales University National High School Recipe Contest while in high school. Our son, Taylor, went to culinary school at Johnson & Wales. Lots of small world reminders.
Today, it's work for me. Yuck! Something has got to give! I can't stand working every night, weekend, holiday, and vacation. So so so sick of it!
Leaving you with a couple of Icelandic sheep! So cute! Have a great week!