Saturday, October 18, 2014

Knitting: Owl Hat

I quickly knitted up this fun owl hat the past couple of days. I haven't sewn the buttons on for eyes yet...but may still do that. Above is the hat without the eyes and below is it *with* the buttons on for eyes. Isn't it super cute? :) Can you see the owls?

This hat even fits *me* I am thinking of keeping it for myself. Most things I make I gift to others...but it's fun to keep something for yourself from time to time. :) (I must admit, I was hesitant to post a photo of myself wearing the hat...but I know when I read a blog post with a finished knitted project, I love to see it *on* someone...)

If you are interested in knitting up this pattern, you can find it HERE (it's free!).

Have a great weekend! Thanks for visiting!
Knitting on...

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Enjoying Autumn in PA

 The days have been beautiful and warm for October (although today it is quite rainy and miserable..but I won't complain. It's nice to be inside, candles lit and feeling cozy!). The colors of the trees are just gorgeous and I wanted to share a few photos from around our home...

How great are these silverware wind-chimes? I bought them from a vendor at the fall festival...

The beauty of God's creation is a masterpiece that just can't be dwarfed by anything else...

You can see our woodshed is filling up...preparing for winter weather!

Most days, you will find candles lit throughout our home during this season (all through winter as well!)...

This is Madelyn's idea of napping.... ;)

 Madelyn and I (and even Jaxson!) have been keeping our knitting needles busy lately too, when we have had some spare time! Madelyn knit up this super-cute baby hat...

"Every leaf speaks bliss to me, fluttering from the autumn tree." 
~Emily Bronte

I hope your autumn is just as beautiful and that you are able to enjoy it as well! :)
So glad you stopped for a visit!


Monday, October 13, 2014

Her First Pie

Madelyn made her first pie (totally on her own) this past weekend. She made it to take to our pastor appreciation lunch at church. It was *for* our pastor...but others got to partake of its goodness as well! She was thrilled to hear that people enjoyed it! :)

She used peaches from the cellar that I canned a couple years ago. I love peach pie but didn't have a taste. I trust the opinions of others though because it got rave reviews! :) It does a mama's heart good to see her daughter learning, growing, maturing and gently walking into womanhood.

She was disappointed it didn't *look* prettier...but for her first pie, I think it looked wonderful and she will only improve with practice (oh, how I *love* pie....does anyone have a healthy pie recipe? We sure could use one so I could enjoy a slice!).

Peach pie, apple pie, pumpkin pie, pecan pie.....oh, the goodness of pie! I am trying not to drool as I sit and think of it all! ;) If I remember correctly, the first pie I made was apple! Do you remember the first pie you made on your own?


Friday, October 10, 2014

Learning is Beautiful

“When I look at a child, I see a living, breathing person, made in God's image, for whom God has a plan. As parent educators, we need to embrace a new notion of learning...we need to engage the hearten order to effectively educate the child. Our vision of a well-educated child is a child who has a heart for learning, a child who has the tools he needs to continue to learn for a lifetime and a child who has the love to want to do it.” 
― Elizabeth FossReal Learning: Education In The Heart Of The Home

"The mother's heart is the child's schoolroom."
~ Henry Ward Beecher

Words of praise, indeed, are almost as necessary to warm a child into a genial life as acts of kindness and affection. Judicious praise is to children what the sun is to flowers. 
— Christian Nestell Bovee

 “The key is to understand that our children don't belong to us—they belong to God. Our goal as parents must not be limited by our own vision. I am a finite, sinful, selfish man. Why would I want to plan out my children's future when I can entrust them to the infinite, omnipotent, immutable, sovereign Lord of the universe? I don't want to tell God what to do with my children—I want Him to tell me!” 

Living, loving and learning together,
Katy :)

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

My Latest Knitting WIP and Finishes

 With the temperatures getting chillier, the knitting bug has caught me once again. I really enjoy knitting but enjoy it even *more* when it is chilly out. Recently, I have been knitting a lot on my circular I am sure you can guess what I have been making lots of....hats! ;)

My aunt has greyhound dogs. I found a free pattern online (on Ravelry) for a cute hat/hood for greyhounds and decided to give it a try. I am happy with how it turned out!

