Monday, October 03, 2011

Well hello there......it's been awhile

So if you are still with me here, you will see that I have not been posting lately. Hey life gets in the way. this has been a spring and summer of pure craziness and none of it fun!

It's now the Jewish New Year. A time to reevaluate and renew life. Actually my favorite time of year! So this evening as I was sitting making lists of all the things I wanted to do/learn/read/knit/craft....... I took a look at revamping the blog. A little Fall renewal and cleaning up, like putting a coat of paint on a wall.

First, I was using this blog to log and keep track of my knitting. Ravelry took it's place. Then I was keeping track of my reading but Goodreads was discovered. I discovered Pinterest and I can log all my crafty bits and bobs and recipes over there. Maybe a new picture for the header and some new colors with get me to write again......... I hope. :)

Happy New Year - L'Shana Tovah

PS. And you will notice that this blog now has it's own domain name.......www.westenddesigns.net! YAY!!!


Tuesday, February 01, 2011

Snow, Snow and More Snow!

Apparently I have moved to Buffalo and no one has told me. Good Gravy (I cleaned this up because this was NOT my exclaimation when I looked out the window at 6:45 am), you should see the snow! Yes, we are in the middle of yet another mid-week blast and I am not happy. Not that there is anything you can do about it, but this Winter Lover is desperate for Spring.

Today "Mr. Perky Weatherdude" announced that there is more snow on the ground now than there was after the Blizzard of '78! And that was a TON OF SNOW!! Then, he smiled and said he didn't remember the Blizzard at all. Heh. Young Whippersnapper. LOL.

The cartoon from the local paper sums it up exactly.

So, it's February first and how are your resolutions coming along?? I will admit, I am doing rather well here. Ok, the one I really need to crack down on is "Eat More Fruit". Yes, I am a vegetarian but not I am not all that fond of fruit. It's more about the savory with me. Give me a big salad or a big bowl of steamed veg any day!! I did buy the fruit, now I just need to eat it.

Tomorrow I hope to post all my jewelry and knitting pictures. My camera card is full and I will show you what I have been up to, besides reading......and shoveling snow.

And because we need just a touch of something bright and sunny......

These are Icelandic Poppies. I want to plant some in my garden this year. Does anyone have any idea where I can buy the seeds???


Friday, January 21, 2011

The View From My Room

Words need not apply! Yes, it is snowing again! But, I have brownies cooling in the sunroom and coffee brewed. It's gonna be a good day!

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Something new......

Isn't this cute??
Pattern: Pretty Pastels Dishcloth from "The Original Dishcloth Contest"
Yarn: Sugar n' Cream "In Motion"
Hook: Size H

I saw this pattern book and had to get it. I have always wanted to try something in modular crochet. It is much easier than it looks for those of you who don't crochet. The pattern was not really written all that clearly but after a few rip outs (and a little help from Ravelry), I got it done. I see many more of these in my future!


I took this picture of my "cotton" stash (just the Sugar n' Cream brand, BTW) for my friend Jena. I think I have an addiction to it. Especially since it is ON SALE this week at Michaels for ONE DOLLAR A SKEIN. You just know I had to go buy some more. :)

So that being said..... I have a NEW resolution for 2011. 52 dishcloths in 52 weeks.
Hey, they make great gifts and who doesn't need dishcloths in the kitchen.
I'll post the progress over at the sidebar!

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Books, books, books!

Well, I am just overjoyed at the fact there is MORE snow in the forecast! YIPPEE....NOT. But that is not until Friday. One nice thing about a nice snowy day is the chance to stay in and read. I declared my New Year resolution to read more this year in the previous post. So far, so good. I have read FOUR books and am on my fifth. And out of that, only ONE was not so hot. Not bad enough to make me put it back on the library shelf, but I would not pick up any others in the series. Oh well, you win some, you lose some.

But besides keeping track of my reading here for 2011, I joined Good Reads. This is a great site for all of you who read, and read alot. I figured instead of doing my reviews all over the place, this was the way to go. All of my books in one central location. Perfect. I put the link in the side bar ---> to the right. Follow my progress or join and "friend me" so I can see what you read too! Hopefully, this will be just like ravelry as a great aide for recommendations and keeping track of things!


My favorite book to date was "The Case of the Missing Servant" by Tarquin Hall. This new series is very reminiscent of the Mme. Ramotswe series by Alexander McCall Smith. The characters are charming and it was a very well crafted story giving you insight into modern life in India. The only bad thing about it (and it really is not all that bad) is that it makes you hungry for samosas and chana dal! I headed off to Trader Joe's for some! I even stopped at the library and picked up the second book in the series. So far, Mr. hall has only written two and I am sure I will be eagerly awaiting the next installment!

OK, I have spent enough time on the computer now. Off to get caught up on housework!