Saturday, May 21, 2016

Bucket List: Red Rocks!

Colorado road trip'n ]with Karen to a concert at Red Rocks
To see the amazing and magical Elephant Revival!

Bucket List: Red Rocks!

Colorado road trip'n with Karen to a concert at Red Rocks
To see the amazing and magical Elephant Revival!

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Mother's Day 2016

Love spending time with Mom road trip'n. Especially to my most favorite destinations - Santa Fe and Taos, NM.

Tuesday, December 01, 2015

BFFs in Vegas

This time my BFF flew in to meet me in Vegas.  I swear it took a full day for our excitement being together in such a great place to subside so we could think straight.  Lots of walking, happy hours and best of all, Brooks and Dunn with Reba show! Such a fine, fine time.

Monday, September 07, 2015

Labor Day Weekend

Got to do a little riding with the big dogs this weekend.

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Yarn and Golf

Golf Girls and I stopped in the new yarn shop, Unwind, in Manhattan for a new project then on to our annual casino resort destination for some of our most favorite golfing in Kansas.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

CO Road Trip

Life has been extremely hectic lately so I took a weekend road trip with a good friend to Colorado as a welcome reprieve. Time to chat, laugh and listen to bluegrass music. Our plan to wander our way to Estes Park for a fiber festival.

There were breweries -- New Belgium, FCB and Odell to name a few.  I do love beer in the Rockies...
and the BEST yet yarn shop, My Sister Knits, in Fort Collins.  Seriously, no other shop will ever compare.
More beer and knitting in Estes
A fiber festival
and great mountain views to feed the soul.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Bottle Caps

A new project....because I can!

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Glass Houses

Seeing a sample of a completed project at Mrs. O'Leary's stopped me in my tracks and I was thrilled when the owner told me a class was coming up soon.  Today, I attended the class and it took about 7 hours for me to complete my own tiny glass house.  It was a lot of work to construct but thoroughly enjoyable.  I learned some new soldering techniques and was in total awe of her work room of many tools.  I'm going to use it to hold my rosary.


Sunday, February 22, 2015

25 Years

This is how we celebrate 25 years of marriage.  We've had a lot of adventures over the years that has made our time together seem to go by quickly but we've never made it to Vegas.  I've always wanted to see Hoover Dam.  Check!  Then a show in Vegas. Check! Poolside in Vegas.  Check, Check!! He learned to play blackjack and I walked miles and miles in my flip flops during the cool morning hours when most were sleeping.  We had a great time and will go back.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

January Knits

I went to OKC with a girlfriend in December and we went to an outdoor ice skating rink.  There was music, Christmas lights and people of all ages skating in the holiday spirit.  It was magical.  And it was there that I saw a girl wearing a slouchy pom-pom hat that inspired me to make some of my own.

Sunday, January 04, 2015


Winter knitting is ON!  Love the long weeknights and cold lazy weekends made for knitting in January.  Some as gifts and some for myself.

Monday, December 22, 2014

Merry Christmas 2014

The magic of Christmas is everywhere!

Monday, December 08, 2014

Christmas Knits

December at the Flea is my most favorite and lucrative month for slinging my handknits for close to 9 busy hours.  I see return customers, family and friends who stop by to shop for holiday gifts.  I even have customers that buy the stuff right off of me that I'm modeling.  As well as my made up mannequin with Miss Lanora's Miscellany holiday flair!

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Table Rock Lake Getaway

My sister-in-law has a lake house in Shell Knob and we rented the cabin next door to them for the weekend.  It had a killer view and after finding it's for sale I found myself fantasizing about retiring and moving into it after falling in love with the heated tile floors, refurbished wood skating floor throughout and refurbished wood bowling alley countertops.

An eagle flew up the balcony as I sat drinking coffee this morning.

I hiked along the water's edge and picked out some driftwood to bring home to make a souvenir rustic tree for my front porch back home.