My Ruthie-girl is part terrier, part sheltie so her neck is bigger than her head (she can't even wear a just slides off her head if we try). She was less-than-thrilled to be my model but I made her do it anyway! ;)

My only regret is that I used gray yarn instead of something more vibrant and exciting. My aunt is an eclectic, colorful woman and I think she would have much-preferred something brighter...but I didn't think that through well until after I was already a good way through knitting it. I am not sure that I will knit another as it, although not difficult really, was a bit tricky in some parts and I have other things to get done in time for Christmas.

My aunt lives a few hours away from me and she *should* be receiving the package today (it was a surprise)! I hope she likes it and that it works for her pups! :)

 I also knit, as a gift for my nephew's upcoming birthday, my first-ever deer hat! I found the pattern in this fun new book I got.

A couple of the books I have been using for fun patterns...

A friend of mine, after having three daughters, is due to have her first son soon! I whipped up this fun hat for her soon little arrival!

I am in the middle of knitting up a baby hat which I, at first, intended to make for my sister's baby due at the end of November...but then I realized the colors are more girly...and I think she is having a boy (although my guesses are usually wrong) so we'll just see. Maybe I'll make a newborn baby boy hat so I have one or the other for the big day! :)

So those are a few of the projects I have been working on. With Autumn settling in, are you finding yourself keeping busy with creating/crafting/making? What projects are you working on? I would love to hear about them! :) Keep crafting on, friends!


Monday, October 6, 2014

"Autumn, the year's last, loveliest smile..."

~ William Cullen Bryant

A peek at outside chores on our little homestead!

Working hard to fill the wood shed for winter (don't worry...I helped too! I just took a minute to snap a few pictures!)...

Hmm...? Working or playing? ;) ....

The children cleaned out our vehicle! They did a wonderful job....

I worked on getting the rock wall just about finished...

The children surprised me by spending the time to weed around and straighten the stone path we have. :) It was a lot of work for them and incredibly sweet and thoughtful for them to gift me in that way!

I have some finished knitting projects to share with you in an upcoming post! Both things are gifts...I am not sure if the family who is receiving them reads my blog or I am not sure when I will post about them but they are both something new for me! :) I *will* share soon though (I know you are just sitting on the edge of your seat ~ the anticipation is overwhelming, yes?)!

I just love the season of autumn. My only wish would be for it to last just a wee bit longer. The beautiful days, the gorgeous leaves, the fall-smell to the air, the crisp temperatures, the gentle breezes.....Mmmm...I just love it all and praise God as I soak it all in. Even days of rain are enjoyed because time can be spent in-doors making our house a home, gift-making, reading, spending time with family, and snuggling under afghans! I sing praise to God for the treasure of seasons. Each one  is unique and enjoyable in its own way...even winter (that bitterly cold, long winter ~ although it is a little bit harder for me to love....I *can* find reasons why it is special!).

It's been a long Monday....exercise early this morning followed by a long (but lovely) day at our homeschool co-op. I worked on some knitting most of the evening (stopping to make supper for the family ~ meatball sandwiches, potatoes and a veggie)...and now, I simply must go to bed. I hope to get some reading time in before drifting off to sleep....but I have been up since very early so I am willing to bet these eyes don't stay open too long once tucked under the sheets!

I'm so glad you had the time to visit here today! I hope your day is blessed....I pray you are able to glorify God through your days even (and maybe even more so) through the difficult ones. Often we think of the "blessed" days as the ones where things all go *right* and easy...where everything just seems to fall into place so perfectly. But those days (although still a beautiful gift and to be enjoyed) make it easy to glorify Christ. It's the difficult, laborious, challenging days that He uses to mold us, make us and show us how to be more like Him.

I am reading "How to Study Your Bible" by Kay is helping me learn how to get the most out of my reading of God's Word. If you have read this, I would love to hear how you liked it or how it has helped you! I have read through my Bible so many times but I am terrible at memorization and feel as though I often forget what I have read. More than anything, I desire to soak in the Word and hide it's words in my heart. I desire to not just *read* the Bible but truly *study* it (deeply). Maybe one day I will share, more in depth, how I am going about this...but right now, I am still figuring it all out myself.

Okay, okay....I know, I said I needed to go two paragraphs ago! I just may fall asleep while typing and then Chris would have to carry me to bed...which actually kinda sounds lovely... ;) Off I go....really this time. Thank-you for dropping by here!

With joy-filled smiles,