Monday, November 17, 2014

November Knits

It's that time of year that my outdoor activities move indoors with more time to sit, knit and build my flea market inventory. This season will be more hats than usual as that's what I'm in to right now. I am making several different styles and enjoy proving to customers that they really can look good in just the right hat.  There are also many headbands and fingerless mitts, too.

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

Peanut Turns 1!

Happy Birthday, Polly the Peanut, my little monkey-faced Superstar!!

Saturday, November 01, 2014

Flying W Ranch Retreat

The Kansas Knitting Guild hosted an overnight retreat in the Flint Hills at Flying W Ranch.  We hiked, drank wine and knitted the night away.  I spun a skein of cotton from the fields in Winfield.  Some very good stuff in my home state.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Water Dogs

It's official -- I am raising pups who love the water.  Up to now it's been water hoses and bath tubs until my annual family reunion where they played and explored the Sand Creek falls.  Then each took a turn going out for rides in my kayak.


Saturday, October 18, 2014

Halstead Fine Arts and Crafts

I answered a request for a spinning artist to give demonstrations in Halstead, KS at their fall arts festival.  I took all my (free on the side of the road) cotton and spinning supplies to showcase how a fiber can be hand processed, carded, spun and knitted into useful objects.  Turns out it was a good excuse to spend a day at one of my favorite crafts.

Sunday, October 05, 2014

A Birthday to Remember

I hit the road with these two
 Knitting fingerless mitts on the way
to one of my most favorite destinations
Taos, New Mexico where
  we went the Wool Festival where I purchased Buffalo wool and finished a cowl
and celebrated a fantastic birthday in my gifted handknit shawl

Saturday, September 20, 2014

2014 Walnut Valley Festival

It seems like I wait patiently all year for this bluegrass festival.  I get to enjoy the outdoors camping, great live entertainment and hang with a good friend.  The temps were a little on the warm side and we had just one early morning light rain shower.  That great friend made up wonderful meals and my favorite adult beverages, Margarona's.  We swam in the river, rode our bicycles and spent each cool morning and night around a campfire...just plain good fun.
Around the Campsite
 Easy Friendships
 Lots of Knitting
 A Great Fiber Vendor
Until next year, Winfield!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Woven Cotton

Taking a knitting break to dabble in weaving.  I actually found this primitive handmade loom and tools many years ago in Taos, NM.  It's been sitting in my craft room more or less as decoration.  Just another hobby maybe someday I will have more time to devote to.  In the meanwhile, I made up a couple small facecloths.  One for myself and one to gift to a good friend who is wanting to get into weaving.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Pearl Turns 1

Happy Birthday, pretty girl Pearl.  She liked wearing a festive hat and really loved her dog party cupcakes. 

Sunday, September 07, 2014

Scarf Cowl

So in love with cowls these days and I think I've found the best pattern yet.  I will be gifting a lot of these but this one is all mine in Plymouth wool Gina.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Road Trip Yarn

All that road trip yarn is now completed projects. 

Saturday, August 16, 2014

36 Hours

What starts off as an overnight girls golf trip can easily turn into a yarn hop to shops in Abilene, Wamego and Topeka.  We load up on yarn and head to a favorite casino two and 1/2 easy hours from home.  There was a light rain shower and we had the courtyard hot tubs all to ourselves.  We woke early for a foggy, cool tee-off at the resort golf course, had a good meal at the clubhouse and then headed home.  A lot of fun in just 36 busy hours.

Saturday, August 02, 2014

Derby Flea Market

I made a last minute decision to set up my stuff at the bi-monthly flea market in Derby.  To say it was hot was an understatement.  For some reason, I thought I wouldn't need my easy-up tent.  But, I endured about 5 hours in the sun, sold a few and bought a few things.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Golf is Good

Beginning many years ago, I wanted it. Sucked at it.  Stuck with it. 

My girls and I have stayed committed to playing once a week and just this year I'm starting to see huge improvements and consistency in my golf game.  I have confidence to play in corporate tournaments and had a superstar moment almost making a hole-in-one in a recent tourney that rewarded me in some spending money!

I'm a golf girl now.